Explorator 24.12 ~ July 11, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 51 000 years bp carved bone is being touted as an example of Neanderthal art:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-ancient-bone-neanderthals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uog-nao070521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210706115353.htm
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-symbolic-carving-germany.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/10/science/neanderthal-deer-bone.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/51000-year-old-carved-bone-one-worlds-oldest-works-art-researchers-say-rcna1333
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105826/German-artifact-indicates-Neanderthal-s-knowledge-of-fine-art
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210705-ancient-bone-carving-could-change-the-way-we-think-about-neanderthals
https://www.dw.com/en/were-neanderthals-more-artistic-than-previously-thought/g-58048089
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/neanderthals-boiled-and-carved-a-deer-bone-51-000-years-ago-1.9967596
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/05/europe/neanderthal-engraved-giant-deer-bone-scn/index.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-07-05/hallado-un-simbolo-tallado-por-un-neandertal-hace-51000-anos.html
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k78nbe/this-51000-year-old-deer-bone-reveals-symbolic-behavior-in-neanderthals
https://www.sciencealert.com/more-evidence-found-for-sophisticated-symbolic-behavior-in-neanderthals
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/were-neanderthals-making-art-europe-unicorn-cave
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/einhornhohle-engraved-giant-deer-phalanx-09836.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/ancient-bone-carving-could-change-way.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/07/neanderthal-artists-they-decorated-bones-over-50000-years-ago/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deer-bone-carving-suggests-neanderthals-were-artists-180978123/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9828-210707-germany-neanderthal-art

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01487-z

A study of the effect of climate on human physical evolution:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-climate-size-bodies-extent-brains.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoc-cct070521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210708083900.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/08/human-body-size-shaped-by-climate-evolutionary-study-shows
https://www.npr.org/2021/07/08/1014180079/colder-climates-meant-bigger-bodies-for-ancient-humans
https://scitechdaily.com/climate-changed-the-size-of-our-bodies-and-our-brains/
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/08/world/climate-change-body-size-intl-scli-scn/index.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-24290-7

A study suggests the eruption of Toba 74 000 years bp didn’t affect early humans very much:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-early-humans-worst-effects-volcanic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/ru-hve070921.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/early-humans-were-sheltered-from-worst.html

More on Homo nesher ramla:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/nesher-ramla-homo/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-a-bone-puzzle-helped-identify-new-type-of-prehistoric-human-in-israel-672847
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/homo-who-a-new-mystery-human-species-has-been-discovered-in-israel

More on Homo longi:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/is-the-dragon-man-skull-actually-from-a-new-hominin-species/

Feature on Israel as a ‘crossroads’ for human evolution:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-is-a-crossroads-for-human-evolution-673305

Latest ‘we were wrong about Neanderthals’ piece:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/neanderthal-climate-change-meaning-dna

Pondering why homo sapiens is the ‘surviving species’:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-07-06/why-are-we-the-only-human-species-left-on-the-planet.html
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AFRICA
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A 1000 years bp Christian Cathedral in Sudan associated with the Nubian kingdom of Makuria:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-find-ruins-of-medieval-nubian-cathedral-in-sudan
https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/07/07/une-immense-cathedrale-medievale-decouverte-au-soudan/
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/archaeologists-find-the-ruins-of-the-vast-medieval-nubian-cathedral-in-sudan/293302/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-medieval-nubia-cathedral
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruins-large-nubian-church-found-sudan-180978136/

14th/15th century burials from a cave in Gabon (found long ago) apparently demonstrate deliberate facial modifications (teeth):

https://www.livescience.com/facial-modification-gabon-cave.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/burial-pit-in-cave-contains-individuals-that-practised-body-modification/139654
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-500-year-old-skulls-facial-modification-gabon-cave-180978127/

A study of the ‘cluster patterns’ of Islamic burials in Sudan over the millennia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-statistical-methods-cosmology-reveal-tomb.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/p-ait070121.php
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-islamic-tombs-hidden-pattern-cosmology.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/thousands-of-medieval-islamic-tombs-found-in-galactic-pattern-673361
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-discover-that-ancient-islamic-tombs-cluster-like-galaxies/
https://www.sciencealert.com/thousands-of-ancient-islamic-tombs-found-mysteriously-arranged-in-galactic-patterns
https://www.zmescience.com/science/thousands-of-islamic-tombs-arranged-like-stars-in-a-galaxy-found-in-sudan/

Review of Krebs, *Medieval Ethiopian Kingship*:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/09/medieval-ethiopian-kingship-craft-and-diplomacy-with-latin-europe/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco-Roman period pottery workshop from Tel Kom Aziza:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105782/Discovery-of-pottery-workshop-remains-from-Greco-Roman-era-in
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-remains-of-a-greco-roman-pottery-workshop-uncovered-in-egypt/
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-remains-of-a-greco-roman-pottery-workshop-uncovered-in-egypt/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/06/c_1310046338.htm
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/africa/egypt-announces-two-archaeological-finds-in-just-one-day-a7f1c3b8-89bb-57bc-a13a-3306d5dabc92
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/07/greco-roman-pottery-workshop-discovered-in-egypt/

