Explorator 25.09 ~ June 19,2022

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, Brian Colless, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The 1.6 million years bp homo erectus from Gongwangling may represent the earliest hominin population in China:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-homo-erectus-gongwangling-earliest-population.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-site-could-location-oldest-known-early-human-fossils-china-1716187
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10637-220616-china-homo-erectus

Evidence of hominin fire creation in Israel some 800 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-evidence-ancient-campsite-israel.html
https://www.utoronto.ca/news/ai-powered-archaeology-draws-out-hidden-evidence-fire-use-early-humans
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709319
https://www.timesofisrael.com/old-flame-israeli-researchers-find-evidence-of-fire-use-nearly-1-million-years-ago/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/354814
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/israeli-scientists-uncover-traces-of-fire-dating-back-at-least-800-millenia/2022/06/14/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-13/ty-article/archaeologists-detect-hominin-use-of-fire-a-million-years-ago-in-israel/00000181-5c3d-d75c-ad83-fefd9c7c0000
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10922739/Worlds-oldest-campfire-Ancient-flint-tools-humans-tamed-fire-1-MILLION-years-ago.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2323899-ai-finds-hidden-evidence-of-ancient-human-fires-1-million-years-ago/
https://www.science.org/content/article/artificial-intelligence-may-have-unearthed-one-world-s-oldest-campfires
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10638-220616-israel-fire-flint

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/epdf/10.1073/pnas.2123439119
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AFRICA
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Feature on Kush:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-rise-fall-and-underestimated-rule-of-kush

Review of Paddy Docherty, *Blood and Bronze: the British Empire and the Sack of Benin*:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20220614-blood-and-bronze-unveiling-the-british-empire-s-brutality-in-nigeria-paddy-docherty-benin-bronzes-lord-salisbury-george-annesley
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Khufu-era stone granite stone blocks found in the Temple of the Sun at Matariya/Heliopolis:

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-stone-blocks-date-to-king-khufu-era-in-temple-of-the-sun-in-heliopolis-unearthed/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116763/Egypt-discovers-blocks-dating-back-to-Khufu-s-reign-at
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116792/Unearthing-stone-blocks-from-reign-of-King-Khufu-deemed-important
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/new-archaeological-discovery-king-khufus-reign
https://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395303057033
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/14/content_78269512.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/stone-blocks-from-reign-of-king-khufu-discovered-at-heliopolis/143827
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/15/stone-blocks-from-reign-of-king-khufu-discovered-at-heliopolis/

On the journalistic origins of Tut’s curse:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/18/origin-tutankhamuns-curse-unwrapped-journalist-mad-not-getting/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/994/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/994/pub/994/page/26/article/NaN
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/curse-of-pharaohs-tomb-was-invented-by-rival-reporter-z7gnkw7xg

In case you’re wondering about the Tut Opera:

https://egyptindependent.com/tutankhamun-opera-to-be-held-in-luxor-in-november-5-zahi-hawass-from-italy/

Searching for evidence of Pleistocene human presence on the Iranian plateau:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473675/Archaeologists-look-for-traces-of-Pleistocene-humans-on-Iranian

Evidence of Uruk-era urbanization from Iran’s South Khorasan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473559/Archaeologists-in-eastern-Iran-excavate-relics-from-4th-millennium

A Seleucid-era tumulus (empty?) from Tepe Naqarechi (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473642/Archaeologists-discover-Seleucid-tumulus-find-no-traces-of-missing

A different sort of archaeological story … a survey of Tall-e Kakestar (Iran) suggests there is no archaeological site there:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473607/Tall-e-Khakestar-stratigraphy-survey-finds-no-archaeological

Trying to figure out the identity of Palmyra’s ‘anonymous god’:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-archaeologist-solves-100-year-old-mystery-surrounding-identity-of-anonymous-god-31058

More on the 7th/8th century Islamic burials from Syria:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116742/First-Muslims-in-the-Levant-Archaeological-evidence-in-Syria-reveals

Questioning the recent suggestion that climate change caused the fall of the Akkadian Empire:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/06/climate-fall-akkadian-empire

More on the 3400 years bp Mitanni-era city emerging from the Tigris:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-bronze-age-city-in-iraq-gifted-to-archeology-by-drought/a-62061527
https://www.wionews.com/videos/german-kurdish-archaeological-team-discover-3400-year-old-city-in-iraq-487797
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-city-emerges-as-mosuls-dam-is-drained-g8vd8jg0k
https://the-past.com/news/archaeologists-explore-bronze-age-site-emerging-from-mosul-dam/

Looters revealed a 2700 years bp Urartian temple near the city of Van:

https://arkeonews.net/treasure-hunters-revealed-a-2700-year-old-urartian-temple-in-the-east-of-turkey/

Feature on the Saffron Monastery in Turkiye:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-14/ty-article-magazine/the-early-christian-monastery-built-on-a-sun-god-temple-in-turkey/00000181-6165-d0db-af99-79fd7dfe0000

Feature on cuneiform:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/the-ancient-secrets-revealed-by-deciphered-tablets/p0bcq7gs

More on the recently-found section of the Jerusalem aqueduct:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/jerusalem-aqueduct/?mqsc=E4144742&dk=ZE2260ZF0

… sort of related item on Hezekiah’s Tunnel:

https://armstronginstitute.org/724-an-ingenious-sluice-gate-in-hezekiahs-tunnel-revealed-by-new-research

More on that Jacob the Proselyte tomb curse:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/93a59y/archaeologists-discover-ancient-tomb-marker-cursing-all-who-enter-in-israel

An interview with Joe Uziel and recent evidence for a Biblical earthquake:

https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/surprised-by-archaeological-proof-for-bible-earthquake/

Opeddish sort of thing on recent finds in Gaza:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/gazans-unearth-archaeological-goldmines-feat-chance

A 15th century inscription from Saudi Arabia:

https://arkeonews.net/1419-year-old-islamic-inscription-found-in-saudi-arabia/

Study suggests 6th century drought paved the way for the emergence of Islam:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-droughts-sixth-century-paved-islam.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-16/ty-article-magazine/megadrought-contributed-to-fall-of-jewish-kingdom-in-arabia-rise-of-islam-study-suggests/00000181-6bf9-d82b-a3ab-ebfd877f0000
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/droughts-in-the-sixth-century-paved-the-way-for-islam/143889

Yemen is trying to get European countries to ban auctions of Yemeni antiquities:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2105321/middle-east

Feature on the rise of the Ottoman Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/all-about-history-118

Review of a novel with the DSS as the center of the plot:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/article-709639
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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 prehistoric necropolis site from Centuripe (Italian):

https://qds.it/nuova-scoperta-archeologica-carcaci-area-minacciata-discarica/
https://mediterraneoantico.it/articoli/scoperto-un-sito-preistorico-a-centuripe-enna/

Overviewish piece on finds made by the Swedish mission excavating a site near the Larnaca airport:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267964.shtml

A Gallo-roman worship complex from near Rennes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116864/Remains-of-a-2-100-year-old-Gallo-Roman-worship
https://arkeonews.net/an-important-gallo-roman-worship-complex-was-discovered-near-rennes-france/

Remains of a Roman road and associated settlement found prior to housing development work in Wickham:

https://cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk/wickham-roman-roadside-settlement-and-wells/

Road construction in Swindon is delayed by the find of Roman remains:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20215704.southern-connector-road-swindon-delayed-discovery-roman-remains/
https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/roman-remains-hindering-progress-brand-7214831

I think we mentioned this 1800 years bp patterned mosaic find from Pergamon:

https://arkeonews.net/an-1800-year-old-geometric-patterned-mosaic-was-discovered-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-bergama/

A metal detectorist in Romania came across a major hoard of Roman coins:

https://www.romania-insider.com/silver-coin-treasure-found-central-romania
https://www.g4media.ro/a-2000-years-old-treasure-with-about-300-roman-coins-discovered-in-mures-county-by-a-treasure-hunter.html

Some recently found Roman Gold coins are considered to be part of the Broads Hoard:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/roman-aurei-coins-found-norfolk-broads-9043340

Excavations are under way at Bulgaria’s Aquae Calidae:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2022/06/12/archaeological-season-begins-at-bulgarias-aquae-calidae/

A chunk of stone fell off the Porta Maggiore this week:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-roman-gate-bits-ancient-stone.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20220615/roman-gate-closed-off-after-bits-of-ancient-stone-break-away/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-rome-porta-maggiore-ruins-b2101486.html
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-gate-closed-after-bits-of-ancient-stone-fall-off-174595

Plans for more excavations at the Molinete hill in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/green_light_for_further_archaeological_excavation_of_the_molinete_hill_in_cartagena_1789823-a.html

More on phallic graffiti from Hadrian’s Wall:

https://theconversation.com/the-discovery-of-a-new-phallic-carving-in-roman-northern-england-is-more-than-funny-it-could-be-a-powerful-talisman-184266
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709217
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-roman-dick-pic-reveals-1-700-year-old-grudge-carved-into-stone-64083
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/archaeologists-unearth-phallus-graffiti-carved-in-stone-at-ancient-roman-fort/

More on the Hellenistic grave inscription found in a river in Epirus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/12/ancient-tombstone-discovered-riverbed-greece/

More on that identification of an ‘ephebic yearbook’ inscription:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/ancient-athenian-tablet-identifies-as-2000-year-old-graduation-yearbookn-h37337.html

… and the Onion’s spin:

https://www.theonion.com/ancient-greek-yearbook-discovered-on-2-000-year-old-t-1849073215

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-61622

Paper on wine production in Roman and pre-Roman Italy:

https://www.ajaonline.org/state-discipline/4508

Feature on Linear A:

https://aeon.co/essays/without-a-rosetta-stone-can-linguists-decipher-minoan-script

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/from-communing-with-animals-to-obsessive-bean-hatred-pythagoras-was-one-weird-dude

Feature on some curse tablets from a well in Athens:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/discoveries-of-30-curse-tablets-show-how-athenian-bathhouse-well-became-h37348.html

Feature on Roman millefiori glass:

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/arts/article_e3e0bbbc-e909-11ec-940a-4353c33ef2eb.html

Feature on the Ryedale Hoard:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64340

Feature on Roman Britain:

http://hnn.us/article/183349

Feature on the Gallic attack on the Oracle of Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/12/gauls-attacked-oracle-delphi/

Feature on the Palace of Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/13/inside-cretes-minoan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on the Kerameikos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/16/kerameikos-from-potters-quarter-to-greeces-largest-necropolis/

Feature on psychedelics and the Eleusinian Mysteries:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/13/psychedelics-ancient-greece-eleusinian-mysteries/

Feature on daily life in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/14/ancient-greece-growing-up-in-athens-and-sparta/

Feature on some of Plato’s ideas:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/15/plato-best-worst-ideas/

Feature on Archestratus and ancient Greek food:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/17/archestratus-and-the-secrets-of-ancient-greek-gastronomy/

Feature on the muses:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/16/muses-of-greek-mythology/

Feature on Aegae:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/15/aegae-the-cradle-of-ancient-macedonia/

Feature on what Elon Musk could learn from Aristotle:

https://theconversation.com/twitter-town-square-what-elon-musk-could-learn-from-aristotle-184766

Feature on one of Pompeii’s recently-famous victims:

https://theconversation.com/the-explosive-history-of-the-2-000-year-old-pompeii-masturbating-man-180557

In case you’re unaware of the threat to Classics at Roehampton:

https://tribunemag.co.uk/2022/06/fighting-for-higher-education-university-cuts

George Osborne is suggesting a sharing arrangement is possible regarding the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/15/there-is-a-deal-to-be-done-with-greece-over-parthenon-marbles-says-british-museum-chairman-george-osborne
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/16/parthenon-marbles-george-osborne-british-museum-greece
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/george-osborne-seeks-deal-on-elgin-marbles-tclpn03t7
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/15/greece-britain-could-share-elgin-marbles-museum-chair-flags/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1004/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1004/pub/1004/page/32/article/NaN
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-british-museum-chairman-other-stories-2130704
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/15/britain-may-share-controversial-parthenon-marbles-with-greece-suggests-president-of-britis
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1186804/british-museum-suggests-a-sharing-arrangement-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/06/15/parthenon-marbles-deal-could-be-struck-between-uk-and-greece/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/16/british-museum-hints-at-sharing-the-parthenon-sculptures-with-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/15/parthenon-marbles-shared-greece-uk/
https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-15/British-Museum-chief-says-return-of-Parthenon-Marbles-possible-1aTjYbwCkFi/index.html

… meanwhile a group of British MPs have called for their return:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jun/18/parthenon-marbles-must-return-to-greece-british-mps-and-peers-write

… and there was a major demonstration at the BM yesterday demanding the reunification of the marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/19/reunify-parthenon-marbles-acropolis-museum/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1187129/london-protest-calls-for-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-museum-protesters-want-parthenon-marbles-back-in-greece/
—–
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 (and later) finds from a school development site in Houghton Regis:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-61809230
https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/news/article/736/roman_remains_revealed_on_houghton_regis_site_set_for_new_school

Latest HS2-related find is a major 5th/6th century Anglo Saxon burial site near Wendover:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/16/stunning-anglo-saxon-burial-site-found-along-hs2-route
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-anglosaxon-wendover-buckinghamshire-iron-age-b2102189.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hs2-anglo-saxon-burial-site-graves-b2102308.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-61810503
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/16/141-anglo-saxon-graves-discovered-in-england-alongside-jewellery-weapons-and-earwax-remove
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/16/hs2-uncovers-the-largest-anglo-saxon-burial-ground-in-the-uk-16833785/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1005/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1005/pub/1005/page/25/article/NaN
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/morenews/uknews/2022/06/16/hs2-archaeologists-find-anglo-saxon-burial-ground-containing-nearly-140-graves/
https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/people/video-shows-anglo-saxon-swords-and-shields-among-astonishing-fifth-century-finds-in-wendover-3731182
https://guernseypress.com/news/uk-news/2022/06/15/hs2-archaeologists-find-anglo-saxon-burial-ground-containing-nearly-140-graves/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10919825/Anglo-Saxon-burial-containing-141-skeletons-unearthed-HS2-archaeologists-Buckinghamshire.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/17/vast-anglo-saxon-burial-ground-discovered-during-work-on-the-uks-hs2-rail-route
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64347
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/discovery-of-anglo-saxon-burials-of-national-significance/143860
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/17/archaeological-discoveries-illuminate-the-anglo-saxon-dark-ages/

An Anglo Saxon ring with a Roman stone found by a metal detectorist in Kingsey a couple years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-61764960

Remains of a 8th century (maybe) Viking shipyard at Birka:

https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-find-viking-age-shipyard-in-swedish-island/

A metal detectorist found a missing piece of a Viking sword found last year:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220615211314.htm
https://arkeonews.net/unique-viking-age-sword-found-in-norway/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/viking-age-shipyard-discovered-birka-sweden-1234632212/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/archaeologists-find-viking-age-shipyard/143855
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/16/unique-viking-age-shipyard-discovered-at-birka/

A 7th/8th century shipwreck from a stream near Bordeaux:

https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/17/archaeologists-discover-1300-year-old-shipwreck-in-southwest-france
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-race-time-study-crumbling-1300-year-old-shipwreck-rcna33855
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/french-archaeologists-in-race-against-time-to-learn-secrets-of-medieval-boat-fj25f98ct
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10928519/Archeologists-race-against-time-save-1-300-year-old-shipwreck-France.html
https://arkeonews.net/1300-year-old-shipwreck-found-in-southwest-france/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64330

Kitchen renovations in a Denmark town revealed a 1200 years bp runestone:

https://cphpost.dk/?p=134801

Study suggests the source for ivory used in 12th century artifacts from Kyiv was Greenland:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-norse-settlers-walrus-ivory-kyiv.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709756
https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archeology-geography-ntnu/old-norse-settlers-traded-walrus-ivory-with-kyiv/2040705
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10640-220617-medieval-ivory-trade

A development site in Herne Bay is revealing 1000 years bp artifacts:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/herne-bay/news/1-000-year-old-artefacts-found-at-huge-housing-development-268865/

A metal detectorist came across a medieval Norwegian coin in Hungary:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-king-coin-discovered-hungary
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10635-220615-medieval-silver-coin

Burnley’s ‘lost’ medieval village may have been located:

https://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/people/archaeological-evidence-unearths-burnleys-lost-medieval-village-at-ightenhill-once-visited-by-king-edward-ii-3731848

Suggestion that human remains from the Battle of Waterloo may have been ground up for fertilizer (!):

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-bones-fallen-waterloo-soldiers-sold.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/956065
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/18/mystery-of-waterloos-dead-soldiers-to-be-re-examined-by-academics
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/18/ghoulish-theory-may-finally-solve-mystery-missing-waterloo-dead/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/993/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/993/pub/993/page/44/article/NaN
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709776
https://www.iflscience.com/soldiers-bones-from-the-battle-of-waterloo-may-have-disappeared-as-bags-of-fertilizer-64112
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/scientists-may-have-found-where-the-bodies-of-waterloo-went

More on the massive Iron Age frog burial (sort of) from near Cambridge:

https://www.livescience.com/amphibian-death-pit-iron-age-village/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/archaeologists-baffled-by-b2103301.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/12/mass-frog-burial-baffles-experts-at-iron-age-site-near-cambridge
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-61784186
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/thousands-of-ancient-frog-bones-found-at-cambridgeshire-site-9258954/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/thousands-of-frog-bones-found-in-the-uk-puzzle-archeologists-14062022/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64317
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/frog-mystery-uncovered-near-iron-age-roundhouse/143832
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/15/more-than-8000-frog-bones-found-by-an-iron-age-roundhouse/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/housands-of-frog-bones-found-at-iron-age-settlement-180980251/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10631-220613-england-ditch-frogs

More on the medieval human remains found beneath a Cork pub and their ‘violent end’:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/skeletal-remains-nancy-spains-pub-cork
https://www.thejournal.ie/nancy-spains-skeletons-cork-barrack-street-5788938-Jun2022/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/more-bodies-which-met-violent-27213707

More on the find/identification of the site of the wreck of the Gloucester:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709257
https://the-past.com/news/wreckage-of-17th-century-warship-hms-gloucester-discovered-off-norfolk-coast/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64307
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-gloucester-james-king-england-180980250/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10630-220613-shipwreck-york-gloucester

More on the burials being revealed at the Leicester Cathedral dig:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gallery/more-120-ancient-graves-uncovered-7187925

Anger in Limerick in the wake of the bulldozing of a Rath/Cashel site:

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local-news/837062/anger-over-destruction-of-ancient-archaeological-monument-in-county-limerick.html

Calls for the remains of St Olave’s Church to be officially listed:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-61797757

Hyping a just-under-way dig at a friary in Inverkeithing:

https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/20217629.inverkeithing-archaeological-dig-find-human-remains-friary/

A project to restore three 16th century synagoges in Venice:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/synagogues-venice-500-year-old-jewish-ghetto-180980259/

Old photos are helping to restore the Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios in Olympus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/17/guided-by-a-forgotten-photograph-a-damaged-monastery-is-being-restored/

Plans for upgrades to Caerphilly Castle are described as ‘Disneyesque’:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/994/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/994/pub/994/page/23/article/NaN

Feature on historic English pub interiors:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-61797983

Feature on the ‘ghost town’ of Granadilla (Spain):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cdpdns/the-spanish-ghost-town-that-should-be-underwater
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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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From Sanxindui comes word of 13 000 new finds being made:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-13/Some-13-000-relics-unearthed-from-new-Sanxingdui-ruins-site-discovery-1aPcmE2dNRK/index.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2206136744/
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202206/13/WS62a6eb76a310fd2b29e62657.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/17/content_78275194.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1268014.shtml
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1268088.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/13/content_78267620.htm
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sacrificial-relics-sanxingdui-2130848
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/13000-sacrificial-relics-bronze-box-altar-sanxingdui-china-1234631951/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sanxingdui-china-archaeology-artifacts-sacrificial-pits-shu-kingdom-rcna33643
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64322
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-of-13000-artifacts-sheds-light-on-enigmatic-chinese-civilization-180980254/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10634-220615-china-sanxingdui-pits

… including some ‘paper thin’ copper items:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-13/Paper-thin-copper-pieces-excavated-at-Sanxingdui-archaeological-dig-1aPYlNUBH7G/index.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-17/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-The-bronze-sheet-1aVQb0TSHV6/index.html

… and a sacrificial altar:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/14/asia/china-archaeology-sanxingdui-altar-discovery-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/sacrificial-altar-among-13-000-relics-unearthed-at-sanxingdui-archaeological-site-in-china-1.5945838
https://english.cctv.com/2022/06/15/VIDErZ6QhMLjrRf2v9MVZU11220615.shtml

… and a large bronze figurine:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-16/Large-bronze-figurine-freshly-unearthed-from-China-s-Sanxingdui-Ruins-1aUqJdei6wU/index.html

… and four of the pits have been dated to 3000 years bp:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2022-06-13/detail-ihazcpzs6469711.shtml

… and a piece has been ‘matched’ with an earlier find:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_ygJxxcYb.html

… some background pieces:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-06-14/detail-ihaziuqy8685892.shtml
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3181763/why-archaeologists-are-so-excited-chinas-sanxingdui-ruins
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3181557/ancient-treasure-trove-sheds-light-mysterious-chinese-kingdom

Remains of three large Wei and Jin Dynasty watercourses from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2022-06/13/content_78266696.htm

The ‘supine acrobat’ from the ‘acrobats pit’ at Qin’s tomb has gone on display:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/13/content_78266931.htm?f=pad&a=true

China has opened up a ‘relic hospital’ in Chongqing:

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3181898/china-opens-relic-hospital-chongqing-better-preserve-world-heritage-dazu-rock

Deva fragments from Angkor Thom’s west gate:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deva-fragments-collected-angkor-thoms-west-gate
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501096947/deva-statue-fragment-discovered-in-excavation/

“Prehistoric” petroglyphs from a site in Tiruvannamalai district:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=969776

Possibly related petroglyphs from Bargur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/ancient-rock-paintings-found-in-bargur/article65536228.ece

Assorted 2000 years bp finds from Odisha’s Bargarh district:

https://theprint.in/india/2000-year-old-artefacts-believed-to-be-of-post-mauryan-period-found-in-odishas-bargarh/994004/
https://odishabytes.com/post-mauryan-site-discovered-in-odishas-bargarh-excavation-by-asi-sought/

Remains of a Maurya-era wall from Tilaurakot:

https://kathmandupost.com/province-no-5/2022/06/13/ruins-of-maurya-era-wall-unearthed-in-tilaurakot-kapilvastu

A 900 years bp Jain inscription from Kolanupaka:

https://telanganatoday.com/telangana-900-year-old-jain-inscription-found-in-kolanupaka

Excavations in the ‘laterite caves’ of Kudalllur have revealed three closed chambers and a passageway (date?):

https://www.onmanorama.com/travel/travel-news/2022/06/17/edappal-rock-cut-cave-excavation.html

Concerns for a Sri Krishnadevaraya era inscription in Palnadu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/inscription-dating-back-to-sri-krishnadevaraya-period-in-palnadu-lies-neglected/article65520405.ece

… and for a 12th century one at Kolanupaka village:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2022/jun/19/12th-century-inscription-lies-in-neglect-2467259.html

Plans to study possible links between Indus signs and some graffit in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tn-to-study-possible-links-between-graffiti-and-indus-signs-1117625.html

Feature on Shruthesh Acharya and the inscriptions he has read:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/this-archaeological-researcher-has-decoded-25-inscriptions/articleshow/92212815.cms

… and the ASI’s epigraphy department:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2022/jun/19/archaeological-survey-of-india-deciphers-74000historical-inscriptions-2467156.html

The ASI is seeking help determining the antiquity of an idol it recently seized:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/asi-help-sought-to-ascertain-antiquity-of-seized-idol-asp/article65526510.ece

Excavations at Patna Museum have commenced:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/archaeological-excavation-at-patna-museum-to-be-started-soon-official/articleshow/92265874.cms

An 18th century mummified shaman find from Siberia:

https://www.newsweek.com/shaman-burial-site-discovered-siberia-preserved-clothing-1716823
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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150 years bp building remains and artifacts from a dig in central Christchurch:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/128960881/150yearold-treasures-unearthed-in-archaeological-dig-on-central-christchurch-site

… including some ‘Frozen Charlotte’ dolls:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/128960881/centuryold-frozen-charlotte-dolls-unearthed-in-archaeological-dig-in-christchurch-cbd
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of what is being described as a ‘council house’ at a 1500 years bp site in Georgia:

https://research.uga.edu/news/uga-study-asks-did-democracy-have-a-separate-origin-in-the-americas/
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-democracy-americas.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/956102
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/16/did-democracy-have-a-separate-origin-in-the-americas/

Overview of the dig at the 19th century Concord Quarters site in Natchez:

https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2022/06/15/finding-history-two-hundred-years-of-history-unearthed-at-concord-quarters-archaeology-study/

Feature on the Southern Illinois University field school at Fort Kaskaskia:

https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article262401822.html

Feature on the University of North Florida Archaeology Lab dig finding the ‘lost’ Mocama village of Saraby:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/lost-indigenous-town-saraby-unveiled-by-unf-archaeology-students/ZGHOXTPP3NCHPMQIGO5WJXNKSQ/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/new-findings-support-location-of-lost-indigenous-settlement-of-sarabay/143838
https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/history/2022/06/17/unf-archaeology-team-digs-into-native-american-village-jacksonville/7616234001/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/14/student-program-may-have-uncovered-lost-indigenous-community/

Feature on the University of Texas at Arlington dig at the Way Ranch site (various periods):

https://www.uta.edu/news/news-releases/2022/06/13/field-school-lemke22

Remains of a 17th century Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Oregon:

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/06/18/north-oregon-coast-timbers-found-from-shipwreck-spanish-galleon/
https://www.thechronicleonline.com/news/historic-recovery-timbers-from-17-century-vessel-recovered-at-oregon-coast/article_42590636-ee73-11ec-aeca-f7a158848271.html

More on recent finds from Michilmackinac:

https://www.cheboygannews.com/story/news/local/2022/06/15/mackinac-state-historic-parks-archaeology-uncovers-two-artifacts/7620174001/

Allegations the FBI lied when it said it didn’t find Civil War gold back in 2018:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/07/pennsylvania-civil-war-treasure-gold-hunt-fbi/638445/
https://apnews.com/article/oddities-politics-pennsylvania-trending-news-46ad9e75f991fb539f23fd6853aa03e

Hyping upcoming digs at Fort Vancouver:

https://www.kptv.com/2022/06/14/archaeological-excavations-happen-fort-vancouver-this-summer/

Feature on the Clotilda and Africatown:

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/31/929473348/on-uncivil-war-shemekia-copeland-sets-fire-to-a-relic-of-american-slavery

Feature on the 29th Colored Regiment:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/29th-regiment-frederick-douglass-juneteenth-equal-terms?e=2c38baa027

Feature on the enslaved person Robin Mingo:

https://apnews.com/article/george-floyd-beverly-massachusetts-education-slavery-554da36cf12d68cd95ed861b13efd78a

Feature on the Black Snake Affair in early 19th century Vermont:

https://vtdigger.org/2022/06/05/then-again-black-snake-affair-was-among-vermonts-most-shocking-events/

cf: https://express.adobe.com/page/eLxVbaIbhFbIE/

Review of Joseph Borelli, *Staten Island in the Nineteenth Century*:

https://poststar.com/entertainment/books/staten-island-s-rich-forgotten-history-is-retold/article_ddde02d7-77b1-52fa-8ea5-b37f9d892992.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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‘Thousands’ of wooden objects from the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-06-15/los-2550-objetos-de-madera-recuperados-por-primera-vez-de-las-ofrendas-del-templo-mayor-de-tenochtitlan.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/thousands-of-wooden-objects-and-offerings-recovered-from-the-aztec-templo-mayor/143896
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64362

Archaeologists are poking around an underground chamber found at Chavin de Huantar a decade ago:

https://aldianews.com/culture/heritage-and-history/labyrinth-galleries
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/archaeologists-find-hidden-chamber-beneath-ancient-peruvian-temple/

More on the San Jose shipwreck:

https://www.livescience.com/new-images-most-valuable-shipwreck-colombia

Update on the restoration of a looted Maya frieze from Los Placeres:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64296

An effort to revive the Juego de Pelota in Mexico:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cdy0t3/mexico-revives-a-3-000-year-old-ball-game
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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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A mummified 18th century cockroach was found in the leder of a slave-trading ship:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/15/eighteenth-century-cockroach-found-in-slave-trading-ships-accounts

Feature on ancient linen:

https://lithub.com/on-the-ancient-mysteries-of-linen/

Feature on the original Assassins:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/the-real-assassins-creed/143870

Feature on Piet Mondrian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piet-mondrian-abstract-grids-180980272/

Feature on Van Gogh’s ’empty chair’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jun/18/revealed-van-gogh-empty-chair-paintings-gauguin

Feature on the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/16/books/review/paradise-lost-manuscript-john-milton.html

Feature on the Christian past of the Colosseum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/12/world/europe/colosseum-painting-christianity.html

The UK banned the export of a Poussin owned by a British noble:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/uk-bans-export-23-m-poussin-painting-1234631728/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on the US Flag Day:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/06/14/flag-day-history-old-glory/7568869001/

… and the US national anthem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/14/books/review/o-say-can-you-hear-mark-clague.html

A German court has ruled that an antisemitic medieval sculpture can remain on a church:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-709361

Mount Doane has been renamed:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/13/us/yellowstone-mountain-renamed.html

Searching for the school burial gound at Teller Indian School (Colorado):

https://www.nbc11news.com/2022/06/16/colorado-mesa-university-archaeologist-updates-search-teller-indian-school-burial-grounds/
https://www.kjct8.com/2022/06/16/colorado-mesa-university-archaeologist-updates-search-teller-indian-school-burial-grounds/

A project digitally preserving cultural artifacts in Ukraine:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ukraine-uses-3d-technology-to-preserve-cultural-heritage/index.html

cf: https://poly.cam/ukraine

Boston has apologized for its role in the slave trade:

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/17/1105824756/boston-takes-rare-step-of-apologizing-for-its-role-in-slavery-and-its-lasting-ha

cf: https://www.slavevoyages.org/voyage/database
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Olives were first domesticated (i.e. deliberately planted) 700 years bp:

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/tau-research-finds-earliest-evidence-for-deliberate-cultivation-of-a-fruit-tree/
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-olive-trees-domesticated-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220616101935.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/955906
https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-worlds-first-cultivated-fruit-trees-planted-7000-years-ago-in-jordan-valley/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-15/ty-article-magazine/.premium/worlds-earliest-domestication-of-fruit-trees-reveals-complex-society-in-jordan-valley/00000181-6895-d406-abb1-ea972b3e0000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709534
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/17/olive-trees-were-first-domesticated-7000-years-ago/

Feature on horse domestication:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2022/tale-domesticated-horse
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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Article on the bad side of Stoicism:

https://psyche.co/ideas/dont-be-stoic-roman-stoicisms-origins-show-its-perniciousness
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Girsu Project:

https://www.classicult.it/en/pioneering-drone-technology-leads-to-new-discoveries-at-girsu-iraq/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/2022/06/13/new-discoveries-in-iraq-upend-story-of-mesopotamia/

Ramses II gold bracelets:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116794/King-Ramses-II-s-gold-bracelets-on-display-at-National

Panathenaic Amphorae:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/15/panathenaic-amphorae-from-toronto-canada-back-to-their-birthplace/

Chroma:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-met-museum-ancient-polychromy-2132192
https://thecitylife.org/2022/06/15/groundbreaking-exhibition-at-the-met-explores-use-of-color-in-ancient-greek-and-roman-sculpture/
https://hypebeast.com/2022/6/the-met-museum-chroma-ancient-sculpture-in-color-announcement

Italy has created a museum for recently recovered artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/16/museum-of-rescued-art-stolen-relics-returned-to-italy
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/italy-ap-rome-pompeii-roman-b2101832.html
https://apnews.com/article/travel-rome-italy-e39d360dfd1bec9d8e2078b387e1508d
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/italy-creates-new-museum-for-trafficked-ancient-artifacts/2022/06/15/7f813358-ecbb-11ec-9f90-79df1fb28296_story.html
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/italy-creates-museum-for-trafficked-ancient-artifacts-174620
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/06/19/italy-creates-new-museum-for-trafficked-ancient-artifacts/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/italy-museum-of-rescued-art-repatriation-manhattan-da-1234632272/

The DuSable Museum is changing its name:

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/dusable-museum-to-unveil-new-name-look-ahead-of-juneteenth-celebration/

Texas is getting a Juneteenth Museum:

https://hyperallergic.com/741385/a-50000-square-foot-juneteenth-museum-is-coming-to-texas/

Feature on Cairo’s Egyptian Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/middle-easts-oldest-museum-sheds-light-on-egyptian-history/news
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A pair of Goyas that can’t leave Spain are coming to auction:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-06-15/dos-cuadros-de-goya-que-no-pueden-salir-de-espana-coinciden-en-el-mercado-de-subastas.html

The so-called Cardona Codex fetched a reasonable price (and controversy):

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-06-15/la-casa-ansorena-pone-a-subasta-un-codice-que-el-gobierno-mexicano-denuncia-como-apocrifo.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A genome study suggests the origins of the ‘Black Death’ was somewhere in central Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-ancient-plague-genomes-reveal-black.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220615113242.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/health/black-death-plague.html
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/15/mystery-black-death-origins-solved-plague-pandemic
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-61820604
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1005/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1005/pub/1005/page/26/article/NaN
https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/15/health/black-death-plague-source-identified-scn/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-teeth-offer-new-insight-black-death-emerged-spread-globally-rcna33329
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-death-origin-mystery-solved-plague-675-years-researchers-say/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/plague-black-death-ancient-dna-bacteria-europe-origin-asia
https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-06-17/human-teeth-found-in-700-year-old-graves-may-reveal-where-the-black-death-started.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/scientists-reveal-the-black-deaths-origin-story
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-women-rsquo-s-teeth-reveal-origins-of-14-century-black-death/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/researchers-identify-the-origins-of-the-black-death/143852
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-death-ancient-dna-180980275/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/16/origins-of-the-black-death-identified/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04800-3
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01673-4

A study of the DNA acquired from a Umayyad Dynasty burial in Syria:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709384

Using DNA from a 16th century Italian mummy to reconstruct the genome of E. coli:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220616121548.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/956166
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10639-220617-italy-bacteria-genome
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this facial reconstruction of a Bronze Age Bohemian woman:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-bohemian-woman
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10633-220614-bronze-age-reconstruction
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is dropping the level of the Po and revealing potential artifacts and sites:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/po-river-italy-dries-up-exposes-1943-shipwreck-zibello/

Climate change concerns for Mohenjo daro:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2361470/climate-change-could-ruin-mohenjo-daro
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ipogeo dei Cristallini (Naples):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/walk-in-the-footsteps-of-ancient-greeks-in-these-secret-subterranean-tombs-in-naples-cpls0rcql
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on 16th century Black composer Vicente Lusitano:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220615-the-lost-16th-century-black-composer-vicente-lusitano

Spindle Shuttle Needle:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/12/theater/spindle-shuttle-needle-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A major Swiss collector believes he has been duped by the smuggling ring connected to the former director of the Louvre:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/swiss-collector-antiquities-smuggling-ring-louvre-director-its-frightening-2130186

A man in Missouri is accused of illegally excavating a Native American site:

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article262518762.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/16/native-american-site-illegal-excavation/
https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/clinton-man-indicted-illegally-excavating-native-american-site

Jail and fines for a couple in the ‘Zamalek apartment antiquities trial’:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1233/468176/Egypt/Courts–Law/Zamalek-apartment-antiquities-trading-couple-sente.aspx

The Taliban arrested six people for illegal excavations:

https://www.khaama.com/the-taliban-arrests-six-people-for-allegedly-excavating-historical-sites-illegally-67484/
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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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Spanish police recovered a Roman altar that had been stolen back in 1962:

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/06/16/spanish-police-recover-ancient-roman-altar-in-british-collection-stolen-in-1962/

Similarly, the Guardia di Finanzia recovered some Etruscan panels which have now been restored:

https://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/regione/lazio/2022/06/17/archeologia-scoperte-a-cerveteri-4-lastre-etrusche-dipinte_a876f9c5-1a97-4dd5-838d-4bd9985f18de.html

The US returned 27 items to Cambodia:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-06/17/content_78277037.htm
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/27-cambodian-artefacts-return-home

The Yaqui nation fortuitously recovered assorted items from a Swedish museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/18/world/americas/indigenous-artifacts-sweden-museum.html

Kuwait returned some smuggled antiquities to Egypt:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/06/17/kuwait-hands-over-smuggled-antiquities-to-egypt/
https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/kuwait/kuwait-5-ancient-seized-artefacts-handed-over-to-egypt-1.88677646

Egypt has recovered some 29000 smuggled antiquities over the pas seven years:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-recovers-29000-smuggled-antiquities-in-7-years/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n24.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n25.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Gioacchino Francesco La Torre (Italian):

https://www.grandangoloagrigento.it/ultime-notizie/e-morto-il-professore-la-torre-mondo-dellarcheologia-a-lutto

Maria Lambraki-Plaka:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/marina-lambraki-plaka-dead-sanxingdui-morning-links-1234631769/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/14/marina-lambraki-plaka-has-passed-away/

Amanda Claridge:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/16/amanda-claridge-obituary

George Lamming:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/17/books/george-lamming-dead.html

William B. Gould (archived):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/17/obituaries/william-b-gould-overlooked.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3187-audio-news-for-june-5th-through-june-11th-2022
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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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Explorator 25.08 ~ June 12, 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, Adrienne Mayor, 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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I think we had reports on this 120 000 years bp jewellery from Morocco a few months ago:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708794

More on the 50 000+ year use of the Ceva de Ardales as an art venue for early humans:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/famous-rock-art-cave-in-spain-was-used-by-ancient-humans-for-over-50000-years/143808
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/06/famous-rock-art-cave-in-spain-was-used.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-have-been-painting-on-the-walls-of-this-spanish-cave-for-58000-years-180980191/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10592-220606-spain-rock-art
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AFRICA
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A study of the implications of a 65 000 years bp ‘Swiss Army Knife’ style on early human communication in Africa:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2022/06/09/prehistoric-swiss-army-knife-indicates-early-humans-communicated.html
https://theconversation.com/65-000-year-old-stone-swiss-army-knives-show-early-humans-had-long-distance-social-networks-184648
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-prehistoric-swiss-army-knife-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/955471
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/09/65000-year-old-swiss-army-knife-proves-ancient-humans-shared-knowledge-research-says
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709119
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/early-humans-backed-artefact-tools/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-swiss-army-knife-2127680
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/06/thats-not-a-knife-these-65000-year-old-stone-ones-are-and-they-prove-early-humans-had-long-distance-social-networks/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-stone-technologies-suggest-early-humans-were-social-across-long-distances
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10596-220610-africa-tool-shape

Concerns for underwater heritage at various sites in Africa:

https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/efforts-to-save-underwater-cultural-heritage-in-africa-intensify/

Feature on scuba diving beneath pyramids in Sudan:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/what-its-like-to-scuba-dive-under-pyramids

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the find of a 6th Dynasty tomb of an important Egyptian official at Saqqara:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/ancient-holder-pharaohs-secret-documents-found-saqqara

More on the 250+ sarcophagi and figurines from Saqqara:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64259
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/saqqara-tombs-sarcophagi/?mqsc=E4144682&dk=ZE2260ZF0
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/250-coffins-with-mummies-and-150-bronze.html

More on efforts to recreate Cleopatra’s perfume:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116520/Attempts-continue-to-re-create-Cleopatra-VII-s-perfume

More on efforts to recreate Egyptian methods of producing olive oil:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116629/Archaeologist-seeks-to-recreate-ancient-Egypt%E2%80%99s-torsion-method-for-olive

An interview with Rita Lucarelli on the Egyptian Book of the Dead:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/the-ancient-egyptian-book-of-the-dead-an-interview-with-prof-rita-lucarelli/143772

Feature on Tut at Amarna:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/tutankhamun-at-amarna-childhood-kingship-family-and-followers/

Feature on a statue of Khafre:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116701/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-houses-unique-statue-of-King-Khafre

On using AI to translate Egyptian texts:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/machine-learning-egyptian-hieroglyphs/

15 Egyptian conservationist folks will be getting some museology training in Italy:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116624/15-Egyptian-restorers-museum-curators-to-receive-intensive-museology-training

Evidence of a Paleolithic human presence in Iran’s Sarbisheh Plain region:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473472/Archaeologists-find-new-clues-that-Paleolithic-people-lived-in

Neolithic obsidian tools from a 9000 years bp site in northwestern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473412/Neolithic-obsidian-tools-found-on-9-000-year-old-hill-in-northwestern

5th-2nd millennium BCE settlement from Iran’s Marvdasht plain:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473521/New-evidence-of-prehistorical-settlement-comes-to-light-in-southern

6000 years bp evidence of ‘administrative management’ (maybe) from the Kale-Kub site in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473383/Archaeologists-discover-early-example-of-administrative-management

