Explorator 23.13 ~ July 19, 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, Sebastian Hyams,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Jona Lendering,
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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A 1.4 million years bp handaxe made from a hippopotamus bone by some homo erectus:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-homo-erectus-ax-east-africa.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-hand-axe-made-1-4-million-years-ago-was-oddly-sophisticated-1.8990818
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8523047/Hand-axe-hippopotamus-femur-used-early-ancestors-1-4-MILLION-years-ago.html
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44087/20200716/homo-erectus-created-complex-tools.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-hand-ax-stone-age-tools
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/early-hominins-made-a-cutting-tool-from-a-hippopotamus-femur/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-million-year-old-hippo-bone-hand-axe-found-ethiopia-180975314/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8853-200714-ethiopia-bone-ax

Study suggests the Negev was a ‘lush bridge out of Africa’ some 1.8 million years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-proven-israel-s-desert-was-a-lush-bridge-out-of-africa-1-8-million-years-ago-1.8990865

Another study suggests the early hominid settlement of Europe was probably the result of several ‘waves’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-settlement-europe-result-imigration-population.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-settlement-of-europe-could-be.html

Evidence of chert use by the inhabitants of Nahal Me’arot Caves (Israel) some 500 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/500000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-the-carmel-knew-their-land-well-634824

Not sure there’s anything new here in this item on homo luzonensis:

https://sciworthy.com/new-ancient-human-species-bones-uncovered-in-the-philippines/

More on 120 000 years bp stringed shells from Qafzeh Cave:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-seashell-beads-may-help-unravel-the-origins-of-string/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8849-200713-string-shell-jewelry

More on Turkana Boy’s large chest:

http://www.insidewalessport.co.uk/homo-erectus-could-run-distances-but-built-like-rugby-player/
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on the earliest glass production south of the Sahara:

https://theconversation.com/how-we-found-the-earliest-glass-production-south-of-the-sahara-and-what-it-means-142059
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-earliest-glass-production-south-sahara.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The reiteration of the long-standing idea that the Hyksos were an ‘internal takeover’ was news this week:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-h1d070820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-hyksos-15th-dynasty-rulers-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200715142256.htm
https://www.livescience.com/hyksos-did-not-invade-egypt.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-new-find-the-hyksos-didn-t-invade-ancient-egypt-they-lived-there-1.8995876
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/immigrant-hyksos-dynasty-08646.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/invasion-ancient-egypt-may-have-actually-been-immigrant-uprising
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-foreign-takeover-ancient-egypt-was-uprising-not-invasion-180975354/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/hyksos-15th-dynasty-rulers-of-ancient.html

Remains of a Ptolemaic era wall from Nagaa Hamadi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89702/Ancient-Egyptian-wall-discovered-in-Nagaa-Hamadi
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1705196/art-culture

An interesting group of rock cut chambers near Abydos (wide range of dates, but they’re stressing Ptolemaic):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89668/New-archaeological-discovery-west-of-Abydos
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Archaeologists-Discover-Mysterious-Passageways-in-Ancient-City-Abydos
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/mysterious-rock-carved-chambers-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8858-200716-egypt-abydos-cliff

Egypt marked the 221st anniversary of the founding of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89804/Egypt-celebrates-the-221st-anniversary-of-discovering-Rosetta-Stone-on

… and Google joined in with an app to read/translate hieroglyphs (Fabricius)

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/07/16/want-to-try-your-hand-at-hieroglyphs-google-just-created-a-translator/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/fabricius-this-new-google-ai-tool-helps-you-decode-and-write-in-hieroglyphs-1.1049695
https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/fabricius/en
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/google-launches-hieroglyph-discovery-rosetta-stone-discovery-anniversary-135926421.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/google-launches-hieroglyphic-translator/134246

Feature on some tombs Egyptian archaeologists would really like to find:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89627/Five-ancient-tombs-that-still-remain-a-mystery

Feature on the ‘Screaming Mummy’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89711/Who-is-the-woman-dubbed-as-%E2%80%9CThe-Screaming-Mummy%E2%80%9D

Feature on fabrics in ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89664/What-you-may-not-know-about-types-of-Linen-Fabrics

Feature (video) on KV-64:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-ancient-egyptian-tomb-was-used-for-two/

Plans for the Tahrir Complex:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89741/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-We-aim-to-make-Tahrir-Complex

More on Egypt breaking their own law when they loaned Tut items to the UK:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/288/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/288/pub/288/page/53/article/61414

More on those 10 000 years bp flint figurines (maybe) from Jordan:

https://www.livescience.com/grave-figurines-early-human-portrayal.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-flint-objects-may-be-human-figurines-180975325/

Studying ancient irrigation practices in the Lisan Peninsula (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/palestinian-archaeologist-peers-ancient-irrigation-practices-lisan-peninsula

Feature on protecting archaeological heritage in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/safeguarding-heritage-%E2%80%98-national-duty%E2%80%99-%E2%80%94%C2%A0jordanian-archaeologist

