Explorator 22.38 ~ January 12, 2020

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, Trevor Ogden,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Early humans at Olduvai were manufacturing ‘optimized’ stone tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-early-humans-revealed-optimized-stone.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uok-ehr010720.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge

New dating suggests Homo erectus arrived in Southeast Asia later than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dating-volcanic-ash-sangiran-homo.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-came-indonesia-300000-years-later-than-once-thought
https://www.sciencecodex.com/early-humans-arrived-southeast-asia-later-previously-believed-638207
https://gizmodo.com/an-extinct-human-species-may-not-have-evolved-in-asia-a-1840900141
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8347-200110-homo-erectus-chronology

… which seems a different spin than the Homo erectus ‘last stand’100 000 years bp on Indonesia story which we did mention:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/ancient-human-species-made-last-stand-100000-years-ago-indonesian-island

Suggestion early humans were more scavenger than hunter:

https://www.history.com/news/prehistoric-human-diet-scavengers-vs-hunters

Feature on humanity’s origins:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/05/the-search-for-eden-in-pursuit-of-humanitys-origins

In a similar, overviewish vein as the above:

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-recent-discoveries-change-the-picture-of-where-humans-came-from-and-when

Feature on Neanderthal anatomy:

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

More on early humans in South Africa roasting root veggies some 170 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200102143424.htm
http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/middle/africa/border-cave-rhizomes-2020.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/border-cave-rhizomes-07994.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-were-roasting-root-vegetables-170000-years-ago-study-suggests-180973913/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Sanitation work in Daqahlia revealed was appears to be some hieroglyph inscriptions:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-workers-in-daqahlia-village-stumble-upon-pharaonic-artifacts/

A find of five limestone blocks associated with Ptolemy I from Kom Ashqaw/Sohag:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-01/07/content_75587881.htm
https://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Ptolemaic-Limestone-Blocks-Uncovered-in-Sohag

The sun illuminated the sanctuary of the Queen Hatshepsut Temple this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79389/Sun-illuminates-sanctuary-of-Egypt-s-ancient-Queen-Hatshepsut-Temple

Feature on Egyptian drainage systems:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Rain-Go-Away-Wastewater-and-Rain-in-Ancient-Egypt

Documentary hype suggesting a new artifact was found in Tut’s tomb (I’m sure we mentioned this a whlle ago):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79370/Unique-artifact-discovered-in-Tutankhamen%E2%80%99s-tomb

The Pyramid of Djoser wil open to the public some time this year:

https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Oldest-Pyramid-in-Egypt-to-Open-in-2020

Egypt has refurbished/restored a synagogue in Alexandria which dates back to the 14th century:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-set-to-reopen-alexandria-synagogue-friday-after-extensive-renovation/
https://www.jns.org/egypt-refurbishes-synagogue-in-alexandria-site-dates-back-to-14th-century/

… and it’s being hailed as a message that Egypt cares for its heritage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359302/Egypt/Politics-/Renovated-Jewish-temple-message-to-world-that-Egyp.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79516/Hawass-Jewish-temples-part-of-heritage

More on the sphinxes in Tahrir Square kerfuffle:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/moving-karnak-rams-to-egypts-iconic-tahrir-square-raises-co.html

Egypt was highlighting the past year’s achievements in the antiquities sector:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359169/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-government-highlights-antiquities-sectors.aspx

Evidence of agriculture and animal husbandry in Iran some 9000 years bp:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/443960/Iranians-practiced-farming-animal-breeding-9-000-years-ago

3000 years bp evidence of ‘recycling’ from the Saruq al Hadid site in Dubai:

https://www.newsweek.com/evidence-recycling-3000-years-ago-ancient-civilization-middle-east-1481333

More on that Assyrian seizure demon tablet:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-mysterious-case-of-the-demon-epilepsy-tablet

Does Hobby Lobby have more tablets from Isragrig?:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-city-in-iraq-cuneiform-tablets.html

A 3000 years bp Hebrew inscription on a jar from Abel Beth Maacah is being touted as ‘redrawing the borders of Ancient Israel’:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-hebrew-inscription-on-a-3-000-year-old-jar-could-redraw-borders-of-ancient-israel-1.8376971

