Explorator 23.41 ~ January 31, 2021

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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Pondering how many early species of hominids there were:

https://www.livescience.com/how-many-human-species.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/29286/20210124/early-human-species-many.htm

I think we had this feature on Neanderthal women:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-do-we-know-about-the-lives-of-neanderthal-women

More on links between Neanderthals and COVID-19:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/neanderthals-covid-19/

More on that 350 000 years bp ‘abrading tool’ from the Tabun Cave (Israel):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-known-abrading-tool-archaeology-tabun-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9396-210126-israel-rubbing-tool

More on the evidence from 500 000 to 300 000 years bp ‘chopping tools’ found at Revadim:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/early-humans-used-chopping-tools-to.html

More on the oldest cave paintings in Indonesia:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/the-tale-behind-the-worlds-oldest-known-cave-painting-0
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/on-the-sulawesi-warty-pig

… and a related feature on dating such artifacts:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/how-cave-paintings-are-dated
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AFRICA
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Examination of ancient proteins suggest milk was being consumed in Africa some 6000 years bp at least:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/mpif-aph012521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-ancient-proteins-track-early-africa.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/humans-were-drinking-milk-they-could-digest-it
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/28/ancient-proteins-help-track-early-milk-drinking-in-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9405-210128-africa-dairy-farming

Feature on the Kingdom of Kush:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/cush/

Studying the various ‘greenings’ of the Sahara over the past 160 000 years:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/ggph-pra012921.php

Sudan is hoping to touristify its archaeological sites:

https://www.ft.com/content/91628575-be39-4c9c-9c87-44bc5c16e10c
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a Ptolemaic temple, a Roman fort, and a Coptic-era church from the Shiha fort site in Aswan:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96667/Explore-the-finds-uncovered-at-Aswan%E2%80%99s-partial-Roman-fort
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/ptolemaic-temple-coptic-church-and.html
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/01/30/new-archaeological-discovery-in-alexandria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9393-210125-egypt-shiha-fort

16 Greek/Roman -era burials excavated near the Taposiris Magna temple excavations:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96989/Egypt-discovers-16-burials-in-Taposiris-Magna-Temple-in-western
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1800996/middle-east

An elderly Greek citizen gave a couple of Roman artifacts to Alexandria (not sure if this is repatriation or not):

https://www.egyptindependent.com/elderly-greek-citizen-gifts-two-roman-artifacts-to-alexandria/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/29/two-roman-column-capitals-donated-to-graeco-roman-museum-of-alexandria/

It seems we’ll be hearing more from Saqqara soon:

https://www.wired.com/story/egyptian-tombs-unearthed-saqqara-necropolis/

More on the reopening of the restored temple of Isis:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/egypt-isis-temple-restoration-tourism-archeology.html

More on the latest finds from Saqqara:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-dozens-of-tombs-at-saqqara-necropolis/

Feature on the Hyksos:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/we-were-slaves-to-the-hyksos-in-egypt

We alluded last week to this apparent forbidding of excavation and display of mummies (doesn’t seem to be a fatwa):

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210127-egypts-al-azhar-prohibits-excavating-and-displaying-mummies/
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/egypt-scholar-islam-ban-digging-mummies-pharaos-archeology.html

This seems to be a repeat article of the find of a Luwian inscription at Turkmen-Karahoyuk last year:

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-in-turkey-have-discovered-a-mysterious-ancient-kingdom-lost-in-history

Iran is offering to help Iraq restore the Taq Kasra/Arch of Ctesiphon:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/iraq-baghdad-taq-kasra-ctesiphon.html
https://menafn.com/1101520334/ALIPH-to-help-Rescue-the-Arch-of-Ctesiphon

Feature on the Deir ‘Alla tablets:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/01/enigmatic-tablets

Dating some purple-dyed fabric found in the Timna Valley reveals it comes from ca 1000 BCE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-glimpse-wardrobe-king-david-solomon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/tu-ag012721.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-textile-shreds-with-purple-from-king-david-s-time-1.9490326
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/01/29/who-was-wearing-royal-purple-at-king-solomons-mines/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55815820
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/purple-dye-israel-bible-solomon-david-b1795242.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9198043/Archaeology-Ancient-purple-thread-Israel-shade-said-worn-Biblical-royals.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/01/29/israeli-archeologists-unearth-valued-purple-dye-from-period-of-kings-david-and-solomon/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210130-israelis-find-royal-purple-fabric-from-king-david-era
https://nypost.com/2021/01/29/ancients-went-on-mollusk-murder-sprees-to-get-fabric-color/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/royal-purple-textile-09301.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-purple-fabric-6346346/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/01/28/archaeology-purple-fabrics-found-in-timna-israel_c0b61f86-c9e8-452f-a0f2-bf543c5cc236.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9409-210129-israel-purple-dye