Remains of a pair of Parthian-era workshops from Isfahan (Iran)

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450022/Newly-unearthed-workshops-may-push-back-history-of-Isfahan-by

An Islamic era petroglyph referring to ‘Iran’:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450020/The-word-Iran-deciphered-from-Islamic-era-petroglyph

Feature on Bronze Age Tepe Gariran:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/a-peek-into-bronze-age-tepe-gariran.html

Feature on the various aqueduct works in western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449974/Aqueduct-heritage-in-west-central-Iran-very-complex-and-interesting

Latest finds from Ecbatana:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450210/Archaeologist-says-newest-Ecbatana-excavations-yielded-satisfying

French archaeologists are conducting hush hush excavations in Syria:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/french-archaeologists-conduct-excavations-in-syria/1911312
https://menafn.com/1100488201/French-archaeologists-carry-out-confidential-diggings-in-Syria

4000 years bp petroglyphs on a trio of stone dolmens from northern Israel (we may have mentioned these):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-rock-art-israel-offers-window-lost-culture-180975306/

A Second Temple era mikveh find in the Lower Galilee is getting in the way of highway construction:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/second-temple-period-jewish-ritual-bath-uncovered-in-need-of-rescuing-634920

Pondering the animal remains from Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-do-animal-remains-tell-us-about-biblical-abel-beth-maacah-635317

A study pondering the possible antiquity of some cisterns in the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/do-some-cisterns-in-the-negev-date-back-to-the-time-of-abraham-635240

Latest site claimed to be the location of Ziklag:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-site-of-ziklag-finally-identified-635127

An interview with Joe Uziel about the future plans for the DSS:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-is-the-future-of-the-2000-year-old-dead-sea-scrolls-635040

Feature on ‘biblical archaeology’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/jerusalem-vs-tel-aviv-and-the-battle-over-israels-biblical-archeology-635218

More on that ‘hidden’ Byzantine church (and spring) found in Istanbul (last week it was Constantinople):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/underground-byzantine-church-and-holy.html

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/know-where-7-wonders-ancient-world-except-one-hanging-gardens-babylon/

The Hagia Sophia transformation into a mosque continued to generate coverage:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/8861-200717-norway-viking-trade

… including a piece noting the mosaics would be covered:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40873-greek-pm-talks-hagia-sophia-with-european-council-president.html

… and a feature on the previous restoration of those mosaics:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2020/07/14/the-american-who-restored-hagia-sophias-ancient-mosaics-to-their-former-glory/
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/16/the-american-who-restored-the-priceless-mosaics-of-hagia-sophia/

… and a feature on the mosaics in general:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/a-look-at-the-mosaics-inside-the-hagia-sophia-they-tell-a-layered-and-important-history-1.1050244

… and plans for a museum to house portable icons and other relics:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/17/where-icons-and-holy-relics-from-hagia-sophia-will-be-transported/

… and op eds:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/595444/Opinion/Voices/Hagia-Sophia-and-Erdogans-stupidity!
https://news.yahoo.com/second-islamic-conquest-hagia-sophia-165240794.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/18/unlike-turkey-greece-invests-in-ottoman-monuments-says-greek-culture-minister/

… and some recognition of the political context:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200712-hagia-sophia-the-latest-muslim-christian-tussle-over-holy-sites
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/14/greek-pm-turkeys-move-on-hagia-sophia-severs-ties-with-the-west/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/petsas_hagia_sophia_not_a_greek_turkish_but_global_issue-584812/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254806/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-pm-slams-turkey-over-hagia-sophia-calls-for-sanctions-over-east-med-provocations
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254801/gallery/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-is-a-powerful-political-symbol

… and Greece was seeking help of some sort from its European allies:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40873-greek-pm-talks-hagia-sophia-with-european-council-president.html

Feature on the sites covered by the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/turkey-erdogan-hasankeyf-archaeology-ilisu-dam-a9616561.html

Feature on the Beyazit State Library:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/once-istanbul-soup-kitchen-now-091329110.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 1st century statue (from a funerary monument?) from Altino (Italian):

https://www.veneziatoday.it/attualita/scultura-romanda-trovata-altino.html
https://www.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/venezia/statua_altino_epoca_romana-5346484.html
https://corrieredelveneto.corriere.it/venezia-mestre/cultura-tempo-libero/20_luglio_14/venezia-scoprono-statua-romana-una-passeggiata-quarto-d-altino-3f34dcb0-c5de-11ea-8bab-a348741614de.shtml
https://www.finestresullarte.info/flash-news/7141n_venezia-ritrovata-statua-romana-campagna.php

Roman-era burial featuring a gold diadem found during construction in Izmir:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/golden-crown-found-in-construction-site-156529

[Much of the news this week was in languages other than English]

