Explorator 23.04 ~ May 17, 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,
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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Some bladed tools and pendants from Bulgaria, once credited to Neanderthals, are now being credited to homo sapiens:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-species-earliest-modern-artifacts-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/nyu-nrd050820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200511112604.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bacho-kiro-homo-sapiens-08420.html

… spinning the above into more of a ‘humans and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for longer than previously thought”:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52614870
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/11/humans-and-neanderthals-co-existed-in-europe-far-longer-than-thought
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2259-z
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8691-200512-bacho-kiro-cave

… or that homo sapiens reached Europe earlier than previously thought:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tooth-offers-evidence-modern-humans-150007829.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/bulgarian-fossils-show-early-arrival-of-homo-sapiens-into-europe-627712
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-tooth-changes-everything-we-know-about-humans-reaching-europe-1.8836555
https://www.dw.com/en/bulgarian-fossils-suggest-homo-sapiens-arrived-in-europe-earlier-than-previously-thought/a-53399586
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/these-are-the-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-ever-found-in-europe/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-05-11/hallados-los-fosiles-mas-antiguos-de-nuestra-especie-en-europa.html

Suggestion Neanderthals may have been making leather:

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/05/08/Neanderthals-preferred-bovine-bones-for-leather-making-tools/1381588959930/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8692-200513-neanderthal-bone-tools

Studying the effects of the landscape inhabited by Neanderthals in the pre-Pyranees:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-landscape-pre-pyrenees-inhabited-neanderthals.html

Studying changes in tool making techniques by hominins in China some 1.1 million years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-early-humans-china-technology-climate.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/early-humans-in-china-innovated-technology-to-adapt-to-climate-change-1-million-years-ago/129087

Studying stone tolls as evidence of the evolution of self control:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoy-rte051320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-evolution-self-control.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200513121645.htm

Feature on five important skulls in the development of human evolution theories:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/5-skulls-that-shook-up-the-story-of-human-evolution

Pondering when homo sapiens first appeared:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/when-did-homo-sapiens-first-appear

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence that humans handled the eruption of Toba some 74000 years bp just fine:

https://www.sciencealert.com/stone-tools-show-how-humans-survived-a-supervolcano-eruption-74-000-years-ago
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AFRICA
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Studying affinities between Acheulean and Mousterian periods in Africa and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-highlights-african-affinities-southwestern-european.html

Late Pleistocene footprints from Tanzania apparently provide evidence for a division of labour among humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/sr-aff050720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-archaeology-fossilized-footprints-ancient-humans.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-volcano-eruption-tanzania-tribe-women-footprints-a9514776.html
https://theconversation.com/prehistoric-human-footprints-reveal-a-rare-snapshot-of-ancient-human-group-behavior-138502
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/africa/fossilized-human-footprints-africa-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-biggest-collection-ancient-human-footprints-found
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-64095-0
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/05/hundreds-of-fossilized-human-footprints-provide-a-glimpse-of-ancient-life-in-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8698-200515-tanzania-footprints-trackway

Evidence of dairying by hunter-gatherers in Lesotho in the first millennium CE:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-chemical-evidence-dairying-hunter-gatherers-lesotho.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uob-ceo050620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200511112611.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8693-200513-hunter-gatherer-dairying

Evidence of 1000 years bp tsunami victims from Tanzania:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/1000-year-old-bones-oldest-known-east-africa-tsunami-victims/

Feature on the Pinnacle Point region/site of South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-lost-world-extinct-ecosystem.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/a-lost-world-and-extinct-ecosystem-for-archaeologists/129144

… and a similar sort of thing on the Paleo-Agulhas Plain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoc–eht051520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-early-humans-south-african-landscape.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/drowned-paleo-agulhas-plain-was-an-eden-for-early-humans/129190
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Pondering whether Ramses II was the Pharaoh of Moses:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86762/Is-Ramses-II-the-Pharaoh-of-Moses

