Explorator 23.49 ~ March 28, 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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DNA research is suggesting more evidence of the Denisovans and their relation to modern humans is waiting to be found:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/press-office/press-releases/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans-.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210323084732.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoa-nei031921.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-just-got-even-more-evidence-of-humans-interbreeding-with-mysterious-denisovans
https://theconversation.com/evolutionary-study-suggests-prehistoric-human-fossils-hiding-in-plain-sight-in-southeast-asia-157587
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-mysterious.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans/138135

… this coverage suggests Denisovans also saved assorted beasts from extinction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/47/article/154843

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01408-0

Study suggests Oldowan and Acheulean stone tools are possibly tens of thousands of years older than previously thought:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/28246/the-worlds-earliest-stone-technologies-are-likely-to-be-older-than-previously-thought
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uok-twe032421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-world-earliest-stone-technologies-older.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/early-stone-technologies-found-to-be-much-older-than-researchers-thought-663415
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldowan-acheulean-flaked-stone-technologies-09489.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/worlds-earliest-stone-technologies.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9551-210325-statistical-model-tool

A study of the 800 000 years bp remains of ‘the Girl of Gran Dolina’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/22/the-girl-of-gran-dolina/

Suggestion that homo floresiensis might be closer to modern humans than previously thought:

https://www.wionews.com/science/scientists-discover-true-origins-of-hobbit-species-that-roamed-asia-50000-years-ago-372494
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/hobbits-sort-of-existed-and-might-be-related-to-us

More on human brain size and hunting:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/545/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/545/pub/545/page/10/article/154326

More on Neanderthal toothpick use:

https://www.sciencealert.com/evidence-shows-neanderthals-took-care-of-their-teeth-with-toothpicks

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047248420301901

Feature on how close we are to Neanderthals:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-20/neanderthals-how-close-are-we-to-our-extinct-relatives.html

Feature on Shanidar Cave:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/neanderthal-life-death-shanidar-cave/

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/tightening-the-dragnet-on-denisovans/

Feature on homo erectus:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/homo-erectus-what-do-we-know-about-our-early-ancestors

Feature on Neanderthal speech capabilities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/could-neanderthals-talk-breakthrough-study-suggests-our-ancient-cousins-had
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AFRICA
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A recent find of petroglyphs from Tanzania (date?):

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/magazine/new-ancient-rock-art-found-in-tanzania-3321412

Ongoing concerns for sites in Libya:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210325-bulldozers-and-looting-threaten-libya-s-ancient-treasures
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-city-of-cyrene-looted-for-its-treasures-h3n0qv0bd

Feature on the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ site(s) outside Johannesburg:

https://theconversation.com/a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-a-note-to-southern-african-history-157783

Feature on Sudan’s pyramids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/travel/sudan-archaeology-meroe.html

As might expected, there’s a feature on the Suez Canal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/26/suez-canal-history/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a temple dating to Ptolemy I from Sharuna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/26/major-discovery-in-egypt-made-by-barcelona-museum-archaeologists/

A medieval/Coptic tombstone from Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280309/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-discovered-Coptic-tombstone-in-Luxor-belonge.aspx

Plenty of hype for the ‘Pharaohs Golden Parade’ coming next week:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/23/egypts-highly-anticipated-royal-mummies-parade-set-for-3-april/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99942/10-mummies-from-cache-of-royal-mummies-in-tomb-of
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/24/catch-egypts-pharaohs-golden-parade-from-tahrir-to-national-museum-on-april-3/

Once again, Egypt announces that it will be making an announcement … apparently major finds from Luxor:

https://egyptindependent.com/minister-of-tourism-and-antiquities-announces-major-new-discoveries-in-luxor/

More on evidence of a volcanic eruption affecting Berenike:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/03/21/volcanic-eruptions-may-have-led-to-fall-of-ancient-egyptian-civilization/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9552-210325-egypt-berenice-well

More on that brewery site in Egypt:

https://boingboing.net/2021/03/24/archaeologists-found-the-oldest-mass-production-brewery-in-ancient-egyptian-ruins.html

A study of long-term adaptation of agricultural practices to climate change at the Cadir Hoyuk site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-farmers-climate-grazing-meant.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc-faf032421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324113350.htm

A study based on finds from Akl Hoyuk suggests Neolithic sheep breeders had to deal with a high mortality rate among their flocks:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lm-tlb032321.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html

Feature questioning a lion hunt staged by Ashurbanipal:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210325-the-lion-hunt-of-ashurbanipal-the-2700-year-old-fake-news

More on the scroll finds (and other items) from Israel’s ‘Cave of Horror’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.businessinsider.com/6000-year-old-skeleton-of-child-found-in-israel-2021-3
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/03/23/dead-sea-scrolls