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0245897

More on that 1500 years bp Christian inscription referring to Mary from the Jezreel Valley:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/inscription-to-jesus-son-of-mary-found-in-jezreel/
https://mymodernmet.com/christ-inscription-israel/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/christian-inscription-et-taiyiba-09283.html

More on that 7th century mosque find at Tiberias:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-sea-galilee-archaeologists-early-mosque.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/one-of-the-oldest-mosques-in-the-world-uncovered-in-tiberias/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-marketplace-turned-mosque-uncovered-near-tiberias-656502
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/28/remnants-of-mosque-from-earliest-decades-of-islam-found-in-israel
https://www.startribune.com/by-sea-of-galilee-archaeologists-find-ruins-of-early-mosque/600016064/
https://apnews.com/article/israel-jerusalem-coronavirus-pandemic-archaeology-76bdaf039055eee55d8bb77fa581cdb2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/by-sea-of-galilee-archaeologists-find-ruins-of-early-mosque/2021/01/28/4f7b4628-6182-11eb-a177-7765f29a9524_story.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/01/an-ancient-mosque-in-northern-israel-may-be-the-oldest-unearthed-anywhere/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/by-sea-of-galilee-archaeologists-find-ruins-of-early-mosque/2021/01/28/4f7b4628-6182-11eb-a177-7765f29a9524_story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9410-210129-israel-tiberias-mosque

A WWI hand grenade from a Jerusalem cistern:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/hand-grenade-from-1st-world-war-unearthed-in-jerusalem-656554

A listing of archaeological excavations coming up this year in Israel:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archaeological-excavations-in-Israel-2021.aspx

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very nice 4th century BCE (probably) funeral monument depicting two women from Peania/Painia/Eastern Athens:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-greek-statues-missing-heads.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/24/magnificent-female-statues-unearthed-from-ancient-tomb-east-of-athens/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/29/fine-funerary-sculptures-found-during-salvage-operations-in-peania/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/25/ancient-greek-statues-athens-airport/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43059-ancient-greek-statues-discovered-near-athens-airport.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/fine_funerary_ancient_greek_sculptures_found_during_salvage_operations_in_peania-1676865/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-01/25/content_77150460.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/temple-shaped-burial-monument-brought.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/26/temple-shaped-burial-monument-brought-to-light-in-paiania/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9401-210127-greece-tomb-statues

A report on the excavations this year at Kouklia/Palaepafos (Cyprus):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/15th-annual-field-campaign-at.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/25/15th-annual-field-campaign-at-kouklia-palaepafos-completed/

A Late Archaic temple was found in this year’s excavations at the sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/late-rchaic-temple-found-in-sanctuary.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/25/late-%CE%B1rchaic-temple-found-in-the-sanctuary-of-artemis-amarysia/

A possible paleochristian bural (and a wall) found during parking lot construction in Castellammare (Italian):

https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/01/24/news/castellammare_spunta_una_tomba_post-eruzione_nei_lavori_nel_municipio-284013629/
https://www.ilcorrierino.com/castellammare-in-due-giorni-scoperte-mura-e-tombe-stabia-esca-dalloblio/21090.html
https://www.stylo24.it/una-necropoli-paleocristiana-scoperta-sotto-la-sede-del-municipio/

A Roman mosaic from the Costa del Sol:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/27/original-location-of-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-cartama/

Finds from various periods, including remains of a Roman oven, from road construction in Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-oven-among-exciting-finds-4930200
https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/roman-oven-uncovered-during-relief-road-works-9149589/

A hoard of 600+ Roman silver coins from Aizanoi:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-silver-coin-collection-found-at-aizanoi-161969
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/rare-collection-of-roman-coins-found-in-turkeys-ancient-aizanoi/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/collection-of-priceless-roman-coins-unearthed-in-turkey/2124620

A hoard of 120 silver coins from the former Viminancium:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/ancient-coins-found-in-roman-ruins

Some 2nd/3rd century Roman shipwrecks off the coast of Kasos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42972-roman-shipwreck-filled-with-ancient-treasures-discovered-off-greek-island-of-kassos.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-roman-artifacts-shipwreck-kasos-180976820/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-treasures-recovered-from-shipwreck-1939671
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9395-210126-greece-shipwreck-kassos

A 1500 years bp dwelling from Sardis features puppy footprints on some of the tiles and assorted other interesting features:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-house-turkey-puppy-prints.html

A piece of a Roman sarcophagus built into the wall of a 1950’s era house in western Turkey:

https://www.metro.news/home-sweet-rome-relic-found-in-wall/2310758/

An update on that Roman lead ingot found at Wrexham a couple ago:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19036298.liverpool-university-provides-insight-roman-lead-ingot-found-wrexham/

