Explorator 23.25 ~ October 11, 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, David Emery, 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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Newborn Neanderthals had robust body structures:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-newborn-neanderthals-robust-broad-thoracic.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/newborn-neanderthals-had-robust-and.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/09/newborn-neanderthals-had-a-robust-and-broad-thoracic-cage/

Latest from Qesem Cave suggests early humans made use of fire to make stone tools some 300 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-hominins-stone-tools.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/cave-dwellers-forged-their-tools-in-fire-300000-years-ago-israeli-study-shows/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-galilean-man-invented-pyrotechnology-to-improve-blade-production-1.9215704
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/human-ancestors-used-fire-to-make-stone-tools-300000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/ancient-hominins-used-fire-to-make.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/ancient-hominins-used-fire-to-make-stone-tools/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9081-201006-israel-heated-tools

… and they used the ash for ‘freezer’ and tanning (hides) purposes, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-early-humans-in-today-s-israel-used-ash-as-their-freezer-1.9219590

Neanderthal DNA apparently is ‘surprisingly’ present in African populations:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/africans-carry-surprising-amount-neanderthal-dna

Latest study of hominin involvement (and not) in megafauna extinctions in Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/mpif-ptf100220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201007123125.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8815169/Ancient-humans-giant-beasts-killed-climate-change-study-finds.html

Feature on the first extinction caused by humans:

https://www.livescience.com/first-human-caused-animal-extinction.html

More on humans adapting to climate on Alor Island 40 000 years bp:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/40000-years-of-adapting-to-sea-level.html
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AFRICA
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30 shipwrecks off the coast of Kenya will be preserved as ‘underwater museums’ (not sure if any of the finds are new):

https://allafrica.com/stories/202010070863.html

Benin is confronting its slave trade history:

https://www.dw.com/en/benin-reckons-with-its-slave-trade-past/g-55228675
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Authorities in Egypt formally presented those recently-found intact sarcophagi from Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92791/Saqqara-Necropolis-discovery-wrap-up
https://www.livescience.com/59-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/large-number-of-intact-coffins/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/egypt-reveals-59-intact-26th-dynasty.html

… while most of the media seems to have focused on the opening of one of them (e.g.):

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/egyptian-archaeologists-open-2500-old-183944502.html
https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/viral-video-ancient-mummy-coffin-sealed-2-500-years-ago-opened-in-egypt-2305712
https://sports.yahoo.com/people-not-happy-archeologists-opened-181104496.html

… and there are ‘more to be found’, we are told:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/more-ancient-coffins-to-be-discovered-say-egyptian-authorities–b15f6dc1-0ced-5dba-a1e6-00d548989ae9

… all of which spawned an oped on digging up mummies in the time of Covid:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/curse-of-the-pharaohs-in-the-time-of-covid-should-egypt-be-unearthing-mummies-1.1091546
https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5078354/Curse-of-the-pharaohs-in-the-time-of-Covid-should-Egypt-be-unearthing-mummies.html

Feature on the controversy over that Sekhemka statue auction:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sekhemka-truth-controversial-sale

More on that bronze statue of Nefertum which was also found:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/386410/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-god-Nefertum-unearthed-in-Egypts-Saqqara.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9075-201005-egypt-saqqara-bronze

Nice slideshow of the excavation of Kairsu’s tomb (5th Dynasty):

https://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/9091-egypt-abusir-kairsu-tomb

Latest on work at the Avenue of the Sphinxes:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/egypt-restore-luxor-grand-avenue-sphinxes-tourism.html#ixzz6aVCuDWPt

As might be expected, Tut’s mask will be at the GEM when it opens:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-tourism-minister-grand-egyptian-museum-to-house-tutankhamuns-mask-upon-inaugration/

… and celebrations are in store to mark the 98th anniversary of the find:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/luxor-gears-up-to-celebrate-98th-anniversary-of-tutankhamun-tomb-discovery/

