Explorator 23.17 ~ August 16, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 480 000 years bp horse butchery site in Sussex provides evidence of the earliest bone tools in Europe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53743766
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-boxgrove-europe-oldest-bone-tools.html
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18648588.ancient-brits-used-sharp-tools-cut-meat-research-shows/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-earliest-bone-tools-hint-early-hominin-sophistication-180975564/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8955-200813-homo-heidelbergensis-tools

… the earliest coverage spun the story with a ‘social eating’ spin for some reason:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/ucl-eow081020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-social-early-humans.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/eating-out-was-very-social-matter-for.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/extinct-early-humans-socially-ate-out/134739

Evidence of 200 000 years bp ‘bedding’ assembled by early humans from Border Cave (South Africa):

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-years-humans-beds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uotw-20y081420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200814123205.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/world-s-oldest-camp-bedding-found-south-african-cave
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6505/863
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-grass-beds-insect-repellent
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/people-slept-on-comfy-grass-beds-200000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/humans-prepared-beds-to-sleep-over.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8957-200814-bedding-grass-ash

Feature on the role of ‘mobile containers’ in human development (seems kind of late):

https://theconversation.com/got-your-bag-the-critical-place-of-mobile-containers-in-human-evolution-142712

More on that out-of-Africa/flintknapping site in the Negev:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/prehistoric-migration-route-from-africa.html

More on DNA from an unknown early human lurking in our systems:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/dna-from-ancient-unidentified-ancestor.html

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AFRICA
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More on poison arrow technology from Blombos Cave:

https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-may-have-been-aiming-poison-arrows-for-at-least-70-000-years
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8944-200811-poison-arrow-technology

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A rescue dig near Mit Rahina revealed a statue of a priest of Hathor (not sure of the date):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90616/Archaeologists-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-discover-new-statue
https://www.egyptindependent.com/statue-of-ancient-egyptian-priest-uncovered-in-giza/

The first phase of extracting and restoring the Second Khufu Ship has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90572/First-Phase-of-extracting-restoring-Second-Khufu-Ship-completed

Feature/interview with the Chinese team excavating at Montu Temple:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/10/c_139279723.htm

Feature on the Cairo Citadel Aqueduct:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90621/All-you-need-to-know-about-Cairo-Citadel-Aqueduct

Latest on the Tahrir Square ‘makeover’:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/once-the-cradle-of-egypt-s-revolt-cairo-s-tahrir-square-gets-a-makeover-1.9061653
https://ewn.co.za/2020/08/10/cairo-s-tahrir-square-gets-a-contested-makeover

Feature on the Book of the Dead:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-is-the-egyptian-book-of-the-dead/

Another ‘Parthian Lady’ burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451123/Skeleton-of-another-Parthian-lady-discovered-in-Isfahan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8953-200813-iran-parthian-tombs

Finds from various periods from a survey of Sefidkuh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451273/Archaeological-survey-sheds-new-light-on-ancient-societies-in

Feature on the find of the ‘Gold Bowl of Hasanlu’ 60+ years ago:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451225/The-absolutely-magnificent-Gold-Bowl-of-Hasanlu-Sixty-three

The search is on for the site of the Battle of Manzikert (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/search-underway-for-site-of-battle-of-manzikert-in-turkey/news

Remains of a 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from Rahat:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-soapery-discovered-in-archaeological-dig-in-israeli-bedouin-city/2020/08/16/

From the Beisamoun site in Northern Israel comes evidence of cremation dating to 7000 BCE or so:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/p-tok080620.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/c-cit081120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-oldest-cremation-east-dates-bc.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812144129.htm
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-cremation-near-east.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-report-first-cremation-in-israel-9-000-years-ago-1.9066988
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/08/13/Humans-have-been-cremating-the-dead-since-at-least-7000-BC/4681597257648/
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-israel-claim-evidence-of-cremation-from-9000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/oldest-known-cremation-in-near-east.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8958-200814-near-east-cremation

