Explorator 23.48 ~ March 21, 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, Bill Gebhardt, 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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Suggestion that Neanderthals were able to create art:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/15/neanderthals-helped-create-early-human-art-researcher-says
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neanderthals-early-human-art-1952646

Possible evidence of Neanderthal toothpick use from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C86892%2Cneanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/neanderthals-possibly-used-toothpicks-research-shows-662632
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals/138106
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9532-210318-poland-neanderthal-teeth

A study of the teeth of some homo antecessor fossils from Atapuerca:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-girl-of-gran-dolina.html

Studying how early humans in the Middle Pleistocene managed to stay warm:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/shivering-in-pleistocene.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is hyping the upcoming ‘Pharaoh’s Parade:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/406424/Heritage/IN-PHOTOS-A-sneak-peek-at-the-Pharaohs-Parade-roya.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99883/Egypt%E2%80%99s-long-awaited-Pharaohs%E2%80%99-Golden-Parade-will-take-place-on
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-tourism-to-organize-unique-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies/
https://egyptindependent.com/majestic-procession-to-transport-22-royal-mummies-from-egyptian-museum-on-april-3/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/17/egyptian-civilization-museum-gears-to-receive-royal-mummies/

Feature on the gods of Egyptian religion:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/03/from-cats-to-cows-to-crocodiles-ancient-egyptians-worshipped-many

Feature on the statue of Queen Meritamem:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99705/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Queen-Meritamem-statue-A-masterpiece-in-Hurghada-Museum

A photojournalistic exploration of assorted Egyptian sites:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/cnn-publishes-two-photojournalistic-investigations-on-egyptian-archaeological-sites/

A social media campaign save Cairo’s Barsoum Palace:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/16/barsoum-palace-what-community-action-did-to-save-a-cairo-treasure/

Zahi Hawass on the Golden Age of the Pharaohs:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406194.aspx

Feature on that beer-brewing factory (and ancient beer) at Abydos:

https://hyperallergic.com/629493/discovery-of-an-industrial-brewery-in-ancient-egypt-rewrites-the-history-of-beer/

Latest on Iranian plans to excavate the Laodicea Temple:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459165/Archaeologists-prepare-to-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-temple

More on damage to sites in Syria:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2021/03/arab-revolution-syria-conflict-heritage.html
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/02/19/new-drone-footage-shows-what-a-decade-of-war-has-done-to-syria

… and challenges for the reconstruction of Palmyra:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/sanctions-pandemic-hinder-restoration-of-syr-1184893.html

13 000 years bp tools from a cave in Anatolia near the Black Sea:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/13-000-year-old-stone-fragments-found-in-turkey/2174573
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9525-210316-turkey-stone-tools

Feature on Catal Huyuk:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/catalhoyuk-the-prehistoric-proto-city/138083

Somewhat vague item on 1700 years bp ‘vases’ being found during construction at a site in Kurdistan:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/17032021

The big news this week comes from a survey of caves in Israel/Palestine where fragments of some Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the ‘Cave of Horrors’:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/New-scroll-fragments-uncovered-in-the-Judean-Desert-Nature-Reserve-16-March-2021.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-israeli-experts-discovery-dead-sea.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/world/middleeast/dead-sea-scrolls-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/biblical-scroll-discovered-cave-of-horror.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-scroll-fragments-among-dazzling-artifacts-found-in-dead-sea-cave-of-horror/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-finds-2000-yr-old-biblical-manuscripts-662148
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/HJBb4107u
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298577
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/16/israeli-archeologists-discover-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-experts-discover-2000-year-old-dead-sea-scrolls/a-568833
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/16/israeli-archeologists-find-new-dead-sea-scroll-fragments
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/dead-sea-scrolls-new-israel-b1817703.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/542/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/542/pub/542/page/50/article/152657
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9366777/
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/16/977824243/archeologists-discover-additional-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-in-desert-caves
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-16/hallados-nuevos-fragmentos-de-los-rollos-del-mar-muerto-por-primera-vez-en-60-anos.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dead-sea-scrolls-discoveries-new-fragments-israel-palestinian-west-bank-biblical-history/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/israel-dead-sea-scroll-cave-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/deadsea-scrolls-israel-archeology/2021/03/16/b74bf654-862f-11eb-be4a-24b89f616f2c_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/new-dead-sea-scrolls-israel-19844d3eb208190914182e78d9d79aac
https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-19/new-fragments-of-dead-sea-scrolls-found-for-the-first-time-in-60-years.html
https://theconversation.com/cave-of-horror-fresh-fragments-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-echo-dramatic-human-stories-157423
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/2142a93e35f4a45b71a2a19bea89e770/Parchment-Biblical-Fragments-Are-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/new-scrolls-hidden-during-bar-kokhba-revolt-discovered/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/daring-rescue-mission-dead-sea-scroll-finds-other-rare-discoveries
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/dead-sea-scrolls-neolithic-basket-and.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-decades-found-cave-180977251/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9530-210317-israel-dead-sea-scrolls

