Explorator 24.05 ~ May 23, 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, Brian Consiglo, 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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A ‘unified’ theory of evolution:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-resolve-ages-old-evolutionary-conundrum-1.9835193

More on that 350 000 years bp Acheulean site in Saudi Arabia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/saudi-arabia-discovers-350000-year-old.html

More on cave sediments yielding genetic material for Neanderthals and other hominins:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/prehistoric-dna-detected-in-caves-reveals-secrets-of-neanderthal-history-1.9714496

More on that 80 000 years bp child burial in Kenya:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-an-80000-year-old-burial-site-reveals-about-humanity

More on ‘iconic vocalizations’ and the development of languages:

https://www.livescience.com/iconic-vocalizations-lead-to-human-languages.html

Feature (podcast) on Neanderthals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/23/podcasts/the-daily/neanderthals-were-people-too.html
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AFRICA
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On the challenges of preserving sites in Sudan:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210520-preserving-sudan-s-rich-heritage-for-future-generations-pyramids-meroe-kingdom-dumboya-khartoum-archaeology-culture-africa

Feature on artifacts looted from Africa:

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/a-short-film-about-the-stolen-relics-of-africa/207686/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the 250 Old Kingdom and Ptolemaic tombs from Sohag:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/egypt-unearths-250-rock-tombs-sohag
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/ancient-egyptian-artefacts-and-hieroglyphics-discovered-in-hidden-tombs-in-pictures-1.1223705
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9596389/Archaeologists-stumble-250-tombs-cut-rock-Egypt-date-4-200-years.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61402
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/250-rock-cut-tombs-uncovered-in-egypts.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/18/large-number-of-rock-cut-tombs/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-archaeologists-accidentally-discover-250-ancient-rock-cut-tombs-180977741/

Feature on Akhenaten and his monotheism:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/05/monotheism-monopoly-akhenaten

A survey has commenced on a 4500 years bp Hirbodan hill site (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461031/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-4-500-year-old-Hirbodan-hill

Another survey has started at the Khalehkuh site (various periods):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461090/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-Khalehkuh-site

A cave site of probable historical interest near Iran’s Hotu Cave:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461094/Archaeologists-discover-rocky-cave-in-northern-Iran

A final push to excavate that Seleucid temple in Laodicea:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460963/Archaeologists-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-Seleucid-temple

Seeking Heritage Status for Iran’s Konar-Sandal site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461216/Bronze-Age-Konar-Sandal-getting-ready-for-UNESCO-status

Some ‘relocated’ stone blocks were returned to Pasargadae:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461218/Relocated-stone-blocks-brought-back-to-Pasargadae

A 3rd century BCE structure (and more) from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-find-mysterious-structure-in-land-of-the-blind-164825
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkish-archaeologists-find-2400-year-old-monument-at-haydarpasa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9707-210521-istanbul-asia-apse

Not quite sure where to put this item on excavations resuming on Giresun Island:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-to-resume-on-giresun-island-164874

Feature on the 7000 years bp ‘stargazers’ figurines:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/7000-year-old-stargazers-host-visitors-in-turkeys-izmir

More on that ‘half face’ lamp from Jerusalem and its ‘match’ in Romania:

https://www.livescience.com/good-luck-lamp-discovered-roman-jerusalem.html

Feature on archaeology and Jewish purity practices:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-and-jewish-purity-practices/

Feature on the al-Ram mask and the loss of Palestinian heritage over the years:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/palestine-ancient-masks-dispossession

Feature on some Palestinian monuments destroyed by Israel:

https://www.albawaba.com/slideshow/8-important-historical-palestinian-monuments-destroyed-israeli-1428194

Feature on politics and religion at sites in Israel:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/jerusalem-sacred-sites-combustible-mix-religion-politics

The Vatican honoured Gyozo Voros (excavator of Machaerus):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/vatican-honors-machaerus-excavator/?mqsc=E4131358&dk=ZE1250ZF0

More on those ‘mustatils’ monuments from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/17/mysterious-stone-structures-in-saudi-arabia-among-oldest-in-the-world/

