Explorator 22.41 ~ February 2, 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,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Charles Fertig,
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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Neanderthals in Siberia were long-range nomads, it appears:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-siberian-neanderthals-intrepid-nomads.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/stone-tools-reveal-intrepid-travels-of-the-neanderthals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/siberian-neanderthals-may-have-trekked-2000-miles-away-180974073/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8385-200128-neanderthal-siberia-blades

Spinning it somewhat differently:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/chagyrskaya-neanderthals-08059.html

On the evolution of human intelligence:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-smart-ancestors-isnt-brain-size.html

Feature on the lifestyles of the last Neanderthals (on Gibraltar):

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200128-how-did-the-last-neanderthals-live

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/video-meet-the-denisovans-humans-mysterious-cousins

Pondering the relationship between Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/hominin-species-neanderthals/

More on some of the folks at UIowa who worked on dating a homo erectus settlement on Java:

https://dailyiowan.com/2020/01/28/ui-researcher-international-team-date-the-age-of-homo-erectus-settlement/
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AFRICA
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12 000 years bp evidence of facial piercing and other types of body modification from an Olduvai burial (not sure of the date here):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1235348/africa-history-archaeology-science-news-body-modification-anthropology-studies

Connecting climate to human migration in Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200127145455.htm

More on the evidence of early Christianity from Aksum:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/01/26/archaeologists-uncover-new-site-in-east-africa/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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16 Late Period tombs (20 sarcophagi) associated with priests from Al-Ghoreifa:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/362609/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-photos-Communal-tombs-for-high-priests-uncovere.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/mummies-of-high-priests-in-ancient-egypt.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-sarcophagus-dedicated-sky-god-latest.html
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/01/30/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-ancient-tombs-artifacts/2020/01/30/b3089428-438f-11ea-99c7-1dfd4241a2fe_story.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-city-dead-amulets-sarcophagi-canopic-vases-priestly-tombs-thoth-1485030
https://www.ibtimes.sg/communal-tombs-high-priests-about-20-sarcophagi-coffins-uncovered-egypt-38691
https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-ancient-tombs-183550997.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/31/c_138744227.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8395-200131-tombs-priests-egypt

Latest ‘cold case’ research suggests the 2600 years bp mummy known as Takabuti was stabbed to death:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/shocking-truth-behind-takabutis-death-revealed/
https://www.livescience.com/egypt-mummy-murdered-with-knife.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2600-year-old-mummy-died-violent-backstabbing-180974066/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8388-200129-egypt-mummy-analyzed

OpEd calling for observation of the Sphinx’s sun alignment:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/will-we-celebrate-the-sphinxs-sun-alignment/

I think we mentioned Zahi Hawass’ campaign to repatriate some Egyptian items:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Archaeologist-Launches-Repatriation-Campaign-for-Egyptian-Treasures-616033

… and he’s now saying Cleopatra’s tomb is under water in Alexandria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/30/actualidad/1580409463_692994.html

More on that ‘reconstruction’ of a mummy’s voice:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Voice-of-mummified-ancient-Egyptian-priest-brought-back-to-life-615495
https://hyperallergic.com/539573/attempts-to-reconstruct-a-mummys-voice-are-cursed/

An 8000 years bp carved donkey bone from Catal Hoyuk:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C80530%2Cunique-bone-figurine-discovered-one-worlds-oldest-cities.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8396-200131-catalhoyuk-donkey-bone

Concerns for Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/worlds-oldest-temple-commercialized-with-films.html

More on that 10 000 years bp hunting camp site in Lebanon:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-anthropologists-confirm-existence-prehistoric-sheep-hunting-camp-lebanon
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122150006.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8390-200129-lebanon-prehistoric-camp

A ‘royal estate’ associated with the Omride dynasty from Horvat Tevet:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-royal-estate-that-served-biblical-kings-found-in-northern-israel-1.8464444
https://www.foxnews.com/science/ancient-royal-estate-biblical-kings-israel

Nice collection of articles etc. relating to the Huqoq Excavation Project:

http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/reports/

Feature on Philip Hammond’s work in Petra:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/veteran-archaeologist-hammonds-role-unraveling-petras-past-remembered

Feature on dogs in Neolithic Jordan:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/neolithic-canine