… the scroll itself has apparently be ‘found three times’ now:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-a-dead-sea-scroll-was-found-three-times-1.9623750

… and is put in the context of a ‘race’ between archaeologists and looters:

https://jewishjournal.com/news/334372/in-israel-archaeologists-and-looters-race-to-acquire-a-piece-of-history/

… getting somewhat less attention was the find of a 10 500 years bp basket

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-woven-basket-in-the-world-found-in-israel-dates-back-10000-years-662183
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/59d1e8960beb8e4b11733895e496c3c2/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-An-Ancient-Woven-Basket-From-The-Judean-Desert/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-03/17/c_139817229.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9534-210319-oldest-basket

… and an ancient lice comb:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/5a82a5ae8449a57b70a580e53e2b0224/An-Ancient-Lice-Comb-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and coins from the Bar Kokhba Revolt:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/b3de70e9e18f33e73765e281c2e85810/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-Coins-From-The-Judean-Desert/

… and a Roman arrowhead:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/1336ca5c150fdc06bcdff35f795eda3a/An-Arrowhead-From-The-Roman-Period-Is-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and the suggestion there is more to be found:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-discovery-brings-tantalizing-prospect-of-more-yet-to-be-found/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-many-caves-left-more-biblical-texts-may-emerge-662327

… and what the new fragments revealed about history:

https://www.salon.com/2021/03/18/what-the-newly-discovered-dead-sea-scrolls-tell-us-about-history/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cave-of-horrors-bible-scrolls-shed-light-on-jewish-rebels

Feature on who wrote the DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-who-wrote-the-dead-sea-scrolls-truth-is-no-one-is-sure-1.9620311

Feature on the passion for archaeology and ‘analysis’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeology-israels-national-pastime-analysis-662323
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/why-it-is-exciting-times-for-archaeologists-in-israel-opinion-662490

More on the renewed interest in the Shapira Deuteronomy Scroll:

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=896
https://www.academia.edu/33146304/The_Shapira_Scroll_was_an_Authentic_Dead_Sea_Scroll_Palestine_Exploration_Quarterly_2017_149_1_6_27
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-shapira-fragments/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0

More on that 2500 years bp figurine/amulet find from Israel:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/habsor-figurine-09459.html

Saudi Arabia is excavating assorted sites along the Zubaida Trail:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1825476/saudi-arabia

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Geometric period (maybe) bronze bull figurine revealed by heavy rains at Olympia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/19/rain-uncovers-bull-idol-at-ancient-olympia
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56460693
https://www.dw.com/en/rains-unearth-ancient-bull-figurine-in-greece/a-56935641
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157467/torrential-downpour-reveals-bronze-bull-statue-in-olympia/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/archaeologist-stumbles-upon-bronze-bull-figurine-at-ancient-olympia/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/bronze-idol-gift-to-zeus-unearthed-in-ancient-olympia-archaeological-dig-662594
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-bronze-figurine-bull-uncovered-southern-greece-76555650
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-idol-idUSKBN2BB1AO
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300258099/ancient-bronze-figurine-of-bull-uncovered-by-rainfall-in-southern-greece
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/intact-bronze-figurine-of-bull-found.html

Really a crime story, but authorities in Athens recovered an ‘exceptional artwork’ (a reclining torso likely from a temple pediment) from a smuggler:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/police-arrests-man-for-trying-to-sell-ancient-greek-statue/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/20/greek-police-recover-exceptional-ancient-statue-from-a-smuggler/
https://apnews.com/article/arrests-smuggling-athens-greece-659b174482d5612e7ce3d3411c650388
https://www.startribune.com/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of-exceptional-artwork/600036280/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/greece-recovers-exceptional-ancient-artwork-from-smuggler/news
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of.html

A hoard of 68 Greek coins from Romania (2nd century CE?):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/68-ancient-greek-coins-romania/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/dozens-ancient-greek-coins-discovered-romania/

Roman anchors found in the River Wear might hint at the location of a Roman port:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718

Remains of a Roman road from between Antwerp and West Flanders:

https://www.thebulletin.be/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp-and-west-flanders
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp.html

… and a section of Roman road was also found at Seengen (Italian):

https://www.laregione.ch/culture/culture/1499335/strada-seengen-via-canton-tratto-scoperto-argovia

Excavations are under way at the Temple of Venus site in Caesar’s Forum (Italian):

https://video.corriere.it/foro-cesare-via-scavi-cercare-resti-tempio-venere/4937e76e-84a8-11eb-bffe-e0da654e6bc0

