Explorator 25.13 ~ July 17, 2022

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).
============================================================
EARLY HOMINIDS
============================================================
Evidence of a human presence in Kazakhstan some 48 000 years bp:

https://m.akipress.com/news:673459:Traces_of_a_man_who_lived_48,000_years_ago_found_in_a_cave_in_Kazakhstan/

Prehistoric petroglyphs (they seem to imply Neanderthal origins) from central Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/474534/Prehistoric-arts-discovered-in-caves-in-central-Iran

A study of several teeth from early humans suggests some are homo and some are australopithecine or paranthopus:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-fossil-tooth-analysis-earliest-humans.html

Suggestion that palaeoanthropologists need to be more cautious in their research announcements:

https://scitechdaily.com/accurate-hominin-data-getting-the-fossil-record-right-on-human-evolution/

Pondering when humans and/or neanderthals began making art:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2328736-when-did-humans-start-making-art-and-were-neanderthals-artists-too/

More on fire and palaeolithic art from a rock shelter in France:

https://the-past.com/news/palaeolithic-people-created-art-by-firelight-new-study-suggests/

More on a possible Denisovan tooth find in Laos:

https://the-past.com/news/denisovan-tooth-found-in-laos/

More on that jawbone from a Spanish cave which might be the oldest human fossil in Europe:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-jawbone-hominid-spain/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/europe-oldest-human-fossil-spain-b2120969.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/12/the-face-of-the-first-european-found-in-atapuerca/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10675-220711-spain-atapuerca-fossil
============================================================
AFRICA
============================================================
Feature on those manuscripts from Timbuktu which were smuggled out during revolutionary times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/12/world/africa/timbuktu-mali-manuscripts.html

In case you missed the CT study of a 2000 years bp pregnant mummy which appears to have had nasopharygeal cancer:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C92960%2Cpossible-traces-cancer-discovered-egyptian-mummy-national-museum-warsaw.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64563
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/11/possible-traces-of-cancer-discovered-in-egyptian-mummy/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10687-220715-egyptian-mummy-cancer

Ongoing concerns for Libyan antiquities:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/libyan-antiquities-risk-political-instability-conflict
============================================================
ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
============================================================
A 26th/27th Dynasty burial of a ‘commander of foreign soldiers in Abusir’:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/471518.aspx
https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologists-discover-tomb-ancient-egyptian-dignitary-abusir-8756157
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/07/16/egypt-uncovers-unique-ancient-tomb-of-the-commander-of-foreign-troops/

I think we mentioned this Greco-Roman era burial of 20 mummies from Aswan:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2004951/middle-east

Interesting feature on a letter from Howard Carter with his thoughts about Tut’s ‘curse’:

https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/14/howard-carters-thoughts-on-tutankhamuns-curse-revealed-in-letter-17000248/

Feature on Egypt’s female rulers:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/ancient-egypts-fiercest-female-rulers

Zahi Hawass is looking for the tomb of Imhotep:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/07/16/zahi-hawass-searching-for-imhoteps-tomb-in-saqqara/

Ottoman and Byzantine structures near Hagia Sophia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ottoman-and-byzantine-era-remains-unearthed-175261

Excavations at Tell Deir ‘Alla (Jordan) suggest a possible 13th century BCE settlement:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeological-excavations-tell-deir-%E2%80%98alla-point-iron-age-settlement

A Second Temple era mikveh (and otherwater supply-related finds) from near the Western Wall:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hy0tepyjq
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/15/content_78324188.htm

Work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre revealed the rock layers of the quarry used during the church’s construction:

https://custodia.org/en/news/statement-state-conservation-work-floor-basilica-holy-sepulchre
https://hyperallergic.com/747970/holy-sepulchre-church-excavation-unearths-constantine-era-rock-layers/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-711881
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/14/holy-sepulchre-excavation-presented-to-the-local-communities/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10679-220713-jerusalem-constantine-quarry

More on that 8000 years bp ‘mother goddess’ figurine from Sha’ar HaGolan:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/8-000-year-old-yarmukian-mother-goddess-figurine-uncovered-at-sha-ar-hagolan/ar-AAZk90n
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10676-220711-israel-neolithic-figurine

More on mosaics from Huqoq apparently depicting Deborah and Jael:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-711887
https://www.thedailybeast.com/oldest-images-of-wildly-misunderstood-biblical-heroines-found
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/deborah_the_judge/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-earliest-known-images-of-two-badass-biblical-heroines-deborah-and-jael-are-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-israel-2145766
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/huqoq-biblical-heroines-mosaics-1234633758/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/11/archaeologists-reveal-first-known-depictions-of-two-biblical-heroines/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosaic-two-biblical-heroines-excavated-israel-180980412/

