Explorator 23.21 ~ September 13, 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, Jona Lendering, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The oldest Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA from Central-Eastern Europe comes from a tooth found in Stajnia Cave (Poland):

https://www.mpg.de/15342301/0907-evan-019609-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/mpif-ton090720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-oldest-neanderthal-dna-central-eastern-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113328.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-just-sequenced-some-of-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/135004
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9014-200910-poland-neanderthal-tooth

300 000 years bp Neanderthal remains from a cave in Italy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

What fossils and DNA reveal about the development of modern intelligence:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-fully-human-fossils-dna-evolution.html

A new study of molar size regulation in early hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-molar-size-hominins.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

Homo erectus had smaller temporal lobes than homo sapiens, according to a recent study:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-temporal-lobes-homo-erectus-proportionally.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-temporal-lobes-of-homo-erectus-were.html

On the differences between Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.grunge.com/245843/heres-how-neanderthals-differed-from-homo-sapiens/

Pondering whether the ‘Culture of death’ predates Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/does-the-culture-of-death-predate-the-neanderthals-and-modern-humans/

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AFRICA
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Major flooding threatened pyramid sites in Sudan this week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54070697
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/09/08/world/africa/08reuters-sudan-floods.html
https://www.courthousenews.com/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-archaeological-gem/
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-al-bajrawiya-relics-archaeologist-1.73714767
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-flooding-nile-threatens-ancient-pyramids-sudan-180975762/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9018-200911-sudan-meroe-flooding

Feature on ancient Kilwa:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/this-abandoned-east-african-city-once-controlled-the-medieval-gold

Feature on music archaeology in South Africa:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/southern-africa-instruments/?ct=t()

Feature on women’s life in ancient Mali:

https://www.grunge.com/244851/what-life-was-like-for-women-in-ancient-mali/

More on illegal gold excavators destroying a site in Sudan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudans.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From Saqqara comes 13+ sealed, intact 2500 years bp sarcophagi:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/379451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-Saqqara-Egypt.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-13-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/13-ancient-eqyptian-mummies-at-saqqara.html
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1730466/middle-east
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8709549/Archaeology-Egyptian-experts-unearth-13-sealed-wooden-coffins-desert-necropolis-Saqqara.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/at-least-13-completely-sealed-2-500-year-old-coffins-have-been-found-in-egypt
https://theunionjournal.com/egyptian-authorities-have-discovered-13-completely-sealed-2500-year-old-coffins/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/11/egyptian-archaeologists-find-13-sealed-coffins-dating-back-2500-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/13-coffins-mummies-discovered-saqqara-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/09/incredible-discovery-in-egypt-as-authorities-uncover-2500-year-old-sealed-coffins-13244266/
https://www.ibtimes.com/more-13-intact-coffins-dating-back-2500-years-discovered-egypt-3042564
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/thirteen-sealed-coffins-2500-years-old-found-in-the-egyptian-desert/ar-BB18PDuq?li=AAggNb9
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-2500-year-old-human-coffins-unearthed-egypt-180975755/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9009-200909-egypt-saqqara-coffins

Plans are afoot to transfer royal mummies to the NMEC from the museum in Tahrir:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91689/What-are-the-final-preparations-for-the-transfer-of-royal

Feature on 10 important discoveries in Egypt made over the past couple of decades:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91758/10-most-prominent-archaeological-discoveries-in-Egypt-over-2-decades

Feature on hair, gender, and social status in Ancient Egypt:

https://daily.jstor.org/hair-gender-and-social-status-in-ancient-egypt/

Latest honours for Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91690/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archaeologist-Zahi-Hawass-nominated-as-Tourism-Ambassador-at-World

A ‘prehistoric hatch’ at Apadana palace in Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452178/Archaeological-survey-finds-prehistorical-hatch-to-Apadana-Palace

A third Parthian burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452225/Third-Parthian-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan

… and possibly a burial of a disabled person from the same period:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452378/Deformed-skull-of-ancient-human-unearthed-in-Isfahan