Three amphorae found off the coast of San Felice Circo (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/latina/circeo_anfore_romane_ritrovamento_archeologico_carabinieri_subacquei-5353921.html
http://www.gazzettinodelgolfo.it/importante-recupero-archeologico-dei-carabinieri-subacquei/
https://www.la-notizia.net/2020/07/18/san-felice-circeo-importante-recupero-archeologico-dei-carabinieri-subacquei/
https://latinatu.it/san-felice-circeo-trovata-unanfora-romana-a-9-metri-di-profondita/
https://www.ilcaffe.tv/articolo/69331/san-felice-rinvenuta-anfora-romana-a-nove-metri-di-profondita-sott-acqua
https://www.latinaoggi.eu/news/cronaca/107165/trovata-unanfora-romana-a-nove-metri-di-profondita-la-scoperta-al-circeo

Remains of a mosaic from Porto Torres (Italian):

https://www.buongiornoalghero.it/contenuto/0/11/166028/porto-torres-il-mosaico-scoperto-a-ponte-romano-il-comune-cerca-fondi

Late antique ceramics from a shipwreck (apparently) off Arezzo (Italian):

https://catania.liveuniversity.it/2020/07/15/live-sicilia-siracusa-relitto-nave/

… not sure if this one aff Marauso is the same shipwreck as the above (Italian):

https://www.lastampa.it/viaggi/italia/2020/07/15/news/nave-romana-ritrovata-davanti-alla-spiaggia-di-marausa-1.39086042

From the Netherlands comes word of Roman-era horse fittings by metal detectorists (Dutch):

https://www.rug.nl/news/2020/07/archeologisch-samenwerkingsverband-pan-leidt-tot-nieuwe-historische-inzichten

Athens’ metro extension to the Piraeus is revealing finds from various periods:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/athens_metro_extension_brings_the_hellenistic_past_of_piraeus_to_light-581437/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/12/ancient-aqueduct-thousands-of-hellenistic-artifacts-uncovered-in-pireaus/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/metro-extension-brings-hellenistic-past.html

Just starting to hear now (in English) of the controversy growing over plans for a roof over the tomb of Augustus:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/romans-row-over-plan-for-roof-on-augustus-tomb-t7r6h5jgx

… and this ‘duomo’ excavation seems related (Italian)

https://www.vesuviolive.it/ultime-notizie/92673-aspettando-la-stazione-duomo-una-meraviglia-greco-romana/
https://www.identitainsorgenti.com/la-scoperta-il-tempio-dei-giochi-isolimpici-un-gioiello-nella-stazione-duomo-della-linea-1/

The restoration of the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/14/huge-atlas-statue-to-guard-sicilys-temple-of-zeus-once-more
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/huge-atlas-statue-to-guard-sicily-s-temple-of-zeus-once-more/ar-BB16J7O6?li=BBnbcA1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8856-200715-sicily-atlas-statue

Some recently-found Roman finds from Colchester are going on display:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18587324.rare-roman-finds-go-display-hospital-dig/

Feature on Claudius’ visit to Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/
https://www.harwichandmanningtreestandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/

That Roman wall for sale in Colchester was purchased by the town council before it came to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-53394829
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-07-12/council-teams-up-with-local-heritage-groups-to-buy-part-of-colchesters-iconic-roman-wall

People in Pompeii were apparently happier than those in Victorianish England:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8522629/Londoners-1820-artificial-light-people-living-Pompeii.html

… and some gardens in Pompeii have been recreated:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeiis-lost-gardens-bloom-again.html

The UK is trying to prevent the export of a mosaic from Roman Dorset that was auctioned off a couple years ago:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ancient-mosaic-from-roman-dorset-at-risk-of-export

The site of a Roman city in Malaga may have been located:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/07/14/remains-of-lost-roman-city-potentially-discovered-in-spains-malaga/

Evidence that the Mediterranean was two degrees warmer during the Roman Empire:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/07/17/mediterranean-sea-was-2-degrees-hotter-during-roman-empire_2250ff13-eb34-49a1-ae1f-e1d2b132f90f.html
https://tg24.sky.it/scienze/2020/07/17/mar-mediterraneo-impero-romano

The Peristera shipwreck off Alonissos is now an underwater museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-opens-undersea-museum-180975352/

The Herodes Atticus theatre has reopened:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254812/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/roman-era-herod-atticus-theater-reopens

They’re performing operas in the Circus Maximus:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-opera/from-chariot-racing-to-opera-verdi-comes-to-romes-circus-maximus-idUSKCN24E16U
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/from-chariot-races-to-opera-rome-reinvents-the-circus-maximus.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/19/c_139222953.htm

… and they’ve lit up the Temple of Hadrian:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-illuminates-temple-of-hadrian-with-free-light-show.html

… and thee will be moonlight tours of the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-opens-colosseum-for-moonlight-tours-this-summer.html

Sparta wants to boost archaeology-based tourism:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/showcasing_sparta_s_rich_archaeological_heritage_to_bring_new_vitality_to_the_city-598581/