… in case you missed the 6000 years bp child burial:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-discovered-in-israel

More on the renewed Shapira Scroll debate:

https://www.livescience.com/early-ten-commandments-biblical-text-claim.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/bible-deuteronomy-discovery.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/lost-biblical-scroll-may-have-been-2700-years-old-israeli-scholar-says-662720

Feature on the site of Azekeh:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-mini-pompeii-captures-the-moment-civilization-collapsed-3-000-years-ago-1.9646337

Feature on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/commemorating-jesus-holy-sepulchre

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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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Remains of a Hellenistic/Roman quarry near Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-roman-stone-quarry-unearthed-in-izmir

A Roman mosaic find at a 1st century Roman villa site in Jaen (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/23/large-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-small-town-in-jaen/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-giant-mosaic-in-roman-villa-complex/138139
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/giant-roman-mosaic-discovered-by-archeologists-in-southern-spain-663059

A gold Roman seal from a Norfolk field:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/latest-norfolk-treasures-include-roman-seal-featuring-elephant-7850896

Remains of Roman walls beneath a Subway in Gloucester’s King’s Square:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-remains-found-under-subway-5225168

A 2nd century CE Roman burial from Pomigliano (Italian):

https://www.fanpage.it/napoli/pomigliano-le-tombe-dellimpero-romano-scoperte-sono-del-ii-secolo-dc/

Doubts are being cast over the provenance of the most recently-found Sappho poem fragments (7 years ago):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/doubts-cast-over-provenance-of-unearthed-sappho-poems

A study suggests the eruption of Vesuvius killed Pompeiians quickly:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/22/vesuvius-wiped-out-all-life-pompeii-15-minutes-study-pyroclastic-flow-cloud-gases-ash
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vesuvius-gas-cloud-killed-pompeii-in-20-minutes-gln08b22m
https://www.wionews.com/world/residents-of-pompeii-suffocated-within-15-minutes-after-volcanic-eruption-finds-study-372466
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/vesuvius-killed-the-people-of-pompeii-in-just-17-minutes-new-study-suggests/
https://theconversation.com/pompeii-ancient-remains-are-helping-scientists-learn-what-happens-to-a-body-caught-in-a-volcanic-eruption-157979
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/pompeii-duration-of-pyroclastic.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84456-7

Conservation work has started on remains of Horncastle’s Roman Wall:

https://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/people/work-finally-starts-to-save-horncastle-roman-wall-3180594
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/history/lincolnshire-towns-1700-year-old-5204910%5D

Plans for excavations to resume at Sissi late this year:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/sissi-archaeological-project-to-move-forward-in-2021/228619/

Plans for more excavations at that site in Negrar di Valpolicella where a mosaic was ‘rediscovered’ last year:

https://www.veronasera.it/attualita/negrar-villa-romana-archeologia-vini-valpolicella-unesco-24-marzo-2021.html

Plans to resture the lighthouse at Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/lighthouse-of-antalyas-ancient-patara-to-give-light-again

Plans for redevelopment/integration of the Paphos Gate site in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/27/works-to-integrate-paphos-gate-antiquities-with-the-city-to-begin-in-july/

Restoration of the theatre at Elea-Velia is complete (Italian):

https://www.ilroma.net/news/campania/completato-il-restauro-dellantico-teatro-elea-velia

Greece reopened the Acropolis and assorted other archaeological sites this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/greece-opens-acropolis-other-archaeological-sites/

A copy of a votive plaque from Golgi will soon be on display in Athienou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/26/copy-of-important-athienou-artefact-to-go-on-show/

More on the bronze bull figurine exposed by rains at Olympia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56460693
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greek-bull-figurine-discovered-1954381
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-bronze-bull-180977290/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9535-210322-greece-bronze-bull

More on the Roman arena find at Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9392449/Archaeology-Roman-arena-Turkey-held-gladiator-fights-20-000-spectators-1-800-years-ago.html

More on the evidence for a possible Roman port on the River Wear:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9550-210325-roman-river-port

More on the return of that section of mosaic flooring from Caligula’s ship(s) at Nemi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mosaic-archaeology-roman-caligula-floating-palace-b1820509.html

Related feature on the horti lamiani and Caligula’s palace there:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a35800671/caligula-museum-horti-lamiani-rome/

More on the reopening of the Mausoleum of Augustus:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mausoleum-augustus-rome-restoration-website/

Review of Emma Southon, *A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/21/rome-murder-politics-southron/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/stabbing-crucifixion-eaten-by-eels-learn-all-about-murder-the-roman-way/