More on the 1200 years bp mosque remains from the Negev:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-desert-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-mosques-180980302/

More on that purported curse inscription from Jerusalem (not Mount Ebal):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-10/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-reveal-oldest-inscription-in-jerusalem-a-canaanite-curse/00000181-e899-dace-ab93-f9bb4cee0000

The Mount Arbel fortress will be opening after major conservation efforts:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712173

Feature on recent finds in Israel that ‘confirm the ancient connection … to the Jewish people’:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/07/11/new-archaeological-discoveries-confirm-ancient-connection-of-israel-to-the-jewish-people/

Feature on the Neolithic reliefs of the Camel Site in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/07/camel-site-saudi-arabia
—–
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

============================================================
ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
============================================================
A pre-Claudian-conquest hoard of Roman gold coins from Norfolk:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-gold-coin-hoard-discovered-uk
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64585
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10682-220714-england-gold-coins

Remains of a Roman road (and medieval finds) from beneath a former Midlands department store:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ancient-roman-ruins-crypt-found-24455539
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-62147341

A Roman-era odeon wa officially unveiled at Tel Ashkelon:

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/07/13/2478911/0/en/Ancient-Roman-Era-Odeon-Unveiled-at-Tel-Ashkelon-National-Park.html

Evidence of a major Roman Imperial-era settlement near the Pyrenees:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-07-13/archaeologists-have-discovered-a-previously-unknown-roman-city-with-buildings-of-enormous-proportions-at-the-foot-of-the-pyrenees.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-07-11/descubierta-una-desconocida-ciudad-romana-con-edificios-de-proporciones-monumentales-al-pie-de-los-pirineos.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-roman-city-found-beneath-the-pyrenees-hglszgkr2
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/researchers-discover-unknown-roman-city-spain-2147331

Coverage of this season’s first week of digging at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2022-week-1/

… and the 2022 excavation season at Kourion:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/news/local/completion-of-the-2022-excavation-season-at-kourion/

… including the find of a sculpture of a young boy:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/07/16/sculpture-of-young-boy-found-at-kourion/

Interesting finds (including a WWII shell) from the roman dig near Ranciano:

https://www.depauw.edu/stories/details/archaeological-dig-turns-up-an-unusual-artifact/

Another mosaic find (not the one pictured in most of the coverage) from Hinton St Mary’s Roman site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/second-mosaic-uncovered-at-famous-hinton-st-marys-roman-site/144102
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mosaic-dorset-hinton-st-mary-1234633956/

Plenty of finds (mostly various Roman periods, but some later) from road construction near Cecca (Italian):

https://www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/macerata/cronaca/unarea-archeologica-sulla-pedemontana-trovata-una-necropoli-1.7876003

Digging is underway again at Piazza Armerina (Italian):

https://magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2022/07/12/archlabs-nuovi-scavi-nella-villa-di-piazza-armerina-ad-enna

Latest finds from Falerii (Italian):

https://corrierediviterbo.corr.it/news/viterbo/32353130/falerii-nuove-rivelazioni-ultima-campagna-scavo.html

A possible identification of who the Riace Bronzes depict:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/warriors-crooked-finger-ends-50-year-mystery-of-ancient-statues-identity-qmqlzj6zr
https://www.laprensalatina.com/who-were-the-riace-warriors-bronze-statues-telling-their-secrets/

… related:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/11/mystery-ancient-greek-masterpieces-recovered-off-italy/

Concerns for sites and antiquities in Albania:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-looters-albanian-antiques.html
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220712-everywhere-they-dig-looters-hunt-albanian-antiques
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220712-everywhere-they-dig-looters-hunt-albanian-antiques
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/looters-destroy-albanias-ancient-treasures-in-the-shadows

Documentation of an agora structure at Aigai is under way:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/inl-documentation-work-begins-for-aigai-building-175360

More on low water levels revealing a bridge built by Nero in the Tiber:

https://www.livescience.com/drought-reveals-roman-emperor-nero-bridge

More on the Roman temple complex recently found in the Netherlands:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-temple-discovered-netherlands

More on the Amathus underwater park in Cyprus officially opening:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/cyprus-launches-first-underwater-archaeological-park-ancient-port-2022-07-14/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712313
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/dive-explore-submerged-ancient-site-dazzles-off-island-of-cyprus/news
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/environment-pmn/cyprus-launches-first-underwater-archaeological-park-at-ancient-port
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1189046/cyprus-launches-first-underwater-archaeological-park-at-ancient-port/

