Explorator 22.34 ~ December 15, 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, Bill Gebhardt,
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).

… a somewhat quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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44 000 years bp (!) cave paintings from Indonesia are causing a rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-world-oldest-artwork-uncovered-indonesian.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-rock-art-supernatural-beings.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/science/cave-art-indonesia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/11/earliest-known-cave-art-by-modern-humans-found-in-indonesia
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50754303
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/11/ciencia/1576085162_065582.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/11/786760790/44-000-year-old-indonesian-cave-painting-is-rewriting-the-history-of-art
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/ancient-cave-art-dates-roots-of-religion-to-44000-years-ago-38780330.html
https://www.jpost.com/International/44000-year-old-cave-painting-thought-to-be-worlds-oldest-story-610744
https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/discovery-of-ancient-cave-paintings-rewrites-history-of-spirituality-20191211-p53j0l.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/12/11/oldest-story-ever-told-is-painted-this-cave-wall-archaeologists-report/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-world-s-oldest-hunting-scene
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nearly-44000-year-old-hunting-scene-is-oldest-storytelling-art
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cave-painting-therianthropes-07902.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/44-000-year-old-cave-art-shows-a-hunt-filled-with-fantastical-creatures
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-indonesian-cave-art-may-represent-worlds-oldest-known-hunting-scene-180973761/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8286-191212-indonesia-cave-art

… and a sort of generalization about cave art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/12/humans-were-not-centre-stage-ancient-cave-art-painting-lascaux-chauvet-altamira

Evidence that early humans could sail:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-early-humans-could-sail-archaeologists-confirm-1.8257401

An overview of what we learned about human origins in 2019:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-2019-scientific-discovery-taught-us-about-our-human-origins-180973766/

Feature on Neanderthals:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-anatomy/

Pondering when ‘physical ability to speak’ first emerged:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-ancestors-may-have-evolved-physical-ability-speak-more-25-million-years-ago-180973759/

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AFRICA
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Plenty of coverage of the find of remains of an Aksumite settlement in Ethiopia:

https://www.livescience.com/buried-christian-church-lost-kingdom-ethiopia.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2226803-lost-ethiopian-town-comes-from-an-ancient-empire-that-rivalled-rome/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/africa/ethiopia-buried-town-discovery-beta-samati-scn/index.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-archaeological-discovery-in-ethiopia-prove-the-legend-of-how-christianity-came-to-africa
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/archaeologists-unearth-lost-town-from-aksumite-empire/article/563403
https://aleteia.org/2019/12/13/archaeologists-discover-early-basilica-in-ethiopia/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42932/20191212/scientists-excavated-town-powerful-unknown-ancient-kingdom.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-2700-town-ancient-world-major-powers-1476771
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/church-unearthed-ethiopia-rewrites-history-christianity-africa-180973740/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8285-191212-ethiopia-aksum-basilica
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of Amarna burials include the ‘cones’ (headgear) you often see depicted on tomb paintings:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-head-cone-burial.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/science/head-cones-ancient-egypt.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cone-head-ancient-egypt-1730412
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-first-ancient-egyptian-burial-head-cones-1476994
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptians-head-cones
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/these-mysterious-egyptian-head-cones-actually-existed-grave-find-reveals
https://www.sciencealert.com/curious-head-cones-in-ancient-egyptian-art-were-actually-real-hats
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/12/new-evidence-suggests-ancient-egyptian-head-cones-were-real/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-head-cones-were-real-grave-excavations-suggest-180973750/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8284-191212-amarna-head-cones

A red granite ‘bust’ of Ramses II revealed during an illegal dig:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/357585/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Unique-red-granite-bust-of-Ramses-II-unearthed-on-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78653/Unique-bust-of-Ramses-II-uncovered-in-Giza
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Rare-Ramses-II-Statue-and-Temple-Unearthed-Under-Giza-Man-s-House
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/12/c_138623985.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-ramses-ii-rare-statue-1476877
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8288-191213-egypt-giza-sculptures

… this coverage of the find also mentions the recovery of antiquities from a Kidney dialysis centre (!):

https://menafn.com/1099424090/Egypt-Ministry-of-Antiquities-witnesses-a-weekend-of-discoveries