Review of Hall and Stead, *A Peoples History of Classics*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n07/katherine-harloe/weavers-and-profs

Review of Michael Fontaine, *How to Tell a Joke*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cicero-floored-roman-rivals-jokes-puns-ancient-history-9dqnh7d90

Reviewish of Madeline Miller, *Song of Achilles*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/23/review-the-song-of-achilles-this-retelling-of-a-classical-greek-poem-is-a-recommended-read/

Greece gave Paul Cartledge one of its highest honours:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/191840/professor-paul-cartledge-receives-one-of-greeces-highest-honours/

Andrea De Giorgi received a Shelby White-Leon Levy grant:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2021/03/23/fsu-classics-professor-awarded-shelby-white-leon-levy-grant-to-publish-research/

Feature/study of Roman cavalry saddles:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2021/03/28/mystery-roman-cavalry-saddle-wooden-tree/

Feature on Hadrian’s aqueduct at Caesarea:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea

Feature on Oplontis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/buried-by-vesuvius-this-ancient-villa-is-overlooked-alternative-to-pompeii

Feature on Sarmizegetusa Regia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sarmizegetusa-regia-the-mountain-capital-of-the-dacians/138232

Feature on the Beachy Head Lady:

https://museumcrush.org/the-mystery-of-beachy-head-lady-a-roman-african-from-eastbourne/

Feature on Greek mythology and storytelling:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831327/lifestyle

Not sure where to put this ‘oldest recipe found in Egypt’, which was written in Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/oldest-recipe-found-egypt-written-greek/

Feature on the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/torlonia-marbles-ancient-art-returns-to-public-view-in-rome/

Feature on a workshop in Athens which makes replicas of ancient art:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/magic-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-py-of-the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Feature on a Roman sandal from Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-22/la-sandalia-romana-de-esparto-mas-antigua-que-piso-hispania.html

Feature on the cathartic side of Greek tragedy:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cathartic-technology-of-greek-tragedy-11616601743

On the ancient roots of souvlaki:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/ancient-roots-greek-souvlaki-worlds-first-fast-food/

Latest opEd on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-nbs-column-parthenon-marbles-tl-0325-20210322-trowrt43greozo22c4ig6mutea-story.html

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A new study suggests the Shigir Idol is apparently older than previously thought:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/archaeology-shigir-idol-.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/shigir-idol-new-research-1953647
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-oldest-known-wooden-statue-is-even-older-than-we-thought
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1040618220306455

Evidence of a Mesolithic human presence at the Threave Estate in Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/environment/amateur-archaeologists-shine-a-light-on-thousands-of-years-of-dumfries-and-galloways-history-3175996

Not sure how this relates to the previous item, but it’s a major 6000 years bp ‘ceremonial site’ also from D&G:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/massive-ancient-ceremonial-site-on-par-with-salisbury-plain-discovered-in-scotland-3180278

Burrowing rabbits helped reveal some 9000 years bp prehistoric fins on Skokholm Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/25/welsh-rabbits-serve-up-prehistoric-finds-on-tiny-skokholm-island
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/49/article/156537
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/burrowing-rabbits-dig-up-9-000-year-old-artifacts-on-welsh-island-1.5364692
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/

Plenty of artifacts emerging from 7000 years bp ‘ritual pits’ in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/20/120-rituals-pits-in-7000-years-old-pit-field-found-in-northeast-bulgaria-prehistoric-bull-figurines-remarkable/

A 7000 years bp pottery slab with ‘proto-writing’ from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/24/yet-another-7000-year-old-slab-with-likely-proto-writing-found-in-bulgaria-in-transitional-stone-to-copper-age-settlement/

Remains of a major 5000 years bp burial ground in Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cemetery-fortress-discovered-poland.html

Evidence that Bronze Age miners working in Austria had ‘pre processed’ food delivered to them:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-bronze-age-sites-deliveries-pre-processed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-bam031721.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-bronze-age-miners-in-the-alps-imported-pre-processed-foods-1.9651055
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bronze-age-mining-sites-received.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9556-210326-alps-mining-grains

A Roman-period pottery production centre from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/discovered-polands-largest-pottery-production-centre-from-roman-period/138225

Some Merovingian-era burials from Uppsala included feather-filled ‘bedding’ for the deceased:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/nuos-wdb032521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-warriors-bedding-ease-journey-realm.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210325115407.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/europe/feather-bedding-sweden-ancient-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/iron-age-warriors-were-buried-with-luxury-feather-bedding/19597404/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/warriors-down-bedding-could-ease.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61038

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X21000407

Human remains dating to 1500 years bp from a construction site in Co Wicklow:

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/human-remains-around-1500-years-23805948
https://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-wicklow-5393615-Mar2021/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/1-500-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-co-wicklow-dig-1.4522080