A 3400 years bp cuneiform tablet from Hatay:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/3400-year-old-cuneiform-tablet-found-in.html

A 2750 years bp necropolis excavation in Turkey’s Van province revealed the burial of a woman with jewellery:

http://bianet.org/english/other/230541-urartu-woman-buried-with-jewelry-discovered-in-necropolis

… and a child burial (with jewellery) as well:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/archaeological-excavations-in-van.html

2500 years bp items made from goat bones from Aigai (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/some-2-500-year-old-objects-made-from-goat-bones-unearthed-in-turkeys-west-158242

Feature on the ‘astronomical observatory’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-astronomical-observatory

… and a dig has started at rock tombs near there, but seems to have some date confusion?:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-rock-tombs-to-bare-gobeklitepes-mystery-158004

Latest ancient board game find comes from Siirt (Turkey):

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/turkey-ancient-board-games-bronze-age-anatolia

More on that 5000 years bp paint palette find from Turkey:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5000-year-old-paint-palette-unearthed.html

Evidence that an earthquake may have caused destruction to the Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri 3700 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/gwu-aem091120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-earthquake-destruction-canaanite-palace.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/canaanite-palace-abandoned-archaeologists-finally-know-why/

Study based on texts from Tel Arad suggests there was ‘widespread literacy’ in the Kingdom of Judah (didn’t we have this a few months ago?):

https://www.aftau.org/press-release—tel-arad—september-9-2020
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/afot-tau091020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-widespread-literacy-biblical-period-kingdom-judah.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/tau-tel-arad-texts-show-literacy-in-kingdom-of-judah-was-widespread-641681
https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-forensics-joins-ai-algorithms-to-track-down-who-wrote-the-bible-and-when/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-csi-expert-helps-archaeologists-nail-writers-of-2-600-year-old-letters-1.9141330
https://www.jns.org/wire/study-of-arad-texts-shows-many-ancient-judeans-were-literate/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/modern-forensics-offers-clues-in-a-2600-year-old-biblical-mystery/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/literacy-may-have-been-widespread-in-judea/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in-biblical-period-kingdom-of-judah/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0237962

Latest finds from Mi’ilya include mosaics and remains of a Byzantine church (and other things):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-now-the-israeli-village-excavating-itself-found-a-byzantine-church-1.9138316

I think we mentioned this hoard of Islamic gold coins from Yavne:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/large-trove-of-early-islamic-gold-coins.html

Feature on charity as a Late Antique Rabbinic religious idea:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/charity-rabbinic-idea

I think we had this ‘ancient Judean date seeds sprouting’ story a while ago (they’ve borne fruit):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/world/middleeast/israel-judean-dates-agriculture.html

Feature on finds from Magdala over the years:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/discoveries-in-mary-magdalenes-hometown/

Concerns from sites in Judea and Samaria if the Palestinian state proposal goes through:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/the-historic-battle-for-israels-heritage-640004

Pondering wood choppers and water drawers in ancient Israel:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/israels-wood-choppers-and-water-drawers

Pondering images of Jesus holding a ‘magic wand’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/jesus-holding-a-magic-wand/

More on the reexamination of those Phoenician figurines found off Haifa:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/figurines-forgotten-in-haifa-for-decades-tell-tale-of-phoenician-cult-641482
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/from-seabed-figures-of-ancient-cult.html

More on those First Temple proto-Aeolic (and other) column capitals from Armon Hanatziv Promenade:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/royal-structure-remains-from-first-temple-period/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-ruins-from-first-temple-period-palace-found-in-southern-jerusalem-1.9125375
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/davidic-dynasty-symbol-found-in-jerusalem-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-640929
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/royal-building-jerusalem-08825.html
https://www.theblaze.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-magnificent-biblical-era-royal-structure
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-ancient-palace-found-southern-jerusalem-180975760/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2500-year-old-royal-palace-found-buried.html

