Explorator 24.40 ~ January 23. 2022

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Nancy Hurley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, David Emery, 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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CUT AND PASTE CORRIGENDA
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Several folks alerted me to the mispasting of a piece on Benedict Arnold last week … apologies, and here it is:

https://wnyt.com/saratoga-county-ny-news/benedict-arnold-movie/6357909/
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests that a 200 000 years bp hominid skull found in the 1970s in China may have contained the largest known brain at the time:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20220117/e9d002941df44c5a8c9f56190342a2b6/c.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0117/c90000-9945331.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/sci-tech/2022-01-18/detail-ihauveie2088096.shtml

More on an older dating for homo sapiens in eastern Africa:

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/22/1073878448/volcano-eruption-humans-research-africa
https://hyperallergic.com/706321/researchers-find-evidence-human-beings-are-way-older-than-we-thought/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/researchers-date-the-oldest-known-human-skull-at-233000-years/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10286-220118-ethiopia-volcano-fossil

Suggestion that Neanderthals had language:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-01-16/para-mi-esta-muy-claro-que-los-neandertales-hablaban.html
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AFRICA
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A study of West African plant-based food remains from some 3500 years bp pottery fragments:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/january/origin-of-plants-in-west-african-cuisine.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-west-african-cuisine.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/tracing-the-origins-of-plants-in-west-african-cuisine/142557
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/tracing-origins-of-plants-in-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/19/tracing-the-origins-of-plants-in-west-african-cuisine/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10290-220119-west-africa-plants

More on a Liberian script and its clues to the evolution of writing:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/2089042/evolution-of-writing
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/17/rare-african-script-offers-clues-to-the-evolution-of-writing/

More on 100 000 years bp bone tools for making clothing from Morocco:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021.102988

More on 50 000 years bp ostrich eggshell beads:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-692730
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/16/trail-of-african-bling-reveals-50000-year-old-social-network
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ostrich-beads-archaeology-discovery-africa-1234616055/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stone-age-social-network-2062268

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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[not a lot happening in the ANE this week …]

More on the 4000 years bp structures associated with copper and turquoise mining in the Sinai:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/copper-and-the-history-of-the-alphabet-in-ancient-egypt/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/01/egypt-unearths-ancient-quarters-mining-leader
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10292-220120-egypt-mining-administration

More on blocks and other bits from a pair of massive limestone sphinxes of Amenhotep III from Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/455206.aspx
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/01/more-ancient-egypts-largest-mortuary-temple-uncovered
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10427285/Pair-sphinxes-depicting-King-Tutankhamuns-grandfather-discovered-Egypt.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/sphinxes-found-amenhotep-iii-temple-luxor-1234616230/
https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkp399/archeologists-discover-two-huge-sphinxes-in-egyptian-ruins
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/huge-blocks-for-sphinx-shaped-amenhotep.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/18/sphinx-and-sekhmet-statues-found-at-pharaoh-amenhotep-iiis-mortuary-temple/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10291-220119-egypt-luxor-amenhotep

More on the foetus preserved in a 2000 years bp mummy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/foetus-inside-egyptian-mummy-preserved.html

Egypt and South Korea have signed an MOU to cooperate in the antiquities and museum sectors:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/01/22/egypt-south-korea-sign-mou-to-enhance-cooperation-in-antiquities-museums-sector/

… part of which includes Korean participation in restoration work at Egyptian temples:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/01/120_322713.html
http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220123000192
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220123000127
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220123001400325

Egypt was celebrating archaeologists last week:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/456543/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Celebrating-archaeologists.aspx

5 000 years bp evidence of tool and ‘instrument’ (!) making from Qale-Rostam (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/469262/People-in-southeast-Iran-had-know-how-to-make-tools-5-000-years

Digging has resumed (I thought it had already) at the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/469207/Archaeological-work-begins-near-Burnt-City

Feature on the Luristan Bronzes:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/469334/Luristan-Bronzes-a-glimpse-into-their-mystery

An 800 years bp prayer room found beneath the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul:

https://local12.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-discover-800-year-old-prayer-room-archaeology-mosul-iraq-isis-mosque-pray-religion-tourism-caliphate-holy-war-al-nuri-iraqi-antiquities-and-heritage-cincinnati-ohio
https://wset.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-discover-800-year-old-prayer-room-archaeology-mosul-iraq-isis-mosque-pray-religion-tourism-caliphate-holy-war-al-nuri-iraqi-antiquities-and-heritage-cincinnati-ohio

More on European archaeologists returning to Iraq:

https://thearabweekly.com/european-iraqi-archaeologists-again-work-digging-treasures-cradle-civilisations

More on the 6th century mosaic floor from a Byzantine basilica site in Hatay province (not sure about the translation):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/17/mosaic-in-greek-prepared-by-a-freed-slave-to-thank-god-found-in-turkeys-hatay/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63144

Pondering some 9000 years bp skulls found in the 1980s which had been smeared with asphalt from the Judean Desert:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/what-was-asphalt-doing-on-9000-year-old.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/21/what-was-asphalt-doing-on-a-9000-year-old-skull/

More on evidence from that Jerusalem toilet of parasites among the elite:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-toilet-intestinal-parasites-924632456/

More on the ‘good shepherd ring’ from a shipwreck off Caesarea:

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2022/january/good-shepherd-ring-discovered-off-the-coast-of-caesarea

Haven’t had a piece pondering whether the Exodus happened in a while (this one is actually sort of touristy):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-693872

Marking Conrad Schick’s 200th birthday:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/the-foundations-of-jerusalem-archaeology/?mqsc=E4141253&dk=ZE2410ZF0

Feature on Haggai and Zechariah in a Persian context:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/01/haggai-and-zechariah-books

Review of a book aimed at getting children interested in archaeology in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-692459

The National Library of Israel acquired 90 more pages from a 15th century work of Jewish Law:

https://www.jpost.com/j-spot/article-693909

More on the 4500 years bp ‘funerary avenues’ from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-arabia-funerary-avenues-discovered
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-discovered-some-spectacular-lost-highways-from-ancient-arabia
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/archaeologists-discover-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10289-220119-saudi-arabia-avenues

More on that 4000 years bp board game from a site in Oman:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-board.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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Overviewish piece on this season’s finds at Kition:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/01/20/excavations-shed-further-light-on-ancient-kition/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/the-2021-archaeological-excavations-at-ancient-kition-completed/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/results-of-2021-kition-pampoula.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/20/results-of-2021-kition-pampoula-excavations/

Overviewish of finds from the Gemina Tomb at Tarquinia (found a few months ago):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/discoveries-at-tarquinia-gemina-tomb.html
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/22/excavation-etruscan-tomb/

A find of what seems to be a marble workshop from Pompeii (Italian):

https://mediterraneoantico.it/articoli/news/lastre-di-marmo-pregiato-ritrovate-nellinsula-occidentalis-di-pompei/

Remains of a 4th century CE Roman amphitheatre from Aargau (Switzerland):

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/swiss-archeologists-dig-up-youngest-roman-amphitheatre/47274624
https://www.swissinfo.ch/ita/tutte-le-notizie-in-breve/kaiseraugst–ag—scoperto-anfiteatro-romano/47274086
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/roman-amphitheatre-unearthed-in-switzerland/142560

A metal detectorist in Cornwall found a 2000 years bp Roman ring in his wife’s flower bed:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10410043/Maths-teacher-unearths-2000-year-old-Roman-ring-garden-wife-gave-metal-detector.html
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/gallery/man-discovers-roman-gold-wifes-6497198

A 2nd/3rd century coin hoard from South Derbyshire (found in 2019?):

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/roman-coins-found-south-derbyshire-6505156

An 1800 years (amazing) Roman glass bowl from Nijmegen:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63180

A coin hoard (looks 3rd century) with a couple of bracelets found by metal detectorists in Ribble Valley:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-60055386
https://www.burnleyexpress.net/heritage-and-retro/heritage/awe-struck-detectorists-unearth-huge-hoard-of-roman-coins-and-jewellery-in-ribble-valley-3529628

I think we mentioned this 3rd century CE statue of a woman from Perge:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/18/third-century-ad-statue-of-woman-unearthed-in-ancient-greek-city-of-perge/

Something about a Greek mosaic floor find during mine excavations in Syria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/17/ancient-greek-mosaic-syrian-hama/

In case you missed the Greco-Roman era rock-cut tombs from west of Aswan:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/455265.aspx
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/17/greco-roman-rock-cut-tomb-unearthed-in-aswan/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/19/greek-mummy-aswan-egypt/
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2022/01/17/archeology-university-of-milan-researchers-find-assuan-tomb_5f8493bf-5019-479f-a21a-da176fb3e9e1.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/greco-roman-tomb-containing-twenty-mummies-discovered-near-aswan/142530
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/graeco-roman-tomb-with-20-mummies.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/19/aswan-egypt-new-finds-from-a-greco-roman-tomb-in-the-aga-khan-area/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10293-220120-egypt-burial-chambers

… and claims of a Turkish harem on the Acropolis:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/turkish-harem-acropolis-athens-b1996199.html

Plans for protection/management of the site of Gla:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/18/acropolis-of-gla-yes-to-the-plan-for-protection-and-management-of-site/

Salamis’ overseeing committee is reflecting on their successes:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/01/22/protection-of-salamis-mosaics-named-as-among-committees-significant-works/

Brexit delays heritage payments relating to Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/22/hadrians-wall-threat-brexit-delays-heritage-payments/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/855/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/855/pub/855/page/16/article/264092

More on that Roman-era (maybe) wooden figure found during HS2 construction near Buckinghamshire:

https://www.dw.com/en/rare-roman-wooden-figure-found-in-the-uk/g-58291898
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/rare-roman-wooden-figurine-unearthed-at.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/17/archaeologists-uncover-rare-roman-wooden-figure/

More on the remains of a sizeable Roman-era trading town in Northamptonshire:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-market-town-excavated-uk
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-trading-settlement-unearthed-80-miles-from-london-180979406/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10282-220118-england-roman-town

More on an 1800 years bp broken statue of Venus from Croatia:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/59345-venus-statue-in-zadar
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63170
https://www.archaeology.org/10294-220120-croatia-venus-statue

More on the Hypogeum of Cristallini Street (a Hellenistic necropolis outside Naples) opening to the public:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/naples-greek-tombs-cristallini/index.html
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/naples-greek-tombs-cristallini/index.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/19/ipogeo-dei-cristallini-ancient-greek-tombs-in-naples-rewrite-history-opens-in-june/

cf: https://ipogeodeicristallini.com/

More on badgers in Spain revealing a hoard of Roman coins:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/burrowing-badger-unearths-roman-era.html

Plans for an underwater museum at Piraeus proceed apace:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/01/20/piraeus-plans-for-underwater-antiquities-museum-get-approval/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/20/procedures-going-ahead-for-the-museum-of-underwater-antiquities/