More on the identity of the ‘mystery deity’ at Palmyra:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-palmyra-god-identified

More on the DNA sequencing of one of Vesuvius’ victims from Pompeii:

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-have-sequenced-the-dna-of-a-2000-year-old-human-from-pompeii/

From the tourists-behaving-badly department, a selfie-taking tourist fell into the crater of Vesuvius and had to be rescued:

https://www.livescience.com/tourist-falls-in-vesuvius-volcano/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/11/us-tourist-injured-falling-mount-vesuvius-crater
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11002623/American-tourist-23-injured-toppling-meters-Mount-Vesuvius-crater.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/07/12/mount-vesuvius-american-tourist-falls-selfie/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mount-vesuvius-tourist-fall-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/us-tourist-falls-mount-vesuvius-climbing-forbidden-route-1723364
https://www.thejournal.ie/tourist-rescued-mount-vesuvius-phone-selfie-5814201-Jul2022/

… and another tourist was caught scratching their initials into the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tourist-caught-carving-her-initials-into-colosseum.html

Coverage of the changes to the Cambridge Latin course:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jul/10/uk-school-latin-course-overhauled-to-reflect-diversity-of-roman-world
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/uk-news/school-latin-course-diversity-uk-b2120390.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/forget-offending-modern-sensibilities-caecilius-latin-books/

Feature on when Latin was first spoken in Britain:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/the-arrival-of-latin-in-britain/

Feature on Jacqueline Dibiasie-Sammons work on ancient graffiti:

https://news.olemiss.edu/professors-study-of-ancient-graffiti-gets-worldwide-audience/

Feature on Eugene Borza:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know-borza/

Review of Paul Holberton, *The History of Arcadia in Art and Literature*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/a-history-of-arcadia-in-art-and-literature-paul-holberton-book-review-jonathan-bate/

Feature on ‘must see’ sarcophagi in Turkiye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/must-see-sarcophagi-in-turkish-museums-175340

Feature on the Druids:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/who-were-the-druids/144148

Feature on the building of the Colosseum:

https://www.history.com/news/how-roman-colosseum-built

Feature on ancient jewellery at the Getty:

https://www.getty.edu/news/ancient-greece-rome-jewelry-gifts-love/

Feature on Anaximander’s map of the known world:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/11/first-world-map-ancient-greek-anaximander/

Feature on Poseidon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/15/poseidon-greek-god-sea/

Feature on the sanctuary of Dodona:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/15/ancient-greek-dodona/

Feature on narcotics use in ancient Greece and Rome:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/history-of-drugs-ancient-greece-rome/

Feature on the Spartans:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/09/spartans-ancient-war-machine/

Some robot-carved replicas of a couple of the Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum were getting press attention this week:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/guerrilla-copies-of-the-elgin-marbles-to-go-on-show-in-london-dswszhx7h
https://greekherald.com.au/culture/replicas-of-the-parthenon-marbles-carved-by-robot-fuel-debate-about-restitution/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/would-british-musem-return-parthenon-marbles-for-robot-copies/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/nytimes/1188939/the-robot-guerrilla-campaign-to-re-create-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-july-11-2022-2144843
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/07/13/copies-of-the-parthenon-marblescarved-by-a-robotto-go-on-show-in-london

… and some (different) opinions on whether the sculptures should be returned:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/07/13/why-my-position-on-the-parthenon-marbles-has-shifted
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/07/13/returning-the-parthenon-marbles-to-athens-would-only-feed-the-beast-of-nationalist-mythlet-them-tell-their-story-in-london
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
============================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
============================================================
A 4000 years bp elite woman burial from under a kindergarten in Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22947060/ancient-grave-found-right-under-kindergarten.html

A possible 3000 years bp dwelling/roundhouse from Cardiff:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-bronze-age-enclosure-earliest-clues.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-62155069
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64591
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/15/bronze-age-enclosure-could-offer-earliest-clues-on-the-origins-of-cardiff/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10685-220715-wales-roundhouse-pottery

Highway construction in Bavaria revealed an 8th-6th century BCE clay figurine and other items:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64596
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/clay-figurine-discovered-in-germany-may-represent-a-prehistoric-water-goddess/144144

Pre-Roman Iron Age evidence of animal sacrifice from a settlement site in Dorset:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/evidence-of-ancient-animal-sacrifices-found-in-dorset/144117

A 1500 years bp gold hoard from Vindelev (Denmark … not sure when this was found):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cjd7kw/the-ancient-golden-treasure-rewriting-danish-history