Features on the ‘extraction’ and restoration of the second Khufu boat as a Japanese/Egyptian cooperative effort:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/416631/Heritage/Egyptian-Japanese-archaeological-mission-to-excava.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105738/Fruitful-cooperation-between-Egypt-Japan-in-restoring-Second-Khufu-Solar
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/second-khufu-solar-ship-09072021/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9835-210708-egypt-khufu-boat

Feature on Egyptian copper mines in the Arabeh:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/copper-mines-in-the-arabah/

Feature on the Philae temples:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/07/09/ARTILWoT0RnVN6STe3jUkXHr210709.shtml

A ‘dam crisis’ in Ethiopia is affecting Egyptian antiquities:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210705-egypts-antiquities-are-a-pawn-in-the-ethiopia-dam-crisis/

4500 years bp artifacts (mostly Elamite, it appears) from the Hirbodan hill site in Iran’s Fars province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462788/Ancient-tombs-relics-architectural-vestiges-discovered-in-southern

Finds/structures from various eras (Bronze Age to Qajar) from a site in Iran’s Khorasan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462789/Bronze-Age-ancient-relics-unearthed-near-once-residence-of-Iran-s

Neolithic finds from the yard of an apartment in Bilecik (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/some-8-500-year-old-human-skeletons-found-in-apartment-yard-166045
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9831-210707-turkey-neolithic-music

A 3700 years bp ‘smiley face emoji’ pot is going on display in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/3700-year-old-worlds-1st-smiley-face-to-be-exhibited-in-se-turkey
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-smile-emoji-comes-to-archaeology-museum-166064

Treasure hunters are apparently thriving in pandemic times in Turkey (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/illegal-digs-of-treasure-hunters-thrive-amid-pandemic-in-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pandemic-led-treasure-hunters-to-carry-out-illegal-excavations-166067

Feature/rethink on some Gobekli Tepe astronomy:

https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4206/1

A major 2000 years bp structure find near the Western Wall:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/magnificent-2000-year-old-city-hall-unearthed-near-western-wall/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/lavish-second-temple-period-building-found-by-western-wall-in-jerusalem-673205
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/luxurious-banquet-hall-temple-mount-unearthed-jerusalem-king-herod-1.9981254
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309480
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/sk04ay4pu
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-second-temple-era-building-discovered-in-jerusalem/2021/07/08/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/09/magnificent-2000-year-old-city-hall-unearthed-near-western-wall/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/472637/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-magnificent-second-temple-era-banquet-hall/
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/israeli-archaeologists-hail-discovery-of-new-second-temple-era-buildings/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/07/08/magnificent-2000-year-old-public-building-unearthed-near-western-wall/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-2000-year-old-public-building-unearthed-jerusalem-180978128/

… and the spin that it supports the theory that Herod didn’t finish the Second Temple complex:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/luxurious-banquet-hall-temple-mount-unearthed-jerusalem-king-herod-1.9981254

More on those shark teeth found in the City of David:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/cache-of-80-million-year-old-shark-teeth-found-in-solomon-era-site-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-someone-collect-prehistoric-shark-teeth-in-jerusalems-city-of-david-673150
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/ancient-shark-tooth-collection-uncovered/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/the-city-of-david-and-the-sharks-teeth-mystery/139628
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-city-of-david-and-sharks-teeth.html

Feature on seven ‘real’ religious figures from the New Testament:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/7-real-religious-figures-from-the-new-testament/

Feature on the Copper Scroll:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/copper-scroll-qumran

An excavation project in Qassim (Saudi Arabia) is under way:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/608460
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1888391/saudi-arabia
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A pair of 2400 years bp marble statues and an inscription of the Temple of Zeus Lepsynos excavations:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/life/2500-year-old-statues-inscription-unearthed-in-western-turkey-3576272

A 4th century BCE Etruscan burial of a ‘boy’ wearing a warrior’s belt from Pontecagnano:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/07/06/boys-remains-found-in-etruscan-outpost-in-campania_5fbaa22a-8711-4e15-93d9-ae59e565868b.html
https://www.vesuviolive.it/cultura-napoletana/398546-pontecagnano-tomba-fanciullo-guerriero/
https://www.statoquotidiano.it/07/07/2021/pontecagnano-scoperta-tomba-di-un-giovane-guerriero/872340/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9840-210709-etruscan-bronze-belt

Evidence of a Thracian tower structure from Bourgas (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2021/07/08/archaeology-observation-tower-ancient-sanctuary-from-hellenistic-era-found-near-bulgarias-bourgas/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9841-210709-bulgaria-thracian-fort

Human and animal bones dating to Roman times from a Bucks secondary school site:

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19420561.roman-remains-found-misbourne/

… related piece on Roman remains in Bucks:

