Explorator 23.15 ~ August 2, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Tim Parkin,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Ken Berry,
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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I think we heard of this evidence for early ‘rope making’ in Paleolithic Europe a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/01/mammoth-tusk-drill-holes-make-rope-change-history-stone-age

Feature on Osbjorn Pearson’s work with Neanderthal remains:

http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-professor-on-team-studying-neandertal-remains

Finds with early human implications in Spain from the Gran Dolina site:

https://tntribune.com/spanish-dig-fills-100000-year-gap/

More on Neanderthals’ pain threshold:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02202-x
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8881-200727-neanderthal-genome-pain
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AFRICA
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A survey and excavations at a 14 000 years bp site at Gona (Ethiopia):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-archaeological-sites-discovered-at.html

In case you missed the story about the revival of purple dye techniques in Tunisia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-passion-purple-revives-ancient-dye.html
https://news.yahoo.com/passion-purple-revives-ancient-dye-tunisia-030856096.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/passion-for-purple-revives-ancient-dye.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Statues of Ramses II, Ptah, Sekhmet, and Hathor from a rescue dig at Mit-Rahina:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90176/In-Pics-Egypt-s-Supreme-Council-of-Culture-archeologists-unearth
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/07/28/egypt-announces-new-archaeological-discovery-from-ramses-ii-era/
https://menafn.com/1100556290/Egypt-announces-new-archaeological-discovery-from-Ramses-II-era
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/07/28/archaeology-egypt-ramesses-ii-and-hathor-statues-found_27e5972e-1fd4-4004-9d0a-51795f59dbe8.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-finds-unearthed-at-egypts-mit-rahina.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-egyptian-embossed-blocks-of-ramesses-ii-discovered/134461
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8892-200730-egypt-ramesses-ii-statue

Feature on ancient Egyptian use of gold:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90185/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ancient-Pharaohs-the-first-to-discover-gold

Feature on the desert resources which contributed to the rise of Egypt:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/desert-resources-contributed-in-rise-of-ancient-egyptian-civilisation/134481

Latest thoughts on the ‘curse of the pharaohs’:

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

In case you missed the CT scan results of some small Egyptian sarcophagi:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-grain-mummy.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8880-200727-ct-scan-mummies

In case you’re wondering how folks are reacting to Elon Musk’s ‘alien pyramids’ comments:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90317/Hawass-Archaeological-evidence-proves-that-builders-of-the-Great-Pyramids
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/08/01/egyptian-public-figures-react-to-elon-musks-comment-on-pyramids-built-by-aliens/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/375744/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-invites-Elon-Musk-to-visit-Giza-Pyramids-fol.aspx

Ongoing criticism of damage to Cairo’s ‘City of the Dead’ during bridge construction:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-furious-history-graves-city-dead-cairo
https://www.startribune.com/highways-raise-alarm-in-cairo-s-historic-city-of-the-dead/571965252/
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/why-is-egypt-building-two-new-highways-through-cairos-city-of-the-dead-1.1596182006591

… and features on the ‘City of the Dead’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/99/375587/Folk/Special-Files/Cairo%E2%80%99s-City-of-the-Dead-A-thousand-years-of-archi.aspx
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/pictures-highways-threaten-cairo-historic-city-dead-200802054422208.html

30+ Paleolithic sites from eastern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450554/Over-30-Paleolithic-sites-discovered-in-eastern-Iran

A 2500 years bp (?) qanat (aqueduct) from Iran’s Lorestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450710/Ancient-aqueduct-identified-in-western-Iran

I think we mentioned this Parthian-era burial from near Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450465/Ancient-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8883-200728-iran-parthian-woman-burial

More on that study of burnt fabrics found at Persepolis:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/study-sheds-new-light-on-vestiges-of.html

Turkey is restoring the Urartian inscriptions at Ayanis Castle:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-restores-2700-year-old-urartian-temple-3535487
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-restores-2-700-year-old-urartian-temple/1923956

Feature on Syria at the end of the Late Bronze Age:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/syria-bronze-age

Feature on Petra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/petra-the-rose-city/134475

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/babylon-babylonia-tower-babel-hanging-gardens-hammurabi/

Feature on James Fraser’s work with ancient wine presses in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1100546320/Australian-scholar-explores-ancient-olive-presses-in-Jordan

Five people buried together at a Neolithic site in Umm Al Quwain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/five-interlocked-skeletons-discovered.html

Underwater evidence of 9000 years bp brickmaking from Atlit Yam:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/underwater-bricks-show-skills-of-prehistoric-inhabitants-of-israel-636797

Suggestion that a figurine from Khirbet Qeiyafa (10 century BCE) depicts the ‘face of God’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/is-this-the-face-of-god/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8581119/Archaeologist-claims-3-000-year-old-clay-heads-depict-Gods-face-experts-reject-claim.html
https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/face-of-god-research-519307.html