A small royal sphinx from Tuna el-Gebel:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78685/A-small-royal-statue-of-a-sphinx-uncovered-in-Tuna
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-royal-pharaonic-sphinx-uncovered-in-tuna-al-gabal/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/15/c_138631834.htm

Finds from various pre-Ptolemaic periods at the Heliopolis Temple site:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/357055/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Blocks-from-royal-colossi,-huge-New-Kingdom-mud-br.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8281-191211-egypt-cairo-artifacts

This ‘wind blown’ mummy from Aswan appears to be documentary hype:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214527/egypt-achaeology-news-mummy-find-wind-sand-aswan-tony-robinson-channel-5-spt

Interesting story of a cast of the ‘Stele of Canopus’ at Monmouth College:

https://www.galesburg.com/news/20191211/jeff-rankin-twice-broken-monmouth-college-artifact-tells-fascinating-history

More on tattoos revealed on some Egyptian mummies:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/infrared-images-reveal-hidden-tattoos-egyptian-mummies
https://www.kron4.com/mystery-wire/infrared-light-reveals-tattoos-on-egyptian-mummies/

Evidence of teeth being used as jewellery from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc–rfh121319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-rare-human-teeth-jewellery-turkey.html

The Jerusalem Post had an interesting series on Masada this week:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-symbol-of-Masada-610479
https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Masada-and-Jewish-heroism-A-new-perspective-610475
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-fall-of-Masada-610476
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Masada-and-its-scrolls-610486

Interesting feature on a statue of an Ammonite king (?) found in Amman’s Roman theatre:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Amman-Theatre-Statue-and-Ammonite-Royal-Ancestor-Cult

Some backstory on the ‘Tomb of the Kings’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2019/12/how-the-french-government-hijacked-the-tomb-of-ancient-jewish-monarchs-in-jerusalem/

Latest ‘official’ salvo in the politics of archaeology in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Egyptian-official-on-Palestinian-TV-denies-Jewish-history-in-Israel-610711

In case you’re looking for a cuneiform rolling pin:

https://tavolamediterranea.com/2019/12/05/the-epic-cuneiform-rolling-pin-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Podcast on Caesarea:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/overheard/season-2/episode-1-digging-up-disaster/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Interesting study suggests the monkeys in Minoan frescoes may have Indus Valley origins:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/12/how-did-bronze-age-greeks-know-about-asian-monkeys/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7774709/The-unlikely-tail-Indian-monkeys-ancient-fresco.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2227146-ancient-monkey-painting-suggests-bronze-age-greeks-travelled-widely/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8290-191213-akrotiri-monkey-paintings

A ‘Mithaeum of Colored Marbles’ find at Ostia:

https://www.livescience.com/mithraeum-of-colored-marbles-temple-discovered.html

An update on the Paphos Theatre dig:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/12/excavations-at-nea-paphos-provides-insight-into-ancient-road-network/
https://in-cyprus.com/australian-archaeologists-shed-light-on-paphos-ancient-theatre/

Comparing Elgin’s casts of Parthenon Marbles to their current condition is somewhat surprising:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/10/elgin-casts-parthenon-marbles-details-statues
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/12/10/greek-historians-may-have-lost-marbles-had-not-lord-elgin/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/parthenon-vandal-helps-shine-a-light-on-elgin-marbles-rl7n7sqhz
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7777443/Lost-faces-Parthenon-Marbles-Athens-REVEALED-thanks-plaster-casts-taken-1812.html
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/12/11/study-suggests-british-museum-has-caused-more-damage-to-parthenon-sculptures-than-athens-air-pollution/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/elgin-marbles-research-findings-1202671569/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/plaster-elgin-parthenon-sculpture-1728849
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3d-imaging-shows-how-parthenon-marbles-have-deteriorated-over-200-years-180973752/
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/3d-imaging-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-an-assessment-of-the-archaeological-value-of-nineteenthcentury-plaster-casts/2BC9A8C88F1BAED53B0566990A3B562A

The Hal Resqun Catacombs (Malta) have been ‘redisocvered’:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2006-08-17/news/hal-resqun-catacombs-re-discovered-tomb-unique-to-maltese-archaeology-95498/