This week’s virtual tours included Ka’aba’s Keys:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86682/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-organises-a-guided-video

… and something called ‘Forgotten Tales’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86611/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-presents-Forgotten-Tales

… and the Ismailia Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86621/In-Pics-Visit-Ismailia-Museum-during-house-quarantine

More on that mummification workshop complex from Saqqara:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-egypt-embalming-secrets-scli-intl/index.html

More on the movement of sphinxes to Tahrir Square:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-relocated-four-ancient-sphinxes-despite-archaeologist-protests-180974844/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/5/12/transfer-of-sphinxes-to-cairo-square-continues-to-polarise

Evidence of human presence in Iran’s Rey is at least 8000 years old:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447936/Human-life-in-Iran-s-Rey-is-as-old-as-8-000-years-archaeologist

20 late Sassanid-era inscriptions from Naqsh-e Rostam (Iran):

https://ifpnews.com/20-new-inscriptions-found-in-irans-naqsh-e-rostam-necropolis

Evidence of an 18th century polo field from Lorestan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447898/Centuries-old-polo-field-discovered-in-western-Iran

A survey in Sefidkuh of Makran (Iran):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeological-survey-and-ethnoarchaeological-studies-in-sefidkuh-of-makran-iran/129091

Just in time for Lag B’Omer, a Bar-Kochba era coin find from the foot of Temple Mount:

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/iaa-reveals-rare-coin-dating-to-the-bar-kochba-revolt-11-may-2020.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-1900-year-old-Bar-Kochba-coin-unveiled-ahead-of-Lag-Baomer-627638
https://www.jns.org/rare-bar-kochba-era-coin-discovered-at-foot-of-temple-mount/
http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/05/rare-coin-from-bar-kochba-revolt-discovered-at-the-foot-of-the-temple-mount/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/05/a-rare-coin-commemorates-a-brief-moment-of-jewish-freedom-from-roman-rule/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/05/11/rare-bar-kochba-era-coin-discovered-at-foot-of-temple-mount/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-war-trophy-of-a-roman-soldier-rare-bar-kochba-coin-found-in-jerusalem-1.8840864
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bar-kokhba-revolt-coin-08434.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/rare-coin-from-bar-kokhba-revolt-discovered-in-jerusalem/

Pondering the collapse of farming by early Christians in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-perfect-storm-how-early-christian-farming-in-the-negev-collapsed-1.8836984

Suggestion that the Palestinian Authority is demolishing/paving over a Hasmonean-era fortress:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/pa-systematically-demolishing-hasmonean-dynasty-fortress-report-627714
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280021

Feature on the Baal Shamin Temple in Swieda:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bar-kokhba-revolt-coin-08434.html

Feature on the Jordan Trail:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/06/discover-the-jordan-trail-an-epic-path-that-passes-through-petra/

Feature on Merv:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/merv-the-great-the-city-of-several-cities/129053

Feature on Serjilla (Syria):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/serjilla-the-dead-city/129068

Some sort of dispute over the Ein Yael Museum on Greek Orthodox Patriarchate land:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/greek-orthodox-patriarchate-seeking-to-remove-ein-yael-museum-from-land-627648

More on ‘architectural planning’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-geometry-earliest-temple-built-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200512134520.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/afot-ggc051220.php
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-find-hidden-pattern-at-gobekli-tepe-1.8799837
https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-researchers-unveil-architecture-secrets-of-words-oldest-temple-627777
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/world/gobekli-tepe-building-discovery-trnd-scn/index.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/the-worlds-earliestknown-temple-was-built-11500-years-ago-with-geometry-in-mind/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/gobekli-tepes-construction-11500-years-ago-was-guided-by-geometry/129063
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8696-200514-turkey-goebekli-tepe

In case you’re keeping track of folks looking for Noah’s Ark:

https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20200511/augusta-man-part-of-effort-to-find-noahrsquos-ark
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An interesting leather ‘mouse’ (looks like a lizard to me) find from Vindolanda:

https://www.vindolanda.com/news/roman-leather-mouse-discovered
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/16/practical-joke-or-toy-leather-mouse-shows-romans-playful-side

