Explorator 23.14 ~ July 26, 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, Robin Helweg-Larsen,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Bill Kennedy,
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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Western Mediterranean Neanderthals did not ‘become extinct’ because of climate change, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/udb-now072020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-neanderthals-western-mediterranean-extinct-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200720101759.htm

Interesting study of use-wear traces on basalt tools from Olduvai:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-exhaustive-analysis-use-wear-basalt-tools.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/first-exhaustive-analysis-of-use-wear.html

Evidence of a human presence in Atapuerca some 600 000 years bp:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-23/hallada-una-nueva-presencia-humana-en-atapuerca-hace-600000-anos.html

A study of a partial foot found in Amud Cave (Israel) 25 years ago has found it belonged to a Late Pleistocene Neanderthal woman:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-amud-shown-neandertal-woman-kg.html

Study suggests Neanderthals had a lower threshold for pain (and, of course, passed that on to some of us):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115900.htm
https://www.inverse.com/science/neanderthals-pain-tolerance-in-modern-humans
https://sciencealert.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3996984deafc554c16e8bdad6&id=81039960b2&e=43d87f3b30
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neanderthals-may-have-had-lower.html

More on that homo erectus handaxe made from hippo bone:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/14-million-year-old-homo-erectus.html

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AFRICA
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A cll to remove the colonial point of view from textbooks in Africa:

https://www.dw.com/en/colonial-views-in-africas-history-books/a-54303695

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is denying that they destroyed an Islamic cemetery to build a new bridge in/near Cairo:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89886/Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-denies-demolishing-Mamluks-Necropolis-in-Egypt
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200721-egypt-denies-destroying-ancient-islamic-cemetery-heritage-site-to-build-bridge/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1707656/middle-east

A wall collapse at the Saint Fana monastery:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89885/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Monastery-of-Saint-Fana-inspected-after-non-archaeological-wall

Latest on the ‘curse of the pharaohs’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/new-facts-about-the-curse-of-the-pharaohs-revealed/

Feature on Tut:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90073/Facts-you-need-to-know-about-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Golden-King-Tutankhamun

Feature on Egyptian pyramids:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/the-ancient-egyptian-pyramids/134365

More on the Hyksos being ‘insiders’ from Egypt, and not Israelites:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0235414
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/immigrant-hyksos-dynasty-08646.html
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/enigmatic-hyksos-did-not-invade-egypt-were-not-israelites-scholars-say-635601
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/invasion-ancient-egypt-may-have-actually-been-immigrant-uprising

More on Google’s new hieroglyphs tool:

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-unleash-your-inner-pharaoh-with-the-new-google-hieroglyphs-tool-1.9006727
https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/send-friends-5000-year-old-emojis-with-new-google-ai-hieroglyphic-app-636101
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/google-tool-translate-hieroglyphs-egypt-heritage.html#ixzz6TFBWN8Ns

[see the Techy section for some mummy CT scan news]

Feature on women in early Mesopotamian royal inscriptions:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/women-mesopotamia-inscriptions

Feature on Babylon (video):

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/videos/iraqs-national-culture-babylon.html

A Parthian-era (possibly female) burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450465/Ancient-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan

A survey of the Marvdasht plain began this week:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450319/Another-mapping-survey-starts-in-archaeologically-rich-Marvdasht

A study of burnt fabrics found at Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450345/Study-sheds-new-light-on-vestiges-of-burnt-fabrics-found-in-Persepolis

I think we mentioned French archaeologists digging in Syria:

https://menafn.com/1100488201/French-archaeologists-carry-out-confidential-diggings-in-Syria

More on safeguarding heritage in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1100509385/Safeguarding-heritage-a-national-duty-Jordanian-archaeologist

Plenty of seal impressions from a First Temple era tax collection/storage complex just outside the Old City:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/key-site-from-biblical-kings-time-unveiled-near-us-embassy-in-jerusalem-635924
https://www.timesofisrael.com/huge-kingdom-of-judah-government-complex-found-stones-throw-from-us-embassy/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-monumental-building-from-king-hezekiah-s-time-found-in-jerusalem-1.9013067
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/23/dozens-of-first-temple-period-seals-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/administrative-storage-center-dated-to-kings-hezekiah-and-menashe-era-uncovered-in-jerusalem/2020/07/22/
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/4a7ecb18285a0b1d431ca06c6816d9eb/Archeologists-Uncover-Ancient-Administrative-Center-From-First-Temple-Period/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/07/22/Archaeologists-uncover-2700-year-old-storage-center-in-Jerusalem/6761595432418/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1595418047-over-120-impression-seals-from-first-temple-period-unearthed-in-jerusalem
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-07/23/content_76301953.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-jerusalem-site-reveals-ancient-judean.html

A somewhat strange sequence of reporting … first, we heard that the IDF had recovered a stolen Byzantine baptismal font in the West Bank:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-says-ancient-baptismal-font-stolen-20-years-ago-retrieved-in-west-bank/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-returns-5th-century-stolen-baptismal-font-to-original-site-in-tekoa-635702