I think we mentioned this Roman sipwrec off Kefalonia (with plenty of amphorae!):

https://www.newsweek.com/significant-ancient-roman-shipwreck-thousands-amphorae-clues-rise-empire-1476514
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/11/amazing-ancient-roman-shipwreck-discovered-in-kefalonia/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214867/archaeology-news-mediterranean-roman-shipwreck-found-greece-era-of-jesus-christ
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10520048/shipwreck-mediterranean-greek-roman-jesus/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7776097/2-000-year-old-Roman-shipwreck-filled-preserved-jugs-discovered.html

… and this Roman military camp from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/12/01/newly-found-1st-century-bc-roman-fort-customs-push-back-founding-almus-fortress-in-bulgarias-danube-town-of-lom/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8282-191211-bulgaria-roman-camp

Pondering Thracian dolmens (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stonehenge-is-not-alone-thracian-dolmens-show-similarity-professor-says-149813

A study of the Amphipolis tomb is soon to be published:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247357/article/ekathimerini/life/study-ready-for-restoring-opening-ancient-amphipolis-tomb
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38031-study-ready-for-restoring-and-opening-ancient-amphipolis-tomb-in-greece.html

Arguing about finds made during Thessaloniki Metro construction (possibly paywalled):

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2019/12/10/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-complex-in-thessaloniki-ignites-old-debates

Feature on some ancient thinking that wasn’t quite right:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/playlists/ancient-thinking

Feature on Alexander:

https://mymodernmet.com/alexander-the-great-facts/

Feature on the Aspendos Theatre:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aspendos-theater

Feature on ‘sexy’ ancient divinities:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-political-animal/201912/sexy-gods

The statue known as the Victoria of Calvatone has gone on display at the Hermitage:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-in-germany-by-stalin-s-brigades-a-restored-goddess-goes-on-view-at-the-hermitage

… while that statue of Ceres at the Missouri capitol is now causing some controversy:

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article238279248.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2019-12-10/lawmaker-roman-goddess-statue-shouldnt-return-to-capitol
https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Ash-Grove-Mo-Lawmaker-Roman-goddess-statue-shouldnt-return-to-Capitol-566038941.html
https://krcgtv.com/news/local/petition-to-halt-ceres-statues-return-circulates-social-media

Review of Daisy Dunn’s *Shadow of Vesuvius*;

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/books/review/the-shadow-of-vesuvius-a-life-of-pliny-daisy-dunn.html

Review of Matthew Sears, *Evolution of Warfare in the Hellenic World*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/1920

Feature on Madeline Miller’s *Circe*;

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/discussion-questions-for-circe

Nice feature on Kirk Ormand’s Odysseys class:

https://oberlinreview.org/20127/arts/odysseans-bond-over-unique-first-year-seminar-experience/

Tim Joseph was comparing Tacitus to politics in today’s USA:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/12/10/is-current-us-politics-replaying-the-era-of-tacitus-holy-cross-professor-explains/
http://theconversation.com/what-the-roman-senates-grovelling-before-emperors-explains-about-gop-senators-support-for-trump-125196

More on those 1700 years bp eggs from a site in Aylesbury:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-50603415
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/1700yearold-rotten-eggs-excavated-from-roman-site-cause-a-stink/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-held-their-noses-when-found-1700-year-old-roman-eggs-180973722/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8274-191209-england-roman-egg

More on those personal hygiene items excavated in Ebbsfleet Garden City:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-tweezers-and-metal-q-tip-found-england-180973777/

More on that Pompeii mosaic which possibly depicts surveyor’s tools:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/pdm-tao120319.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8276-191209-pompeii-groma-mosaic
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5000 years bp ‘axes’ from North Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-made-astonishing-new-find-17419108

An Early Bronze Age ring ditch from Clitheroe:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/early-bronze-age-ring-ditch-at-clitheroe.htm

A Viking-era burial from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1012100/burial-site-ties-major-viking-swords-find-to-warriors-from-ravala
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8280-191210-estonia-warrior-grave

A medieval structure at Buckland Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/medieval-structure-found-at-buckland-abbey.htm

A female burial from the Mount Athos monastery (!):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/10/mystery-womans-bones-discovered-at-mount-athos-monastery/

