Explorator 23.28 ~ November 1, 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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Studying the 260 000 years bp Florisbad skull, found in South Africa back in 1932:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-traits-florisbad-skull-mosaic-hypothesis.html

Pondering the implications of Neanderthal remains in Denmark:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/were-there-neanderthals-in-denmark-if-so-they-could-sail-or-swim-1.9263431

Feature on Neanderthal aesthetics:

https://hyperallergic.com/595698/kindred-neanderthal-art-bloomsbury/

Evidence of Denisovan DNA in 40 000 years bp (give or take) human remains from Mongolia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-denisovan-dna-genome-early-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201029141740.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/mpif-ddi102620.php

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/denisovan-dna-in-genome-of-early-east.html

Denisovan DNA also was found in Tibet (possibly some overlap with the previous item):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/caos-ddf103020.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/asu-ndd102720.php
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202010/31/WS5f9ca6fea31024ad0ba82425.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-denisovan-dna-outside-siberia-found-tibetan-plateau-cave
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/dna-tracks-mysterious-denisovans-chinese-cave-just-modern-humans-arrived-nearby
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9177-201030-china-denisovan-dna

Another feature on myths associated with perceptions of the Neanderthals:

https://time.com/5904203/neanderthals-myths/

Review of Sykes, *Kindred*:

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/27/927772107/kindred-dismantles-simplistic-views-of-neanderthals
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AFRICA
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On why we need more African archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/31/african-archaeologists-archaeology-europe-local-cultures
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A tomb of a royal treasury supervisor (and other items) is the latest find from Tuna al-Gabal:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-team-uncovers-ancient-tomb-of-royal-treasury-supervisor-in-minya/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93520/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Tuna-al-Gabal
https://menafn.com/1101014178/Egypt-Pharaonic-burial-discovered-in-Minya

On the use of lead in ink by Egyptian scribes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-red-black-ink-egyptian-papyri.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc–icl102220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201026153959.htm
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93638/Why-did-ancient-Egyptians-use-red-ink-in-their-papyri
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civillisations/egyptians-wanted-their-words-to-stick/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/27/inks-containing-lead-were-likely-used-as-drier-on-ancient-egyptian-papyri/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/red-and-black-ink-from-egyptian-papyri.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/renaissance-painters-ancient-egyptians-used-drying-techniques-make-their-words-stick-180976176/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9171-201028-egypt-lead-ink

Feature on Egyptian mummy portraits:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/depicting-the-dead-ancient-egyptian-mummy-portraits/

Feature on medieval Muslim writings on ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/foa-reduced-100.png

Poland is the latest country to honour Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/poland-grants-minister-of-antiquities-anany-egyptologist-hawass-order-of-merit/

More on the latest finds at Saqqara:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/archaeologist-discover-another-treasure-trove-at-saqqara-video/227492/

… and reviews of the Netflix documentary on them which came out last week:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/30/secrets-of-the-saqqara-tomb-review
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93761/Secrets-of-the-Saqqara-Tomb-review
https://meaww.com/secrets-of-the-saqqara-tomb-netflix-documentary-review-ancient-egypt-archaeology
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1353669/egypt-extraordinary-mummified-lion-cub-discovered-bubasteum-saqqara-wahtye-netflix-spt
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1352664/egypt-secrets-saqqara-tomb-netflix-wahtye-pharaoh-archaeology-ancient-history-bone-spt

… and of course, there has to be some nuttiness coming out of this:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1353113/egypt-curse-pharaoh-secret-saqqara-tomb-cat-goddess-bastet-wahtye-priest-bubasteum-spt

COVID-19 has halted excavations in the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453903/Corona-stops-archeological-work-in-Burnt-City

An Achaemenid fortress find from Rivi:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/454076/Remnants-of-Achaemenid-fortress-unearthed-in-northeast-Iran
https://ifpnews.com/remains-of-ancient-fortress-unearthed-in-northeast-iran

Remains of a Chalcolithic-era settlement in Iran’s Lorestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453980/Traces-of-Chalcolithicera-era-settlement-revealed-in-western

Feature on the Cyrus Cylinder:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/454034/Cyrus-Cylinder-the-story-of-2-600-year-old-icon-of-freedom