Someone left some Viking-era jewellery at the door of a museum in Stavanger (Norway):

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/archaeological-museum-in-stavanger-surprised-as-jewelry-from-grave-of-viking-woman-appears-at-its-door/
https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-viking-age-vikings/new-viking-age-jewellery-find-delivered-to-archaeological-museum-on-a-platter/2055396
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64608

Assorted medieval finds from a housing estate site in Evesham:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/body-incredible-medieval-finds-evesham-24471739

An update on the study of the wreck of the Nargen in Tallinn Bay (Estonia) found back in 2015:

https://news.err.ee/1608658156/ongoing-work-on-16th-century-wreck-should-shed-light-on-its-origins

An untouched-since-abandoned 200 years bp mine found by cavers in Cheshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jul/12/cavers-discover-mineshaft-alderley-edge-time-capsule
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cobalt-mine-discovery-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/14/rare-time-capsule-cobalt-mine-abandoned-over-200-years-ago/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-cobalt-mine-found-england-180980417/

Human remains from the site of the Battle of Waterloo:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_859703_en.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62148618
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/scottish-belgium-archaeologists-experts-university-of-glasgow-b2122163.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1035/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/1035/pub/1035/page/37/article/NaN
https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/scottish-news/20275338.glasgow-university-archaeologist-tony-pollard-discovers-rare-skeletons-waterloo/
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/morenews/uknews/2022/07/13/scottish-archaeologist-among-those-to-discover-rare-napoleonic-remains/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/scottish-archaeologist-discovers-rare-napoleonic-remains-at-waterloo-3766439
https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/254695/archaeologists-unearth-skeleton-dating-from-battle-of-waterloo
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220715-bones-unearthed-at-waterloo-two-centuries-after-battle
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/human-bones-battle-of-waterloo-1815-incredibly-rare/
https://www.eureporter.co/world/belgium-world/2022/07/16/unknown-soldier-of-waterloo-brought-to-light-by-military-veterans-2/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-07-15/hallado-mas-de-dos-siglos-despues-un-esqueleto-intacto-de-la-batalla-de-waterloo.html
https://the-past.com/news/rare-bones-of-men-and-horses-found-at-waterloo/
https://www.historynet.com/rare-find-of-skeletal-remains-discovered-at-waterloo-battlefield/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10684-220714-waterloo-battlefield-bones

An 18th century (maybe early 19th) carved bone spoon from a dig at a parish ministers home in Clyne:

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/pictures-veteran-archaeologist-wowed-by-bone-spoon-found-at-281093/

Remains of 18th century British soldiers from Vianen (Netherlands) indicate they died from disease, rather than battle:

https://the-past.com/news/british-soldiers-whose-remains-were-excavated-in-dutch-city-died-of-illness-not-injury-research-finds/

Assorted finds, including a Thor’s hammer pendant, are returning to Thetford:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62096032

A 19th century (and later) smelting site from South Bristol:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/excavation-reveals-history-bristols-most-7305430
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10680-220713-england-smelting-works

A similar sort of industrial site (lead mine) from Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-62036220

Plans to look for remains of a Norman tower at Shrewsbury Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-62092426

Plans for a replica viking ship are about to get under way in Norway:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/full-scale-viking-ship-replica-project-to-start-soon-in-denmark/

More on evidence of use of human bones to make pendant at Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov some 8200 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/human-bone-pendants-russia
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-711729
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10678-220712-russia-bone-ornaments

More on the excavations at Arthur’s Stone:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-arthur-stone-year-old-monument-king.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/62147953
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/arthur-stone-tomb-excavation-scn/index.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/07/12/researchers-excavating-arthurs-stone-monument-linked-king-arthur/10039687002/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/arthurs-stone-archaeology/

More on the wreck of the HMS Gloucester:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-62142071
https://the-past.com/news/research-project-announced-into-royal-shipwreck-discovered-off-norfolk-coast/

More on the medieval Norse ivory trade in Kyiv:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64572

More on the idea that Stonehenge was a solar calendar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/stonehenge-may-be-an-ancient-solar-calendar

Feature on evidence syphilis was in Europe prior to contact with the Americas:

https://theconversation.com/manuscripts-and-art-support-archaeological-evidence-that-syphilis-was-in-europe-long-before-explorers-could-have-brought-it-home-from-the-americas-182114
https://phys.org/news/2022-07-manuscripts-art-evidence-syphilis-europe.html
https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Manuscripts-and-art-support-archaeological-17301913.php