… and Fendi is funding the restoration of the Temple of Venus and Roma:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/fendi-funds-restoration-of-temple-of-venus-and-roma.html

Remains of a Roman shipwreck off Terracina (Italian):

https://www.temporeale.info/108564/argomenti/attualita-argomenti/terracina-individuata-una-nave-romana-immersa-nelle-acque-davanti-al-litorale-cittadino.html

Remains of a Nero-era (maybe) wall from Anzio (Italian):

https://ilgranchio.it/2021/03/18/anzio-ritrovato-un-muro-romano-nel-sottosuolo/
https://www.ilcaffe.tv/articolo/74857/ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale-di-anzio
https://www.ilmamilio.it/c/comuni/36463-anzio-ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale.html
https://www.ilmessaggero.it/roma/news/anzio_villa_nerone_nuova_scoperta_news_20_marzo_2021-5843864.html

Remains of a 4th/5th century CE Roman structure found during fibre optic installation in Ortucchio (Itlaian):

https://www.terremarsicane.it/ortucchio-durante-i-lavori-per-la-fibra-ottica-emergono-tracce-di-epoca-romana/

Excavations and plans for the site of the temple of zeus in Euromos:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/temple-of-zeus-near-turkish-aegean-back-in-spotlight/2179479
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/temple-of-zeus-to-be-restored-to-its-former-glory-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-zeus-near-turkeys-aegean-back-in-spotlight-163247
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/zeus-temple-in-graeco-carian-city-of.html

Study suggests ancient Berenike had to move due to volcanic activity:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/volcanic-eruption-attributed-to-abandonment-of-ancient-egyptian-city/138089

Preservation concerns for Pompeii’s buried murals:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/volcanic-ash-threatens-pompeiis-buried-murals/

In case you missed the find of a 5th century Christian community/monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert:

https://www.livescience.com/monk-graffiti-ancient-egypt.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406192/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypts-Western-Desert-World%E2%80%99s-earliest-Christian-m.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/14/1700-year-old-coptic-ruins-discovered-in-egypts-western-desert/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/15/church-greek-inscriptions-egypt/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-ruins-of-monastery-greek-inscriptions-in-egypt/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-163109
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/archaeologists-find-early-christian-monks-living-quarters-churches-in-egypt-662322
https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/03/16/des-cellules-des-peres-du-desert-retrouvees-en-egypte/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/oldest-archaeologically-attested.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/17/ancient-monastery-remains-found-in-bahariya/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-christian-ruins-egypt-180977241/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9524-210315-egypt-christian-monastery

An underwater site off Amanthus (Cyprus) is facing some political challenges:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/19/cyprus-first-underwater-archaeological-site-in-hot-water-with-greens/

Plans to raise/extract the 2700 years bp remains of a Phoenician shipwreck:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/2700-year-old-phoenician-shipwreck-to.html

The Time Team folks plan to dig for a Roman villa at Fiennes’ Castle:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19170426.time-team-dig-villa-fiennes-castle/

Not sure why this theory about Greek art inspiring the Terracotta Warriors is back in the news:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/why-theres-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-greek-art-inspired-chinas-terracotta-army/

… and a feature on what India learned from the ancient Greeks:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/14/conquerors-turned-friends-what-did-india-learn-from-the-ancient-greeks/

… and ‘improper’ burials in ancient Greece (this one might be new):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157385/the-improper-burials-of-ancient-times/

More on restoration plans for the Roman Aqueduct at Moria (on Lesvos):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/magnificent-roman-aqueduct-greece-lesvos-gets-facelift/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/18/restore-roman-aqueduct-lesvos/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/the-roman-aqueduct-at-moria/

More on the recent developments in the study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-modeled.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/190214/workings-of-ancient-greek-and-worlds-first-computer-unravelled-by-uk-university-team/
https://newatlas.com/science/3d-x-ray-ancient-greek-computer-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/antikythera-mechanism-09449.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/experts-recreate-mechanical-cosmos-for.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-illuminates-how-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-may-have-functioned-180977257/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9523-210315-antikythera-mechanism-model

More on that believed Roman fort location in Burton:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/engineer-thinks-found-location-ancient-5180826

More on the return of that mosaic from one of Caligula’s ships:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/looted-caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to.html

More on plans to restore the Diolkos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-ancient-diolkos-of-corinth.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/diolkos-the-innovative-ancient-achievement-is-being-restored/

An excerpt from Emma Souhon, *A FAtal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://crimereads.com/the-invention-of-murder-how-the-ancient-romans-codified-their-bizarre-views-on-murder/

… and a review:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-review-et-tu-brute-11615561083