Zahi Hawass thinks the time is right for the repatriation of the bust of Nefertiti:

http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/92793/Zahi-Hawass-Now-is-the-time-to-try-and-retrieve
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/egypt-germany-nefertiti-bust-claim-stolen-antiquities.html

Feature on the decipherment of heiroglyphs:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/ahow-we-deciphered-ancient-egyptian-hieroglyphsthe-meaning-of-egyptian-hieroglyphs/

I think we mentioned this rescue dig of an Iron Age burial ground in Mersin prior to flooding from a dam:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453262/Experts-trying-to-recover-relics-from-Iron-Age-tombs-before-being

Islamic-era pottery from Iran’s Kermanshah province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453214/Islamic-era-engraved-potteries-unearthed-in-Iran

5000 years bp pottery and ceramics from a site in Van:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/remains-of-bronze-age-life-found-in-eastern-turkey/2001562
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-find-traces-of-bronz-age-life-in-eastern-van/news

More on Chromium steel from Persia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200923090438.htm

Eric Cline talks about the 1930s Megiddo dig:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-armageddon-excavations-a-juicy-pre-state-soap-opera-that-struck-gold/

… and someone was reading one of his older books on Jerusalem:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/10/07/jerusalems-history-revisited-and-revised/

Evidence of an 8th century earthquake at Tiberias (we may have mentioned this):

https://eos.org/research-spotlights/ancient-ruins-reveal-8th-century-earthquake-in-sea-of-galilee

More on that 6500 years bp copper workshop in Beer Sheva:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered-negev.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/afot-6cw100520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005112119.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-may-be-world-s-first-furnace-from-6-500-years-ago-found-in-israel-1.9206592
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/copper-smelting-workshop-horvat-beter-israel-08923.html
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/ancient-tech-powerhouse
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/06/6500-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered-in-beer-sheva/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/6500-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9082-201007-israel-copper-furnace

A site associated with a Viking village near Istanbul is being touted as evidence Vikings were ‘weak’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vikings-were-weaklings-turkish-excavation-reveals-gtnzd9m92

There’s a Khaled al-Assad International Archaeological Discovery Award:

http://www.aina.org/news/20201007225540.htm
https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/07102020

Feature on the archaeology of clothing in the ancient Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/10/archaeology-of-clothing

Feature on Ras Al Khaimah:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/the-uae-s-pompeii-how-a-ras-al-khaimah-ghost-town-is-being-brought-back-to-life-1.1091032

Feature on Al-Ula:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/contents/articles/videos/al-ula-saudi-arabias-archaeological-legacy.html

Feature on Bronze Age petroglyphs in Tamgalay:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/bronze-age-petroglyphs-tamgaly-shamans-sun-gods-warriors/

Feature on assorted phrases from ‘Anatolian lands’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/expat-corner/kismet-midas-touch-and-more-famous-words-first-uttered-on-anatolian-lands

Not sure what to make of Turkey’s seizure of the British Institute at Ankara’s seed collection:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/turkey-seed-bank-british-archaeobotanical-erdogan-ata-tohum.html

Some opEds on the political of archaeology in Israel this week:

https://www.jns.org/opinion/palestinians-most-dangerous-enemy-is-archaeology/
https://victimsvoice.blogspot.com/2020/10/archaeology-is-palestinians-most.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest finds (including a possible religious sanctuary) from Zominthos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/zominthos_minoan_palace_excavation_uncovers_important_sanctuary_on_the_site-938959/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/06/discovery-of-an-important-sanctuary-at-zominthos-crete/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/discovery-of-important-sanctuary-at.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9078-201005-crete-zominthos-palace

A Punic burial near Palermo (Italian):

https://palermo.gds.it/foto/cultura/2020/10/10/archeologia-trovata-una-tomba-di-epoca-punica-tra-scillato-e-collesano-d30aba39-0168-4fa0-8a46-4c0a0d2a4f6a/

An ‘amphora burial’ from Himera (Sicily … article in Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/cultura/sicilia-anfora-tombale-ritrovata-vicina-al-sito-archeologica-di-himera/603711