… then that IDF had actually stolen it themselves:

https://menafn.com/1100517609/Israel-steals-historical-baptismal-font

… then we read of archaeologists condemning the theft of the font (i.e. by the IDF):

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200723-archaeologists-condemn-israels-theft-of-byzantine-baptismal-font/

… then we had a sort of ‘both sides’ piece:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/israel-steal-archaeology-relic-west-bank-area-c-palestinian.html

The COVID-19 situation is definitely affecting archaeology in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/another-victim-of-the-coronavirus-in-israel-archaeological-excavations-636121

Feature on Nazareth in Jesus’ time:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-what-do-we-know-about-nazareth-in-jesus-time-an-archaeologist-explains/

A walk around the Arnona site (Facebook video):

https://www.facebook.com/BreakingIsraelNews/videos/306792193850843/

More on that Second Temple era mikveh in the Jezreel Valley that is in the way of highway construction:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/discovery-of-ancient-ritual-bath-spurs-nearby-kibbutz-to-try-to-save-it/

More on those 4000 years bp dolmens and petroglyphs from the Golan Heights:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200720-ancient-golan-rock-art-sheds-light-on-mysterious-culture
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2404206/massive-basalt-rocks-discovered-occupied-golan-heights

Feature on heritage struggles during the conflict in Yemen:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200724-bombed-and-looted-yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-news-politics/bombed-and-looted-yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage-864951.html
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/669154/Bombed-and-looted-Yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage

On the Hagia Sophia front, we learned that the mosaics would be covered for Muslim prayers:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/hagia-sophia-mosaics-will-be-covered-with-curtains-during-muslim-prayers-635647
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/some-of-hagia-sophia-s-mosaics-will-be-covered-during-muslim-prayers

… although there were calls for them to be removed:

https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2020/07/23/tuerkischstaemmiger-schriftsteller-zaimoglu/

… and it officially opened to worship:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53506445
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-07-24/miles-de-fieles-aguardan-el-primer-rezo-musulman-en-santa-sofia-tras-su-conversion-en-mezquita.html

… and there were plenty of opeds condemning the change (Western press, of course):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254913/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-how-european-human-rights-laws-are-being-violated
https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/24/hagia-sophia-another-step-towards-turkeys-islamification/
https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/hagia-sophia-symbol-universality-goes-exclusivist

… and a feature on assorted conversions of religious buildings in the past:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/coe-cl072420.php

… and Greece continued to protest the conversion in various venues (including UNESCO):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/41017-greek-foreign-ministry-on-hagia-sophia-s-conversion-a-blow-to-mankind-s-cultural-heritage.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/26/greek-national-commission-continues-protest-over-hagia-sophia-conversion-to-unesco/

In case you want a photo of the changes:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/head-of-turkeys-religious-affairs-directorate-erbas-visits-hagia-sophia-in-istanbul/

… and a general feature on the edifice:

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/columns/hagia-sophia-shrine-of-2-empires
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A seafood shop in Spain was found to have a number of Roman amphoras:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/roman-amphoras-discovered-in-frozen-seafood-shop-in-spain
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-amphorae-seafood-store-spain-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53511208
https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2020/07/23/241-police-discover-roman-antiquities-in-a-seafood-store

Latest finds from the Roman villa excavations at Positano (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2020/07/positano-villa-romana-recuperati-nuovi-reperti/3405088/

An imperial era burial in the centre of Aquino (Italian):

https://www.ilpuntoamezzogiorno.it/2020/07/una-tomba-di-epoca-imperiale-scoperta-durante-lavori-in-pieno-centro-ad-aquino/
https://www.iowebbo.it/aquino-scoperta-in-centro-una-tomba-romana/

I think we mentioned this mosaic from Porto Torres (Sardinia) during gasworks construction:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/roman-mosaic-floor-discovered-in.html

Roman coins from Aquae Calidae (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/07/21/archaeology-more-than-40-ancient-coins-found-at-bulgarias-aquae-calidae-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8871-200722-bulgaria-aquae-calidae

Excavations at Volterra’s Roman amphitheatre are resuming (Italian):

https://www.gonews.it/2020/07/23/anfiteatro-romano-di-volterra-ripresa-la-campagna-di-scavo/

Plenty of coverage for a study suggesting that Greek healing temples had disabled access:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-greek-temples-disability-ramps.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-greeks-had-first-ramps-for-disabled-h6n82f3tf
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-greek-disability-ramps-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/22/ancient-greeks-built-ramps-for-disabled-in-public-buildings/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8543821/Ancient-Greek-temples-disabled-access.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-paper-argues-ancient-greeks-designed-some-temples-for-those-with-impaired-mobility
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/ramps-disabled-people-trace-back-ancient-greece
https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/ancient-greek-temples-had-the-first-disabled-access-ramps/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-greek-sanctuaries-temples-had-disabled-access-thousands-of-years-ago/134326
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-design-temples-accessibility-mind-180975392/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8873-200722-greece-ramps-disabilities