Feature on ancient Nabataean irrigation:

https://www.greenprophet.com/2020/01/learning-the-art-of-ancient-irrigation-the-nabatean-way/

Feature on evidence for Noah’s flood:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/the-search-for-noahs-flood/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A ‘new’ building found at the site of Epidaurus’ Asklepion:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/new-building-found-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-sensaional-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38725-sensational-archaic-era-building-discovered-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-greece.html

Roman structural remains from a hotel site in Spain:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/01/27/roman-ruins-found-on-site-of-highly-anticipated-ikos-andalucia-hotel-on-spains-costa-del-sol/

Feature on the folks digging at Pylos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248847/article/ekathimerini/life/bonds-of-friendship-formed-at-pylos-archaeological-dig

Suggestion that Romans invented the hamburger:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/romans-may-invented-hamburger/

Feature on St Augustine:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43340/20200127/saint-augustine-the-bishop-who-brought-christianity-to-the-roman-empire.htm

Connecting Odysseus to the origins of Lisbon:

https://www.portugalresident.com/odysseus-ophiussa-and-the-origin-of-lisbon/

Feature on Hercules’ labours:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/12-labors-hercules.htm

On Greeks who shaped the Latin alphabet:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/02/the-unknown-story-of-the-greeks-who-shaped-the-latin-alphabet/

Hyping a talk about digs on various Cycladic islands:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248920/article/ekathimerini/life/progress-of-island-excavations-to-be-presented-in-athens

Mary Beard was contemplating the nude:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-shock-of-the-nude/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7936401/Artworks-female-nude-just-soft-porn-elite-says-classicist-Dame-Mary-Beard.html

… and getting reactions:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/29/mary-beard-should-stop-fretting-nudity-show-imagination/

… and more:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/31/mary-beard-sits-for-naked-portrait-in-new-bbc-programme
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/classicist-mary-beard-explains-why-230000089.html

What Gregory Aldrete is up to:

https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/faculty-staff/01/27/faculty-note-prof-gregory-aldrete-publishes-video-lecture-analyzing-roman-movies/

Mila Green was talking about the Roman diet:

http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_c3d43f7c-43cc-11ea-a4eb-4f9015f8d06d.html

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/lord-heseltine-could-launch-a-farage-style-fight-back/

Rick LaFleur explains the Classical connections in assorted news this week:

https://www.apalachtimes.com/opinion/20200129/secret-lives-of-words-crab-nebula-cankers-and-cranks

Nice feature on Madeline Miller’s books:

https://bookriot.com/2020/01/28/madeline-millers-books-deepened-my-appreciation-for-greek-mythology/

The ACE people were presenting at the British Museum:

http://aceclassics.org.uk/ace-world-of-the-hero-event-at-the-british-museum/

Announcing the Pompeii Artistic Landscape project:

https://isaw.nyu.edu/events/pompeii-artistic-landscape-project

Some ClassCon associated with Kobe Bryant:

https://people.com/sports/remembering-kobe-bryant-inside-life-legacy-sports-icon-doting-dad/

Feature (video) on Baiae:

https://www.wfaa.com/video/tech/science/amaze-lab/this-ancient-sunken-city-was-once-the-las-vegas-of-the-roman-empire/609-b02deddf-bc0a-43d7-9aa2-25b0b2c135dc

Greece believes Brexit will strengthen support for the Parthenon Marbles’ return:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-britain-marbles/brexit-will-strengthen-european-support-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-minister-idUSKBN1ZT1XF
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249029/article/ekathimerini/news/brexit-will-strengthen-european-support-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-minister

Feature on why Classics is good for kids:

https://unherd.com/2020/01/why-kids-today-need-a-classical-education/

On ancient Rome and post-Brexit tourism:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51279876

Ancient Greek literature is popular in China, apparently:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38752-greek-literature-appeals-to-massive-china-book-market.html

It’s that time of year when we get explanations of Roman numerals:

https://www.newsweek.com/super-bowl-roman-numerals-nfl-tradition-explained-1484403

Stephen Fry is turning his myth book into a musical:

https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/18200511.stephen-fry-announces-musical-project-based-book-greek-mythology/
https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/classical_music/stephen-fry-to-release-first-album-on-decca-with-composer-debbie-wiseman/