The River Hunters crew came across some Viking era finds on the River Ouse:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/presenters-discover-viking-and-medieval-artefacts-on-bed-of-river-ouse-in-york-while-filming-tv-show-river-hunters-3177708

A medieval silver ‘snail man’ artifact found last year is thought to have been some sort of ancient joke/meme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56489787
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/22/snail-man-relic-ancient-joke-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/silver-snail-found-in-a-field-is-medieval-meme-says-british-museum-bzl72k2kd
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/22/medieval-meme-revealed-british-museem-snail-man-image-found/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/46/article/154525
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/700-year-old-snail-man-ornament-was-part-medieval-meme-180977311/

Remains of a medieval nunnery (and more) from excavations at Jesus College:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21127
https://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2021/03/24/archaeologists-uncover-structure-from-medieval-nunnery-at-jesus-college-149494
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-structure-of-nunnery-that-pr-9191927/

A hidden crypt with human remains beneath a convent in Malaga:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/28/hidden-crypt-uncovered-underneath-convent-casares-malaga/

Evidence that medieval Jews in Britain kept kosher:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-medieval-jews-observe-kashrut-663401
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/299277
https://www.jns.org/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/article_c38beb49-a12a-5972-b64f-c0e26f18d6ae.html

Plans to investigate the St Mary le Port site in Bristol prior to redevelopment:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/archaelogists-investigate-derelict-buildings-castle-4962376

Funding to conserve some Bronze Age boats found at Must Farm a decade ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56491304

More on the remains of a bishop’s palace being found in Somerset:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-56373242
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9537-210322-medieval-bishop-palace

More on Stonehenge possibly originating in Wales:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/waun-mawn-09484.html

Assorted features marking various aspects of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/greeks-revolted-123-times-before-the-war-of-independence/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1157742/1821-the-war-of-independence-and-the-freedom-of-the-greeks/
https://hellenicnews.com/forerunner-of-1821-war-of-independence/
https://hellenicnews.com/that-greece-might-be-free-thoughts-on-the-bicentenary-of-the-revolution-of-1821/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/26/greek-revolution-1821-documentary-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/the_greek_revolution_of_1821-2070224/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831267
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2103/S00082/celebrating-200-years-of-greek-independence.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828056.htm

… related loans from France:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828097.htm

Concerns over ‘metal detecting holes’ at the Magna Carta site:

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/national-trust-concerned-100-metal-20269426

Feature/hype for some Neolithic ‘rock art stone balls’ from Scotland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19174920.mystery-scotlands-ancient-rock-art-stone-balls-set-unveiled/

Feature on Viking clothing:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-real-vikings-wore-according-to-archaeologists

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644059/how-london-mudlarks-unearth-thames-treasures

In case you were wondering what a LEGO version of the Sutton Hoo helmet would look like:

http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2021/03/26/news/father-and-daughter-build-lego-replica-of-sutton-hoo-helmet-2268822/
https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/offbeat/father-and-daughter-build-sutton-hoo-helmet-entirely-from-lego-pieces-931558
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of 3000 years bp ‘fruit wine’ from Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-22/detail-ihaitayy1354140.shtml

More on the finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126676/sanxingdui-researchers-say-newly-found-sites-china-date-back-far
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-03/26/c_139838562.htm
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0327/c90000-9833195.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Archaeologists-unearth-more-gold-jade-ivory-relics-at-Sanxingdui-YRdtXxIg6Y/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… some with a major focus this week on a 3000 years bp gold mask:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56492881
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sanxingdui-gold-mask-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-mask-found-in-china-sheds-light-on-mysterious-civilization-662932
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2878476/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-gold-mask-sichuan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-chinese-artifacts-180977294/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… and the nutty alien theory is is being used to support now:

https://www.scmp.com/culture/article/3126720/historical-discovery-revives-wild-theories-alien-civilisation-ancient-china

… and how archaeologists do their work there:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/How-do-archaeologists-record-locations-of-relics-found-at-Sanxingdui–YOGb0ess3m/index.html

… and the dating:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Sanxingdui-s-No-4-pit-could-be-3200-years-old-YRwIfA7yzm/index.html

More on that Spring and Autumn period ‘facial cream’ from Shaanxi:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126208/chinese-scientists-discover-skin-whitening-cream-man-2700-years

Hong Kong officials are reviewing the historical status of a number of buildings:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3126283/they-deserve-another-look-hong-kong-heritage-officials

Plans for a resort near the Angkor temples were turned down:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Cambodia-rejects-Naga-s-plan-for-resort-near-Angkor-temples