Evidence from various items is shedding light on the ‘incense route’ which connected the Arab peninsula to Gaza (via Petra):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/inscriptions-milestones-shed-light-on-lost-part-of-negev-trade-route-638523

… while this seems to be a survey of another Jordanian-connected trade route:

https://menafn.com/1100615024/Jordanian-scholar-explores-trade-routes-linking-civilisations-during-antiquity

A Second Temple era ‘decorated table’ find from Khirbet Kfar Mer:

https://www.news1.news/en/2020/08/a-rare-archeological-find-from-the-second-temple-period-was-discovered-in-benjamin.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/14/c_139288794.htm
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2020/08/14/israeli-archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-decorated-table

Latest finds from the tomb of Lazarus excavations:

https://aleteia.org/2020/08/12/excavation-in-progress-at-the-tomb-of-lazarus-there-are-interesting-elements/

Latest claims about evidence for the historicity of Solomon’s kingdom are based on geography:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/galilees-geography-backs-historicity-of-salomons-kingdom-scholar-says-638359

Feature on the 3000 years bp or so finds and what might be found at Mount Adir:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/mysterious-fortress-may-hold-key-to-solve-enigmas-of-biblical-galilee-638362

Feature on 2500 years bp ‘mysterious giant mounds’ from Jerusalem:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mysterious-giant-mounds-in-jerusalem-baffle-archaeologists-1.9067001

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 1300 years bp church find from Kfar Kama:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/byzantine-period-church-kfar-kama-08738.html

An interview with Yuval Baruch on archaeology in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/meet-the-man-in-charge-of-archaeology-in-jerusalem-638123

Oxford archaeologists have gained access to restricted satellite images of Israel/Palestinian territories:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/oxford-archaeologists-win-access-restricted-satellite-images-israel-and-palestinian

Interesting feature on Fire Beacons in the Ancient Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/fire-beacons

Feature on the ‘Agrarian Priesthood’ of Second Temple Jerusalem:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/agrarian-priesthood-second-temple-judaism

Feature on archaeology in Israel:

https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/8/13/21360417/daniel-peterson-ancient-temple-israel-figure-heads-archeologists-jerusalem-tel-moza-face-of-yahweh

The Azekah dig provides babysitters for archaeo-moms:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologist-moms-are-provided-with-a-babysitter-at-azekah-biblical-dig-638269

An interview with Louise Hitchcock:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/172743/not-all-things-begin-with-the-greeks-a-discussion-with-professor-louise-a-hitchcock/

In case you’re interested in an ongoing interview series with Larry Schiffman on the DSS, a playlist has started at Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv-toJDlltDk875E8MDWk6reTfARae1DC

As might be expected, there are concerns for Heritage Sites in Lebanon right now:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2444181/600-lebanese-heritage-gems-ravaged-unesco-mobilizes

More on 2600 years bp evidence of changes to earth’s magnetic field from tiles from a site in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/scholars-trace-earths-magnetic-field-in-586-bce-through-jerusalems-ruins-637950
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/284942
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/scientists-pinpoint-earths-magnetic-field-on-av-9-586-bce-reveal-immensity-of-jerusalems-destruction/2020/08/09/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/08/archaeologists-use-remnants-of-the-destruction-of-jerusalem-to-understand-the-history-of-the-earths-magnetic-field/

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

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/administrative-storage-center-arnona-jerusalem-08743.html

More on that purported ‘image of God’:

https://aleteia.org/2020/08/15/archaeologists-identify-an-early-representation-of-the-hebrew-god/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Progress in the dig at what is referred to as the tomb of Aratus in Mersin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-reach-inner-walls-in-site-of-ancient-greek-poets-tomb-in-turkeys-south-157316
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/14/archaeologists-continue-digging-site-of-ancient-greek-poets-tomb/

Finds from various periods from the Grakliani Hill archaeological site in the Georgian SSR (I never know where to classify this):