… and, as might be expected, there is a debate growing:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologist-thinks-hes-found-early-portrait-of-god
https://www.timesofisrael.com/face-of-god-archaeologist-claims-to-find-10th-cent-bce-graven-images-of-yahweh/
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-clay-head-may-depict-god.html

A 1300 years bp shipwreck (originally found in 2015) of the shore of Israel south of Haifa:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/christian-muslim-symbols-found-in-7th-century-shipwreck-in-israel-636389
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/29/8th-century-shipwreck-adorned-with-both-christian-and-islamic-faith-symbols/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8898-200731-israel-byzantine-shipwreck

… and a 1300 years bp (or 6th century?) church with mosaic floors from the Lower Galilee near Mount Tabor:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/1300-year-old-church-with-colorful-mosaics-discovered-in-the-galilee-636600
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/1300-year-old-church-featuring-mosaic-floors-uncovered-in-lower-galilee/2020/07/28/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/large-6th-century-church-compound-uncovered-near-site-of-jesus-transfiguration/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-sixth-century-church-found-by-circassian-village-near-mount-tabor-1.9027058
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1300-year-old-church-near-jesus-mount-of-transfiguration/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/Syt2t2TgP
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-in-israel-discover-ancient-church-near-mount-tabor/a-54375353
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-1300-year-old-church-found-near-site-of-transfiguration.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/30/archaeologists-discover-1300-year-old-church-near-jesus-mount-of-transfiguration/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/1300-year-old-church-uncovered-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8890-200729-israel-byzantine-church

Evidence of a downturn in the wine production at a mid-6th century site in the Negev in the wake of Justinian’s plague:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/bu-gpr072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-grape-pips-reveal-collapse-ancient.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/seeds-from-1500-year-old-negev-trash-pits-show-a-world-on-the-brink-of-collapse/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/grape-pits-show-how-ancient-christian-villages-in-the-negev-rose-and-fell-636534
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-reveal-secrets-of-ancient-desert-wine-industry-1.9022227
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/byzantine-empire-a9640656.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/byzantine-empire-black-death-climate-israel-wine-economy-negev-desert-a9640656.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8564813/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-07/29/content_76322765.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-trash-heaps-reveal-the-plague-of-justinians-economic-toll/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/grape-pips-reveal-collapse-of-ancient-economy-in-the-grip-of-plague-and-climate-change/134448
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/grape-pips-reveal-collapse-of-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8888-200729-israel-negev-winemaking

Features on the archaeological evidence from Jerusalem at the time of the original Tisha Be’av:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/how-did-jerusalem-look-like-at-the-time-of-the-original-tisha-beav-636649
https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-tisha-bav-learn-about-the-archaeological-proof-of-jerusalems-destructions/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-physical-proof-of-twice-razed-and-rebuilt-ancient-jerusalem-explained/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/07/in-search-of-the-physical-traces-of-the-two-destructions-of-jerusalem/

… and one on the Judean Revolt:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/judaeas-leaderless-revolt-against-rome

… and a claim that the ‘Cave Synagogue’ has been located:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/29/a-mystery-for-tisha-bav/

Feature on the archaeology of 1st century CE Nazareth:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/archaeology-nazareth-early-first-century

The site of the 12th century victory of Crusaders over Saladin has possibly been identified:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/third-crusade-site-where-christian-forces-defeated-muslim-army-identified-636979
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologist-identifies-battlefield-where-crusaders-defeated-saladin-1.9030323

A fire (possibly arson) at the Susya archaeological site:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/major-fire-breaks-out-at-susya-archaeological-site-in-hebron-hills-636938

Volunteers helped clean up a vandalized site in Yeroham:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/28/yeroham-residents-help-give-2000-year-old-archaeological-site-a-makeover/

A collection of BAR features on Herod:

https://www.baslibrary.org/collections/king-herod-great

OpEd (from a Turkish source) on archaeology in Israel:

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/op-ed/israel-uses-archaeology-to-appropriate-the-past

… similar:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jerusalem-israeli-tunnels-archaeology-history-palestinians-silwan

More on that 2700 years bp ‘administrative centre’ in Jerusalem:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2700-year-old-administrative-storage.html

More on that ‘recaptured’ baptismal font:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/israel-recaptures-5th-century-font-in-night-raid-on-west-bank-njlctbw7j

In Our Time this week was a repeat of the episode on the Epic of Gilgamesh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08m474r

Some OpEds on the Hagia Sophia conversion:

https://hyperallergic.com/578925/who-really-owns-hagia-sophia/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/255161/article/ekathimerini/community/greeks-voice-thoughts-on-hagia-sophia-conversion

… and Turkey reopened the 4th century Soumela Monastery after restoration:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/28/erdogan-reopens-turkeys-soumela-monastery-afer-restoration/