Feature on the ‘Lion Man’:

https://aeon.co/videos/although-his-story-is-a-mystery-the-lion-man-forever-binds-us-to-our-prehistoric-past

Saudi Arabia and Greece are forging cultural ties to lend antiquities to each other:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/606803
https://thearabweekly.com/riyadh-seeks-greek-expertise-bid-develop-archeological-activity
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/saudi_arabia_wants_greek_archaeologists_to_develop_culture_sites-2490250/
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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 very well-preserved rural Roman bath complex from a sand dune in Spain:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roman-bath-spain-b1852022.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/roman-baths-spain-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9605409/Roman-baths-discovered-exceptionally-preserved-doors-windows-spas-2-000-years-ago.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/05/22/ancient-roman-bath-discovered-beneath-sand-dunes-in-spain/
https://www.laprensalatina.com/roman-baths-emerge-from-sand-dunes-of-southern-spain/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61386
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/roman-baths-emerge-from-sand-dunes-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9698-210518-spain-fishing-bath

4th/3rd century BCE Punic amphorae from a shipwreck site off Favignana (Italian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/418099/favignana-recuperate-quattro-anfore-puniche-da-una-nave-naufragata.html
https://www.dire.it/21-05-2021/635925-nuovo-ritrovamento-nel-mare-delle-egadi-spunta-unanfora-punica-del-iii-secolo-a-c/

A Roman-era cremation burial from Pesaro (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/marche/notizie/2021/05/17/tombe-incinerazione-eta-romana-trovate-durante-saggi-strada_e8b60b25-750c-4d39-932e-44d127c62ecb.html
http://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/05/archeologia-tombe-a-incinerazione-di-eta-romana-ritrovate-a-pesaro/1681960/

Roman-era burials found during waterworks construction in Bari (Itlaian):

https://bari.ilquotidianoitaliano.com/attualita/2021/05/news/bari-ossa-negli-scavi-in-via-argiro-trovate-tombe-e-ceramich-319292.html/

Burials from an Alderney site have been dated to the Iron Age and Roman eras:

https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/05/19/alderney-skeletons-from-iron-age-and-roman-era/

Followup to Hellenistic finds at Caltanissetta last year (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodigela.it/complesso-ellenistico-in-via-romagnoli-regione-dispone-vincolo-sullintera-area/

A push to reopen a site found 30 years ago in Napoli (currently under a modern building):

https://www.lacnews24.it/cultura/crotone-chiesta-la-riapertura-del-sito-archeologico-di-via-napoli-fu-scoperto-oltre-30-anni-fa_136817/

A Roman sanctuary site from San Casciano (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/toscana/notizie/2021/05/19/torna-alla-luce-un-santuario-romano-in-scavi-a-san-casciano_607106ae-45fc-4abc-aecd-316b795d7638.html

Tombaroli concerns at sites in Enna (Italian):

https://www.ecodisicilia.com/2021/05/17/enna-aree-archeologiche-sotto-attacco-dai-tombaroli/

Plans for a study of pre-Christian Amphipolis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1161465/five-year-program-seeks-to-unlock-pre-christian-secrets-of-amphipolis/

More on Scythian burial mounds in the Ukraine:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/ukraines-burial-mounds-offer-meaning-in.html

More on the efficiency of Roman marble production:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/jgum-lwd051421.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9699-210518-ephesus-marble-walls

More on that soldier skeleton found at Herculaneum:

https://www.livescience.com/soldier-skeleton-mount-vesuvius-rescue-mission.html

More on the study of the aqueduct of Constantinople:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/jgum-tao051021.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9697-210517-aqueduct-valens-maintenance

More on evidence of non-Greeks at the Battle of the Himera:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contrary-popular-lore-ancient-greek-armies-relied-foreign-mercenaries-180977752/

More on plans for a new floor at the Colosseum:

https://mymodernmet.com/rome-colosseum-new-floor/

More on that medieval seal incorporating a Roman-era gemstone:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57024803
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-silver-seal-featuring-carved-roman-gem-unearthed-england-180977782/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9702-210519-england-medieval-seal