Plans to excavate the ancient beach area of Herculaneum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/herculaneum-to-unearth-ancient-beach-buried-by-volcanic-ash.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/01/28/archaeology-herculaneum-doubles-and-finds-ancient-beach_2b425a59-ef30-434c-8f76-be622d35a017.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/29/archeologists-excavate-ancient-beach-herculaneum-roman-town/

Plans to dig year-round at Turkey’s Antandros site:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-at-turkeys-antandros-site-to-continue-year-round/news

Remains of a Roman port off the coast of Syria:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210128-russia-scientists-discover-ancient-roman-port-off-syria-coast/
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russian-scientists-find-ancient-roman-port-off-syrias-coast-photos/

I think we mentioned this lost-then-refound site of a Temple of Apollo at Frangissa:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/01/24/forgotten-for-over-a-century-ancient-sanctuary-reveals-its-treasures/

Rome has reopened the Colosseum, the Forum, and Palatine:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/covid-19-in-italy-rome-reopens-colosseum-roman-forum-and-palatine-hill.html

More on that Gallo-Roman child+puppy burial from France:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-toddler-buried-with-dog.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/exceptional-childs-grave-from-gallo.html

More on the find of a 4th century CE Roman marble table from the Petrick Kale Fortress (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/01/19/rare-5th-century-ad-late-roman-marble-table-discovered-in-petrich-kale-fortress-near-bulgarias-varna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9392-210125-bulgaria-marble-table

More on the Roman villa found beneath an Islamic tower at Alicante:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/roman-villa-appears-under-islamic-tower.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/25/a-roman-villa-appears-under-an-islamic-tower/

More on the recently-opened Thermopolium at Pompeii:

https://www.themarysue.com/unearthed-pompeii-pub/

… and a reconstruction of its menu:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/recreate-the-menu-of-pompeii-ancient-pub

Feature on Dr Ester Slagarella’s work deciphering Linear A:

https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/rosetta-stone-internet-could-help-researchers-finally-solve-puzzle-ancient-minoan-language
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/28/minoan-language-linear-a-linked-to-linear-b-in-groundbreaking-new-research/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/27/cambridge-researcher-makes-steps-towards-cracking-linear-a/

Interview with Natalie Haynes about *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/24/959638472/the-trojan-women-and-many-more-speak-up-in-a-thousand-ships
https://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=959638472

An interview with Ariel Sabar on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife:

https://religionandpolitics.org/2021/01/26/debunking-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-an-interview-with-ariel-sabar/

Interview/podcast with Peter Stothard on *The Last Assassin*:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/hunt-caesar-killers-who-peter-stothard-podcast/

Review of Merrow et al, *Caesar’s Great Success*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2130

Reviewish/hypish piece on Dr Simon Elliott’s book on the fate of the Ninth Legion:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9200823/Hidden-fate-lost-ninth-legion-5-500-Roman-troops-likely-slaughtered-tribesmen.html

In case you’re following the threat to Classics at the University of Vermont:

https://www.samessenger.com/opinion/editorials/no-ancient-greek-at-uvm/article_1a34824c-35a7-11eb-aa62-cb56feb2aefd.html
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/major-fallout-uvm-scholars-argue-that-cuts-to-the-humanities-would-imperil-the-universitys-mission/Content?oid=32189710

Feature on what went on in temples of Aphrodite:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mysteries-around-antiquitys-favorite-pimp-could-be-unlocked-by-temple-discovered-in-turkey

Feature on remains of a Roman wall in a London car park:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/london-car-park-hides-incredible-19708454

Feature on the ‘Giants’ Tombs’ on Sardinia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/the-giants-graves/136952

Feature/podcast on the Eleusinian mysteries:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszjwp

Feature on ‘debauchery’ in ancient Athens:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/debauchery-ancient-athens-part-one/

Feature on the Roman army:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/guide-roman-army-life-facts-legion-centurion/

Feature on Roman remains in Gloucestershire:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-remains-gloucestershire-find-4933381

Feature on the Nike of Samothrace:

https://smarthistory.org/nike-winged-victory-of-samothrace/

… and one on a Nike at Tegea:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/another-thing-a-local-masterpiece-a-nike-by-skopas-at-tegea/228186/

Feature on Byzantine miniature mosaics:

https://smarthistory.org/byzantine-miniature-mosaics/

Feature on Roman roads:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2021/01-02/200000-miles-roman-roads-provided-framework-empire/

Feature on neoclassicism:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/defense-neoclassicism

Feature on Plato and Sappho:

https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/literature/sappho.htm

… and of course it’s that time of year when folks decide to comment on the use of Roman numerals for Superbowl purposes:

https://dknation.draftkings.com/22247796/super-bowl-why-are-roman-numerals-used-nfl-what-is-this-years-number
https://sports.yahoo.com/google-searches-super-bowl-driving-153010769.html
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/sports/super-bowl-searches-roman-numerals
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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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Remains of some ‘bog beetles’ from Britain have been dated to 3785 years bp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55827408