Researchers have identified the site of the residence of King Khosrow (7th century CE) in Iraq:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/archaeological-city-khosrow-lived-heraclius-conquered-discovered-in-iraq/

More on the 3400 years bp Mitanni-era city in the Tigris which was revealed by drought in Iraq:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeology-sensation-an-ancient-city-reemerges-in-iraq-reservoir/a-62061527
https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/06/07/3-400-year-old-city-emerges-from-reservoir-in-iraq-after-months-of-extreme-drought
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708894
https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-tv/noticia/sequia-extrema-en-irak-dejo-al-descubierto-una-ciudad-de-mas-de-3-mil-anos/HPAYCQKSUJFXHFESN4M5SDPK2E/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/a-3400-year-old-city-emerges-from.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/zakhiku-mitanni-empire-10883.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-in-iraq-reveals-3400-year-old-city-180980188/

A Mycenean figurine from the excavations at Ayasuluk Tepe (is this recent?):

https://arkeonews.net/the-3200-year-old-mycenaean-figure-that-brought-ephesus-together-with-the-hittite-civilization-found-in-the-excavations-of-ayasuluk-tepe/

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-turkish-hilltop-civilisation-began.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkeys-gobeklitepe-cradle-of-civilization
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220610-turkish-hilltop-where-civilisation-began
https://www.rfi.fr/en/turkish-hilltop-where-civilisation-began
https://www.gulftoday.ae/lifestyle/2022/06/10/turkish-hilltop-where-civilisation-began
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-07/ty-article-magazine/visiting-gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-earliest-temple-built-in-a-paradise-that-is-no-more/00000181-3ded-d207-a795-7ded6a9c0000
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/06/11/gobekli-tepe-archaeological-site-in-turkey-in-pictures/

Evidence of one of the earliest (7th/8th century CE) Islamic burials from Syria:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/10595-220610-syria-tell-qarassa
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-bioarchaeological-evidence-early-islamic-burials.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220609155721.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709169
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/evidence-of-very-early-islamic-burials-in-the-levant/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10595-220610-syria-tell-qarassa

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-022-03508-4

A Bar Kochba coin from a cave in Nahal Tekoa (this might come up in Hebrew and flip to English):

https://www.hayadan.org.il/11192

Israel has extended the IAA’s powers into the West Bank:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-06-08/ty-article/.premium/under-settler-pressure-israel-extends-antiquities-authoritys-powers-into-west-bank/00000181-42f8-df72-a5cb-c2ffa4660000

On some possible early alphabetic writing from Tel Lachish:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/06/pottery-shard-may-show-missing-link-to-first-written-alphabet/

Feature on recreating ancient bread of Israel:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/12/the-bread-of-ancient-israel-is-baked-again-for-modern-tables

cf: https://asif.org/a-city-wheat-bread-exhibition/

Feature on evidence of Judean ‘deportees’ in Babylonian texts:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/06/judean-deportees-babylonian-texts

Feature on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

https://aish.com/the-not-so-dead-sea-scrolls/

Feature on board games from Tell es-Safi/Gath:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/games-at-gath-board-games-give-relatable-insight-into-daily-lives-of-canaanites/

Feature on Petra and the spice trade:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/ancient-spice-trade/?mqsc=E4144569&dk=ZE2260ZF0

Feature on archaeology around Abu Dhabi:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/abu-dhabi-archaeology/index.html
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a massive 5th century BCE ‘monumental terrace’ from Castiglione della Pescaia (all coverage is Italian so far):

https://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/regione/toscana/2022/06/09/archeologia-in-maremma-scoperta-terrazza-di-600-metri_ff49b869-f403-4a6b-bc8b-3f693f714340.html
https://www.agenziaimpress.it/in-maremma-torna-alla-luce-una-terrazza-monumentale-di-600-metri/
https://www.ilgiunco.net/2022/06/09/ricostruire-le-antiche-sponde-del-lago-prile-gli-archeologi-scoprono-una-terrazza-di-600-metri/
https://www.intoscana.it/it/articolo/archeologia-in-maremma-scoperta-una-terrazza-monumentale-di-600-metri/

Overview of this year’s excavations at the Late Cypriot site of Dromolaxia-Vyzakia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/06/10/ancient-tombs-point-to-rich-families-from-wealthy-cypriot-community/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-06/11/content_78264733.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/%CE%B5xcavations-at-the-late-cypriot-harbour-city-of-dromolaxia-vyzakia/

An intact Hellenistic tombstone from the Arachthos river in Epirus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/12/rare-ancient-discovery-iepirus-river-waters/

A terracotta pithos from Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/earthanware-pitos-found-in-turkeys-prusias-ad-hypium

A Roman road is suggesting the Romans went further into Wales than previously thought:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/05/romans-ventured-deeper-into-wales-than-thought-road-discovery-shows
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10888907/Ancient-road-discovered-Wales-follows-route-taken-transport-bluestones-STONEHENGE.html

… related:

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/20202206.role-oswestry-scholar-highlighted-roman-road-discovery/

A bronze cup and a figure of Mars from the Gallo-Roman sanctuary near Rennes:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64284

Le Mans’ Roman walls are 50 years younger than previously thought:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64249

Evidence of a late Roman walled settlement in what would become Madrid:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-06-11/asi-era-el-centro-logistico-de-roma-en-madrid-justo-antes-de-la-caida-del-imperio.html

The dig at a Roman fort site in Alderney has concluded:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-61718640

GPR suggests there might be remains of a Roman settlement beneath Longis Common in Guernsey:

https://guernseypress.com/news/2022/06/07/roman-settlement-could-be-underneath-longis-common/

A study of coins found with victims of Vesuvius:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01542-0

A US-funded restored Thracian Tomb near Sveshtari was unveiled this week:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2022/06/07/us-funded-renovation-of-thracian-tomb-near-bulgarias-sveshtari-unveiled/
https://bg.usembassy.gov/the-us-supports-the-display-renovation-of-unesco-designated-thracian-tomb-near-sveshtari-06-07-2022/

Pompeii’s House of Ceres has reopened:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/06/10/pompeiis-house-of-ceres-and-maiuri-horse-reopen_c09c9583-3c3e-4b2d-ab4f-9c42e8a31b32.html

Latest on plans to ‘revive’ the site of Plato’s Academy:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1186372/akadimia-platonos-revamp-gets-green-light-2/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/06/09/deal-paves-way-for-revival-of-akadimia-platonos-archeological-site/

More on wool production in Bronze Age Italy:

https://www.gu.se/en/news/industrial-manufacturing-of-wool-and-wool-textiles-in-the-bronze-age-italy
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/06/industrial-manufacturing-of-wool-and.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10589-220606-italy-industrial-wool

More on that recently-identified ephebe list from a National Museum of Scotland collection:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185858/ancient-greek-slab-at-scottish-museum-found-to-list-military-academy-cadets/
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/06/1103372606/class-of-54-a-d-a-marble-slab-in-storage-turned-out-to-be-an-ancient-greek-yearb
https://boingboing.net/2022/06/09/check-out-this-ancient-greek-yearbook.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/06/an-elite-education-discovery-of-ancient.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-yearbook-like-tablet-celebrates-group-ancient-greek-grads-180980201/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10585-220602-ephebic-college-inscription

More on that silver ‘penis pendant’ from Kent:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-penis-pendant-found-uk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/metal-detectorist-penis-pendant-kent-b2091712.html

More on the genome of that victim of Vesuvius:

https://the-past.com/news/researchers-sequence-entire-genome-of-vesuvius-victim/

More on 100+ settlements beyond Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/over-a-hundred-ancient-settlements-found-beyond-hadrians-wall-in-northern-uk/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10588-220605-iron-age-scotland

More on the Late Hellenistic bronze bed burial of a woman from Kozani:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-woman-buried-bronze-bed-greece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10587-220605-greece-bronze-bed

More on the rude graffiti from Vindolanda:

https://hyperallergic.com/738710/penis-graffiti-found-at-ancient-roman-site/
https://www.penarthtimes.co.uk/news/20188857.rude-ancient-graffiti-unearthed-vindolanda-northumberland/
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/history/archaeology-dig-hadrians-wall-penis-graffiti
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/vindolanda-graffiti-10880.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-roman-dick-drawing-suggests-phallic-graffiti-wasn-t-always-positive
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/ancient-graffiti-insulting-secundinus-the-shitter-discovered-at-roman-vindolanda/143777

The ‘Fagan Fragment’ was permanently restored to the Acropolis Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/05/fagan-fragment-permanently-restored-parthenon-frieze/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/06/06/greece-hopes-fagan-fragment-return-to-pave-way-for-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/sets-moral-path-italy-permanently-returns-parthenon-fragment-greece/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/08/the-fagan-fragment-permanently-restored-to-the-acropolis-museum/

Feature on how the ancient Greeks dealt with large numbers of the dead:

https://theconversation.com/tallying-the-dead-is-one-thing-giving-them-names-would-take-an-inexhaustible-voice-as-the-ancient-greeks-knew-184364
https://www.chron.com/news/article/Tallying-the-dead-is-one-thing-giving-them-names-17221999.php

An interview with Stephanie McCarter about her Metamorphoses translation:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/89472-the-language-of-the-body-pw-talks-with-stephanie-mccarter.html

Feature on when Hadrian’s Wall was built:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/opinion/122-and-all-that-when-was-hadrians-wall-built.htm

… and the wall in general:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/commemorating-hadrians-wall-searching-for-signs-of-a-2nd-century-celebration.htm

Feature on the Minoans:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220601-the-mysterious-ancient-civilisation-that-resonates-now

Feature on the Baths of Caracalla:

https://smarthistory.org/baths-of-caracalla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baths-of-caracalla

Feature on ‘saviour gods’ in Ancient Greece:

https://blog.oup.com/2022/06/salvation-on-earth-saviour-gods-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on what ancient Greeks knew about blood:

https://lithub.com/what-the-ancient-greeks-thought-they-understood-about-blood/

Feature on some curse tablets from a well in Athens found a while ago:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/discovery-of-30-curse-tablets-shows-how-athenian-bathhouse-well-became-a-chute-to-the-underworld/

Feature on some experimental archaeology involving elephants:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/experimental-archaeology-elephant/

Feature on the missing half of the Colosseum:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/06/what-happened-to-the-missing-half-of-the-roman-colosseum.html

Feature on ancient Greek ‘dragon houses’:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/07/ancient-greek-stone-houses/

Feature on Greek influence on the Latin alphabet:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/08/ancient-greeks-shaped-latin-alphabet/

Feature on Plato’s Republic:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/10/plato-republic-classics-philosophy/

A sort of overviewish piece on the Parthenon Sculptures situation:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/the-parthenon-sculptures-unprecedented-momentum-building-in-favour-of-their-return/

… and they won’t be a topic of conversation when ministers meet this week:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/11/elgin-marbles-will-banned-topic-ministers-meet-greek-counterparts/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1001/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1001/pub/1001/page/29/article/NaN
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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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Brief item on Ice Age finds off Jersey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-61745941

More on 15 000 years bp cave petroglyphs being composed/viewed with flickering fires:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-709030

A pair of Halstaat-era swords found during fire station construction in Bavaria:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64237
https://arkeonews.net/2800-year-old-two-swords-found-in-germany-from-the-start-of-the-iron-age/

A massive late Iron Age frog burial (!) from near Cambridge:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/12/mass-frog-burial-baffles-experts-at-iron-age-site-near-cambridge

Finds from various periods at a dig at Lincoln Central Market:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/evidence-roman-pottery-post-medieval-7173222

Possible 2000 years bp human remains for a former police headquarters site in North Yorkshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c2enp07qp64o
https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/20202855.human-remains-found-former-police-hq-2-000-years-old/

Two pieces of a VIking sword found a year apart by metal detectorists in Norway have been reunited:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-viking-sword-discovered-norway
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/pieces-of-an-ornamental-viking-sword-reunited/143813
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64275

A metal detectorist in Hungary came across a Viking-era coin:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-king-coin-discovered-hungary

Remains of a 14th century watermill complex at Blenheim:

https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2022/06/07/watermill-complex-found-at-blenheim-ahead-of-major-dredging-work/

A 14th century Turkish (maybe) saber from a monastery excavation in northern Greece:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-saber-found-greek-monastery
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64268
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10594-220608-greece-medieval-monastery

Human remains from a dig at a medieval Cork pub site suggest the folks met a violent end:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40893353.html

After being found back in 2007, the location of the wreck of the Gloucester has been revealed:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-historic-royal-ship-english-coast.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/10/hms-gloucester-wreck-of-royal-navy-warship-sunk-in-1682-identified-off-norfolk-coast
https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2022/jun/10/wreck-of-340-year-old-sunken-royal-navy-warship-discovered-off-norfolk-coast-video
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-61734192
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-61766186
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/10/greatest-shipwreck-since-mary-rose-discovered-coast-norfolk/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/999/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/999/pub/999/page/41/article/NaN
https://apnews.com/article/science-england-scotland-ireland-dd17aa8c01f2881b2397a95388d6265a
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/diving-brothers-found-the-wreck-of-the-gloucester-300-years-after-sinking/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/local-divers-find-royal-shipwreck-off-the-uk-coast
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/wreck-of-historic-royal-ship-discovered-off-the-english-coast/143816
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/wreck-of-historical-royal-ship-discovered-off-the-english-coast/

More on the find of the ridder of the HMS Invincible:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2022-06-06/missing-piece-hms-invincible-shipwreck-uncovered
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/underwater-archaeologists-uncover-rudder-from-the-first-hms-invincible/143788
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/07/missing-piece-of-hms-invincible-shipwreck-uncovered/

More on efforts to save an ‘underwater Lascaux’ off southwestern France:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/race-to-save-undersea-stone-age-cave.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-submerged-cave-packed-with-paleolithic-art-without-ever-venturing-underwater-180980224/

A ‘top 11’ list of finds made over the years from the Medieval Park in Oslo:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-medieval-history/medieval-excavation-greatest-hits-800-years-ago-a-fashion-queen-strolled-the-streets-of-oslo-in-this-elegant-shoe/2036533

A 300 years bp gold ring found in Shropshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-61725744

Four medieval/Anglo-Saxon coins from Norfolk have been declared treasure:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/medieval-coins-found-in-norfolk-declared-treasure-9029994

120 burials (so far) from the dig at Leicester Cathedral:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gallery/more-120-ancient-graves-uncovered-7187925

Locals saved Malmesbury Abbey when a fire broke out recently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61717056
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/995/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/995/pub/995/page/17/article/NaN

The dig at the Nunnery Heritage Site in Alderney has concluded:

https://guernseypress.com/news/2022/06/08/nunnery-dig-in-alderney-ends-with-questions-still-to-answer/

Plans for a dig at the Strath Brora site in Clyne:

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/clyne-heritage-society-dig-to-start-at-strath-brora-site-whe-277628/

Plans to turn a Bronze Age settlement site in Birzebbuga (Malta) into an archaeological park:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/bronze-age-settlement-in-birzebbuga-to-be-turned-into-archaeological.960620

Protected status for a pair of Victorian cabmen’s shelters in London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-61652537

Feature on some rock crystal points and blades from various sites in Iberia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/the-prehistoric-weapons-made-from-crystal/143821

Feature on the Viking legacy in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cbfd0z/why-the-vikings-never-left-scotland
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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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Latest finds from the Sanxindui ruins site is a bronze altar:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-12/Bronze-altar-discovered-at-Sanxingdui-ruins-site-in-SW-China-1aNZnuC4nRe/index.html

25 Shang Dynasty tombs from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/06/content_78254776.htm
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202206/07/WS629e98c6a310fd2b29e6101b.html

Wei/Jin dynasty ‘watercourses’ from Henan:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-06-12/detail-ihazcpzs6467620.shtml

A Spring and Autumn Period burial of an upper class pregnant woman from Shanxi:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202206/09/WS62a1497ea310fd2b29e6193f.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/09/content_78261244.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-06/10/content_78263310.htm

Northern Dynasties period plinths from Hebei:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0610/c90000-10108284.html

Traces of gold, silver, and colored glass on Buddhist statuary at the Longmen Grottoes in Henan:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267695.shtml

Feature on where archaeology in China is headed:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267407.shtml

Concerns about how China is using archaeology to justify its treatment of Uyghurs:

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/melting-pot-06032022104308.html

Petroglyphs (pre 300 CE) from a cave near Krishnagiri:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=967160
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/archaeologists-stumble-upon-ancient-rock-arts-in-caves-in-tns-krishnagiri-402475

A dig in Kolkata has revealed 12 layers of human occupation dating back to the 1st century CE:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/kolkata-not-quite-the-charnock-city-reveal-excavations-near-clive-house/article65494572.ece
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/kolkata-centuries-before-job-charnock-what-newly-excavated-finds-tell-us-7957768/

Excavations at a Roman trading site in Puducherry will be resuming:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/jun/06/excavations-at-ancient-roman-trading-site-in-puducherry-to-be-resumed-union-minister-2462276.html

Feature on the excavations at the Nalanda University site:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0ccrdsh/nalanda-india-s-ancient-university-rising-from-the-ashes

Feature on the search for the tomb of Genghis Khan:

https://www.livescience.com/where-is-genghis-khan-buried/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Plans to investigate an unidentified shipwreck on Bribie Island:

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/06/08/shipwreck-investigation-launched/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest finds from the ongoing dig at Colonial Michiilimackinac:

https://www.mlive.com/news/2022/06/2-cool-artifacts-unearthed-at-historic-michigan-fort.html
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/06/09/archeologists-find-two-artifacts-colonial-michilimackinac/7573490001/

A project to locate a destroyed 17th century settlement in Beaufort (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.wjcl.com/article/beaufort-stuarts-town-archaeological-dig/40219159#

A pair of 19th century buildings in Jersey City will be preserved after a court fight:

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/06/st-peters-prep-loses-fight-over-the-demolition-of-two-19th-century-buildings.html

Feature on the dig at the Collier Lodge Site in Michigan:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-collier-lodge-st-0612-20220610-fmkafowi2rhcljb67oovpe2svi-story.html

Feature on the dig at Fort Mose State Park:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/rare-archeological-dig-coincides-with-underwater-excavation-at-a-fort/77-96d2d6ae-b964-431e-824a-bcf914e28bdc

Feature on an 18th century home in Manhattan:

https://www.insider.com/oldest-home-manhattan-for-sale-photos-2022-6#the-single-family-home-was-just-listed-for-89-million-the-listing-says-its-the-first-time-the-227-year-old-residence-described-as-the-oldest-building-in-manhattan-that-has-been-used-continuously-as-a-single-family-house-has-been-on-the-market-1

Feature on ‘stigmaria’:

https://original.newsbreak.com/@anita-durairaj-561241/2627552311882-stigmaria-were-turned-into-tools-by-kentucky-s-ancient-native-americans

Feature on the Timucua people:

https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/history/2022/06/10/jacksonville-marks-bicentennial-but-these-people-were-here-long-before/7451948001/

Feature on a dig at the Siksika Reserve:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/siksika-first-nation-archaeology-university-of-calgary-1.6478455
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Stone points from a Mexican cave are the basis of a claim that humans were in central Mexico at least 26 500 years bp:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-humans-reach-america-mexican-mountain-cave-artifacts-raise-new-questions-180975385/

Two more shipwrecks have been located near the wreck of the San Jose:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-61722200
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombia-discovers-two-historical-shipwrecks-caribbean-2022-06-07/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/06/08/colombia-shipwreck-san-jose/
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/07/san-jose-galleon-new-shipwrecks-discovered-nearby-off-colombia-16782709/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/centuries-old-shipwrecks-gold-coin-treasure-discovered-off-colombia/

… and Colombia was sharing pictures of the San Jose:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-colombia-unprecedented-images-treasure-laden.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/images-of-the-san-jose-treasure-galleon-revealed/143794
https://elpais.com/videos/2022-06-11/video-como-se-hundio-el-galeon-san-jose-asi-fue-su-ultimo-viaje.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/san-jose-shipwreck-colombia-new-video-treasure-2-new-shipwrecks/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/unique-images-of-the-mythical-san-jose-galleon/

More on the head of a Maya maize divinity found at Palenque:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/11224-descubren-en-palenque-una-cabeza-estucada-del-joven-dios-del-maiz-vinculada-a-un-deposito-ritual
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/06/head-of-mayan-maize-god-discovered-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1300-year-old-corn-god-statue-shows-how-maya-worshipped-maize-180980206/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10586-220602-palenque-maya-sculpture

More on the 1000 years bp Aztatlan burials from Mazatlan:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/11217-descubren-nuevo-sitio-arqueologico-de-la-cultura-aztatlan-en-la-zona-urbana-del-puerto-de-mazatlan-sinaloa
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10591-220606-mexico-aztatlan-burials

More on Incan drugging child sacrifice victims:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708952
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/06/inca-children-drugged-with-cocaine-to.html

More on passageways beneath the Chavin de Huantar temple in Peru:

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/archaeologists-discover-passageways-3000-year-old-peruvian-temple-2022-05-30/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10590-220606-peru-temple-passages

Plans to restore a 1500 years bp looted Maya temple facade:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/looted-1500-year-old-maya-temple-facade-to-be-fully-restored-1234631519/

Feature on what we’re learning from ancient Maya toilets:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-ancient-toilets-maya-life-tamales.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on when people were eating Egyptian mummies:

https://theconversation.com/why-did-people-start-eating-egyptian-mummies-the-weird-and-wild-ways-mummy-fever-swept-through-europe-177551
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-people-egyptian-mummies-weird-wild.html
https://www.livescience.com/eating-egyptian-mummies/

… similar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/medical-practitioners-once-used-egyptian-mummy-remains-to-treat-ailments

Questioning the accuracy of death scenes in Shakespeare:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/10/shakespeare-dead-wrong-asp-did-not-kill-cleopatra/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10903947/Science-expert-brands-Shakespeares-death-scenes-unrealistic-poison-killed-Cleopatra-fast.html

The Duke of Rutland’s plans to sell a Poussin were thwarted:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nicolas-poussin-painting-worth-19-million-at-risk-of-leaving-uk
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1001/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1001/pub/1001/page/30/article/NaN

The Vatican has loan an unfinished DaVinci to the French chateau where he died:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jun/11/unfinished-work-by-leonardo-da-vinci-heads-home-to-french-chateau-where-he-died

On why Munch’s The Scream isn’t screaming:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/munchs-scream-isnt-actually-screaming/

A Renaissance masterpiece found in a 90 year-old’s bedroom:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/renaissance-masterpiece-found-london-bedroom-321000-180980225/?

Feature on the smile in art:

https://aeon.co/essays/a-history-of-the-smile-through-art-culture-and-etiquette

Using tree rings to shed light on Stradivarius’ craft:

https://politpost.com/2022/06/08/tree-rings-shed-light-on-a-stradivarius-mystery/

Pondering why the Industrial Revolution happened:

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2022/6/1/23138463/how-the-world-became-rich-industrial-revolution-koyama-rubin

Feature on George Bass:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know-bass/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Blaming a Neanderthal gene for a million COVID deaths:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/09/neanderthal-gene-probably-caused-million-covid-deaths/

The El Rocio pilgrimage is resuming in Spain in the wake of COVID:

https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-cordoba-spain-d4f0ca0132ad5617ac724b775956f51d

A different sort of response to Civil War monument omissions:

https://www.reformer.com/business/correcting-history-new-plaque-recognizes-soldiers-omitted-from-civil-war-monument/article_378636cc-e741-11ec-8981-8b4c93bbdf27.html

… while arguing about Stonewall Jackson continues:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/10/us/stonewall-jackson-shenandoah-county-virginia.html

I think we mentioned these seized antiquities from Ukraine going on display at the British Museum:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/31/seized-antiquities-sent-from-ukraine-to-go-on-show-at-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-will-return-looted-artefacts-to-ukraine-after-exhibition-vd6808pxz
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/art/uk-thwarts-sell-ukrainian-antiquities-online
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-ukraine-medieval-vadym-prystaiko-b1003498.html

Report suggests Russians are targeting specific Ukrainian artefacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/12/specialist-gang-targeting-ukrainian-treasures-for-removal-to-russia

Ukraine is accusing Russia of destroying an Orthodox monastery:

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/internacional/europa/2022/06/04/ucrania-acusa-a-rusia-de-destruir-historico-monasterio-ortodoxo-moscu-nego-bombardeo-al-recinto.shtml

Putin is drawing inspiration from Peter the Great, it seems:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61767191
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/10/putin-compares-himself-to-peter-the-great-in-quest-to-take-back-russian-lands
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/world/europe/putin-peter-the-great.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/10/europe/russia-putin-empire-restoration-endgame-intl-cmd/index.html

A story of ‘duelling statues’ related to the conflict:

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/02/1101918984/volodymyr-vs-vladimir-how-rival-statues-explain-the-russia-ukraine-conflict

The UK press was concerned about trigger warnings about human remains in an archaeology class:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/07/university-warns-archaeology-students-exposure-images-human/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Study suggests chickens were domesticated much later than previously thought (1500 BCE … in Asia):

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-evidence-chickens-domesticated.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220606181159.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/954776
https://www.livescience.com/chicken-domestication/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/07/science/chicken-domestication-origin.html
https://politpost.com/2022/06/07/before-chickens-were-nuggets-they-were-revered/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/06/chickens-were-first-tempted-down-from-trees-by-rice-research-suggests
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/06/chickens-pets-burial-companions-romans-had-dinner/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/996/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/996/pub/996/page/26/article/NaN
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-06/ty-article/the-true-history-of-the-chickens-late-arrival/00000181-3967-dfa1-abeb-b97fbd180000
https://www.science.org/content/article/how-wild-jungle-fowl-became-chicken
https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2121978119
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2322932-we-may-now-know-when-chickens-were-domesticated-but-not-why/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/09/when-where-and-how-were-chickens-domesticated/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10593-220607-southeast-asia-chickens

On the spread of millet from East Asia to Central Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-millet-east-asia-central-europe.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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On talking to your children to understand philosophy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/06/understanding-philosophy-through-kids-hershovitz-book-nasty-brutish-and-short/661225/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Erotic art of Pompeii:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/sex-in-the-shadow-of-vesuvius-exhibition-in-pompeii/

Ancient Greeks:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/ancient-greeks-exhibition-is-finally-open-at-auckland-war-memorial-museum/M743DOTJ3ZDRGYUJWWREJYFL2Q/

Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/king-tut-exhibit-oxford
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)01021-2/fulltext

Extraordinary Exporation: The Edwardian Discovery of Coria:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/anonymous-hadrians-wall-excavators-celebrated-in-new-exhibition/

Funding threat for the Viking Age Museum in Oslo:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-science-policy-viking-age/new-report-budget-cuts-put-1200-year-old-viking-ships-at-risk-of-being-destroyed/2038328

Feature on some museums in Berlin:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2022/06/a-walking-tour-of-berlins-best-museums

Van Gogh:

https://www.timesunion.com/kristi/article/van-gogh-immersive-experience-video-17222906.php

English Heritage has launched a Roman face pot gallery:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/roman-face-pot-gallery-launched/

Concerns relating to fakes in the National Museum of Slovenia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/10/national-museum-of-slovenia-cancels-art-exhibition-over-alleged-fakes

Feature on the Makah Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220605-ozette-the-us-lost-2000-year-old-village

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A DNA study of hunter-gatherer folks in Thaliland:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/genetic-analysis-reveals-the-origin-of-a-hunter-gatherer-society-in-southern

A DNA study of inhabitants of the Wallacean islands:

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/ancient-dna-unearths-cultural-%E2%80%9Cexplosion-in-the-pacific
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-pre-historic-wallacea-pot-human-genetic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220609131924.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/10/ancient-dna-unearths-cultural-explosion-in-the-pacific/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on the facial reconstruction (done ages ago) on Avgi:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/07/avgi-the-mesolithic-teenager-makes-her-debut-at-the-acropolis-museum/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Archaeological sites near Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/08/five-lesser-known-archaeological-sites-in-attica-greece/

Roman sites in Switzerland:

https://www.thetravel.com/where-to-see-roman-ruins-in-switzerland/

Abu Dhabi:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/abu-dhabi-archaeology/index.html

Madaba:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-709170

Channel Islands National Park:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/explore-13000-years-of-human-history-on-this-remote-california-island
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Cesar Franck:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/08/arts/music/review-paul-jacobs-franck-organ.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Becoming Elizabeth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/10/arts/television/becoming-elizabeth.html
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CRIME BEAT
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That British geologist accused of smuggling antiquities in Iraq was sentenced to 15 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/06/british-geologist-jailed-iraq-smuggling-artefacts-jim-fitton
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-iraq-british-baghdad-b2094715.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-geologist-not-sure-when-will-speak-to-family-again-as-he-is-moved-to-iraq-jail-b2098132.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jim-fitton-iraq-death-penalty-b2079596.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/family-geologist-jim-fitton-jailed-iraq-help-kjjwg9gr3
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-61705370
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-61718262
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220606-briton-jailed-15-years-german-freed-in-iraq-antiquities-case
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/06/07/british-tourist-iraqi-jail-sentence-artifacts/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/uk-tourist-sentenced-iraq/index.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraq-british-man-15-years-smuggling-artifacts-85208527
https://www.dw.com/en/iraq-court-jails-briton-for-trying-to-smuggle-ancient-shards/a-62043866
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/briton-jailed-15-years-german-freed-iraq-antiquities-case
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-708723
https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/621441/World/Mena/British-geologist-jailed-in-Iraq-after-taking-artifacts

… and he plans to appeal:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/06/british-geologist-jailed-iraq-smuggling-artefacts-jim-fitton

A violent robbery at the Andean Museum:

https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/el-avaluo-es-incalculable-encapuchados-robaron-mas-de-cien-piezas-de-oro-desde-museo-andino-y-dispararon-a-minibus-de-pasajeros/QFOXDESTGVCVXODDWU7IJH73UY/
https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/nacional/region-metropolitana/2022/06/05/violento-atraco-en-buin-delincuentes-armados-roban-articulos-de-oro-desde-museo-andino.shtml

A report from the Clooney Foundation suggests the trade in stolen antiquities funds conflict in the Middle East and antiquities dealers should be prosecuted for war crimes:

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/12/1103777253/activists-take-aim-at-the-buyers-of-looted-antiquities
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220608-prosecute-looted-antiquities-dealers-for-war-crimes-clooney-foundation
https://www.rfi.fr/en/prosecute-looted-antiquities-dealers-for-war-crimes-clooney-foundation
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stolen-antiquities-fund-terrorism-warns-clooney-foundation-9tqgwln9g
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/middle-east-stolen-antiquities-trade-fuelling-conflict

Another case of a tourist damaging the Spanish Steps:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/08/us-tourist-scooter-damage-rome-spanish-steps
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/06/10/rome-s-spanish-steps-damaged-by-tourists-for-the-second-time-in-a-month

More countries are joining the civil case against the Lovre:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/10/antiquities-trafficking-case-escalates-as-louvre-abu-dhabi-joins-civil-action-and-swiss-collector-files-criminal-complaint

More on the destruction of artifacts at the Dallas MoA by some guy who was mad at his girlfriend:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/dallas-artefacts-destroyed-museum-girlfriend-b2093620.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/brian-hernandez-destroys-more-than-dollar5-million-of-ancient-art-at-dallas-museum-of-art-cops-say
https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2022/06/06/what-happened-minute-by-minute-in-the-dma-break-in/

More on the ‘smearing’ of the Mona Lisa:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/06/targeted-attack-on-the-gioconda/

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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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In the wake of accusations against the Louvre’s former director, Egypt is demanding the return of assorted items:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/egypt-demands-return-king-tut-artifact-amid-former-louvre-director-scandal
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-seek-recover-antiquities-seized-met-york-official/story?id=85256705
https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/official-statements-indicate-that-egypt-will-pursue-the-recovery-of-antiquities-h36616.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/467460.aspx

… while Egypt recovered over 5000 items last year, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116560/Egypt-succeeds-in-retrieving-5-151-artifacts-in-2021

Not sure if this is repatriation or not, but the city of Drummondville has ‘entrusted’ a number of items associated with the Waban-Aki Nation to a historical society:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/780-archaeological-objects-and-fragments-given-to-a-historical-society-in-drummondville-quebec-1.5934263

Harvard is being encouraged to return a pile of human remains in its possession:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/harvard-urged-return-remains-enslaved-people-thousands-native-american-rcna32551

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe is returning some human remains to local groups:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/ancient-remains-to-be-returned-to-local-tribes/article_f5b5472e-e812-11ec-beea-3f3fec8ccbe2.html

Some recovered items in India were returned to temples:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/jun/10/thanjavur-three-recovered-antiquities-handed-over-to-temples-2463852.html

More on the US and Australia returning items to Tamil Nadu:

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tamil-nadu-sculptures-australia-us-7955935/

More on Sweden’s return of a Mycenean ring to Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1186361/the-return-of-a-mycenaean-treasure/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on some ancient coins recently at auctions:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/a-look-at-the-ancient-coin-market-through-recent-auction-results/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n24.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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John Merriman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/11/books/john-merriman-dead.html

Jim Murphy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/08/books/jim-murphy-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3186-audio-news-for-may-29th-through-june-4th-2022

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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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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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What they’re learning from Neanderthal DNA from the dirt of Estatuas Cave in Spain:

https://www.science.org/content/article/dna-cave-dirt-tells-tale-how-some-neanderthals-disappeared

A study suggests Cueva de Ardales (also Spain) was used as an art venue by Neanderthals and sapiens for over 50 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-famous-art-cave-spain-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220601142635.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cueva-de-ardales-10864.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-used-this-one-cave-in-spain-for-a-mind-blowing-50-000-years
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/spanish-cave-art-prehistoric/
https://gizmodo.com/spain-cave-neanderthal-rock-art-ancient-humans-1848997269
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-have-been-painting-on-the-walls-of-this-spanish-cave-for-58000-years-180980191/

Feature on what ancient DNA (mostly Denisovan) reveals about humans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-molecular-archaeology-ancient-genes.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on relations between Britain and North Africa before empires were a big thing:

https://aeon.co/essays/from-enemies-to-neighbours-british-merchants-in-the-maghreb
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From the Saqqara Necropolis comes the find of 250+ wooden sarcophagi and a ‘cachette’ of 150 bronze statues of various Egyptian divinities:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-egypt-trove-newly-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-statues-discovered-saqqara
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/467066.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-uncovers-an-important-and-the-largest-cache-of-bronze-statues-in-saqqara-animals-necropolis/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116307/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-succeeds-in-unearthing-largest-bronze-statue-cache
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/31/trove-of-ancient-egyptian-coffins-and-statues-found-at-cemetery-near-cairo
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/egypt-ap-cairo-hosni-mubarak-mostafa-waziri-b2090307.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708056
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-displays-newly-discovered-ancient-artifacts-from-necropolis-of-saqqara/
https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/621192
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/newly-discovered-egyptian-mummies-take-capital-cairo-on-journey
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statuette-of-architect-among-new-cache-of-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-174202
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/archaeologists-uncover-trove-ancient-egyptian-mummies-2022-05-30/
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-hundreds-of-ancient-sarcophagi-and-statuettes-uncovered/a-61979990
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/01/egypt-unveils-massive-haul-of-newly-discovered-ancient-artefacts-in-saqqara
https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/egyptian-discoveries-1.6472380
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/31/egypt-mummies-saqqara-coffins-bronze-antiquities/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220530-statuette-of-architect-among-new-cache-of-ancient-egyptian-artifacts
https://english.news.cn/20220530/c271877e0296478480e379a668e65e22/c.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/egypt-displays-trove-newly-discovered-ancient-artifacts-85064667
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-saqqara-tomb-250-mummies-latest-discoveries-ancient-history/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-statues-sarcophagi-saqqara-scn/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egypt-discovered-250-mummies-saqqara-2124317
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-ancient-mummies-discovered-in-vast-egyptian-necropolis
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-uncover-cache-of-bronze-statues-and-sarcophagi-at-saqqara/143736
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/31/250-coffins-with-mummies-and-150-bronze-statues-found-in-saqqara/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unveil-hundreds-of-sarcophagi-at-saqqara-and-theyre-not-done-yet-180980168/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10581-220531-egypt-saqqara-coffins

Feature on sexuality in ancient Egypt:

https://smoda.elpais.com/placeres/papiro-erotico-sexo-en-el-antiguo-egipto-exposicion-hijas-del-nilo/

Feature on the Saadana Island wreck excavation (18th century shipwreck in the Red Sea):

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/06/02/more-than-a-shipwreck-glimpsing-18th-century-trade-on-saadana-island/

More on the restoration of the Temple of Esna:

https://menafn.com/1104297208/Restoration-Of-Ancient-Temple-In-Egypt-Built-By-Greeks-Reveals-Stunning-Drawings-In-Bright-Colours
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-of-a-temple-in-egypt-reveals-vulture-like-vibrant-art-goddesses-180980144/

More on recreating Cleopatra’s perfume:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/after-2000-years-can-cleopatras-perfume-ever-be-recreated/

Feature on a ‘half mummy’ found in 2014 in Luxor:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/half-mummy-confuses-egyptian-archaeologists

Ongoing concerns for Cairo’s City of the Dead:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/road-plan-could-bring-demolitions-cairos-city-dead

Plenty of interesting finds at a 9000 years bp burial/settlement site at Tepe Ahranjan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473134/Village-dwellers-buried-dead-beneath-houses-archaeological-evidence

Drought in Iraq revealed remains of a 3400 years bp settlement site/city associated with the Mitanni Empire:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/a-3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-year-old-city-emerges-tigris-river.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220601200021.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-city-in-iraq-emerges-after-drought
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/3-400-year-old-city-discovered-in-northern-iraq/2601633
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2022/06/02/Extreme-drought-reveals-ruins-of-3-400-year-old-ancient-city-in-Iraq-
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-3400-year-old-city-in-iraqs-duhok
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-rush-investigate-3400-year-old-city-emerging-tigris-river-1711827
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-city-iraq-unearthed-extreme-drought-rcna31424
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-shrinking-reservoir-has-revealed-the-ruins-of-a-3-400-year-old-city
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/drought-reveals-ruins-of-3400yearold-city-by-the-tigris-river-again/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/03/climate-change-reveals-ancient-city-iraq-zakhiku
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/143760
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/31/a-3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/

The monthly roundup of finds in Turkiye:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/may-2022-turkish-archaeology

Feature on the role of women at various digs in Turkiye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rural-womens-touch-in-archaeology-174226

Feature on Turkish-European Archaeology Days:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/turkish-european-archaeology-days-to-show-backstage-research-of-digs
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/european-archaeology-days-to-start-in-istanbul-174265

Remains of a possible 8th/7th centuries BCE ‘monumental administrative center’ at Mordot Arnona:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-01/ty-article/jerusalem-discovery-light-ancient-jerusalem-under-the-assyrians/00000181-1448-d272-a187-7d68ab970000

Remains of a (known?) 2200 years bp ‘outpost’/fortress near the road that led to Jerusalem at Ma’ale Romaim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708020

Slightly younger Hasmonean fortifications from Horvat Tefen:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708087

A segment of a Roman-era aqueduct from Jerusalem’s Old City:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-segment-of-jerusalems-2000-year-old-low-level-aqueduct-revealed/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/segment-of-roman-aqueduct-excavated-in-jerusalems-armon-hanatziv-neighborhood/2022/05/29/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/b1vzqhxu5
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/328406
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/06/02/new-section-of-ancient-engineering-wonder-excavated-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707974
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-05/30/content_78243102.htm

A ‘curse inscription’ from the tomb of ‘Jacob the Convert/Proselyte’ at Beit She’arim:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1800-year-old-grave-marker-for-jacob-the-convert-stumbled-upon-at-beit-shearim/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708390
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-31/ty-article-magazine/converts-curse-against-robbers-found-in-ancient-galilee-grave/00000181-19f8-d9b4-a199-bdfe62b10000

More on that 2100 years bp abandoned farmstead site in Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-farmstead-discovered-israel
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/galilean-farm/?mqsc=E4144390&dk=ZE2250ZF0
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/horbat-assad-farmstead-10857.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10577-220529-israel-abandoned-farmstead

Feature on the Ein Gedi Synagogue:

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2022/05/01/roots-amid-the-rubble/

Archaeologists talk about misuse of history on Jerusalem Day:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707992

A round-up piece with ‘five recent finds from the Middle East’:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/middle-east-five-new-archaeological-finds-egypt-gaza-oman-iraq-jordan
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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 study of wool production in Bronze Age Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-industrial-wool-textiles-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/954267
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708345
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/01/industrial-manufacturing-of-wool-and-wool-textiles-in-the-bronze-age-italy/

A late Hellenistic burial monument found during construction of Istanbul’s Haydarpasa train station:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/haydarpasa-station-offers-big-surprises-174204

A 1st century BCE burial of a woman on a bronze ‘mermaid bed’ from Kozani:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-woman-buried-bronze-bed-greece
https://www.sciencealert.com/2-100-year-old-skeleton-of-greek-woman-found-lying-on-bronze-mermaid-bed

Remains of the first military amphitheatre known from the Southern Levant from the dig at the Legio VI Ferrata base near Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708197

An 1800 years bp geometric mosaic from Pergamon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/02/1800-year-old-geometric-patterned-mosaic-found-in-the-ancient-greek-city-pergamon-now-modern-turkey/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1800-year-old-geometric-patterned-mosaic-found-in-turkeys-pergamon/news