Possible evidence for the site of a 2000 years bp market in the City of David (a measuring table):

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archeologists-may-have-uncovered-Jerusalem-s-2,000-year-old-market-6-January-2020.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-wine-table-unearthed-jerusalem.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/274160
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Second-Temple-era-marketplace-uncovered-in-Jerusalem-613272
https://www.timesofisrael.com/city-of-david-archaeologists-say-2000-year-old-central-jerusalem-market-found/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-unusual-table-may-reveal-ancient-jerusalem-s-market-on-road-to-second-temple-1.8357872
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/01/06/rare-jerusalem-find-could-prove-location-of-second-temple-era-market/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-may-have-discovered-2000-year-old-market-in-city-of-david/
https://aleteia.org/2020/01/07/jerusalem-excavation-uncovers-marketplace-from-jesus-time/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-stone-table-points-to-the-location-of-roman-era-jerusalems-central-marketplace/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-measuring-table-reveals-location-ancient-jerusalem-market-180973910/

… interviews with Ari Levy on same (via Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/landminds.list/permalink/10162931374255137/
https://www.facebook.com/barnea.levi.selavan/videos/10156583292436951/

Feature on that ‘Pilgrimage Road’ revealed over the past few months:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Navigating-the-biblical-road-to-the-Temple-613356

Possible evidence of Istanbul’s first African inhabitant dating to 1000 bp (at least):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/05/istanbuls-first-african-may-have-been-found-in-ancient-city-of-bathonea

Pondering what Solomon’s temple may have looked like:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/09/syrian-temple-suggests-what-solomons-might-have-looked-like/

Feature on Vanderbilt’s work at Caesarea’s medieval port:

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/vanderbilt-archaeologists-write-caesareas-history-a-medieval-port-city-in-israel

Feature/documentary hype on a Shamash temple in the UAE:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/archaeologists-filmmakers-dig-up-the-past-of-uae-s-shamash-temple

That ‘did God have a wife’ thing is making the rounds again:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/profoundly-significant-3000yo-drawings-bombshell-religious-claim/news-story/10ccab0a09120a91b087b87d933882fc
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Around 50 ‘high status’ Roman burials found during construction of a Somerset school:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/school-delayed-roman-burial-site-3712311
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/07/archaeologists-discover-graves-high-status-romans-somerton-somerset
https://www.ibtimes.sg/unusual-ancient-burial-high-status-romans-discovered-somerset-37294
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-status-roman-burials-found-britain-180973920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8340-200108-england-roman-cemetery

A landowner has ‘gifted to the nation’ the Carrawburgh Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/09/hadrians-wall-fort-gifted-to-englands-historic-sites-collection
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51039457
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/landowner-gives-carrawburgh-roman-fort-to-the-nation-2rv6z9whc
https://newcastlemagazine.com/landowners-donate-hadrians-wall-fort-as-gift-to-nation-26198/
https://netimesmagazine.co.uk/news/carrawburgh-roman-fort-gifted-to-the-nation/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/generous-landowners-gift-nation-roman-17531507
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/landowners-give-buried-roman-fort-to-the-nation/

Latest from the Danish excavations at Sikyon:

http://cphpost.dk/news/international-round-up-danish-archaeologists-help-to-unearth-ancient-greek-city.html

The first survey of the Amargeti site on Paphos has been completed:

https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=11451#flat

Latest extended piece on the Hobby Lobby/Dirk Obbink/EES/papyri thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/jan/09/a-scandal-in-oxford-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel
https://news.umanitoba.ca/the-guardian-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel/

The Mausoleum of Augustus will soon open to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-finally-reopen-mausoleum-of-augustus.html

Feature on life on the Roman frontier in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/how-life-was-on-the-roman-frontier-in-scotland-1-5072248

Feature on the Trojan War:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200106-did-the-trojan-war-actually-happen

Seeking Heritage status for the Lower Germanic Limes:

https://www.dw.com/en/former-roman-empire-frontier-in-bid-as-world-heritage-site/a-51926661

In Our Time this week was looking at Catullus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000d1rg