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2020/2524

A Roman villa ‘building site’ from a housing development in Corby:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-53721939
https://www.northantslive.news/news/northamptonshire-news/jewellery-coins-pottery-found-during-4410399
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8612597/Roman-industrial-site-gives-new-picture-life-Roman-Britain.html

Feature on Roman artifacts revealed during roadwork at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-shed-new-light-roman-18740935

A Roman bowl from Zeeland (Dutch):

https://www.pzc.nl/bevelanden/romeinse-vondst-in-de-zeeuwse-polders-is-waarschijnlijk-een-kom-en-best-een-grote~a0b833fb/

A first century CE Roman brooch from a farm in the Yorkshire Dales:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/incredibly-well-preserved-roman-brooch-found-yorkshire-dales-farm-2939243

Interesting Roman-era finds revealed after an earthquake in Algeria (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2020/08/sensazionale-scoperta-archeologica-algeria-terremoto-rovine-epoca-romana-foto/1467438/

A 4th century church find from Tyana:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/4th-century-church-unearthed-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-tyana/news

A 4th century Roman coin found during a dig at an 18th century pub site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22457338/archaeologists-made-a-1600-year-old-discovery-at-spis.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8912-200810-slovakia-coin-pub

Archaeologists located the 1800 years bp entrance to the Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-zerzevan-castle-entrance-found-157401
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/archaeologists-find-1800-year-old-entrance-to-historic-zerzevan-castle-in-eastern-turkey/

Honours for Keith Branigan:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/british-academy-awards-sheffield-archaeologist-1.896348

Tom Holland gave Fishbourne Palace’s funding campaign a bit of a boost:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/business/consumer/fishbourne-roman-palace-incredible-boost-fundraising-campaign-after-visit-tom-holland-2938376

A Rome prize for a pair of Stanford graduate students:

https://news.stanford.edu/2020/08/13/two-stanford-graduate-students-win-rome-prize/

In case you haven’t seen Daniel Voshart’s photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/designer-used-machine-learning-make-photorealistic-portraits-54-roman-emperors-see-uncanny-results-1901315
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peer-past-these-photorealistic-portraits-roman-emperors-180975558/

If Odysseus had instagram:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/outlook/2020/08/12/if-odysseus-had-instagram/

Interesting feature on the identification of that Artemision Zeus/Poseidon:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/god-three-dimensions/

Feature on the Temple of Apollo Zoster:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255724/gallery/ekathimerini/life/an-ancient-temple-at-a-five-star-location

Feature on the Pantheon from Hadrian to Raphael:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-pantheon-from-hadrian-to-raphael.html

Feature on the Roman Forum:

https://smarthistory.org/forum-romanum-archaeological-context/

Feature on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-arrival-of-christianity-in-ireland-the-romans-and-saint-patrick/

Feature on the Battle of Actium:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/battle-actium-31-bc-mark-antony-downfall/

… and a feature/interview on William Murray’s work there:

https://classics.washington.edu/events/2020-11-07/my-40-year-search-battle-actium-aia

Somewhat dated feature on the classification of slaves in Ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/classification-of-slaves-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on ideas of sexuality and masculinity in ancient Rome:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-jibes-about-caesar-tell-us-about-sex-in-ancient-rome

Pondering the role of Greek Classical Art today:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/how_important_is_ancient_greek_classical_art_for_modern_societies-703094/

Feature on the image of the Good Shepherd in early Christianity:

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/medieval-world/early-christian-art/early-christian-architecture/v/good-shepherd

BBC radio interview on the Fall of the Roman Empire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszjvq

… and a feature on the same topic:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fall-of-rome-how-why-when-roman-empire-collapse-romulus-augustulus/

Feature on Alaric:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/rogue-general-sack-rome/

Feature on assorted misconception about ancient Rome:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/08/04/hechos/1596543061_354796.html