A Roman-era well (and building foundations) from southwestern Germany:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64200

A metal detectorist in Kent came across a silver Roman-era penis amulet:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/penis-jewellery-roman-metal-detector-b2090959.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10870953/Roman-silver-penis-pendant-measures-meagre-1-2-inches-unearthed-Kent.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64206

A large 4th/5th century Roman necropolis from Rockenberg:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64184

An elite 4th/5th century CE burial from Berenike:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/02/%CE%B1n-elite-tomb-with-complete-set-of-grave-goods/

An inscription which was in a National Museum of Scotland collection for over a 100 years turns out to be an ephebe list:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185858/ancient-greek-slab-at-scottish-museum-found-to-list-military-academy-cadets/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/02/ancient-greek-equivalent-of-graduate-school-yearbook-discovered-on-stone/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-greek-graduate-school-yearbook-discovered/
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/02/ancient-slab-turns-out-to-be-2000-year-old-graduate-school-yearbook-16754153/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/graduates-in-1st-century-athens-had-yearbook-f7wtj3wck
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/02/immortalised-worlds-oldest-school-yearbook-class-ad41/

A study of coins found with various people who were fleeing Pompeii:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01542-0

More on the genome sequencing from some Pompeii victims:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/26/science/pompeii-vesuvius-dna-archaeology.html
https://www.science.org/content/article/first-genome-pompeii-victim-holds-surprises
https://boingboing.net/2022/05/30/sequencing-the-genome-of-a-pompeii-resident-and-solving-a-2000-year-old-mystery.html

More on that Bronze Age family cremation site in Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-unique-cremation-site-late-bronze.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10580-220531-italy-cremation-platform

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0267532

More on the identification of 134 ancient settlements north of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2022/study-sheds-light-on-life-beyond-rome-s-frontier
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-life-rome-frontier.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-134-ancient-settlements-north-of-hadrians-wall-180980183/

More on the 1700 years bp phallus and insult inscription on Hadrian’s Wall near Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-penis-graffiti-stone-uk
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-roman-graffiti-vindolanda/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10578-220531-england-insult-graffiti

A call for a focus on the ethnic history at Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-61661813

Concerns and plans for the Appian Way:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/reviving-europes-first-superhighway

Plenty of digs are under way at Aegean sites:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1185506/aegean-gripped-by-excavation-fever/

CBS’s 60 Minutes was looking at Caligula last week:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/caligula-rome-60-minutes-2022-05-29/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roman-emperor-caligula-coffee-table-60-minutes-2022-05-29/

Features on Jacques Bailly and his Spelling Bee activities:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-matters-podcast/episode-90-an-interview-with-jacques-bailly
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/what-is-a-spelling-bee-pronouncer

Feature on Kimberly Bowes’ research into Rome’s working poor:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/regular-folks-roman-empire-kimberly-bowes-archaeology-economics

An interview with Natalie Haynes on women in Greek myth:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/writersandcompany/natalie-haynes-on-the-fantastic-and-fearsome-women-of-greek-myth-1.6475566

Not sure where to put this feature on the creation of a ‘money economy’ at the beginning of the Iron Age:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/06/new-money-iron-age

Feature on Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/the-fishbourne-home-of-britains-archeological-jewel-3713857

Feature on Jewish converts under the Roman empire:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2022/06/the-jewish-converts-of-antiquity/

A metal detectorists’ account of finding assorted Roman coins:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jun/03/experience-i-found-a-hoard-of-161-roman-coins-in-one-weekend

In case you were wondeirng where ‘Istanbul’ somes from:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/29/istanbul-vs-constantinople-and-why-both-are-greek-cities/

Feature on the silver mines at Laurion:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/mines-laurion-athens-western-civilization/

Feature on the Odrysian Kingdom:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/06/01/dialogue/opinion/odrysian-kingdom-a-rough-diamond-in-the-ancient-world/

Feature on the woman doctor Agnodice:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/agnodice-first-woman-doctor-ancient-greece/

Feature on Plutarch being a vegetarian:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/ancient-greek-historian-plutarch-vegetarian/

Feature on Tantalus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/greek-myth-tantalize-tantalus/

Feature on the locations of assorted Greek myths:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/real-locations-greek-myths/

Feature on ancient Roman morals (I think):

https://pacification.substack.com/p/american-times-roman-morals?s=r

If Romans had Google Maps:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/omnesviae-roman-roads-map/

Feature on the origins of conflict between the Greeks and Persians:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-greeks-persians-history/

Feature on stability features of the Parthenon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/28/pathenon-construction-engineering/

Varied coverage of the Parthenon Sculptures saga … nothing really new this week (mostly opeddish):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20173797.issue-day-elgin-marbles-row-deepens/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185834/the-parthenon-marbles-an-ever-poignant-question/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/28/why-shouldnt-greeks-have-marbles-back-we-proved-we-lost-ours-years-ago
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/01/stephen-fry-asks-british-museum-to-be-classy-and-return-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jun/01/it-is-dishonourable-for-the-british-museum-to-keep-the-parthenon-marbles
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Latest Norwegian melting ice patch find is a 3000 years bp shoe:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-shoe-norway-ice-patch

A man-made Viking era cave from Iceland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64192
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/man-made-viking-era-cave-discovered-in-iceland/143731

A survey has identified the remains of Greasley Castle in Nottinghamshire:

https://the-past.com/news/survey-identifies-remains-of-greasley-castle-in-nottinghamshire/

Metal detectorists in Cumberland found a medieval copper thing:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/20182244.brampton-longtown-metal-detectorists-find-medieval-artefact/

The rudder of the HMS Invincible was found in the Solent:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-61637171
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10582-220601-shipwreck-invincible-rudder

Evidence of tb and syphilis from the 200 years bp cemetery at John Radcliffe’s Infirmary:

https://the-past.com/news/new-analysis-from-oxford-hospital-cemetery/

A hoard of 1000 BCE bronze axes (and more) found by a metal detectorist in Carmarthenshire back in 2020 has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-61632636

Rethinking those ‘alternative’ burials usually connected to fear of vampires:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-29/ty-article-magazine/strange-burials-reveal-fear-of-vampires-in-old-poland-or-do-they/00000181-0f3c-d1d5-afd5-8f7edc140000

Feature on efforts to save the ‘underwater Lascaux’ off France:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-undersea-stone-age-cave-art.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220530-race-to-save-undersea-stone-age-cave-art-masterpieces
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/underwater-stone-age-cave-in-danger-due-to-climate-change

Feature on the TREE project in Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/05/31/rich-wooden-heritage-of-cyprus-focus-of-joint-initiative/
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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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25 Qing Dynasty tombs from Hunan:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/858942-25-qing-dynasty-tombs-discovered-in-china-s-hunan

Ming Dynasty tombs from Hubei:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266820.shtml

Feature/study on the role of rice beer in ancient Chinese civilization:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/environment/article/3180155/how-ancient-rice-beer-helped-brew-chinese

Feature on some South China Sea pirates:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3179279/history-real-pirates-who-dressed-passengers

Kushan-era brick walls from Patna:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/archaeological-survey-of-india-in-patna-unearths-brick-walls-believed-to-be-of-kushan-age/cid/1868317
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/asi-in-patna-unearths-brick-walls-believed-to-be-of-kushan-age/2548427/

Workers in Chanugondla village came across a pile of metallic weights (and took them home; many have been recovered) of unspecified date:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2022/jun/03/workers-digging-pits-at-andhra-pradeshschanugondla-village-stumble-upon-ancient-plates-2461283.html

Feature on the Chinese Civilization Origin Program:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266823.shtml

China has plans to digitize and connect cultural resources into a central database:

https://www.scmp.com/tech/policy/article/3179135/china-forms-grand-plan-digitalise-and-connect-countrys-cultural

Feature on women in Genghis Khan’s empire:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mongol-empire-women

Concerns for ‘abandoned’ Hindu idols in Sanguem:

https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/SHOCKING-REVELATION-Centuriesold-Hindu-idols-lying-abandoned-at-Curdi/190078

Terracotta and other finds (wide date range) from a site near Kolkata:

https://www.outlookindia.com/travel/ancient-artefacts-uncovered-at-historic-site-near-kolkata-news-199797

Plans for excavations in Patna to find remains of ancient Patliputra:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/survey-set-to-begin-in-patna-for-remains-of-ancient-patliputra-101654102211059.html

Feature on the Indus Valley Civilization:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-indus-valley-civilization

Feature on India’s ‘Persian history’:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/india-persian-history-lost-achamenids-mughals

Feature on Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220530-jantar-mantar-indias-mysterious-gateway-to-the-stars
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A dig at a colonial Perth site suggests life was difficult:

https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/university-of-notre-dame-study-of-east-perth-burial-site-reveals-hardships-of-life-in-colonial-perth-c-6817913

A shipwreck uncovered on Bribie Island might actually be two (19th century?) wrecks:

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/06/01/bribie-wreckage-may-be-two-vessels/

More on early Australians dining on Genyornis eggs some 50 000 years bp:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/genyornis
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10583-220601-australia-eggshell-protein
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of plant cultivation by the Nuchatlaht people on Nottka Island:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nuchatlaht-forest-garden-research-1.6469488

A drought in Arizona is revealing sites as Lake Powell’s water levels recede:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/1102070651

Revelation that Harvard possesses human remains of enslaved individuals and thousands of Native Americans:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/6/1/draft-human-remains-report/

More on the 8000 years bp skull found by kayakers in Minnesota:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708245
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-kayakers-find-8000-year-old-skull-in-river-180980130/

Plans to reinter remains of War of 1812 soldiers exhumed in Burlington, Vermont:

https://www.wcax.com/2022/06/05/exhumed-war-1812-veterans-burlington-reinterred-lakeview-cemetery/

Feature on an archaeology lab opening at Fort Frederica National Monument:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/archaeology-lab-at-fort-frederica-holds-great-expectations/article_dcd9f2bc-95b9-59ad-be0d-11cbcd079574.html

Feature on Jamestown:

https://www.livescience.com/38595-jamestown-history.html

Feature on claims about a comet ending Hopewell civilization:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/2022/06/02/hopewell-culture-claims-exploding-comet-ohio-destroyed-civilization/9999016002/

Honours for Leah Rogers for her work at Mount Vernon:

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/life/2022/06/02/state-historical-society-iowa-archeologist-honored-award-mount-vernon/7476503001/

Review of David Fischer, *African Founders*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/books/review/david-hackett-fischer-african-founders.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A network of passages was found beneath the 3000 years bp Chavin de Huantar temple:

https://www.independent.co.uk/world/archaeologists-discover-passageways-peruvian-temple-b2090895.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/archaeologists-discover-passageways-3000-year-old-peruvian-temple-2022-05-30/
https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/05/30/us-peru-archaeology
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/05/3000-years-old-network-of-passageways-discovered-in-peru/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/chavin-de-huantar-temple-peru-hidden-passageways-1234630589/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708115
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/hidden-tunnels-discovered-beneath-chavin-de-huantar-temple-complex/143743

The severed had of a Mayan maize divinity (possibly Early/Late Classic) from Palenque:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-ancient-mayan-maize-god-sculpture.html
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-06-04/the-discovery-of-a-head-of-the-mayan-maize-god-hidden-in-chiapas-for-more-than-1300-years.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64220
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708570
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/severed-head-of-maya-maize-god-unearthed-in-palenque/143755
https://www.newsweek.com/huge-mayan-corn-gods-head-dating-back-1300-years-discovered-mexico-1712414
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/xiol-ancient-mayan-city-mexican-construction-site-1234630429/

A 1000 years bp Aztatlan (probably) site from Mazatlan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/construction-archaeological-site-mazatlan/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-unearth-an-aztatlan-burial-site/143750

42 burials from a 16th century cemetery next to a hospital in Peru:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10867645/Archaeologists-unearth-colonial-era-cemetery-Peru.html

More on the remains of a Maya city found on the Yucatan peninsula:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/27/mexico-mayan-city-xiol-discovered
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/industrial-park-build-reveals-ancient-mayan-city-in-yucatan
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/xiol-ancient-mayan-city-mexican-construction-site-1234630429/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/01/archeologists-discover-maya-metropolis-yucatan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-crew-stumbles-on-1400-year-old-ruins-of-maya-mayan-city-180980171/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10576-220529-mexico-maya-xiol

More on Lidar revealing Casarabe urbanism in Bolivia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/02/amazon-rainforest-archaeology-settlements-bolivia-casarabe
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/civilization-amazon-discovered-01062022/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/lost-society-found-in-amazon-rainforest

More on ‘drugging’ of Inca children prior to sacrifice:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-hair-fingernail-inca-children-drugged.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/inca-child-sacrifice-drugs-cocaine-b2092447.html

Feature on Mesoamerican art 200-900 CE:

https://smarthistory.org/reframing-art-history/mesoamerica-middle-200-900/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mesoamerica-middle-200-900

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the worlds oldest tattoo parlour (in Jerusalem):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c9th22/the-world-s-oldest-tattoo-parlour

Feature on the London plane tree:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220601-are-city-forests-disappearing

Feature on human sacrifice in various cultures:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/human-sacrifice-ritual-history/

A Lorenzetti fresco has been restored:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/01/the-buongoverno-construction-site-reveals-lorenzettis-treasures/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Looking at the Uvalde events through the lens of Greek epic:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/06/03/dialogue/opinion/reading-greek-epic-through-another-massacre/

An item on Queen Elizabeth and the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-the-british-museum/

Feature on a Ukrainian security guard who save a pile of artworks:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-31/el-vigilante-que-se-jugo-la-vida-para-salvar-de-las-bombas-rusas-las-obras-de-la-artista-ucrania-primachenko.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on the ‘Fable of a Frog in the Well’ in the Zhuangzi:

https://aeon.co/essays/zhuangzis-ancient-fable-about-the-personal-and-the-political

Review of Donald Robertso, *How to Think Like a Roman Emperor*:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/150/How_to_Think_Like_a_Roman_Emperor_by_Donald_Robertson
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pharaoh of the Two Lands:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/467203.aspx

Erotic art of Pompeii:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-x-rated-erotic-art-is-revealed-at-last-nrb3zxdlb

Pompeii in Color:

https://brooklynrail.org/2022/05/artseen/Pompeii-in-Color-The-Life-of-Roman-Painting

Feminine Power:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-mess-british-museum-s-feminine-power-the-divine-to-the-demonic-reviewed

Herefordshire Hoard:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/20179089.first-look-significant-herefordshire-hoard/

Munch:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edvard-munch-at-the-courtauld-the-tortured-genius-who-craved-the-sun-9pps5352c

Sutton Hoo and Staffordshire Hoard:

https://the-past.com/review/whats-on/museum-news-3/

Feature on the archaeological museum in Volos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/01/volos-museum-displays-historical-treasures-from-hub-of-ancient-greek-civilization/

Feature on the Edison Museum:

https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2022/05/massive-light-bulb-tower-is-hard-to-miss-but-museum-honoring-edison-is-often-overlooked.html

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://scoopempire.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-grand-egyptian-museum/

Feature on the impending opening of three underwater museums in Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185803/three-underwater-museums-set-to-launch/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a Babe Ruth card:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/05/27/babe-ruth-museum-rare-card/

An Egyptian statue coming to Christie’s is getting press attention:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116308/Christie-s-preparing-to-sell-Egyptian-statue-worth-%C2%A3100-000

Giuseppe Verdi’s house is up for sale:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/30/giuseppe-verdi-house-italy-for-sale-ending-quarrel-among-heirs

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sparta:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sparta-the-ancient-city-known-for-bloodsport-is-still-around

Feature on some recent historical travel books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/books/review/new-travel-books.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Benediction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/movies/benediction-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Some guy dressed as an old woman threw/smeared cake on the Mona Lisa:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-louvre-museum-fe4c4de7b7285450f4c1a81c5fb5dd48
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/mona-lisa-left-unharmed-smeared-cream-climate-protest-stunt-2022-05-30/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-61635822
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-29/un-visitante-del-louvre-ataca-a-la-gioconda-con-una-tarta.html

… while some guy who was mad at his girlfriend broke into the Dallas MoA and smashed some antiquities:

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2022/06/02/5-million-of-ancient-art-destroyed-at-dma-in-overnight-break-in/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/02/man-smashes-ancient-greek-artifacts-dallas-museum-police-say
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/us/dallas-museum-of-art-break-in-vandalism.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/police-man-smashes-ancient-museum-artifacts-worth-millions-85146200
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/03/dallas-museum-art-vandalism/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/man-smashes-ancient-greek-artifacts-dallas-museum/
https://hypebeast.com/2022/6/man-breaks-ancient-greek-artifacts-the-dallas-museum-of-art
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dallas-museum-art-breakin-damage-trnd/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/03/dallas-museum-art-attack
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1185954/man-smashes-ancient-greek-museum-artifacts-in-dallas/
https://hyperallergic.com/738025/man-smashes-ancient-greek-art-dallas-museum/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/03/man-who-was-mad-at-his-girl-smashes-over-5-million-of-ancient-greek-artefacts-at-us-museum
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10880739/Angry-boyfriend-broke-art-museum-destroyed-5MILLION-art-work-mad-girl.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-steals-5-million-of-art-including-ancient-greek-artifacts-from-dallas-museum-180980192/

Related to both of the above:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/art/people-acting-out-art-museums-breaking-artifacts

A $2 million tabernacle was stolen from a Brooklyn church:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/30/new-york-city-catholic-church-tabernacle-stolen
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/30/1102090870/2-million-relic-stolen-angel-statue-beheaded-brooklyn-church
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/30/us/brooklyn-catholic-church-tabernacle-stolen/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/31/tabernacle-stolen-brooklyn-church-nyc/
https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/press-releases/tabernacle-dating-back-to-the-1890s-stolen-from-the-altar-at-brooklyn-catholic-church/

Swiss customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle a 700 years bp samurai sword:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/31/14th-century-samurai-sword-found-in-car-at-swiss-border

Latest from the Dresden Green Vault trial:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-green-vault-trial-investigation-documents-found-at-suspects-home/a-61991503

An art-based money laundering scam from Florida:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/arts/florida-art-fraud-warhol-banksy.html

Another feature on Matthew Bodganos and the Manhattan DA’s antiquities unit:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/30/fight-to-stop-trade-of-looted-antiquities

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is joining the ‘civil party’ dispute/lawsuit to investigate trafficking in looted antiquities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/30/nyregion/stolen-tabernacle-brooklyn-church.html
https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/miscellaneous-facts-trafficking-in-antiquities-the-louvre-museum-in-h34003.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/31/louvre-launches-civil-action-as-part-of-art-trafficking-case-connected-to-former-director-jean-luc-martinez

… while five items were seized at the Met relating to the Jean-Luc Martinez investigation:

https://hyperallergic.com/737317/district-attorneys-office-seizes-allegedly-looted-antiquities-from-the-met/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/01/egyptian-antiquities-connected-to-international-trafficking-ring-seized-at-metropolitan-museum-in-new-york
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/new-york-prosecutors-seize-5-egyptian-antiquities-metropolitan-museum-art-afp
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/egyptian-antiques-seized-met-investigation-smuggling-ring-1234630550/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116411/5-Egyptian-artifacts-confiscated-in-New-York

… and we’re reading of ‘warning signs’ being ignored:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/louvre-abu-dhabi-antiquities-investigation-jean-luc-martinez-marc-gabolde-1234630527/

… and an oped arising from all this:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/the-predatory-global-economy-of-looted-antiquities
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/the-predatory-global-economy-of-looted-antiquities.959086

… and another:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/real-life-tomb-raiders-are-stealing-priceless-artefacts-for-super-rich-buyers-1668688

More on the bust of that smuggling ring in Turkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/investigations/operation-heritage-busts-artifact-smuggling-ring-in-turkey
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708283
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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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A number of stolen idols were returned to Tamil Nadu from Australia and the US:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/culture-ministry-hands-over-10-stolen-antiquities-repatriated-from-usa-australia-to-tamil-nadu-government/articleshow/91946496.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2022/may/29/stolen-antique-idols-retrieved-from-abroadto-reach-tamil-naduhome-2459164.html
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/centre-hands-over-10-stolen-antiquities-retrieved-from-us-australia-to-tamil-nadu-govt-7948519/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/centre-hands-over-10-stolen-idols-to-tamil-nadu-govt/article65484879.ece
https://pragativadi.com/10-antiquities-retrieved-from-australia-usa-handed-over-to-tamil-nadu-govt/

A number of countries have items that seem to have been looted from Iraq:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/culture-ministry-iraq-has-antiquities-in-more-than-5-countries/

The BM plans to return some looted medieval artifacts to Ukraine after an exhibition:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-ukraine-medieval-vadym-prystaiko-b1003498.html

Uganda wants the ‘Luzira Head’ back from the BM:

https://ugandaradionetwork.net/story/famed-luzira-head-in-british-museum-is-ugandas-property-authorities

Germany returned a number of Namibian artifacts:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/03/germany-returns-23-namibian-ancient-artefacts/

Egypt is expecting a number of artifacts from Switzerland:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1234/467367/Egypt/Foreign-Affairs/Egypt-to-arrange-repatriation-of-ancient-Egyptian-.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifacts-from-switzerland/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/116473/Preparations-underway-to-repatriate-Egyptian-artifacts-smuggled-to-Switzerland-foreign

More on Libya wanting some architecture back from Windsor’s Great Park:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/libya-wants-queen-elizabeth-repatriate-phoenician-artefacts
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Julian the Apostate:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-julian-the-apostate/

Feature on a die study of Gaius Antonius Denarii:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/hershs-die-study-of-the-denarius-of-gaius-antonius/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n23.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Amanda Claridge:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/amanda-claridge-obituary-r66tq0ww9

Sophie Freud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/science/sophie-freud-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3185-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-22nd-2022-through-may-28th-2022

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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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Shanidar Cave has revealed more Neanderthal remains, apparently:

https://nrttv.com/En/detail6/3532

More on that possible Denisovan tooth from Laos:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220517210409.htm

More on the suggestion to rename homo sapiens:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/homo-sapiens-is-too-arrogant-call-us.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on Queen Amanirenas:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/05/23/queen-amanirenas-the-nubian-queen-who-defeated-the-romans/

Studying evidence of funerary rituals in ancient Nubia:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/reinterpreting-life-and-death-in-ancient-nubia/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the 6th Dynasty tomb of a high-ranking official from Saqqara:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-egypt-unearth-4300-year-old-tomb-of-egyptian-dignitary-who-handled-secret-documents-pharaoh-180980120/

More on the restoration of inscriptions and reliefs at the Esna temple:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/egyptian-german-archaeologists-unveil-inscriptions-reliefs-esna-temple
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-of-a-temple-in-egypt-reveals-vulture-like-vibrant-art-goddesses-180980144/

More on recreating Cleopatra’s perfrume:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-recreated-cleopatra-favorite-perfume-180980126/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/want-know-cleopatra-smelled-scientists-151858467.html

Zahi Hawass continues his series on Cleopatra:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/466782.aspx

Pondering whether Champollion worked from the original or a copy of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116187/Rosetta-Stone-copies-Did-Champollion-conduct-his-research-on-a

Feature on Egyptian demons:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/465-2205/features/10481-the-world-of-egyptian-demons

Feature on Egyptian mortuary texts:

https://smarthistory.org/ancient-egyptian-mortuary-texts/

Identifying palaeolithic sites on the eastern Iranian plateau:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473046/Archaeologists-start-tracing-Paleolithic-sites-on-eastern-Iranian

Ur is in the process of opening up to tourists:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/governmental-procedures-to-prepare-ur-ancient-city-for-tourism/

Feature on the history of looting Sumerian sites:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/raiders-iraq-war-cultual-hertiage-2003-b2067673.html

Feature on Safavid era pottery production centres in Iran:

https://en.irna.ir/news/84769560/Pottery-production-centers-in-Safavid-Period

Feature on assorted technologies being used in restorations at sites in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473082/Emerging-technologies-to-evolve-restorations-in-Iran-expert

Feature on Karahantepe and other neolithic sites in Turkey:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707792

… while excavations at Gobeklitepe may go on for decades, apparently:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-gobeklitepe-may-continue-for-decades-expert-174091

Remains of an apparently-abandoned 2100 years bp farmstead site in the eastern Galilee:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-farmstead-discovered-israel
https://www.timesofisrael.com/stilled-life-why-did-farmers-flee-a-homestead-2100-years-ago-in-the-galilee/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707627
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/works-to-fill-sea-of-galilee-uncover-2-100-year-old-farmstead-and-a-mystery-1.10820596
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-25/ty-article/works-to-fill-sea-of-galilee-uncover-2-100-year-old-farmstead-and-a-mystery/00000180-fa3d-ddf2-a383-ff7d69cc0000
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/2100-year-old-agricultural-equipment-jars-and-weaving-loom-weights-discovered-in-eastern-galilee/2022/05/25/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/05/25/2100-year-old-farmstead-found-in-israels-galilee/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2022/05/a-time-capsule-in-the-form-of-a-2100-year-old-farmstead-in-northern-israel/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/hasmonean-farming-complex-found-in-galilee/143706

A section of the Roman-era ‘Low-Level Aqueduct’ has been found south of the Old City:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707974
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/segment-of-roman-aqueduct-excavated-in-jerusalems-armon-hanatziv-neighborhood/2022/05/29/
https://www.jwire.com.au/new-segment-of-roman-era-aqueduct-to-jerusalem-uncovered/

I think we mentioned this Bar Kokhba Revolt era coin find:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_uaMLL0KH.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/25/rare-silver-coin-discovered-in-israel/

More on the source the alabaster used to make Herod’s bathtubs:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706938
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-17/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-find-unexpected-source-of-stone-for-king-herods-bathtubs/00000180-e9f6-dc12-a5b1-fdff12760000
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/where-were-herod-greats-royal-alabaster.html

Feature on board games found at Tell es-Safi/Gath:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707353

Feature on salvage excavations in Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/salvage-excavation/

Feature on ‘Biblical’ food storage:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/israelite-pottery-and-household-life/

OpEddish on damage to Temple Mount:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/05/27/damage-to-temple-mount-antiquities-keeps-me-up-at-night/

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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 Roman milestone find from Slovenia:

https://english.sta.si/3040636/roman-era-milestone-found-on-route-of-future-expressway-in-koroska

Predictable press interest for the find of a 1700 years bp phallus and inscription on Hadrian’s wall:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-61594029
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hadrians-wall-roman-graffiti-b2088889.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10856501/1-700-year-old-phallus-inscription-branding-Roman-solider-s-ter-Hadrians-Wall.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/26/feud-roman-soldiers-revealed-obscene-graffiti-hadrians-wall/
https://nation.cymru/news/welshman-delighted-to-discover-obscene-roman-graffiti-at-hadrians-wall/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/vindolanda-rude-graffiti-uncovered-northumberland-24079155
https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/26/northumberland-hilarious-discovery-at-vindolanda-roman-fort-16717752/
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/27/1101837089/ancient-romans-theyre-just-like-us

Evidence of more than 100 ancient settlemetns north of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10849845/Over-130-new-indigenous-settlements-discovered-north-Hadrians-Wall.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/26/world/hadrians-wall-settlements-scn/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/hadrians-wall-ancient-settlements-archaeology-1234629963/
https://the-past.com/news/more-than-100-iron-age-settlements-identified-north-of-hadrians-wall/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/over-100-ancient-settlements-discovered-north-of-hadrians-wall/143691

Plenty of coverage of the sequencing of the genome of a pair of victims from Pompeii (one of whom had TB)

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-pompeiian-human-genome-sequenced.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953594
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/26/science/pompeii-vesuvius-dna-archaeology.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/26/pompeii-victim-genome-successfully-sequenced-first-time
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-61557424
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pompeii-mount-vesuvius-peninsula-italy-university-of-copenhagen-b2088238.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10856973/Human-genome-Pompeii-victim-sequenced-time-revealing-35-year-old-suffered-TB.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/26/researchers-map-dna-of-pompeii-resident-for-first-time_e335823e-4751-46d2-bab2-b3099355ef5f.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/26/europe/pompeii-human-genome-sequence-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/dna-of-pompeii-man-killed-during-vesuvius-eruption-yields-its-secrets-almost-2-000-years-later-11653577200
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/27/dna-pompeii-victim-sequenced/
https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/2022-05-26/ty-article/first-pompeiian-genetically-sequenced-and-guess-where-hes-from/00000180-ff59-d443-afae-ffdf1af30000
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-roman-vesuvius-death
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-05-26/el-adn-retrata-a-una-pareja-de-pompeya-enterrada-por-la-erupcion-del-vesubio-hace-2000-anos.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-human-genome-sequenced-from-the-ruin-of-pompeii
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/first-pompeian-human-genome-10851.html
https://www.science.org/content/article/first-genome-pompeii-victim-holds-surprises
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2322010-an-ancient-roman-who-died-in-pompeii-has-had-their-genome-sequenced/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/pompeii-victim-had-spinal-tuberculosis-when-he-died/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/roman-pompeiian-genome-sequenced/143716
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-sequence-the-first-human-genome-from-pompeii-180980165/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10574-220526-pompeii-genome-sequence

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-10899-1

Also of note is that proteins in human bones found at Pompeii survived exposure to very high temperatures:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2322110-proteins-in-human-bones-near-pompeii-survived-temperatures-of-500c/
https://www.newsweek.com/vesuvius-pompeii-herculaneum-victims-bone-protein-discovery-1710731

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-12042-6

A Late Roman funerary mosaic from Sardinia has been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64136

An update of sorts on the dig at the Essex County Hospital site in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/20154819.colchesters-roman-past-unearthed-hospital-excavation/

Concerns arising from expansion plans for the Roald Dahl cemetery near an ancient Roman site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-61571158
https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-object-to-expansion-plans-for-roald-dahl-cemetery-near-ancient-roman-findings-3707163

Not sure about this one about possible wine in jars found in a tomb from Pompeii last year:

https://www.penmediainc.com/italy-the-reddish-liquid-found-in-pompeii-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-wine-it-will-have-relics-of-more-than-2000-years-old/

In case you missed the return of a Mycenean-era gold ring to Greece from Sweden:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-gold-ring-back-in-greece-173966
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64155

Plans to reuse Roman tesserare excavated during M4 construction to create a mosaic floor in a reconstructed ancient villa:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/975/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/975/pub/975/page/37/article/NaN

Feature on domestic violence in ancient Rome:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-rome-didnt-have-specific-domestic-violence-legislation-but-the-laws-they-had-give-us-a-window-into-a-world-of-abuse-179460
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-ancient-roman-laws-window-world.html

Feature on Sappho:

https://bookriot.com/who-was-sappho/

Feature on Dionysus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/05/dionysus-greek-god-of-wine-and-revelry-was-more-than-just-a-party-god

Feature on Aristotle and computers:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/aristotle-computer/518697/

Feature on the ‘comeback’ of Stoicism:

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/05/24/modern-stoic-philosophy

Feature on nudity at the ancient Olympics:

https://historyofyesterday.com/nudity-was-encouraged-during-the-ancient-olympics-b38ebd1e5f67

Feature on Roman mosaics from Thessaloniki:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/23/magnificent-mosaic-summer-seen-for-first-time/

Feature on the Palace of Aigai:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/26/palace-aigai-biggest-building-ancient-greece/

Feature on Hellenistic Antioch:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/27/history-hellenistic-city-antioch/

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/26/akrotiri-santorini-the-bronze-age-city-preserved-in-volcanic-ash/

Feature on the Minoan diet:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/25/minoans-imported-spices-asia/

Feature on the Spartan Pausanias:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/24/spartan-general-pausanias-lived-in-society-woven-around-honor-alone/

Feature on Greek influences on cultures in Asia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/24/greco-buddhism-ancient-greece/

Feature on concepts of heaven and hell in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/27/the-ancient-greece-concepts-for-heaven-and-hell/

Factoids about the Acropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/28/acropolis-facts-2-2/

Feature on Miltiades helmet:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/24/miltiades-helmet-ancient-greek-warrior-discovery/

Feature on the Omnes Viae site:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/omnesviae-roman-roads-map/

In the Parthenon Marbles talks saga this week, BM officials were claiming the marbles were ‘removed from the rubble’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/23/greece-rebuts-british-museum-claim-parthenon-marbles-were-removed-from-rubble
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10847609/Elgin-Marbles-not-hacked-Parthenon-rescued-rubble-British-Museum-says.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/980/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/980/pub/980/page/28/article/NaN
https://knews.kathimerini.com.cy/en/news/british-museum-parthenon-marbles-taken-from-rubble
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/23/greece-clash-british-museum-over-parthenon-marbles/

… which the Greek side rejected, of course:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1185051/mendoni-rejects-claim-parthenon-sculptures-retrieved-from-the-rubble/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece-rebuts-british-museum-claim-that-parthenon-marbles-removed-from-rubble/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/greece-british-museum-parthenon-marbles-rubble-unesco-b1001689.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/greece-parthenon-elgin-marbles-british-museum-1234629710/

… in case you missed the UNESCO resolution calling on Greece and the UK to resolve the issue:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/05/23/unesco-committee-calls-on-greece-uk-to-resolve-parthenon-marbles-issue/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/25/uk-unesco-parthenon-marbles/

… and reports that the BM had no intention of talking:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1184986/british-museum-insists-on-right-of-ownership/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/talks-british-museum-wont-give-up-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/25/british-delegation-discredits-own-governments-parthenon-marbles-meeting
https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-museum-offers-greece-only-loan-of-stolen-parthenon-marbles/

… which the Greek side suggested was due to a lack of information on the BM’s part:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1185256/british-museums-denial-of-talks-over-parthenon-marbles-points-to-lack-of-information/

… and the Greek side pointed out that the BM has over 100 000 Greek artifacts not on display:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/24/over-100000-greek-artefacts-stored-underground-british-museum/

… while ‘deliberation dates’ are being sought via diplomatic channels:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/mendoni-deliberation-dates-between-greece-and-uk-on-parthenon-marbles-through-diplomatic-channels/

Some general pondering of the issue:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116145/What-will-be-the-fate-of-the-Parthenon-Marbles
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/05/25/why-britain-should-want-to-return-the-parthenon-marbles-argued-by-a-professor-of-aegean-hi

… and the dailies reinforce their positions on th eissue:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/28/british-didnt-plunder-antiquities-like-elgin-marbles-rescued/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/28/why-shouldnt-greeks-have-marbles-back-we-proved-we-lost-ours-years-ago

Comparing Putin to Vitellius:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/putin-is-repeating-emperor-vitelliuss-mistakes

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An Iron Age enclosure and Roman finds from a site in Northumberland:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-make-iron-age-and-roman-finds-at-northumberland-site-3705797

Remains of a 14th century watermill from the grounds of Blenheim Palace:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20168404.archaeologists-unearth-exciting-discovery-blenheim-pool-ahead-massive-dredging-project/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-unearth-exciting-discovery-blenheim-020000680.html

Metal detectorists found some 14th century gold coins in Kent (already auctioned):

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/treasure-hunting-pensioners-find-14th-7124921

Finds from various periods (mostly 19th century it seems) from a dig in Middlesbrough:

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/archaeological-digs-unearth-fascinating-glimpse-24046778

Digging has resumed at Leicester Cathedral:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953686
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/archaeologists-behind-richard-iii-discovery-7123683
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-expand-excavations-at-leicester-cathedral-site/143698
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/25/leicester-archaeologists-expand-excavations-at-leicester-cathedral-site/

More on the reconstruction of an ‘Aryan’ bow:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/archaeologists-reconstruct-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/27/archaeologists-reconstruct-a-bow-from-the-times-of-arkaim/

More on the possible stone circle at Castilly Henge:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volunteers-uncover-rare-4800-year-old-stone-circle-england-henge-180980116/

More on evidence of parasites at Stonehenge feasts:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/stonehengeparasites
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/prehistoric-feces-reveal-parasites-from.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10570-220524-durrington-walls-parasites
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-4500-year-old-poop-teaches-us-about-the-people-who-built-stonehenge-180980125/

More on medieval diets:

https://www.businessinsider.com/englands-medieval-lords-were-mainly-vegetarian-archeologists-say-2022-5?ct=t()

More on the Bronze Age spearhead from Cirencester:

https://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/20168134.spearhead-found-thames-water-cotswold-archaeology/
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20170752.spearhead-found-thames-water-cotswold-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10555-220519-england-bronze-spearhead

Photos from that ‘plague pit’ find during Crossrail construction back in 2015:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/photos-show-gruesome-plague-pit-24028518

… and apparently they were’s plague victims:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64127

Humidity damage to Paphos Castle:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/05/24/paphos-castle-damaged-by-humidity/

Feature on all the artifacts emerging from melting Norwegian ice:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220525110910.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953892
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-breakdown-melting-ice-shoe-b2087856.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/climate-change-reveals-unique-artifacts.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/27/climate-change-reveals-unique-artefacts-in-melting-ice-patches/

Feature on Ice Age (and other) finds from Worcestershire:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/woolly-mammoth-tusk-neanderthal-axes-24062678

———-
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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A 3000 years bp burial from Shaanxi with a foot amputation that was possibly a punishment:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-china-woman-foot-amputation
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-scientists-discover-3000-year-old-female-with-amputated-foot-speculate-it-was-punishment
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10568-220524-china-ancient-amputation

A Warring States Period metal production kiln from Henan:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_wUxLCK8N.html

Tang Dynasty evidence of the incense trade along the Silk Road from Famen Temple (we may have mentioned this):

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-05/24/content_78234597.htm
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3178274/researchers-find-remnants-ancient-incense-palace-famen-temple
https://nation.com.pk/2022/05/23/chinese-researchers-find-archaeological-evidence-of-brisk-incense-trade/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10559-220523-china-ancient-incense

Ming Dynasty tombs from Hubei:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266820.shtml

25 Qing Dynasty burials from Hunan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0523/c90000-10100112.html
https://english.news.cn/20220523/8ddc2f8f18eb41c1894c8ed1e8704da2/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-05/23/content_78232682.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202205/24/WS628c3279a310fd2b29e5e8d3.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10571-220525-china-qing-tombs

A 12th century metal pot from Preah Vihear (Cambodia):

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501080539/department-of-conservation-and-archaeology-finds-12th-century-artifacts/

A 2000 years bp mound near Kolkata is yielding some artifacts:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/archaeological-site-20km-from-kolkata-yields-2000-year-old-artefacts/articleshow/91862663.cms

Evidence of an 18th century drought in Vadnagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/vadnagar-experienced-long-drought-from-1700-ce/articleshow/91730215.cms

On the controversy swirling around India’s tallest minaret (Qutub Minar):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-61509282

Feature on the art of Mughal India:

https://psyche.co/ideas/the-art-of-mughal-india-is-best-appreciated-with-all-the-senses

Feature on Narenda’s obsession with a 17th century Muslim ruler:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3179258/why-indias-ruling-bjp-and-prime-minister-narendra-modi-obsessed

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Studying 65 000 years of food waste from Kakadu:

https://theconversation.com/65-000-years-of-food-scraps-found-at-kakadu-tell-a-story-of-resilience-amid-changing-climate-sea-levels-and-vegetation-181240
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/australia-aboriginal-resilience/

Evidence Australians were dining on giant Genyornis eggs some 47 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-australians-ate-giant-eggs-huge.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220525102937.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/26/first-australians-ate-giant-eggs-of-huge-flightless-birds/

Something about using xrays on plant pigments to preserve Aboriginal art:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-aim-x-rays-century-old-secretions-insight.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these 2500 years bp (Mississippian) remains found along the Great Pee Dee River in South Carolina:

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/national/archaeological-dig-uncovers-artifacts-dating-back-2500-years/
https://www.wdtn.com/news/archaeological-dig-uncovers-artifacts-dating-back-2500-years-2/
https://ktla.com/news/nexstar-media-wire/archaeological-dig-uncovers-artifacts-dating-back-2500-years/

Plans to 3d scan that 1200 years bp canoe found in Wisconsin last year:

https://news.wisc.edu/3d-scan-will-reveal-the-stories-hidden-within-1200-year-old-wisconsin-canoe/
https://www.nbc15.com/2022/05/24/whole-new-look-1200-year-old-canoe-found-lake-mendota/
https://madison.com/news/local/ancient-canoe-from-lake-mendota-undergoes-high-tech-scan/article_ab4980f3-13d9-5d2b-ad50-e6ead10b3442.html

More on that 13 000 years bp red ochre mine in Wyoming:

https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/wyoming-likely-home-to-oldest-mine-on-continent/article_85a23120-7049-5899-ae6d-de614b5fd66f.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discovered-oldest-mine-in-america-2121451
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/prehistoric-mine-pigment-extraction-powars-ii-1234630223/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/research-confirms-eastern-wyoming.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/23/eastern-wyoming-paleoindian-site-as-americas-oldest-mine/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wyoming-is-home-to-the-oldest-mine-on-the-continent-study-north-america-180980134/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10561-220523-wyoming-ochre-mine

More on the 8000 years bp skull found in a Minnesota river:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/skull-found-by-kayakers-in-minnesota-river-not-a-missing-person-but-8000-years-old/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/nearly-8000-year-old-human-skull-found.html

