Explorator 23.10 ~ June 28, 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, ‘Jack’, Floris Strijbos,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Brigitte Perreton,
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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Interesting bone analysis giving ideas about Neanderthal behaviour:

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

Using rodent remains from Carmel Cave to understand details about ‘out of Africa’:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/how-carmel-cave-rodent-changed-scientists-understanding-of-human-evolution/2020/06/22/
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/carmel-fossils-show-prehistoric-humans-migrated-to-israel-during-iceage-632352
https://www.timesofisrael.com/fossils-show-1st-intrepid-humans-left-africa-200000-years-ago-for-an-icy-israel/

Kaldar Cave (Iran) has now been dated to 63 000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449124/Iranian-cave-estimated-to-date-over-63-000-years
http://www.payvand.com/news/20/jun/1035.html

A wide-ranging essay on assorted human species, interactions, technologies, etc.:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-modern-human-mind-evolved-further-and-farther-back

More on that third Neanderthal genome being sequenced:

https://www.mpg.de/14974842/0617-evan-019609-a-neandertal-from-chagyrskaya-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8814-200622-neanderthal-genome-sequenced

More on the finds at Drimolen Cave:

https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2020/06/26/1380730/in-a-south-african-cave-finding-a-piece-to-the-puzzle-of-human-evolution

Not sure about this thing about using Neanderthal DNA to grow a brain organoid:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/neanderthal-dna
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Himba people of Namibia:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170306-the-astonishing-focus-of-namibias-nomads
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Late Period wall and a Roman-era kiln found during excavations in the Avenue of the Sphinxes at Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/372673/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ancient-Roman-ovens,-Late-Period-wall-discovered-i.aspx
https://menafn.com/1100368590/Egypt-New-Roman-era-discoveries-made-in-Luxor
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/New_Romanera_discoveries_made_in_Luxor-SNG_177721575/
https://see.news/burning-ovens-huge-mud-brick-fence-from-the-late-roman-period-new-archaeological-discoveries-in-luxor/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139159057.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8821-200625-luxor-avenue-sphinxes

Zahi Hawass was touting a solstice-related phenomenon at the pyramids of Giza:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88887/Zahi-Hawass-reveals-solar-phenomenon-in-the-Pyramids-of-Giza

Still not sure about these claims of ‘new’ pyramids being found:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88740/American-archeologist-announces-locating-undiscovered-Pyramids-in-Egypt

Feature on KV17 and its missing mummy:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/pharaoh-seti-painted-tomb-missing-its-mummy/

Feature on the remains of ships from various periods at Thonis-Heracleion:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/06/afterlife-ships

Interesting online tool to find Egyptian artifacts in assorted collections:

https://cleo.aincient.org/pages/en/#

Sites and museums in Egypt will start opening next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88961/Museums-archaeological-sites-to-reopen-gradually-as-of-early-July
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88890/All-you-need-to-know-about-students-tourists-trips-to

… but there are still some virtual tours being made available:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88966/Enjoy-virtual-tour-at-Nile-Meter-Manasterly-Palace

Assorted sites revealed during a survey in western Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449263/Tens-of-historical-areas-relics-identified-in-western-Iran

Evidence of ‘more sophisticated’ manufacturing in the Bronze Age region of Mesopotamia:

https://today.uconn.edu/2020/06/unearthing-evidence-sophisticated-manufacturing-bronze-age/
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unearthing-evidence-sophisticated-bronze-age.html

Studying the use/impact of socketed copper-alloy arrowheads by the Assyrians some 2700 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/2600-years-ago-new-deadly-weapons-changed-wars-in-biblical-israel-632809
https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-the-evolution-of-the-ultimate-weapon-of-ancient-times-1.8939241
http://www.aina.org/ata/20200623220036.htm

Feature on the Turkmen-Karahoyuk mound excavations (associated with Midas):

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-in-turkey-have-uncovered-a-mysterious-ancient-kingdom-lost-in-history

More on those child jar-burials from northwestern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449074/Clay-jar-tombs-holding-child-corpses-unearthed-in-northwest

More on possible ‘astronomical destruction’ at Tell Abu Hureyra some 13 000 years bp:

https://www.ibtimes.com/fireballs-airburst-may-have-destroyed-ancient-syrian-village-study-reveals-2997917
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/study-suggests-cosmic-body-destroyed-ancient-village-12800-years-ago/133860

I think we mentioned this evidence of fishing (fish hooks) some 20 000 years bp from Northern Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/meet-the-people-who-fished-on-the-jordan-river-20000-years-ago-632833
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-fishing-spot-used-for-10-000-years-in-northern-israel-1.8938380
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1592829099-northern-israel-lake-hot-fishing-spot-for-10-000-years-archaeologists-find
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/SJC00DB06I

