Explorator 24.03 ~ May 9, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there.
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Remains of nine Neanderthals from a cave near Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/08/remains-of-nine-neanderthals-found-in-cave-south-of-rome
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeologists-neanderthals-rome.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/world/europe/italy-neanderthal-fossils-guattari-cave.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57044002
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-9-neanderthals-near-rome/2021/05/08/2dac5fe0-b020-11eb-82c1-896aca955bb9_story.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Archaeologists-discover-remains-of-9-Neanderthals-16162232.php
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/archaeologists-uncover-neanderthal-remains-in-caves-near-rome
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-discover-remains-neanderthals-rome-77576317
https://www.thelocal.it/20210508/evidence-of-nine-neanderthals-found-in-italian-cave/
https://www.reuters.com/article/italy-archaeologist-grotta-guattari/archaeologists-uncover-neanderthal-remains-in-caves-near-rome-idUSL8N2MV08T
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-neanderthal-remains-in-caves-near-rome/a-57470987

Earliest human (homo sapiens?) burial in Africa is from Kenya and dates to 80 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-oldest-human-burial-africa-uncovered.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/mpif-toh042821.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/c-aoh050321.php
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2021/may/oldest-human-burial-in-africa-discovered-in-kenya.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210505111340.htm
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-human-burial-africa-discovered.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56986457
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/science/earliest-human-burial-africa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/05/archaeologists-uncover-oldest-human-burial-in-africa
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/africa-scientists-nature-max-planck-institute-germany-b933468.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-05-06/oldest-human-burial-site-in-africa/100065050
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/05/africa/burial-scn-africa-child/index.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/oldest-human-burial-in-africa/
https://scitechdaily.com/africas-oldest-human-burial-site-uncovered-78000-year-old-remains-reveal-how-stone-age-populations-interacted-with-the-dead/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/scientists-unearth-africa-s-oldest-burial-small-child-laid-rest-78000-years-ago
https://www.salon.com/2021/05/07/what-a-78000-year-old-child-buried-in-a-kenyan-cave-tells-us-about-ancient-humans/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/childs-grave-is-the-oldest-human-burial-found-in-africa
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03457-8
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/this-is-what-we-can-learn-from-the-oldest-human-grave-in-africa/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-oldest-human-burial-site-in-africa.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-oldest-known-human-grave-africa-180977659/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9676-210506-africa-oldest-burial

… and a sort of explainer piece based on the find:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/09/the-buried-truths-that-say-so-much-about-our-ancestors

A new look at human origins from fossil evidence:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/amon-rmh050521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210506142133.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/most-human-origins-stories-are-not.html

New study suggests early hominids’ arrival on uninhabited islands doesn’t always lead to mass extinctions:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-humans-werent-agents-destruction-uninhabited.html
https://www.livescience.com/early-humans-island-extinctions.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/20/e2023005118

… although it does appear early humans did significantly alter ecosystems (in Africa) with fire:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-earliest-evidence-humans-ecosystems.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeologists-earliest-anthropogenic-landscape-earth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/yu-so050321.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/05/05/lake-malawi-fire-ecosystem-engineers/7851620243020/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/people-may-have-used-fire-to-clear-forests-more-than-80-000-years-ago/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-humans-shape-landscape-fire-85000-years-ago-180977669/

More on the study of ‘Little Foot’:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/humans-and-apes-could-have-more-shared-history-than-we-thought-study-667049

More on that ‘crystal collection’ from the Kalahari mentioned a few weeks ago:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/somebody-in-the-kalahari-had-a-crystal-collection-105-000-years-ago-1.9670735

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The first Khufu solar boat is on its way to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/102672/Secretary-General-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-follows-up

Plans to repair the 175 years bp Cairo Citadel clock:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/410591/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/yearold-Cairo-Citadel-clock-to-be-repaired.aspx

More on those 110 tombs from various dynasties in the Nile Delta:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/egypt-discovers-110-ancient-tombs-spanning-three-civilizations
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-discover-110-ancient-egyptian-tombs-in-the-nile-delta/

More on that study revealing a pregnant Egyptian mummy:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/in-a-first-researchers-discover-a-pregnant-egyptian-mummy/
https://www.rawstory.com/mummy-archeology-fetus-found/

Feature on how Napoleon’s invasion revealed Egypt to the world:

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20210505-how-napol%C3%A9on-s-invasion-revealed-egypt-to-the-world-%E2%80%93-and-to-itself

Interesting feature on Lapis Lazuli:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/05/glass-lapis-lazuli/

Feature on a 1500 years bp Christ Pantokrator image on a gem in a museum in Turkey:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/07/this-early-depiction-of-christ-pantocrator-was-saved-from-treasure-hunters/

Finds from various periods (including iron production sites) identified in a survey of a district in Iran’s Yazd province:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/archaeologists-discover-millennia-old-iron-production-sites-in-iran-666939

Plans for a survey of Sassanid-era Sirvan in Iran’s Ilam province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460686/Sassanid-era-Sirvan-to-undergo-archaeological-survey

Evidence of Paleolithic-era sewing activity in western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460703/Paleolithic-sewing-evidence-comes-to-light-in-western-Iran

Feature on the Iranian ‘saltmen mummies’:

https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2021/05/03/what_scientists_learned_from_irans_saltmen_mummies_775354.html

Feature on kings in Mesopotamia:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-to-be-king-in-mesopotamia/

Feature on Akkadian poetry and medical texts:

https://psyche.co/ideas/ancient-akkadian-poems-and-medical-texts-reveal-griefs-universals

Suggestion that an epidemic led to the collapse of the Nabataeans’ trade empire:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/podcast-proof-that-nabateans-trade-empire-collapsed-due-to-ancient-epidemic/

13th century CE burials from the ongoing excavations at Kusadasi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/13th-century-skeletons-unearthed-in-turkeys-kadikalesi-site
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/human-skeletons-found-in-kusadasi-excavations-164543

An interesting Roman-era ‘grotesque’ lamp from Jerusalem’s Pilgrimage Road:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-lucky-lump-found-on-jerusalems-pilgrimage-road-667255
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/lucky-bronze-oil-lamp-uncovered-in-city-of-davids-pilgrimage-road-excavations/2021/05/05/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-grotesque-foundation-deposit-in-jerusalem-1.9776035
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9546127/2-000-year-old-oil-lamp-shaped-like-grotesque-face-discovered-City-David.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-roman-era-face-shaped-bronze-oil-lamp-found-in-jerusalem-1234591916/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-lucky-lamp-found-jerusalem-180977671/

An overview of excavations in the City of David:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/bfbf25ece6d03872342bf19421a04c4f/An-Overview-Of-Excavations-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-In-The-City-Of-David/

Followup to the AI identification of scribes who wrote the DSS … one scribe appears to have written eight scrolls:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/mysterious-scribe-wrote-eight-diverse-dead-sea-scrolls-scholars-find-667092

Some pushback on claims about Solomon’s mines in Spain, thalassocracy, etc.:

https://www.livescience.com/king-solomon-mining-expedition-claim.html
https://aleteia.org/2021/05/08/experts-divided-on-accuracy-of-study-into-king-solomons-trade-habits/

Pondering the claimed burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/is-rabbi-shimon-bar-yochai-really-buried-at-meron-its-complicated-667459

Reviewish of Yoel Elitzur, *Biblical Geography and its Meaning*:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/where-did-the-red-sea-split-diagnosing-biblical-geographys-meaning-667346

Feature on the Black Stone of Mecca:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/saudi-arabia-black-stone-scli-intl/index.html

More on those 7000 years bp ‘mustatils’ from Saudi Arabia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeological-mustatils-reveals-complexity-assumed.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/mysterious-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-are-older-pyramids-rcna805
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/mustatils-saudi-arabia-older-egyptian-pyramids-1964376
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01158-w

Latest threat to ancient marches in Iraq is sewage:

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/5/5/iraq-ancient-mesopotamian-marshes-threatened-by-sewage
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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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Studying an infant burial ground on Astypalea:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/03/ancient-cemetery-for-infants-discovered-on-greek-island/

An archaic Latin inscription for Fortuna from Itri (Italian):

https://latinatu.it/scoperta-a-itri-nel-santuario-pagano-rinvenuto-un-cippo-dedicato-alle-dea-fortuna/

Possible identification of an imperial fleet member from Herculaneum (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/05/09/ercolano-riscopre-lufficiale-di-plinio-il-vecchio-mori-per-aiutare_c6906a62-5972-4791-b355-bbcd0267c1f6.html

A head from a statue identified as Augustus from a dig in Isernia:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-just-unearthed-ancient-bust-190000795.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rome-emperor-marble-head-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9546041/2-000-year-old-bust-Romes-emperor-Augustus-identified-telltale-hairstyle.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-emperor-augustus-head-statue-archaeology-1234591397/
https://boingboing.net/2021/05/08/archaeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-marble-head-of-augustus-caesar.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-marble-bust-augustus-italy-180977655/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9673-210505-italy-augustus-sculpture

Work on a home in Toledo revealed some vaulting believed to be associated with a Roman amphitheatre:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/05/04/vaults-of-a-roman-amphitheatre-discovered-under-home-in-toledo/

Nice followup piece on those burials from Bitonto found a few weeks ago (Italian):

https://www.bitontolive.it/news/attualita/1033542/tomba-in-piazza-caduti-primo-identikit-dei-defunti

Byzantine (?) sarcophagi from a cave in Irbid:

https://en.royanews.tv/news/27660/2021-05-05

Plenty of press coverage for plans for a new floor for the Colosseum:

https://www.livescience.com/Rome-Colosseum-new-floor.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/rome-colosseum-to-gain-hi-tech-arena-floor
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56966365
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/02/world/europe/italy-colosseum-floor.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/05/03/993184621/roman-colosseums-new-floor-will-give-visitors-a-gladiators-point-of-view
https://wskg.org/npr_story_post/roman-colosseums-new-floor-will-give-visitors-a-gladiators-point-of-view/
https://www.dw.com/en/rome-colosseum-stage-to-give-visitors-a-gladiators-view/a-57405755
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-unveils-new-hi-tech-floor-design-colosseum-area-2021-05-02/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56966365
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gladiators-view-colosseum-rome-1963926
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-stage-in-Rome-s-Colosseum-will-restore-16145370.php
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/rome-s-colosseum-get-22-million-new-floor-give-tourists-n1266235
https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/rome-s-colosseum-restored-plans-for-new-floor-are-a-step-towards-rebuilding-the-arena-1.1215672
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/02/business/22-million-upgrade-romes-colosseum-will-restore-majestic-view/
https://whbl.com/2021/05/02/italy-unveils-new-hi-tech-floor-design-for-colosseum-area/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/new-stage-in-romes-colosseum-will.html

A roundup of finds (mostly Roman) made in Bulgaria last month:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/05/01/top-20-stories-by-archaeologyinbulgaria-com-in-april-2021/

More photos of that interesting Roman site in Scarborough:

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/in-pictures-new-photos-show-amazing-detail-of-nationally-important-scarborough-roman-ruins-3227300

More on that statue of Constantine being reunited with its finger:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/05/02/emperor-constantine-s-hand-reunited-with-finger-after-more-than-500-years-apart
https://hyperallergic.com/643885/roman-emperor-finger-reunited-louvre/

More on the finds from Ptolemaida, including that ‘bed burial’:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1160632/rare-funerary-bed-discovered-in-lignite-mine/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/archaeologists_find_ancient_houses_tombs_in_abandoned_greek_town-2353818/

More on objections to renovations on the Acropolis:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/992846093

Review of Shadi Bartsch’s translation of the *Aeneid*:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/new-aeneid-translation-channels-vergils-pure-latin

Review of Geoff Bailey’s book on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/geoff-baileys-long-awaited-book-on-the-antonine-wall-chronicles-history-of-roman-occupation-3226275

Review of Robert Kanigel, *Hearing Homer’s Song*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-darwin-of-the-classics/

Review of a couple of recent Catullus translations:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/catullus-isobel-williams-slim-new-book-leontia-flynn-review-daisy-dunn/

Review of Aaron Poochigan’s Aristophanes translation:

https://shepherdexpress.com/arts-and-entertainment/books/aristophanes-four-plays-liveright-translated-by-aaron-poochi/

Honours from the Greek government for Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker:

https://www.archaeological.org/president-of-greece-honors-two-aia-members-with-order-of-phoenix/

An interview with Peter Brown (Spanish):

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-05-08/peter-brown-peor-que-olvidar-la-historia-es-retorcerla-para-avivar-el-resentimiento.html?ssm=FB_CM_BABE#Echobox=1620448326

An interview with Molly Swetnam-Burland:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2021/ancient-is-modern-wm-professor-talks-teaching-classics.php

Assorted items on the threat to Classics at Howard:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/opinions_columnists/arthro/african_americans_defend_greek_classics-2361552/
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/05/06/howa-m06.html

Feature on recreating the bread found at Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/article/re-creating-2000-year-old-bread-found-in-pompeii-post-vesuvius

Feature on a Roman domus (complete with mosaic floors) on the Aventine:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210507-ancient-roman-domus-with-mosaic-floors-tucked-under-modern-flats
https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2021/05/07/ancient-roman-039domus039-with-mosaic-floors-tucked-under-modern-flats-in-rome
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ancient-roman-domus-with-mosaic-floors-tucked-under-modern-flats-1.5418234

Feature on eight ancient (mostly) hoards found in Herefordshire over the years:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/19286812.buried-treasure-eight-ancient-hoards-found-herefordshire/

Feature on the phrase ‘Sic Semper Tyrannus’:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2021/ancient-is-modern-wm-professor-talks-teaching-classics.php

Feature on Livia Drusilla (really TV hype):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210506-the-truth-behind-ancient-romes-most-controversial-woman

Feature on ancient Greek shields:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/07/ancient-greek-shields-showed-allegiance-struck-fear-into-enemy/

Feature on Mother’s Day in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/09/mothers-day-ancient-greece/

Feature on the Greek and Roman pantheon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/03/ancient-cemetery-for-infants-discovered-on-greek-island/

Feature on Roman Britain after the Romans left:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fall-roman-britain-empire-what-happened-why/

Feature on what Knossos originally looked like:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/09/knossos-palace-before-ruins/

Feature on quotes from Greek Stoic philosophers:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/07/greatest-quotes-ancient-greece-stoic-philosophers/

Feature on Talos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/06/talos-the-ancient-greek-humanoid-robot/

Feature on the Versace Medusa logo:

https://www.crfashionbook.com/culture/a35217668/true-story-versace-medusa-head/

Feature on the Roman temple in Mersin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-temple-in-mersin-waits-to-serve-tourism-164484

Tips on being excellent from Plato and Aristotle:

https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-become-excellent-with-tips-from-plato-and-aristotle

Feature comparing plans to return the Benin Bronzes to the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/03/germany-shows-the-way-for-parthenon-sculptures-return-to-greece/

A giant Roman soldier’s head sculpture will be adorning the Antonine Wall:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/towering-roman-soldiers-head-sculpture-20522455

The Peristera shipwreck site has received some funding from Microsoft:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/05/peristera-shipwreck-microsoft-funding/

Plans to better touristify Perge:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-of-perge-to-regain-its-former-glory-164454

More on what the Greeks and Romans knew about the spread of disease:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/04/how-ancient-greeks-romans-controlled-the-spread-of-disease/

More on the lessons of Homer relating to isolation:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2021/april/homer-christensen-conversation.html
—–
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 hiker found a hoard of bronze jewellery (750-500 BCE) from near Alingsas (Sweden):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-unique-bronze-age-south-alingss.html
https://phys.org/visualstories/2021-05-unique-bronze-age-south-alingss.amp
https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-hoard-sweden.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9538489/Mapmaker-discovers-trove-Bronze-Age-jewelry-western-Sweden.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61290
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedish-mapmaker-stumbles-trove-bronze-age-treasures-180977644/

Not sure if we’ve had this item on use of bronze ‘scrap’ as currency in Bronze Age Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-scrap-cash-bronze-age-witnessed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210506174103.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uog-sfc050621.php
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-05-08/el-euro-de-la-edad-de-bronce.html

A hoard of 1500 years bp gold pendants from a site in Norway:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology/seven-rare-gold-pendants-were-sacrificed-1500-years-ago-in-ostfold-county-of-norway/1854637
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/gold-pendants-found-in-norway/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-1500-year-old-pendants-found-in-norse-ritual-hoard-1234592171/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61322
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9675-210505-norway-gold-pendants

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 9th century hoard from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/archaeologists-uncover-carolingian-treasure-hoard/138900

A possible Viking village site in Teesdale:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/unearthed-remains-hint-at-viking-village

A study of remains in a mass grave in France are likely soldiers killed during the siege of Rennes in 1491:

https://media.uottawa.ca/news/last-battle-anne-brittany-isotopic-study-soldiers-1491
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-anne-brittany-isotopic-soldiers.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uoo-tlb050521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210505174946.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-last-battle-of-anne-of-brittany.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9677-210506-france-war-of-brittany

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0248086

The River Hunters came across a 400 years bp gun in Colchester:

https://www.essexlive.news/news/celebs-tv/river-hunters-river-detectorists-find-5360521

A study suggests the Mary Rose had an ethnically-diverse crew:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-human-mary-rose-diversity-tudor.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/05/mary-rose-ship-multi-ethnic-crew-tudor-england
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9541787/King-Henry-VIIIs-favourite-ship-Mary-Rose-multinational-crew.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56985084
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/shipwreck-reveals-surprising-racial-diversity-henry-viii-s-england-n1266366
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/human-remains-from-tudor-warship-mary.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crew-tudor-warship-mary-rose-was-diverse-study-finds-180977662/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9679-210507-mary-rose-crew

HS2 preliminaries include excavating 3000 burials from an (abandoned) medieval Buckinghamshire churchyard:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/07/unique-opportunity-hs2-unearths-history-medieval-church
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/church-hs2-buckinghamshire-norman-b933303.html

An excavation in a Hull cemetery reveals practices to prevent bodysnatching:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/hull-excavation-uncovers-evidence-of-precautions-against-bodysnatching-in-19th-century-cemetery-3224418

A melting glacier in Italy revealed some WWI artifacts:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/04/europe/italy-melting-glacier-war-artifacts-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/world/europe/italy-glacier-wwi-artifacts.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9680-210507-world-war-i-italy

A museum in Denmark ‘rediscovered’ some Viking remains which were missing for over a century (due to a labelling issue):

https://www.livescience.com/lost-bones-viking-noble.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-museum-finds-missing-viking-over-a-century-after-losing-his-remains-1.9766628
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61309
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/lost-viking-elite-rediscovered/138877

A mast from the HMS Victory is going on display:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/589/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/589/pub/589/page/45/article/170005

A ‘lost squirrel’ has been restored to a 17th century Enghien tapestry:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-56969237

Plans to ‘rehouse’ Parliament’s vellum records:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/590/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/590/pub/590/page/25/article/170214

A project to map illegal whisky making sites in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/scotlands-illegal-whisky-making-mapped-as-archaeologists-search-for-illicit-stills-in-the-hills-3226986

More on that 3000 years bp submerged settlement in Lake Lucerne:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-bronze-age-settlement-switzerland-180977651/

More on that Bronze Age tomb found by a farmer on the Dingle Peninsula:

https://www.newsweek.com/ireland-farmer-accidentally-discovers-tomb-dating-back-bronze-age-1588852

More on cancer rates in medieval Britain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210430093218.htm
https://gizmodo.com/scans-of-medieval-skeletons-show-cancer-has-been-common-1846798227
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cancer-was-common-medieval-britain-180977660/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9670-210503-medieval-disease-cancer

More on that 700 years bp child burial from the Real Alcazar of Seville:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-04-30/the-700-year-old-child-found-in-southern-spain.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61316
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9674-210505-spain-medieval-burial

Feature on Ireland’s oldest burial:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/ireland-oldest-grave-9k-years-old

Feature on the history of the Irish border:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-56806404

… and an incident of sorts relating to a stone marking the border between Belgium and France:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/belgium-farmer-moves-french-border/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/04/beligum-farmer-france-border/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56978344

Feature on Henry VIII’s links with Leicestershire:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/history/henry-viiis-links-leicestershire-include-5385734

Using old photos to restore a Tudor manor parkland:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57009271

Funding to reopen the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/sharp-dig-site-to-reopen-ncc-grant-7943030
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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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Feature on the influence of Islamic astronomers on China’s astronomy:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/travel/how-islamic-astronomers-changed-china-s-view-of-the-stars-1.1218849

7th century sutras from a site in Tibet:

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3132229/chinese-archaeologists-find-sutras-dating-back-618-during-tubo-period-tibet

Study suggests Angkor had a population of some 900 000 before it was abandoned in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeologists-population-greater-angkor-region.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uoo-app050721.php
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9554981/Angkor-Wat-900-000-inhabitants-abandoned-1431-AD-study-suggests.html
https://gizmodo.com/ancient-city-of-angkor-was-jam-packed-with-people-1846845408

Feature on Sri Lanka’s ‘stargate inscription’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210502-the-unsolved-mystery-of-sri-lankas-stargate

Not sure where to put this study of Siberian evidence for whale-hunting by ‘paleo-Eskimos’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeology-in-the-siberian-permafrost-how-the-paleo-eskimos-survived-1.9771902

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Plans for a study of sites on Australia’s Ningaloo coast:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-06/ningaloo-research-will-tell-60-000-year-old-story/100116262

140 years after it was ‘lost’, an Aboriginal ceremonial ground in East Gippsland has been ‘rediscovered’:

https://theconversation.com/after-140-years-researchers-have-rediscovered-an-important-aboriginal-ceremonial-ground-in-east-gippsland-155119

More fallout for Rio Tinto over their destruction of sites:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/06/business/rio-tinto-shareholder-revolt/index.html

More on the population of the first Australians:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/the-first-australians-grew-to-a-population-of-millions-much-more-than-previous-estimates/

More on the ‘superhighways’ used by the first Australians to cross the continent:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/dnl-phf050321.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/ancient-australian-superhighways-suggested-massive-supercomputing-study
https://scitechdaily.com/first-human-inhabitants-of-australia-followed-superhighways-across-the-continent/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A study of fecal remains from a privy site on the Dartmouth campus reveals the parasites folks were dealing with in the early 19th century:

https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2021/05/studying-200-year-old-material-old-privy-campus-0
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/dc-2op042921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-year-poop-rural-elites-england.html
https://source.wustl.edu/2021/05/wealth-status-could-not-shield-19th-century-families-from-parasitic-infection/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/200-year-old-poop-shows-rural-elites-in.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9672-210504-privy-parasite-infection

Feature on the importance of the year 1788/the US constitution:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/what-made-the-constitution/618756/

… review of the above author’s book:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/books/review/the-words-that-made-us-akhil-reed-amar.html

A First Nations burial on Hornby Island is in the way of pub construction:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/archaeology-undrip-permits-hornby-1.6012109

Some reaction to the vandalism of the Moab petroglyphs:

https://www.ksut.org/post/crisis-destructive-behavior-petroglyphs-near-moab-vandalized
https://www.moabsunnews.com/get_out_and_go/article_2c9bf630-ae9d-11eb-ba18-fbb9763d12ab.html

On New England and slavery:

https://aeon.co/essays/new-england-kept-slavery-but-not-its-profits-at-a-distance

Feature on the history of the Beech-Nut corporation:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/05/02/bacon-to-baby-food-beech-nut-had-a-big-local-impact/

More on that 17th century shilling from the colonial fort at St Mary’s:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/back_page/archaeologists-find-rare-nearly-380-year-old-english-coin-during-maryland-dig/article_41e6a630-162d-5e47-8d71-88696d9cfc3c.html
https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-wp-md-rare-380-year-old-coin-found-maryland-20210503-ip5e3rsdebfx3a74rryl2cvjhm-story.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/03/rare-coin-dropped-first-english-settlers-us-found-maryland-fort/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/590/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/590/pub/590/page/16/article/170163

More on that 14 000 years bp horse fossil from Las Vegas:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/las-vegas-residents-discover-ice-age-bones-while-building-swimming-pool-180977649/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A LiDAR survey of Mexico’s Puuc region has revealed plenty of Maya sites:

https://www.livescience.com/lidar-maya-yucatan.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9669-210503-maya-lidar-puuc

More on the 1200 years bp children’s handprints found in a Mayan cave site:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-mayan-cave-hand-prints-b1841703.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/mexico-archaeology-idUSL1N2MO0AN
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-mayan-cave-reveals-mysterious-085206450.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-maya-cave-reveals-1200-year-old-childrens-handprints-1234591703/
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/kids-handprints-found-yucatan/
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/mysterious-handprints-cover-walls-of-ancient-maya-cave-in-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1200-years-ago-maya-children-decorated-hidden-cave-handprints-180977663/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9671-210503-maya-hand-prints
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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 Phoebe:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/who-was-phoebe/

… and Tabitha:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/tabitha-in-the-bible/

Feature on the samurai rulebook:

https://aeon.co/videos/a-samurai-rulebook-offers-guidance-on-how-to-kill-enemies-and-refrain-from-gossip

Some folks working in their yard in Montana found a live WWII era Japanese bomb:

https://www.ksdk.com/article/features/jefferson-county-finds-world-war-ii-era-japanese-bomb-yard/63-0e79337e-3057-4e1a-b486-5c53d69b318c

Some features on Mother’s Day (first one is a bit of a rant):

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/not-so-happy-mother-s-day-i-hate-holiday-daughter-ncna1266694
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/09/history-of-mothers-day-2/

Feature on Cinco de Mayo:

https://www.wpri.com/holidays/cultures-are-not-costumes-brown-u-professor-on-history-significance-of-cino-de-mayo/

On the history of wishing on a star:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/06/world/why-wish-on-a-star-scn/index.html

Trying to preserve a dying language in a Swedish village:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2021-05-06/small-town-sweden-fights-preserve-elfdalian-dying-forest-language

Marking the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death:

https://www.cranbrooktownsman.com/opinion/the-200th-anniversary-of-napoleons-death/

Pondering the legacy of Napoleon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56978344
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/05/france-still-split-over-napoleon-as-it-marks-bicentenary-of-death
https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-05-05/relatos-de-la-ocupacion-napoleonica.html

… and his role in slavery:

https://www.dw.com/en/remembering-that-napoleon-reinstated-slavery-in-france/a-57408273
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/napoleon-commemoration-macron/2021/05/05/db35b72a-ada4-11eb-82c1-896aca955bb9_story.html
https://lavillette.com/programmation/napoleon_e1073

… and how he benefitted from the French Revolution:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/napoleon-gain-power-french-revolution/

… and his heroes:

https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-offbeat/rome-napoleons-inspiration-from-afar-982208.html

… and a history of his life in ten objects:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/napoleon-life-objects-hat-compass-crown/

Feature on the first serial killer in the US:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enduring-mystery-hh-holmes-americas-first-serial-killer-180977646/

Feature on Tiffany glass:

https://www.wshu.org/post/path-breaking-tiffany-glass-ceiling#stream/1

Feature on the art in the Oval Office:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/05/arts/design/oval-office-art.html

Feature on the Amber Room:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210506-russias-eighth-wonder-of-the-world

Feature on Scottish Tartans:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210504-tartan-the-misunderstood-icon-of-scottishness

Feature on Hakka culture:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3132058/sai-kungs-yim-tin-tsai-learn-about-hakka-culture-and-how

There are plenty of famous sculptures and artifacts to be 3d printed now:

https://mymodernmet.com/3d-print-sculptures-scan-the-world/

On the connection between architecture and archaeology:

https://www.archdaily.com/960912/the-link-between-archaeology-and-architecture

Feature on Isabel’s deodorant:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-07/agua-de-murta-el-desodorante-de-isabel-la-catolica.html

Feature on the history of transformers:

https://www.wired.com/story/brief-history-transformers-not-robots/

Feature on coffee jelly:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/coffee-jelly

On some desserts invented by nuns:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3132421/caneles-bebinca-and-queijadas-nuns-invented-these-desserts-how

Feature on personal ads in the American West:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/personal-ads-american-west

A Dorak Treasure hoax manuscript has turned up:

https://oscillations.net/2021/04/30/dorak-treasure-hoax-manuscript-surfaces-but-why-beat-a-dead-horse/

Pondering a purported message in a bottle from the Titanic:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/titantic-passenger-uqar-message-bottle-1.6019434

Not sure where to put this item on ancietn food webs:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-food-webs-sustainable-futures.html

Feature on the game of Warri:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56814500

Unframing revealed some original paint on a Botticelli:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61304

Feature on Mehmed II:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/540-years-on-commemorating-the-conqueror-of-istanbul-46417

Feature on the Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-nebra-sky-disk-is-the-worlds-oldest-star-map-really-a-map-at-all

Feature on the Cornish hut that determines mean sea level:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56935097

Feature on Timur the Lame/Tamerlane:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/how-conqueror-timur-continues-to-scare-many-after-his-death-1325988.html

Review of a book on Durer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/books/review-albert-whale-albrecht-durer-philip-hoare.html

Review of Annette Gordon-Reed’s *On Juneteenth*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/books/review/on-juneteenth-annette-gordon-reed.html

Review of Julian Sanction, *Madhouse at the End of the Earth*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/books/review/madhouse-at-the-end-of-the-earth-julian-sancton.html

Review of a pair of books on the battles raging within the humanities right now:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/books/review/wonderworks-angus-fletcher-the-modern-myths-philip-ball.html

More on that portrait of Catherine Howard actually being of Anne of Cleves (maybe):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/presumed-portrait-catherine-howard-may-actually-depict-anne-cleves-180977670/

More on the ‘worst year to be alive’:

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-worst-year-to-be-alive-in-human-history-is-probably-not-the-one-you-think
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/alpine-icecore-evidence-for-the-transformation-of-the-european-monetary-system-ad-640670/0727B4230C5DA92634B6251B9FBD3898

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2021/05/05/pompeii-was-a-city-of-foodies-before-vesuvius-blew-and-you-can-still-get-a-taste-of-it-now/?sh=3719cca345f0

The Wanderer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louisiana-museum-remembers-yacht-turned-slave-ship-180977653/

Epic Iran:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/epic-iran-london-art-exhibit

Van Gogh:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/new-discoveries-about-van-gogh-s-olive-grove-paintings

Romanticism in Russia and Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/dreams-of-freedom-romanticism-in-russia-and-germany/g-57289529

OpEd on decolonizing museums:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/07/decolonising-museums-isnt-part-of-a-culture-war-its-about-keeping-them-relevant

Feature on the British Museum:

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1894128195708

More on upgrades to various Greek museums during lockdown:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/197978/greek-museum-upgrades/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/04/greek-museums-reinvent-themselves-during-lockdown/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A letter documenting one of the earliest American diplomatic voyages to Palestine is coming to auction:

https://www.jta.org/2021/05/07/global/186-year-old-letter-detailing-early-american-diplomatic-visit-to-holy-land-surfaces-in-jerusalem-auction

Assorted Napoleonic items are coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com/international/napoleons-bicentenary-stocking-bloodied-cloth-among-items-up-for-auction-667044

A high price is expected for a da Vinci drawing of a bear:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/08/leonardo-da-vinci-bear-drawing-is-expected-to-fetch-12m-at-auction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest DNA study revealing the origins of Bronze Age civilizations in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-dna-reveals-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/cfgr-adr050521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210505102025.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/ancient-dna-reveals-origin-of-first.html

DNA has been used to identify the remains of one of the Franklin Expedition members:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-member-ill-fated-franklin-dna-analysis.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uow-fmo050521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210506105418.htm
https://www.livescience.com/franklin-expedition-dna-analysis-member-identified.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/science/hms-erebus-sailor.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/dna-analysis-franklin-expedition-1.6017100
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/593/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/593/pub/593/page/48/article/171381
https://gizmodo.com/for-the-first-time-archaeologists-identify-sailor-from-1846838875
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/first-member-of-ill-fated-1845-franklin.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doomed-arctic-explorer-idd-dna-180977678/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9678-210507-franklin-expedition-dna

There’s a new (almost) non-destructive technique for obtaining archaeogenetic samples:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-non-destructive-archaeogenetic-sampling-method.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/elu-nan050521.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/new-almost-non-destructive.html

The genome of some resurrected date palms has been worked out:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/plants/genome-of-resurrected-plant-is-sequenced-for-the-first-time-ever/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on Muon Tomography:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/how-scientists-are-using-cosmic-radiation-to-peek-inside-the-pyramids/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Pondering the influence of the Amazon rainforest on the ‘Little Ice Age’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/did-amazon-rainforest-contribute-to-little-ice-age-1600s

On how archaeology can contribute to the study of climate change:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/science/21268
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cyrene:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/05/cyrene-the-impressive-ancient-greek-city-of-libya-video/

Patara:

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news/fc/12/229847/Patara:-An-ancient-city-of-historical-significance

Bartlow Hills:

https://www.mylondon.news/whats-on/family-kids-news/ancient-roman-burial-ground-just-20474501

Peru beyond Machu Picchu:

https://matadornetwork.com/read/best-hiking-in-peru-beyond-machu-picchu/

Ring of Brodgar:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19281286.ring-brodgar-orkney-travel-history-scotland/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on choral music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/arts/music/five-minutes-classical-music-choral.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Domina:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/sex-swords-togas-tvs-eternal-dodgy-fascination-ancient-rome/

Underground Railroad:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/arts/television/the-underground-railroad-barry-jenkins.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Kim Kardashian (and/or Kanye West) is at the center of a case involving a purportedly looted Roman statue:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-05-04/kim-kardashian-roman-statue-italy-government
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-statue-seized-kim-kardashian-us-government-1234591643/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kim-kardashian-ordered-to-turn-over-looted-roman-statue
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9543883/Kim-Kardashian-caught-ancient-Roman-statue-smuggling-row.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-statue-seized-kim-kardashian-us-government-1234591643/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/feds-seek-forfeiture-ancient-roman-statue-was-headed-kim-kardashian-n1266347
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/06/kim-kardashian-statue/

… and the ‘bigger picture’ of antiquities theft:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/kim-kardashian-tied-allegedly-looted-art-debacle-highlighting-frustrating-reality-ncna1266729

Spanish police recovered a stolen 16th century bronze cannon possibly associated with the Spanish armada:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/05/missing-16th-century-spanish-armada-cannon-recovered-by-police
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61327

Some books by Galileo are missing from Spain’s National Library:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-06/la-investigacion-del-ministerio-de-cultura-destapa-la-desaparicion-de-otros-galileos-en-la-biblioteca-nacional.html

Spanish police recovered a looted 8th century gold dinar being sold on the internet:

https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/cordoba/sevi-policia-rescata-raro-dinar-acunado-cordoba-primera-referencia-al-andalus-202104301421_noticia_amp.html

Sentencing for a man who stole some Bronze Age axe heads from Beeston Castle:

https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/19287549.men-stole-historical-artefacts-including-bronze-age-axe-heads-beeston-castle-sentenced/

Feature on recent petroglyph vandalism:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/04/rock-climbing-native-american-indigenous-people

Interview with Christopher Marinello on how they search for stolen art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/05/pitbulls-art-detective-christopher-marinello-mobsters-stolen-picassos-lost-matisses

Interpol has created an app to help in the fight against art and artifact theft:

https://www.jpost.com/international/interpol-creates-new-app-to-combat-art-artifact-theft-667561

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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 Gweagal Spears are being returned at last:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-05/gweagal-spears-repatriated-from-united-kingdom/100117932

Pressure on a Canterbury museum to return a Nigerian taonga:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300300198/canterbury-museum-facing-pressure-to-return-nigerian-taonga

Harvard is being asked to return Standing Bear’s tomahawk:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/07/harvard-ponca-chief-standing-bear-tomahawk-lawyer

Feature on various items returned to Australia:

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/this-headdress-is-telling-me-it-needs-to-go-home-ancient-artefacts-returned-to-australia-20210503-p57ob6.html

Feature on repatriation efforts by various countries:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/410545/Opinion/Ancient-nations-defend-their-heritage.aspx

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the double-headed coins of Istros:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-mystery-of-the-double-headed-coins-of-ancient-istros/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n19.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Pierre Amiet:

https://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2021/04/29/la-mort-de-l-archeologue-pierre-amiet_6078502_3246.html

Lyn Maconald:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/books/lyn-macdonald-dead.html

David Raeburn:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/05/03/david-raeburn-classics-teacher-translator-directed-greek-plays/

Ahmad Kabiri Hendi:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460564/Iranian-archaeologist-Ahmad-Kabiri-Hendi-dies-at-76

Faye Schulman:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/faye-schulman-dead/2021/05/08/6f89b6b6-adc7-11eb-acd3-24b44a57093a_story.html

Bob Abernethy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/obituaries/bob-abernethy-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/3070-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-25-through-may-1-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.02 ~ May 2, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of the (2?) millon years of hominid/human occupation of Wonderwerk Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-unveil-oldest-evidence-human-african.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/thuo-wba042621.php
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/27/south-african-cave-could-oldest-human-home-say-researchers/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/584/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/584/pub/584/page/66/article/168233
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-oldest-home-in-human-history-2m-years-old-1.9745372
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israeli-scholars-find-millions-year-old-human-traces-in-miracle-cave-666351
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldowan-wonderwerk-cave-09597.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/researchers-unveil-oldest-evidence-of.html

Evidence that early humans were using fire some 900 000 years bp:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/fire-human-evolution-archaeology-b1839000.html

Finding meaning in some 130 000 – 80 000 years bp triangular petroglyphs in various sites from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-triangular-patterns-reveal-human-ancestors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/c-wcc042621.php

Dating early human activity along the South African coast with discarded ostrich shells:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-discarded-ostrich-shells-timeline-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoc–dos042921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210430093136.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/discarded-ostrich-shells-provide.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/16/e2020042118

More on what we’re learning from ‘archaic human’ genomes:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-new-perspective-on-genomes-of-archaic.html

More on evidence of a homo erectus presence from an abandoned Saharan gold mine:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9513341/Hundreds-stone-tools-used-homo-erectus-million-years-ago-discovered-abandoned-Sahara-mine.html
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/earliest-signs-of-human-life-found-in-saharan-gold-mine-include-massive-almond-shaped-cleavers-resembling-fists-21556

Feature on Peking Man:

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/2104298208/
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AFRICA
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Finds from various periods (including petroglyphs and other items) from the Lovo Massif (DR Congo):

https://scienceblog.com/522487/african-rock-art-treasures-revealed-in-the-lovo-massif/

Feature on Queen Abla Pokou:

https://www.dw.com/en/queen-abla-pokou-mother-of-the-ivorian-baoule-people/av-57385653

More on evidence of honey consumption in ‘Iron Age’ sub-Saharan Africa:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/africas-first-iron-age-culture-had-a-sweet-tooth/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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110 burials/tombs dating to three different eras from a site in Dakahlia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-egypt-archeologists-unearth-ancient-tombs.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/410090/Heritage/In-Photos-Ancient-tombs-and-prehistoric-burials-fo.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/110-ancient-egyptian-tombs-nile.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/101373/110-tombs-spanning-back-to-3-different-ancient-Egyptian-eras
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/101373/110-tombs-spanning-back-to-3-different-civilizations-discovered-in
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-110-archaeological-tombs-discovered-in-kom-al-khaljan-area-near-daqahliya/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egypt-archaeologists-find-110-ancient-tombs-older-than-pharaohs
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/29/egyptologists-uncover-rare-tombs-from-before-the-pharaohs
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/Egypt_discovers_110_ancient_tombs_in_Kom_AlKhaljan_area_of_Daqahleya-SNG_209545970/
https://www.theage.com.au/world/middle-east/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-110-ancient-tombs-in-nile-delta-20210428-p57myc.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-110-ancient-tombs-in-nile-delta-20210428-p57myc.html
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-rare-tombs-dated-back-to-before-pharaohs-666565
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/egyptologists-uncover-rare-tombs-before-pharaohs-2021-04-28/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-04/27/content_77446535.htm
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_v61HcK9X.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egyptian-tombs-1963229
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-tombs-discovered-dating-back-before-pyramids-1587510
https://www.newstribune.com/news/international/story/2021/apr/28/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-110-ancient-tombs-in-nile-delta/869078/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-tombs-and-prehistoric-burials.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-110-ancient-egyptian-tombs-along-nile-delta-180977612/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9664-210428-nile-delta-predynastic

Feature on recent finds from Saqqara:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/archaeology-discovery-saqqara-ancient-egypt-b1835760.html

Feature on the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/04/the-discovery-of-the-famous-bust-of-nefertiti-in-egypt/

Feature on Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt:

https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/r1QxvAiPu

A nice roundup of archaeological finds in Turkey this past month:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/april-2021-turkish-archaeology

Research suggests climate crises in Mesopotamia led to stable state formation:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/udb-cci042721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-climate-crises-mesopotamia-prompted-stable.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/climate-crises-in-mesopotamia-prompted.html

Finds from various periods (associated with iron production, mostly) from across Iran’s Yazd province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460465/Millennia-old-iron-production-sites-discovered-in-Iran
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/archaeologists-discover-millennia-old-iron-production-sites-in-iran-666939

A project in Iran to restore the caravanserai in Urmia:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460230/New-round-of-restoration-starts-on-old-caravanserai-in-northwest

A number of recent finds from Rasht have been restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460461/55-ancient-objects-restored-in-Rasht

Feature on the folks who made the Jiroft items which keep turning up in Iran:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/who-were-the-mysterious-people-of-ancient-jiroft

7000 years bp mustatils from Saudi Arabia are being given the ‘religious purpose’ label:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-structures-in-arabia-prehistoric-cattle-cult.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mysterious-stone-structures-in-saudi-arabia-are-around-7-000-years-old-making-them-one-of-the-oldest-examples-of-widespread-monument-making
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-prehistoric-cultic-monuments-in-saudi-arabia-1.9759362
https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/research-in-north-west-arabia-uncovers-one-of-world-s-oldest-series-of-monumental-structures-as-alula-reveals-details-of-its-new-global-hub-for-archaeology-the-kingdoms-institute-856167916.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-neolithic-cattle-cult-build-these-sprawling-structures-180977629/

A 2000 years bp gold ring featuring a menorah from beneath Robinson’s Arch:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1211-revealed-a-2000-year-old-gold-ring-incised-with-menorah

A 1600 years bp ‘carpet mosaic’ from Yavneh:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-year-old-multicolored-mosaic-with-geometric-motifs-uncovered-in-yavne/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1600-year-old-colorful-mosaic-unearthed-in-yavne-666356
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19255804.colchesters-fenwick-treasure-feature-roman-emperor-exhibition/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/305021
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/26/byzantine-mosaic-yavne/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/yavne-mosaic-09595.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-1-600-year-old-byzantine-mosaic-carpet-to-go-on-display-in-yavneh-1.9747432
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1619426114-excavations-at-ancient-yavne-reveal-1-600-year-old-mosaic
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-mosaic-israel-scli-intl/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1600-year-old-byzantine-mosaic.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorful-ancient-mosaic-found-israel-180977590/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9663-210428-israel-byzantine-mosaic

A project involving dating of the DSS is under way:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-old-are-the-dead-sea-scrolls-carbon-dating-project-to-offer-answers-666302?_ga=2.232929689.64198716.1618823076-1616753860.1607604451