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19425522.places-bucks-roman-remains/

A study reconstructing Mediterranean silver trade in the Late Bronze/Iron Age period:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-scientists-reconstruct-mediterranean-silver-trojan.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/gc-srm070221.php
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-researchers-civilization-collapsed-in-1200-b-c-e-but-the-silver-trade-didn-t-1.9977430
https://scitechdaily.com/mediterranean-silver-trade-reconstructed-from-trojan-war-to-roman-republic/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/scientists-reconstruct-mediterranean-silver-trade-from-trojan-war-to-roman-republic/139625
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/scientists-reconstruct-mediterranean.html

A study of a Roman hoard found in the Netherlands a couple years ago suggest they were an offering for safe passage across a river:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-coin-hoard-by-river.html

Excavations are restarting at Lyttos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/excavations-are-beginning-in-ancient.html

… and at the Temple of Zeus in Magnesia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-begin-on-zeus-temple-in-western-turkeys-magnesia/news

Not sure about these claims of identifying the tomb of Olympias:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/10/bidas-alexander-the-great-korinos/

More on the ‘naked horseman’ relief found at Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-57636657
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/vindolanda-horseman-ancient-carving-1234598273/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/vindolanda-horseman-09827.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9825-210706-england-vindolanda-carving

More on the Vasca Votiva pool dating:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-infinity-pool-used-for-religious-rituals-672833
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-finally-date-ancient-italian-infinity-pool/news

More on the 1800 years bp headless statue from Metropolis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/1_800_year_old_headless_greek_statue_found_at_turkey_s_metropolis_site-2847222/

More on that ‘double burial’ from Bath:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/sarcophagus-cremation-burial-from-roman-times-discovered-in-bath-672816
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-two-skeletons-bath-england-1234597638/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61706
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-coffin-reveals-roman-burial-practices-180978112/

More on efforts to restore and return a Roman kiln to Highgate:

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/highgate-kiln-fundraising-launch-8122000

The House of the Vestals in the Roman Forum has opened to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-house-of-vestal-virgins-reopens-in-roman-forum.html
https://www.laprensalatina.com/roman-forums-house-of-the-vestals-opened-after-8-year-restoration/

Honours for Jeanne Marie Neumann:

https://www.davidson.edu/news/2021/07/09/professor-jeanne-marie-neumann-wins-triple-crown

Review of El Hilo de Oro:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-05/lecciones-de-los-clasicos-para-un-mundo-en-crisis.html

Interesting feature on how the Barbegal watermills worked:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/reconstructing-roman-industrial-engineering/

Feature on the evidence for lead poisoning in the Roman empire:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/did-lead-poisoning-cause-downfall-of-roman-empire-the-jury-is-still-out/

Feature on a pair of statues found at Merenda in the 1970s:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/phrasikleia-boy-attic-statues/

Feature on Amathus:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/amathus-the-ancient-royal-city-of-cyprus/

Feature on the Meta Romuli:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/the-meta-romuli-the-lost-roman-pyramid/139645

Feature on the conversion of the Parthenon to a Christian church:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/09/parthenon-christian-church/

Feature on John Wesley Gilbert:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/05/john-wesley-gilbert-first-african-american-archaeologist-athens/

Feature on Achilles and Patroclus:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/204515/heroes-achilles-and-patroclus-homosexuality-debates-and-popular-culture/

Feature on the Palace of Knossos:

https://mymodernmet.com/minoan-palace-of-knossos-crete/

Feature on Heraclitus:

https://psyche.co/films/a-leaf-a-bird-and-a-fisherman-animate-heraclitus-aphorism-on-flux

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/the-dirty-dog-of-philosophy/

Feature on Eratosthenes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/10/how-the-greeks-knew-that-the-earth-was-round-2500-years-ago/

Feature on Marcus Aurelius:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/marcus-aurelius-leader-rome-emperor-warrior/

Feature on Elagablus:

https://www.culturedmag.com/a-dance-for-the-gods-elagabalus-short-stay-on-the-roman-throne/

Feature on the origins of the Olympic games:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/06/the-fascinating-past-and-origins-of-the-olympic-games/

Feature on kissing in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/06/kissing-ancient-greece-greeting-sign-respect/

Haven’t had a feature on those dodecahedron things in a while:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/roman-dodecahedrons

Interesting reception of the Metamorphoses:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/books/turning-to-ovid-in-a-moment-of-transition.html

More on ‘pressure’ to return the Parthenon Marbles in the wake of National Museum of Scotland decisions:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/pressure-grows-on-uk-to-hand-back-elgin.html

More on the transfer of antiquities found during Metro construction in Thessalonika:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/07/the-council-of-state-says-yes-to-transfer-of-antiquities-from-venizelos-station/

Pondering how Romans would react to the new statue of Princess Diana:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-the-romans-would-have-made-of-dianas-statue