Reviewish/hypish for Patrick Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.theoakleafnews.com/arts-entertainment/2021/03/15/hannibals-secret-weapon-a-lecture-by-dr-patrick-hunt/

Reviewish/hypish for Shadi Bartsch’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/3/19/new-translation-old-friend/
https://fredericksburg.com/entertainment/arts/books/book-review-revisit-a-classic-with-new-translation-of-the-aeneid/article_22231825-c20f-5a73-9b84-401e4db50bd6.html

Reviewish/hypish for Eric Weiner, *Socrates Express*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/19/eric-weiners-the-socrates-express-can-make-philosophers-of-us-all/

Interview with Andrew Dinan about his *Americana Latine*:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/latin-is-part-of-our-history-here-6f2cf5c4f0de?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

Assorted features on Caesar’s assassination:

https://aeon.co/videos/plotting-premonition-and-chaotic-violence-an-ancient-account-of-caesars-demise

… and the Ides of March:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ides-of-march-2021-meaning-when-is-the-74th-day-in-the-roman-calendar-and-how-is-julius-caesar-involved-3166259

A podcast on the Ides of March:

https://coinweek.com/coinweek-podcast/coinweek-podcast-154-beware-the-ides-of-march/

Pondering the future of Pompeii:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/03/15/can-the-future-save-the-past-in-pompeii/

Roman numerals in the news in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/commentisfree/2021/mar/21/may-i-have-a-word-about-roman-numerals-elegantly-easy-i-ii-iii

Feature on lesser-known bits of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/gallery/pictures-parts-hadrians-wall-few-20067083

Feature on the Moschophoros:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/21/the-calf-bearer-the-story-of-the-magnificent-ancient-greek-sculpture/

Feature on Dionysus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/03/20/sacred-mysteries-god-made-man-myth-dionysus/

Feature on Diocletian’s Palace:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/diocletians-palace/138109

Feature on Roman-era mummy portraits from Egypt:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/see-the-faces-of-people-who-lived-in-egypt-under-the-roman-empire/

Feature on the origins of the Circus Maximus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tracing-the-origins-of-romes-circus-maximus.html

Feature on Agrippina the Younger:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/roman-empress-agrippina-master-strategist-nero

Feature on Roman medicine:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-medicine-health-ancient-rome-empire/

Feature on how they keep an eye on the Temple of Neptune at Paestum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/18/paestum-temple-of-neptune-monitored-online_47eebef9-aea8-4495-ab6e-f77ed521f5da.html

Feature on dogs in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/ancient-greeks-love-dogs/

Feature on AncientAthens3d:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/visualizing-ancient-athens

Feature on Hylas:

https://fitzrovianews.com/2021/03/15/dont-go-near-the-water-the-story-of-hylas/

Feature on the date of the Battle of Marathon:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/kunker-ancient-coin-auctions-how-do-we-know-when-the-battle-at-marathon-took-place/

Feature on the ‘ancient Greek handshake’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/handshake-ancient-greek-gesture-may-fade-away-post-covid/

Feature on Pheidias:

https://www.thecollector.com/phidias/

Feature on the theory Alexander’s body is actually in St Mark’s in Venice:

https://www.thecollector.com/alexander-saint-marks-tomb-venice/

More on Boris Johnson’s statement on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/britain-is-legitimate-owner-of.html

… and the official Greek government reaction:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/associations_for_reunification_of_parthenon_sculptures_praise_mendoni_s_reply_to_johnson-2004366/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/03/16/parthenon-marbles-dispute-heats-up-after-uk-pms-comment/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/response-to-boris-johnsons-comments.html

… and from the EU Commission VP:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/marbles-belong-parthenon-eu-schinas/

… and some OpEd reactions:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/mar/15/losing-our-marbles-over-our-imperial-past
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elgin-marbles-dont-belong-greece-belong-us1/

… and George Clooney’s opinion:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/14/george-clooney-parthenon-sculptures/

… and a group of US politicians have called for the marbles’ return:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/us-lawmakers-call-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Latest comparison of the US to the Roman Republic:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k9nde/is-the-us-at-risk-of-a-roman-republic-style-collapse-this-historian-says-yes

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A well-preserved 3000 years bp bronze sword from Denmark:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/perfectly-preserved-bronze-age-sword.html

Evidence of some sort of Bronze Age monument/structure from a housing development site in Newbury:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/34059/evidence-of-bronze-age-monument-at-newbury-housing-development.html

Remains of a 5th/6th century Pictish feast on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/revealed-details-of-massive-pictish-era-feast-in-orkney-3168167
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19159946.archaeologists-shell-shocked-iron-age-party/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9372687/Iron-Age-seafood-buffet-fed-wedding-funeral-guests-discovered-Scotland.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60968
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9526-210316-scotland-shell-feast