An Etruscan burial from Populonia (article in Italian):

https://www.ilprimatonazionale.it/cultura/populonia-mareggiata-riemergere-antica-tomba-etrusca-169556/

An Illyrian helmet and other finds from the Peljesac peninsula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/47157-archaeological-discovery

An unplundered Sarmatian burial mound:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_217333_remains-of-sarmatian-warrior-are-found-in-atyrau-region

Results of the summer excavations at the Myra-Andriake site (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/myra-andriake-summer-excavations-end-with-important-finds-158922

A Hellenistic site in Syracuse has been revealed apparently after being plundered for a while (Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/cronaca/ritrovata-area-archeologica-di-eta-ellenistica-a-rosolini-soprintendenza-siracusa-ipotizza-che-sia-una-fattoria/603318
https://www.siracusaoggi.it/scoperta-unarea-archeologica-mai-censita-trafugati-oltre-duemila-reperti/
https://www.dire.it/09-10-2020/513458-scoperta-area-archeologica-di-eta-ellenistica-nel-siracusano/

A Hellenistic-era kitchen from Patara:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-kitchen-womens-room-found-in-patara-158837
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-kitchen-room-unearthed-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-patara/news
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9084-201007-turkey-antalya-patara

Remains of an ancient Roman (indoor?) market from Split:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/47287-manus

Remains of a Roman villa (with mosaics) beneath an apartment block in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unveils-remains-of-roman-villa-hidden-for-2000-years-on-the-aventine-hill.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2020/10/07/ancient-roman-villa-discovered-under-block-of-flats-in-rome-italy/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-mosaics-museum-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8814119/Archaeology-Roman-villa-packed-mosaics-unearthed-flats-foot-Aventine-Hill.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/builders-find-luxury-roman-villa-under-block-of-flats-9m8vfkgnw
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/rare-mosaic-in-sinking-roman-villa-found-below-flats-9m8vfkgnw
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/06/ancient-roman-villa-elaborate-mosaics-found-beneath-apartment/
https://www.thebritishjournal.com/world/ancient-roman-villa-and-elaborate-mosaics-found-beneath-apartment-block-in-rome-thebritishjournal-reports-149712-2020/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-villa-discovered-underneath-apartment-complex-180976004/

Interesting earring corresponding to a style seen in Fayum mummy portraits from Deultum (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/06/gold-earring-from-egypts-fayum-mummy-portraits-discovered-in-roman-city-deultum-in-southeast-bulgaria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9093-201009-bulgaria-gold-earring

Excavations are resuming at the Roman Amphitheatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/work-to-resume-on-excavations-of-roman-ampitheatre-in-cartagena_1513199-a.html

… and at Vulci (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/nuova_campagna_di_scavo_vulci_universita_federico_ii_di_napoli-5508962.html

Controversial plans to ‘rebuild’ the telamones at the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/05/science/archaeology-telamon-atlas-akragas.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/colossal_statue_of_atlas_made_from_ancient_greek_fragments_planned_in_sicily-963502/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atlas-statue-will-stand-again-180975996/

New plans to protect the antiquities of Georskipou:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/department-of-antiquities-new-plan-to-protect-antiquities-of-georskipou/

Latest on the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/the-torlonia-marbles-collecting-masterpieces/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-lifts-the-veil-on-the-legendary-torlonia-marbles-after-decades-in-the-dark.html

Sanjaya Thakur is the new director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome:

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/thakur-named-director-of-american-academy-rome-summer-program#.X4L6BZNyphE

What Emily Wilson is up to:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/10/09/beinecke-library-hosts-emily-wilson-translator-of-the-odyssey/

Review of Natalie Haynes, *Pandora’s Jar*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/08/pandoras-jar-by-natalie-haynes-review-rescuing-women-in-greek-myths

Review of Adrian Goldsworthy, *Philip and Alexander*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/philip-and-alexander-review-a-conquerors-patrimony-11602256291?st=aqs3l63jzhvrhmd&reflink=article_email_share