A Thracian burial mound from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/04/28/ostrich-egg-vessel-silver-thracian-horseman-found-in-roman-era-burial-mound-near-bulgarias-lyaskovets/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8684-200511-bulgaria-thracian-mound

A 2nd century CE sarcophagus from Ostia:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-at-ostia-antica.html

Remains of a ‘Hellenist’ banquet at Tel Bet Yerah:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/feast-of-snails-and-pig-sheds-life-on-hellenist-life-in-ancient-galilee-628024
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-greeks-made-the-most-of-a-feast-with-donkey-toes-and-gazelle-brains-bvrbjdv9q

Studies of aerial surveys of the UK are identifying more evidence of settlements and roads from Roman Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/13/amateur-archaeologists-redraw-map-of-roman-britain-from-home

… (but it’s apparently later period things too):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/12/roman-roads-prehistoric-burial-mounds-uncovered-archaeologists/

Excavations at Olympus will be starting soon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/olympus-excavations-to-start-in-july-154798

In case you missed the coverage of vandalism at Caerleon:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerleon-roman-newport-vandalism-ancient-18254945

Feature on ancient Greek astronomical discoveries:

https://www.livescience.com/astronomical-discoveries-ancient-greece.html

Another feature on that ring purportedly depicting Caesonia (I doubt it):

https://mymodernmet.com/caligula-sapphire-ring-marlborough-gem/

Feature on Roman/barbarian relations along the Danube:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/barbarians-rome-legions-battled-along-danube-400-years/

Feature on the mosaics at Fishbourne Palace:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roll-up-roman-mosaics-fishbourne-palace/

On assorted ancient legends:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/05/10/babelia/1589132868_717840.html

Feature on a nice collection of Roman lamps:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/gallery/arts/30565/how-romans-lit-up-their-lives-highlights-of-west-berks-museum-collection.html

Feature on Fascist archaeology in Mussolini’s Rome:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/fascist-archeology-mussolinis-rome

Feature on Archimedes:

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/late-great-engineers-archimedes-of-syracuse/

Feature on Perpetua:

https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/perpetua-rare-female-voice-from-antiquity/

Feature on Epicurus:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/epicurus-was-not-as-bad-as-he-is-portrayed/

Feature on the Minotaur:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/minotaur.htm

Feature on taxes in the Roman Empire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/high-taxes-were-always-a-problem-so-what-new/69138

Review of Helen Morales, *Antigone Rising*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/13/antigone-rising-by-helen-morales-review-the-greek-myths-get-subversive

Seems to be reviews of assorted works on Classics:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/05/13/babelia/1589377048_713511.html?event_log=oklogin

Emily Wilson is reading a series of passages from her Odyssey translation:

https://theweek.com/speedreads/914618/groundbreaking-classicist-irreverently-acting-odyssey-youtube-great

… here’s the first one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az0Qxcf_ms4

An interview with Joy Connolly (two parts):

https://eidolon.pub/dont-panic-d30378448e79
https://eidolon.pub/speaking-with-joy-connolly-d37b263b4ef3

… and one with Donna Zuckerberg:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/randi_zuckerberg_on_donna_zuckerberg_greek_classics_20200510

Nice feature on Latin teacher Mark Rehagen:

https://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2020/may/11/helias-latin-teacher-mark-rehagen-exudes-thirst-knowledge/827126/

… and one on Elizabeth Solomon:

https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/carpe-diem-gloucester-teacher-brings-latin-to-life-in-the-time-of-covid-ixx/article_63458ed4-f8f4-52d9-8382-114c75177b7b.html

Washington University students did well in CAMWS’s Latin translation contest:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/washu-students-among-winners-camws-latin-translation-contest

More on Roman law coming to play in a High Court appeal case:

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-legal-scholar-helps-net-court-win-battle-over-fish-carnforth-lakes-2849486