Someone has made a Via Egnatia app:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/01/28/via-egnatia-new-tourism-app-promote-macedonia-thrace/

What ‘The Good Place’ owes to the Romans:

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2020/01/29/what-the-philosophical-comedy-of-the-good-place-owes-to-the-romans

More on Meninx and purple dye:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html

More on the purported skull of Pliny the Elder:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-skull-might-belong-pliny-elder-180974055/
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/pliny-the-elder-pompeii-vesuvius-death-pliny-the-younger-ancient-rome-a9308706.html

More on the wall collapse in Colchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-seen-working-city-walls-17603046
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8365-200120-england-chester-wall

More on brain vitrification at Pompeii:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/614980/vesuvius-victims-brain-turned-to-glass
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/scientists-say-heat-from-mount-vesuvius-turned-a-victim-s-brain-into-glass

Applying the Melian dialogue to the impeachment trial:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/How-a-Greek-war-2-500-years-ago-applies-to-15010247.php

This is the first I’ve ever heard of a ‘Tacitus trap’:

https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/wuhan-coronavirus-and-the-tacitus-trap/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An Iron Age warrior burial found during house construction near Chichester:

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/national/3033857/rare-2000-year-old-grave-of-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-west-sussex/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/sword-reveals-iron-age-warriors-who-resisted-rome-2vwcd2sfc
https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/29/grave-of-ancient-iron-age-warrior-unearthed-in-incredibly-rare-discovery-12137943/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/incredibly-rare-2000-year-old-21377893

Remains of a possible Anglo-Saxon monastery site in Bath:

https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/anglo-saxon-buildings-bath-discovered-abbey-renovations-88298/
https://www.livescience.com/lost-monastery-discovered-england-first-king-coronation.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-oldest-anglo-saxon-structures-bath-180974097/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8384-200128-bath-anglo-saxon

I think we mentioned these four medieval warrior burials from Poland:

https://www.somagnews.com/mysterious-tombs-medieval-warriors-revealed-secrets/

A medieval (probably) shipwreck in the Vistula river:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C80428%2Chow-boat-massive-centuries-old-shipwreck-found-bottom-river-vistula.html
https://www.newsweek.com/underwater-archaeologists-shipwreck-wwii-bridge-1484177
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8391-200130-poland-vistula-river

A crate of Judaica items found under a synagogue in Poland (date?):

https://www.livescience.com/judaica-buried-artifacts-polish-synagogue.html
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/archaeologists-unearth-crate-of-historic-judaica-items-under-synagogue-in/article_cdb58213-d211-5ee7-81f1-77da65720189.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8389-200129-poland-synagogue-artifacts

Plans for a survey of the seabed off Jersey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51299755

Mystery shallow burial of 40+ skeletons with their hands tied behind their backs from Milton Keynes:

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/retro/exclusive-more-40-bodies-found-buried-under-building-site-near-milton-keynes-1378087
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10839828/mystery-42-bodies-found-milton-keynes/

Plans for that medieval shipwreck found off Newport:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51187955

Charles I’s ‘execution shirt’ is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/30/shirt-worn-by-charles-i-for-his-execution-to-go-on-display-in-london?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-is-stained-execution-shirt-go-display-180974103/

Restoration work on Nicosia’s collapsed Venetian walls has started:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/27/work-starts-on-nicosias-collapsed-venetian-walls/

Restoration of Richard III’s ‘family church’ at Fotheringhay is complete:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-51299155

Latest on the wreck of the London in the Thames Estuary:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-essex-51286343/race-against-time-to-save-london-shipwreck-in-thames-estuary

Not sure what’s being revealed here in Malta:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2020-01-26/local-news/Residents-say-more-archaeological-remains-unearthed-during-Central-Link-excavations-6736218892

How rum came to Flensburg (Germany):

https://www.dw.com/en/strong-drink-in-the-far-north-how-rum-came-to-flensburg/a-47164766

Feature on the history of Swansea’s copperworks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51310056

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.wfae.org/post/when-tide-goes-out-mudlarks-dig-thames-search-history

Hyping a program on ‘Britain’s Pompeii’:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1236678/archaeology-news-britain-pompeii-fens-cambridgeshire-bronze-age-beads-spt