The US is funding a project to restore and preserve mosaics at Volubilis:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/us-funds-restoration-ancient-roman-city-morocco

In case you were wondering what happened to Classics at UVermont:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/john-c-franklin/blog-news-vermont-ambrose-graduate-fellowship-classical-languages

Charlotte Higgins on applying Greek myth to modern crises:

https://time.com/6140064/greek-myths-covid-19-pandemic/

Victor Nuovo is starting a new series … this one gets to Lucretius:

https://www.addisonindependent.com/2022/01/20/victor-nuovo-like-everyone-i-ask-what-does-it-all-mean/

Feature on Cynicism:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/01/cynicism-modern-ancient-true-meaning/621314/

Feature on Roman dog crucifixion:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-romans-used-to-crucify-dogs
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/romans-used-crucify-dogs-101323688.html

Feature on Dura-Europos:

https://smarthistory.org/dura-europos/

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/rise-and-fall-of-the-great-alexandria-library

Feature on some Roman columns at Brindisi:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roman-columns-of-brindisi

Feature on TROY university students participating in digs in Italy:

https://today.troy.edu/news/troy-professor-students-make-discoveries-at-italian-excavation-sites/

Feature on ancient Rome as the Founding Fathers’ inspiration for the US economy:

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-roman-empire-provided-the-founding-fathers-a-blueprint-for-america-s-economy/

Imagining life in ancient Rome:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ancient-rome-life-routine/

Yet another feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://astronomy.com/magazine/news/2022/01/dissecting-an-ancient-computer

Pondering how quiet Vesuvius seems to be:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/940754
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220120125422.htm

More on pressure apparently increasing on the BM to return the Parthenon sculptures:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/18/parthenon-sculptures-greece-pressure-british-museum
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/britain-greece-elgin-marbles-italy-b1994144.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/18/the-london-times-are-in-favour-of-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/greece-step-up-pressure-parthenon-marbles-amid-signs-changing-views-uk/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/the-proposal-of-the-times-of-london-is-interesting/

… and the Times seems happy with the attention they received for their stance:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-rapture-elgin-marbles-support-the-times-rmx28gvcg

Review of Kyle Harper, *Plagues Upon the Earth*:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3164119/professor-rewrites-history-disease-and-explains-why

Review of Lindsey Davis, *A Comedy of Terrors*;

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/books/news/2022-01-16-murder-mystery-and-a-riotous-romp-through-ancient-rome/

Review of Emily Katz Anhalt, *Embattled*:

https://dartreview.com/embattled-a-review/

Revisiting Donna Tartt’s *Secret History*:

https://www.gawker.com/culture/tartt-for-tartts-sake-the-secret-history-at-30
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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 some gold and silver tubes found in a 5000 years bp burial mound in Russia in 1897 have been identified as ‘beer straws’:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-oldest-straws.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-drinking-straws-on-record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/19/ancient-metal-tubes-unearthed-in-1897-could-be-oldest-surviving-drinking-straws
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10415037/Archaeology-Oldest-known-drinking-straws-gold-silver-3ft-long-used-communal-bowl.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-694263
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/earliest-drinking-straws-identified-from-5-500-year-old-tomb-in-caucasus-1.10547390
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-scepters-actually-straws-communal-boozing-researchers-say-rcna12545
https://gizmodo.com/these-5-000-year-old-drinking-straws-were-used-to-sip-b-1848378709
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/archaeologists-identify-the-oldest-example-of-drinking-straws/142546
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/oldest-known-drinking-straws-identified.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaelogists-find-ancient-drinking-straws-used-to-drink-beer-180979433/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10295-220120-maikop-drinking-straws

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00119-1

An Iron Age gold curved coin hoard from near Baitz (Germany):

https://www.livescience.com/celtic-gold-hoard-discovered-germany
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-gold-coin-hoard/142536
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/18/celtic-gold-hoard-uncovered-in-brandenburg/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10288-220118-germany-rainbow-cups

What they’re finding in a Visigoth dump in Toledo:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-01-22/el-vertedero-visigodo-de-toledo-se-convierte-en-un-tesoro-arqueologico.html

A 1400-1700 years bp golden ‘neck ring’ from Denmark:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/ancient-golden-neck-ring-of-almost.html

Remains of a medieval garden from Soba:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/1000-year-old-garden-unearthed-in-medieval-town-of-soba/142358

I think we mentioned this medieval pendant as the PAS’s one millionth find:

https://www.lincolnshireworld.com/news/people/binbrooks-one-in-a-million-find-3532864

A metal detectorist found a gold coins of Henry III in a Devon field:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/rare-henry-iii-gold-coin-6502924
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/60021916
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/henry-iii-gold-penny-first-coin-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/16/treasure-hunter-strikes-gold-discovery-700-year-old-henry-iii/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/850/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/850/pub/850/page/40/article/262038
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/800-year-old-gold-penny-found-in-english-field-could-sell-for-half-a-million-180979420/

The skull of a woman of African origin (maybe) from a medieval burial ground in Bohemia:

https://english.radio.cz/black-womans-skull-found-medieval-burial-ground-bohemia-8739771

17th century finds from Plymouth’s first navy supply yard:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/fascinating-rare-items-found-during-6536357

Reallllly vague report of ‘archaeological finds of interest’ from a Plymouth cave:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/sherford-bone-cave-containing-archaeological-6503978
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-60042700

More on the small size of medieval warhorses:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/medieval-horses-size/2022/01/14/4a90530e-73da-11ec-bc13-18891499c514_story.html

A 14th century burial vault from a church in Bruges has been removed whole (!) for conservation and display purposes:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63152

Feature on the Gjermundbu Viking helmet:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/did-this-viking-helmet-belong-to.html

Feature on reconstructing Sweden’s (mesolithic) ‘seated woman’ burial:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0bhtslq/how-sweden-s-mysterious-seated-woman-came-to-life

Feature on what might have been ‘the original Stonehenge’:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/original-stonehenge-a-dismantled-stone-circle-in-the-preseli-hills-of-west-wales/B7DAA4A7792B4DAB57DDE0E3136FBC33

Viking-era wooden sailboats have been put on UNESCO’s heritage list:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-lifestyle-united-nations-denmark-norway-1a7bd1a5c82a0f4bcbd79083ede4dd7e
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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 70+ Neolithic semi-subterranean dwellings from China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0118/c90000-9946448.html

Evidence of alcohol use in China some 8000 years bp (I think we mentioned this):

https://ukranews.com/en/news/826432-archaeologists-discover-remnants-of-8-000-yr-old-alcohol-in-china

A cluster of 3000 years bp burials of a wealthy clan in Henan possibly have evidence of warriors being buried alive:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-chinese-tombs-warriors-buried-alive

Oldest yet found (ca 450 BCE) brewed tea leaves from a royal burial in Zoucheng:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63185

A cluster of 400+ burials dating to Eastern Zhou and Han Dynasty times from Shanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1246229.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-01/18/content_77995947.htm

Remains of a Shang Dynasty city gate from Yanshi:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/826378-ancient-city-gate-remains-discovered-in-central-china

Feature on four sites from Xizang:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1245867.shtml

A study of the Silk Road mummy known as Yingpan Man:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04383-5

China will soon roll out its next five-year plan for archaeology:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-01/17/content_77994700.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-01-17/detail-ihauveie2087784.shtml
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1246271.shtml

… while in 2021 China worked on 1388 archaeological projects:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-18/China-carried-out-1-388-archaeological-projects-in-2021-16UYRyip1f2/index.html

I think we mentioned plans to use muon rays to shed more light on the terracotta army:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/cosmic-rays-to-shed-light-on-tomb.html

… while 25 more pottery figurines have been found in one of the pit’s at Qin’s mausoleum:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1246670.shtml

Review of Jing Tsu, *Kingdom of Characters*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/books/review/kingdom-of-characters-jing-tsu.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/books/review/podcast-jing-tsu-kingdom-of-characters-kathryn-schulz-lost-found.html

A study analyzing orientation of some Japanese tombs via satellite images:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-secrets-ancient-japanese-tombs-revealed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/940596
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/satellite-imagery-reveals-new-insights-into-the-kofun-keyhole-burial-mounds/142550
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10296-220121-japan-kofun-sun

cf: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/14/2/377

More on possible prototypes of ninja weapons from a 16th century site in Japan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/artifacts-found-in-japan-thought-to-be.html

Somewhat vague item on the find of a 12 foot statue (maybe) of an elephant by villagers in Belur taluk:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/12-feet-statue-unearthed/article38298785.ece

Plans for an underwater survey off the coast of Korkai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/tn-archaeology-dept-to-conduct-reconnaissance-survey-in-sea-off-the-coast-of-korkai/article38297147.ece

Feature on seven digs starting in February in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/tamil-nadu-receives-nod-for-excavations-at-7-sites-101642705533415.html
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamil-nadu-archaeological-excavations-in-seven-sites-to-begin-in-feb-1072952.html
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/jan/21/tamil-nadu-archaeology-department-plans-excavations-at-seven-places-in-2022-2409457.html
https://menafn.com/1103574061/Archaeological-excavations-will-establish-prominence-of-TN-in-history-of-Indian-subcontinent&source=30

Concerns for Hindu temples and other heritage sites in Islamic Pakistan:

https://hinduexistence.org/2022/01/19/vanishing-hindu-temples-shrines-and-heritage-sites-of-islamic-pakistan/

More on evidence of food items from charred 800 BCE remains from kadebakele:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/938345
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10245-211223-india-charred-lumps

Feature on the growing importance of art restoration in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/repaired-retouched-reborn-art-restoration-is-finally-getting-its-due-in-india/article38302011.ece

Latest burial mound finds from the ‘Siberian Valley of the Kings’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/new-discoveries-in-the-siberian-valley-of-the-kings/142523
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63162
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the history of reporting bushfires in Australia:

https://theconversation.com/mythologised-memorialised-then-forgotten-a-history-of-australias-bushfire-reporting-170778
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 370 years bp Spanish cross find from a site in Maryland:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/01/23/spanish-cross-stmarys-dig/

Latest analyses of the finds from Poverty Point:

https://www.ulm.edu/news/2022/poverty_point_discovery_011822hy.html
https://www.knoe.com/2022/01/20/archeologists-discover-more-about-poverty-point-world-heritage-site/

An Indigenous man wa apparently fired for refused to dispose of human remains found during restaurant renovations near the Alamo:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/19/indigenous-man-fired-san-antonio-construction-artefacts-bones-uncovered

Fighting to save a grain elevator in Buffalo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/22/nyregion/buffalo-grain-elevator.html

More on evidence of a European presence in North America in 1021:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03972-8

Feature on George McJunkin and the Folsom site:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/george-mcjunkin/

