Explorator 24.06 ~ May 30, 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, John Dillon, 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).

… there might be some duplicates from last week in today’s issue due to a sorting
glitch (i.e. I messed up) …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study of a mutation that distinguishes modern humans from Neanderthals:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/scientists-discover-new-feature-that.html

Study of how homo sapiens used fire to shape the environment in Malawi some 100 000 years bp:

https://theconversation.com/early-humans-used-fire-to-permanently-change-the-landscape-tens-of-thousands-of-years-ago-in-stone-age-africa-158574
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/early-human-fire-natural-environment/

Plans for a study of how homo sapiens reaching India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/charotar-researcher-to-retrace-homo-sapiens-journey-to-india/articleshow/82837437.cms

An account of a talk in Egypt about the oldest homo sapiens remains:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104288/Homo-sapiens-Our-ancestors-as-revealed-by-archaeological-research

Feature on homo sapiens:

https://www.livescience.com/homo-sapiens.html

Review of Alex Bezzerides, *Evolution Gone Wrong*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/21/998504434/weve-been-evolving-for-millions-of-years-so-why-are-our-bodies-so-flawed

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

https://www.livescience.com/iconic-vocalizations-lead-to-human-languages.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9713-210525-language-vocalization-gestures

More on that 80 000 years bp child burial:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-an-80000-year-old-burial-site-reveals-about-humanity
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AFRICA
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The 13 000 years bp (and later) human remains in the Jebel Sahaba cemetery (Sudan) suggest the injuries seen were not the result of a single battle:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-prehistoric-violence-jebel-sahaba-event.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/sr-apv052421.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/c-jsa052521.php
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/africa/violence-war-climate-jebel-sahaba-scn/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/prehistoric-cemetery-sudan-shows-war-has-been-hell-forever-2021-05-27/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-war-nile-valley-b1855251.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/world-s-first-war-13-400-years-ago-was-not-isolated-event-1.9849856
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hunter-gatherers-warfare-stone-age-jebel-sahaba
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/13000-year-old-skeletons-reveal-climate-driven-warfare-in-ancient-sudan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9726-210528-sudan-jebel-sahaba

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-89386-y

Evidence of Neolithic ‘kites’ (the ‘corral’ kind) from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-stone-age-kites-southern-africa.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9719-210526-south-africa-kites

Interesting story on African slave trade links to Queen Victoria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57156148

Feature on Mbuya Nahanda:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zimbabwe-unveils-statue-anti-colonial-leader-mbuya-nehanda-180977835/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is counting on archaeology to pull tourism out of the pandemic:

https://www.startribune.com/egypt-bets-on-ancient-finds-to-pull-tourism-out-of-pandemic/600062838/

More on the 250 Old Kingdom and Ptolemaic tombs found at Sohag:

https://www.livescience.com/250-tombs-ancient-egypt.html

Feature on the Sphinx:

https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-the-great-sphinx-of-giza/

Feature on that ‘official’ Egyptian replica factory:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/life-size-chariots-and-mini-mummies-egyptian-replica-factory-brings-historical-artefacts-home-1.1228719

Review of Edmund Richardson, *Alexandria*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/27/alexandria-by-edmund-richardson-review-the-quest-for-the-lost-city

Restoration efforts have commenced at Tepe Rivi in northeastern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461283/Restoration-work-begins-on-ancient-Tepe-Rivi

More on efforts in Iran to gain Heritage Status for the Great Wall of Gorgan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461245/Experts-busy-demarcating-great-defensive-wall-as-a-prerequisite

A Luwian inscription dating to Tudhaliya IV was found in a village in Konya:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittite-era-inscription-discovered-in-konyas-karaoren-village-164962

In case you missed this 2300 years bp apse-sided structure found in Istanbul:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/2300-year-old-apse-discovered-in-istanbuls-city-of-the-blind-1234593908/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2300-year-old-construction-turkeys-city-blind-180977821/

Plans to excavate at the Ani site on the Turkish-Armenian border:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-to-reveal-hidden-history-of-eastern-turkeys-ani-ruins

The White Monument at Tal Banat (3rd millennium BCE) might be the oldest existing war memorial:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-judeans-non-kosher-fish.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mysterious-mound-in-syria-may-be-oldest-war-memorial-in-the-world-1.9850752
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/world-s-oldest-war-memorial-may-have-been-identified-in-syria
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/archaeologists-identify-giant-4000-year-old-war-memorial/139308

Feature on the Neo-Assyrian Empire:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/05/geography-neoassyrian-empire

A ‘flimsy’ 2800 years bp bone arrowhead find from Gath:

https://www.livescience.com/arrowhead-biblical-battle-in-goliath-hometown.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/the-last-stand-of-the-philistines-archaeologists-find-clue-to-the-fall-of-gath-1.9841706

An interesting 1500 years bp apotropaic amulet found 40 years ago in the Galilee was recently handed over to the IAA:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/amulet-against-evil-eye-offers-look-at-jewish-life-in-talmudic-israel-669202
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1500-year-old-amulet-bearing-jewish-gods-name-handed-to-antiquities-authority/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-demon-repellent-returned-to-israeli-authorities-after-40-years-1.9844966
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/306900
https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/luck-of-the-jewish/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/26/c_139971227.htm