Trying to figure out what happened to the people of Hadid when it was conquered by the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/assyria-displaced-jews-from-israelite-hadid-what-happened-next-632650

Concerns that construction in Israel is getting in the way of conservation of sites:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01811-w
https://www.ibtimes.sg/israeli-archaeological-sites-like-en-esur-fast-disappearing-under-construction-pressure-47443

… and archaeological finds are being used to evict Palestinians from their homes:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-when-an-archaeological-find-can-evict-palestinians-from-their-home-1.8935454

More on possible life-size statuary hinted at at Lachish:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/proof-of-life-size-statues-of-canaanite-god-unveiled-in-biblical-lachish-632276

More on snakes and lizards being consumed in Neolithic Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-humans-ate-snakes.html

More on tracking personal names in the Bible:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/personal-names-and-biblical-historicity/

More on evidence of bird sacrifices in ancient Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/bird-study-backs-bible-pigeons-doves-sacrificed-in-ancient-jerusalem-631819

More on the remains of a Christian settlement in Galilee that was destroyed in the 7th century:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-christian-town-destroyed-by-persians-found-in-northern-israel-1.8928015
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeologists-discover-ancient-christian-settlement-in-galilee-conquered-in-7th-century.html

Feature on Aaron Brody’s work studying trade during the Iron Age and Persian Levant:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/us-scholar-explores-trade-links-early-pastoralists-levant

Feature on the evidence for (and against) David’s ‘lost empire’:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/in-search-of-king-davids-lost-empire

Feature on Gath:

https://www.greenprophet.com/2020/06/all-about-gath-goliaths-hometown/

Feature on the Essenes:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/who-were-the-essenes/

Feature on Safed Cemetery:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/safed-cemetery

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of … Nineveh:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/hanging-gardens-of-babylon-in-assyrian-nineveh/

Definitely out of our usual period, but a stash of Jordanian weapons from the Six Day War was found during a dig near the Western Wall:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/1967-jordanian-weapons-found-in-archaeological-dig-by-western-wall-632691
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/archaeologists-find-jordanian-weapons-stash-near-western-wall/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-archaeologists-discover-jordanian-ammunition-stash-in-jerusalem-s-old-city-1.8947094
https://www.thekotel.org/kotel/general_info/stash.aspx

Pondering what happens to West Bank archaeological sites under Trump’s suggestions for the region:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-happens-to-west-bank-archaeological-sites-under-trumps-plan-632544

… related feature on who’s in control of sites in the West Bank:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/who-is-in-charge-of-biblical-sites-in-the-west-bank-explainer-631706

Greece is concerned about Turkey’s plans for Hagia Sophia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254068/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-ministry-sounds-alarm-with-unesco-of-turkish-plans-for-hagia-sophia
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/06/17/turkey-conversion-of-hagia-sophia-into-mosque-in-july-media_f373cf28-3e5e-4dce-b040-61689df908f3.html

… and of course, there are OpEds on the Hagia Sophia conversion (?) dispute:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/253910/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-and-erdogan
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/24/why-istanbuls-historic-hagia-sophia-could-be-fight-against-time/

OpEd on the (mis)use of genetics for ‘here first’ purposes in the Middle East:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-don-t-recruit-genetic-research-for-the-who-was-here-first-debate-1.8942056
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the linking of a volcanic eruption in Alaska to the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-eruption-alaska-okmok-volcano-linked.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/yu-cca062220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200622152525.htm
https://www.livescience.com/okmok-volcano-roman-republic-collapse.html
https://www.dri.edu/eruption-of-alaskas-okmok-volcano-linked-to-mysterious-period-of-extreme-cold-in-ancient-rome/
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/17/2002722117
https://news.yale.edu/2020/06/22/climate-change-rise-roman-empire-and-fall-ptolemies
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/science/rome-caesar-volcano.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/world/volcano-ancient-rome-scn/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/06/24/alaskan-megaeruption-contributed-to-the-collapse-of-the-roman-republic/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mega-eruption-in-alaska-helped-found-the-roman-empire-study-says-1.8938581
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/alaskan-mega-eruption-may-have-helped-end-roman-republic
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mega-eruption-in-alaska-helped-found-the-roman-empire-study-says-1.8938581
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8447745/Massive-volcanic-eruption-Alaska-43-BC-triggered-global-climate-shock.html
https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/rise-roman-empire-sparked-volcanic-22233942
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/271/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/271/pub/271/page/49/article/54244
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3090209/huge-volcano-eruption-alaska-helped-end-roman-republic-scientists
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-06-23/una-erupcion-volcanica-remato-a-la-republica-romana.html
https://www.inverse.com/science/a-catastrophic-event-a-world-away-may-have-helped-rome-fall
https://theconversation.com/did-a-volcanic-eruption-in-alaska-end-the-roman-republic-141196
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/a-volcano-in-alaska-caused-big-problems-for-both-the-romans-and-ancient-egyptians/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/an-alaskan-volcano-may-have-hastened-the-fall-of-the-roman-republic/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8822-200625-volcano-ice-core