A report suggests that 80% of archaeological sites in the West Bank are damaged:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/eighty-percent-of-west-bank-archeological-sites-damaged-report-666321

Interesting feature on James Mellaart:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/meeting-with-mellaart

Reviewish of a book on Olga Tufnell’s work with the Lachish Letters:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/eyewitness-to-discovery/?mqsc=E4130255&dk=ZE1140ZF0

More on the ‘missing link’ in the origins of the alphabet:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-think-theyve-found-missing-link-in-origin-of-the-alphabet?source=articles&via=rss

More on AI revealing the variations of scribes of the DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/who-wrote-the-dead-sea-scrolls-2/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/468459/artificial-intelligence-unlocks-a-new-secret-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-21/tras-las-manos-que-escribieron-la-biblia.html

More on plans to restore Mosul’s Al-Nouri Mosque:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/egyptian-architects-win-unesco-award-reconstruction-mosul-mosque-destroyed

More on claims about King Solomon’s ‘maritime empire’:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/04/28/british-marine-archeologist-claims-to-find-evidence-of-king-solomons-maritime-empire/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/04/in-spain-an-archaeologist-discovers-traces-of-king-solomons-commercial-success/
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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 2nd century BCE necropolis from a building site in Messina:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/part-of-2nd-century-bc-necropolis.html

Highway construction near the Vidbol River (Bulgaria) revealed evidence of a 1st century CE Roman settlement:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/25/1st-century-bc-traces-of-earliest-roman-presence-in-bulgaria-on-danube-discovered-halfway-between-major-antiquity-cities-bononia-vidin-and-ratiaria-archar/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9662-210427-bulgaria-roman-settlement

A 2100 years bp ‘bed burial’ from Kozani in western Macedonia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/27/stunning-archaeological-finds-greece-dig-reveal-ties-to-apollo/
https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2021/04/28/greece-ancient-grave-women-wooden-bed-eordaia-kozani/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61248
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/intact-bed-burial-found-in-northern.html

A marble head of Augustus from Molise:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-marble-head-of-emperor-augustus-unearthed-in-molise.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-emperor-augustus-head-statue-archaeology-1234591397/
https://www.ansa.it/molise/notizie/2021/04/29/testa-marmorea-imperatore-augusto-ritrovata-a-isernia_b51cad0a-3a27-4842-ab27-bc81523f31e2.html
https://quotidianomolise.com/eccezionale-scoperta-archeologica-a-isernia-ritrovata-la-testa-di-una-statua-di-augusto/
https://www.isnews.it/cultura/79029-isernia-ritrovamento-in-via-occidentale-spunta-una-testa-dell-imperatore-augusto.html

Archaeological confirmation of the remains of a Temple of Fortuna at Fano (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/marche/notizie/2021/04/27/archeologia-scavi-a-fano-confermano-tempio-della-fortuna_2c43c52f-5f16-4904-9fe9-58bb126d1b83.html
https://www.oltrefano.it/attualita/fano/fano-il-tempio-della-fortuna-si-conserva-sotto-il-complesso-s-agostino-importante-conferma-per-progettare-area-dellex-filanda-bosone.html

Remains of a Roman settlement in Leicestershire found with ‘hints’ from Google Earth:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-settlement-leicestershire-discovered-dig-team-google-earth-971909

Roman finds (including a kiln?) from a site in Wakefield:

https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/excitement-as-archaeologists-uncover-rare-roman-items-during-wakefield-dig-3216203

Recent finds from the Roman Villa site in Crontrada:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-archaeological-finds-near-roman.html

Remains of 3rd century Roman villa and a pair of tombs in Tirana:

https://exit.al/en/2021/04/30/3rd-century-roman-villa-and-two-tombs-found-near-tirana-mosaic/

A 1500 years bp child burial ground from beneath the walls of Thessaloniki:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1500-year-old-infant-cemetery-unearthed.html

The giant (bronze) statue of Constantine in the Capitoline Museum was reunited with its finger (found in the Louvre):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/29/giant-statue-roman-emperor-constantine-reunited-with-long-lost-finger
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/paris-sends-rome-missing-finger-from-giant-statue-of-roman-emperor.html
https://observer.com/2021/04/constantine-the-great-rome-finger/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/after-500-years-an-ancient-bronze-hand-is-rejoined-to-a-finger/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/hand-of-constantine-colossus-reunited.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finger-roman-emperor-missing-statue-180977628/

That ‘nationally important’ hoard of Roman-era bronze items from Ryedale is apparently headed to auction:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/incredible-hoard-of-roman-treasures-discovered-by-amateur-metal-detectorists-in-ryedale-to-be-auctioned-3216096
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19265365.gladiator-treasures-uncovered-north-yorkshire-go-show/
https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/19263913.nationally-important-2-000-year-old-hoard-found-ryedale-go-public-display/
https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/incredible-nationally-important-roman-bronze-artefacts-discovered-in-ryedale-expected-to-sell-for-ps90000-3219679
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/incredible-roman-finds-ryedale-detectorists-20502397

Archaeologists aren’t happy with ‘tourist friendly’ renovations to the Acropolis of Athens:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/just-way-fit-more-tourists-archaeologists-outraged-planned-renovation-acropolis/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/world_archaeologists_critics_blast_tourist_friendly_acropolis_scheme-2331971/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/44440-media-archaeologists-criticize-tourist-friendly-athens-acropolis-scheme.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/acropolis-renovation-plans
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/acropolis-renovation-1962796
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-proposed-renovations-greeces-acropolis-are-so-controversial-180977620/

More on the Roman amphitheatre frin from Mastaura:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/29/huge-ampitheatre-gladiator-fights-dubbed-turkeys-colosseum-unearthed/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/586/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/586/pub/586/page/55/article/168899
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gladiator-amphitheater-uncovered-turkey-180977581/

In case you missed the item about historians who documented the Jewish revolts:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/who-were-the-historians-who-documented-the-jewish-revolts-666219

Plans to close the site of Assos for 500 days:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/assos-to-be-closed-for-500-days-164313
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkeys-ancient-city-of-assos-to-be-closed-for-500-days/2222812

Reviews of Robert Kanigel’s biography of Milman Parry:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/books/review/hearing-homers-song-milman-parry-robert-kanigel.html
https://newrepublic.com/article/162267/milman-parry-changed-understanding-homer-forever

Feature on the research of the Peraia of Samothrace project:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-archaeological-sites-attract.html

Feature on what Greeks and Romans understood about the spread of disease:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-greeks-and-romans-got-a-surprising-number-of-things-right-about-the-spread-of-disease-156152

Feature on the acropolis of Amphipolis:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-acropolis-of-amphipolis-and-its.html

Feature on some masterpieces of ancient Greek art:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/01/top-ten-ancient-greek-masterpieces/

Feature on frescoes from Dura Europos:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/01/these-frescoes-adorned-the-oldest-extant-christian-house-church/

Feature on the Spartans:

https://theconversation.com/what-were-the-spartans-like-note-to-lego-masters-they-didnt-build-city-walls-159910

Feature on the Aeneid:

https://merionwest.com/2021/04/26/virgils-war-and-peace/

Feature on Livia Drusilla (subject of a new tv series):

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/tvfilm/domina-sky-series-livia-drusilla-roman-true-story-b930411.html

Feature/review of Marcus Aurelius’ *Meditations*:

https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/books/a36210521/why-marcus-aureliuss-meditations-is-the-self-help-book-we-all-need-to-read/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/meditations-review-a-stoic-emperors-bestseller-11619476254

On Tiberius as detective:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/emperor-tiberius-murder-investigation

Joy Connolly was elected to the AAAS:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-council-of-learned-societies-president-joy-connolly-elected-to-american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences-301276373.html

UIowa had a marathon reading of the Iliad:

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2021/04/29/university-iowa-homer-iliad-24-hour-reading-classical-literature-homerathon-2021/7391667002/

… while the UNebraska-Lincoln Homerathon will be online in a couple weeks:

https://www.unl.edu/classics/unls-fourth-annual-homerathon-be-held-virtually

More features/coverage of the threat to Classics at Howard:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/25/us/howard-classics-department.html
https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/05/01/the-only-classics-department-at-a-historically-black-college-is-closing

A Trojan horse was making the rounds in Troy (NY):

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Photos-Downtown-Troy-visited-by-a-Trojan-16144600.php
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Possibly Mesolithic images of boats carved into a rock in Valle, Norway:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/boat-carvings-found-in-norway-could-be-the-oldest-in-europe
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-boat-carving-found-norway-180977611/

Evidence of an Early Neolithic settlement near Kirkwall, Orkney:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/3087841/kirkwall-prehistoric-quernstone-is-latest-evidence-of-an-early-neolithic-settlement/
https://news.stv.tv/highlands-islands/neolithic-grind-stone-older-than-skara-brae-ploughed-up

A possible Neolithic logboat find from the Boyne Valley:

https://www.independent.ie/news/citizen-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-logboatin-the-boyne-valley-40366402.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/possible-ancient-logboat-spotted-in-river-boyne-by-citizen-archaeologist-1.4550520

An apparently untouched Bronze Age chamber/cist burial from the Dingle Peninsula (Ireland):

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-chamber-tomb-untouched-in-ireland.html
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/underground-tomb-found-in-ireland-dingle-peninsula/

A Bronze Age hoard from a forest near Alingsas in Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-swedish-enthusiast-bronze-age-treasure.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56943432
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-excavate-bronze-age-treasures-in-sweden/138852
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/swedish-orienteering-enthusiast-finds.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9667-210430-sweden-bronze-artifacts

A 9th century or so Viking hoard from Norway includes a Celtic item:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/viking-scholars-thrilled-by-discovery-of-celtic-ornament-in-norway-40354949.html
https://www.irishpost.com/news/extremely-rare-ancient-celtic-ornament-discovered-in-norway-believed-to-have-been-stolen-by-vikings-210710
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61243

The site of the Battle of Brunanburh (937 CE) has apparently been located:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9532515/How-Anglo-Saxon-warriors-took-Viking-led-enemy-alliance-Battle-Brunanburh.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/587/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/587/pub/587/page/86/article/169729

Vikings created a massive ‘boat’ in a volcanic cave in Iceland 1100 years bp or so possibly to ward off Ragnarok:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-boat-structure-ragnarok.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-vikings-conduct-rituals-stop-ragnarok-cave-180977619/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9661-210427-viking-boat-cave

Great Moravian era burials from a site near Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22645994/archeologists-find-graves-from-the-era-of-great-moravia.html

A possible medieval dwelling site found during construction of a housing development in Harrogate:

https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/excitement-at-surprise-medieval-discovery-at-village-near-harrogate-3213901
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/builders-discover-remains-of-medieval-farmhouse-on-land-in-historic-village-near-harrogate-during-site-works-3219422

… and remains of a medieval dwelling from a similar sort of site in Dorset:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19260382.archaeological-dig-reveals-remains-medieval-home-north-quay/

A 700 years bp child burial from the Real Alcazar of Seville:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-04-30/the-700-year-old-child-found-in-southern-spain.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-26/la-nina-sevillana-con-siete-siglos-de-edad.html

Study suggests cancer rates in medieval Britain may have been ten times higher than previously thought:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/cancer-rates-in-medieval-britain-were-around-ten-times-higher-than-previously-thought-study-suggests
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoc-cri042821.php
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/30/cancer-in-medieval-britain-not-as-rare-as-thought-research-suggests
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-29/el-cancer-ya-diezmaba-a-los-humanos-de-la-edad-media.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/analysis-of-medieval-skeletons-reveals-a-cancer-rate-far-higher-than-expected
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/cancer-rates-in-medieval-britain-around.html

Feature on the Vikings of Greenland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/the-vikings-of-greenland/138815

A 17th century/Civil War stirrup from Colchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-56767014

Feature on Jewish history in Spain:

https://www.jpost.com/podcast/jewish-spain-2000-years-of-heritage-and-counting-666904

More on the diet of folks living on the Great Hungarian Plain 7000 years bp and beyond:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-results-about-diets-of-people-who.html

More on that 5000 years bp bit of pottery with a fingerprint from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56858268
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5000-year-old-fingerprint-found-scottish-island-180977602/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/5000-year-old-potters-fingerprint-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9659-210426-scotland-neolithic-fingerprint

More on the remains of a possible Bronze Age village from Lake Lucerne:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/bronze-age-village-found-under-swiss-lake/46559866
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/a-bronze-age-village-is-discovered-beneath-lake-lucerne
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9660-210426-bronze-age-switzerland

More on that Iron Age hoard from Germany:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-biggest-iron-age-weapon-hoards.html

More on that 800 years bp burial of a 5-year-old girl from a palace in Seville:

https://www.tntribune.com/video-grave-of-thrones-ancient-tomb-of-child-princess-found-in-game-palace/

More on that 600 years bp sword find from Poland which may be associated with the Battle of Grunwald:

https://www.livescience.com/sword-poland-battle-of-grunwald.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9530129/Medieval-sword-unearthed-Poland-used-Battle-Grunwald-1410.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61267
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9665-210429-poland-medieval-sword

More on that 17th century ‘mourning ring’ from the Isle of Man:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-ring-english-civil-war.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61237

The wreck of a Norwegian ship turned into a Nazi troop carrier was located:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-virtually-archaeology.html

Feature on Chauvet Cave and the Pont d’Arc:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-chauvet-cave-artists-artwork-pont.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/c-wcc042621.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/when-chauvet-cave-artists-created-its.html
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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 9000-12000 years bp fire use from a cave site in Guizhou:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/29/WS608a0cafa31024ad0babb281.html
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/29/WS6089f267a31099a234355c45.html

Studying the origins of Beijing:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/269039919/across-china-high-tech-facilitates-research-into-beijings-ancient-past

Feature on ivory finds from Sanxingdui:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-05-02/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-Ivory-ZVMgl58PoQ/index.html

On ‘political archaeology’ in China:

https://www.asianage.com/opinion/columnists/280421/claude-arpi-chinas-new-weapon-is-political-archaeology.html

The Plain of Jars appears to have been used for burials for possible 2000 years:

https://www.livescience.com/plain-of-jars-burial-site-true-age.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-finally-date-mysterious-plain-of-jars-in-laos-666852
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/clues-about-the-mysterious-laos-plain-of-jars-a-former-burial-ground/

Excavation of some megalithic burials at Kodumanal has commenced:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/digging-of-megalithic-burials-at-kodumanal-begins/article34429186.ece

Three ‘offering pots’ (date?) from a dig in Konthagai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/three-offering-pots-found-in-unearthed-urns/article34432126.ece

Feature on 16th century Portuguese-associated finds from Thiruketheeswarm:

https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2021/05/02/features/ancient-archaeological-findings-thiruketheeswaram

Feature on some deteriorating petroglyphs in a Suluwesi cave:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/sulawesi-cave-paintings/?ct=t()

The tombs of a pair of 13th century Pereslavl princes have been identified:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-identify-royal-tombs-of-pereslavl-princes/138861
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A study of the ‘superhighways’ used by the first Australians to cross the continent:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-superhighways-australians.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-superhighways-australians-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/sfi-fap042621.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-map-the-superhighways-the-first-people-in-australia-might-have-followed
https://scitechdaily.com/first-human-inhabitants-of-australia-followed-superhighways-across-the-continent/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/mapping-superhighways-travelled-by.html

The first Australians population grew into the millions, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-australians-grew-population-millions-previous.html

Flinders University is looking at a fish cannery site on Kangaroo Island:

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/7225529/archaeologists-investigate-historic-cannery-at-american-river/?cs=1525

Evidence of kumara pits from near Dunedin dating to the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-discovery-ancient-kumara-pits.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoo-gkr042821.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/groundbreaking-kumara-research-marries.html

Overviewish piece on the dig at the Pa site in New Zealand:

http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/5/386092

Feature on what petroglyphs in Australia reveal:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/rock-art/13321518
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest study of the possible route folks took across the Bering Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-north-america-populated-stone-migration.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uok-wna042921.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uok-wna042921.php

A 14 000 years bp horse fossil find from a Las Vegas backyard:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/01/us/las-vegas-horse-fossil.html

The ‘birthing scene’ panel of the Moab petroglyphs in Utah was vandalized (a reward is being offered):

https://sltrib.com/news/environment/2021/04/28/prehistoric-petroglyph/
https://www.ksl.com/article/50155173/this-is-not-an-accident-well-known-moab-petroglyph-damaged-by-vandalism
https://kutv.com/news/local/sacred-petroglyph-near-moab-defaced-with-race-messages-and-genitalia
https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2021/04/28/racist-message-moab-the-birthing-scene-petroglyph-utah/4879079001/
https://kutv.com/news/local/sacred-petroglyph-near-moab-defaced-with-race-messages-and-genitalia
https://gearjunkie.com/news/moab-birthing-rock-vandalism?fbclid=IwAR2UdXpf6hJKtv2hvdaBzfWftcO3W6jXP80ywnbWlERRKh0rW3ctnUXlaKg
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9518881/Racist-message-ancient-Utah-petroglyph.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/another-ancient-petroglyph-panel-has-been-vandalised-in-utah
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-deface-native-american-petroglyphs-utah-racist-phrase-180977630/

Evidence of social tensions (combined with drought?) are being linked to three ‘dramatic upheavals’ in Pueblo development:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-social-tensions-disruptions-ancient-pueblo.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/wsu-stp042121.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/over-and-over-again-rising-social-tension-preceded-collapses-of-pueblo-societies
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/social-tensions-preceded-disruptions-in.html

Assorted interesting artifacts from the site of Maryland’s first English settlement:

https://www.npr.org/local/305/2021/04/29/991706723/archaeologists-discover-artifacts-from-maryland-s-first-english-settlement
https://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0421/joke-about-finding-coin-from-1634-at-st-marys-fort-becomes-reality.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/02/rare-coin-maryland-dig/
https://dcist.com/story/21/04/28/st-marys-maryland-archeological-discovery-colonizing-settlements/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9666-210430-maryland-colonial-artifacts

Another possible Tulsa Race Massacre burial site will be examined:

https://www.newsweek.com/mass-grave-discovery-might-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-1587553
https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/city-says-race-massacre-mass-grave-exhumation-track-june-1-start

A Williamstown church bell made by Paul Revere’s foundry was recovered after a fire:

https://www.wamc.org/post/bell-made-foundry-paul-revere-recovered-after-fire

The Camp Security dig has resumed:

https://www.eveningsun.com/videos/news/2021/04/26/see-revolutionary-war-camp-security-dig-resume-terraced-wooded-area/7389958002/
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/04/27/revolutionary-war-prisoner-war-camp-security-dig-resumes-york/7390298002/

Interview with David Givens about Jamestown:

https://www.wtkr.com/coast-live/recent-discoveries-at-jamestown-on-coast-live

Archaeological finds in the Straits of Mackinac are potentially delaying/getting in the way of a pipeline project:

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/could-an-ancient-submerged-cultural-site-stop-enbridges-great-lakes-oil-and-gas-pipeline/Content?oid=26991598

Feature on underwater archaeology in the Great Lakes:

http://greatlakesecho.org/2021/04/28/how-archeologists-excavate-great-lakes-wrecks/

More on the find of the site of Harriet Tubman’s (father’s) home:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/archaeologists-found-the-site-of-harriet-tubmans-family-home/
https://southernmarylandchronicle.com/2021/04/27/harriet-tubman-historic-site-discovered-at-blackwater-wildlife-refuge/

The Hannah Duston statue in Haverhill (MA) is the focus of another ‘take down’ campaign:

https://www.wamc.org/post/statue-killer-towns-debate-presentation-colonial-woman
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a Classic Maya capital of a kingdom in Chiapas:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/capital-sak-tzi-kingdom-08223.html?fbclid=IwAR2fYYB8mMQwt7WEjwvftvjwXh3gyr1eFTAODcdhDwELUSQgQbbwlIyvB6M

An interesting 8th century Mayan tomb from El Palmar:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/over-top-mayan-tomb-reveals-090150619.html

Remains of a 200 years bp (English?) shipwreck of the Caribbean coast of Mexico:

https://www.ksdk.com/video/entertainment/buzz60/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-by-archaeologists-in-caribbean/600-51d7ec0e-2c15-460a-9683-18562fd8e69b

Dozens of hand prints possibly associated with a Maya ritual from a cave in the Yucatan:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-56960028
https://www.ksdk.com/video/entertainment/buzz60/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-by-archaeologists-in-caribbean/600-51d7ec0e-2c15-460a-9683-18562fd8e69b
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-maya-cave-reveals-mysterious-211538400.html

LiDAR is revealing evidence of terracing and details Maya structures in the Puuc region of the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/lidar-maya-yucatan.html

Traces of a pyramid (?) structure at Tlacochcalco:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/traces-of-pyramidal-structure-discovered-in-former-chalca-altepetl-of-tlacochcalco/138833

Torrential rains caused a roof collapse at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210429-torrential-rain-collapses-roof-over-famed-aztec-temple-in-mexico
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/hailstorm-brings-down-roof-of-mexicos-greatest-aztec-temple
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-04-29/los-arqueologos-temen-por-los-otros-techos-del-templo-mayor-el-que-cubre-la-piramide-esta-a-punto-de-colapsar.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2021/04/29/album/1619730555_345635.html
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-04-29/una-tormenta-destruye-la-cubierta-de-un-edificio-del-templo-mayor-de-los-aztecas.html

More on the ’embassy complex’ in Tikal:

https://www.livescience.com/teotihuacan-maya-embassy-in-tikal.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-these-ancient-mesoamerican-cities-friends-they-became-foes-180977509/
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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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Thomas Becket’s skull will be part of the British Museum’s exhibition devoted to him:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/25/thomas-beckets-skull-will-displayed-british-museum/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/05/01/sacred-mysteries-afterlife-piece-beckets-cranium/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/582/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/582/pub/582/page/38/article/167123
https://aleteia.org/2021/04/27/skull-of-st-thomas-becket-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum/

Research suggests a Holbein miniature might depict Anne of Cleves rather than Catherine Howard:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/01/how-holbein-left-clever-clue-in-portrait-to-identify-henry-viiis-queen

I think we’ve mentioned ‘the worst year to be alive’ suggestion before:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/26/536-worst-year-ever-to-be-alive-in-history/

The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune is causing some reflection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/world/europe/france-protests-yellow-vests-paris-commune.html

On the history of the Parsee gara/sari:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/lifestyle-culture/article/3130862/how-parsee-gara-or-sari-has-chinese-influences-and

Fragments of the tapestry of the Apocalypes of Angers were found in a gallery in Paris:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/04/29/des-fragments-de-la-tenture-de-lapocalypse-dangers-retrouves-a-paris/

On ‘anti-feminist’ women and art history:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-art-history-reveals-about-the-rise-of-anti-feminist-women

Feature on Napoleon’s library:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/europe-news/napoleon-bonaparte-the-bookworm-7918460

Feature on Caravaggio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-26/la-historia-del-caravaggio-que-si-salio-de-espana.html

… and the work which is under dispute in Spain right now:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-26/jorge-coll-se-decidira-si-se-vende-o-no-despues-de-la-investigacion-y-restauracion-del-cuadro.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-01/la-academia-de-san-fernando-entrego-a-perez-de-castro-el-caravaggio-porque-desconocia-su-origen.html

Feature (review?): on the two sieges of Zaragoza by Napoleon:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-04-27/zaragoza-la-ciudad-indefensa-que-derroto-al-mayor-ejercito-del-mundo.html

When the New York Times began printing on Sundays:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/02/insider/sunday-newspapers.html

Pondering the legacy of Alexander Graham Bell (review):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/books/review/the-invention-of-miracles-katie-booth.html

Discussing Slavery at a Jane Austen Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/world/europe/jane-austen-slavery-museum.html

Pondering inherent racism in psychiatry:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/health/psychiatry-racism-black-americans.html

Feature on the origins of writing:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/where-did-writing-come-from/

Feature on the kraken:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-technology-uncovering-mysteries-kraken.html

I think we mentioned these Medici frescoes found during renovations at the Uffizi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-uncover-forgotten-renaissance-era-frescoes-italys-uffizi-gallery-180977597/

Feature on Harvard archaeology students bringing archaeology virtually to plenty of classrooms:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-virtually-archaeology.html

Pondering the citron from the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210428-the-ghent-altarpiece-an-unlikely-fruit-meaning-original-sin

Feature on the mutiny on the HMS Bounty:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/the-real-story-behind-the-infamous-mutiny-on-the-hms-bounty

On Hugo Kohl’s efforts to preserve early American jewellery:

https://craftsmanship.net/the-jewelry-archaeologist/

On the relic(s) known as Jesus’ foreskin:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-jesus-foreskin-became-one-of-christianity-s-most-coveted-relics-and-then-disappeared-1.6002421

On the history of blackface:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/blackface-older-you-think-180977618/

On saving St Mark’s Cathedral from rising waters:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-st-mark-s-floods

Feature on John Milton’s Areopagitica:

https://aeon.co/essays/reading-john-miltons-areopagitica-in-the-information-age

A long-believed fake Poussin is now considered real:

https://gephardtdaily.com/entertainment/conservationists-say-long-believed-fake-poussin-painting-is-real/

Review of Sarah Ruden’s translation of the Gospels:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/what-we-can-and-cant-learn-from-a-new-translation-of-the-gospels

Review of Dyer, *Les Soixante-Quinze Feuillets et Autres Manuscrits Inedits* (Proust):

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/les-soixante-quinze-feuillets-marcel-proust-review-marion-schmid/

Review of Tod, *Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s ‘Girl Stunt Reporters’:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-lost-legacy-of-the-girl-stunt-reporter

An award for Sarah Parcak:

https://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/local-news/sarah-parcak-receives-2021-roy-chapman-andrews-society-distinguished-explorer-award/article_18014f21-41ec-5fd2-914a-dd98bffce9dc.html

More on Leonardo not being the creator of a sculpture of Flora:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-whale-wax-show-leonardo-da-vinci-did-not-create-sculpture-180977600/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Epic Iran:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-army-will-guard-v-and-a-exhibition

Colors of the Romans:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/italy-showcases-mosaics-dating-back-to-ancient-rome/

Nero:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19255804.colchesters-fenwick-treasure-feature-roman-emperor-exhibition/

Matres matutae:

https://www.ilpescara.it/eventi/mostre/imago-museum-statue-collezione-matres-matutae-capua.html

Treasures of Akrotiri:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/30/treasures-of-akrotiri-exhibit-travels-to-russia-for-first-time/

Interesting feature on how the Getty has been cleaning up during Covid shutdown times:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/inside-the-year-long-deep-clean-of-the-getty-museum/

Feature on the new Siwa Oasis Museum:

https://cairoscene.com/Travel/New-Siwa-Oasis-Museum-in-Shali-Fortress

Feature on Princeton’s art museum moving a 13th century stained glass window:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/photo-relocating-13th-century-stained-glass-new-museum

Feature on the Museum of Lycian Civilizations:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/antalya-museum-sheds-light-on-lycian-league-1st-democratic-union/news

Faced with some major tax bills, the head of Samsung has donated a pile of are to South Korean museums:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/samsung-donation-art-lee-kun-hee-1234591084/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-29/los-herederos-de-samsung-donan-23000-piezas-de-arte-a-museos-de-corea-del-sur.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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George Washington’s first letter to a US Jewish community is coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/george-washingtons-first-letter-to-a-us-jewish-community-to-be-auctioned-666398

… as is a ‘mourning scarf’ associated with Alexander Hamilton:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61258

The world’s ‘most valuable stamp’ is on the auction block again:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/worlds-most-valuable-stamp-expected-to-sell-for-up-15m-in-london

A Sussex auction house pulled a Benin Bronze from auction:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/auction-house-cancels-sale-of-benin-bronze-over-looting-concerns-vgpvsr9dm

That 1794 ‘flowing hair’ copper prototype coin fetched a nice price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-first-dollar-coins-struck-us-mint-sells-840000-180977598/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of the role of DNA in brain evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210426154805.htm

What DNA reveals about ancient diseases:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/04/teeth-ancient-pathogen-dna/618700/
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/646319/a-short-history-of-humanity-by-johannes-krause-and-thomas-trappe/

In case you missed the excitement about DNA extracted from ancient bear feces:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-sequence-entire-genome-bear-species-without-use-fossils-180977613/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest (really interesting) scan of a mummy revealed it not to be the expected priest but rather a woman who was seven months pregnant (!):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-egyptian-mummy-pregnant-woman-male.html
https://www.livescience.com/pregnant-egyptian-mummy-warsaw.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/29/researchers-shocked-to-find-egyptian-mummy-was-a-pregnant-woman
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/02/world/europe/egyptian-mummy-pregnant-warsaw.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56926005
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pregnant-mummy-revealed-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-30/hallada-la-primera-momia-egipcia-embarazada.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1621187/scientists-claim-discovering-first-pregnant-egyptian-mummy
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-pregnant-egyptian-mummy-uncovered-in-warsaw-21588
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/first-pregnant-ancient-egyptian-mummy-revealed-by-study/138836
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egyptian-mummy-found-to-be-pregnant.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reveal-first-known-pregnant-egyptian-mummy-180977637/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9668-210430-egypt-mummy-pregnancy

Feature on technology used in archaeology:

https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/04/28/1022982/data-archaeology-ancient-city-grid-burial-site/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Coastal cities in Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-cities-on-mediterranean-coast-fascinate-visitors-amid-pandemic-164258

Paris:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jeffrey-milstein-paris-from-the-air/index.html

India’s archaeological wonders:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/web-stories/indias-top-archaeological-wonders-from-ancient-times/photostory/82292561.cms
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Medea:

https://gazette.com/arts-entertainment/uccs-students-return-to-colorado-springs-stage-with-brutal-greek-tragedy/article_d8e6eb56-a2b4-11eb-8d81-6f468f08e319.html

Feature on Josquin des Prez:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/arts/music/josquin-des-prez-classical-music.html

Classical plays are returning to the theatre in Syracuse:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/04/28/classical-plays-return-to-siracusa-theater_2b31d2b0-f0b2-48ee-821c-2b2c4e277a9c.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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A documentary on Fishbourne Roman Palace is in the works:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/sir-tony-robinson-visits-fishbourne-roman-palace-for-new-documentary-3213742
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CRIME BEAT
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Italy was marking the recovery of over half a million (!) stolen or counterfeit works in 2020:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/rome-forum-theft-tops-500000-works-recovered-by-italy.868357

A couple were sentenced for failing to report the discovery of an Iron Age hoard of 933 gold coins from Great Baddow:

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/couple-sentenced-over-ancient-treasure-discovery-in-great-baddow/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-56945507

A Kalymnos man was arrested for possession of ancient artifacts:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/30/kalymnos-man-arrested-artifacts/
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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 12th century reliquary stolen 30+ years ago was recovered by Italian police:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/584/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/584/pub/584/page/64/article/168243

The British Institute of Persian Studies returned tom items to Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460242/Tens-of-Iranian-relics-returned-home-from-British-institute

Italy returned a pair of smuggled items to Egypt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/410270/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-retrieves–smuggled-artefacts-from-Italy.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-recovers-two-smuggled-greco-roman-antiquities-from-italy/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/30/italy-returns-two-greco-roman-artefacts-to-egypt/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/30/content_77454520.htm

UPenn will be returning skulls from their Morton Cranial Collection to their communities for reburial:

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/27/988972736/penn-museum-apologizes-for-unethical-possession-of-human-remains

Germany returned a Nazi-looted painting of St Florian of Lorch to the heirs of Jewish dealer:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/germany-restitutes-medieval-painting-stolen-by-nazis-to-rightful-heirs-666450

Germany will be returning Benin Bronzes next year:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-in-2022/a-57382591
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/arts/design/benin-bronzes-germany.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/30/germany-first-to-hand-back-benin-bronzes-looted-by-british
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/30/992496264/germany-will-repatriate-benin-bronzes-plundered-from-africa-in-the-19th-century
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/germany-start-returning-benin-bronzes-2022-2021-04-30/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/germany-returns-benin-bronzes-2022-declaration-1234591348/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/benin-bronzes-germany-restitution/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-push-museums-around-world-make-plans-repatriate-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180977519/

Nigeria has high hopes of many returns, of course:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nigeria-gets-ready-to-receive-world-s-benin-bronzes

… related item on the monetary value of a Benin Bronze at Aberdeen U:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/from-gbp750-to-gbp500-000

More on the US returning smuggled items to Afghanistan:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/25/afghan-relics-seized-from-smugglers-being-returned/
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/29/651584/Afghanistan-Smuggled-Artifacts-National-MuseumUS-
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coinage-from-republic-to-empire/

Feature on Lingwell Gate’s Roman Coin Moulds Project:

https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/dirty-money-lingwell-gates-roman-coin-moulds/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n18.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Boston:

https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/ex-director-of-horniman-museum-dies-aged-89/

Rajan Mishra:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/obituaries/rajan-mishra-dead-covid.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3069-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-18-through-april-24-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.01 ~ April 25, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of the Little Foot australopithecine fossil suggests they were comfortable in trees as well:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-foot-fossil-early-human-ancestor.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210420092921.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-rosetta-stone-fossil-shows-australopiths-still-had-apelike-shoulders-1.9737317
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S004724842100035X
https://gizmodo.com/incredible-fossil-skeleton-reveals-an-ancient-human-rel-1846729508
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/little-foot-fossil-shows-early-human.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9656-210422-little-foot-shoulder

A study of Neanderthal DNA from sediments from a cave in Spain and Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-nuclear-dna-sediments-ancient-human.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-dna-cave-mud-migration-eurasia
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9644-210419-neanderthal-nuclear-dna

… another study is looking at the genes which distinguish modern humans from Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-creativity-modern-humans-overcame-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210421100932.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/creativity-and-community-how-modern.html

On the African roots of homo erectus:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-04-20-homo-erectus-detective-work-and-geoscience-unearth-our-ancient-ancestors-african-roots/

Plenty of stone tools associated with homo erectus from an abandoned gold mine in the Sahara:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/hundreds-of-stone-tools-used-by-homo-erectus-discovered-in-abandoned-goldmine-in-sahara-desert/138806

On the Denisovan contribution to Pacific Island populations:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/denisovans-made-multiple-contributions-to-pacific-island-populations/

Feature on how Neanderthals ‘culturally exchanged’ with contemporary homo sapiens:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/30737/20210419/neanderthal-contributions-modern-man-six-human-species-explained.htm

Feature on Neanderthal intelligence:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/comment/neanderthals-werent-just-smart-they-might-have-taught-humans-a-thing-or-two/

Review of Jeremy DeSilva, *First Steps*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/books/review/first-steps-jeremy-desilva.html

Review of Rebecca Sykes, *Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art*:

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2021/05/13/neanderthals-why-did-they-vanish/

More on humans as ‘superpredators’:

https://www.livescience.com/humans-were-super-predators.html

More on the homo antecessor remains from Grand Dolina Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/girl-gran-dolina-cannibalized.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9647-210420-spain-grand-dolina

More on Neanderthal footprints found on an ancient Spanish beach:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83413-8
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/neanderthal-footprints-found-on-ancient.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleoanthropologists-find-more-80-neanderthal-footprints-spain-180977526/
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An interesting WWI cemetery in Nairobi with very few African names:

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47639452

A major fire at the University of Cape Town this week with plenty of damage to artifacts and books:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/18/south-africa-fire-university-cape-town/
https://www.france24.com/en/video/20210421-scholars-grieve-loss-of-priceless-antiquities-in-cape-town-fire
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-56793317

Review of Main and Huffman, *Palaces of Stone*:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/books/non-fiction/2021-04-23-uncovering-ancient-kingdoms-in-southern-africa/

More on ancient honey exploitation in West Africa 3500 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-nigerians-were-eating-honey-molecular-archaeology-proves-1.9722510
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-22425-4
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I think we mentioned this 18th century shipwreck found in the Red Sea:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/egypt-recovers-new-part-sunken-ship-red-sea

The dome of the Al-Imam Al0Shafie mausoleum was reopened after restoration:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/19/egypt-reopens-countrys-largest-mausoleum-dome-of-al-imam-al-shafie-after-restoration/

Feature on the recent finds at Saqqara:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/22/tombs-saqqara-new-discoveries-are-rewriting-ancient-egypts-history/

Interview with Betsy Bryan on the recent ‘golden city’ find:

https://wgnradio.com/matt-bubala/exploring-a-3000-year-old-city-with-egyptologist-betsy-bryan/

Feature on desecration of statues in various periods of Egyptian history:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/condemning-statues/

Pondering whether tourists will respond to all the recent finds/events in Egypt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/world/africa/egypt-tourism-covid-mummies.html

More on 6000 years bp evidence of dog domestication on the Arabian peninsula:

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/disasters/2477094/scholars-mourn-loss-of-priceless-antiquities-in-cape-town-fire/
https://www.france24.com/en/video/20210421-scholars-grieve-loss-of-priceless-antiquities-in-cape-town-fire
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/19/988640656/fast-moving-fire-on-table-mountain-destroys-south-african-landmarks-history
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/20/989234447/archaeologists-discover-earliest-example-of-dog-domestication-in-arabia
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/wildfire-engulfing-cape-town-university
https://wamu.org/story/21/04/23/mans-ancient-friend-6000-year-old-dog-remains-found-on-arabian-peninsula/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cultural-heritage-historic-library-destroyed-south-africa-blaze-180977539/

Feature on Mesopotamian sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkeys-ancient-cities-enlighten-vast-mesopotamianhistory

A study of Epipaleolithic ‘technology exchange’ among groups in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/paleo-start-up-nation-prehistoric-israelis-exchanged-technology-study-665919

Plenty of attention for the use of AI to distinguish at least two different scribes for the the Great Isaiah Scroll:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uog-ctc041921.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/p-hao041421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-code-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.livescience.com/dead-sea-scrolls-ai-two-scribes.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56842712
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-artificial-intelligence-sheds-new-light-on-their-authors-666069
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-artificial-intelligence-helps-identify-authors-of-dead-sea-scrolls-1.9732803
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/ai-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9496367/
https://aleteia.org/2021/04/24/ai-analysis-of-dead-sea-scrolls-points-to-more-than-one-scribe/
https://theconversation.com/dead-sea-scrolls-two-scribes-probably-wrote-one-of-the-manuscripts-159169
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/new-handwriting-analysis-reveals-two-scribes-wrote-one-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/identifying-the-scribes-behind-the-dead-sea-scrolls
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/cracking-code-of-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/23/cracking-the-code-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-finds-new-clues-dead-sea-scrolls-origins-180977571/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9657-210423-scroll-handwriting-ai

cf: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/cracking-code-of-dead-sea-scrolls.html

Lawrence Schiffman on the latest Judean Desert Texts:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/judean-desert-texts-what-is-their-significance-665733

More on the early alphabetic writing from Lachish:

https://www.livescience.com/alphabet-missing-link-israel.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/early-alphabetic-writing-found-at-lachish/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2274831-the-alphabet-may-have-been-invented-500-years-earlier-than-we-thought/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/tel-lachish-inscription-09571.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/missing-link-in-alphabets-history.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9645-210420-israel-inscription-alphabet

Suggestion that Solomon might have been a ‘shipping magnate’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/25/was-king-solomon-the-ancient-worlds-first-shipping-magnate

Suggestion that the Kinneret includes a site associated with a Canaanite murder story:

https://www.jpost.com/j-spot/does-the-kinneret-hold-the-secret-of-a-3500-year-old-canaanite-murder-665790

Feature on ancient historians who mentioned the Jewish revolts:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/who-were-the-historians-who-documented-the-jewish-revolts-666219

I think we had this item on Syrian families seeking refuge in archaeological sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/world/middleeast/fleeing-a-modern-war-syrians-seek-refuge-in-ancient-ruins.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/fleeing-a-modern-war-syrians-seek-refuge-in-ancient-ruins/

Feature on fashion in Bronze Age Syria:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/bronze-age-fashion/

Feature on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/finding-buried-sort-of-treasure/

Plans to rebuild the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56765751

I’m still not sure what, exactly, is going on with these reports of settlers/colonists raiding the site of Sebastia:

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/124149
https://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonists-invade-agricultural-site-in-sebastia/

—–
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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A large building associated with the worship of the Macedonian royal family is among the latest finds at Aegae:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-finds-in-aegae-royal-metropolis-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/3_aigai-210×210.jpg

An early Iron Age Thracian horse burial from northern Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/17/ancient-thracian-horse-burial-half-a-skeleton-human-burial-from-early-iron-age-found-near-bulgarias-polski-trambesh/

Evidence of a ‘substantial’ Roman settlement near Scalford (we might have mentioned this one):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56857409

A 2nd-1st century BCE miniature sundial from a Roman domus site in Pisa:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/04/21/miniature-clock-from-greek-roman-era-from-pisa-dig_0d597a1f-0f66-4292-b3ab-986bb3644b25.html
https://www.quinewspisa.it/pisa-in-piazza-dei-miracoli-torna-alla-luce-orologio-solare-archeologia-domus-romane.htm

A 2200 years bp burial from a construction site in Bitonto (Italian):

https://www.bitontoviva.it/notizie/dal-cantiere-di-piazza-caduti-spunta-una-tomba-di-2mila-anni-fa/
https://www.pugliain.net/130194-bitonto-comune-investe-valorizzazione-reperti/

Evidence of a 2000 years bp Roman road in Diyarbakir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2000-year-old-roman-street-unearthed-in-turkeys-diyarbakir/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-street-discovered-in-turkey-164092
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2-000-year-old-roman-street-discovered-in-turkey/2213562
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-roman-street-in-se-turkey-3570492

1st century CE finds (and earlier), including a pair of altars, from a Gallo-Roman dwelling site in Nimes:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61209
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/two-small-votive-altars-found-in-gallo.html

Three Roman amphorae (2nd century BCE- 2nd CE) from waters near Palermo (Italian):

https://palermo.gds.it/foto/cultura/2021/04/20/recuperate-nel-mare-di-mondello-tre-antiche-anfore-romane-051aa4c7-b9b7-42c5-a1a2-f5dd4b4b372b/
https://www.lasiciliaweb.it/2021/04/20/anfore-romane-nel-golfo-di-mondello/
https://gazzettadelsud.it/articoli/societa/2021/04/20/il-mare-restituisce-a-palermo-tre-anfore-romane-95c1cdf3-c866-4599-98fd-2dd90dd89826/
https://www.lecodelsud.it/palermo-a-mondello-recuperate-tre-antiche-anfore-romane
https://www.zazoom.it/2021-04-20/mondello-il-mare-restituisce-tre-anfore-romane-4/8548315/

A possible Roman-era (or later) ‘sewn boat’ from Grado (Italian):

https://www.triesteprima.it/cronaca/grado-archeologia-scoperte.html

Remains of a Roman road from a dig in Maddalena di Muccia (Italian):

https://www.cronachemaceratesi.it/2021/04/22/dagli-scavi-dello-svincolo-spunta-una-strada-romana/1519425/
https://www.corriereadriatico.it/macerata/muccia_svincolo_superstrada_valdichienti_cantiere_strada_romana_ultime_notizie_oggi-5916040.html