More assorted pieces on Gladiator’s 20th anniversary:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8309309/Gladiators-savage-screen-battles-TOM-LEONARD-examines-went-scenes.html
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/gladiator-turns-20-many-of-the-most-famous-scenes-were-filmed-in-morocco-s-ait-benhaddou-1.1018271
https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/gladiator-spectacle-20-years-later/

More on that sinkhole by the Pantheon and the pavement revealed:

https://www.livescience.com/sinkhole-pantheon-rome-ancient-paving-stones.html

More on that hotel blocking the view of the Acropolis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/11/athens-hotel-ordered-demolish-top-floors-blocking-acropolis-view-greece

Haven’t had a ‘Thucydides’ Trap’ piece in a while:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/175401

Someone painted Boris Johnson as a Roman emperor:

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18443807.boris-johnson-painted-roman-emperor-brighton-artist/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Possible remains of a Neolithic quay near Newgrange:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeologists-find-neolithic-quay-newgrange

I think we mentioned this Tap O’Noth Pictish hillfort find:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-52660032
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18450808.archaeologists-reveal-mind-blowing-find-biggest-pictish-site-ever/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8697-200515-scotland-pictish-settlement

Medieval warrior burials from Pomerania with a Scandinavian connection:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/four-warriors-buried-in-11th-century-tombs-in-pomerania-poland-came-from-scandinavia-say-scientists/129132

I think we mentioned this 17th/18th century makula find from Croatia:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/valuable-piece-of-croatian-warrior-heritage-found-at-krka-national-park/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8687-200511-croatia-artillery-weapon

Norway plans to excavated the Gjellestad Viking ship to properly conserve it:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-fungus-excavation.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/05/11/norway-to-excavate-viking-ship-first-time-in-100-years/#72ea0143636f
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/race-to-unearth-rotting-viking-longship-t3gq2n3nv
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/norway-funds-excavation-of-1-200-year-old-viking-ship
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25708/20200516/norway-excavating-first-viking-ship-115-years-needs-save-fungus.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-century-norway-will-excavate-viking-ship-burial-180974854/
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-will-excavate-a-viking-ship-for-the-firs-1843483254

As briefly mentioned in the previous section, assorted volunteers perusing aerial surveys at home are finding plenty of sites in the UK from various periods:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dozens-prehistoric-roman-medieval-sites.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-may-13-2020-1860516
https://observer.com/2020/05/archaeology-aerial-imagery-reveals-roman-civilization-remains/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-make-discoveries-during-lockdown-180974886/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8695-200514-england-aerial-images

‘Magnet fishermen’ found a number of interesting lead cubes in the River Sowe in Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/mystery-60-peculiar-cubes-inscriptions-18232422

Trying to assess the intensity of some 18th century Italian earthquakes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-lettere-patenti-intensity-historic-central.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200514092638.htm

Water pipe work in Wales revealed items associated with a WWI training site:

https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/18440437.findings-historic-first-world-war-training-site-unearthed-welsh-water-pipe-renewal-work-bodelwyddan-castle-site/

Plans to excavate a Nazi ‘death valley’ site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-plan-to-excavate-nazi-death-valley/129183

The remains of a synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht in Frankfurt:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/german-synagogue-destroyed-on-kristallnacht-uncovered-by-archaeologists-627732

The dock which housed the Beagle is given protected status:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-52576727
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/19th-century-dock-built-to-accommodate-the-hms-beagle-designated-a-scheduled-monument/129024
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dock-where-darwins-hms-beagle-last-moored-gets-protected-status-180974853/

Artifacts from the HMS Hunter will have a permanent home:

https://www.shorelinebeacon.com/news/local-news/permanent-home-for-hms-hunter-in-southampton

Feature on sites associated with the Baltic Crusades:

https://theconversation.com/rewilding-lessons-from-the-medieval-baltic-crusades-137538