An upcoming livestream reading of the Odyssey :

https://oklahoman.com/article/5668794/oklahoma-contemporary-arts-center-planning-epic-live-stream-reading-of-the-odyssey-with-bebe-neuwirth-peter-coyote-feist-and-more

A Greek-myth-based series is coming to Netflix:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/11/netflix-are-preparing-a-brand-new-genre-bending-series-based-on-greek-mythology/

Feature on some German words derived from ancient Greek:

https://www.thelocal.de/20200813/10-german-words-connected-to-modern-greek

Lessons from the Odyssey for the impending return to classes:

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/abela-lessons-from-the-odyssey-for-the-return-to-school-during-covid-19

Not sure you want to see Geen Davis’ classical reception fireplace:

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/geena-davis-fireplace-twitter-36805747

More on ramps at Greek temples:

https://www.pzc.nl/bevelanden/romeinse-vondst-in-de-zeeuwse-polders-is-waarschijnlijk-een-kom-en-best-een-grote~a0b833fb/

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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 ‘prehistoric’ mass burial site from Xaghra (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/neolithic-mass-burial-site-discovered-in-xaghra.810723

A survey revealed some new stones at the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’:

https://en.armradio.am/2020/08/10/about-30-previously-unknown-stones-discovered-at-carahunge-the-armenian-stonehenge/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8945-200811-armenia-carahunge-survey

Bronze Age (?) pig figurines from a site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/archaeologists-discover-ancient-clay-pig-figurines/134743

A metal detectorist came across a 3000 years bp bronze hoard in Scotland:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-treasure-hunter-year-old-hoard-scotland.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-53714864
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/10/metal-detectorist-unearths-bronze-age-sword-horse-harness-scottish/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/10/detectorist-in-scottish-borders-uncovers-bronze-age-haul
https://www.dw.com/en/rare-bronze-age-cache-discovered-in-scotland-by-amateur-metal-detectorist/a-54519910
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/treasure-hunter-finds-3-000-142258080.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/bronze-age-haul-scotland-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/10/world/treasure-hunter-finds-3000-year-old-hoard-scotland/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-bronze-age-artifacts-unearthed-scotland-180975540/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/complete-bronze-age-horse-harness-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8947-200811-scotland-intact-harness

An Iron Age hillfort site found by ‘citizen scientists’ looking at survey images of the Chiltern Hills:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53741441
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8954-200813-england-hillfort-lidar

A medieval helmet found in the UK back in the 1950s has been identified as a 10th century Viking helmet:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-53713029
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-helmet-first-ever-found-britain-180975550/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8913-200810-england-viking-helmet

Assorted medieval finds from Polish lake, including a sword and two bridges:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-medieval-sword-and-artefacts-from-first-piast-dynasty-found-fully-intact-at-bottom-of-lake-14787
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8951-200812-poland-lake-sword

A couple on a walk came across a hoard of 14th century coins in the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/valuable-14th-century-coins-found-couple-walking-west-bohemia-8688913
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8948-200812-medieval-coin-cache

I think we mentioned these Civil-War-era hammered silver coins from Suffolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-metal-detectorists-hal-worth-100000-lindsey-rose-1-6774305

A dig at an 18th century pub site in Slovakia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/08/12/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-an-ancient-pub-in-central-europe/#5eeb170b2ea9
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-ancient-pub-discovered-slovakia-180975554/

A series of ‘boreholes’ are a feature of a dig just under way in Winchester:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/18646350.archaeology-now-underway-central-winchester/

A project to recreate the sound of assorted early medieval languages:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/12/norse-code-project-aims-to-decipher-sound-of-old-languages

Feature/reviewish on economic migrants in medieval England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/16/first-migrants-arrived-in-england-before-england-even-existed

Latest on the conservation efforts on the HMS Victory:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-53728614

Plans to restore a 19th century crane:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-53769228

Feature on the lost town of Trellech:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/the-lost-town-of-trellech/134660