Meanwhile, we read that Syria plans on building a ‘new’ Hagia Sophia in protest:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/29/syria-will-build-a-new-hagia-sophia-with-russian-assistance-to-protest-against-turkey/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned this particular Scythian burial yet:

https://www.ibtimes.co.in/ancient-amazon-myth-russian-researchers-unpack-2500-yo-scythian-burial-know-more-825476

Latest finds from the dig at the Asclepion at Epidaurus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/30/epidaurus-asclepion-archaeological-dig-uncovers-layers-of-ancient-greek-history/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/greeces-culture-minister-briefed-on-epidaurus-asclepeion-dig-progress/226657/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/update-on-asclepeion-dig-at-epidaurus.html

Roman and Bronze Age finds from a site in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/roman-and-bronze-age-finds-as-archaeologists-dig-at-waterbeach-barracks-9117522/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8885-200728-england-roman-settlement

LiDAR has helped identify the site of a long-speculated Roman fort site in Lancashre:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/new-roman-fort-uncovered-lancashire-18681252
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8893-200730-england-roman-fort

A Roman fort

A 7th century Etruscan burial from Livorno:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/etruscan-burial-discovered-in-tuscan.html

A 2nd century sarcophagus with a gold diadem inside from a rescue dig in Izmir:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/gold-diadem-found-in-roman-era.html

A 3rd century CE statue of a woman from Perge/Antalya:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-city-156929
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/28/third-century-bc-statue-of-woman-unearthed-in-antalya-turkey/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1924122
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/29/1700-year-old-statue-of-a-female-from-the-hellenistic-period-in-the-ancient-city-of-perge/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8889-200729-turkey-perge-statue

The foundations of a Roman church found in Colchester have been restored:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18612369.foundations-roman-church-colchester-restored/

A 2000 years bp relief of Hercules in Iznik was damaged by vandals:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2000-year-old-hercules-relief-damaged.html

A recently found Roman inscription was stolen from Belgrade’s National Museum:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/inscribed-roman-stone-monument-found-in.html

Binchester Roman Fort is reopening:

https://durhammagazine.co.uk/uncategorized/roman-fort-set-to-reopen-post-covid-lockdown/027307/
https://www.newtonnews.co.uk/binchester-roman-fort-set-to-reopen/

… as is Newport Roman Villa:

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18620153.newport-roman-villa-reopen—-following-coronavirus-closure/
https://www.islandecho.co.uk/newport-roman-villa-set-to-re-open-next-week/

… and the House of the Lovers in Pompeii:

https://www.napolisera.it/2020/07/31/pompei-riaperta-la-domus-degli-amanti-la-casa-degli-amori-clandestini/

Plans for a dig at a Roman site in Majorca have been shelved:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2020/07/29/70339/heartbreaking-news-for-archaeologists-alcudia.html

Follow the dig at Zominthos with the AIA ‘interactive dig’ thing:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2020-week-2/

Suggestion that Vietnamese fish sauce might have originated as garum:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3094604/did-fish-sauce-vietnam-come-ancient-rome-silk-road

Pondering the location of Cleopatra’s tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/where-is-cleopatra-tomb.html

… and Alexander’s:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/alexander-great-tomb-buried-where-how-died-siwa-oasis-poisoned-st-marks-venice/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/30/where-is-the-burial-place-of-alexander-the-great/

Some humour on the comet that brought down the Roman Empire:

https://www.theonion.com/scientists-locate-impact-crater-from-asteroid-that-dest-1844545503

More on the origins of Alexandrian glass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/science/alexandrian-glass-rome.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68089-w

More on ramps at ancient Greek healing temples:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/41083-new-study-ancient-greek-temples-designed-with-accessibility-in-mind.html
https://www.explica.co/greek-temples-2500-years-ago-they-already-had-ramps-for-disabled-people-and-the-elderly-life/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/new_study_says_ancient_greek_temples_designed_for_accessibility-652691/

More on Nemi seeking reparations for destruction of Caligula’s ships:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/07/27/nemi-wants-damages-for-wwii-destruction-of-caligulas-ships_317060ca-b0f5-41f4-890c-c3e05068526a.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italian-town-seeks-damages-for-nazi-destruction-of-caligulas-ships.html

More on amphoras found in a Spanish fish store:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-amphorae-found-spanish-seafood-shop-180975410/
https://hyperallergic.com/579170/spanish-seafood-vendor-roman-amphorae-anchor/

More on efforts to keep the Dewlish Mosaic in the UK:

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/3151157/plight-to-keep-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-dewlish-from-being-sold-overseas/
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18615536.dewlish-campaigners-hope-outbid-foreign-buyer-roman-mosaic/

More on evidence for women creating pottery in Geometric Greece:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/researcher-says-female-artisans-may.html

A project to map Roman roads in the Danube region:

https://www.romania-insider.com/transylvania-history-museum-mapping-roman-roads-jul-2020

Feature/reviewish sort of thing on Roman finds (including pothole repairs) at Scoch Corner:

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/romans-fixed-potholes-in-the-road-at-scotch-corner-new-book-reveals/
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeological-dig-a1-north-yorkshire-uncovers-roman-remains-2929469

Feature on Agrigento’s ‘Valley of the Temples’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-to-see-agrigento-valley-of-temples

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/07/pompeiis-most-recent-finds-reveal-new-clues-to-citys-destruction

Feature on the lessons of Greek tyranny:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/07/what-we-can-learn-from-ancient-greeks-about-tyranny/

Feature on iconoclasm in ancient Rome:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/damnatio-memoriae-iconoclasm-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the Odyssey:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-enduring-stories-of-homers-odyssey/

Feature trying to connect the ancient Olympics to the NBA’s ‘bubble’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/07/nba-florida-bubble-mimics-the-ancient-olympic-games/614722/

Feature on the Vestal Virgins:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/a-glimpse-into-the-glamorous-lives-of-ancient-romes-vestal-virgins-911390ca301a

Feature on Baiae:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-baiae-a-roman-settlement-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea?ocid=ww.social.link.email

Someone is getting tired of Peloponnesian War references:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/28/oh-god-not-the-peloponnesian-war-again/

Feature applying the Furies to the Portland situation:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/07/unleashing-the-furies/

Seeing the ‘jazzy’ side of Cleopatra in a student project:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3276/general-education-course-cleopatra-set-to-music/

On Dr Rudolph Masciantonio’s creation of a fund to encourage the study of Latin and Greek:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/news/the-cascading-generosity-of-the-dr-rudolph-masciantonio-fund-for-classical-studies-of-the-philadelphia/a

UCI is funding a chair in Zoroastrian studies:

https://news.uci.edu/2020/07/29/massiah-foundation-challenge-gift-to-fund-uci-chair-in-zoroastrian-studies/

Some very interesting photorealistic reconstructions of a pile of emperors:

https://medium.com/@voshart/appearance-of-the-principate-pt-i-efa3c759d2b6

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/parthenon-of-shipwrecks-greece-opens-its-first-underwater-museum
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/31/greeces-first-underwater-museum-in-alonissos-opens-august-1/
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-acropolis-sea-opens-divers-121027000.html
https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2020/jul/30/ancient-acropolis-of-the-sea-opens-to-divers-guarded-by-high-tech/1044625/

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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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The origins of most of Stonehenge’s stones is apparently Wiltshire:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/aaft-mos072720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-mystery-stonehenge-iconic-boulders.html
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-souvenir-solves-monument-mystery.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/science/stonehenge-archaeology-sarsens.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53580339
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/29/archaeologists-discover-source-stonehenge-giant-sarsen-stones
https://www.chichester.co.uk/read-this/one-mysteries-behind-stonehenge-has-been-solved-thanks-60-year-old-sample-2928545
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/stonehenge-sarsen-stones-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stonehenge-sarsens-origin-solved-study-says/
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/29/896913640/researchers-solve-a-question-about-stonehenge-megaliths-origin
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/07/30/stonehenge-study-origins-large-sarsen-stones-traced-researchers/5543179002/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/long-lost-relic-may-reveal-origins-stonehenge
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/source-stonehenges-sarsen-megaliths-08699.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/archaeologists-find-the-source-of-stonehenge-sarsen-stones/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-stonehenge-stones-origin
https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/stonehenge-mystery-solved-brighton-university-sarsen-stones-where-did-they-come-from/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/scientists-unlock-secret-of-stonehenge.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origin-stonehenges-massive-boulders-revealed-180975450/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8895-200730-england-stonehenge-sarsens

Concerns related to bone deterioration in a Mesolithic peat bog in Sweden:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-abd072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-bone-deterioration-years-famous-mesolithic.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/ancient-bones-disturbed-peat-bogs-are-rotting-away-alarming-archaeologists
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sofiebates/2020/07/29/some-undiscovered-artifacts-may-deteriorate-within-a-few-decades/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/accelerated-bone-deterioration-in-last.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peat-bogs-arent-preserving-ancient-bones-well-they-used-180975449/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8897-200731-sweden-bog-preservation

8000 years bp burials from the Slatina site in Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/07/28/archaeology-8000-year-old-skeletons-found-at-slatina-site-in-bulgarian-capital-sofia/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59209
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/8000-year-old-skeletons-found-at.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8886-200729-bulgaria-neolithic-tombs

Remains of a 3000 years bp dwelling from Limburg (Belgium):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3000-year-old-house-remains-unearthed.html

Finds from various periods from an underwater site off Cagliari (all coverage is Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2020/07/30/il-mare-sardo-restituisce-antiche-monete-doro-e-dargento_9b4578b6-2c49-45e4-af27-f7916e6e716c.html
https://www.sardiniapost.it/cronaca/orosei-in-mare-monete-doro-e-argento-forse-legate-a-un-naufragio-del-700/
https://www.sardegnareporter.it/2020/07/golfo-di-orosei-recuperati-in-mare-preziosi-reperti-archeologici/338857/