Feature on some unusual medieval women burials:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/unusual-burials-for-women-in-medieval-europe
———-
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/

============================================================
ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
============================================================
An Eastern Han Dynasty celadon kiln site from Hunan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0714/c90000-10123262.html

Feature on the Sanxingdui ruins:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3181763/why-archaeologists-are-so-excited-chinas-sanxingdui-ruins

Feature on the Beiting ruins:

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/china/china-daily/mountain-of-relics-b2116865.html

Feature on Buddhism along the silk route:

https://www.canindia.com/buddhism-along-the-silk-route-opinion/
https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=978359
https://www.socialnews.xyz/2022/07/12/buddhism-along-the-silk-route/

Feature on Mes Aynak:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/watch-why-is-this-ancient-buddhist-city-near-kabul-in-danger-of-disappearing/article65635192.ece

Feature on looting of artifacts in Cambodia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-17/secret-history-australia-thai-cambodian-art-antiquities/101054392

============================================================
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
============================================================
65 000 years of evidence of grinding stone use at a Northern Australia site:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-15174-x

Remains of 19th century coffee beans (and more) from a dig in Melbourne:

https://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/programs/breakfast/coffee-bean-stash/13969238
https://www.9news.com.au/videos/national/preserved-coffee-beans-more-than-167-years-old-found-by-archaeologists-working-on-metro-tunnel/cl5hs9hut00050jo6rpc4xnuu
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10688-220715-australia-coffee-beans

A study of indigenous people being incarcerated in leprosariums:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-10/new-research-into-wa-leprosariums-for-indigenous/13967250

More on the isotope analysis of teeth of early colonists to South Australia:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2022/07/07/tooth-isotopes-offer-window-into-south-australias-early-colonial-history/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/12/tooth-isotopes-offer-window-into-south-australias-early-colonial-history/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10677-220711-australia-colonists-isotopes
============================================================
NORTH AMERICA
============================================================
A 19th century ‘beer cave’ from Iowa:

https://www.kcci.com/article/winterset-iowa-19th-century-beer-cave-rediscovered/40606162#

Plenty of 19th century finds from a dig on Parliament Hill in Ottawa:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/over-200-000-artifacts-discovered-during-dig-around-centre-block-on-parliament-hill-1.5982121

129 burials is the final tally from that dig in downtown Guelph:

https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/city-finds-129-graves-bone-fragments-from-106-people-on-baker-5587952

More on Mammoth Cave:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/07/10/mammoth-cave-national-park-artificats-discovery/10024892002/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/200-years-of-history-found-in-mammoth-cave-passageway/144139

More on the Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Oregon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/12/us/beeswax-shipwreck-oregon.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/07/11/1110882206/real-life-goonies-a-mysterious-shipwreck-found-off-the-oregon-coast
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1033/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1033/pub/1033/page/56/article/NaN
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/07/10/goonies-shipwreck-timbers-oregon/

Descendants of the Clotilda occupants marked the anniversary of the ship’s arrival:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/clotilda-descendants-mark-anniversary-last-slave-ship-rcna37632

Feature on finds made in and around Mortlach (Saskatchewan) over the years:

https://www.sasktoday.ca/south/local-news/mortlach-familys-cairn-recognizes-13000-year-old-indigenous-camp-5568358

Feature on the dig at the Collier Lodge site:

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/kouts/watch-now-archaeologists-find-flints-stones-during-excavation/article_bd29a352-6f76-5a02-83f2-1c5ad0f27544.html

Feature on UNC’s dig in the Duke Forest:

https://www.unc.edu/posts/2022/07/11/getting-their-hands-dirty/

Feature on the Fort Vancouver dig:

https://www.kgw.com/video/news/history/fort-vancouver-becomes-a-subject-of-study-for-archaeologists-in-training/283-3e83c074-9031-402d-b584-c758a4b59449
https://www.columbian.com/news/2022/jul/16/kids-dig-in-at-fort-vancouver-archaeology-site/

In case you missed the sad news of an archaeological worker collapsing and dying in the Kisatchie National Forest:

https://www.ktbs.com/news/archaeological-worker-collapses-and-dies-in-kisatchie-national-forest/article_52c4e5ca-0193-11ed-bc7d-173bccbcdfe1.html
https://www.kltv.com/video/2022/07/13/archaeological-worker-dies-suddenly-while-kisatchie-national-forest/

Saratoga put up some markers related to women’s suffrage:

https://dailygazette.com/2022/07/14/womens-suffrage-markers-unveiled-in-saratoga-springs/