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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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Bronze Age burials found by children playing in the sand in Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/children-find-bronze-age-corpse-grave-while-playing-in-sandpit-23070
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/126-1403/world/1737-poland-bronze-age-lusatian-cemetery-children

On the final day of a crowd-funded dig at a Viking site in Shetland, ‘significant’ remains of a structure were found:

https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2021/07/04/hugely-significant-discoveries-made-on-final-day-of-excavation-to-find-shetlands-ancient-viking-capital

Study of Viking trade and connections (maybe) to ‘Danelaw’:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue56/10/index.html

A dozen possibly medieval burials from a site near an Exeter park:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/remains-12-bodies-found-near-5633644

A ‘mystery object’ found by a metal detectorist in Norfolk might be part of an Anglo-Saxon sword:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57681725

More on those Viking/Christian burials of 8 people (including twin infants) from a 1000 years bp site in Sweden:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-burials-twin-infants-sweden.html
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-skeletons-children-adults-viking-era-tombs-1607337
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9826-210706-sweden-christian-vikings

More on the remains of a 10th century church built by Otto I from a site in Saxony:

https://www.livescience.com/otto-the-great-church-discovered.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61716
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/church-discovered-helfta-germany-1234598283/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9836-210708-germany-medieval-church

More on the identification of the text on a medieval Norfolk seal:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/mystery-of-medieval-norfolk-seal-solved-twitter-man-8130308
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57678500
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9837-210709-medieval-seal-inscription

More on a 13th century relief in a Dumfries and Galloway church possible commemorating the assassination of an abbot:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/13th-century-carving-records-abbots-assassination-at-scottish-abbey-3294908
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61732
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9830-210707-scotland-medieval-carving

More on the hundreds of medieval burials excavated from a Pembrokshire beach:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-just-uncovered-almost-200-bodies-wales-180978111/

More on the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/tiny-snails-help-solve-a-giant-mystery

More on that burial of a girl found in Sevilla’s Real Alcazar:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/07/05/mystery-of-girls-skeleton-at-sevillas-real-alcazar/

Plans to rebuild the Saksi Palace in Poland:

https://www.jpost.com/international/poland-to-rebuild-palace-where-german-enigma-codes-were-first-cracked-673390

Concerns (and a resulting campaign) for Offa’s Dyke:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jul/05/campaign-hopes-shore-up-offas-dyke-future-threats
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57748159

Feature on a Neolithic burial chamber in Barry (Wales):

https://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/19420197.archaeology-cymru-secrets-mysterious-neolithic-stone-burial-chamber-barry-revealed/

Feature on finds made over the years from various periods in Worcester:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19420947.skulls-coins-norman-buildings-incredible-things-found-digging-worcester/

Feature on an Anglo Saxon coin hoard found in Watford in 1980:

https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/19428758.1-000-year-old-anglo-saxons-coins-found-watford-1980/

Feature on the search for ancient submerged Alpine settlements:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/how-science-is-helping-unearth-ancient.html

Feature on the wreck of the San Giacomo:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-04/los-secretos-del-galeon-san-giacomo-salen-a-la-luz-contra-viento-y-marea.html

Interesting feature on a 19th century volcanic island that briefly emerged then disappeared in the Mediterranean:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210708-the-mediterraneans-short-lived-atlantis

A portrait of Richard III is back ‘home’ in the Yorkshire Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57718261
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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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8200 years bp (!) lacquerware from Zhejiang:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2107091793/
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0710/c90000-9870377.html

700 years bp tombs with carved brick murals from Shandong:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-08/700-year-old-tombs-with-carved-brick-murals-unearthed-in-E-China-11INQdd8KAw/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-07/08/content_77613468.htm

China unveiled six restored 5000 years bp pillars at the Liangzhu City site:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-11/Liangzhu-Ancient-City-unveils-restored-5-000-year-old-wooden-pillars–11NU8qChgWs/index.html

Feature on a pair of interesting Tang dynasty terracotta equestrian figurines:

https://smarthistory.org/tomb-figures-man-woman-on-horseback-tang/

More on the 3000 years bp shark attack victim:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-known-shark-attack
https://www.thehansindia.com/offbeat/archaeologist-recreated-the-first-recorded-shark-attacked-victim-who-died-3000-years-ago-694954
https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/ancient-shark-attack

More on that 8th century CE palatial residence from Nara:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/massive-ruins-found-in-nara-likely.html

Late Harappan-Era finds from a site in Jalgaon:

https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/maharashtra-archaeologist-discover-late-harappan-era-artefacts-at-virgin-site-in-jalgaon

Latest find from the dig at the Keeladi site in Tamil Nadu is a decorated terracotta vessel of some sort:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/terracotta-container-with-designs-found-in-keeladi/articleshow/84292846.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/terracotta-container-unearthed-in-keeladi/articleshow/84304736.cms

More on evidence of a 4000 years bp settlement from Odisha:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/4000-year-old-settlement-found-during-odisha-excavation/article35109780.ece
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9838-210709-india-odisha-settlement