Marking the 350th of Edinburgh’s Botanical Garden:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-53779555

Not sure where to put this ‘reunion’ of Cheddar Man with his 9000 years bp descendant:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/skeleton-descendants-reunited-in-a-cave-1-2213915

… or this item on plague-era-inspired ‘wine windows’ reopening in Florence:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-windows-florence-medieval-disease-180975517/

More on 4500 years bp ‘timber circles’ from Portugal:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-timber-circles-discovered-portugal.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/woodhenge-discovered-in-prehistoric.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-timber-circles-found-portugal-180975557/

More on 6600 years bp burials from Poland as evidence of a ‘wealth gap’:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-wealth-gap-poland-1351234/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stone-age-bones-show-the-earliest-evidence-of-a-wealth-gap-in-europe/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8914-200810-poland-wealth-gap
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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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6000 years bp pottery from a site in Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/11/c_139282188.htm

Warring States period burials from a ‘stadium’ construction site iat a Lijiang school:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-08-11/Tomb-of-Warring-States-period-found-in-a-Lijiang-middle-school-SSdnFhXaEg/index.html

The tomb of Cao Cao is going to be open to the public:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-08-13/Tomb-of-historical-celebrity-Cao-Cao-to-be-opened-to-public-SV9xQcCQyA/index.html

Conversion of ancient temples into ‘propaganda sites’ seems to be going on in China right now:

https://bitterwinter.org/ancient-temples-converted-into-revolutionary-bases/

Infrared photography at Saimyoji temple revealed images of four Buddhist ‘saints’:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13626665
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8949-200812-buddhist-saint-paintings

Feature on the Japanese Zaido ritual:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/aug/14/zaido-the-ancient-japanese-ritual-to-bring-good-luck-in-pictures

Review of Amy Stanley, *Stranger in a Shogun’s City*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/15/stranger-in-the-shoguns-city-by-amy-stanley-review-a-womans-life-in-19th-century-japan

Evidence of 2000 years bp Indigenous banana cultivation from Mabuiag Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/anu-aib081120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-australian-indigenous-banana-cultivation-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812115319.htm
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6879611/bananas-cultivated-by-indigenous-people-2000-years-ago-research-finds/
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/drive/archaeologists-prove-torres-strait-banana-cultivation/12554776
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/clues-to-cultivation-in-the-torres-strait/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/australian-indigenous-banana.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8946-200811-mabuiag-island-banana

Concerns for skeletons at India’s ‘first archaeological theme park’:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/at-site-of-indias-first-archaeological-theme-park-3000-year-old-skeletons-face-danger-of-further-decay-due-to-crawling-pace-of-preservation-work-6549299/

Evidence of a ‘highly developed’ civilization in Kazakhstan (18th/19th centuries but not sure if BC or BCE):

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_215715_kazakh-archaeologists-discover-sensational-find-in-ancient-turkistan-indicative-of-highly-developed

Feature on slavery in South Seas islands/Australia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/world/australia/south-sea-islanders-slavery.html

Feature on Lake Roopkund and the skeletons found therein:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08mqncs/the-ancient-mystery-of-the-himalayan-skeleton-lake-

Feature on Indigenous ‘archaeology’ (oral tradition?) in Indonesia and environs:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-oral-tradition/

More on that mammoth from a Siberian lake:

https://www.livescience.com/woolly-mammoth-skeleton-poop-siberia.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of wine and caffeine from 500 years bp pottery from six sites in Texas:

https://salinapost.com/posts/9ec62f67-cb81-4a1e-9812-14f12ce9111a
https://www.newswise.com/articles/anthropology-professor-finds-evidence-of-wine-caffeine-in-500-year-old-pottery?sc=c52

Test digs reveal a number of sites from various periods around Lake Winnebago:

https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2020/08/11/artifacts-found-impact-neenah-cost-rebuild-lakeshore-avenue/3340088001/