Really a crime story, but Spanish police recovered an 11th century jewellery hoard which was up for sale online:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-03-17/how-an-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/17/spanish-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media/

A possible 18th century keel from the waters off Isla Cristina:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/ancient-keel-could-belong-to-18th-century-ship-chased-by-english-pirates/

A mass burial of soldiers (from both sides) who died at the Siege of Rennes in 1491:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271481-mass-graves-in-france-belonged-to-opposing-soldiers-in-medieval-war/

Medieval burials from a dig at a castle site in Cataluna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/human-skeletons-from-the-middle-ages-found-during-archaeological-work/

Remains of a medieval bishop’s palace from a retiree’s garden in Somerset:

https://www.livescience.com/bishop-palace-discovered-wiveliscombe.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-palace-discovered-below-mans-back-garden-180977242/

Latest on the research going on at the site of the Battle of Culloden:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/secrets-of-culloden-battlefield-to-be-uncovered-3172856

A study of trade routes between Exeter and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-major-ancient-international-routes-exeter.html

Cordoba has purchased land intending to excavate the Turdetan city of Mellaria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-18/el-segundo-secreto-de-fuente-obejuna.html

A WWI ‘tunnel of death’ from France:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56370510
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/bombed-first-world-war-tunnel-found-with-remains-of-270-german-soldiers-still-in-it
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-entrance-to-the-infamous-winterberg-tunnel-disaster/

Pondering the Vikings as medieval fashion trendsetters:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-15/were-the-vikings-fashion-trendsetters-of-the-medieval-age.html

Concerns for possible bog bodies lurking at a peat excavation near Cheshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/03/20/next-lindow-man-could-bulldozed-developer-plans-build-peatland/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/47/article/154055

More on that 4000 years bp ‘powerful woman’ burial from Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ancient-woman-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old-treasure-suggests

Feature on ‘the Great Wall of Kent’:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/nostalgia/great-wall-kent-its-no-5184506

Feature on Kaylee Alexander’s work in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery:

https://gradschool.duke.edu/about/news/alexander-digs-french-cemetery-data-explore-life-death-and-ephemeral-rest

Feature on the Late Byzntine Palace of Mistras:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/the-late-byzantine-palace-of-mistras-and-its-restoration/

Marking the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/lifestyle/museums-coins-mark-greek-revolution-bicentenary
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/17/the-many-parallels-between-us-greek-wars-of-independence/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/17/1821-greek-war-independence-mani/

Eight facts about the Celts:

https://www.history.com/news/celts-facts-ancient-europe

A facsimile of the ‘undersea Lascaux’ petroglyphs (which are in Cosquer Cave off Marseille) is almost complete:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/54/article/154040

Problems to come from the Stonehenge tunnel:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/ancient-stonehenge-faces-modern-problems-with-plans-for-a-nearby-tunnel-to-ease-traffic

Arguing about the Paris Commune:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56426710
———-
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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Evidence of malaria/thalassemia among hunter-gatherers in southeast Asia some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoo-rdm031121.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-malaria-detected-among-hunter-gatherers-in-vietnam-7-000-years-ago-1.9618208
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/research-discovers-malaria-devastating.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9527-210316-vietnam-origins-malaria

Plenty of interesting 3000 years bp (or so) finds from the ruins of Sanxingdui:

https://www.cgtn.com/special/China-unveils-new-discoveries-from-Sanxingdui-.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Stories-behind-the-discovery-of-Chinese-archaeological-site-YLur5NP7aw/index.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Live-Witness-the-new-archaeological-discoveries-in-Sanxingdui-YLsN1mWwEw/index.html
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210320005008/en/CGTN-China-Unveils-New-Discoveries-From-Sanxingdui-Over-500-Items-Unearthed
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218993.shtml

… including some gold masks:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-Gold-masks-YO6WOUV0RO/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126282/treasures-mystery-civilisation-could-rewrite-history-china

… and ivory work:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Ancient-ivory-carvings-unearthed-in-Sanxingdui-YOotAzrefe/index.html

Also from Sanxingdui is a replication of a Bronze altar from 100 broken pieces:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-17/Sanxingdui-relics-Bronze-altar-replicated-from-100-broken-pieces-YHpbZefZFm/index.html
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/18/WS605306b8a31024ad0bab00c0.html

Evidence of fruit wine being made during the Zhou Dynasty:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-03-18/detail-ihainwmv2681633.shtml

Remains of Zhongdou have been revealed after two years of excavation:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-14/detail-ihainwmv2680283.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77322666.htm

A study of the roof tiles from the Ximing Temple in Xi’an:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-roof-tiles-imperial-china-ximing-temple.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-rii031621.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating-ximing-temples-lotus-pattern-tile-ends/137891
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9531-210318-china-roof-tiles