Funding for the excavation of the Hellenistic theatre in Agrigento:

http://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/agrigento-teatro-ellenistico-soldi-firetto-ripensamento.html
https://agrigento.gds.it/articoli/politica/2020/07/16/teatro-ellenistico-firetto-gli-scavi-devono-proseguire-2588ec55-c1a0-4daf-8cc9-761fdcd82ed5/

Feature on Greek limestone sculptures on Cyprus:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/limestone-sculpture-cyprus

Feature on ancient Greek ‘travel guides’:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/07/15/international-travel-guides-of-the-ancient-greeks.html

Feature on Lake Nemi:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/lake-nemi-pristine-waters-and-an-ancient-mystery.html

Feature on some upcoming events related to the 2500th anniversary of Thermopylae:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/169731/thermopylae-salamis-2020-2500-years-of-history/

… and a feature on Salamis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/salamis-the-city-of-teucer/134204

Feature on Timgad:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/timgad-the-veteran-roman-colony/134251

Feature on Salona:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/salona-capital-of-the-roman-province-of-dalmatia/134229

Feature on Baiae:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-baiae-a-roman-settlement-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea

Feature on the Villa dei Papiri (and the Getty):

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/roman-holiday-40bc

Feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://interestingengineering.com/11-facts-about-the-antikythera-mechanism-the-2000-year-old-computer

Feature o Yourcenar’s *Memoirs of Hadrian*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rereading-memoirs-of-hadrian-by-marguerite-yourcenar-review-vdwwnxf5b

They’ve digitized much of Alan Wace’s research:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254636/article/ekathimerini/life/work-of-english-archaeologist-alan-wace-goes-digital

OpEd on ‘decolonizing’ Classics:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-would-it-mean-to-decolonise-the-Classics

Feature on UKentucky’s Latin program:

http://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/alumna-discovers-uk-s-hidden-gem-latin-program-unique-among-universities-us

Mary Beard was criticizing Boris Johnson’s Greek and Latin:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-gets-accusative-over-boris-johnsons-latin-prrblh86r

Arlington students did well on the NLE:

http://wjla.com/news/local/perfect-score-arlington-students-national-language-exam

Reviews of Greg Woolf, *The Life and Death of Ancient Cities*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02070-5
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-life-and-death-of-ancient-cities-review-eternal-cities-11594997623

Feature on Astrid Van Oyen and her work on Roman storage:

https://research.cornell.edu/news-features/emperors-closet-power-and-storage

Just so you know, next week Epdaurus will be livestreaming a performance of the Persians:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/epidaurus_ancient_theater_to_live_stream_play_performance_for_the_first_time_in_its_history-599383/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254824/article/ekathimerini/life/aeschylus-the-persians-to-be-live-streamed-from-epidaurus-on-july-25

More on determining the origins of Roman glass:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709105112.htm

More on the Ionic capital find from Gela:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ionic-capital-found-in-well-in-gela.html

More on the paleochristian burials from Autun:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/paleochristian-necropolis-excavated-in.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Study suggests that climate was the major factor influencing movement of first farmers across Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-climate-key-factor-impacting-movement.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-research-shows-climate-was-key.html

Evidence of Neolithic textiles from the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-rare-evidence-for-neolithic-textiles-identified-on-orkney.htm

A LaTene era chariot burial from Heuman (Dutch):

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/06/26/wagengraf-toont-keltisch-eliteleven-aan-de-maas-a4004163

Evidence of major Iron Age religious structures at Navan Fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53415251
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/iron-age-temple-prehistoric-irish-site
https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2020/0716/1153651-armagh-fort/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/evidence-of-iron-age-temples-uncovered-at-navan-fort-1.4306168
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8862-200717-ireland-navan-fort

Remains of a large Iron Age settlement at St Neots:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/evidence-of-iron-age-discovered-in-st-neots-1-6747591

Puzzling over thousands of firepits from a long time range in Loykja (Norway):

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-holes-ground-riddle.html

Evidence of a Viking trade centre on the Island of Hinnoya (Norway):

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-uit-arctic-university-viking-age/unknown-viking-trading-place-discovered-by-masters-student/1713663
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8861-200717-norway-viking-trade

A Viking-era toilet from Denmark:

https://intallaght.ie/archaeologists-discover-the-remains-of-an-ancient-viking-toilet-from-1000-years-ago/

Some earthworks in Romania thought to be the product of 16th century Turkish invaders are older than previously thought:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-earthworks-older-than-previously-thought/134238

Tram construction in Leith has revealed a number of medieval burials:

https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/national/18587986.excavation-begins-medieval-human-remains-unearthed-tram-works/
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/pictures-and-video-show-14th-century-skeletons-being-unearthed-during-leith-tram-works-2915893
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12144426/human-skeletons-found-edinburgh-tram-expansion-leith/