Concerns for Six Hills Roman Barrows:

https://www.thecomet.net/news/concern-stevenage-six-hills-development-threatens-burial-mounds-7964018

The ‘House of Europa’ in Sparta has opened to the public:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/19/the-house-of-europa-has-opened-to-the-public/

An interview with Mary Beard:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/mary-beard-keeps-history-on-the-move

… and her thoughts on Nero:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/mary-beard-nero-really-monster-victim-spin/

Douglas Boin on the various ethnicities of the Roman Empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/who-was-allowed-to-call-the-roman-empire-home

Sophie Hay on the unexcavated parts of Pompeii:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/undiscovered-areas-pompeii

An interview with Anika Prather on the state of Classics, especially at Howard:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/From-the-Editor/2021/0517/Grappling-with-the-classics-Elitist-or-universal

… and an oped on what’s going on with Howard Classics:

https://thehill.com/opinion/education/554063-lessons-about-the-closure-of-howards-classics-department

Review of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, *Divine Institutions*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/divine-institutions-dan-el-padilla-peralta-review-mary-beard/

Review of Carson and Bruno, *The Trojan Women*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-trojan-women-anne-carson-rosanna-bruno-review-edith-hall/

Review of a couple of books about Melania the Younger:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/melania-the-younger-elizabeth-a-clark-melania-catherine-m-chin-caroline-t-schroeder-review-kate-cooper/

Review of Elodie Harper, *The Wolf Den*:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9588137/The-Wolf-Den-brings-life-bleak-reality-Roman-prostitutes.html

Greece is planning on opening various wreck sites to divers:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/diving-and-delving-into-greece-s-seabed-treasures

… and Alonissos opens next month:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1161264/underwater-archaeological-site-to-open-next-month/

The Vatican honoured a trio of archaeologists:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/16/the-vatican-has-recognized-three-archaeologists-for-their-contributions/

Feature on an interesting structure on top of the Temple of Zeus in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/17/the-unknown-story-behind-a-building-on-top-of-the-temple-of-olympian-zeus/

Feature on ancient Greek handwashing:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/16/the-vatican-has-recognized-three-archaeologists-for-their-contributions/

Feature on Epicureanism:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/epicureanism-greek-philosophy-atheists-happiness

Feature on Archaic Greece:

https://smarthistory.org/tiny-timeline-archaic-greece-in-a-global-context/

Feature on Cape Matapan and Taenarum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/cape-matapan-taenarum-gateway-to-hades/139250

Feature on an interesting Greek earring at the Boston MoFA:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/exquisite-ancient-greek-earring-one-of-treasures-at-boston-museum/

Feature on the plague of Athens:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/05/the-plague-of-athens-killed-tens-of-thousands-but-its-cause-remains-a-mystery

Feature on Aristotle:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/great-philosopher-aristotle-works-important-b1846359.html

Feature on Socrates as a soldier:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/socrates-as-a-soldier/

… and speaking of Socrates, a politician suggested he would have been ‘cancelled’ if he were around today:

https://www.themarysue.com/florida-republican-worried-about-socrates-cancellation/

… and a feature on whether his trial and death were ‘just’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/socrates-trial-and-subsequent-death-penalty-were-legally-just/

Feature on seven ‘notorious’ Roman emperors:

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/7-most-notorious-and-excessive-roman-emperors

Feature on swimming and beach-going in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/18/ancient-greeks-swimming-beach/

Feature on the ‘hidden’ Byzantine Church at the Acropolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/best-kept-acropolis-secret-below-sacred-rock/
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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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30 000 years bp (maybe) petroglyphs from Portugal’s Guarda region:

https://www.randrlife.co.uk/a-wonderful-discovery-by-archaeologists-in-portugal-the-rock-reliefs-are-30000-years-old/

16 500 years bp (maybe) child’s footprints from La Garma cave (Spain):

https://spanishnewstoday.com/child_footprints_thought_to_be_16_500_years_old_unearthed_in_cantabrian_cave_1601633-a.html
https://katv.com/news/offbeat/ancient-footprints-of-playing-caveman-children-preserved-for-16500-years