More on the burials (including a priest) found at Lincoln Cathedral:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/29/rare-burial-site-of-priest-discovered-under-english-cathedral/

More on the medieval cesspit found beneath the Courtauld Gallery:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/26/medieval-treasures-sludge-cesspit-london
https://londonist.com/london/history/medieval-cesspit-somerset-house-courtauld
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-artifacts-found-london-cesspit-180974069/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8387-200128-london-medieval-cesspit
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of ‘hot pot’ creation at sites along the Amur River dating between 12 000 and 16 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoy-hph013120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-hot-pots-ancient-siberian-hunters.html

A possible Kushan site (2000 years bp) from Fatehabad:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/haryana-finds-2000-year-old-very-potential-site-of-kushan-era-6245951/
https://in.news.yahoo.com/haryana-finds-2-000-old-092207850.html

I think we mentioned this medieval sun god statue/relief find from Ambari:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/sun-god-emerges-from-earth-at-cotton-varsity/articleshow/73573399.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8381-200127-india-assam-sculpture

India has identified five ‘iconic’ sites which will be developed:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/explained-five-iconic-archaeological-sites-110415056.html
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/budget-2020-whats-special-about-the-5-archaeological-sites-that-will-be-developed-as-iconic-sites/548264

More on concerns for petroglyph sites in Australia in the wake of fires in New South Wales:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/02/grave-fears-held-for-thousands-of-rock-art-sites-after-bushfires-lay-bare-irrevocable-damage

More on evidence for banana cultivation and consumption some 3000 years bp on Pacific islands:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/university-of-otago/ancient-teeth-provide-clues-mystery
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200123095852.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8383-200127-vanuatu-banana-plaque

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NORTH AMERICA
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500-1000 years bp human remains from near Port Angeles:

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/ancient-human-remains-found-olympic-discovery-trail-clallam-county/281-1d051e3a-641f-474e-840c-419c31ad4f58
https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/bones-found-near-port-angeles-likely-500-1000-years-old/

Remains of a 19th century settlement along the Manatee River that was a slave refuge:

https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article239752463.html

A ‘Bermuda Triangle’ (why?) shipwreck find off St Augustine:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-wreckage-ship-tied-bermuda-triangle.html
https://www.staugustine.com/news/20200129/bermuda-triangle-shipwreck-located-near-st-augustine

Abstract of an article on early metallurgy in Alaska:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00438243.2019.1708785

Skull analysis suggests a rather diverse group were among the first to settle in North America (9000-13 000 years bp):

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-skulls-story-settlers.html
https://www.livescience.com/skulls-from-first-north-americans-diverse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/osu-ast012320.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-ena012220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200129143344.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-skulls-early-settlers-north-america-scientists-1484918
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-skulls-from-mexico-surprisingly-diverse
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/four-of-north-americas-oldest-human-skulls-dont-look-much-alike
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8393-200130-north-america-skulls

Some major Cahokia revisionism based on archaeology:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/01/27/new-study-debunks-myth-of-cahokias-native-american-lost-civilization/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc–nsd012720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-debunks-myth-cahokia-native-american.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200127145457.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/ancient-poop-reveals-what-happened-after-the-fall-of-cahokia/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-human-faeces-dispel-the-myth-of-cahokia-s-lost-civilisation
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/native-americans-abandoned-cahokias-massive-mounds-but-the-story-doesnt-end

… related:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/805765

Arguing about the age of the mounds at LSU:

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/letters/article_7d75d120-4134-11ea-b48d-cbf9a5b17c96.html

Renovations in store for Susan B. Anthony’s childhood home:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/susan-b-anthonys-childhood-home-getting-renovated-180974088/

Feature on doing underwater archaeology in Lake Minnetonka:

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/lakeshore_weekly/news/how-minnesota-s-only-underwater-archaeologists-find-wrecks-in-lake/article_3f5a536e-ad80-5fd0-b955-3372672a7ee9.html

Feature on preserving African-American history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/03/the-fight-to-preserve-african-american-history

Feature on the Erie Canal:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/01/28/800025377/the-erie-canal-as-a-model-of-how-to-build-big-projects-again