Interesting study comparing diets of medieval Danes and Italians:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-chemical-analyses-danes-italians-middle.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uosd-nca071520.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/trace-element-chemistry-in-human-bones.html

Evidence of medieval ‘recycling’ in Javea (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/18/mediaeval-recycling-in-javea/

Feature on the dig at Bury Castle:

https://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/18584647.secrets-bury-castle-revealed-extraordinary-archaeological-dig/

Finds from various periods at a dig in downtown Reykjavik:

https://grapevine.is/news/2020/07/13/archaeological-excavation-in-downtown-reykjavik/

A major WWI bunker system has been found on a hill in Flanders:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wwi-bunker-could-contain-bodies-of-soldiers-lost-at-battle-of-messines-tpl7333jz

As might have been hoped for, those recent shaft finds near Stonehenge have delayed a decision about the tunnel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/16/talks-on-stonehenge-road-tunnel-delayed-by-neolithic-find
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53420160
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18590881.stonehenge-university-bradfords-find-delays-a303-decision/

The Orfordness Lighthouse was dismantled to save it from falling into the sea:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-53263525

Dunston Staiths has been preserved:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-53055707

… as has Dolphinholme Worsted Mill:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-53404913

Nantes’ St Pierre et St Paul Cathedral was on fire yesterday (arson is suspected):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53455142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53462790
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/18/europe/nantes-cathedral-fire-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/world/europe/fire-nantes-cathedral.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/18/892594549/blaze-at-centuries-old-cathedral-in-nantes-under-investigation-as-arson
https://www.dw.com/en/france-arson-suspected-in-major-fire-at-nantes-cathedral/a-54226732
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/19/french-police-question-man-over-nantes-cathedral-fire

Studying syphilis in 18th century London:

https://www.sciencealert.com/study-shows-just-how-bad-syphilis-got-in-london-in-the-late-18th-century

Feature on the Druids:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/druids.htm

More on the PAS hitting the 1.5 million mark … this time with news about what’s been found in Northamptonshire:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/heres-how-many-ancient-finds-are-now-museums-after-being-unearthed-northamptonshire-2912184

More on that Iron Age murder/execution victim (and other items) found during HS2 works:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53366209
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/626560/iron-age-murder-victim-skeleton-discovered-in-england
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/railway-construction-exposes-iron-age-murder-mystery-among-other-finds/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/iron-age-mystery-murder-victim-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-iron-age-murder-victim-and-more-uncovered-english-farm-180975308/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8852-200714-england-henge-skeleton
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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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4 000 years bp burials from Guangzhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/15/c_139214724.htm

A Sui Dynasty burial in Shaanxi is providing info on ‘posthumus marriage culture’:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1194491.shtml

Tang Dynasty paper documents excavated in Xinjiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/15/c_139214442.htm

Nepal plans to excavate a possibly Ramayana site:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nepals-archaeologists-to-study-possible-ramayana-site/article32112860.ece

Excavations have commenced at a possible human settlement site in Sivagalai:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jul/13/excavation-at-adichanallur-sivagalai-begins-2169106.html

… and some ‘graffiti-inscribed’ potsherds have been found there:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jul/18/archaeologists-find-graffiti-inscribed-potsherds-from-sivagalai-archaeological-site-2171451.html

Concerns for a 14th century stepwell in Nizammudin:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2020/jul/13/sorry-state-of-affairs14th-century-stepwell-in-delhis-nizammudin-faces-threat-of-collapse-2169015.html

A ruling in a case involving diamonds from a temple in Kerala:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-53390395

Shell middens in South Australia are documenting 29 000 years of Aboriginal occupation of the area:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2020/07/15/29000-years-of-aboriginal-history-on-the-murray/
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-years-aboriginal-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/fu-2yo071020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200714102103.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/29000-years-of-aboriginal-history.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8857-200715-australia-riverland-occupation

I think we mentioned this 1000 years bp cat burial from Kazakhstan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/nruh-tec071420.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-years-ago-nomadic-herders-kept-their-toothless-pet-cat-alive-180975292/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/16/world/silk-road-cats-pets-scn/index.html
Feature on some excavations along the Silk Road:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/386-2007/features/8756-a-silk-road-renaissance

Feature on the history of Hong Kong:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-53388825/tea-drugs-and-war-hong-kong-s-british-history-explained

Feature on the ‘hidden’ Angkor Wat:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200716-cambodias-hidden-angkor-wat
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NORTH AMERICA
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Folks are retesting the 14 000 years bp coprolites from the Paisley Caves:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-archaeologists-date-earliest-occupation-north.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/science/cave-poop-americas.html
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/29/eaba6404
https://gizmodo.com/14-000-year-old-poop-found-in-oregon-cave-turns-out-to-1844389785
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-date-earliest-known.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8859-200716-oregon-human-coprolites

I thing we mentioned these 8000+ years bp artifacts from Northampton (MA) which are now delaying roundabout construction:

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/native-artifacts-delay-northampton-roundabout-construction-until-at-least-august.html