More on archaeology coming to a halt (more or less) in Israel during the pandemic:

https://aleteia.org/2020/09/13/holy-land-archaeology-on-hold-during-pandemic/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/archaeology-dig-delay-israel-biblical-covid.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A recent study sheds light on fraction signs in Linear A texts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mathematical-values-linear-fraction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/e-tmv090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113231.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fraction-signs-minoan-linear-a-script-08835.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear-a-fraction-signs/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear.html

A 2400 years bp ‘mask’ depicting Dionysus from Daskyleion (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus-unearthed-in-western-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city-158021
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1964665
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/09/07/2400-year-old-mask-of-ancient-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-western-turkey/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9016-200910-turkey-terracotta-mask

A 4th century BCE stone pool found between Rome and Ostia Antica:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-archaeologists-discover-ancient-stone-pool.html
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/20_settembre_09/archeologia-malafede-scoperta-vasca-iv-secolo-avanti-cristo-feb7d7e2-f2af-11ea-86fc-7fbaee355822.shtml
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/49/article/80506
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/09/archaeologists-find-ancient-stone-pool-outside-rome-have-no/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9017-200911-italy-pool-complex

A 2nd century BCE (or so) fortified Hellenistic site at Bulgaria’s Cape Chiroza:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/fortified-hellenistic-centre-found-at.html

A Roman-era ’roundhouse’ from the grounds of Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-54087290
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaeologists-stumble-remarkable-roman-building-18904652
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18712146.archaeologists-find-rare-12m-roundhouse-bamburgh-castle/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romano-british-roundhouse-discovered-bamburgh-castle-northern-england-180975772/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9019-200911-bamburgh-castle-roundhouse

A 2nd century Roman temple site in Caistor St Edmund has been known for years but turns out to be really large:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-54031373

Traces of a Roman marching camp from the Netherlands (Dutch):

https://ermelovannu.nl/actueel/9926-archeologen-onderzoeken-tweede-marskamp

Remains of a Roman settlement in the East Midlands (coins, kilns, etc.):

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/remains-grantham-road-archaeology-lincolnshire-4498156
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9015-200910-england-roman-settlement

Searching for Roman remains (especially a theatre) beneath a football pitch in Brough:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/archaeologists-dig-ancient-secrets-brough-4496929
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/imposing-roman-building-found-under-playing-fields-east-yorkshire-2963520

A Roman anchor find from Montalto (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/montalto_un_antica_ancora_romana_scoperta_sui_fondali_di_montalto-5450529.html

Excavation results from the 2020 dig at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Helike:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/2020-excavation-results-at-sanctuary.html

… and from the 2020 excavations at the sanctuary of Apollo at Despotikon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2020-excavation-findings-at-apollos.html

… and the 2020 Agios Sozomenos Survey and Excavation Project:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/agios-sozomenos-survey-and-excavation.html

An overviewish thing on this year’s dig at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/attention-focused-on-excavations-at-zominthos/

The Roman theatre at Ventimiglia is getting a high tech scan (Italian):

https://www.sanremonews.it/2020/09/10/leggi-notizia/argomenti/altre-notizie/articolo/ventimiglia-oggi-la-prima-ricognizione-con-la-tecnologia-georadar-nellarea-vicina-al-teatro-roma.html

Concerns for the purported burial site of Themistocles in the Piraeus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/08/possible-grave-of-ancient-greek-general-themistocles-abandoned-to-fate-in-piraeus/

Some of the frescoes from the Roman villa at Positano are going on display (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2020/09/positano-villa-romana-laffresco-recuperato-andra-ad-impreziosire-la-sala-congressi-del-nuovo-edificio-comunale/3418147/

In case you’re wondering about Mycenae after the fire:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/mycenae-after-the-fire/

Questioning some ‘botched restorations’ of sites in Turkey:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/turkey-galata-tower-botched-restorations-are-on-the-rise.html

Feature on John Wesley Gilbert:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know/

Feature on Spartacus:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/205926/The+Legacy+of+Spartacus%2C+Bulgaria%27s+Most+Famous+Gladiator