Feature on Toltec Mounds:

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jan/28/toltec-mounds-hold-hundreds-of-years-of/

More on that 12 500 years bp Paleoindian site in Avon:

https://www.postbulletin.com/news/nation/after-uncovering–year-old-site-in-avon-conn-years/article_c157bc1c-42c6-11ea-bb9e-6bcc84cbbec6.html
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/nation/after-uncovering–year-old-site-in-avon-conn-years/article_6c6d8306-218c-50cf-9f93-80c0c5140b79.html

More on that Civil War-era ‘witch bottle’ find from Virginia:

https://www.livescience.com/witch-bottle-civil-war.html
https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-witch-bottle-20200201-tsxnybcse5gqfnh2yfvkvsvbui-story.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/witch-bottle-used-to-ward-off-evil-spirits-found-at-us-civil-war-fort/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-witch-bottle-full-nails-found-virginia-180974058/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 2000 years bp inscribed monolith from northern Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/peru-ancient-monolith-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8392-200130-peru-monolith-scan

More on that 14th century ‘steambath’ from Mexico City:

https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/14th-century-steambath-discovered-in-mexico-city/

—–
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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How archaeologists know where to dig:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-archaeologists-know-where-to-dig

Feature on Spain’s Joaldunak festival:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/AP-PHOTOS-Ancient-carnival-in-Spain-wards-off-15023838.php

Linking archaeology and the natural sciences:

https://www.israel21c.org/archeology-doesnt-belong-in-the-past-says-israeli-expert/

A history of playing cards:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/01/30/articulo/1580391494_442459.html

Pondering who owns art recovered from shipwrecks:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-asks-who-owns-art-shipwreck-180974081/

Some folks have created a game-based virtual archaeology field school:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoia-tcg012920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-team-game-based-virtual-archaeology-field.html

A number of items were seized from the Brussels Art Fair:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/92396/around-30-works-of-art-seized-from-brussels-art-fair-exhibition-insult-merchants-suspicious/

An early entry in the origins of April Fool’s day items:

https://parade.com/985732/kelseypelzer/april-fools-day-origin/

On the history of quarantines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51308542

On the history of toilets:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-earliest-toilets-say-about-how-human-civilization-has-evolved

In case you’re wondering about Notre Dame’s bees:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/31/they-survived-fire-and-lead-poisoning-so-what-happened-next-to-notre-dames-bees-aoe

On trying to solve ancient mathematical problems:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/tales-of-impossibility-david-s-richeson

A missing football trophy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/sports/football/super-bowl-trophy-lost.html

The University of California has cancelled its Elsevier subscription (!):

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00758-x?sf208724643=1

What was happening around the world 100 years ago:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/01/1920-photos-100-years-ago/605794/

Feature on the Yeti in Nepal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51192640

Beethoven was able to hear his final symphony, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/01/beethoven-not-completely-deaf-says-musicologist

Isaac Newton wrote some of his manuscripts in Greek:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/part-of-isaac-newtons-manuscripts-were-written-in-greek/

On Venice’s oldest coffee house:

https://www.wantedinmilan.com/news/venice-worlds-oldest-coffee-house-celebrates-300-years.html

Belfast’s opera house is getting some renovation work:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51281886

Humans aren’t always to blame for genetic diversity loss:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/humans-not-always-to-blame-for-genetic-diversity-loss

Latest attempt to address sexual harassment in archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoa-api012920.php

Feature on the discovery of Antarctica:

https://www.livescience.com/antarctica-discovered-200-years-ago-exploration.html

More on the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/arts/design/mystic-lamb-ghent-altarpiece-van-eyck.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/29/actualidad/1580315625_523631.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/29/iraqi-discoveries-help-shed-light-on-british-museum-treasures
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1620656/art-culture
https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/ancient-iraq-new-discoveries

Arte del Mar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/arts/design/arte-del-mar-caribbean-art.html

Desert Empires:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/arts/design/sahel-review-metropolitan-museum.html

Chagall and the Greek World:

https://www.monaco-tribune.com/en/2020/01/video-exhibition-marc-chagall-and-the-greek-world/

North Bersted Man:

https://www.bognor.co.uk/education/who-mystery-warrior-noviums-north-bersted-man-exhibition-reveals-secrets-iron-age-warrior-1380131