More reflections/marking of the Battle of Salamis:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177068/salamis-and-democracy-2500-years-later/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/177242/salamis-special-commemorating-the-very-distant-past/

More on that ‘vitrified brain tissue’ from Herculaneum, which apparently has been undergoing further analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-brain-material-vesuvius-victim.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/07/well-preserved-2000-year-old-brain-cells-found-in-vesuvius-victim
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8806455/Brain-cells-2-000-year-old-Vesuvius-victim-intact.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brain-cells-of-2-000-year-old-vesuvius-victim-found-intact-jxw9q7hk3
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-neurons-in-glassy-brain-of-vesuvius-victim/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/glass-old-brain-cells-vesuvius-93512361253/
https://gizmodo.com/preserved-brain-tissue-found-in-victim-of-ancient-vesuv-1845252435
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/study-finds-preserved-brain-material-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9077-201009-italy-herculaneum-brain

More on fractions in Linear A:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/06/decoding-linear-a-the-writing-system-of-the-ancient-minoans/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440320301357

More on a possible Roman-era salt-making site in England:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/archaeologists-surprised-by-spalding-dig-9125203/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9085-201007-england-roman-salt

Feature on Melidoni Cave:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/melidoni-cave/

Feature on the Temple of Hadrian:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-hadrian

Feature on Pergamon:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/ancient-pergamon/135766

Feature on Gladiators and how they were made:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/making-of-gladiators-and-humongous-preparations-for-the-big-game/

… and their fights in the Flavian amphitheatre:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/flavian-amphitheater-battle-arena-for-man-versus-animals-fights/

… and on the origins of gladiatorial combat:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/public-entertainment-in-ancient-rome-and-the-origin-of-gladiator-games/

Feature on quotes from assorted Greek philosophers:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/08/timeless-quotes-from-the-ancient-greek-philosophers/

Feature on the Temple of Portunus:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-portunus

Feature on an interesting 19th century recreation of the Laocoon:

https://hyperallergic.com/593043/a-spooky-19th-century-recreation-of-a-hellenistic-classic/

Feature on how medieval Jewish scholars transformed Socrates:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/10/how-medieval-jewish-scholars-made-socrates-into-a-pious-monotheist/

Applying Greek mythology to the Trump era:

https://theconversation.com/what-goes-around-comes-around-or-what-greek-mythology-says-about-donald-trump-147428

The ‘I, Claudius’ folks had a socially-distanced reunion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/08/claudius-stars-socially-distanced-reunion-44-years/

Blood of Zeus seems to be some anime mythology:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/07/coming-to-netflix-in-october-greek-mythology-anime-series-blood-of-zeus/
https://decider.com/2020/10/05/blood-of-zeus-netflix-trailer/
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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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4000 years bp Argaric culture remains suggest women were involved in textile production:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/372/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/372/pub/372/page/55/article/88547

A metal detectorist in Poland came across a number of 2500 years bp bronze horse harness artifacts:

https://polandin.com/50274986/iron-age-horse-harness-discovered-near-torun
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/metal-detectorist-discovers-treasure-trove-of-bronze-artefacts/135792

An important find (via a metal detectorist) of a burial of an ‘anglo-saxon warlord’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uor-awf093020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-anglo-saxon-warlord-detectorists-redraw-post-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005005929.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/05/archaeologists-unearth-remains-believed-anglo-saxon-warrior
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54390297
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/05/newly-found-grave-anglo-saxon-warlord-could-rewrite-history/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/372/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/372/pub/372/page/54/article/88554
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-6th-century-anglo-saxon-warriors-grave/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/anglo-saxon-warlord-could-redraw-map-of-post-roman-britain/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/anglo-saxon-warlord-found-by.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anglo-saxon-warrior-unearthed-britain-180975981/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9083-201006-england-marlow-warlord