Feature on Herculaneum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/herculaneum-the-roman-town-buried-by-mount-vesuvius/135050

Feature on the Spartan Agoge:

https://www.history.com/news/sparta-warriors-training

Feature on the Etruscans:

https://www.grunge.com/245585/the-mystery-of-the-etruscans/

Feature on the demise of the Minoans:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/was-the-end-of-the-minoans-the-will-of-the-gods/227053/

Feature on how to survive a volcanic eruption (based on Vesuvius):

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-escape-from-erupting-volcano/

Feature on Caesar and Cleo’s relationship:

https://www.grunge.com/244248/the-truth-about-cleopatra-and-julius-caesars-relationship/

Questioning the existence of the Caudine Forks:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/there-are-no-caudine-forks-2b3c181ed387

Feature on the confusing side of Roman law:

https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/how-get-away-murder

Feature on the Scythians:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/scythians-barry-cunliffe-podcast/

Feature on Nemrut:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/nemrut-the-mountain-tomb/135078

Feature on the Nymphaeum of Egeria:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nymphaeum-of-egeria

Daniel Mendelsohn on what Greek tragedy reveals in our current times:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-on-how-greek-tragedy-speaks-to-our-present-moment/

Another feature on applying ancient philosophy to the current pandemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

… and lessons from the Peloponnesian War:

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/lessons-from-ancient-greece-that-we-can-still-learn/

… and Mary Beard suggests the Romans don’t have much to teach us:

https://www.explica.co/mary-beard-the-ancient-romans-dont-have-much-to-teach-us/

Peter Jones on Roman racism:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-werent-racist

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn about his *Three Rings*:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-makes-a-powerful-case-for-the-art-of-digression/

Review (paywalled) of a book on ancient Thebes (the Greek one):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thebes-the-forgotten-city-of-ancient-greece-review-mythic-roots-11599862629

Funding for Artemis Georgiou to study ancient trade routes in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Ages:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/09/cypriot-researcher-awarded-e1-25m-grant-to-study-ancient-trade-routes/

More on that Roman gaming piece found in Chester a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-54092196
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8723349/Rare-Roman-artefacts-including-polished-bone-gaming-piece-unearthed-Chester.html

More on Daniel Voshart’s realistic portraits of Roman emperors:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-09-07/artist-used-machine-learning-create-realistic-portraits-roman-emperors
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/what-did-the-roman-emperors-actually-look-like.html

More on that 5th century Christian cup from Vindolanda:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5th-century-chalice-with-christian.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence that hunters preferred to remain in freezing cold northern Europe some 27 500 years bp rather than migrating:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_814028_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-hunters-frozen-northern-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoe-ahs090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908101601.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen-northern-europe/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9012-200909-arctic-fox-hunting

20 000 years bp remains of dogs from a pair of caves in Apulia:

http://jacksonvillefreepress.com/but-what-is-that-in-human-years-20000-year-old-remains-of-a-dog-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-pet/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9021-200911-italy-paleolithic-dogs

A Mesolithic crystal-mining site (maybe) from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-stone-age-crystal-hunt-in-swiss-alps/a-54901291

Remains of a 3000 years bp settlement near Warsaw (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/remains-of-3000-year-old-settlement-found-in-capitals-bialoleka-district/135043

Assorted Iron Age finds from a burial ground near Bejsce (Poland):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/iron-age-sword-spears-unearthed-in.html

A medieval silver seal belonging to a woman fund last year at Hambledon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54031366

Medieval finds near Borjomi:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2020/2790

Remains of the medieval Sheffield castle have been found:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/07/lost-medieval-castle-found-hidden-under-market-by-archaeologists-13234494/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/344/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/344/pub/344/page/49/article/79442

Overviewish piece on medieval finds from the South Leith Parish Church dig:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/south-leith-parish-church-archaeological-dig-most-fascinating-finds-unearthed-so-far-2965267