Remains of the oldest stone church in England found in Kent:

https://aleteia.org/2019/08/28/church-excavation-rediscovers-oldest-stone-church-in-england/

A number of medieval burials plus finds from earlier periods found when a homeowner on Shetland as digging to build a shed:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/discovery-26-skeletons-front-garden-shed-new-light-ancient-island-life-2928465
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8896-200731-scotland-shetland-remains

Latest from the Gjellestad ship burial dig:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/norways-gjellestad-burial-mound.html

Arrowheads and crossbow bolts associated with a Casimir the Great attack in 1340 from a Polish forest:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-several-hundred-arrows-and-bolts-at-fortified-site/134397
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/hundreds-of-arrowheads-and-crossbow.html

A hidden cave system found beneath the 14th century Olsztyn Castle (Poland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/hidden-cave-system-discovered-beneath-historic-castle/134498

A previously-undiscovered crypt full of human remains in Zilina’s Holy Trinity Cathedral:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22454993/crypt-with-hundreds-of-skeletons-found-in-zilina-cathedral.html

A 17th century cemetery revealed in Sibiu (Romania):

https://www.romania-insider.com/17-century-cemetery-sibiu-jul-2020

Studying graffiti left in medieval dungeons in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-29/el-caballero-que-se-retrato-en-su-mazmorra.html

Studying landscape history of the medieval Apennines:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-legacies-historical-human-medieval-forest.html

More accounts of treasure being found in the past … first from Greater Manchester:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/buried-treasure-finds-greater-manchester-18636361

… and Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-capital-of-treasure-hunting-1-6767298

… and Lancashire:

https://www.thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk/news/18622812.gold-digging-two-lots-treasure-found-across-lancashire-last-year/

… and what mudlarkers have found on the shores of the Thames:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200729-the-lost-treasures-of-londons-river-thames

Meanwhile, some Viking brooches found on the Isle of Man have been declared treasure:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=56919&headline=Viking%20brooches%20found%20in%20December%202018%20declared%20treasure%20by%20Coroner&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2020

Not sure what to think about detectorists getting training from professional archaeologists:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/amateur-detectorists-to-get-training-from-professional-archaeologists-3cpf7jvz2

Edinburgh Castle has reopened:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-53611990

Vandalism concerns for Sligo’s Neolithic tombs:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/sligos-neolithic-tombs-are-being.html

Feature on the Colonial Countryside project:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200724-colonial-countryside-facing-up-to-britains-murky-past
https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/creativewriting/centre/colonial-countryside-project

Latest on the search for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s alleged missing gold:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/308/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/308/pub/308/page/50/article/67821

The Nantes Cathedral fire was arson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53542936

More on the religious structures at Navan Fort:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/remote-sensing-archaeology-irish-fort
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-ancient-temple-complexes-at-navan-fort/134393
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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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Traces of Paleolithic human occupation of some caves in Viet Nam:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/traces-of-early-humans-found-in.html

A 5000 years bp pig figurine from Sichuan:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8571643/Clay-pig-figurine-discovered-5-000-year-old-ruins-compared-Angry-Birds-character.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-30/Ancient-pottery-pig-dug-up-in-China-looks-like-Angry-Birds-character-SxLFqNWhVK/index.html

A Western Zhou Dynasty bronze chariot found a few years ago in Shaanxi has been restored:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-31/Restored-ancient-noble-vehicle-shows-luxury-royal-life-3-000-years-ago-SzlqusLQZy/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-bronze-chariot-restored-in.html

A group of Western Han Dynasty burials from Xi’an:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2200-year-old-tomb-cluster-unearthed-in.html

Interesting dig at a 1200 years bp beacon tower site in Xinjiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/30/c_139251836.htm

A missing $9 million Chinese vase turned up in a Central European cupboard:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mystery-qianlong-vase-rediscovered

A 9th century CE ‘stone crusher’ from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/ancient-stone-crusher-found-in-madurai/articleshow/77183403.cms

Remains of a large 1000 years bp Pratihara temple near Agra:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/relics-found-near-agra-is-of-large-pratihara-temple-asi/articleshow/77290666.cms
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/ruins-of-ancient-temple-estimated-to-be-1000-yr-old-found-in-agra-1706901-2020-08-02

Still no evidence found in a dig searching for Chandrapur University:

https://www.thedailystar.net/no-evidence-ancient-university-could-be-trade-centre-in-moulvibazar-site-1936989
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/07/27/archaeologists-say-no-evidence-of-ancient-university-in-moulvibazar

… related:

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/archaeologists-find-moulvibazar-man-who-discovered-copperplate-bearing-proof-ancient-university-1937545

The race to preserve Jakarta’s 17th century defensive walls:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-jakarta-batavia-17th-century-fortified-walls-ciliwung-12949274