A 1200 years bp temple to Norse divinities from Norway (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-viking-temple-to-thor-odin-unearthed.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8821137/1-200-year-old-pagan-temple-used-animal-sacrifices-worship-Old-Norse-Norway.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologists-have-found-a-1200-year-old-pagan-structure-at-site-of-first-norse-temple-2948611.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/1-200-year-old-pagan-temple-to-thor-and-odin-unearthed-in-norway
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9092-201009-norway-god-house

Trying to figure out who ordered a necropolis in Soriana Almazan to be covered over in the 12th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-05/once-cuerpos-ocultos-dentro-de-la-muralla.html

Hyping a just-under-way dig at a 13th century site in Worcester:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18770009.dig-unearth-worcesters-jewish-quarter/

Latest tram works find from Edinburgh is the remains of a medieval road:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/watch-archaeologists-uncover-medieval-roadway-leith-walk-during-tramworks-2998242

Concerns for the wreck of the world’s oldest slave ship (17th century) off the Cornwall coast:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/wreck-of-the-worlds-oldest-slave-ship-at-risk-of-destruction

On Scotland’s (18th century) ‘Pompeii’:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18784412.secrets-scotlands-pompeii-finally-uncovered/

I think we mentioned this New Forest graffiti (including ‘witches’ marks’) being preserved and going on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-54435906
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witches-marks-and-other-tree-etchings-offer-window-english-past-180976003/

More on that 4th/3rd century BCE massacre site from Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-evidence-massacre-iron-age-village.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-village-massacre.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bones-skeletons-iron-age-massacre-prehistoric-europe-spain
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9073-201005-spain-la-hoya

Remains of a 16th century Spanish fort used during the 80 years war in Leiden:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/10/10/leiden-archaeologists-find-16th-century-spanish-fort-used-80-years-war

Feature on Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-54463831

More on 17th century glassware from an underwater site near Bourgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/04/sunken-glass-treasure-discovered-in-black-sea-underwater-archaeology-expedition-near-bulgarias-burgas/

More on that mutilated Anglo-Saxon teen burial:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-anglo-saxon-skull-shows-the-brutal-ways-women-were-once-punished

More on the possible sculptured head of Edward II find from Shaftesbury Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/01/mystery-stone-head-shaftesbury-abbey-julian-richards-king-edward
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9074-201005-england-king-statue

More on the study of some textiles in Canute’s shrine in Odense:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/scientific-analysis-solve-puzzle-about.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59776

More on that ‘germanic warlord’ burial:

https://www.livescience.com/germanic-lord-burial-no-harem.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/27645/20201009/burial-site-glass-silver-gold-ancient.htm

Bringing archaeology into constitutional disputes in the UK:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18784405.now-even-archaeology-used-constitutional-battle/

OpEd on restoring monuments in the UK:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/should-we-re-roof-tintern-abbey-and-re-erect-the-fallen-stones-of-stonehenge-219215
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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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A Neolithic site in Krasnoyarsk:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/08/archaeologists-discover-traces-of-a-neolithic-site-in-krasnoyarsk/

A 5000 years bp Odinov culture burial featuring a ‘masked statue’ from Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/stunning-bronze-age-statuette-with-a-tattooed-face-and-a-bone-mask-found-in-siberia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9076-201006-siberia-odinov-grave

Remains of a dozen Neolithic dwellings from Shanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/11/content_76794527.htm

A ‘sandglass-shaped’ tomb dating to 1300-800 BCE from China’s inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/08/content_76786260.htm

I think we mentioned Xi Jingping’s archaeology meeting:

https://bitterwinter.org/while-the-world-confronts-china-xi-jinping-calls-a-meeting-of-the-politburo-on-archeology/

2000/3000 years bp (maybe) cave petroglyphs found by Thailand’s ‘scrappy team of archaeologists’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-ancient.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/06/asia-pacific/thai-archaeologists-ancient-artwork-caves/
https://www.france24.com/en/20201006-cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-hunt-ancient-artwork
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-hunt.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9087-201007-thailand-rock-art

1000 years bp Chamoru culture burials at a marine base in Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2020/10/07/four-burials-dededo-base-confirmed-chamoru-1-000-years-old/3632931001/
https://nypost.com/2020/10/08/1000-year-old-remains-found-on-us-marine-base-in-guam/