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S235222672030194X

Conservation plans for a 3 000 years bp site southwest of Beijing:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77321476.htm

An archaeologist picnicking in Maharashtra Forest came across a 2000 years bp cave site:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologist-unearths-centuries-old-satavahana-era-cave-while-picnicking-in-maharashtra-forest-3544271.html

A 13th century Trimurthi sculpture from Talangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/13th-century-trimurthi-sculpture-found-in-nalgonda/articleshow/81594483.cms

Portugues and Kannada inscription for a site at Hoigebazar:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/portuguese-kannada-inscriptions-found-at-college-of-fisheries/article34069324.ece

Chola Dynasty finds (tiles, nails) from an excavation in Ariyalur district:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/iron-nails-earthen-tiles-found-at-ariyalur-site/articleshow/81595121.cms

More on that pottery from Tamil Nadu with inscriptions similar to Indus Valley script:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/school-teacher-discovers-pottery-pieces-in-tamil-nadu-with-inscriptions-similar-to-indus-valley-artefacts-3537134.html

Feature on Bengal and Indus Valley civilization connections:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/251144/west-bengal-chandraketugarh-archaeological-survey-of-india-history-mystery-chandragupta-maurya-indus-valley-civiisation-div200/

Feature on assorted fortresses in the Himalayas:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00685-w

Feature on Mohenjo-Daro:

https://www.dw.com/en/exploring-the-ancient-ruins-of-mohenjo-daro-a-century-after-discovery/av-56875137

A 5300-3800 years bp bone point of some sort from Murrawong:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-rare-bone-artifact-murray-river.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-aba031121.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/rare-bone-tool-artefact-revealed/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/murrawong-bone-point-09463.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bone-tool-found-australia-180977274/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9528-210317-australia-bone-point

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03122417.2021.1886893

Moa bones found during a highway excavation near Hawke’s Bay (NZ):

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/moa-bones-found-during-highway-excavation-near-hawkes-bay/4QUOWPWXAG3UFC3MQTQQPMKFFE/
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these possible Revolutionary War cannons in the Savannah River:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/crews-find-possible-revolutionary-war-ship-cannons-savannah-river/V6LEZNZ5RBFM7FI6NFZHBZVTPY/

Another (?) cemetery site from Clearwater:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/clearwater_beacon/article_4a61b8bc-874c-11eb-898f-1baf4f5e2734.html

Possibly-significant archaeological finds from a Backbone Creek site (Texas):

https://www.dailytrib.com/2021/03/15/archaeological-find-at-backbone-creek-called-insignificant-but-historical-commission-has-final-say/

Also from Texas comes word of progress recording petroglyphs along the border with Mexico:

https://sanantonioreport.org/archaeologists-have-recorded-233-ancient-art-sites-along-texas-border-with-mexico-now-they-want-to-discover-the-meanings-behind-the-murals/

Evidence that Native Americans tried (in vain, apparently) to help the Donner Party:

https://www.californiasun.co/stories/native-americans-tried-to-help-the-starving-donner-party-research-shows-they-faced-gunshots/

Feature on early coppersmithing amon ancient Native Americans:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths

Feature on Brunswick Town:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/brunswick-town-the-abandoned-colonial-town-in-north-carolina/138101

Feature on the Slave Wrecks Project:

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/history/slave-wrecks-project-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-wrecked-slave-ships/65-d9c1d575-4876-4317-bdaa-138b959e693e

Feature on the impeachment of Governor William Sulzer in 1913:

https://www.wamc.org/post/cuomo-not-first-ny-governor-face-impeachment-inquiry
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting study of 1300 years bp remains of a Maya diplomat/ambassador:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc–aam031521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-ambassador-bones-life.html
https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2021/03/15/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-privilege-and-hardship
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/a-maya-ambassadors-grave-reveals-his-surprisingly-difficult-life/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/an-ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-a-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/137888
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-1300-year-old-skeleton-maya-diplomat-180977259/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9529-210317-guatemala-maya-lakam

Feature on the Inca settlement which preceded Santiago de Chile:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/nosubscription/the-missing-inca-settlement-on-which-santiago-de-chile-was-founded/

Feature on the building of Machu PIcchu:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-the-inca-built-machu-picchu

Feature on a ‘mysterious’ point found at Tierra del Fuego a couple years ago:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-murky-origins-of-an-enigmatic-artifact/

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on phrenology:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p099tghy/is-phrenology-the-weirdest-pseudoscience-of-them-all-

Feature on stories of giants in various ancient cultures:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/where-do-giants-come-from

Feature on assorted works (film and otherwise) on women overlooked by history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ammonite-movie-mary-anning-kate-winslet-saoirse-ronan-scn/index.html