A major Anglo-Saxon burial site (dubbed ‘early medieval’?) found at Cambridge University is causing much excitement:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/30/find-of-the-century-medieval-hoard-of-treasures-unearthed-in-cambridge
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/31/archaeologists-uncover-find-of-the-century-medieval-burial-site/

Scraps of ‘mineralized’ Anglo Saxon textiles from a dig in Northamptonshire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-bronze-age-and-anglo-saxon-burials-same-historic-site-180976874/

… and plenty more items from various periods (I think this is the same dig):

https://www.livescience.com/massive-anglo-saxon-burial-site-discovered.html

… and a feature on the debate over the term ‘Anglo Saxon’:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/who-did-the-anglo-saxons-think-they-were.htm

Interesting study of hundreds of human remains from assorted medieval burial sites in Cambridge reveals much social inequality:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-inequality-medieval-cambridge-bones-residents.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uoc-iim012121.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-55796306
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/26/friar-crushed-by-cart-bone-analysis-hints-at-causes-of-medieval-deaths
https://aleteia.org/2021/01/28/remains-of-medieval-friars-shed-light-on-perils-of-the-era/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/inequality-in-medieval-cambridge-was.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/26/inequality-in-medieval-cambridge-in-the-bones-of-its-residents/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-inequality-skeletons-cambridge-180976833/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9399-210127-europe-medieval-burials
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9407-210129-medieval-bone-fractures

Three 11th century gold coins from Almus (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/01/29/3-gold-coins-from-byzantine-empire-after-1071-battle-of-manzikert-found-in-bulgarias-lom-in-almus-lomgrad-ruins/

A metal detectorist came across a hoard of medieval silver coins in Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/medieval-coins-salaj-january-2021
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9394-210125-romania-medieval-coins

6500 medieval coins and other items from a Polish cornfield:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-polish-hoard.html
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medieval-treasure-trove-belonging-to-princess-found-in-cornfield-following-tip-off-from-village-priest-18571
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9404-210128-poland-medieval-hoard

Interesting finds (including cattle horns) from a site near Birmingham’s 12th century Bull Ring Market:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/preserved-horns-found-next-bull-19456993

A metal detectorist may have come across a lost crown jewel from Henry VIII’s crown:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9203729/Metal-detectorist-finds-2million-centrepiece-jewel-Henry-VIIIs-lost-crown-buried-tree.html
https://nypost.com/2021/01/30/treasure-hunter-finds-gold-headpiece-from-henry-viiis-lost-crown/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/496/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/496/pub/496/page/47/article/128830

Evidence of a hitherto unknown 16th century garden from a former manor site in Warwickshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-55840474
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-dig-uncovers-one-of-the-best-preserved-examples-of-elizabethan-gardens/
https://news.yahoo.com/preserved-gardens-coleshill-manor-hs2-excavations-113207425.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/archaeologists-excavate-ornate-tudor-garden/136961
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-elaborate-elizabethan-garden-found-180976873/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9408-210129-england-elizabethan-garden

I think we mentioned these remains of a 17th century seawall near Portsmouth:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/historic-17th-century-seawall-uncovered-portsmouth-after-stormy-weather-3109393
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9397-210126-england-portsmouth-seawall

Interesting study of the history of the Champagne vineyards:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/c-hot012721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-history-champagne-vineyards-revealed.html

A stained-glass ‘upgrade’ for an 800 years bp medieval chapel in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-suffolk-55774422

More on that ‘early European common currency’ suggestion:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeological-discovery-first-common-currency-in-europe/a-56316203
https://www.courthousenews.com/ancient-copper-findings-shed-light-on-origins-of-money/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-europeans-used-rings-ribs-and-ax-blades-money-180976859/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9391-210125-bronze-age-currency

More on evidence for ‘interconnected’ burial practices in early Medieval Europe:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/burial-practices-point-to.html

More on that 9th century village find in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/01/21/80-newly-found-dugouts-offer-glimpse-into-9th-century-rural-life-in-first-bulgarian-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9398-210126-first-bulgarian-empire

More on that ‘cursus’ monument on the Isle of Arran:

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-cursus-monument-discovered-scotland.html

Feature on some recently-found Viking artifacts/sites:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/most-fascinating-viking-artifact-discoveries-1939220

Feature on Dolbadarn Castle:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/dolbadarn-castle-stronghold-of-the-welsh-princes/136967

Feature on various other places in the ‘Stonehenge Landscape’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/exploring-the-stonehenge-landscape/136893

Feature on cave art in various European locales:

https://aeon.co/essays/ice-age-art-making-was-a-tactile-joyous-exploration-of-the-world