Possible evidence of a 19th century American sealer’s camp on Kangaroo Island:

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/6848675/excavated-log-reveals-clues-of-possible-early-american-camp-on-ki/?cs=1777
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on the 14 000 years bp coprolites from the Paisley Caves:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-poop-among-oldest-traces-humans-north-america-180975426/

A Colonial-era Rappahannock site from Virginia:

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
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8887-200728-virginia-rappahannock-ceremonies

Feature on the dig at the Historic Indian Agency House at Fort Winnebago:

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/photos-archaeological-dig-at-the-historic-indian-agency-house-at-fort-winnebago/collection_a917e4c3-6e44-5ee2-b384-fed8a42b5dba.html
https://chippewa.com/news/state-and-regional/from-nails-shards-of-glass-and-bone-a-picture-of-the-past-emerges-in-portage/article_b864888a-0e5c-5940-919c-fd7d6709d480.html

A dig in downtown Albany revealed 130 years bp African American artifacts:

https://www.albanyherald.com/news/albany-history-unearthed-during-excavation-at-construction-site/article_3ea6d9e2-d0fb-11ea-847d-578b19218666.html
https://www.walb.com/2020/07/28/african-american-artifacts-over-years-old-discovered-during-albany-archaeological-excavation/

They opened a 128 years bp ‘time capsule’ from a Salt Lake LDS Temple:

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/07/29/years-later-salt-lake/
https://www.thechurchnews.com/history-revisited/2020-07-29/salt-lake-temple-time-capsule-angel-moroni-capstone-189787

Protection for the Bennington Battlefield site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Land-purchase-preserves-key-part-of-Bennington-15433467.php

A campaign to protect Bears Ears artifacts:

https://www.ksl.com/article/50000488/groups-launch-million-dollar-campaign-to-protect-bears-ears-artifacts

Some early maps of Brooklyn have been digitized:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-historical-brooklyn-these-newly-digitized-maps-180975447/

On the Judeo-Christian tradition in the US:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/the-judeo-christian-tradition-is-over/614812/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of the lead white pigments of Andean qeros:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/dc-lwp072420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-white-pigments-andean-vessels-historical.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/lead-white-pigments-on-andean-drinking.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8884-200728-andes-qeros-pigment

An interview with David Carballo on the overthrow of the Aztec Empire (book reviewish):

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/david-carballo-archaeology-and-mesoamerica/614815/

On some pre-hispanic beverage still imbibed in Mexio:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/07/27/mexico/1595886593_788090.html

More on possible 33 000 years bp tools from Chiquihuite cave in Mexico:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-stone-tools-suggest-first-people-arrived-america-earlier-thought-n1234578
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722112726.htm
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/earliest-americans-visited-cave-30000-years-ago

… and the cave has been closed to the public:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-mexico-cave-evidence-early-humans.html

More on pre-Hispanic Zapotec sites at a ‘ceremonial site’ in central Mexico:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/pre-hispanic-ruins-found-on-mountaintop.html

More on Maya glyphs from Coba:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/decoded-maya-hieroglyphs-reveal-the-name-of-powerful-woman-ruler-lady-yopaat
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8882-200727-coba-maya-glyphs

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On ‘mask resistance’ during the 1918 pandemic:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/mask-resistance-during-a-pandemic-isnt-new-in-1918-many-americans-were

Suggestion that leprechauns originated in Italy rather than Ireland:

https://www.irishpost.com/news/leprechauns-originated-from-italy-research-190178

Some kelp off the coast of Scotland appears to be 16 000 years old (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-53558308

Feature on Bald’s eyesalve:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2020/jul/29/saved-by-the-saxons-the-disgusting-10th-century-potion-that-could-beat-superbugs?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Feature on the ‘Vatican’ of the Templars:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08m2b9k/was-this-tiny-church-the-vatican-of-the-templars-

Feature on Jeanne Baret and her 18th century circumnavigation:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-07-27/jeanne-baret-la-primera-mujer-en-circunnavegar-el-mundo-en-el-siglo-xviii-por-su-amor-a-la-botanica.html

Feature on Santiago Romn y Cajal and his work with hypnosis:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2020/07/27/santiago-ramon-y-cajal-y-la-hipnosis-una-vision-desconocida-del-cientifico-universal/

Feature on six ‘iconic’ artifacts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-6-most-iconic-ancient-artifacts-that-continue-to-captivate

A researcher believes the site of Van Gogh’s ‘Tree Roots’ has been found:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/28/location-van-gogh-final-painting-tree-roots-postcard
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-painting-location-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-art-historian-discovered-exactly-where-van-gogh-painted-his-final-work-180975438

An improved restoration of Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’:

https://www.livescience.com/art-restoration-mystic-jesus-lamb.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/new-restoration-reveals-painted-over-original-version-of-van-eyck-lamb-of-god/

What astronomy reveals about Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/