How Lake Luzerne got its name:

https://poststar.com/news/local/whats-in-a-name-town-finally-became-lake-luzerne-in-honor-of-french-diplomat/article_4ef1072e-038e-11ed-8101-17cf2c0c2f5e.html

Review of John Wood Sweet, *The Sewing Girls Tale*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/books/review/the-sewing-girls-tale-john-wood-sweet.html
============================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
============================================================
Remains of a 7th-9th century CE stone workshop and cemetery from Palenque:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/11337-aplicacion-de-programas-vinculados-al-tren-maya-da-pie-a-importantes-descubrimientos-en-palenque
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10681-220714-palenque-tools-burial

More on that Chan Chan wooden sculpture find:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/13/important-discovery-of-a-wooden-sculpture-in-the-huaca-takaynamo/

INAH suggests a number of monuments along the Maya Train route are being rescued:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/07/inah-promises-to-protect-and-preserve-the-archaeological-treasures-found-on-the-mayan-train-route/
https://www.riviera-maya-news.com/archaeological-monuments-along-maya-train-section-5-south-being-rescued-reports-inah/2022.html
https://www.riviera-maya-news.com/inah-director-says-anywhere-the-maya-train-runs-there-will-be-archaeological-findings/2022.html

Feature on the P’urhepechas people:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220710-the-empire-the-aztecs-couldnt-conquer

Hyping ASU’s dig at Teotihuacan:

https://news.asu.edu/20220713-global-engagement-what-happened-city-teotihuacan
—–
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/
============================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
============================================================
Feature on what it’s like to be an archaeologist:

https://www.historynet.com/archaeology-today/

… and a feature on some wives of archaeologists who need credit:

https://explorersweb.com/archaeologists-wives/

… and how archaeologists don’t ‘stumble’ on finds:

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2022/0713/1310017-archaeologists-stereotypes-indiana-jones/

Feature on Tyrian purple:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-07-12-tyrian-purple-the-colour-that-changed-the-world/

Latest seed from an archaeological site that sprouted is a Lotus from a Song Dynasty context:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0712/c90000-10122055.html

Feature on Shelley:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/10/long-gone-but-speaking-clearly-to-our-age-shelley-poet-moral-political-corruption

The IOC has reinstated Jim Thorpe as sole winner of the 1912 decathlon and pentathlon:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/15/sport/jim-thorpe-reinstated-olympic-champion-1912-intl-spt/index.html

Latest painting found beneath another via xrays is a self portrait of Van Gogh:

https://www.livescience.com/x-ray-reveals-van-gogh-portrait/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jul/14/hidden-van-gogh-self-portrait-discovered-behind-earlier-painting
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62135891
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/07/15/van-gogh-self-portrait-discovered/10062516002/
https://apnews.com/article/hidden-van-gogh-self-portrait-b703b4391c4ec0ba5bcf381ae44a6c3b
https://www.npr.org/2022/07/14/1111527437/van-gogh-painting-discovered-self-portrait
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-van-gogh-self-portrait-discovered-during-a-routine-x-ray-180980420
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/14/hidden-van-gogh-self-portrait-discovered-by-national-galleries-of-scotland/

cf: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/exhibition/taste-impressionism-modern-french-art-millet-matisse

… while some hidden sketches were found in a Modigliani:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-travel-france-israel-d5fc16c86e8ae3c20f0045feae492012

Feature on Edmonia Lewis:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/edmonia-lewis-sculptor

Review of Hugh Eakin, *Picasso’s War*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/16/books/review/picassos-war-hugh-eakin.html

The Cincinnati Art Museum folks have identified a bronze disc in their collection as a Han Dynasty ‘magic mirror’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/magic-mirror-cincinnati-art-museum-scn/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/magic-mirror-cincinnati-art-museum-2146551

Pondering what it means to be human these days:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-11/ty-article/who-are-we-and-what-does-it-mean-to-be-human-anymore/00000181-ed3f-db29-a1fb-ff3f4c470000

A ‘cipher’ associated with Catherine of Aragon (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-secrets-of-a-long-overlooked-cipher-linked-to-catherine-of-aragon-180980400/

A March Stone came into play in the British Open:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/14/golf/rory-mcilroy-stone-hand-open-championship-spt-intl/index.html

The Getty has made 30 000 photos of the Black diaspora in the US and UK available:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jul/12/getty-opens-access-to-30000-images-of-black-diaspora-in-uk-and-us

Interesting study of the effectiveness of atlatls:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2328823-prehistoric-dart-throwing-atlatl-weapon-even-more-deadly-than-thought/