Feature on food culture in Ireland before the potato:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/what-was-the-food-culture-in-ireland-before-the-potato-1.4245606

Feature on Silbury Hill:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/silbury-hill-britains-giant-prehistoric-mound/129169

Feature on San Severino:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/san-severino-di-centola

More on medieval ‘carvings’ from a Guildford cave:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/medieval-carvings-found-in-cave-near-guildford.htm

More on Cyprus arguing over title to shipwrecks off its shores:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/cypriot-officials-wreck-hunters-dispute-title-to-ancient-artifacts

More on Picts not eating fish:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotlands-ancient-picts-ate-no-fish-despite-seaside-settlements-180974840/

More on a fort associated with William Wallace:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18442070.hidden-fort-believed-home-william-wallace/

More on the damage caused by medieval arrows:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/medieval-english-longbow-could-cause-trauma-similar-to-gunshot-wounds/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-arrows-inflicted-injuries-mirror-damage-caused-modern-bullets-180974845/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/medieval-arrows-caused-injuries-similar-to-gunshot-wounds-study-finds/

More on melting ice in Norway revealing all sorts of artifacts:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-treasure-lost-mountain-trail.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 5300 years bp ‘huge settlement’ site near Zhengzhou:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/12/content_76034051.htm

Evidence of an interesting 4000 years bp burial practice from Sunjiagang:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/11/content_76029122.htm

A Song Dynasty tomb from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/10/c_139045388.htm

A Han Dynasty cliff tomb, also from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/15/c_139059215.htm

… and apparently 6000 other burials have been found in Sichuan recently:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/over-6000-ancient-tombs-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-china/129107

The New York Times had a series of features relating to the Silk Road (all different; all paywalled):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/china-desert.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/buddha-statues-face.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/silk-road-tbilisi-georgia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/silk-road-travel-issue.html

Pondering hares in Neolithic China:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-happened-to-neolithic-china-s-farmers-bad-hare-days-1.8839998

Making connections (genetic and otherwise) between Harappans and South Asians:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/majority-south-asians-are-descendants-of-harappans-835741.html

Remains of 16th century fortifications near the Kyoto Imperial Palace:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13370354
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8694-200514-japan-castle-walls

The remains of the USS Nevada were located off Oahu:

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Sunken-remains-of-famed-battleship-USS-Nevada-15266912.php
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/13/nation/sunken-remains-famed-battleship-uss-nevada-found-off-hawaii/
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article242644461.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-battleship-survived-pearl-harbor-and-nuclear-bomb-tests-found-180974860/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/05/uss-nevada-shipwreck-discovered-pacific/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8690-200512-uss-nevada-battleship

Another feature on the fall of Angkor Wat:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/how-kings-created-angkor-wat-then-lost-it/

More on humans in Polynesia earlier than previously thought:

https://eos.org/articles/humans-colonized-polynesia-much-earlier-than-previously-thought

More on the turtle sculpture found at Angkor:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-turtle-shell-held-secret-treasure
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-drain-angkor-reservoir-and-discover-stone-turtle-and-other-artifacts-180974849/

More on possible influences for the Mulan story:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8308681/Skeletons-two-warrior-women-lived-1-500-years-ago-inspired-story-Mulan.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25676/20200513/two-1-500-year-old-bones-warrior-women-inspired-mulan.htm
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/mongolian-warrior-women-skeletons-mulan-1860144
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NORTH AMERICA
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The rise of Cahokia is connected to the development of corn agriculture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoia-crp051420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-cahokia-parallels-onset-corn-agriculture.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200514131737.htm
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Cahokia-8217-s-rise-parallels-onset-of-corn-15275103.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/the-rise-of-cahokia-north-americas-first-city-paralleled-the-onset-of-corn-agriculture/129114

Flooding around Williams Lake (BC) has damaged archaeological sites:

https://www.wltribune.com/news/river-valley-flooding-destroys-archaeological-sites-uncovers-others/

Construction of a retirement community in Santa Fe revealed some 19th century burials:

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Graves-uncovered-at-site-reveal-part-of-Santa-Fe-15260596.php

Petroglyphs in Utah County were vandalized:

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/ancient-native-american-rock-art-vandalized-in-utah-county
https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2020/05/14/rmw-its-like-seeing-a-graveyard-vandalized-petroglyph-damaged-at-gunlock-state-park/#.XsFFsxNyphE

Not sure I follow this study of underwater ‘choke points’ and their connection to the people of the Americas from Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uok-ssr051220.php

On chilli pepper in Chinese history/culture:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3084327/history-chilli-pepper-chinese-culture-poor-mans-spice-symbol
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Charcoal has dated fires in the Aktun Ha cenote to 10 000 years bp:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/scientists-find-evidence-of-fires-built-in-yucatan-cave/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8689-200512-mexico-ancient-bonfires

Studying the organic remains from the Maya city of Ceibal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bones-tell-tale-maya-settlement-180974852/

Interesting boa bone beads (date?) from the Lesser Antilles:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-bmo051420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-beads-boa-bones-lesser-antilles.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8699-200515-caribbean-boa-constrictors
—–
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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Feature on Walter Raleigh’s search for El Dorado:

https://www.livescience.com/walter-raleighs-quest-for-el-dorado.html

There’s a ‘hyper resolution’ image of the Night Watch available online now:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rembrandt-the-night-watch-online-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52657164

Interesting explanation for accounts of the ‘disappearance’ of the moon some 900 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/disappearing-moon-caused-by-forgotten-volcano.html

An examination of the Leningrad Codex suggests there were many corrections and revisions to the text:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-scholars-find-corrections-erasures-revisions-in-oldest-biblical-manuscript-1.8839643

Feature on Victorian mothers ‘hiding themselves’ in their babies’ photos:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/05/victorian-mothers-hidden-photos-their-babies/611347/

Feature on 19th century ‘female husbands’:

https://aeon.co/essays/may-we-all-be-so-brave-as-19th-century-female-husbands

Feature on Lady Hester Stanhope:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/17/lady-hester-stanhope-middle-east-explorer-queen-of-the-desert

Another feature on toilet paper in history:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-of-toilet-paper

Pondering the relationship between history and science:

https://aeon.co/essays/if-history-was-more-like-science-would-it-predict-the-future?

On the roots of writing:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-roots-of-writing-lie-in-hopes-and-dreams-not-in-accounting

Pondering Foucault:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-foucaults-work-on-power-is-more-important-than-ever

Concerns for the Scream:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scream-painting-munch-moisture-light-cadmium-deteriorating
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/the-scream-painting-preservation-edvard-munch-scn/index.html

Remembering Thor Heyerdhahl’s voyages 50 years ago:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/1970-explorer-thor-heyerdahl-atlantic-crossing-egyptians

Feature on Anna Jarvis (creator of Mother’s Day):

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-52589173

Feature on dogs in the Getty collection:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/10-dogs-we-love-from-the-getty-collection/

Feature on the role of women in language change:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200507-the-women-who-created-a-new-language

Pondering giants:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-giants-ever-exist-the-question-isnt-as-crazy-as-it-sounds

On the ‘middle finger gesture’:

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-middle-finger-agincourt/false-claim-middle-finger-gesture-derives-from-english-soldiers-at-the-battle-of-agincourt-in-1415-idUSKBN22Q2NL

More on the earliest documented case of a person killed by a meteorite:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-meteorite-killed-a-man-in-iraq-in-1888-historic-records-suggest
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CORONACOPIA
================================================================
Biblical archaeology is another victim of the pandemic:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/biblical-archaeology-another-casualty-of-the-coronavirus-627908
https://aleteia.org/2020/05/15/biblical-archaeology-another-victim-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/

… and the Mojacar dig (Spain) is without archaeologists because of the pandemic too:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/15/coronavirus-crisis-leaves-mojacar-dig-on-spains-costa-almeria-without-archaeologists-this-summer/