Looking for Seleucid-related finds from a Laodicea Temple (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449191/Archaeologists-in-search-for-Seleucid-relics-in-Laodicea-Temple

Finds continue to be made at the underwater site of the wreck of Elgin’s Monitor:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/26/marine-archaeologists-have-recovered-ancient-treasures-from-the-wreckage/

Interesting 3d reconstruction of a trio of Roman boats excavated at Fiumicino 60 years ago:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-d-reconstructions-boats-ancient-port.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/3-d-reconstructions-of-boats-from.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ostia-ancient-roman-boats-3d-08567.html

Several items in the Italian press this week, including the resumption of excavations at Alba Fucens:

https://www.terremarsicane.it/area-archeologica-di-alba-fucens-riprendono-gli-scavi/

… an update on what’s happening with the Mausoleum of Augustus restoration:

https://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/06/23/news/roma_al_mausoleo_di_augusto_restauro_shock_tetto_d_acciaio_e_vetro_-259946431/

… Roman anchors found off Ventotene:

https://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/06/28/news/archeologia_resti_di_navi_romane_ritrovate_nel_mare_di_ventotene-260414487/

… concerns for a Roman villa site at Pozzuoli:

https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cronaca/pozzuoli_villa_romana_giungla-5311063.html

… a burial and villa find from Cassia:

http://romanord.romatoday.it/cassia/la-giustiniana-ritrovamenti-archeologici.html

… and a Roman villa site with a mosaic from Porto Torres (Sardinia):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2020/06/26/pavimento-in-mosaico-di-villa-romana-scoperto-a-porto-torres_e670ae3a-f3fc-4a47-a2e6-79302cd7aefc.html

Study involving C14 dating of the Greek Geometric and Protogeometric in the Aegean:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232906

Restoration of Aizanoi has resumed:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/restoration-in-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-begins-155979
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkeys-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-to-be-restored/1888426
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/iconic-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-to-go-under-restoration

Plans to incorporate a Roman quarry into a new museum in Gozo:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/ancient-roman-quarry-to-be-part-of-new-museum-in-gozo.800319

Plans to map the site of Rineia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254069/article/ekathimerini/life/cycladic-ephorate-seeks-to-map-archaeological-site-of-rineia

That Punic tomb in Attard (Malta) found a few weeks ago has been relocated:

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/punic-tomb-removed-from-central-link-site-for-conservation/

Not sure why this ‘mycenean dna’ story is back … we mentioned it a couple of years ago:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/22/new-evidence-supports-modern-greeks-having-dna-of-ancient-mycenaeans/

Folks might want to check out the Digital Mycenae site:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/digitalmycenae

Feature on the British School at Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-british-school-at-rome-3.html

Feature on what Roman outbreaks of malaria can teach us about COVID19:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-can-roman-outbreaks-of-malaria-teach-us-about-covid

… and one on what the plague of Athens can teach us:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/civilization-is-a-very-thin-veneer-what-the-plague-of-athens-can-teach-us-about-dealing-with-covid-19-1.5624000

Feature on what’s waiting to be dug up in Isaura:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/secrets-of-isaura-ancient-city-waiting-to-be-unearthed

Feature on Trimontium (Newstead):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/trimontium-newstead-the-roman-fort/133895

Feature on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18535272.antonine-wall-line-landscape/

Feature on sieges in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/sieges-ancient-mediterranean-2019/

Feature on ataraxia:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202006/what-is-ataraxia

Feature on modern-day philhellenes who aren’t Lord Byron:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/168235/beyond-lord-byron-philhellenes-of-modern-times/

How the ancient Greeks dealt with fake news:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/sophists

Honours for Danielle Allen:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/520017908/news-danielle-allen-to-receive-kluge-prize

Political demands for the return of the Parthenon Marbles continues:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/22/the-parthenon-sculptures-are-a-product-of-theft-at-the-british-museum/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/253964/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/greece-says-it-will-never-stop-claiming-stolen-marbles
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/culture_minister_says_greece_will_never_give_up_fight_for_parthenon_marbles-488747/
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/22/WS5ef00abfa31083481725481b.html

Latin in the Riverhead Central School District is fighting to stay alive:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/06/25/riverhead-isnt-giving-up-on-latin-yet-district-posts-new-listing-for-latin-teacher/

Review of a (Spanish) book on heroes in Greek literature:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-25/ulises-lisistrata-y-otros-heroes-de-nuestro-tiempo.html