A study of fish bones from various sites suggest a kosher diet was not always strictly adhered to by Judeans over the course of the Bronze Age to Byzantine times:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-fish-bones-reveal-non-kosher.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/tfg-afb051821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210525084317.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-judeans-non-kosher-fish.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-judeans-ate-non-kosher-fish-bible-didnt-heed-habit-study-669068
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bad-judeans-despite-biblical-ban-non-kosher-fish-were-eaten-in-ancient-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-did-king-david-keep-kosher-ancient-judeans-ate-biblically-banned-fish-1.9837609
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-discover-what-ancient-judeans-actually-ate-1.9837609
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9613595/Ancient-Judeans-ate-non-kosher-fish-thousands-years-ago.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278415-non-kosher-fish-eaten-in-jerusalem-during-early-days-of-judaism/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-archaeology-tells-us-about-ancient-history-eating-kosher-180977804/

More on using AI to identify authors of the DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/artificial-intelligence-helps-identify-authors-of-dead-sea-scrolls-1.9732803

Feature on Beth-Shemesh:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-other-side-of-beth-shemesh/

Feature on the Jewish history of Israel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/opinion/jewish-history-israel.html

Feature on the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-ark-of-the-covenant-in-its-egyptian-context/

An upcoming public conference (Zoom) on the DSS might be of interest:

https://as.nyu.edu/hebrewjudaic/events/spring-2021/dss-conference-2021.html

… and one on Sheshonq in Palestine:

https://www.oeaw.ac.at/oeai/kommunikation-events/veranstaltungen/event-detail/sheshonq-shishaq-in-palestine

Feature on the new Al Ula archaeological and conservation research institute:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1851271/lifestyle

Feature on archaeology in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/books/abu-dhabi-book-fair-2021-what-it-takes-to-inspire-the-next-generation-of-archaeologists-1.1231512

—–
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 2000 years bp (!) Punic burial found during water works construction in Zejtun:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-27/local-news/Punic-tomb-discovered-during-water-works-in-Zejtun-6736233823
https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109901/2000yearold_punic_tomb_discovered_during_works_in_ejtun
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-sealed-2000-year-old-tomb-found-near-zejtun.874933
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61459
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9725-210528-malta-intact-tomb

A cluster of decapitated burials from Somersham were probably victims of Roman military executions, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57189875

Remains of a Roman aqueduct in Aydin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/early-roman-aqueduct-discovered-in-turkeys-touristic-site-aydin/news

Latest finds from the ‘little Pompeii’ that is Sepino (Italian):

https://www.repubblica.it/dossier/cronaca/turismo-2021/2021/05/24/news/gratuita_e_senza_recinzioni_a_sepino_l_area_archeologica_di_altilia-saepinum_si_fonde_con_il_centro_abitato-302364844/

Roman finds from Stratford:

https://www.stratford-herald.com/news/stratfords-roman-past-revealed-9201095/

Etruscan finds from the val di Fiemme (Italian):

https://www.ladige.it/territori/fiemme-fassa/2021/05/28/tracce-etrusche-in-val-di-fiemme-insegnante-trova-vasi-e-frammenti-archeologici-1.2923080

Roman finds in the Piazza Antico Ospedale in Vercelli (I think … Italian):

https://tgvercelli.it/ritrovamenti-epoca-romana-piazza-antico-ospedale-interviene-la-rete/

Plans for a dig at the Roman fort in Alderney site:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/05/28/archaeologists-to-look-at-roman-fort-in-alderney/

Correction from last week … a push to reopen a site in Crotone (not Napoli, as I misread):

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

Overviewish thing on the dig at Epidaurus’ Asclepion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/25/epidaurus-asclepion-archaeological-dig-uncovers-layers-of-ancient-greek-history/

Recent finds from Mugla are now one display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2400-year-old-tomb-artifacts-attract-visitors-to-turkish-city

Assorted features on and arising from the Nero exhibition at the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/10-questions-about-the-emperor-nero-and-some-curious-answers/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/misunderstood-roman-emperor-places-inspire-visit/
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-bad-reputation-british-museum-rome.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/bad-reputation-british-museum-takes-romes-nero-77874295
https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/6/173034/Known-for-infamy,-but-Roman-Emperor-Nero-didn’t-start-fire,-nor-did-he-fiddle,-British-Museum-exhibit-shows
https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/nero-man-behind-myth-exhibition-british-museum-review-b936899.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/just-how-bad-was-nero-really-180977813/

Plenty of excitement on the publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/27/first-english-dictionary-of-ancient-greek-since-victorian-era-spares-no-blushes-lexicon-classics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heroic-effort-brings-lewd-greek-lexicon-up-to-date-k9bh30z56
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/28/rudest-word-greek-no-laughing-matter/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/27/cambridge-university-creates-monumental-new-ancient-greek-dictionary/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/27/cambridge-greek-lexicon/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/first-new-englishancient-greek-dictionary-since-victorian-period-spares-no-blushes-this-time/

… and a related opeddish sort of thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/28/the-guardian-view-on-the-art-of-lexicography-ancient-greek-lives-on

More on Greeks using mercenaries at the Battle of the Himera:

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

More on that Roman bathing complex from Spain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-bath-complex-unearthed-spanish-beach-180977826/

Some interviews with Mary Beard on her upcoming retirement:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/mary-beard-keeps-history-on-the-move
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9610217/Historian-Mary-Beard-tells-fame-later-life-blessing-retires-academia.html

The semi-regular feature on Stephen Miller’s efforts to revive the Nemean Games:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/28/american-archaeologist-devotes-life-to-reviving-ancient-nemean-games/

Review of Stephen Fry, *Troy*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/troy-review-stephen-fry-goes-to-war-11622213988

Reviewish of Madeline Miller’s Achilles and Patroclus thing:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2021/05/22/madeline-miller-en-el-mundo-antiguo-era-comun-representar-a-aquiles-y-patroclo-como-amantes/