A study of climate change effects in ancient Turkey 4500 years bp and 3000 years bp:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/10/archaeologists-ancient-turks-adapted-climate-change
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-archaeologists-reveal-human-resilience-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uot-arh102920.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/10/30/Humans-in-ancient-Turkey-adapted-to-climate-change-thrived/5171604060051/
https://scienceblog.com/519318/archaeologists-reveal-human-resilience-in-the-face-of-climate-change-in-ancient-turkey/

A 2000 years bp seal stone gem with an image of Apollo from the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-gem-seal-depicting-greek-god-apollo-found-under-city-of-david-647350
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8894027/Gem-seal-engraved-portrait-Greek-god-Apollo-Jerusalem-dates-2-000-years.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/31/greek-god-apollo/

A 1700 years bp Greek inscription from the Golan heights bearing the name Kfar Nafah is causing excitement:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-inscription-links-modern-israeli-army-base-to-1700-year-old-roman-village/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/1700-year-old-greek-inscription-in-golan-bears-same-name-as-village-today-647092
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-kfar-nafah-boundary-stone-uncovered-on-the-golan/2020/10/27/
https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/10/1700-year-old-boundary-stone-bearing-the-name-kfar-nafah-found-in-golan-heights/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-name-of-israeli-army-base-goes-back-1-700-years-1.9268451
https://www.jns.org/1700-year-old-boundary-stone-bearing-the-name-kfar-nafah-found-in-golan-heights/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/ancient-boundary-stone-discovered/

Remains of a 4th/5th century Christian church built on a Roman-era temple of Pan from the Banias Nature Reserve:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-early-christian-church-built-atop-temple-to-pan-found-in-northern-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-byzantine-church-pan-temple-found-israel-golan-archaeology-1.9269546

… and another Christian church find from the same time period from Laodicea:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/house-with-church-unearthed-in-laodicea-159481
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9175-201030-anatolia-christian-church

More on that two shekelim weight find a few weeks ago:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/first-temple-period-limestone-weight-08996.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1352801/archaeology-news-jerusalem-jewish-temple-solomon-israel-greece-egypt-spt

On recent evidence for the reign of King Manasseh:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-uncovering-the-lost-legacy-of-a-cursed-biblical-king-1.9272150

Feature on the Egyptian empire in Canaan:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/the-egyptian-empire-in-canaan/

Interesting film on the opening of the Copper Scroll back in 1955:

https://dqcaas.com/2016/11/24/1953-film-of-cutting-open-of-the-copper-scroll/

Feature on the history of archaeology in Saudi Arabia:

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/saudi-arabia/5219500/History-of-archaeological-excavations-in-the-Kingdom-of-Saudi-Arabia.html

Claims of finding Jesus’ crucifixion nails are making the rounds again:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/nails-found-in-1990-linked-to-jesus-christs-crucifixion-scientists-find-646839
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/27/bone-wood-crucifixion-christ/

The reopening of the Chora Monastery as a mosque has been postponed:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/10/29/reopening-of-chora-monastery-as-mosque-postponed/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/10/28/turkey-covers-up-priceless-frescoes-in-ancient-greek-church-for-muslim-prayers/

Folks might be interested in the Thin End of the Wedge podcast (looking at the ancient Middle East) which is just getting underway:

http://www.wedgepod.org/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Finds from the Mycenean necropolis at Tapeza:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/26/the-necropolis-of-trapeza-aegion-comes-to-light/

A study of a 6th century BC Greek site in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-28/el-misterio-del-fuego-griego-en-albacete.html

Amphoras and other wine type vessels from an underwater site off Hvar:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/47817-hvar-archaeological-discovery

Similar sorts of finds off the coast of Civitavecchia:

https://www.temporeale.info/104147/argomenti/cronaca/civitavecchia-recuperata-anfora-greco-romana-dal-gruppo-subacqueo-della-guardia-di-finanza.html
https://www.ilcorrieredellacitta.com/ultime-notizie/scoperta-archeologica-nei-fondali-di-civitavecchia-trovata-una-splendida-anfora-greco-romana-foto-e-video.html

Finds from various ancient/Byzantine periods found during rescue digs in Ruse (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/27/thracian-pits-roman-byzantine-buildings-found-in-rescue-digs-in-sexaginta-prista-fortress-in-bulgarias-danube-city-ruse/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/archaeologists-uncover-unique-roman.html

Finds from various periods from a site near Belgrade:

https://www.telegraf.rs/english/3255958-items-from-time-of-antiquity-shown-in-gladiator-found-near-pancevo-dealings-with-romans-examined