We’re getting more details on that find of a Roman amphitheatre in Mastaura:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-arena-discovered-in-turkey.html
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2021/04/gladiator-arena-from-roman-era.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gladiator-amphitheater-uncovered-turkey-180977581/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9653-210422-turkey-gladiator-arena

Remains of Imperial-era Roman baths from Frosinone:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61193
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/roman-baths-emerge-on-banks-of-cosa.html

A trio of Roman statues from the Eastern Roman Baths in Jerash were recently restored:

https://menafn.com/1101952186/Archaeologists-restore-3-ancient-Roman-statues-in-Jerash

Recent finds in/near Pompeii (Italian):

https://www.madeinpompei.it/2021/04/21/reperti-archeologici-nella-pompei-moderna-rinvenute-tracce-di-un-antico-edificio-extraurbano/

A 1st century Roman mosaic from Chieti, mentioned in the 19th century and forgotten, was rediscovered (Italian):

https://www.chietitoday.it/social/segnalazioni/mosaico-individuato-scoperto-scavi-piazza-san-giustino.html

A 1500 years bp chamber tomb from Adiyaman (Turkey):

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/video-gallery/news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-chamber-tomb-in-southeast-turkey-3570726

A Gothic warrior burial from downtown Thessaloniki (this may be an old find):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/grave-of-gothic-warrior-buried-with-his.html

More on vandals hitting that recently-found structure in Scarborough:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-estate-vandalized-in-uk.html

… and on the structure itself:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61154

More on the recent finds from Salamis:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/results-of-2020-salamis-underwater.html

More on the imperial-era jar burials from Corsica:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61124

More on the Roman-era emerald mine in Egypt’s western desert:

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/jnes/pr/210419
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9648-210421-egypt-roman-mines

More on the Roman ‘gallery’ found beneath the Topkapi palace courtyard:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61140

More on the impending restoration of the Area Sacra in Rome:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ruins-ghosts-and-cats-romes-area-sacra.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-julius-caesars-assassination-will-be-transformed-open-air-museum-180977536/

More on a possible Roman amphitheatre site on the via Appia near Atripalda:

https://www.atripaldanews.it/2021/04/22/rinvenimento-reperti-di-epoca-romana-in-via-appia-parla-lex-delegato-alla-cultura-barbarisiin-quellarea-la-presenza-dellanfiteatro/
https://www.ildigitale.it/anfiteatro-dellantica-abellinum-tesoro-sepolto/

More on the 2nd century BCE necropolis from near Messina:

https://www.messinatoday.it/video/scavi-via-orti-tombe-coletta-resti-maddalena-necropoli-via-battisti-.html

Concerns for the 2300 years bp Kurul Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-castle-under-threat-of-quarry-164121

Paphos is ‘sprucing up’ a number of sites:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/04/17/paphos-sprucing-up-its-sites/

The 4th century restored Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv has opened to the public:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/18/4th-century-bishops-basilica-with-marvelous-early-christian-bird-mosaics-opened-for-visitors-bulgarias-plovdiv-in-big-restoration-project-with-us-funding/

Feature on a small statue of Hermes in the Corum Museum found a couple years ago:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hermes-statuette-draws-attention-in-museum-164146

Feature on Gaia and her connection to Earth Day:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/22/the-greek-goddess-gaia-and-her-connection-to-earth-day/

Feature on the Amphiareion of Oropos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/21/the-ancient-greek-treasure-of-the-amphiareion-of-oropos/

Brief feature on Hadrianopolis:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/ancient-city-hadrianopolis-attracts-visitors-1232303.html

Feature on the Spartan agoge:

https://deltastatement.com/7003/uncategorized/the-spartan-agoge-investigation-of-badassery/

Feature on the end of Roman Britain:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/the-end-of-roman-britain/138762

Feature on Tiberius as ‘detective’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/emperor-tiberius-murder-investigation

A study of Mycenean cooking vessels from the Olympus region:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/21/cooking-in-the-shadow-of-mount-olympus/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/cooking-in-shadow-of-mount-olympus.html

Walter Scheidel on the impact of the fall of Rome:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire-paved-the-road-to-modernity

Joel Christensen on what the Odyssey can teach us about responding to a year of isolation:

https://theconversation.com/what-homers-odyssey-can-teach-us-about-reentering-the-world-after-a-year-of-isolation-159036
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/What-Homer-s-Odyssey-can-teach-us-about-16120301.php
https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/What-Homer-s-Odyssey-can-teach-us-about-16120301.php
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/what_homer_s_odyssey_can_teach_us_about_reentering_the_world_after_a_year_of_isolation-2271757/

Daniel Mendelsohn on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/19/ancient-greeces-army-of-lovers

… and a spinoff piece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/22/sacred-band-of-warriors-part-of-classical-era-greece/

Trevor Van Damme on ancient Greek handwashing and its implications:

https://theconversation.com/what-ancient-greek-handwashing-can-teach-us-about-socio-economic-inequality-158405
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/what-ancient-greek-handwashing-can-teach-us-about-socio-economic-inequality
https://neoskosmos.com/en/195839/what-ancient-greek-handwashing-can-teach-us-about-socio-economic-inequality/

Review of ae-Yeoun Keum, *Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought*:

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/philosophical-myth-writing-talking-tae-yeoun-keum/

The British Museum has an exhibition on Nero (see below) and has a feature on the emperor too:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-nero/

… see also:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/22/roman-cancel-culture-meant-neros-reputation-fiddled-death/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/apr/22/was-nero-cruel-british-museum-offers-hidden-depths-to-roman-emperor
https://www.nation.lk/online/nero-was-not-a-mad-tyrant-who-burnt-rome-to-the-ground-british-museum-exhibition-dispels-myths-75999.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/emperor-neros-reputation-is-unfair-says-british-museum-l9cb7tfsh

In case you haven’t heard the threat to Classics at Howard University

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/04/20/howard-university-classics-department-dissolve/
https://www.thechestnutpost.com/news/howard-university-to-shut-down-classical-studies-department-morning-joe-msnbc/
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/04/21/howard-plans-close-classics-department
https://collegenews.org/students-professors-attempt-to-prevent-howard-university-classics-department-from-being-dissolved/

… and a couple of related OpEds:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/19/cornel-west-howard-classics/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/04/23/howard-university-classics-arent-racist-canon-column/7333337002/
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/04/a-classics-dilemma.php

An update of sorts on the UVM threat:

https://vtdigger.org/2021/04/19/annaliese-holden-repeatedly-disappointed-by-the-uvm-administration/

Bettany Hughes on why she loves Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/19/why-i-fell-in-love-with-greece-british-historian-filmmaker-explains/

A Loeb fellowship for David Ungvary:

https://www.bard.edu/news/professor-david-ungvary-receives-202122-loeb-classical-library-foundation-fellowship-from-harvard-university-2021-04-20

Greece honoured three American archaeologists:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/19/greece-honors-american-archaeologists-on-philhellenism-day/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/20/us-archaeologists-award-greece/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1159701/three-us-archaeologists-appointed-commander-of-the-order-of-the-phoenix/

On ancient Greek wine varieties that are still around:

https://www.winemag.com/2021/04/22/best-greek-wines-varieties-assyrtiko/

Marking the traditional date of the foundation of Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/happy-birthday-to-rome-eternal-city-celebrates-2774-years-today.html

… and the story:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/natale-di-roma-the-legends-and-traditions-behind-romes-birthday.html

Marking the traditional date for the fall of Troy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/24/april-24-the-legendary-fall-of-troy/

Feature on Xenophon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/24/xenophon-warrior-and-chronicler-of-ancient-greece/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of 33 000 years bp human presence in Castlepook Cave (Cork):

https://www.thejournal.ie/reindeer-bone-cork-cave-5413607-Apr2021/

A study suggests recolonization of Europe began much earlier than previously thought in the wake of the last Ice Age:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-recolonization-europe-ice-age-earlier.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/recolonization-of-europe-after-last-ice.html

A study of the diet of folks living on the Great Hungarian Plain in Neolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-diets-ancient-peoples-great-hungarian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/elu-nra042121.php

A 7000 years bp flint tool production site near Belogradets (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/22/archaeologists-find-nearly-7000-year-old-copper-age-workshop-for-production-of-flint-tools-near-belogradets-in-northeast-bulgaria/

A 7000 years bp zoomorphic ‘ritual table’ from near Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/21/7000-year-old-ritual-table-with-horned-animal-first-bulgarian-empire-settlement-found-near-varna-in-rescue-digs/

A 5000 years bp fingerprint from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56858268

A possible 4500 years bp megalithic tomb from East Kennett:

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/19242481.early-bronze-age-tomb-uncovered-near-marlborough/

Evidence of a Bronze Age lakeside settlement from under Lake Lucerne:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/bronze-age-village-found-under-swiss-lake/46559866
https://www.expatica.com/ch/latest-news/sw-bronze-age-village-found-under-swiss-lake-206401/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61230
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/bronze-age-village-found-under-swiss.html

A major Iron Age weapons hoard from a hillfort site in Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-hoard-germany.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9504345/Archaeology-Iron-Age-warriors-BENT-swords-defeated-foes-hoard-Germany-reveals.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61200
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/large-iron-age-hoard-discovered-at-wallburg-wilzenberg-hillfort/138779
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9655-210422-germany-broken-weapons

A metal detectorist found a gold stater of the ‘Aulerci Cenomani’ people in St Martin:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/04/18/detectorist-discovers-rare-gold-coin-in-field/

A child helping his mother garden in Sandwick came across some Viking artifacts:

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/04/20/viking-artefacts-found-by-children-in-sandwick-gardens/

Possible early medieval burials found during patio construction in Wiltshire:

https://www.newsweek.com/contractors-working-familys-patio-discover-human-remains-five-people-1586102

A study of the ‘evolution’ of Viking metalwork from the 8th to the 9th centuries CE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/s-vmc041521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-viking-metalwork-craft-expertise-evolved.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210420092918.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/viking-metalwork-craft-and-expertise.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9658-210423-denmark-viking-metal

A 9th/10th century iron processing site from near Bestnitsa (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/20/medieval-metallurgical-center-at-dugout-settlement-from-height-of-first-bulgarian-empire-discovered-in-northwest-bulgaria/

A 600 years bp sword find from an undisclosed site in Poland (possible associated with the Battle of Grunwald):

https://tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english/polish-history-buff-finds-well-preserved-600-year-old-sword-5075178
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/knights-arsenal-unearthed-by-detectorist/138802

Metal detectorists have found a number of medieval/renaissance finds near Llwynywermod:

https://www.tatler.com/article/tudor-coins-rings-unearthed-near-llwynywermod-prince-charles-welsh-home

A medieval wooden coffin with well-preserved remains of what is thought to be a 5-year-old girl from a chapel in a place in Seville:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/21/archaeologists-uncover-coffin-of-five-year-old-girl-in-sevilla-chapel/

Thousands of medieval burials from the ‘leper dig’ in West Flanders:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2021/04/21/thousands-of-medieval-skeletons-found-at-ieper-dig/

A 17th century mourning ring found on the Isle of Man may be connected to James Stanley:

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/ring-which-could-have-belonged-to-former-lord-of-man-declared-treasure/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/350-year-old-ring-found-isle-man-180977561/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9650-210421-england-mourning-ring

More on petroglyph painters being ‘high’ when creating their work:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-cave-painting-high-oxygen-b1834290.html

More on evidence for sex-differentiated work in the Neolithic:

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/research/gendered-roles-for-neolithic-farmers/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9642-210419-europe-neolithic-skills

More on that 4000 years bp tomb from Ireland:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0416/1210287-tombs-kerry-dingle-peninsula/
https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/ancient-tomb-newly-discovered-on-dingle-peninsula-could-date-back-further-than-the-bronze-age-209869
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9496497/Tomb-hidden-Ireland-4-000-years-untouched-human-remains-inside.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-untouched-tomb-discovered-on.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmer-uncovers-nearly-4000-year-old-tomb-ireland-180977554/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9649-210420-ireland-bronze-age

More on the Iron Age finds from the Norton Disney site:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/norton-disney-dig-reveals-secrets-5318154

An interesting reconstruction of a Berkshire dwelling from 3800 BCE:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/18/stone-age-house-painstakingly-recreated-archaeologists-using/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/575/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/575/pub/575/page/34/article/164379

… and a Chalcolithic roundhouse reconstruction from Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/04/23/replica-of-ancient-chalcolithic-roundhouse-completed/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/23/conservation-and-restoration-at-the-site-of-kissonerga-mosfilia/

Marking the anniversary of the Battle of Alamana:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/on-this-day-in-1821-greeks-engaged-in-the-battle-of-alamana/

A 19th century time capsule found during renovations to a Hungarian Cathedral:

https://aleteia.org/2021/04/19/176-year-old-time-capsule-recovered-from-hungarian-cathedral/
https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/04/19/une-capsule-temporelle-retrouvee-au-sommet-dune-cathedrale/

A campaign to save a mosaic-fresco (recent) in a Leicester church:

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-uk-and-ireland/2021/04/art-historians-campaign-to-save-rare-mosaic-in-closed-uk-parish-church/

Feature on assorted ‘treasure’ finds from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeology_switzerland–a-bottomless-trove-of-ancient-treasure/45386284

Feature on the Knights Templar in Cyprus:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/knights-templar-legacy-lives-on-in.html

Features on the Armenian genocide:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/24/armenian-genocide-1915-massacre-biden/
https://www.dw.com/en/a-look-at-the-armenian-genocide/a-57299201
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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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32 Neolithic burials from Guangdong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/neolithic-tombs-with-intact-human.html

A Han Dynasty grain-vessel full of millet from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221573.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/20/content_77424545.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-21/Ancient-millet-grains-found-in-2-000-year-old-tomb-in-NW-China-ZDCSjpepj2/index.html

Slideshow of finds from a Western Han Dynasty burial ground dig in Shaanxi:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0421/c90000-9841535.html

Finds from a Zhou Dynasty burial in Shaanxi suggest there may have been cat lovers in ancient China:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221698.shtml
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_n0J3TGJU.html

Apparently the Sanxingdui ruins are another site tagged with ‘alien’ connections:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221546.shtml

… and another feature on some recent finds from there:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-22/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-Gold-scepter-and-bronze-weapons-ZFymtj19EA/index.html

More on those 80+ 2000 years bp bronze mirrors from Shaanxi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-bronze-mirrors-found-china-180977534/

Remains of a 15th century castle wall from Tokyo:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210416/p2a/00m/0na/021000cta
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9651-210421-edo-castle-wall

Nepal has opened a ‘replica’ Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-56873438

More on the recent finds from the Plain of Jars:

https://about.unimelb.edu.au/newsroom/news/2021/march/researchers-solve-more-of-the-mystery-of-laos-megalithic-jars
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/laos-jars-are-slowly-revealing-their.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9643-210419-laos-jars-remains

A review of finds from Hoa Lu and other sites in Ninh Binh:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeological-excavation-research-at-hoa-lu-ancient-capital-reviewed/200474.vnp

Recent finds from Thang Long:

https://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/9800302-more-important-archaeological-discoveries-at-thang-long-imperial-citadel.html

Petroglyphs with an Indus Valley link (maybe) from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/rock-art-with-link-to-indus-valley-found/articleshow/82235800.cms

A ‘hero stone’ from Western Ghats:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/hero-stone-found-in-old-trade-path-on-western-ghats/article34379686.ece

A major dig is under way at Maligaimedu at the site of the palace of Rajendra Chola I:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/tn-state-archaeology-makes-encouraging-finds-near-gangaikondacholapuram/article34374162.ece
https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/excavations-near-erstwhile-chola-capital-unearth-coins-walls-and-chinese-celadon-ware

An iron foundry sort of site (date?) from Kodumanal:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/iron-smelting-units-unearthed-at-kodumanal/article34403593.ece

A campaign to save Visakhapatnam’s 2000-year-old Buddhist site of Thotlakonda:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/a-campaign-to-save-visakhapatnams-2000-year-old-buddhist-site-of-thotlakonda/article34368632.ece

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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 600 years bp earth lodge site is in the way of dam construction in Nebraska:

https://wahoo-ashland-waverly.com/community/ancient-earth-lodge-found-at-planned-dam-site/article_3cd7bdf0-a2c6-11eb-a055-d3ef46d18d23.html

Plenty of coverage for the find of the site of Harriet Tubman’s childhood home in Maryland:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archaeologists-site-harriet-tubman-father.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/arts/harriet-tubman-cabin.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/coin-leads-researchers-to-spot-where-harriet-tubman-lived
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Archaeologists-Site-of-Harriet-Tubman-s-father-s-16114938.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/20/harriet-tubman-maryland-home-found/
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/environment/bs-md-harriet-tubman-father-home-ben-ross-blackwater-20210420-aflwzlvicvehfnmlgu3sqt5bse-story.html
https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/state-officials-to-announce-important-archaeological-discovery-about-harriet-tubman
https://www.capitalgazette.com/environment/bs-md-harriet-tubman-father-home-ben-ross-blackwater-20210420-aflwzlvicvehfnmlgu3sqt5bse-story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/archaeologists-site-harriet-tubmans-fathers-home-found-77191143
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/harriet-tubman-s-father-s-home-discovered-archeologists-maryland-n1264675
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/archaeologists-discover-site-that-was-once-home-of-harriet-tubmans-father/
https://freep.com/story/news/nation/2021/04/20/harriet-tubmans-fathers-home-discovered-maryland/7303479002/
http://www.wnyc.org/story/location-of-harriet-tubmans-home-discovered/
https://www.wgmd.com/harriet-tubmans-lost-maryland-home-found-archaeologist-say/
https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/coin-from-1808-plays-key-role-in-maryland-search
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-have-found-harriet-tubmans-long-hidden-maryland-home-180977565/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9652-210421-maryland-harriet-tubman

A metal detectorist in Charleston found a ‘freedman’s badge’:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/local_state_news/armed-with-metal-detector-myrtle-beach-man-finds-rare-charleston-freedmans-badge/article_d07f1130-a135-11eb-96c3-5f833c066c1b.html

More on that ‘pirate loot’ from Maryland:

https://www.livescience.com/pirate-henry-every-treasure-coins-discovered.html

More on Cahokia not being connected to deforestation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/science/cahokia-mounds-floods.html

More on a Utah climber damaging a petroglyph site:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61187

The post-Civil War US census had an undercount issue:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/25/census-1870-2020-civil-war/

Solar power for a historic Grant cottage:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/04/19/historic-grant-cottage-being-powered-by-solar-panels/

Feature on the role of the French in the American Revolution:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09fgq4x/why-america-wouldn-t-have-made-it-without-the-french

Reviewish of Joshua Rothman, *The Ledger and the Chain*:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/04/rothman-slave-trader-review-ledger-and-the-chain.html

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INAH is complaining about some illegal construction on private land at Teotihuacan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/inah-denounces-teotihuacan-project/

Feature on Calakmul:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/calakmul-holds-clues-to-ancient-maya-life/

More on that ’embassy complex’ from Tikal:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeology-mayan-guatemala-teotihuacan-1234590208/
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/archaeologists-discover-mysterious-monument-hidden-in-plain-sight

—–
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 humans had been maintaining land for some 12 000 years until recently (apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-people-earth-ecology-years-sustainably.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uomb-phs041421.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoq-hlu042021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210419182105.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/people-have-shaped-earths-ecology-for.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/22/human-land-use-wasnt-always-at-natures-expense/

… in a similar vein:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mpif-add041521.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/20/archaeological-data-demand-new-approaches-to-biodiversity-conservation/

… and with an indigenous forest garden spin:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210422181902.htm

The British Museum has a backgrounder on the murder of Thomas Becket:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-killed-thomas-becket/

Workers at the Uffizi accidenlally found some frescoes:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/italy-florence-uffizi-gallery-lost-frescoes/
https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/two-construction-workers-accidentally-discover-a-pair-of-priceless-renaissance-frescoes

Suggestion that art ‘peaked’ 30 000 years bp:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/23/cave-paintings-art-lockdown-obsession-30-000-years-lascaux

Feature/reviewish on painting conservators:

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU2104/S00117/the-back-of-the-painting.htm

Feature/reviewish on Bob Ballard:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/86113-exploring-the-self-spotlight-on-bob-ballard.html

Feature on Lawrence of Arabia:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/the-truth-in-the-legend-of-lawrence-of-arabia.865911

Feature on the Sassoon family:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/the-sassoon-family-saga-the-israeli-phase-666097

On the ‘tragic’ story of Falstaff:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210421-the-shakespeare-tragedy-that-truly-speaks-to-us-now

On Shakespeare and religion:

https://theconversation.com/shakespeares-musings-on-religion-are-like-curious-whispers-they-require-deep-listening-to-be-heard-155256

Marking Shakespeare’s birthday:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/gallery/2021/apr/23/the-bard-in-black-and-white-shakespeare-by-tristram-kenton-in-pictures

On the role of famine in the Bible:

https://theconversation.com/famine-in-the-bible-is-more-than-a-curse-it-is-a-signal-of-change-and-a-chance-for-a-new-beginning-152288

On the worst year in history:

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/worst-year-in-human-history

On the invention of ‘whiteness’:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/20/the-invention-of-whiteness-long-history-dangerous-idea

On the origins of the sonnet:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-heretical-origins-of-the-sonnet/

A database for maritime archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-database-relaunch-endangered-maritime-archaeology.html

Review of Linda Colley, *The Gun, the Shipe, and the Pen*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/24/the-gun-the-ship-and-the-pen-by-linda-colley-review-how-the-modern-world-was-made

Feature on ‘suffragette white’:

https://theconversation.com/what-is-suffragette-white-the-colour-has-a-110-year-history-as-a-protest-tool-158957

Feature on Byron’s financial support for the Greek cause:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/18/revealed-lord-byrons-4000-cheque-that-helped-create-modern-greece
https://neoskosmos.com/en/195624/cheque-found-in-archives-reflects-byrons-generosity-and-his-influence-in-the-greek-cause/

On the centuries-old (apparently) practice of marking your place in a book with a ‘dog ear’:

https://www.dw.com/en/world-book-day-history-of-the-dog-ear-bookmark/a-57311160

In case you’re wondering what your social status would have been in Shakespeare’s time:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-social-status-class-shakespeare.html
https://middlingculture.com/status-calculator/

More on Leonardo not being the guy behind that bust of Flora:

https://www.livescience.com/flora-bust-not-da-vinci.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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A genome study suggests we’ve been fighting pandemics for tens of thousands of years:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-coronavirus-infected-people-thousands-years-ago.html
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A study of breeding and feeding of the first domesticated sheep herds (Neolithic) in the Western Mediterranean:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-early-neolithic-farmers-reproductive-sheep.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uadb-en042121.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/early-neolithic-farmers-modified.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/nero-british-museum-rome-cancel-culture-b931016.html
https://www.artlyst.com/previews/notorious-roman-emperor-nero-explored-new-british-museum-show/
https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/British-Museum-Announces-First-Major-UK-Exhibition-On-Roman-Emperor-Nero-20210422

Becket:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/25/beckets-brutal-reimagined-in-museum-with-his-skull-as-a-finale

Glimpse of Paradise:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/glimpse-of-paradise-a-colorful-history-of-armenian-ceramics-in-jerusalem-665726

Labels at the British Museum might be altered to reflect past connections with slave-traders:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/24/exclusive-canterbury-tales-manuscript-could-relabelled-reflect/

Zahi Hawass was hyping the importance of the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/18/grand-egyptian-museum-is-worlds-most-important-cultural-project-zahi-hawass/

… and more Tut artifacts arrived there this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/101075/Tutankhamun-s-3rd-shrine-arrives-at-the-Grand-Egyptian-Museum
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/101083/General-Supervisor-of-the-Grand-Egyptian-The-transfer-of-the

… while plenty of folks visited the Royal Mummies hall in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

https://egyptindependent.com/two-thousand-visitors-attend-royal-mummies-hall-on-first-day-of-its-opening/

Feature on Phoenician items at the British Museum:

https://www.the961.com/interesting-phoenician-artifacts-british-museum/

The Getty Villa reopened this week:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-villa-reopens/

The Smithsonian will reopen next month:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/23/arts/design/smithsonian-museums-opening-dc.html

More on the Louvre online collection:

https://parade.com/1190563/jerylbrunner/best-works-at-the-louvre/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big estimate for an Asian painting with a ancient Greek/Roman theme:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=826331

A prototype 1794 US dollar coin was coming to auction:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Prototype-of-first-US-dollar-coins-going-up-for-16120647.php

… and fetched a higher price than anticipated:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Prototype-of-1st-US-dollar-coins-auctioned-for-16126425.php

Background to that Caravaggio that Spain has put an export/sales ban on:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/23/damn-this-is-a-caravaggio-the-inside-story-of-an-old-master-found-in-spain
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-22/el-supuesto-caravaggio-estaba-en-manos-de-una-familia-de-gran-tradicion-artistica.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-24/del-virrey-de-napoles-a-la-academia-de-san-fernando-el-largo-viaje-del-supuesto-caravaggio.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from bears in the Upper Paleolithic was getting attention this week:

https://www.sciencealert.com/for-the-first-time-dna-has-been-sequenced-from-ancient-soil-samples

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00540-6

More on what genomes reveal about the peopling of the Americas:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/genomes-reveal-humanitys-journey-into-the-americas/

More on using DNA to establish kinship ties among groups in the Neolithic:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/19/ancient-dna-hints-at-diverse-stone-age-traditions-of-kinship/

… not sure if this item (focusing on Catal Hoyuk) is the same study:

https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2021/ancient-dna-findings
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THE TECHY SIDE
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What LiDAR is revealing about the Culloden battle site:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/3d-scanning-gives-new-insight-into-275-year-old-jacobite-battlefield/

A 3d printed material to replace ivory when restoring artifacts:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/19/3d-printed-material-to-replace-ivory/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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An explanation of what the Anthropocene is:

https://www.sciencealert.com/there-is-more-than-one-anthropocene-scientists-argue-here-s-why-that-s-important

cf: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020EF001896

Explaining the Medieval Warm Period:

https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-what-was-the-medieval-warm-period-155294
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-medieval-period.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ventotene:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ventotene-a-guide-to-the-pontine-island.html

Olympus:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/19/hidden-treasures-olympus-mountain-greek-gods/

‘Mini Venices’:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-alternative-destinations-cmd/index.html

Tel Tzafit/Gath:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/stunning-views-from-goliaths-hometown-show-its-ancient-strategic-importance/

Roman sites in Suffolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/examples-of-roman-britain-in-suffolk-7860062
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Eurydice:

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/arts/article_e4a8b39e-9ecb-11eb-9784-77bf7c5c96cd.html

Antigone:

https://marquettewire.org/4054822/ae/arseneau-antigone-brings-captivating-outdoor-theater-to-campus/

Romeo and Juliet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/theater/review-romeo-and-juliet-josh-oconnor-jessie-buckley.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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There’s a series just out on Leonardo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56769845

Tony Robinson hosts a new documentary about Roman influence in Britain:

https://www.list.co.uk/article/125636-tony-robinson-explores-roman-innovation-in-new-documentary/
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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure where to put this account of Armenian destruction of Azerbaijani cultural sites:

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/unprecedented-vandalism-armenia-destroyed-over-400-azerbaijani-cultural-and-religious-monuments-in-karabakh-region-2021-4-22-0/

———-
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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Major controversy over some human remains from the 1980s at UPenn:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/04/23/anthropological-mystery-involving-penn-and-princeton-scandal-too

A 6th century BC black figure vase was returned to Como (Italian):

https://www.varesenews.it/2021/04/antica-anfora-tolta-al-contrabbando-e-restituita-allo-stato/1330232/
https://www.radiolombardia.it/2021/04/20/como-antico-reperto-del-vi-secolo-a-c-restituito-al-patromonio-indisponibile-dello-stato/

The US returned thirty-three looted objects to Afghanistan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/arts/design/afghanistan-antiquities-return.html
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2021/0423/Afghanistan-welcomes-home-looted-art-despite-concerns-about-the-Taliban
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/looted-objects-from-afghanistan-are-returned/
https://www.startribune.com/relics-seized-from-smugglers-are-returning-to-afghanistan/600048772/
https://www.ksat.com/news/politics/2021/04/22/relics-seized-from-smugglers-are-returning-to-afghanistan/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/relics-seized-smugglers-returning-afghanistan-77234776
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-04-22/relics-seized-smugglers-returning-afghanistan
https://www.wionews.com/south-asia/us-returns-precious-relics-to-afghanistan-after-seizing-from-new-york-based-smuggler-379545
https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/asia-and-australia/one-of-world-s-richest-countries-in-archaeology-gets-relics-seized-from-smugglers-1.9736300
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-district-attorney-returns-33-looted-antiquities-afghanistan-1960666
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/us-returns-looted-antiquities-to.html

Afghanistan wants the Museum of the Bible to return a medieval Hebrew prayer book:

https://www.jpost.com/international/afghanistan-wants-to-repatriate-stolen-medieval-hebrew-prayer-book-665963

The SAA is having an argument over returning Indigenous remains:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/archaeology-society-hosted-talk-against-returning-indigenous-remains-some-want-new

… while museums are also wrestling with the question of what to do with bones of enslaved persons:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/arts/design/museums-bones-smithsonian.html

The Church of England plans to return some Benin Bronzes even if they are apparently from the 1980s (?):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/22/benin-bronzes-repatriated-church-england-1980s/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9498851/Two-Benin-Bronzes-return-Nigeria-1980s-no-links-colonialism.html

Feature on the push for museums around the world to return Benin Bronzes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-push-museums-around-world-make-plans-repatriate-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180977519/

… and some of the museums in the UK which are doing so:

https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/looted-sculptures-may-be-returned-to-native-nigeria/

… and related opEd:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-problem-of-the-benin-bronzes-will-never-go-away

More on the US repatriating some pre-Hispanic items to Mexico:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-returns-more-500-pre-hispanic-era-artifacts-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-returns-more-500-artifacts-mexico-180977535/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9646-210420-mexico-repatriation-smuggling

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins of Crassus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-the-coins-of-crassus/

Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n17.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Boston:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/apr/18/david-boston-obituary

Pierre Amiet:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460166/French-archaeologist-Pierre-Amiet-famed-for-intensive-Iranian

Giorgio Croci:

https://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2278

Hector Avalos:

https://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/iowa-state-hector-avalos/article_b0ac7340-a183-11eb-965d-4ffd1b75aa86.html
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2021/04/22/iowa-state-university-professor-hector-avalos-leaves-legacy-multiple-communities-atheism/7292678002/

Franklin Toker:

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2021/04/21/Franklin-Toker-obituary/stories/202104210116

Lyn Macdonald:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/lyn-macdonald-dead/2021/04/22/f8c98420-a36c-11eb-85fc-06664ff4489d_story.html

Anthony Thwaite:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/23/anthony-thwaite-obituary

Kathie Coblentz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/23/obituaries/kathie-coblentz-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/3068-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-11-through-april-17-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.52 ~ April 18, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Doug Weller, 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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Neanderthal footprints from a beach in Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-neanderthal-footprints-ancient-iberian-shoreline.html
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-footprints-children-playing-on-beach.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9634-210414-spain-neanderthal-footprints

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83413-8

Study determines some home erectus remains found at East Turkana in 1974 are 2 million years sp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210413121007.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/amon-sca041321.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/study-cements-age-and-location-of-hotly.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/14/study-cements-age-and-location-of-skull-from-early-human-homo-erectus/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9636-210415-homo-erectus-fossils

Another study suggests the modern human brain originated some 1.7 million years bp in Africa:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-humans-brain-apelike-modern-africa-evolution
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dmanisi-hominins-brain-shape
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/modern-human-brain-originated-in-africa-around-1-7-million-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9629-210413-homo-brain-organization

Remains of a cannibalized homo antecessor from a cave in Spain have been identified as belonging to a young girl:

https://www.livescience.com/girl-gran-dolina-cannibalized.html

cf: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33707343/

How finds from West Africa are affecting theories of human evolution:

https://theconversation.com/archaeology-in-west-africa-could-rewrite-the-textbooks-on-human-evolution-157610
https://allafrica.com/stories/202104120381.html

A feature of human evolution is apparently the development of ‘hyper-cooling capacity’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414100144.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-chillest-ape-how-humans-evolved.html

Another study suggesting evidence from Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria) of sapiens/Neanderthal ‘mixing’:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/14/earliest-dispersal-of-modern-humans-in-eurasias-mid-latitudes-regular-mixing-with-neanderthals-revealed-by-46000-year-old-remains-from-bulgarias-bacho-kiro-cave/

More on the role of ‘water efficiency’ in human evolution:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/568/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/568/pub/568/page/57/article/161934

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AFRICA
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Evidence for ‘honey hunting’ in West Africa some 3500 years bp:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2021/april/prehistoric-honey-harvesting.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-pottery-reveals-evidence-honey.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uob-apr041321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/guf-3yh041521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414100131.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nok-people-honey-09558.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-pottery-reveals-first-evidence.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/15/first-evidence-for-honey-hunting-in-prehistoric-west-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9637-210415-nigeria-honey-hunting

Not sure where to put this item on the earliest (Mesolithic) use of projectile points coming from South Africa:

https://news.asu.edu/20210412-new-research-suggests-projectile-weapons-were-used-regularly-during-middle-stone-age

Restoration/conservation work is going on in Tripoli’s Old City:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210415-libyan-capital-s-neglected-old-city-gets-facelift
https://thearabweekly.com/tripolis-old-city-gets-facelift-country-seeks-recovery
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/roman-marcus-aurelius-arch-in-tripoli-amongst-restoration-work-in-pictures-1.1205308

Feature on Mansa Musa:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09dcbl0/the-richest-person-who-ever-lived
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A mid-18th century shipwreck off Saadana Island in the Red Sea:

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-sunken-ship-bow-found-in-red-seas-saadana-island/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100754/Bow-of-sunken-18th-century-ship-found-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Red
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/12/egypt-discovers-mid-18th-century-shipwreck-by-saadana-island-in-red-sea/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egypt-discovers-mid-18th-century.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/shipwreck-discovered-by-saadana-island-in-the-red-sea/

… and why it might have sunk:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100886/Possible-reason-behind-the-sinking-of-ancient-Red-Sea-ship
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100886/What-caused-the-shipwreck-of-Saadana-Island%E2%80%99s-recently-discovered-ship

More on the major ‘lost golden city’ find near Luxor (focus varies):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-famed-egyptian-archaeologist-reveals-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/the-discovery-of-the-lost-city-of-the-dazzling-aten-will-offer-vital-clues-about-domestic-and-urban-life-in-ancient-egypt-158874
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56686448
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100804/Secrets-of-Luxor%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Lost-Golden-City%E2%80%99-continue-to-dazzle-the
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/11/986203219/archeologists-may-have-unearthed-the-lost-golden-city-of-egypt
https://www.npr.org/transcripts/986203219
https://www.cnn.com/videos/style/2021/04/12/rise-of-aten-ancient-egyptian-city-lon-orig-ep.cnn
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1841401/middle-east
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/aten-city-09547.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rise-of-aten-luxor-city-life-ancient-egypt/
https://www.salon.com/2021/04/15/an-ancient-egyptian-city-as-well-preserved-as-pompeii-has-been-unearthed/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/egyptian-lost-golden-city-uncovered-near-luxor/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/lost-golden-city-luxor-discovered-archaeologists-egypt
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/archaeologists-find-lost-golden-city-buried-under-sand-for-3400-years/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egypts-newly-found-ancient-city-to-take.html

… and a very detailed post (in German … google translate handles it well):

https://blog.selket.de/aus-der-archaeologie/sensationaller-fund-auf-luxors-westbank-die-verlorene-stadt-der-aufstieg-atons

… and the relationship of the find to some digs back in the 1990s and 1930s:

http://www.archeo3d.net/?p=3909

More on plans for a parade just for Tut:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/egypt-plans-another-royal-parade-time-king-tuts-gold-mask#ixzz6sLDR6I55

On the ancient Egyptians’ ‘obsession’ with cats:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-cats.html
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/45729/20210417/ancient-egyptians-were-obsessed-with-cats-heres-why.htm

Feature on the Ebers papyrus:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100755/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ebers-Papyrus-The-oldest-medical-document-in-history

Feature on Ahmed Kamal Pasha and his ancient Egyptian dictionary:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/1169/408961/Folk/Inspiring-Minds/Ahmed-Kamal-Pasha,-the-first-Egyptian-Egyptologist.aspx

Feature on Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/medinet-habu-and-colossi-of-memnon-egyptian-archaeology-in-pictures-1.1202203

Egypt has big hopes for archaeotourism now:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1202/409102/AlAhram-Weekly/Economy/Opportune-time-for-archaeotourism.aspx

… while Egypt and Italy are talking cooperation in tourism and archaeology:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/13/egypt-italy-discuss-strengthening-cooperation-in-tourism-archaeology/

Feature on the origins of the ‘pharaoh’s curse’ in popular culture:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/why-the-pharoah-s-curse-is-a-myth-how-a-1904-media-report-gave-rise-to-a-legend-1.1204491

Egypt has completed the restoration of the Sultan Qansuh Abu Said dome:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100944/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-announces-completion-of-restoration

In case you missed the 6000 years bp burial of a dog (among other things) from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-dog-domestication-arabian-peninsula.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tfg-aue040821.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-prehistoric-saudi-arabian-loved-a-dog-6-000-years-ago-1.9701847
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-from-monumental-tombs-of-domesticated-dogs-in-ancient-arabian-peninsula/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9626-210412-neolithic-tomb-dog

Feature on assorted recent finds from Saudi Arabia:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/409054.aspx

A 7 000 years bp ‘troglodyte’ (architectural) near Faridan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459930/Discover-7-000-year-old-underground-troglodyte

An inscription associated with Sargon II from Qabaq Tappeh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459813/Relic-attributed-to-Neo-Assyrian-king-discovered-in-western-Iran

A Canaanite inscription from Lachish dating to 3500 years bp is being touted as a ‘missing link’ in the history of alphabetic writing:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-oldest-piece-israel-ancient-shard.html
https://www.livescience.com/alphabet-missing-link-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3500-year-old-inscription-unearthed-in-lachish-oldest-in-israel-665288
https://www.timesofisrael.com/missing-link-in-alphabets-history-said-unearthed-in-israel-on-canaanite-sherd/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-canaanite-inscription-found-in-israel-is-missing-link-in-alphabet-s-history-1.9712097
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-pottery-fragment-found-in-israel-spells-out-earliest-days-of-alphabet-nncmxthk2
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-abcs-the-alphabet-s-missing-link-discovered-in-israel
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-they-ve-found-a-missing-link-in-the-history-of-the-alphabet-itself
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pottery-shard-may-be-missing-link-alphabets-development-180977527/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-find-alphabets-missing-link/138688

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/early-alphabetic-writing-in-the-ancient-near-east-the-missing-link-from-tel-lachish/C73F769B7CF3A7E4E2607958A096B7D8

Byzantine burials from a site near the St Hilarion Monastery:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/new-archaeological-discovery-st-hilarion-monastery

An interview with the folks digging at Auga el-Foqa:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/excavating-auja-el-foqa/?mqsc=E4129719&dk=ZE1140ZF0

Feature on the dig at Abel Beth Maacha:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/digging-abel-beth-maacah/

Feature on ‘excessive and deviant consumption’ in the Hebrew Bible:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/consumption-hebrew-bible/

More on the crosses on the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://aleteia.org/2021/04/12/mystery-of-crosses-on-walls-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-may-have-been-solved/

… and a feature on Franciscan models of the structure:

https://aleteia.org/2021/04/16/franciscans-made-wooden-models-of-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/

—–
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very unique Roman villa/structure from outside Scarborough:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/14/roman-site-scarborough-first-kind-in-uk
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56745840
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scarborough-roman-villa-remains-excavation-b1831771.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/571/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/571/pub/571/page/35/article/163391
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/remains-of-high-status-roman-villa-and-bath-house-never-seen-before-in-britain-discovered-beneath-building-site-in-scarborough-3200186
https://mymodernmet.com/roman-villa-yorkshire/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-04/16/c_139883450.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/roman-stately-home-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-ruins-yorkshire-may-be-first-their-kind-180977514/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9638-210415-england-roman-villa

… and damage has already been caused there by ‘vandals’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56771727
https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/19237385.damage-caused-roman-archaeological-site-near-scarborough/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/first-ever-ancient-roman-complex-discovered-in-britain-broken-into-665339
https://yorkmix.com/vandals-damage-site-of-major-roman-discovery-in-scarborough-hours-after-the-fantastic-find-was-revealed/
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19237675.police-investigate-damage-roman-archaeological-site/

Assorted finds from various periods at a metro station construction site in Kabatas:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-artifacts-found-in-kabatas-163859

Latest finds from Salamis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/16/results-of-the-underwater-excavations-off-salamina-in-2020/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/13/ancient-salamis-reveals-more-long-lost-secrets/

Remains of a 6th century BCE Greek settlement from Belvedere Spinello (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/13/archeologiascoperto-insediamento-epoca-greca-nel-crotonese_13db3264-8956-4e55-8ac4-9233d5519df6.html
https://www.corrieredellacalabria.it/2021/04/13/un-antico-insediamento-di-epoca-greca-ritrovato-a-belvedere-spinello-foto/
https://calabria7.it/individuato-nel-crotonese-un-sito-di-epoca-greca-recuperati-numerosi-reperti/
https://wesud.it/belvedere-spinello-kr-scoperti-reperti-archeologici-di-epoca-greca/

A 2500 years bp Rhaetian ‘restaurant’ find from Arco (Italian):

https://www.ladige.it/territori/riva-arco/2021/04/11/si-scava-all-ex-villa-san-pietro-e-spunta-un-ristorante-retico-di-2500-anni-fa-1.2885387

Remains of a Roman wall, possibly associated with an amphitheatre during factory renovations at Atripalda on the via Appia (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.atripaldanews.it/2021/04/12/ritrovamento-archeologico-in-via-appia-noi-atripalda-interroga-il-sindaco-e-la-soprintendenza/
https://www.irpiniaoggi.it/attualita-in-irpinia/attualita-attualita-in-irpinia/atripalda-che-scoperta-rinvenuti-setti-murari-di-epoca-romana-durante-lavori-a-impianto-di-carburanti/
https://www.irpinianews.it/atripalda-emerse-le-mura-dellantica-abellinum-sotto-un-impianto-di-carburanti/
https://www.itvonline.news/2021/04/12/un-muro-depoca-romana-emerso-durante-lavori-ad-atripalda/
https://www.orticalab.it/Atripalda-alla-luce-strutture-murarie
https://www.nuovairpinia.it/2021/04/14/mura-romane-di-abellinum-antica-scoperte-ad-atripalda/

A 2nd century CE necropolis from Messina (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2021-04-16/messina-scavi-scoperta-necropoli-ellenistico-romana-12186095/
http://www.messinaora.it/notizia/2021/04/15/archeologia-scoperta-a-messina-una-necropoli-del-ii-sec-a-c/146455
https://metropolitanmagazine.it/ritrovata-una-necropoli-a-messina/