Latest on the fate of Classics at Howard:

https://jacksonvillefreepress.com/movement-afoot-to-keep-classics-department-at-howard-university/

Dior has received permission to do photoshoots at some Greek sites:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/26/dior-ancient-greek-sites/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210526-greece-approves-dior-shoot-at-key-ancient-sites
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/greece_approves_dior_request_for_film_shoots_at_archaeological_sites-2528581/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/44696-central-council-of-modern-monuments-approves-dior-event-at-kallimarmaro-in-athens.html

Feature on Italy’s art police and their recent recoveries:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/pompeii-art-police-italy-tomb-raiders-archaeology

Feature on finds made during Rome’s metro construction:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/romes-newest-subway-line-continues-to-unearth-archeological-marvels

Feature on Germanicus’ journey to Egypt:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/germanicus-who-life-roman-general-journey-egypt/

Feature on swimming in the ancient Greco-Roman world:

https://hyperallergic.com/648298/the-uneasy-history-of-swimming-and-race-as-relayed-through-art/

Feature on Tarquinius Superbus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/lucius-tarquinius-superbus-the-last-king-of-rome/139323

Feature on Scotlands ‘legless Roman’:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/the-mystery-of-scotlands-legless-roman-where-did-it-come-from-3253265

Feature/talk on ancient Pergamon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/life-in-ancient-pergamon-presented-to-intl-archaeological-community-165017

Feature on some ruins taken from Leptis Magna and set up near London:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/the-leptis-magna-roman-ruins-near-london/139295

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/travel/this-ancient-greek-town-suffered-the-same-fa/

Pondering Odysseus’ bow compared to modern ones:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-would-odysseus-bow-fare-versus-a-state-/

Feature on the find of a statue of Antinous at Delphi years ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/25/mesmerizing-photo-the-moment-ancient-masterpiece-is-unearthed-at-delphi/

Feature on archaeology in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/28/ancient-treasures-unearthed-under-athens-concrete/

Feature on Caesar’s invasion of Britain:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/caesars-invasion-of-britain/139274

Feature on Athens’ Acropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/25/acropolis-facts-2/

Feature on Greek myth in film and tv:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/greek-mythology-and-ancient-daily-life-in-film-and-tv/

Feature on Lamia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/lamia-the-man-devouring-goddess-of-greek-mythology/

Feature on Eos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/29/eos-the-ancient-greek-goddess-of-the-dawn/

Feature on four ancient Greek ‘mysteries’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/four-ancient-greek-mysteries-which-spark-controversy-to-this-day/

Feature on what we can learn from Philopoemen:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrislowney/2021/05/25/two-lessons-from-the-greatest-leader-youve-never-heard-of/?sh=59d044e91c34

… and one on what we can learn from Han Dynasty financial relations with Rome:

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/what-han-dynasty-chinas-financial-relations-with-rome-can-teach-us-today/

Feature comparing the Roman senate to the US one:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2021/05/what-ancient-rome-tells-us-about-todays-senate/619025/

In case you missed the US politician totally missing that Socrates was really ‘cancelled’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/florida-republican-socrates-anthony-sabatini-b1852782.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/22/socrates-anthony-sabatini-cancel-culture/

… and Justin Martyr classified Socrates as a Christian:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/05/29/sacred-mysteries-man-called-socrates-christian/
—–
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 3800 years bp gold ring from a burial in Germany apparently originated in Cornwall:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-gold-artifact-southwest-germany.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-unearth-oldest-gold-southwest-germany.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9616115/Gold-ring-grave-Early-Bronze-Age-woman-Germany-crafted-CORNWALL.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31436/20210529/3-800-year-old-gold-found-germany-proves-trading-luxury.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/researchers-unearth-oldest-gold-find-in.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/archaeologists-find-southwest-germanys-oldest-golden-artefact/139286
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9723-210528-germany-gold-artifact

A possible Iron Age dagger from a 17th century house in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-village-found-next-to-scottish-motorway-with-a-dagger-buried-under-remains-of-17th-century-house-3248292
https://www.newsweek.com/scotland-dagger-magical-harm-medieval-village-freeway-1595316
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9716-210526-scotland-village-dagger

I think we mentioned these excavations of early medieval burial mounds in Pisek:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-excavating-rare-damaged-early-medieval-burial-mounds-near-pisek-8718051

Remains of a medieval wall from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608225073/gallery-haapsalu-archaeological-dig-reveals-substantial-medieval-era-wall
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9721-210527-estonia-medieval-wall

A fourth, possibly medieval, dugout canoe from the banks of the Boyne:

https://www.lmfm.ie/news/lmfm-news/fourth-ancient-logboat-discovered-in-river-boyne/

A 200 years bp hernia truss find from Flanders:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/art-culture/170719/200-year-old-archaeological-find-in-flanders-revealed-to-be-hernia-truss-groin-belt-aalst-agency-for-immovable-heritage/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61438

Excellent feature on the Galloway Hoard and its implications:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/viking-age-britain-treasure-galloway-scotland-b1854434.html

A project to reconstruct a Bronze Age roundhouse in Hampshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/25/bronze-age-roundhouse-resurrected-military-veterans/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/610/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/610/pub/610/page/18/article/177071

The latest 16th century house you might want to purchase:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/inside-the-16th-century-house-built-from-a-captured-spanish-247794/

Traces of the razed medieval town of Netherton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-long-lost-medieval-town-scotland-180977848/