Pregnancy Portraits:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/31/great-expectations-arts-struggle-to-depict-pregnancy
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/portraying-pregnancy-exhibition-the-founding-museum-wellness/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/26/799629311/london-museum-explores-5-centuries-of-pregnancy-portraits
https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/portraying-pregnancy/

Items from George Way’s collection are going to various museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/arts/design/george-way-collection.html

Mesara has a new archaeological museum:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/archaeological-museum-of-mesara-opens/224886/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/28/islands-of-the-winds-exhibition-opens-new-archaeological-museum-of-mesara/

More on the fire in the Museum of Chinese in America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-likely-destroyed-85000-relics-held-museum-chinese-america-180974061/
https://gothamist.com/news/museum-chinese-america-archives-very-much-salvageable-after-fire
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Picasso’s granddaughter is selling a bunch of his works:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/picassos-granddaughter-auction-trove-works-paper-cut-outs-drawings/

A preview of an upcoming ancient coin auction:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/ancient-coin-previews-from-tauler-and-fau-auction-50/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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This seems to be a new (?) method of using isotopes in tooth enamel to determine geographic origins of ancient humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoa-rdm012820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200128142749.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-method-geographic-ancient-humans.html

On digital approaches to papyrus research:

https://medium.com/sci-five-university-of-basel/solving-ancient-puzzles-73dfaab76b92
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest find is that some African populations have Neanderthal ancestry:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-modern-africans-europeans-neanderthal-ancestry.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/pu-nsi012420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200130112000.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/30/neanderthal-genes-found-for-first-time-in-african-populations
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/science/neanderthal-dna-africa.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-genetic-analysis-reveals-modern-africans-have-some-neandertal-dna
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/everyone-has-neanderthal-dna-in-their-genome-new-genetic-analysis-shows
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8394-200131-africa-neanderthal-dna

… and the Neanderthal genes suggest an earlier migration from Africa, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/science/ancient-dna-africa.html

On extracting DNA from museum samples:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dna-museum-samples-reveal-genetic.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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A walk through Jerusalem on a newly-opened wall:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/golgotha-to-the-six-day-war-stroll-through-time-on-a-newly-opened-old-city-wall/

Tunis:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200125-why-tunis-could-be-the-new-rome

Hadrian’s Villa:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/hadrians-villa-in-tivoli.html

Pantheon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-pantheon-is-italys-top-tourist-site.html

Sicily:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/travel/2020/01/31/sicily-cultural-sites-among-most-visited_7883b4dc-323c-437e-8704-c42a43179a0b.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Odyssey:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/01/aquila-theatre-delivers-subpar-odyssey/

Medea:

https://observer.com/2020/01/medea-bam-rose-byrne-bobby-cannavale-review/
http://phindie.com/20964-nyc-medea-bam-euripides-should-sue/
http://www.playbill.com/article/medea-starring-rose-byrne-and-bobby-cannavale-opens-at-bam
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CRIME BEAT
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Cybercrime hits a museum in Holland:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/31/actualidad/1580468885_936048.html

An attempt to rob an antiquities store in Saqqara was foiled:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/police-foil-attempt-to-rob-unlisted-saqqara-antiquities-store-with-12-mummies/

On that attempt to steal a copy of the Magna Carta a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/27/bystanders-and-glass-case-foiled-plot-to-steal-magna-carta-court-told-salisbury-cathedral
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51264116
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51315721

Plenty of coins found in the home of an ‘antiquities robber’ in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/275159
https://www.timesofisrael.com/coins-from-5th-century-bce-found-in-trove-seized-from-home-of-antiquities-thief/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/arab-antiquities-thief-caught-with-232-ancient-coins/2020/01/27/

Some items stolen from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum have been recovered in Washington state:

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200201/ancient-mystery-who-stole-haffenreffer-museum-artifacts

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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More on that Columbus letter being returned to Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/23/us/christopher-columbus-stolen-copy-letter-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8386-200128-columbus-plannck-letter
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NUMISMATICA
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That Jersey Iron Age coin hoard found back in 2012 is ‘record breaking’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-51327021

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n05.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2941-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-19-through-january-25-2020
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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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