Plans to rebuild the wall of the Jal Mahal that collapsed a while ago:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/jal-mahals-collapsed-wall-to-be-rebuilt-278378

Concerns for a Umasahita sculpture in Maneri:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/ancient-historical-sculpture-lies-neglected-in-maneri/articleshow/84126825.cms

Concerns for an 800 years bp temple in Kakatiya:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/800-yr-old-kakatiya-temple-in-ruins/articleshow/84221377.cms

Concerns for the Chola-era Kattilmadam shrine in Kerala:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/kattilmadam-the-chola-era-temple-lies-neglected/article35220158.ece

Concerns for a Hindu temple in Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3139738/crumbling-hindu-temple-tales-animal-sacrifice-all-part

Feature on petroglyphs from the Deccan region:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/ancient-art-throws-light-on-ways-of-our-ancestors/articleshow/84310044.cms

Pondering the future of sites in Afghanistan:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/will-afghanistans-ancient-historical-sites-again-face-taliban-threats/articleshow/84167155.cms
https://www.thehansindia.com/hans/opinion/news-analysis/will-afghan-ancient-historical-sites-again-face-talib-threats-694484

I think we mentioned the dating of petroglyphs in the Callao Caves and the implications for migration:

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1146081
https://canadianinquirer.net/2021/07/archaeologists-say-ancient-rock-art-sheds-light-on-folk-migration/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the ‘Dark Emu’ debate:

https://theconversation.com/how-the-dark-emu-debate-limits-representation-of-aboriginal-people-in-australia-163006

Interview with Maddison Miller on Indigenous heritage management:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/blueprintforliving/the-relationship-between-heritage-and-country/13436762
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NORTH AMERICA
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An update from the dig at Plymouth Rock:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2021/07/09/dig-at-pilgrim-and-native-american-memorial-near-plymouth-rock-reveals-a-chilling-history/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/dig-at-pilgrim-and-native-american-memorial-sparks-intrigue/2021/07/09/59aac4be-e073-11eb-a27f-8b294930e95b_story.html

Latest find from the Colonial Michiimackinac site is a pocketknife of uncertain date:

https://www.mlive.com/news/2021/07/knife-unearthed-at-historic-mackinaw-city-fort-an-exciting-find.html
https://www.michiganradio.org/post/archaeologists-unearth-unique-artifact-fort-michilimackinac-pocketknife
https://www.9and10news.com/2021/07/05/archaeologists-make-exciting-find-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9832-210707-michigan-colonial-knife

A 200 years bp or so canoe find from a South Carolina river:

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/environment/article252664728.html
https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-science-south-carolina-f63ddaf8111a513703fefecaeee378f9

Assorted small finds from various eras (including a Civil War pin) from the Astor House dig in Golden (CO):

https://kdvr.com/news/civil-war-pin-coins-excavated-from-goldens-historic-astor-house/
https://www.9news.com/article/features/astor-house-golden/73-ab90c0db-3c13-4c5d-ab3e-0b4fd2bac179

Arrowheads, prehistoric ceramics, and 1860s shell casings from a dig at the Willow Creek site in Wyoming:

https://www.wyomingnews.com/rocketminer/news/state/archaeology-dig-near-tie-siding-yields-extensive-artifacts/article_141203f5-05a1-54e4-8e00-e9d7ff176a66.html

Some 19th century ‘everyday’ remains from a dig on the Notre Dame campus:

https://wsbt.com/news/local/archaeological-dig-uncovers-pieces-of-19th-century-notre-dame

Descendents of enslaved persons are participating in a dig at that Jesuit plantation site in Maryland:

https://religionnews.com/2021/07/09/descendants-of-enslaved-people-join-dig-on-former-jesuit-plantation/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/descendants-of-enslaved-people-join-dig-on-former-jesuit-plantation/2021/07/09/356b2b2a-e104-11eb-a27f-8b294930e95b_story.html

Plans for more excavations in the wake of finds of pottery and arrowheads at a Laramie (Wy) site:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wyoming/articles/2021-07-05/archaeologists-plan-more-digging-after-wyoming-finds

A field school at Fort Vancouver is resuming:

https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/public-archaeology-field-school-returns-to-fort-vancouver-to-investigate-19th-century-epidemic-hospital/

More on Chickasaw people repurposing metal items after the routing of de Soto:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/after-routing-de-soto-chickasaws.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9827-210706-mississippi-chickasaw-metal

A study of the ‘catastrophic’ effect of Christian missions on Native Americans:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-07-05/un-estudio-detalla-el-catastrofico-efecto-de-las-misiones-cristianas-en-los-nativos-de-america.html

Plans for restoration of a number of gravemarkers in Fredericton’s Old Loyalist Burial Ground:

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/centuries-old-gravestones-to-be-restored-in-fredericton-s-old-loyalist-burial-ground-1.5498653