A 1st/2nd century CE Roman necropolis outside Sevilla:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists_locate_240_unexcavated_tombs_at_the_roman_necropolis_of_carmona_in_seville_1584199-a.html

Evidence of a possible Roman villa site near Caltanisseta (Italian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/407402/vallelunga-pratameno-scoperta-archeologica-nel-cantiere-di-rfi-c-e-un-alta-villa-romana.html
https://www.ilfattonisseno.it/2021/04/archeologia-scoperto-insediamento-romano-nel-nisseno/
https://catania.liveuniversity.it/2021/04/15/sicilia-scoperta-villa-romana-palermo-catania/

40 ‘jar burials’ from a necropolis in Corsica dating from the 3rd to 6th centuries CE:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9471183/City-dead-home-40-skeletons-buried-giant-jars-1-700-years-ago-Corsica.html
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20210410-necropolis-found-in-corsica-offers-rare-glimpse-into-lives-of-ancient-population-france-tunisia-ile-rousse-archaeology
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/30636/20210413/archaeologist-skeletal-remains-jars.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1700-year-old-necropolis-discovered-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-1000-year-old-skeletons-buried-in-jars-180977508/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9631-210413-corsica-necropolis-amphorae

A 4th century CE (maybe) ‘safe’ from a Roman villa site in Mitreo (Spain):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/remains-of-wooden-safe-excavated-from.html

Evidence of emerald production in Roman Egypt:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uocp-ner041421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-evidence-emerald-production-roman-egypt.html
https://www.dw.com/en/ruins-gods-and-cats-romes-area-sacra-to-be-renovated/a-57209872
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-site-of-julius-caesars-death-opens-to-tourists-8w0ntkdhn
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-evidence-regarding-emerald.html

Bulgari will be funding the restoration of the Largo di Torre Argentina:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-open-largo-argentina-site-to-visitors-thanks-to-bulgari.html
https://www.dw.com/en/ruins-gods-and-cats-romes-area-sacra-to-be-renovated/a-57209872
https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210414-from-cat-haven-to-tourist-hotspot-rome-to-open-area-sacra-archaeological-site

Plans for a ‘tourist trail’ linking theatres in Epirus:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/unearthing-little-known-ancient.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/12/unearthing-the-little-known-ancient-theatres-of-greece-s-epirus-region

More on that bull figurine from Olympia:

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/nation_world/ancient-bronze-figurine-of-bull-uncovered-in-southern-greece/article_85256eed-f409-5ef9-b62d-6198691fd968.html

Review of Liv Albert, *Greek Mythology*:

https://www.memphisflyer.com/liv-alberts-greek-mythology-adds-a-new-spin-to-old-tales

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *Invention of Medicine*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-invention-of-medicine-robin-lane-fox-review-alastair-blanshard/

Review of Wheatley and Dunn, *Demetrius the Besieger*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/demetrius-the-besieger-pat-wheatley-charlotte-dunn-review-james-romm/

Review of Csapo and Wilson, *A Social and Economic History of the Theatre*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/a-social-and-economic-history-of-the-theatre-to-300-bc/

Review of Bayliss, *The Spartans*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2169

Review of Stothard, *The Last Assassin*:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2021/05/03/the-bloody-fate-of-julius-caesars-killers/

Review of Kanigel, *Hearing Homer’s Song*:

https://theamericanscholar.org/swimming-the-river-of-song/

Reviewish of a book on Christian archaeology in Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/book-on-christian-archaeology-in-malta.864255

An interview with the new director at Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/pompeii-s-new-director-gabriel-zuchtriegel-public-archaeology

Interview with Marc Domingo Gygax about his *Benefactors and the Polis* book:

https://humanities.princeton.edu/2021/04/13/faculty-author-qa-benefactors-and-the-polis-by-marc-domingo-gygax/

Madeline Miller was talking about Greek mythology:

https://www.unl.edu/classics/miller-joins-women-classical-mythology-course-zoom

Athena Kirk has written a book about ancient Greek lists:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/04/athena-kirk-explores-ancient-greek-lists-new-book-0

What Richard Talbert is up to:

https://whitmanwire.com/arts/2021/04/15/professor-richard-talbert-explores-conceptions-of-time-in-edward-f-arnold-visiting-professor-lecture/

Feature/lecture on the history of the symposium:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/dining/greek-wine-drinking-lecture.html

Feature on Epona (in a Roman context):

https://www.themarysue.com/epona-celtic-goddess-of-horses/

Feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/19/ancient-greeces-army-of-lovers

On Odysseus as the ‘first Western man’:

https://merionwest.com/2021/04/16/odysseus-the-first-western-man/

On the fall of the Roman empire as a precursor to modernity:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire-paved-the-road-to-modernity

On the identification of the ‘Queen’s Megaron’ at Knossos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/195077/escaping-the-queens-megaron-studying-sex-and-gender-in-the-ancient-world/

On Aristotle and America’s ‘decline’:

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3129253/did-aristotle-predict-americas-decline

On lessons from ancient Greece regarding ‘risk’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/17/ancient-greek-approach-risk-lessons-offer-modern-world/

Feature on Philo of Alexandria:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/04/philo-of-alexandria-sought-to-combine-greek-thought-with-sacred-scripture/

Feature on Greek polychromy:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/14/ancient-greek-masterpieces-were-painted-in-dazzling-colors/

Feature on Greek myth:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture_arts_literature/arthro/greek_mythology_continues_to_inspire_and_entertain-2191744/

Feature on Roman emperors who ‘tried to destroy Christianity’:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/11-roman-persecutors

Feature on cities ‘founded’ by Alexander:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/12/cities-around-the-globe-founded-alexander-the-great/

Feature on the submerged ancient bridge of Itea:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/11/greece-unknown-submerged-ancient-bridge/

On Hellenistic philosophy and pandemics:

https://elpais.com/icon/cultura/2021-04-06/polis-de-balcon-estoicos-negacionistas-escepticos-lo-que-la-filosofia-helenistica-puede-ensenarnos-sobre-esta-pandemia.html

Lessons from ancient Rome on the dangers of luxury:

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/lessons-roman-empire-danger-luxury

Latest on the threat to Classics at UVM:

https://vtcynic.com/news/an-academic-persecution-the-death-of-classics-at-uvm/

—–
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 supports previous suggestions that a sexual division of labour in Europe existed/emerged at the beginning of the Neolithic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-evidence-sexual-division-labor-farming.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/p-nes040721.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoy-ggs041321.php
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/womens-skilled-manual-work-was-a-crucial-part-of-ancient-farming-societies/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-evidence-suggests-sexual-division.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/grave-goods-show-gendered-roles-for-neolithic-farmers/138691
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/15/sexual-division-of-labor-as-farming-arose-in-europe/

Remains of a Bronze Age (maybe) tomb from the Dingle Peninsula:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0416/1210287-tombs-kerry-dingle-peninsula/
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/farmer-discovers-ancient-bronze-age-tomb-dingle-peninsula
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40268186.html

Bronze Age finds from a housing development site in Boxley:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19238903.bronze-age-treasures-discovered-hampshire-housing-development/

An Iron Age site found next to Norton Disney’s Roman villa:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/items-from-iron-age-discovered-at-site-of-roman-villa-9195792/
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2021/04/norton-disney-archaeology-group-discover-treasures-on-controversial-site/

Remains of a Pictish ‘power centre’ near a hillfort site in Dunkeld:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-56719180
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/2132395/secrets-of-kings-seat/

A 300 metre long ‘wooden passage’ from Pliska dating to the First Bulgarian Empire:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/15/300-meter-long-wooden-passage-between-inner-city-citadel-gates-discovered-in-capital-of-first-bulgarian-empire-pliska/

… and of a similar age are the latest finds from the Debnevo Fortress near Troyan:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/13/ancient-bulgar-strap-decorations-dugouts-from-medieval-bulgarian-empire-found-in-debnevo-fortress-near-troyan/

Plenty of items of interest from a 12th century necropolis near Radnevo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/11/wooden-coffin-burials-glass-jewels-discovered-in-vast-medieval-necropolis-near-bulgarias-radnevo/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9635-210415-bulgaria-medieval-cemetery

A medieval tile from a dig in Boxley:

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/volunteer-finds-rare-medieval-tile-at-boxley-dig-site-near-maidstone/

Evidence that Muslim cuisine persisted after the Catholic conquest of Granada:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archaeology-persistence-muslim-cuisine-catholic.html

Recent metaldectorist finds from Wales have been declared treasure:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorists-have-unearthed-nine-treasures-wales-1-180977475/

Mapping the Hanseatic League:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-revealing-routes-hanseatic-era-online.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uog-rtr041421.php

Not sure of the date of the gold coins and bars found in a building slated for renovations in Morez (France):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/french-officials-perplexed-gold-bars-and-coins-found-stashed-old-house

Plans to excavate sites associated with the Battle of Weymouth:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-56770350

Plans for a dig at Tempsford prior to road construction:

https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/news/people/archaeological-dig-at-tempsford-approved-ahead-of-potential-major-road-project-3197379

Latest argument that king Arthur was a Scot:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19225682.new-research-backs-findings-king-arthur-scot/

More on that purported 4000 years bp ‘3d map:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/saint-belec-stone-slab-map-09553.html
https://hyperallergic.com/636991/4000-year-old-3d-map-of-france/

More on the 4000+ years bp bones and pottery from a site in Guernsey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/04/11/ancient-bones-found-in-guernsey-could-be-from-four-individuals/

More on that 1800 years bp pottery production site in Poland:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9463293/Massive-Roman-era-site-used-barbarians-1-800-years-ago-make-pottery-Poland.html

More on ancient cave painters and hallucinations:

https://www.livescience.com/upper-paleolithic-cave-art-oxygen-hallucinations.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-crack-mystery-of-cave-paintings-done-in-the-dark-1.9686181
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/cave-paintings-study-oxygen-deprivation-1234589412/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9630-210413-cave-painting-hypoxia

More on medieval Jews in England keeping kosher:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/800-year-old-toilet-reveals-british-jews-ate-herring-chicken-no-pig-665039
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/earliest-evidence-of-kosher-diet-in-uk-found-in-800-year-old-animal-bones-from-oxford

On the legacy of the Knights Templar in Cyprus:

https://news.yahoo.com/knights-templar-legacy-lives-cyprus-063224284.html

Feature on St George’s Chapel:

https://www.dw.com/en/st-georges-chapel-prince-philips-final-resting-place/a-57226853

Feature on dogs in Medieval Europe:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-hardworking-dogs-of-medieval-europe/

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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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12 000 years bp human remains from a site in Guangdong:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220927.shtml

80+ bronze mirrors from 2000 years bp burials from the Xixian New Area in Shaanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2021-04/14/content_77406859.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-15/Over-2-000-year-old-bronze-mirrors-unearthed-at-cemetery-in-NW-China-ZtoVUlNwuQ/index.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0415/c90000-9839472.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61166
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9639-210416-china-bronze-mirrors

Latest find from the Sanxingdui Ruins site is a unique bronze statue:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220995.shtml

I thought China had already come out with their top 10 finds from 2020:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2021-04-13/detail-ihakiuvi4580647.shtml
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/14/WS60762d69a31099a2343555e9.html
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/14/WS607632a3a31099a234355627.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220958.shtml
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221076.shtml

… and most are from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/15/content_77407818.htm

Feature on finds from the Zhaoguodong site which made the above lists:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221279.shtml

165 Han/Eastern Zhou burials from a site in Shandong:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-04-12/detail-ihakiuvi4580461.shtml
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/165-ancient-tombs-found-in-east-china.html

More on similarities between Mayan and Sanxingdui relics:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/12/WS60738a63a31099a234355541.html
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/268638426/feature-sanxingdui-and-mayan-cultures-similar-across-time-and-space

More on the human remains found at a military base in Guam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/17/ancient-human-remains-found-at-site-of-new-us-military-base-in-guam-prompts-investigation

Feature on the cave paintings from Sulawesi:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-oldest-known-cave-painting-reveals-about-early-humans-and-what-it

More on the purpose of the jars from Laos:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-laos-jars-slowly-revealing-secrets.html

Concerns arising from illegal excavations in Kohat:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1618788/illegal-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-continues-in-kohat

The Khyber Paktunkhwa goverment has commenced renovations on the Mohabat Khan Mosque:

https://nation.com.pk/12-Apr-2021/kp-govt-starts-renovation-work-on-mughal-era-s-mosque

Plans to restore a Mughal-era place in Sheikhupura:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2294292/400-year-old-fort-to-undergo-facelift

Plans to restore Mumbai’s colonial-era public fountains:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/04/11/985361374/photos-mumbai-falls-in-love-all-over-again-with-its-forgotten-fountains

Courts aren’t happy with the Golconda fort preservation:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/golconda-fort-preservation-lackadaisical-says-high-court/article34330444.ece

During lockdown, the ASI will be doing conservation work on the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/asi-conservation-taj-mahal-agra-054000412.html

Arguing over the birthplace of lord Hanuman:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/where-was-lord-hanuman-born-dispute-erupts-between-karnataka-and-andhra-pradesh-over-birthplace

Study making connections between weather events and war in the Korean Peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-history-weather-war.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-history-sheds-new-light-on.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Boomerangs apparently had multiple uses:

https://news.griffith.edu.au/2021/04/15/boomerangs-return-with-greater-insights-into-ample-uses/
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-boomerangs-greater-insights-ample.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/australian-boomerang-retouchers-09551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9641-210416-australia-boomerang-tools

Concerns for a wreck of the Buster:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-17/historic-shipwreck-buster-vandalised/100076558

Feature on the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/evenings/native-mounted-police/13302292

Examining who was involved in the 19th colonization of New Zealand:

https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago826340.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9633-210414-new-zealand-colonists
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NORTH AMERICA
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A climber in Utah admits to drilling climbing bolts near 1000 years bp petroglyphs in Utah:

https://www.startribune.com/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/600046825/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/2021/04/16/73b8aeac-9edd-11eb-b2f5-7d2f0182750d_story.html
https://gazette.com/news/colorado-springs-climber-admits-to-drilling-around-1-000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/article_0198c124-9e31-11eb-bdbb-e3c28a353e98.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/

Study suggests Native Americans in Utah used ‘cultural burning’ practices to prevent large-scale fires:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uou-ilr041221.php

Studying the ‘extreme salmon specialization’ of Indigenous groups in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/wsu-ppc040921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-prehistoric-pacific-coast-diets-salmon.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/prehistoric-pacific-coast-diets-had.html

Study of the Gast Farm Site in southeast Iowa:

https://dailyiowan.com/2021/04/14/research-into-southeast-iowa-site-locates-hidden-history/

Development threatens several Indigenous sites in Quebec:

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/large-scale-developments-threaten-ancient-indigenous-sites-in-quebec/

Pondering the future of George Washington’s River Farm:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/12/george-washington-river-farm/

The search for a prison camp at Camp Security continues:

https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2021/04/12/archaeologists-narrow-search-revolutionary-era-camp-security-springettsbury-twp/7189834002/

Using technology to poke around Fort Owen:

https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/hidden-history-archaeologists-turn-to-technology-to-look-for-clues-at-fort-owen/article_c2d68ced-1900-557f-8d18-70d2ee284991.html

Golf course construction threatens Hopewell mounds in Ohio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/arts/design/octagon-earthworks-newark-ohio-golf-course-native-american.html

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-end-of-story-redux

A new home for the New York Institute for the Humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/arts/new-york-institute-for-the-humanities-nypl.html

More on 17th century pirate loot in Maryland:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/17th-century-pirates-might-have-stashed-middle-eastern-coins-in-new-england/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-coins-found-fruit-grove-solve-pirate-mystery-180977401/

More on the collapse of Cahokia not being connected with deforestation:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/04/study-scant-evidence-that-wood-overuse-at-cahokia-caused-local-flooding-subsequent-collapse/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-mystery-deepens-over-why-the-lost-city-of-cahokia-was-abandoned
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/why-was-ancient-city-of-cahokia-abandoned-new-clues-rule-out-one-theory
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-cahokia-one-largest-pre-hispanic-cities-north-america-collapse-180977528/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9632-210414-cahokia-environment-deforestation

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gea.21848

Review of Masur, *Until Justice Be Done*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/books/review/kate-masur-until-justice-be-done.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 13 000 years bp horse from Chile:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/04/14/encuentran-caballo-de-13-mil-anos-oculto-bajo-salar-altiplanico/

A possible ’embassy complex’ from Tikal linked (maybe) to Teotihuacan:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/possible-embassy-ancient-maya-city-illuminates-birth-empire
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/archaeologists-discover-mayan-monument-hidden-plain-sight
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/discovered-pyramid-complex-at-tikal-has-architectural-features-that-resembles-teotihuacan/138702
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-these-ancient-mesoamerican-cities-friends-they-became-foes-180977509/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9628-210413-guatemala-tikal-teotihuacan

Pushback on a paper which revived a theory about Caribbean cannibalism ca 800 CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-denounce-revived-theory-caribbean-cannibalism.html

More on Peru’s knife-wielding spider divinity:

https://www.livescience.com/peru-temple-spider-god-holding-knife.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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Study suggests Leonardo did not sculpt a bust of Flora:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-leonardo-da-vinci-sculpt-flora.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-85505-x

A history of mourning dress codes in Britain:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/royal-mourning-dress-code-history/index.html

Applying the lessons of Boccaccio:

https://psyche.co/ideas/craft-your-own-renaissance-with-tips-from-boccaccios-decameron

Latest NEH grant recipients:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Diet of Worms:

https://www.dw.com/en/500-years-after-luther-and-the-diet-of-worms-the-ecumenical-movement-is-strong/a-57230023

A long-lost painting from Notre Dame turned up at another church:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/04/12/un-tableau-perdu-de-notre-dame-de-paris-retrouve-a-givors/

… and more on trees being felled to rebuild its spire, etc.:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56761834
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-century-old-oak-trees-felled-rebuild-notre-dame-cathedrals-iconic-spire-180977481/

… and opposition to same:

https://www.dw.com/en/notre-dame-reconstruction-plans-face-opposition/a-57177842

… and an update on restoration efforts:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-15/la-resurreccion-de-notre-dame-un-sueno-aun-lejano.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/-it-could-have-been-much-worse-the-state-of-play-of-notre-dame-s-restoration-two-years-after-the-fire

Feature on some 17th century skull watches:

https://mymodernmet.com/skull-watches-memento-mori/

Feature on America’s first cookbook:

https://www.wshu.org/post/path-whats-americas-first-cookbook#stream/0

Feature on underwater archaeology:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-secret-world-of-underwater-archaeology/a-57200329

Feature on ‘animals as archaeologists’:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-animals-as-unlikely-archaeologists-1.24307420

Feature on Van Gogh’s sister-in-law:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/magazine/jo-van-gogh-bonger.html

Feature on Chinese survivors of the Titanic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56755614
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3129512/six-chinese-passengers-survived-sinking-titanic

Feature/reviewish on a history of Eton College:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210413-the-school-that-rules-britain

Concerns for Rome’s pine trees:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/15/500m-earmarked-to-save-romes-pine-trees-from-deadly-parasite

Feature/review on Pierre Janet:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/pierre-janet-and-the-budget-of-life/

Marking the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Baudelaire:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/200-years-charles-baudelaire-essay-beverly-bie-brahic/

On some recently-found letters of Queen Victoria:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a35645062/empress-augusta-victoria-letters-queen-royal/

On why some ancient sites are reburied:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-would-we-rebury-ancient-sites/

On saving the Ponobscot language:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/19/how-did-a-self-taught-linguist-come-to-own-an-indigenous-language

More on bat guano and archaeology:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210412114850.htm
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/04/bat-poo-archaeology/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/poop-core-records-4300-years-of-bat.html

More on the 17th century bishop and the foetus he was buried with:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-17th-century-bishop-buried-fetus-180977500/

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Evidence of herding/domestication of sheep in Central Asia some 8000 years bp:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1977786/taylor-sheep?c=1935799
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9627-210412-central-asia-herding
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Women in Ancient Rome (online):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/12/uffizi-mostra-su-ruolo-donna-in-antica-roma-va-online_9062f8cd-3187-47a8-8ae6-4f90895b7eea.html
https://www.lanazione.it/cronaca/uffizi-la-mostra-sulla-donna-nell-antica-roma-trasloca-online-e-diventa-tour-virtuale-1.6237042
https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/12/uffizi-mostra-su-ruolo-donna-in-antica-roma-va-online_9062f8cd-3187-47a8-8ae6-4f90895b7eea.html

Napoleon:

https://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/napoleon

Rock Art on Jalisco:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/exhibit-sheds-light-on-life-and-rituals-of-jaliscos-ancients/

Antioch Reclaimed:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/diversions/article_9754aeba-9e97-11eb-b62c-93df0bed5dfd.html

Women in Provenance:

https://www.stanforddaily.com/2021/04/15/virtual-exhibition-explores-womens-role-in-expanding-museum-collections/

The Royal Mummies paraded last week should be on display by now:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/409429/-.aspx

Feature on the collections of some museums in northern Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-artifacts-throw-light-on-history-in-northwestern-turkey-163860

Feature on the Antalya Museum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/antalya-museum-custodian-of-history-in-southern-turkey/2211748

Iran is opening a museum near the Bam citadel:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459812/Archaeological-museum-to-open-near-mighty-Bam-citadel

Hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100763/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-experts-hold-history-in-their-fingertips
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Reactions to an auction of some of Hitler’s personal items:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/australian-watchdog-slams-perverse-auction-of-hitlers-personal-items/

More on the Spanish government blocking the sale of a Caravaggio:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/13/the-spanish-government-blocked-sale-of-painting-attributed-to-caravaggio/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-14/un-informe-del-prado-concluye-que-hay-razones-fundadas-para-considerar-que-se-trate-de-un-original-de-caravaggio.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to establish kinship ties among groups in the Neolthic (various locations):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-dna-hints-at-diverse-stone-age.html

Traces of an ancient epidemic in East Asia seen in DNA:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-coronavirus-epidemic-east-asia-dna-covid
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9640-210416-ancient-viral-epidemic

Studying DNA evidence from the South Pacific:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414113435.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/genetic-admixture-in-south-pacific-from.html

Feature on what there is to learn from Neanderthal nuclear DNA and how it is collected:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-nuclear-dna-sediments-ancient-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210415142645.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/neanderthal-nuclear-dna-unlocks-ancient-human-history/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-15/rescatado-adn-de-la-tierra-que-pisaban-los-neandertales-de-atapuerca-hace-100000-anos.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neanderthal-nuclear-dna-paleolithic-cave-sediments-09563.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-dna-detected-in-caves-reveals-secrets-of-neanderthal-history-1.9714496
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/nuclear-dna-from-sediments-helps-unlock.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on radiometric dating:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/earth-sciences/what-is-radiometric-dating/

Beams from Notre Dame will be studied to see what they say about the Medieval Warm Period:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-notre-dame-cathedral/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On incorporating archaeological data into climate models:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-climate-international-team-archaeological.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414155007.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/roman-ruins-in-norfolk-7882616

Sites associated with Greek mythology:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/17/greeces-top-mythological-sites/

Cahokia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210412-the-us-lost-ancient-megacity
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Medea:

https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2021/04/medea-duke-theater-studies-mythology-euripedes

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CRIME BEAT
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Some off-duty Italian policemen in Belgium spotted what turned out to be a Roman statue stolen in 2011:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-off-duty-italy-art-cops-looted.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/13/986498513/1st-century-roman-statue-looted-a-decade-ago-found-in-belgium-by-off-duty-police
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56735928
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts/roman-statue-belgian-shop-stolen-b1832433.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/14/italian-police-officers-stumble-chance-stolen-roman-statue-antiques/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/571/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/571/pub/571/page/61/article/163801
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/off-duty-italy-art-cops-find-looted-statue-in-belgian-shop/2021/04/12/fd429d5a-9b8f-11eb-b2f5-7d2f0182750d_story.html
https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/164905/italian-off-duty-carabinieri-spot-stolen-roman-statue-on-sale-at-brussels-sablon/
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/stolen-roman-statue-found-by-off-duty-italy-art-police-in-belgian-shop-20210413-p57in8.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2021/0413/1209665-roman-statue/
https://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-roman-statue-found-brussels-5408869-Apr2021/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/looted-roman-sculpture-belgian-antiques-shop-1234589425/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/off-duty-italy-art-cops-find-looted.html

Covid has contributed to a rise in antiquities looting in Turkey:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/archaeology-turkey-treasure-looting-coronavirus-b1825733.html

Feature on the Gardner art heist:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/robbery-worlds-biggest-art-heist/

More on the arrests made relating to thefts of a Van Gogh and Hals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/arrest-for-theft-of-works-by-van-gogh-and-frans-hals/
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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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Human remains excavated from Angel Mounds years ago were returned and reburied:

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2021/04/17/indiana-native-americians-iu-indigenous-community/7255062002/
https://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20210418/iu-returns-native-american-remains
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20210417/news/304179933
https://www.wdrb.com/news/national/native-american-remains-repatriated-to-angel-mounds-site/article_c13b094e-3d83-5326-9053-1dfd5cb87cbc.html

Mississippi is returning human remains and related items to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://hyperallergic.com/636891/mississippi-returns-stolen-remains-of-chickasaw-people-repatriation/

The Penn Museum is going to repatriate the remains of some Black Philadelphians:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/04/13/penn-museum-repatriate-remains-black-philadelphians

Albion College is returning a Maya urn to Mexico:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56744889
https://www.albionpleiad.com/2021/04/mayan-urn-repatriation-scheduled-for-april-13/
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-04-15/la-excepcional-urna-maya-que-estuvo-separada-de-su-gemela-mas-de-50-anos.html

Some pre-Hispanic items smuggled through Texas were returned to Mexico:

https://fox40.com/news/national-and-world-news/mexico-gets-back-stolen-pre-hispanic-artifacts-smuggled-through-big-bend-area-of-texas/

A stolen Laxmi Narayan statue was returned to Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/photo-gallery/in-pictures-lost-laxmi-narayan-statue-of-nepal-retrieved

Germany’s Karl May museum is returning a Native American scalp:

https://www.dw.com/en/karl-may-museum-returns-native-american-human-scalp/a-57181103

Feature on efforts to recover a Nazi-looted Pissarro in a US museum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56688032

The National Museum of Ireland plans to return Benin Bronzes in its collection:

https://www.artforum.com/news/national-museum-of-ireland-makes-plans-to-return-benin-bronzes-85454

Latest OpEds regarding the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/benin-bronzes-safety-repatriation-columbia-university-conference-1234589408/

… and a backgrounder:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/16/what-are-the-benin-bronzes

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Christianity and related symbols on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/christianity-and-christian-symbols-appear-on-ancient-coins/

Feature on coins which tell the story of the Jewiish people:

https://www.aish.com/jw/s/Ancient-Coins-Tell-the-Story-of-the-Jewish-People.htm

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n16.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Denis Donoghue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/books/denis-donoghue-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/3066-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-4-through-april-10-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.51 ~ April 11, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Simon Stoddart, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Jo Burl, 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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The ‘modern’ human brain apparently originated 1.7 million years ago:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoz-mhb040821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408153650.htm
https://www.livescience.com/human-brain-evolution.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-new-study-changes-everything-we-know-about-human-brain-evolution-1.9695043
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/our-ancestors-left-africa-both-with-and-without-modern-brains/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/modern-human-brain-originated-in-africa.html

Pondering the process of evolution:

https://theconversation.com/how-did-humans-evolve-and-will-we-evolve-more-156715

How finds from West Africa are causing a rethink of human evolution:

https://theconversation.com/archaeology-in-west-africa-could-rewrite-the-textbooks-on-human-evolution-157610

Another item suggesting sapiens/neanderthal inbreeding:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-09/y-si-los-neandertales-somos-nosotros.html

More on humans as apex predators for 2 million years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-humans-apex-predators-million-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tu-hwa040421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210405113606.htm
https://www.jpost.com/omg/humans-revealed-to-have-been-apex-predators-for-two-million-years-study-664083
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-our-oldest-secret-we-have-been-super-predators-for-2-million-years-1.9680599
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/humans-were-apex-predators-for-two.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9584-210409-paleolithic-apex-predator

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

More on crystals from the Kalahari:

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/news/research-office/-article/2021-04-09-ancient-secrets-from-the-understudied-kalahari
https://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/413210/uct-researchers-find-evidence-of-complex-early-human-behaviour-in-kalahari
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/

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AFRICA
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Concerns for sites in Sudan:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/reporters/20210409-sudan-s-archaeological-treasures-in-danger

Feature on Sabratha:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/city-sabratha
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Major news this week is the find of remains of Egypt’s ‘largest known ancient city’ (So’oud Atun) near Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/408778/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptologist-Zahi-Hawass-announces-disco.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archeologists-unearth-ancient-pharaonic-city.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/world/middleeast/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/09/lost-golden-city-ancient-egypt-aten-discovered
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/lost-golden-city-egypt-luxor-b1828927.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56686448
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9452741/Egyptologists-uncover-lost-golden-city-buried-sands.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9456559/Egypt-unveil-portion-3-000-year-old-city.html
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-egypt-to-unveil-portion-of-3000-year-old-city-1.1618056047339
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/experts-discover-largest-ancient-city-egypt-b928680.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/luxor-lost-city-tutankhamun-archaeology/2021/04/08/4d9577d0-9863-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html
https://www.dw.com/en/3000-year-old-lost-golden-city-unearthed-in-egypt/a-57141492
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-luxor-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-egypt
https://abcnews.go.com/International/3000-year-lost-golden-city-unearthed-egypts-luxor/story?id=76952777
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/inside-egypt-s-3-000-year-old-lost-golden-city-n1263585
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii-near-luxor-664577
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/11/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii-near-luxor/
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/3000yearold-lost-golden-city-discovered-in-luxor/video/2fbc43f5049aa17b1bc551ff60a9570e
https://www.trtworld.com/life/egypt-says-largest-ancient-pharaonic-city-unearthed-near-luxor-45748
http://www.newson6.com/story/60709c6360055d0bd9a7e673/archaeologists-uncover-3000yearold-lost-golden-city-buried-under-sands-in-egypt
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-luxor-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-egypt
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-ancient-egypt-discovered/138579
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/lost-golden-city-discovered-in-luxors.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/an-ancient-egyptian-city-has-been-revealed-in-luxors-west-bank/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-egyptian-city-180977471/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9587-210409-luxor-golden-city

The ‘Parade of the Pharaohs’ also happened this week (transfer of mummies to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization), with much pageantry:

https://www.livescience.com/royal-mummy-parade-in-cairo.html
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/100578/English-translation-of-the-Hieroglyphic-song-at-the-Golden-Parade
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-mummies-cairo-parade-b1826536.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/03/984145643/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-03/el-gran-desfile-de-las-momias-toma-el-cairo.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/03/egypt-mummies-procession-museum-cairo/
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/mummies-on-move-egypts-parade-to-transfer-royal-antiquities-to-new-museum/3LZYAS5QWW24K2M6WUM4H4YL3U/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egyptian-mummies-paraded-through-cairo.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-egypt-paraded-22-ancient-pharaohs-through-streets-cairo-180977430/

… and Tut will apparently get his own parade:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100625/Egypt-plans-2nd-unique-parade-to-transfer-king-Tutankhamun-to
https://www.egyptindependent.com/another-royal-parade-planned-to-transfer-king-tut-minister/

Egypt plans to teach hieroglyphs in schools next year:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-education-ministry-to-teach-hieroglyphs-in-schools-next-year/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100591/Egyptian-hieroglyphs-A-language-or-type-of-font
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/11/bibliotheca-alexandrina-launches-hieroglyphics-programme-for-primary-school-teachers/

… and the Tourism and Antiquities folks held a training course on archaeological pottery:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100672/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-holds-training-course-on-archaeological

Overview of research into Sheshonq’s activities in Palestine:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/sheshonq-in-palestine

Feature/hype for recent finds in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100485/Video-Khaled-el-Nabawy-showcases-recent-developments-of-archaeologist-sites

Latest honour for Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-becomes-first-egyptian-unwto-ambassador/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/5/egypts-indiana-jones-appointed-unwto-tourism-ambassador

Morgan Freeman was posting assorted pictures of himself visiting sites in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100630/World-star-Morgan-Freeman-sheds-light-on-ancient-Egypt-on

A potential site in Iran was ‘rescued’ from developers:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459433/Authorities-rescue-ancient-hill-from-flattening-by-landgrabbers

Assorted foreign missions are set to resume digging in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459667/French-German-archaeologists-expected-to-resume-excavations

Plans for a survey of a Sassanid site in Sirvan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459626/Archaeological-survey-to-probe-Sassanid-relics-in-Sirvan

Plans for a documentary on the Iron Age site of Ganj Dareh:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459448/Documentary-to-unravel-fascinating-secrets-of-Iron-Age-site-in

Feature on some reliefs of Ashurbanipal:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/bas-reliefs-of-ashurbanipal-characterize-intellectual-assyrian-king/

Restoration of the arch in Palmyra will begin later this year:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=229304

A 2000 years bp bronze inscription from Yemen mentions a hitherto unknown deity:

https://www.livescience.com/65024-ancient-inscription-lost-temple-yemen.html

Feature on the IAA’s Antiquities Robberies Prevention Unit and their activities:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/09/israels-own-indiana-joneses-beat-antiquities-robbers-to-the-treasure/

… while the head of the IAA is suggesting the recent cave finds in Israel are a ‘wake up call’:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/historic-judean-archeological-discoveries-a-wake-up-call-664521

Feature on assorted digs going on in Israel during the pandemic:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/digs-2021-digging-during-a-pandemic/

Feature on the Madaba Map:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/madaba-mosaic-oldest-map-jerusalem-holy-land

OpEd on the current Palestinian-Israeli conflicts based in archaeology:

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/04/when-cultural-appropriation-and-historical-caroline-glick/

A new portal featuring a number of Arabic rock-cut inscriptions might be of interest:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/new-portal-on-inscriptions-a-treasure-trove-of-arabic-history

More on high tech examination of graffiti in the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/archaeologists-use-new-digital-technology-to-uncover-mysteries-of-a-church-in-jerusalem/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/04/cutting-edge-tech-takes-a-closer-look-at-crosses-cut-into-holy-sepulchre-walls/

More on that Tyrian coins from the Tower of David site:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/ancient-coin-discovered-in-jerusalems-tower-of-david.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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Finds from various Thracian Bronze Age eras (3000 years bp and beyond) from a necropolis in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/04/3000-year-old-bird-shaped-vessel-placed-burial-urn-found-in-bulgarias-baley-in-crucial-thracian-bronze-age-necropolis/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61108
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9578-210407-bulgaria-thracian-vessel

This seems to be a different Thracian find of other assorted items:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/08/iron-age-ancient-thracian-hamlet-cross-shaped-ax-discovered-in-highway-construction-excavations-in-bulgarias-ugarchin/

A 2nd century bathing complex from Cosa (Italian):

https://www.ciociariaoggi.it/news/cronaca/154090/scoperte-le-terme-del-cosa-venuto-alla-luce-un-complesso-del-ii-secolo-dc
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/21_aprile_09/archeologia-frosinone-scoperto-edificio-termale-epoca-romana-imperiale-a755ad1e-9938-11eb-9898-68a50e5b3d06.shtml
https://www.tunews24.it/ilcorrieredellaprovincia/2021/04/09/frosinone-lungo-il-cosa-riaffiorano-le-terme-romane-parte-il-percorso-archeologico/

A Roman villa and mosaic from Tollo (Italian):

https://www.la-notizia.net/2021/04/10/tollo-intonaco-e-pavimento-a-mosaico-in-una-villa-romana/

A crushed Roman ‘safe’ from a site in Zaragoza:

https://tntribune.com/video-rome-for-anything-inside-ancient-crushed-safe-excavated-from-burned-out-roman-villa/

A Roman-era necropolis from Corsica:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20210410-necropolis-found-in-corsica-offers-rare-glimpse-into-lives-of-ancient-population-france-tunisia-ile-rousse-archaeology
https://metronews.it/21/04/09/archeologia-corsica-scoperta-una-necropoli-romana.html
https://www.finestresullarte.info/arte-contemporanea/corsica-scoperta-archeologica-necropoli-eta-romana-ile-rousse

A Roman era ‘gallery’ beneath Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/roman-era-gallery-discovered-beneath-istanbuls-topkapi-palace

Arrests during an illegal excavation in Turkey also revealed a Byzantine monastery site and a 1500 years bp mosaic:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/monastery-1500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-turkey/2197457
https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/exquisite-byzantine-mosaic-uncovered-in-western-turkey/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1500-year-old-mosaic-found-during.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9572-210405-turkey-monastery-mosaic

A bronze chariot piece and Roman terracotta bits from remains of home burned in the 251 Goth invasion of Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/09/bronze-dionysus-chariot-bust-venus-terracotta-found-in-home-burned-down-in-251-ad-goth-invasion-of-roman-empire-in-bulgaria-plovdiv/

I think we mentioned these sarcophagi found near Mugla:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-in-sarcophagi-to-shed-light-on-archaeology-world-163786

Concerns for development near Malta’s 5600 years bp Ggantija temple complex:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/flats-will-mar-temple-in-malta-older-than-pyramids-wpndlkk5t

Pondering a 2500 years bp ritual complex of some sort at Itanos (Crete):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2500-year-old-building-dedicated-to-worship-rewrites-history-of-crete-664271

Evidence of the battles of Sertorius again Metellus:

https://elpais.com/america/economia/2021-04-07/sertorio-contra-metelo-la-gran-batalla-entre-romanos-sale-a-la-luz-en-un-pueblo-de-teruel.html

Plans for a bike path linking the Colosseum and Circus Maximus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bike-path-to-link-colosseum-and-circus-maximus.html

The dig at Norton Disney’s Roman Villa is about to commence:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/dig-aims-to-discover-more-roman-villa-secrets-9194148/
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/fresh-hope-long-standing-mystery-5269787

Not sure where to put this item on assorted ancient artifacts from assorted cultures in assorted Turkish museums:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/ancient-artifacts-shine-light-on-history-in-nw-turkey/2204460

Feature/interview on James Romm:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/classicist-james-romm-88-resurrects-ancient-thebes

Feature on Wilhelmina Jashemski:

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

Feature on Kassandra Miller’s work on ancient medicine:

http://www.colby.edu/magazine/kassandra-miller-brings-new-expertise-to-classics/

Feature on Plato and the Amazons:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/03/especially-in-the-use-of-weapons-plato-and-the-amazons/

Feature on Greek democracy:

https://thisviewoflife.com/greek-democracy-as-a-major-evolutionary-transition-a-conversation-with-josiah-ober/

Feature on Prometheus and technology:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/technology/prometheus-toolbox

Feature on the oldest street in Europe (in Athens):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44110-discover-the-oldest-street-in-the-greek-capital-of-athens-and-europe.html

Feature on pandemics and ancient wars:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pandemics-determined-fate-of-ancient-wars-says-professor-163699

Feature on Roman Palmyra:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-roman-ruins-of-palmyra-in-syria-in-pictures-1.1197483

Feature on recreating a 1500 years bp Roman ‘burger’:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2021/04/09/taking-a-bite-out-of-a-1500-year-old-roman-burger/

Feature on ‘lost cities’ in the Aegean:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/08/ancient-cities-lost-under-aegean-sea-greece/

Feature on Scylla and Charybdis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/scylla-and-charybdis-embodied-male-fears-in-greek-mythology/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/09/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on some Greek works of art in foreign museums:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/07/ten-magnificent-greek-works-of-art-found-in-foreign-museums/

Feature on Thrasymachus:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/thrasymachus-a-new-face-of-evil/

Feature on Plato’s views on evil:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/platos-reflections-on-human-evil-and-malice/

Feature on ‘tokenization’ of women in Roman times:

https://hyperallergic.com/635484/how-foreign-women-have-been-tokenized-since-ancient-roman-times/

Feature on Greeks reclining to eat:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/08/why-did-ancient-greeks-recline-to-eat-and-drink/

Feature on ancient Greek names for stars:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/the-ancient-greek-stars-lighting-up-our-night-skies/

Feature on ancient beauty standards:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/opinion/163379/lessons-from-the-greco-roman-mythology-on-unattainable-beauty-standards/

Feature on the Promitheia festival on Mount Olympus:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/07/promitheia-reviving-the-ancient-greek-spirit-on-mount-olympus/

Feature on Rome’s upcoming 2774th birthday:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-celebrates-2774th-birthday-in-2021.html

Feature on lessons from Rome about luxury:

https://bigthink.com/lessons-roman-empire-danger-luxury

Feature on Myrtis and Covid:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/ancient-athens-plague-victim-message-covid-era/

More features on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://hyperallergic.com/631435/ancient-antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-reconstructed/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/193910/worlds-first-computer-was-the-fusion-of-finest-greek-and-middle-eastern-scientific-knowledge/

The UK culture secretary thinks return of the Parthenon Marbles is “impossible”:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/uk-culture-secretary-impossible-to-give.html

… and apparently there were ‘crunch talks’ with Prince Charles on the matter:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1419922/uk-greece-elgin-marbles-wendy-morton-talks-british-museum-brexit-news

A school marked the 1821 Revolution with a performance of Pericles’ Funeral Oration:

https://www.pappaspost.com/houston-school-shares-stunning-tribute-to-1821-via-pericles/

A minotaur mural appeared in Albany:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Minotaur-mural-appeared-overnight-piquing-16078299.php

The airport in Doha (Qatar) now has a replica of the Delphi Charioteer:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/07/charioteer-of-delphi-doha-metro/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/08/heniokhos-at-the-international-airport-of-doha/
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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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10 000 years bp finds from a site in Cairngooms:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56661834

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-prehistoric-society/article/new-evidence-for-upland-occupation-in-the-mesolithic-of-scotland/5C6A4D9DF6F5321A0BF5A37BE6712453

Assorted 6500 years bp vessels and tools from the ‘Hidden Settlement Mound’ near Pomorie (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/06/6500-year-old-full-set-of-vessels-including-zoomorphic-one-gold-bead-from-worlds-oldest-found-in-prehistoric-settlement-mound-near-bulgarias-pomorie/

A slab inscribed some 4000 years bp from France back in 2014 is being touted again as Europe’s oldest 3d map:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-french-year-old-oldest-europe.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-known-map-europe-bronze-age.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/07/stone-slab-found-france-europe-oldest-3d-map-saint-belec-slab
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56648055
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/bronze-age-stone-map-europe-b1827772.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/could-this-stone-slab-be-the-oldest-known-map-of-europe-664712
https://www.wionews.com/science/france-archaeologists-unearth-3d-map-from-bronze-age-376085
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-forgotten-stone-slab-may-actually-be-the-oldest-known-map-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/researchers-discover-oldest-known-map.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/07/the-oldest-3d-map-in-europe/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-slab-oldest-known-map-europe-180977439/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9580-210407-bronze-age-map

4000 years bp (maybe) human bones and pottery found by a walker in Guersey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-56663491
https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/04/09/prehistoric-bones-could-be-oldest-ive-excavated—states-archaeologist/