On Greek mythology and Covid-19:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/virtual-greek-holiday/

Feature on Socrates and the Plague of Athens:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/socrates-and-the-plague-of-athens-kpkn/

‘Myrtis’ has been brought back for call-to-action purposes in Greece:

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/ancient-athenian-girl-brought-back-to-life-to-fight-coronavirus-pandemic

What we can learn from the collapse of Ugarit and Mycenae:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/opinion/coronavirus-inequality-history.html

The Colosseum is pondering the post Covid-19 era:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-colosseum-looks-to-the-post-covid-19-era.html

… as is Venice:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-future-covid-19/index.html

Petra is feeling the Covid-19 impact:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/15/ghosts-replace-crowds-as-covid-19-rattles-jordans-ancient-city-of-petra

Finding Covid-19 inspiration in a 7000 years bp bit of pottery from Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/ancient-pottery-item-reminder-of-unity-against-covid-19-pandemic

Feature on Matthew Maty and smallpox:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/matthew-maty-smallpox-british-museum/

On the potential fate of the handshake in the post-Covid-19 era:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/12/the-handshake-ancient-greek-gesture-may-fade-away-in-post-coronavirus-era/

On how pandemics of the past have ended:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html

An interesting Indonesian culinary response to plagues in the past:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200506-a-javanese-dish-to-banish-the-plague

A ‘Big Read’ of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner seems to be resonating:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/rime-ancient-mariner-was-made-2020/611602/
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/the-epic-poem-you-need-for-quarantine

The Solstice goings-on at Stonehenge have been cancelled this year:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-52619549

… but it will be livestreamed:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/stonehenge-summer-solstice-livestream

A Pompeii exhibition has been postponed in Orlando:

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/os-et-orlando-science-center-pompeii-postponed-20200513-ruxc73jz5rhkvfivjgzlambkca-story.html

Connecting vivd dreams, art, and Covid-19:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200512-what-do-our-dreams-mean

The online Dig School is an interesting Covid-19 response:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/digital-dig-school-archaeology

Not sure if we’ve mentioned St Corona yet:

https://www.dw.com/en/was-st-corona-the-patron-saint-of-epidemics/a-53424801

Nice collection of features on various ancient/Biblical plagues and the like:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/plagues/

Interview with Howard Markel on the lessons of the 1918 flu epidemic:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/15/855319598/what-the-1918-flu-can-teach-us-about-handling-todays-pandemic

On history’s most deadly pandemics:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/historys-most-deadly-pandemics-from-the-antonine-plague-to-covid-19

On ancient pandemics and present survival:

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/05/ancient-pandemics-coronaviruses-virions-DNA-humans

On the lack of memorials to the 1918 epidemic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/business/1918-flu-memorials.html

I think we mentioned this 1000 years bp mill going back to work during the pandemic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-mill-grinds-again-supply-flour-uk-180974830/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Relating DNA to the transition from hunter-gathering to agricultural economies in East Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/caos-adu051320.php
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01456-9

Evidence of Beothuk DNA still existing:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/dna-canada-first-nations-ancestral-story

Interesting study of DNA in Peru suggests populations 9000 years bp were genetically distinct from others (and more):

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-andes-analysed
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/ancient-dna-reveals-staying-power-early-people-andes
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8688-200511-pre-columbian-andes

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ANIMAL DOMESTICATION
================================================================
On donkey domestication and the Early Bronze Age:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/05/donkey-domestication
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED
================================================================
Hype for Classics Week at Christie’s:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/classic-week-christies-online-june-2-19
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2020/christie-s-to-stage-classic-week-as-series-of-online-auctions/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Piranesi:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/in-focus-piranesi-the-architect-artist-and-engraver-whose-fantasy-buildings-won-him-300-years-of-fame-214858

Victorian Radicals:

https://britishart.yale.edu/multimedia-video/28/8583

Picasso:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/museum_of_cycladic_art_s_picasso_exhibition_honored_at_global_fine_art_awards-300966/