Feature on the Eagle Bay Hotel:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/01/the-eagle-bay-hotel-1897-1945-fourth-lake.html

Feature on the Washington Knickerbocker theatre disaster:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/19/knickerbocker-theater-centennial/

Review of Ben Raines, *The Last Slave Ship*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/23/last-slave-ship-review-clotilda-africatown-ben-raines

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Recent finds by McMaster researchers regarding Maya settlements in Mexico and Guatemala:

https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/researchers-uncover-new-information-about-ancient-maya-settlements-in-mexico-and-guatemala/

Feature on the Chachabamba water complex at Machu Picchu:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-uncover-ceremonial-water-structures-machu-picchu-2053699

… and some recently-revealed structures:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-hidden-machu-picchus-complexity-uncovered-archaeologists-rcna12900
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-hidden-machu-picchus-complexity-234456431.html
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/01/previously-unknown-structures-found-by-archaeologists-among-machu-picchus-ruins/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440321001898

Pondering the golden pectoral from Monte Alban:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/who-wore-the-golden-pectoral-of-monte-alban

Feature on Brazil’s Valango Wharf and its connection to the slave trade:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/17/brazil-slavery-valongo-wharf/

Features on Inca khipu:

https://smarthistory.org/inka-khipu/
https://aeon.co/videos/reading-the-strings-and-knots-that-keep-the-secrets-of-the-inka-empire

Some fact-checking regarding a skull from Peru with a metal plate in it:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/2000-year-old-peruvian-skull/
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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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Interesting feature on Victorian photocollage albums:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220114-the-surprising-ways-that-victorians-flirted

Review of a couple of translations of Origen:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/homilies-on-isaiah-homilies-on-the-psalms-origen-book-review-claire-hall/

Feature on Hokusai’s Great Picture Book:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/hokusai-and-the-great-picture-book-of-everything-the-latest-research/

Feature on Thomas Mann:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/24/thomas-manns-brush-with-darkness

Feature on recycling fashion in the 19th century:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2022/01/history-of-recycling-in-fashion-how-nineteenth-century-fashionistas-reworked-upcycled-and-handed-down.html

Feature on the Pirates Code:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/the-pirate-code/142542

Feature on women pirates:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pirate-women-history

Feature on the myth of Captain Cook:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jan/18/how-to-kill-a-god-captain-cook-myth-shows-how-heroes-of-empire-will-fall

Feature on the Knights Hospitaller:

https://www.livescience.com/knights-hospitaller.html

Feature on the Freemasons:

https://www.livescience.com/freemasons.html

Feature on the names of chess pieces:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/names-of-chess-pieces/

On France’s ‘culture war’ revolving around Moliere:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/01/moliere-pantheon-honor-macron-denial.html

On the history of dragons:

https://www.livescience.com/25559-dragons.html

On the history of chocolate:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-chocolate-went-from-exotic-curiosity-to-worldwide-commodity

On the possibilities of unicorns:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/unicorns-are-more-legit-than-you-think

Italy is seeking Heritage Status for espresso:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/21/italy-seeks-unesco-heritage-status-espresso-coffee

An interesting dollhouse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/arts/design/stettheimer-dollhouse-museum-city-new-york.html

Feature on five ‘interesting’ archaeological finds of the last decade:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/five-interesting-archeological-discovers-within-the-last-decade

The Vatican did some conservation work on an icon of Mary:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2022-01/mary-salus-populi-romani-icon-conservation-check.html

Feature on Gainsborough’s Blue Boy:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220120-gainsboroughs-blue-boy-the-private-life-of-a-masterpiece

Feature on Jean-Henri Fabre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/books/the-french-naturalist-who-loved-to-paint-mushrooms.html

Perhaps ‘Ancient Workouts with Omar’ fit into your New Year’s resolutions:

https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a38769526/ancient-workouts-omar-isuf-history/

The person who betrayed Anne Frank and her family may have been identified:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60024228
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-692742

On archaeology’s ‘sexual revolution’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/16/archaeology-sexual-revolution-bones-sex-dna-birka-lovers

Review of Jennifer Croft, *The Books of Jacob*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/books-of-jacob-olga-tokarczuk-book-review-adam-sutcliffe/

Review of Ole J Benedictow, *The Complete History of the Black Death*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-complete-history-of-the-black-death-ole-j-benedictow-book-review-eleanor-janega/

Review of Robert Calasso, *The Book of all Books*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/books/review/roberto-calasso-the-book-of-all-books.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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OpEd on the US filibuster debate:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/22/opinion/joe-manchin-filibuster-james-madison.html

The statue of Theodore Roosevelt was removed from the Museum of Natural History:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/controversial-teddy-roosevelt-statue-removed-new-york-city-museum-rcna12813
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/arts/design/theodore-roosevelt-statue-natural-history-museum.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/theodore-roosevelt-statue-is-removed-from-new-yorks-natural-history-museum-11642699379

Feature on Ukrainian celebration of a ‘pagan’ New Year known as Malanka:

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-lifestyle-europe-religion-1f0634a66a876e986c7b327aa12c0dd9

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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How the Marvel Cinematic Universe is reviving interest in some ‘dead’ languages:

https://universitytimes.ie/2022/01/dead-languages-remain-alive-in-the-classroom-and-beyond/?doing_wp_cron=1642872972.2861769199371337890625

Review of Rosemary Salomone, *Rise of English*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/books/review/the-rise-of-english-rosemary-salomone.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Horse in Ancient Athens:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/01/20/new-exhibition-reveals-the-significant-role-of-horses-in-ancient-athens/

Troy:

https://www.farnhamherald.com/news/trojan-war-treasures-to-be-found-at-haslemere-museum-503129

Rubens:

https://www.rutlandherald.com/features/vermont_arts/peter-paul-rubens-picturing-antiquity/article_26c1da50-55a9-5467-9d83-40f9a83009d1.html

Freud and China:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/16/how-a-jade-ornament-from-china-casts-new-light-on-freuds-psyche

Azteken:

https://the-past.com/review/whats-on/unseen-aztec-art-in-leiden/

Ancient Greeks:

https://canberraweekly.com.au/ancient-greeks-the-word-at-the-national-museum/

Margins of Empire:

https://www.spottedinely.com/event/margins-of-empire-romans-in-the-fens-exhibition/

Feature on the Museo Ninfeo in rome:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/museo-ninfeo-visitors-walk-through-ruins-luxury-roman-garden

A Samurai Museum will be opening soon in Berlin:

https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2022012000141/

The Five Continents Museum in Munich has identified a number of items of questionable provenance in its collection:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-museum-identifies-objects-likely-stolen-from-africa/a-60520806

M&S is lending some rarely-seen works to a Leeds gallery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-60058853

The Charles Dickens Museum has put a daguerreotype of CD with a moustache on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/21/rare-photo-of-charles-dickens-sporting-glorious-moustache-goes-on-show

OpEd seeking the removal of Michael Steinhardt’s name from the Israel Museum:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/michael-steinhardt-remove-name-from-the-israel-museum-1.10541005

Another review of the Boston MFA renovated Greek and Roman galleries:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/01/greek-and-roman-gods-get-fresh-treatment-bostons-mfa/

The National Museum of the American Indian has a new director:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/arts/design/smithsonian-national-museum-of-the-american-indian-director.html

Museums in the Netherlands were helping to protest COVID-related shutdowns:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/20/dutch-museum-covid-protest-beauty-salon/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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So the hype for the sale of the Villa Aurora with its Caravaggio ceiling continued:

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/17/1073592203/villa-aurora-princess-rita-boncompagni-ludovisi

… but it apparently didn’t receive any bids:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60022997
https://www.npr.org/2022/01/19/1074096108/no-one-bid-on-this-italian-villa-with-the-worlds-only-known-caravaggio-ceiling-m
https://apnews.com/article/europe-rome-arts-and-entertainment-24e578903fe77f4686986b0463a73abe
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220118-auction-of-roman-villa-with-caravaggio-mural-draws-no-bids
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-01-16/para-mi-esta-muy-claro-que-los-neandertales-hablaban.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/18/auction-of-roman-villa-with-caravaggio-mural-fails-to-attract-any-bids
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/20/no-bids-for-16th-century-mansion-in-rome-villa-aurora/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the DNA of ancient Egyptians:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/were-the-ancient-egyptians-black-or-white-scientists-now-know/

More on DNA identifying the ‘kunga’ as the oldest (4500 years bp) bioengineered animals:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-horses-ass-hybrids-bred-warfare.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/939818
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/mesopotamians-created-the-first-hybrid-animal-4500-years-ago-1.10536247
https://www.trtworld.com/life/kunga-the-first-animal-to-be-bioengineered-4-500-years-ago-53744
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/before-horses-ass-hybrids-were-bred-for.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-mesopotamian-kungas-are-the-earliest-known-animal-hybrid-bred-by-humans-180979419/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10287-220118-syria-hybrid-kunga
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on the use of drones and GPR at Becin (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/history-of-turkeys-becin-revealed-with-radar-drones/news
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using old photos to track Arctic glaciers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/climate/svalbard-glacier-melting.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Predjama Castle:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/predjama-castle-slovenia/index.html

Trieste:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220119-trieste-italys-surprising-capital-of-coffee

Aigai:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/22/macedonias-must-see-archaeological-site-2/

Roman Sofia:

https://emerging-europe.com/after-hours/staying-underground-sofias-ancient-roman-ampitheatre/

Arizona Petroglyphs:

https://www.travelawaits.com/2725227/best-places-to-see-petroglyphs-arizona/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Fever Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/theater/taylor-mac-the-hang.html

King’s Daughter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/movies/the-kings-daughter-review.html

Macbeth:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3162935/tragedy-macbeth-movie-review-denzel-washington-his

Penelope:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/arts/music/renee-fleming-uma-thurman-penelope.html

Bach (son of the one you’re thinking of):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/arts/music/bach-piano-hamelin.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Only two items from Monson’s collection have any archaeological value, apparently:

https://keralakaumudi.com/en/news/news.php?id=731698&u=only-two-items-in-monsons-possession-have-archaeological-value-many-including-sabarimala-chembola-are-fake

A gang in Libya is accused of stealing 11 Aramai documents (these don’t look legit):

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/gang-arrested-stealing-11-historical-documents
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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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28 Steinhardt-related items were returned to Turkey:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/stolen-artefacts-be-returned-turkey-after-us-ceremony

.. as were 21 other items seized in the US back in 2010:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkey-repatriates-21-roman-era-artifacts-from-us/news

The US returned some items to Iraq (and Libya) as well:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/arts/design/artifacts-trafficking-manhattan-iraq.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-federal-agents-year-old-artifacts-iraqi.html
https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/15806-the-u-s-returns-steinhardt-s-looted-artifacts-to-iraq-and-libya