Finds from various periods found back in 2014 during A75 bypass construction:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/details-prehistoric-galloway-heartland-discovered-23867481

Remains of a 900 years bp Northumberland fishing community are being brought to light:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-northumberland-fishing-community-dating-back-900-years-3192422

Medieval finds made by detectorists in Wales include some gold coin hoards and a skull ring:

https://www.livescience.com/uk-metal-detector-medieval-treasures.html

A medieval gothic cellar from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22625958/archeological-exploration-results-in-unique-findings.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9575-210406-slovakia-gothic-cellar

The River Hunters came across a Viking era grindstone in York:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19223059.river-hunters-put-noses-grindstone/

Feature on what happened when Vikings ‘settled down’:

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0406/1208207-vikings-anthropocene-settling-effects/

Possible 18th century wall remains from Roscommon Town:

https://roscommonherald.ie/2021/04/11/speculation-mounts-over-historic-roscommon-town-discovery/

More on that Neolithic site in Spain featuring decapitation, trepanation, and other interesting burials:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/dig-in-southern-spain-reveals.html

More on the Shigir idol:

https://www.livescience.com/shigir-idol-older-than-thought.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9573-210405-shigir-idol-wood

More on the 6000 years bp salt production site in Yorkshire:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/6000-year-old-salt-production-site-is.html

More on the 1600 years bp pottery production centre found in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C87142%2Cenormous-roman-era-pottery-production-centre-found-polish-village.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-era-pottery-production-centre.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9586-210409-poland-industrial-kiln

More on 800 years bp pottery from Oxford revealing medieval Jewish dietary practices:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2021/april/pottery-jewish-diet.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407122220.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uob-8mp040721.php
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-discover-evidence-medieval-jewish-kosher-diet-800-year-old-pottery-fragments-945446
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-identify-medieval-jewish-homes-in-ancient-oxford-1.9694484
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/800-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/800-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments-reveal-jewish-dietary-practices/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9583-210408-oxford-jewish-diet

More on that medieval ‘elephant and castle’ gold seal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-56601940
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61111
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9579-210407-elephant-and-castle

Review of Connie Kelleher, *The Alliance of Pirates*:

https://www.dublininquirer.com/2021/04/07/the-alliance-of-pirates-reviewed

The 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden will be marked online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-56661832

Funding to repair Whitfield Tabernacle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-56661209

Feature on finds from Gwent over the years:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19214480.ancient-finds-gwent/

Feature on the Son Oms site on Mallorca:

https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-04-08/the-airport-that-crash-landed-on-a-prehistoric-ceremonial-site-in-palma.html

Feature on the Celts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/who-were-the-celts
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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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Remains of a 5200 years bp wall and moat from Fenghuangzui:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/03/content_77375341.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9576-210406-china-neolithic-fenghuangzui

More on the Sanxingdui gold mask:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-04/07/c_139864673.htm

Remains of a food storage room from a Silk Road fortress in Uzbekistan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14254419
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9577-210406-uzbekistan-royal-pantry

A 2nd century Ganesha idol from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-2nd-century-ce-found-in-ap/articleshow/81979867.cms
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-second-century-unearthed-by-archaeologists-in-andhra-pradesh-3625934.html
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-second-century-excavated-by-archaeologists-in-andhra-pradesh-538042.html

Another Buddha statue from a 10th century monastery site in Hazaribag:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/archaeologists-find-another-buddha-statue-at-hbag-excavation-site/articleshow/81901966.cms

A 12th century statue of Channakeshavaswami found while extracting sand in Karnataka:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/12th-century-sculpture-found-during.html

A 300 years bp ‘sati stone’ from Tiruppur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/sati-stone-discovered-in-tiruppur-city/article34275279.ece

A Maratha Empire-era gold bracelet find from Raigad:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/mumbai-3-century-old-gold-bangle-excavated-at-raigad-fort-site/articleshow/81878632.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9574-210405-india-maratha-empire

Illegal excavations at various sites in Pakistan are a cause for concern:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/816610-illegal-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-in-mardan-swabi-swat-continues

We’re gettng some details on those burials from Camp Blaz (Guam) found a few months ago:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/04/10/some-details-finally-released-ancient-burials-camp-blaz/7164169002/

Stormy weather exposed the 128 years bp wreck of the Buster in New South Wales:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/fossilised-128-year-old-shipwreck-23881819

35000 years bp bone tools from Riwi Cave in Kimberley (Australia):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-bone-tools-kimberley-region-oldest.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/bone-tools-from-the-kimberley-among-oldest-in-australia/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/bone-tools-found-in-kimberley-region.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/wa-bone-tools-changing-scientific-050045048.html?guccounter=1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9582-210408-australia-bone-tools

Some newly found documents are shedding light on Western Australia’s first European settlement:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-07/old-documents-of-wa-first-settlement-found-in-nsw-state-archives/13286686

A study of skeletal remains from the Goldfields of Otago is shedding light on the early settlers there:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-cultural-threads-goldfield-early-settlers.html

Feature on Uplistsikhe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/uplistsikhe-the-rock-hewn-city-of-caves/138572

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NORTH AMERICA
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Four sites from various periods identified in a Kamloops park:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/quartet-of-archaeological-sites-identified-in-riverside-park-1.24303283

A forest fire back in 2017 is making it easier for sites to be found near Kamloops:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/elephant-hill-wildfire-skeetchestn-indian-band-1.5981602

There is little evidence, apparently, that overuse of wood led to the collapse of Cahokia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-scant-evidence-wood-overuse-cahokia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/wuis-sse040821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408152256.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/scant-evidence-that-wood-overuse-at.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/localised-deforestation-unlikely-to-cause-canokia-collapse/138626

Unmarked enslaved persons burials from the Clemson University campus:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/At-Clemson-unmarked-slave-graves-highlight-16082228.php

Marylands Mt Nebo AME church is exploring a 140 years bp burial gound:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/07/black-cemetery-missing-graves/

19th century burials from a construction site near Memphis:

https://news.yahoo.com/remains-found-construction-burial-1800s-002100169.html

This week’s ‘Lost Colony’ mystery answers:

https://abc11.com/the-lost-colony-roanoke-of-national-geographic/10494529/

More on Arabian coins from Rhode Island and Henry Every:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of.html

Revisiting the Manhattan Purchase story:

https://www.livescience.com/was-manhattan-sold-for-24-dollars.html

Studying New York City’s 300 years bp trash:

https://aeon.co/videos/new-yorks-300-year-old-trash-becomes-treasure-in-the-hands-of-an-urban-archaeologist

Concerns for Harriet Tubman-associated sites in Maryland:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/historic-harriet-tubman-sites-at-risk-of-rising-seas-on-eastern-shore/2631651/

… and a related search for more sites:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/saving-tubman-sites-searching-for-ben-ross-cabin/2631728/

Bears Ears is reemerging in the news:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/08/bears-ears-haaland/

… related:

https://kfgo.com/2021/04/08/u-s-interior-secretary-looks-to-restore-utah-monuments-slashed-by-trump/

Feature on the Adena Mounds:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/04/11/column-big-10-not-only-link-between-ohio-wisconsin/7124022002/

Some Ancient Americas lectures and events of note:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of what is being dubbed an ’embassy’ from Tikal has implications:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/possible-embassy-ancient-maya-city-illuminates-birth-empire

Pondering the settlement of the Caribbean:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/indigenous-caribbean/

More on the 3200 years bp Spider divinity mural from Peru:

https://hyperallergic.com/632553/mural-of-knife-wielding-spider-god-peru/
https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/ancient-mural-of-knife-wielding-spider-god-from-cupisnique-culture-discovered-in-peru/

More on Maya use of salt:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html

—–
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 study suggests that hypoxia contributed to the images we see in petroglyphs in caves in Western Europe:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/stoned-in-the-stone-age-prehistoric-humans-got-high-israeli-scholars-664547
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-cave-artists-might-ve-knowingly-deprived-themselves-of-oxygen-to-paint
https://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-cave-painters-deprived-themselves-of-oxygen-to-get-high-new-study-suggests/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-crack-mystery-of-cave-paintings-done-in-the-dark-1.9686181
https://www.salon.com/2021/04/07/ancient-cave-painters-may-have-been-stoned-study-says/

Really not sure where to put this item on studying/experimenting with bat guano to figure out how sites might form:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-guano-archaeologists-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/a-batshit-experiment-bones-cooked-in-bat-poo-lift-the-lid-on-how-archaeological-sites-are-formed-156865
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/how-baked-bat-guano-helped.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/07/how-baked-bat-guano-helped-archaeologists-understand-our-past/

On the oldest hot cross bun in the world:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19200708.colchester-oldest-hot-cross-bun-world/

On the apparent therapeutic effects of Baltic amber:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/acs-pfb032221.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/06/baltic-amber-as-a-potential-source-of-new-antibiotics/

Feature on some podcasts about the history of the ancient world:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/apr/05/an-escape-from-dark-times-how-ancient-history-podcasts-bring-comfort-and-clarity

Feature on the ‘allure’ of lost cities:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210405-the-enduring-allure-of-lost-cities

Features on the first modern Olympic Games:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/06/1896-modern-olympics-athens/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/first-modern-olympics-125-years-ago-was-nothing-like-todays-huge-spectacle/2021/04/07/59c3e812-8eb2-11eb-a6bd-0eb91c03305a_story.html

… and the history of the Olympics:

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/putnam_news/derek-coleman-the-not-so-brief-history-of-the-olympics/article_47497373-276c-58e8-9438-48d7b0a0c970.html

A foetus buried with a 17th century Bishop was likely the latter’s relative (grandson, most likely):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-foetus-bishop-coffin-grandson.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/lu-fib040721.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-17th-century-bishop-was-buried-with-a-fetus-scientists-have-finally-figured-out-why
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/dna-analysis-solves-curious-case-of-the-stillborn-fetus-in-the-bishops-coffin/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/foetus-in-bishops-coffin-was-probably.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9585-210409-sweden-grandfather-bishop

Interesting feature on Prince Philip’s lineage:

https://theconversation.com/prince-philip-dies-his-marriage-to-the-queen-and-their-part-in-1-000-years-of-european-royal-dynastic-history-155696

… and a feature on his mother:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/09/prince-philip-mother-alice-philanthropy-in-greece/

Casanova wasn’t a cad, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/memoirs-show-casanova-the-medicine-man-wasnt-all-cad-fl8prrjh7

Feature on what a field archaeologist does:

https://globalnews.ca/video/7750313/the-training-ground-what-it-takes-to-become-a-field-archaeologist

Feature on the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin (falling into ruin):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56596351

On archaeologists, racism, and public monuments:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-paper-urges-archaeologists-historians-people.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoc–mtm040821.php

On the influence of Muslim intellectuals on the Enlightenment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/opinion/enlightenment-islam-robinson-crusoe.html

On the history of perfume bottles:

https://mymodernmet.com/history-perfume-bottles/

In 1894 they apparently built a ‘brad arch’ in Leeds:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-56604516

More on the Getty acquiring Genileschi’s Lucretia:

https://hyperallergic.com/635883/artemisia-gentileschi-masterpiece-lucretia-acquired-by-getty/

On the history of clothes closets:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/05/giant-closets/618393/

Feature on Ramon Llull:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-04-09/ramon-llull-maquina-fantastica-de-pensar.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_manana20210409m

Calls for an inventory of world artifacts held by the Church of England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/09/calls-for-full-inventory-of-world-artefacts-held-by-church-of-england-benin-bronzes

Feature on Antonie van Leeuwenhoek:

https://theconversation.com/the-17th-century-cloth-merchant-who-discovered-the-vast-realm-of-tiny-microbes-an-appreciation-of-antonie-van-leeuwenhoek-158177

Feature on the scientific revolution with a Huygens spin:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-huygens-father-and-son-personify-the-scientific-revolution

A newly discovered Gainsbourough portrait:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-portrait-acclaimed-british-painter-thomas-gainsborough-resurfaces-180977443/

An 18th century painting has been attributed to Henry Lefebvre:

https://www.riposte-catholique.fr/archives/158876

On the use of drugs during war:

https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2021-01-13/lit

Featuer on Tsim Sha Tsui’s clock tower:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3127634/story-tsim-sha-tsuis-clock-tower-how-it-survived-world-war

On Democritus predicting the atom:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/ancient-physics-democritus-predicted-atom

Feature on Tharun Sekar’s recreations of ancient musical instruments:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/yazh-ancient-musical-instrument-india

How the pandemic resurrected Britain’s ancient borders:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/britain-ancient-borders-pandemic

On Marie Antoinette and the ‘cake’ misquote:

https://www.livescience.com/let-the-eat-cake.html

OpEddish feature on transgender people in history:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/transgender-people-exist-in-history/

Feature on World Expos over the years:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/04/world/world-expo-history-40-objects-intl-spc/

Pondering Alexander Graham Bell’s legacy for the deaf:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/books/review/the-invention-of-miracles-katie-booth.html

Latest on the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.jpost.com/international/latest-twist-in-salvator-mundi-painting-case-again-aims-to-target-saudi-664749
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/salvator-mundi-feature-film
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-08/el-origen-de-salvator-mundi-un-secreto-de-estado.html

Feature on daVinci’s patrons:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/renaissance/leonardo-da-vinci-art-patrons-supporters-ludovico-sforza-isabella-deste-borgias/

Feature on the Vienna Dioscurides manuscript:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html

How the KKK in California target Asians in the 19th century:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/california-klans-anti-asian-crusade/618513/

Drama arising from the theft of a Jefferson Davis memorial throne:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jefferson-davis-memorial-throne-stolen-from-confederate-cemetery-and-under-threat-of-being-turned-into-a-toilet

Moscow’s Eliseevsky grocery store is closing after 120 years:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56683249
https://elpais.com/economia/2021-04-08/la-tienda-de-manjares-de-la-epoca-zarista-que-sobrevivio-a-la-revolucion-pero-no-a-la-pandemia.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/moscow-eliseevsky-grocery-closing/2021/04/03/7512e080-9210-11eb-aadc-af78701a30ca_story.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Evidence of domesticated dogs in the Arabian peninsula 4300 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tfg-aue040821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-domesticated.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/earliest-evidence-of-domesticated-dogs.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-domesticated-dogs-in-arabian-peninsula/138562

A study of sheep (and other) domestication in Western Asia suggests the practice dates back at lease 8000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-early-dispersal-neolithic-domesticated-sheep.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mpif-edo040121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408112349.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/early-dispersal-of-neolithic.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/early-dispersal-of-neolithic-domesticated-sheep-in-central-asia/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Cinderella to Sinbad:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/books/from-cinderella-to-sindbad-new-abu-dhabi-exhibit-to-explore-literary-traditions-from-germany-and-the-arab-world-1.1196639

Thomas Becket:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/thomas-becket-at-the-british-museum-7832846

Ancient Egyptian queens:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100725/Ancient-Egyptian-queens-will-hold-court-at-the-Canadian-Museum

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/04/07/7532-last-supper-in-pompeii-to-open-at-sfs-legion-of-honor-this-summer

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is seeking Heritage status:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100635/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-on-preliminary-list-of-World-Heritage

Latest in Abu Dhabi’s plans for a mega museum:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/abu-dhabi-s-next-mega-museum-back-on-track-now-with-a-director

Feature on Athen’s Numismatic Museum:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/09/numismatic-museum-athens/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Spain put an export ban on a Caravaggio (subsequently withdrawn from auction):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/arts/design/caravaggio-spain-export-ban.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56675290
https://www.timesofisrael.com/spain-blocks-sale-of-possible-caravaggio-painting-of-jesus/

On Native American items showing up at auctions:

https://www.cherokeephoenix.org/culture/auction-houses-selling-native-cultural-items/article_dd2e50ea-971b-11eb-935e-8beb5e963525.html

Big bucks for a copy of Action Comics #1:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56669924

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plenty of interesting genome-related implications from analysis of a 45 000 (now) years bp skull from Croatia (there seem to be a couple overlapping stories here):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-neanderthal-ancestry-oldest-modern-human.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-genome-analysis-reveals-unknown-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mpif-nai040621.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407114205.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407122217.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/07/ancient-human-migration-europe-neanderthals-genetic-sequencing
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/early-humans-in-europe-found-to-have-close-lineage-with-neanderthals-664752
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-earliest-modern-humans-in-europe-had-neanderthals-in-the-family-1.9690167
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-previously-unknown-human-migration-was-just-revealed-in-genetic-data
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/more-45000-years-ago-modern-humans-ventured-neanderthal-territory-here-s-what-happened
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/2-recent-studies-sequence-dna-from-the-earliest-homo-sapiens-in-eurasia/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/neanderthal-ancestry-identifies-oldest.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/genomes-of-earliest-europeans.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-europes-oldest-known-modern-humans-revealed-genome-sequencing-180977437/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9581-210408-neanderthals-modern-humans

Study suggests a disconnect between genetics and physical characteristics:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-reveals-disconnect-physical-characteristics-genetic.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/study-reveals-surprising-disconnect.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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An app is resurrecting ancient Baalbek:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/6/lebanons-baalbek-reborn-temples-a-newly-launched-virtual-tour
https://en.ammonnews.net/article/48480
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/lebanons-baalbek-temples-reborn.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-ancient-temples-lebanon-180977451/

More on recreating 1800 years bp chain armour with video game technology:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/05/gaming-technology-recreates-c16th-music-in-a-scottish-chapel
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207421000546

More on the KV55 facial reconstruction:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207421000546
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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OpEddish thing on archaeology and climate change:

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/archaeology-and-climate-change-2074369
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Shibam:

https://elpais.com/icon-design/arquitectura/2021-04-08/la-manhattan-del-desierto-la-ciudad-yemeni-que-en-el-siglo-xvi-invento-los-rascacielos.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Recreating the acoustics of Linlithgow Palace to recreate a 1512 performance:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/05/gaming-technology-recreates-c16th-music-in-a-scottish-chapel
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musical-time-machine-recreates-16th-century-concert-180977406/

I, Cinna:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-cinna-poet-chicago-shakespeare-review-20210406-wo3phhezrjg63gect7kaz6e3u4-story.html

Antigone:

https://www.sacurrent.com/ArtSlut/archives/2021/04/07/the-classic-theatre-brings-iconic-greek-tragedy-antigone-to-the-san-antonio-botanical-garden

An Iliad:

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/4/7/iliad-alls-fair-theater-war/

Medea:

https://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2021/04/elon-performing-arts-medea

Eurydice:

https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/community/events/6978278-What-is-love-DSU-play-a-retelling-of-classic-Greek-myth

Helen:

https://spectator.com.au/2021/04/a-changed-woman/
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CRIME BEAT
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OpEddish thing on antiquities theft:

https://menafn.com/1101888747/Antiquities-theft-funds-conflict-erases-culture

Feature on counterfeit Jewish artifacts being manufactured in Turkey:

https://forward.com/news/467503/in-turkey-counterfeit-jewish-artifacts-are-commonplace-and-often-sloppy/

Native American petroglyphs in the Chattahoochee National Forest have been vandalized:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/06/us/chattahoochee-petroglyphs-vandalism-trnd/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/us/chattahoochee-national-forest-vandalism.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/vandals-mar-ancient-petroglyphs-in-north-georgia-mountains/2021/04/08/8170e4b0-98a2-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html
https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/43614431/thousand-year-old-native-american-rock-carvings-have-been-vandalized-in-the-chattahoochee-national-forest
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article250458696.html
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-native-american-rock-carvings-vandalized-national-forest-georgia-chattahooche-20210406-6i34zwmtt5btllodni2mpm4d6u-story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-destroyed-1000-year-old-indigenous-art-georgias-chattahoochee-national-forest-180977453/

An Aboriginal site in Victoria was damaged:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/06/traditional-owners-devastated-by-alleged-damage-to-1500-year-old-stone-arrangement-in-victoria

… and the farmer who did the deed claims he didn’t know:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/07/farmer-sorry-for-damaging-aboriginal-site-says-he-did-not-know-it-was-heritage-listed

INAH recovered some items headed for sale on the Internet:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/04/inah-recover-eight-archaeological-pieces-that-were-intended-to-be-sold-on-the-internet/

Jefferson Davis’ ‘chair’ (from a cemetery monument) has been recovered and arrests made:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/10/us/jefferson-davis-chair-memorial-theft-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/09/confederate-chair-arrests-white-lies-matter/

An arrest of a man suspected of thefts of a Van Gogh and Hals:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/06/dutch-police-arrest-man-theft-van-gogh-hals-paintings-laughing-boys-parsonage-garden
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56651925
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/arts/design/van-gogh-hals-theft-arrest.html
https://www.dw.com/en/dutch-police-arrest-suspect-in-theft-of-van-gogh-hals-paintings/a-57109038
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-stolen-painting-arrest-intl-scli/index.html
https://apnews.com/article/dutch-police-arrest-theives-van-gough-hals-works-939cf6b2bca5864a05bff0199b90ce9d
https://www.wsj.com/articles/dutch-police-arrest-suspect-in-van-gogh-heist-11617735240
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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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Britain apparently has not returned some statuary to Jordan that it took back in 1990 for restoration:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/britain-has-kept-stone-age-statues-says.html

Turkey is trying to recover a looted work from the US currently held by Christie’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/09/arts/design/turkey-christies-idol-lawsuit.html

665 coins which had been stolen from the Sibari museum are being returned:

https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2021-04-04/archeologia-tornano-sibari-monete-quinto-secolo-avanti-cristo-12036739/

Austria returned 28 items to Iran:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/171701/Antique-relics-delivered-to-Iran-from-Austria

Some Manhattan Beach property taken from a Black family over a century ago might be returned:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/manhattan-beach-property-seized-century-ago-may-be-returned/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab&utm_content=algorithm

Germany is the focus of Benin Bronze return coverage this week:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1072519/will-germany-really-restitute-looted-benin-artefac.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-matter-of-fairness-new-debate-about.html

London’s Horniman Museum is making a ‘repatriation pledge’ in regards to their Benin Bronzes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/07/horniman-museum-makes-benin-bronzes-repatriation-pledge-end/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/563/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/563/pub/563/page/34/article/160044
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/horniman-museum-policy-on-restitution
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/london-museum-might-repatriate-benin-bronzes-1957559

The Church of England plans to return a pair of Benin Bronzes which were given to a former Archbishop of Canterbury as a gift:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/565/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/565/pub/565/page/29/article/161030

The National Museum of Ireland is also figuring out how to return Benin Bronzes:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/national-museum-ireland-plan-return-looted-benin-bronzes-rmx7rdtpk

More on Aberdeen’s pending returns:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/will-scottish-universitys-return-of-bronze-bust-to-benin-start-a-trend

Some general items on the current interest to return the Benin Bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/633045/path-toward-restitution-of-benin-bronzes-advances-in-germany-and-uk/
https://www.voanews.com/europe/effort-return-benin-bronzes-africa-remains-ongoing-challenge

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the history of money:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/from-barter-to-bitcoin-the-history-of-money

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n15.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Granville Redmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/obituaries/granville-redmond-overlooked.html

Marshall D. Sahlins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/marshall-d-sahlins-dead.html

Gianluigi Colalucci:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/obituaries/gianluigi-colalucci-dead.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/gianluigi-colalucci-dead/2021/04/09/236d54d6-97c4-11eb-962b-78c1d8228819_story.html

Robert E. Cooley:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/april-web-only/died-robert-e-cooley-gordon-conwell-assemblies-archaeology.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3063-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-28-through-april-3-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Simon Stoddart, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Lucas Livingston Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Robin Helweg-Larsen Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A100 000+ years bp ‘crystal collection’ from the Kalahari is causing a rethink of human evolution in Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-humans-kalahari-coastal-neighbors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoi-ehi032921.php
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/early-humans-from-100000-years-ago-collected-crystals-eggshells-663951
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/31/africa/human-evolution-africa-inland-scn/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-somebody-in-the-kalahari-had-a-crystal-collection-105-000-years-ago-1.9670735
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-culture-africa-inland-coasts-crystals-tools
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00795-5
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/kalahari-humans-09512.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-culture-africa-inland-coasts-crystals-tools
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/105000-years-ago-in-the-kalahari-desert-people-invented-complex-culture/
https://theconversation.com/ancient-eggshells-and-a-hoard-of-crystals-reveal-early-human-innovation-and-ritual-in-the-kalahari-154191
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/early-humans-in-kalahari-were-as.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/early-homo-sapiens-in-the-kalahari-desert/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9568-210401-africa-kalahari-crystals

Homo floresiensis seems to be closer to the Denisovans than homo sapiens:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-hobbits-human-lineage-identity.html

Study suggests that “we” have been superpredators for over 2 million years:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-our-oldest-secret-we-have-been-super-predators-for-2-million-years-1.9680599

More on Neanderthal toothpick use:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neanderthal-toothpicks-09497.html

More on the finds from the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ site near Johannesburg:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-forgotten-settlement-cradle-humankind-southern.html
https://theconversation.com/a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-a-note-to-southern-african-history-157783
https://www.news24.com/news24/analysis/analysis-a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-note-to-southern-african-history-20210328
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AFRICA
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Evidence of sheep herding in South Africa some 2000 years bp:

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/discovery-finds-sheep-present-in-sa-more-than-2-000-years-ago-287a678b-67e8-4d23-82d4-d60b8d16aa70
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of hype for the ‘Pharoah’s Golden Parade’ early in the week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100277/400-TV-channels-to-broadcast-Pharaoh%E2%80%99s-Golden-Parade-on-April
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/23/egypts-highly-anticipated-royal-mummies-parade-set-for-3-april/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56508475
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210403-egypt-gears-up-for-pharaohs-golden-parade
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-pharaohs-golden-parade/?mqsc=E4128909&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/march-of-the-mummies-egypt-readies-for-pharaohs-parade-1.1617275000949
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/egyptian-royal-mummies-are-moving-not-first-road-trip
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/the-pharaohs-golden-parade/

… including a promotional film:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100445/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-translates-the-promotional-film
https://www.egyptindependent.com/video-ministry-of-tourism-and-antiquities-produces-promotional-film-on-royal-mummy-procession/

… and then the coverage of the (really interesting) parade itself (BBC and several others have video):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56508475
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/408387/Egypt/Politics-/Relive-Pharaohs-Golden-Parade-arrives-at-National-.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-pharaonic-heritage-egypt-parades-royal.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummies-cairo-parade/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/03/egypt-mummies-procession-museum-cairo/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/03/world/middleeast/cairo-mummies-parade.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/myth-pharaoh-s-curse-dismissed-egypt-prepares-ancient-mummies-parade-n1262959
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/ancient-egyptian-mummies-paraded-through-cairo-on-way-to-new-museum-664044
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities-convoy/majestic-cairo-parade-as-egyptian-mummies-move-museum-idUSKBN2BQ04T?il=0
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/03/984145643/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move
https://news.sky.com/story/mummies-on-the-move-egypt-holds-grand-parade-to-transfer-antiquities-to-new-museum-12265202
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/556/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/556/pub/556/page/61/article/158347
https://www.dw.com/en/golden-parade-mummified-pharaohs-moved-to-new-cairo-home/a-57094353
https://wamu.org/story/21/04/03/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/3/egypts-grandiose-golden-parade-carries-pharaohs-to-new-home
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egyptian-mummy-parade-22-ancient-egyptian-mummies-parade-through-cairo-streets-1.1617517410315

… and there are commemorative stamps too:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-issues-a-set-of-postage-stamps-to-commemorate-the-royal-mummies-parade/

The copper dome of the Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaytbay Mosque has been registered as an antiquity:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100338/Copper-dome-of-Sultan-Qaytbay%E2%80%99s-Group-registered-as-an-antiquity

More on Egypt opening an official ‘replica factory’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/28/egypt-inaugurates-1st-archaeological-replicas-factory-in-middle-east/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/29/egypt-opens-first-factory-producing-replicas-of-famed-archaeological-artefacts/
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-minister-inaugurates-first-factory-for-archaeological-replicas-in-egypt-and-middle-east/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100266/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Konouz-factory-for-replicas%E2%80%99-products-will-be-available-at
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/egypt-to-open-a-replica-factory-to-spread-awareness-of-egyptian-culture-663472
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1834031

More on the drought and its effects in Berenike some 2100 years bp:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9414687/Drought-caused-volcanic-eruption-led-Egyptians-abandon-Berenike-2-100-years-ago.html

A virtual tour of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/04/01/egyptian-mummy-tomb.cnn

Feature on seven of Egypt’s most famous mummies:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/seven-of-egypt-s-most-famous-mummies-and-their-incredible-histories-1.1195727

Reviewish of David and Murphy’s tome on the murder of Takabuti:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-famous-mummy.html

Bizarrely, some folks were blaming the blockage of the Suez Canal on a ‘pharaoh’s curse’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-denies-pharaohs-curse-behind-accidents-egypt-recently-witnessed/
https://www.jpost.com/omg/did-a-pharaohs-curse-cause-suez-canal-crisis-other-egyptian-disasters-663606
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/pharaoh-curse-link-to-recent-egypt-tragedies-debunked-1.78171434
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1833981
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/3/29/renowned-egyptologist-says-suez-blockage-unrelated-to-pharaohs-curse

Excavations are resuming at Aizanoi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-at-5000-year-old-aizanoi-in-western-turkey-to-resume

More on Neolithic animal husbandry at Asikli Hoyuk:

https://www.lmu.de/en/newsroom/news-and-events/news/the-lambs-break-their-silence.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9557-210329-neolithic-sheep-herding

Feature on the Mother Goddess, Amazons and assorted other such folks in Anatolian history:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/mother-goddess-amazon-warriors-female-legends-anatolia-history

Feature on a depiction of a staged lion hunt of Ashurbanipal:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210325-the-lion-hunt-of-ashurbanipal-the-2700-year-old-fake-news

A 2nd Temple era coin found during conservation work at the Tower of David:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/coin-from-2nd-temple-mount-era-found-during-tower-of-david-conservation-663456

There was a high-tech imaging study of some ‘mysterious’ crosses engraved at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-claim-to-solve-mystery-of-engraved-crosses-at-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/hi-tech-imaging-lets-archaeologists-shed-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-1.9669892
https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/hi-tech-imaging-sheds-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-663702
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-claim-to-solve-mystery-of-engraved-crosses-at-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-easter-holy-sepulchre-crosse/graffiti-or-homage-hi-tech-imaging-sheds-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-idUSKBN2BN0YP
http://www.news9.com/story/6064abc3f0d89d0bcbf7e24e/researchers-shed-new-light-on-crosses-etched-in-the–church-of-the-holy-sepulchre

Israel seems suddenly interested in Islamic-era archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-discovery-of-treasures-in-israel-herald-rise-of-islamic-era-archaeology-1.9673365

Not sure what’s going on with ‘settler invasions’ at Sebastia and other sites:

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/123894

Feature on inscriptions and early Christianity:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/reading-inscriptions/

More on the ‘revisiting’ of the Shapira thing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/insider/bible-manuscript-debate.html

Feature on Hatra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/hatra-the-caravan-city-of-the-desert/138453

Saudi Arabia has beefed up its antiquities and museums laws:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Strict_penalties_set_for_violators_of_Saudi_Antiquities_and_Museums_Law-SNG_206443929/
https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-arabia-vows-tough-penalties-against-antiquity-offences-1.78326161

Not sure where to put this item on historical artifacts in Antalya not being ‘officially registered’ for over a decade:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-artifacts-not-registered-officially-over-past-decade-at-archeology-museum-163609
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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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2500 years bp relief fragments depicting marching Greek warriors from Sozopol:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/28/slab-with-marching-ancient-greek-warriors-discovered-at-apollo-temples-on-ancient-black-sea-island-in-bulgarias-sozopol/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9559-210330-bulgaria-greece-apollo

Recent finds from a dig on Kythnos (I think we mentioned this dig a while ago):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/04/ancient-city-on-greek-islet-reveals-fascinating-secrets-in-new-dig/

A Hellenistic/Roman quarry was revealed near Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-roman-stone-quarry-unearthed-in-izmir

The entrance to the ‘agora’ at Segesta was (re)discovered (Italian):

https://www.tp24.it/2021/03/30/cultura/segesta-importante-scoperta-archeologica-nbsp-rinvenuto-l-ingresso-dell-agora/162093

Remains of a 1st/2nd century river boat from the Po (Italian):

https://www.giornalelavoce.it/nave-dellantica-roma-torna-alla-luce-grazie-al-fiume-po-in-secca-eccezionale-scoperta-a-chivasso-411282

Picene ceramics and finds from various other periods from excavation in Ascoli (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/01/da-scavi-duomo-ascoli-pavimenti-domus-e-ceramiche-picene_4fef11fa-b25c-4502-913c-c1c05daccca8.html
https://www.primapaginaonline.it/2021/04/01/ascoli-dagli-scavi-nel-duomo-emergono-ceramiche-picene-e-pavimenti-romani/

A 4th century ‘reception hall’ from Ulpia Oescus, featuring assorted marble types:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/30/fine-marbles-14-different-colors-from-constantine-the-greats-danube-bridge-opening-in-328-ad-found-in-roman-city-ulpia-oescus-in-north-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9570-210402-bulgaria-imperial-marble

A Sanctuary of Apollo found last year at San Casciano dei Bagni has this year revealed altars and the like devoted to assorted divinities (Italian):

https://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/cronaca/provincia/fortuna-iside-e-igea-riemergono-dalle-acque-calde-di-san-casciano-dei-bagni/
https://metronews.it/21/03/31/archeologia-altari-fortuna-e-iside-eccezionale-scoperta-scasciano-dei-bagni.html
http://www.artemagazine.it/attualita/item/12818-siena-scoperto-a-san-casciano-un-santuario-romano-di-eta-augustea

A Roman amphora found off the coast of Ebla (Italian):

https://www.maremmanews.it/index.php/cronaca/87972-guardia-di-finanza-rinvenuta-un-anfora-sui-fondali-dell-isola-d-elba
https://www.iltelegrafolivorno.it/cronaca/archeologia-anfora-finanza-1.6202306
https://video.iltirreno.gelocal.it/dossier/elba-paradiso/elba-il-recupero-di-un-anfora-dell-epoca-romana/144279/145950

A coin hoard dating to the Goth invasion of 251 AD from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/01/large-silver-coin-hoard-hidden-during-251-ad-goth-invasion-of-roman-empire-discovered-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A raid on some illegal excavations near Izmir revealed a 1500 years bp mosaic:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/04/1500-year-old-greek-mosaic-uncovered-in-turkey/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/monastery-1500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-turkey/2197457

The 2020 dig season at Kato Paphos made some interesting finds:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/excavations-at-kato-paphos/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/29/dig-to-map-ancient-paphos-comes-to-an-end/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2021/03/29/polish-expedition-maps-ancient-cyprus-city/

Not sure if we mentioned plans to restore some sites in Alexandria:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/irrigation-ministry-to-restore-three-archaeological-sites-in-alexandria/

Plans for a dig at a Roman site at the Feira Popular de Lisboa:

https://www.valleybugler.com/2021/04/01/archaeological-excavations-at-the-old-folk-fair-reveal-roman-remains-of-the-patrimony/

Concerns related to development near the Ggantija Temples in Gozo (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/beyond-shocking-archaeologists-slam-development-plans-near-ggantija.855631

In case you missed the ongoing concerns for sites in Libya:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bulldozers-and-looting-threaten-libyas.html
https://thearabweekly.com/libyas-ancient-heritage-threatened-plunder-destruction
https://www.the961.com/ancient-burials-akkar-lebanon-illegally-excavated/

Latest in the fight to prevent a garbage dump opening near Hadrian’s Villa:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/558/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/558/pub/558/page/49/article/158975

Students around the world took part in a recreation of Eratosthenes’ famous experiment:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/30/greek-students-take-part-in-eratosthenes-greatest-experiment/

… while elsewhere folks were reenacting the Battle of Marathon:

https://usustatesman.com/o-dromos/

On Oxford’s ‘Classical Conversations’ project:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/togas-troy-oxford-s-covid-classical-conversations-0

A Latin teacher’s cover of ‘Let it Be’ might be of interest:

https://www.nj.com/education/2021/04/nj-teachers-latin-language-cover-of-let-it-be-is-the-covid-music-video-you-need-to-see.html

More on the large villa site in Jaen featuring a large mosaic:

https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/massive-roman-villa-from-4th-century-with-huge-60ft-mosaic-discovered-in-southern-spain/
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2021/03/massive-roman-villa-from-4th-century.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-villa-with-large-mosaic-unearthed.html

More on how Vesuvius killed Pompeiians

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-pompeii-ancient-scientists-body-caught.html
https://menafn.com/1101816698/Pompeii-ancient-remains-are-helping-scientists-learn-what-happens-to-a-body-caught-in-a-volcanic-eruption

More on the latest study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2021/march/gears-within-gears
https://greekherald.com.au/culture/digital-replica-antikythera-mechanism-may-have-solved-mystery-worlds-first-computer/

Feature on cancer treatment in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/03/how-was-cancer-treated-in-ancient-greece-2/

Feature on photos of early excavations on Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/03/rare-photos-first-excavations-sacred-greek-island-delos/

Feature on the Sanctuary of Apollo at Claros:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/claros-the-ancient-sanctuary-of-apollo/138473

Feature on Oplontis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/buried-by-vesuvius-this-ancient-villa-is-overlooked-alternative-to-pompeii

Feature on Pavlopetri:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/pavlopetri-greeces-most-ancient-underwater-city/

Feature on assorted sunken cities and settlements:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sunken-cities-and-settlements/138302

Feature on the eruption of Thera:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/island-shattered-eruption-thera/

Feature on a theatre in Epirus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44031-cassope-an-ancient-theater-in-greek-region-of-epirus-with-a-great-view-of-the-ionian-sea.html

Feature on a 1700 years bp sarcophagus featuring a Gorgon on display at the Amasya Museum in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/cursed-medusa-embossed-sarcophagus-on-display-at-amasya-museum

Feature on assorted monsters in myth being depicted as female:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-female-monsters-greek-mythology-medusa-sphinx-180977364/

Feature on not equating Hades with the Devil:

https://www.themarysue.com/hades-is-not-the-devil/

Feature on the Theopetra Cave and the Neolithic in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/findings-in-theopetra-cave-shed-light-on-neolithic-era-in-greece/

Feature on the Ploutonion at Hierapolis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/the-hierapolis-ploutonion-the-gateway-to-hell/138465

Interesting feature on the restoration of a 4th century AD Roman grass sandal:

https://tntribune.com/sole-survivor-astonishing-restoration-of-a-4th-century-roman-sandal-made-of-grass/

Feature on the Limes Arabicus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/the-limes-arabicus-the-desert-frontier-of-the-roman-empire/138363

Feature on ‘girls and dolls’ during the Roman Empire:

https://daily.jstor.org/girls-and-dolls-in-the-roman-empire/

Feature on the ‘Boxer’ sculpture:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/28/sculpture-of-ancient-greek-boxer-still-haunts-viewers-today-2/

Feature on the Riace Bronzes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/mystery-ancient-greek-masterpieces-recovered-off-italy/

Feature on Praxilteles’ Hermes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/31/hermes-praxiteles-statue-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

Feature on the Pergamon Altar:

https://smarthistory.org/the-pergamon-altar/

Feature on Spartan women:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/seven-facts-you-should-know-about-women-sparta/

Feature on the use of gossip in Ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/30/gossip-a-powerful-tool-powerless-ancient-greece/

Feature on some ancient Greek scientists and ‘inventions’:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/top-5-inventions-and-discoveries-of-ancient-greek-scientists/

Seasonal feature on the Alexamenos graffito:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9431585/Graffiti-carved-ancient-Roman-building-1-900-years-ago-Crucifixion.html

The science (or lack of) behind Icarus’ fall:

http://www.insidescience.org/news/how-high-could-icarus-fly-his-wings-melted

Peter Jones on ancient Greek ‘mediation’:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/04/split-decisions/

Apparently the Odyssey is the “most influential” poem in the world:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/04/odyssey-homers-epic-poem-is-officially-the-worlds-most-influential-story/

Review of Barnsley, *Leading the Roman Army*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2165

More on Greece honouring Paul Cartledge:

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-paul-cartledge-receives-one-of-greece2019s-highest-honours

Nemea is trying to obtain Heritage Status:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/nemea_in_final_pre_selection_for_the_european_heritage_label_2022-2109780/

… as are a number of Roman sites associated with the Limes Moesiae:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/31/32-of-bulgarias-roman-frontier-danube-sites-to-bid-for-unesco-world-heritage-status-in-joint-endeavor-with-romania-serbia-croatia/

Stephen Fry added his voice to those calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/29/stephen-fry-parthenon-marbles/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/193021/british-comedian-and-philhellene-stephen-fry-urges-uk-government-to-return-the-marbles/

The UK Culture Secretary suggests it is impossible to return the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/28/uk-culture-minister-impossible-give-parthenon-marbles-back/

… and Lina Mendoni had a response:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/lina-mendonis-answer-to-statement-by-british-culture-secretary/

… and an OpEd spinning things as ‘uniting the marbles’ rather than returning:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1158222/marbles-united-not-marbles-returned/
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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 study of 27 000 years bp bones from the Serinya caves in Catalonia are revealing details about Late Gravettian diets:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/newsfullview-news/article/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone-age-diet-details/
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-analysis-ancient-bones-reveals-stone.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone-age-diet-details/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9571-210402-paleolithic-fossils-collagen

A ca 6000 years bp salt production site in Yorkshire is causing a rethink of prehistoric Britain’s economy:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-evidence-neolithic-people-salt-seawater.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/31/dig-reveals-6000-year-old-salt-hub-in-north-yorkshire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/yorkshire-salt-archaeology-neolithic-britain-b1824440.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/554/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/554/pub/554/page/43/article/157617
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/6000-year-old-salt-production-house-found-in-uk-rewrites-ancient-history-663704
https://www.wionews.com/science/6000-year-old-salt-hub-discovered-in-uk-374519
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9566-210401-neolithic-salt-factory

Evidence of decapitation and interesting burial rituals from a Neothlic site in southern Spain:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/30/archaeological-dig-in-southern-spain-reveals-decapitation-and-extraordinary-burial-rituals/

A project to recover a 4000 years bp boat from Lake Constance is under way:

https://www.dw.com/en/4000-year-old-boat-recovery-begins-in-southern-germany/a-57068160

Finds from various periods from Beaubec (Co Meath) also have links to the prehistoric site of Bru na Boinne, apparently:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/bru-na-boinne-links-to-site-where-medieval-monks-made-bread-40254629.html

1500 years bp human remains from a construction site in Newtown:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/braypeople/news/builders-in-newtown-discover-1500-year-old-human-remains-40264548.html

Finds dating back to 1400 from a ‘Gothic house cellar’ near Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22625958/archeological-exploration-results-in-unique-findings.html

Medieval finds from a dig at a Berwick infirmary site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-56625932

A medieval tile found during the excavations of St Andrews chapel (near Boxley):

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/rare-13th-century-tile-discovered-at-medieval-dig-site-244768/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9567-210401-medieval-decorative-tile

A metal detectorist find (I think) of a medieval seal featuring an elephant:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-56601940