Feature on BCE, BC, CE, and AD:

https://qrius.com/who-first-came-up-with-bce-ce-bc-and-ad-and-what-is-the-difference-between-them/

Feature on various swimming strokes in history:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2022/07/history-of-the-crawl-stroke-karen-eva-carr-shifting-currents.html

Review of Damien Lewis, *Agent Josephine*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/12/books/review/agent-jsoephine-damien-lewis.html
============================================================
CURRENT EVENTS:
============================================================
Comparing the Crimean War with the current conflict in Ukraine:

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/13/1106123496/russia-ukraine-invasion-crimean-war-history

Feature on the Founding Fathers’ intentions regarding the Constitution:

https://www.tpr.org/podcast/the-source/2022-07-05/what-did-the-nations-founding-fathers-intend-when-they-wrote-the-us-constitution

Archaeological concerns for the President’s residence arising out of the uprising in Sri Lanka:

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_22B/Jul12_1657643012CH.php
https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/sri-lanka-s-archaeology-department-vows-protect-president-s-residence
https://www.newswire.lk/2022/07/13/protests-archaeology-department-issues-warning/
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/83611/properties-of-historical-value-at-presidents-house-damaged-archaeology-dept

============================================================
PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
============================================================
Martha Nussbaum on Aristotle:

https://aeon.co/videos/metaphysics-and-beyond-martha-nussbaum-on-aristotles-indelible-ideas
============================================================
MUSEUM MATTERS
============================================================
Chroma:

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/12/1109995973/we-know-greek-statues-werent-white-now-you-can-see-them-in-color
https://www.deseret.com/2022/7/13/23206879/met-exhibit-painted-coloful-greek-statues-polychromy-metropolitan-museum-of-art-chroma
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologistss-show-greek-marbles-were-actually-multicoloured-lrvxb3cr3
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/07/14/visit-the-exhibition-bringing-colour-back-to-ancient-marble-statues
https://www.openculture.com/2022/07/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-restores-the-original-colors-to-ancient-statues.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/16/metropolitan-museum-ancient-greek-sculptures-were-colourful-not-white/

cf: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2022/chroma

La Malinche:

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/15/1110472870/la-malinche

cf: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-museum/exhibitions/la-malinche

Romans (Beijing):

https://english.news.cn/20220711/6cab317a627a48b892336610b560276c/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/11/content_78317571.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202207/12/WS62cd0429a310fd2b29e6bde4.html

The Ness and its People:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/20271833.buried-mysteries-neolithic-past-revealed-new-exhibition/

Mondrian:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220711-piet-mondrian-and-the-six-lines-that-made-a-masterpiece

cf:

https://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/exhibitions/mondrian
https://www.kunstmuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/mondrian-moves

Tuyuhun:

https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/news/tuyuhun-lost-history-recovered-in-three-exhibitions-organized-by-the-china-national-silk-museum/article_90909781-f21d-51e3-bac5-c97c9e5a7e2b.html

More on Rome’s Museum of Rescued Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/17/arts/design/rome-museum-recovered-treasures.html

============================================================
AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
============================================================
Coverage of a recent Christie’s auction of some Egyptian antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/117585/Ptolemaic-era-jar-sold-at-Christie%E2%80%99s-for-%C2%A32016

A WWII sea fort is up for auction:

https://nypost.com/2022/07/15/for-60k-you-can-live-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean-in-this-wwii-sea-fort/

More on the auction of that ‘vampire slaying kit’:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64555
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/15/mysterious-vampire-slaying-kit-stuns-at-auction/
============================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
============================================================
DNA from a late Pleistocene site in southern China suggests possible connections to Native Americans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-dna-ancient-population-southern-china.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220714145052.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/958575
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712254
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/14/asia/human-evolution-dna-red-deer-cave-china-scn/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10686-220715-china-genome-migration

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)00928-9

DNA analysis is revealing the founding population of colonial Mexico:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/dna-reveals-the-founding-population-of-colonial-mexico/144120

Feature on David Reich’s work with DNA:

https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2022/07/feature-ancient-dna