More on that lead ingot find in Wales a couple years ago ending up in a local museum:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2020/06/20/metal-detectorist-in-historic-roman-discovery/
https://boingboing.net/2020/06/26/man-with-metal-detector-turns.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-hunk-roman-lead-found-wales-180975187/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8815-200623-wales-lead-ingot

More on the GPR mapping of Falerii Novi:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43953/20200622/ancient-city-falerii-novii-rome-ground-penetrating-radar.htm

More on Scythian remains turning out to be a 13 year old (or so) girl:

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-dna-analysis-reveals-an-ancient-scythian-warrior-was-a-13-year-old-girl
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Studying the diet of folks living in Neolthic Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/node/82764
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8817-200623-poland-prehistoric-diet

A 5500 years bp cup found by a diver in a Hebrides loch:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/21/ancient-cup-cup-discovered-hebrides-loch-former-royal-navy-diver/
https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/former-dornoch-man-discovers-5500-year-old-cup-in-loch-203536/

Well-preserved 5000 years bp harpoons (‘fishing gear’) from Norway:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-stone-age/archaeologists-have-found-astonishingly-well-preserved-gear-from-a-fisherman-who-lived-5000-years-ago/1705054

Big news this week is the find of a circle of ‘massive prehistoric shafts’ around the Durrington Walls henge (down the road from Stonehenge):

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-scientists-huge-ancient-shafts-stonehenge.html
http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue55/4/index.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200622164652.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/world/europe/stonehenge-trenches-durrington-walls.html
https://www.livescience.com/ring-of-pits-near-stonehenge.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/22/vast-neolithic-circle-of-deep-shafts-found-near-stonehenge
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-monument-neolithic-durrington-walls-archaeologists-a9578436.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/jun/25/the-durrington-shafts-a-remarkable-discovery-for-stonehenges-neighbour-podcast
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53132567
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/prehistoric-monument-unearthed-near-stonehenge-lmkkwjw0z
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/21/archaeologists-discover-new-prehistoric-circle-near-stonehenge/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-giant-neolithic-circle-of-shafts-near-stonehenge/a-53895991
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/astonishing-giant-circle-pits-found-near-stonehenge-n1231742
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/23/881970286/immense-neolithic-ring-discovered-near-stonehenge
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/stonehenge-england-archaeologists-remote-sensing-scientists/12382924
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-22/hallado-un-asombroso-anillo-externo-cerca-de-stonehenge.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/durrington-ring-08560.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stonehenge-discovery-found-prehistoric-monument-123004542.html
https://theconversation.com/new-stonehenge-discovery-how-we-found-a-prehistoric-monument-hidden-in-data-141420
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/06/gigantic-circular-structure-found-near-stonehenge/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-neolithic-pits-discovered-stonehenge-landscape-180975164/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8816-200623-durrington-walls-shafts

… which has also led to demands that the Stonehenge tunnel plans be scrapped:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/22/scrap-stonehenge-road-tunnel-say-archaeologists-neolithic-discovery

HS2 construction has revealed an Iron Age funeral site near Solihull (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-iron-age-settlement-lying-18445209
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8811-200622-england-cremation-burials

Evidence of a 9th century (!) Viking settlement/structure in Iceland:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-viking-settlement-discovered.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26176/20200623/archaeologists-unearthed-oldest-viking-settlement-iceland-decades-before-supposed-settle.htm
https://www.9news.com.au/world/archaeologists-discover-ancient-viking-longhouse-iceland/54257ef7-586f-478a-85d1-630617d9d1d3
https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-archaeologists-think-theyve-found-icelands-oldest-viking-longhouse-20200624
https://disrn.com/news/archaeologists-think-theyve-discovered-the-oldest-viking-settlement
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-dwelling-iceland-may-be-oldest-ever-found-180975176/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8818-200624-iceland-viking-camp

Excavations of the Gjellestad Viking ship burial have commenced:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/06/26/norways-first-viking-ship-excavation-for-100-years-is-underway/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53204948
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/norway-starts-digging-first-viking-ship-century-132404650.html

Remains of an Early Christian oratory on Litte Skellig (typo in headline!):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-christrian-oratory-found-on-inaccessible-little-skellig-mlkv0bnzq

I think we mentioned this find of a medieval friars’ cemetery in York:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-53090928
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8813-200622-england-york-cemetery

A medieval cemetery from Poland featuring a large number of child burials:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-mass-grave-over-100-children-poland-47572
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-exhume-child-burials-with-obul-coins-placed-in-mouths/133968
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8824-200626-poland-children-cemetery

I think we mentioned this 16th century wreck near Genoa:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/video-two-divers-discover-rare-16th-century-wreck-near-genoa