Feature on ‘message sticks’ and continuation of the tradition:

https://menafn.com/1100922280/What-are-message-sticks-Senator-Lidia-Thorpe-continues-a-long-and-powerful-diplomatic-tradition

More on those Arnhem Land petroglyphs:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-australian-aboriginal-art-unlike-anything-seen-180975984/

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NORTH AMERICA
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Study of those 13 000 years bp ‘trackway’ footprints from White Sands Park (NM):

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-fossil-footprints-fascinating-story-longest-known.html

Feature/talk on health and hygiene in 17th century Ferryland:

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2020/10/08/health-and-hygiene-in-17th-century-ferryland.html

The search for 1921 Race Massacre victims’ burials continues in Tulsa:

https://ktul.com/news/local/search-for-1921-race-massacre-victims-mass-graves-continues

An update of sorts on those 1812 burials beneath a Burlington (VT) home:

https://vtcynic.com/culture/seven-skeletons-found-under-burlington-home/

House renovations in Schenectady revealed some bootleg-era whiskey:

https://dailygazette.com/2020/10/11/spirits-of-the-past/

Feature on UNF’s dig on Big Talbot Island:

https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/10/09/why-are-unf-students-digging-on-big-talbot-island/

They’re building a replica of the James Fort Barracks:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestowne-fort-rebuild-20201009-bn4tqc4nwvc4tih76np3j3uhoa-story.html

Review of Peter Manseau, *The Jefferson Bible*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/peter-manseau-jefferson-bible/616476/

More on the 19th century Baptist church foundations at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-foundations-first-baptist-1003-20201002-gugtjofqevbu5jxvvo2ikhowri-story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-site-one-oldest-black-churches-america-180975868/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9079-201006-first-baptist-church

More on ‘wool dogs’ and their diet:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ancient-dogs-tseshaht-first-nation-1.5753150
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/science/dog-wool.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/08/ancient-diet-of-the-wool-dog/
https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/uvic-researchers-learn-more-about-ancient-woolly-dogs-of-b-c-1.5140400

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study suggests the first human arrivals in the Bahamas led to extinctions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc–tfh100620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201006114239.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/the-first-human-settlers-on-islands-caused-extinctions/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-first-human-settlers-in-bahamas.html

… and megafauna in South America seems to have suffered similarly (?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/science/mammals-south-america-extinction.html

Reconstructing the diet of pre-Columbian societies in the Brazilian Amazon :

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-diet-pre-columbian-societies-brazilian-amazon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uadb-dop100620.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/diet-of-pre-columbian-societies-in-the-brazilian-amazon-reconstructed/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/diet-of-pre-columbian-societies-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9090-201008-brazil-amazon-food
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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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A WWII shipwreck off Poland might contain the remains of the dismantled Amber Room:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/the-wreck-of-the-wwii-steamship-karlsruhe-may-hold-lost-russian-treasure/

Feature on ancient astronomy:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-astronomy-is-considered-the-oldest-science
https://astronomy.com/news/2020/10/why-astronomy-is-considered-the-oldest-science

On Raphael’s revival of use of ‘Egyptian Blue’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/06/renaissance-genius-raphael-revived-long-lost-pigment-invented/

The Great Wall of China people are talking to the Hadrian’s Wall people:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/06/content_76781846.htm

In case you missed the Nobel prize in literature going to Louise Gluck:

https://www.dw.com/en/poetry-by-nobel-laureate-louise-gl%C3%BCck-simple-only-on-the-surface/a-55216999
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/09/american-poet-louise-gluck-awarded-the-2020-nobel-prize-in-literature/
https://www.economist.com/prospero/2020/10/08/louise-gluck-wins-the-2020-nobel-prize-in-literature

Debunking a pile of ‘historical facts’ that aren’t true:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/09/us/leif-erikson-day-other-historical-inaccuracies-trnd/index.html

Feature on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-story-summary-what-about-who-wrote-bertilak/