Plans to ‘revive’ a 500 years bp Ottoman bridge in Bulgaria:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/500-year-old-ottoman-bridge-in-bulgaria-to-be-revived-158157

Historic medicine bottles from the Shrewsbury Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/09/07/a-spoonful-of-digging-helps-the-medicine-be-found-historic-bottles-found-at-castle-dig/

A wreck of a WWII German warship torpedoed off the coast of southern Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/wwii-battleship-with-nazi-symbol-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

Suggestion that Europe as an ‘economic area’ during the Bronze Age:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/134996

In case you missed the item on the spread of lactose intolerance in Bronze Age Europe:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/warrior-skeletons-reveal-bronze-age-europeans-couldn-t-drink-milk

Latest feature on face down medieval burials in various European locales:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/08/plague-victims-were-buried-face-down-to-stop-them-becoming-zombies-study-concludes-13239508/

Plans to restore the Palazzo Silvestri-Rivaldi in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-restore-forgotten-palace-near-the-colosseum.html

Storm Francis revealed more sunken forest in Cardigan Bay:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54089363

More features on Tuscan ‘wine windows’:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/12/909114690/in-tuscany-renaissance-era-wine-windows-are-made-for-social-distancing
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200910-florences-wine-portals-from-the-17th-century

A Norwegian island claims to be the land of Thule:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the ‘upside down’ rooms in the Neolithic cairn at Maeshowe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-upside-houses-dead-maeshowe.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/5000-year-old-tomb-orkney-designed-ease-passage-afterlife-research-finds-2964197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-tombs-might-have-been-built-upside-down-180975745/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/upside-down-houses-for-dead-at-maeshowe.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9013-200910-scotland-orkney-maeshowe

More on that left-handed Viking warrior burial from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-warrior-sword-left-burial.html

More on that 7000 years bp ‘face bowl’ from Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/bowl-with-face-and-horns-found-in.html

More on that 400 years bp mummified goat find from the alps:

https://www.livescience.com/frozen-mummy-goat-found-in-alps.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/a-400-year-old-chamois-as-a-model-for-research-on-ice-mummies/

More on that sturgeon from a 15th century Danish shipwreck:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the redating of the Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.salon.com/2020/09/08/a-new-analysis-of-the-nebra-sky-disk-could-rewrite-bronze-age-history/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/13/science/nebra-sky-disk.html
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 6000 years bp ring moat settlement from Shandong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/6000-year-old-ring-moat-settlement.html

An early Iron Age site from Jilin:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/10/c_139358718.htm

Feature on past and hopes for future finds from Sanxingdui:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-09/08/content_76682708.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at the Maiji Mountain grottoes:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/07/c_139349305.htm

A large lion statue found during mining operations in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deminers-unearth-ancient-lion-statue
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9020-200911-cambodia-lion-statue

More on that 19th century burial from Osaka:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/remains-dug-from-japan-mass-grave.html

More finds from a 1500 years bp Silla Dynasty burial from Korea:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/09/145_295422.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9005-200908-korea-silla-tomb

Feature on those central Asian desert ‘kite’ structures:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200907-the-mystery-of-central-asias-desert-kites

The Rio Tinto executives are stepping down, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54112991
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/business/rio-tinto-ceo-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/911866159/a-mining-company-blew-up-a-46-000-year-old-aboriginal-site-its-ceo-is-resigning

… background, in case you missed it:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/explosive-mistake-that-blasted-a-hole-in-rio-s-reputation-dcqsb57lv

More on that 2200 years bp Chinese anatomical atlas:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-known-human-atlas-china.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-anatomical-text

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NORTH AMERICA
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An historian has located the burial site of Nathaniel Pau:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Historian-discovers-long-lost-grave-of-Black-15541251.php

Remains associated with the battle of Sacketts Harbor (1813) on Horse Island:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/09/07/archaeologists-find-war-artifacts-horse-island-near-sackets-harbor/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9010-200909-battle-sackets-harbor