On the popularity of Medea (probably paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/modern-vindication-for-an-ancient-flop-11578682159

Feature on posca:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

Suggestion that ancient Romans may have had access to Chinese medicine for treating coeliac disease:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

An interesting 4th century Roman ‘crown’ on display at Colchester Castle:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/
https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/the-dark-side-of-venus-goddess-of-war-as-well-as-love/

On Marybeth Reilly-McGreen’s work with hip hop and Greek Classics:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2020/01/09/holy-cross-alumna-likens-greek-classics-to-hip-hop-music/

An interview with Shelley Haley:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/claire-catenaccio/blog-women-classics-conversation-scs-president-shelley-haley-part-i

Cornell has a Margarete Bieber reading group:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

A nice feature on Classics at Brock:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/01/classics-students-bring-roman-society-to-life/

Another ‘ancient lesson for modern times’ piece:

https://www.theledger.com/opinion/20200112/anderson-ancient-lesson-for-modern-times

Recreating the carbonized bread of Pompeii:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

More on those recently found ‘Amazon’/Scythian burials:

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-scythian-warrior-women-amazon-russia-graves-4th-century-bc-20200107-ao3ystb6kjeyrgvwbuhjclvhqa-story.html
https://www.wral.com/three-generations-of-ancient-amazon-women-warriors-found-in-russian-tomb/18869905/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tomb-reveals-real-race-of-ancient-warrior-women-vxfdkl0qq
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-containing-three-generations-amazon-warrior-women-unearthed-russia-180973877/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia%3Fno-cache
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-scythian-amazon-women-discovered-in-russia-buried-alongside-their-weaponry/

… and also pondering assorted tales associated with the Amazons:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-amazons-have-only-one-breast

More on the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-emperors-violent-deaths.html

More on Rome’s banishing of souvenir stalls at certain sites:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/rome-bans-souvenir-stalls/

More on the revival of Stoicism, especially among the Silican Valley crowd:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Stoicism-enjoys-a-revival-of-late-including-in-14952940.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-2300-year-old-philosophy-stoicism-has-enjoyed-a-revival-of-late-including-in-silicon-valley/2020/01/02/d2f6e648-1b64-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

Latest from the UT-Austin investigations:

https://www.ktsa.com/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-additional-cases-of-sexual-misconduct-by-employees/
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/09/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-cases-sexual-misconduct-employees/

Comparing the US president to Roman emperors:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-king-hes-a-roman-emperor-according-to-department-of-justices-new-argument

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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of the alignment of early Neolithic houses in Central and Eastern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-counterclockwise-puzzle-early-neolithic-house.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200110155254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://scitechdaily.com/mystifying-puzzle-of-early-neolithic-house-orientations-finally-solved/

Divers are working to retrieve Bronze Age evidence from Lake Thun:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/excavation-project_divers-to-retrieve-bronze-age-artefacts-from-swiss-lake/45475080

A 9th century Viking runestone is being connected to fear of a repeat of a climate crisis:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-vikings-erected-runestone-climate-catastrophe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uog-tve010920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200108161329.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/08/viking-runestone-may-allude-to-extreme-winter-study-says
http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1383036/FULLTEXT01.pdf
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-runestone-may-have-its-roots-fears-climate-change-180973937/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8344-200109-sweden-viking-runes

I think we mentioned this study suggesting overhunting of walrus may have led to the collapse of Norse Greenland in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-over-hunting-walruses-contributed-collapse-norse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc-owc010320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200106103457.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/walrus-ivory-crash-sparked-greenland-vikings-decline-h2nkj5cf0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-over-hunting-walruses-fuel-collapse-norse-greenland-180973922/

Nor sure where to put this one on how the 2600 years bp Heslington Brain was preserved:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-clues-year-old-brain-survived-modern.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-brain-preserved.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/08/health/ancient-heslington-brain-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-resilient-protein-structures-preserved-hunk-brain-2600-years-180973927/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8343-200109-iron-age-brain

Bones found on a site in Melton last year have been dated to the 7th century:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/tests-human-remains-found-melton-3717306
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/human-bones-care-home-anglo-saxon-melton-mowbray-leicestershire-police-a9275841.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/workers-dig-1400-year-old-human-remains-under-former-nursing-home-2899969