In case you missed plans to put up one of those colossal telamons in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/colossal-atlas-statue-to-be-raised.html

The Italian town near Lake Nemi wants compensation for the destruction of Caligula’s ships by the Nazis:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/300/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/300/pub/300/page/14/article/65332
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/24/italian-town-wants-compensation-nazi-destruction-ancient-roman/

Study suggests women may have been the artisans behind ancient Greek ceramics:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/24/researcher-says-female-artisans-may-have-created-fine-pottery-during-archaic-period/
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/women-greek-pottery/

On genocide and the motive for the Roman invasion of Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/attempt-conquer-scotland-order-genocide-2923834

A temporary export bar for that Dewlish Roman mosaic:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-53471760

Feature on the Roman road between Manchester and Castleshaw:

https://saddind.co.uk/dont-get-the-hump-its-a-roman-road/

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/pompeii-recent-finds-reveal-new-clues-destruction/

Feature on ancient Roman responses to disasters:

https://www.themarysue.com/ancient-roman-origins-of-government-disaster-response/

Feature on the use of Latin in Palmyra:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/latin-over-aramaic/?mqsc=E4117188&dk=ZE0470ZF0

Feature on Cleopatra:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatra-legacy-last-pharaoh-ptolemaic-dynasty/

Feature on Titian’s ‘Death of Actaeon’:

https://theconversation.com/art-for-trying-times-titians-the-death-of-actaeon-and-the-capriciousness-of-fate-142815

Feature on the ‘Greek Boxer’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/21/sculpture-of-ancient-greek-boxer-still-haunts-viewers-today/

Feature on Lussonium:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/lussonium-the-frontier-fortress/134260

Feature on Herakles as ancient superhero:

https://www.tor.com/2020/07/24/herakles-the-ancient-superhero/

Feature on baking Roman bread:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/making-2000-year-old-roman-bread/

Feature on Roman ‘toilet paper’:

https://daily.jstor.org/this-is-how-they-wiped-themselves-in-ancient-rome/

Feature (from Christie’s) on collecting Roman portraits:

https://www.christies.com/features/Collecting-guide-the-Roman-portrait-10805-7.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire:

https://medium.com/@tyler_82235/how-the-roman-republic-transformed-into-the-roman-empire-572142c583b4

Marking the birthday of Alexander the Great:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/21/alexander-the-great-was-born-on-this-day-in-356-bc/

A feature on the evidence (or lack thereof) for Atlantis:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/where-is-the-lost-city-of-atlantis-and-does-it-even-exist

Feature on Roman building techniques:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/books/epic-poem-boewulf-aeneid-faerie-queene.html

Feature on some obelisks in Rome:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elephant-rome-story-behind-citys-oddest-attraction/

Podcast on Thera:

https://eos.org/articles/podcast-escape-from-thera

Review of Woolf, *Life and Death of Ancient Cities*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02070-5

Review of a festschrift volume for Lawrence Keppie on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-the-antonine-wall-papers-in-honour-of-professor-lawrence-keppie.htm

OpEddish sort of thing on Roman policing:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/20/romans-violence-power-police-military/

Greece continues efforts to recover the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/greece-seeks-return-parthenon-marbles-restoration-project-200726142211780.html

Classics is threatened at Carthage College:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/07/19/carthage-college-proposal-lay-off-faculty-draws-student-protest/5468267002/

… and Canisius College seems to be eliminating Classics (among other things):

https://artvoice.com/2020/07/19/crisis-at-canisius-college/
https://artvoice.com/2020/07/19/crisis-at-canisius-part-ii/
https://buffalonews.com/news/local/canisius-college-citing-20-million-deficit-lays-off-numerous-faculty-staff/article_8c5c1780-ca05-11ea-9a5a-fb37c10a4270.html
https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/canisius-college-considering-cuts

In case you missed the ‘Naked Athena’ protester:

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/07/the-story-behind-the-surreal-photos-of-portland-protester-naked-athena.html

An oped on ‘cancelling’ Aristotle:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/why-are-we-even-contemplating-canceling-aristotle/

More on that Roman statue from Altino:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/roman-statue-discovered-in-venice.html

More on recent Hellenistic finds from the Piraeus during metro construction:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/metro-extension-brings-hellenistic-past.html

More on the Mediterranean being hotter during the Roman Empire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8555871/Mediterranean-Sea-3-6-F-hotter-Roman-Empire-study-claims.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/mediterranean-sea-was-2-degrees-hotter.html

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/40965-greece%E2%80%99s-first-underwater-museum-opens-to-the-public-in-alonissos-island.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A possible Neolithic ‘Venus figurine’ from Hungary:

https://hungarytoday.hu/venus-of-egerszeg-lengyel-culture-statuette/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8863-200720-hungary-prehistoric-figurine

A roundhouse on the Isle of Arran has been dated to 1400 BCE:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-light-cast-scotlands-bronze-age-mountain-dwellers-arran-2919062
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8875-200723-scotland-roundhouse