Study suggests folks in the Swiss Alps were involved in domestication of the opium poppy 5500 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uob-sfc051821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-swiss-farmers-contributed-domestication-opium.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210518114201.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/prehistoric-farmers-contributed-to.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/19/swiss-farmers-contributed-to-the-domestication-of-the-opium-poppy/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9703-210520-switzerland-poppy-farmers

Evidence that fruit cultivation in the Iberian peninsula began some 3000 years bp:

https://www.uv.es/uvweb/uv-news/en/news/fruit-crops-reached-eastern-peninsula-almost-3-000-years-ago-1285973304159/Novetat.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-fruit-crops-eastern-peninsula-years.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/fruit-crops-reached-iberian-peninsula.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9704-210520-spain-fruit-production

A report on an excavation in Netherton five years ago reveals the find of an ‘out of place’ 2000 years bp iron dagger (among other things):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19320608.netherton-archaeologists-find-mysterious-ancient-iron-dagger-excevations/

Some possible 6th century CE Germanic runes found in a Slavic settlement are causing a kerfuffle:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/16/world/europe/czech-germans-slavs-archaeology-bone.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runes-found-seventh-century-cow-bone-could-change-slavic-history-180977762/

A 9th century Viking Great Army camp from Northumbria:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9599627/Viking-Great-Army-launched-raids-Celtic-Picts-Northumbria-hilltop-camp-experts-say.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/great-army-of-viking-warriors-used-northumbria-camp-to-launch-raids-on-picts-txcc3xncm

A study of Viking ship burials from Hjarno (Denmark):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-viking-ship-burials-shrouded-mystery.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery.html

A metal detectorist in Worcestershire found an Aldi bag with some previously-stolen Roman and Viking items:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57170608
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ancient-treasure-found-buried-worcestershire-20645708
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19313951.stolen-treasure-including-roman-viking-jewellery-discovered-amateur-metal-detectorist-worcestershire-field/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/609/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/609/pub/609/page/36/article/176349
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9599927/Metal-detectorist-discovers-5-500-haul-Roman-Viking-artefacts-field-Aldi-bag.html

A possible medieval chapel find beneath a church in Malta:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-21/local-news/A-chapel-under-a-church-Archaeological-remains-found-in-Qrendi-6736233662

A medieval grave marker from a Cyprus field:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/05/22/resident-finds-ancient-gravestone-in-field/

A bark beetle infestation occasioned a study of some medieval Bohemian burial mounds:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-excavating-rare-damaged-early-medieval-burial-mounds-near-pisek-8718051
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9706-210521-bohemia-graves-logging

A pair of 17th century Swedish shipwrecks found a couple years ago have been identified (and aren’t ‘related’ to the Vasa):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-have-now-identified-two-17th-century-swedish-shipwrecks/

More on that possible cairn located via Google Earth in Co Laois:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/new-cairn-discovered-by-amateur-archaeologists-in-co-laois-1.4563978
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9695-210517-ireland-coolnacarrick-cairn

More on the 10th century dating of the Cerne Abbas giant:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57076224
https://www.livescience.com/cerne-abbas-giant-dated.html
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/16/bawdy-monks-and-the-cerne-abbas-giant
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/cerne-giant-hill-figure/2021/05/16/4203c15a-b407-11eb-bc96-fdf55de43bef_story.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/cerne-abbas-giant-medieval-christian-blushes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9694-210517-cerne-abbas-giant
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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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Foundations of 25 Neolithic dwellings at a site near Seoul:

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210517006300315
http://koreabizwire.com/25-neolithic-dwellings-discovered-on-coast-northwest-of-seoul/189949

A 3000 years bp drill bit workshop from the Thac Hai site in Viet Name:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/3000yearold-drill-bit-workshop-unearthed-in-dak-lak/201448.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9696-210517-vietnam-drill-bits

A petroglyph in the Philippines has been dated to 3500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-philippines-cave-art-dated-southeast.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/philippines-cave-art-becomes-first.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9700-210518-philippines-rock-art

An Anuradhapura era site from Sri Lanka (I think):

http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Archaeological-site-discovered-in-Vavuniya-North-division/238-212169