A Lebanese museum returned some Roman items from Palmyra:

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/lebanese-museum-returns-artefacts-syrias-ancient-city-palmyra-2022-01-20/

A Nazi-looted Pissarro’s fate will be decided by the US Supreme Court:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/17/nazi-looted-pissarro-us-supreme-court
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-693929

Feature on researchers tracking Nazi-looted ancient artifacts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/arts/design/antiquities-looted-nazis.html
https://www.union-bulletin.com/seattle_times/new-research-tracks-ancient-artifacts-looted-by-the-nazis/article_e02254c6-e500-5be5-8bcd-b60c41be69a1.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/new-research-into-greek-artifacts-looted-by-nazis-highlighted-in-ny-times/

More on impending returns associated with the Pandora Papers/Latchford:

https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/15794-u-s-artifacts-sold-by-pandora-papers-named-looter-to-be-returned

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins and their target audiences in the Roman Empire:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-and-their-target-audiences-in-the-roman-empire/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n03.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n04.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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John Sainsbury:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/17/john-sainsbury-former-supermarket-boss-and-major-patron-of-british-museums-has-died-aged-94
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/philanthropist-john-sainsbury-dies-94-1234615919/

Suzanne Singer:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/suzanne-singer/?mqsc=E4141161&dk=ZE2410ZF0

Emilia Bakourou:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/suzanne-singer/?mqsc=E4141161&dk=ZE2410ZF0

Caroline Wickham-Jones:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/obituary-caroline-wickham-jones-6hrn8d8bz

R Nagaswamy:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/jan/23/eminent-archaeologist-tn-archaeology-depts-first-director-nagaswamy-dead-2410447.html

Harvey G. Stack:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/22/business/harvey-g-stack-dead.html
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3131-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-9th-through-january-15th-2022

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.39 ~ January 16, 2022

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Earliest homo sapiens in eastern Africa dates (now) to 230 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-earliest-human-eastern-africa-dated.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220112121507.htm
https://www.livescience.com/volcano-reveals-modern-humans-older-than-thought
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/east-african-fossils-may-be-oldest-modern-human-remains/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/earliest-human-remains-in-eastern-africa-dated-to-more-than-230000-years-ago/142510
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/earliest-human-remains-in-eastern.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/13/earliest-human-remains-in-eastern-africa-dated-to-230000-years-ago/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/east-africas-oldest-modern-human-fossil-is-way-older-than-previously-thought-180979384/\

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04275-8

2 million years bp cut marks are being used to suggest early hominids were hunting, not just scavenging:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10398571/Archaeology-Cut-marks-animal-bones-ancestors-DID-begin-hunting-two-million-years-ago.html

A study of birch tar production methods (by Neanderthals?):

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04161-3

Feature on Isaiah Nengo’s anthropological activities:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/01/this-kenyan-palaeoanthropologist-is-digging-deep-to-find-our-ancestors

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/who-were-the-denisovans

More on ‘early inventors’ and 500 000 years bp ‘technological revolutions’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/stone-age-geniuses/
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AFRICA
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A study of a Liberian script created in the 19th century is shedding light on the development of writing:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-rare-african-script-clues-evolution.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/rare-script-from-a-long-isolated-liberian-language-holds-clues-to-the-evolution-of-writing
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/rare-african-script-offers-clues-to.html

cf: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/717779

Photoessay of assorted finds from Sudan over the years:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/2022/01/facing-an-uncertain-future-sudan-is-drawing-strength-from-its-ancient-past?image=mm9247_200202_05759

More on 50 000 years bp ostrich eggshell beads and their implications:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/16/trail-of-african-bling-reveals-50000-year-old-social-network
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of structures associated with 4000 years bp turquoise mining in the Sinai:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/454963/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Middle-Kingdom-mining-mission-premises-u.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111722/Archaeological-building-discovered-in-Egypt-s-Sinai
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-mission-uncovers-headquarters-of-mining-activity-in-sinai-during-middle-kingdom/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/01/12/egypt-unearths-headquarters-of-mining-expedition-leader-in-sinai-during-middle-kingdom/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/01/10/egyptian-archaeological-mission-unearths-miners-quarters-in-south-sinai/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/headquarters-of-ancient-egyptian-mining-mission-found-in-sinai/142496
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/12/headquarters-of-ancient-egyptian-mining-mission-found-in-sinai/

Blocks from a pair of massive limestone sphinx statues of Amenhotep III in Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/455206/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Huge-blocks-for-Sphinxshaped-King-Amenho.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111835/Egypt-uncovers-blocks-of-huge-limestone-colossi-of-king-Amenhotep
https://www.egyptindependent.com/two-royal-statues-discovered-in-luxor/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20220114/359dc519561c48cabc2c7edce3fee2d4/c.html

… a related feature on the ‘Golden City’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0bgt7gd/how-egypt-s-3000-year-old-golden-city-rose-from-the-sand

Evidence of use of bandages to wrap a wound (as opposed to a mummy) from Egypt:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2303544-ancient-egyptian-mummy-of-a-young-girl-is-first-with-a-bandaged-wound/amp/

Murder has been ruled out as a cause of death for Tut:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-rule-out-murder-as-cause-of-king-tuts-death/

A Greco-Roman era rock cut tomb from west of Aswan:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/455265.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111839/Egypt-uncovers-Greco-Roman-tomb-in-west-of-Aswan
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-greco-roman-era-cemetery-uncovered-in-aswan/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2004951/middle-east
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/20220115/87eb970260f7410c86235b5ee395bc47/c.html

More on the ‘digital unwrapping’ of the mummy of Amenhotep I:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/01/egyptian-archaeologists-unwrap-amenhotep-i-mummy-rewrite-history

More on the 2000 years bp foetus preserved in an Egyptian mummy:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/12/foetus-inside-egyptian-mummy-preserved-thanks-to-unusual-process/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-01-13/el-feto-de-la-dama-misteriosa-la-unica-momia-egipcia-embarazada-conocida-resiste-2000-anos-encurtido-como-un-pepinillo.html

Feature on the Ptolemaic era:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111767/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ptolemaic-era-witnessed-the-flourishing-of-arts-sciences

Feature on a 2000 years bp pet cemetery in Berenice:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-humans-had-pets-too

Feature on Soknopaiou Nesos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/soknopaiou-nesos-the-crocodile-cult-temple/142466

Feature on the Beni Hassan necropolis in El-Minya:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111769/Beni-Hassan-Necropolis-in-El-Minya-A-testimony-to-the

Seleucid and Parthian finds from a site near Bisotun:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468970/Seleucid-Parthian-relics-unearthed-in-UNESCO-tagged-Bisotun

A Sassanid-era rock-carved inscription from Istakhr (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468890/Centuries-old-inscription-discovered-near-Istakhr-ancient-city

A Sassanid-era relief at Naqsh-e Rostam has been restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468930/Royal-bas-relief-restored-to-closest-original-state

Feature on Sassanid use of ‘chemical warfare’ at Dura Europos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/the-first-known-case-of-chemical-warfare/142483

Earliest evidence for the arrival of broomcorn millet in Mesopotamia/Iraq is mid/late second millennium BCE:

https://www.rutgers.edu/news/ancient-mesopotamian-discovery-transforms-knowledge-early-farming
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-ancient-mesopotamian-discovery-knowledge-early.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220111153706.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/earliest-multi-cropping-10456.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/ancient-mesopotamian-discovery.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10279-220113-iraq-broomcorn-millet

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-03552-w

Plenty of coverage for the return of European archaeologists to Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-european-archaeologists-iraq-years-war.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220112-european-archaeologists-back-in-iraq-after-years-of-war
https://www.rfi.fr/en/european-archaeologists-back-in-iraq-after-years-of-war
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2003261/middle-east
https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-years-of-war-european-archaeologists-return-to-iraq-for-rare-finds/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/unearthing-ancients-archaeologists-finally-return-to-war-torn-iraq/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/european-archaeologists-back-in-iraq-170720

Feature on Kudur-Mabuk:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/01/mesopotamian-ruler-without-a-crown

Excavations at a 6th century basilica site in Nicaea have revealed (another) mosaic:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/mosaic-with-slave-thanking-god-for-his-freedom-unearthed-in-southern-turkiye/2470313
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10283-220114-turkey-christianity-basilica

Turkey has a new archaeological institute:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkeys-archaeology-institute-to-reveal-archaic-anatolian-history/news

Somewhat strange claim (in that I can’t follow it) that ‘start up managers’ associated with mining activity in the Arava Valley is the reason for their success:

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/was-there-a-start-up-nation-in-ancient-canaan/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-692028
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/320154

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0260518

I think we mentioned this study of First Temple era seals and their implications for Jerusalem wealth at the time:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/clay-seals-give-clues-to-wealth-of-biblical-jerusalem/?mqsc=E4140841&dk=ZE2410ZF0

Reviewish of Andrew Lawler, *Under Jerusalem*:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/podcast-author-digs-into-wacky-but-true-tales-of-jerusalem-archaeology/

Interesting feature on the Yadin/Sukenik ‘archaeological family’:

https://www.jewishpress.com/sections/features/features-on-jewish-world/digging-into-the-yadin-sukenik-archaeological-family/2022/01/12/

Feature on the site of Gezer:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/this-used-to-be-one-of-the-greatest-cities-of-ancient-israel-1.10453115

Feature on using the Bible as an ‘archaeological travel guide’ in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-to-use-the-bible-as-a-travel-guidebook-to-israel-1.10530389

More on latrine-revealed parasites among Jerusalem’s elite:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/intestinal-parasites-plagued-jerusalems-wealthy-elite-toilet-excavation-reveals/

Aerial photography and related imagery has revealed a ‘network’ of 4500 years bp ‘funerary avenues’ in Saudi Arabia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-archaeologists-ancient-highways-arabia.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/saudi-arabia/2022/01/11/archaeologists-in-planes-help-to-reveal-ancient-highways-in-saudi-arabias-alula/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/survey-reveals-4500-year-old-network-of-funerary-avenues/142480?amp
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/11/ancient-tombs-reveal-funerary-avenues-in-north-west-arabia/

Feature on Safaitic petroglyphs in Jordan (mostly):

http://www.jordantimes.com/opinion/rawan-al-adwan/safaitic-rock-artancient-and-contemporary

More on that 4000 years bp board game find from Oman:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C90889%2Carchaeologists-find-rare-4000-year-old-board-game.html
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220109-oman-archaeologists-discover-4000-year-old-stone-board-game/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/oman-stone-board-game-uncovered-archeologists
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691928
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10386063/Archaeology-Ancient-stone-board-game-4-000-year-old-Bronze-Age-settlement-Oman.html
https://www.newsweek.com/bronze-age-board-game-4000-years-old-oman-poland-archaeologists-1667416
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-4000-year-old-stone-board-game-in-oman-180979340/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10284-220114-oman-game-board