… and plans to dig at Armenia’s Sourp Magar monastery:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/13/conservation-works-to-start-on-sourp-magar-armenian-monastery/

Hand-cut water level markers found on the HMS Invincible:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/12/excavation-first-hms-invincible-reveals-original-hand-cut-water/

… other finds:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7776807/Divers-uncover-guns-mop-bottles-booze-British-warship-stolen-French.html

Feature on five ‘little known’ sites in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/14/ancient-wonders-five-little-known-archaeological-sites-uk

Top finds in Scotland in 2019:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18090171.archaeologists-reveal-top-scottish-artefacts-found-2019/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-of-scotland-s-most-fascinating-archaeological-finds-of-2019-1-5059624
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18090274.scotlands-top-5-archaeological-discoveries-2019-revealed/

… and they’re excavating Scotland’s first railway track at Tranent:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50728225

The UK’s oldest horse race marks its 500th birthday:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/oldest-horse-race-in-england-kiplingcotes-derby/index.html

More on those 4000 years bp (maybe) ‘figurines’ from an Orkney power station site:

https://www.livescience.com/nine-carved-stones-resemble-humans.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/archaeologists-discover-amazing-4-000-year-old-carved-stones-on-orkney-1-5059203
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/archaeologists-unearth-nine-tattie-shaped-21058242
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/orkney-carved-stones-may-be-4-000-years-old-329nprpnc
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8278-191210-scotland-shaped-stones

More on that Celtic shield/chariot burial:

https://www.livescience.com/warrior-grave-shield-discovered-in-england.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/celtic-shield-warrior-grave-1725090
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-jaw-dropping-celtic-warrior-grave-is-being-called-the-find-of-the-millennium
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celtic-chariot-grave-found-england-includes-horses-and-elaborate-shield-180973730/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8289-191213-england-pocklington-shield
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A burial from Henan provides evidence of dwarfism in China in the 3rd millenium BCE:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/13/archaeologists-find-case-of-dwarfism-in-3rd-millennium-bc-china/

Six Dynasties era burials from Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/07/c_138613928.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8279-191210-china-six-dynasties

Remains of a Liao Dynasty era palace from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/14/c_138630992.htm

Unbroken 500 years bp eggs from a tomb in Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/10/c_138619484.htm

A pair of silver dragons from Mongolia are on China’s top finds list for 2019:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/10/c_138621165.htm

They’ve figured out a gesure on a statue of King Jayavarman VII:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50669273/king-jayavarman-vii-statue-hand-gesture-revealed/

Plenty of finds made during Sydney’s Light Rail construction:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-13/light-rail-artefacts-unearthed-during-construction/11797598

A project/exhibition (not sure which) documenting the activities of the Native Mounted Police in Queensland:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/thousands-of-relics-tell-story-of-queensland-s-bloody-past-20191212-p53jj1.html
https://nit.com.au/new-exhibition-tells-story-of-queenslands-native-mounted-police/

On Germany’s colonial legacy in Bougainville:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-colonial-legacy-in-bougainville-and-south-pacific/a-51649786
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NORTH AMERICA
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12 000 years bp artifacts from Avon:

https://www.courant.com/community/avon/hc-news-avon-archaeological-site-20191211-nnklmluf2fazni5vdygs2dvq2u-story.html
https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/ancient-artifacts-discovered-during-construction-in-avon/2194072/
https://www.theday.com/article/20191211/NWS12/191219855
https://fox61.com/2019/12/09/archaeological-investigation-finds-early-native-american-site-in-avon/
https://nypost.com/2019/12/13/construction-workers-accidentally-uncover-ancient-site-in-connecticut/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8287-191213-connecticut-paleoindian-artifacts

Some tiny atlatl grips from Oregon may have been used to train children:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-tiny-weapons-taught-native-american-children-hunt.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/learning-to-use-atlatls-equipment-scaling-and-enskilment-on-the-oregon-coast/AA15AED0297022FA999518A732B9C512

Possible Revolutionary War soldiers remains found at the site of the Battle of Ridgefield:

https://www.courant.com/sns-bc-ct–skeletal-remains-found-20191212-story.html
https://www.theridgefieldpress.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.php
https://www.wshu.org/post/human-remains-found-ridgefield-may-be-revolutionary-war-soldiers
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.php