Soviet Occupation of Berlin:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/moscows-jewish-museum-uploads-unseen-photos-of-berlins-soviet-occupiers-627817

The British Museum plans on replaying its Pompeii Live screening of their exhibition from a few years ago:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-pompeii-live-exhibition-a4440866.html

Pondering the notion of ghosts at the British Museum:

https://boingboing.net/2020/05/11/are-there-ghosts-haunting-the.html
https://amp.economist.com/news/2020/05/15/are-ghosts-haunting-the-british-museum

Assorted museums are going ‘online’ (it seems):

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/features/world-over-museums-are-coming-home-82923
https://i.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/120857482/southland-museum-collections-enjoyed-from-the-comfort-of-home
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/from-mermen-to-melted-coins-see-the-british-museums-strangest-treasures-online-zkj3q8k2g
https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18454081.five-inspirational-virtual-museum-tours/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Multispectral analysis reveals text on some DSS fragments previously thought to be blank:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-thought.html

Feature on the D-REAMS radiocarbon lab at the Weizmann Instute:

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/the-israeli-lab-keeping-cultural-heritage-alive/
https://aleteia.org/2020/05/15/high-tech-israeli-research-lab-carbon-dates-with-extreme-accuracy/

On the Pofatu database for ‘geochemical fingerprints’ of stone tools:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-pan051320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-pofatu-database-geochemical-fingerprints-artefacts.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200513121647.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/new-open-access-archaeology-database-launched-for-geochemical-artefacts/129084

More on finding evidence of malting/beer in the archaeological record:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-beer-brewing-malt-grains-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8685-200511-beer-brewing-malt
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting a global cooling event 4200 years bp to the spread of rice across Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/nyu-gce051520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-global-cooling-event-years-spurred.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nineveh:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-nineveh-7th-century-bc/

Rome:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-rome-1st-century-ad/

London Bridges:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/the-best-and-worst-of-londons-bridges-from-the-sheer-elegance-of-albert-bridge-to-the-utilitarian-solidity-of-wandsworth-215232

Mosaics in the UK:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/fishbourne-roman-palace-chedworth-roman-mosaics-visit-explore-where-in-britain/

Walking around Stonehenge:

https://www.sciencealert.com/stone-tools-show-how-humans-survived-a-supervolcano-eruption-74-000-years-ago
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PERFORMANCES
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Art of Love:

https://www.girltalkhq.com/modern-detroit-meets-ancient-rome-in-this-story-of-strong-women-clamoring-for-respect-a-better-place-in-society/

Prometheus Bound:

https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/curtainless-theatre-stages-prometheus-bound-via-zoom-call,14408

On TV portrayals of Catherine the Great:

https://theweek.com/articles/914444/sexist-fascination-catherine-great
https://slate.com/culture/2020/05/the-great-hulu-series-review-historical-accuracy-nope.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/the-great-hulu-review/2020/05/13/154dc8da-9537-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html
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CRIME BEAT
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An extensive piece (best so far) on the Museum of the Bible/Obbink/EES papyrological ‘theft’ (maybe) story:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/museum-of-the-bible-obbink-gospel-of-mark/610576/
———-
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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Interesting first-hand account of repatriation:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/vigango-repatriation/?ct=t()

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n20.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Iris Love:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iris-love-obituary-gcfcrdwwq

Leyland Hugh Sackett:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-leyland-hugh-sackett/

Peter Dronke:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/14/peter-dronke-obituary

Richard Sharpe:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18448986.obituary-oxford-university-professor-richard-sharpe/

Jerzy Glowczewski;

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/obituaries/jerzy-glowczewski-dead-coronavirus.html

Richard Gilder:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/nyregion/richard-gilder-dead.html

Gerald Penney:

https://vocm.com/2020/05/16/gerald-penney-passes-away/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2963-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-3-through-may-9-2020
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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/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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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/
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