I think we mentioned the research season at the Franklin Expedition sites was being postponed this year:

https://www.arctictoday.com/parks-canada-to-resume-work-on-terror-erebus-next-year/
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/parks-canada-defers-2021-research-160000595.html

… Parks Canada’s underwater research team will concentrate on eastern Canada this season:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/parks-canadas-underwater-archaeological-team-151800787.html

OpEd on the plundering of Native American burials:

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2021/07/09/will-the-mass-robbery-of-native-american-graves-ever-end/

Feature on a talk by Luke Trout on the archaeological remains of the Ute people:

https://www.theheraldtimes.com/archaeologists-research-reveals-rich-ute-history/rio-blanco-county/

On the history of development of Chicago:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/07/07/climate/chicago-river-lake-michigan.html

What Frederick Douglass thought about the 4th of July:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/04/frederick-douglass-july-4th-slavery/

… and a feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/all-it-presents-full-bio-frederick-douglass/

What the 4th of July meant for Jewish communities of the 13 colonies:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/fourth-of-july-americas-245th-birthday-and-what-it-meant-for-us-jews-672851

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Scholars feel they are closer to identifying that shipwreck found in Antigua a few weeks ago:

https://antiguaobserver.com/experts-a-step-closer-to-formally-identifying-historic-english-harbour-shipwreck/

More on what fecal records reveal about how climate change affected the Maya in Guatemala:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/where-archaeology-can-t-go-fecal-signals-in-lake-reveal-mayan-secrets-1.9960242
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-people-poop-holds-more-clues-to-the-collapse-of-maya-civilization
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/fecal-records-show-maya-population.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/05/faecal-records-show-maya-population-affected-by-climate-change/

I think this find of a shipwreck carrying Maya slaves from the Yucatan is a rather old story (?):

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/07/historic-sunken-ship-carrying-maya-slaves-discovered-in-yucatan/

Feature on the United States of Bolivia:

https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-sabado/noticia/de-estados-unidos-a-bolivia-asi-fue-el-primer-dia-de-otros-procesos-constituyentes-del-mundo/WF4EHLUXWFB2LJFKTKHSXUJNIQ/

A listing of this month’s online lectures relating to the Ancient Americas:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
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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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Apparently there are ‘lead dust’ concerns arising from the Notre Dame restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/06/french-authorities-accused-of-grave-negligence-over-notre-dame-lead-dust

Plans to return to the search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance:

https://www.livescience.com/scientists-renew-search-for-endurance.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57725493
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9756747/Archaeology-Antarctic-expedition-intends-search-Shackletons-lost-ship-Endurance.html

Conservators have found a portait of the first emperor (and empress) of Mexico painted over a portrait of Charles IV and Maria Luisa:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61712

Feature on artistic depictions of the horrors of war:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210706-kent-monkmans-the-scream-images-that-define-atrocities

Feature on French Symbolism:

https://www.christies.com/features/An-introduction-to-French-Symbolism-11770-1.aspx

Shakespeare’s classroom origianlly had a painting of the Last Supper, apparently:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-discovery-william-shakespeare-school-room-poetry

Feature on Albrecht Durer:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/albrecht-durer-was-an-artist-on-the-move-11625855154

Pondering the earliest music:

https://gizmodo.com/what-was-the-earliest-music-1847033859

Pondering what ancient languages sounded like:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/07/what-did-ancient-languages-sound-like

An excerpt from that recently-found Proust manuscript:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/12/young-girls

On the moving of Thomas Becket’s bones:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/why-did-they-move-thomas-beckets-bones/

Feature on six of the oldest maps:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/6-of-the-worlds-oldest-maps

On the history of caffeine use:

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/jul/06/caffeine-coffee-tea-invisible-addiction-is-it-time-to-give-up

On the effect of the sale of the Borden House on Lizzie’s history:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/borden-murder-house-new-hands-will-real-history-get-hatchet-180978114/

Feature on Anne of Cleves surviving her marriage to Henry VIII:

https://www.themarysue.com/anne-of-cleves-henry-viii-481-years/

On the role of archaeologists in wildfire season:

https://www.10news.com/lifestyle/how-archaeologists-play-a-central-role-during-wildfire-season

On the African roots of Brazil’s capoeira:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-57429972

On the history of the Adirondack chair:

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/culture/article/Adirondack-chair-became-enduring-outdoor-mainstay-16300141.php

Feature on the acrobatic folks repairing Italy’s domes and bridges:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rope-access-restoration-italian-monuments/

Feature on ‘Bombay Time’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bombay-time

A lawsuit arising from the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt:

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/lawsuit-claims-forrest-fenn-who-sparked-yearslong-treasure-hunt-moved-loot-on-eve-of-discovery/2869969/

Jewish-Uzbek historical archives are now open to the public:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/jewish-uzbek-historical-archives-open-up-to-the-public-673217

More on experiments recreating the lighting used by folks making cave art:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-cave-art-lighting-torch-lamp