A medieval burial ground from central Trondheim:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/unexpected-cemetery-found-in-central-trondheim/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8345-200110-norway-trondheim-cemetery

Medieval finds from Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-treasures-uncovered-garth-lane-3703149
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8337-200107-medieval-england-town

A 14th century illustration of Venice has turned up:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-oldest-city-view-venice.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-drawing-of-venice-on-record.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-illustration-venice-oldest-found-yet-180973945/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8338-200107-venice-medieval-drawing

Evidence of African ancestry in a burial in Anglo-Scandinavian York:

https://www.caitlingreen.org/2019/12/african-viking-york.html

Feature on the impact of coal on Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50457035
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A Han Dynasty kiln site from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://menafn.com/1099517232/Chinese-archaeologists-unearth-olden-kiln-site

Evidence of Spring and Autumn era (and later) copper smelting operations from Yunnan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/06/c_138682790.htm

Coverage of a major conference on the scripts of Mohenjodaro:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/596863-moen-jo-daro-conference-attempts-to-understand-coded-text
https://nation.com.pk/12-Jan-2020/three-day-int-l-conference-on-indus-script-concludes

Mauryan items from Bogura:

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/231049

Finds from a wide range of eras from Bogra (I don’t think it’s the same as the previous, but I’m having connection difficulties):

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/01/07/archaeological-remains-from-2-bc-to-15th-century-ad-discovered-in-mahasthangarh

Remains of a 17th century drain in Delhi:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-archaeologists-find-mughal-era-rainwater-drain-near-red-fort/story-hutSXzmwADmQlevAyLCegL.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8339-200107-india-delhi-drain

Latest clue in the decline of the Harappan Civilization:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/researchers-find-new-clue-solve-harappan-civilizations-sudden-decline-mystery-37175

Feature on Dr Asma Ibrahim’s archaeological work in Pakistan:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2131088/1-pakistan-archaeologist-jumps-hoops-pursue-passions/

Feature on a pyramid in the jungles of Samoa:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200109-a-secret-pyramid-consumed-by-the-jungle

Wildfires in Australia have destroyed some petroglyphs in Baloon Cave:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/ancient-rock-art-lost-after-plastic-walkway-explodes-in-bushfire/11848938
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8341-200108-australia-rock-art

How the Aboriginal peoples used to prevent major fires:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/world/aboriginal-australia-fire-trnd/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on digs going on at the Colonial Dorchester Historic Site:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article239154633.html

Human remains excavated from the Black Mesa (Arizona) in the 70s and 80s were returned to the Navajo and Hopi for reburial:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8335-200106-arizona-black-mesa

Digging a site associate with Bradenton’s (Florida) first settlers:

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/01/07/archaeologists-unearth-artifacts-of-bradenton-s-first-settlers
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/01/08/group-archaeologists-are-digging-up-piece-bradentons-past/
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-years-of-florida-history-in-bradenton

Tracking migration of Europeans and Native Americans in West Virginia via log structures:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trees-historic-migration-europeans-native.html

Looking for lost African-American burials in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/2020/01/07/archaeologists-to-begin-search-for-possible-lost-african-american-graves-in-clearwater/

… and elsewhere in Florida (we mentioned the ones in Talahassee):

https://news.wfsu.org/post/tallahassees-lost-cemetery-was-likely-enslaved-people-how-many-others-are-undiscovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8342-200109-florida-lost-cemetery

… and the latest on the Zion cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/zion-cemetery-graves-found-gonzmart-property/67-2d90f69e-93ab-4035-9ea8-16859798bd59

More on those burials in Connecticut which might have Revolutionary War connections:

https://www.livescience.com/revoultionary-war-soldier-skeletons.html
https://www.milfordmirror.com/news/article/Battle-of-Ridgefield-skeletons-get-X-rays-CT-14953281.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeletons-likely-revolutionary-war-soldiers-found-connecticut-180973931/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8336-200106-revolutionary-war-connecticut

The city of Alexandria plans to purchase the Freedom House Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alexandria-plans-to-buy-freedom-house-former-slave-pen-now-home-to-a-museum/2020/01/06/304a8aac-2c13-11ea-bcb3-ac6482c4a92f_story.html