Concerns for enslaved peoples’ burials at a former plantation site in Florida:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/where-are-the-graves-woman-concerned-road-construction-could-disturb-graves/77-3fde9c11-9adb-40fb-9fa3-b978ca41be10

Review of Philip Dray, *A Lynching at Port Jervis*:

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/culture/article/1892-a-Black-man-was-lynched-in-the-Hudson-Valley-17192170.php

An update of sorts on the search (back in 2018) for some fabled Civil War gold near Pittsburgh:

https://apnews.com/article/civil-war-gold-fbi-pennsylvania-1352e0c3682bc88650a74136dc3c6c74
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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LIDAR had revealed evidence of major pre-Hispanic urbanism in the Casarabe region in Bolivia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-early-urbanism-amazon.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220525110924.htm
https://www.livescience.com/lidar-reveals-pre-hispanic-amazon-settlements
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lost-city-amazon-basin-archaeology-b2087711.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/05/27/lost-cities-amazon-had-pyramids-fish-farms-new-laser-technology/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/long-hidden-ancient-pyramids-settlements-discovered-in-remote-amazon-region-11653490800
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707843
https://www.sciencealert.com/ruins-of-monumental-settlements-uncovered-in-bolivian-jungle
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/amazon-lasers-lidar-ancient-urban-system-casarabe-bolivia
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/casarabe-settlements-10844.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/lidar-reveals-networks-of-pre-columbian-cities-and-towns-in-bolivia/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/lidar-reveals-landscape-of-ancient-cities-hidden-in-the-amazon/143709
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/early-urbanism-found-in-amazon.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/26/early-urbanism-found-in-the-amazon/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lost-cities-of-the-amazon-discovered-from-the-air-180980142/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10573-220526-bolivia-urban-planning

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01367-x
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01458-9
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04780-4

Remains of a Maya city (Xiol) from an industrial park near Merida on the Yucatan peninsula:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/27/mexico-mayan-city-xiol-discovered
https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-archaeologists-uncover-1500-year-old-mayan-city/a-61961351
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/archaeologists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-construction-site-2022-05-27/
https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/05/27/us-mexico-archaeology
https://www.laprensalatina.com/archaeologists-unlocking-mysteries-of-ancient-mayan-city-in-southeast-mexico/
https://www.wionews.com/world/archaeologists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-at-construction-site-in-mexico-see-pics-482896
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/lost-maya-city-discovered-in-the-yucatan/143726

A 9th century CE cist burial of an elite woman from Palenque:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64167

More on Maya tooth treatments:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-maya-practice-of-gluing-gemstones-onto-teeth-might-have-been-more-than-bling
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10560-220523-maya-tooth-sealants

Feature on climate change and the Chinchorro mummies:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-the-worlds-oldest-mummies-survive-climate-cange-other-threats-coming-decades-180980146/

Feature on what’s inside Maya pyramids:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-inside-maya-pyramids

Feature on Balankanche:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/balankanche-the-sacred-cave-of-the-maya/143721

Feature on the Cainho de Peabiru:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220525-south-americas-unknown-ancient-path
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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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A caretaker apparently gave away a Tudor overmantle thinking it was rubbish:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/27/caretaker-of-stately-home-gave-away-5m-tudor-panel-because-it-was-rotten
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/caretaker-gave-away-stately-homes-5m-artefact-cbcq5jq2m
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/983/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/983/pub/983/page/36/article/NaN

Feature on Victoria’s diamond jubilee:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/28/queen-victorian-elizabeth-platinum-jubilee

A study of lead in 18th century cosmetics:

https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/analysis-dying-for-makeup-lead-cosmetics-poisoned-18th-century-european-socialites-in-search-of-whiter-skin/?s=03

Pondering inequality in various ancient societies:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220520-why-some-ancient-societies-were-more-unequal-than-others

Feature on assorted ancient technologies:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/examples-ancient-technology/

Feature on various ‘treasures’ found in unexpected places:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/treasures-in-strange-places

Seeking a buyer for the home of the Claderon de la Barca family:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-28/se-busca-comprador-para-la-casa-de-calderon-de-la-barca-en-cantabria.html

On the origins of the world map:

https://laughingsquid.com/world-map-origins/

Feature on Solica Hachuel:

https://www.heyalma.com/the-moroccan-teenager-who-died-for-her-jewish-faith/

Feature on Bernini:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/bernini-rome-vatican-reformation/

Feature on 10 prehistoric battle sites:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/prehistoric-battle-sites

Feature on the Visconti Tarot:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/visconti-tarot

Feature on Alexander Graham Bell’s version of the phonograph:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/5484-my-mother-was-a-phonograph

Essay on the ethics of publishing unprovenanced papyri:

https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2022/2022.05.25/

Feature on Ellen Ann Willmott and her gardening efforts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-61388646

Feature/reviewish on goddesses in various ancient cultures:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/05/goddesses-myth-cultural-memory

Review of Eden Collinsworth, *What the Ermine Saw*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/23/books/review/what-the-ermine-saw-eden-collinsworth.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Sheffield Archaeology has apparently been given a two-year reprieve from closure:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/university-of-sheffield-archaeology-department-gets-two-year-reprieve-from-closure-and-staff-will-not-be-made-redundant-3709413
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-archaeologists-given-two-year-reprieve-from-departmental-closure-and-staff-will-not-be-made-redundant-3708017

On things related to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/ukrainian-soldiers-find-ancient-amphorae-whilst-digging-defences/143599

… and things related to the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial:

https://soprissun.com/2022/05/25/as-lincoln-memorial-turns-100-marble-town-history-is-written-in-pure-white-stone/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/kidspost/2022/05/25/lincoln-memorial-100-evelyn-longman/

A gallery in Liverpool has put some slave shackles on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-61339019

Some US military bases are being renamed:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-bases-confederate-leaders-new-names/

Feature on an early 20th century smallpox outbreak in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/grave-contagiosa-y-mortal-que-paso-con-la-viruela-en-chile/VQT27LXUOJDD5IGDP5BZUWGAUU/

Latest (last) Salem witch exoneration:

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/26/1101562323/salem-witch-trials-woman-exonerated-329-years-later

More on Russia destroying Scythian tombs in Ukraine:

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-706117

… and looting a museum:

https://www.livescience.com/scythian-gold-stolen-ukraine-museum

… and why Russia is doing it:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/27/ukraine-russia-looting-museums

More on Ukrainian troops excavating amphorae:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-greek-urns-unearthed-during-trench-dig-in-odesa-lddlfbqhv
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/13/ancient-greek-urns-unearthed-during-trench-dig-in-odesa/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/ukrainian-soldiers-find-ancient-amphorae-whilst-digging-defences/143599
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Study suggests early dogs may have doubled in size to protect livestock:

https://www.science.org/content/article/early-dogs-may-have-doubled-size-protect-livestock
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/ancient-dogs-morphology-europe/
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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Feature on punctuation:

https://aeon.co/essays/beside-the-point-punctuation-is-dead-long-live-punctuation
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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on 19th century women philosophers:

https://aeon.co/essays/a-rescue-mission-on-behalf-of-women-philosophers
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Persia:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-05-27/persia-ancient-iran-getty-villa
https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/persia/index.html

Herefordshire Viking hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-61557415
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64143

Returning Home (Achaemenid clay tablets):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472870/Achaemenid-tablets-returned-to-Persepolis-for-public-show

Pompeii in Color:

https://www.artnews.com/art-in-america/features/excavating-ancient-expressions-gender-1234630220/

Mary Queen of Scots’ silver casket:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/24/the-national-museum-of-scotland-presents-the-silver-casket/

William Heath Robinson:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-61522197

Samurai:

https://news.artnet.com/market/peter-janssen-berlin-samurai-museum-2115034

Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/new-exhibition-spotlights-forgotten-egyptians-who-discovered-king-tut

Feature on the Urfa mosaic museum:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707570

Feature on the underwater museum of Alonissos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/47248-underwater-museum-in-greek-island-of-alonissos-is-%E2%80%9Cthe-parthenon-of-shipwrecks%E2%80%9D.html

More on a major grant to create a museum for the finds from Faliri a few years ago being cancelled:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/24/ancient-mass-grave-museum-greece-at-risk/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Another Roman sculpture coming to auction has been linked to Robin Symes by Christos Tsirogiannis:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/24/roman-sculpture-up-for-auction-in-us-linked-to-disgraced-dealer
https://news.artnet.com/market/roman-marble-bust-robin-symes-auction-2120506

A judge has blocked the auction of Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress:

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/23/judge-blocks-auction-of-wizard-of-oz-dress-by-catholic-university-.html

A Picasso once own by Sean Connery is coming to auction:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2022/05/26/pablo-picasso-painting-once-owned-by-sean-connery-fetches-22-million-at-auction/

The estate of Forrest Fenn is heading to auction:

https://news.artnet.com/market/the-estate-of-late-antiquities-dealer-forrest-fenn-who-hid-a-2-million-treasure-chest-in-the-mountains-is-heading-to-auction-2119769

More on that Ides of March gold coin coming to auction:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10855439/Coin-worn-Julius-Caesars-killer-auctioned-1m.html

More on that Qing Dynasty vase from a kitchen that was recently auctioned:

https://www.livescience.com/chinese-emperor-vase-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track ancient migrations:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/5492-messages-from-the-dead

More on the impact of sea travel on genetic exchange in ancient Europe:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/scientists-reveal-how-seascapes-of.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a Bronze Age woman from Bohemia:

https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/czech-scientists-give-a-real-look-at-a-bronze-age-woman
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The current online issue of Internet Archaeology presents the papers from a symposium on climate change and archaeology:

https://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue60/index.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Archaeological sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/28/must-see-archaeological-sites-greece/

Hadrian’s Villa:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-hadrians-villa-in-rome/

Greece:

https://www.dw.com/en/greeces-most-popular-tourist-destinations/g-61732837

Assorted ancient ruins:

https://www.thetravel.com/interesting-ancient-ruins-around-the-world/

Roman Dalmatia:

https://www.timetravelrome.com/2022/05/28/guide-to-the-roman-dalmatia-top-destinations-hidden-gems/

Egyptian necropolises:

https://www.thetravel.com/egypts-zawiyyet-al-mayyiteen-place-of-the-dead/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus has resumed:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/05/28/international-festival-of-ancient-greek-drama-returns/

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CRIME BEAT
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The former director of the Louvre is implicated somehow in an antiquities trafficking investigation (seems to be a money laundering thing? trafficking antiquities?):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/26/former-louvre-head-jean-luc-martinez-charged-egyptian-antiquities-trafficking-case
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/26/arts/design/louvre-jean-luc-martinez-trafficking.html
https://hyperallergic.com/736242/former-louvre-president-charged-antiquities-trafficking-case/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jean-luc-martinez-former-louvre-director-indicted-on-art-trafficking-charges
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/27/1101720943/former-president-of-louvre-faces-charges-linked-to-alleged-antiquities-smuggling
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ex-louvre-president-suspected-in-case-of-forging-documents-for-egyptian-artifacts/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/26/former-louvre-director-jean-luc-martinez-charged-in-connection-with-antiquities-trafficking-investigation
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/paris-leader-louvre-charged-money-laundering-84989581
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220526-former-louvre-director-charged-over-suspected-antiquities-trafficking-ring
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/05/27/former-head-of-louvre-museum-charged-with-antiquities-trafficking/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-louvre-director-charged-with-fraud-in-acquisition-of-ancient-egyptian-artifacts/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/05/26/former-louvre-director-jean-luc-martinez-indicted-in-art-trafficking-case
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/466885/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Louvre-exdirector-charged-of-hiding-origin-of-Egyp.aspx
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/former-louvre-museum-director-jean-luc-martinez-questioned-by-french-authorities-1234629972/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/27/jean-luc-martinez-arrested-over-tutankhamun-stela-trafficking-case/

Tourists in Venice vandalized a Renaissance church:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/revenge-travel-explainer/index.html

More on the bust of the dealer in Modi’in:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-20/ty-article/huge-cache-of-stolen-antiquities-found-in-central-israel/00000180-e9f1-dc12-a5b1-fdfb06fa0000
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/israel-seizes-cache-of-antiquities-in-modiin-2120344

More on the trial of the Briton and German accused of smuggling antiquities (still adjourned):

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2087181/middle-east
https://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/iraq-trial-briton-and-german-antiquity-theft-adjourned
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jim-fitton-death-penalty-iraq-daughter-wedding-b2073651.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Renewed coverage of Italy’s claims on the Doryphoros statue in the Minneapolis Institute of Art:

https://www.twincities.com/2022/05/22/italy-wants-ancient-statue-back-from-minneapolis-institute-of-art/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-statue-embodies-perfect-man-was-it-stolen-180980138/

Germany has apparently lent items to Namibia rather than returning them (I’m not clear on this one):

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/05/25/germany-returns-stolen-colonial-treasures-to-namibia-as-reparations-continue
https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/25/682691/Africa-Namibia-Germany-Artifacts

Italian police recovered a Titian missing for almost 20 years:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/titian-portrait-italian-police-recovered-1234629802/

A number of items are being returned to Tamil Nadu:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/centre-to-hand-over-10-stolen-antiquities-idols-to-tn-govt-7940308/

More on the Royal Albert returning items to the Siksika Nation:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/23/royal-albert-memorial-museum-repatriates-artefacts-to-siksika-nation

More on Cambodia asking the BM to return items:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/28/return-stolen-khmer-treasures-cambodia-tells-british-museum/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Aes Grave bronze coins during the Roman Republic:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-aes-grave-bronze-coin-during-the-roman-republic/

Feature on helmets on ancient Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/helmets-on-ancient-greek-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n22.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Amanda Claridge:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/books/amanda-claridge-dead.html?

Rosemary Radford Ruether:

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/22/1100596818/rosemary-radford-ruether-feminist-theologian-dies-at-age-85

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3182-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-15th-2022-through-may-21st-2022

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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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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 child’s tooth is possibly evidence of a Denisovan presence in Laos 130 000+ years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-child-tooth-clues-ancient-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953079
https://www.livescience.com/possible-denisovan-tooth-found-laos/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/may/17/childs-130000-year-old-tooth-could-offer-clues-to-extinct-human-relative
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/tooth-laotian-cave-sheds-light-enigmatic-extinct-humans-rcna29351
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/tooth-found-in-laos-sheds-light-on-denisovans-enigmatic-group-of-extinct-humans/2022/05/19/e91f985a-d617-11ec-a904-5afa7042a688_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/17/asia/tooth-laos-denisovans-human-evolution-scn/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/little-denisovan-girl-s-tooth-found-in-laos-proving-species-vast-range-1.10808261
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/05/150000-year-old-human-tooth-is-rare-evidence-of-the-extinct-denisovans/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/laos-denisovan-10814.html
https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/fossil-tooth-of-young-female-is-first-evidence-of-mysterious-denisovans-in-southeast-asia/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-molar-found-in-laos-could-help-fill-in-a-gap-in-human-history-180980105/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10552-220518-denisovan-tooth-laos

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-29923-z

A recent spin on some 3.6 million footprints from Laetoli suggest two distinct hominins were around at the time:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/mysterious-hominin-left-its-mark-with-3-66-million-year-old-footprint

Finds from the middle Paleolithic site at Boker Tachtit suggest both homo sapiens and Neanderthal were concurrently present there:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/17/humans-neanderthals-lived-together-50000-years-ago/

… and a similar thing at the Grotte Mandrin cave site in France (we’ve mentioned this one):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/neanderthals-and-homo-sapiens-shared-this-cave-50-000-years-ago

OpEddish thing to rename homo sapiens:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-homo-sapiens-arrogant-faber-toolmaker.html
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AFRICA
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A call for updating Sudan’s ‘archaeological map’:

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/miniters-sudan-s-archaeological-map-to-be-updeated
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Sixth Dynasty tomb of a high-ranking official from Saqqara:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-tomb-royal-official
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116078/Archaeologists-uncover-tomb-of-top-ancient-Egyptian-official
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/royal-officials-tomb-discovered-egypt-2117718
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-egypt-unearth-4300-year-old-tomb-of-egyptian-dignitary-who-handled-secret-documents-pharaoh-180980120/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10548-220517-egypt-saqqara-mehtjetju

cf: https://pcma.uw.edu.pl/en/2022/05/09/saqqara-discovery-of-a-royal-officials-tomb/

85 tombs from various periods and a Ptolemaic temple of Isis from Sohag:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/egyptian-mission-unearths-85-tombs-temple-isis-goddess-upper-egypt
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Ancient-Temple-to-Egyptian-Goddess-Isis-Found-in-Upper-Egypt

A 1500 years bp monumental tomb complex from Berenice Troglodytica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/monumental-tomb-complex-discovered-in-berenice-troglodytica/143665

A project to restore the Abu Mena Monastery site (and take it off UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list) is complete:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/466379/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Abu-Mena-project-completed.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/video-egypt-seeks-to-remove-abu-mena-site-from-unesco-list-of-world-heritage-in-danger/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115826/Archaeologist-highlights-importance-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Abu-Mena-Monastery-as-an

Pondering what was stashed in the pyramids:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-inside-egyptian-pyramids

Feature on five women making waves in Egyptology:

https://scoopempire.com/the-most-prominent-egyptian-female-egyptologists/

More on the restoration work at the Esna Temple:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-spectacular-ceiling-frescoes-temple-khnum.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115823/Egyptian-German-archaeological-mission-restoring-Esna-Temple-succeeds-in-revealing
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707001
https://www.artnews.com/gallery/art-news/news/ancient-reliefs-and-engravings-temple-of-esna-luxor-1234629098/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/temple-esna-frescoes-10817.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64066
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/16/esna-temples-true-colors-revealed/

Feature on the natural mummy of Gebelein Man:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115872/Study-reveals-Gebelein-man-died-with-a-dagger

Remains of a ‘Seleucid satrap tomb’ from Hamedan (iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472619/Archaeologists-hail-find-of-Seleucid-satrap-tomb-in-west-central

Islamic-era pottery from an ‘underground shelter’ site in Iran’s Gilan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472648/Ancient-potteries-discovered-in-underground-shelter

A project to remap ancient Sirjan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472700/Archaeologists-to-redraw-map-of-Sirjan

Concerns for assorted sites in Iraq:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/05/17/rival-elites-leave-iraqs-rich-cultural-heritage-crumbling/

More on the Neo Assyrian subterranean complex found beneath a house in Turkey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/science/turkey-chamber-assyrian.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-unique-assyrian-relief-with-aramaic-text-found-beneath-turkish-house-1.10800939
https://the-past.com/news/neo-assyrian-complex-with-rock-art-unearthed-beneath-a-turkish-village/

More on that underground city from Turkey being associated with early Christianity:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-underground-city-refuge-early-christians-turkey-180980090/

… but now cf: https://www.thedailybeast.com/turkeys-ancient-underground-city-isnt-what-everybody-says-it-is

Ongoing surveys in Eastern Badia (Jordan) have revealed traces of ancient caravan routes:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeological-explorations-eastern-badia-unveil-traces-ancient-caravan-routes

Jordanian and Finnish groups are conducting a survey in Irbid (Jordan):

https://en.ammonnews.net/article/58413

A 7500 years bp burial from Eilat might contain the earliest Asherah (maybe):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/7-500-year-old-burial-in-eilat-contains-earliest-asherah-1.10802472

The (local) source for Herod’s calcite-alabaster bathtubs has been identified:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-herod-great-royal-alabaster-bathtubs.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/952952
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220517094848.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-find-unexpected-source-of-stone-for-king-herod-s-bathtubs-1.10805061
https://www.timesofisrael.com/source-of-alabaster-for-herod-the-greats-lavish-bathtubs-comes-out-in-the-wash/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706938
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10553-220518-israel-alabaster-bathtub

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this identification of a palace of Herod at Caesarea Philippi (Banias):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/ruins-at-banias-king-herods-palace-identified-at-caesarea-philippi/?mqsc=E4144104&dk=ZE2250ZF0

A new dig season at the Apollonia-Arsuf Crusader fortress is just getting under way:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706774

Feature/study of game boards found at Tell es-Safi/Gath:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707353
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/ancient-board-games-2/?mqsc=E4144166&dk=ZE2250ZF0

Feature on the Samaritan connection/reaction to restoration of Mount Gerizim sites:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706569

Feature on the relationship between Moses and Aaron:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-the-conspiracy-to-turn-aaron-into-moses-brother-1.10710541

Feature on the Yavneh-Yam letter:

https://aish.com/jewish-chutzpahs-ancient-precedent-commoner-sues-toxic-boss-2600-years-ago/

OpEddish thing on Bar Kochba and Moshe Dayan:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-706967
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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 Bronze Age funeral pyre from northern Italy with a huge quantity of cremated human remains:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/bronze-age-funeral-pyre/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Trajanic-era aqueduct find from Zadar:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/62820-zadar-archaeologists

Roman-era finds prior to road construction in Swindon:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20144962.update-progress-swindon-southern-connector-road-roman-finds/

Recent finds from a Roman necropolis on Hvar:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/spectacular-findings-of-ancient-necropolis-discovery-on-croatian-island-of-hvar-presented/

An update on the Como hoard find from a few years back:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64122

An Indiana Jones-inspired metal detectorist from Suffolk found a hoard of coins dating from the Iron Age to the principate of Claudius:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-61526245
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/detectorist-unearths-haul-of-coins-in-suffolk-from-before-roman-invasion-bl75kj9f0
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/detectorist-unearths-roman-hoard-in-ashbocking-8981862
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10826573/Detectorist-30-inspired-Indiana-Jones-finds-65-000-Roman-hoard.html

More on the find of remains of a temple of Zeus Kasios in the Sinai:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2070401/art-culture

More on the ‘giants’ from Sardinia:

https://www.newsweek.com/tomb-saviors-2-giants-found-ancient-graveyard-could-have-been-bodyguards-1707067

More on the partially-cremated Hellenistic-era burial from Istanbul:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706800

The court decision in Italy ruling that a Minnesota museum has an illegally-acquired statue is back in the news:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/arts/italy-ancient-statue-stolen.html

Plans to restore the Latona of Veio:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/18/latona-of-veio-to-be-restored-at-etruscan-museum-in-rome_e97f29fd-8602-4b21-a2b4-1737520e1ff3.html

Major funding for a study of Roman diets:

https://global.umich.edu/newsroom/ancient-grains-grant-will-help-u-m-researchers-rethink-roman-diets/

Excavations at the Roman fort at Alderney have resumed:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-61464804

Reviewish of Page duBois, *Democratic Swarms*:

https://pressblog.uchicago.edu/2022/05/17/page-dubois-on-the-chaotic-glory-of-greek-comedy.html

Review of Judith Barringer, *Olympia: A Cultural History*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n10/james-romm/no-cheating

Review of Maggie Popkin, *Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/roman-souvenirs-kimberly-cassibry-maggie-popkin-book-review-mary-beard/

Philip Freeman on Aristotle’s Poetics:

https://press.princeton.edu/ideas/aristotle-on-how-to-write-a-story
https://aeon.co/essays/how-to-write-a-hollywood-blockbuster-with-aristotles-poetics

Interview with Sarah Derbew about her book *Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity*:

https://www.publicbooks.org/finding-black-people-in-antiquity-talking-the-future-of-classics-with-sarah-derbew/

An interview with Steven Fine about the arch of Titus:

https://www.thetorontotribune.com/2022/05/20/the-arch-of-titus-with-professor-steven-fine/

A controversial statue of Diogenes in Turkey:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/19/diogenes-statue-turkey-ancient-greek-philosopher/

The Niarchos Foundation has cancelled a major grant to the Greek MoC for a museum for the burials found at Faliro:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1184880/niarchos-foundation-cancels-e4-million-grant-to-culture-ministry-over-systematic-delays/

Marking the anniversary of the find of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/17/1902-antikythera-mechanism-2/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/17/antikythera-mechanism-legacy/

… and a related feature:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/17/antikythera-mechanism-computer-2/

Another feature on Schliemann:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-many-myths-of-the-man-who-discoveredand-nearly-destroyedtroy-180980102/

Feature on the ‘Linen Book of Zagreb’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/05/what-was-the-mystery-message-written-on-this-mummys-wrappings

Feature on Mithraic rituals:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mithraism-mithraeum-floor

Feature on the Villa Poppaea:

https://www.grunge.com/869165/neros-mistress-may-have-lived-in-this-pristinely-preserved-villa-buried-by-vesuvius/

Feature on exotic animals and the Greeks and Romans:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/exotic-animals-greece-rome/

Feature on the Greek theatres at Messene and Sicyon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/15/ancient-greek-theaters-of-sicyon-and-messene-are-treasures-of-the-peloponnese/

… and the one at Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-citys-theater-unique-in-turkey-173812

Feature on Bactria:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/15/bactria-the-ancient-greek-state-in-afghanistan-video/

Feature on the Temple of Artemis in Evia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/18/temple-artemis-evia-greece/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/19/ancient-greece-secrets-of-long-lost-temple-of-artemis-revealed-after-100-year-search/

Lots of attention for an explanation by Greek Statues have ‘small packages’:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/19/greek-statues-small-penises/
https://www.wibc.com/blogs/hammer-and-nigel/learning-made-fun-why-greek-statues-have-small-packages/

UK officials have apparently agreed to open talks to resolve the Parthenon Sculptures dispute:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1184758/greece-uk-to-sit-down-for-formal-talks-on-returns-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/18/the-parthenon-sculptures-greece-and-the-uk-agree-to-formal-talks/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/18/greece-uk-agree-talks-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece-uk-agree-hold-formal-talks-possible-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/05/20/news/greece/landmark-talks-on-the-parthenon-sculptures-to-begin-between-the-uk-and-greece/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-agrees-to-elgin-marbles-talks-8h8hn8ws9
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/978/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/978/pub/978/page/26/article/NaN
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10835679/British-officials-agree-talks-resolve-long-running-dispute-Greece-Elgin-Marbles.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/restitution-talks-parthenon-marbles-2116907
https://hyperallergic.com/733911/greece-and-uk-agree-to-formal-talks-over-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-greece-and-uk-finally-broker-deal-to-return-elgin-marbles-parthenon-sculptures-athens-180980113/

… although museum officials seem to be casting doubt:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1184986/british-museum-insists-on-right-of-ownership/

… and a feature on William St Clair and his work exposing treatment of the sculptures in the British Museum:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/lone-scholar-exposed-british-museums-elgin-marbles-cover-up/

OpEd on broadening and diversifying Classics:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-cancel-the-classics-broaden-and-diversify-them-education-college-charter-school-choice-systemic-racism-diversity-and-inclusion-clt-crt-ancients-greece-rome-homer-toni-morrison-11653079858

Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of use of slash-and-burn land clearing techniques in the Ammer Valley some 8500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-evidence-slash-and-burn-cultivation-mesolithic.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/evidence-of-slash-and-burn-cultivation-during-mesolithic/143636

A study of the impact of rising sea levels in Mesolithic/Neolithic Iberia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-impact-sea-human-groups-mesolithic.html

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17445647.2022.2071649

A possible stone circle site at Castilly Henge near Bodmin:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/19/rare-stone-circle-found-castilly-henge-prehistoric-ritual-site-cornwall
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/huge-ancient-underground-stone-circle-7102310
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-cornwall-bodmin-historic-england-england-b2082385.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-61492367
https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/19/rare-stone-circle-discovered-at-ancient-ritual-site-in-cornwall-16671662/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707195
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/05/18/archaeologists-in-britain-find-stone-circle-within-prehistoric-ritual-site/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/stone-circle-discovered-in-prehistoric-henge/143661

Latest study of ancient faeces comes from Stonehenge and reveals (of course) plenty of parasites:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-prehistoric-faeces-reveal-parasites-feasting.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220519204535.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/952857
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-fossilized-feces-with-parasitic-worms/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stonehenge-feast-fossils-reveal-neolithic-man-was-awful-cook-q2csvzxbp
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/20/stonehenge-builders-undercooked-offal-ancient-faeces-parasites
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707287
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/4500-year-old-poo-found-near-stonehenge-shows-neolithic-britons-were-infected-with-parasites/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-human-poo-reveals-what-the-builders-of-stonehenge-might-have-eaten
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/19/europe/ancient-poop-stonehenge-parasite-scn/index.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/952857
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/faeces-found-near-stonehenge-contains-prehistoric-parasites/143652
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/20/prehistoric-faeces-reveal-parasites-from-feasting-at-stonehenge/

… while I think we mentioned evidence of ‘hunting pits’ all around Stonehenge:

https://www.livescience.com/thousands-pits-found-around-stonehenge
https://gizmodo.com/stonehenge-pits-found-1848931640

A well-preserved Bronze Age spearhead found during wetlands construction in Cirencester:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-61476377
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/near-pristine-bronze-age-spear-discovered-during-wetlands-construction/143648
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10555-220519-england-bronze-spearhead

Study suggests that livestock and dairying led to a population boom in Eurasia during the Bronze Age:

https://www.newsweek.com/got-milk-bronze-age-population-soared-thanks-livestock-1707595

Bronze Age burial pits at an apartment development site in Dublin:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/dublin-news/bronze-age-burial-pits-on-site-of-proposed-priorsland-apartments-in-south-dublin-41661772.html

A 14th century watermill from Blenheim Palace:

https://www.oxfordshirelive.co.uk/news/oxfordshire-news/gallery/blenheim-palace-archaeologists-discover-14th-7104329

We may have mentioned these 17 burials found at the Friary of St Saviour’s:

https://www.livescience.com/skeletons-found-medieval-friary-uk/

More on the function of some Bronze Age daggers:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706839

More on that 1700 years bp arrow-with-fletching-preserved find from Norway:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64078
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10542-220513-norway-glacier-arrow

A project reconstructed a Bronze Age ‘Aryan’ bow:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-archaeologists-reconstruct-ancient-aryan.html

Plans for a survey of potential Ice Age sites off Jersey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/ce9y5ery4kro

Interesting series on the ‘greatest finds’ in Czech archaeology:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606

Review of Mike Pitts, *How to Build Stonehenge*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2022/0518/We-can-t-know-the-why-of-Stonehenge.-This-book-reveals-the-likely-how

Feature on assorted finds from melting glaciers recently:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-climate-reveals-unique-artifacts-ice.html

Feature on Viking remains/finds from Borgund:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-viking-medieval-town-norway

A study reveals evidence of an organized gang rape of enslaved Jewish girls and women in Livorno in the 17th century:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-phenomenon-female-jewish-slavery-uncovers.html

Report on the restoration (?) of Dublin’s Public Record Office archives:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/22/irish-public-record-office-civil-war-bombardment-archives-reborn
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of rice cultivation at a Neolithic site in Hanjing:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/rice-cultivation-recorded-at-a-neolithic-site-from-8000-years-ago/143645

A Tang Dynasty ‘epitaph’ from Hebei:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-05/16/content_78220971.htm

A study of incense remains from China’s Famen Royal Temple:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-analysis-ancient-incense-famen-royal.html
https://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/newly-identified-ancient-chinese-incense-ingredients-reveals-distance-of-early-trade-routes/

Feature on one of China’s woman conservationists:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0517/c90000-10097494.html

Feature on the Deshou Place excavations:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_GD2DdOBB.html

More Sanxingdui relics are hitting museums:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1265983.shtml

17th century burials found during construction at National Ilan University in Taiwan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64104

More on dairy and population changes in ancient Mongolia:

https://news.umich.edu/livestock-and-dairying-led-to-dramatic-social-changes-in-ancient-mongolia-u-m-study-shows/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10551-220519-mongolia-dairy-herds

A medieval put found by a pair out for a walk in Japan’s Gifu prefecture:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14613723

A project to study the origins of various finds from the ‘Maritime Silk Route’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/world-first-research-to-return-salvaged-objects-to-their-origins-on-the-maritime-silk-route/143628

Remains of a 2500 years bp ‘civilization’ from Odisha:

https://odishatv.in/news/miscellaneous/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-2-500-years-old-civilisation-in-odisha-s-balasore-177066

A 2000 years bp ‘decorative terracotta bowl’ from a Vembakottai site:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/decorative-terracotta-bowl-found-in-vembakottai-archaeological-site/article65419947.ece

A damaged 12th century lion sculpture from the Jagannath Temple:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/damaged-lion-sculpture-found-in-debris-near-jagannath-temple-in-puri-101652716774500.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/puri-sculpture-may-be-from-ganga-period/articleshow/91628341.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/lion-sculpture-found-during-excavation-for-puri-heritage-corridor/article65425491.ece
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ancient-lion-sculpture-found-during-excavation-for-puri-heritage-corridor-2985342

Assorted Tyagsimha era coins (and fragments) from Assam:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/ancient-copper-coins-found-in-assam/articleshow/91605939.cms

A 10th century Buddha sculpture from Jogulamba:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/10th-century-buddha-sculpture-discovered-in-jogulamba-dist/articleshow/91583283.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/may/16/how-experts-see-buddhist-sculptures-in-alampur-2453998.html

A 12th century Shiva Lingam from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/excavation-uncovers-12th-century-shiva-lingam/articleshow/91697681.cms

The ASI is releasing photos of the ‘hidden rooms’ of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/asi-pictures-22-underground-rooms-taj-mahal-1949833-2022-05-16
https://scroll.in/latest/1024137/photos-of-taj-mahals-underground-cells-shared-by-archaeological-survey-of-india-before-court-order
https://www.thehansindia.com/news/national/archaeological-survey-of-india-has-released-photographs-of-taj-mahal-conservation-work-742998

Feature on the Rakhigarhi site:

https://indianexpress.com/article/upsc-current-affairs/upsc-essentials/upsc-essentials-historical-tidbits-rakhigarhi-archaeological-site-7923346/

Feature on India’s ‘singing temples’:

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/india-temples-musical-architecture/

Pondering the legacy of Aurangzeb:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61519088

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NORTH AMERICA
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A 13 000 years bp red ochre mining site from Wyoming:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2022/05/research-confirms-eastern-wyoming-paleoindian-site-as-americas-oldest-mine.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-eastern-wyoming-paleoindian-site-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220519125740.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/powars-ii-red-ocher-quarry-10825.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/research-confirms-eastern-wyoming-paleoindian-site-as-americas-oldest-mine/143669

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.2201005119

An 8000 years bp human skull from a river in Minnesota:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-year-old-skull-minnesota-river.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/19/us/minnesota-human-skull.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/21/human-skull-minnesota-kayakers
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/05/19/part-of-skull-found-along-minnesota-river-belongs-to-man-from-8000-years-ago
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2022/05/19/minnesota-river-skull-kayakers/
https://apnews.com/article/science-oddities-minnesota-minneapolis-native-americans-d4722c10440e2e6ef074299c3f3fdb99
https://time.com/6179803/8000-year-old-skull-minnesota-river/

2000+ years bp Mississippian site on the Pee Dee River:

https://www.wbtw.com/news/pee-dee/florence-county/florence-county-archaeological-dig-uncovers-artifacts-dating-back-more-than-2000-years/

A study of early Chinese immigrant presence in Eugene, Oregon:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-archaeology-illuminates-chinese-businesses-eugene.html
https://around.uoregon.edu/content/recent-archaeology-offers-clues-about-early-chinese-eugene
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10556-220520-oregon-imported-artifacts

A dig at the 1904 Long Point Schoolhouse site (SC) is commencing:

https://abcnews4.com/newsletter-daily/cofc-professors-to-lead-3-week-archaeological-dig-of-long-point-schoolhouse-site-wciv
https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/charleston-county-news/cofc-archaeology-team-excavating-historic-african-american-school/

‘Lost’ archaeological sites are emerging as Lake Powell’s water level drops:

https://www.knau.org/knau-and-arizona-news/2022-05-12/archaeological-sites-once-thought-lost-under-lake-powell-reappear-as-water-drops

More on cave art from Alabama:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/found-native-american-cave-art/

More on the Clotilda:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlocking-the-secrets-of-clotilda-the-last-known-slave-ship-180980107/

Plans to search for remnants of the 17th century Stuarts Town in Beaufort:

https://wpde.com/news/local/archaeologists-to-search-for-remnants-of-1600s-settlement-possibly-under-beaufort
https://wach.com/news/local/archaeologists-to-search-for-remnants-of-1600s-settlement-possibly-under-beaufort

Feature on petroglyphs in Montana:

https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/searching-for-ghosts-rock-art-hides-in-montana-high-desert/article_f41b0440-109c-52fb-b28f-68817bc89a31.html

Feature on the Battle of Fort Motte:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sc-revolutionary-war-site-tells-story-of-woman-who-spurred-defeat-for-the-british/article_58cde90c-d2e1-11ec-beab-8f115f0b96db.html

Feature on some ‘founding mothers’ of New Haven:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/new-haven-colony-founding-mothers-redux?e=2c38baa027

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Glyphs on a Maya vessel found in the Yucatan last fall have been translated:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64074

More on ‘drugs’ and the sacrifice of Inca children:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/inca-children-sacrifice-ayahuasca-chemical
https://www.sciencealert.com/inca-children-destined-for-sacrifice-might-have-been-soothed-with-hallucinogenic-drugs
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/inca-priests-plied-child-sacrificial-victims-with-drugs/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10544-220516-inca-drug-sacrifice

Feature on David Stuart and his role identifying the earliest known record of the Maya calendar:

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/history/ut-austin-researcher-earliest-record-mayan-calendar/269-17b96294-ea2b-4a9b-bd5e-312fe10476ab

Lots of press attention for archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma receiving a Princess of Asturias award:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-celebrated-mexican-archaeologist-major-spanish.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-18/el-arqueologo-mexicano-eduardo-matos-moctezuma-gana-el-premio-princesa-de-asturias-de-ciencias-sociales.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-government-and-politics-archaeology-princess-leonor-1eae2c74ebd203df42c1a50798172eeb
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/celebrated-mexican-archaeologist-wins-major-spanish-award/2022/05/18/dad5dc6c-d696-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexican-archaeologist-led-landmark-aztec-temple-excavation-wins-major-rcna29384

Interesting feature on an ancient Maya tooth sealant:

https://www.science.org/content/article/ancient-maya-tooth-sealant-glued-gemstones-place-and-may-have-prevented-tooth-decay

Feature on El Tepozteco:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/el-tepozteco-the-temple-of-the-drunken-aztec-rabbit/143617

Feature on the Chinchorro mummies:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220519-chiles-desert-town-built-on-mummies

Feature on the Dzibanche site and its possible connections with Calakmul:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/dzibanche-a-maya-city-off-the-beaten-path/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the history of glass:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115877/Learn-about-the-history-of-glass-its-importance-to-kings

Feature on the lost wreck of the Flor de la Mar:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/flor-de-la-mar-the-lost-treasure-ship/143632

A silver ‘letter casket’ once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots, has been ‘saved for the nation’:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/978/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/978/pub/978/page/20/article/NaN
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64111

… as has a joseph Wright of Derby painting:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-61437488

Feature on ‘begging the question’:

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/In-a-Word/2022/0516/Going-in-circles-by-begging-the-question

Feature on how horrible the 17th century was:

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/the-17th-century-was-a-truly-terrible-time-to-be-a-human/

Feature on tools used in archaeology:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeology-tools/?mqsc=E4144063&dk=ZE2250ZF0

Not sure what this ‘charity donation’ jug story is about:

https://www.newsweek.com/charity-worker-find-antique-british-museum-donations-1707284

On the origin of French macarons:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220516-the-true-origin-of-french-macarons

Feature on assorted ancient technologies:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/examples-ancient-technology/

Feature on making olive oil like an ancient Egyptian:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/olive-oil-ancient-egypt/

Feature on Crusaders’ diet:

https://aleteia.org/2022/05/18/the-diet-that-helped-crusaders-stay-fit/

Feature on the colour violet:

https://psyche.co/ideas/why-it-took-us-thousands-of-years-to-see-the-colour-violet

On the history of Zen:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3177563/history-zen-its-roots-buddhism-how-ancient

Assorted items on the history of Haiti (relations with France, slavery, etc.):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/world/haiti-history-colonized-france.html
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/05/20/world/americas/enslaved-haiti-debt-timeline.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/world/french-banks-haiti-cic.html

Not sure where to put this one on the Bible in Arabic:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/05/bible-in-arabic
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Linking the 1918 pandemic and modern influenza:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/science/1918-pandemic-influenza-h1n1/

More on amphoras excavated by Ukrainian soldiers in Odesa:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/17/ancient-greek-amphoras-discovered-ukraine-soldiers-dig-trenches/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706834
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ukrainian-soldiers-discover-archeological-treasures-while-digging-defenses-in-port-city-odessa-1234628795/
https://hyperallergic.com/733518/ukrainian-soldiers-unearth-ancient-greek-amphorae-during-trench-dig/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ukrainian-soldiers-discover-ancient-amphorae-urns-while-digging-defense-trenches-180980098/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Pondering when humans domesticated horses:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-humans-domesticate-the-horse-180980097/

A study of how dog jaws adapted to a domestic diet:

https://www.murdoch.edu.au/news/articles/a-new-study-shows-how-diet-has-transformed-the-ancient-dog-into-a-family-pet
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10557-220520-dog-jaws-diet

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On the politics of Urdu use:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-61199753