Latest on the impending USheffield archaeology fight:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/university-of-sheffield-urged-to-reconsider-closing-archaeology-department-as-d-day-draws-near-3299891
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Charlottesville removed its statue of Robert E Lee:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57788220
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/charlottesville-robert-e-lee-statue-removed/2021/07/10/dbf689c4-df4e-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html

On the origins of quarantine in Dubrovnik:

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/06/1012490871/how-a-medieval-city-dealing-with-the-black-death-invented-quarantine

Comparing the societal effects of COVID 19 and the Plague:

https://www.marketplace.org/2021/07/08/pandemics-plagues-and-innovation-in-history-the-striking-parallels-between-covid-19-and-the-black-death/

A call to preserve Indigenous and local ‘knowledge systems’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/sfu-swo070621.php

On the role of Native Americans in shaping US democracy:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-native-americans-shape-u-s-democracy

Feature on the history of Haiti:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/key-events-in-the-history-of-haiti-haiti-spanish-jovenel-moise-france-christopher-columbus-b1880078.html

Pondering changing the name of the gypsy moth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/science/gypsy-moth-romani-entomological-society.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A study of 17th century canine feces from Alaska reveal much about their diets:

https://news.ubc.ca/2021/07/07/ancient-canine-feces-reveal-17th-century-sled-dogs-diet/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoy-cfr070521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210706191614.htm
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/frozen-feces-a-poop-scoop-reveals-diet-of-arctic-sled-dogs-three-centuries-ago

On the origins of watermelons:

https://www.livescience.com/where-do-watermelons-come-from.html

On reviving extinct wheat strains in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-scientists-have-revived-extinct-israeli-wheat-strains-now-comes-the-taste-test-1.9961620

On the evolution of pets’ annoying habits:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210707-the-evolutionary-reasons-for-our-pets-most-annoying-habits
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Painting, Politics, and the Monuments Men (various spins):

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/05/1010947828/a-story-of-war-theft-and-a-beautiful-woman-back-in-the-u-s-after-70-years
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/us-berlin-plunder-museums
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monuments-men-world-war-ii-nazi-art-cultural-heritage-180978131/

Thomas Becket:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n14/julia-smith/at-the-british-museum
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-erase-a-saint-thomas-becket-and-henry-viii/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-erase-a-saint-thomas-becket-and-henry-viii

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/torlonia-marbles-rome-exhibition-capitoline-museums/

Ancient Greeks:

https://www.perthnow.com.au/community-news/eastern-reporter/wa-museum-boola-bardip-unveils-first-major-international-exhibition-ancient-greeks-c-3175868

Nautical Culture of the Prehistoric Aegean:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/09/nautical-culture-prehistoric-aegean-crete/

Nero:

https://aeon.co/videos/a-balanced-account-of-neros-life-reveals-the-editing-and-destruction-of-history-making

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/legion-of-honor-pompeii-show-1986994

Richard III:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/largest-collection-of-king-richard-iii-treasures-ever-assembled-to-go-on-display-in-york-thanks-to-loan-of-portrait-3302025

Epic Iran:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/epic-iran-victoria-and-albert-museum/

Paolo Veneziano:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/getty-show-to-shed-new-light-on-paolo-veneziano-s-triptych

Egyptian Miitary throughout the Ages:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/07/10/luxor-museum-hosts-temporary-exhibition-on-egyptian-military-throughout-ages/

Van Gogh:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/van-gogh-s-self-portraits-what-do-they-really-reveal

Coffee Origins and Culture:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/coffee-origins-and-culture-explored-in-museum-of-islamic-art-673269

Opinion piece pondering whether we should break up major museums:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/from-the-louvre-to-the-met-should-we-break-up-major-museums

Feature on the British Museum’s latter day ‘monuments men’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/architecture/meet-british-museums-monument-men-team-tracking-looted-artefacts/

Review of Dan Hicks, *The Brutish Museums*:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/brutish-museums-dan-hicks-review/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Nazi-looted Van Dyck recovered by the Monuments Men is heading to auction:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/a-17th-century-van-dyck-painting-stolen-by-the-nazis-and-recovered-by-the-monuments-men-makes-auction-debut-01625599466
https://www.jpost.com/international/art-stolen-by-nazis-put-up-for-sale-in-london-auction-house-673091

Big bucks for a Da Vinci drawing of a bear after much hype:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57735318
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/08/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-drawing-sold-christies.html
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/07/08/britain-Leonard-da-Vinci-drawing-auction/7931625776521/
https://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/1034-tiny-bear-study-sets-record-for-leonardo-da-vinci-drawing-at-122-
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/leonardo-da-vinci-bear-sketch/index.html

… and a feature on its importance:

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/university-of-nottingham-leonardos-bear-sheds-light-on-history-of-bears-in-european-culture/

… and the sale has triggered a legal battle in France:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210707-sale-of-rare-leonardo-drawing-triggers-legal-battle-in-france