… and this one includes other finds from the site:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/11/qumayrah-valley-ancient-towers-copper-trade-and-games/

—–
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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5th-3rd century BCE Hellenistic (Roman?) burials from Antandros:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/centuries-old-graves-found-near-turkeys-ancient-city-antandros/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-tombs-found-around-ancient-antandros-170688

A platform of a temple of Athena/Minerva from Castro (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodipuglia.it/lecce/castro_dea_atena_salento_archeologi_campagna_scavi_d_andria_taranto_grecia-6437539.html

Latest major HS2 construction-related find are remains of a sizeable Roman-era market town in Norhamptonshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/11/roman-town-found-northamptonshire-field-hs2-route
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hs2-dig-uncovers-the-roman-market-town-that-vanished-mxnhnrcvr
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-59943179
https://www.independent.ie/videos/railway-archaeologists-uncover-vast-roman-trading-settlement-in-northamptonshire-41227566.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hs2-route-roman-town-archaeologists-b1990651.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/11/roman-ruins-hs2-blackgrounds-britain/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-town-iron-age-archaeology-scli-scn-intl/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/roman-trading-town-unearthed-dig-uks-hs2-rail-project-rcna12128
https://news.sky.com/story/most-impressive-archaeological-site-could-transform-understanding-of-roman-era-12513109
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10387235/HS2-dig-finds-ancient-road-2-000-year-old-coins.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-london-birmingham-northamptonshire-b975974.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-roman-town-along-uk-high-speed-rail-route/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/vast-roman-trading-settlement-unearthed.html

… associated with the above is apparently a ‘dual carriageway’:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/846/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/846/pub/846/page/38/article/261217

Another HS2-related find is a large Roman-era (maybe) wooden figure from a waterlogged ditch in Buckinghamshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/13/exquisite-roman-figure-found-on-hs2-dig-in-buckinghamshire
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-59972275
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/buckinghamshire-roman-hs2-britain-london-b1992018.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/848/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/848/pub/848/page/46/article/261668
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19843461.rare-roman-wooden-figure-uncovered-hs2-archaeologists-buckinghamshire/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10395239/Archaeology-Rare-Roman-wooden-figure-Buckinghamshire-ditch-HS2-archaeologists.html
https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/people/rare-roman-wooden-figure-uncovered-by-hs2-archaeologists-in-aylesbury-vale-3525596
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/hs2-roman-figure-buckinghamshire-scli-scn-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/rare-roman-wooden-figure-found-in-the-uk/g-58291898
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/archaeologists-uncover-roman-wooden-figure/142519

… and the finds gave rise to an editorial about archaeology and making the HS2 ‘look good’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/hs2-archaeology-news-roman-mola-blackgrounds-b1990727.html

A badger (apparently) revealed a major 3rd-5th century Roman coin hoard in a Spanish cave:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-burrowing-badger-unearths-roman-era-treasure.html
https://www.livescience.com/badger-uncovers-roman-coins-in-spain
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/09/hungry-badger-may-have-uncovered-roman-coins-in-spanish-cave
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59937510
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/badger-beats-detectorists-roman-coins-spain-qnmts3c8x
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10386551/Badger-uncovers-200-Roman-coins-Spanish-cave.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/846/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/846/pub/846/page/68/article/263343
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/badger-roman-coins-spain-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/01/11/1072019349/a-badger-gets-credit-for-finding-roman-coins-in-a-cave-in-northern-spain
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-11/badger-credited-for-unearthing-hoard-of-roman-coins/100748842
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/badger-leads-archeologists-to-hoard-of-roman-coins-in-spain-1.5734128
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220110-burrowing-badger-unearths-roman-era-treasure-in-spain
https://www.rfi.fr/en/burrowing-badger-unearths-roman-era-treasure-in-spain
https://www.sciencealert.com/hungry-badger-unexpectedly-discovers-roman-era-treasure-trove
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hungry-badger-digs-up-roman-coins-in-spain-180979378/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10275-220111-spain-roman-coins

Remains of an 1800 years bp Venus statue from a construction site in Zadar:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/59345-venus-statue-in-zadar

Some Roman and Medieval coins found in Derbyshire a couple years ago have been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-59953977
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/hoard-roman-coins-found-derbyshire-6487133

… as was the just-found (major) Gobowen coin hoard from Shropshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-59958128
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/gobowen/2022/01/12/gobowen-roman-coins-treasure-sheds-light-on-time-when-shropshire-was-like-helmand-province/
https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19840047.history-experts-praise-detectorist-roman-coin-hoard-discovered-north-shropshire/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2022/01/11/shropshire-hoard-of-roman-silver-coins-hoard-declared-treasure-by-coroner/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2022/01/11/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-in-gobowen-declared-treasure/

Overviewish report on the 2021 dig season at Agios Sozomenos-Djirpoulos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/10/results-of-the-2021-agios-sozomenos-djirpoulos-excavations/

… and recent finds from Tenea:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/14/new-finds-at-ancient-tenea/

Not sure about this find (by metal detectorists) of a Roman (?) item being dubbed a ‘paranormal paracetamol’:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/amateur-archaeologists-find-extraordinary-roman-artefact-dubbed-paranormal-paracetamol-near-havant-3527867
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/16/treasure-hunters-discover-greco-roman-artefact-they-call-the-paranormal-paracetamol/

In a major change of opinion, the London Times now believes the Parthenon Sculptures should be returned:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-the-elgin-marbles-uniting-greeces-heritage-spdz5vz6k

… see also:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/12/parthenon-marbles-should-return-times/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1175376/the-times-case-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-compelling/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/the-times-the-case-for-returning-the-elgin-marbles-to-athens-has-become-compelling/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/12/the-times-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46186-london-times-support-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-after-50-years.html

… and the Greek PM continues his campaign for their return:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/10/time-has-come-for-uk-to-return-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-pm

… especially in the wake of the ‘return’ of that ‘foot fragment’ from Sicily:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greece-looks-to-returned-fragment-of-parthenon-as-blueprint-to-reclaim-elgin-marbles-kq6rnwwbw
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-middle-east-arts-and-entertainment-greece-athens-d5bde6cf63210d97943b4e8666eda14a
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/kyriakos-mitsotakis-greece-parthenon-sculptures-parthenon-athens-b1990169.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1175259/hope-marble-foot-will-push-uk-to-return-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1175193/parthenon-fragment-on-show-as-momentum-builds/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/greece-hopes-marble-foot-uk-return-sculptures-82180326
https://www.dw.com/en/italys-return-of-parthenon-fragment-to-greece-shakes-up-debate-in-uk/a-60146803
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220110-parthenon-fragment-repatriated-from-sicily-to-greece
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/10/parthenon-marbles-fragment-returns-home-acropolis-museum/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/parthenon-fragment-returns-to-greece–rekindling-campaign-for-uk-to-hand-over-marbles/47251250
https://hyperallergic.com/705224/italy-returns-parthenon-fragment-to-greece-shaking-up-debate-over-marbles-in-uk/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/greece-hopes-marble-foot-will-get-uk-to-return-sculptures-170697
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/13/parthenons-fagan-fragment-at-the-acropolis-museum/

… and other recent returns going on display:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/10/new-fragments-from-the-parthenon-at-the-acropolis-museum/

A nice backgrounder on how the Marbles made their way to Britain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-much-debated-elgin-marbles-ended-up-in-england-180979311/

Not sure where to put this one on tales of a Turkish harem on the Acropolis:

https://theconversation.com/a-turkish-harem-on-the-acropolis-its-most-likely-a-greek-myth-170330
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-turkish-harem-acropolis-greek-myth.html
https://menafn.com/1103539962/A-Turkish-harem-on-the-Acropolis-Its-most-likely-a-Greek-myth

A Hellenistic necropolis outside Naples is opening to the public:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-long-overlooked-necropolis-in-naples-reveals-the-enduring-influence-of-ancient-greece-180979385/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/14/greek-necropolis-naples/

More on that Santorini-related tsunami victim found on the Aegean coast:

https://www.livescience.com/skeleton-man-dog-ancient-thera-eruption-tsunami

More on that statue of a woman recently found at Epidaurus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/12/the-statue-of-a-woman-with-a-full-length-chiton-came-to-light-in-epidaurus/

More on the Greeks probably not practicing infanticide:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/no-ancient-greeks-probably-didnt-kill-their-weak-babies/

Reviewish of Roosevelt Montas, *Rescuing Socrates*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/ideas-vs-identity-liberal-arts-montas-padilla/621241/

Feature on a Latin paleography class at Dartmouth:

https://home.dartmouth.edu/news/2022/01/mastering-art-reading-medieval-manuscripts

Feature on an intaglio at the Ancient Greeks exhibition in Canberra:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7575587/goddess-nike-a-cameo-appearance/?cs=14243

Feature on ancient Roman dog crucifixion:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-romans-used-to-crucify-dogs

Feature on Sparta:

https://aeon.co/essays/theres-more-to-sparta-than-martial-valour-and-austerity

Feature on garum:

https://www.eater.com/22867421/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-garum

Feature on Roman latrines:

https://nerdist.com/article/ancient-roman-latrines-opulent-gross-historian-explores/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ancient-roman-latrines-were-both-135552770.html

Feature on the Derveni Papyrus:

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/01/15/60-years-on-what-do-we-know-about-the-derveni-papyrus-europe-s-oldest-literary-text

Feature on that ‘diver fresco’ from Paestum:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/12/paestum-ancient-greek-fresco/

Feature on some aspects of Alexander’s death:

https://www.snopes.com/articles/389606/alexander-the-great-false-death/

Feature on Roman reaction to British climate:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-climate-drove-romans-up-the-wall-pzhvfs38g

A digital recreation of Olympia (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/10-16-january-2022/microsoft-a_da-rebuild-ancient-olympia/

… and one of ancient Rome:

https://nerdist.com/article/ancient-rome-reconstruction-3d-aerial-video/

Pondering our fascination with Pompeii:

https://www.inverse.com/culture/pompeii-and-death

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-11322

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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 major collection of Neotithic cattle remains from Dublin is causing a rethink of beef and cattle herding in that era:

https://www.ucd.ie/newsandopinion/news/2022/january/11/neolithiccattlesitecouldchangetheunderstandingofwhatbeefmeanttotheancientpeopleofireland/
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-neolithic-cattle-site-beef-meant.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/neolithic-site-could-change-understanding-of-what-beef-meant-to-ancient-irish-1.4773282
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/neolithic-cattle-site-could-change.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/14/exceptional-faunal-assemblage-discovered-on-the-n2-kilshane-excavation/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10276-220112-ireland-neolithic-cattle