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 Tang Dynasty temple complex from Yunnan:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/china-archaeology-medieval-emperor-nanzhao-b1794173.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/ninth-century-temple-complex-found-in.html

Feature on Qinshihuang’s mausolem and its importance to China’s history:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202101/25/WS600e6647a31024ad0baa4e3f.html

Iron Age burials from Guntur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/andhra-pradesh-iron-age-burial-structures-found-in-guntur/articleshow/80449890.cms

Some ‘abandoned’ 16th century ‘hero stones’ from Virudhunagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/abandoned-16th-c-hero-stones-found-in-virudhunagar-district/articleshow/80521625.cms

Angry farmers in India stormed the Red Fort this week during the ongoing protests:

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/26/960674347/protesting-farmers-flood-indias-capital-storm-historic-fort
https://apnews.com/article/india-farmer-protest-654ef151a8af6de8c264c29363d0607b

… and it appears that there has been some damage and/or theft:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/r-day-violence-antiquities-inside-red-fort-missing-tableaux-damaged-says-union-minister/articleshow/80514595.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/jan/28/antiquities-inside-red-fort-missing-tableaux-damaged-during-r-day-violence-says-prahlad-patel-2256301.html
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/rday-violence-antiquities-inside-red-fort-missing-tableaux-damaged-says-union-minister/2019185
https://in.news.yahoo.com/r-day-violence-antiquities-inside-154234756.html

A court order for the ASI to check out a possible ‘megalithic’ site in Tuticorin:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/plea-to-carryout-asi-excavation-at-tuticorin-village/articleshow/80457023.cms

Plans to investigate the underwater origins of Ram Setu:

https://www.oneindia.com/india/centre-approves-underwater-study-to-ascertain-origin-of-ram-setu-3207053.html
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-this-underwater-archaeological-excavation-could-tell-the-age-of-ram-setu-7163370/

Feature on Australia’s Wurdi Youang Aboriginal site with an astronomy focus:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210128-is-australia-the-birthplace-of-astronomy
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NORTH AMERICA
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The first people to arrive in the Americas apparently brought their dogs with them:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-people-americas-dogs.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/du-fpt012221.php
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/26/world/human-dog-migration-study-scn/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-first-people-to-settle-in-the-americas-brought-their-dogs-with-them-study-finds
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/first-people-americas-dogs-09293.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/first-people-to-enter-americas-likely.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/26/first-people-to-enter-the-americas-likely-did-so-with-their-dogs/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9403-210128-dog-domestication-migration

see also: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/6/e2010083118

Suggestion that the Chumash people were using worked shell beads as currency:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uoc–aae012821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-archaeologist-chumash-indians-highly-shell.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210129120245.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/chumash-money-09303.html
https://yubanet.com/california/archaeologist-argues-the-chumash-indians-were-using-highly-worked-shell-beads-as-currency-2000-years-ago/

Studying the movements of Paleoindians in Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/01/31/archaeology-paleoindians-ohios-first-settlers-left-stone-tools-flint-few-footprints/4280620001/

A study of fire management by Native American farmers in New Mexico some 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/smu-ain012021.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/28/indigenous-new-mexican-community-knew-how-to-coexist-with-wildfire/

Evidence of dozens of eel weirs in Susquehanna (not sure of the date):

https://www.bayjournal.com/news/fisheries/dozens-of-ancient-eel-weirs-uncovered-in-susquehanna/article_e81509b6-5f14-11eb-9d18-fb84550adab2.html

Assorted technology was used to identify the location of a 19th century Tlingit fortress in Alaska used in defense of Russian invaders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/cu-e1c012521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-elusive-19th-century-alaskan-fort.html
https://www.livescience.com/19th-century-tlingit-fort-alaska.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/us/tlingit-alaska-fort.html
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2021/01/29/researchers-locate-site-of-nearly-200-year-old-tlingit-battle-fort-that-signified-colonial-resistance/
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/lost-indigenous-fort-repel-russia-rediscovered-alaska-n1255537
https://www.sciencealert.com/radar-scans-uncover-an-alaskan-fort-built-to-scare-off-russia
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/elusive-19th-century-alaskan-fort.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologists-identify-famed-fort-where-indigenous-tlingits-fought-russian-forces-180976818/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9402-210127-alaska-tlingit-fort

Feature on old houses in New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/realestate/instagram-old-houses.html

Feature on how Arctic Anthropologists are expanding our knowledge of the North:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/01/26/how-arctic-anthropologists-are-expanding-narratives-about-north/

Hopes that Bears Ears could be protected again:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/the-stunning-and-sacred-lands-of-utahs-bears-ears-could-soon-be-protected
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On use of bird waste by farmers near the Atacama Desert ca 1000 CE:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-south-american-civilizations-bloomed-desert-thanks-seabird-poop-180976817/