Medieval (and later) finds, including a tunnel and ossuary beneath a carpark in Jaslo (Poland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/tunnel-used-to-transport-human-remains-to-an-ossuary-discovered-beneath-car-park/138445

A ‘crypt within a crypt’ associated with the Greek revolution against Ottoman rule was found during renovations at the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/04/01/secret-crypt-within-a-crypt-discovered-under-pancyprian-gymnasium/

A study of the kilns at a 19th century pottery factory in Longton reveal some innovative technology:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/archaeologists-make-significant-discovery-former-5245902

Plenty of interesting finds from a cleanup of the Hertford Union Canal:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-56498299

Construction of the A75 Dunragit bypass revealed plenty of finds from various periods:

https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/education/bypass-construction-unearthed-a-wealth-of-archaeological-treasures-3185262

Funding for York Theatre Royal and the Jorvik Viking Centre:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19205324.york-theatre-royal-jorvik-viking-centre-saved/

Concerns for the dolmen of Montelirio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-01/el-dolmen-de-las-17-sacerdotisas-dejado-a-merced-del-vandalismo.html

Feature on the expulsion of the Jews in 1492:

https://theconversation.com/la-expulsion-de-los-judios-el-31-de-marzo-de-1492-una-fecha-historica-olvidada-157702

More on the Shigir Idol:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/worlds-oldest-wooden-sculpture-shigir-idol-b1824024.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/archaeology-shigir-idol-.html
https://www.livescience.com/shigir-idol-older-than-thought.html
https://www.dw.com/en/what-an-ancient-wooden-sculpture-tells-us-about-the-history-of-mankind/a-57075582

More on a 9000 years bp stone tool (and later finds) being revealed by rabbits on Skokholm Island:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-chance-dating-years-story-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/rabbits-dig-up-uk-artifacts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/25/welsh-rabbits-serve-up-prehistoric-finds-on-tiny-skokholm-island
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/prehistoric-tool-found-in-puffin-island-rabbit-hole/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9561-210330-wales-island-artifacts

More on the Roman-period pottery production centre in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/02/massive-pottery-production-center-from-roman-era-found-in-poland/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61067
https://notesfrompoland.com/2021/03/31/one-of-europes-largest-roman-era-pottery-production-sites-discovered-in-poland/

More on those 1300 years bp burials in Sweden featuring comfy ‘bedding’:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2021/03/warriors-down-bedding-could-ease-journey-to-realm-of-the-dead/
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-warriors-feather-beds.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-swedish-warriors-went-gentle-into-the-good-night-entombed-on-feather-beds-1.9666754
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/iron-age-warriors-were-laid-to-rest-on-fluffy-down-pillows/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-swedish-warriors-laid-rest-feather-bedding-1-180977373/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9558-210329-sweden-feather-beds

More on medieval Jews keeping kosher:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/03/30/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/29/archaeologists-identify-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/rubbish-no-it-s-proof-medieval-jews-ate-kosher-1.513521
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1961138/archeologists-stunned-by-evidence-that-medieval-jews-kept-kosher.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-jews-england-kept-kosher-laws-new-finds-show-180977389/

More on the ‘ancient joke/meme’ snailman find:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/22/snail-man-relic-ancient-joke-british-museum

Feature on Royal Albert Hall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-56428543

Feature on the Old Ireland in Colour project:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/old-ireland-color-photos-breslin/index.html
https://irishacademicpress.ie/product/old-ireland-in-colour/
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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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5200 years bp (maybe) remains of a wall and moat from Hebei:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_CL2fERFF.html

A 2000 years wooden well structure from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-30/An-over-2-000-year-old-wooden-well-unearthed-in-north-China-Z3uObBjk0o/index.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-30/detail-ihaixiqm7138034.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0330/c90000-9834157.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1219972.shtml

3000 years bp finds from the outskirts of Beijing:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/02/WS60664ca9a31099a2343551dc.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-04-02/detail-ihaixiqm7139238.shtml

More on the finds from ritual pits in Shanxingdui:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/29/relics-discovered-from-sacrificial-pits-in-china/
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-30/Ritual-vessel-fragments-found-in-Sanxingdui-No-8-Pit-in-SW-China-Z35dKblnj2/index.html

… and the 3000 years bp gold mask:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/3000-year-old-gold-mask-discovered-at.html

… and their importance:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-03/30/c_139846147.htm
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_kAgA4vKI.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-04/02/content_77372861.htm

… and their similarity with Maya items (!):

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-04/01/content_77369498.htm

Feature on archaeologist Liu Yiman:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/29/WS60611732a31099a234354ff0.html

… and He Haihui:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/29/WS60611730a31099a234354fef.html

A ‘megalithic era’ cave site from Paniyadi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/cave-belonging-to-megalithic-era-found-in-paniyadi-udupi-district/article34218375.ece
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/schools/cave-belonging-to-megalithic-era-found-in-udupi-233607

!st century Buddhist finds from Vaikunthapuram:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/300321/1st-century-buddhist-remains-found-at-vaikunthapuram.html
https://www.thehansindia.com/news/cities/vijayawada/1st-century-bc-buddhist-remains-found-in-guntur-679611

A 250 years bp inscription from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/250-year-old-stone-inscription-found-in-madurai-district/articleshow/81891174.cms

Concerns for a 650 years bp temple in Suryapet:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/ancient-temple-a-sad-case-of-irreverence-towards-heritage/article34201641.ece

… and for some Kakatiya-era temples in Warangal:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/mar/30/kakatiya-era-temples-in-telanganas-warangal-district-at-risk-of-collapse-2283295.html

Evidence of a possible 500 years bp shipwreck from a dig at Pulau Melaka:

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/04/02/more-than-500-year-old-ship-coins-found/

Feature on the Por-Bazhyn fortress:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/por-bazhyn-the-mysterious-island-fortress-in-siberia/138434

Interesting 19th century lifeboat from a shed in Western Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-30/historic-lifeboat-discovered-in-jurien-bay-farm-rafters/13277518
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9564-210331-australia-lifeboat-recovered
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7000 years bp (maybe) ‘major archaeological deposit’ from near Timmins (Ontario):

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/an-archeological-discovery-near-timmins-unearths-thousands-of-indigenous-artifacts-1.5367243

Possible evidence of 2000 years bp (give or take) burial mounds revealed by magnetic imaging in Iowa:

https://now.uiowa.edu/2021/03/researchers-locate-hidden-ancient-burial-mounds

Interesting find of some 17th century Arabian coins in New England may help reveal the fate of pirate captain Henry Every:

https://unb.com.bd/category/Science/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of-murderous-1600s-pirate/66983
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-coins-mystery-1600s-pirate.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/01/arabian-coins-found-in-us-may-unlock-17th-century-pirate-mystery
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of-murderous-16068662.php
https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/unearthed-arabian-treasure-in-new-england-orchard-reveal-fate-of-notorious-pirates/article_6af9c4c9-49d6-56ec-b366-fcc22d790b9c.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-coins-solve-mystery-murderous-1600s-pirate-76805122

An 18th century site in West Virginia associated with Colonel Morgan and his son:

https://www.localdvm.com/news/archeological-team-hard-at-work-preserving-pre-west-virginia-settlement-site/

Finds from various periods from around the DeWitt Cottage site in Virginia Beach:

https://www.pilotonline.com/history/vp-bc-dewitt-archaeology-0404-20210330-7byuqh3abvhijduvi2pakvijsi-story.html

The burial ground of enslaved persons from the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover (Delaware) has been located:

https://www.capegazette.com/article/burial-ground-identified-john-dickinson-plantation-dover/217130
https://www.wdiy.org/post/archaeologists-find-likely-burial-ground-enslaved-people-dover-plantation

Searching for a mass burial for early 20th century pandemics and disasters in Pueblo (Colorado):

https://coloradosun.com/2021/03/28/roselawn-cemetery-pueblo-mass-grave-search/

Rethinking Paul Revere:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09c88jp/the-shocking-truth-behind-a-famous-american-hero

Feature on excavating shipwrecks in the Great Lakes:

https://news.jrn.msu.edu/2021/04/how-archeologists-excavate-great-lakes-wrecks/

Feature on Black archaeologist Justin Dunnavant:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/lifestyle/frederick-native-dunnavant-blazing-a-trail-for-black-archeologists/article_706c8349-d590-5626-bb89-1129565574a3.html

More on the excavations of the earliest European settlement site in Maryland:

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/03/30/archeologists-working-to-unearth-one-of-the-oldest-english-colonies-in-maryland/

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A study of 1500 years bp mummified parrots from the Atacama desert are revealing trade connections:

https://news.psu.edu/story/652392/2021/03/29/research/mummified-parrots-point-trade-ancient-atacama-desert
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mummified-parrots-ancient-atacama.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ps-mpp032521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210329153328.htm
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/02/983853813/mummified-parrots-reveal-sophisticated-trade-in-ancient-south-american-desert
https://www.sciencealert.com/mummified-birds-in-earth-s-harshest-desert-tell-a-strange-story-of-pain-and-plucking
https://scitechdaily.com/mummified-parrots-found-by-archaeologists-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/pre-columbian-people-in-the-atacama-raised-parrots-for-their-feathers/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/138356
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pre-columbian-llama-caravans-transported-exotic-birds-across-andes-180977379/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9562-210331-atacama-desert-parrots

Feature on astronomy at Caral:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/idad-aal032921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-astronomy-landscape-city-caral-oldest.html
https://www.copernical.com/news-public/item/23056-2021-03-30-13-55-09
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/astronomy-and-landscape-in-city-of.html

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/latin-american-antiquity/article/river-and-the-sky-astronomy-and-topography-in-caral-society-americas-first-urban-centers/1005B08DC4398BE567B42F3E1220189A

On the lost language of Easter Island:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/easter-island-rongorongo-tablets

More on the Maya ambassador’s tomb:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/over-the-top-mayan-tomb-reveals-man-who-lived-a-bit-too-large?source=articles&via=rss

More on the Maya salt trade:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/the-maya-traded-salt-as-a-form-of-payment-2500-years-ago/

More on wealth inequality among the Maya in Belize:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/maya-ruins-in-belize-offer-peek-at-ancient-wealth-inequality-663417

More on that spider divinity mural from northern Peru:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/

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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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Last week we mentioned an item on medieval women’s involvement in beer making; seems that article is a bit out of date … first the article:

https://theconversation.com/women-used-to-dominate-the-beer-industry-until-the-witch-accusations-started-pouring-in-155940

… and some alternate views:

https://braciatrix.com/2017/10/27/nope-medieval-alewives-arent-the-archetype-for-the-modern-pop-culture-witch/
https://www.chicagobrewseum.org/bcs2020-full-schedule-of-events/2020/11/13/brewsters-and-broomsticks-separating-fact-from-fiction-about-alewives-and-witches

A lad found a 500 million years bp fossil in his West Midlands garden:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/27/boy-finds-fossil-up-to-500m-years-old-in-his-west-midlands-garden

Some Victorian-era chocolate found in a Boer War helmet case in Norfolk:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chocolate-boer-war-scli-intl/index.html

Feature on ancient copper use:

https://www.mining.com/the-metals-of-antiquity-copper/

Archaeology has a harassment problem:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-archaeology-epidemic.html

Arguing over Dante v Shakespeare:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/29/italians-defend-dante-from-claims-he-was-light-years-behind-shakespeare
https://www.fr.de/kultur/literatur/dante-die-guten-ins-toepfchen-die-schlechten-ins-kroepfchen-90259881.html

… and not approving of a sculpture of Dante in Florence:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/dante-sculpture-in-florence-likened-to-romes-infamous-christmas-tree.html

Interesting study correlating ‘Saint miracles’ involving precipitation in Tuscany:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-ipa032921.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/increased-precipitation-and-watery.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/increased-precipitation-and-the-watery-miracles-of-italian-saints/

On the origins of the ‘German efficiency’ stereotype:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-efficiency-the-roots-of-a-stereotype/a-56976234

On the end of slavery and the rise of colonialism:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-end-of-atlantic-slavery-paved-a-path-to-colonialism

Feature on the history of the medlar fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Feature on Gu Hongming:

https://www.shine.cn/news/in-focus/2104016854/

Feature on Charles V:

https://thehistorynetwork.libsyn.com/3004-the-greatest-man-who-ever-lived-charles-v-holy-roman-emporer

How researchers had to figure out tar conservation for use in Norway’s stave churches:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/stave-church-tar-conservation

The African roots of Swiss design:

https://theconversation.com/the-african-roots-of-swiss-design-154892

Feature on Mary Anning:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/mary-anning-forgotten-fossil-hunter-british-jurassic-coast

Feature on a 120-year-old grocery store in Moscow:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/moscow-eliseevsky-grocery-closing/2021/04/03/7512e080-9210-11eb-aadc-af78701a30ca_story.html

Feature on the history of ancient Jewish texts:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/the-history-of-ancient-jewish-texts-and-the-stories-they-tell-663809

Feature on Haggadah art:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/passover-the-history-of-haggadah-art-and-how-the-illustrators-worked-663869

Feature on Helisenne de Crenne:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-helisenne-de-crenne-the-first-french-novelist-to-tell-her-own-story-108249

The Getty has acquired Genetileschi’s Lucretia:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/artemisia-gentileschi-acquisition-1955765
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/artemisia-gentileschi-joins-gettys-collection/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-acquires-a-striking-painting-by-artemisia-gentileschi-of-the-roman-heroine-lucretia

Feature on Fra Angelico’s Annunciation:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210330-fra-angelicos-annunciation-sexual-clues-in-a-barred-window

Feature on some Indian miniature paintings:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/02/arts/design/shah-jahan-chitarman.html

Researchers reached the deepest known shipwreck:

https://www.livescience.com/worlds-deepest-shipwreck-dive.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56608713

On the origins of April Fool’s:

https://observer.case.edu/jain-where-did-april-fools-come-from/

On Christian resurrection beliefs over the centuries:

https://theconversation.com/how-will-our-bodies-be-put-back-together-what-about-those-eaten-by-cannibals-a-brief-history-of-christian-resurrection-beliefs-157678

Feature on Judas:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-03-26/judas-mucho-mas-que-un-traidor.html

On how societies ‘rebounded’ from previous pandemics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/01/health/pandemics-plague-history-resilience.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Heritage and Epidemics:

https://thearabweekly.com/1000-year-old-manuscripts-among-display-baghdad

Gladiators:

https://www.dw.com/en/naples-exhibition-explores-everyday-lives-of-gladiators/av-57091248

Dacians and Romans:

https://www.romania-insider.com/archaeological-treasures-romania-madrid-exhibiton

Antiquarianism and Philhellenism:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/29/antiquarianism-and-philhellenism-the-thanassis-and-marina-martinos-collection/

OpEd on the museums deaccessioning discussion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/deaccessioning-museums-selling-valuable-treasures/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/553/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/553/pub/553/page/72/article/157013

There’s a new Museum of American War Letters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/arts/design/Museum-of-American-War-Letters.html

UK museums lost a lot of visitors during the pandemic:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/03/visits-to-museums-and-galleries-down-77-in-2020/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/attendance-at-uk-s-flagship-museums-hit-by-covid-19-in-2020

… perhaps related?:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/31/arts/design/museums-timed-tickets.html

Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland MoA:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/03/29/2233-cleveland-museum-of-arts-diverse-new-acquisitions-range-from-a-16

The Peabody is changing its policy regarding Native American cultural objects:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2021/3/29/peabody-response-to-aaia/

Feature on the refurbished National Gallery:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/the-refurbished-national-gallery/

More on the Louvre putting its collection online:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9412839/Art-lovers-view-Mona-Lisa-comfort-sofa.html
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A study suggests DNA connections between Indigenous Australians and South Americans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-australasian-genetic-wider-south-america.html
https://www.livescience.com/south-american-australian-dna-connection.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/earliest-south-american-migrants-had-australian-melanesian-ancestry
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-genetic-signal-of-ancient-australians-in-south-america-goes-deeper-than-we-knew
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9563-210331-australasian-south-america

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/14/e2025739118

More on the DNA studies of the Scythians and the Basques:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-genetics-cracks-origins-of-two-mysterious-people-scythians-and-basques-1.9664151

… and just the Scythians:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/ancient-genomes-trace-the-origin-and-decline-of-the-scythians/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting study using machine learning to analyze changes in petroglyph styles over time in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-modern-analysis-art-machine-doors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-mao033021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210330210953.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/machine-learning-reads-arnhem-land-rock-art/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/a-modern-analysis-of-rock-art/138422
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/modern-analysis-of-rock-art-machine.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/when-rock-art-meets-machine-learning/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9560-210330-machine-learning-australia

Recreating 1800 years bp chair armour using video game technology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/1800-year-old-chain-armour-reconstructed-using-video-game-tech

More on studying teeth to get an idea of what folks were eating:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/ancient-tooth-tarter-provides-glimpse-into-early-trade-and-menu-items/

More on the facial reconstruction of Akhenaten (maybe):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-used-facial-reconstruction-technology-reveal-king-tuts-fathers-face-180977349/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying ancient ‘societal responses’ to climate change:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/towards-better-understanding-of.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Six Greek sites in Turkey:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/01/six-most-important-historical-greek-sites-turkey/

Venice has banned cruise ships:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56592109
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Groups-warn-Venice-lagoon-still-at-risk-after-16074546.php
https://elpais.com/internacional/2021-04-01/italia-prohibira-a-los-grandes-buques-atracar-en-venecia.html

Novgorod:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2021/03/18/actualidad/1616073601_699447.html

Augmented reality Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3127265/new-augmented-reality-tourism-app-gives-users-panoramic-view

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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of metal detectorists from Chelmsford are in trouble for not revealing the find of 900 Iron Age coins:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-56555343

A Turkish smuggler was caught with a pile of Byzantine and Persian gold coins:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/29/turkish-smuggler-caught-with-dozens-byzantine-persian-gold-coins-at-bulgaria-turkey-border/

More on that purported 2500 years bp golden Torah seized in Turkey:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/2500-year-old-golden-torah-seized-in-turkey-from-suspects-car-watch-663419
https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-in-turkey-claim-to-find-seize-2000-year-old-torah-scroll/
https://nypost.com/2021/03/31/turkish-cops-seize-ancient-torah-scroll-in-car-search/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/03/culture-crime-news-22-28-march-2021.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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Mississippi is returning artifacts and human remains to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/3/30/22358574/mississippi-chickasaw-remains-returned-native-american-graves-protection-repatriation-act-nagpra
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/mar/30/kakatiya-era-temples-in-telanganas-warangal-district-at-risk-of-collapse-2283295.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/native-american-remains-kept-storage-years-repatriated-mississippis-chickasaw-nation-180977394/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9565-210401-the-chickasaw-nation

The US returned a trio of ‘lost’ antiquities to Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/us-hands-over-lost-antiques-to-nepal

Jordan is continued to wait for the UK to return some statuary that was to be restored in 1990:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210330-britain-has-kept-stone-age-statues-says-jordanian-rights-centre/

Feature on returning looted items to Afghanistan:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/asia/bringing-home-the-loot-repatriating-afghanistan-s-stolen-treasures-20210204-p56zn1.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/bringing-home-the-loot-repatriating-afghanistan-s-stolen-treasures-20210204-p56zn1.html

OpEddish thing on returning looted colonial art (Benin Bronzes focus, of course):

https://www.dw.com/en/benins-bronzes-the-long-road-to-returning-looted-colonial-art/a-57061302

A backgrounder on the Benin Bronzes issue:

https://www.artnews.com/feature/benin-bronzes-explained-repatriation-british-museum-humboldt-forum-1234588588/

More on the University of Aberdeen’s plans to return their Benin Bronze:

https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2021/03/25/University-of-Aberdeen-in-Scotland-to-return-looted-Benin-bronze-sculpture-to-Nigeria
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/universitys-return-of-bronze-bust-may-start-trend-on-looted-african-art-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/uk-university-to-return-looted-african.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coinage of ancient Mauretania:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-ancient-mauretania/

Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n14.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Gianluigi Colalucci:

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2021/0329/1206883-sistine-chapel-gianluigi-colalucci/

Bert de Vries:

https://calvin.edu/news/archive/calvin-remembers-bert-de-vries
https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=bert-de-vries&pid=198188618&fhid=21051

Michael Cook:

http://www.huc.edu/news/2021/03/30/dr-michael-cook-zl

Mir-Abedin Kaboli:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459360/Famed-Iranian-archaeologist-Mir-Abedin-Kaboli-dies-at-76

Eliane Brum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/opinion/international-world/juma-people-brazil-amazon.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3032-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-21-through-march-27-2021
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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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.49 ~ March 28, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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DNA research is suggesting more evidence of the Denisovans and their relation to modern humans is waiting to be found:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/press-office/press-releases/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans-.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210323084732.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoa-nei031921.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-just-got-even-more-evidence-of-humans-interbreeding-with-mysterious-denisovans
https://theconversation.com/evolutionary-study-suggests-prehistoric-human-fossils-hiding-in-plain-sight-in-southeast-asia-157587
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-mysterious.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans/138135

… this coverage suggests Denisovans also saved assorted beasts from extinction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/47/article/154843

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01408-0

Study suggests Oldowan and Acheulean stone tools are possibly tens of thousands of years older than previously thought:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/28246/the-worlds-earliest-stone-technologies-are-likely-to-be-older-than-previously-thought
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uok-twe032421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-world-earliest-stone-technologies-older.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/early-stone-technologies-found-to-be-much-older-than-researchers-thought-663415
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldowan-acheulean-flaked-stone-technologies-09489.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/worlds-earliest-stone-technologies.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9551-210325-statistical-model-tool

A study of the 800 000 years bp remains of ‘the Girl of Gran Dolina’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/22/the-girl-of-gran-dolina/

Suggestion that homo floresiensis might be closer to modern humans than previously thought:

https://www.wionews.com/science/scientists-discover-true-origins-of-hobbit-species-that-roamed-asia-50000-years-ago-372494
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/hobbits-sort-of-existed-and-might-be-related-to-us

More on human brain size and hunting:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/545/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/545/pub/545/page/10/article/154326

More on Neanderthal toothpick use:

https://www.sciencealert.com/evidence-shows-neanderthals-took-care-of-their-teeth-with-toothpicks

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047248420301901

Feature on how close we are to Neanderthals:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-20/neanderthals-how-close-are-we-to-our-extinct-relatives.html

Feature on Shanidar Cave:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/neanderthal-life-death-shanidar-cave/

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/tightening-the-dragnet-on-denisovans/

Feature on homo erectus:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/homo-erectus-what-do-we-know-about-our-early-ancestors

Feature on Neanderthal speech capabilities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/could-neanderthals-talk-breakthrough-study-suggests-our-ancient-cousins-had
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AFRICA
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A recent find of petroglyphs from Tanzania (date?):

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/magazine/new-ancient-rock-art-found-in-tanzania-3321412

Ongoing concerns for sites in Libya:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210325-bulldozers-and-looting-threaten-libya-s-ancient-treasures
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-city-of-cyrene-looted-for-its-treasures-h3n0qv0bd

Feature on the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ site(s) outside Johannesburg:

https://theconversation.com/a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-a-note-to-southern-african-history-157783

Feature on Sudan’s pyramids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/travel/sudan-archaeology-meroe.html

As might expected, there’s a feature on the Suez Canal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/26/suez-canal-history/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a temple dating to Ptolemy I from Sharuna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/26/major-discovery-in-egypt-made-by-barcelona-museum-archaeologists/

A medieval/Coptic tombstone from Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280309/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-discovered-Coptic-tombstone-in-Luxor-belonge.aspx

Plenty of hype for the ‘Pharaohs Golden Parade’ coming next week:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/23/egypts-highly-anticipated-royal-mummies-parade-set-for-3-april/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99942/10-mummies-from-cache-of-royal-mummies-in-tomb-of
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/24/catch-egypts-pharaohs-golden-parade-from-tahrir-to-national-museum-on-april-3/

Once again, Egypt announces that it will be making an announcement … apparently major finds from Luxor:

https://egyptindependent.com/minister-of-tourism-and-antiquities-announces-major-new-discoveries-in-luxor/

More on evidence of a volcanic eruption affecting Berenike:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/03/21/volcanic-eruptions-may-have-led-to-fall-of-ancient-egyptian-civilization/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9552-210325-egypt-berenice-well

More on that brewery site in Egypt:

https://boingboing.net/2021/03/24/archaeologists-found-the-oldest-mass-production-brewery-in-ancient-egyptian-ruins.html

A study of long-term adaptation of agricultural practices to climate change at the Cadir Hoyuk site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-farmers-climate-grazing-meant.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc-faf032421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324113350.htm

A study based on finds from Akl Hoyuk suggests Neolithic sheep breeders had to deal with a high mortality rate among their flocks:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lm-tlb032321.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html

Feature questioning a lion hunt staged by Ashurbanipal:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210325-the-lion-hunt-of-ashurbanipal-the-2700-year-old-fake-news

More on the scroll finds (and other items) from Israel’s ‘Cave of Horror’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.businessinsider.com/6000-year-old-skeleton-of-child-found-in-israel-2021-3
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/03/23/dead-sea-scrolls

… in case you missed the 6000 years bp child burial:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-discovered-in-israel

More on the renewed Shapira Scroll debate:

https://www.livescience.com/early-ten-commandments-biblical-text-claim.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/bible-deuteronomy-discovery.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/lost-biblical-scroll-may-have-been-2700-years-old-israeli-scholar-says-662720

Feature on the site of Azekeh:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-mini-pompeii-captures-the-moment-civilization-collapsed-3-000-years-ago-1.9646337

Feature on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/commemorating-jesus-holy-sepulchre

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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 Hellenistic/Roman quarry near Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-roman-stone-quarry-unearthed-in-izmir

A Roman mosaic find at a 1st century Roman villa site in Jaen (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/23/large-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-small-town-in-jaen/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-giant-mosaic-in-roman-villa-complex/138139
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/giant-roman-mosaic-discovered-by-archeologists-in-southern-spain-663059

A gold Roman seal from a Norfolk field:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/latest-norfolk-treasures-include-roman-seal-featuring-elephant-7850896

Remains of Roman walls beneath a Subway in Gloucester’s King’s Square:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-remains-found-under-subway-5225168

A 2nd century CE Roman burial from Pomigliano (Italian):

https://www.fanpage.it/napoli/pomigliano-le-tombe-dellimpero-romano-scoperte-sono-del-ii-secolo-dc/

Doubts are being cast over the provenance of the most recently-found Sappho poem fragments (7 years ago):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/doubts-cast-over-provenance-of-unearthed-sappho-poems

A study suggests the eruption of Vesuvius killed Pompeiians quickly:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/22/vesuvius-wiped-out-all-life-pompeii-15-minutes-study-pyroclastic-flow-cloud-gases-ash
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vesuvius-gas-cloud-killed-pompeii-in-20-minutes-gln08b22m
https://www.wionews.com/world/residents-of-pompeii-suffocated-within-15-minutes-after-volcanic-eruption-finds-study-372466
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/vesuvius-killed-the-people-of-pompeii-in-just-17-minutes-new-study-suggests/
https://theconversation.com/pompeii-ancient-remains-are-helping-scientists-learn-what-happens-to-a-body-caught-in-a-volcanic-eruption-157979
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/pompeii-duration-of-pyroclastic.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84456-7

Conservation work has started on remains of Horncastle’s Roman Wall:

https://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/people/work-finally-starts-to-save-horncastle-roman-wall-3180594
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/history/lincolnshire-towns-1700-year-old-5204910%5D

Plans for excavations to resume at Sissi late this year:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/sissi-archaeological-project-to-move-forward-in-2021/228619/

Plans for more excavations at that site in Negrar di Valpolicella where a mosaic was ‘rediscovered’ last year:

https://www.veronasera.it/attualita/negrar-villa-romana-archeologia-vini-valpolicella-unesco-24-marzo-2021.html

Plans to resture the lighthouse at Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/lighthouse-of-antalyas-ancient-patara-to-give-light-again

Plans for redevelopment/integration of the Paphos Gate site in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/27/works-to-integrate-paphos-gate-antiquities-with-the-city-to-begin-in-july/

Restoration of the theatre at Elea-Velia is complete (Italian):

https://www.ilroma.net/news/campania/completato-il-restauro-dellantico-teatro-elea-velia

Greece reopened the Acropolis and assorted other archaeological sites this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/greece-opens-acropolis-other-archaeological-sites/

A copy of a votive plaque from Golgi will soon be on display in Athienou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/26/copy-of-important-athienou-artefact-to-go-on-show/

More on the bronze bull figurine exposed by rains at Olympia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56460693
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greek-bull-figurine-discovered-1954381
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-bronze-bull-180977290/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9535-210322-greece-bronze-bull

More on the Roman arena find at Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9392449/Archaeology-Roman-arena-Turkey-held-gladiator-fights-20-000-spectators-1-800-years-ago.html

More on the evidence for a possible Roman port on the River Wear:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9550-210325-roman-river-port

More on the return of that section of mosaic flooring from Caligula’s ship(s) at Nemi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mosaic-archaeology-roman-caligula-floating-palace-b1820509.html

Related feature on the horti lamiani and Caligula’s palace there:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a35800671/caligula-museum-horti-lamiani-rome/

More on the reopening of the Mausoleum of Augustus:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mausoleum-augustus-rome-restoration-website/

Review of Emma Southon, *A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/21/rome-murder-politics-southron/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/stabbing-crucifixion-eaten-by-eels-learn-all-about-murder-the-roman-way/

Review of Hall and Stead, *A Peoples History of Classics*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n07/katherine-harloe/weavers-and-profs

Review of Michael Fontaine, *How to Tell a Joke*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cicero-floored-roman-rivals-jokes-puns-ancient-history-9dqnh7d90

Reviewish of Madeline Miller, *Song of Achilles*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/23/review-the-song-of-achilles-this-retelling-of-a-classical-greek-poem-is-a-recommended-read/

Greece gave Paul Cartledge one of its highest honours:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/191840/professor-paul-cartledge-receives-one-of-greeces-highest-honours/

Andrea De Giorgi received a Shelby White-Leon Levy grant:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2021/03/23/fsu-classics-professor-awarded-shelby-white-leon-levy-grant-to-publish-research/

Feature/study of Roman cavalry saddles:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2021/03/28/mystery-roman-cavalry-saddle-wooden-tree/

Feature on Hadrian’s aqueduct at Caesarea:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea

Feature on Oplontis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/buried-by-vesuvius-this-ancient-villa-is-overlooked-alternative-to-pompeii

Feature on Sarmizegetusa Regia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sarmizegetusa-regia-the-mountain-capital-of-the-dacians/138232

Feature on the Beachy Head Lady:

https://museumcrush.org/the-mystery-of-beachy-head-lady-a-roman-african-from-eastbourne/

Feature on Greek mythology and storytelling:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831327/lifestyle

Not sure where to put this ‘oldest recipe found in Egypt’, which was written in Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/oldest-recipe-found-egypt-written-greek/

Feature on the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/torlonia-marbles-ancient-art-returns-to-public-view-in-rome/

Feature on a workshop in Athens which makes replicas of ancient art:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/magic-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-py-of-the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Feature on a Roman sandal from Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-22/la-sandalia-romana-de-esparto-mas-antigua-que-piso-hispania.html

Feature on the cathartic side of Greek tragedy:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cathartic-technology-of-greek-tragedy-11616601743

On the ancient roots of souvlaki:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/ancient-roots-greek-souvlaki-worlds-first-fast-food/

Latest opEd on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-nbs-column-parthenon-marbles-tl-0325-20210322-trowrt43greozo22c4ig6mutea-story.html

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A new study suggests the Shigir Idol is apparently older than previously thought:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/archaeology-shigir-idol-.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/shigir-idol-new-research-1953647
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-oldest-known-wooden-statue-is-even-older-than-we-thought
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1040618220306455

Evidence of a Mesolithic human presence at the Threave Estate in Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/environment/amateur-archaeologists-shine-a-light-on-thousands-of-years-of-dumfries-and-galloways-history-3175996

Not sure how this relates to the previous item, but it’s a major 6000 years bp ‘ceremonial site’ also from D&G:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/massive-ancient-ceremonial-site-on-par-with-salisbury-plain-discovered-in-scotland-3180278

Burrowing rabbits helped reveal some 9000 years bp prehistoric fins on Skokholm Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/25/welsh-rabbits-serve-up-prehistoric-finds-on-tiny-skokholm-island
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/49/article/156537
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/burrowing-rabbits-dig-up-9-000-year-old-artifacts-on-welsh-island-1.5364692
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/

Plenty of artifacts emerging from 7000 years bp ‘ritual pits’ in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/20/120-rituals-pits-in-7000-years-old-pit-field-found-in-northeast-bulgaria-prehistoric-bull-figurines-remarkable/

A 7000 years bp pottery slab with ‘proto-writing’ from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/24/yet-another-7000-year-old-slab-with-likely-proto-writing-found-in-bulgaria-in-transitional-stone-to-copper-age-settlement/

Remains of a major 5000 years bp burial ground in Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cemetery-fortress-discovered-poland.html

Evidence that Bronze Age miners working in Austria had ‘pre processed’ food delivered to them:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-bronze-age-sites-deliveries-pre-processed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-bam031721.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-bronze-age-miners-in-the-alps-imported-pre-processed-foods-1.9651055
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bronze-age-mining-sites-received.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9556-210326-alps-mining-grains

A Roman-period pottery production centre from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/discovered-polands-largest-pottery-production-centre-from-roman-period/138225

Some Merovingian-era burials from Uppsala included feather-filled ‘bedding’ for the deceased:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/nuos-wdb032521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-warriors-bedding-ease-journey-realm.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210325115407.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/europe/feather-bedding-sweden-ancient-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/iron-age-warriors-were-buried-with-luxury-feather-bedding/19597404/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/warriors-down-bedding-could-ease.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61038

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X21000407

Human remains dating to 1500 years bp from a construction site in Co Wicklow:

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/human-remains-around-1500-years-23805948
https://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-wicklow-5393615-Mar2021/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/1-500-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-co-wicklow-dig-1.4522080

The River Hunters crew came across some Viking era finds on the River Ouse:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/presenters-discover-viking-and-medieval-artefacts-on-bed-of-river-ouse-in-york-while-filming-tv-show-river-hunters-3177708

A medieval silver ‘snail man’ artifact found last year is thought to have been some sort of ancient joke/meme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56489787
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/22/snail-man-relic-ancient-joke-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/silver-snail-found-in-a-field-is-medieval-meme-says-british-museum-bzl72k2kd
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/22/medieval-meme-revealed-british-museem-snail-man-image-found/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/46/article/154525
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/700-year-old-snail-man-ornament-was-part-medieval-meme-180977311/

Remains of a medieval nunnery (and more) from excavations at Jesus College:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21127
https://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2021/03/24/archaeologists-uncover-structure-from-medieval-nunnery-at-jesus-college-149494
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-structure-of-nunnery-that-pr-9191927/

A hidden crypt with human remains beneath a convent in Malaga:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/28/hidden-crypt-uncovered-underneath-convent-casares-malaga/

Evidence that medieval Jews in Britain kept kosher:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-medieval-jews-observe-kashrut-663401
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/299277
https://www.jns.org/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/article_c38beb49-a12a-5972-b64f-c0e26f18d6ae.html

Plans to investigate the St Mary le Port site in Bristol prior to redevelopment:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/archaelogists-investigate-derelict-buildings-castle-4962376

Funding to conserve some Bronze Age boats found at Must Farm a decade ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56491304

More on the remains of a bishop’s palace being found in Somerset:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-56373242
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9537-210322-medieval-bishop-palace

More on Stonehenge possibly originating in Wales:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/waun-mawn-09484.html

Assorted features marking various aspects of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/greeks-revolted-123-times-before-the-war-of-independence/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1157742/1821-the-war-of-independence-and-the-freedom-of-the-greeks/
https://hellenicnews.com/forerunner-of-1821-war-of-independence/
https://hellenicnews.com/that-greece-might-be-free-thoughts-on-the-bicentenary-of-the-revolution-of-1821/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/26/greek-revolution-1821-documentary-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/the_greek_revolution_of_1821-2070224/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831267
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2103/S00082/celebrating-200-years-of-greek-independence.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828056.htm

… related loans from France:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828097.htm

Concerns over ‘metal detecting holes’ at the Magna Carta site:

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/national-trust-concerned-100-metal-20269426

Feature/hype for some Neolithic ‘rock art stone balls’ from Scotland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19174920.mystery-scotlands-ancient-rock-art-stone-balls-set-unveiled/

Feature on Viking clothing:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-real-vikings-wore-according-to-archaeologists

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644059/how-london-mudlarks-unearth-thames-treasures

In case you were wondering what a LEGO version of the Sutton Hoo helmet would look like:

http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2021/03/26/news/father-and-daughter-build-lego-replica-of-sutton-hoo-helmet-2268822/
https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/offbeat/father-and-daughter-build-sutton-hoo-helmet-entirely-from-lego-pieces-931558
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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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Evidence of 3000 years bp ‘fruit wine’ from Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-22/detail-ihaitayy1354140.shtml

More on the finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126676/sanxingdui-researchers-say-newly-found-sites-china-date-back-far
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-03/26/c_139838562.htm
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0327/c90000-9833195.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Archaeologists-unearth-more-gold-jade-ivory-relics-at-Sanxingdui-YRdtXxIg6Y/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… some with a major focus this week on a 3000 years bp gold mask:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56492881
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sanxingdui-gold-mask-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-mask-found-in-china-sheds-light-on-mysterious-civilization-662932
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2878476/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-gold-mask-sichuan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-chinese-artifacts-180977294/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… and the nutty alien theory is is being used to support now:

https://www.scmp.com/culture/article/3126720/historical-discovery-revives-wild-theories-alien-civilisation-ancient-china

… and how archaeologists do their work there:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/How-do-archaeologists-record-locations-of-relics-found-at-Sanxingdui–YOGb0ess3m/index.html

… and the dating:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Sanxingdui-s-No-4-pit-could-be-3200-years-old-YRwIfA7yzm/index.html

More on that Spring and Autumn period ‘facial cream’ from Shaanxi:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126208/chinese-scientists-discover-skin-whitening-cream-man-2700-years

Hong Kong officials are reviewing the historical status of a number of buildings:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3126283/they-deserve-another-look-hong-kong-heritage-officials

Plans for a resort near the Angkor temples were turned down:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Cambodia-rejects-Naga-s-plan-for-resort-near-Angkor-temples

Indus Valley Civilization date (maybe? could be Chalcolithic) for some ‘terracotta cakes’ from Kothakonda:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/280321/terracotta-cakes-found-on-kothakonda-hillock.html

3700-3200 BCE ‘potholes’ and later artifacts from Neelakantapuram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/pre-historic-postholes-found-at-neelakantapuram/article34126228.ece

Possible 7th-12 century CE petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/ancient-rock-carvings-discovered-in-skulam/articleshow/81727558.cms

A ‘centuries old’ Vishnu idol from Karnataka:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/centuriesold-vishnu-idol-unearthed/2054019

Evidence of 16th century quarries from Srisailam:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/240321/16th-century-quarries-found-in-srisailam.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ancient-quarries-of-srisailam-temple-found/article34164932.ece

A 400 years bp stone inscription from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/stone-inscription-from-nayak-period-found/articleshow/81728982.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/nayak-period-inscription-found/article34144159.ece

The ASI completed restoration of a 400 years bp St Xavier silver casket:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/asi-completes-restoration-of-400-year-old-silver-casket-of-st-xavier/articleshow/81621717.cms

Feature on Mohenjo Daro

For reasons unknown, the Guam government isn’t revealing details about some ancient burials:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/03/21/camp-blaz-ancient-burial-sites-marine-corps-base/6949429002/

Latest ‘apology’ sort of thing from Rio Tinto:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/23/rio-tinto-pledges-to-protect-cultural-heritage-after-juukan-gorge-disaster
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Interesting study/redating of coppersmithing in the ‘Old Copper Culture’ of the Great Lakes region:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9536-210322-old-copper-culture

A possible Colville nation site from a vacation property in Washington:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article250196850.html

A study of 13th century moccasins is shedding light on how the Dene language may have spread:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dene-migration-moccasin-1.5957499

Remains of a 600 years bp canoe from Cape Porpoise (Maine):

https://www.newscentermaine.com/video/news/archaeologists-unearth-canoe-estimated-to-be-over-600-years-old-at-cape-porpoise/97-39e0fbf4-8de7-43be-a45d-83a74c58b11f

Evidence of Marylands earliest English settlement after a 90 year search (!):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/03/22/maryland-colonial-site-discovered/
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/beginnings-of-maryland-found-in-st-marys-county-archeologists/35938562
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/archaeologists-unearth-remains-387-year-old-colonial-fort-maryland-rcna515
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/photos-archaeologists-uncover-lost-colonial-fort-in-maryland/2621230/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-discover-remains-st-marys-fort-180977310/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9538-210323-maryland-colonial-fort

… while the bomb squad had to detonate a Civil War era cannonball found in Frederick County, Maryland:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/maryland-cannonball-civil-war-detonate-trnd/index.html

A probable burial ground of enslaved people from the John Dickinson Plantation in Delaware:

https://news.delaware.gov/2021/03/23/burial-ground-identified-at-john-dickinson-plantation/
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/archaeologists-discover-area-of-delaware-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/2753413/
https://www.wdel.com/news/archaeologists-discover-area-of-dover-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/article_7fcceee2-8cb8-11eb-b472-ef2dcd9a120c.html
https://whyy.org/articles/this-is-sacred-ground-archaeologists-find-likely-burial-ground-for-enslaved-people-at-dover-plantation/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-enslaved-people-discovered-former-delaware-plantation-180977346/

A dig is underway at Angel Mounds (Indiana):

https://www.14news.com/2021/03/22/archaeological-project-underway-angel-mounds/

Feature on the Kincaid Mounds (Illinois):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/kincaid-mounds-the-mound-metropolis-of-illinois/138146

Feature on the Etowah Mounds (Georgia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/the-etowah-mounds-metropolis-of-the-south-appalachian-mississippian-culture/138172

Feature on Moundville (Alabama):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/moundville-the-mound-metropolis-of-the-mississippian-culture/138205

Feature on assorted Mississippian Culture ‘mound cities’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-mound-cities-settlements-of-the-mississippian-culture/138216

Feature on Parowan Gap petroglyphs:

https://sltrib.com/artsliving/2021/03/27/photos-parowan-gap-shows/

… and other potential petroglyph sites in Utah:

https://www.blm.gov/blog/2021-03-25/petroglyphs-hidden-plain-sight-insights-prehistoric-rock-imagery-utahs-west-desert

Feature on the Weedon Island Preserve (Florida):

https://www.fox13news.com/news/weedon-islands-prehistoric-past-gives-glimpse-into-bay-areas-native-american-culture

Plans for the excavation of the Oaklawn Cemetery might coincide with the Race Massacre Centennial date:

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/oaklawn-cemetery-exhumation-could-begin-exact-date-race-massacre-centennial

… while the search for a lost Black cemetery at Tropicana Field is under way:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/search-for-lost-black-cemetery-begins-at-tropicana-field/67-5d1783ae-6f45-4783-86ff-5c3f6f61af7d