Indus Valley Civilization date (maybe? could be Chalcolithic) for some ‘terracotta cakes’ from Kothakonda:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/280321/terracotta-cakes-found-on-kothakonda-hillock.html

3700-3200 BCE ‘potholes’ and later artifacts from Neelakantapuram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/pre-historic-postholes-found-at-neelakantapuram/article34126228.ece

Possible 7th-12 century CE petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/ancient-rock-carvings-discovered-in-skulam/articleshow/81727558.cms

A ‘centuries old’ Vishnu idol from Karnataka:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/centuriesold-vishnu-idol-unearthed/2054019

Evidence of 16th century quarries from Srisailam:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/240321/16th-century-quarries-found-in-srisailam.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ancient-quarries-of-srisailam-temple-found/article34164932.ece

A 400 years bp stone inscription from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/stone-inscription-from-nayak-period-found/articleshow/81728982.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/nayak-period-inscription-found/article34144159.ece

The ASI completed restoration of a 400 years bp St Xavier silver casket:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/asi-completes-restoration-of-400-year-old-silver-casket-of-st-xavier/articleshow/81621717.cms

Feature on Mohenjo Daro

For reasons unknown, the Guam government isn’t revealing details about some ancient burials:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/03/21/camp-blaz-ancient-burial-sites-marine-corps-base/6949429002/

Latest ‘apology’ sort of thing from Rio Tinto:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/23/rio-tinto-pledges-to-protect-cultural-heritage-after-juukan-gorge-disaster
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting study/redating of coppersmithing in the ‘Old Copper Culture’ of the Great Lakes region:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9536-210322-old-copper-culture

A possible Colville nation site from a vacation property in Washington:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article250196850.html

A study of 13th century moccasins is shedding light on how the Dene language may have spread:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dene-migration-moccasin-1.5957499

Remains of a 600 years bp canoe from Cape Porpoise (Maine):

https://www.newscentermaine.com/video/news/archaeologists-unearth-canoe-estimated-to-be-over-600-years-old-at-cape-porpoise/97-39e0fbf4-8de7-43be-a45d-83a74c58b11f

Evidence of Marylands earliest English settlement after a 90 year search (!):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/03/22/maryland-colonial-site-discovered/
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/beginnings-of-maryland-found-in-st-marys-county-archeologists/35938562
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/archaeologists-unearth-remains-387-year-old-colonial-fort-maryland-rcna515
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/photos-archaeologists-uncover-lost-colonial-fort-in-maryland/2621230/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-discover-remains-st-marys-fort-180977310/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9538-210323-maryland-colonial-fort

… while the bomb squad had to detonate a Civil War era cannonball found in Frederick County, Maryland:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/maryland-cannonball-civil-war-detonate-trnd/index.html

A probable burial ground of enslaved people from the John Dickinson Plantation in Delaware:

https://news.delaware.gov/2021/03/23/burial-ground-identified-at-john-dickinson-plantation/
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/archaeologists-discover-area-of-delaware-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/2753413/
https://www.wdel.com/news/archaeologists-discover-area-of-dover-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/article_7fcceee2-8cb8-11eb-b472-ef2dcd9a120c.html
https://whyy.org/articles/this-is-sacred-ground-archaeologists-find-likely-burial-ground-for-enslaved-people-at-dover-plantation/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-enslaved-people-discovered-former-delaware-plantation-180977346/

A dig is underway at Angel Mounds (Indiana):

https://www.14news.com/2021/03/22/archaeological-project-underway-angel-mounds/

Feature on the Kincaid Mounds (Illinois):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/kincaid-mounds-the-mound-metropolis-of-illinois/138146

Feature on the Etowah Mounds (Georgia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/the-etowah-mounds-metropolis-of-the-south-appalachian-mississippian-culture/138172

Feature on Moundville (Alabama):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/moundville-the-mound-metropolis-of-the-mississippian-culture/138205

Feature on assorted Mississippian Culture ‘mound cities’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-mound-cities-settlements-of-the-mississippian-culture/138216

Feature on Parowan Gap petroglyphs:

https://sltrib.com/artsliving/2021/03/27/photos-parowan-gap-shows/

… and other potential petroglyph sites in Utah:

https://www.blm.gov/blog/2021-03-25/petroglyphs-hidden-plain-sight-insights-prehistoric-rock-imagery-utahs-west-desert

Feature on the Weedon Island Preserve (Florida):

https://www.fox13news.com/news/weedon-islands-prehistoric-past-gives-glimpse-into-bay-areas-native-american-culture

Plans for the excavation of the Oaklawn Cemetery might coincide with the Race Massacre Centennial date:

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/oaklawn-cemetery-exhumation-could-begin-exact-date-race-massacre-centennial