17th century finds from at the Athlone barracks site:

https://roscommonherald.ie/2020/06/25/musket-balls-coins-and-other-items-unearthed-at-athlone-garda-station/#.XvTz1ShKhPZ
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8823-200626-ireland-barracks-artifacts

17th century finds from a building site in Westmeath:

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/17th-century-artefacts-discovered-at-westmeath-building-site/

A secret stairway find from Tutbury Castle:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/henry-viii-walked-secret-stairway-4262200
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/secret-stairway-uncovered-tutbury-castle-4270535

Searching for evidence of pirate activities off the West Cork coast:

https://www.southernstar.ie/news/into-the-deep-in-pursuit-of-pirates-off-west-cork-coast-4207168

400 years bp Jewish tombstones incorporated into an Austrian castle’s walls:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/jewish-gravestones-found-in-austrian-castle-walls-after-400-years-632358

19th century cemetery walls and a well from Zvolen (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22429437/historic-walls-and-well-were-discovered-in-zvolen.html

A study of glass fragments from Cordoba is shedding light on the origins of lead glassmaking in Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-glass-fragments-cordoba-glimpse-glassmaking.html

Feature on all the finds from the Mercedes shipwreck find off Portugal a few years ago:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2020-06-22/spanish-archaeologists-recover-new-treasure-from-famed-mercedes-shipwreck.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-16/el-segundo-tesoro-de-la-mercedes.html

A study of a parasitic worm is suggesting Hanseatic League ties between Bristol and Lubeck:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/tiny-worm-reveals-medieval-trade-ties-in-bristol-and-l-beck-wqfq5ls7n

A metal detectorist’s find of a couple of rare Anglo Saxon items in three months is chalking it up to ‘beginner’s luck’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-52985523

‘Corona renovations’ in the Ukraine led to the find of an 18th century rabbi’s burial:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/grave-of-hassidic-master-found-in-ukraine-in-coronavirus-renovations-632283

While in Corona isolation, plenty of Dutch folks were mapping prehistoric burial mounds:

https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/2337975-speurwerk-duizenden-hobbyarcheologen-leidt-tot-nieuwe-inzichten.html

… details: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/04/spot-an-ancient-burial-mound-from-your-armchair-for-science/

C14 analysis confirms a crucifix in Tuscany is the oldest wooden sculpture in Europe:

https://aleteia.org/2020/06/28/scientists-find-famed-italian-crucifix-is-oldest-wood-sculpture-in-europe/

Feature on an expensive 18 day party held by Henry VIII and Francis I:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/five-hundred-years-ago-henry-viii-and-francis-i-spent-19-million-18-day-party-180975116/

Feature on Delft porcelain:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200623-delftware-porcelain-the-global-story-of-a-dutch-icon

More on whale bones from a site in Edinburgh’s port:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-project-reveals-whale-bones-beneath-road-scotland-180975146/

More on that elephant found in Schoningen a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-dead-elephant-feast-entire-neighborhood.html

More on DNA suggesting incest among Irish Iron agers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.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 large, potentally royal Western Han Dynasty era cemetery from Shanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-24/Large-ancient-cemetery-discovered-in-north-China-may-belong-to-a-king-RAfbHxyQCs/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139158672.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/large-western-han-dynasty-cemetery-site.html

A report on finds related to the Silk Road:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139158442.htm

Interesting photos of old Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3089581/images-old-hong-kong-seen-through-lens

Feature on a Mongolian island monastery:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mongolian-island-monastery-mystery

5th -1st century BCE cist burials from Kodumanal:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/excavation-at-kodumanal-reveals-megalithic-belief-in-afterlife/article31862510.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8812-200622-india-kodumanal-burial

A 200 years bp Hindu temple that was buried by sand in the 19th century near the Penna River has been located:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-hindu-temple-unearthed-india-180975160/

More on that 19th century sunken temple’s ‘reappearance’ in the Mahandi River:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/sunken-temple-resurfaces-in-mahanadi-river/133872

19th century finds from a dig in Brisbane:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-s-original-chinatown-found-under-albert-street-20200622-p554zn.html
https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-s-original-chinatown-found-under-albert-street-20200622-p554zn.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8820-200624-australia-frog-s-hollow

OpEddish on the Australian mining industry’s recent actions:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2020/jun/24/the-destruction-of-a-46000-year-old-cave-and-the-backlash-for-australias-mining-industry

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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a possible 8000-10000 years bp settlement at a construction site in Northampton (MA) is causing a bit of a debate:

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/10000-year-old-once-in-a-lifetime-archaeological-site-in-northampton-sparks-fight-over-artifacts-access-in-roundabout-project.html