Report on a middle Neolithic dig at Mas de Vignoles, assocation with the Chasseen culture:

https://www.inrap.fr/occupation-de-la-plaine-de-nimes-au-neolithique-16174

A pierced Iron Age gold coin from Acle has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-59953890

A hoard of 2000 years bp Celtic gold ‘rainbow cups’ from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/celtic-gold-hoard-discovered-germany
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63115

A medieval elite Pomeranian (maybe) burial from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C90777%2Ctreasure-trove-elite-found-1000-year-old-grave.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10277-220112-poland-medieval-grave

A trio of medieval burial vaults from Bruges:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2022/01/11/painted-medieval-burial-vaults-discovered-in-bruges/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10278-220113-bruges-medieval-vaults

Car park construction in Gloucester revealed remains of a medieval friary cloister:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/medieval-friary-underneath-gloucester-car-6472646

A major medieval coin hoard find (back in October) from Austria:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/important-medieval-find-in-austria

17th century finds from a Plymouth navy yard dig:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-59956016

Pondering the possibility of a Viking ship under a block of flats slated for demolition in Ostend:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2022/01/15/ancient-viking-ship-under-ostend-block-of-flats/

More on horned helmets not being associated with Vikings:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/09/europe/vikings-horned-helmets-bronze-age-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iconic-viking-horned-helmets-actually-3000-years-old-180979339/

More on the workshop site associated with Sutton Hoo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sutton-hoo-treasures-likely-crafted-at-1400-year-old-workshop-180979337/

More on a pair of medieval objects with Runic/Latin inscriptions from Oslo:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/artifacts-runic-inscriptions-norway-10443.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-norwegian-runes-might-contain-a-medieval-joke-180979381/

More on the ‘blood eagle’ ritual:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/gruesome-viking-blood-eagle-ritual-is-anatomically-possible-study-finds/

A project to digitally restore Seaford Head’s ancient hillfort:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/09/race-against-tide-archaeologists-digitally-restoring-seaford/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/843/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/843/pub/843/page/31/article/259830

Plans to resume digging at a site in Crowland associated with St Guthlac:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/st-guthlac-dig-is-set-to-resume-this-year-9235201/

I think we mentioned this study of motives for medieval ‘graverobbing’ in Europe a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-archaeologists-believed-ancient-graves-europe.html

There’s an HMS Victory conservation project under way:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-59950989

Pondering Henry VIII’s austere tomb:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/new-article-explores-why-henry-viiis-tomb-is-austere-rather-than-lavish/142453

Funding to conserve assorted church monuments in Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/01/15/transport-ministry-and-church-cooperate-for-preservation-works/

A Spanish village with one occupant has high hopes for a medieval cathedral restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/12/hopes-cathedral-of-the-moorland-could-save-spanish-village-with-single-resident

Highlights of archaeological finds from Southwark in 2021:

https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/southwarks-archaeology-highlights-of-2021/

… and Berkshire:

https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/berkshire-history/buried-beneath-berkshire-archaeological-finds-22750889

Feature on the find of an Anglo-Saxon site in Deal last year:

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2022/01/14/archaeologist-steve-tomlinson-discovering-an-incredible-anglo-saxon-burial-site/

Feature on Stonehenge:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-secrets-of-stonehenge-fx9wgp7v0

Feature on one man’s efforts to preserve floor tiles in Barcelona:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/10/a-man-on-a-mission-to-preserve-barcelonas-decorative-floor-tiles

Review of a book on mental illness among historical elites in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-01-10/la-locura-en-la-historia-de-espana-del-primer-manicomio-a-reyes-incapacitados.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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A cluster of ancient tombs (Six Dynasties – Sui/Tang Dynasties) eras from Guangxi:

https://english.cctv.com/2022/01/10/ARTIxDPb4dmHCQi3tDNsz29F220110.shtml

24 tombs and assorted structures dating to the Shang Dynasty from Shaojiapeng:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/3000-year-old-clan-cemetery-uncovered-in-central-china/ar-AAStqMZ?ocid=BingNewsSearch
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10272-220110-shang-dynasty-tombs

… not sure if this is the same site (also Shang Dynasty):

https://ukranews.com/en/news/825788-ancient-city-site-discovered-in-central-china

Overviewish thing on 3600+ burials from various periods found in Xianyang City:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/825729-3-648-tombs-spanning-over-2-200-yrs-found-in-nw-china-city

I think we mentioned these 2400 years bp remains of tea leaves from a royal burial in Shandong:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/10/time-for-a-fresh-brew-oldest-tea-in-world-discovered

A bioarchaeological study of Yingpan Man:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04383-5

More on that 2500 years bp leather ‘scale armour’ from a burial in China:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-leather-armor-found-china-burial
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/fish-like-scale-armor-found-in-2500-year-old-tomb-in-china/

More on those muralled tombs from Shanxi:

https://www.asiaone.com/china/stunning-underground-murals-found-central-china-are-believed-be-hundreds-years-old
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63127

Feature on how the tandoori made it to China:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3163105/chinas-tandoori-story-how-oven-travelled-india-down-silk-road

8000-10 000 years bp artefacts from a site in Tibet:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20220113/8b6ff3b285544092b0182d0fc1f79212/c.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-13/New-findings-in-Tibet-shed-light-on-prehistoric-human-activities-16N0p6oN1za/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-01/14/content_77989086.htm
https://nation.com.pk/14-Jan-2022/new-archaeological-findings-in-tibet-shed-light-on-prehistoric-human-activities

Some 16th century items from a site associated with a Japanese warlord are being touted as prototypes of ninja weapons:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14514335

Arguing over primacy of Telugu inscriptions:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/jan/10/firsttelugu-inscription-claim-sparks-debate-2405135.html

Plans to restore a 9th century stepwell in Pali:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/archaeology-dept-to-renovate-9th-century-stepwell-in-pali/articleshow/88843108.cms

Fourth part of a feature on south Asian civilizations (not sure if we mentioned the earlier ones):

https://dailytimes.com.pk/866218/south-asian-civilisations-part-iv/

Feature on Dwarka:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220113-dwarka-indias-submerged-ancient-city

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Archaeologists are disputing a Warragamba Dam heritage assessment:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/warragamba-dam-heritage-assessment-manifestly-inadequate-archaeologists-20220112-p59nlk.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Not sure about this Indigenous archaeologist’s claims of humans arriving in North America 130 000 years bp:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/indigenous-archaeologist-argues-humans-may-have-arrived-here-130-000-years-ago-1.6313892

Finds from various periods at a dig near Calgary’s Stampede grounds:

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/excavation-revealing-artifacts-from-calgary-s-past-1.5740761

More on evidence of Atlantic cod being consumed in Gold Rush-era California:

https://today.ku.edu/2022/01/06/archaeological-dig-reveals-participants-californias-gold-rush-dined-salted-atlantic-cod
http://news.unm.edu/news/releases-20220112
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/10/participants-in-californias-gold-rush-dined-on-salted-atlantic-cod/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10271-220110-gold-rush-cod

Suggestion that Clovis points weren’t used to kill animals:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/clovis-hunter-stone-points-mammoth-kill-north-america
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10280-220113-clovis-points-scavengers

A follow-up to that canoe find in Lake Mendota a few months ago:

https://www.wkow.com/townnews/internet/archaeologists-go-behind-the-scenes-of-ancient-canoe-discovery-in-lake-mendota/article_78182a86-7592-11ec-8dec-c37e346658d0.html

Arguing about Paleoindians in Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2022/01/12/columnist-archaeologists-debate-shows-how-science-works/9169994002/

Feature on the Iniskim Umaapi medicine wheel:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220109-iniskim-umaapi-is-this-canadas-stonehenge

Feature on the dig at the 10000 years bp Old Farms Road site (CT):

https://www.ctinsider.com/living/article/Archeological-digs-ct-Paleoindians-16757928.php

Pondering Benedict Arnold:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/indigenous-archaeologist-argues-humans-may-have-arrived-here-130-000-years-ago-1.6313892

Feature on finds from Haida Gwaii:

https://hakaimagazine.com/news/haida-gwaiis-caves-have-been-hiding-a-huge-secret/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 1000 years bp Maya ‘palace’ from Kuluba:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/01/archaeologists-discover-a-thousand-year-old-palace-in-kuluba-near-tizimin/

Plenty of attention for a study suggesting Wari elites put psychotropics in their beer:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-beer-like-psychotropics-wari-elites-drugs.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-692346
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2304014-ancient-andean-leaders-may-have-mixed-hallucinogen-with-their-beer/
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/01/did-hallucinogenic-booze-fuel-politics-in-ancient-peru
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/wari-empire-in-peru-used-beer-and-drugs-to-cement-control/142504
https://www.sciencealert.com/peru-s-ancient-wari-empire-might-have-used-hallucinogenic-beer-to-win-over-commoners
https://boingboing.net/2022/01/14/psychedelic-beer-served-for-political-gain.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/ancient-peruvians-partied-hard-spiked-their-beer-with-hallucinogens-to-win-friends/

Feature on Inca khipu knots:

https://aeon.co/videos/reading-the-strings-and-knots-that-keep-the-secrets-of-the-inka-empire

More on that ‘roped’ mummy find from Cajamarquilla:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10253673/Archaeology-Weird-mummy-Peruvian-tomb-tied-ROPES-hands-covering-face.html

More on Maya methods of dealing with drought:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/research-reveals-ancient-maya-lessons.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/13/research-reveals-ancient-maya-lessons-on-surviving-drought/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10273-220110-maya-drought-farming
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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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Marking Moliere’s 400th anniversary:

https://www.dw.com/en/celebrating-molieres-enduring-legacy-400-years-on/a-60425774

Feature on the history of breastfeeding:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/the-history-of-breastfeeding-and-myths-persisting-thousands-of-years-1.10529412

On the history of beets:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/01/january-harvest-of-the-month-beets.html

On the history of clogs (footwear):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220111-why-the-ugly-clog-is-the-style-statement-of-our-times

Another feature on ‘letterlocking’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/science/european-royals-letterlocking.html

Latest ‘turns out that painting is by a Flemish master’ story:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/09/art-historian-discovers-that-65-painting-on-his-wall-is-work-of-flemish-master

A study of worrying about teenagers in various eras:

https://theconversation.com/bones-and-teeth-help-reveal-whether-teenagers-have-always-been-a-source-of-worry-for-their-parents-174376
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-bones-teeth-reveal-teenagers-source.html

Feature on ‘two sleeps’ in medieval times:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220107-the-lost-medieval-habit-of-biphasic-sleep

Feature on the Renaissance:

https://www.livescience.com/55230-renaissance.html

Pondering Lady Macbeth:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220110-why-lady-macbeth-is-literatures-most-misunderstood-villain

UBC has acquired a Shakespeare First Folio:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeare-first-folio-acquired-by-the-university-of-british-columbia-180979393/

Feature on Clara Barton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/clara-barton-hero-nurse-180979006/?