The annual (it seems) feature on the origins of the socks-in-sandals thing:

https://www.dw.com/en/germans-socks-and-sandals-an-exploration-of-the-cliche/a-49689654

Feature on Robert Burton’s *Anatomy of Melancholy*:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/252Wn8hWCmdvCHkc2p3XVGd/five-things-a-400-year-old-self-help-book-has-taught-us

On Al-Jazari’s robots and other inventions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/ismail-al-jazari-muslim-inventor-called-father-robotics/

A Picasso mural was removed from some Oslo government building facing demolition:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/design/picasso-fishermen-mural-norway.html

Feature on the real folks behind the Arthur legend:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/king-arthur-legend-ambrosius-aurelianus-cassivellaunus-magnus-maximus/

Latest NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

Feature on cities:

https://aeon.co/essays/cities-are-a-borderland-where-the-wild-and-built-worlds-meet

More on ‘photoshopped’ 16th century Bible for Henry VIII:

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-sunday-telegraph/20200726/281608127757470
https://www.haaretz.com/life/.premium.MAGAZINE-21st-century-tech-uncovers-use-of-16th-century-photoshopped-bible-1.9031362

More on those well-preserved mammoth remains from a Siberian lake:

https://www.dw.com/en/reindeer-herders-find-well-preserved-mammoth-bones-in-siberian-lake/a-54313318
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/305/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/305/pub/305/page/78/article/67051
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammoth-remains-intact-ligaments-emerge-siberian-lake-180975431/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/well-preserved-mammoth-skeleton-found.html
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Lexington, Kentucky is doing a lot of thinking about its identity:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/us/politics/lexington-va-confederate-generals.html

Pondering what should be done with a Pancho Villa statue in Tucson:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2020/08/02/should-pancho-villa-statue-tucson-removed/5552822002/

A call for a monument for Anastacia:

https://publicseminar.org/essays/lets-build-a-monument-to-anastacia/

Arguing about a statue of St Damien of the Molokai:

https://theweek.com/speedreads/928666/alexandria-ocasiocortez-picked-wrong-statue-criticize

On Britain’s role in US racism:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53603250

More on the Sierra Club and John Muir:

https://www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune/2020/07/john-muir-early-history-sierra-club

Archaeologists respond to the BLM movement:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/black-lives-matter-archaeology/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the genetic legacy of the African slave trade:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-brutal-genetic-legacy-slave-trade-180975423/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/society/genetic-consequences-of-the-slave-trade/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Feature on Egypt’s new Terminal 3 museum at the Cairo Airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90139/In-Pics-Final-touches-placed-on-Cairo%E2%80%99s-Airport-Terminal-3

Latest on the hanging obelisk at the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90147/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-restorers-add-final-touches-to-1st-hanging-obelisk

The Sharm el-Sheikh Museum is “almost ready for partial reopening’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90246/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Museum-almost-ready-for-partial-opening”

They’ve turned the Getty Museum Challenge into a book:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-getty-museum-challenge-is-now-a-book/

The British Museum needs help identifying some things:

https://www.cbc.ca/1.5664463

On the colonialism aspect of museum collections:

https://hyperallergic.com/577900/alice-procter-the-whole-picture/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d reconstruction of some pre-Columbian crania from the Caribbean and South America:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-unprecedented-d-reconstruction-pre-columbian-crania.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/unprecedented-3d-reconstruction-of-pre.html

Interesting digital restoration of 5 UNESCO sites:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/30/watch-5-unesco-sites-get-digitally-restored-in-a-matter-of-seconds.html

What ancient teeth reveal about epidemics of the past:

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
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence from caves inhabited by Neanderthals in Italy about sea levels is providing climate change information:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-neanderthal-caves-reveal.html

Evidence from a Texas cave is shedding light on Earth’s cooling event some 13 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200731180717.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/tau-coe073120.php

Feature on John Tyndall and climate science:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-john-tyndall-forgotten-co-discoverer-climate.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fosse Dionne:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200730-the-fosse-dionne-frances-mysterious-underground-spring

British cities:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/best-british-summer-city-breaks/

Olympus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/27/the-hidden-treasures-of-olympus-the-mountain-of-the-greek-gods/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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On Bach still being a ‘star’ 270 years after his death:

https://www.dw.com/en/whybach-is-still-germanys-star-composer270-years-after-his-death/a-54329958

Reconstructing the sound of Byzantine cathedral music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/music/hagia-sophia-acoustics-music.html

A couple items on the Salzburg Festival:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-the-salzburg-festival-came-to-salzburg-100-years-ago/a-50229580
https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-the-salzburg-festival/g-54381204

On the Greek formula that hit musicals conform with:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hit-musicals-conform-to-the-ancient-greeks-formula-bnx55ngxr