Remains of some Byzantine settlements in western Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/new-byzantine-settlements-discovered-in-western-turkey

More on that large Roman structure unearthed in Switzerland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/exceptionally-large-roman-building.html

A decision to use concrete to pave some sections of the Acropolis isn’t going over well:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/31/archaeologists-blast-decision-to-cement-sections-of-the-acropolis/

The site at Selinunte has reopened after a fire a couple weeks ago:

http://www.marsalalive.it/2020/10/29/parco-archeologico-di-selinunte-riapre-al-pubblico-la-zona-dellacropoli/

Feature on the fall of Rome:

https://www.livescience.com/why-did-rome-fall.html

Feature on ostracism:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-athenians-voted-kick-politicians-out-if-enough-people-didnt-them-180976138/

Feature on ancient Greek cosmetic use:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/30/ancient-greeks-used-exotic-dangerous-cosmetics-in-eternal-search-for-beauty/

Feature on Aqueducts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/aqueducts-how-ancient-rome-brought-water-to-its-people

Feature on Miletus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/ancient-miletus/135960

Feature on Rheneia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/rheneia-other-delos.html

Feature on the Roman Balneum in Rafina:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-roman-balneum-in-rafina-monument.html

Feature on the Classis Britannica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/the-classis-britannica-the-roman-navy-of-britannia/135939

Feature on Roman crucifixion:

https://stevengambardella.medium.com/roman-terror-505cf28b91ea

Feature on Kommos:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/minoan-harbour-town-kommos/

Feature on Aeschylus:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/a-winter-of-aeschylus-165c0768d200

Feature on Phryne:

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5207376/Phryne-the-dramatic-trial-of-the-Ancient-Greek-courtesan-who-undressed.html

Feature on the Xobourgo ‘Athlete’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/27/the-athlete-from-xobourgo-is-in-the-archaeological-museum-of-tinos/

Feature on Erik Gunderson’s ‘Monsters’ course at the University of Toronto:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/spooky-subjects-u-t-monsters-course-explores-our-fascination-frightful

… and Adrienne Hagen’s ancient magic and witchcraft course at Monmouth:

https://www.galesburg.com/news/20201026/monmouth-college-class-investigates-ancient-magic-witchcraft
https://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20201026/monmouth-college-class-investigates-ancient-magic-witchcraft

Latest bit of touristy vandalism at the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/why-do-tourists-keep-vandalising-the-colosseum.html

On pagan complacency and the birth of the Christian Roman empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/pagan-complacency-and-the-birth-of-the-christian-roman-empire

Feature on one of the more interesting ‘walkers’ of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-54708593

Latest feature on what Cleopatra really looked like:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1352168/egypt-news-cleopatra-appearance-unmasked-coins-mark-antony-julius-caesar-spt

Caitlin Barrett has been named a National Geographic Explorer:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/10/professor-studying-pompeii-honored-national-geographic

Something about a bust of Hercules appearing in ‘virtual reality’ at Tefaf online:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-greek-head-dug-up-in-a-garden-will-now-appear-in-virtual-reality-at-tefaf-online

Just so you know, they’re harvesting grapes at Pompeii right now:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-grape-harvest-amid-ancient-roman-ruins.html

Some reviews of the Netflix series ‘Barbarians’:

https://www.newsweek.com/barbarians-barbaren-true-story-real-life-netflix-arminius-thusnelda-folkwin-wolfspeer-1542407
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/arts/television/barbarians-netflix.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/10/28/netflixs-barbarians-is-not-even-worth-the-short-binge/
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a34510001/barbarians-netflix-season-2/

… and ‘Blood of Zeus’:

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/blood-of-zeus-review-mythology-explained

Spinning the pandemic with some Greek myth angles:

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2020/10/25/913109242/drawing-on-greek-myths-as-inspiration-for-illustrating-life-during-the-pandemic
https://www.jonathanmuroya.com/greek-quarantology

Rumours of a Lego Colosseum being available soon are making the rounds:

https://www.brickfanatics.com/rumoured-lego-10276-colosseum-may-be-biggest-ever-set/

… while the University of Sydney donated its Lego Acropolis to the Acropolis Museum:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/31/lego-acropolis/

In case you missed the statue controversy (Roman emperors) at Brown:

https://www.browndailyherald.com/2020/10/28/decolonization-brown-prof-neumann-present-statue-changes-ucs/