A study/restoration of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir:

https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-marie-antoinettes-private-boudoir-and-mechanical-mirror-room-at-versailles-160599

On protecting the heritage of Spain and Italy:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-29/como-proteger-del-expolio-el-inmenso-patrimonio-historico-de-espana-e-italia.html

More on possible 6th century Germanic runes found at a Slavic site:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/16/world/europe/czech-germans-slavs-archaeology-bone.html

More on the dating of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/cerne-giant-hill-figure/2021/05/16/4203c15a-b407-11eb-bc96-fdf55de43bef_story.html

More on the remains of a medieval chapel beneath a later 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
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/medieval-chapel-found-underneath-17th-century-maltese-church
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9711-210524-malta-medieval-church

More on that survey of the Kalvestene grave field of Viking ship burials:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/05/20/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/possible-viking-ship-settings-identified-from-17th-century-illustration/139283
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9709-210524-kalvestene-viking-burials

More on opium poppy domestication by Swiss farmers:

https://www.myscience.org/news/2021/swiss_farmers_contributed_to_the_domestication_of_the_opium_poppy-2021-unibas

More on the identification of those non-Vasa-related Swedish shipwrecks:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-have-now-identified-two-17th-century-swedish-shipwrecks/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9712-210525-sweden-scuttled-ships

Feature on recent finds from Orkney:

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/travel/orkney-prehistoric-neolithic-new-skara-brae-brodgar-solstice-1018740

Archaeologists have uncovered remains of some victims from the Spanish Civil War:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/25/europe/spain-almagro-cemetery-exhumation-scli-intl-scn/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9718-210526-spain-mass-grave
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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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They’re still finding significant items in the sacrificial pits at Sangxingui:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-china-city-treasure-artifacts-saxingdui.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-05-28/China-s-Sanxingdui-Ruins-site-unveils-new-archaeological-findings–10DmxGphZlK/index.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2105299775/
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224777.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-05-30/detail-ihamvkwq9613590.shtml

… and a general feature on the excavations:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTIbPps6euQ3Hx9ObHrd9bZ210524.shtml

… and a related hype piece on the future of archaeology in China:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTI8C96pZ8I6zwnzDZEFanz210524.shtml

… and the ‘magnificence of Chinese civilization’:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTI8mMTpZbmXYisZClnoMNr210524.shtml

Evidence of ‘tiny point’ tools made by Indonesian hunter-gatherers 1500-8000 years bp (wide range!):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-tiny-tools-specialist-skills-ancient.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/toalean-point-tools-09699.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/tiny-tools-point-to-specialist-skills.html

Three new cave sites of interest found in the Pandav Leni complex in Nashik:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/3-new-small-caves-discovered-at-pandav-leni-complex-in-nashik/articleshow/82980052.cms

Not sure about these ‘largest geoglyph’ claims from India:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj8v4w/researchers-say-they-found-the-largest-drawings-in-the-world-with-satellite-imagery
https://www.sciencealert.com/enigmatic-designs-found-in-india-may-be-the-largest-images-ever-made-by-human-hands

More on recent finds relating to Buddhist history:

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/05/27/features/250211/how-new-finds-are-changing-buddhist-history-i
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Feature on ‘lunar traditions’ of the first Australians:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/lunar-traditions-of-the-first-australians-2/

More on early Australian ‘superhighways’:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/modelling-superhighways-travelled-by-first-australians/

More on Aboriginal memory techniques:

https://www.livescience.com/aboriginal-memory-technique.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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5500-3600 years bp (maybe) tattooing tools from a site in Tennessee:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-tattoo-tools-tennessee-native-american
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-turkey-bones-have-reset-the-record-on-the-world-s-oldest-known-tattooing-implements
https://boingboing.net/2021/05/28/these-sharpened-bird-bones-are-the-oldest-tattooing-tools-ever-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9717-210526-native-american-tattoo

2500 years bp Native American human remains from a golf course site along Lake Michigan:

https://www.gazettextra.com/news/state/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-at-proposed-kohler-golf-course-site/article_09b2189c-2172-5c2e-aeb0-123202a7401a.html
https://www.channel3000.com/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-at-proposed-kohler-golf-course-site-in-wisconsin/

1000-3000 years bp finds from the Cherokee Farm Greenway site (Tenn.):

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/community/knoxville-archaeology-dig-finds-artifacts-dating-back-1000-3000-years-old/51-a1222119-124d-4ed3-930f-0b9a7fc09d14

A 1000 years bp (maybe) canoe from Lake Hancock (Florida):

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/05/25/1-000-year-old-native-american-handmade-canoe-found-in-a-polk-county-lake
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9722-210527-florida-lake-canoe

A 700 years bp dugout canoe from Cape Porpoise Harbor (Maine):

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/how-a-700-year-old-dugout-canoe-was-found-in-cape-porpoise-harbor/97-26a1e3af-464b-40ca-ad3d-691d65d89a8f

A new way of looking at Native American platform mounds in the eastern US:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeological.html
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/Penn-researcher-Megan-Kassabaum-book-turns-archaeological-practice-its-head

Latest on the search for the Tulsa Race massacre burials:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57244863
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/tulsa-1921-race-massacre-mass-grave-greenwood-archaeology-dna
https://www.tribdem.com/news/archaeologists-ready-to-exhume-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-in-tulsa/article_6746cd88-bdb5-11eb-b2f5-87df015a95a2.html
https://www.ktul.com/news/local/archaeologist-explains-next-step-in-finding-massacre-victims-remains

… and an event marking the anniversary of the event is getting bogged down with reparations matters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/tulsa-race-massacre-commission.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tulsa-massacre-remembrance-main-event-suddenly-canceled/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab&utm_content=algorithm