More on DNA of Pacific islanders:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-12/ty-article/dna-analysis-of-ancient-micronesian-population-reveals-unexpected-result/00000181-cdf3-defb-a5cb-cdfb16ef0000
============================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
============================================================
Feature on assorted technologies used to restore the Apoxyomenos:

https://www.iaea.org/bulletin/ancient-roman-archaeology-resurfaces-with-nuclear-science
============================================================
CLIMATE MATTERS
============================================================
More features on climate change revealing finds in Norway:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/climate-change-is-threatening-archaeological-discoveries-in-norways-icy-landscape-according-to-a-new-report-2145921
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/climate-change-reveals-archaeological-treasures-in-melting-ice/144111
============================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
============================================================
Lesser-known Algeria:

https://www.thetravel.com/lesser-known-historical-places-in-algeria/
============================================================
TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
============================================================
Colosseum:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/colosseum-history-channel-review-roman-empire-titus-patrick-wyman-barry-strauss-caitlin-gillespie-t-corey-brennan-verus-priscus-martial-simon-sebag-montefiore-11657833550

============================================================
CRIME BEAT
============================================================
Some ‘Jesus blood relics’ stolen from a French abbey a few weeks ago have been returned/recovered:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62092195
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/panicking-thief-returns-blood-of-christ-relic-2b0sm636c

Thousands of illegally-obtained antiquities were found in the home of an Afula (Israel) man:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/r1ie9xii9
https://www.timesofisrael.com/busted-thousands-of-ancient-coins-and-arrowheads-seized-from-northern-israel-home/

A Thessaloniki man was arrested in possession of a number of icons and other religious antiquities:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/14/thessaloniki-man-arrested-after-found-protected-religious-antiquities/

A drug bust in Valencia also revealed a pile of antiquities:

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/07/17/more-than-1000-archaeological-artefacts-found-in-police-drugs-search-of-valencian-property/
———-
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/

============================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
============================================================
More on France returning Benin bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2022/jul/13/homecoming-kings-benin-treasures-end-a-century-of-exile-in-france-in-pictures

More on icons returning to Cyprus:

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-religion-greece-turkey-5b7d199532ccd1fa1dda02441a5d8513
https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/07/10/newly-repatriated-icon-to-be-handed-over-to-archbishop-in-coming-week/
https://www.financialmirror.com/2022/07/11/stolen-16th-century-icon-repatriated-from-switzerland/

More on Cambodia’s efforts to recover looted antiquities:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/from-angkor-to-london-cambodia-tries-to-recover-its-looted-treasures/

OpEd on whether European museums should return items to Africa:

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/07/15/should-european-museums-return-african-heritage-items
============================================================
NUMISMATICA
============================================================
Feature on the Legionary Denarii of Mark Antony:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coins-the-legionary-denarii-of-mark-antony/

Feature on coins of the Persian Empire:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-wealth-persian-empire/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n29.html
————————

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

============================================================
OBITUARIES
============================================================
Enamul Haque:

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2022/07/10/prominent-archaeologist-dr-enamul-haque-no-more
https://www.thedailystar.net/news/bangladesh/obituary/news/renowned-archaeologist-enamul-haque-no-more-3068136
https://www.bssnews.net/news/71165

Peter Mackridge:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/11/peter-mackridge-obituary

Judith Schiff:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/07/12/judith-ann-schiff-yales-long-serving-chief-research-archivist

Jerome M. Eisenberg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/arts/jerome-m-eisenberg-expert-on-antiquities-both-real-and-fake-dies-at-92.html

Dick Drent:

https://api.follow.it/track-rss-story-click/v3/McM50OBalMhHoZ1XQpJazGhamfNIiY2W

============================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
============================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3193-audio-news-for-july-3rd-through-july-9th-2022

============================================================
GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
============================================================
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/
============================================================
PODCASTS/VODCASTS
============================================================
Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
============================================================
EXPLORATOR is a free weekly newsletter bringing you the latest
news of archaeological finds, historical research and the like.
Various on-line news and magazine sources are scoured for news of
the ‘ancient world’ (broadly construed: practically anything relating
to archaeology or history up to a century or so ago is fair
game) and every Sunday they are delivered to your mailbox free of
charge!
============================================================
Useful Addresses
============================================================
You can read Explorator online at:

https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/

Past issues of Explorator are also available on the web via our
groups.io page:

https://groups.io/g/explorator

To subscribe to Explorator, send a blank email message to:

explorator+subscribe@groups.io

To unsubscribe, send a blank email message to:

Unsubscribe: explorator+unsubscribe@groups.io

To send a ‘heads up’ to the editor or contact him for other
reasons:

rogueclassicist@gmail.com
===========================================================
Explorator is Copyright (c) 2022 David Meadows. Feel free to
distribute these listings via email to your pals, students,
teachers, etc., but please include this copyright notice. These
links are not to be posted to any website by any means (whether
by direct posting or snagging from a usenet group or some other
email source) without my express written permission. I think it
is only right that I be made aware of public fora which are
making use of content gathered in Explorator. Thanks!
===========================================================

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s