Applying the Gracchi to the current US zeitgeist:

https://www.worldtribune.com/draining-the-swamp-in-ancient-rome-americas-gracchi-moment-of-truth/
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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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34 000 – 24 000 years bp bison paintings in a cave in Spain are hinting at a ‘common art culture’ across Paleolithic Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-bison-engravings-spanish-caves-reveal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/p-bei102120.php
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-10-29/grabados-de-bisontes-en-cuevas-espanolas-revelan-una-cultura-artistica-comun-en-la-antigua-europa.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/paleolithic-animal-engravings-aitzbitarte-caves-09000.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/bison-engravings-in-spanish-caves.html

A study of the diet of 43 Neolithic burials from Theopetra Cave:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/analysis-of-43-neolithic-skeletons-of.html

The Bronze Age battlefield near Tollense is now thought to reflect a massacre, rather than a battle:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oldest-known-battle-was-really-ambush-massacre-bhfbz8vp9
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8879473/Battle-Tollense-Valley-4-250-years-ago-massacre-1-400-Bronze-Age-merchants.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9167-201027-tollense-valley-massacre

A farmer came across an interesting 2400 years bp sculpture in Andalucia:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-30/un-agricultor-encuentra-en-cordoba-una-pieza-arqueologica-de-gran-valor.html

Studying Paleolithic fire use:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/27/unravelling-prehistoric-fire-use/

Remains of an Iron Age settlement from Cruden Bay:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/large-iron-age-settlement-uncovered-north-east-3018070
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/nostalgia/2589184/aberdeen-archaeologist-confirms-major-prehistoric-village-find-in-cruden-bay/
https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-settlement-at-cruden-bay-216487/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9173-201029-scotland-iron-age

I think we mentioned this ‘Anglo-Saxon’ burial from near Marlow:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/anglo-saxon-warrior-burial-uncovered.htm

… and the roundhouse from Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/roundhouse-revealed-at-bamburgh-castle.htm

A project studying 9th/10th century beads from Viking burials on Gotland:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/classics-and-archaeology/research/research-projects/current-projects/2021-2018-viking-burial-glass.aspx

A 9th century relief from an altar found in Zavala (Bosnia):

https://www.sarajevotimes.com/relief-plate-from-the-9th-century-found-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina/

Four submerged medieval (it seems) village sites from the Netherlands:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/10/26/four-submerged-villages-found-noordoostpolder
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/10/maritime-archaeologist-finds-four-lost-dutch-medieval-villages/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologist-uncovered-four-submerged-settlements-netherlands-180976167/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9168-201027-netherlands-lost-villages

I think we mentioned this possible medieval cemetery found during shed construction at a residence in Shetland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18812640.burial-site-ancient-capital-shetland/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9162-201026-shetland-island-cemetery

Remains of the original 14th century Ancrum bridge found on the Teviot riverbed:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-14th-century-bridge-on-riverbed/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18829384.ancient-bridge-scottish-borders-found-local-heritage-group/?ref=fbshr
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18830256.old-ancrum-bridge-timbers-date-1300s/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volunteer-researchers-find-medieval-scottish-bridge-180976175/

The ’tiltyard’ where Henry VIII was thrown from his horse in 1536 has been located:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8892879/Site-Henry-VIIIs-near-fatal-jousting-accident-revealed.html

An 18th century sex toy from a Polish latrine:

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5239990/18th-century-sex-toy-was-dug-up-in-a-Polish-latrine.html

Unexpected 18th/19th century finds during excavations ath the Beacon Ring hillfort in Wales:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/unexpected-discoveries-at-beacon-ring.htm

Hopes for useful results from a dig at an anceint Gairloch roundhouse:

https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/evidence-from-wester-ross-dig-could-unlock-mysteries-of-past-216265/

Interesting burials (not sure of the date) from Lothian’s ‘most haunted’ estate:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/skulls-scarred-teeth-found-sticking-19169309

Restoration of the western portal of the Saint-Maurice Cathedral is complete:

http://www.angers.fr/actualites-sorties/62590-le-portail-occidental-de-la-cathedrale-est-restaure/index.html

A hidden medieval ‘prank’ discovered during a study of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/01/a-selfie-set-in-stone-hidden-portrait-by-cheeky-mason-found-in-spain-900-years-on