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Feminine Power:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/feminine-power-review-treasure-trove-may-need-divine-powers/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/feminine-power-is-amped-up-to-eleven-at-the-british-museum
https://www.rawstory.com/goddesses-and-witches-star-in-british-museum-show/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/feminine-power-at-the-british-museum-mary-beard-roars-on-to-the-battlefield-kt0n0wmz2
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220518-how-fear-sex-and-power-shaped-ancient-mythology
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220518-goddesses-and-witches-star-in-british-museum-show
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/goddesses-and-witches-star-in-british-museum-show-173940

cf: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/feminine-power-divine-demonic

Apollo figurines:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/apollo-statuettes-of-prophecy-center-on-display-in-turkeys-izmir/news

Sutton Hoo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-61480771

Parthian coffins:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472831/Parthian-coffins-on-show-at-Susa-Museum

Syria: Cradle of Civilisations:

https://timesofoman.com/article/116952-national-museum-inaugurates-syria-the-cradle-of-civilisations-and-loaned-artefacts-from-india-exhibitions

Gold:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive/

Immortal Faces:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/immortal-faces-from-coins-to-sculptures-of-antiquity-a-feast-in-istanbul-57247

George Grosz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/arts/design/george-grosz-museum-berlin.html

Return Us Home:

https://prishtinainsight.com/return-us-home-exhibition-seeks-return-of-artifacts-held-in-serbia/

Stone Routes – Stories from Stone:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/47187-jewish-inscriptions-exhibition-opens-in-two-museums-of-greece.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/18/jewish-museum-of-greece/

Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115876/British-exhibition-traces-identity-of-Egyptian-workers-in-Tutankhamun-s
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive/

cf: https://visit.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/event/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive

Herefordshire photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-61425923

Latest inauguration date for the GEM is September 30, apparently:

https://egyptindependent.com/gem-to-be-ready-for-inauguration-on-september-30/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/466288.aspx

… or maybe it’s June 30:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115966/Construction-of-much-anticipated-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-to-be-completed

Greece has started the process of creating a museum of underwater antiquities in Piraeus:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1184881/culture-ministry-to-create-museum-of-maritime-antiquities-at-silo-building-in-piraeus/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/05/20/greece-takes-first-step-create-museum-underwater-antiquities-piraeus/

The 48th Highlanders Regiment (Canada) Museum now has an online presence:

http://48thhighlanders.ca/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Those Roman silver coins found in Pewsey fetched a high price at auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61477947
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-silver-metal-thousands-b2081924.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10825797/Detectorists-rake-hoard-150-Roman-coins-sells-100-000.html
https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/roman-coins-fetch-81-000-9254843/
https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/roman-silver-coins-discovered-pewsey-7095704

Big bucks for a Qianlong vase which was kept in a kitchen for decades:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-61479493
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/18/rare-chinese-vase-sells-at-newbury-auction-for-almost-15m

Feature on modern art at auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/17/arts/design/sothebys-art-auction-picasso-collectors.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of how sea travel impacted genetic exchange in ancient Europe:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220519141026.htm

More on genomes of ancient Uruguayans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/952422
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10550-220518-uruguay-genome-mapped

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate-related concerns for the wreck of the Endurance:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/15/endurance-wreck-threatened-global-heating-technology-mensun-bound

A gallery of flood-threatened sites in the US:

https://poststar.com/news/states-with-the-most-historic-sites-at-risk-of-flooding/collection_a4128451-cde6-5c17-9b7d-424a3730e2c2.html#1

More on climate-change related concerns for Jamestown:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/first-permanent-english-colony-in-the-us-is-facing-climate-disaster-13052022/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nineveh is opening to tourists:

http://www.aina.org/news/20220515233859.htm
https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/ancient-city-of-nineveh-to-open-for-tourists/

Jewish catacombs of Rome:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-707137

Patmos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/17/patmos-the-sacred-land-of-the-aegean/

Troy:

https://www.thetravel.com/tour-off-the-beaten-path-spots-in-troy/

Taxila:

https://www.thetravel.com/discover-lost-city-of-taxila-pakistan/

Adirondack cemeteries:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/05/walking-adirondack-cemeteries.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Homeric Hymns:

https://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/homeric_hymns.html

The Wreckers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/arts/music/the-wreckers-ethel-smyth-glyndebourne.html

The Oberammergau Passion Play has resumed:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3177421/germanys-covid-delayed-389-year-old-passion-play-brings

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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust of an antiquities trader (lots of coins, among other things) in Modiin:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-huge-cache-of-stolen-antiquities-found-in-central-israel-1.10808595
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707042
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rypbvk4v5
https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-bust-of-illegal-antiquities-trade-seizes-1800-coins-and-ancient-artifacts/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/raid-of-modiin-antiquities-dealer-recovers-1000s-of-looted-coins-and-rings/2022/05/19/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/05/19/ancient-coins-from-jewish-revolt-against-romans-among-trove-of-1800-stolen-artifacts-recovered-in-israel/

Some thieves in India return some antiquities to a Hindu temple because they were having nightmares:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/17/were-fed-up-with-scary-dreams-thieves-return-temple-treasures
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/thieves-return-stolen-treasure-to-temple-after-being-haunted-by-nightmares/

That UK national and his German counterpart have denied smuggling antiquities in Iraq:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300588906/british-german-tourists-deny-smuggling-antiquities-in-iraq-court
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3177855/briton-and-german-appear-baghdad-court-both-deny-smuggling
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/briton-german-deny-smuggling-antiquities-in-iraq-court-173811
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/british-german-deny-smuggling-antiquities-iraq-court-84731847
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2082576/middle-east
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-german-deny-smuggling-antiquities-in-iraq-court/2022/05/15/bc400af8-d45b-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220515-briton-german-on-trial-in-iraq-over-pottery-shards

… and the latest is the case has been ‘postponed’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-baghdad-british-b2084589.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220522-iraq-trial-of-briton-and-german-for-antiquity-theft-adjourned

Shrunken heads from Peru (among other things) confiscated in Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/investigations/rare-shrunken-heads-from-peru-confiscated-in-turkeys-izmir

A metal detectorist explains why he went nighthawking:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-61467988

Feature on the illegal antiquities trade in the Middle East:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2022/05/20/inside-the-multimillion-dollar-illegal-trade-of-artefacts-from-the-middle/
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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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Italy is saying the Acropolis Museum can keep the Fagan fragment forever:

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/parthenon-fragment-italy-can-stay-greece-forever-greek-ministry-says-2022-05-20/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1184870/italy-sets-precedent-with-permanent-return-of-parthenon-fagan-fragment/
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/05/20/sicily-to-give-parthenon-fragment-back-to-greece_5f839b2f-aede-4c4b-afd0-d973bc07b07d.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/20/sicily-to-give-parthenon-fragment-back-to-greece_f9844798-92a7-4226-98ed-0439c5f5a041.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/italy-returns-parthenon-marble-fragment-to-greece-precedent-seen/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/20/parthenon-fragment-fagan-greece-italy/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ring-ancient-greece-returned-1.6460986

Sweden has returned a Mycenean gold ring to Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/20/sweden-returns-greece-stolen-ancient-ring/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1184916/the-adventures-of-a-mycenaean-ring/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47222-nobel-foundation-returns-to-greece-mycenaean-gold-ring-from-necropolis-in-rhodes.html
https://apnews.com/article/politics-travel-greece-museums-5e81f76d35ee07822f1de383f86448c2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/after-string-of-adventures-ancient-gold-ring-back-in-greece/2022/05/20/26292364-d849-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2022/0520/1300147-greece-stolen-ring/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sweden-gives-3-000-year-old-sphinxes-gold-ring-back-to-greece-vx8dxhx7q
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-05/20/content_78229807.htm
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/21/an-ancient-gold-ring-adorned-with-two-sphinxes-returned-to-greece-after-world-war-ii-theft/

Germany returned some Olmec busts to Mexico:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-germany-year-old-wooden-olmec-mexico.html

The Denver Art Museum deaccessioned a Benin Bronze:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/denver-art-museum-deaccessions-benin-bronze-1234628836/

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum returned items to the Siksika Nation:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/sacred-items-returned-to-siksika-nation-after-144-years-in-uk-museum

The Peabody returned assorted items to the White Earth Nation:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2022/05/for-museum-an-end-and-a-beginning/

More on Cambodia asking UK cultural institutions to return looted art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cambodia-asks-uk-cultural-institutions-to-return-looted-statues-180980104/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on die marks and Roman mints:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/die-marks-and-the-organization-of-the-roman-mint-an-rrdp-case-study/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n21.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lindley Butler:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/research-confirms-eastern-wyoming-paleoindian-site-as-americas-oldest-mine/143669

Amanda Claridge:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/books/amanda-claridge-dead.html

Yiannis Pikoulas:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/16/yiannis-pikoulas-has-passed-away/

Frank Gilbert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/21/nyregion/frank-gilbert-dead.html

Katsumoto Saotome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/15/world/asia/katsumoto-saotome-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3177-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-8th-2022-through-may-14th-2022
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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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Explorator 25.04 ~ May 15, 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).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Finds suggest Neanderthals reached Naxos some 200 000 years bp:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/11/neanderthals-early-humans-reached-greek-island-of-naxos-200000-years-ago/

Old news of some 130 000+ years bp stone tools found on Crete back in 2010 and their implications:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/10/stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-man-sailed-the-mediterranean-130000-years-ago/

Study of diminishing human brain size:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220503-why-human-brains-were-bigger-3000-years-ago

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2021.742639/full

Feature on the role of climate in human evolution:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/climate-change-human-evolution/

Feature on sapiens-neanderthal relations (from a violence standpoint):

https://www.inverse.com/science/humans-vs-neanderthals

A French historian suggests there’s no evidence for the patriarchy in the Paleolithic:

https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-sabado/noticia/marylene-patou-mathis-historiadora-francesa-no-tenemos-evidencia-arqueologica-de-que-el-patriarcado-haya-existido-en-el-paleolitico/6KVJFI2LEBHRHM23PFYWRONEQA/
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AFRICA
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A study of mid/late 19th century graffiti of ships found in Zanzibar Fort:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_910751_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-historic-graffiti-soldiers-africa-maritime.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/09/historic-graffiti-made-by-soldiers-sheds-light-on-africa-maritime-heritage/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10531-220509-zanzibar-fort-graffiti

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0067270X.2022.2047526

A study of East African maritime traditions suggests changes in boatbuilding techniques over time:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-academic-east-african-maritime-traditions.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the restoration of colours at the Esna Temple:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115823/Egyptian-German-archaeological-mission-restoring-Esna-Temple-succeeds-in-revealing
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/restoration-work-reveals-original-colour-and-patterns-in-ancient-egyptian-temple/143605
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64066

Another feature on the source of the meteoric iron in Tut’s dagger:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-new-origin-story-for-king-tuts-extraterrestrial-dagger

Zahi Hawass was talking in Houston:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115701/Hawass-gives-lecture-in-Houston-Museum-of-Natural-Sciences-on
https://egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-signs-his-new-book-at-houston-museum-of-natural-sciences/

In case you missed the scan of a hitherto mislabelled sacred Ibis mummy at Cornell:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-mysterious-mummy-identified-as-ibis-likely-sacrificed-to-egyptian-god-180980057/

Archaeologists in Iran oppose legislation legalizing the antiquities trade:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/05/11/Iran-archaeologists-oppose-bill-allowing-antiquities-trade
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/iran-archaeologists-oppose-bill-allowing-antiquities-trade/
https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-parliament-antiquities-trafficking/31844837.html

… and a related OpEd:

https://www.iranfocus.com/en/iran-general/48698-sale-of-irans-historical-items-is-there-anything-left-to-sell/

Iran is seeking UNESCO Heritage status from Hegmataneh:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472377/Ancient-Hegmataneh-working-group-formed-to-surmount-obstacles

More on that 4500 years bp sculpture of Anat dug up by a Palestinian farmer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palestinian-farmer-digs-up-4500-year-old-goddess-sculpture-180980055/

A very interesting Neo Assyrian subterranean complex, including a depiction of a procession of deities, found beneath a home in Basbuk (Turkey):

https://www.livescience.com/neo-assyrian-rock-relief-discovered-turkey
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/science/turkey-chamber-assyrian.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/turkish-home-ancient-art-scn/index.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20220510210419.htm
https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Fertility_cult_complex_discovered_under_Turkish_home_dates_to_Iron_Age-2129405
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706697
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/11/ancient-iron-age-art-discovered-in-hidden-complex-beneath-turkish-home
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/iron-age-rock-art-beneath-turkish-house-1234628387/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/assyrian-carving-gods-turkey-2113045
https://hyperallergic.com/732106/iron-age-rock-art-found-under-turkish-home/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/secret-tunnel-reveals-procession-of-ancient-gods
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/iron-age-subterranean-complex-discovered-beneath-turkish-home/143549
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/11/archaeologists-discover-subterranean-complex-beneath-a-turkish-house/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10538-220512-turkey-assyrian-drawings

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/an-assyrianised-rock-wall-panel-with-figures-at-basbuk-in-southeastern-turkey/82415CB88AF5392098777D2A1B27D008#

… and I think we mentioned this other ‘underground city’ find in Turkey which is being connected to early Christianity:

https://www.livescience.com/christians-hid-from-romans-in-underground-city

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/hanging-gardens/

Study suggests more than spices and perfumes were traded along the Nabatean Incense Trade Route:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706501
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-trash-a-treasure-in-mapping-first-steps-to-globalization-on-incense-route/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/oysters-in-desert-reveal-secrets-of-incense-route-trade-2-300-years-ago-1.10796286
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/surprising-source-sheds-light-on-ancient-nabataean-roman-trade-across-the-negev/2022/05/12/

Restoration of that trumphal arch in Palmyra is getting under way:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=271844

Evidence that caves in the Tekoa Valley were used as refuges during the Bar Kokhba revolt:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/327353
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/archeology/1652176858-west-bank-relics-reveal-history-of-ancient-jewish-revolt-in-tekoa-valley

More on possible Crusader-era hand grenades from Jerusalem:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/05/09/study-suggests-jerusalem-vessels-were-ancient-hand-grenades/
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/researcher-doesn-t-want-a-war-over-ancient-hand-grenade-study-20220513-p5al2z.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-15/ancient-vessels-used-as-hand-grenades-during-crusades/101037550

OpEddish sort of thing on Samaritan views of restoration and conservation on Mount Gerizim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706569

Another suggestion for the location where John the Baptist baptized Jesus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-where-exactly-did-john-the-baptist-baptize-jesus-1.10789988

Israel’s new National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel should be finished by the end of the year:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/national-campus-for-the-archaeology-of-israel-set-to-be-completed-by-end-2022/

I think we’ve mentioned these 8500 years bp structures from the UAE:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-neolithic-structure-abu-dhabi-uae
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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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14th-12th century BCE Colchis artifacts from Georgia:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2022/1715

A partially-cremated Hellenistic-era burial from Istanbul:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cremated-remains-found-turkey

A Roman-era ‘service station’ from Hertfordshire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10801849/Ancient-Romans-answer-Roadchef-Archaeologists-uncover-2-000-year-old-roadside-service-station.html

Roman era remains (including two burials) found during redevelopment in Barcelona:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/two-skeletons-from-roman-times-discovered-in-redevelopment-works-in-barcelona-h26874.html

New 3rd century CE finds from the House of the Marine Mosaics at Porto Torres (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2022/05/13/scoperti-nuovi-tesori-in-domus-mosaici-marini-a-porto-torres_4a683928-1d7b-49fd-8694-8841992e40b5.html
https://www.sardiniapost.it/cronaca/domus-dei-mosaici-marini-scoperte-nuove-aree-archeologiche/
https://www.unionesarda.it/cultura/porto-torres-nuovi-tesori-riemergono-nella-domus-dei-mosaici-marini-nonr9h7m
https://voce.com.ve/2022/05/13/655191/scoperti-nuovi-tesori-in-domus-mosaici-marini-a-porto-torres/

Not sure if we mentioned this 4th/5th century CE ‘Greek’ necropolis found in Croatia last summer:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/10/necropolis-hvar-dates-fourth-century-ad/

… or this 1st century BCE burial of a woman on a bronze bed found last year in Eordea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/08/stunning-archaeological-finds-greece-dig-reveal-ties-to-apollo/

Latest finds from the 7th century bCE Cortijo de Acebedo Phoenician site in Malaga:

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/mijas-fuengirola/excavation-cortijo-acebedo-20220506143230-nt.html

Latest finds from the Mentor wreck:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/13/from-the-depths-of-despair-lord-elgin-and-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/new-finds-from-the-historic-shipwreck-mentor/

Late coverage of the find of a mummified/intact burial from Pompeii last year:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/pompeii-skeleton-proves-greek-culture-thriving-ancient-rome/

More on that Roman bust found at a Texas Goodwill:

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/classics/news/ut-classics-and-the-mystery-of-the-marble-bust
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/goodwill-find-in-texas-turns-out-to-be-ancient-roman-bust-173601
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/10/roman-marble-bust-goodwill/
https://mymodernmet.com/goodwill-ancient-roman-statue/
https://www.dw.com/en/priceless-antique-bust-found-in-thrift-shop-to-return-to-germany/a-61768532
https://hypebeast.com/2022/5/sextus-pompey-roman-bust-goodwill-austin-texas
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/business/2022/05/09/goodwill-ancient-roman-bust-nr-vpx.cnn
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-sculpture-likely-looted-during-wwii-turns-up-at-texas-goodwill-180980045/

More on efforts to recreate perfume associated with Cleopatra:

https://hyperallergic.com/727055/what-did-cleopatra-smell-like-ancient-egyptian-perfume/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-smell-odor-artifacts-texts-egypt-archaeology

More on the pair of 3000 years bp ‘boxer’ statues from Sardinia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/iron-age-boxer-statues-torsos-discovered-in-sardinian-necropolis
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/07/two-more-giants-discovered-at-monte-prama_1df5612a-8f6e-4b4c-8c0b-291a9091ffcd.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sardinia-giant-statues-2113883
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64024
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-monte-prama-stone-giants/143586
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-reveal-3000-year-old-giant-statues-sardinian-necropolis-180980061/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10534-220510-sardinia-giants-boxers

More on that Constantine-era coin hoard found in Switzerland:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706333
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-coins-constantine-the-great-uncovered-by-amateur-1234627938/

More on Nemea getting European Heritage status:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/12/ancient-nemea-awarded-the-european-cultural-heritage-label/

Feature/interview with Nancy de Grummond:

https://www.archaeological.org/member-spotlight-nancy-de-grummond/

There’s a new director in charge of Paestum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/i-wept-with-joy-young-director-made-guardian-of-italys-temples-of-paestum

Review of Philip Feeman, *How to Tell a Story*:

https://lithub.com/2000-years-old-and-still-going-strong-aristotles-lessons-in-storytelling/

There were a few features on silphium this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/silphium-plant-ancient-greeks-contraception-perfume/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/15/caesars-favourite-herb-was-the-viagra-of-ancient-rome-until-climate-change-killed-it-off

Feature on ‘manhood’ in ancient Greece:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/manhood-in-ancient-greece-battle-blood-and-not-being-a-bottom-1.10787527

Feature on women in Greek theatre:

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/culture/art-theatre/the-lost-voices-of-women-in-greek-theatre

Feature on Mithraic rituals:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mithraism-mithraeum-floor

Feature on the Byzantine Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/42158-history-of-the-byzantine-empire.html

Feature on Greek and Roman paintings:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/ancient-greece-rome-paintings/

Another feature on what Romans drew all over Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/hadrians-wall-penises-archaeology-30032019/

Feature on the Derveni Krater:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/derveni-krater-masterpiece-ancient-greece/

Feature on Knossos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/09/ancient-knossos-palace-ruins/

Feature on the infant necropolis at Astypalea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/ancient-cemetery-for-infants-discovered-on-greek-island/

Feature on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/06/plato-allegory-cave-connection-present-greece/

Feature on the Judgement of Paris:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/judgement-of-paris-first-beauty-pageant/

Feature on Pytheas of Massalia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/pytheas-of-massalia-the-first-greek-to-reach-britain-and-the-arctic/

Feature on Pausanias:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/pausanias-cultural-geographer-of-ancient-greece/

Feature on Iklaina:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

Feature on what ancient Greek philosophers thought about life on other planets:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/aliens-greek-philosophers-history/

Speculating what might have happened if Caesar hadn’t been assassinated:

https://classicalfuturist.substack.com/p/what-if-julius-caesar-hadnt-been-assassinated?s=r

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 5000 years bp arrowhead from a Cork beach:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40871414.html

Latest find from melting ice in Norway is an Iron Age arrow with fletching preserved:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-arrow-norway-mountain
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stunningly-wellpreserved-arrows-with-feathers-revealed-by-melting-ice-sheets-in-norway/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10542-220513-norway-glacier-arrow

Not sure if we’ve mentioned these Iron Age burials from Balinville-sur-Orne:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64040

Latest finds from around Stonehenge (pre monument) include 10 000 years bp hunting pits, among other things:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-mystery-rock-archaeologists-b2075729.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61408488
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10813143/Prehistoric-hunting-pits-discovered-Stonehenge.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706464
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2022/geophysical-sensors-excavations-and-computers-reveal-millennia-of-prehistoric-stonehenge-land-use
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stonehenge-hunting-pit-discovery-2113906
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-hunter-gatherer-pits-reveal-new-features-of-stonehenge
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/new-discoveries-in-wider-stonehenge-landscape/143580
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/millennia-of-prehistoric-stonehenge-land-use-revealed/

A family found a hoard of 38 medieval silver coins in Bentley:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/doncaster-family-discover-hoard-of-38-medieval-silver-coins-during-dig-on-private-land-in-bentley-3693983

Remains of a 13th century structure from Weymouth:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20128184.remains-13th-century-medieval-home-found-weymouth-dig/

A possible 13th century image of Jesus revealed in a building stone in Ballymore:

https://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/2022/05/12/hidden-13th-century-face-of-christ-carving-discovered-in-ballymore/

A metal detectorist found a 15th/16th century St Margaret of Antioch silver ‘veneration badge’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-61439097

A medieval site from the Outer Hebridges:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/rare-medieval-site-in-the-outer-hebrides-discovered-3689600
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/outer-hebrides-medieval-lords-isles-b2077674.html

An 18th century mass grave of English soldiers near Utrecht:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/05/skeletons-found-in-vianen-mass-grave-mostly-english-soldiers/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61391848
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64052
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10535-220511-meningitis-mass-grave

Plans to study the motte at Shrewsbury Castle:

https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2022/05/10/archaeologists-to-explore-the-motte-at-shrewsbury-castle/

… and there’s funding:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-61380879

Plans for a dig at a housing development site in Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/site-new-390-strong-housing-7059389

… and similarly at a development site at Barton-upon-Humber:

https://www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/archaeological-investigations-begin-at-site-of-proposed-residential-development

A project looking for early connections between Ireland and Wales:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/pilot-project-explores-the-earliest-connection-between-ireland-and-wales/143574

Damage to a 2000 years bp Scottish broch is being investigated:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/police-investigate-damage-to-prized-iron-age-broch-as-stones-removed-to-build-cairn-3686905

More on recent finds from the site of Hyde Abbey:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/20123056.major-archaeological-discovery-hyde-abbey/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10533-220510-england-hyde-abbey

More on the functionality of Bronze Age knives:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-daggers/

More on the ‘colonization’ of the black rat in Roman and Medieval times:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/how-black-rat-colonized-europe-in-roman.html

More on the 1700 years bp sandal from melting ice in Norway:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-find-1700-year-old-roman-sandal-in-melting-ice-in-norway/

Review of Alice Roberts, *Buried*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/bury-st-edmunds-full-headless-skeletons/

Zooarchaeological feature on bird remains from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608593752/ancient-estonians-trained-hawks-for-hunting-and-organized-cockfights

Feature on Bronze Age finds from Bohemia over the years:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606/3

Feature on a medieval Viking town (Borgund) in Norway:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-viking-medieval-town-norway

Feature on the Wieliczka Salt Mine:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/the-wieliczka-salt-mine/143539

The Collection Museum in Lincoln has acquired the Leasingham Horse Brooch:

https://www.lincolnshireworld.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/incredibly-rare-horse-brooch-found-near-sleaford-to-be-housed-at-the-collection-museum-in-lincoln-3692013

Latest in efforts to return the Bayeux Tapestry to France:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/v-a-s-deal-may-fix-frayed-relations-xxnqbnph0
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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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A study of social changes to ancient Mongolian society due to livestock and dairying:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-livestock-dairying-social-ancient-mongolia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220511142350.htm

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0265775

A study of the distribution of sites in Xinjiang:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01306-5

A study of hunter-gatherers on Hokkaido over 25 000+ years:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-climate-currents-japan-hunter-gatherer-cultures.html

cf: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021GL096611

Concerns/egal case regarding an ongoing excavation at a 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri causing destruction of archaeological remains at the site:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/archaeological-remains-near-puri-jagannath-temple-destroyed-says-asi/article65398792.ece
https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/bhubaneshwar/irreparable-damage-archaeological-remains-around-puri-jagannath-temple-asi-informs-orissa-high-court-damning-report-1503070084.html
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2022/may/10/jagannath-temple-heritage-corridor-projectundertakensans-permission-asi-2451856.html

Dating of finds from Mayiladumparai suggest Tamils were using iron some 4000 years bp:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamils-knew-use-of-iron-4000-years-ago-archaeological-findings-show-1107771.html
https://theprint.in/india/iron-age-in-tamil-nadu-dates-back-4200-years-oldest-in-india-excavated-implements-reveal/949224/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/krishnagiri-site-traces-iron-tools-to-2172bce/articleshow/91457605.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tamil-nadus-iron-age-began-4200-years-ago/articleshow/91455544.cms
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tamil-nadu-iron-usage-carbon-dating-cultural-significance-explained-7916375/

7th century (maybe) ivory pendants from an excavation trench at Vembakottai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/ivory-pendant-found-at-vembakottai-archaeological-excavation-site/article65416268.ece

A possible 9th century oil press from a field in Nedumalai village in Punganur Panchayat:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/ancient-oil-press-found-in-field/article65401415.ece

A 10th century stone inscription from a Shiva temple site in Tiruvannamalai:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/may/15/stone-inscription-dating-back-to-10th-century-found-in-shiva-temple-at-tiruvannamalai-2453781.html

Chinese porcelain identified in a palace in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/may/12/ancient-chinese-porcelain-vessels-discovered-by-school-students-in-tn-2452462.html

A dig at Rakhaigarhi village in Haryana suggests there was a planned Harappan city there:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/rakhigarhi-dig-gives-evidence-of-a-planned-harappan-era-city/articleshow/91425231.cms
https://www.outlookindia.com/travel/recent-excavations-in-haryana-s-rakhigarhi-throw-new-light-on-indus-valley-civilisation-news-195971
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10537-220511-india-rakhigarhi-jewelry

Remains of 19th century soldiers from India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tamil-nadu-iron-usage-carbon-dating-cultural-significance-explained-7916375/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10540-220513-india-soldiers-remains

Pondering the Taj Mahal’s locked rooms:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61429270
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A study of 65 000 years of food remains from a rock shelter site in Kakadu:

https://theconversation.com/65-000-years-of-food-scraps-found-at-kakadu-tell-a-story-of-resilience-amid-changing-climate-sea-levels-and-vegetation-181240

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379122001299
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NORTH AMERICA
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A project to locate the remains of the Gaspee, which Rhode Islanders burned some 250 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-scientists-renew-efforts-ship-torched.html
https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/13/rhode-island-marine-archaeology-project-volunteers-shipwreck-hms-gaspee-search/9744427002/
https://apnews.com/article/science-rhode-island-archaeology-569e431039ba67b2a95ef66b33bd645d
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/scientists-renew-efforts-find-ship-torched-colonists-84627585

… see also:

https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/13/rhode-island-marine-archaeology-project-volunteers-shipwreck-hms-gaspee-search/9744427002/
https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/columns/2022/04/25/1772-rhode-islanders-burned-the-gaspee-british-tax-ship/7413333001/

19 burials (date?) from the site of a proposed battery plant in Kentucky:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/10/ford-battery-plant-human-remains-kentucky/9718381002/
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/09/human-remains-found-ford-hardin-county-glendale-kentucky-battery-plant-site/9710483002/
https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/burial-remains-ford-electric-battery-park-blue-oval-sk-hardin-county-kentucky/417-efb1751d-13de-4c03-80f5-e257b234182a

An update on the ongoing dig in downtown Guelph:

https://guelph.ca/2022/05/archaeological-excavation-of-baker-district-redevelopment-site-may-11/

More on that 1000 years bp Alabama cave art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/07/us/cave-art-alabama.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-large-scale-mud-art-in-alabama-cave-1.10777099
https://hyperallergic.com/731452/north-americas-largest-cave-art-discovered-in-alabama/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/spirits-of-bygone-eras-americas-largest-cave-figures-discovered
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/ancient-cave-art-how-new-hi-tech.html

More on climate change/flooding concerns at Jamestown:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jamestown-permanent-colony-soon-be-underwater-180980059/

More on plans for genetic investigations arising from the Clotilda investigations:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/05/dna-recovery-attempt-begins-on-last-american-slave-ship
https://www.wsls.com/news/national/2022/05/12/alabama-shipwreck-holds-key-for-kin-of-enslaved-africans/
https://mynbc15.com/news/local/alabama-historical-commission-provides-updates-on-clotilda-recovery

More on that project to resink three 18th century ships from the Potomac:

https://abc3340.com/news/offbeat/remnants-of-18th-century-ships-to-be-preserved-in-creative-watery-way-alexandria-virginia-ben-brenman-park-pond-historic-timbers-waterlogged-potomac-river-history-maryland-archaeological-conservation-lab-excavations
https://local12.com/news/offbeat/remnants-of-18th-century-ships-to-be-preserved-in-creative-watery-way-alexandria-virginia-ben-brenman-park-pond-historic-timbers-waterlogged-potomac-river-history-maryland-archaeological-conservation-lab-excavations
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the Chinchorro mummies:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/in-chile-the-worlds-oldest-mummies-seek-new-home/

More on that 800 years bp Aztec dwelling found in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/aztec-house-discovered-mexico
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/aztec-abode-floating-gardens-mexico-city-1234628230/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-uncover-massive-800-year-old-aztec-dwelling-mexico-city-180980079/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10530-220509-mexico-aztec-dwelling

More on the oldest evidence for the Maya calendar:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/mayan-calendar-hieroglyphs/

More on ayahuasca use in Inca child sacrifices:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/inca-children-sacrifice-ayahuasca-chemical

More criticism of the Mayan Train project:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexican-environmentalists-indigenous-leaders-denounce-maya-train-proje-rcna28114
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the New England vampire panic:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/the-new-england-vampire-panic/143567

The Guigoz collection in Switzerland seems to be legally iffy:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/swiss-canton-has–legal–claim-to-controversial-artefacts/47564262

Not sure where to put this one on ancient Western Asian plaster reproductions in Berlin museums:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/plaster-reproductions-berlin-state-museum

Feature on the history of playing cards in France:

https://francetoday.com/culture/the-fabulous-history-of-playing-cards-in-france/

Feature on a very tiny Bible at the Leeds Central Library:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64032

Feature/reviewish on choreomania in the 16th century:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220512-the-people-who-danced-themselves-to-death

Identification of a portrait that might be ‘Oliver Cromwell’s mum’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-61347711

Some of Michelangelo’s first sculptures have been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64003

More on First Nations folks in Australia and North America sustainably harvesting oysters:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/indigenous-oyster-harvesting
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/may-14-ancient-oyster-mounds-seagrass-sweet-secret-saving-the-mekong-delta-and-more-1.6451429/indigenous-people-harvested-huge-amounts-of-oysters-sustainably-through-history-study-finds-1.6451431

Reviewish sort of thing on three books about misinterpretations of the female body:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/may/09/the-big-idea-why-we-need-to-rewrite-the-history-of-female-bodies

Review of Paul Craddock, *Spare Parts*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/books/review/spare-parts-paul-craddock.html

Review of Candice Millard, *River of the Gods*:

https://politpost.com/2022/05/15/exploration-at-the-edge-of-disaster/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Ukrainian forces digging trenches uncovered some amphorae in Odessa:

https://odessa-journal.com/in-odessa-the-ukrainian-military-discovered-ancient-amphorae/

Kyiv museum curators are telling the stories of some of their artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/09/kyiv-museum-curators-bravely-criticise-war-by-telling-stories-of-its-collections-historic-objects

116 churches have been destroyed in the Ukraine conflict:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/05/11/ukraine-116-eglises-auraient-ete-detruites-depuis-le-debut-de-la-guerre/

More on Russian forces looting a museum in Ukraine:

https://www.livescience.com/scythian-gold-stolen-ukraine-museum/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Feature on horse domestication:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2022/tale-domesticated-horse

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archives:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-61394416
https://museumcrush.org/the-photos-and-archive-of-carter-and-the-tomb-of-tutankhamun/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-unsung-egyptians-who-helped-find-king-tut-tomb-180980074/

cf: https://theoxfordmagazine.com/event/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive/
https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/media/tutankhamun

Horace Walpole and Philanthropy in 18th Century London:

https://exhibits-new.library.yale.edu/s/knighterrant/page/intro

Points of Contact:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/05/09/unraveling-past-sterling-library-exhibition-goes-beneath-surface

Feminine Power:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/feminine-power-the-british-museums-celebration-of-the-divine-female-hnzgq0tpc

Schliemann:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/09/archaeologist-adventurer-and-spinner-of-tales-the-life-of-heinrich-schliemann-is-reassessed-in-berlin-show
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/12/heinrich-schliemann-was-one-of-the-great-figures-of-archaeology/

Matisse:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/10/absolutely-enthralling-why-matisses-red-studio-still-packs-a-punch

cf: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5344

Donatello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/05/12/donatello-michelangelo-florence-exhibition/

Slaves of Fashion:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-essex-61355000

Art and Sensuality in the Houses of Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2022/05/09/pompeii-bares-all-in-new-exhibition-of-erotic-art/?sh=1aa2d1b251e1
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/art-and-sensuality-in-the-houses-of-pompeii/

OpEddish sort of thing on ‘unpleasant’ items in museums:

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/45823/20220512/a-man-found-a-mysterious-cross-in-an-attic-the-local-history-museum-said-no-thanks

The American Museum of Natural History’s Northwest Coast Hall has reopened after renovations:

https://www.archpaper.com/2022/05/the-american-museum-of-natural-historys-northwest-coast-hall-reopens-following-historic-revitalization/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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That hoard of Roman silver coins found in Wiltshire a while ago is up for auction:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/hitoric-discovery-in-vale-of-pewsey-up-for-sale-9253954/

I think we mentioned this Ides of March gold coin coming to auction a while ago:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/rare-gold-eid-mar-aureus-offered-in-numismatica-ars-classica-sale

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A new study is suggesting some revisionism is needed for the genetic origins of the first farmers:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220512121823.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10541-220513-europe-farming-genome

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01322-w

DNA study of ‘lost’ indigenous peoples of Uruguay:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-ancient-dna-insights-lost-indigenous.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220511123507.htm

Study of the Asian genetic legacy in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-05-14/tras-la-huella-genetica-del-galeon-de-manila.html

More on DNA studies of Neolithic burials from Fleury-sur-Orne (France):

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-woman-warrior-burial-france
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10532-220509-france-neolithic-burials

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What we can learn from the Little Ice Age:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/09/climate-crisis-lessons-to-learn-from-the-little-ice-age-cooling
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ottoman capitals:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-tourism-route-to-take-visitors-on-journey-in-ottoman-capitals/news

Livorno:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220508-livorno-tuscanys-unattractive-unmissable-town

Florence:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2022/05/12/actualidad/1652370557_538825.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Oberammergau Passion Play:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-centuries-old-oberammergau-passion-play-is-back/a-61782655
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/14/we-kept-our-beards-oberammergaus-passion-play-emerges-from-pandemic

Feature on Ukrainian composers in the early 20th century:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/arts/music/ukraine-classical-music.html

The Orchestra Now:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/arts/music/orchestra-now-carnegie-hall-review.html

Irish Rose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/11/theater/abies-irish-rose-broadway.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Tutankhamun: the Last Exhibition:

https://www.verdenews.com/news/2022/may/11/great-art-screen-tutankhamun-last-exhibition-premi/
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CRIME BEAT
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Someone vandalized a column in Jerash:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/vandalism-targets-jerashs-ancient-column
https://www.albawaba.com/node/jarash-columns-horribly-defaced-jordan-police-look-vandals-1475942

… and someone was charged:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/individual-detained-charges-vandalising-jerashs-ancient-column

Vague item on the arrest of some antiquities smugglers in Tripoli:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/sdf-arrests-antiquities-smugglers-tripoli

Jail time for a trio accused in Hong Kong’s biggest antiquities heist:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3177629/3-jailed-2-1/2-years-stealing-hk5-billion-worth

A missing Picasso may have been spotted at Imelda Marco’s home:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/13/lost-picasso-spotted-in-imelda-marcos-home-after-son-bongbong-election-win

More on the British geologist charged with smuggling in Iraq:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-geologist-faces-death-penalty-in-iraq-2111372
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-man-found-with-ancient-shards-in-iraq-to-stand-trial/2022/05/11/37322a5c-d132-11ec-886b-df76183d233f_story.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A new initiative to recover Nigeria’s looted art:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61318785

The Queen has declined returning temple remains to Libya:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/uk-refuses-libya-request-return-stolen-artefacts

Cambodia is seeking help getting the UK to return looted antiquities:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61354625
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/13/uk-museums-must-investigate-and-return-looted-treasures-allegedly-handled-by-douglas-latchford-says-cambodian-government
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202205/13/WS627db1d8a310fd2b29e5c653.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/cambodia-uk-museums-douglas-latchford-letters-1234628654/
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501075256/u-k-museums-urged-to-return-objects-allegedly-looted-from-cambodia-by-disgraced-dealer-douglas-latchford/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/why-does-the-cambodian-government-think-britain-has-stolen-its-sacred-objects-3692262
https://au.news.yahoo.com/long-struggle-return-cambodias-looted-045306047.html

The Kaw people are choosing a site for the return of its sacred boulder:

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/10/1097104352/the-kaw-people-are-choosing-a-site-for-a-sacred-boulder-returned-to-the-tribe

I think we mentioned the return of this Nostradamus manuscript, stolen some 15 years ago:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64055

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of ancient Rhodes:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coins-of-ancient-rhodes/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n20.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Paul Mellars:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-university-mourns-passing-giant-23914843
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professor-sir-paul-mellars-obituary-rs6k8rcvg

Amanda Claridge:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2022/05/13/amanda-claridge-archaeologist-acclaimed-definitive-oxford-guide/

Bruce Cresson:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/wacotrib/name/bruce-cresson-obituary?id=34733538

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3175-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-1st-2022-through-may-7th-2022

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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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Explorator 25.03 ~ May 8, 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, Adrienne Mayor, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Apologies for lateness this week!
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CUT AND PASTE CORRIGENDA
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In our previous issue, I messed up the url for the DNA history of the Patagonian sheepdog:

https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1010160
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of ancient predators to figure out how ancient humans did (and did not) find food:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-ancient-predators-humans-didor-didntfind.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/951615
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/04/study-sheds-light-on-how-humans-did-or-didnt-find-food/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-09480-7

A study of paleolithic tools and the role of visual perception in their use:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-paleolithic-tools-visual-perception.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on archaeological work at Tombos (Sudan):

https://theconversation.com/archaeological-site-along-the-nile-opens-a-window-on-the-nubian-civilization-that-flourished-in-ancient-sudan-174575
https://www.sapiens.org/biology/reinterpreting-life-and-death-in-ancient-nubia/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-sudan-archaeology-tombos

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/great-zimbabwe/143523
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 6th dynasty burial of an Egyptian royal clerk at Saqqara:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-discover-tomb-of-ancient-egyptian-royal-clerk-at-saqqara/143476

Ptolemaic-era burials and structures from Sohag:

https://egyptindependent.com/checkpoint-remains-of-archaeological-temple-from-the-ptolemaic-era-discovered-in-sohag/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115511/Huge-archaeological-discoveries-in-Gabal-el-Haridi-area-of-Sohag
https://menafn.com/1104159927/85-Ancient-Tombs-Unearthed-In-Egypt&source=30
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/06/tombs-egypt-death-certificates-greek/
https://www.thestatesman.com/world/85-ancient-tombs-unearthed-egypt-1503068188.html
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/272539706/85-ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-upper-egypt
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/new-archaeological-discoveries-at-gabal-el-haridi/143508
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/05/85-ancient-egyptian-tombs-isis-temple-and-tower-house/

More on the 4500 years bp Canaanite statue from the Gaza Strip:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/4500-year-old-canaanite-statue-discovered-gaza

More on smells of Egyptian tombs:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-smell-odor-artifacts-texts-egypt-archaeology

Again we’re reading of plans to do a muon scan of the Great Pyamid:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/innovation/scientists-want-use-cosmic-rays-map-great-pyramid-gizas-secrets-rcna24839

Egypt plans on restoring/renovating a Muhammad Al Pasha era weapons factory/warehouse for tourist purposes:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/egypt-launches-renovation-rare-weapon-cache-dating-back-muhammad-ali-pasha-era