Feature on what archaeology is revealing about Buddhist history:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/art-culture/discovery-channels-how-new-finds-are-changing-buddhist-history-101621060757051.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Much interest in a comparison of an ancient Aboriginal memory technique to an Ancient Greek one:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-australian-aboriginal-memory-tool.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/05/18/australia-aboriginal-memory-technique-recall/2271621363924/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/culture/ancient-aboriginal-memory-technique-improves-recollection/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31282/20210520/aboriginal-australian-memory-techniques-make-humans-70-000-thoughts-day.htm
https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2021-articles/new-study-finds-ancient-australian-aboriginal-memory-tool-superior-to-memory-palace-learning-among-medical-students
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NORTH AMERICA
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A Charles I coin found in Maryland:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-silver-coin-english-civil-war-maryland-fort.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/maryland-english-coin-archeology-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/05/21/St-Marys-Fort-Maryland-coin/3601621627517/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-silver-coin-minted-king-charles-is-likeness-discovered-maryland-180977760/

Sounds like they’re going to excavate a mass grave site in Tulsa:

https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/national_news/archaeologists-ready-to-exhume-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-in-tulsa/article_c099f9fb-93d6-53ed-bfde-49d63b342a56.html

… and a feature on how the public were involved in revealing the history of the massacre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-citizen-historians-transcribed-key-papers-tulsa-race-massacre-180977765/

Feature on an ongoing dig at the Carson House (NC):

https://mcdowellnews.com/news/local/watch-now-archaeological-work-taking-place-at-historic-carson-house-volunteers-can-help/article_eb143e92-b744-11eb-8d3a-1300bb3b2785.html

Feature on the Jeffers Petroglyphs (Minnesota):

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/05/19/jeffers-petroglyphs-a-living-sacred-site-with-native-carvings-thousands-of-years-old/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Using non-invasive technology to study Pachacamac funerary bundles:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-noninvasive-technology-used-to-study-funerary-bundles-found-in-pachacamac-845605.aspx

Study suggests half of Guadeloupe’s snakes and lizards went extinct after European colonization:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/mpif-hog051721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210519163650.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/half-of-guadeloupes-snakes-and-lizards.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/21/snakes-and-lizards-of-guadeloupe-after-the-arrival-of-european-colonialists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9708-210521-caribbean-reptile-extinction
—–
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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Review of Cynthia Salzman, *Plunder*:

https://hyperallergic.com/646972/plunder-dissects-napoleons-obsession-with-stealing-art-cynthia-saltzman/

The University of Sheffield is apparently planning to close the Archaeology department:

https://thetab.com/uk/sheffield/2021/05/21/uni-of-sheffield-archaeology-department-set-up-to-fail-faces-possible-closure-48150

… which threatens some Stonehenge research (among other things):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/21/stonehenge-research-in-jeopardy-if-sheffield-university-archaeology-unit-closes

Interesting feature on the Renaissance outside of Europe:

https://psyche.co/ideas/when-you-think-of-the-renaissance-think-of-nagasaki-goa-and-oaxaca

Interesting feature on mycotextiles:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/century-old-textiles-woven-from-fascinating-fungus/

Leo Strauss wasn’t a fan of public philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-dangers-of-public-philosophy-according-to-leo-strauss

Anticipating the upcoming argument over where Columbus was from:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/countdown-begins-to-discover-where.html

Feature on the importance of provenance:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uom-pha052021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-provenance-authentic-inclusive-storytelling.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/provenance-how-objects-origin-can.html

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.livescience.com/frederick-douglass.html

cf: https://openhumanitiesdata.metajnl.com/articles/10.5334/johd.27/

Feature on the reburial of mosaics:

https://hyperallergic.com/647081/to-preserve-ancient-mosaics-experts-are-burying-them-underground/

Feature on Napoleon’s battles in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/on-napoleons-bicentenary-remembering-his-battles-in-israel-668581

Possible fingerprints of Thomas Becket:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/20/thomas-becket-may-have-left-behind-850-year-old-fingerprints/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/cerne-abbas-giant-medieval-christian-blushes/