Feature on Gisela Richter:

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

An update on the Aurora Villa impending sale:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/14/the-princess-and-the-caravaggio-bitter-dispute-rages-over-roman-villa
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220116-roman-villa-housing-caravaggio-up-for-auction-amid-legal-dispute

Feature on BC and AD:

https://www.livescience.com/45510-anno-domini.html

Feature on the heart as a symbol:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jan/15/hindu-gods-aztec-rites-blondie-hits-why-the-heart-is-our-eternal-symbol

Feature on the potential of deep submergence archaeology:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/01/deep-submergence-archaeology

Latest NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/arts/neh-grants.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on the current wave of studies linking climate to various historical events:

https://e360.yale.edu/features/climate-clues-from-the-past-prompt-new-look-at-history
https://www.wired.com/story/old-climate-clues-shed-new-light-on-history/

Feature on historical slave-owning members of Congress:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2022/congress-slaveowners-names-list/

Ida B Wells is being honoured with a Barbie:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2022/congress-slaveowners-names-list/

Senatorial legislation to honour Emmett Till and his mother:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-passes-bill-honor-emmett-till-his-mother-n1287340

A Dutch royal coach with images of slavery is being ‘mothballed’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/13/dutch-king-to-retire-golden-coach-with-slavery-images-after-racism-row
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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DNA from some ‘mystery’ skeletons from northern Syria suggests they were kungas and represent the first purposely ‘bioengineered hybrids’:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-horses-ass-hybrids-bred-warfare.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/939818
https://www.livescience.com/hybrid-kungas-discovered-mesopotamia
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/science/ancient-horses-kungas-hybrid.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/14/world/kunga-mystery-animal-identity-revealed-scn/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/819/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/819/pub/819/page/41/article/251636
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/mesopotamians-created-the-first-hybrid-animal-4500-years-ago-1.10536247
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2304693-hybrid-animal-in-4500-year-old-tomb-is-earliest-known-bred-by-humans/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-war-donkeys-kungas-were-likely-the-earliest-bioengineered-hybrid-animals-made-by-humans
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/kunga-donkey-wild-ass-hybrid-biology

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abm0218

Plenty of press for a study suggesting medieval warhorses were rather smaller than we might expect:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220110103235.htm
https://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/news/articles/medievalwarhorsesweresurp.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/10/medieval-warhorses-no-bigger-than-modern-day-ponies-study-finds
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10387679/Archaeology-Medieval-warhorses-5ft-high-no-bigger-modern-day-ponies.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/846/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/846/pub/846/page/39/article/261219
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/medieval-warhorses-10449.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/medieval-warhorses-were-surprisingly-small-in-stature/142500
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/medieval-warhorses-were-surprisingly.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/11/medieval-warhorses-were-surprisingly-small-in-stature/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-norwegian-runes-might-contain-a-medieval-joke-180979381/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10274-220111-england-medieval-horses
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Piceni artifacts:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63093

Picture the City (London):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-59954279

cf: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

African Origin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/arts/design/met-museum-african-origin-exhibit.html

Aquatints:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/national-gallery-of-art-aquatint-from-its-origins-to-goya/2022/01/13/82475852-70a5-11ec-a5d2-7712163262f0_story.html

cf: https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2021/aquatint-origins-goya.html

Human zoos:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-colonial-powers-presented-people-in-human-zoos/a-60356531

cf: https://expohumanzoo.africamuseum.be/en

Vermeer:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-01-09/vermeer-la-joven-de-la-perla-y-otras-34-obras-que-cambiaron-la-historia-del-arte.html

Pompeii:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2022/01/12/Pompeii-gladiator-helmet-Pittsburgh/stories/202201120055

A former Australian politician was calling for a boycott of the Ancient Greek exhibition because of British Museum ties:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/01/11/news/australia/call-by-former-greek-australian-politician-to-boycott-ancient-greek-warriors-exhibition-generates-debate-on-facebook/

There are still some Steinhardt looted artifacts at the Israel Museum:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israel-museum-presents-three-of-u-s-billionaire-michael-steinhardt-s-looted-works-1.10530907

… and a related opEd:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/remove-the-name-of-this-art-looter-s-name-from-israel-museum-walls-1.10541005

More hype for the GEM:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/320511
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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High expectations for a 1907 gold coin:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/a-1907-10-gold-coin-could-sell-for-more-than-500-000-01642113264

A leading bookseller’s Americana collection is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/arts/christies-rare-books-william-reese.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on finding DNA in sediments at archaeological sites:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/dna-in-unlikely-places-helps-piece-together-ancient-humans-family-trees
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/01/10/dna-in-archaeological-sediments-for-long-periods-of-time/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on plans to xray child mummies in Palermo:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63101
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-study-sicilian-child-mummies-180979386/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/adventure/2022/01/along-hadrians-wall-ancient-romes-temples-towers-and-cults-come-to-life

Rome:

https://www.dw.com/en/iconic-european-cities-rome/g-60047971

Delphi:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/delphi-greece-travel-temple-of-apollo-11642011070

Nimes:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2022/01/the-inside-guide-to-nimes-the-french-city-packed-with-roman-history

Bookstore towns:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/attention-bibliophiles-these-book-towns-should-be-your-next-vacation-stops-180973624/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Macbeth:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3162935/tragedy-macbeth-movie-review-denzel-washington-his

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CRIME BEAT
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On what looting in Syria is funding:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/233806/
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3405356/iranian-militias-deir-ezzor-steal-archaeological-ruins-banks-euphrates

Archaeologists (!) recovered a buddha statue slated for smuggling in Khanpur:

https://nation.com.pk/14-Jan-2022/archaeology-dept-recovers-2-000-years-old-statue-of-buddha
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2338445/man-held-for-stealing-buddha-statue

Another pensioner in Napoli caught with artifacts:

https://napoli.zon.it/reperti-archeologici-detenuti-illegalmente-denunciato-64enne/

Arrests for illegal excavations in Swabi (Pakistan):

https://www.dawn.com/news/1668902

More on the petroglyph vandalism at Big Bend National Park:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/09/us/big-bend-park-rock-vandalism.html

Feature on US commitment to end the illegal trade of Cambodian antiquities:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501006984/us-committed-to-end-illegal-trade-of-cambodian-antiquities/

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Rubin museum is returning items to Nepal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/arts/design/rubin-museum-returning-nepalese-relics.html
https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/rubin-to-return-nepal-antiquities/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/rubin-museum-art-will-repatriate-two-centuries-old-artifacts-nepal-2058753
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rubin-museum-agrees-to-return-stolen-religious-artifacts-to-nepal-180979391/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10285-220114-nepal-repatriation-artifacts

A Steinhardt-associated Roman-era sculpture head is being returned to Libya:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/01/13/us-to-return-looted-veiled-head-of-a-female-antiquity-to-libya/
https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/norland-hails-return-looted-artifact-libya
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/looted-libyan-artefact-worth-12m-return-home

A Newcastle museum is returning a Benin bronze stave:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jan/12/newcastle-museum-to-return-benin-bronze-stave
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/14/another-uk-museum-will-return-a-benin-bronze-to-nigeria

A US private collector/ Netscape founder is returning 28 looted items to Cambodia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/northamerica/20220112/37adb24edc06458399b7da2522c25a41/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-01/13/content_77986559.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/01/13/james-clark-netscape-latchford-pandora-papers/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2022/01/12/netscape-billionaire-james-clark-says-he-handed-over-35-million-in-trafficked-art/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/12/arts/design/james-clark-cambodian-antiquities.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501005867/more-antiquities-to-be-returned-to-kingdom/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tamil-nadu-to-get-back-three-more-of-its-idols-soon/articleshow/88864401.cms
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on depictions of insects on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/hey-theres-a-bug-on-my-ancient-coin/

Feature on coins featuring Persian kings:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-persian-kings-of-kings/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n03.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Martha Sharp Joukowsky:

https://www.brown.edu/academics/archaeology/news/msj

Jimmy Albright:

https://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/education/archaeologist-pastor-jimmy-albright-has-died/article_55e3113a-7261-11ec-9455-43b2ca1792c2.html

Clyde Bellecourt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/us/clyde-bellecourt-dead.html

Tributes to Richard Leakey:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/richard-leakey-paleoanthropology/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/richard-leakey-animal-conservation-fossils-b1987256.html
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/13/they-saw-bigger-things-richard-leakey-edward-o-wilson-and-thomas-lovejoy-remembered-aoe
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3129-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-2nd-through-january-8th-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.38 ~ January 9, 2022

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of 300 000 years bp hunter-gathering activities in northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468785/Archaeologists-discover-300-000-year-old-relics-traces-of-hunter-gatherers

Pondering the sex lives of Neanderthals:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210112-heres-what-sex-with-neanderthals-was-like

Pondering how early humans and Neanderthals dealt with the cold:

https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2022-01-07/outside-inbox-would-ice-age-humans-still-think-of-ice-as-cold

I think we’ve mentioned ‘Dragon Man’ at some point in the past year:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/2021s-hottest-fossil-was-actually-found-over-85-years-ago

Feature on the ‘Devil’s Trail’ (Neanderthal footprints in Italy):

https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-footprints-suggest-neanderthals-climbed-a-volcano-right-after-it-erupted

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jqs.3186

Another bit of Neanderthal genetic legacy causing issues for modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-modern-humans-effective-oxidative-stress.html

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abm1148

More on ‘early inventors’ sparking technological revolutions some 500 000 years bp:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-technological-revolution-invention-b1986605.html

More on the mammoth and Neanderthal finds from Swindon:

https://the-past.com/news/ice-age-mammoth-bones-and-neanderthal-tools-found-in-swindon/
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AFRICA
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Feature on that 75 000 years bp child burial from Kenya that was found a few years ago:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/africas-earliest-human-burial-comes-to-light

More on the remains of a 16th-19th century CE synagoge from Morocco:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691377
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A possible wall collapse at the White Monastery in Sohag:

https://copticliterature.wordpress.com/2022/01/08/collapse-of-part-of-the-walls-of-the-white-monastery-in-sohag-upper-egypt/

More on the digital unwrapping of the mummy of Amenhotep I:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/01/egyptian-archaeologists-unwrap-amenhotep-i-mummy-rewrite-history

… and a feature on the folks who did it:

https://news.westernu.ca/2022/01/western-trained-egyptologist-unwraps-mummy-mystery/

The ‘sun phenomenon’ at Deir el-Bahari happened last week:

https://egyptindependent.com/sun-falls-perpendicular-to-temple-of-queen-hatshepsut-in-luxor-thursday/

Feature/study of a 2000 years bp mummified fetus in a Warsaw museum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/ancient-egyptian-fetus-preserved-due-to-unusual-decomposition-process/142394