Road construction reveals some remains of the Erie Canal:

https://www.timestelegram.com/news/20200811/erie-canal-remnants-along-route-5s-project-peek-into-past-for-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8952-200813-erie-canal-bridges

Interesting feature on burials of six Jewish Confederate soldiers:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/a-jewish-confederates-hallowed-ground-637954

Remembering the dig at Boston’s old poultry market back in 1990:

https://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/nostalgia-very-exciting-and-very-important-archeological-finds-boston-1990-2920754

Feature on digs (maybe) along the Conway River in New Hampshire:

https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/archaeologists-dig-conway-hunting-for-artifacts-along-saco/article_9b9b95f4-d36f-11ea-8dde-ebfe147bdcf1.html

Feature on an important letter related to the 19th amendment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/local/history/tennessee-19-amendment-letter-harry-burn-mother-febb/

… and a review of some books on the subject:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/books/suffrage-famous-book-reviews.html

… and the Times’ project on same:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/insider/suffrage-anniversary.html

Feature on the 1864 elections:

https://theconversation.com/1864-elections-went-on-during-the-civil-war-even-though-lincoln-thought-it-would-be-a-disaster-for-himself-and-the-republican-party-143887

Pondering the legacy of Woodrow Wilson:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/facing-up-to-woodrow-wilsons-true-legacy/

Covid is once again postponing work on the Franklin wrecks:

https://www.prpeak.com/covid-19-puts-brakes-on-further-exploration-of-franklin-wrecks-1.24187359
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A section of 19th century cobbled street from Trinidad (Cuba):

http://en.escambray.cu/2020/ancient-road-found-in-trinidad-central-cuba/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8950-200812-cuba-cobbled-street

Feature on the Toxcatl Massacre:

https://smarthistory.org/remembering-the-toxcatl-massacre-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-aztec-supremacy/

Feature on the collapse of the Rapa Nui culture:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-14/las-plagas-que-acaban-con-una-civilizacion.html

Feature on Aztec history:

https://aeon.co/essays/for-the-wanderers-who-became-the-aztecs-history-was-a-chorus-of-voices

Feature on the ‘King of Araucania’:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/08/09/coronado-encerrado-y-desterrado-la-insolita-historia-del-rey-de-la-araucania-de-hace-160-anos/

More on the offerings from Lake Titicaca:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-llama-gold-titicaca

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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Reviews of Ariel Sabar’s *Veritas* (on the Gospel of Jesus Wife thing):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/books/review/veritas-ariel-sabar.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/anti-catholic-porn-producer-scammed-harvard-professor-with-gospel-of-jesus-wife?ref=scroll
https://www.startribune.com/review-veritas-a-harvard-professor-a-con-man-and-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-by-ariel-sabar/572039372/
https://nypost.com/2020/08/15/how-a-mystery-note-proving-jesus-was-wed-led-to-harvard-profs-disgrace/
https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/ariel-sabar-veritas

… and some aftermath:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/08/ariel-sabar-what-happened-to-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife/615160/

Feature on Freemasons:

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

Feature on another ‘mystery’ associated with the Poor Clare nuns:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/un-misterio-mas-de-las-monjas-clarisas/XY7WGWLIQBBHTDPIDBXKULOVUY/

Feature/revieish on trees in the Middle Ages:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/07/28/babelia/1595960218_485268.html

Feature/reviewish/auctionish on some historical recipes:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/10/roasted-badger-and-raisin-wine-historical-cookbooks-reveal-surprising-recipes

Feature on portrayals of envy in various ancient cultures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90679/How-did-ancient-civilizations-portray-envy

Feature on Manet’s ‘Luncheon on the Grass’:

https://medium.com/@stevengambardella/manet-the-difference-between-nude-and-naked-c986d2652a3d

Feature on Michelangelo:

https://smarthistory.org/who-was-michelangelo/

Feature on the ‘eastern origins’ of assorted landmarks in Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/13/looted-landmarks-notre-dame-big-ben-st-marks-east-stealing-from-the-saracens