Feature on some ancient symbols being transformed in modern contexts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-modern-lives-of-ancient-symbols

Feature on Lucy Diggs Slowe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/obituaries/lucy-diggs-slowe-overlooked.html

Pondering ‘evil empires’ or not:

https://thecritic.co.uk/are-empires-always-evil/

Feature/reviewish on assorted shipwrecks:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/10/07/paco_nadal/1602092167_341161.html

Mexico is seeking an apology from the Pope:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/mexico-asks-pope-francis-for-apology-for-churchs-role-in-spanish-conquest

On the history of osteopathy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/10/what-makes-osteopathy-different/616621/

On smelly Victorian London:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p08tj5pg/why-was-victorian-london-so-smelly-

On the Covid threat to endangered languages in Brazil:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54445289

Folks might be interested to know the tide barriers in Venice actually worked:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-flood-barrier/index.html

… and this item on 5000 years bp ‘penguin mummies’ recently revealed on Antarctica:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-penguin-mummies-antarctica.html

Reassessing Marco Polo:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3103692/marco-polos-book-china-omits-tea-chopsticks-bound-feet

This year’s MacArthur Genius grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-2020.html

Review of Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2020/1006/The-papyrus-the-professor-and-a-scandal-that-ensnared-Harvard-Divinity-School

Review of Strevens, *The Knowledge Machine*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/books/review-knowledge-machine-irrationality-created-modern-science-michael-strevens.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Chinese Porcelain at the Topkapi Palace:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-10/05/c_139420361.htm

Guests:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-05/el-retrato-oficial-de-la-mujer-espanola-en-los-siglos-xix-y-xx.html

Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54445289
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-heritage-presents-portrait-queen-victorias-black-goddaughter-180976008/

Funding to restore the Chinatown Museum in the wake of a fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/arts/design/museum-of-chinese-in-america-grant.html

Latest on the Gweagal Shield dispute:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/world/2020-10-04-british-museum-in-row-over-aboriginal-shield-taken-by-captain-cook/

An award for the Archaeological Museum of Pella:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/05/archaeological-museum-of-pella-receives-prestigious-award/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/the_archaeological_museum_of_pella_receives_2020_traveler_s_choice_award-957267/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/greeces-archaeological-museum-of-pella-wins-travelers-choice-award/227359/

More on the Myth Museum in Enna:

https://www.lastampa.it/topnews/tempi-moderni/2020/10/05/news/dal-rapimento-di-persefone-alla-leggenda-di-kore-nasce-a-enna-il-museo-del-mito-1.39385334
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some Egyptian artifacts are coming to auction at Christie’s (Egypt seems to be keeping an eye on this):

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-christies-sets-initial-price-for-13-egyptian-artifacts-to-be-auctioned-at-us1-2-million/

An Ides of March gold coin coming to auction is causing some excitement:

https://www.coinnews.net/2020/10/09/ngc-ancients-certifies-eid-mar-aureus-of-brutus/
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/business/2020/10/11/numismatic-guaranty-corp-authenticates-coin-minted-caesars-assassin/5927511002/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8820045/Rare-2-000-year-old-Roman-gold-coin-expected-fetch-5-MILLION-auction-London.html
https://news.justcollecting.com/ancient-roman-ides-of-march-gold-coin-julius-caesar-auction/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59762

An unknown Ben Enwonwu has come to market:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54463851

A first edition of one of Isaac Newton’s works found during a lockdown clearout fetched a nice price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-54452971