A 19th century Haitian ‘Phoenix Button’ found near Puget Sound (!):

https://mynorthwest.com/1976707/mysterious-phoenix-button-found-puget-sound/

Interesting study finds residue of a non-tobacco plant in an archaeological pipe from Washington State (plus other tobacco-related finds):

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-non-tobacco-ancient-pipe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/wsu-npi062620.php

Burials have been found at the Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/zion-cemetery-graves-found-in-tampa-lost-afican-american-burial-ground/67-ba03c17e-85d9-412a-839f-e25256d7980c
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/06/23/with-grave-located–search-continues-at-lost-zion-cemetery-in-tampa
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/06/26/first-coffin-is-uncovered-at-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

… related:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/06/23/10-important-moments-in-the-story-of-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

On Warren Harding and the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/21/warren-harding-tulsa-race-massacre-trump/?wpisrc=nl_most

Feature on the Confederacy’s government:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/confederacy-wasnt-what-you-think/613309/

Feature on the use of drones at New Mexico archaeological sites:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/drones-provide-fresh-perspective-at-new-mexico-archaeological-sites/article_0cd6e9a4-b560-11ea-8ca4-fb172bf4cb80.html

Feature (podcast) on Theodore Roosevelt and his dispute with J.P. Morgan:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/when-president-took-banks/

Feature on the Spanish flu and the Dodge brothers:

https://www.dw.com/en/dodge-brothers-how-the-spanish-flu-epidemic-stopped-a-detroit-automotive-legend-a-century-ago/a-53825127

Feature on David Boyle and the development of archaeology in Ontario:

https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/eloras-david-boyle-founded-archaeology-in-ontario/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study suggests that Tikal’s water supply may have been polluted in a big way:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-maya-reservoirs-toxic-pollution.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoc-amr062620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200626161157.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-death-knell-for-mayan-city-inadvertently-poisoned-its-own-water-supply-1.8953324
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-millenial-pre-colonial-cultural-inluence-evident.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200626114814.htm

Funding concerns for ancient sites in Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/23/funding-cuts-threaten-ancient-sites-warn-mexican-archaeologists

A study suggests pre-contact farming practices in the Amazon are still impacting its biodiversity:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_801967_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-millenial-pre-colonial-cultural-inluence-evident.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoh-tmp062620.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8819-200624-amazon-dark-soil

Another feature on the rethink of Easter Island’s ‘collapse’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/easter-island-collapse/

Digitization of the National Archive of the Netherlands is shedding light on slavery in Suriname:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-06-25/los-bisnietos-de-la-esclavitud-miran-sus-raices.html

More on that huge Maya structure recently found in Mexico:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-the-oldest-and-largest-maya-structure-in-mexico
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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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On how archaeology informs us about past pandemics and diseases:

https://www.inverse.com/science/what-the-archaeological-record-reveals-about-epidemics-throughout-history-the-human-response-to-them

On how previous pandemics reshaped societies:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3088558/plague-and-spanish-flu-shaped-our-world-will

Facebook (and Instagram) are banning the use of their platforms for antiquities sales (so they say):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/arts/design/facebook-looting-artifacts-ban.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53140615
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/06/23/facebook-bans-artifacts-trade-after-uptick-in-posts-of-looted-objects/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/facebook-artifacts-ban-1889686
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/sales-can-result-in-harmful-behaviour-facebook-and-instagram-ban-sale-of-historical-artefacts-1.1039072
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/facebook-bans-trading-of-historical-artefacts

Latest botched art restoration in Spain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53141755
https://www.livescience.com/murillo-painting-ruined-restoration.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/world/europe/botched-art-restoration-spain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/22/experts-call-for-regulation-after-latest-botched-art-restoration-in-spain
https://www.artlyst.com/news/murillo-virgin-mary-painting-destroyed-amateur-restoration/
https://www.irishpost.com/news/art-collector-pays-e1-2k-to-have-17th-century-painting-of-virgin-mary-cleaned-with-disastrous-results-187577
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-botched-restoration-surfaces-spain-time-virgin-mary-180975170/

What we can learn from Sa’di’s 13th century Persian poetry:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200622-a-13th-century-persian-poets-lessons-for-today

Feature on Artemisia Genileschi:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/06/19/babelia/1592589223_823778.html

The history of ice cream:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3089279/history-ice-cream-iced-slush-vanilla-cone-was-it-invented

Feature on the impact of bicycles on our world:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/how-bicycles-transformed-world/

Feature on ‘communal sleeping’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/communal-sleeping-history-sharing-bed

Some ‘radical’ fairy tales written by Hermynia Zur Muhlen will be published in English for the first time:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/26/the-fascists-were-upset-radical-austrian-fairytales-published-in-english-for-first-time