A bas-relief of a golden eagle from the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/9664-indaga-inah-bajorrelieve-de-un-aguila-real-descubierto-%20recientemente-por-el-proyecto-templo-mayor
https://www.livescience.com/aztec-eagle-sculpture-uncovered.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/archaeologists-discover-bas-relief-of-golden-eagle-at-aztec-templo-mayor/136923
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60592
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/26/archaeologists-discover-bas-relief-of-golden-eagle-at-aztec-templo-mayor/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9400-210127-templo-mayor-eagle

Machu Picchu visits are currently suspended:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-visits-to-machu-picchu-to-be-suspended-during-lockdown-831702.aspx

More on the butchery at Tecoaque:

https://www.livescience.com/mexico-massacre-spanish-aztecs.html

More on that large Maya stucco mask from the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/mayan-mask-sculpture-revealed.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-maya-mask-restored-180976835/

More on that recently-found goddess/elite woman statue from Mexico:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-idUSKBN29Y0HN
https://nypost.com/2021/01/29/mexico-discovery-of-ancient-goddess-stirs-calls-for-research/
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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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An art dealer purchased a miniature portrait of Henry III and is offering it to the Louvre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/portrait-miniature-henry-iii-royal-history-france-180976840/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/489/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/489/pub/489/page/44/article/127071

Feature on a statue of Thomas Paine:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jan/26/the-great-british-art-tour-thetford-thomas-paine-statue

Feature on Edith Wharton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/t-magazine/edith-wharton-custom-of-the-country.html

Bristol is putting its Brunel archives online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-55812875

Feature on Botticelli:

https://www.artnews.com/feature/sandro-botticelli-who-is-he-why-is-he-important-1234581919/

… and one on Raphael’s work in the Sistine Chapel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-sistine-chapel-images-high-resolution-180976819/

Feature/reviewish thing on a book about the Blackwell sisters and the history of medicine:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/01/the-blackwell-sisters-and-the-harrowing-history-of-modern-medicine

On the threat COVID-19 poses for Native languages:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/24/opinion/covid-lakota-language.html

Angela Merkel participated in a Torah writing ceremony:

https://m.jpost.com/diaspora/angela-merkel-participates-in-historic-torah-scroll-writing-ceremony-657001

On the history of manicures:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/jan/27/from-ancient-egypt-to-cardi-b-a-cultural-history-of-the-manicure

Feature on the missing Russian ‘Amber Room’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09502wd/what-happened-to-russia-s-eighth-wonder-of-the-world-

Not sure where to put this item on a disputed piece of First Nations art from British Columbia:

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/i-have-no-doubt-it-s-mine-authenticity-of-b-c-museum-s-indigenous-artifact-in-dispute-1.5288539

Another feature on the invention of the alphabet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-alphabet-180976520/

On science in the ‘dark ages’:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/science-was-alive-and-well-in-the-dark-ages

Pondering the origins of music:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/where-did-music-come-from-here-are-the-leading-theories

An image of St Francis (maybe) beneath a painting of the Virgin Mary in Rome:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/29/image-of-saint-found-beneath-murillo-painting-of-virgin-mary/

In case you’re in Canada and noticed something wasn’t quite right with your haggis last week:

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/your-haggis-is-fake-why-the-signature-dish-of-robbie-burns-day-is-illegal-in-canada

In case you missed it, Robert Shuyler has retired:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/archaeologist-who-used-nazi-salute-retires
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-professor-who-gave-nazi-salute-during-video-conference-retires/
https://www.inquirer.com/education/penn-professor-nazi-gesture-retire-robert-schuyler-20210127.html

On the sale of antiquities on Facebook:

https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2021/01/facebook-hypocrisy-the-antiquities-marketplace/

… and Qatar National Library is looking at antiquities trafficking too:

https://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/qatar-national-library-shines-spotlight-dark-practice-antiquities-trafficking-1408245

Feature on collecting antiquities in the 18th century:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ancient-sculpture-collecting-wilton-house/

Some fallout from the Robin Hood app activities this week:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-55849192
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/29/962010211/gamestop-spat-prompts-u-k-s-robin-hood-society-to-say-were-not-that-app

Feature on Harold Bloom (review):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/books/review/bright-book-of-life-harold-bloom.html

Online tours of historic homes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/at-home/historic-home-tours.html

On the religious roots of free enterprise (book review):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/books/review/religion-and-the-rise-of-capitalism-benjamin-m-friedman.html

More on Darwin’s evolutionary difficulty involving flowering plants:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55769269
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uob-nsu012821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210128134720.htm
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On the role of women in the ‘coevolution’ of dogs and humans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-women-coevolution-dogs-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210125094057.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/27/women-influenced-coevolution-of-dogs-and-humans/