That Picasso found in a Maine closet fetched a nice price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-closet-maine-50-years-picasso-work-sells-150000-180978118/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of DaVinci’s DNA has turned up more descendents:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/tca-ldv070221.php
https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-family-history.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jul/06/leonardo-da-vinci-project-finds-14-living-male-descendants
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/leonardo-da-vinci-new-family-tree-spans.html

A study of some paleolithic DNA from Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14374025
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9829-210707-paleolithic-japan-dna

A study of DNA from enslaved persons who word at a 19th century iron forge in Maryland:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/09/african-american-cemetery-catoctin-enslaved-faces/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A facial reconstruction has been incorporated into a puppet to create ‘Medieval Mark’:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/meet-medieval-mark-the-puppet-that-reveals-what-a-man-in-leith-from-700-years-ago-looked-like-3298735

More on the origins of ‘rock varnish’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/solving-long-standing-mystery-about.html

More on development of robots to search for shipwrecks:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/04/deep-sea-robots-will-let-us-find-millions-of-shipwrecks-says-man-who-discovered-titanic
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What 300 000 (more or less) years bp ostrich eggshell reveals about climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoe-aoe070721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210708103628.htm

In case you missed the item on climate change being more to blame for megafauna extinctions than humans:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/global-climate-dynamics-drove-decline.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Utah petroglyphs:

https://www.ksl.com/article/50197124/seeing-the-past-into-the-future-while-protecting-utahs-rock-art

Italian Gardens:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-gardens-botanical-tourism-cmd/index.html

Roman empire:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/07/a-roman-road-trip-tips-for-travelling-the-roman-empire-this-summer/

Forks of the Road:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/03/us/forks-of-the-road-national-park.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Benedetta:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210709-benedetta-five-stars-for-verhoevens-torrid-melodrama

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CRIME BEAT
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Russian ‘looting’ of sites in the Crimea is a major issue right now:

https://www.rferl.org/a/crimea-archaeological-treasures-russia/31339510.html
https://www.eurasiareview.com/05072021-from-scythians-to-goths-looting-russia-strikes-gold-digging-up-crimean-antiquities-analysis/

A pair of pensioner metal detectorists are in trouble for things found in Dolianova:

https://www.cagliaripad.it/540235/dolianova-a-caccia-di-reperti-con-metal-detector-nei-guai-due-pensionati/

More on arrests of a prominent businessman and MP in Egypt for smuggling antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/416666/Egypt/Politics-/Court-upholds-order-to-seize-funds-of-Egyptian-bus.aspx
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-raids-over-egyptian-treasure-haul-gqf2nkfvp

More on the bust in Egypt of a trio trying to sell an ancient statue:

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egypt-authorities-thwart-attempt-to-smuggle-antiquities-1.80428994
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Nigeria has demanded that Germany return Benin items within a year:

https://allafrica.com/stories/202107080560.html
https://www.thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2021/07/09/nigeria-asks-german-govt-to-return-looted-benin-artefacts-within-one-year/

… and Germany has agreed:

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/germany-agrees-to-return-dozens-of-nigerias-stolen-antiquities

… and has put together a Benin Bronzes database:

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/germany-publishes-benin-bronzes-digital-database/288535/

A backgrounder on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/benin-bronzes-history-age-how-old-looted-stolen-controversy-repatriation/

A German museum has returned a Lakota Chief’s shirt:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/weltkulturen-museum-repatriates-lakota-chief-shirt-1234598302/

Harvard is going to return Standing Bear’s tomahawk:

https://newsadvance.com/news/national/harvard-returning-standing-bears-tomahawk-to-nebraska-tribe/article_e54104cb-6413-513a-8bf8-2ead4ac04df6.html

Another set of items in the British Museum wanted by descendents of the Gweagal people who met the Endeavour:

https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/triplej-breakfast/rodney-kelly-gweagal-shiels-british-museum/13433506

Some recovered illegally excavated mosaics are heading for the Zeugma Museum:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61746

The return of paintings stolen from the National Gallery in 2012 is under way:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/09/the-return-of-the-stolen-paintings-from-the-national-gallery-is-proceeding/

More on the Brooklyn Museum’s return of a pile of pre-Hispanic items to Costa Rica:

https://www.wionews.com/photos/brooklyn-museum-returns-1305-artefacts-to-costa-rica-395732
https://www.laprensalatina.com/costa-rica-recovers-archaeological-pieces-removed-by-us-tycoon/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brooklyn-museum-returns-more-1300-objects-costa-rica-180978122/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9833-210708-caribbean-artifacts-repatriated
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NUMISMATICA
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Interview with Elena Stolyarik on the ANS collection:

https://coinweek.com/education/managing-the-ans-collection-an-interview-with-elena-stolyarik/

Feature on mintmarks on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/on-ancient-mintmarks-and-determining-an-ancient-coins-origin/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n28.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lisa French:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lisa-french-obituary-h9kgwbk8x

Christopher Taylor:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/09/christopher-taylor-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3086-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-27-through-july-3-2021
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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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