Restoration of Jefferson’s Carriage Turnabout at Poplar Forest is complete:

https://wset.com/news/local/restoration-of-jeffersons-carriage-turnaround-at-poplar-forest-completed

On the debate over who built Serpent Mound:

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark

Pondering the legacy of the pilgrims:

https://theconversation.com/the-complicated-legacy-of-the-pilgrims-is-finally-coming-to-light-400-years-after-they-landed-in-plymouth-145002

Feature on the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.grunge.com/246205/what-really-happened-to-the-franklin-expedition/

Timely feature on wildfire archaeology in the western US:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/wildfire-archaeology/

Latest items on Confederate statues (various coverage):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-houston-museum-african-american-culture-displaying-confederate-statue-180975742/
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/tnyradiohour/segments/what-do-confederate-monument-seg

More on the drone revelations of a site in Kansas possibly associated with Etzanoa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/dc-dsr090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903162038.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/drone-thermal-camera-reveals-ancestral-wichita-site-in-kansas/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/archaeologists-with-drones-discover-pre-columbian-earthworks-in-kansas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9007-200908-kansas-wichita-earthwork

More on the paddle wheels from a 19th century steamer in Lake Champlain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-pieces-19th-century-steamboat-wreck-found-vermont-180975787/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on plenty of mammoth bones from a Mexico City airport site:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-graveyard-unearthed-mexico-airport.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2020/sep/08/watch-mammoth-central-found-mexico-airport-number-skeletons-rises-least-200/840569/
https://theunionjournal.com/hundreds-of-mammoth-bones-have-been-found-under-the-site-of-a-future-mexican-airport/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/at-least-200-mammoth-skeletons-found-at.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9006-200908-mexico-mammoth-skeletons
—–
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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Feature on the Codex Zacynthius:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2020/09/recovering_the_text_of_the_earliest_greek_new_testament_commentary_manuscript.aspx
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/38/article/80499

Latest Columbus and syphilis thing:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-columbus-syphilis-europe.html

Pondering the ‘weirdness’ of the West (book reviewish):

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/joseph-henrich-weird-people/615496/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/books/review/the-weirdest-people-in-the-world-joseph-henrich.html

The real story of the Pied Piper:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200902-the-grim-truth-behind-the-pied-piper

Bristol University has acquired a Glastonbury Bible leaf:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-54085132

The Notre Dame crypt has reopened:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-for-first-time-since-fire-180975753/

A ‘hidden detail’ in the ‘School of Athens’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200910-the-school-of-athens-a-detail-hidden-in-a-masterpiece

A postcard sent in 1920 finally was delivered:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/halloween-postcard.html

Debating Beethoven’s background:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/07/beethoven-was-black-why-the-radical-idea-still-has-power-today

They’ve apparently clone a Przewalski’s horse:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/us/cloned-przewalskis-horse-trnd/index.html

On the contributions of Islam to Europe:

https://www.ft.com/content/3d97df4b-4994-4609-96c5-8fb957565588

On the history of poison use:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/global-reporting/article-the-history-of-poison-as-a-means-to-kill-and-threaten/

Why brides wear white:

https://theconversation.com/why-do-brides-wear-white-144395

Another philosophy and COVID piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

Feature on efforts to preserve Japanese shamisen music:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/japans-young-musicians-rally-to-save-dying-art-of-shamisen-music

Feature on assorted botched art restorations:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/blunders-of-art-restoration-5a0ad54b9215

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Egyptian Women:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/90483/Vienna-Showcasing-Egyptian-Women-in-Antiquity

Cadbury photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-54062970

Havering Hoard:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-exhibition-review-museum-london-docklands-a4544526.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/havering-hoard-museum-london-docklands-review-eerie-marvel/

From Luther to Twitter:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-and-reformer-martin-luther-have-in-common/a-54876691
https://www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/from-luther-to-twitter.html#/

Roman Worcestershire:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18716429.roman-hoard-show-online-worcestershire-museum/

Emperors and the Pillars of their Power:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-medieval-emperors-secured-their-power/a-54892312