Epidaurus is back in action:

http://m.thecourierexpress.com/news/world/ap-photos-ancient-greek-theaters-return-to-life-in-pandemic/article_be1a81ab-c7ff-5271-8f25-dc71e2c8e1d4.html
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/aug/02/ancient-greek-theaters-return-to-life-in-pandemic/

Some reviews of ‘The Persians’:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jul/26/the-persians-review-a-triumph-of-empathy-for-a-time-of-covid
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/theater/the-persians-review-aeschylus.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/aeschylus_the_persians_live_from_epidaurus_powerful_drama_online-644848/
https://www.economist.com/1843/2020/07/31/a-greek-tragedy-purges-the-plague

They’re actually working on a ‘Salvator Mundi: The Musical’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-musical/index.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Rubens portrait that was barred from leaving the UK is up for sale again:

https://observer.com/2020/07/rubens-portrait-young-woman-christies-auction-5-million/

A Rembrandt self portrait (maybe) is coming to auction:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-27/a-subasta-un-autorretrato-de-rembrandt-valorado-en-17-millones.html

Results from Sotheby’s recent art sale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/arts/design/sothebys-banksy-rembrandt.html

Big bucks for an Alexander the Great decadrachm:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/rare-alexander-the-great-silver-decadrachm-gets-27-600-dollars-in-auction

Leicester has purchased an Egyptian statue:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3000-year-old-statue-acquired-for.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A metal detectorist in Spain was arrested in possession of Phoenician jewellery:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/spanish-police-recover-treasure-haul-from-alleged-looter-metal-detector

A guy in Stara Zagora was arrested for making fake antiquities:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/205459/Bulgaria%3A+Man+from+Stara+Zagora+Making+Forgeries+of+Archeological+Objects+was+Detained

Feature on some forged Persian antiquities:

https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2020/07/31/298473.htm

The Nantes Cathedral fire was the result of arson:

https://www.dw.com/en/france-suspect-in-nantes-cathedral-arson-attack-confesses-lawyer-says/a-54322665

Facebook is apparently making moves to prevent sales of antiquities:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/28/896088032/facebook-moves-to-prevent-antiquities-looting-critics-say-its-not-enough

… related:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/archaeologists-defied-isis-then-they-took-facebook/614674/

Study suggests extent of trade in looted antiquities has been exaggerated:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/report-challenges-thinking-on-illicit-trade-in-antiquities
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-july-28-2020-1897693

More on that US citizen accused of smuggling a mosaic from Syria:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-man-charged-smuggling-ancient-roman-mosaic
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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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The UK will be returning a 9th century (stolen) statue of Shiva to India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/the-uk-to-return-9th-century-stolen-shiva-statue-to-india/as77284160.cms
https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/ninth-century-lord-shiva-statue-to-be-returned-to-india-3/
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/ninth-century-lord-shiva-statue-to-be-returned-to-india/1905520
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/stolen-9th-century-shiva-statue-returns.html

The Museum of the Bible is returning items to Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/897836720

Some petroglyphs in Grant House near Fort Vancouver are being returned:

https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/jul/31/two-petroglyphs-to-leave-grant-house-near-fort-vancouver-to-be-closer-to-place-of-origin/

This seems to be the category for an OpEd on ‘Who Owns the Past’:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-cultural-heritage-benefits-the-rich-and-powerful-above-all

… and one on whether it is time to repatriate Africa’s looted art:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/28/time-repatriate-africa-looted-art-artifacts-cultural-heritage-benin-bronzes-nigeria-ghana-europe-british-museum/

Searching for Nazi-looted instruments:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/29/812891442/where-are-the-thousands-of-nazi-looted-musical-instruments
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Herod the Great:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-herod-the-great-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Feature on bronze coins of Roman Termessos:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-the-indepedent-bronze-coinage-of-roman-termessos/

OpEd on rethinking the laws affecting the sale of coins in the US:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/collecting-ancient-coins-time-to-consider-a-new-paradigm-that-facilitates-lawful-trade/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n31.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Martha Nierenberg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/martha-nierenberg-entrepreneur-who-sought-arts-return-dies-at-96.html

Philip J. King:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/in-memorium-philip-j-king-1925-2019-2/

Massoud Golzari:

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/07/27/2315458/well-known-iranian-archaeologist-passes-away
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450654/Veteran-Iranologist-archaeologist-Golzari-laid-to-rest

Duncan Cloud (pdf)

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2020/07/SHIPLEY-MILLETT-Duncan-Cloud-obituary-2.pdf

Anton Powell (pdf)

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2020/07/MITCHELL-CARTLEDGE-Anton-Powell-1947-2020.pdf

Lawrence E Gaichas:

http://caas-cw.org/wp/2020/07/28/laurentius-me-fecit-in-memoriam-caas-leader-dr-lawrence-e-gaichas-emeritus-duquesne-university/

Kevin Newman:

https://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/kevin-newman/article_78ce6816-d127-11ea-b756-5cb9017bff17.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2981-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-19-through-july-25-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

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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