Possible evidence of Iron Age butter from an artifact found in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mysteries-2500-year-old-butter-found-bottom-loch-2919034
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dish-serves-up-a-feast-of-iron-age-knowledge-at-loch-tay-mlhflhhvt
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8870-200721-iron-age-butter

Metal detectorists found a hoard of eight Iron Age gold coins in West Berkshire:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/out—about/31343/what-a-find-west-berkshire-hoard-of-8-gold-iron-age-coins.html

More research going on at a site where a 3rd century gold bracelet was found last year in Estonia (I think):

https://news.err.ee/1114787/research-continues-at-site-where-gold-bracelet-was-found-in-saare-county

A Viking ‘trading place’ found by an archaeology student in Norway:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/07/20/viking-trading-place-discovered-in-norway-by-student-archaeologist/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-student-finds-viking-trading-post-norway-180975391/

Archaeologists are looking for a lost Viking burial ground near the Truso settlement site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-search-for-lost-viking-cemetery/134330

A 9th/10 century fresco find from Venice (Italian):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/attualita/scoperti-piu-antichi-affreschi-venezia-basilica-torcello

An overviewish sort of thing on the Gjellestad ship excavations:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/who-was-buried-with-1100-year-old-viking-ship-researchers-seek-clues-in-new-excavation

Earliest evidence of smallpox is being found in Viking era burials from assorted sites in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/sjcu-vhs072120.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/science/smallpox-vikings-genetics.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/23/researchers-find-earliest-confirmed-case-smallpox-viking-era
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/ancient-teeth-show-history-of-epidemics-is-much-older-than-we-thought/2020/07/24/4f18ed94-b641-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/299/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/299/pub/299/page/50/article/64892
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02083-0
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6502/eaaw8977
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/smallpox-virus-ancient-dna-teeth-vikings-europeans
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/vikings-had-smallpox-and-may-have.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8878-200724-smallpox-virus-gene

A 1000 years bp jewelry mold from a Swiss site:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeologists-find-1-000-year-old-christian-jewellery-mould/45917948
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/26/swiss-dig-reveals-1000-year-old-christian-jewelry-mold/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/1000-year-old-christian-jewellery-mould.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this medieval mass burial from Dublin:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/medieval-plague-graves-dublin
https://www.thejournal.ie/dublin-archaeological-dig-2-5155387-Jul2020/
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/skeletal-remains-of-12-year-old-found-in-dublin-may-be-part-of-plague-grave-1.4309138
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8874-200723-ireland-mass-grave

More lists of ‘greatest finds’ made by the British public … first the top ten:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/treasures-greatest-discoveries-britain-public-portable-atiquities-scheme-staffordshire-watlington-hoard/

… then finds from Oxfordshire:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18606154.oxfordshire-top-county-finding-buried-treasures/

… and Huddersfield:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/places-hidden-treasure-been-found-18636883

… Bradford:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18593637.quern-used-grind-grain-found-garden-near-bradford/

… Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/history/five-fascinating-archaeological-finds-coventry-18658631

… Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/medieval-bronze-age-relics-among-4353232

… and a feature on things found by folks in their gardens during lockdown:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/19/back-garden-archaeology-britons-unearth-artefacts-during-lockdown
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lockdown-sparks-archaeological-finds-back-230100095.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/295/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/295/pub/295/page/14/article/63580
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/19/amateur-archaeologists-dig-rare-finds-lockdown-gardens/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8539465/Treasure-hunters-trove-artefacts-buried-gardens-lockdown.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-residents-make-archaeological-discoveries-lockdown-180975379/

Possible evidence of the site of Europe’s first ‘atmospheric steam engine’ from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22441000/archaeological-finding-in-house-garden-reveals-unique-mining-engine.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8867-200721-slovakia-steam-engine

100+ 16th century burials from a site in Estonia (I think):

https://news.err.ee/1115749/archaeologists-excavate-more-than-100-skeletons-in-sillamae

Feature on preserving diaspora Jewish heritage in Wales:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/preserving-heritage-for-jews-and-their-cities-in-the-diaspora-636048

A dig at Nesscliffe Hill Camp has been postponed until next year:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/07/22/archaeological-dig-at-hillfort-put-back-to-next-year/

Much anticipation for finds from a dig at Exeter Cathedral which began this week:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/dig-exeter-cathedral-could-find-4357958

Remains of a 4000 years bp henge site at Buckinghamshire was removed in anticipation of HS2 construction:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/education/archaeologists-safely-remove-wendover-winter-solstice-monument-2918251

Vandalism concerns at Sligo’s Neolithic tombs:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sligo-s-neolithic-tombs-are-being-vandalised-on-scale-never-seen-before-1.4310914
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/5000-year-old-tombs-destroyed-vandals

More on the evidence for massive religious structures at a Navan fort site:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/remote-sensing-archaeology-irish-fort
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/early-kings-of-ulster-and-iron-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-huge-temples-found-irelands-navan-fort-180975364/

More on the human remains found in the Chapelle Expiatore:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/human-remains-chapelle-expiatoire/