Feature on the ‘loot’ at the Louvre:

https://smarthistory.org/loot-louvre/

T.S. Eliot’s estate has donated to the Bronte Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/arts/design/ts-eliot-cats-royalties-bronte-museum.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/07/ts-eliot-estate-steps-in-to-help-bronte-parsonage-museum-rescue-appeal

… related:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-54103373

More on the British Museum’s Hokusai acquisition:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hokusai-lost-artwork-found-paris-british-museum-b404960.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
================================================================
Some Napoleonic war medals are coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-54107655

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
A new DNA recovery technique looks promising:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-reveal-richer-picture-dna-recovery.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/researchers-reveal-much-richer-picture.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A VR treatment is being put together for Santorini:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/09/ancient-greek-history-revived-through-pioneering-virtual-reality-project/

Latest facial reconstruction is a medieval monk:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/07/back-to-the-roo-ture-reconstructed-face-of-medieval-monk-looks-familiar
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-facial-reconstruction-reveals-medieval-monks-impish-features-180975757/

Using fingerprints to identify petroglyph painters:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fingerprints-help-identify-prehistoric-painters

More on technology to examine food remains in clay pots:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200911141651.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoc–tra091120.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/archaeologists-find-that-unglazed-ceramic-cookware-absorbs-the-chemical-residue-of-present-and-past-meals/135037

More on ice cores revealing ‘black swan’ evens over time:

https://theconversation.com/video-how-ancient-ice-cores-show-black-swan-events-in-history-even-pandemics-144784

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Knidos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meets-knidos-158042
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/knidos-ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meet/news

Crimea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/crimea-the-crown-jewel-of-black-sea-coast/images

Oretan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-09/la-ciudad-oretana-congelada-en-el-tiempo.html

Asklepion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-asklepion-the-health-and-wellness-retreat-of-ancient-greece-and-rome

Concerns for tourism in Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-tourism-economy-catastrophe-covid/index.html

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Persians:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/greece/article/National-Theatre-of-Greece-Presents-THE-PERSIANS-20200911

Gaza Mon Amour might be of interest:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-hidden-gem-romance-hamas-and-ancient-greek-penises-in-gaza-mon-amour

In case you’ve missed the fallout from Mulan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/business/media/disney-mulan-china.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Italian police recovered a pair of sarcophagi stolen from Eloro a while ago (Italian):

https://www.siracusanews.it/due-sarcofagi-trafugati-a-eloro-e-recuperati-a-noto-dai-carabinieri-erano-in-un-casolare/

Holocaust survivors are speaking about their stolen property:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/holocaust-survivors-and-heirs-tell-stolen-property-stories-on-social-media-641337

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/09/culture-crime-news-31-august-6-september-2020.html

———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A Benin bronze protest at a London museum led to an arrest:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/london-museum-benin-bronzes

… related ‘opportunity’ for Nigeria to recover the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54117905

On the ‘rematriation’ of Native American seeds:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/native-seed-rematriation

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Rome’s secular games:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-ludi-saeculares-and-romes-millennial-games/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n37.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
================================================================
Marguerite Harl:

https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2020/09/03/la-mort-de-l-helleniste-marguerite-harl_6050818_3382.html

George Frison:

https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2020/09/famed-uw-archaeologist-george-frison-dies-at-95.html
https://cowboystatedaily.com/2020/09/09/internationally-recognized-archaeologist-frison-dies-at-95/

Andrea Tschemplik:

http://dailynous.com/2020/09/08/andrea-tschemplik-1961-2020/

Forrest Fenn:

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/art-dealer-treasure-hunters-scouring-us-west-dies-72884153
https://www.koat.com/article/forrest-fenn-reported-dead-at-90-years-old/33957457
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-09-08/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-dies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/09/09/Forrest-Fenn-an-art-dealer-whose-treasure-sent-hunters-scouring-U-S-West-dies-at-90/stories/202009090167

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2989-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-30-through-september-5-2020

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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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