Feature on the Hawara Pyramid:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/05/05/tales-from-the-past-the-hawara-pyramid-and-egypts-lost-labyrinth/

Feature on the Giza Pyramids:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115569/The-endless-secrets-of-the-Great-Pyramids-of-Giza

Review of Toby Wilkinson, *Tutankhamun’s Trumpet*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tutankhamuns-trumpet-by-toby-wilkinson-review-egypts-secrets-revealed-drcjspfl2

Excavations at the 9000 years bp settlement site in the Ahranjan mound (Iran) are under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472331/Archaeologists-to-find-more-about-what-is-called-oldest-settlement

Feature on Middle Bronze Age ‘warrior burials’ in the Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/05/warrior-burials-near-east

Overviewish piece on the ongoing digs at Kardamis (Assyrian/Hittite):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/digs-shed-light-on-hittite-assyrian-history-of-turkeys-karkamis

Feature on Karahan Tepe:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/does-an-unknown-extraordinarily-ancient-civilisation-lie-buried-under-eastern-turkey-

A Hellenistic-era lamp from Samaria:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/05/02/clay-candle-dating-back-to-hellenistic-period-discovered-in-samaria/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705674
https://www.jwire.com.au/2300-year-old-clay-candle-uncovered-at-samaritan-high-priesthood-compound-in-samaria/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-samaritan-clay-candle-found-near-stone-bath-at-mount-gerizim-site/2022/05/02/

Study of the sources of Herod the Great’s bathtubs:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-11651-5

More on those possible Crusader-era hand grenades from Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705882
https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/archeo-paleo/archeologie/l-ancetre-du-cocktail-molotov-utilise-pendant-les-croisades-retour-sur-une-decouverte-fascinante_163244
https://aleteia.org/2022/05/03/archaeologists-find-crusader-era-hand-grenade-in-jerusalem/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/could-this-pottery-shard-be-a-1000-year-old-hand-grenade-signs-point-to-yes/

Another feature on the Ebal Amulet (nothing new, it seems):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705816

James VanderKam has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/notre-dame-scholar-of-dead-sea-scrolls-elected-to-american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences/

Review of Andrew Lawler, *Under Jerusalem*:

https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/jewish-history/12261/the-treasure-of-the-jews/

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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 3000 years bp ‘boxer’ statues from Mont’e Prama (Sardinia):

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/07/two-more-giants-discovered-at-monte-prama_1df5612a-8f6e-4b4c-8c0b-291a9091ffcd.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20220507/two-more-statues-of-iron-age-boxers-unearthed-in-sardinia
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/iron-age-boxer-statues-torsos-discovered-in-sardinian-necropolis
https://english.alarabiya.net/variety/2022/05/07/Archaeologists-unearth-two-more-statues-of-Iron-Age-boxers-in-Sardinia
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/torsos-of-2-iron-age-boxer-statues-unearthed-in-sardinia-italy/news

A 2nd century funerary altar dedicated to a young girl from Rome:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705848
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/workers-in-rome-dig-up-second-century-childs-luxury-tomb-vv2jlxz0x
https://www.casilinanews.it/200252/cultura/archeologia/roma-trovata-ara-funeraria-valeria-ii-secolo-d-c.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63981

A 2nd-4th century sarcophagus from Izmit, belonging to ‘The Protector of the Divine Flank’:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63995

A hoard of 4th-7th century Roman coins found by metal detectorists in Wiltshire:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/roman-wiltshire-essex-britain-mayfair-b2071563.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/wiltshire-essex-britain-mayfair-roman-empire-b997976.html
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/20117020.metal-detectorists-find-ancient-roman-coins-wiltshire/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10778183/Three-metal-detectorist-friends-stumbled-hoard-150-Roman-coins.html
https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/05/metal-detectorists-find-40000-worth-of-roman-coins-next-to-tent-16589224/
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/20117185.canvey-man-helps-find-ancient-roman-coins-worth-around-40k/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/05/04/hoard-of-161-roman-coins-found-beneath-campsite-in-wiltshire/

Plenty of press attention for a bust of Germanicus (maybe) that turned up in a Texas Goodwill:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-woman-bought-sculpture-goodwill-ancient.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/06/us/roman-bust-goodwill-san-antonio-museum.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-sculpture-bought-goodwill-texas-germany-wwii/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/woman-bought-sculpture-goodwill-3499-was-actually-missing-ancient-roma-rcna27617
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10787021/Texas-antiques-dealer-bought-priceless-2-000-year-old-Roman-bust-local-Goodwill-store-35.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61357483
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/05/07/2000-year-old-roman-bust-sold-3499-us-charity-shop/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bargain-hunter-picks-up-2-000-year-old-roman-bust-for-35-5wh2b6xsz
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/roman-general-thrift-store-texas-b2072223.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/07/1097376953/she-found-a-2-000-year-old-sculpture-at-goodwill-it-took-years-to-get-rid-of-it
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/goodwill-find-in-texas-turns-out-to-be-ancient-roman-bust/2022/05/06/78eab5d2-cd67-11ec-b7ee-74f09d827ca6_story.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2022/05/05/this-ancient-roman-bust–which-may-have-been-looted-by-an-american-soldier-in-germany–will-return-home-after-selling-for-35-at-a-texas-goodwill/
https://www.tpr.org/arts-culture/2022-05-04/so-the-35-sculpture-you-got-at-an-austin-goodwill-was-looted-from-a-museum-during-wwii-now-what
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/07/us/ancient-roman-statue-bought-texas-goodwill-trnd/index.html
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article261085032.html
https://www.kut.org/life-arts/2022-05-04/so-the-35-sculpture-you-got-at-an-austin-goodwill-was-looted-from-a-museum-during-wwii-now-what
https://www.sheltonherald.com/news/houston-texas/article/Missing-Roman-bust-Texas-goodwill-sculpture-17148302.php
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-bust-goodwill-san-antonio-museum-of-art-1234627574/
https://www.sanantoniomag.com/the-crazy-story-of-a-first-century-roman-bust-now-on-display-at-the-san-antonio-museum-of-art/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/04/roman-bust-germany-goodwill-store-texas-restitution
https://www.newsweek.com/texas-woman-buys-priceless-roman-bust-goodwill-store-1703705
https://boingboing.net/2022/05/05/priceless-ancient-roman-bust-sold-for-34-99-at-a-texas-goodwill.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-sculpture-likely-looted-during-wwii-turns-up-at-texas-goodwill-180980045/

In case you missed the 1800 years bp marble bathtub from Aphrodisias seized from smugglers:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705869
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/25/ancient-marble-bathtub-greek-city-aphrodisias/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63988

Latest study trying to pin down the date of the eruption of Thera:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-home-thera-volcano-eruption-date.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/researchers-home-in-on-thera-volcano.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/03/researchers-home-in-on-thera-volcano-eruption-date/

A study of board gaming materials (maybe) from Mycenae:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360191197_Why_so_Serious_An_Extraordinary_Cone_Shell_Group_from_Mycenae_and_the_Problem_of_Identifying_Mycenaean_Board_Gaming_Material

cf: https://academic.oup.com/pnasnexus/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac048/6575909

More on the greco-roman pottery workshop from the outskirts of Alexandria:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-amphora-workshop-alexandria
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/graeco-roman-pottery-workshop-found-in.html

More on the Temple of Zeus found at the site of Pelusium:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/ancient-temple-zeus-uncovered-sinai
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/temple-of-zeus/

More on the Phoenician necropolis found during waterworks in Spain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/phoenician-necropolis-discovered-in.html

More on the looting of a 2200 years bp shipwreck off Cannes:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/outrage-as-2200-year-old-shipwreck.html

More on the hoard of Constantinian-era coins from Switzerland:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/metal-detectorist-pot-of-gold-switzerland-2109857
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-coins-constantine-the-great-uncovered-by-amateur-1234627938/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologist-in-switzerland-stumbles-onto-trove-of-coins-dated-to-constantine-the-greats-reign-180980025/

More on evidence of Roman beer production in Bedfordshire:

https://the-past.com/news/evidence-of-roman-beer-production-in-bedfordshire/

More on the restoration of the theatre at Laodicea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/28/ancient-greek-amphitheater-laodicea/

More on the Phoenician ‘sacred pool’ in Motya:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-harbor-sacred-pool-scanning-stars-180979997/

More on that ‘portable Roman toilet’ story from a month or more ago:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/roman-storage-vessels-turn-out-to-be-portable-toilets/

More on phallic graffiti on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/hadrians-wall-penises-archaeology-30032019/

Ancient Nemea was given European Heritage Status:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/05/04/ancient-nemea-gets-european-heritage-label-status/

… while Italy is seeking UNESCO Heritage status for the Appian Way:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-unesco-world-heritage-status-appian-way.html

Review of Daisy Dunn, *Not Far from Brideshead*:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/book-of-the-day/2022/05/gilbert-murray-the-oxford-don-who-made-greek-chic

Another feature on using AI to figure out Greek inscriptions:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-machine-learning-can-help-historians-decode-ancient-inscriptions

Feature on taberna in Pompeii:

https://the-past.com/feature/lets-go-on-a-pub-crawl-round-pompeii/

A series of videos on the last days/hours of Pompeii:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/05/the-last-morning-in-pompeii-the-night-pompeii-died.html

Feature on the Iseum Savariense:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/the-iseum-savariense/143503

Feature on the greco-roman Anfushi tombs in Alexandria:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115498/Anfushi-Tombs-one-of-the-most-important-Greco-Roman-monuments

Feature on Bishop’s Stortford’s Roman past:

https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/fascinating-finds-reveal-bishops-stortfords-past-as-a-roma-9251991/

Feature on assorted bits of Latin in Gloucestershire:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/latin-names-associated-gloucestershire-what-7008184

Feature on the Christian chapel in Rome’s Colosseum:

https://aleteia.org/2022/05/04/the-secret-chapel-inside-romes-colosseum/

Feature on folks using Virgil for prophecy purposes:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/virgil-poetry-predicted-future

Feature on Pausanias:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/pausanias-cultural-geographer-of-ancient-greece/

Feature on Alexander’s plans to conquer Arabia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/01/alexander-the-great-arabia/

Feature on Odysseus’ bow:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/03/how-does-odysseus-bow-fare-against-modern-versions-of-the-weapon/

Feature on Alexander and the Opis Mutiny:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/03/alexander-the-great-opis-mutiny/

Feature on Medusa:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/04/medusa-fearsome-goddess-greek-mythology/

Feature on love magic in ancient Greece and Rome:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/04/spells-charms-erotic-dolls-love-magic-in-ancient-greece-and-rome/

Feature on Jason and the Argonauts:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/03/jason-and-the-argonauts-video/

Another feature on Taylor Swift and Latin (UK):

https://mancunion.com/2022/05/04/taylor-swift-teachers-latin-more-accessible/

Feature on Heinrich Schliemann:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/02/heinrich-schliemann-discoverer-troy/

Feature on what teeth studies reveal about the Battle of the Himera (we had this a while ago):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/02/millennia-old-teeth-military-history-ancient-greece/

Similarly old news is a feature on the Celts importing Greek olive oil and wine some 2600 years bp:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/28/celts-imported-greek-pottery-olive-oil-and-wine-2600-years-ago/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0218001

Varying coverage of a legal case arising from a Temple of Athena in Turkey being used as a gateway to a nightclub:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/05/turks-temple-of-athena-nightclub/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nightclub-opening-door-to-side-temple-ends-up-in-court-173528

Feature on the Parthenon sculptures:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/03/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-the-parthenon-sculptures-and-are-not-afraid-to-ask/

… and Stephen Fry was pushing for giving them the scanning treatment:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/03/stephen-fry-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Michael Cosmopoulos was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/greek-archaeologist-cosmopoulos-elected-american-academy/

Tiziana D’Angelo is now the director of the temples at Paestum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/i-wept-with-joy-young-director-made-guardian-of-italys-temples-of-paestum

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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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Three ‘pile dwelling’ sites (with range of mostly Neolithic dates) from Lake Ohrid:

https://balkaninsight.com/2022/05/05/lost-world-prehistoric-houses-found-in-lake-ohrid-thrill-archeologists/

A Neolithic warrior (including a woman) burial ground from Fleury-sur-Orme:

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-woman-warrior-burial-france
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-dna-analysis-norman-neolithic-monumental.html

A medieval coin hoard from Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/dog-digs-up-huge-haul-of-medieval-coins.html

Medieval finds from a dig at Hyde Abbey:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/20123056.major-archaeological-discovery-hyde-abbey/

A water project on the Isle of Lewis revealed medieval structures and assorted small finds:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20118098.important-glimpse-medieval-life-lewis-outer-hebrides-water-project-find/

Remains of a 16th century barbican from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22887244/archaeologists-uncover-part-of-a-trnava-barbican.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10519-220503-slovakia-defensive-gate

Plenty of graffiti found from various periods in a ‘hunt’ in Orkney’s Magnus Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-61284844

More on the study suggesting Bronze Age daggers were functional, not just status symbols:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10774565/Bronze-Age-daggers-NOT-status-symbols-study-claims.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/how-were-bronze-age-daggers-used-to-kill-animals-and-maybe-humans-1.10777764
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/research-finally-answers-what-bronze.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/03/research-finally-answers-what-bronze-age-daggers-were-used-for/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10518-220502-bronze-age-daggers

More on the pre-Stonehenge (Mesolithic) landscape:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-61258455
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/this-is-what-the-salisbury-plain-looked-like-before-stonehenge/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/03/study-reveals-stonehenge-landscape-before-the-world-famous-monument/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10517-220502-stonehenge-mesolithic-environment

More on 6000 years bp ‘friendship ornaments’ from Finland:

https://www.livescience.com/stoneage-friendship-ornaments
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/05/friendship-ornaments-from-the-stone-age/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10521-220503-broken-slate-rings

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-022-09556-8

More on the diet of Anglo Saxon royalty:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/29/world/europe/anglo-saxon-kings-diet.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/05/europe/meat-vegetables-anglo-saxon-england-kings-scn/index.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-did-kings-eat

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/anglo-saxon-england/article/food-and-power-in-early-medieval-england-a-lack-of-isotopic-enrichment/46263E5BB81F455CD873220C0B7601B9

More on the apparent influx of continental European women to Orkney during the Bronze Age:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-skeletal-bronze-age-orkney-cemetery.html

More on that 1700 years bp sandal from Norway:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ice-age-sandal-norway-2105130

More on that 18th century shipwreck from Estonia:

https://www.connaissancedesarts.com/monuments-patrimoine/archeologie/en-estonie-decouverte-dun-exceptionnel-navire-du-xiiie-siecle-enfoui-sous-terre-11173165/

A hoard of Iron Age coins found in the 1990s has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-61348636

Concerns for sites in Scotland arising from the ‘detecting boom’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/detecting-boom-puts-ancient-sites-in-peril-mcvzw89jm

Latest news on Anglo-Saxon reconstructions at Butser Farm:

https://the-past.com/news/butser-ancient-farm-launches-latest-reconstruction/

Feature on that bust of a ‘Bohemian Druid’ which you will probably recognize:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606/2

Feature on a project to reconstruct the Sutton Hoo ship:

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2022/research/sutton-hoo-carver/

Feature on a project building a replica Iron Age roundhouse at Flag Fen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-61322631

Feature on the burial of a medieval Kukruse ‘lord’ (Estonia) … not sure when it was found:

https://news.err.ee/1608587605/grave-of-kukruse-lord-provides-clues-about-medieval-estonians-lives

Feature on what medieval peasant life was like:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/05/medieval-history-peasant-life-work/629783/

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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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I think we mentioned these ‘ritually beheaded’ crocodiles from Guangdong:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63966

A high altitude (5000 metres) cave site (1700-2300 years bp) from Tibet:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-05-01/New-archaeological-findings-reveal-prehistoric-civilization-in-Tibet-19Gu1WlPxbq/index.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-05-01/China-s-highest-altitude-archaeological-site-excavated-in-Tibet–19G7bPxXb7a/index.html

Remains of 12th century ‘fairy carvings’ from the Takav Gate at Angkor:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-05/02/content_78198174.htm
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501067853/puzzling-apsara-carvings-found-on-angkor-thom-gate/
https://www.nationmultimedia.com/international/40015184
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10522-220504-cambodia-angkor-apsara

A 5000 years bp ‘jewellery factory’ site in a Haryana Indus Valley site:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/haryana/story/5000-year-old-jewellery-factory-haryana-indus-valley-site-rakhi-garhi-asi-1946740-2022-05-08

A terracotta lamp (uncertain date) from a dig at Vembakottai (Tamil Nadu):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/ancient-terracotta-lamp-unearthed-at-vembakottai-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/91285656.cms

Chola-era inscriptions from Villupuram:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/may/04/archeologists-discover-inscriptions-dating-back-to-chola-period-in-villupuram-2449441.html

Plans for an underwater survey of the Korkai port:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamil-nadu-to-conduct-offshore-reconnaissance-survey-of-ancient-port-1106761.html

DNA from a pair of human burials from Harrapan-era Rakhigarhi have been sent for analysis:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/dna-samples-from-2-human-skeletons-found-in-burial-pits-at-harappan-era-rakhigarhi-sent-for-analysis-392985

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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of press coverage of high-tech detection of 1000+ bp cave art from northern Alabama:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-3d-photogrammetry-reveals-ancient-native.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-ancient-cave-art-hi-tech-archaeology.html
https://www.livescience.com/3d-scans-uncover-native-american-cave-art
https://theconversation.com/ancient-cave-art-how-new-hi-tech-archaeology-is-revealing-the-ghosts-of-human-history-182168
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/americas-largest-cave-figures-discovered-alabama-rcna26203
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/cave-drawings-spirits-archaeology-1234627524/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/05/largest-us-cave-figures-alabama-carvings?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/06/alabama-caves-ancient-drawings-digital-scan-technology/9644676002/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alabama-cave-drawings-native-americans-b2071688.html
https://www.science.org/content/article/largest-native-american-cave-art-revealed-3d-scans
https://mymodernmet.com/mud-glyphs-3d-mapping-cave-art/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/3d-tech-is-helping-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-indigenous-art
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-large-scale-mud-art-in-alabama-cave-1.10777099
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/3d-scans-reveal-largest-cave-art-in-north-america
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/largest-known-native-american-cave-art-revealed-by-3d-images/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/largest-native-american-cave-art-discovered-using-3d-scanning-technology/143493
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/3-d-scans-reveal-gigantic-native-american-cave-art-in-alabama-180980004/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10525-220505-alabama-cave-art

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/discovering-ancient-cave-art-using-3d-photogrammetry-precontact-native-american-mud-glyphs-from-19th-unnamed-cave-alabama/695DFD2980B69D520A56A320D6549E76

They’re back looking at the Clotilda:

https://apnews.com/article/business-alabama-united-states-mobile-trending-news-fba06900c0966fe7d795ef448a7d71f7

… and the Franklin Expedition wreck sites:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2022/05/research-resumes-franklin-expedition-wreck-sites

Searching for another Black cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-search-black-cemetery-graves-tampa-st-joseph-aid-walker-stone/67-41ca4842-cd8c-4832-8bde-268566654c93

‘Mystery’ markings on some bricks found at George Washington’s birthplace:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article261080007.html

More on the 19 cannons found in the Savannah River:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/revolutionary-find-19-cannons-in-river.html

A study of an Abenaki site in Vermont will be getting underway soon:

https://www.wcax.com/2022/05/02/history-abenaki-site-vermont-be-rewritten-by-native-americans/

I think we mentioned this study questioning claims related to ‘Ohio’s oldest house’:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/2022/04/27/archaeology-new-research-casts-doubt-ohios-oldest-house/7450904001/

Latest idea about the ‘Lost Colony’:

https://www.obxtoday.com/new-discovery-by-croatoan-archaeological-society-helps-to-further-dispel-the-myth-of-the-lost-colonists/

Latest feature questioning the primacy of Clovis culture:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/was-clovis-culture-the-first-sign-of-humans-in-the-americas-after-all-1.10773710

A round up of Ancient America’s zoom lectures for the month:

https://mikeruggerisancientamericasevents.wordpress.com/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 5000 years bp burial of a woman who engaged in fishing, apparently, from Aspero (Peru):

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-ancient-remains-of-fisherwoman-found-in-aspero-caral-civilizations-fishing-town-891634.aspx

Carvings possibly depicting ballcourts from Quiechapa:

https://www.livescience.com/ballcourt-carvings-mexico-ritual-bloodletting
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10524-220504-mexico-ritual-ballcourts

Remains of a Late Postclassic Aztec house and later colonial-era structures from a site in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/aztec-house-discovered-mexico
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/excavations-discover-aztec-house-and-elements-of-colonial-and-industrial-past/143500

More on the 900 years bp tzompantli skull rack site found in Mexico City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/world/americas/mexico-skulls-cave.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-skulls-not-crime-scene-human-sacrifice-ad-900/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skulls-thought-to-belong-to-modern-murder-victims-actually-date-to-the-pre-hispanic-period-180980015/

More on drugs and Inca child sacrifices:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/the-incas-drugged-young-children-with-coca-leaves-and-ayahuasca-before-sacrificing-them-to-calm-them-down/

More on the earliest evidence (maybe) of a Maya calendar:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/mayan-calendar-hieroglyphs/

Feature on La Quemada:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/la-quemada-the-mysterious-mesoamerican-complex/143441

Latest Aztlander Magazine of the Americas (pdf):

https://aztlander.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/aztlander-v2-n5.pdf
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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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Not sure where to put this one: the fifth installment of a series on Homer and the Hebrew Bible:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2022/05/not-everything-is-a-charging-boar/

A study of oyster management among First Nations peoples in Australia and North America:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-indigenous-peoples-shucked-billions-oysters.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/03/world/ancient-humans-oysters-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ancient-oyster-fisheries-10770.html
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/04/precolonial-first-nations-oyster-fisheries-sustained-millennia-of-intense-harvests-study-shows
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/04/indigenous-oyster-fisheries-were-hugely-productive/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-29818-z

Feature on the 500 year old Fuggerei social housing project:

https://www.dw.com/en/fuggerei-the-worlds-oldest-social-housing-project/a-58928076

Feature on relics in medieval Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-03/dinero-milagros-fetichismo-y-robos-las-pasiones-que-desataron-las-reliquias-en-la-espana-de-la-edad-media.html

Feature on women artists in Venice:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-61297129
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b006mk25/newsnight

Feature on how Victorian medicine contributed to modern ideas about race:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-victorian-medicine-modern-concepts.html

Feature on book collectors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/07/style/rare-used-book-collectors.html

cf: https://academic.oup.com/jvc/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jvcult/vcac015/6561765

Feature on life in early cities:

https://aeon.co/essays/life-in-early-cities-on-neighbourhoods-and-energised-crowding

Feature on the history of Basque ball games:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220505-euskal-pilota-the-basque-countrys-centuries-old-ball-games

Feature on the ten oldest known sculptures:

https://listverse.com/2022/04/30/ten-oldest-known-sculptures-in-the-world/

Feature (possibly a review of a book) on Freemasonry:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-05/la-masoneria-el-culto-que-se-invento-sus-secretos.html?mid=DM115362&bid=1025429534

On the importance of archaeologists at development sites:

https://www.sanantoniomag.com/why-archeologists-can-be-just-as-important-as-developers/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Apology for the 800 years bp laws which expelled Jews from England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/apology-800-years-on-for-laws-that-expelled-jews-from-england

Feature on Ben Franklin’s abortion recipe:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/05/ben-franklin-american-instructor-textbook-abortion-recipe.html

… and commentary on Judge Alito’s knowledge of abortion in ancient and medieval times:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/alitos-roe-v-wade-abortion-draft-ruling-betrays-medieval-ignorance-anc-rcna27473

Feature on ‘My Old Kentucky Home’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/03/books/review/my-old-kentucky-home-emily-bingham.html

More on Russian looting of museums in Ukraine:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/03/greece-condemns-russian/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/30/world/europe/ukraine-scythia-gold-museum-russia.htmlhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30009-z
https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/02/ancient-greek-artifacts-looted-ukraine-russia/

… and accusations that Russia destroyed Scythian tombs in Ukraine:

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-706117
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russian-troops-are-destroying-ancient-nomadic-tombs-5g00c96xs
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Feature on horse domestication:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2022/tale-domesticated-horse

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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More on the spread of Uralic languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220427100508.htm

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Persia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/in-the-classical-world-persias-powers-rivaled-greece-and-rome-180980008/

Art and Sensuality in the Houses of Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20220504/phallus-of-pompeii-italian-art-exhibition-reveals-ancient-sexuality/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220504-pulses-race-at-new-erotic-pompeii-exhibition
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3176569/sex-and-nudity-abound-erotic-pompeii-exhibition-showing
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pulses-race-at-new-erotic-pompeii-exhibition-173541

Pharaoh of the Two Lands:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/03/pharaoh-of-the-two-lands-at-the-louvre/

Pompeii in Color:

https://brooklynrail.org/2022/05/artseen/Pompeii-in-Color-The-Life-of-Roman-Painting

Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/04/stonehenge-exhibition-explores-parallels-with-japanese-stone-circles

The Smithsonian has announced plans to return looted items:

https://news.yahoo.com/smithsonian-announces-plans-return-looted-163532172.html
https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/stories/museums-reckon-with-their-finders-keepers-problem

The Museum of Natural History’s Northwest Coast Hall is reopening:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/arts/design/museum-natural-history-indigenous-art.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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The Louvre is bidding to try to keep a Chardin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/04/arts/design/louvre-kimbell-art-museum-chardin.html

A lost Titian is coming to auction:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/3242474/norman-watson-titian/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to determine how the black rat colonized Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods:

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2022/research/black-rat-europe/
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-black-rat-colonized-europe-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220503141339.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/951573
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/scientists-are-using-ancient-rat-remains-to-retrace-human-history
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10526-220505-black-rat-dna

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30009-z
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest scan of a (bird) mummy found in storage (at Cornell) reveals a probable Ibis:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-ibis-bird-mummy
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/archaeologists-stunned-as-ancient-egyptian-mummy-turns-out-to-be-1-500-year-old-sacrificial-bird-2958600
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10529-220506-egypt-mummy-ibis

… related feature:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/01/world/mummified-bird-cornell-museum-exhibit-scn/index.html

Using satellite technology to track Islamic State’s destruction of sites:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/society/satellite-tracking-isis/

Feature on GPR use in the search for Saarema settlements in Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608586132/ground-penetrating-radar-sheds-light-on-ancient-saaremaa-settlements

… and St George (Bermuda):

https://www.royalgazette.com/education/news/article/20220504/radar-digs-deep-into-st-georges-history/

Feature on radiocarbon dating:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/radiocarbon-dating/?mqsc=E4143831&dk=ZE2250ZF0
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change-related concerns for Jamestown:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61315343
https://wydaily.com/news/2022/05/04/we-are-being-inundated-jamestown-endangered-by-climate-change/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/05/04/jamestown-climate-change-floods-endangered/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10528-220506-virginia-jamestown-flooding

… and the Fortress of Louisbourg:

https://www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/news/archaeologists-race-to-preserve-fortress-of-louisbourg-history-from-climate-change-100725092/

Studying the historical climate of the Estero Derecho Natur Sanctuary (Chile):

https://www.elmostrador.cl/destacado/2022/05/02/investigacion-cientifica-muestra-que-la-alta-cordillera-del-norte-tiende-a-la-aridez-desde-hace-cinco-siglos/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cornwall tunnels:

https://www.thetravel.com/discover-cornwall-fogous-tunnels/

Limes Germanicus:

https://www.thetravel.com/explore-the-limes-germanicus-of-roman-fortier-forts-in-germany/

Milan:

https://www.thetravel.com/see-roman-ruins-in-milan/

Conimbriga:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-the-roman-ruins-of-conmbriga-in-portugal/

Samos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/02/exploring-samos-island-greece/

Historical sites in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-705934

Latvia:

https://www.dw.com/en/exploring-eastern-europe-latvia/g-61582162

Divided Church:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/geteilte-kirche-am-kreuzbichl
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Das Rheingold:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-europe-music-arts-and-opera-a5af1a566faecfb54344a8e6274ed989

An Odyssey production is in the works:

https://www.thewrap.com/ralph-fiennes-juliette-binoche-the-return-english-patient-reunion/

Age of Rage:

https://www.thewrap.com/ralph-fiennes-juliette-binoche-the-return-english-patient-reunion/

Review of Lynn Garafola, *La Nijinska*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/books/review/la-nijinska-lynn-garafola.html

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CRIME BEAT
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More on the British national facing (apparently) the death penalty in Iraq for smuggling some potsherds:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-tourist-accused-of-smuggling-artifacts-in-iraq-faces-death-penalty-1234627261/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/british-man-found-ancient-shards-iraq-84493513
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-man-found-with-ancient-shards-could-be-tried-in-iraq/2022/05/04/837155a0-cbba-11ec-b7ee-74f09d827ca6_story.html

… and his family accuses Iraq of politicizing the case:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2022/05/05/family-of-british-man-detained-in-iraq-say-iran-militias-politicising-smuggling-case/

… and the Foreign Office of not helping:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/05/family-of-man-at-risk-of-execution-in-iraq-say-foreign-office-is-not-helping
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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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Items associated with Chief Poundmaker were returned to his family:

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2022/05/04/these-items-have-life-chief-poundmakers-leadership-staff-returned-to-family.html

A stolen Nostradamus manuscript was returned to a library in Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/05/stolen-nostradamus-manuscript-is-returned-to-library-in-rome?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

An Argentine museum is returning human remains of the Wichi people:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2022-05-03/el-largo-regreso-de-tres-indigenas-guardados-como-trofeo-en-un-museo-argentino.html

More on Libya seeking return of temple remains from Windsor Castle:

https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/queen-threatened-libyan-lawsuit-stolen-23783768
https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2022/05/06/the-lawyer-on-a-mission-to-return-libyas-stolen-roman-heritage/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today (actually is available already since i’m late):

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n19.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Konrad Kinzl:

https://www.cac-scec.ca/2022/05/obituary-professor-emeritus-konrad-kinzl/

Abdulamir Al-Hamdani:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/04/abdulamir-al-hamdani-obituary-archaeologist-iraq-culture-minister

Irving Rosenthal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/03/books/irving-rosenthal-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3173-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-24th-2022-through-april-30th-2022
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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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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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Study suggests Neanderthals could handle various climate conditions:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-neanderthals-north-reveal-tolerance-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220426101653.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950838
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/neanderthals-of-the-north/143452
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/neanderthals-of-north.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10512-220428-germany-neanderthal-climate

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379122001500

A 40 000 years bp Neanderthal tooth find from Belgium:

https://www.thebulletin.be/discovery-neanderthal-tooth-belgium-excites-european-researchers

Feature on a 350 000 years bp hand axe found in a Bishop’s Stortford garden years ago:

https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/whats-on/get-a-handle-on-dating-humans-stortford-presence-thanks-to-9251514/

More on the suggestion that homo floresiensis might still be around:

https://www.livescience.com/homo-floresiensis-hobbit-survives
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Nubian/Kush site at Tombos (Sudan):

https://theconversation.com/archaeological-site-along-the-nile-opens-a-window-on-the-nubian-civilization-that-flourished-in-ancient-sudan-174575

Feature on the Mesolithic/Neolithic site of Shaqadud (Sudan):

https://english.radio.cz/czech-institute-archaelogy-hopes-discover-hidden-worlds-remote-area-sudan-8748733

Review of Bonnie Effros, *Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2295

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the ongoing restoration of the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/465332/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Renovating-the-Ben-Ezra-Synagogue.aspx

Egypt restored the Mausoleum of Sultan Qansuh Abu Said:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/465330/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypt-restores-Mausoleum-of-Sultan-Qansuh-Abu-Said.aspx

Feature on queens of Ptolemaic Egypt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/465333/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Queens-of-Ptolemaic-Egypt.aspx

More on the smells of Egyptian tombs:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-04-20/pescado-fruta-y-cera-de-abeja-asi-huele-una-tumba-noble-del-antiguo-egipto.html

Review of a couple of books relating to Nefertiti:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-04-30/la-arqueologa-accidental-que-oyo-caminar-a-nefertiti.html

Feature on the ‘recipes’ for ancient Egypt makeup:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/recipes-of-ancient-egyptian-makeup-more-diverse-than-previously-thought/143411

Feature on the Kom El Shoqafa catacombs in Alexandria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/kom-el-shoqafa-catacombs-the-theatre-of-the-dead/143464

Feature on a project to revive Jewish heritage sites in Egypt:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/.premium.MAGAZINE-yiddish-in-cairo-egyptians-rescue-centuries-of-jewish-life-from-garbage-dumps-1.10752999

Marking the 66th anniversary of Egypt’s Antiquities Registration Center:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115272/66-years-passed-since-establishing-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Antiquities-Registration-Center

Digging has resumed at the 9000 years bp Tepe Ahranjan site in northwestern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472236/Archaeologists-probe-9-000-year-old-hill-in-northwestern-Iran

“Hundreds” of inscription and relief fragments (various dates, probably) from Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472050/Hundreds-of-engraved-stones-discovered-in-Persepolis
https://ifpnews.com/stone-discovered-persepolis/

Feature on Enheduanna:

https://www.aramcoworld.com/Home/Articles/Was-Enheduanna-the-World-s-First-Author

Remains of a 1900 years bp ‘undeground city’ from Midyat (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-reveal-huge-underground-city-in-turkeys-mardin
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704928
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-underground-city-southern-turkey-discovered-1234626509/

An overviewish piece on the past month’s finds from Turkey:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/april-2022-turkish-archaeology

Feature on a 5000 years bp jar burial (including a child) on display at the Amasya Museum:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-baby-burial-draws-interest-at-museum-173292

A 4500 years bp head of a statue of Anat (maybe) from the Gaza Strip:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-ancient-goddess-sculpture-farmer-gaza.html
https://www.livescience.com/canaanite-goddess-statue-gaza
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-61228553
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gaza-farmer-canaanite-goddess-statue-b2066765.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-says-stone-statuette-dating-back-over-4500-years-found-in-gaza/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705170
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/28/4500-year-old-sculpture-of-ancient-goddess-unearthed-in-gaza-strip/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/hamas-government-discovers-4500-years-old-canaanite-statue/2022/04/25/
https://www.palestinechronicle.com/canaanite-sculpture-dating-back-to-2500-bc-discovered-in-gaza/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2071161/offbeat
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-10751653/Ancient-goddess-sculpture-farmer-Gaza-Strip.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gaza-canaanite-goddess-statue-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/farmer-finds-4500-year-old-statuette-gaza/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/gaza-strip-farmer-sculpture-ancient-goddess-war-canaanite-rcna26259
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/canaanite-sculpture-of-goddess-anat.html

An investigation into the destruction of antiquities in Gaza:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/04/25/investigation-into-destruction-of-gazas-antiquities-glosses-over-real-archaeological-crimes/

Analysis of some ceramics from 11th/12th century Jerusalem suggests they were a form of hand grenade:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-ancient-grenades-explosive-weapons-medieval.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/was-monty-pythons-holy-hand-grenade-of-antioch-fact-crusader-era-explosive-found/
https://boingboing.net/2022/04/27/hand-grenades-from-1000-years-ago-found-in-jerusalem.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-think-they-ve-found-ancient-1-000-year-old-hand-grenades
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/ancient-hand-grenades-explosive-weapons.html

cf: http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/medieval-hand-grenade-10745.html

An analysis of Dead Sea sediment is revealing climate phase periods:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220427100454.htm
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-705318

Feature on residents of Mi’ilya excavating the Crusader remains beneath their homes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/30/world/middleeast/miilya-israel-archaeology-crusaders-byzantine.html

More coverage of the Mt Ebal ‘curse tablet’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/mt_ebal_inscription/
https://baptistnews.com/article/is-a-new-archaeological-find-from-mount-ebal-a-game-changer-or-not/

Latest claims of Palestinian destruction of Temple Mount antiquities:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/29/palestinians-mark-ramadan-by-destroying-temple-mount-antiquities/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 2500 years bp Phoenician necropolis from Osuna (Spain):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/26/unprecedented-phoenician-necropolis-osuna-spain
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/spain-osuna-necropolis-archaeology-1234626786/
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2022/0428/1294793-phoenician-necropolis-found-in-southern-spain/

Remains of a Temple of Zeus Kasios revealed at Pelusium:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-egypt-ancient-temple-zeus-unearthed.html
https://www.livescience.com/zeus-temple-ancient-egypt
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/465230/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-uncovers-remains-of-Zeus-Caseous-Temple-in-N.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115274/Ruins-of-ancient-temple-for-Zeus-Cassius-discovered-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s
https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/04/27/egyptian-archaeological-team-unearths-zeus-cassius-temple-remains/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-remains-of-zeus-cassius-temple-unearthed-in-north-sinai-archaeological-area/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-zeus-egypt-tourism-mostafa-waziri-b2065079.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egypt-ruins-of-ancient-temple-for-zeus-unearthed-in-sinai/2022/04/25/2e75b7b2-c4b7-11ec-8cff-33b059f4c1b7_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-travel-middle-east-africa-lifestyle-793e1f095439dbf19fa32181d19ba647
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705259
https://www.dailysabah.com/world/africa/ruins-of-ancient-zeus-temple-unearthed-in-egypts-sinai
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2070401/art-culture
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/26/egyptian-archaeologists-unearthed-the-ruins-of-a-temple-for-the-ancient-greek-god-zeus/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/26/temple-ancient-greek-god-zeus-unearthed-egypt/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/04/28/news/world/zeus-temple-uncovered-in-egypts-sinai-peninsula/
https://www.newsweek.com/egypt-finds-temple-dedicated-zeus-king-gods-1701475
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1182973/ruins-of-ancient-temple-for-zeus-unearthed-in-sinai/
https://wamu.org/story/22/04/25/ruins-of-an-ancient-temple-for-zeus-were-unearthed-in-egypt/
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/25/1094730176/ruins-of-an-ancient-temple-for-zeus-were-unearthed-in-egypt
https://www.wpr.org/ruins-ancient-temple-zeus-were-unearthed-egypt
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/egypt-ruins-of-ancient-temple-for-zeus-unearthed-in-sinai/3661878/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/zeus-worshipped-egypt-29042022/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/ancient-temple-dedicated-to-zeus-uncovered-in-northern-sinai/143418
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/ruins-of-ancient-temple-dedicated-to.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-temple-egypt-greek-god-zeus-180979989/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10508-220427-egypt-zeus-temple

In case you missed the Roman pottery workshop find from Alexandria:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705447

Assorted Roman finds from Bishop’s Stortford:

https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/fascinating-finds-reveal-bishops-stortfords-past-as-a-roma-9251991/
https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/roman-skeletons-weapons-discovered-during-7004357

A 2000 years bp Romano-British burial site from the Fens:

https://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/stunning-archaeological-finds-in-whittlesey-8916500

Remains of an 1800 years bp sewer system in Mastaura:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sewer-system-found-in-ancient-city-of-mastaura-173192

A major 4th century hoard of coins from Switzerland (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.livescience.com/pot-of-roman-coins-switzerland
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10516-220429-switzerland-roman-coins

A 2nd century BC shipwreck off Cannes has been damaged and looted since it was found back in 2017:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220428-outrage-as-2-200-year-old-shipwreck-looted-off-french-riviera
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/shipwreck-fort-royal-1-looted-damaged-france/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1687177/2200-year-old-shipwreck-pillaged-off-france

Excavations have resumed in the theater area of Kastabla:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-resume-in-kastabala-173269

Overviewish thing on recent finds from Epidaurus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/24/epidaurus-asclepion-archaeological-dig-uncovers-layers-of-ancient-greek-history/

Some recently-found Diana figurines are going on display in Izmir for the first time:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/diana-figurines-on-display-for-the-first-time-173326

Pondering the abandonment of Hadrianapolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/26/why-was-the-ancient-greek-city-of-hadrianopolis-abandoned/

The site of Nemea is getting EU Heritage status:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1183240/ancient-nemea-to-receive-eu-heritage-label/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/eu-cultural-heritage-label-awarded-at-the-archeological-site-of-nemea/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47061-ancient-nemea-in-peloponnese-of-greece-to-receive-eu-heritage-label.html

Calls for a removal of a busy road to allow more of Colchester’s Roman Circus to be excavated:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/20092058.colchester-roman-circus-calls-made-remove-busy-road/

More on the ‘Roman mercenary’ burial from Wales:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-705072

More on Pompeii’s robot dog:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/pompeii-robot-dog-26042022/

More on evidence of a financial crisis of sorts in the Late Roman Republic:

https://the-past.com/news/analysis-of-roman-coinage-sheds-light-on-financial-crisis/

More on those now-restored Roman busts from Stoke Mandeville:

https://the-past.com/news/new-details-of-stoke-mandevilles-roman-busts/

Feature on Robert Littman:

https://www.archaeological.org/member-spotlight-robert-littman/

Feature on osteoarchaeologist Efthymia Nikita’s work with prehistoric burials:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-the-trailblazing-archaeologist-uncovering-the-stories-of-prehistoric-skeletons-1.10682859