Three burials were found during renovations at the Alamo site (date?):

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-alamo-archaeological-exploration-turns-up-human-remains-20191214-ln3rrcj2czbwvi4hghom4g3xjq-story.html
https://www.foxnews.com/science/human-remains-uncovered-the-alamo-archaeological-exploration
https://nypost.com/2019/12/14/three-bodies-found-beneath-the-alamo-during-archaeological-dig/
https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-12-14-human-remains-discovered-at-the-alamo-during-archaeological-dig/

Possible burial grounds on a Tallahassee golf course:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/12/12/preliminary-tests-burial-grounds-capital-city-country-club-tallahassee-cemetery-slaves-black-radar/4410252002/
https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20191213/florida-country-club-contains-unmarked-african-american-graves

Feature on Bass Reeves:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/14/fiercest-federal-lawman-you-never-knew-he-was-african-american/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Isotope analysis of a mass Maya burial at Uxul suggests the occupants may have been prisoners of war:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uob-iap121119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-isotope-analysis-mayan-prisoners-war.html

Studying dietary practices from artifacts from Oaxaca:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-artifacts-ancient-dietary.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/mu-raa121119.php

A new secret passage revealed at Uxmal:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/a-new-secret-passage-is-discoved-in-the-maya-city-of-uxmal/

An inscribed stone table from Chichen Itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/stone-tables-found-in-chichen-itza-reveal-unknown-information-on-the-ancient-maya/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8283-191211-chichen-itza-table

Latest thoughts on the meaning of the Moai:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-unearthing-mystery-easter-island-moai.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc–utm121319.php
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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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A possible pen portrait of Jane Austen:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/fan-fiction-or-fan-fact/

More on the aftermath of flooding in Venice:

https://www.dw.com/en/in-venice-the-floodwaters-recede-but-the-problems-pile-up/a-51557519

Feature on ‘Frozen Charlotte’ dolls:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/08/chilling-story-frozen-charlotte-corpse-like-dolls-that-bear-her-name/

A project to recreate the Sutton Hoo ship:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ghost-ship-of-sutton-hoo-to-sail-again-centuries-on-6qmn8b2sc

Pondering the Axial Age and when societies became ‘modern’:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03785-w

A homosexual relationship linked to the first death on Magellan’s voyage:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/09/actualidad/1575911601_191130.html

Feature on the history of aluminum:

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/05/785099705/aluminums-strange-journey-from-precious-metal-to-beer-can

Feature on the Black Death:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-black-death.html

Feature on Gutenberg and his printing press:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/before-zuckerberg-gutenberg/603034/

Nice feature on history books that caught the BBC’s eye in 2019:

https://www.historyextra.com/magazine/history-books-year-2019-christmas-gift-guide/

A stolen Klimt appears to have been found:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50743143
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/11/painting-found-hidden-in-italian-gallery-wall-may-be-stolen-klimt

On the history of Santa Claus:

https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/entertainment/art/a-deeper-look-into-the-history-mythology-and-culture-of/article_3d79a738-1c89-11ea-85cf-1b6f91f8e1b0.html

… and Krampus:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/12/photos-of-krampus-saint-nicks-dark-companion/603508/

Feature on Hanukkah:

https://www.etonline.com/20-facts-you-didnt-know-about-hanukkah-137874

Revising the image of Emily Dickinson:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/why-we-keep-revising-emily-dickinson/2019/12/12/6bb0930a-1c52-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

the darker side of Peter Pan:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/15/peter-pans-dark-side-emerges-with-release-of-original-manuscript

Latest feature on the Shroud of Turin:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/shroud-of-turin-mystery-italy/index.html

Concerns for the Mediterranean:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/12/mediterranean-sea-pollution-un-climate/603442/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greeks:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/118091017/auckland-museum-loaned-largest-selection-of-ancient-artifacts-from-british-museum

Inspired by the East:

https://www.artandobject.com/blog/how-islamic-world-influenced-western-art

Bruegel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Detroit-Exhibit-Celebrates-Bruegels-The-Wedding-Dance-and-Its-Controversial-Codpieces-180973778/

Troy:

http://islingtontribune.com/article/troy-story
http://camdennewjournal.com/article/troy-story