Feature on William Faulkner:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/michael-gorra-william-faulkner/614206/

Feature on the death of Andrew Marvell:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/16/andrew-marvell-died-of-overdose-after-spurning-catholic-malaria-cure

Feature on the Reclaim Her Name publishing project:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/12/george-eliot-joins-24-female-authors-making-debuts-under-their-real-names
https://theconversation.com/reclaim-her-name-why-we-should-free-australias-female-novelists-from-their-male-pseudonyms-144404

On some ‘hidden toilet humour’ in a Titian masterpiece:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200813-the-secret-toilet-humour-in-a-titian-masterpiece

On the history of the Victorian ‘afternoon tea’:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-tea-rific-history-of-victorian-afternoon-tea/

Reviewish of Isabel Wilkerson’s books comparing white supremacy in the US to India’s caste system:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/17/isabel-wilkersons-world-historical-theory-of-race-and-caste

Trying to fix the ‘frat party’ atmosphere at archaeological field schools:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/fed-archaeologists-aim-fix-frat-party-atmosphere-field-schools

Remembering Hiroshima:

https://theconversation.com/even-before-hiroshima-people-knew-the-atomic-bomb-45271

A plaque for Sarah Siddons:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-53735429

A graphic novel approach to Shakespeare:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/15/books/review/tankard-jeremy-hermione-yorick-and-bones.html

Pondering the thought of Edmund Burke:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opinion/sunday/edmund-burke.html

I think we mentioned this item on the last Zoroastrians:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/last-of-the-zoroastrians-parsis-mumbai-india-ancient-religion

Review of Wolfram Eilenberger, *Time of the Magicians*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/books/review-time-of-magicians-wittgenstein-heidegger-wolfram-eilenberger.html

More on Cromwell’s ‘cut and paste’ Bible for Henry VIII:

https://www.livescience.com/thomas-cromwell-inserted-himself-into-henry-viii-great-bible.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Latest shipwreck whiskey auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whiskey-1941-shipwreck-auction-180975523/

Big bucks expected for a 1794 US silver dollar:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/11/1794-flowing-hair-silver-dollar-10-million-for-sale-nj/3342208001/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the frequency of Nigerian DNA in African Americans:

https://qz.com/africa/1890291/why-so-many-african-americans-have-nigerian-ancestry/

A DNA study is hinting at possible evidence for syphilis in the ‘Old World’ prior to Columbus’ voyages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200813142330.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/medieval-dna-suggests-columbus-didn-t-trigger-syphilis-epidemic-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8956-200814-europe-syphilis-dna

Evidence from a 17th century bishop support a Neolithic emergence of tuberculosis:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200814123209.htm

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures of Ancient Egypt:

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/mysteries-of-antiquity/Content?oid=16374999

Some CNN hyping of the impending opening of the GEM:

https://egyptindependent.com/cnn-unveils-promotional-film-on-the-grand-egyptian-museum/

… and the first Khufu Solar Boat is heading there:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90775/1st-Khufu-Solar-Ship-dismantled-in-preparation-for-transferring-to

Feature on the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90666/What-are-the-most-prominent-exhibits-at-the-National-Museum

Assorted museums are involved in a project analyzing mummy portraits:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/louvre-abu-dhabi-joins-global-research-project-to-analyse-ancient-mummy-portraits-1.1062790

Latest manoeuvres from the Museum of the Bible regarding unprovenanced artifacts:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hobby-lobby-settlement-iraq-1901127/amp-page

The Agora Museum has had to close for a couple of weeks due to Covid-19 issues:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255691/article/ekathimerini/news/agora-museum-shuts-for-14-days-due-to-covid-19-case

The Israel Museum reopened:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Art-artifacts-back-on-display-for-Israel-Museum-15475858.php

Layoffs are coming to the Tate:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/tate-job-redundancies-coronavirus-union-strikes-1202696706/