… while the search for a lost Black cemetery at Tropicana Field is under way:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/search-for-lost-black-cemetery-begins-at-tropicana-field/67-5d1783ae-6f45-4783-86ff-5c3f6f61af7d

… as is the search for mass burials from various events in Pueblo, Colorado’s history:

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-pueblo-colorado-floods-flu-bf6525b8a0ecec054cf7601b8f2933ad

Historic buildings in Saratoga were saved from demolition:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Request-to-demolish-on-Phila-Street-in-Saratoga-16051325.php

A bill to rename the Toltec Mounds Archaeological Park in Oklahoma:

https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/23/ancient-history-a-correction-proposed-in-legislation

Feature on possible prehistoric underwater structures in Lake Huron:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/archaeologists-have-found-prehistoric-rock-structures-under-the-great-lakes
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3200 years bp mural of a spider deity froma temple in Peru:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-over-3200yearold-wall-painting-found-in-libertad-region-838420.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/peru-archaeologists-mural-temple-spider-god-rain-fertility
https://www.jpost.com/international/peru-3200-years-old-mural-of-pre-contact-spider-deity-found-663357
https://www.wionews.com/science/3200-year-old-temple-mural-of-spider-god-in-peru-identified-373157
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/peru-temple-mural-spider-god-1955029
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-mural-peru-uncovered-by-archaeologists-1234587920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9555-210326-peru-spider-mural

Remains of a pre-Hispanic turial from Huancayo (Peru):

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-remains-of-prehispanic-tomb-found-in-huancayo-839000.aspx

Feature/study on salt (based on a mural, among other things) being a major Maya commodity:

https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2021/03/22ga_mckillop_saltcommodity.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mural-earliest-salt-sold-marketplace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210322143254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lsu-wos032221.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-uncover-more-on-use-of-salt.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/mural-depicts-first-documented-record-of-maya-salt-commodity/138124
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9549-210324-maya-salt-vendor

A study of ancient Maya houses in Belize is tying wealth inequality to despotic forms of government:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-houses-wealth-inequality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fm-amh031821.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-acm031721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324155121.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/mayan-ruins-in-belize-reveal-wealth-inequality-among-ancients
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-wealth-inequalities-09493.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-houses-show-wealth.html

Authorities closed Chichen Itza because there were too many tourists without masks:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/hundreds-of-maskless-tourists-force-authorities-to-close-chichen-itza-archaeological-site/

Feature on the Great Pyramid of Cholula:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-worlds-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-within-a-hill

More on the life of that Maya ambassador:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-maya-ambassador-burial.html
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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 Passover:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/turning-to-art-to-tell-the-story-of-passover/

Study suggests sheepskin parchment was used by lawyers in various periods because it helped prevent fraud:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-lawyers-sheepskin-anti-fraud-device-hundreds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoe-lus032221.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-sheep-skin-legal-papers-fraud-prevention-parchment
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/9/article/155722
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/medieval-and-early-modern-lawyers-chose.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9554-210326-sheepskin-legal-documents

Feature on a strange/forgotten medieval fruit of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Interesting study of documents relating to an Edo-era mathematician:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-amj032421.php

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-turning-points-redux

Feature on the woman who invented the cupcake:

https://food52.com/blog/26049-first-american-cookbook-writer-invented-cupcakes

Feature on Scotland’s ‘fourth language’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210321-scotlands-little-known-fourth-language

On the history of various temperature scales:

https://www.livescience.com/temperature.html

Van Gogh painted Cypresses shortly after Starry Night:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/vincent-van-gogh-cypresses/

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

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

Pondering the use of literature as ‘self help’:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/03/wonderworks-angus-fletcher-review.html

Pondering the ‘apple’ in the Garden of Eden:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-forbidden-fruit-in-eden.html

On colonialism and paleontology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/dinosaurs-fossils-colonialism.html

On baseball’s segregated past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/23/magazine/negro-leagues-baseball-stats-mlb.html

Feature on a pair of shell midden excavations (North America and Europe):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-smr032121.php

On women’s early involvement in beer making:

https://theconversation.com/women-used-to-dominate-the-beer-industry-until-the-witch-accusations-started-pouring-in-155940

Feature on repairing Chines books:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126443/delicate-and-dying-art-fixing-ancient-chinese-books-hand

A new edition of the Lord of the Rings will include some Tolkien artwork:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/jrr-tolkiens-own-illustrations-appear-in-lord-of-the-rings-for-the-first-time
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-Lord-of-the-Rings-edition-to-include-16051850.php