On plans to lend/borrow the Bayeux Tapestry in a couple of year; there are restoration demands:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/18/bayeux-says-will-loan-fragile-tapestry-uk-restores-not-late/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/543/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/543/pub/543/page/14/article/152906
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bayeux-tapestry-should-be-restored-in-britain-v-amp-a-chief-says-sbgg60f56

Feature on Cherokee numerals:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/sequoyah-and-the-almost-forgotten-history-of-cherokee-numerals/

Feature on

On the evolution of the book review:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/insider/book-review-history.html

Feature on the filibuster:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/20/filibuster-how-got-senates-most-contentious-rule/4716702001/

A grave effigy of Shakespeare is believed to be a ‘definitive likeness’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/mar/19/shakespeare-grave-effigy-believed-to-be-definitive-likeness

In case you’re wondering about the Time Team reboot:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/meet-archeologists-digging-time-team-new-generation/

They’re celebrating Dante’s legacy:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/544/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/544/pub/544/page/19/article/153140

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210311-a-cultural-history-of-the-nude-selfie

Feature on Dhaka muslin:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210316-the-legendary-fabric-that-no-one-knows-how-to-make

Feature on knucklebones:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210318-the-ancient-invention-that-ignited-game-play

Feature on women artists of the Belle Epoque:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rosa-bonheur-and-other-women-artists-of-the-belle-epoque/

Feature on Agatha Christie’s archaeological side:

https://womenyoushouldknow.net/agatha-christie-three-decades-archaeology/

On investigating new diseases in the 16th century:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/how-new-diseases-were-investigated-in-the-16th-century/?dm_i=6P7Q,6K05,23G17H,R9WK,1

Feature on Sheela-na-gigs:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sheela-na-gigs-ireland/index.html

On archaeologists and COVID waste:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoy-cwa031221.php

On trains used by early US Presidents:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-train-car-one/index.html

On the Louvre and ‘essentialism’ in art history:

https://hyperallergic.com/621631/how-the-louvre-codified-essentialism-in-art-history/

Feature on sperm whales ‘sharing information’ about whale hunters in the 19th century:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/17/sperm-whales-in-19th-century-shared-ship-attack-information
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0030

Feature on Susan Fenimore Cooper:

https://www.audubon.org/news/meet-susan-fenimore-cooper-americas-first-recognized-female-nature-writer

Feature on El Greco:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/el-greco-greece-genius-changed-art-world/

France has donated a tapestry version of Raphael’s School of Athens to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/21/france-donates-raphaels-masterpiece/

Feature on Charles Edward Ives:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/03/having-dual-career-can-make-you-happier/618311/

On the construction of race:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/race-scientific-taxonomy/

Feature on aboriginal star names:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/the-stories-behind-aboriginal-star-names-now-recognised-by-the-worlds-astronomical-body/

How Van Gogh funded his sister’s illness treatment:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/21/how-van-gogh-paid-for-his-mentally-ill-sisters-care-decades-after-his-death

Marking World Poetry Day:

https://www.dw.com/en/poetry-is-one-of-the-oldest-cultural-forms-of-humankind/a-56849583
https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-poetry-day

Feature on the ‘menstrual taboo’ in Australian ads for the past century:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-i-looked-at-100-ads-for-menstrual-products-spanning-100-years-shame-and-secrecy-prevailed-152685

Feature on women warriors in various cultures and ages:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/179551
https://www.rawstory.com/the-long-history-of-women-warriors/

Review of Annalee Newitz, *Four Lost Cities*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/four-lost-cities-book-review-urban-archaeology

Review of Nicholas Saunders on T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406188.aspx

More on medieval ‘birthing girdles’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/childbirth-medieval-birthing-girdles/2021/03/19/57645c86-8751-11eb-bfdf-4d36dab83a6d_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Queens of Egypt:

https://ottawastart.com/queens-of-egypt-coming-to-canadian-museum-of-history-this-may/

Golden Mummies of Egypt:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2021/03/arts-golden-mummies-exhibition

The Secrets of Sunken Egypt artifacts have returned to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/sunken-egyptian-antiquities-return-to-egypt-following-tour-in-europe-us/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/16/secrets-of-sunken-egypt-exhibition-artefacts-return-home-after-overseas-tour/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99744/%E2%80%98Secrets-of-Sunken-Egypt%E2%80%99-exhibition%E2%80%99s-artifacts-return-to-Egypt-after
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1826621/middle-east

More Tut-related transfers to the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/14/grand-egyptian-museum-receives-4th-shrine-from-tutankhamun-collection/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99674/What-happens-to-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-belongings-that-remain-in-Tahrir%E2%80%99s-Egyptian

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization received six items recently found at Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99867/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-receives-6-newly-discovered-artifacts