… as is the search for mass burials from various events in Pueblo, Colorado’s history:

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-pueblo-colorado-floods-flu-bf6525b8a0ecec054cf7601b8f2933ad

Historic buildings in Saratoga were saved from demolition:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Request-to-demolish-on-Phila-Street-in-Saratoga-16051325.php

A bill to rename the Toltec Mounds Archaeological Park in Oklahoma:

https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/23/ancient-history-a-correction-proposed-in-legislation

Feature on possible prehistoric underwater structures in Lake Huron:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/archaeologists-have-found-prehistoric-rock-structures-under-the-great-lakes
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A 3200 years bp mural of a spider deity froma temple in Peru:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-over-3200yearold-wall-painting-found-in-libertad-region-838420.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/peru-archaeologists-mural-temple-spider-god-rain-fertility
https://www.jpost.com/international/peru-3200-years-old-mural-of-pre-contact-spider-deity-found-663357
https://www.wionews.com/science/3200-year-old-temple-mural-of-spider-god-in-peru-identified-373157
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/peru-temple-mural-spider-god-1955029
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-mural-peru-uncovered-by-archaeologists-1234587920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9555-210326-peru-spider-mural

Remains of a pre-Hispanic turial from Huancayo (Peru):

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-remains-of-prehispanic-tomb-found-in-huancayo-839000.aspx

Feature/study on salt (based on a mural, among other things) being a major Maya commodity:

https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2021/03/22ga_mckillop_saltcommodity.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mural-earliest-salt-sold-marketplace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210322143254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lsu-wos032221.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-uncover-more-on-use-of-salt.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/mural-depicts-first-documented-record-of-maya-salt-commodity/138124
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9549-210324-maya-salt-vendor

A study of ancient Maya houses in Belize is tying wealth inequality to despotic forms of government:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-houses-wealth-inequality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fm-amh031821.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-acm031721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324155121.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/mayan-ruins-in-belize-reveal-wealth-inequality-among-ancients
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-wealth-inequalities-09493.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-houses-show-wealth.html

Authorities closed Chichen Itza because there were too many tourists without masks:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/hundreds-of-maskless-tourists-force-authorities-to-close-chichen-itza-archaeological-site/

Feature on the Great Pyramid of Cholula:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-worlds-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-within-a-hill

More on the life of that Maya ambassador:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-maya-ambassador-burial.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 Passover:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/turning-to-art-to-tell-the-story-of-passover/

Study suggests sheepskin parchment was used by lawyers in various periods because it helped prevent fraud:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-lawyers-sheepskin-anti-fraud-device-hundreds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoe-lus032221.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-sheep-skin-legal-papers-fraud-prevention-parchment
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/9/article/155722
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/medieval-and-early-modern-lawyers-chose.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9554-210326-sheepskin-legal-documents

Feature on a strange/forgotten medieval fruit of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Interesting study of documents relating to an Edo-era mathematician:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-amj032421.php

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-turning-points-redux

Feature on the woman who invented the cupcake:

https://food52.com/blog/26049-first-american-cookbook-writer-invented-cupcakes

Feature on Scotland’s ‘fourth language’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210321-scotlands-little-known-fourth-language

On the history of various temperature scales:

https://www.livescience.com/temperature.html

Van Gogh painted Cypresses shortly after Starry Night:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/vincent-van-gogh-cypresses/

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210311-a-cultural-history-of-the-nude-selfie

Pondering the use of literature as ‘self help’:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/03/wonderworks-angus-fletcher-review.html

Pondering the ‘apple’ in the Garden of Eden:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-forbidden-fruit-in-eden.html

On colonialism and paleontology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/dinosaurs-fossils-colonialism.html

On baseball’s segregated past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/23/magazine/negro-leagues-baseball-stats-mlb.html

Feature on a pair of shell midden excavations (North America and Europe):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-smr032121.php

On women’s early involvement in beer making:

https://theconversation.com/women-used-to-dominate-the-beer-industry-until-the-witch-accusations-started-pouring-in-155940

Feature on repairing Chines books:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126443/delicate-and-dying-art-fixing-ancient-chinese-books-hand

A new edition of the Lord of the Rings will include some Tolkien artwork:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/jrr-tolkiens-own-illustrations-appear-in-lord-of-the-rings-for-the-first-time
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-Lord-of-the-Rings-edition-to-include-16051850.php

On when men began to obsess over ‘six pack abs’:

https://theconversation.com/when-men-started-to-obsess-over-six-packs-154128

Feature on Candide:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-voltaires-candide-a-darkly-satirical-tale-of-human-folly-in-times-of-crisis-157131

Feature on the ‘metals of antiquity’:

https://www.mining.com/the-metals-of-antiquity-tin/

Feature on phrenology:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p099tghy/is-phrenology-the-weirdest-pseudoscience-of-them-all-

Feature on some women archaeologists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/first-female-archaeologists/

Feature on the history of weaving:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/opinion/women-weaving-history.html

Feature on a ‘forgotten’ medieval fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Feature on attitudes toward suicide in Medieval England:

https://psyche.co/ideas/suicide-in-medieval-england-was-not-simply-a-crime-or-sin

A compressed butterfly found in a 387 years bp book about insects in a Cambridge library:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56551453

On Lord Byron and Greece:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/what_lord_byron_really_did_for_greece_and_why_it_still_matters-2070219/

On the history of beds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/11r0zFtJX7qr8FWHt9mS1GR/13-facts-about-the-history-of-the-bed

France is seeking UNESCO heritage status for the baguette:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56540232

Feature on the lautenwerk:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/25/975575571/bachs-favorite-instrument-youve-probably-never-heard-of-the-long-lost-lautenwerc

Researching the ‘unknown soldiers’ in some WWI postcards:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56447883

Latest on the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56512030
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61050

On Tibetan yak milk soap:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3125838/few-have-seen-how-tibetan-yak-milk-soap-made-heres-rare-look
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on ‘flu fatigue’ during the 1918 event:

https://theconversation.com/people-gave-up-on-flu-pandemic-measures-a-century-ago-when-they-tired-of-them-and-paid-a-price-156551

Feature on hatred which seems associated with pandemics:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/26/980480882/why-pandemics-give-birth-to-hate-from-black-death-to-covid-19
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Earliest evidence of a domestic dog from Saudi Arabia (4200-4000 BCE):

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/26/dogs-coexisted-with-humans-in-saudi-arabia-4300-years-ago_5c77308e-85b9-47cc-ac43-4cb836b86a8e.html
https://menafn.com/1101805031/Saudi-Archaeologists-Uncover-Earliest-Evidence-of-Domesticated-dogs-in-Arabian-Peninsula-in-AlUla&source=22
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/saudi-arabia-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of–domestic-dog
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/in-alula-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-a-domesticated-dog-in-arabia-301255356.html

On the role of ancient megafauna in plant domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-amm032521.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-megafaunal-mutualisms-extinctions-as-factors-in-plant-domestication/138193
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Polish tapestries:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/for-first-time-in-history-over-130-stunning-national-treasure-tapestries-go-on-display-at-wawel-castle-20625

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/03/24/2031-the-painters-of-pompeii-okcmoa-is-the-exclusive-us-venue-for-this

Impressionists:

https://theconversation.com/we-cant-seem-to-get-enough-of-the-impressionists-but-can-we-move-on-from-the-sanitised-version-156747

Interesting feature/interview on a forged gemstone at the Getty:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-gem-of-a-mystery/

American museums apparently are in possession of remains of thousands of African Americans:

https://theconversation.com/us-museums-hold-the-remains-of-thousands-of-black-people-156558

Wondering why we still visit museums ‘perpetuating colonial-era violence’:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3125744/museums-west-are-full-stolen-treasures-visiting-them

A new museum for Inuit art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/world/canada/Winnipeg-Art-Gallery-Inuit.html

An exhibition at the Southampton Art Gallery:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56496591

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization launches next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99987/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-officially-launches-on-April-3

On looted antiquities in Australian museums:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-28/antiquities-looted-australian-museums-douglas-latchford/100030880

The Louvre is putting most of its collection online:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20210326-louvre-museum-makes-its-entire-collection-available-online
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html

cf: https://collections.louvre.fr/en/page/apropos
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 12th century ‘silver-inlaid scalloped basin’ with astrological designs is coming to auction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/23/article/155414

… as are some imperial Chinese seals:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/549/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/549/pub/549/page/8/article/155794

Big bucks for a Van Gogh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56534827
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rarely-seen-Van-Gogh-masterpiece-goes-under-16052829.php

Early Talbot photos:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/talbot-photography-sale-sothebys/index.html

Mexico was trying to prevent a sale:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mexico-ancient-artefacts-heritage-christies/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to look for the origins and decline of the Scythians:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-genomes-decline-scythians.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-agt032521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210326151352.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-origin-and.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-the-origin-decline-of-the-scythians/138222

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/13/eabe4414

What DNA reveals about immigration to the Philippines over the millennia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/largest-ever-dna-mapping-study-of.html

Basques are apparently ‘genetically unique’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-uniqueness-basque-genetics-revealed.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-03-25/el-mayor-estudio-hasta-la-fecha-confirma-la-singularidad-genetica-de-los-vascos.html

cf:

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00349-3

Pondering the use of DNA to ‘rewrite’ human history:

https://www.vox.com/22256790/ancient-dna-archaeology-ethics-podcast-unexplainable
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some burials from a medieval graveyard in Leith provided material for some reconstructions:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-56523810
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19188109.edinburgh-ancestors-scientists-reconstructed-faces-700-year-old-skulls/
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/19187981.faces-reconstructed-700-year-old-skulls-found-excavation-graveyard/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19188660.people-scotland-looked-like-700-years-ago/

The latest facial reconstruction of Akhenaten:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-ancient-egypt-pharaoh-king-tut-father-reconstruction.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9553-210325-egypt-facial-reconstruction

On using AI and satellite images to locate sites:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/iidt-aas032621.php

Using tooth tartar to track ancient trade:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/ancient-tooth-tarter-provides-glimpse-into-early-trade-and-menu-items/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of the ‘pathways’ which helped pre-modern societies adapt to climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-tab031921.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Escomb:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/79/article/156228

Norman architecture:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/176/article/152097

Uluru:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/water-cascade-uluru-scli-intl/index.html

Blaundus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/the-ancient-city-of-blaundus-anatolias-stonehenge

Venice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/books/review/donna-leon-transient-desires.html

Cinque Terre:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cinque-terre-terraces

Pompeii during COVID:

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/travel/2021/03/24/what-is-it-like-to-visit-historical-pompeii-amid-covid-19
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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‘Historical distortion’ led to the cancelling of a Korean period drama:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/k-pop/k-drama/article/3127083/period-korean-drama-joseon-exorcist-cancelled-over-chinese

Polis/Reset:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/theater/volksbuhne-theater-polis-reset.html

Feature on Kurt Weill:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/arts/music/kurt-weill-classical-music.html

On ‘finishing Mozart’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/arts/music/mozart-classical-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of Buddha idols found during excavations in Hazaribagh were stolen:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/ranchi-news/two-10th-century-sculptures-of-gautam-buddha-unearthed-during-excavation-in-hazaribag-stolen-101616381569455.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/lord-buddha—s-idols-found-in-excavation-stolen.html

The Queen’s estates are exempt from police searches for looted artifacts, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/25/revealed-police-barred-from-searching-queens-estates-for-looted-artefacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/03/culture-crime-news-15-21-march-2021.html
———-
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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Italian authorities recovered a Roman statue head stolen back in the 1970s (Italian):

https://www.latinatoday.it/cronaca/fondi-ritrovamento-seconda-testa-romana-rubata.html
https://www.fondinotizie.net/notizie/comunicati-stampa/9476/trovata-anche-la-seconda-testa-romana-trafugata-dallaula-consiliare-di-fondi-nel-1979

Some British cannonballs are going to be ‘returned’ from Acre:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-cannonballs-to-be-returned-from-acres-fortress-walls-cjfxvkp68

Germany is planning to return some Benin bronzes:

https://www.dw.com/en/a-matter-of-fairness-new-debate-about-benin-bronzes-in-germany/a-57013604
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-moves-towards-full-restitution-of-benin-bronzes
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/humboldt-forum-benin-bronzes-return-process-1234587480/

… which is putting pressure on UK museums, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/23/berlins-plan-to-return-benin-bronzes-piles-pressure-on-uk-museums
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/23/berlin-plans-hand-back-benin-bronzes-nigeria-autumn-piling-pressure/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/547/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/547/pub/547/page/54/article/154911
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/return-of-benin-bronze-piles-pressure-on-british-museum-l0zv9xhdt

The University of Aberdeen will be returning a Benin Bronze too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/university-of-aberdeen-to-return-pillaged-benin-bronze-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-56526658
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/university-aberdeen-benin-bronze-return-nigeria-b1822655.html

… others are too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/26/regional-museums-break-ranks-with-uk-government-on-return-of-benin-bronzes

Lots of Benin items in Dutch museums:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/03/four-dutch-museums-have-114-benin-city-items-in-their-collections/

The Louvre has started a massive provenance research project:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-provenance-research-collection-website

An archaeologist has helped get some Thai artifacts returned:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-26/archaeologist-thai-artifacts-san-francisco-asian-art-museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins of Judea:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/early-roman-numismatic-commentary-on-judea/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n13.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Morris Dickstein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/books/morris-dickstein-dead.html

David Starbuck:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/03/remembering-an-adirondack-archaeologist.html

Cyril Mango:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/23/cyril-mango-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3031-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-14-through-march-20-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.48 ~ March 21, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Bill Gebhardt, 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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Suggestion that Neanderthals were able to create art:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/15/neanderthals-helped-create-early-human-art-researcher-says
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neanderthals-early-human-art-1952646

Possible evidence of Neanderthal toothpick use from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C86892%2Cneanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/neanderthals-possibly-used-toothpicks-research-shows-662632
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals/138106
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9532-210318-poland-neanderthal-teeth

A study of the teeth of some homo antecessor fossils from Atapuerca:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-girl-of-gran-dolina.html

Studying how early humans in the Middle Pleistocene managed to stay warm:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/shivering-in-pleistocene.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is hyping the upcoming ‘Pharaoh’s Parade:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/406424/Heritage/IN-PHOTOS-A-sneak-peek-at-the-Pharaohs-Parade-roya.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99883/Egypt%E2%80%99s-long-awaited-Pharaohs%E2%80%99-Golden-Parade-will-take-place-on
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-tourism-to-organize-unique-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies/
https://egyptindependent.com/majestic-procession-to-transport-22-royal-mummies-from-egyptian-museum-on-april-3/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/17/egyptian-civilization-museum-gears-to-receive-royal-mummies/

Feature on the gods of Egyptian religion:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/03/from-cats-to-cows-to-crocodiles-ancient-egyptians-worshipped-many

Feature on the statue of Queen Meritamem:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99705/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Queen-Meritamem-statue-A-masterpiece-in-Hurghada-Museum

A photojournalistic exploration of assorted Egyptian sites:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/cnn-publishes-two-photojournalistic-investigations-on-egyptian-archaeological-sites/

A social media campaign save Cairo’s Barsoum Palace:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/16/barsoum-palace-what-community-action-did-to-save-a-cairo-treasure/

Zahi Hawass on the Golden Age of the Pharaohs:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406194.aspx

Feature on that beer-brewing factory (and ancient beer) at Abydos:

https://hyperallergic.com/629493/discovery-of-an-industrial-brewery-in-ancient-egypt-rewrites-the-history-of-beer/

Latest on Iranian plans to excavate the Laodicea Temple:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459165/Archaeologists-prepare-to-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-temple

More on damage to sites in Syria:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2021/03/arab-revolution-syria-conflict-heritage.html
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/02/19/new-drone-footage-shows-what-a-decade-of-war-has-done-to-syria

… and challenges for the reconstruction of Palmyra:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/sanctions-pandemic-hinder-restoration-of-syr-1184893.html

13 000 years bp tools from a cave in Anatolia near the Black Sea:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/13-000-year-old-stone-fragments-found-in-turkey/2174573
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9525-210316-turkey-stone-tools

Feature on Catal Huyuk:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/catalhoyuk-the-prehistoric-proto-city/138083

Somewhat vague item on 1700 years bp ‘vases’ being found during construction at a site in Kurdistan:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/17032021

The big news this week comes from a survey of caves in Israel/Palestine where fragments of some Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the ‘Cave of Horrors’:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/New-scroll-fragments-uncovered-in-the-Judean-Desert-Nature-Reserve-16-March-2021.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-israeli-experts-discovery-dead-sea.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/world/middleeast/dead-sea-scrolls-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/biblical-scroll-discovered-cave-of-horror.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-scroll-fragments-among-dazzling-artifacts-found-in-dead-sea-cave-of-horror/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-finds-2000-yr-old-biblical-manuscripts-662148
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/HJBb4107u
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298577
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/16/israeli-archeologists-discover-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-experts-discover-2000-year-old-dead-sea-scrolls/a-568833
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/16/israeli-archeologists-find-new-dead-sea-scroll-fragments
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/dead-sea-scrolls-new-israel-b1817703.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/542/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/542/pub/542/page/50/article/152657
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9366777/
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/16/977824243/archeologists-discover-additional-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-in-desert-caves
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-16/hallados-nuevos-fragmentos-de-los-rollos-del-mar-muerto-por-primera-vez-en-60-anos.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dead-sea-scrolls-discoveries-new-fragments-israel-palestinian-west-bank-biblical-history/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/israel-dead-sea-scroll-cave-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/deadsea-scrolls-israel-archeology/2021/03/16/b74bf654-862f-11eb-be4a-24b89f616f2c_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/new-dead-sea-scrolls-israel-19844d3eb208190914182e78d9d79aac
https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-19/new-fragments-of-dead-sea-scrolls-found-for-the-first-time-in-60-years.html
https://theconversation.com/cave-of-horror-fresh-fragments-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-echo-dramatic-human-stories-157423
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/2142a93e35f4a45b71a2a19bea89e770/Parchment-Biblical-Fragments-Are-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/new-scrolls-hidden-during-bar-kokhba-revolt-discovered/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/daring-rescue-mission-dead-sea-scroll-finds-other-rare-discoveries
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/dead-sea-scrolls-neolithic-basket-and.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-decades-found-cave-180977251/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9530-210317-israel-dead-sea-scrolls

… the scroll itself has apparently be ‘found three times’ now:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-a-dead-sea-scroll-was-found-three-times-1.9623750

… and is put in the context of a ‘race’ between archaeologists and looters:

https://jewishjournal.com/news/334372/in-israel-archaeologists-and-looters-race-to-acquire-a-piece-of-history/

… getting somewhat less attention was the find of a 10 500 years bp basket

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-woven-basket-in-the-world-found-in-israel-dates-back-10000-years-662183
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/59d1e8960beb8e4b11733895e496c3c2/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-An-Ancient-Woven-Basket-From-The-Judean-Desert/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-03/17/c_139817229.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9534-210319-oldest-basket

… and an ancient lice comb:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/5a82a5ae8449a57b70a580e53e2b0224/An-Ancient-Lice-Comb-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and coins from the Bar Kokhba Revolt:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/b3de70e9e18f33e73765e281c2e85810/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-Coins-From-The-Judean-Desert/

… and a Roman arrowhead:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/1336ca5c150fdc06bcdff35f795eda3a/An-Arrowhead-From-The-Roman-Period-Is-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and the suggestion there is more to be found:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-discovery-brings-tantalizing-prospect-of-more-yet-to-be-found/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-many-caves-left-more-biblical-texts-may-emerge-662327

… and what the new fragments revealed about history:

https://www.salon.com/2021/03/18/what-the-newly-discovered-dead-sea-scrolls-tell-us-about-history/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cave-of-horrors-bible-scrolls-shed-light-on-jewish-rebels

Feature on who wrote the DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-who-wrote-the-dead-sea-scrolls-truth-is-no-one-is-sure-1.9620311

Feature on the passion for archaeology and ‘analysis’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeology-israels-national-pastime-analysis-662323
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/why-it-is-exciting-times-for-archaeologists-in-israel-opinion-662490

More on the renewed interest in the Shapira Deuteronomy Scroll:

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=896
https://www.academia.edu/33146304/The_Shapira_Scroll_was_an_Authentic_Dead_Sea_Scroll_Palestine_Exploration_Quarterly_2017_149_1_6_27
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-shapira-fragments/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0

More on that 2500 years bp figurine/amulet find from Israel:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/habsor-figurine-09459.html

Saudi Arabia is excavating assorted sites along the Zubaida Trail:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1825476/saudi-arabia

—–
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 Geometric period (maybe) bronze bull figurine revealed by heavy rains at Olympia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/19/rain-uncovers-bull-idol-at-ancient-olympia
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56460693
https://www.dw.com/en/rains-unearth-ancient-bull-figurine-in-greece/a-56935641
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157467/torrential-downpour-reveals-bronze-bull-statue-in-olympia/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/archaeologist-stumbles-upon-bronze-bull-figurine-at-ancient-olympia/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/bronze-idol-gift-to-zeus-unearthed-in-ancient-olympia-archaeological-dig-662594
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-bronze-figurine-bull-uncovered-southern-greece-76555650
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-idol-idUSKBN2BB1AO
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300258099/ancient-bronze-figurine-of-bull-uncovered-by-rainfall-in-southern-greece
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/intact-bronze-figurine-of-bull-found.html

Really a crime story, but authorities in Athens recovered an ‘exceptional artwork’ (a reclining torso likely from a temple pediment) from a smuggler:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/police-arrests-man-for-trying-to-sell-ancient-greek-statue/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/20/greek-police-recover-exceptional-ancient-statue-from-a-smuggler/
https://apnews.com/article/arrests-smuggling-athens-greece-659b174482d5612e7ce3d3411c650388
https://www.startribune.com/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of-exceptional-artwork/600036280/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/greece-recovers-exceptional-ancient-artwork-from-smuggler/news
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of.html

A hoard of 68 Greek coins from Romania (2nd century CE?):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/68-ancient-greek-coins-romania/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/dozens-ancient-greek-coins-discovered-romania/

Roman anchors found in the River Wear might hint at the location of a Roman port:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718

Remains of a Roman road from between Antwerp and West Flanders:

https://www.thebulletin.be/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp-and-west-flanders
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp.html

… and a section of Roman road was also found at Seengen (Italian):

https://www.laregione.ch/culture/culture/1499335/strada-seengen-via-canton-tratto-scoperto-argovia

Excavations are under way at the Temple of Venus site in Caesar’s Forum (Italian):

https://video.corriere.it/foro-cesare-via-scavi-cercare-resti-tempio-venere/4937e76e-84a8-11eb-bffe-e0da654e6bc0

… and Fendi is funding the restoration of the Temple of Venus and Roma:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/fendi-funds-restoration-of-temple-of-venus-and-roma.html

Remains of a Roman shipwreck off Terracina (Italian):

https://www.temporeale.info/108564/argomenti/attualita-argomenti/terracina-individuata-una-nave-romana-immersa-nelle-acque-davanti-al-litorale-cittadino.html

Remains of a Nero-era (maybe) wall from Anzio (Italian):

https://ilgranchio.it/2021/03/18/anzio-ritrovato-un-muro-romano-nel-sottosuolo/
https://www.ilcaffe.tv/articolo/74857/ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale-di-anzio
https://www.ilmamilio.it/c/comuni/36463-anzio-ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale.html
https://www.ilmessaggero.it/roma/news/anzio_villa_nerone_nuova_scoperta_news_20_marzo_2021-5843864.html

Remains of a 4th/5th century CE Roman structure found during fibre optic installation in Ortucchio (Itlaian):

https://www.terremarsicane.it/ortucchio-durante-i-lavori-per-la-fibra-ottica-emergono-tracce-di-epoca-romana/

Excavations and plans for the site of the temple of zeus in Euromos:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/temple-of-zeus-near-turkish-aegean-back-in-spotlight/2179479
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/temple-of-zeus-to-be-restored-to-its-former-glory-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-zeus-near-turkeys-aegean-back-in-spotlight-163247
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/zeus-temple-in-graeco-carian-city-of.html

Study suggests ancient Berenike had to move due to volcanic activity:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/volcanic-eruption-attributed-to-abandonment-of-ancient-egyptian-city/138089

Preservation concerns for Pompeii’s buried murals:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/volcanic-ash-threatens-pompeiis-buried-murals/

In case you missed the find of a 5th century Christian community/monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert:

https://www.livescience.com/monk-graffiti-ancient-egypt.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406192/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypts-Western-Desert-World%E2%80%99s-earliest-Christian-m.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/14/1700-year-old-coptic-ruins-discovered-in-egypts-western-desert/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/15/church-greek-inscriptions-egypt/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-ruins-of-monastery-greek-inscriptions-in-egypt/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-163109
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/archaeologists-find-early-christian-monks-living-quarters-churches-in-egypt-662322
https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/03/16/des-cellules-des-peres-du-desert-retrouvees-en-egypte/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/oldest-archaeologically-attested.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/17/ancient-monastery-remains-found-in-bahariya/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-christian-ruins-egypt-180977241/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9524-210315-egypt-christian-monastery

An underwater site off Amanthus (Cyprus) is facing some political challenges:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/19/cyprus-first-underwater-archaeological-site-in-hot-water-with-greens/

Plans to raise/extract the 2700 years bp remains of a Phoenician shipwreck:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/2700-year-old-phoenician-shipwreck-to.html

The Time Team folks plan to dig for a Roman villa at Fiennes’ Castle:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19170426.time-team-dig-villa-fiennes-castle/

Not sure why this theory about Greek art inspiring the Terracotta Warriors is back in the news:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/why-theres-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-greek-art-inspired-chinas-terracotta-army/

… and a feature on what India learned from the ancient Greeks:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/14/conquerors-turned-friends-what-did-india-learn-from-the-ancient-greeks/

… and ‘improper’ burials in ancient Greece (this one might be new):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157385/the-improper-burials-of-ancient-times/

More on restoration plans for the Roman Aqueduct at Moria (on Lesvos):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/magnificent-roman-aqueduct-greece-lesvos-gets-facelift/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/18/restore-roman-aqueduct-lesvos/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/the-roman-aqueduct-at-moria/

More on the recent developments in the study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-modeled.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/190214/workings-of-ancient-greek-and-worlds-first-computer-unravelled-by-uk-university-team/
https://newatlas.com/science/3d-x-ray-ancient-greek-computer-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/antikythera-mechanism-09449.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/experts-recreate-mechanical-cosmos-for.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-illuminates-how-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-may-have-functioned-180977257/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9523-210315-antikythera-mechanism-model

More on that believed Roman fort location in Burton:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/engineer-thinks-found-location-ancient-5180826

More on the return of that mosaic from one of Caligula’s ships:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/looted-caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to.html

More on plans to restore the Diolkos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-ancient-diolkos-of-corinth.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/diolkos-the-innovative-ancient-achievement-is-being-restored/

An excerpt from Emma Souhon, *A FAtal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://crimereads.com/the-invention-of-murder-how-the-ancient-romans-codified-their-bizarre-views-on-murder/

… and a review:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-review-et-tu-brute-11615561083

Reviewish/hypish for Patrick Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.theoakleafnews.com/arts-entertainment/2021/03/15/hannibals-secret-weapon-a-lecture-by-dr-patrick-hunt/

Reviewish/hypish for Shadi Bartsch’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/3/19/new-translation-old-friend/
https://fredericksburg.com/entertainment/arts/books/book-review-revisit-a-classic-with-new-translation-of-the-aeneid/article_22231825-c20f-5a73-9b84-401e4db50bd6.html

Reviewish/hypish for Eric Weiner, *Socrates Express*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/19/eric-weiners-the-socrates-express-can-make-philosophers-of-us-all/

Interview with Andrew Dinan about his *Americana Latine*:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/latin-is-part-of-our-history-here-6f2cf5c4f0de?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

Assorted features on Caesar’s assassination:

https://aeon.co/videos/plotting-premonition-and-chaotic-violence-an-ancient-account-of-caesars-demise

… and the Ides of March:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ides-of-march-2021-meaning-when-is-the-74th-day-in-the-roman-calendar-and-how-is-julius-caesar-involved-3166259

A podcast on the Ides of March:

https://coinweek.com/coinweek-podcast/coinweek-podcast-154-beware-the-ides-of-march/

Pondering the future of Pompeii:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/03/15/can-the-future-save-the-past-in-pompeii/

Roman numerals in the news in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/commentisfree/2021/mar/21/may-i-have-a-word-about-roman-numerals-elegantly-easy-i-ii-iii

Feature on lesser-known bits of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/gallery/pictures-parts-hadrians-wall-few-20067083

Feature on the Moschophoros:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/21/the-calf-bearer-the-story-of-the-magnificent-ancient-greek-sculpture/

Feature on Dionysus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/03/20/sacred-mysteries-god-made-man-myth-dionysus/

Feature on Diocletian’s Palace:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/diocletians-palace/138109

Feature on Roman-era mummy portraits from Egypt:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/see-the-faces-of-people-who-lived-in-egypt-under-the-roman-empire/

Feature on the origins of the Circus Maximus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tracing-the-origins-of-romes-circus-maximus.html

Feature on Agrippina the Younger:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/roman-empress-agrippina-master-strategist-nero

Feature on Roman medicine:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-medicine-health-ancient-rome-empire/

Feature on how they keep an eye on the Temple of Neptune at Paestum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/18/paestum-temple-of-neptune-monitored-online_47eebef9-aea8-4495-ab6e-f77ed521f5da.html

Feature on dogs in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/ancient-greeks-love-dogs/

Feature on AncientAthens3d:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/visualizing-ancient-athens

Feature on Hylas:

https://fitzrovianews.com/2021/03/15/dont-go-near-the-water-the-story-of-hylas/

Feature on the date of the Battle of Marathon:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/kunker-ancient-coin-auctions-how-do-we-know-when-the-battle-at-marathon-took-place/

Feature on the ‘ancient Greek handshake’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/handshake-ancient-greek-gesture-may-fade-away-post-covid/

Feature on Pheidias:

https://www.thecollector.com/phidias/

Feature on the theory Alexander’s body is actually in St Mark’s in Venice:

https://www.thecollector.com/alexander-saint-marks-tomb-venice/

More on Boris Johnson’s statement on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/britain-is-legitimate-owner-of.html

… and the official Greek government reaction:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/associations_for_reunification_of_parthenon_sculptures_praise_mendoni_s_reply_to_johnson-2004366/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/03/16/parthenon-marbles-dispute-heats-up-after-uk-pms-comment/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/response-to-boris-johnsons-comments.html

… and from the EU Commission VP:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/marbles-belong-parthenon-eu-schinas/

… and some OpEd reactions:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/mar/15/losing-our-marbles-over-our-imperial-past
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elgin-marbles-dont-belong-greece-belong-us1/

… and George Clooney’s opinion:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/14/george-clooney-parthenon-sculptures/

… and a group of US politicians have called for the marbles’ return:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/us-lawmakers-call-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Latest comparison of the US to the Roman Republic:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k9nde/is-the-us-at-risk-of-a-roman-republic-style-collapse-this-historian-says-yes

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A well-preserved 3000 years bp bronze sword from Denmark:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/perfectly-preserved-bronze-age-sword.html

Evidence of some sort of Bronze Age monument/structure from a housing development site in Newbury:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/34059/evidence-of-bronze-age-monument-at-newbury-housing-development.html

Remains of a 5th/6th century Pictish feast on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/revealed-details-of-massive-pictish-era-feast-in-orkney-3168167
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19159946.archaeologists-shell-shocked-iron-age-party/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9372687/Iron-Age-seafood-buffet-fed-wedding-funeral-guests-discovered-Scotland.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60968
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9526-210316-scotland-shell-feast

Really a crime story, but Spanish police recovered an 11th century jewellery hoard which was up for sale online:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-03-17/how-an-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/17/spanish-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media/

A possible 18th century keel from the waters off Isla Cristina:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/ancient-keel-could-belong-to-18th-century-ship-chased-by-english-pirates/

A mass burial of soldiers (from both sides) who died at the Siege of Rennes in 1491:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271481-mass-graves-in-france-belonged-to-opposing-soldiers-in-medieval-war/

Medieval burials from a dig at a castle site in Cataluna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/human-skeletons-from-the-middle-ages-found-during-archaeological-work/

Remains of a medieval bishop’s palace from a retiree’s garden in Somerset:

https://www.livescience.com/bishop-palace-discovered-wiveliscombe.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-palace-discovered-below-mans-back-garden-180977242/

Latest on the research going on at the site of the Battle of Culloden:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/secrets-of-culloden-battlefield-to-be-uncovered-3172856

A study of trade routes between Exeter and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-major-ancient-international-routes-exeter.html

Cordoba has purchased land intending to excavate the Turdetan city of Mellaria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-18/el-segundo-secreto-de-fuente-obejuna.html

A WWI ‘tunnel of death’ from France:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56370510
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/bombed-first-world-war-tunnel-found-with-remains-of-270-german-soldiers-still-in-it
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-entrance-to-the-infamous-winterberg-tunnel-disaster/

Pondering the Vikings as medieval fashion trendsetters:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-15/were-the-vikings-fashion-trendsetters-of-the-medieval-age.html

Concerns for possible bog bodies lurking at a peat excavation near Cheshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/03/20/next-lindow-man-could-bulldozed-developer-plans-build-peatland/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/47/article/154055

More on that 4000 years bp ‘powerful woman’ burial from Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ancient-woman-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old-treasure-suggests

Feature on ‘the Great Wall of Kent’:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/nostalgia/great-wall-kent-its-no-5184506

Feature on Kaylee Alexander’s work in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery:

https://gradschool.duke.edu/about/news/alexander-digs-french-cemetery-data-explore-life-death-and-ephemeral-rest

Feature on the Late Byzntine Palace of Mistras:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/the-late-byzantine-palace-of-mistras-and-its-restoration/

Marking the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/lifestyle/museums-coins-mark-greek-revolution-bicentenary
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/17/the-many-parallels-between-us-greek-wars-of-independence/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/17/1821-greek-war-independence-mani/

Eight facts about the Celts:

https://www.history.com/news/celts-facts-ancient-europe

A facsimile of the ‘undersea Lascaux’ petroglyphs (which are in Cosquer Cave off Marseille) is almost complete:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/54/article/154040

Problems to come from the Stonehenge tunnel:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/ancient-stonehenge-faces-modern-problems-with-plans-for-a-nearby-tunnel-to-ease-traffic

Arguing about the Paris Commune:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56426710
———-
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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Evidence of malaria/thalassemia among hunter-gatherers in southeast Asia some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoo-rdm031121.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-malaria-detected-among-hunter-gatherers-in-vietnam-7-000-years-ago-1.9618208
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/research-discovers-malaria-devastating.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9527-210316-vietnam-origins-malaria

Plenty of interesting 3000 years bp (or so) finds from the ruins of Sanxingdui:

https://www.cgtn.com/special/China-unveils-new-discoveries-from-Sanxingdui-.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Stories-behind-the-discovery-of-Chinese-archaeological-site-YLur5NP7aw/index.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Live-Witness-the-new-archaeological-discoveries-in-Sanxingdui-YLsN1mWwEw/index.html
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210320005008/en/CGTN-China-Unveils-New-Discoveries-From-Sanxingdui-Over-500-Items-Unearthed
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218993.shtml

… including some gold masks:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-Gold-masks-YO6WOUV0RO/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126282/treasures-mystery-civilisation-could-rewrite-history-china

… and ivory work:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Ancient-ivory-carvings-unearthed-in-Sanxingdui-YOotAzrefe/index.html

Also from Sanxingdui is a replication of a Bronze altar from 100 broken pieces:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-17/Sanxingdui-relics-Bronze-altar-replicated-from-100-broken-pieces-YHpbZefZFm/index.html
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/18/WS605306b8a31024ad0bab00c0.html

Evidence of fruit wine being made during the Zhou Dynasty:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-03-18/detail-ihainwmv2681633.shtml

Remains of Zhongdou have been revealed after two years of excavation:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-14/detail-ihainwmv2680283.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77322666.htm

A study of the roof tiles from the Ximing Temple in Xi’an:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-roof-tiles-imperial-china-ximing-temple.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-rii031621.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating-ximing-temples-lotus-pattern-tile-ends/137891
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9531-210318-china-roof-tiles

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S235222672030194X

Conservation plans for a 3 000 years bp site southwest of Beijing:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77321476.htm

An archaeologist picnicking in Maharashtra Forest came across a 2000 years bp cave site:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologist-unearths-centuries-old-satavahana-era-cave-while-picnicking-in-maharashtra-forest-3544271.html

A 13th century Trimurthi sculpture from Talangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/13th-century-trimurthi-sculpture-found-in-nalgonda/articleshow/81594483.cms

Portugues and Kannada inscription for a site at Hoigebazar:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/portuguese-kannada-inscriptions-found-at-college-of-fisheries/article34069324.ece

Chola Dynasty finds (tiles, nails) from an excavation in Ariyalur district:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/iron-nails-earthen-tiles-found-at-ariyalur-site/articleshow/81595121.cms

More on that pottery from Tamil Nadu with inscriptions similar to Indus Valley script:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/school-teacher-discovers-pottery-pieces-in-tamil-nadu-with-inscriptions-similar-to-indus-valley-artefacts-3537134.html

Feature on Bengal and Indus Valley civilization connections:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/251144/west-bengal-chandraketugarh-archaeological-survey-of-india-history-mystery-chandragupta-maurya-indus-valley-civiisation-div200/

Feature on assorted fortresses in the Himalayas:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00685-w

Feature on Mohenjo-Daro:

https://www.dw.com/en/exploring-the-ancient-ruins-of-mohenjo-daro-a-century-after-discovery/av-56875137

A 5300-3800 years bp bone point of some sort from Murrawong:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-rare-bone-artifact-murray-river.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-aba031121.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/rare-bone-tool-artefact-revealed/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/murrawong-bone-point-09463.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bone-tool-found-australia-180977274/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9528-210317-australia-bone-point

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03122417.2021.1886893

Moa bones found during a highway excavation near Hawke’s Bay (NZ):

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/moa-bones-found-during-highway-excavation-near-hawkes-bay/4QUOWPWXAG3UFC3MQTQQPMKFFE/
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these possible Revolutionary War cannons in the Savannah River:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/crews-find-possible-revolutionary-war-ship-cannons-savannah-river/V6LEZNZ5RBFM7FI6NFZHBZVTPY/

Another (?) cemetery site from Clearwater:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/clearwater_beacon/article_4a61b8bc-874c-11eb-898f-1baf4f5e2734.html

Possibly-significant archaeological finds from a Backbone Creek site (Texas):

https://www.dailytrib.com/2021/03/15/archaeological-find-at-backbone-creek-called-insignificant-but-historical-commission-has-final-say/

Also from Texas comes word of progress recording petroglyphs along the border with Mexico:

https://sanantonioreport.org/archaeologists-have-recorded-233-ancient-art-sites-along-texas-border-with-mexico-now-they-want-to-discover-the-meanings-behind-the-murals/

Evidence that Native Americans tried (in vain, apparently) to help the Donner Party:

https://www.californiasun.co/stories/native-americans-tried-to-help-the-starving-donner-party-research-shows-they-faced-gunshots/

Feature on early coppersmithing amon ancient Native Americans:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths

Feature on Brunswick Town:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/brunswick-town-the-abandoned-colonial-town-in-north-carolina/138101

Feature on the Slave Wrecks Project:

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/history/slave-wrecks-project-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-wrecked-slave-ships/65-d9c1d575-4876-4317-bdaa-138b959e693e

Feature on the impeachment of Governor William Sulzer in 1913:

https://www.wamc.org/post/cuomo-not-first-ny-governor-face-impeachment-inquiry
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting study of 1300 years bp remains of a Maya diplomat/ambassador:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc–aam031521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-ambassador-bones-life.html
https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2021/03/15/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-privilege-and-hardship
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/a-maya-ambassadors-grave-reveals-his-surprisingly-difficult-life/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/an-ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-a-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/137888
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-1300-year-old-skeleton-maya-diplomat-180977259/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9529-210317-guatemala-maya-lakam

Feature on the Inca settlement which preceded Santiago de Chile:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/nosubscription/the-missing-inca-settlement-on-which-santiago-de-chile-was-founded/

Feature on the building of Machu PIcchu:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-the-inca-built-machu-picchu

Feature on a ‘mysterious’ point found at Tierra del Fuego a couple years ago:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-murky-origins-of-an-enigmatic-artifact/

—–
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 phrenology:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p099tghy/is-phrenology-the-weirdest-pseudoscience-of-them-all-

Feature on stories of giants in various ancient cultures:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/where-do-giants-come-from

Feature on assorted works (film and otherwise) on women overlooked by history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ammonite-movie-mary-anning-kate-winslet-saoirse-ronan-scn/index.html

On plans to lend/borrow the Bayeux Tapestry in a couple of year; there are restoration demands:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/18/bayeux-says-will-loan-fragile-tapestry-uk-restores-not-late/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/543/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/543/pub/543/page/14/article/152906
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bayeux-tapestry-should-be-restored-in-britain-v-amp-a-chief-says-sbgg60f56

Feature on Cherokee numerals:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/sequoyah-and-the-almost-forgotten-history-of-cherokee-numerals/

Feature on

On the evolution of the book review:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/insider/book-review-history.html

Feature on the filibuster:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/20/filibuster-how-got-senates-most-contentious-rule/4716702001/

A grave effigy of Shakespeare is believed to be a ‘definitive likeness’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/mar/19/shakespeare-grave-effigy-believed-to-be-definitive-likeness

In case you’re wondering about the Time Team reboot:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/meet-archeologists-digging-time-team-new-generation/

They’re celebrating Dante’s legacy:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/544/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/544/pub/544/page/19/article/153140

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210311-a-cultural-history-of-the-nude-selfie

Feature on Dhaka muslin:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210316-the-legendary-fabric-that-no-one-knows-how-to-make

Feature on knucklebones:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210318-the-ancient-invention-that-ignited-game-play

Feature on women artists of the Belle Epoque:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rosa-bonheur-and-other-women-artists-of-the-belle-epoque/

Feature on Agatha Christie’s archaeological side:

https://womenyoushouldknow.net/agatha-christie-three-decades-archaeology/

On investigating new diseases in the 16th century:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/how-new-diseases-were-investigated-in-the-16th-century/?dm_i=6P7Q,6K05,23G17H,R9WK,1

Feature on Sheela-na-gigs:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sheela-na-gigs-ireland/index.html

On archaeologists and COVID waste:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoy-cwa031221.php

On trains used by early US Presidents:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-train-car-one/index.html

On the Louvre and ‘essentialism’ in art history:

https://hyperallergic.com/621631/how-the-louvre-codified-essentialism-in-art-history/

Feature on sperm whales ‘sharing information’ about whale hunters in the 19th century:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/17/sperm-whales-in-19th-century-shared-ship-attack-information
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0030

Feature on Susan Fenimore Cooper:

https://www.audubon.org/news/meet-susan-fenimore-cooper-americas-first-recognized-female-nature-writer