An early short story of Louisa May Alcott will be published for the first time:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-louisa-may-alcotts-earliest-stories-published-first-time-180975190/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/books/louisa-may-alcott-new-story-strand.html

Feature on Leo Tolstoy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/books/review/tolstoy-violence-war-and-peace-police.html

Feature on the Renaissance nude:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200622-a-13th-century-persian-poets-lessons-for-today

A convicted murderer in the US has solved one of Euclid’s longstanding problems:

https://www.dw.com/en/murderer-solves-ancient-math-problem-and-finds-his-mission/a-53895884

Suggestion that Michelangelo might have been a murderer (?):

https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/was-michelangelo-a-murderer-an-interview-with-rabbi-reuven-fierman-on-the-potential-perniciousness-of-art/2020/06/25/
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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This week we heard of plans to remove the statue of Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/us/new-york-theodore-roosevelt-statue-removal-trnd/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/arts/design/roosevelt-statue-to-be-removed-from-museum-of-natural-history.html
https://www.jpost.com/international/new-yorks-museum-of-natural-history-to-take-down-iconic-roosevelt-statue-632325
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/arts/design/theodore-roosevelt-statue.html

… and the removal of a Columbus statue in New Haven:

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/New-Haven-PD-Crowd-gathers-as-Columbus-statute-15362351.php

… and from the state capitol in California:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-06-17/california-retirara-una-estatua-de-cristobal-colon-e-isabel-la-catolica-que-lleva-137-anos-en-el-capitolio-estatal.html

OpEd on Columbus statues:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0628-columbus-monument-20200626-fmzajjwdf5g5xk5etqt3edu5ni-story.html

A statue of Robert E Lee in Richmand, Virginia is getting some attention:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/style/statue-richmond-lee.html

Assorted statues were toppled in Madison, Wisconsin:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/24/882765659/unrest-in-madison-overnight-leaves-statues-toppled-state-senator-injured

Calls for the removal of a statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in the Netherlands:

https://www.dw.com/en/netherlands-protesters-call-for-removal-of-colonial-era-statue/a-53878846

Princeton will be removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from one of its schools:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53207649
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/27/nyregion/princeton-university-woodrow-wilson.html
https://www.nj.com/news/2020/06/princeton-university-will-remove-woodrow-wilsons-name-from-school-dorm-building.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/27/884310403/princeton-to-remove-woodrow-wilsons-name-from-public-policy-school

… and an OpEd on George on Martha Washington:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-and-martha-washington-enslaved-300-people-lets-start-with-their-names/2020/06/26/d3f7c362-b7e7-11ea-a510-55bf26485c93_story.html

Assorted OpEds on beheading and/or removal statues in history:

https://www.artnews.com/art-in-america/features/beheading-monumental-statues-protest-history-1202691924/
https://lens.monash.edu/2020/06/25/1380735/the-toppling-of-statues-is-a-moment-in-history-not-its-erasure
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/statues-and-limitations/613444/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/us/historic-statues-monuments-descendants.html
https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/feature-article/in-depth-history-of-building-statues-and-tearing-them-down

OpEd on the ‘mythmaking’ associated with statues:

https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-06-2020/divided-memories-the-myths-made-by-monuments-and-what-statues-tell-us-now/

Why statues of Samuel Johnson are a good thing:

https://theweek.com/articles/920630/statues-samuel-johnson-stay

Connecting the current situation to the 1619 Project:

https://nypost.com/2020/06/19/call-them-the-1619-riots/

Mississippi will be changing its state flag:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article243848412.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/27/884306925/mississippi-lawmakers-clear-path-to-remove-confederate-emblem-from-state-flag

Lloyd’s of London and Green King will be making slave trade reparations, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/18/lloyds-of-london-and-greene-king-to-make-slave-trade-reparations

On the origins of the term ‘Dixie’:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/27/us/dixie-term-south-racism-black-lives-matter-trnd/index.html

Towards the end of the week we began reading of calls to reconsider the image of Jesus as white:

https://www.jpost.com/international/archbishop-of-canterbury-church-must-reconsider-image-of-jesus-as-white-633031
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Not domestication, but an interesting study of the origins of dingos:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unearthing-dingo-truths.html

Interesting study of ancient sled dogs in various locations:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200625144816.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoct-sda062520.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/science/arctic-sled-dogs-genetics.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-sled-dogs-helped-ice-age-humans-conquer-cold-n1232100
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8825-200626-arctic-sled-dogs

On the earliest chickens (actually pheasants):

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earliest-chickens-were-actually-pheasants/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Goya in 3d:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/06/11/babelia/1591868277_322577.html