Hyping Mayflower 400:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/05/mayflower-400-events-could-help-recover-lost-native-american-treasure-wampanoag-wampum

Feature on Andrew Johnson’s impeachment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/11/national-disgrace-impeachment-hung-over-presidents-head-he-went-wild-rally-tour/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of skulls suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth about cannibals in the Caribbean:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-carib-caribbean-boosting-credibility-columbus.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/fmon-spt010920.php
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/cristobal-colon-decia-la-verdad-los-indios-caribes-eran-canibales/970414/

Research suggests a gold bar found back in 1981 in a Mexico City park was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Cortes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-gold-bar-mexico-aztec-treasure.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mexico-archeology/gold-bar-found-beneath-mexico-city-street-was-part-of-moctezumas-treasure-idUKKBN1Z90EA
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/10/mexico-city-gold-aztec-treasure-spanish-conquistadors
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/10/la_serpiente_emplumada/1578677704_972465.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/gold-ingot-confirmed-to-have-been-lost-in-cortes-flight/

Feature on the history of tomato domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/mbae-eot010220.php

More on that 1000 years bp Maya palace in the Mexican jungle:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-palace-used-by-maya-elite-discovered-deep-in-the-mexican-jungle/
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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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What people did for fun 5000 years bp:

https://gizmodo.com/what-was-the-most-fun-thing-humans-could-do-5-000-years-1840538267

Feature on Jessie Benton Fremont:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/first-celebrity-first-lady/604003/

I think we mentioned T.S. Eliot’s love letters:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793572273/t-s-eliots-love-letters-unsealed

The UK is bringing more accountability to the art trade, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/arts/design/uk-art-money-laundering.html

Feature on the Jesuits and empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-jesuits-cultivated-the-idea-of-european-empire

Some letters of Joan of Arc are on display:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/01/04/une-des-trois-lettres-signee-de-jeanne-darc-exceptionnellement-exposee/

On the Black king among the Magi:

https://hyperallergic.com/535881/the-story-of-the-black-king-among-the-magi/

… related:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/race-and-representation-in-the-nativity-scene/

OpEd on the decline of the humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/opinion/sunday/academics-humanities-literature-canon.html

A new home for Robert Caro’s papers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/arts/robert-caro-new-york-historical-society.html

They’re studying Notre Dame’s ashes:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00008-5

Feature on some places that ‘escaped’ European colonization:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3044478/ethiopia-iran-places-escaped-colonisation-europeans

Archaeology’s long-standing problem:

https://hyperallergic.com/530787/the-perennial-problem-with-the-excavation-of-ancient-sites/

Interesting feature on a Medici spy:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/30/actualidad/1577719404_956349.html

Measles go back to antiquity according to a recent study:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6473/11.full
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-lungs-may-push-origin-measles-back-1500-years-180973906/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/what-100-year-old-lung-says-about-measles-origin/604591/

OpEds on targeting cultural sites for military purposes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/01/06/disturbing-history-behind-trumps-idea-target-iranian-cultural-sites/
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-05/iran-donald-trump-cultural-sites-war-crime
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/trump-cultural-sites.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/trump-iran-cultural-sites.html

… and possible targets:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/here-are-the-biblical-wonders-trump-just-threatened-to-bomb-in-iran
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/06/the-iranian-cultural-treasures-targeted-by-trump
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-51007585

… and what the Pentagon said:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/us/politics/trump-esper-iran-cultural-sites.html

Review of a biography of Agatha Christie:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/books/review/looking-at-agatha-christie-and-feminism.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Marseille Adventure:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38444-exhibition-on-greeks-presence-in-northwestern-med-launched-in-montpellier.html

Raphael:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/01/07/actualidad/1578418392_341607.html

Mycenean Cyclades:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248158/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/mycenaean-cyclades–athens–to-march-8

Tut:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/tutankhamuns-treasures-display-saatchi-gallery-200105145331398.html

Vallotton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/felix-vallotton-metropolitan-museum.html

Monet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/792146721/how-do-you-move-100-monet-masterpieces-very-very-carefully