On when men began to obsess over ‘six pack abs’:

https://theconversation.com/when-men-started-to-obsess-over-six-packs-154128

Feature on Candide:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-voltaires-candide-a-darkly-satirical-tale-of-human-folly-in-times-of-crisis-157131

Feature on the ‘metals of antiquity’:

https://www.mining.com/the-metals-of-antiquity-tin/

Feature on phrenology:

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

Feature on some women archaeologists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/first-female-archaeologists/

Feature on the history of weaving:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/opinion/women-weaving-history.html

Feature on a ‘forgotten’ medieval fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Feature on attitudes toward suicide in Medieval England:

https://psyche.co/ideas/suicide-in-medieval-england-was-not-simply-a-crime-or-sin

A compressed butterfly found in a 387 years bp book about insects in a Cambridge library:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56551453

On Lord Byron and Greece:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/what_lord_byron_really_did_for_greece_and_why_it_still_matters-2070219/

On the history of beds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/11r0zFtJX7qr8FWHt9mS1GR/13-facts-about-the-history-of-the-bed

France is seeking UNESCO heritage status for the baguette:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56540232

Feature on the lautenwerk:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/25/975575571/bachs-favorite-instrument-youve-probably-never-heard-of-the-long-lost-lautenwerc

Researching the ‘unknown soldiers’ in some WWI postcards:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56447883

Latest on the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56512030
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61050

On Tibetan yak milk soap:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3125838/few-have-seen-how-tibetan-yak-milk-soap-made-heres-rare-look
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on ‘flu fatigue’ during the 1918 event:

https://theconversation.com/people-gave-up-on-flu-pandemic-measures-a-century-ago-when-they-tired-of-them-and-paid-a-price-156551

Feature on hatred which seems associated with pandemics:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/26/980480882/why-pandemics-give-birth-to-hate-from-black-death-to-covid-19
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Earliest evidence of a domestic dog from Saudi Arabia (4200-4000 BCE):

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/26/dogs-coexisted-with-humans-in-saudi-arabia-4300-years-ago_5c77308e-85b9-47cc-ac43-4cb836b86a8e.html
https://menafn.com/1101805031/Saudi-Archaeologists-Uncover-Earliest-Evidence-of-Domesticated-dogs-in-Arabian-Peninsula-in-AlUla&source=22
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/saudi-arabia-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of–domestic-dog
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/in-alula-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-a-domesticated-dog-in-arabia-301255356.html

On the role of ancient megafauna in plant domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-amm032521.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-megafaunal-mutualisms-extinctions-as-factors-in-plant-domestication/138193
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Polish tapestries:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/for-first-time-in-history-over-130-stunning-national-treasure-tapestries-go-on-display-at-wawel-castle-20625

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/03/24/2031-the-painters-of-pompeii-okcmoa-is-the-exclusive-us-venue-for-this

Impressionists:

https://theconversation.com/we-cant-seem-to-get-enough-of-the-impressionists-but-can-we-move-on-from-the-sanitised-version-156747

Interesting feature/interview on a forged gemstone at the Getty:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-gem-of-a-mystery/

American museums apparently are in possession of remains of thousands of African Americans:

https://theconversation.com/us-museums-hold-the-remains-of-thousands-of-black-people-156558

Wondering why we still visit museums ‘perpetuating colonial-era violence’:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3125744/museums-west-are-full-stolen-treasures-visiting-them

A new museum for Inuit art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/world/canada/Winnipeg-Art-Gallery-Inuit.html

An exhibition at the Southampton Art Gallery:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56496591

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization launches next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99987/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-officially-launches-on-April-3

On looted antiquities in Australian museums:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-28/antiquities-looted-australian-museums-douglas-latchford/100030880

The Louvre is putting most of its collection online:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20210326-louvre-museum-makes-its-entire-collection-available-online
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html

cf: https://collections.louvre.fr/en/page/apropos
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 12th century ‘silver-inlaid scalloped basin’ with astrological designs is coming to auction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/23/article/155414

… as are some imperial Chinese seals:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/549/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/549/pub/549/page/8/article/155794

Big bucks for a Van Gogh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56534827
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rarely-seen-Van-Gogh-masterpiece-goes-under-16052829.php

Early Talbot photos:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/talbot-photography-sale-sothebys/index.html

Mexico was trying to prevent a sale:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mexico-ancient-artefacts-heritage-christies/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to look for the origins and decline of the Scythians:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-genomes-decline-scythians.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-agt032521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210326151352.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-origin-and.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-the-origin-decline-of-the-scythians/138222

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/13/eabe4414

What DNA reveals about immigration to the Philippines over the millennia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/largest-ever-dna-mapping-study-of.html