… reviews of some recent books on the massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/review/unspeakable-the-tulsa-race-massacre-carole-boston-weatherford-floyd-cooper.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/books/review-ground-breaking-tulsa-massacre-scott-ellsworth.html

… and a feature on artifacts at the Smithsonian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reflections-artifacts-left-behind-tulsa-race-massacre-180977779/

… some eyewitness accounts:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/19/998225207/survivors-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-share-eyewitness-accounts

Some Civil War era structures from Saratoga Springs have been saved from demolition:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/05/27/in-saratoga-dilapidated-but-historic-home-will-be-preserved/
https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/saratoga-springs-preservation-foundation-purchases-65-phila-street-property/article_1f2017ca-befb-11eb-ae3a-abac82287beb.html
https://wnyt.com/saratoga-county-ny-news/historic-saratoga-springs-home-saved-from-wrecking-ball-65-phila-street/6124157/

Using drones to locate sunken ships off Wormsloe (GA):

https://www.walb.com/2021/05/26/researchers-use-drone-search-sunken-ships-off-wormsloe/

… and underwater drones for the same purpose in Lake George (NY):

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/human-interest/2021/05/21/lake-george-steamboat-company-underwater-drone

Plans for a study of Sitkinak Island (Alaska):

https://alaska-native-news.com/archaeologists-to-study-history-of-sitkinak-island/55957/

Plans for a survey of sites in Fisher’s Peak State Park (NM):

http://www.thechronicle-news.com/features/trinidad-state-summer-archaeology-class-to-survey-fisher-s-peak-for-area-s-artifacts/article_7bcc9bc4-befb-11eb-9f1f-536064d2a0f6.html

Diaries are shedding light on an 18th century smallpox outbreak in Boston:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/old-diary-shedding-light-smallpox-outbreaks-1700s-rcna994
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Old-records-shed-new-light-on-smallpox-outbreaks-16192978.php

More on that Charles I coin from Maryland:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/maryland-english-coin-archeology-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/rare-english-coin-found-in-maryland/36521174
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-silver-coin-minted-king-charles-is-likeness-discovered-maryland-180977760/

Review of Carol Anderson, *The Second*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/review/the-second-carol-anderson.html

Review of Jelly-Schapiro *Names of New York*:

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/05/20/telling-the-story-of-new-york-city-through-its-names

Feature on New York City brickyards of the past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/nyregion/brickyards-nyc-hudson-valley.html

Feature on assorted Memorial Day memorials:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/new-haven-war-monuments-memorials-monumental
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Concerns over illegal construction near Teotihuacan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-mexico-builders-bulldozing-outskirts-teotihuacan.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-57252629
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/construction-continues-at-archaeological-site-despite-stop-work-order/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/05/teotihuacan-archaeological-zone-in-danger-due-to-illegal-construction/
https://news.yahoo.com/teotihuac-n-alarm-over-construction-100544107.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/28/illegal-building-threatens-mexicos-teotihuacan-ancient-sites

… which has brought warnings about Heritage Status too:

https://www.riviera-maya-news.com/advisory-body-of-unesco-warns-teotihuacan-could-lose-its-world-heritage-status/2021.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-marks-500th-anniversary-fall-tenochtitlan-180977794/

Feature on Inca use of titanium white:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-discovered-prized-pigment-180977704/

More on reptile extinction in Guadeloupe in the wake of European colonization:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/half-of-guadeloupes-snakes-and-lizards.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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Plenty of folks signed the petition to try to save Sheffield’s archaeology department:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/pressure-mounts-on-university-of-sheffield-over-department-of-archaeology-decision-3248041
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/over-32000-people-sign-petition-to-save-university-of-sheffields-archaeology-department-as-protest-is-held-on-campus-3249338
https://thetab.com/uk/sheffield/2021/05/27/petition-to-save-uni-ofs-archeology-department-receives-over-35000-signatures-48191

… and there was a protest:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/supporters-protest-in-last-bid-to-save-university-of-sheffields-department-of-archaeology-3249451

… but they apparently decided to close it anyway:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-justifies-closure-of-department-of-archaeology-3253531
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-archaeology-department-set-to-close-after-management-takes-decision-to-cut-courses-despite-34000-people-signing-a-petition-to-save-it-3250550
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/breaking-university-of-sheffield-archaeological-department-to-close-despite-mass-protests-with-key-areas-of-strength-moved-to-other-departments-3250520

… and we read of some details of the closure:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/people/invaluable-sheffield-heritage-leaders-unearth-value-of-university-archaeology-department-as-decision-made-on-its-future-3250878

… and Tony Robinson was calling for the decision to be overturned:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/tv/time-teams-tony-robinson-calls-20699290

Opeddish things on why the UK needs to save archaeology from funding cuts:

https://theconversation.com/six-reasons-to-save-archaeology-from-funding-cuts-161465
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/30/help-our-profession-or-uks-shared-history-will-be-lost-say-archaeologists

On the origins of the watermelon:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-05-27/una-investigacion-encuentra-al-presunto-padre-de-la-sandia.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_noche20210527m

On letterlocking:

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

Feature on a 480 years bp Catherine Howard ‘love letter’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09jp20m/the-treasonous-love-letter-that-damned-a-tudor-queen

Feature on an amazing skull Bernini made for the pope:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mystery-of-a-marble-baroque-death-head-solved-in-dresden

Kafka manuscripts, drawings, and personal letters have gone online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-57267874

Feature on (non) Native scholar Andrea Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/magazine/cherokee-native-american-andrea-smith.html

Rome is apparently the sinkhole capital of Europe:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rome-becomes-sinkhole-capital-of-europe-077qvgh89

Hidden evidence that Tudor women saved Anne Boleyn’s prayer book for Elizabeth I:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-inscriptions-discovered-anne-boleyns-execution-prayer-book-180977770/

Another prayer book from the 15th century revealed possible devotion to St Catherine:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9714-210525-medieval-prayer-book

Feature on provenance of artifacts:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/provenance-how-objects-origin-can.html

Feature on Father Columba Stewarts efforts to save assorted ancient manuscripts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mission-father-stewart-180977698/?