Items the British Museum are putting on display during/because of Pride week:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/eight-lgbtq-objects-to-celebrate-pride-2020/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-lesbian-lamp-shines-light-on-diversity-for-british-museum-2m7h35jf9
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8458687/Roman-oil-lamp-depicting-lesbian-oral-sex-permanent-display-British-Museum.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/25/rosetta-stone-to-be-added-to-british-museum-lgbtq-tours
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8461487/Hidden-gay-history-Rosetta-Stone-revealed.html

Museums are doing some rethinking in anticipation of changed tourist patterns:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/06/museums-treasures-endure-but-how-we-see-them-may-change

Feature on the Museum of the Bible’s efforts to ‘clean up its act’:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/23/877581382/after-missteps-and-controversies-museum-of-the-bible-works-to-clean-up-its-act
https://wamu.org/story/20/06/23/after-missteps-and-controversies-museum-of-the-bible-works-to-clean-up-its-act/

Previewing the reopening of the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/arts/design/louvre-reopening.html

Egypt’s Greco-Roman museum will open soon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88901/Greco-Roman-Museum-to-officially-open-end-of-2020

The Kafr El-Sheikh Museum received some big items:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88970/In-Pics-Kafr-El-Sheikh-Museum-receives-heavy-artifacts-ahead

The GEM is going to have a ‘hanging obelisk’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89021/In-pics-Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-to-house-the-1st-hanging-obelisk
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction (after a skull reconstruction) is a 6000 years bp skull from a Swedish Lake site:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-man-facial-reconstruction.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/exclusive-skull-ritual-site-motala-reconstructed/

An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://wamu.org/story/20/06/26/sarah-parcak-how-can-satellite-images-unlock-secrets-to-our-hidden-past/
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-sarah-parcak-how-can-satellite-images-unlock-secrets-to-our-hidden-past/

On using imaging tech to help libraries recover lost texts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-imaging-libraries-museums-uncover-lost.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATE
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Pondering a portrait of Sultan Mehmed II which recently was at auction:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/obscurities-in-sultan-portrait-remain-as-historians-discuss-mysterious-figure-156044

A Nigerian scholar is trying to halt an auction of some Igbo items:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/21/nigeria-igbo-sacred-artworks-sculpture-christies-paris
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Nemrut:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discovering-mysterious-mount-nemrut-in-a-weekend

Tourists return to Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/jun/17/tourists-return-to-venice-as-lockdown-eases-in-italy-in-pictures
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Opera is returning to Rome’s Circus Maximus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/22/italian-culture-restarts-opera-comes-romes-circus-maximus-chariot/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ancient-roman-racetrack-will-host-operas-revival-k9906rf6s

Revisiting whether Beethoven was ‘black’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-beethoven-black-and-why-might-be-wrong-question-ask-180975159/

Very interesting AI-assisted restoration of some 100+ years bp movie clips:

https://www.livescience.com/19th-century-films-restored.html

Gone With the Wind has a new intro on HBO:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53180580
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CRIME BEAT
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A former Louvre curator is among five arrested in Paris for an antiquities trafficking case:

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20200625-former-louvre-curator-arrested-for-smuggling-antiquities
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/former-louvre-curator-among-five-arrested-in-paris-in-antiquities-trafficking-investigation
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/paris-art-experts-arrested-over-looted-antiquities-s3hqrz2bt
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/france-arrests-middle-east-antiquities-trafficking
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200626-five-arrested-in-france-over-trafficking-of-antiquities/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/26/art-dealer-cited-stolen-gold-egyptian-coffin-case-quizzed-looted/
https://news.yahoo.com/french-archaeologist-husband-charged-over-mideast-antique-trafficking-222915671.html

Something paywalled about a gang of Bulgarians trading Bronze Age items:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gang-traded-bronze-age-treasures-8q892kszh

Vandals damaged a nymphaeum in Albania (we may have mentioned this):

http://wildhunt.org/2020/06/vandals-damage-nymphaeum-in-albania.html

More on the recent developments in that stolen Van Gogh case:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/18/van-gogh-theft-dutch-police-investigate-photos-of-painting
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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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Features on the FBI’s role in repatriation of looted antiquities:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/06/repatriation-stolen-artifacts-fbi/613630/
https://www.sapiens.org/culture/fbi-repatriation/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-fbis-repatriation-of-stolen-heritage

Feature on NAGPRA law and repatriation:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2020/06/25/how-nagpra-law-helps-return-native-american-remains-tribes/3211191001/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Persian Darics:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-daric-persian-gold-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n26.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Paolo Giorgio Ferri:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/arts/paolo-giorgio-dead.html

Robert Laughlin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/science/robert-laughlin-preserver-of-a-mayan-language-dies-at-85.html

Robert Richardson Jr.:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/books/robert-richardson-jr-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2974-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-14-through-june-20-2020
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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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