Folks might be interested in the price fetched by a T-Rex skeleton the other day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/arts/design/t-rex-skeleton-brings-31-8-million-at-christies-auction.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-t-rex-fossil-record-breaking-mn.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Poking around medieval cesspits in Latvia and Israel to see what DNA reveals about intestinal health:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-tale-cesspits-dna-reveals-intestinal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc-ato100120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005005927.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/09/scientists-hands-dirty-research-medieval-poop-microbiomes
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/medieval-jerusalem-latrine-may-hold-secrets-of-modern-era-gut-diseases-644611
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/a-tale-of-two-cesspits-14th-century-latrines-are-revealing-the-medieval-european-lifestyle/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/uncategorized/a-tale-of-two-cesspits/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/dna-reveals-intestinal-health-in-medieval-europe-and-middle-east/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/a-tale-of-two-cesspits-dna-reveals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/archaeologists-delved-into-medieval-cesspits-to-study-old-gut-microbiomes/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-mine-medieval-toilets-clues-gut-biome-180976016/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9080-201006-medieval-human-microbiome

DNA suggests a pair of skeletons in a Viking burial who met a violent end were mother and son:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=119053
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-test-reveals-famous-viking-grave-contained-mother-and-son-180976032/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9088-201008-denmark-gerdrup-grave
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on drone use in archaeology:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/drone-archaeology-finds-underground-earthworks
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Correlating climate data to the 1918 flu epidemic (via ice corse):

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/10/study-offers-clues-to-how-climate-affected-1918-pandemic/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9086-201007-climate-war-pandemic

More on ‘ice discharge’ triggering the last Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/ice-discharge-in-north-pacific-set-off.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/lost-city-londinium-how-ruins-19083047

Tubingen:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-t%C3%BCbingen/g-48063107

Stromboli and Filicudi:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-fertility-islands/index.html

Lesbos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177104/beautiful-lesbos-10-things-to-know-about-sapphos-island/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Haunting of Bly Manor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/arts/television/haunting-bly-manor-henry-james.html

Odyssey:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/odyssey-jermyn-street-theatre-review-homers-tale-times-brought/

Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro:

http://news.getty.edu/getty-museum-and-center-theatre-group-present-greek-trilogy-luis-alfaro.htm

Collectors:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/10/689_297117.html

Good Lord Bird:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/10/good-lord-bird-showtime-accuracy-fact-fiction.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Cambodia recovered a large number of jars taken from a 15th/17th century shipwreck:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/cambodia-recovers-artefacts-plundered.html

An illegal detectorist in an archaeological part in Gosbecks:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18780664.detectorist-caught-scouring-roman-site/
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18780664.detectorist-caught-scouring-roman-site/

A scroll written by Mao Zedong which was stolen last month was recovered (after being cut in half):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mao-zedong-scroll-was-cut-half-180976033/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A committee in the Netherlands is suggesting looted art should be returned to former colonies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/arts/design/dutch-restitution-report.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/dutch-museums-agree-to-return-of-stolen.html

Germany returned some ancient coins destined for auction to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/06/five-rare-ancient-silver-coins-returned-to-greece/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/05/five-ancient-greek-coins-saved-from-auction-repatriated-from-germany/
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/10/06/germany-returns-smuggled-ancient-greek-coins-to-greece/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/repatriation-of-ancient-greek-coins/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/five-rare-silver-coins-returned-to.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9089-201008-greece-coins-repatriated

Germany also returned some items to Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92788/Egypt-s-Ambassador-to-Germany-receives-4-smuggled-Egyptian-artifacts

The V&A is pondering returning looted Ethiopian items:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/oct/07/va-in-talks-over-returning-looted-ethiopian-treasures-in-decolonisation-purge

The French parliament voted to return stolen artifacts to Benin and Senegal:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/french-parliament-votes-to-return.html

Algeria is seeking the return of a cannon taken by the French a couple centuries ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54432571

The British Museum is returning those tiles smuggled in a ‘dirty suitcase’ a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/oct/11/british-museum-to-repatriate-ancient-tiles-smuggled-into-uk-in-a-suitcase

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n41.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Maynard Solomon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/arts/music/maynard-solomon-dead.html

W. Raymond Wood:

https://www.columbiatribune.com/obituaries/20201006/w-raymond-wood-1931-2020

George Frison:

https://buckrail.com/famed-wyoming-archaeologist-remembered/

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr.:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grandson-10th-president-john-tyler-dies-180975992/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2995-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-27-through-october-3-2020
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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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