On lunar eclipses as understood by medieval Christians:

https://theconversation.com/medieval-christians-saw-the-lunar-eclipse-as-a-sign-from-god-but-they-also-understood-the-science-160759

On lunar eclipses altering the course of history:

https://www.salon.com/2021/05/26/how-lunar-eclipses-altered-the-course-of-history/

Evidence from some 103 years bp lung samples on how the 1918 flu mutated:

https://www.livescience.com/1918-flu-variant-deadlier-later-waves-lung-tissue.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/05/pandemic-virus-mutations-1918-flu/618972/

… and a rethink of the modelling based on a rinderpest outbreak of 1865:

https://slate.com/technology/2021/05/covid-models-cubic-fit-rinderpest.html

Feature on Herder and multicuturalism:

https://theweek.com/us/1000666/the-end-of-multiculturalism

On assorted art market scandals (Salvator Mundi and more):

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-scandal-bouvier-rybolovlev-intl/index.html

Feature on a mass hallucination event on Alicudi a century ago:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09hgdgk/how-alicudi-s-islanders-experienced-mass-hallucinations

Feature on La Peregrina (the pearl):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210524-la-peregrina-the-worlds-most-famous-pearl

Trying to figure out where Christopher Columbus actually came from:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Countdown-begins-to-discover-where-Columbus-came-16187444.php
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-23/el-estudio-genetico-de-colon-obliga-a-exhumar-una-veintena-de-cuerpos.html

John Steinbeck apparently wrote a werewolf novel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/books/steinbeck-werewolf-novel.html

A history of book reviews:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/a-history-of-the-book-review-through-its-fonts.html

Feature on food processing by humans over the ages:

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/best-before-9781472941404/

… and pet food history:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210519-the-hidden-reason-processed-pet-foods-are-so-addictive

China is building a replica of the Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/china-is-building-a-replica-of-the-titanic/a-57532044
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/titanic-replica-china/index.html

Germany has recognized its actions in 19th century Namibia as genocide:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57279008
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-officially-recognizes-colonial-era-namibia-genocide/a-57671070
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/europe/germany-namibia-genocide.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/africa/germany-recognizes-colonial-genocide-namibia-intl/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/05/28/1001233776/germany-officially-recognizes-it-committed-genocide-in-present-day-namibia
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/germany-namibia-genocide/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/28/germany-namibia-genocide/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Germany-recognizes-colonial-killings-in-Namibia-16209416.php

Marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante with readings at his tomb:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Daily-readings-at-tomb-honor-Dante-700-years-16195777.php

Feature on maps as colonial-era marginalization tools:

https://theconversation.com/how-early-australian-settlers-drew-maps-to-erase-indigenous-people-and-push-ideas-of-colonial-superiority-161097

Feature on Nazi death marches:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-nazi-death-marches-180977751/

The Uffizi is in on the NFT trend:

https://mymodernmet.com/uffizi-gallery-michelangelo-nft-art/

Feature on the birthplace of film in Britain (Brighton):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210514-brighton-the-birthplace-of-the-first-modern-film

A possible lost Van Gogh?:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prominent-new-york-city-art-collector-has-uncovered-long-lost-vincent-van-gogh-painting-180977797/

Feature on Foucault:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/opinion/michel-foucault.html

On the role of crowds in art and literature:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/may/23/group-think-why-art-loves-a-crowd-olivia-laing

On magic use during pandemics:

https://psyche.co/ideas/magic-helped-us-in-pandemics-before-and-it-can-again

Pondering what future scholars will learn about pandemics from our current experience:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/pandemic-archaeology/

On the medieval roots of rape culture:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-hypocrisies-of-rape-culture-have-medieval-roots

There’s ‘new’ footage of the Hindenburg disaster:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unearthed-footage-sheds-new-light-hindenburg-disaster-180977773/

Feature on the Carmina Burana:

https://theconversation.com/decoding-the-music-masterpieces-how-carmina-burana-based-on-benedictine-poems-travelled-from-bavaria-to-a-beer-ad-159057

Folks might be interested in the coverage of UNC’s board of trustees overturning an offer of tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones (of 1619 Project fame):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/business/media/nikole-hannah-jones-unc.html
https://www.newsweek.com/hannah-jones-tenure-protests-1593480
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/unc-withholds-tenure-1619-project-journalist-after-conservative-backlash-n1267979
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/20/unc-reverses-tenure-offer-author-1619-project/
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/554439-unc-chapel-hill-denies-tenure-to-1619-project-author-nikole-hannah-jones
https://www.foxnews.com/us/1619-project-founder-hannah-jones-unc-tenure

Review of Ferling, *Winning Independence*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/books/review/john-ferling-winning-independence.html

Review of Karabell, *Inside Money*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/18/books/review/inside-money-zachary-karabell.html

Review of Calder, *Architecture from Prehistory to Climate Emergency*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/24/architecture-from-prehistory-to-climate-emergency-barnabas-calder-review