Feature on El Greco:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/el-greco-greece-genius-changed-art-world/

France has donated a tapestry version of Raphael’s School of Athens to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/21/france-donates-raphaels-masterpiece/

Feature on Charles Edward Ives:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/03/having-dual-career-can-make-you-happier/618311/

On the construction of race:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/race-scientific-taxonomy/

Feature on aboriginal star names:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/the-stories-behind-aboriginal-star-names-now-recognised-by-the-worlds-astronomical-body/

How Van Gogh funded his sister’s illness treatment:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/21/how-van-gogh-paid-for-his-mentally-ill-sisters-care-decades-after-his-death

Marking World Poetry Day:

https://www.dw.com/en/poetry-is-one-of-the-oldest-cultural-forms-of-humankind/a-56849583
https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-poetry-day

Feature on the ‘menstrual taboo’ in Australian ads for the past century:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-i-looked-at-100-ads-for-menstrual-products-spanning-100-years-shame-and-secrecy-prevailed-152685

Feature on women warriors in various cultures and ages:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/179551
https://www.rawstory.com/the-long-history-of-women-warriors/

Review of Annalee Newitz, *Four Lost Cities*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/four-lost-cities-book-review-urban-archaeology

Review of Nicholas Saunders on T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406188.aspx

More on medieval ‘birthing girdles’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/childbirth-medieval-birthing-girdles/2021/03/19/57645c86-8751-11eb-bfdf-4d36dab83a6d_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Queens of Egypt:

https://ottawastart.com/queens-of-egypt-coming-to-canadian-museum-of-history-this-may/

Golden Mummies of Egypt:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2021/03/arts-golden-mummies-exhibition

The Secrets of Sunken Egypt artifacts have returned to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/sunken-egyptian-antiquities-return-to-egypt-following-tour-in-europe-us/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/16/secrets-of-sunken-egypt-exhibition-artefacts-return-home-after-overseas-tour/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99744/%E2%80%98Secrets-of-Sunken-Egypt%E2%80%99-exhibition%E2%80%99s-artifacts-return-to-Egypt-after
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1826621/middle-east

More Tut-related transfers to the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/14/grand-egyptian-museum-receives-4th-shrine-from-tutankhamun-collection/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99674/What-happens-to-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-belongings-that-remain-in-Tahrir%E2%80%99s-Egyptian

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization received six items recently found at Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99867/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-receives-6-newly-discovered-artifacts

On the folks behind the creation of the Walters art collection:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-pr-fe-walters-confederacy-ties-20210315-57vs4x4bf5bp7dvfaguahhwsny-story.html

Apparently we don’t know how many items have gone missing from assorted museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/arts/design/stolen-armor-louvre-returned.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/we-dont-know-how-much-art-has-gone.html

Controversy over the ‘Hitler Balcony’:

https://www.dw.com/en/should-the-hitler-balcony-in-vienna-be-open-to-the-public/a-56887522

The deaccessioning debate continues:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/design/deaccession-museum-directors.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for that Chinese bowl from a yard sale that’s been hyped for almost a month:

https://www.livescience.com/yard-sale-bowl-sold-auction.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973274695/yard-sale-bowl-revealed-to-be-rare-chinese-artifact-worth-up-to-500-000
https://www.dw.com/en/ming-dynasty-bowl-spotted-at-yard-sale-fetches-720000/a-56909663
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chinese-bowl-yard-sale-sothebys-auction/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/market/chinese-bowl-from-yard-sale-auction-1952881
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA from a 6200 years bp mass burial in Croatia is revealing (we may have had this):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6200-year-old-mass-grave-suggests-evidence-indiscriminate-killing-180977249/

Another one making the rounds again for unknown reasons … on modern Greeks having DNA links to the Myceneans:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43831-media-report-study-evidence-suggests-modern-greeks-have-dna-links-to-mycenaeans.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique to determine diet via tooth remains:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19173630.bradford-tooth-fairy-solved-mystery-800-year-old-westminster-bones/

More on the facial reconstructions of a pair of medieval Czech ruler types:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using dendrochronology to study droughts in Europe over the past 2000 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/15/climate-crisis-recent-european-droughts-worst-in-2000-years
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00698-0

What leaves in Greenland ice reveal about climate change:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-leaves-preserved-under-a-mile-of-greenlands-ice-and-lost-in-a-freezer-for-years-hold-lessons-about-climate-change-157105
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ur:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210320-discover-ur-iraq/

Ash:

https://www.kentlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/ash-historic-kent-village-dating-5185022

Devil’s Dyke:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/exquisite-herts-village-home-one-5178142

Aigai:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discovering-aigai-aeolians-city-of-goats-in-western-turkey
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Iliad:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/190786/homers-the-iliad-a-triumph-at-fairfields-amphitheatre/

Romeo y Julieta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/theater/romeo-y-julieta-review-lupita-nyongo.html

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/theater/dream-royal-shakespeare-company-motion-capture.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Authorities are investigating vandalism/looting at assorted sites and museum in Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/karabakh/177202.html

Spain is looking into the theft of a book by Galileo from the National Library a while ago:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/cultura-analizara-las-medidas-de-seguridad-en-la-biblioteca-nacional-tras-el-robo-del-libro-de-galileo.html

… and an interesting thing to come out the investigation:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/una-copia-del-galileo-robado-se-vendio-en-sothebys-en-2005.html

A tourist is paying a fine for climbing Chichen Itza’s pyramid:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/tourist-climbs-chichen-itzas-pyramid-and-will-pay-100000-pesos-fine/
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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 last five years, the UK , US, and Australia have returned 36 ancient idols to India:

https://theprint.in/india/governance/36-antique-idols-artefacts-returned-to-india-by-us-australia-uk-in-last-5-yrs-govt-says/623304/

Fears provenance research will delay returns of looted African artifacts:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1067847/will-provenance-research-delay-restitution-of-loot.html

France will return a Nazi-looted Klimt:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/16/france-to-return-klimt-painting-looted-by-the-nazis-in-1938
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/francia-restituira-un-klimt-expoliado-por-los-nazis-a-una-familia-judia-austriaca.html

Feature on Chile’s efforts to recover assorted indigenous artifacts:

https://chiletoday.cl/chiles-efforts-to-recover-indigenous-treasures/

Another side to the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56292809

Assorted items returned to Egypt this week:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406193/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypt-Artefacts-repatriated.aspx

Native American remains were return to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://www.wjtv.com/news/state/mdah-completes-transfer-of-native-american-remains-to-chickasaw-nation/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n12.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James A Sanders:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/in-memory-james-a-sanders/

Sinclair Hood:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sinclair-hood-obituary-p09dd2ghl

Carole McCartney:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/obituary-for-the-loss-of-carole-mccartney/

David Raeburn:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/mar/18/david-raeburn-obituary

Kenneth Cooper:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/music/kenneth-cooper-dead.html

George Bass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/us/george-bass-dead.html
https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Herschel Shanks:

https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Richard H. Driehaus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/20/arts/design/richard-h-driehaus-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/3030-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-7-through-march-13-2021
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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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.47 ~ March 14, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… the annual late-because-of-Daylight-Saving-Time edition …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Redating of Neanderthal remains from Spy cave in Belgium suggest Neanderthals left northwest Europe some 5000 years earlier than previously thought:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/europe/neanderthal-belgium-spy-cave-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/neanderthals-disappeared-from-europe-thousands-of-years-earlier-than-we-thought/19566407/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-no-we-didn-t-meet-neanderthals-in-belgium-37-000-years-ago-1.9601418
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9339457/Neanderthal-remains-Belgium-thought-37-000-years-old-actually-thousands-years-OLDER.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/neanderthals-disappeared-from-north.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9518-210311-belgium-spy-cave

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/12/e2022466118

Remains from Spain’s Bolomor cave suggests Neanderthals had a pretty comfortable lifestyle there 100 000 = 350 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-spain-cave-warm-weather-landscape-art-illustration
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9517-210310-spain-bolomor-cave

Homo sapiens remains from Kaldar cave (in Iran) are adding to our knowledge of migration some 63 000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458946/Fossil-found-in-Iran-cave-part-of-missing-link-in-human-migration

Pondering when humans first began wearing clothes:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/when-did-humans-first-start-wearing-clothes/

More on human brain evolution and connections to megafauna extinction:

https://www.livescience.com/human-brain-evolution-prey-size.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/contentious-hypothesis-posits-humans-brains-grew-larger-as-we-hunted-smaller-prey

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

More on the rethinking of the ‘competition hypothesis’ associated with the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/shift-in-scientific-consensus-about-demise-of-neanderthals/

More on homo sapiens and water efficiency:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/behaviour/homo-sapiens-the-water-saving-ape/
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Thulamela site (South Africa):

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-03-07-thulamela-africas-ancient-history-of-civilisation-written-in-the-stone-walls/

Feature on the Kushite Queen Kandake Amanirenas:

https://www.blackstarnews.com/education/education/kush-queen-kandake-amanirenas-fought-romans-and-saved-her-empire
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a fifth century CE Christian community/monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99632/Egypt-uncovers-Mud-brick-buildings-dating-back-to-the-fourth
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-christian-settlement-discovered-in-egypts-bahariya-oasis/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210313-ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1824916
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/3125357/archaeologists-discover-ancient-christian-ruins-egypts-western

The Egyptian Museum has restored Tut’s war shield:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99473/Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-restorers-succeed-in-restoring-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-war-shield

Egypt is studying the impact of recent archaeological finds on tourism:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/99491/Egypt-reviews-impact-of-new-archaeological-discoveries-on-inbound-tourism

Egypt and Spain are working together to study human remains:

http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/99452/Joint-cooperation-between-Egypt-Spain-to-train-archaeologists-in-the

More on the recent finds from that pet cemetery near the Red Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-pet-cemetery-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99472/Recent-study-Oldest-pet-cemetery-is-located-in-Egypt
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/09/worlds-oldest-pet-cemetery-found-on-red-sea-coast-in-egypt/

More on the Dendera Temple restoration project:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/dendera-temple-restoration-and-developing-project-continues/

More on the translation of a 3500 years bp ‘mummification manual’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/egyptologists-translate-the-oldest-known-mummification-manual/

… not sure this item on the mummification process is aware of the previous:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-mummification-process-how-ancient-egyptians-preserved-bodies-for-the

More on that Islamic-era village in Balat being restored:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99377/Islamic-Village-in-Balat-restored

Plans to preserve the first millennium BCE site at Qaleh Bolandeh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459065/New-plan-to-save-site-of-the-first-millennium-BC

… and funding to ‘revive’ the ‘archaeological hill’ at Tepe Qalaichi associated with the Mannai civilization:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458880/Attention-devoted-to-revive-archaeological-hill-in-northwest

A 1600 years bp Mandaean amulet inscription has been translated:

https://www.livescience.com/magical-amulet-stops-blood-drinking-spirits.html

Feature on the Tomb of Joshua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/world/middleeast/baghdad-iraq-joshua-tomb.html

10 000/9000 years bp stone implements from a site in Turkey’s Trabzon province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/ancient-stone-tools-shed-light-on-northern-turkeys-history/news

… and similar sorts of things dating 13 000 years bp … from the same site?:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/researchers-find-13000-year-old-stone-fragments-in-turkeys-trabzon/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/13-000-year-old-stone-fragments-found-in-turkey/2174573

Big tourism hopes for Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-wonder-gobeklitepe-hopes-to-host-1m-visitors-this-year/news

Arguing over whether an ancient toilet found at the 2800 years bp site of Lachish was designed to ‘desecrate’ it:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-discovery-of-biblical-toilet-unleashes-archaeological-fracas-in-israel-1.9597782

An 11-year-old on a hike in Israel found a 2500 years bp (or so) ‘fertility figurine’/amulet:

https://www.livescience.com/biblical-era-figurine-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-figurine-during-family-hike/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/biblical-fertility-amulet-found-in-the-negev-661413
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298146
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/10/11-year-old-comes-across-rare-first-temple-era-artifact-during-desert-hike/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/boy-finds-ancient-figurine-boy-hands-over-ancient-figurine-to-israel-antiquities-authority/2021/03/09/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-boy-finds-biblical-era-figurine-in-the-negev/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/10/content_77292774.htm
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/09/archaeology-2500-year-old-figurine-discovered-in-israel_1b4db931-0192-4eb6-a9c4-28fa84e6b2c1.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-amulet-israel-180977217/
https://www.archaeology.org/9515-210310-israel-fertility-amulet

12th century CE finds from the Armenian Garden in Old Jerusalem:

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/123616
https://en.armradio.am/2021/03/10/important-antiquities-uncovered-during-renovation-works-at-armenian-garden-in-jerusalem/

Feature on the importance of the Mount Ebal site:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/mount-ebal-more-than-meets-the-eye-661400

Apparently someone thinks the Shapira Deuteronomy fragments might be genuine after all:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/bible-deuteronomy-discovery.html
https://www.newser.com/story/303521/they-said-his-biblical-find-was-a-forgery-what-if-it-wasnt.html

see also:

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html

… but cf:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=896

A growing issue over a ‘secret tunnel’ illegally dug (apparently) by the Abbey of the Dormition:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/illegal-church-built-tunnel-on-mount-zion-concealed-by-the-city-661543
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/regavim-jerusalem-municipality-concealed-illegal-secret-tunnel-dug-by-the-abbey-of-the-dormition/2021/03/10/

Opeddish thing that Syrian heritage has suffered a “cultural apocalypse”:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210309-syrian-heritage-suffered-cultural-apocalypse
https://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/syrian-heritage-suffered-cultural-apocalypse/
https://middle-east-online.com/en/war-inflicts-irreversible-losses-syrian-heritage

… and the neglected sites in Idlib:

https://english.enabbaladi.net/archives/2021/03/idlibs-antiquities-tragic-and-forgotten/

Feature on the origins of religion in ancient Israel:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/historical-origin-god/

More reports of Jewish settlers raiding a Palestinian archaeological site near Nablus:

https://www.palestinechronicle.com/jewish-settlers-raid-palestinian-archeological-site-near-nablus/

Folks might be interested in this 33.8 mb pdf file of several of Cyrus Gordon’s works:

https://ia801008.us.archive.org/7/items/GordonStudies19331982/Gordon_Studies_1933-1982.pdf
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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 possible Roman fort located near Burton (maybe):

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-fort-location-found-5119083

Brief item on some mosaics found in Ajloun (Jordan):

https://en.ammonnews.net/article/47770

A Roman-era burial from Vibo (Italian):

https://www.corrieredellacalabria.it/2021/03/12/vibo-scoperte-parti-di-una-tomba-di-epoca-romana-foto/
https://calabria7.it/tomba-epoca-romana-scoperta-vibo-foto/

A major Augustan (?) era structure from Argenta (Italian):

https://lanuovaferrara.gelocal.it/ferrara/cronaca/2021/03/08/news/un-grande-edificio-di-eta-romana-trovato-nel-territorio-di-argenta-1.40002907

An erotic lamp from Caltanissetta (Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/caltanissetta/cultura/sicilia-come-pompei-ritrovata-scena-erotica-su-reperto-archeologico-testimonianza-del-patrimonio-culturale/652994
https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/398967/archeologia-lucerna-con-scena-erotica-riemerge-da-scavi-nel-nisseno.html

Remains of a major pre-Roman cistern from Castel Gandolfo (Italian):

https://www.ilmamilio.it/c/comuni/36250-castel-gandolfo-importante-scoperta-archeologica-nei-pressi-del-lago-e-una-vasta-cisterna-di-epoca-preromana.html

Plenty of finds from a dig at the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza (Italian):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/musei/nuovo-allestimento-sezione-romana-palazzo-farnese-piacenza

A ‘statue-stele’ from Lungiana (very wide range of dates for this):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/pontremoli-scoperta-testa-di-una-statua-stele

Really a repatriation story, but that section of mosaic flooring from one of Caligula’s ships (that was turned into a coffee table in New York) has returned ‘home’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-odd-stains-on-caligulas-stolen-orgy-ship-mosaic-finally-cleaned
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2021/Mar-12/518368-emperors-mosaic-completes-centuries-long-round-trip-journey.ashx
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/crazy-caligulas-decadent-decor-returns-home/news-story/0c47daf2300db1d8fccb8af44ecdff17
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/roman-emperors-looted-mosaic-returned-home-after-being-used-as-nyc-coffee-table/2939733/
https://www.startribune.com/emperors-mosaic-displayed-in-italy-after-stint-as-nyc-table/600033026/
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/discovered-at-a-book-launch-the-curious-case-of-caligula-s-coffee-table-20210312-p57a8z.html
https://gothamist.com/news/early-addition-im-sure-having-caligulas-mosaic-coffee-table-was-fun-while-it-lasted
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/537/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/537/pub/537/page/57/article/150773

Plans to study a Roman wall found in downtown Gloucester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56323337

Also, a Roman ‘double burial’ from Gloucester with aDNA revealing relationships too:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-rare-roman-double-burial-from-roman.html

Not sure why this Corinthian helmet, found (and reported on) a decade ago off Haifa, is back in the news:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-helmet-greek-persian-wars.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/2500-year-old-corinthian-helmet-found-in-haifa-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ship-unearthed-ancient-greek-helmet-near-israel-180977200/

Latest developments in the study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ucl-era031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210312084716.htm
https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-modeled.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/12/scientists-move-closer-to-solving-mystery-of-antikythera-mechanism
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56377567
https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkd57k/scientists-have-unlocked-the-secrets-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/13/antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-first-computer-continues-to-amaze-scientists/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/14/antikythera-mechanism-computer/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/researchers-reveal-display-of-the-ancient-greek-order-of-the-universe-cosmos-in-antikythera-mechanism/137660
https://scitechdaily.com/2000-year-old-greek-astronomical-calculator-experts-recreate-a-mechanical-cosmos-for-the-worlds-first-computer/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84310-w

A dig at Aglaki (Cyprus) is throwing cold water on local legends of ‘Ptolemy’s Treasure’:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/07/searching-for-the-treasure-of-ptolemy/

A study suggests that a Phoenician Temple of Melqart wasn’t on the islet of Sancti Petri:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-07/hercules-descansa-en-la-bahia-de-cadiz.html

Study suggests (on rather scatter evidence) that the Scythians weren’t all nomads; some settled down:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-scythian-people-werent-nomadic-warriors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-spw030321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uom-ago031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310150420.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-nomadic-warrior-people-of-scythia-is-a-myth-archaeologists-discover-1.9606726
https://www.sciencealert.com/secrets-locked-in-ancient-bones-upend-what-we-know-about-the-scythians
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/scythian-ukraine-09439.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sycthian-warriors-stayed-local/137642
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/scythian-people-werent-just-nomadic.html

The carriage found at Pompeii is being connected (sort of) to similar vehicles from Thrace:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1156562/ancient-carriages-link-thrace-with-pompeii/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/09/ceremonial-chariot-thrace-pompeii/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/11/the-chariots-of-pompeii-and-thrace-have-many-similarities/

… in case you missed the coverage of the Pompeii carriage/chariot:

https://hyperallergic.com/626026/ornate-chariot-mount-vesuvius-pompeii/

A project to reconstruct the Diolkos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/12/ancient-greek-roadway-of-diolkos-undergoing-reconstruction/

An old theory (still unlikely) being resurrected about the location of Alexander the Great’s tomb:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/where-is-the-burial-place-of-alexander-the-great/

Digging has commenced in the Forum of Caesar (italian):

https://www.romadailynews.it/politica/foro-di-cesare-iniziano-scavi-archeologici-0557314/
https://www.affaritaliani.it/roma/viaggio-nella-roma-del-divo-giulio-foro-di-cesare-nuovi-scavi-archeologici-728374.html
https://www.vivereroma.org/2021/03/15/al-via-lo-scavo-archeologico-del-foro-di-cesare/920957

Roadwork in Malta has revealed some vaguely-described ancient finds:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/road-works-in-gudja-reveal-archaeological-finds.857797

Concerns for Roman sites in Libya:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/looters-and-vandals-prey-on-libyas-forgotten-roman-ruins-t270hmwbp

I think we mentioned this study of ramps for the disabled at ancient temples in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/ancient-greeks-built-ramps-for-disabled-in-public-buildings/

… and the evidence for women artisans creating Archaic pottery:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/researcher-says-female-artisans-may-have-created-fine-pottery-during-archaic-period/

Review of Emma Southon, *A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-review-et-tu-brute-11615561083

A professorial appointment for Emily Greenwood:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/03/08/emily-greenwood-appointed-john-m-musser-professor-classics

A feature on THM Gellar-Goad:

https://wfuogb.com/12215/news/deacon-profile-t-h-m-gellar-goad-2/

Feature on an inscription from Turkey showing how the Romans dealt with inflation:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-inscriptions-in-turkey-show-how-romans-tackled-inflation

Feature on Mary Barnard’s work on Sappho:

https://www.oregonlive.com/history/2021/03/mary-barnard-brought-sappho-into-20th-century-infusing-the-lusty-ancient-greek-with-cutting-clarity-of-pacific-northwest.html

… and a feature on Sappho:

https://chargerbulletin.com/sappho-poetic-antiquity-in-modern-times/

Pondering the future of Classics in Nigeria:

https://guardian.ng/opinion/what-future-for-classical-studies-in-nigeria/

Feature on the wine press at Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/upcycled-ancient-temple-offers-glimpse-at-wine-life-in-the-roman-empire

Feature on Bucephalus:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/bucephalus-horse-alexander-great-why-famous/

Feature on underwater archaeology at Oloundas:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/09/underwater-research-of-ancient-oloundas/

Feature on ancient Greek views on ‘stasis’:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/07/ancient-greece-partisan-stasis-civil-conflict/

Feature on the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/greek-origins-marseille-france-oldest-city/

Feature on Tiberius’ villa at Sperlonga:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/roman-villa-of-tiberius-and-the-cave-of-imperial-pleasure/137547

Feature on boxing in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/13/how-boxing-became-a-popular-sport-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on assorted retellings of the Iliad:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/retellings-of-the-iliad/photostory/81435865.cms

Feature on Greek science:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/10/the-golden-age-of-greek-science/

Feature on the Battle of Marathon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/the-battle-at-marathon-which-saved-western-civilization-2500-years-ago/

Feature on the throne at Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/07/the-mystery-of-the-oldest-throne-in-europe-at-the-cretan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on the depiction of evil in Greek tragedies:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-is-evil-depicted-in-greek-tragedies/

George Clooney has called for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles (again):

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/george-clooney-wades-into-parthenon-marbles-debate-again
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/george-clooney-elgin-marbles-1949908

… but Boris Johnson is now saying they are legally owned by the UK:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-britain-marbles/britain-is-legitimate-owner-of-parthenon-marbles-uks-johnson-tells-greece-idUSKBN2B41RF
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/12/boris-johnson-rules-out-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1156996/johnson-rejects-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://news.sky.com/story/pm-wont-return-2-500-year-old-legally-acquired-elgin-marbles-to-greece-12244021
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/12/elgin-marbles-staying-rightful-home-british-museum-says-boris/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/538/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/538/pub/538/page/6/article/151140

… and Greece’s culture minister has pointed out their illegal acquisition:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/13/boris-johnson-parthenon-sculptures/

… and Brussels is on Greece’s side:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/539/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/539/pub/539/page/26/article/149854

The latest Rome v US comparison:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/04/no-really-are-we-rome/618075/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Mesolithic remains from a country estate site in Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19145330.amateur-archaeologists-discovered-ancient-scots-love-hazelnuts/
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/national-news/19143365.signs-life-dating-mesolithic-times-found-country-estate/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19145442.archaeological-find-hints-history-ancient-scottish-life-nutshell/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hazelnut-shell-reveals-human-life-scotland-more-10000-years-ago-180977210/

A Neolithic axe find from Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/neolithic-axe-unearthed-near-main-5116372

A possible 5500 years bp necropolis from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeological-detective-work-uncovers-polands-largest-prehistoric-cemetery-20304
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9512-210309-poland-megalithic-cemetery

A study of footprints at a site in the Ojo Guaena Karst Complex suggests they are between 4600 and 4200 years bp:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/human-footprints-ojo-guarena
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-human-footprints-ojo-guarea.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9514-210309-spain-cave-footprints

A Bronze Age tomb excavation in El Argar (Spain) is causing a rethink of the power of women some 4000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-elite-women-el-argar-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uadb-ewm031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210311085324.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/11/science/bronze-age-tomb-women.html
https://www.livescience.com/diadem-bronze-age-burial-spain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/11/bronze-age-burial-site-in-spain-suggests-women-were-among-rulers
https://www.sciencealert.com/stunning-artefacts-suggest-bronze-age-grave-may-have-held-a-queen
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/blinged-out-female-ruler-may-be-evidence-powerful-women-during-bronze-age
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ancient-woman-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old-treasure-suggests
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/03/ancient-woman-may-have-been-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old
https://www.sciencealert.com/stunning-artefacts-suggest-bronze-age-grave-may-have-held-a-queen
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/female-ruler-found-beneath-europes-first-bronze-age-palace/137646
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/elite-women-might-have-ruled-el-argar.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00637-4
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-female-ruler-wearing-rare-diadem-180977220/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9520-210312-spain-bronze-age

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/emblems-and-spaces-of-power-during-the-argaric-bronze-age-at-la-almoloya-murcia/B27A3C7AD23625DD39C6D4F2C3981C2F

4th millennium (maybe) burials with plenty of copper items from a cemetery in Hungary:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/treasure-trove-of-golden-artefacts-excavated-in-copper-age-cemetery/137667

A 3000 years bp ‘ceremonial’ bronze sword from a Danish island site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-unique-ceremonial-bronze-age-sword/137654

A fifth century Early Byzantine fortress site from nar Shirokovo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/11/incredible-early-byzantine-fortress-with-stone-assembly-letter-clues-unearthed-near-bulgarias-shirokovo/

Roman/Medieval finds from ongoing investigations at a school site in south Wales:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/532/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/532/pub/532/page/46/article/149158

Some 1300 years bp gold foil figures from a dig of some sort in Sweden:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-figures-discovered-sweden.html

Possible 13th century human remains from a dig in Nottingham:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/human-bones-found-lenton-during-5098197

Electrical workers near Tintern Abbey have located a secret medieval tunnel system:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56281726
https://www.livescience.com/secret-medieval-tunnel-discovered-in-wales.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electricians-discover-secret-medieval-tunnels-180977169/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9509-210308-wales-medieval-tunnels

Earthquakes damaged some 16th/17th century churches in Larissa:

https://orthodoxtimes.com/earthquakes-damage-16th-17th-century-churches-in-larissa-region/

More on that 5th century CE burial from the Czech Republic featuring ‘ornate’ grave goods:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-grave-treasures-eastern-bohemia.html
https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/fifth-century-graves-in-east-bohemia-shed-light-on-dark-era-of-european-history
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9513-210309-czech-republic-cemetery

More on that Suffolk shipwreck (more than one?) and COVID-19 delays to its excavation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-56199044
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-reveal-two-shipwrecks-englands-suffolk-coast-180977188/

Marking the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/14/how-the-greek-war-of-independence-inspired-philhellenism-around-the-world/

Latest innovation at Bath Abbey:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/local-news/bath-abbey-restored-glory-worlds-5109006

Review of Douglas Boin, *Alaric the Goth*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n06/josephine-quinn/they-burned-and-looted-with-discrimination

Feature on assorted animals that became extinct in Scotland (mostly medieval/Renaissance):

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/9-animals-made-extinct-in-scotland-since-the-roman-occupation-3162447

Feature on assorted places in Europe associated with noteworthy women:

https://www.dw.com/en/exciting-places-in-europe-associated-with-famous-women/g-56783599

Feature on the Vikings:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-glamorous-worldly-vikings.html

Feature on the ‘Man of Lois’:

https://www.theclevelandamerican.com/loisus-man-11700-years-of-exceptional-discovery/

Feature on the historicity of Arthur:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/was-king-arthur-a-real-person

What the Time Team folks are up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/time-team-to-dig-for-villa-in-comeback-at-fienness-castle-q068sb3bv
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/12/time-team-set-return-fans-cult-archaeology-series-raised-funding/

Review of Bergreen, *In Search of a Kingdom*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/books/review/in-search-of-a-kingdom-laurence-bergreen.html

Trinity College is looking into its connections to the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/07/trinity-college-reckons-with-slavery-links-as-ireland-confronts-collusion-with-empire
———-
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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Feature on excavations in Zhongdu:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/14/content_77306485.htm

A followup to that possible ‘face cream’ find from a Spring and Autumn burial in Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-08/detail-ihaihrwe3351571.shtml

A study attempting to date the megaliths of Laos’ Plain of Jars:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mystery-laos-megalithic-jars.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uom-rsm031021.php
https://newatlas.com/science/laos-plain-jars-dating-older/
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-finally-know-the-true-age-of-the-huge-mysterious-objects-from-laos-plain-of-jars
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-solve-more-of-mystery-of.html

The ASI plans to investigate with a Shivalinga in a Meerut temple is a piece of an Ashokan pillar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/shivlinga-in-ancient-meerut-temple-a-broken-piece-of-ashokan-pillar-asi-to-probe/articleshow/81398179.cms

Potsherds with possible Indus Valley inscriptions from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/potsherds-with-inscriptions-similar-to-indus-valley-found-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/81491368.cms

A possible sculpture of Kumara Tailapa from Warangal Rural:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/rare-sculpture-of-kalyani-chalukya-prince-discovered-in-warangal-rural/article34063965.ece

Mughal-era gold coins from near Pune (possibly a crime story):

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/mughal-era-gold-coins-found-near-pune-222878
https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/pune-cops-seize-mughal-era-gold-coins-found-during-excavation-at-construction-site-in-chikhali

Feature on the effects of a 19th century plague outbreak in Bombay/Mumbai:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/07/968856331/how-bubonic-plague-reshaped-the-streets-of-mumbai

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/gap-in-history-afghans-recall-talibans-destruction-of-famed-buddha-statues/articleshow/81407445.cms
https://www.dw.com/en/20-years-since-bamiyan-buddha-statues-destruction-by-taliban/g-56840351

… and they’ve been ‘brought to life’ again, apparently:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20210311-paris-s-guimet-museum-brings-bamiyan-buddhas-back-to-life-20-years-on
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a possible 18th century/pre-Civil War shipwreck in the Savannah River:

https://www.wtoc.com/2021/03/08/recently-discovered-artifacts-may-be-connected-s-british-ship/
https://www.wmbfnews.com/2021/03/08/recently-discovered-artifacts-may-be-connected-s-british-ship/

Some kids in Virginia came across a Civil War cannonball:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/03/12/civil-war-cannonball/

A San Antonio resident came across a Buffalo Soldier’s tombstone in their backyard:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/San-Antonio-resident-unearths-Buffalo-Soldier-s-16007171.php

Archaeologists are excavating to confirm findings of an African-American cemetery in Clearwater:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-start-excavation-for-black-cemetery-graves-at-frankcrum-in-clearwater/67-f1d90577-f7bb-4dc4-9ca0-fbbfced82eaa
https://wflanews.iheart.com/featured/florida-news/content/2021-03-08-archaeologists-dig-for-lost-gravesites-in-clearwater/
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/03/11/human-remains-from-a-lost-cemetery-have-been-found-in-clearwater/
https://www.tampabay.com/gallery/2021/03/12/photos-archaeologists-begin-excavation-of-historic-black-cemetery-in-clearwater/

Meanwhile a cemetery in Maryland is the site of a search for remains of enslaved persons and other African-American ancestors:

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/prince-georges-county-bowie-black-cemetery-archaeologists-mount-nebo-ame/65-dc6847d9-ec1e-4f95-a10c-38b998d5627e

Plans to return to the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/what-happened-on-hms-terror-divers-plan-return-to-franklin-wrecks

Indigenous finds from a Port Elgin subdivision site will be preserved with some zoning adjustments:

https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/news/local-news/indigenous-archaeological-preservation-in-port-elgin-subdivision

Review of Pearl, *Terror to the Wicked*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/books/review/terror-to-the-wicked-tobey-pearl.html

More on woolly mammoths in New England:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/woolly-mammoths-may-have-shared.html

More on evidence of an early human presence in Alaska:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2021/02/research-could-reset-accepted-timeline-humans-reaching-north-america

Feature on the Spiro people:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/spiro-and-the-art-of-the-mississippian-world-in-oklahoma

Feature on assorted petroglyphs in the US:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/petroglyphs-in-the-u-s-what-native-communities-want-you-to-know-about-these

Feature on Cahokia and Chaco Canyon:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/cahokia-and-chaco-canyon-the-ancient-cities-that-flourished-in-north-america

Feature on Vikings in North America:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/vikings-once-called-north-america-home

Feature on African-Americans in WWI:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/world/europe/france-world-war-1.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A new home for the Red Queen of Palenque:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/red-queen-of-palenque-gets-a-new-home/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/mysterious-red-queen-symbol-mexican-women/63296

Not sure why that woman hunter from Peru story is making the rounds again:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-prehistoric-women-successful-big-game-hunters.html

Feature on the “tiny Kingdom of the Afro-Bolivians”:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210310-bolivias-little-known-tribal-kingdom

Marking the 501st anniversary of a victory over Cortes:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-03-12/la-noche-triste-de-hernan-cortes-es-ahora-victoriosa.html

Some Ancient Americas youtube channels of interest:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Evidence that malaria has been an issue for humans for over 7 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-malaria-devastating-humans-earlier.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210312095802.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoo-rdm031121.php

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83978-4

Some items for Pi Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/pi-math-geometry-infinity.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/pi-day-the-history-of-the-math-centric-holiday-and-the-special-number-it

Feature on beer in the ancient world:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-beer-ruled-the-ancient-world

Feature on ancient werewolves:

http://hnn.us/article/179430

A bust of an enslaved person associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition has mysteriously appeared in an Oregon park:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/us/york-bust-portland-park-trnd/index.html

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-paper-trail-redux?e=2c38baa027

Feature on dress codes:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3123854/dress-codes-law-professor-richard-thompson-ford

Feature on democracies:

https://aeon.co/essays/democracy-is-common-and-robust-historically-and-across-the-globe

Studying ‘subversive texts’ from 17th/18th century Europe:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-secret-and-subversive-writings-from-centuries-ago-say-today

What bankers can learn from pastoralists:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-bankers-should-learn-from-the-traditions-of-pastoralism

Feature on the sheela na gig:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/08/big-vagina-energy-the-return-of-the-sheela-na-gig

On the history of the syringe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-55676034

On why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-leaning-tower-of-pisa-wasnt-supposed-to-lean

I guess we need one item on Daylight Saving Time:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/daylight-saving-time-questions.html

Interesting identification of a 500 years bp manuscript as a ‘birth girdle’ amulet sort of thing:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-biomolecular-analysis-medieval-parchment-birthing.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc-bao030821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210309192545.htm
https://www.livescience.com/magical-birthing-girdle-medieval-england.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/10/medieval-women-put-faith-in-birth-girdles-to-protect-them-during-childbirth
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60933
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/biomolecular-analysis-of-medieval.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/direct-evidence-of-the-use-of-a-medieval-parchment-birthing-girdle/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-medieval-women-used-birthing-belts-180977207/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9522-210312-england-birthing-girdle

A 17th century cookbook casts some serious shade on Oliver Cromwell’s wife:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cookbook-was-vicious-attack-oliver-cromwells-wife-180977233/

Feature on face coverings in London through the years:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56085529

Feature on bread:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4J8PTjhDC9dVNV7TMJZxNyH/10-things-you-knead-to-know-about-bread

France has cut down oaks to rebuild Notre Dame’s spire:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Oak-trees-to-rebuild-Notre-Dame-s-spire-are-16011268.php
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/08/france-fells-oaks-to-rebuild-the-notre-dame-spire/

What modern folks can learn from the aftereffects of the Bubonic Plague:

https://slate.com/business/2021/03/covid-cities-cholera-bubonic-plague-amsterdam-paris.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119021000152#

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Assorted International Women’s Day items … first, a feature on Caterina van Hemessen:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210305-caterina-van-hemessen-an-unknown-visual-pioneer

Feature on Margaret Guido:

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

Feature on Henrietta Swan Leavitt:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210310-the-star-fiend-who-unlocked-the-universe

Feature on Mary Wortley Montagu’s efforts to defeat smallpox:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/03/08/972978143/a-300-year-old-tale-of-one-womans-quest-to-stop-a-deadly-virus

Feature on various women artists:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/they-persisted-in-making-art/

Feature on various women in science:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/beyond-marie-curie-the-women-in-science-history-we-dont-talk-about/

Feature on assorted pioneering women involved in archaeology:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/women-ancient-greece-changed-history/

Feature on some ancient women philosophers:

https://theconversation.com/wise-women-6-ancient-female-philosophers-you-should-know-about-156033

Feature on some ancient Greek women:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/women-ancient-greece-changed-history/

Feature on some of the women who ruled Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99430/On-International-Women%E2%80%99s-Day-Acquaint-yourself-with-women-who-ruled

Feature on women’s life in the Middle Ages:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-was-life-like-for-women-in-the-middle-ages/

Feature on what wives of archaeologists should get credit for:

https://daily.jstor.org/giving-overdue-credit-to-early-archaeologists-wives/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Not sure if we’ve had this suggestion that dogs were first domesticated in Siberia some 23 000 years bp:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/10/dogs-mans-best-friend-for-the-past-23000-years/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Botticelli to Van Gogh:

https://theconversation.com/botticelli-to-van-gogh-from-luminous-lyrical-beauty-to-the-spoils-of-empire-155963

Galen:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/digital_exhibit_explores_the_lasting_legacy_of_an_ancient_researcher_and_physician_to_emperors-1975407/

Persian Wars (digital):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/43751-digital-exhibition-%E2%80%98proving-history%E2%80%99-highlights-the-persian-wars-in-ancient-greece.html

Winslow Homer:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/03/10/on-exhibit-winslow-homer-paintings-part-of-arkell-museum-reopening/

Egypt is hyping the forthcoming Pharaoh’s Golden Parade event:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99580/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-follows-up-on-Pharaohs-Golden

Plans for restructuring of the major antiquities museums in Greece is meeting some resistance:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-oppose-greek-museums-bill

… as are some deaccessioning plans at the Met:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/metropolitan-museum-art-sale/2021/03/08/00c848ec-7dce-11eb-a976-c028a4215c78_story.html

Some Canton porcelain is headed for the Smithsonian:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3124951/american-chinese-familys-classic-canton-porcelain-finds-new

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology has a digital exhibition under way:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/43706-enjoy-a-journey-into-the-world-of-the-ancient-greek-technology-in-central-athens.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/enjoy_a_journey_in_the_world_of_the_ancient_greek_technology-1961997/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/athens-kotsanas-museum-of-ancient-greek-technology-offers-virtual-tour/

The first Tut artifacts are being placed in the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99391/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-Khaled-El-Enany-witnesses-placement
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99636/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-fourth-shrine-of-King-Tutankhamun

The UK is threatening punishment for museums which remove Colonial statuary:

https://hyperallergic.com/627944/uks-threat-to-punish-museums-for-removing-colonial-statues-is-colonialism-101/

Hyping the impending opening of the Hong Kong Palace Museum:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217537.shtml

Tel Aviv’s Jewish museum has reopened after major renovations:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Tel-Aviv-s-Jewish-museum-reopens-after-100-16014080.php

Feature on the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Edirne:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/museum/museum-turkish-and-islamic-arts-edirne
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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On the ‘Highgate Hoard’ find:

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/lifestyle/property/auctioneer-uncovers-hidden-cache-of-jewellery-7811654

More hype for the impending auction of that Chinese bowl found at a yard sale:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/10/chinese-bowl-bought-at-yard-sale-expected-to-make-e420000-at-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Suggestion (we mentioned this ages ago) that modern Greeks have DNA links to the Myceneans:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/new-evidence-supports-modern-greeks-having-dna-of-ancient-mycenaeans/

What they’re learning from a genomic analysis of remains from a 6200 years bp ‘mass killing’ site from Croatia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-gao030321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uow-rro031021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-genetic-analysis-ancient-massacre-reveals.html
https://www.livescience.com/prehistoric-massacre-croatia.html
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2021/03/uw-faculty-members-contribute-to-study-of-victims-of-6,200-year-old-massacre.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/dna-study-ancient-massacre-victims-raises-more-questions-answers
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/archaeologists-use-dna-to-investigate-6200-year-old-massacre-mystery/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/genetic-analysis-of-ancient-massacre.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9521-210312-croatia-mass-grave

Ancient DNA reveals the effects of tuberculosis o the human immune system:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-dna-reveals-clues-about-how.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to virtually recreate the ‘Book of the Dead’ experience in 3d:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/03/08/a-tomb-with-a-view-egyptologist-recreates-after-death-experience/
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-tomb-view-egyptologist-recreates-after-death.html

Lidar will be used to map an estate in Northumberland:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/airborne-lidar-survey-to-help-find-lost-village

A new method for extracting information from teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/acs-eif031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310122326.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/extracting-information-from-ancient.html

Interesting feature on the British Museum’s X-ray lab:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/secrets-from-the-x-ray-lab/

More on the Pazyryk Carpet:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-reveal-secret-of-famous.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/08/pazyryk-carpet-fermented-wool-is-the-answer/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Knebworth House has cracked because of climate change, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-scientists-figure-out-the-secret-of-a-2-600-year-old-siberian-rug-1.9600684
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/536/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/536/pub/536/page/29/article/149791
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Accessible travel to Rome:

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/03/12/how-ancient-roman-ruins-can-teach-the-modern-world-about-accessible-travel

Seven archaeological sites in the UK:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/03/uk-archaeology

Italian medieval hermitaes:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/hermitages-of-central-italy
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Suppliants:

https://dailyillini.com/news/2021/03/08/classics-department-hosts-performance-of-the-suppliants-around-modern-issues/
https://spotonillinois.com/il-colleges/il-college-newspapers/1716260/classics-department-hosts-performance.html

An Iliad:

https://www.hpherald.com/arts_and_entertainment/theater/an-iliad-explodes-with-energy-amid-ancient-artifacts/article_38d4d982-7fcf-11eb-9192-7718352fd001.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Roman items seized by Spanish authorities in Barcelona:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/09/national-police-recover-two-illegally-sold-roman-artefacts/
https://spanishnewstoday.com/police-seize-roman-pieces-plundered-from-andalusia-in-barcelona_1568125-a.html
https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/two-stolen-roman-artifacts-recovered-by-spanish-authorities/
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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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Canada returned a smuggled statue of Bastet to Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-retrieves-statue-of-ancient-egyptian-goddess-bastet-from-canada/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99500/Egypt-successfully-repatriates-smuggled-artifact-of-goddess-Bastet-from-Canada
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/11/egypt-retrieves-stolen-ancient-egyptian-bastet-statue-from-canada/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-repatriates-stolen-egyptian-cat-artifact-1.5340609

The US returned 280 pre-Hispanic artifacts to Mexico:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-artifacts-idUSKBN2B22GJ
https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/customs-immigration/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-of-pre-columbian-artifacts-to-mexico/
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/542604-us-sends-hundreds-of-archaeological-artifacts-back-to-mexico
https://www.theartnewspaper.