Basques are apparently ‘genetically unique’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-uniqueness-basque-genetics-revealed.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-03-25/el-mayor-estudio-hasta-la-fecha-confirma-la-singularidad-genetica-de-los-vascos.html

cf:

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00349-3

Pondering the use of DNA to ‘rewrite’ human history:

https://www.vox.com/22256790/ancient-dna-archaeology-ethics-podcast-unexplainable
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some burials from a medieval graveyard in Leith provided material for some reconstructions:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-56523810
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19188109.edinburgh-ancestors-scientists-reconstructed-faces-700-year-old-skulls/
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/19187981.faces-reconstructed-700-year-old-skulls-found-excavation-graveyard/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19188660.people-scotland-looked-like-700-years-ago/

The latest facial reconstruction of Akhenaten:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-ancient-egypt-pharaoh-king-tut-father-reconstruction.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9553-210325-egypt-facial-reconstruction

On using AI and satellite images to locate sites:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/iidt-aas032621.php

Using tooth tartar to track ancient trade:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/ancient-tooth-tarter-provides-glimpse-into-early-trade-and-menu-items/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of the ‘pathways’ which helped pre-modern societies adapt to climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-tab031921.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Escomb:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/79/article/156228

Norman architecture:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/176/article/152097

Uluru:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/water-cascade-uluru-scli-intl/index.html

Blaundus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/the-ancient-city-of-blaundus-anatolias-stonehenge

Venice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/books/review/donna-leon-transient-desires.html

Cinque Terre:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cinque-terre-terraces

Pompeii during COVID:

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/travel/2021/03/24/what-is-it-like-to-visit-historical-pompeii-amid-covid-19
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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‘Historical distortion’ led to the cancelling of a Korean period drama:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/k-pop/k-drama/article/3127083/period-korean-drama-joseon-exorcist-cancelled-over-chinese

Polis/Reset:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/theater/volksbuhne-theater-polis-reset.html

Feature on Kurt Weill:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/arts/music/kurt-weill-classical-music.html

On ‘finishing Mozart’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/arts/music/mozart-classical-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of Buddha idols found during excavations in Hazaribagh were stolen:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/ranchi-news/two-10th-century-sculptures-of-gautam-buddha-unearthed-during-excavation-in-hazaribag-stolen-101616381569455.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/lord-buddha—s-idols-found-in-excavation-stolen.html

The Queen’s estates are exempt from police searches for looted artifacts, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/25/revealed-police-barred-from-searching-queens-estates-for-looted-artefacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/03/culture-crime-news-15-21-march-2021.html
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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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Italian authorities recovered a Roman statue head stolen back in the 1970s (Italian):

https://www.latinatoday.it/cronaca/fondi-ritrovamento-seconda-testa-romana-rubata.html
https://www.fondinotizie.net/notizie/comunicati-stampa/9476/trovata-anche-la-seconda-testa-romana-trafugata-dallaula-consiliare-di-fondi-nel-1979

Some British cannonballs are going to be ‘returned’ from Acre:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-cannonballs-to-be-returned-from-acres-fortress-walls-cjfxvkp68

Germany is planning to return some Benin bronzes:

https://www.dw.com/en/a-matter-of-fairness-new-debate-about-benin-bronzes-in-germany/a-57013604
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-moves-towards-full-restitution-of-benin-bronzes
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/humboldt-forum-benin-bronzes-return-process-1234587480/

… which is putting pressure on UK museums, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/23/berlins-plan-to-return-benin-bronzes-piles-pressure-on-uk-museums
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/23/berlin-plans-hand-back-benin-bronzes-nigeria-autumn-piling-pressure/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/547/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/547/pub/547/page/54/article/154911
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/return-of-benin-bronze-piles-pressure-on-british-museum-l0zv9xhdt

The University of Aberdeen will be returning a Benin Bronze too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/university-of-aberdeen-to-return-pillaged-benin-bronze-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-56526658
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/university-aberdeen-benin-bronze-return-nigeria-b1822655.html

… others are too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/26/regional-museums-break-ranks-with-uk-government-on-return-of-benin-bronzes

Lots of Benin items in Dutch museums:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/03/four-dutch-museums-have-114-benin-city-items-in-their-collections/

The Louvre has started a massive provenance research project:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-provenance-research-collection-website

An archaeologist has helped get some Thai artifacts returned:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-26/archaeologist-thai-artifacts-san-francisco-asian-art-museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins of Judea:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/early-roman-numismatic-commentary-on-judea/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n13.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Morris Dickstein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/books/morris-dickstein-dead.html

David Starbuck:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/03/remembering-an-adirondack-archaeologist.html

Cyril Mango:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/23/cyril-mango-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3031-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-14-through-march-20-2021

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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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