A ‘face-lift’ is planned for the Sudan National Museum:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/rundown-sudan-national-museum-get-face-lift
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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d printing a 12th century candle stick at Gloucester Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-53696250

There’s a new carbon dating standard apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uos-rus081020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-secrets-international-carbon-dating-standard.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-cave-art-climate-chaos-carbon.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812144122.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/researchers-unlock-secrets-of-past-with.html
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-radiocarbon-dating-gets-a-facelift.htm

More on that Raphael facial reconstruction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-facial-reconstruction-suggests-raphael-self-portrait-presents-idealized-version-artist-180975549/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/raphaels-face-reconstructed-to-solve.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is being blamed for the demise of woolly rhinos:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-genomes-woolly-rhinos-extinct.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200813113157.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/world/woolly-rhinos-extinction-climate-change-scn/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/320/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/320/pub/320/page/15/article/71864
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ancient-genomes-suggest-woolly-rhinos.html

How coral provides ‘exact climate date’ from the past:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/exact-climate-data-from-past.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Termessos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/termessos-the-city-alexander-the-great-failed-to-conquer

Jiankou:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200810-jiankou-chinas-remote-and-dangerous-great-wall

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compstela:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-12/el-apostol-resiste.html

Leipzig:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-leipzig/g-19522642

Saxony:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-saxony/a-45260052

Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/antalya-capital-of-turkish-tourism-worlds-open-air-museum/news
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Antigone in Ferguson:

https://mdtheatreguide.com/2020/08/theatre-review-antigone-in-ferguson-by-theater-of-war-productions-via-zoom/

Bacchae (drive in version):

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-et-bacchae-drive-in-play-review-20200815-wds5keyfmreffawmpehxrfwsgi-story.html

Performing some Euripides at home:

https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/sophocles-in-staten-island-family-does-greek-plays-at-home.html

Pondering Bach on a harp:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/bach-goldberg-variations-harp.html

Feature on John Barbirolli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/john-barbirolli-new-york-philharmonic.html

On the role of music at Auschwitz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/anita-lasker-wallfisch-auschwitz-salzburg-festival.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A raid in Istanbul netted 42 artifacts from various periods:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-42-historical-artifacts-seized-in-istanbul-raid/1939238

Some fallout from the death of dealer Douglas Latchford:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/douglas-latchford-reactions

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/news-culture-crime-news-3-9-august-2020.html

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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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Calls to repatriate artifacts in the wake of Douglas Latchford’s death:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/15/calls-repatriate-trafficked-relics-british-art-dealer-takes/

Latest opEd on repatriation from museums:

https://asiatimes.com/2020/08/repatriating-looted-treasures-wont-keep-them-safe/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the propaganda aspects of ancient and medieval coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-and-medieval-coins-as-royal-propaganda/

Feature on the coins depicting Achelous:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-achelous-water-god-of-ancient-greece/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n33.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Adin Steinsaltz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/books/rabbi-adin-steinsaltz-dead.html

Jean-Louis Ferrary:

https://www.efrome.it/lefr/actualite/jean-louis-ferrary-1948-2020.html

William Nethercut:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=william-robert-nethercut&pid=196645964

Anton Powell:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/08/13/anton-powell-self-made-classicist-advanced-studies-sparta/

Eusebio Leal Spengler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/world/americas/eusebio-leal-spengler-who-restored-old-havana-dies-at-77.html

Julian Bream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/julian-bream-dead.html

Aritana Yawalapiti:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/julian-bream-dead.html

Fay Chew Matsuda:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/nyregion/fay-chew-matsuda-musuem-of-chinese-americas-immigrant-died.html

Vuslat Muller-Karpe:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologist-buried-in-ancient-city-she-excavated-157287

Douglas Latchford:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/douglas-latchford-death-of-an-adventurer-explorer
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2984-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-2-through-august-8-2020
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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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