Studying oyster middens along the Georgia coast:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200714182152.htm
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44084/20200715/researchers-find-ancient-native-americans-sustainably-harvested-managed-oyster-reefs.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-oyster-shells-provide.html

Study suggests that some Indigenous groups in Georgia successfully resisted European influence for 150+ years after DeSoto’s arrival:

https://source.wustl.edu/2020/07/rewriting-history-new-evidence-challenges-euro-centric-narrative-of-early-colonization/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/wuis-rhn071520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-evidence-euro-centric-narrative-early-colonization.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200715131215.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-evidence-challenges-euro-centric.html

Remains of a sweatlodge feature in the Yellowhill Community (NC):

https://www.theonefeather.com/2020/07/sweat-lodge-earth-feature-found-in-yellowhill-community/

Modified bison scapulas (‘hoes’) from a Manitoba site are shedding light on possible pre-contact First Nations agrarian activities:

https://discoverwestman.com/local/bu-s-invite-to-melita-dig-site-dating-back-200-years
https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/manitoba-ancient-hoes-point-to-indigenous-gardeners-1.24172687

Plenty of news about the search for Tulsa Race Massacre burials but nothing found yet:

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/not-yet-discovered-victims-archaeologists-offer-update-as-cemetery-search-continues/article_9cb2e180-8390-556f-8817-9b6961c995e9.html
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/No-bodies-found-yet-in-search-for-Tulsa-massacre-15407890.php
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/archaeologists-extend-oaklawn-test-site-in-search-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/article_9cb2e180-8390-556f-8817-9b6961c995e9.html
http://www.wboc.com/story/42371884/search-for-tulsa-massacre-victims-resumes-no-remains-yet
https://ktul.com/news/local/crews-continue-digging-in-search-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-graves
http://oklahoman.com/article/5666946/excavation-continues-at-potential-mass-grave-site-in-tulsa
http://ktul.com/news/local/as-week-one-of-mass-graves-search-ends-new-discovery-found
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f10d35ca07b476c8c37b21d/archaeologists-optimistic-about-mass-graves-search-at-oaklawn-cemetery

… some background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/13/tulsa-digs-mass-graves-race-massacre-oaklawn-cemetery/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/17/us/tulsa-massacre-mass-graves.html

Suggestion that Blackbeard deliberately grounded the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article244270542.html
http://wcti12.com/news/local/ecu-researcher-blackbeard-likely-grounded-queen-annes-revenge-off-nc-coast-in-1718

The chairman of Fox has acquired a property in Utah with petroglyphs:

https://moabtimes.com/2020/07/09/fox-corp-ceo-acquires-property-rock-art-along-mill-creek/

Feature on the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project:

https://the-journal.com/articles/181699-cedar-mesa-perishables-project-examines-1000yearold-fiber-wood-artifacts

Feature on the Culper Spy Ring:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08kdvj0/the-secrets-of-the-mysterious-culper-spy-ring

Frederick Douglass documents acquired by Yale will be digitized:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/14/890495525/frederick-douglass-documents-newly-acquired-by-yale-reveal-hope-for-the-country

More on that buffalo jump find in Wyoming:

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/friends-find-bison-jump-in-carbon-county/article_c3897258-1196-5f00-a82d-185fddbed831.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8850-200713-wyoming-buffalo-jump

More on the Zion Cemetery burials in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-present-findings-from-two-week-excavation-at-site-of-missing-black-cemetery/67-16504288-63c5-411a-850a-1fc74711894f
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of ‘forced migrations’ by pre-Colonial Incas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-multi-disciplinary-evidence-migration-pre-colonial-incas.html

Remains of an Aztec palatial structure in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53397164
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/14/ancient-aztec-palace-ruins-found-landmark-building-mexico-city/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aztec-palace-ruins-in-mexico-city/a-54166113

Some items also mention possible remains of Hernan Cortes’ house:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-more-mexico-city-history-under-pawnshop/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/home-shame-hernan-cortes-house-discovered-mexico-city/59492
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/07/14/palace-axayacatl-hernan-cortes-house-remains-found-mexico-city/5436169002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-palace-unearthed-180975319/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8855-200715-mexico-axayacatl-courtyard

Damage to a pre-Hispanic aqueduc site in Texcoco is irreversible, apparently:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologist-says-damage-to-texcoco-site-irreparable/

Studying how ancient peoples of Patagonia dealt with climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-peoples-patagonia-climate-insights.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44098/20200718/ancient-patagonia-communities-offer-insights-adapting-climate-change.htm

Feature on El Tajin:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/el-tajin/134179
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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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The SWBTS archaeology profs whose program was cancelled have relocated:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-swbts-professors-launch-new-archaeology-program-at-nashville-liberal-arts-university.html

On who invented the bagpipes:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2020/07/16/who-really-invented-the-bagpipes/