More on the Iron Age murder/execution victim from outside London:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-murder-victim-england.html

More on the evidence of a tsunami connected to Doggerland some 8150 years bp:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/tsunami-britain-atlantis-6200-bc-archaeology-a9622591.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/scientists-find-new-evidence-of-massive.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8864-200720-doggerland-tsunami-evidence

… possibly related:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08lfx9t/the-clues-to-ancient-humans-submerged-under-the-sea
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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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I think we mentioned these burials and other Han Dynasty-era finds in Shaanxi:

https://theunionjournal.com/ancient-tombs-and-hundreds-of-objects-dating-back-to-golden-age-in-chinese-history-unearthed-at-silk-road-origin-rt-world-news/

…and these Neolithic and Zhou dynasty tombs from Guangdong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neolithic-and-zhou-dynasty-tombs.html

20 Yuan dynasty burials from Guizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/24/c_139237555.htm

250 or so petroglyphs (by nomads?) from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/over-250-petroglyphs-discovered-in.html

A 16th/17th century drawing has been identified as a (local) politician named Tsai Fu-yi:

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2020/07/20/2003740240

Archaeologists have located the site (maybe) of the ‘Dragon City’ which was capital of the Xiognu Empire in Mongolia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-the-lost-dragon-city-capital-of-xiongnu-empire/134256
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-capital-of.html

20 000 years bp evidence of human habitation of some caves in Vietnam:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/traces-of-early-humans-found-in-ba-be-national-park/178847.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8868-200721-vietnam-stone-tools

A 1000 BCE megalithic site near Kollur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/megalithic-antiques-said-to-date-back-to-1000-bc-discovered-near-kollur/article32131951.ece
https://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/antiquities-of-kollur-date-back-to-megalithic-age-863283.html

This seems to be a survey (?) of a site somewhere near Bhatera (India):

https://www.thedailystar.net/archeological-team-visits-moulvibazar-chandrapur-collects-antiquities-1936445

In case you missed the news about vandalism of a Buddha in Pakistan:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/opinion/pakistans-fallen-buddha
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/265838392/pakistan-searches-site-after-undiscovered-buddha-statue-vandalized

… there were four arrests:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-buddha-statue-destroy-suspect-arrests-a9626931.html

Development threats to assorted sites in India:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/development-threatens-indian-archaeology

China’s politics have affected the Cao-an Temple:

https://bitterwinter.org/caoan-manichean-temple-subjected-to-sinicization/

Feature on Genghis Khan:

https://medium.com/mens-reads/how-genghis-khan-became-the-most-feared-ruler-in-the-world-3cc6992afd

A study of Aboriginal adaptation in South Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/an-ancient-story-of-change-and-adaptation/

Of possible interest is a well-preserved mammoth skeleton from a Siberian lake:

https://www.dw.com/en/reindeer-herders-find-well-preserved-mammoth-bones-in-siberian-lake/a-54313318
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/wooly-mammoth-excavation-siberia-muscle-sinew-pechevalavato-lake-global-warming-a9637211.html
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A 4000 years bp arrowhead find from a site near Kitchener (Ontario):

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/10112953-archeologists-unearth-4-000-year-old-arrowhead-at-fischer-hallman-site/

A Choctaw bow from a Mississippi Creek bed:

https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article244400197.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article244400197.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8879-200724-mississippi-choctaw-bow

Remains of a 19th century (?) kiln from an Alabama property:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Alabama-man-discovers-old-pottery-kiln-on-a-farm-15433359.php

Still no success in the search for remains from the Tulsa Race Massacre (although a pair of shoes caused some excitement):

https://www.newson6.com/story/5f15a57ef7bc0c2fa7ebdd77/2nd-week-of-excavation-begins-at-tulsas-oaklawn-cemetery-
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/gallery-digging-continues-monday-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-at-oaklawn-cemetery/collection_4acff860-7015-599a-9454-92a4e5a24c35.html
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f176bebbb1c7517fe75adb0/shoes-found-in-search-for-possible-mass-graves-from-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/gallery-digging-continues-tuesday-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-at-oaklawn-cemetery/collection_4acff860-7015-599a-9454-92a4e5a24c35.html
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f18156dbb1c7517fe75e1ba/archaeologists-in-tulsa-make-significant-discovery-continue-search-for-mass-graves
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/22/tulsa-dig-mass-graves-race-massacre-no-bodies/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/23/1921-tulsa-race-massacre-no-remains-found-oaklawn-cemetery/5496770002/
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/mass-graves-search-at-oaklawn-ends-this-is-not-the-location-we-are-looking-for/article_18c1f9aa-f9d5-5433-9a33-55edf8fba1fd.html
https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/no-remains-found-archaeologists-think-search-race-massacre-graves-headed-right-direction

Feature on an excavation of a Native American site on the St Croix River (Minnesota):

http://www.countrymessenger.com/news/archaeologists-find-new-evidence-of-early-st-croix-river-residents/article_73f3bd0e-cb6a-11ea-a5d5-4ba192100d13.html