A Dublin grocery store has incorporated a Viking site into their operations:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dublin-grocery-store-shoppers-glimpse-viking-history-beneath-their-feet-180976150/

The Book of Lismore is returning to Ireland:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/28/historic-book-of-lismore-returning-ireland-after-centuries-in-british-hands
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-irelands-most-important-historic-books-will-return-home-180976162/

Concerns for Botallack Manor in Cornwall:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-54737129

Feature on Sutton Hoo:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/sutton-hoo-what-where-burial-site-visit-discovery/

Feature on the Catacombs of Rome:

https://aleteia.org/2020/11/01/this-all-saints-day-be-inspired-by-the-catacombs-of-rome/

More on Henry VIII and his heavy orchestration of Anne Boleyn’s execution:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-henry-viii-orchestrated-every-detail-anne-boleyns-execution-180976135/

More on the 22 medieval burials found in (and under walls) in Almazan (Spain):

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/10/27/remains-of-22-bodies-found-in-medieval-spanish-settlement/

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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 6000 years bp ‘silkworm sculpture’ from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-10/28/c_139472787.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-10-28/Archaeologists-unearth-6-000-year-old-silkworm-sculpture-in-N-China-UXibtLzMyc/index.html

A Northern Wei Dynasty ‘worship site’ from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1205096.shtml

Feature on work being done at the Yuanying Guan ruins:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202010/28/WS5f98a857a31024ad0ba815ea.html

Feature on the 2000 year old porcelain/pottery industry at Jingdezhen:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3105628/china-town-porcelain-capital-jingdezhen-2000

Some tiles connected with Genghis Khan which were being smuggled have been declared authentic:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1352770/archaeology-genghis-khan-uzbekistan-science-news-british-museum-spt

Pondering that Irish ‘clachan’ find in Australia a few months ago:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/nightlife/history/12816576
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible Native American burials from a rural site in Iowa:

https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/local_news/state_and_national/probable-burial-site-found-in-rural-taylor-county/article_1f3a9096-157d-5814-9fed-b9a3f9f2035a.html

A 300 years bp slave quarters from a Jesuit plantation site in Maryland:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-fe-slave-quarter-discovery-20201028-ics5uul2x5avpdicwjo5dzht64-story.html
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/300-year-old-slave-quarters-newtowne-neck-state-park/34520141
https://wtop.com/maryland/2020/10/300-year-old-slave-quarters-found-in-st-marys-co/
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-uncover-300-old-slave-213100210.html
https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/archeologists-unearth-300-year-old-slave-quarters-in-southern-maryland
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jesuit-slave-quarters-unearthed-maryland-180976151/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9174-201029-maryland-slave-quarter

Various finds from a homestead site (18th/19th century) in Fairlee Town Forest (NH):

https://www.vnews.com/Out—About-Fairlee-man-uncovers-homestead-site-36919282

A metal detectorist found a 222 years bp coin outside a Maine church:

https://abc3340.com/news/offbeat/man-with-metal-detector-finds-222-year-old-coin-maine-church

600 unmarked burials, possibly 200 years bp, found near Clemson University:

https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/10/30/researchers-find-more-than-unmarked-graves-clemsons-campus/

Halloweenish feature on some graveyards in New Haven:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/new-haven-forgotten-burial-grounds-hallowed-ground?e=2c38baa027

A First Nations burial (18th/19th century) revealed by construction near Prince Albert:

https://panow.com/2020/10/30/construction-project-unearths-historic-burial-site-near-prince-albert/

Feature on Cahokia:

https://theconversation.com/cahokian-culture-spread-across-eastern-north-america-1-000-years-ago-in-an-early-example-of-diaspora-130106

Feature on the 1876 presidential election:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Former-NY-Gov-Tilden-can-t-escape-theft-in-life-15690320.php

… and the 1860 one:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/30/opinion/lincoln-trump-1860-2020.html

More on that 300 year ‘window’ for Clovis tool production:

https://today.tamu.edu/2020/10/23/texas-am-expert-new-clues-revealed-about-clovis-people/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/26/new-clues-revealed-about-clovis-people/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/new-clues-revealed-about-clovis-people/135909
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9166-201026-clovis-new-dates

More on finds associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/10/search-for-victims-tulsa-race-massacre-continues-mass-grave-unearthed/