Feature on mummification in various ancient cultures:

https://www.livescience.com/mummification.html

Feature on food history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/artgenetics-food-history-study-wellness-scn/index.html

Feature on African slave traders:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53444752

Raphael’s death was caused by medical error:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/17/medical-error-lead-to-painter-raphaels-death-study-finds

Feature on the invention of the police:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/the-invention-of-the-police

On Jesse Strang’s scam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/books/review/king-of-confidence-miles-harvey-james-jesse-strang.html

On some spinoff effects of pandemics:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/how-pandemics-wreak-havoc-and-open-minds

… and the masks they wore in 1918:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/07/photos-influenza-masks-1918/614272/

… and how theatres in New York didn’t close in 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/theater/spanish-flu-1918-new-york-theater.html

Feature on the Brooklyn Historical Society’s online map collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/arts/new-york-historical-maps.html

Feature on art involving horses:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/horse-power/

Feature on Hans Posse, Hitler’s ‘art buyer’:

https://www.dw.com/en/hans-posse-the-man-who-curated-hitlers-stolen-art/a-54171048

Rethinking the date/time of Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/new-analysis-prompts-rethinking-of-date-time-for-vermeers-view-of-delft/

They’ve formally confirmed bones found near Yekaterinburg are those of Tsar Nicholas II and family:

https://www.dw.com/en/russia-forest-bones-confirmed-to-be-last-tsar-of-russia-and-the-romanov-family/a-54223877

They’re still looking for the remains of Hans Holbein:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/16/bones-hans-holbein-lockdown-arts-grisliest-mystery-plague-london-renaissance
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Statues of Juan de Onate are coming down in New Mexico:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/13/890122729/statues-of-conquistador-juan-de-o-ate-come-down-as-new-mexico-wrestles-with-hist

They’re hesitating removing a bust of a Confederate general and KKK leader from the Tennessee Capitol building:

https://fox17.com/news/local/potential-removal-of-confederate-general-kkk-leader-bust-wont-be-decided-until-2021-nathan-bedford-forrest-tennessee-nashville

On the origins of an Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson, Mississippi:

https://www.wjtv.com/living-local/focused-on-mississippi/focused-on-mississippi-origins-of-the-andrew-jackson-statue/

A statue of a union soldier in Saratoga Springs was vandalized:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Civil-War-soldier-smashed-in-Congress-Park-15412758.php
https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/16/civil-war-union-statue-found-toppled-in-saratoga-springs-congress-park-honored-bemis-heights-battalion
https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/17/saratoga-civil-war-statue-demolished-by-vandals

A Virgin Mary statue at a Boston church was set on fire:

https://www.wcvb.com/article/virgin-mary-statue-set-on-fire-at-boston-church-saint-peter-parish-in-dorchester/33287717

Not sure if this destruction of Buddha in Pakistan is considered in this same category:

https://www.startribune.com/pakistani-police-arrest-4-men-who-destroyed-statue-of-buddha/571817371/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/07/18/world/asia/ap-as-pakistan-buddha-statue.html

Greenland is pondering the fate of a statue of Hans Egede:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53429950

On the tradition of toppling statues in Western culture:

https://timesofsandiego.com/uncategorized/2020/07/14/western-culture-has-a-hallowed-tradition-of-felling-offensive-statues/

… similar, on the politics behind statues:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/why-public-statues-are-political-acts

Other OpEddish things:

https://www.motherjones.com/anti-racism-police-protest/2020/07/confederate-monuments-iconoclasm/
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/Italy-owes-Wales-reparations-for-the-wrongs-of-the-Roman-Empire

The renaming of the Washington Football team seems part of this too:

https://time.com/5866481/native-american-mascots/

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/arts/design/washington-football-logo-native-american.html

Plimoth Plantation will by changing its name:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massachusetts-plimoth-plantation-change-its-name-180975323/
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Oldest evidence of the use of horses in the Bronze Age comes from Kazakhstan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-evidence-horsemanship-bronze-age.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/most-ancient-evidence-of-horsemanship.html

Studying the evidence for the domestication of cats in Neolithic central Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/ncui-5yo071320.php
https://www.inverse.com/science/are-cats-even-domesticated
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/how-ancient-cats-lived-on-the-brink-of-domestication/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/5000-years-of-history-of-domestic-cats.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the ‘intermixing’ of Native Americans and Polynesians:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/native-americans-polynesians-meet-180975269/
https://gizmodo.com/native-americans-voyaged-to-polynesia-long-before-europ-1844305610

… and some criticism of the claim:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-americans-polynesia-evidence-doesnt.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/did-ancient-americans-settle-in.html

Tree DNA is being used to link a holocene-era tsunami to Doggerland:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-dna-doggerland-uk-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uow-bis071620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200716101619.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/tsunami-britain-atlantis-6200-bc-archaeology-a9622591.html
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/734800/?sc=c52
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=116260

Feature on what’s happening at the Mosul Museum:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/iraq-mosul-museum-reconstruction-antiquities