… and one at Fones Cliffs:

https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/hedelt-team-of-archaeologists-from-st-marys-finds-clues-of-native-americans-at-fones-cliffs/article_42f4adf0-7808-5eec-8505-51163dd9de6b.html

Feature/review on some lesser-known names in the struggle for the 19th Amendment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/books/finish-the-fight-excerpt.html

… and one on Black women in the movement:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/07/us-suffragette-movement-black-women-19th-amendment

More on those bison bone hoes from Manitoba:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ancient-goes-bison-scapula-melita-archeology-1.5655459
https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/manitoba-ancient-hoes-point-to-indigenous-gardeners-1.24172687
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardening-hoes-made-bison-scapulae-found-canada-180975372/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8865-200720-canada-bone-hoes

… where they apparently found remains of a First Nations hearth as well:

https://www.brandonsun.com/local/archaeologists-discover-indigenous-hearth-571901092.html

More on evidence that Blackbeard deliberately scuttled the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

https://www.livescience.com/blackbeard-pirate-busted-boat.html
https://www.publicradioeast.org/post/ecu-research-suggests-blackbeard-intentionally-grounded-his-ship
https://divernet.com/2020/07/21/blackbeard-meant-to-run-ship-aground/

More on evidence that the Muscogee people in Georgia resisted colonial forces for over a century:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/sacred-site-reveals-how-georgia-s-muscogee-tribes-resisted-colonial-culture-130-years
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Claims of 33 000 years bp (!) tools from Chiquihuite Cave in Mexico is ‘stirring the pot’ on human arrival to the Americas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoct-stm072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-humans-americas-years-earlier-previously.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-earliest-humans-americas-oldest-hotel.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722112726.htm
https://www.livescience.com/first-north-americans-30000-years-ago.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53486868
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-stone-tools-suggest-first-people-arrived-america-earlier-thought-n1234578
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/22/stone-tools-chiquihuite-cave-mexico-humans-north-america
https://www.dw.com/en/mexican-cave-tools-show-earlier-human-arrival-in-north-america/a-54270986
https://www.yahoo.com/news/humans-reached-americas-11-000-140807872.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-22/los-primeros-humanos-llegaron-a-america-del-norte-15000-anos-antes-de-lo-que-se-pensaba.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-mexico-stone-artifacts-humans-americas-early
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/new-research-suggests-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-much-earlier-than
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/surprise-chiquihuite-cave-discovery-mexico-double-peopling-americas/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24732921-900-humans-reached-the-americas-15000-years-earlier-than-thought
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/people-may-have-lived-in-north-america-by-30000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/earliest-humans-of-humans-in-americas.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-humans-reach-america-mexican-mountain-cave-artifacts-raise-new-questions-180975385/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8876-200723-mexico-ice-age

… which kind of puts the kibosh on the implications of these 14 000 years bp coprolites:

https://www.sciencealert.com/how-ancient-dung-has-revealed-more-about-the-story-of-humans-in-north-america

Maya hieroglyphs reveal the name of a powerful woman ruler named Yopaat at Coba:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/decoded-maya-hieroglyphs-reveal-the-name-of-powerful-woman-ruler-lady-yopaat

… she was one of fourteen identified:

https://www.explica.co/researchers-identify-in-mexico-14-rulers-of-the-mayan-city-of-coba/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-decipher-300-years-of-mayan-citys-history/134270

A pair of pre-Hispanic Zapotec sites associated with a ‘ceremonial site’ from central Mexico:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-remains-on-puebla-hill-date-back-to-500-ad/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53498110
https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-archaeology-pre-hispanic-ruins-111853920.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8877-200724-mexico-zapotec-carvings

… some background on the ‘big’ site:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/pueblos-indigenous-roots-are-clearly-evident-in-the-nearby-ruins/

Feature on colonization and the like in Haiti:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-king-of-haiti-and-the-dilemmas-of-freedom-in-a-colonised-world

Feature on the Caribbean ‘storm archive’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2000-years-of-storms-in-caribbean.html

Review of Camilla Townsend, *Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs*:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-07-17/viva-tenochtitlan-y-los-estadounidenses-que-la-han-contado.html

More on the Aztec palace and Cortes’ house remains in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/palace-where-aztec-emperor-killed.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/remains-of-aztec-palace-and-house-built.html
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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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Cromwell apparently did some biblical cutting and pasting to gain Henry VIII’s favour:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/301/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/301/pub/301/page/14/article/65697

Feature on the creation of the modern Olympics:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255029/gallery/ekathimerini/sports/from-zeus-to-athens-how-the-modern-olympics-came-to-be
https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/25/when-first-modern-olympic-games-held-how-many-times-has-london-hosted-13036951/

Feature on cultural canons:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/07/how-we-decide-on-cultural-canons/

Feature on the voyage of the HMS Challenger:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200719-hms-challenger-the-voyage-that-birthed-oceanography

… see also:

https://www.hmschallenger.net/home

Feature on Geoffrey of Monmouth:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/geoffrey-monmouth-historia-reliable-king-arthur-celtic-britain/