More on dog domestication originating in Siberia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/25/science/dogs-Siberia-wolves.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-dogs-were-domesticated-in-siberia-over-23-000-years-ago-study-posits-1.9480675
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/ice-age-siberian-hunters-may-have-domesticated-dogs-23000-years-ago
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/25/dogs-domesticated-prehistoric-siberia-brought-america-according/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Torlonia Marbles:

https://hyperallergic.com/615522/a-world-famous-ancient-collection-on-display-for-the-first-time-awaits-visitors-in-rome/

Caravans of Gold:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n03/lloyd-de-beer/at-the-national-museum-of-african-art

Becket:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/26/in-the-middle-ages-british-museum-to-tell-story-of-thomas-becket
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/492/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/492/pub/492/page/11/article/127427

Plenty of coverage of the reopening of the museum/Antiquarium at Pompeii:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-pompeii-museum-life-amazing.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20210127/in-photos-pompeii-displays-treasures-at-reopened-antiquarium-museum
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3119420/pompeii-some-most-important-objects-uncovered-19th-century
https://apnews.com/article/pompeii-museum-anitquarium-reopens-aeff67bc728f34aa56d8d5af24ba89fd
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210125-pompeii-shows-off-treasures-sorcerer-s-magic-charms
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/pompeiis-museum-back-life-display-amazing-finds-75472197
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/antiquarium-museum-opens-at-pompeii
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-decades-pompeii-museum-reopens-180976834/

Greek archaeologists have asked for the immediate opening of all museums:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/261661/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-archaeologists-petition-for-reopening-of-sites-cultural-venues
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43076-greek-archaeologists-call-for-immediate-opening-of-museums-and-cultural-sites.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/greek_archaeologists_association_ask_for_immediate_opening_of_museums-1647520/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/26/archaeologists-reopening-museums/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/01/28/greek-archaeologists-call-for-reopening-sites-and-museums_6ec16c8b-77e9-47aa-a8d9-44c396098dcd.html

A 700 years bp church on the Black Sea in Turkey has been converted to a museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/700-year-old-church-in-ne-turkey-converted-into-museum/news

An update on the Museum of Egyptian Capitals:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96776/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-follows-up-on-final-touches

Feature on what’s going on at the Louvre during lockdown:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/world/europe/louvre-coronavirus.html

The Vatican Museums have reopened:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/covid-19-in-italy-vatican-museums-reopen-after-88-days.html

A followup to the Berkshire Museum’s sale of artworks a couple of years ago:

https://www.wamc.org/post/berkshire-museum-use-art-sale-funds-multi-million-dollar-improvements-redesign-plan
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Napoleon’s account of the battle of Austerlitz is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/27/napoleon-bonaparte-manuscript-victory-battle-of-austerlitz-goes-on-sale

Big bucks for that Botticelli we mentioned last week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55839330
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jan/29/highest-price-ever-for-a-botticelli-painting-paid-in-new-york-auction
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-botticelli-painting-20210129-5tg5ngo5angkbeolrdjhswy57m-story.html

The British Museum has purchased some Elizabethan ‘Spanish Armada Maps’ to save them for the nation:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-55812565
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/rare-elizabethan-maps-depicting-defeat-spanish-armada-stay-britain-845897
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/british-museum-buys-rare-hand-drawn-maps-of-spanish-armada-to-keep-them-in-england-3352760.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting DNA adaptation of people on Cabo Verde (off Senegal) to malaria:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210128134710.htm

DNA from some Parthian/Sassanid burials in Liar-Sang-Bon (Iran) is being studied:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/457559/DNA-obtained-from-ancient-skeletons-found-in-northern-Iran
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some facial reconstructions of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/25/reconstructed-faces-ancient-greeks/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/43078-artist-reconstructs-faces-of-famous-ancient-greeks-on-twitter.html

Feature on what we can learn from teeth:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/bioanthropology-teeth/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting a ‘mass migration’ event out of the Fayum in the 3rd century CE to climate change-induced water shortages:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-climate-antiquity-mass-emigration-due.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uob-cci012521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210125113133.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/climate-change-in-antiquity-mass-emigration-due-to-water-scarcity/136929
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/climate-change-in-antiquity-mass.html

Study using 65 000 years bp remains of padanus nuts to determine historical Australian climate:

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2021/01/kakadu-food-scraps-provide-ancient-rainfall-clues
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9406-210128-australia-climate-record
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Chichen Itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/01/amidst-pandemic-chichen-itza-is-the-second-most-visited-archaeological-site-in-mexico/

Tor Beiddou Cave:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/26/c_139699571.htm

Mawan Valley (Saudi Arabia):