Raphael:

https://www.dw.com/en/a-meeting-of-raphaels-madonnas-in-berlin/a-51653370
https://www.clickorlando.com/entertainment/2019/12/11/raphael-show-with-famous-madonna-paintings-opens-in-berlin/

Bulgarian finds of 2019:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/12/12/exhibition-of-archaeological-discoveries-in-2019-opens-at-bulgarias-national-history-museum/

Recreating a menu for ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18101007.heston-blumenthal-creates-last-supper-pompeii-menu-dinner-oxfords-ashmolean-museum/

A VR experience at the *Beyond Worlds: Greek Civilization XR Experience*:

http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2019/12/sfu-researchers-bring-ancient-greece-to-life-at-the-museum-of-va.html
https://canada.greekreporter.com/2019/12/14/ancient-greece-comes-to-life-in-canada/

Latest transfers to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78527/In-Pics-More-astonishing-artifacts-transferred-to-GEM

The Sharm El-Sheikh museum construction is under way:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/357723/Heritage/Museums/st-phase-of-Sharm-ElSheikh-museum-construction-wor.aspx
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A massive collection of Scotch whisky is coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-50672313

Nice price fetched for that Aethelred II silver coin hoard found a while ago:

https://www.louthleader.co.uk/news/rare-coins-prove-existence-of-louth-mint-and-sell-for-over-90-000-1-9171724

Nice price for a WWII era teddy bear:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-50720074
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THE TECHY SIDE
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‘Smart Archaeology’ being used at Vulci:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-smart-archaeology.html

3D scanning is being used at Robber’s Cave (Nebraska):

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-laser-scanning-d-robber-cave.html

The technology behind a digital recreation of Pachamac (Inca site):

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/inca-ceremonial-center-recreated-digital-landscape

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Excellent feature on how climate change affects archaeology:

https://patch.com/california/san-francisco/how-climate-change-affects-archaeology
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tomen y Mur hillfort:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/14/walk-history-snowdonia-tomen-y-mur-hill-fort-roman-history-medieval-welsh-mythology

Naples:

http://www.startribune.com/discovering-the-baroque-beauty-of-a-revived-naples/566149631/

They’ve improved the ‘visitor experience’ at the Paphos archaeological park:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/13/improved-visitor-experience-at-paphos-archaeological-park/

Olympia and environs:

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/12/14/travel-traversing-greek-ruins-brings-a-visitor-close-to-true-olympic-glory/
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PERFORMANCES
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Hyping Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/major-beethoven-exhibit-to-open-in-bonn/g-51665820
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-prepares-to-celebrate-beethoven-year/a-51672284

Panipat:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50634829

Medea:

http://www.playbill.com/article/bams-medea-starring-rose-byrne-and-bobby-cannavale-meets-the-press

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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure what’s going on in this smuggled ancient Chinese coins story:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/2019-12/10/content_75496645.htm

What Rick St. Hilaire is up to:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/lebanon-attorney-joins-fight-to-save-antiquities/article_bd0b17d4-8d29-5cf2-b6d9-29cd206f2706.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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The UK is return a couple of items discovered at auctions to Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/12/11/uk-to-return-2-historic-artifacts-to-turkey

Pondering the BM’s Egyptian collection for repatriation purposes:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/12/13/should-the-british-museum-return-its-egyptian-collection

OpEd on Australian repatriation issues:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-needs-to-get-behind-push-to-bring-precious-aussie-artefacts-home-20191209-p53i45.html

Raqqa Museum staff apparently saved over 1000 items from ISIL predations (not sure where to put this one):

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article238325158.html
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/raqqas-ancient-haul-of-artefacts-saved-from-isis/news-story/8e555c2432310841985740b75576b7f2
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins associated with Julius Caesar’s assassination:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/stacks-bowers/caesar-and-his-untimely-end-on-the-ides-of-march/

Someone keeps putting ancient coins in Salvation Army kettles in Tampa:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/mystery-coin-donor-who-is-leaving-rare-valuable-coins-in-one-tampa-salvation-army-kettle

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n50.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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Philip J. King:

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/bcnews/campus-community/faculty/in-memoriam-fr-philip-j-king.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2903-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-1-through-december-7-2019

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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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