More on New Mexico footprints:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/science/ancient-footprints.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 600 years bp burial found during road construction in Ciudad Bolivar (Bogota):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/600-year-old-burial-found-in-bogotas.html

More on evidence of llama sacrifice in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/inca-llama-sacrifices-naturally-mummified.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mummified-llamas-peru-inca-ritual-sacrifice
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/archaeologists-find-first-naturally.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9165-201026-peru-decorated-llamas

More on Maya water filters:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2020/10/uc-archaeologists-discover-sophisticated-water-filters-in-ancient-maya-city.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/26/ancient-maya-built-sophisticated-water-filters/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9169-201027-tikal-clean-water

More on the Nazca ‘cat’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/2000-year-old-cat-etching-found-at.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Really not sure where to put this one on hominin remains affecting Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin (1187):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-how-hominins-predating-humankind-doomed-the-crusaders-at-the-battle-of-hattin-1.9265604

Feature on Stalin and the last Russian Templars:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08w5mj1/did-stalin-eliminate-the-last-templars-in-russia-

On the word ‘taboo’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201026-the-origin-of-the-word-taboo

What Victorian-era seaweed pressings reveal:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/27/what-victorian-era-seaweed-pressings-reveal-about-our-changing-seas

Interesting study of pet cemeteries:

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2020/10/petcemeteries/
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-pet-cemeteries-reveal-belief-afterlife.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pet-cemeteries-reveal-just-how-much-our-relationships-pets-have-evolved-180976153/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9176-201029-pet-cemetery-survey

… possibly related item on dog burials:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-dog-burials-go-back-almost-as-long-as-modern-human-history-1.9269242

On some British imperial history revisionism:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/02/misremembering-the-british-empire

A yeast study suggests Darwin’s theory of evolution needs some tweaking:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/archaeologists-find-first-naturally.html

Reviewish thing about Thomas De Quincey:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/thomas-de-quincey-selected-writings-book-review/

Feature on some recently-discovered letters between JM Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/25/lost-letters-reveal-jm-barrie-and-robert-louis-stevensons-mutual-affection

Some Getty-inspired pumpkins:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/liven-up-your-halloween-at-home-with-these-5-getty-villa-inspired-pumpkins/

… and how the early Church ‘Christianized’ Halloween:

https://www.history.com/news/halloween-samhain-celts-catholic-church

In case you’re griping about having to change the time on a couple of clocks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-54387428

On what archaeologists do and don’t do:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-what-archaeologists-do-and-don-t-do-1.24228335

Feature on Napoleon’s ‘appropriation’ of Italian cultural items:

https://smarthistory.org/napoleon-italy-culture-looting/

Feature on books bound in human skin:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/new-nonfiction-book-looks-at-history-of-texts-bound-in-human-skin/

Feature on the history of voting:

https://lancasteronline.com/features/our-modern-voting-has-ancient-greek-pebble-latin-urn-at-its-core-unscripted-column/article_3730e16a-1bbc-11eb-b3b5-2f89591ebb3d.html

Feature on the electoral college:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/electoral-college-presidents-elected/story?id=73700350

Feature on phrenology and witches:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/nostalgia/from-the-archives/1668244/halloween-fifes-links-to-19th-century-phrenology-explored-as-archaeologist-asks-was-it-quackery-or-science/

Reviews of Sabar’s *Veritas*:

https://thehumanist.com/magazine/november-december-2020/arts_entertainment/veritas-a-harvard-professor-a-con-man-and-the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife

More on that study of detecting pottery makers:

https://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/research_at_kobe_en/NEWS/news/2020_10_27_01.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-individual-differences-same-shaped-pottery-vessels.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/ku-cid102720.php

More on what ancient toilets reveal about human ‘gut history’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-toilets-microbiome

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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DNA suggests there was some canine diversity during the Ice Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/tfci-soa102920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201029141945.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-dog-dna-canine-diversity.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54690458
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/science/dogs-ancient-DNA-wolves.html
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/thomas-de-quincey-selected-writings-book-review/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03053-2
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/29/five-distinct-types-dog-existed-end-last-ice-age-study-finds
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/how-dogs-tracked-their-humans-across-ancient-world
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/how-dogs-tracked-their-humans-across-ancient-world
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/study-of-ancient-dog-dna-traces-canine.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9178-201030-dog-dna
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Illustrating Ancient History:

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/illustrating-ancient-history