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1799031

Istanbul:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/jan/27/istanbul-virtual-travek-tour-books-film-food-music
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Reviews of The Dig:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55650074
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/movies/the-dig-review.html
https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/the-dig/
https://www.reuters.com/article/film-thedig/fiennes-mulligan-unearth-treasures-in-the-dig-idUSL8N2JW2QR
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jan/31/the-dig-review-sutton-hoo-carey-mulligan-ralph-fiennes
https://deadline.com/video/the-dig-review-carey-mulligan-ralph-fiennes-netflix/
https://chicago.suntimes.com/movies-and-tv/2021/1/28/22253441/the-dig-review-netflix-carey-mulligan-ralph-fiennes-archaeology-movie
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/the-dig-movie-review-rafe-fiennes-carrie-mulligan-1119264/
https://www.economist.com/prospero/2021/01/29/the-dig-is-a-poetic-reflection-on-permanence-and-transience
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/netflixs-dig-uncovers-one-most-183300217.html
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2021-01-29/dig-netflix-review-fiennes-mulligan
https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/netflix-the-dig-filmed-sutton-hoo-ship-suffolk-851054
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a35350233/the-dig-netflix-true-story-sutton-hoo-edith-pretty-basil-brown/

… and criticisms of sexism:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/29/netflix-embroiled-sexism-row-new-drama-accused-portraying-female/

… and how it mirrors a Roman Villa find in Banburyshire:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ralph-fiennes-new-film-mirrors-discovery-huge-roman-villa-banburyshire-historian-3113589

… and some features on the actual excavations at Sutton Hoo

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210127-the-buried-ship-found-on-an-english-estate
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/inside-the-dig-how-star-studded-film-squares-with-reality-of-sutton-hoo/
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/what-was-found-at-sutton-hoo-netflix-7080244

… and what more might be found in Suffolk:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-dig-what-more-is-there-buried-on-england-s-east-coast-
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2021/01/famed-anglo-saxon-ship-burial-sutton-hoo-last-kind/

Killing of a Sacred Deer:

https://screenrant.com/killing-sacred-deer-movie-greek-tragedy-story-inspiration-explained/

Penelope’s Odyssey:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/Sonia-Plumb-Dance-Announces-Intimate-Live-and-Video-Premieres-of-PENELOPES-ODYSSEY-PHASE-1-20210128

Research suggests Beethoven wasn’t using a metronome properly:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethoven-symphonies-may-have-the-wrong-tempo/a-56351826
https://www.dw.com/en/beethoven-symphonies-may-have-the-wrong-tempo/a-56351826
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CRIME BEAT
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A looted Greek vase was identified in a Dutch museum:

https://greekreporter.com/greek-archaeologist-uncovers-looted-greek-vase-in-dutch-museum/

A man in Piraeus was arrested for possession of ancient coins:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/28/man-piraeus-ancient-coins/

A lot of Orthodox churches in Turkey are being looted, apparently:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/27/looting-orthodox-churches-turkey/

Vandalism at the Jason Magnus Villa in Cyrene:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/jason-magnus-villa-cyrene-vandalized-contents-looted
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Museum of the Bible returned 5000 items to Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96934/Egypt-repatriates-5-000-manuscripts-pieces-of-papyrus-from-USA
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-repatriates-over-5000-artifacts-from-us-museum/
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egypt-retrieves-5000-artifacts-from-the-us-1.1611833626761
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/museum-bible-returns-objects-egypt-1940432
https://hyperallergic.com/617929/museum-of-bible-returns-5000-artifacts-with-insufficient-provenance-to-egypt/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1800201

The British Library returned some manuscripts stolen from a Greek monastery in 1979:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/27/british-library-historic-documents/

Arguing over the ‘fate’ of a Nazi-looted/coerced sold violin:

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-art-dispute-over-guarneri-violin/a-56360977
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/492/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/492/pub/492/page/58/article/127486

Not sure if this return of Indian idols is a repatriation case or not:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/jaipur-news/9-ancient-jhalawar-idols-returned-from-ajmer-after-113-years-101611901444762.html

The family of a deceased American collector returned a number of objects to Cambodia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/30/c_139709089.htm

Feature on the Benin Bronzes and related issues:

https://hyperallergic.com/613840/dan-hicks-the-brutish-museums/

Latest on the Gweagal shield dispute:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-25/gweagal-shield-and-captain-cook-origins-questions/12941610
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Greek coins of the northern coast of the Black Sea:

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

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n05.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

Coins Weekly:

https://coinsweekly.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ronnie Ellenblum:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-remembering-ronnie-ellenblum-a-pioneering-historian-and-lover-of-jerusalem-1.9472256

Martin Sinclair Frankland Hood:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/25/martin-sinclair-frankland-hood-31-january-1917-18-january-2021/

Margaret Harding:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/26/margaret-harding-obituary

Sharon Kay Penman

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/books/sharon-kay-penman-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3020-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-17-through-january-23-2021
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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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