More on the Duke of Brittany changing the image of his wife in a 15th century prayer book:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/duke-of-brittany-replaced-wife/index.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Oxford will be keeping its statue of Cecil Rhodes:

https://www.dw.com/en/oxford-university-opts-to-keep-controversial-cecil-rhodes-statue/a-57600352

Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park is working on Confederate monument issues:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/26/georgia-stone-mountain-park-confederate/

OpEd on taking down monuments in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/22/opinion/confederate-monuments-richmond-levar-stoney.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/arts/nero-british-museum.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/misunderstood-roman-emperor-places-inspire-visit/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/nero-at-british-museum
https://www.firstpost.com/art-and-culture/the-man-behind-the-myth-british-museum-exhibit-takes-a-new-look-at-nero-the-brutal-roman-emperor-9657311.html

Epic Iran:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/26/epic-iran-five-thousand-years-mystical-magnificence-epic-iran-va-review
https://www.dw.com/en/irans-cultural-wonders-on-display-in-london/g-57672304
https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/epic-iran-v-and-a-review-five-millennia-culture-b937150.html
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461429/London-show-turns-spotlight-on-5-000-years-of-Iranian-art-design

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors, Heroes:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/25/the-british-museums-ancient-greek-treasures-arrive-in-australia-and-new-zealand-ancient-greeks-athletes-warrior-heroes/

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/last-supper-in-pompeii-from-the-table-to-the-grave-review-rediscovering-roman-revelry-11622063907
https://napavalleyregister.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/last-supper-in-pompeii-comes-to-san-francisco/article_e7adb2f0-3555-553c-ae2c-d3c678e2e8fb.html

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104435/Egypt%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Kings-of-the-Sun%E2%80%99-exhibition-in-Prague-is-fully

Gladiators:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19337973.county-durham-exhibition-unlocks-secrets-roman-gladiators/

Rodin:

https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2021/05/27/the-making-of-rodin-at-tate-modern-exhibition-review/

Dutch Slave Trade:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/New-Dutch-exhibition-takes-unflinching-look-at-16184549.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/18/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition-confronts-cruelty-of-dutch-trade

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-57030067

Thomas Becket:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thomas-becket-was-a-saint-for-all-seasons-11622229001

Prehistoric Keros:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/prehistoric-aegean-treasures-greece-keros-seen-first-time/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/look_across_to_keros_a_settlement_that_began_4500_years_ago_at_the_athens_municipal_gallery-2528583/

Galloway Hoard:

https://theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2021/05/museum-opening-exhibit-of-the-galloway-hoard-on-saturday/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-57253887

Tiffany Stained Glass:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-100-years-obscurity-brilliant-tiffany-stained-glass-window-shine-chicago-180977850/

A woman is in charge of the Louvre for the first time in its history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-laurence-des-cars-appointment/index.html

Theres a new archaeology museum in Piacenza, featuring the famous liver of course:

https://milano.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/21_maggio_29/misterioso-fegato-piacenza-altri-reperti-nuovo-museo-archeologico-piacentino-243c73ae-c061-11eb-b483-a79329df2c54.shtml

… and a new one in Halkida too:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/05/25/new-arethousa-archaeological-museum-opens-in-halkida-central-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/24/new-archaeological-museum-chalkida-greece/

There was a small fire at the Uffizi:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/florences-uffizi-museum-sends-400-tourists-fleeing-as-smoke-pours-out-of-roof

How COVID has affected museums:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/reopening-of-museums
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some handwritten poems of Emily Bronte are expected to fetch a high prive:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/25/emily-brontes-handwritten-poems-are-highlight-of-lost-library-auction
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57242780
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-bronte-memorabilia-going-sale-180977844/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/arts/bronte-library-sothebys-auction.html

… and there are concerns they might go to a private buyer:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/28/priceless-bronte-manuscripts-could-be-lost-to-private-buyer-warn-experts

Big bucks for an Einstein letter with his famous formula:

https://www.livescience.com/einstein-letter-emc2-sold-at-auction.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57209148
https://www.dw.com/en/letter-handwritten-by-einstein-sells-for-12-million/a-57629576

Really big bucks for a Picasso:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57113452

… and his watch fetched more than expected:

https://robbreport.com/style/watch-collector/picasso-rare-watch-smashes-pre-auction-estimate-1234615196/

Feature on a Sotheby’s auction of deaccessioned museum items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/arts/design/auctions-sothebys-christies-museums.html

Early photos/paintings of Arabia are coming to auction:

https://kawa-news.com/en/rare-and-early-images-of-the-arab-world-up-for-sale/

The UK has put an export ban on a 15th century roundel:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57287130
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/29/uk-places-export-ban-on-stunning-17m-italian-bronze-roundel

More on the sale of the Ryedale Hoard:

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/ryedale-roman-bronze-artefacts-sell-for-ps185000-at-auction-3248454
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/hoard-roman-treasure-found-ryedale-20674473

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of the population history of northern east Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/caos-ssl052721.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/last-ice-age-wiped-out-people-east-asia-well-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/study-sheds-light-on-population-history.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9724-210528-asia-ancient-genomes

More on the genome of Pestera Muierii 1:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/24/the-entire-genome-from-pestera-muierii-1-sequenced/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9710-210524-europe-genome-diversity
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where to put this study of mud cores being used to determine human impact on the earth over time:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57273664

Feature on the use of portable X-ray fluorescence analysis (pXRF) as a non-invasive way to analyse sediments:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-non-invasive-procedure-archaeological-excavating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/upf–anp052821.php
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250776