Kyle Harper os a Carnegie Fellow:

https://www.ou.edu/web/news_events/articles/news_2022/ou-professor-named-andrew-carnegie-fellow

A US prof (Stephen Kershner) also likes the Taylor Swift approach to Latin learning:

https://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2022/04/25/apsu-professor-says-give-taylor-swift-a-try-if-your-struggling-with-latin/

Brock’s Classics department has a new name:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2022/04/new-name-for-one-of-brocks-oldest-departments/

Feature on the annual Homerathon at UTA:

https://www.theshorthorn.com/news/students-faculty-share-why-they-meet-annually-to-recite-the-odyssey/article_f0268dee-c261-11ec-a696-774d5675c243.html

Review of Simon Forder, *The Romans in Scotland*:

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/culture/books/an-academic-read-covering-the-romans-in-scotland/

Review of Barry Strauss, *The War that Made the Roman Empire*:

https://fredericksburg.com/entertainment/book-review-author-delves-into-battle-that-built-roman-empire/article_5ab4b90e-6f78-5ca4-8514-82842d16b84c.html

Feature on the Battle of the Aegates shipwrecks:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220426-battle-of-the-aegates-the-shipwrecks-rewriting-roman-history

Feature on efforts to preserve underground Greco-Roman remains (including mosaics) at Durres:

https://balkaninsight.com/2022/04/27/operation-mosaic-quest-to-preserve-priceless-art-of-underground-durres/

Feature on Egyptian scarabs found in pre-Roman Italy:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/scarabs-pre-roman-italy

Feature on Alexander’s plans to conquer Arabia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/01/alexander-the-great-arabia/

Feature on Nero:

https://www.livescience.com/40277-emperor-nero-facts.html

see also: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct38s7

Feature on those decapitated Roman-era burials from Suffolk found a couple years ago:

https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-skeleton-with-head-placed-at-feet-is-an-ancient-puzzle-we-ve-seen-before
https://metro.co.uk/2022/04/25/archeological-mystery-of-decapitated-skeleton-leaves-experts-baffled-16528348/

Feature on Hadrian’s Villa:

https://mymodernmet.com/hadrians-villa/

Feature on the restoration of the theatre at Laodicea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/28/ancient-greek-amphitheater-laodicea/

Feature on camels in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/29/what-happened-camels-greece/

Feature on spintriae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/roman-spintriae/143391

Feature on ancient Greek mathematics:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/cafe-y-teoremas/2022-04-18/las-matematicas-como-se-pensaban-en-la-grecia-antigua.html

Feature on daily life in ancient Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/25/everyday-life-in-ancient-athens/

Feature on Greek fire:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/25/greek-fire/

Feature on the Macedonian Sarissa:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/27/macedonian-sarissa/

Feature on cities founded by Alexander:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/30/egypt-india-alexander-the-great/

Feature on the Lamia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/27/lamia-the-man-devouring-goddess-of-greek-mythology/

Australia again has voiced its support for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/28/australian-arts-minister-reaffirms-support-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47035-greek-culture-minister-confirms-australian-support-for-return-of-elgin-marbles.html

… while Stephen Fry presented a proposal relating to the sculptures:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1183244/stephen-fry-presents-parthenon-sculptures-proposal/

Not sure what this ‘interactive investigation’ into some coins of Alexander the Great is about:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-d4a6df1b-995d-4d0d-a562-43bd47b86afb

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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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Neolithic/Bronze Age burials from a cave in Spain:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists-in-murcia-find-hundreds-of-prehistoric-human-remains-in-a-cave_1767135-a.html

‘Stone Age’ ‘friendship ornaments’ (at least that’s the theory) from Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-friendship-ornaments-stone-age.html
https://www.newswise.com/articles/friendship-ornaments-from-the-stone-age
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10766925/Stone-Age-BFFs-Hunter-gatherers-gave-friendship-pendants-6-000-years-ago.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/purposeful-fragmentation-of-ornaments-during-the-stone-age/143415
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/friendship-ornaments-from-stone-age.html

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-022-09556-8

A study of what hunter-gatherers were up to before Stonehenge went up:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-stonehenge-monuments-hunter-gatherers-habitats.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220427140650.htm
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-ancient-hunting-ground
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/before-stonehenge-whispers-of-sanctity-from-9-000-years-ago-1.10763576
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/life-before-stonehenge-hunterers-27042022/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/new-study-reveals-landscape-4000-years-before-stonehenge-construction/143460
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/study-reveals-stonehenge-landscape.html

cf: https://phys.org/news/2022-04-remote-ireland-survived-millennium-environmental.html

A study of Bronze Age daggers from Britain and Ireland suggests they were functional and not status symbols:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-bronze-age-daggers.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/951244
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220429144946.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pragatto-daggers-10760.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/research-overturns-the-function-of-bronze-age-daggers/143472

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-09983-3

GPR has detected another possible (deep) Viking boat burial in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-boat-burial-found-norway
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10743181/Viking-ship-discovered-30ft-underground-Norway-using-RADAR.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10513-220428-norway-boat-burial

An isotopic study of human remains from Cramond:

https://the-past.com/news/unraveling-medieval-lives-with-isotopic-analysis/

Remains of English Civil War defences found at King’s Lynn:

https://the-past.com/news/english-civil-war-defences-unearthed-in-kings-lynn/

A study of the plight of Jewish slaves in Renaissance Europe:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/grisly-discovery-reveals-plight-of-jewish-slaves-in-renaissance-europe-1.10742651

Overviewish on recent research into Greasley Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-61241466
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/exciting-new-discoveries-made-forgotten-6993373

Restoration of Leicester Cathedral has revaled an awful lot of burials:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-61232074

Interesting study of human remains found in a Zejtun back in the 1960s:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/116435/carbon_dating_unravels_mystery_zejtun_secret_skeleton_trove#.Ym6UsvMXZhF

A study of 1000 years of responses to environmental change on the Antrim Plateau:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-remote-ireland-survived-millennium-environmental.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220427140645.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/remote-ireland-community-survived.html

cf: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-61081173

More on Magdalenian ‘firelight animation’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-art-by-firelight-2103829
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/prehistoric-people-created-art-by.html

cf: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/prehistoric-people-created-art-by.html

More on that 1500 years bp sandal/shoe from a Norwegian alpine pass:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-year-old-resembling-roman-sandal-norwegian.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-sandal-mountain-norway
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/archaeologists-found-a-1500-year-old-sandal-frozen-in-norwegian-ice/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-ice-in-norway-reveals-1700-year-old-sandal-180979972/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10506-220426-norway-glacier-sandal

More on the pre-Viking medieval diets in Britain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950285
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-61178452
https://www.livescience.com/anglo-saxons-were-largely-vegetarian/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/anglo-saxon-kings-were-treated-to-huge.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10473-220425-anglo-saxon-feast

More on the medieval transport vessel found during construction in Estonia:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-cargo-ship-estonia
https://news.err.ee/1608568228/paper-biggest-shipwreck-of-its-kind-unearthed-at-tallinn-construction-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10476-220426-estonia-tallinn-shipwreck

More on that study of parasitic infections in Britain from the Bronze Age to the 19th century:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950215
https://www.livescience.com/parasites-found-in-early-uk
https://www.sciencealert.com/study-reveals-british-history-s-most-worm-infested-people-and-it-s-not-who-d-imagine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10472-220425-britain-parasitic-worms

More on the 14th century burials from Haverfordwest:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-61215697
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/many-more-skeletons-expected-unearthed-23828035
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10507-220426-wales-medieval-friary

Windfarm concerns for Doggerland:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/britains-atlantis-doggerland-archaeology-wind-farm-b2060899.html

Maritime paintings in the Hull Maritime Museum have been conserved:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-61081173

Review of Antonia Fraser, *The Case of the Married Woman*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/29/books/review/antonia-fraser-case-married-woman.html

Feature suggesting there may have been women rulers in Bronze Age Spain:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c37hr3/did-women-rule-during-the-bronze-age-

Feature on Neolithic structures in the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606/1

Feature on what can be viewed during Lichfield Cathedral library tours:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/2022/04/29/lichfield-cathedral-library-tours-provide-insight-into-13th-century-space/

Feature on the Alhambra and its water supply:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220428-the-spanish-city-where-water-defies-gravity

Feature on the virtual reconstruction of the Celtic gate in Staffelberg:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63961

Feature on the Picts:

https://www.livescience.com/who-were-picts-scotland

Feature on making cave art as an ‘all ages activity’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-hand-art-children

Feature on Cattedown Man, found in Devon over a century ago:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/history/skulls-bones-unearthed-secret-devon-7011538
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/skulls-bones-uncovered-secret-plymouth-7013042

Feature on Canary Island mummies:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/meet-the-mummies-youve-never-heard-of

Feature on Armenia’s culinary history:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/armenian-food-history-manuscripts

A metal detectorist suggests PAS delays are putting heritage at risk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-61237192
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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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A Sui/Tang Dynasty porcelain kiln site from Shanxi:

https://english.news.cn/20220421/7fe7b85d3d1540159b970b01629f1e1d/c.html

China is seeking international cooperation in archaeology:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/25/WS6265f856a310fd2b29e590dd.html

Feature on 14 000 years bp pottery made by hunter-gatherers in Japan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/among-the-earliest-in-world-pottery-by-hunter-gatherers-in-japan-1.10768997

A large 8th/9th century (?) statue find from Angkor Wat:

https://www.news24.com/News24/archaeologists-at-angkor-wat-find-large-buried-statue-20170731

I think we mentioned this earliest documented Aurora mention from a Chinese text:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-description-candidate-aurora/

A cluster of Megalithic-era burials from Kollegal:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/megalithic-burial-cluster-excavated-near-kollegal/article65360062.ece

Three burial grounds dating to 1500 BCE at Biligri Ranganathaswamy Temple Hills:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2022/apr/30/three-cemeteries-of-1500-bc-found-at-biligiri-ranganathaswamy-temple-hills-mysore-2448140.html

A 2800 years bp burial from the ‘cave of Pandavas’ in Karnataka:

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-2800-year-old-burial-site-discovered-at-cave-of-pandavas-in-karnataka-2948844

Carbon dating suggests Asurgarh is Odisha’s oldest fortified settlemetn:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/carbon-dating-finds-asurgarh-is-odishas-oldest-fortified-settlement/article65351205.ece

A trio of 12th century hero stones from Annur:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/apr/25/three-12th-century-hero-stones-discovered-at-annur-in-kovai-2446253.html

More on Lapita pottery and the colonization of the Pacific Islands:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/pacific-islands-migration-new-discovery-png/
https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/lapita-pottery-sheds-light-on-pacific-migration/13856358
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/discovery-sheds-light-on-why-pacific.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10474-220425-lapita-pacific-migration

More on the online Encyclopedia of Indian Art:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/map-academy-india-art-encyclopedia/index.html

Plans to preserve monuments in Mes-e-Aynak:

https://thekabultimes.gov.af/plan-made-to-preserve-artefacts-in-mes-e-aynak/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the ‘buried village’ of Te Wairoa:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/the-buried-village-of-te-wairoa/143401
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NORTH AMERICA
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The 19 cannons found in the Savannah River probably sand in 1779, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-revolutionary-cannons-river-sunk.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/30/us/cannons-american-revolution-savannah.html
https://www.oregonlive.com/history/2022/04/19-cannons-from-american-revolution-found-in-river-dredging.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/29/1095643209/savannah-river-british-cannons-1779-discovery
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/revolutionary-find-19-cannons-in-river-likely-sunk-in-1779/2022/04/28/1565a94c-c73e-11ec-8cff-33b059f4c1b7_story.html

Feature on the ongoing dig at the Westover Plantation site:

https://richmond.com/news/local/digging-for-long-hidden-history-at-a-former-plantation-in-charles-city-county/article_726b7c32-7e23-5030-9cb8-71700f18db83.html

Some rethinking about Ohio’s ‘oldest house’:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/2022/04/27/archaeology-new-research-casts-doubt-ohios-oldest-house/7450904001/

More on the latest study (UWyoming) challenging ideas of the peopling of the Americas:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/study-challenges-theories-of-earlier.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Overviewish thing on excavations at the Atitlan site, in a volcanic crater in Guatemala:

https://www.newsweek.com/lost-maya-city-volcano-crater-lake-atitlan-archaeologists-1701774

A ‘crime scene’ from a cave in Mexico City turned out to be a tzompantli skull rack site dating to ca 900 CE:

https://www.gob.mx/cultura/prensa/teorizan-que-existio-un-tzompantli-en-la-cueva-de-comalapa-en-chiapas?idiom=es
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/27/mexico-skulls-guatemala-boder
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-skulls-not-crime-scene-human-sacrifice-ad-900/
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/04/27/mexico-crime-scene-skulls-turn-out-to-be-from-a-d-900/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/04/28/mexico-police-150-skulls-cave/9570622002/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/evidence-of-a-tzompantli-skull-rack-in-comalapa-cave/143455
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10515-220429-mexico-comalapa-cave

Concerns for artifacts at a hotel development site on Trinidad and Tobago:

https://newsday.co.tt/2022/04/25/augustine-on-marriott-project-artefacts-coast-must-be-protected/

Ongoing concerns for sites along the route of the Maya Train:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/04/29/mexicos-maya-train-carries-catastrophic-archaeological-and-environmental-risks-activists-warn

… and the latest finds:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/04/ancient-vessel-found-on-construction-site-of-the-maya-train-section-3-near-oxkintok/

Feature on the La Quemada site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/la-quemada-the-mysterious-mesoamerican-complex/143441

Feature on Inca child sacrifice:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/inca-ayahuasca-human-sacrifice/
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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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Not sure where to put this one … a recently discovered scroll of the Book of Esther in Iran has been proven to be fake:

https://factcheck.afp.com/doc.afp.com.328L9B2

Latest installment of ‘tourists behaving badly’ (in Rome … with a drone):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/25/tourist-crashes-drone-into-rome-monument-piazza-venezia

Latest ship recreation is the Sutton Hoo vessel:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/meet-the-sutton-hoo-archaeologist-building-replica-ghost-ship-to-sail-through-centre-of-york-3673766

How to paint like Rembrandt:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/portrait-painting-frank-slater/

Some rethinking of the ‘noble savage’ idea:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/noble-savage-myth/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1651204717

Challenging the idea of ‘primitive communism’:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-idea-of-primitive-communism-is-as-seductive-as-it-is-wrong

Feature on the history of the pawpaw fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220425-the-revival-of-a-forgotten-american-fruit

Feature on a 400 years bp pear tree in Massachusetts:

https://www.wshu.org/podcast/off-the-path-from-new-york-to-boston/2022-04-27/herb-lore-the-400-year-old-fruit-tree-that-keeps-giving

A 72 year-old woman plans to walk Marco Polo’s route from Venice to China:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/26/72-year-old-woman-to-walk-marco-polos-path-from-venice-to-beijing

Marking Ulysses Grant’s 200th:

https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-04-27/on-ulysses-grants-birthday-a-new-development-for-grants-cottage-in-saratoga-county

Charlotte Mullins on her *Little History of Art*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-many-histories-of-art-not-all-equally-well-known-1.4845285

Review of Lucasta Miller, *Keats: A Brief Life*:

http://x.e.knopfdoubleday.com/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=023bace6de57f057aab8e65a1c14568bc0c3ba3d07e19d4de32d7f799d460715
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On Harvard’s plans to atone for its past links to slavery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/26/us/harvard-slavery-redress-fund.html

More on Russia’s destruction of Ukraine’s cultural heritage:

https://www.rferl.org/a/cultural-destruction-ukraine/31821373.html

… and we’re reading of looting of museums:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/04/30/ukraine-russia-art-mariupol/
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3472812-more-than-2000-exhibits-taken-from-mariupol-museums-by-russian-forces-city-council/
https://www.axios.com/russia-loots-museums-ancient-gold-artefacts-ukraine-9e1820c2-8daf-49bc-8c3f-bd8d3cc010fb.html

Feature on a Yeshiva that once was in Mariupol:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-705106
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On the origins of the Patagonian sheepdog:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-patagonian-sheepdogs-closest-ancestor-sheepdog.html

cf: https://phys.org/news/2022-04-patagonian-sheepdogs-closest-ancestor-sheepdog.html

On Central Asia’s role in the spread of the domesticated chicken:

https://eurasianet.org/ancient-central-asia-key-to-domesticated-chicken-spread-study

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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A study of the spread of the Uralic languages:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/dramatic-events-in-demographics-led-to.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Erotic Art of Pompeii:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-erotic-art-so-popular-in-ancient-pompeii-180979988/

Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472018/U-S-exhibit-offers-visitors-time-travel-to-Achaemenid-capital

Open Horizons (ancient Greek):

https://greekherald.com.au/community/ancient-greek-statues-speak-migration-multiculturalism-melbourne-museum/

Ancient Greeks:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7715474/vase-captures-fiery-moment-of-love-and-death/

Incunabula:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-04-19/el-viaje-entre-algodones-del-primer-libro-impreso-en-espana.html

Bernini:

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2022/04/29/bernini-and-the-roman-baroque-open-until-may-8th-at-the-mfa-st–pete

World of Stonehenge:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-61122130

Blue Period Picasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/28/arts/design/picasso-blue-period-phillips-washington.html

Feature on museums’ efforts at restitution of looted art:

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/arts/design/victoria-reed-museum-of-fine-arts-stolen-artwork.amp.html

China has opened two major museums:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/xian-china-opens-two-major-083700330.html

… and an archaeological museum in Shaanxi:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/29/WS626b25fda310fd2b29e5a052.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-04-29/NW-China-s-Shaanxi-Archaeology-Museum-opens-19Cu5ZY4QVy/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/29/content_78193774.htm

A mysterious donor has given a major collection to the Bruce Museum:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/bruce-museum-receives-unprecedented-gift-edward-hoppers-last-painting-1234626144/

Lebanon has opened a Phoenician museum:

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2022/04/23/lebanon-opens-phoenician-museum-after-joining-council-of-europe039s-cultural-routes

The Leeds Art Gallery has acquired a Grimshaw work:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-61122130

Museums are trying to not be some white-male-centric in their exhibitions:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/arts/design/museums-white-male-artists.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Roman bust of Antoninus Pius is coming to auction:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/20094722.roman-bust-set-go-sale-reeman-dansie-colchester/

The Everlov Viking hoard came to auction and was removed at the last minute:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63957
https://norwaytoday.info/news/swedish-viking-hoard-to-go-on-display-in-museums-instead-of-being-sold-to-private-buyers/

More on Charlotte Bronte’s ‘mini book’:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/apr/25/charlotte-brontes-125m-little-book-of-10-poems-returns-home
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/25/arts/design/charlotte-bronte-book-of-rhymes.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63933

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of genetic drift in Maniq hunter-gatherers in Thailand:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/extreme-genetic-drift-in-maniq-hunter.html

A study of the genetic origins of people in the Tibetan-Yi corridor:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/genomic-study-reveals-complex-origins.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest dendrochronology project is working on oak trees from north west Europe:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/ancient-oak-trees-to-shed-light-on.html

Terahertz imaging revealed a hidden inscription on a 16th century lead funerary cross:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-terahertz-imaging-reveals-hidden-inscription.html
https://scitechdaily.com/hidden-inscription-on-early-modern-funerary-cross-revealed-by-terahertz-imaging/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/terahertz-imaging-reveals-hidden-inscription-on-16th-century-funerary-cross/

Latest CT scan is of a mummified bird at Cornell University:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/01/world/mummified-bird-cornell-museum-exhibit-scn/index.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cyrene:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/25/cyrene-the-impressive-ancient-greek-city-of-libya-video/

Delphi:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/28/delphi-top-3-attractions-2/

Stratonikeia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/city-of-gladiators-turkeys-stratonikeia-revives-after-restoration

Ostia:

https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/travel/9964-when-in-rome-go-to-ostia-antica-rome-s-ancient-port

Cappadocia:

https://www.dw.com/en/cappadocia-journey-to-a-fairy-tale-world/g-61572841

Alexandria:

https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/alexandria-egypt-guide/

Caesarea:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-caesarea-a-location-in-israel-full-of-history/

Jerash:

https://www.thetravel.com/jerash-ruins-how-far-was-ancient-romes-reach/

Trier:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-trier-the-oldest-city-in-germany/

Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2022/04/hadrians-wall-follow-in-the-footsteps-of-romans-in-northumberland
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Lady Sapiens:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/29/prehistoric-women-were-hunters-and-artists-not-just-mothers-book-reveals
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CRIME BEAT
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Police recovered an 1800 years bp marble bathtub from smugglers at Aphrodisias:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/25/marble-bathtub-aphrodisias/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/25/ancient-marble-bathtub-from-greek-city-of-aphrodisias-seized/

A British geologist is facing the death penalty in Iraq for taking some potsherds:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-61274804
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/30/jim-fitton-family-of-british-geologist-facing-death-penalty-in-iraq-urge-uk-to-intervene
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-geologist-death-penalty-iraq-b2068207.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10763907/British-geologist-66-faces-DEATH-PENALTY-Iraq-smuggling-historical-artefacts.html
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-british-german-tourists-detained-accused-smuggling-antiquities

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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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Dartmouth College has returned the 18th century papers of Samson Occom to the Mohegan people:

https://www.ctpublic.org/news/2022-04-27/in-repatriation-ceremony-dartmouth-returns-historic-occom-papers-to-the-mohegan-tribe
https://amp.norwichbulletin.com/amp/9541817002
https://www.theday.com/article/20220427/NWS01/220429547
https://www.concordmonitor.com/Dartmouth-College-to-return-Samson-Occom-papers-to-tribe-45814940

… background:

https://www.wcax.com/2022/04/05/dartmouth-college-return-samson-occom-papers-tribe/
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-mohegan-papers-return-darmouth-20220404-4zp5bxyq5rdyfm6h56cyfh4vgm-story.html
https://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2022/04/dartmouth-to-return-samson-occoms-possessions-to-mohegan-tribe

An 18th century gold box stolen from Waddesdon Manor 19 years ago has been recovered:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63940

More on ‘India Jones’ and his efforts to repatriate looted antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/india-jones-on-a-mission-to-recover-looted-treasures-ckx80qz2m

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on identifying ancient Roman coins:

https://coinweek.com/education/identifying-ancient-roman-coins-an-ocre-tool/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n18.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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C.H. Roberts:

https://brentnongbri.com/2022/04/27/c-h-roberts-at-blackwells/

Emily Batinski:

https://laclassical.wordpress.com/2022/04/28/the-passing-of-emily-batinski/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3172-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-17th-2022-through-april-23th-2022
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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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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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An ‘open air’ (as opposed to in a cave) Neanderthal site in Alicante:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704707
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/an-open-air-neanderthal-habitat-more.html

Pondering what links Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/what-did-neanderthals-evolve-from

Pondering whether homo floresiensis might still exist:

https://www.the-scientist.com/magazine-issue/opinion-another-species-of-hominin-may-still-be-alive-69869

More on the ‘population hub’ 45 000 years bp from Africa:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/eurasia-migration-ancient-humans/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has started a project to restore the 1200 years bp Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115059/Restoration-works-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ben-Ezra-Synagogue-launches
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-begins-restoration-of-ben-ezra-synagogue/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220421-egypt-oldest-synagogue-in-mideast-undergoes-restoration/
https://www.siasat.com/egypt-begins-restoration-of-oldest-synagogue-in-middle-east-2313803/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2066296/middle-east

Feature on Fayyoum mummy portraits:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/04/19/in-photos-fayyoum-mummy-portraits/

A project trying to figure out what an Egyptian tomb smelled like:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-04-20/fish-fruit-and-beeswax-what-an-ancient-egyptian-tomb-smells-like.html

Zahi Hawass continues his series on Cleopatra:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/464924.aspx

Artifacts from Kultepe that have been in storage are going on display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/artifacts-found-in-turkeys-kultepe-site-to-be-exhibited-in-museums

Feature on the social context of writing at Ugarit:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/social-context-writing-ugarit

OpEddish on Iraq’s ‘archaeological renaissance’:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2068101/middle-east

A 1500 years bp fork find from a dig at Korazim:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/girl-finds-rare-ancient-fork-at-1500-year-old-dig-site-near-sea-of-galilee/

A study of the rat skeletons found on the 7th/8th century CE Ma’agan Mikhael B shipwreck:

https://news.yahoo.com/dead-rats-found-ancient-shipwreck-114752071.html

More on the find of a (probably) medieval altar at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://hyperallergic.com/726448/ancient-altar-of-holy-sepulchre-church-found-graffitied-over-for-years/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/ancient_altar/
https://aleteia.org/2022/04/19/medieval-altar-from-crusades-discovered-in-holy-sepulchre/

Feature on the origins of the use of stone dishes in Jewish homes:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/stone-kitchenware-in-jewish-homes-it-began-in-the-second-temple-1.10752857

OpEd on Palestinian history and archaeology in Israel:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/326211

Feature on assorted heritage sites in Qatar:

https://www.euronews.com/video/2022/04/20/qatar-s-history-a-rich-past-of-heritage-and-archaeology

Climate change concerns for some sites in Bahrain:

https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1049863/Climate-change-%E2%80%98major-threat-to-heritage-sites%E2%80%99
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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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In case you missed the Roman-era pottery workshop find in Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/pottery-workshop-discovered-ancient-egypt
https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Ancient_Roman_pottery_workshop_discovered_in_Egypt-2105375

I think we mentioned these mosaics found during water work on Hvar Island in Croatia:

https://hyperallergic.com/725267/roman-mosaics-hidden-under-croatian-streets/

A Romano-British burial ground from Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/stunning-archaeological-finds-in-whittlesey-8916500

They’ve found the lower section of the statue of Athena found at Castro a couple weeks ago (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodipuglia.it/lecce/castro_ritrovamento_blocco_inferiore_dea_statua_atena_lecce-6639619.html
https://www.lecceprima.it/attualita/scavi-archeologici-castro-ipotesi-prime-opere-pietra-leccese.html

Possible remains of a Roman sewage system (?) from Mastaura:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sewer-system-found-in-ancient-city-of-mastaura-173192

A Constantine-era coin hoard from Switzerland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/rare-coin-hoard-from-constantines-reign.html

Excavation/study of the oldest (3000 years bp?) foundry in Padua is under way, 20 years after its discovery:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63902

The theatre at Herculaneum is open to the public:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63915

I think we mentioned the concerns for the Silchester Roman site related to a proposed solar farm project:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10728077/Important-Roman-village-Silchester-threat-solar-farm-plans.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/18/roman-town-feared-risk-giant-solar-farm-twice-size-vatican-city/

… but happily the plans were rejected:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10740189/Campaigners-celebrate-plans-build-solar-farm-Roman-village-Silchester-REJECTED.html

An update on the restoration progress at the Roman theater in Ankara:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-theater-comes-to-life-173092

Overviewish of the research done on the Lower Western Gymnasion of Pergamon:

https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/research-at-the-so-called-lower-western-gymnasion/

Some statuary from the Temple of Athena in Phocaea are going on display in Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/horse-griffon-busts-from-ancient-phocaea-to-go-on-display-in-izmir/news

More on that burial of a ‘mercenary’ and other Roman-era burials from Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-mercenary-sword-burial-uk
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10469-220420-wales-roman-burials

More on coin evidence for a late Republic ‘financial crisis’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-roman-coins-financial-crisis-b2059961.html
https://hickoryrecord.com/news/world/archeologists-discover-ancient-roman-economic-crisis-from-their-coin-s-composition/video_b43dda48-3f16-5bae-9332-49e55cd5dd36.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/analysis-of-roman-coins-uncover-an-ancient-financial-crisis
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/study-sheds-light-on-roman-financial-crisis/143364

More on the German report of items looted from Samos during WWII:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/travel-germany-looted-250-antiquities-from-samos-before-wwi-report-4994647.html

More on the Hellenistic cremation burial found in Istanbul:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63873

More on the Theodoric-associated mosaic from Montorio:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/04/13/theodoric-the-great-villa-mosaic-found-near-verona_f092783e-10af-4d05-92c0-6392fdf676a8.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/roman-mosaic-found-in-villa-complex/143359
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10464-220415-italy-theodoric-mosaic

More on 3d recreations of some Pompeiian villas:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/04/behold-3d-recreations-of-pompeiis-lavish-homes.html

Feature on UMass’s dig at Poggio Civitate:

https://dailycollegian.com/2022/04/umass-classics-chair-leads-archaeology-project-in-italy/

Interview with Elizabeth Robinson about her work (and book) on Larinum:

https://news.udallas.edu/2022-04-19-Q-A-Dr-Elizabeth-Robinsons-New-Book-on-the-Urban-Transformation-of-the-Ancient-Town-of-Larinum

Interview with Stephen Kershner about Taylor Swift and Latin learning:

https://clarksvillenow.com/local/struggling-with-latin-apsu-professor-says-give-taylor-swift-a-try/

Feature on Jack Mitchell’s epic translation of Star Wars:

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/dalhousie-university-professor-publishes-an-epic-poem-on-star-wars-100720628/

Review of Edmund Richardson, *The Kings Shadow*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2022/0419/Explorer-deserter-spy-The-man-who-discovered-the-lost-city-of-Alexandria

Marking Rome’s 2775th birthday:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/happy-birthday-rome-eternal-city-celebrates-2775-years-today.html

… and Hadrian’s Wall’s 1900th:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/gallery/hadrians-wall-1900-short-guide-23741439

There was a marathon reading of the Odyssey in Chicago last week:

https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/homers-homecoming-13-hour-marathon-reading-of-the-odyssey-reminds-chicago-that-the-past-is-prologue/

Feature on modern interpretations of Medusa:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/modern-medusas-rethinking-monsters-silence-and-cinema/

Feature on what we can learn from Tacitus about writing history:

https://lithub.com/how-to-write-history-while-its-happening-lessons-from-tacitus/

Feature on Roman spintriae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/roman-spintriae/143391

There was a meeting at the Delphi Economic Forum conducted in Latin and Ancient Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/17/international-delphi-meetup-in-ancient-greek-and-latin/

Feature on menorah graffiti at Ephesus’ Celsus Library:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704514

Feature on some Roman innovations that still influence us today:

https://www.dw.com/en/roman-inventions-that-influence-our-lives-today/a-61499759

Feature on the so-called ‘Nazareth inscription’:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/greek-inscriptions-jesus/

Feature on the ancient Greeks and math:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-04-19/how-the-ancient-greeks-thought-about-math.html

Feature on the Persians and Greek democracy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/19/persians-greek-democracy/

Feature on a Phoenician sanctuary in a Spanish castle:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-04-18/the-mystery-of-the-phoenician-goddess-in-a-medieval-spanish-castle.html

Feature on the legacy of the Jewish Wars:

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/04/the-2000-year-legacy-of-the-jewish-wars/

Feature on swimming in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/23/ancient-greeks-swimming-beach/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/18/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on the site of Troy:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Archaeological_Site_of_Troy___most_significant_evidence_of_first_contact_between_civilizations_of_Anatolia_and_Mediterranean_world-2103413

Feature on four ‘mysteries’ about ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/19/ancient-greek-mysteries/

On the etymology of Hellas:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/the-etymology-of-hellas/

Interesting feature on a 19th century photo of folks on the roof of the DAI in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/22/rare-photo-of-1895-athens-roof-terrace-brought-to-light/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-42122?s=r
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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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Study suggests some Magdalenian-era folk were making ‘intricate artwork’ by firelight (some spin it as early animation):

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-prehistoric-people-art-firelight-reveals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420151543.htm
https://www.livescience.com/prehistoric-carvings-animated-by-fire
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704825
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/yorkshire-academics-make-fascinating-discovery-about-collection-of-engraved-stones-dating-back-15000-years-3661965
https://www.sciencealert.com/these-ancient-stone-etchings-viewed-by-firelight-could-be-an-early-form-of-animation
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/montastruc-plaquettes-10735.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-cave-art-appears-designed-so-shifting-firelight-made-engravings-moving-pictures/
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/europe/prehistoric-art-fire-light-moving-images-scn/index.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2316642-stone-age-europeans-may-have-gathered-to-watch-animations-by-the-fire/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/stone-age-people-may-have-gathered-at-night-to-watch-animated-fireside-art/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/prehistoric-art-magdalenian-fire-22042022/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/prehistoric-people-created-art-by-firelight/143367
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-artists-may-have-used-firelight-to-animate-carvings-180979943/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10470-220421-plaquette-firelight-art

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0266146

Study suggests Britons have been dealing with worms and parasites since the Bronze Age:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220421141542.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10739669/Britons-suffered-WORMS-Bronze-Age.html

Early report of non-specified finds from the North York Moors National Park:

https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/20068646.archaeological-dig-uncovers-new-finds-north-york-moors-national-park/

Another study suggests that pre-Viking medieval diets in Britain were largely vegetable-based:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-anglo-saxon-kings-veggie-peasants-huge.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/21/anglo-saxon-royalty-generally-vegetarian-not-meat-guzzlers/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/peasants-held-large-barbecues-for-anglo-saxon-royalty/143372

Vikings were trading walrus ivory as far as Kyiv, according to a DNA study of walrus snouts:

https://www.science.org/content/article/vikings-shipped-walrus-ivory-greenland-kyiv-ancient-skulls-show

A Hanseatic League trading vessel emerged during construction work in Tallinn, Estonia:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704809
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63895

A number of burials possibly associated with a 14th century friary of St Saviors in Haverfordwest:

https://www.thenational.wales/news/20085818.archaeologists-find-bodies-dig-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/
https://aleteia.org/2022/04/23/after-bodies-discovered-welsh-town-searches-for-14th-century-friary/
https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/20083146.dat-archaeological-services-looking-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/20088521.dat-archaeological-services-look-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/

A dog found a hoard of medieval bracteate coins from Lower Silesia in Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63907
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/bracteate-treasure-hoard-found-near-walbrzych/143376
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/howl-about-that-dog-digs-up-polands-largest-treasure-haul-of-the-last-100-years-29811

A Highland history project is uncovering details of 16th century clan warfare:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cgrkj476l08o

A bone analysis study of 19th century ‘working mothers’ in the Netherlands:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413141601.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10467-220419-netherlands-breastfeeding-mothers

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0265821

A truffle dog dug up a 19th century hoard of gold coins near Blackpool:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/950/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/950/pub/950/page/49/article/294098

More on the Viking boat-burial find (by GPR) near Oyesletta in Norway:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10743181/Viking-ship-discovered-30ft-underground-Norway-using-RADAR.html
https://metro.co.uk/2022/04/22/ancient-viking-burial-ship-found-hidden-underneath-a-planned-new-road-16516329/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-use-a-radars-technique-to-detect-buried-boat-graves-of-the-viking-era/

More on why Vikings left Greenland:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/vikings-greenland-abandon-18042022/

More on that Iron Age leather sandal found in melting ice in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-sandal-mountain-norway
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63888

More on the 14th century sarcophagus found at Notre Dame and plans to open it:

https://www.nbc.com/nbc-nightly-news/video/14th-century-sarcophagus-found-during-notre-dame-renovation/914437609
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/mysterious-sarcophagus-found-after-notre-dame-fire-about-to-be-opened/
https://boingboing.net/2022/04/18/human-shaped-lead-sarcophagus-found-under-the-floor-of-notre-dame-cathedral-to-be-opened-cue-heavy-metal-music.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-other-stories-april-19-2101280

Assorted finds from various periods from around Liege airport are on display:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/art-culture/219169/archaeological-finds-around-liege-airport-now-on-display

Funding for conservation projects across Galway:

https://www.galwaydaily.com/news/conservation-funding-for-archaeological-monuments-across-galway/

Funding for archaeological heritage projects in Offaly:

https://www.offalyexpress.ie/news/local-news/793607/archaeological-heritage-projects-in-offaly-receive-big-funding-boost.html

Funding to conserve monuments in County Donegal:

https://www.donegaldaily.com/2022/04/20/funding-to-conserve-donegals-archaeological-monuments-announced/

In search of London’s oldest graffiti:

https://londonist.com/london/history/in-search-of-london-s-oldest-graffiti

Feature on studies just getting underway on remains of a Viking town store in a basement back in the 1950s:

https://sciencenorway.no/archeology-medieval-history-viking-age/a-lost-viking-town-discovered-in-the-1950s-is-stored-away-in-this-basement/2012212

A 30-year dispute over a fresco by Piero della Francesca continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/17/italian-fresco-3000-graves-piero-della-francesca-monterchi-court

They’ve opened a coffee shop in the crypt of St Martin’s in the Field Church:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cafe-in-the-crypt
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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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A Sui Dynasty porcelain kiln site from Shanxi:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0421/c90000-10087212.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/22/content_78180359.htm

Qin and Han Dynasty finds from the highest elevation site (a cave) in China/Tibet:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1260154.shtml

Feature on evidence of alcoholic beverage production in China:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-04-22/detail-ihaxrxye1100893.shtml
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/22/WS62620965a310fd2b29e58970.html

Feature on prehistoric archaeology in Tibet:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2204194591/

Plans for ‘archaeology with Chinese characteristics’ by 2035:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-04/22/content_78181255.htm

A pair of 1400 years bp sculptures from excavations near a temple in Bhubneswar:

https://pragativadi.com/sculptures-dating-back-to-1400-years-found-in-bhubaneswar/

64 different examples of dice from various periods from Vadnagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/millennium-old-dice-found-in-vadnagar/articleshow/90923145.cms

Sangam-era artifacts from a dig near Vembakottai (Tamil Nadu):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/variety-of-artifacts-found-in-vembakottai/articleshow/90990583.cms

Hyping upcoming digs in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/archaeology-research-poised-to-unravel-new-findings-udayachandran/article65330158.ece

More on giant jars from Assam:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/archaeologists-find-dozens-of-giant-stone-jars-on-indian-hillsides/

Lapita pottery from Papua New Guinea is shedding light on the colonization of the Pacific islands:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-discovery-pacific-islands-colonised.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220422114740.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/23/new-clues-shed-light-on-pivotal-moment-in-the-great-pacific-migration
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01735-w
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/pacific-islands-migration-new-discovery-png/

Feature (and associated controversy) on Gandharan art:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2352892/the-case-for-gandharan-replicas

Feature on Indus Civilization:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2354034/the-indus-valley-riddle

Feature on the Mongol Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/the-mongol-empire/

Folks might be interested in the online Encyclopedia of Indian Art:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61147097

cf: https://mapacademy.io/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Excavation of remains of a 19th century wooden bridge in Picton (NZ):

https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/128342638/archaeologists-dig-up-part-of-historic-wooden-bridge-in-picton
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10468-220420-new-zealand-bridge

Another feature on Maddy McAllister’s underwater archaeology research:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/maddy-mcallister-shipwreck-mermaid-marine-archaeology-batavia/13838260
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 18th century tavern site from King William County:

https://www.dailypress.com/tidewater-review/va-tr-kw-dig-0420-20220418-nd7iqjmnqbcjvbd2uxekfjy5h4-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10466-220419-virginia-brick-tavern

A dig is under way at the Sioux City Railroad Museum:

https://siouxlandnews.com/news/local/archaeological-dig-taking-place-at-sioux-city-railroad-museum

A dig is under way on the route for a proposed Mobile Bay bridge:

https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/publicrelations/pressreleases/042122bridge.html
https://spotonalabama.com/al-politics/831723/big-dig-south-alabama-archaeologists.html

Another study questioning theories of the peopling of North America:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2022/04/uw-led-study-challenges-theories-of-earlier-human-arrival-in-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420170453.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950319
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704850
https://www.wyomingnewsnow.tv/2022/04/21/uw-led-study-challenges-theories-earlier-human-arrival-americas/

Funding for Fort Ticonderoga:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/04/fort-ticonderoga-receives-500000-in-federal-funding-opens-may-7-for-2022-season.html

Feature on 19th century New York poorhouses:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/19th-century-care-for-poor-was-filthy-17087953.php

Feature on the ‘ambush site’ at Nunalleq (Alaska):

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/04/deadly-historic-ambush-preserved-in-alaskan-permafrost

Feature on dating some dugout canoes found ages ago in Maine:

https://www.ledgertranscript.com/Franklin-Pierce-canoe-research-46007396

Feature on Connecticut’s abandoned Talisman copper mine:

https://i95rock.com/a-fascinating-look-inside-cts-18th-century-tallman-copper-mine/

Feature on a dig at a pre-Revolutionary War home site in Berks:

https://www.readingeagle.com/2022/04/18/archaeological-group-digging-up-past-lives-at-pre-revolutionary-war-home-in-berks-video/

Review of Joan DeJean, *Mutinous Women*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/19/books/review/mutinous-women-joan-dejean.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on the possible earliest evidence of a Maya calendar from the Las Pinturas pyramid in Guatemala:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/maya-calendar-hieroglyph-date-oldest-evidence
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/fragments-from-oldest-known-maya-calendar-identified-in-the-las-pinturas-complex/143349
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-mayan-calendar-found-inside-guatemalan-pyramid-180979933/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10463-220415-guatemala-maya-calendar

More on the tsunami and earthquake that hit Chile 3800 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-earthquake-found-chile
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature/hype on Henry VIII’s Black trunpeter:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/apr/20/story-of-henry-viiis-black-trumpeter-to-be-told-at-walker-art-gallery-in-liverpool?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Feature on King John and the Magna Carta:

https://www.livescience.com/king-john-of-england

Feature on how algal blooms may have affected various ancient cities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/algal-blooms-may-have-threatened-these-ancient-cities