The Oregon Trail video game has been revamped:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-oregon-trail-game-features-playable-native-american-characters-180977744/

Pondering Ernest Shackleton’s illness:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/b1-deficiency-may-explain-ernest-shackletons-illness-180977763/

Interesting feature on ‘letterlocking’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/letterlocking-virtual-unfolding

Hidden secrets in Anne Boleyn’s prayer book:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/605/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/605/pub/605/page/34/article/175207
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61417
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-inscriptions-discovered-anne-boleyns-execution-prayer-book-180977770/

Evidence that a 15th century noble painted over an image of his former spouse with his new one:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21508
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/603/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/603/pub/603/page/22/article/174795
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15th-century-duke-had-his-first-wifes-image-painted-over-his-second-wife-180977783/

Research suggests some monks stole Henry VI’s arm bone and used it to drink wine:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61393
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/608/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/608/pub/608/page/33/article/176098

Feature on Hypatia:

https://theconversation.com/regreso-al-futuro-de-las-matematicas-si-hipatia-levantara-la-cabeza-158094

Something about a Renaissance column:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-21/una-columna-renacentista-entre-faldas.html

On the history of Aphrodisiacs:

https://psyche.co/ideas/a-long-history-of-aphrodisiacs-from-health-tonic-to-sexual-aid

Followup concerns in the wake of the fire at Cape Town:

https://theconversation.com/significant-archives-are-under-threat-in-cape-towns-fire-why-they-matter-so-much-159299

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Galloway Hoard:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-galloway-hoard-viking-age-treasure/

Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/18/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition-confronts-cruelty-of-dutch-trade
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-18/holanda-se-mira-en-el-espejo-de-su-pasado-de-esclavitud-en-el-rijksmuseum.html

Epic Iran:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/epic-iran/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/epic-iran-at-the-v-a-review-a-rich-history-of-iran-wrmc5p9tc

Egypt: Time of the Pharaohs:

https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/new-ancient-egypt-exhibit-to-open-at-natural-history-museum-of-utah/

Becket:

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/19312273.davids-cathedral-treasure-view-british-museum-london/
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/thomas-becket-and-magna-carta/
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-thomas-becket-still-divides-opinion

Nero:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/finding-nero-a-reviled-emperor-revisited
https://www.sundayworld.com/showbiz/celebrity/nero-exhibition-offers-lessons-on-fake-news-says-british-museum-curator-40440013.html

Torlonia Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/17/torlonia-marbles-the-worlds-largest-display-of-greek-roman-statues-opens/

Athletes, Warriors, and Heroes (Ancient Greek):

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7257251/ancient-greeks-are-finally-coming-to-canberra/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/22/british-museum-sends-greek-masterpieces-australian-exhibition/

Egypt has opened up two new museums at the Cairo airport:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/411316/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-opens-two-new-museums-at-Cairo-airport-in-ce.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptians-and-foreigners-flock-to-archaeological-museum-at-cairo-airport/

Feature on the archaeological museum at Delphi:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/18/archaeological-museum-delphi/

Feature on nine Greek museums:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/18/a-tour-of-9-magnificent-museums-showcasing-greeces-cultural-heritage/

Feature on the oldest museums still around:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/louvre-to-prado-six-of-the-world-s-oldest-museums-that-still-exist-today-1.1224674

Looting issues continue to pile up at Humboldt Forum:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/581/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/581/pub/581/page/52/article/166883

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
================================================================
The Ryedale Hoard of Roman bronzes fetched a large price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57069434
https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/roman-treasures-found-metal-detectorists-20642360
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ryedale-ritual-bronzes-hoard-of-roman-treasure-found-by-amateur-metal-detectorists-near-ampleforth-sells-for-ps185000-at-auction-3246393
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61409

Sotheby’s brought in a good return on the auction of 19 preHispanic items:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-05-18/sothebys-recauda-mas-de-657000-dolares-con-la-subasta-de-19-piezas-prehispanicas.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
A study of ancient horse DNA reveals ‘gene flow’ between European and North American horses:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210518130826.htm