A ‘Still Life’ drawing found beneath one of Picasso’s paintings:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-picasso-under-still-life.html

Feature on the transition from a medieval to a modern economy:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/07/23/874885926/how-economics-went-from-medieval-to-modern

Bloodletting seems to have contributed to Raphael’s demise:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-died-respiratory-infection-and-bloodletting-180975384/

Feature on St Hadrian:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1533/an-african-abbot-in-anglo-saxon-england

An interesting Frank Lloyd Wright home:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-frank-lloyd-wright-home-was-trailblazing-example-accessible-design-180975383/

What teeth reveal about ancient epidemics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/ancient-teeth-show-history-of-epidemics-is-much-older-than-we-thought/2020/07/24/4f18ed94-b641-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html

On why some mosquitoes prefer humans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/science/mosquitoes-genetics-africa.html

Haven’t had a history-related Astronomy Picture of the Day for a while:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200723.html

Feature on 50 ancient ruins from around the world:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/50-ancient-ruins-around-the-world/134292

Feature on playing cards:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-of-playing-cards

How European empires dealt with opium:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-european-empires-broke-the-habit-of-opium-consumption

Using art to track food evolution:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/

Interesting plague diary entries from 19th century Spain:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-24/relato-de-una-epidemia-en-cuartos-de-hora.html

Feature on enslaved persons who bought their own freedom:

https://elpais.com/ideas/2020-07-24/los-esclavos-que-compraban-su-propia-libertad.html

Feature on ancient Epic Poetry in the modern era:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/books/epic-poem-boewulf-aeneid-faerie-queene.html

Review of a biography of E.E. Cummings:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/books/review/beauty-of-living-ee-cummings-j-alison-rosenblitt.html

Beefeaters at the Tower of London might be out of job:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/beefeaters-job-losses-london-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

We’re learning of the fire damage to the Nantes Cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-arson-french-cathedral-destroys-organ-stained-glass-180975369/
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Busts and statues of assorted Confederates were removed from the Virginia Capitol:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/24/895083271/confederate-statues-removed-from-virginia-capitol-in-the-dead-of-night
https://richmond.com/news/virginia/watch-now-lee-statue-confederate-busts-removed-overnight-from-old-house-chamber-at-va-capitol/article_7367b51d-d17d-5652-8ed5-d3c596bf6d50.html

… and the US House of Representatives approved a bill removing Confederate figures from the Capitol:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/894165717/house-poised-to-pass-bill-removing-confederate-statues-from-capitol

A pair of Columbus statues in Chicago was taken down:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53530752
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/us/chicago-mayor-planning-to-remove-columbus-statue/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/24/christopher-columbus-statue-removed-chicago-following-protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/24/chicago-christopher-columbus-statues-taken-down-after-protests/5500429002/

… and related opEd:

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2020/07/24/lightfoot-removes-columbus-statue-in-dead-of-night-n681215

Catholic statuary seems to be a target now too:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/weekend-sees-more-attacks-on-catholic-church-statues-across-us-26486

The Sierra Club has taken down some statues of John Muir:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/22/894188718/taking-down-its-own-monuments-sierra-club-assesses-the-racism-of-john-muir
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sierra-club-grapples-founder-john-muirs-racism-180975404/

… and scientists are apparently rethinking the names of some birds:

https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/racist-species-names-animals-plants-audubon-mccown.html
https://undark.org/2020/07/17/mccowns-longspur-confederate-name-calls-for-change/

A town in Germany is arguing about the portrayals of Africans in their coat of arms:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-racism-debate-over-black-saint/a-54263749
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Foxes have been hanging around humans for at least 42 000 years, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-fhb071520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722142210.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/foxes-have-been-eating-humans-leftovers.html

Chickens likely originated in southeast Asia:

https://www.wral.com/first-chicken-to-ever-cross-the-road-was-likely-in-southeast-asia-scientists-say/19202567/
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/24/first-chicken-to-ever-cross-the-road-was-likely-in-southeast-asia-uc-santa-cruz-scientists-say/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/world/first-chicken-origin-southeast-asia-scn/index.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed the Scythian warrior being identified as a woman via DNA:

https://sciencex.com/wire-news/356780652/dna-reveals-2500-year-old-siberian-warrior-was-a-woman.html

A study of the genetic impact of the African slave trade:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115919.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53527405
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115919.htm
https://www.wsj.com/articles/study-finds-legacy-of-slavery-shaped-the-dna-of-black-americans-today-11595516400
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/26/us/dna-transatlantic-slave-trade-study-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.cell.com/ajhg/fulltext/S0002-9297(20)30200-7

Marking the 100th birthday of Rosalind Franklin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53514812

More on Polynesians carrying Native American DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/science/polynesian-ancestry.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Old City Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/new-outdoor-archaeological-exhibit-inaugurated-in-jerusalems-old-city-635824

Pompeii:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-23/la-ultima-resurreccion-de-pompeya.html