Interview with Katherine A Schwab about the Met Museum’s plaster cast collection:

https://www.wiltonbulletin.com/arts-leisure/article/Curator-focuses-on-preservation-through-casts-and-15407074.php

Museums in New York City aren’t opening just yet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/arts/design/nyc-museums-phase-4.html

Some sort of dispute over an El Greco at the Detroit Institute of Arts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/arts/design/detroit-institute-art-el-greco.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest CT scan of a mummy is on one of the Siberian variety and reveals assorted wounds and tattoos:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/this-tattooed-tashtyk-man-was-found-half-a-century-ago-yet-now-for-the-first-time-we-can-see-his-lifelike-face/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8854-200714-siberia-tashtyk-mummy

Suggestion that LiDAR would be useful in Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/opinion/readers/2020/07/13/guams-archeologists-could-use-lidar-over-historical-places/5424015002/

Using tooth protein to determine the sex of human remains:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein-show-sex-human-remains/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Bonham’s appears to have sold a ‘wine jug’ despite being warned it had been looted previously:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/18/bonhams-sold-2500-year-old-wine-jug-warned-had-looted-claims/

Egyptian antiquities are on the block at Christie’s:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89574/Egyptian-antiquities-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie%E2%80%99s-on-July-6

A handwritten Sherlock Holmes manuscript is coming to Sotheby’s:

https://news.justcollecting.com/sherlock-holmes-handwritten-manuscript-arthur-conan-doyle-auction-sothebys/

Latest vampire-slaying kit auction:

https://www.livescience.com/vampire-slaying-kit-auction.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Almunecar:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/13/discover-almunecars-historic-roman-ruins-and-hot-springs/

Basel:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-basel-the-birthplace-of-hallucinogenic-science

Naples:

https://theconversation.com/from-the-grand-tour-to-my-brilliant-friend-how-naples-captured-our-imagination-141724

Aksum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-aksum-6th-century-ad/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Richard II:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/theater/richard-ii-review-andre-holland.html

The Oddysey will be livestreamed (not a spelling error):

https://www.avpress.com/showcase/catch-the-oddyssey-online-this-weekend/article_e40022ae-c7c8-11ea-b186-1fd171eb48e1.html

… and in case you missed the livestreaming of the Persians at Epidaurus:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/170167/first-live-streamed-performance-as-the-persians-premier-at-epidaurus/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Plenty of hype for that documentary about the search for Cleopatra at Taposiris Magna:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/12/sensational-egypt-find-offers-clues-in-hunt-for-cleopatras-tomb
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1704351/offbeat
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8517179/Egyptian-mummies-discovered-Taposiris-Magna-temple-Nile-delta.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1310910/egypt-cleopatra-queen-pharaoh-coins-discovered-alexandria-taposiris-magna-spt

… and a related opeddish thing:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2020/07/16/hunt-cleopatras-tomb-review-will-free-tvs-ancient-egyptian-curse/

The Old Guard has Classical overtones:

https://www.newsweek.com/old-guard-netflix-andy-andromache-scythia-amazon-meaning-origin-explained-age-1517411
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a33284335/old-guard-netflix-andromache-scythia-charlize-theron/
https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/7/17/21324902/the-old-guard-review-gay-song-of-achilles
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CRIME BEAT
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A man in northern Greece was arrested for possession of thousands of ancient coins and other items:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254786/article/ekathimerini/news/man-in-northern-greece-found-with-thousands-of-ancient-coins-jewellery

A metal detectorist working along Hadrian’s Wall was arrested:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/metal-detector-hadrians-wall-northumberland-18614266
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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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A Denver museum has returned a number of items to Kenya:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/e2-80-9cwe-shouldn-e2-80-99t-be-curating-people-e2-80-99s-souls-e2-80-9d-denver-museum-repatriates-sacred-carvings-to-kenyan-tribes/ar-BB16xHCr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8851-200713-repatriation-vigango-mijikenda

New Zealand has returned a Hawaiian cloack and helmet have 241 years:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloak-helmet-hawaii-captain-cook-180975298/

France is looking at using a law to return colonial-era artifacts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/france-looks-at-law-for-returning-colonial-era-artifacts/2020/07/16/17967ea6-c760-11ea-a825-8722004e4150_story.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/07/16/france-would-return-african-artifacts-through-proposed-new-law/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature o a Byzantine Follis:

https://coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/the-byzantine-anonymous-follis-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

… and coins of Illyrian emperors of the 3rd century:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-illyrian-emperors-of-the-third-century/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n29.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Molly Neptune Parker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/us/molly-neptune-parker-dead.htmlj

David Stronach:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-stronach-obituary-2wwhkpq0f

Jimmy Dunn:

http://www.christianorigins.div.ed.ac.uk/2020/07/06/helen-bond-remembers-j-d-g-jimmy-dunn/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2978-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-5-through-july-11-2020
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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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