The entire genome of a woman who lived in Romania some 35 000 years bp has ‘out of Africa’ implications:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uu-teg052021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210520133722.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-entire-genome-of-35000-year-old.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Using machine learning to sort pottery fragments:

https://news.nau.edu/ancient-pottery/#.YKWG95NufFo
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/nau-atc051721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeologists-ancient-pottery.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210517144704.htm
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/archaeologists-teach-computers-to-classify-ancient-pottery-heritage-daily/209559/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-train-a-neural-network-to-sort-pottery-fragments-for-them/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/archaeologists-teach-computers-to-sort.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9705-210520-pottery-machine-learning

A Turkish team has created a solution to help preserve ancient structures:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkish-team-creates-solution-that-preserves-ancient-structures
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CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
More on climate-related concerns for Indonesian petroglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/climate-change-ruining-oldest-cave-art.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57166995
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/climate-change-is-erasing-humanitys-oldest-art/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/17/climate-change-could-erase-ancient-indonesian-cave-art/
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Ancient sites in Andalucia and the Costa del Sol:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/05/20/15-lesser-known-ancient-ruins-that-are-a-must-see-in-andalucia-and-the-costa-del-sol-in-spain/

Lindos:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/ancient-greeks-made-one-massive-mistake-abandoning-beautiful/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Iphigenia in Taurus:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/05/19/ifigeneia-i-en-tayrois-apo-to-giorgo-nanoyri-sto-archaio-theater-tis-epidayroy/

Feature on Fernando IV and Zubiaurre:

https://theconversation.com/la-leyenda-de-fernando-iv-el-compositor-zubiaurre-y-el-comienzo-de-la-opera-espanola-160880

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CRIME BEAT
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Arrests made after a burial in Esposto was looted:

https://www.ilfattonisseno.it/2021/05/esposto-denuncia-di-siciliantica-alla-procura-per-i-furti-nelle-tombe-delle-aree-archeologiche-dellennese/

Houthis are accused of smuggling 4800 Yemini artifacts:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2987736/houthis-accused-smuggling-4800-yemeni-manuscripts-antiquities

Feature on looted art over the ages:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-art-from-antiquity-to-present-day/a-57608204
———-
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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Six fresco fragments from Stabia were returned to Pompeii this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/18/stolen-roman-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-after-investigation
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-welcomes-back-looted-roman-frescoes.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210518-six-stolen-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-1234593429/
https://www.ilcorrierino.com/castellammare-i-tesori-di-stabia-finiti-in-un-traffico-internazionale-tornano-a-casa/22948.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/stolen-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-stolen-frescoes-returned-pompeii-180977774/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9701-210519-pompeii-frescoes-returned

A British museum returned items to the Arrernte people in Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/sacred-indigenous-objects-returned-rom-england/100148528

A shrunken head was returned to Ecuador:

https://www.livescience.com/ecuadorian-shrunken-head-repatriated.html

Germany plans to build a pavilion to store the returned Benin Bronzes:

https://allafrica.com/stories/202105190555.html

… and Nigeria is renewing their call for returns:

https://leadership.ng/nigeria-renews-call-for-return-of-looted-artefacts/

… and opeds/overviews/etc of where Benin Bronzes are now and how they got there:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-benin-bronzes-and-the-cultural-history-of-museums/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-in-museums-1967773
https://www.newser.com/story/305702/hope-for-what-was-taken-from-the-kingdom-of-benin.html
https://thenationonlineng.net/return-of-benin-art-objects-a-distraction-from-bigger-issues/
https://tntribune.com/photos-what-the-imminent-german-return-of-pillaged-artifacts-means-for-nigerian-history/

More on the return of that Persephone statue to Libya:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-british-museum-and-abduction-of.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on coins and Sepphoris:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/david-hendin-coins-tell-the-story-of-ancient-sepphoris/

Feature on coinage of the Roman provinces (ANS conference coverage):

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-in-the-roman-provinces-ans-conference-highlights-part-1/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n21.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Don Henson:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/20/don-henson-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3073-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-9-through-may-15-2021
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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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