Feature on the Pedro and Ines myth from Portugal:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220419-ins-de-castro-the-macabre-tale-of-the-skeleton-queen

Feature on the origins of the idea of ‘the sword in the stone’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c1ymsq/the-truth-behind-the-legend-of-the-sword-in-the-stone-

Feature on what various ancient sites used to look like:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/04/what-great-archaeological-sites-used-to-actually-look-like.html

Feature on Casonova and how he has been portrayed:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/apr/20/ultimate-sleazeball-tortured-romantic-casanova-truth-serial-seducer-lothario-heath-ledger-sienna-miller

Feature on Cervantes:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/miguel-de-cervantes-great-european-lives/

A 19th century glider has been restored to be put on display:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63861

Not sure where to put this one questioning the authenticity of a recently-discovered scroll of Esther:

https://factcheck.afp.com/doc.afp.com.328L9B2

Much excitement over the find of a 17th century Dutch painting in an Australian storage room:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dutch-artwork-storeroom-australia-intl-scli/index.html

Feature on Gauguin:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/yuki-kihara-paradise-camp-snap/index.html

Feature on ten artifacts of dubious origin:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/10-famous-artefacts-ethically-dubious-origin

… and ten ownership disputes:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/10-famous-ownership-disputes-over-cultural-artifacts

Feature on the popularity of beards in Victorian times:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2022/apr/22/are-you-a-beard-guy-tim-dowling-on-the-trend-that-will-never-end

Feature on the ‘Just William’ books (now 100 years old):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/books/review/richmal-crompton-just-william.html

Something about Jeffrey Epstein and a rare cello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/business/jeffrey-epstein-william-derosa.html

Feature on Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/16/obituaries/jacqueline-shohet-kahanoff-overlooked.html

Suggestion that Shakespeare may have stolen the plot of Cymbeline:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/apr/24/new-evidence-shakespeare-stole-plot-of-cymbeline-

Interesting items a the Antiquarian Book Fair:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/20/arts/antiquarian-book-fair-new-york.html

Pondering the notion of ‘primitive communism’:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-idea-of-primitive-communism-is-as-seductive-as-it-is-wrong

On whether the Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually falling over:

https://www.livescience.com/33379-leaning-tower-pisa-fall-over.html

The Shroud of Turin is back in the news, first with a challenge to the British Museum to duplicate it/prove it’s fake:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/1-million-to-british-museum-to-duplicate-jesus-shroud-of-turin-since-it-calls-it-forgery/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prove-turin-shroud-is-fake-and-ill-pay-1m-expert-tells-british-museum-wtq03lcfr

… and application of a new dating technique (which I’ve never heard of):

https://www.ncregister.com/interview/new-scientific-technique-dates-shroud-of-turin-to-around-the-time-of-christ-s-death-and-resurrection
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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More features on threats to Ukrainian cultural heritage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/24/crimes-against-history-mapping-the-destruction-of-ukraines-culture
https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/ukraine-wartime-mission-save-art-1234674696/
https://epthinktank.eu/2022/04/22/russias-war-on-ukraines-cultural-heritage/

Saving Ukrainian documents from destruction:

https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2022/04/04/minnesota-archivist-saves-ukrainian-documents

On Gaia and Earth Day:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/22/the-greek-goddess-gaia-and-her-connection-to-earth-day/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying how corn was domesticated:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420151354.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950290
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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Review of three picture books about language:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/books/review/a-is-for-bee-an-alphabet-book-in-translation-ellen-heck-gibberish-young-vo-luli-and-the-langage-of-tea-andrea-wang-hyewon-yum.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on women philosophers:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-are-women-philosophers-often-erased-from-collective-memory
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Erotic art of Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/17/pompeii-sex-scenes-hint-what-happened-erotic-art-ancient
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/exhibition-erotic-art-pompeii-images-2103132
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/04/22/rumpy-pompeii-sex-lives-of-the-wild-and-ancient-erupt-in-new-exhibition

Pompeii in Color:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-wall-painting-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world-vesuvius-fourth-style-omphale-hercules-dido-dionysus-11650054768

Witnessing War:

https://www.npr.org/2022/04/15/1092657374/art-bearing-witness-to-the-agonies-of-war

cf: https://www.clarkart.edu/microsites/as-they-saw-it/

Persia:

https://dailybruin.com/2022/04/19/getty-villa-exhibition-explores-persias-cultural-power-in-ancient-world

High Tech Romans:

https://www.dw.com/en/roman-inventions-that-influence-our-lives-today/a-61499759

cf: https://landesmuseum-mainz.de/de/ausstellungen/high-tech-roemer/

Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7706621/ancient-greece-comes-to-vic-in-new-exhibit/
https://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/7706621/ancient-greece-comes-to-vic-in-new-exhibit/

Horse in Athens:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1182364/exhibition-celebrating-horses-in-ancient-athens-drawing-to-a-close/

Nabataean artifacts:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/cincinnati-art-museum-host-%E2%80%98significant-collection%E2%80%99-nabataean-material

The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum (China’s first) has officially opened:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/19/WS625e65dca310fd2b29e57df8.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259518.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-04-18/China-s-first-archaeological-museum-to-open-to-the-public-19kVhfkb90k/index.html

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru:

https://perureports.com/over-3000-years-of-ancient-peruvian-civilization-is-on-display-in-paris-this-summer/9364/

More on the opening of the Archaeological Museum of Chania:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1182396/new-archaeological-museum-maps-history-of-western-crete/

Ten major artifacts arrived at Egypt’s Greco-Roman Museum this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114974/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Greco-Roman-Museum-receives-10-huge-artifacts
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/04/17/greco-roman-museum-receives-10-huge-artefacts-in-preparation-for-its-opening/

An Alaskan Museum closed and a Native Heritage Center benefited:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/19/arts/design/alaska-heritage-center-gift.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A ‘tiny book’ created by Charlotte Bronte fetched a large price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-charlotte-bronte-manuscript-sells-for-one-million-180979955/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61178869

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new method for visualizing ancient small artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-ways-visualizing-ancient-small-combining.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What leaves preserved deep in Greenland ice reveal about climate change:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-leaves-preserved-under-mile-190707994.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Historic downtowns:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/six-towns-worth-visiting-for-their-historic-downtowns-11649956471

Volubilis:

https://www.thetravel.com/volubilis-why-the-marks-of-ancient-rome-in-morocco-are-worth-seeing/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Odyssey:

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/theatre/national-theatre-homer-the-odyssey-london-b995268.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Duke:

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2022/0420/The-Duke-unfurls-startling-real-life-Goya-heist
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CRIME BEAT
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An Egyptian businessman has been sentenced to jail for his role in trafficking illicit antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1233/465024/Egypt/Courts–Law/Egyptian-businessman,-former-MP-sentenced-to-priso.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/115142/Cairo-Criminal-Court-convicts-Alaa-Hassanein-Hassan-Rateb-in-Massive
https://www.egyptindependent.com/businessman-hassan-rateb-sentenced-to-5-years-rigorous-imprisonment-over-archaeological-excavations/

… and a former member of parliament too:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egypt-sends-former-mp-to-prison-for-antiquities-smuggling/2022/04/21/6cb2fb62-c173-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Egypt-sends-former-MP-to-prison-for-antiquities-17116306.php
https://www.middle-east-online.com/en/egypt-jails-former-mp-antiquities-smuggling

Antiquities thieves looted a Roman-era tomb in Nablus:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/antiquities-thieves-raid-roman-tomb-nablus

Sculptures were solden from a World Heritage site in Myanmar:

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/rare-sculptures-stolen-from-world-heritage-site-in-myanmar.html

Feature on how looted artifacts affect our understanding of history:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-looted-artifacts-impede-our-understanding-of-history-1.6424631
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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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51 glazed bricks were returned to Iran from a Swiss vault after a major legal battle:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-iran-recover-stolen-antiquities.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220419-iran-fights-to-recover-stolen-antiquities
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-fights-to-recover-stolen-antiquities-173111

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/04/19/cultural-restitution-artefacts-returned-to-iran-after-legal-battle

Spain is still arguing with a US museum over a Pissaro:

https://apnews.com/article/us-supreme-court-travel-arts-and-entertainment-california-lifestyle-47f91ed8744026ddbdeb31773d317c37

… I don’t think it’s the same Pissaro as this one (which will be going to auction):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/arts/design/pissarro-nazis-auction.html

Latest call for the British Museum to return the Mold Gold Cape:

https://www.thenational.wales/news/20075559.call-british-museum-return-mold-gold-cape/
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/20075943.calsl-molds-gold-cape-return-north-east-wales/

Libya wants the Queen to return some columns from Leptis Magna that are currently at the Windsor estate:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/libya-ruins-queen-estate-windsor-elgin-marbles-b995875.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/22/queens-estate-faces-legal-battle-libyan-elgin-marbles/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/923/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/923/pub/923/page/22/article/285380
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/04/23/queen-elizabeth-ii-estate-facing-legal-action-over-libyan-elgin-marbles/

The US returned 16 items to Peru:

https://thepublicsradio.org/article/paintings-stone-axes-repatriated-to-peru-in-la-ceremony
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/paintings-stone-axes-repatriated-to-peru-in-la-ceremony/2022/04/22/1a237f9e-c276-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article260677472.html

Feature on the folks in India tracking down stolen antiquities:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-04-19/these-art-sleuths-are-taking-on-traffickers-in-a-10-billion-black-market
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-offbeat/these-art-sleuths-are-taking-on-traffickers-in-a-10-billion-global-black-market-1101950.html
https://www.news18.com/news/world/bringing-the-gods-back-home-chennai-man-fights-traffickers-running-a-billion-dollar-business-5011039.html

Latest Nazi loot heirs case:

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2022/04/21/la-mesa-mans-kin-can-pursue-claim-on-priceless-painting-stolen-by-nazis/

More on Glasgow museums returning Benin Bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/726081/glasgow-museums-will-repatriate-17-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins depicting the family of Constantine:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-family-of-constantine-the-great/

Feature on the Hapsburg Spanish 8 Real:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/the-evolution-of-the-design-of-the-hapsburg-spanish-8-real/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n17.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Viktor Zaibert:

https://astanatimes.com/2022/04/viktor-zaibert-prominent-scholar-of-earliest-domestication-of-horse-passes-away-at-75/

Stuart Mitchell:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/obituary-stuart-mitchell-classicist-defended-112649353.html

Peter Swales:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/science/peter-swales-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3171-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-10th-2022-through-april-16th-2022
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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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Explorator 24.52 ~ April 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, Adrienne Mayor,Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).

In addition to all the major religious festivals going on (Happy ____) , today marks the close of our 25th year of compiling Explorator! A big thanks to all my correspondents now and over the years (a couple have been around sincthe beginning!) and to all our readers (i.e. you)!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 120 000 years bp Neanderthal camp site from Spain’s Alicante province (last summer):

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/04/15/archaeologists-uncover-120000-year-old-neanderthal-camp-site-in-spains-alicante-area/

On the importance of archery to the survival of early humans:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/16/how-archery-was-vital-to-the-survival-of-early-humans

Using climate modelling to determine the environments in which various early human species lived:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-early-human-habitats-linked-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413131147.htm
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-04-14/human-evolution-climate-change-migration-homo-sapiens-africa/100984382
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-human-evolution-habitat-migration
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-climate-altered-human-evolution-study
https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-massive-hidden-factor-in-the-evolution-of-humans-over-2-million-years
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/early-human-habitats-linked-to-past.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/14/early-human-habitats-linked-to-past-climate-shifts/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-climate-change-affect-ancient-humans-180979908/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10462-220413-climate-human-evolution

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00975-x
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01050-1

Feature on 8 early human species:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/other-human-species/

More on the 45 000 years bp ‘population hub’ from Africa accounting for Asian populations in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-population-hub-africa-east-asian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/948948
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10456-220412-europe-asia-migration
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Nubian site of Tombos (Sudan):

https://theconversation.com/archaeological-site-along-the-nile-opens-a-window-on-the-nubian-civilization-that-flourished-in-ancient-sudan-174575
https://phys.org/news/2022-04-archaeological-site-nile-reveals-nubian.html
https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Archaeological-site-along-the-Nile-opens-a-window-17074928.php
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Archaeological-site-along-the-Nile-opens-a-window-17074928.php

A study of food residues in Nok culture (Nigeria) pottery shows a diet rich in plants:

https://theconversation.com/chemical-traces-in-ancient-west-african-pots-show-a-diet-rich-in-plants-177579
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco-Roman era pottery workshop and storage facility from Alexandria:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/464431/Antiquities/GrecoRoman/GraecoRoman-pottery-workshop,-storage-facility-une.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114799/Roman-era-pottery-manufacturing-workshop-discovered-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Alexandria
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-roman-era-pottery-making-workshop-uncovered-in-alexandria/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/12/ancient-greek-workshop-alexandria/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/20220412/16e9f66103ab43688ba693d72117ed4d/c.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/amphora-workshop-uncovered-in-tabba-matouh/143327
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/amphora-workshop-uncovered-in-tabba-matouh/

More on the reerection of an obelisk associated with Hatshepsut at Karnat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114711/Hatshepsut-Obelisk-restored-re-erected-successfully-in-Karnak-Temples
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-restores-erects-obelisk-of-queen-hatshepsut-at-karnak/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/04/11/egypt-restores-re-erects-obelisk-of-queen-hatshepsut-at-karnak/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/04/10/ancient-obelisk-re-erected-in-original-location-at-luxors-karnak-temple/

Egypt relocated the Mashhad al-Tabataba, the only remaining monument from the Ikhshidid era:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/egypt-saves-only-remaining-monument-ikhshidid-era

Feature on the first known prosthetic device (from Egypt):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114744/1st-prosthetic-limb-known-to-mankind-was-made-in-ancient

Feature on the mummy of Herakleides at the Getty:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63819

More on the 4000 years bp ‘bitumen boat’ remains from near Uruk:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/mesopotamian_boat/?mqsc=E4143288&dk=ZE2140ZF0
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-sumerian-riverboat-in-iraq/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10458-220412-iraq-uruk-boat

A survey suggests Iran’s Islamic Feyzabad site has archaeological potential:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/471545/Qazvin-s-Feyzabad-holds-historical-values-archaeologist

Climate-change-related concerns for monuments in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/15/iraq-ancient-buildings-destroyed-by-climate-change-salt-sandstorms

Feature on the Banu Musa brothers:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/banu-musa-the-9th-century-muslim-inventors-who-revolutionised-automation-56360

Excerpt from Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, *Persians: The Age of the Great Kings*:

https://lithub.com/on-the-wests-demonization-of-ancient-persia/

… and a review:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/persians-iran-history-book-review-mighty-and-misunderstood-11650033881

Feature on the concept of music in Mesopotamia:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/music-ancient-mesopotamia

Finds from Kultepe (period?) are going on display:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/artifacts-unearthed-from-turkiyes-kultepe-to-go-on-display/2564484

The medieval (probably) altar of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was ‘rediscovered’ this week:

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/church-holy-sepulchres-ancient-altar-rediscovered-researchers-say-2022-04-13/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704039
https://www.timesofisrael.com/researchers-rediscover-original-medieval-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/14/graffiti-covered-stone-slab-might-mark-lost-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulcher/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/jerusalem-ancient-altar-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/church-holy-sepulchres-ancient-altar-rediscovered-researchers-say-rcna24347
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/researches-rediscover-ancient-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre

… and an interview with Jodi Magness on the archaeology going on there:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-does-archaeology-say-about-the-location-of-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/

A Byzantine mosaic is the latest item from Israel found by a ‘family out for a hike’:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/11/family-out-for-a-hike-stumbles-across-byzantine-era-mosaic/

Feature on the nature of Jerusalem archaeology:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jerusalem-archaeology-modernizes-but-runs-into-ancient-problems/

Palestinians apparently vandalized Joseph’s Tomb:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-vandalize-west-bank-shrine-drawing-israeli-condemnations/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-703723

… and it was ‘secretly’ repaired:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/13/josephs-tomb-repaired-in-covert-dawn-mission/

… related opEd:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703796
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-joseph-s-tomb-an-ongoing-israeli-palestinian-flashpoint-1.10734530

Meanwhile, once again Israeli settlers ‘invaded’ Sebastia:

https://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonizers-soldiers-invade-sebastia-2/

… and Israeli bombings threaten archaeological sites in Gaza:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/forensic-architecture-israel-destroy-palestinian-archaeological-site-2099642

253 sites were identified in Asir and Hail:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2061141/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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Bronze Age and Roman finds from a dig in the North York Moors:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bronze-age-and-roman-discoveries-at-archaeological-dig-at-prehistoric-farming-village-in-the-north-york-moors-3651600

A Roman sarcophagus (2nd century?) from Teramo (Italian):

https://www.rivieraoggi.it/2022/04/13/350977/sarcofago-di-epoca-romana-rinvenuto-e-recuperato-in-provincia-di-teramo/

Time Team was digging at the Roman villa near Banbury:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/why-the-romans-built-a-huge-villa-near-banbury-time-teams-dig-reveals-valuable-evidence-and-artists-impressions-show-an-incredibly-beautiful-site-3656562

A hoard of more than 1000 Constantine-era coins from Bebendorf (Switzerland):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63842

A 5th century mosaic find from Theodoric’s palace in Verona:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/04/13/theodoric-the-great-villa-mosaic-found-near-verona_f092783e-10af-4d05-92c0-6392fdf676a8.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63855
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10464-220414-italy-theodoric-mosaic

Road construction damaged a Roman aqueduct in Nis (Serbia):

https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/roman-aqueduct-damaged-in-southern-serbian-city/

A report reveals hundreds of antiquities were looted from Samos during WWII:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1182143/german-research-shows-samos-antiquities-were-looted-before-wwi/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/14/ancient-greek-german-museum/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/13/germany-looted-greek-antiquities-samos/

Restoration of a Byzantine mosaic in Nahariya was recently completed:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703768

1266 Roman coins found in Wiltshire a decade ago are going on display:

https://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/20060324.roman-coins-treasure-found-wiltshire-go-display/

More on the Hellenistic cremation burial from Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig-reveals-hellenistic-cremation-tomb
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/hellenistic-cremation-tomb-found-in-istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig/2559474
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10457-220413-istanbul-hellenistic-tomb

More on the suggested ‘start date’ for the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-start-date-found
https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7d899/another-mystery-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism-may-have-been-solved
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/researchers-home-in-on-possible-day-zero-for-antikythera-mechanism/

… and features on the artifact itself:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/interviews/1182202/antikythera-mechanism-a-crowning-achievement-of-ancient-technology/
https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-photos

More on a study of Roman coins and what they reveal about a late-Republic currency crisis:

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/research_team_sheds
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10452-220411-coins-silver-copper

More on Pompeii’s robot dog:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703968
https://hyperallergic.com/723619/meet-spot-the-robot-underdog-of-pompeii/
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/11/1092162972/boston-dynamics-robot-dogs-pompeii

Feature on Stephen Miller and his work at Nemea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/14/american-archaeologist-devotes-life-to-reviving-ancient-nemean-games/

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.livescience.com/37061-boudicca.html

Feature on a family in Rome reconstructing an ancient Roman warship (Italian):

https://www.archeomedia.net/roma-ostia-antica-una-famiglia-di-maestri-dascia-ricostruisce-unantica-nave-da-guerra-romana/

Feature on obelisks in Rome:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig-reveals-hellenistic-cremation-tomb

Feature on a bowl from Tibet depicting Alexander:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-bowl-from-tibet-shows-alexander-the-great-the-jewish-version-1.10734329

Feature on Circe:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/13/circe-greek-mythology/

Feature on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:

https://www.livescience.com/seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world

Feature on Alexander and Diogenes:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/15/alexander-great-diogenes-philosophy/

Feature on an earthquake that hit Crete in 365 CE:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/10/ancient-earthquake-destroyed-everything-crete/

Feature on Greek sports:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/11/seven-sports-ancient-greeks/

Feature on gambling in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/11/gambling-ancient-greece-dice-games/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/ancient-greeks-and-gambling/

Feature on a manuscript found in 2007 revealing a battle between Goths and Greeks at Thermopylae in 262 CE:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/11/ancient-text-reveals-epic-battle-between-greeks-and-goths-at-thermopylae/

Feature on the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/12/greek-origins-marseille-france-oldest-city/

Feature on celebrating birthdays in ancient Rome:

https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-celebrating-birthdays-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the ‘Pasquino’ statue in Rome:

https://www.publicbooks.org/pasquino-statue-rome-italy-covid/

Feature on the Roman ships of Fiumicino:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63811

Feature comparing Homeric and Biblical ‘nobodies’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2022/04/homeric-and-biblical-nobodies/

The British Museum denied a request to 3d scan the Parthenon sculptures (not sure is this is a new ‘denial’):

https://hyperallergic.com/722684/british-museum-denies-request-to-3d-scan-parthenon-marbles/

… while the new director of the Acropolis Museum is (as expected) calling for their return:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220414-time-to-close-parthenon-marbles-row-acropolis-museum-director
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/acropolis-museum-parthenon-marbles-returned-greece-b994496.html

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-41422?s=r
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 3000 years bp burial from Alava is the earliest known victim of bubonic plague:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-04-11/un-hombre-enterrado-en-la-peninsula-hace-3000-anos-ilumina-el-origen-de-la-peor-pandemia-de-la-historia.html

Neolithic and Bronze Age finds from a farming site near Guisborough:

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/20066371.archaeological-dig-gives-new-insight-prehistoric-farming-near-guisborough/

Bronze and Iron Age hoards from a Shropshire site:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2022/04/13/shropshire-is-home-to-one-of-the-most-important-archaeological-sites-in-western-britain-says-expert/

GPR has located a Viking-age boat burial near Oyesletta in Norway:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/viking-ship-grave-discovered-in-kvinesdal/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/survey-locates-boat-grave-from-viking-age/143321

Pondering an Iron Age (?) sandal found in Norway’s Horse Ice Patch:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-iron-age/why-was-this-flimsy-roman-looking-sandal-buried-beneath-the-snow-in-an-ancient-dangerous-norwegian-mountain-pass/2008637

They’re repeating the news of the discovery of a sarcophagus and other items in Notre Dame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/14/ancient-tombs-statues-notre-dame-cathedral-archaeological-dig
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/04/15/notre-dame-cathedral-archaeological-dig-report/2501650031303/
https://www.wsaz.com/gallery/2022/04/15/photos-ancient-tombs-statues-found-underneath-notre-dame/
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/mystery-sarcophagus-found-under-notre-dame-cathedral-56364
https://www.news24.com/news24/world/news/see-mystery-stone-coffin-believed-to-be-from-the-14th-century-found-in-notre-dame-after-the-fire-20220414
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/16/1093200949/notre-dame-cathedral-artifacts-found

… apparently because of plans to open the sarcophagus:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-mystery-sarcophagus-notre-dame.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220414-mystery-sarcophagus-found-in-notre-dame-to-be-opened
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mystery-lead-sarcophagus-found-below-firedamaged-notredame-to-be-opened/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/a-mysterious-sarcophagus-discovered-beneath-notre-dame-will-soon-be-opened-1234625466/

… and an update on what’s going on with restoration efforts:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/04/14/notre-dame-trois-ans-apres-ce-qui-a-ete-fait-et-ce-qui-reste-a-faire/

18th/19th century finds from a hotel construction site in Nuneaton:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/in-your-area/archaeologists-unearth-incredible-18th-century-23684434

Treasure inquests are under way for some items found in Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/treasure-inquests-opened-norfolk-historic-objects-8896264

More on the height of early European farmer types:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-european-farmers-heights.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220407170927.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/first-european-farmers-heights-did-not.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/14/first-european-farmers-heights-did-not-meet-expectations/

More on the ‘lost’ Ice Age cave from near Brixham being rediscovered:

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/lost-ancient-prehistoric-cave-first-6934385

More on the find of ‘Arthurian-era’ royal burials in the UK:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-royal-graves-dated-to-the-time-of-king-arthur-found-in-great-britain-180979927/

More on Vikings and the reason they left Greenland:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/sorry-vikings-you-didn-t-flee-greenland-because-of-little-ice-age-1.10742336

More on efforts to preserved bricks found in the Mary Rose:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/13/the-race-to-preserve-the-bricks-of-a-tudor-warship/
https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/20060324.roman-coins-treasure-found-wiltshire-go-display/

A project to restore a 1000 year bp water system in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/11/ancient-water-system-restore-spain-sierra-nevada-aoe

Feature on peat bogs in Ireland:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-peat-bogs-of-ireland/

Feature on the Lyons ‘fishbones’ (tunnels):

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lyon-treasure-fishbones-tunnels

Feature on witch hunting in medieval Catalonia:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c04nbt/the-remote-village-with-the-key-to-a-dark-european-chapter

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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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Three Tang Dynasty tombs from Shanxi:

https://english.news.cn/20220411/d6f6e68dfa594a3398c4c3b4f11340ec/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/11/content_78158522.htm

A pair of early Western Han burials from Yancheng:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63830

More on that project to restore some Tang Dynasty armour:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1258922.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2022-04-12/detail-ihaxmtii6873717.shtml
https://english.news.cn/20220412/649ace9ae89b4e5ba9bfb79c319eb0f6/c.html

Feature on the Kayakekudduke Watchtower Site in northwest China:

https://english.news.cn/20220414/227414e3e8944f46b027c5330824e5a9/c.html

Study suggests the Bamboo Annals contain the earliest account of a candidate aurora:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-earliest-candidate-aurora-chinese-annals.html
https://www.iflscience.com/space/worlds-earliest-account-of-auroras-found-in-3000yearold-chinese-documents/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0273117722000229

Chinese scholars are collaborating with their Afghan counterparts to conserve Silk Road relics:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259139.shtml

Cambodia has started restoration of the gate to the Ta Prohm temple:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/20220411/3e0d92631b0d4db88b80af764411680e/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/13/content_78162582.htm

Funding for a study of the people of Angkor:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501057492/318000-study-award-to-university-of-hawaii-anthropologist-to-study-people-of-angkor/

A 900-1200 years bp Buddhist stupa from Nateshwar (Bangladesh):

https://bdnews24.com/science/2022/04/17/another-buddhist-stupa-found-at-munshiganj-archaeological-site

Concerns for a 920 years bp Nandi idol from Nalgonda:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/920-yr-old-nandi-idol-found-in-utter-neglect-in-nalgonda-dist/articleshow/90886553.cms

More on the giant stone jars from Assam:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-stone-jars-india
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/how-ancient-megalithic-jars-connect-assam-with-laos-and-indonesia-7865066/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/india-archeology-stone-jars-assam/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-mysterious-giant-jars-in-india-180979864/

Feature on the Adichanallur excavations:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/thoothukudi/article65309279.ece
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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More on the 50 000 years bp rock shelter site from Pilbarra:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/08/wa-aboriginal-site-near-rio-tinto-mine-more-than-50000-years-old-new-study-reveals
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10454-220411-western-australia-occupation
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NORTH AMERICA
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Digging is under way at the Franklin Grove estate in Tennessee:

https://www.williamsonherald.com/news/local_news/archaeological-digs-begin-at-franklin-grove-site/article_140eae6c-b9ca-11ec-b832-0f7ca7b258d4.html
https://williamsonsource.com/archaeologists-are-conducting-digs-at-future-home-of-franklin-grove/

Overviewish thing on a dig to reveal what remains of Payne’s Crossing:

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2022/04/students-faculty-set-out-uncover-once-thriving-civil-war-era-african-american

Climate change concerns for sites in Palm Beach County:

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/environment/2022-04-16/climate-change-is-affecting-archaeological-sites-in-palm-beach-county

Feature on obsidian use by Lake County indigenous folk:

https://www.lakecountybloom.com/obsidian-use-in-lake-countys-indigenous-cultures/

Feature on Fort Ross:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2022/04/12/fort-ross-russian-jamestown/

More on migrants not coming to North America via an ice-free corridor some 13 000 years bp:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ice-free-corridor-clovis-americas/

More on the identification of the Sparrow Hawk:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/is-this-new-englands-oldest-known-english-shipwreck-sparrow-hawk-180979880/

Plans to ‘resink’ some timbers from historic ships found in Old Town Alexandria a while ago:

https://www.alxnow.com/2022/04/12/historic-ship-re-sinking-to-start-next-month-at-ben-brenman-park/

The National Park Service has added 16 new Underground Railroad sites to its network:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-adds-16-new-sites-to-the-underground-railroad-network-180979904/

Review of Allen Guelzo, *Robert E Lee: A Life*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n07/matthew-karp/his-whiskers-trimmed

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Mural fragments from the Las Pinturas pyramid in San Bartolo, Guatemala reveal the earliest known record of a Maya calendar (300-200 BCE):

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-earliest-evidence-maya-sacred-calendar.html
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-maya-calendar
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-04-14/earliest-record-of-the-maya-calendar-found-in-the-depths-of-guatemalan-pyramid.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/earliest-evidence-maya-calendar-found-guatemalan-pyramid-rcna24402
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/maya-calendar-hieroglyph-date-oldest-evidence
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/the-earliest-mayan-calendar-may-have-been-found-in-2300-year-old-guatemalan-ruins/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704256
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-earliest-maya-calendar-in-guatemalan-pyramid
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63849
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/this-is-the-oldest-known-use-of-the-maya-calendar/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-earliest-example-of-a-maya-calendar-has-been-found-in-fragments-in-guatemala
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/04/fragments-of-ancient-maya-260-day-calendar-found-in-guatemala/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/earliest-record-of-maya-calendar-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10463-220414-guatemala-maya-calendar

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abl9290
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01058-7

1500 years bp (or thereabouts) ritual deposits from feasts at Palenque:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/ritual-deposits-from-ancient-feasts-found-at-palanque/143336

I think we mentioned this surgeon’s burial from Lambayeque:

https://boingboing.net/2022/04/12/ancient-surgeon-found-buried-with-his-scalpels-awls-needles-and-other-tools-of-the-trade.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/ancient-peruvian-was-buried-with-tools-for-cranial-surgery/

A wall collapse at the pre-Inca site of Kuelap has led to its temporary closure:

https://perureports.com/peru-temporarily-closes-pre-incan-archeological-site-kuelap-after-wall-collapse/9318/

More on an earthquake and tsunami affecting Chile’s Atacama desert some 3800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-megathrust-earthquake-tsunami-years-hunter-gathers.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/people-avoided-chiles-coast-for-1000-years-after-ancient-megatsunami/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/a-tsunami-wiped-out-ancient-communities-the-atacama-desert-3800-years-ago/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ferocious-super-quake-we-never-knew-about-sent-humans-into-hiding-for-1-000-years
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/massive-earthquake-and-tsunami-wiped.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10455-220412-chile-atacama-desert

More on Inca sacrifice victims being given ayahuasca:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/inca-children-were-drugged-and-then-sacrificed-on-volcanic-peaks-and-mountains/143318
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01037-y

More on stone spheres from Costa Rica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/archaeologists-excavate-giant-stone-spheres-in-costa-rica/143313

More on not-Machu Picchu:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703855
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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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Study suggests the origin is civilization is tied specifically to the adoption of cereal crops:

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/study_sheds_new
https://phys.org/news/2022-04-civilization.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-new-hypothesis-for-how-human-civilizations-first-got-started
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/study-sheds-new-light-on-origin-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/study-sheds-new-light-on-the-origin-of-civilisation/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10461-220413-cereal-farming-tax

cf: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/718372

Feature on how ancient societies recycled their ‘outdated’ monuments:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/04/statue-repurposing-how-ancient-societies-recycled-old-monuments.html

Not sure where to put this interview with one of the Curators of the Museum of the Bible on the role of archaeology:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703648

Feature on 11 time capsules waiting to be opened:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/time-capsules-waiting-to-be-opened

How the plague affected the sacrament of penance:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703912

Feature on Martha Sharp Joukowsky:

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

Feature on Mary Gartside and her theories about colour:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220401-the-women-who-redefined-colour

Feature on the Ladies of Llangollen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60917657

Feature on Katharine Jowett’s paintings of China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/3172706/british-artist-whose-paintings-chinas-capital

Feature on Picasso’s Blue Period:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-reveals-the-hidden-images-under-picasso-blue-period-paintings-180979875/

Feature on the cult of the Virgin Mary:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/how-the-cult-of-the-virgin-mary-has-evolved-through-history-book-review-miri-rubin/

A study of the role of rats in pandemics is in the works:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/20065002.york-major-rat-research-project/

I think we mentioned this Spanish chapel murals ‘revamp’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/08/spanish-chapel-artist-murals-jesus-cees-sant-cristofol

Ten things about the Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/10-things-about-the-titanic-you-probably-didnt-know/a-61368562

… similar:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/04/15/titanic-anniversary-photos/7330806001/

The fate of a couple of copies of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57683638

I think we mentioned the idea that Spain had the Holy Grail:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220414-does-spain-have-the-holy-grail

Marking the bicentennial of the birth of Donald Grant Mitchell:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dgm200

Latest round of NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-new-grants.html

Review of Lucasta Miller, *Keats*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/books/review/keats-brief-life-lucasta-miller.html

Review of Edna St Vincent Millay’s Diaries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/books/review/rapture-and-melancholy-edna-st-vincent-millay.html

Reviewish of a book and graphic novel about Spain’s ‘philanthrophic vaccine expedition’ in the 19th century:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-04-10/la-real-expedicion-filantropica-de-la-vacuna-un-hito-para-la-medicina-espanola-y-universal.html

More on the return of a couple of Darwin’s notebooks to Cambridge:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/11/two-of-darwins-notebooks-returned-to-cambridge/

More on Shackleton’s ship:

https://the-past.com/news/the-search-for-shackletons-ship/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on the history of Passover charoset:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/food/.premium-jesus-demons-and-flatulence-a-brief-history-of-charoset-1.10727366

Suggestion that ‘Passover’ is a mistranslation:

https://newsletters.theatlantic.com/deep-shtetl/625726dc9277230021b2b821/jewish-passover-translation-2022-history/

Items on the origins of Easter and the Easter bunny (various spins):

https://theconversation.com/sacred-hares-banished-winter-witches-and-pagan-worship-the-roots-of-easter-bunny-traditions-are-ancient-180484
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/04/14/easter-bunny-eggs-symbols/7280512001/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/easter-bunny-ancient-greek-origins/
https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-704295
https://www.npr.org/2015/04/03/397350707/what-you-didn-t-know-about-what-you-already-know-about-easter
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-ancient-origins-of-the-easter-bunny-180979915/

A Russian oligarch’s painting in an exhibition in France was seized:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/arts/design/morozov-collection-russia-sanctions.html

… while Finland feels seized Russian art should be returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/arts/design/finland-russia-art-seizure.html

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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How wild tulips from the Mediterranean made it to northern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-history-introduction-tulipa-sylvestris-sixteenth-century.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Victor Nuovo on defining the Good:

https://www.addisonindependent.com/2022/04/14/victor-nuovo-defining-the-good-itself/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tut centenary:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive-d68s5s8nf
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/revealed-unsung-heroes-excavated-tutankhamuns-tomb/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/945/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/945/pub/945/page/75/article/293081

Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-61042622

Winslow Homer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/07/arts/design/winslow-homer-painter-metropolitan-museum.html

Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/15/ancient-greek-artefacts-take-first-trip-abroad-for-show-in-melbourne
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/greek-god-zeus-and-never-before-seen-artefacts-headed-for-australia/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/16/ancient-greek-artefacts-australia/

Heroes of the Colosseum:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/04/13/archeology-heroes-of-the-colosseum-arrives-in-spain_705aa4cc-4da5-4219-a8dd-1f6ec08df31f.html

Santarelli Marbles:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/04/12/exhibit-showcases-colors-of-ancient-rome-with-marble_7cbd80b9-b3ee-46c3-a558-279e31fab3c0.html
https://www.classicult.it/en/the-colours-of-antiquity-the-santarelli-marbles-at-the-capitoline-museums/

Matisse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/arts/design/matisse-exhibition-philadelphia.html

Pompeii in Color:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-wall-painting-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world-vesuvius-fourth-style-omphale-hercules-dido-dionysus-11650054768
https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/mirror-dimension-pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-painting-at-new-york-universitys-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world/

There’s a new archaeological museum in Chania, featuring fhe Mitsotakis Collection:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1182382/pm-mitsotakis-tours-new-cretan-archaeological-museum-housing-parents-collection/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/museum-in-crete-displays-mitsotakis-family-private-antiquities-collection/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46962-greek-pm-tours-new-cretan-archaeological-museum-housing-parents-collection.html

A WWII museum ship in Buffalo sank:

https://gcaptain.com/historic-wwii-destroyer-uss-the-sullivans-sinks-at-pier/

Egypt really wants to speed up completion of the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/114961/PM-Egypt-keen-on-speeding-up-completion-of-GEM-project

What it’s like being a museum curator:

https://inews.co.uk/news/real-life/working-museum-curator-once-had-to-count-roman-coins-1552307

The Uffizi was Italy’s most-visited museum in 2021:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/uffizi-gallery-the-most-visited-museum-in-2021/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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An overviewish thing on the DNA side of ‘Out of Africa’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/adna-africa-later-stone-age/

What DNA reveals about life in Africa 20 000 years bp:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/adna-africa-later-stone-age/

Feature on how they identified the remains of the Romanovs:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-scientists-identified-the-remains-of-the-romanovs

More on the DNA evidence for the genetic continuation of the Ohlone people in California:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/science/muwekma-ohlone-tribe-california-dna.html
https://www.sfexaminer.com/findings/dna-evidence-shows-ancient-roots-of-californias-unrecognized-indigenous-tribe/

More on Avar origins:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/study-sheds-light-on-the-mystery-of-the-avar-elite-origins/143282
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are based on some medieval bones found 100 years ago near the Poland-Germany border:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C91882%2Cresearchers-recreate-appearance-inhabitants-upper-lusatia-400-years-ago.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/13/%CE%B1ppearance-of-inhabitants-of-upper-lusatia-from-400-years-ago-recreated/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10453-220411-upper-lusatia-burials

Feature on new methods for visualizing small objects and artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-diy-digital-archaeology-methods-visualizing.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220415163803.htm

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hierapolis-Pamukkale:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Hierapolis_Pamukkale__remains_of_ancient_city_recognized_as_UNESCO_World_Heritage_site-2092943

Alabanda:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/alabanda-the-las-vegas-of-ancient-world-172985

Aigai:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/discovery-of-artifacts-ancient-roads-in-aigai-drawing-visitors-172961

My Son Sanctuary (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/discovering-my-son-sanctuary-in-quang-nam/224811.vnp

Florence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/travel/florence-italy-mary-mccarthy.html

Submerged Greek cities:

https://www.travelawaits.com/2747872/ancient-sunken-cities-to-explore-in-greece/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Northman:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/apr/11/the-northman-review-robert-eggers-hamlet-outrageous-violence
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220411-the-northman-review-not-weird-or-violent-enough

On the politics of Classical music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/arts/music/classical-music-nazi-world-war-ii.html

How Beethoven contributed to 50 years of cultural exchange between the US and China:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/09/beethoven-in-beijing-concert-50-years-us-china-cultural-exchange
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Benjamin Franklin:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/04/08/how-yales-benjamin-franklin-project-influenced-latest-ken-burns-doc
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CRIME BEAT
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Mexico seized some items being shipped from the Tijuana Post Office:

https://hypebeast.com/2022/4/mexico-seizes-tijuana-package-pre-hispanic-artifacts

Feature on the illegal art trade:

https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/04/13/art-and-crime-the-dark-side-of-the-antiquities-trade

OpEddish on dealing with idol theft in India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/india-idols-theft-asi-monuments-7868290/
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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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The Peabody Museum is returning a tomahawk:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/4/12/peabody-repatriate-ponca-tomahawk/

More on the return of Gweagal spears:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captain-cook-stole-spears-finally-back-in-australia-180979902/

More on Glasgow museums returning items to India:

https://www.gg2.net/glasgow-to-return-seven-stolen-artefacts-to-india/

… and iBenin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/glasgow-returns-benin-bronzes-1234625355/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/glasgow-benin-bronze-restitution-2099220

The former Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging the British Museum to return items to Ethiopia:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-ethiopian-treasures-archbishop-of-canterbury-b994134.html
https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/04/13/former-archbishop-of-canterbury-urges-british-museum-to-return-african-treasures/

OpEddish on repatriation:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/repatriation-african-american-remains/

Reviewish of Benedicte Savoy, *Africa’s Struggle for Its Art*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-forgotten-movement-to-reclaim-africas-stolen-art
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins of the Kingdom of Sophene:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-of-the-kingdom-of-sophene/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n16.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Mary Lou Larson:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/trib/name/mary-larson-obituary?id=34233496

John Edward Atkinson:

https://casa-kvsa.org.za/2022/04/in-memoriam-john-edward-atkinson/

Christopher Moore:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/14/nyregion/christopher-moore-dead.html

Audrey Henshall:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20073617.obituary-audrey-henshall-expert-neolithic-chambered-cairns/

Christopher Coover:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/us/chris-coover-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3168-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-3rd-2022-through-april-9th-2022
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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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