In case you didn’t know about the ‘battle of the bums’ going on among museums on Twitter:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-07-22/battle-bums-museums-compete-over-best-artistic-behinds
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8551951/Battle-bums-Museums-raise-cheeky-smile-online-contest.html

… and a related feature on the top ten ‘best bottoms’ in art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/23/genius-chisel-buttocks-best-bottoms-in-art-chosen-by-our-critic-coronavirus

Khufu’s ship is heading to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89934/All-you-need-to-know-about-Khufu%E2%80%99s-Ship-transfer-to

… and some general GEM hype:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89955/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-houses-dazzling-integrated-display-of-monuments

Concerns for a pile of museums in the US:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/22/894049653/one-third-of-u-s-museums-may-not-survive-the-year-survey-finds

… and attendance is way down at the Vatican Museums:

https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/07/24/vatican-museums-sees-over-85-per-cent-drop-in-daily-visitors-due-to-coronavirus/

There’s a new museum in Hatay:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-stone-building-becomes-hatay-city-museum-156878

Athens has opened a garden in its NAM:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/07/22/athens-opens-national-archaeological-museum-garden-to-public/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Art collected by Sir John Richardson is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/arts/design/sothebys-john-richardson-freud.html

Another auction foiled by Dr Tsirogiannis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/20/greek-antiquities-expert-foils-auction-of-priceless-artifacts-from-480-bc/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Assorted non-human mummies from Egypt were given the CT scan treatment, with some interesting results:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-grain-mummy.html

… and a CT scan of the ‘Screaming Woman’ reveals she probably died of a heart attack:

https://www.livescience.com/screaming-mummy-had-heart-attack.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/what-killed-the-mummy-of-the-screaming-woman-new-scans-reveal-likely-cause-of-death/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ct-scan-reveals-screaming-mummy-died-of.html

Latest facial reconstruction is of a medieval man from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-of-500-year-old-man-rebuilt-using-3d-technology-14133
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8869-200721-medieval-facial-reconstruction

… and a feature on one of the people doing these reconstructions:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein.html

On sites revealed by LiDAR in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200722-britains-newly-discovered-ancient-sites

More on sexing human remains from tooth enamel:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoc–aut071720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-archaeologists-tooth-enamel-protein-sex.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200720093300.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying 500 years of flood data from Europe for climate change purposes:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/flood-data-from-500-years-rivers-and.html

Nevada was apparently once even hotter than it is today, according to data gleaned from Leviathan Cave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722142739.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pompeii:

https://www.timescolonist.com/travel/rick-steves-pompeii-gives-taste-of-life-in-ancient-rome-1.24176233

Ingolstadt:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-ingolstadt/g-53955541

Kulubnarti, Sudan:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-kulubnarti-sudan-late-12th-century/

Neolithic sites in Scotland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18607205.five-neolithic-sites-visit-weekend/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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You possibly missed it, but the production of The Persians from Aeschylus was livestreamed (not sure if it will be available later):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/40986-ancient-play-from-epidaurus-in-greece-streamed-live-to-a-global-audience.html
https://www.broadwayworld.com/greece/article/National-Theatre-of-Greece-Will-Live-Stream-THE-PERSIANS-by-Aeschylus-Live-From-Epidaurus-20200722
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/41010-aeschylus%E2%80%99-the-persians-premieres-in-epidaurus-of-greece-on-july-24-video.html

Richard II:

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

Feature on Joseph Boulogne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/arts/music/black-mozart-joseph-boulogne.html

How recovery from an illness inspired one of Beethoven’s works:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200720-beethoven-250-the-ultimate-song-of-health-after-illness

Feature on the women composers from the Ephrata Cloister:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/24/894685706/a-new-album-recreates-the-work-of-the-first-known-women-composers-in-america
https://www.loc.gov/resource/muslcdb.muslcdb-100341/?sp=704

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CRIME BEAT
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A man was charged with smuggling a Roman-era mosaic out of Syria:

https://www.courthousenews.com/man-charged-with-smuggling-roman-era-mosaic-from-war-torn-syria/
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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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Colgate University returned some human remains to the Oneida people:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20200724/oneidas-to-rebury-ancestral-remains-found-in-colgate-collection
https://romesentinel.com/stories/oneida-nation-colgate-announce-return-of-ancestral-remains,101114
http://www.prweb.com/releases/oneida_indian_nation_colgate_university_announce_repatriation_of_ancestral_oneida_remains/prweb17268315.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8872-200722-oneida-remains-repatriated

Feature on assorted items Egypt would like returned:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89906/A-glimpse-on-Egypt%E2%80%99s-lost-treasures

Italy returned a ‘mother goddess’ figure recovered in Udine to Iraq:

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2020/07/23/beni-culturali-reperto-archeologico-torna-in-iraq-la-statuetta-rischia-di-cadere-ma-franceschini-la-prende-al-volo-salvata-due-volte/5878116/
https://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/cronaca/restituita-la-statuetta-della–dea-madre–recuperata-a-udine/2/224057
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n30.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2980-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-12-through-july-18-2020
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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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