Pompeii:

https://www.fox35orlando.com/video/864307

William Turner:

https://www.dw.com/en/why-19th-century-british-painter-william-turner-was-the-chronicler-of-his-time/g-55411889

Made in China:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3107194/belgian-artist-luc-tuymans-hong-kong-exhibition-plays-made

Arctic:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/art-review-arctic-culture-and-climate-at-the-british-museum-6ddlwmrcr

German Expressionism:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-26/el-museo-thyssen-reconstruye-la-coleccion-del-baron.html

A massive renovation is in store for the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/iconic-tower-of-david-to-display-new-finds-in-major-40-million-renewal-646989
https://egyptindependent.com/with-no-visitors-jerusalem-citadel-undergoes-major-facelift/

Feature on some must-see museums in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/10-must-visit-museums-in-istanbul/images

OpEd on the British Museum not doing enough to fight illegal antiquities trafficking:

https://hyperallergic.com/597566/the-british-museum-isnt-doing-enough-to-fight-illegal-antiquities-trafficking/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Differing reactions to a pair of museums trying to sell off some of their collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/30/arts/design/baltimore-museum-brooklyn-art-auction-sothebys.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/arts/design/baltimore-museum-cancels-sale.html

… while a museum in Israel postponed a planned auction of Islamic antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/israeli-museum-postpones-plans-to-sell-islamic-antiquities/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-islamic-museum-scraps-sothebys-sale-of-its-exhibits-following-outrage/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/26/outrage-over-israeli-museum-plan-to-sell-rare-islamic-antiquities
https://hamodia.com/2020/10/26/outcry-forces-postponement-islamic-antiquities-selloff/

Some 1000 years bp royal coins found by a metal detectorist were auctioned off:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-54696026

A 12th century silver penny fetched a nice price:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-54703755

Assorted Judaica from the Sassoon family are coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/tefillin-of-famed-author-of-ben-ish-hai-to-go-on-auction-647374
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/29/sassoon-family-collection-of-jewish-artefacts-to-be-sold-at-auction

A nice price fetched for that gold Ides of March coin:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/julius-caesar-coin-record-sale-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/julius-caesar-assassination-coin-sells-for-record-2-7m-806868rt9
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/2020/10/30/roman-coin-authenticated-sarasota-area-sets-world-record-auction/6083534002/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8896741/Antiques-Roman-gold-coin-commemorating-assassination-Caesar-sells-record-3-24-MILLION.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using genome data to track human migration across and out of Africa:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2859-7
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/new-african-genomes-complicated-migrations-and-strong-selection/

More on the DNA study of relationships of the folks in the ‘Six Headed Chief’ burial:

https://www.livescience.com/six-headed-chief-tomb-dna.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on assorted artifacts emerging from glaciers melting around the world:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/01/secrets-of-the-ice-unlocking-a-melting-time-capsule-archaeology-glaciers

Climate concerns for sites in St Augustine:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/28/st-augustine-florida-floods-climate-crisis
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Weimar:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-weimar/g-48526517
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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On Netflix’s ‘Over the Moon’:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3106859/over-moon-netflix-animated-feature-brings-traditional

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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on the ten ‘most wanted’ missing artifacts:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/most-wanted-antiquities-have-you-seen-these-missing-artefacts

The remains of St Wolfgang were stolen from a German church:

https://www.dw.com/en/thieves-steal-saints-remains-from-german-church/a-55404765

More on the foiled smuggling attempt in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/388949/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smu.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9164-201026-alexandria-smuggling-attempt
———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Seminole people have regained to right to reclaim some of their ancestors’ remains:

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-seminoles-reclaim-stolen-ancestors-artifacts-20201027-hsty6sr5wrcz3gqyslqs676dfq-story.html

A man took it upon himself to repatriate items from the Louvre:

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/african-man-takes-back-stolen-artifacts-from-frances-louvre-museum-video-shows

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Tyras and Chersonesus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/tyras-chersonesus-ancient-greek-coins-of-the-black-seas-northern-coast/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n44.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Virginia Mollenkott:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/books/virginia-mollenkott-dead.html

Jonathan Foster (pdf)

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2020/10/GIBSON-Jonathan-Foster-1938-2020.pdf

Douglas Latchford:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/10/28/douglas-latchford-expert-asian-antiquities-whose-career-ended/

Deirdre Le Faye:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/29/letter-deirdre-le-faye-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3001-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-18-through-october-24-2020

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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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