Manet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/794924761/what-a-way-to-go-even-as-he-died-manet-made-life-affirming-art
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/late_manet/

Inspired by the East:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1205/359137/AlAhram-Weekly/Culture/An-exhibition-at-British-Museum-explores-Islamic-w.aspx

Lizzie Siddal:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200103-the-tragedy-of-arts-greatest-supermodel
https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/pre-raphaelite-sisters/exhibition/

The GEM is 90% done:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79339/90-percent-of-GEM-work-is-finished

… and they’re expecting a lot of visitors:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79491/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-expected-to-attract-5M-visitors-annually
https://www.egyptindependent.com/five-million-expected-to-visit-grand-egyptian-museum-annually-egyptian-cabinet/

… and the lab has been busy too:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79567/GEM-restoration-labs-complete-work-on-47K-artifacts

The Fustat Museum is getting some mummies and sarcophagi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79424/Min-to-transfer-22-mummies-17-royal-coffins-to-Fustat

Feature on the Met:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-met-is-the-worlds-greatest-art-museum-three-under-the-radar-shows-confirm-it–again/2020/01/09/49434238-3244-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Shakespeare first folio is coming to auction:

https://artdaily.cc/news/119944/William-Shakespeare-s-First-Folio-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie-s#.XhsSbxdPGCh

Troy:

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/youngreporter/18144028.lessons-troy-myth-reality-british-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are on some early inhabitants of Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/detective-work-reveals-the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-1-5072304
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-revealed-1-5072304
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8346-200110-scotland-reconstructed-faces
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you issed the ‘Headless Corpse in a Cave’ identification:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-evidence-reveals-headless-corpse-cave-1916-axe-murderer-180973911/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Bamiyan sites:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200109-climate-change-threatens-afghanistan-s-crumbling-heritage
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2020/Jan-10/498894-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-heritage.ashx

An exhibition at the British Museum is highlighting some artifacts revealed by climate change:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/climate-change-show-at-british-museum-reveals-treasures-in-melting-arctic-ice-r9hq0z90g

Marking the centennial of the Scott Polar Research Institute:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50661606
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Merida:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret?source=articles&via=rss
https://mashviral.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret/

Acropolis of Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jan/07/hot-spot-the-tribes-of-the-acropolis-in-pictures

Joachimsthal:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200107-welcome-to-jchymov-the-czech-town-that-invented-the-dollar
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PERFORMANCES
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Gospel at Colonus:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/01/09/skylight-music-theatre-gospel-colonus-takes-oedipus-story-church/2822792001/

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CRIME BEAT
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Idiots drove their offroad vehicles over a Bronze Age burial mound near Newport, causing extensive damage:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51013596

Turkish police seized 1000 items from a collector’s home in Istanbul:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/turkish-police-seize-1-000-antiquities-from-collectors-home-725f2hggw

Chinese organized crime is being implicated in the Fontainbleau Castle robbery:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578511798_874371.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_manana20200110m

… but still no clues, apparently, about the Green Vault robbery:

https://www.dw.com/en/no-new-lead-on-dresden-museum-jewelry-heist-say-german-prosecutors/a-51953713

A trial coming up in Jeddah involving theft of Islamic artifacts:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/586427

I think we mentioned the damage to 3000 years bp petroglyphs in the Pangaion Hills:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248157/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/01/09/vandals-destroy-3-000-year-old-ancient-rock-carvings-in-northern-greece-ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills/

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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Feature on the ‘artefact detectives’ in Iraq tracking down items taken from their country over the years:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/artefact-detectives-in-iraq-aim-to-end-the-theft-of-their-history

Mexico returned 37 items to Peru:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578501444_135880.html

The world’s oldest chess piece will be returned to Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Islamic gold coins found in Israel last week:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/seven-ancient-gold-islamic-coins-found-in-israel/

Feature on Janus on ancient coins:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jasper Griffin:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/07/jasper-griffin-obituary

George Freeman:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/09/george-freeman-obituary

Chidananda Murthy:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/kannada-scholar-chidananda-murthy-passes-away/article30541057.ece

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2910-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-29-through-january-4-2020

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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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