Feature on the use of the Keyence digital microscope being used to analyse some ancient Egyptian mirrors:

https://www.selectscience.net/industry-news/keyence-digital-microscope-helps-archaeologists-improve-their-understanding-of-the-ancient-world/?artID=54816

On archaeology going ‘paperless’:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-digital-archaeology-goes-paperless-1.24322958

More on machine learning and sorting pottery fragments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/science/archaeologist-neural-network-study.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ai-cracks-identifying-ancient-pottery-d2zrqpt80
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change might be behind a pre-Columbus population decline in the Amazon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/pre-columbus-climate-change-may-have.html

How climate change catastrophes shape religion:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/climate-change-catastrophe-reshape-religion

More on climate change harming petroglyphs in Indonesia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57166995
https://www.wired.com/story/climate-change-erasing-humanitys-oldest-art

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-87923-3
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Not sure where to put this one … the flooded village (dam-related) of Curon resurfaced for a few days:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/46228/20210529/lost-village-submerged-cities-curon.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-italian-village-briefly-surfaces-after-70-years-underwater-180977838/

Samos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/23/exploring-samos-the-island-of-legends/

Aegina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/swimming-among-the-ruins-of-a-glorious-ancient-greek-military-harbor/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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William Grant Still’s ‘Highway 1, USA’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/arts/music/william-grant-still-opera-st-louis.html

Marking the 120th anniversary of the Wigmore Hall in London:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/arts/music/william-grant-still-opera-st-louis.html

Medaye:

https://guardian.ng/arts-2/in-medaye-femi-osofisan-re-reads-euripides-medea/

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/theater/globe-shakespeare-coronavirus.html

Myths and Hymns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/theater/myths-and-hymns-mastervoices.html

Theater of War Frontline:

https://www.marinij.com/2021/05/26/theater-of-war-frontline-uses-greek-tragedy-to-work-through-real-trauma-during-the-pandemic/

Review of Ruth Padel’s biography of Beethoven:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/arts/music/beethoven-ruth-padel-music-poems.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
================================================================
Penycloddiau hill fort (Wonders of the Border):

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2021-05-27/the-ancient-fortress-that-sheds-new-light-on-wales-past
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Mary Queen of Scots’ pre-execution rosary (and other items) were stolen from Arundel Castle:

https://www.livescience.com/mary-queen-of-scots-beads-stolen.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/24/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-in-1m-raid-on-arundel-castle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57224777
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/arundel-castle-burglary-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-in-castle-break-in/a-57646759
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/world/europe/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-theft.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/arundel-castle-robbery-mary-queen-of-scots-rosary/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/611/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/611/pub/611/page/30/article/177290
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/rosary-beads-mary-queen-of-scots-carried-to-her-execution-stolen-in-gbp1m-heist
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-queen-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-arundel-castle-180977789/

A man is accused of dumping garbage at a Roman site in Caerleon:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19333832.man-denies-dumping-waste-ancient-roman-site-caerleon/

Court appearance for someone accused of arson at the George Rogers Clark cabin (Indiana):

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Suspect-in-court-after-fire-destroys-re-created-16199904.php

Feature on petroglyph vandalism:

https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-archaeology-petroglyph-vandalism-is-not-a-victimless-crime

More on a metal detectorist in Worcestershire finding items stolen in 2017:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-57170608
https://www.newsweek.com/first-time-metal-detectorist-finds-ancient-stolen-treasure-worth-thousands-1593419

More on accusations that Houthis in Yemen are destroying antiquities:

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/yemen/yemen-al-houthis-accused-of-systematic-ruin-of-antiquities-1.79498570
———-
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
================================================================
Some stolen items returned to Thailand from the US were received with great ceremony:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/international/ceremony-marks-return-of-stolen-thai-antiquities/videoshow/82970071.cms
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2121527/ancient-lintels-to-arrive-Friday
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57286063
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/religious-artefacts-returned-to-thailand-after-decades/article34647102.ece
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/05/25/stolen-antiquities-returned-to-thailand-after-decades/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/religious-artifacts-returned-to-thailand-after-decades-1.5442455
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3134851/ancient-thai-religious-items-make-sacred-journey-home
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9720-210527-thailand-lintels-repatriated

More on the return of stolen frescoes from Stabiae:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/18/stolen-roman-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-after-investigation
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-stolen-frescoes-returned-pompeii-180977774/

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on coins of Metapontum, Heraclea, and Sybaris:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-of-lucania-part-1-metapontum-heraclea-and-sybaris/

Feature on coins of Seleucus I Nicator:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-humble-coinage-of-the-first-seleucid-king/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n22.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eilat Mazar:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/remembering-eilat-mazar-the-archaeologist-of-jerusalem-669419
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/05/28/eilat-mazar-leading-light-israeli-biblical-archaeology-uncovered/
https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1253-dr-eilat-mazar-queen-of-jerusalem-archaeology-has-died
https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-israeli-woman-to-whom-the-stones-spoke/
https://www.thetrumpet.com/24068-dr-eilat-mazar-queen-of-jerusalem-archaeology-has-died
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/dr-eilat-mazar-famed-archeologist-of-jerusalem-passes-away/2021/05/26/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/remembering-the-archaeologist-who-uncovered-biblical-jerusalem/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/remembering-eilat-mazar/

Derek Keene:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/25/derek-keene-obituary

Faye Schulman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/europe/faye-schulman-dead.html

Sister Margherita Marchione:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/us/sister-margherita-marchione-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3074-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-16-through-may-27-2021
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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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