On the folks behind the creation of the Walters art collection:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-pr-fe-walters-confederacy-ties-20210315-57vs4x4bf5bp7dvfaguahhwsny-story.html

Apparently we don’t know how many items have gone missing from assorted museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/arts/design/stolen-armor-louvre-returned.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/we-dont-know-how-much-art-has-gone.html

Controversy over the ‘Hitler Balcony’:

https://www.dw.com/en/should-the-hitler-balcony-in-vienna-be-open-to-the-public/a-56887522

The deaccessioning debate continues:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/design/deaccession-museum-directors.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for that Chinese bowl from a yard sale that’s been hyped for almost a month:

https://www.livescience.com/yard-sale-bowl-sold-auction.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973274695/yard-sale-bowl-revealed-to-be-rare-chinese-artifact-worth-up-to-500-000
https://www.dw.com/en/ming-dynasty-bowl-spotted-at-yard-sale-fetches-720000/a-56909663
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chinese-bowl-yard-sale-sothebys-auction/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/market/chinese-bowl-from-yard-sale-auction-1952881
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA from a 6200 years bp mass burial in Croatia is revealing (we may have had this):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6200-year-old-mass-grave-suggests-evidence-indiscriminate-killing-180977249/

Another one making the rounds again for unknown reasons … on modern Greeks having DNA links to the Myceneans:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43831-media-report-study-evidence-suggests-modern-greeks-have-dna-links-to-mycenaeans.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique to determine diet via tooth remains:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19173630.bradford-tooth-fairy-solved-mystery-800-year-old-westminster-bones/

More on the facial reconstructions of a pair of medieval Czech ruler types:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using dendrochronology to study droughts in Europe over the past 2000 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/15/climate-crisis-recent-european-droughts-worst-in-2000-years
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00698-0

What leaves in Greenland ice reveal about climate change:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-leaves-preserved-under-a-mile-of-greenlands-ice-and-lost-in-a-freezer-for-years-hold-lessons-about-climate-change-157105
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ur:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210320-discover-ur-iraq/

Ash:

https://www.kentlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/ash-historic-kent-village-dating-5185022

Devil’s Dyke:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/exquisite-herts-village-home-one-5178142

Aigai:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discovering-aigai-aeolians-city-of-goats-in-western-turkey
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Iliad:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/190786/homers-the-iliad-a-triumph-at-fairfields-amphitheatre/

Romeo y Julieta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/theater/romeo-y-julieta-review-lupita-nyongo.html

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/theater/dream-royal-shakespeare-company-motion-capture.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Authorities are investigating vandalism/looting at assorted sites and museum in Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/karabakh/177202.html

Spain is looking into the theft of a book by Galileo from the National Library a while ago:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/cultura-analizara-las-medidas-de-seguridad-en-la-biblioteca-nacional-tras-el-robo-del-libro-de-galileo.html

… and an interesting thing to come out the investigation:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/una-copia-del-galileo-robado-se-vendio-en-sothebys-en-2005.html

A tourist is paying a fine for climbing Chichen Itza’s pyramid:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/tourist-climbs-chichen-itzas-pyramid-and-will-pay-100000-pesos-fine/
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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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In the last five years, the UK , US, and Australia have returned 36 ancient idols to India:

https://theprint.in/india/governance/36-antique-idols-artefacts-returned-to-india-by-us-australia-uk-in-last-5-yrs-govt-says/623304/

Fears provenance research will delay returns of looted African artifacts:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1067847/will-provenance-research-delay-restitution-of-loot.html

France will return a Nazi-looted Klimt:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/16/france-to-return-klimt-painting-looted-by-the-nazis-in-1938
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/francia-restituira-un-klimt-expoliado-por-los-nazis-a-una-familia-judia-austriaca.html

Feature on Chile’s efforts to recover assorted indigenous artifacts:

https://chiletoday.cl/chiles-efforts-to-recover-indigenous-treasures/

Another side to the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56292809

Assorted items returned to Egypt this week:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406193/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypt-Artefacts-repatriated.aspx

Native American remains were return to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://www.wjtv.com/news/state/mdah-completes-transfer-of-native-american-remains-to-chickasaw-nation/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n12.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James A Sanders:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/in-memory-james-a-sanders/

Sinclair Hood:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sinclair-hood-obituary-p09dd2ghl

Carole McCartney:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/obituary-for-the-loss-of-carole-mccartney/

David Raeburn:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/mar/18/david-raeburn-obituary

Kenneth Cooper:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/music/kenneth-cooper-dead.html

George Bass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/us/george-bass-dead.html
https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Herschel Shanks:

https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Richard H. Driehaus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/20/arts/design/richard-h-driehaus-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/3030-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-7-through-march-13-2021
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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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