Legal punishment for some officials in Egypt who ‘neglected’ restoration of some historic walls:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/01/03/court-punishes-10-antiquities-officials-for-neglecting-restoration-of-historic-walls-in-cairo/

Finds from various periods from a series of trenches on the outskirts of Shahr-e Kord (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468710/Stone-building-probably-belonging-to-ancient-tribesmen-discovered

Feature on the Luristan Bronzes:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/the-mystery-of-the-luristan-bronzes-still-puzzles-archaeologists

Iran announced the ‘legal boundaries’ of assorted sites, including Teppe Hasanlu:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468829/Magnificent-Teppe-Hasanlu-legal-boundaries-demarcated

Concerns for the site of Assur:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/iraqi-site-assur-ancient-history-stands-risk-disappearing-180979241/

Ongoing concerns for archaeology in Lebanon:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/lebanons-archaeological-crisis-status-on-antiquities/142415

Remains of a 7th century synagogue from Side (Turkey):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/7th-century-synagogue-unearthed-in.html

More on that 8500 years bp figurine from Catalhoyuk:

https://turkishpress.com/8500-year-old-marble-statuette-found-in-central-turkey/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10265-220104-catalhoyuk-neolithic-figurine

An overview of archaeological finds in Turkey in 2021:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/archaeology-turkey-2021-review

Feature on the Ulu Burun shipwreck:

https://medium.com/teatime-history/bronze-age-shipwreck-reveals-the-luxurious-lifestyles-of-the-ancient-elite-42f880855c57

A study of the contents of that toilet found in an elite Jerusalem site a few months ago reveals folks had plenty of parasites:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-toilet-temple-period-luxury-villa.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/939133
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691480
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-toilet-shows-jerusalems-rich-wallowed-in-luxury-and-discomfort/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/01/07/study-of-2700-year-old-toilet-sheds-light-on-ancient-owners-tummy-troubles/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rk4lqtwnf
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/319809
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/biblical-kings-were-plagued-by-parasites-2-700-year-old-toilet-shows-1.10508745
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/01/04/affluent-ancient-jerusalemites-suffered-infectious-disease/
https://gizmodo.com/parasitic-worms-found-in-toilet-of-2-700-year-old-mansi-1848300926
https://www.sciencealert.com/2-700-year-old-outhouse-suggests-an-epidemic-of-intestinal-worms
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/ancient-toilet-reveals-jerusalem-elite-suffered-from-infectious-diseases-and-worms/142407
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/toilet-of-first-temple-period-luxury.html

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879981721000838

A study of seals is possibly shedding light on the location of the Kingdom of Judah’s temple and treasuries:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691768
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tiny-clay-seals-reveal-first-temple-royal-treasuries-in-jerusalem-researchers-say/

Not sure why this ‘Jesus face’ story from 2018 is being brought up again:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-suddenly-i-saw-eyes-jesus-face-discovered-in-ancient-israeli-desert-church-1.6640744

More on evidence of 7000 years bp beer consumption fro Tel Tsaf and Peq’in Cave:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-israel-history-beer/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beer-flowed-freely-at-gatherings-in-jordan-valley-7000-years-ago-180979323/

On 19th century Jerusalem archaeology and Zionism:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/how-19th-century-western-archaeologists-made-jerusalem-a-zionist-dream-1.10510755

A British mortar shell from the ‘mandate period’ found near Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691409

OpEddish concerns for sites in southern Judea:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/01/07/jewish-heritage-is-being-destroyed-before-our-eyes/

All the presentations (videos) from a Dead Sea Scrolls conference at NYU back in June:

https://as.nyu.edu/hebrewjudaic/events/DSSConfJune2021.html

A 4000 years bp game board from Oman:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691928
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63089
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/archaeologists-discover-4000-year-old-stone-board-game/142440
https://www.randrlife.co.uk/sultanate-of-oman-a-board-game-over-four-thousand-years-ago-discovered-by-polish-archaeologists/

Plans for a major survey and excavation in Soudah:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/615569/SAUDI-ARABIA/180-day-survey-and-archaeological-excavation-to-begin-in-Soudah
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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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Late Bronze age structures and kitchen ware from Ayios Soxomenos-Djirpoulus (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/01/04/walls-and-kitchenware-unearthed-as-dig-concludes-in-ayios-sozomenos/

Reliefs of Roman era (?) theatre masks from Castabala (Turkey):

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/relief-masks-unearthed-at-ancient-theater-in-southern-turkey-3587350
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/relief-masks-unearthed-at-ancient-theater-in-southern-turkiye/2467560

Ramparts of the ancient city of Salona have been revealed:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/59125-ancient-salona-ramparts

3rd century CE Roman/Goth finds from Lviv:

https://interfax.com.ua/news/general/789843.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/1700-year-old-gothic-burial-unearthed.html

Eight 4th century ‘sarcophagi’ from excavations at Ordu:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/roman-era-sarcophagi-unearthed-in-turkeys-black-sea-region
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/excavations-in-turkeys-black-sea-region-find-roman-era-sarcophagi-3587393
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/4th-century-tombs-unearthed-near-turkeys-black-sea-coast/2456773
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10262-220103-black-sea-tombs

Remains of a 1700 years bp road from Pompeiopolis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/newly-found-ancient-road-to-serve-tourism-170507

On the 2021 survey of Tenea at Chiliomodia (Corinth):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/2021-results-of-systematic.html

More on recent finds at Zominthos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/05/courtyard-palace-zominthos/

More on the Iliad mosaic found in Rutland:

https://the-past.com/feature/greek-myth-in-roman-rutland-unearthing-scenes-from-the-trojan-war/

More on that ‘Hellenistic’ burial from Chieti (Italy):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/05/hellenistic-grave-chieti-italy/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/a-rich-hellenistic-burial-dating-from.html

More on the find of a Roman military diploma at Perre:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/04/bronze-diploma-perrhe/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/1898-year-old-bronze-military-diploma.html

More on that 2000 years bp funerary complex found during water work in Rome:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-dog-headed-statue-rome
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/2-000-year-old-dog-holds-up-traffic-in-rome-n7wqtp89q
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10364395/Archaeology-Funerary-complex-dating-2-000-years-dug-Rome-included-dog-statue.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-dog-ancient-tombs-under-street.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/dog-statue-tombs-found-rome-appio-latino-1234614856/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/01/work-on-romes-water-system-uncovers.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dog-statue-discovered-at-roman-construction-site-180979330/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10268-220105-rome-dog-tombs

More on the 3600 years bp remains of a tsunami victim from along the Turkish coast:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/archaeologists-find-victim-of-ancient-tsunami-caused-by-thera-eruption/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/48757/20220103/victims-of-an-ancient-tsunami-resurfaced-in-a-turkish-coast.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-human-skeleton-from-bronze-age-tsunami-discovered-in-turkey-180979312/

More on the possible identification of a ‘lost’ temple of Hercules off the coast of Cadiz:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691828
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/temple-of-hercules-discovery-2056720
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-possible-location-of-temple-of-hercules-180979307/

More on the restoration of that horse skeleton at Pompeii:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63083

More on the unfinished 2nd century statue found at Veria:

https://www.culture.gov.gr/el/Information/SitePages/view.aspx?nID=4051
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10261-220103-macedonia-unfinished-sculpture

More on the burials of ‘amber elites’ on the Sambia Peninsula:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/graves-of-amber-elites-unearthed-in.html

More on the concrete in the tomb of Caecilia Metella:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/noblewomans-tomb-reveals-new-secrets-of-ancient-romes-highly-durable-concrete/?utm_social-type=owned&utm_brand=ars

An update on plans for the site of Salamis (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/01/03/bicommunal-groups-work-on-salamis-a-most-important-initiative/

Review of a couple of books on Seneca:

https://emailshare.cmail20.com/t/n/d-l-0ddd32406c0311ecaf4e40fa55c9cdbe-l-d-r-l/

An excerpt from Anthony Vidler, *The Architectural Uncanny*:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/buried-alive-pompeii-and-the-archaeology-of-the-uncanny/

A number of Parthenon sculpture fragments were ‘reunited’ in Athens this week, which was spun as sending a message to Britain:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1174977/more-parthenon-marble-fragments-find-home-at-the-acropolis-museum/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/03/greece-reunites-parthenon-marbles-piling-pressure-britain/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/mitsotakis-a-loud-message-for-the-reunification-of-all-parts-of-the-parthenon/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46112-greek-pm-loud-message-for-the-reunification-of-all-parts-of-the-parthenon.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-01/04/content_77967439.htm
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/07/italys-artefact-return-athens-adds-pressure-uk-give-back-elgin/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/838/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/838/pub/838/page/24/article/258617
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/fragments-parthenon-marbles-reunited-acropolis-museum/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/01/03/acropolis-museum-welcomes-new-fragments-from-the-parthenon/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/01/04/greece-hopes-return-of-parthenon-fragments-will-spur-british-museum-action/

… and much was made of the return/loan of the ‘Fagan Fragment’ from Sicily:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/01/05/-sicily-returning-fragment-of-parthenon-to-greece-_d58b6e1f-11b5-43ea-a940-a2f337f3e3aa.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1175063/sicily-sets-precedent-with-return-of-fagan-fragment/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1175080/italy-sending-parthenon-fragment-to-athens-in-nudge-to-uk/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/italian-museum-to-return-frieze-piece-from-parthenon-to-greece/news
https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/09/fagan-fragment/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46149-fagan-fragment-to-be-presented-at-the-athens-acropolis-museum-on-monday.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/05/italy-returns-parthenon-marbles-fragment-greece-uk-row
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/01/05/britain-should-put-best-foot-forward-like-italy-give-elgin-marbles/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/2022/01/07/italy-returns-marble-artefact-to-greece-is-it-time-the-uk-did-the-same/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/italy-sicily-athens-parthenon-parthenon-sculptures-b1987299.html
https://apnews.com/article/europe-arts-and-entertainment-greece-sicily-athens-083dbcc4709ed070ac7b2a79bcc187b1
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/01/07/parthenon-frieze-fragment-to-return-to-greece-from-italy/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/06/sicily-sends-back-parthenon-fragment-to-athens

… and Michael Wood weighed in on the issue:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/michael-wood-opinion-future-parthenon-sculptures/

… and another opeddish sort of thing:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1174939/building-case-for-sculptures-return-fragment-by-fragment/

Some features arising from Schliemann’s 200th birthday:

https://nataliavogeikoff.com/2022/01/06/at-home-with-the-schliemanns-the-iliou-melathron-as-a-social-landmark/
https://www.dw.com/en/the-archaeologist-who-discovered-troy-heinrich-schliemann/a-60323937

Feature on Roman finds from the Cricket Club site in Carlisle:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19833701.look-back-amazing-roman-finds-discovered-carlisle-2021/

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/along-hadrians-wall-ancient-romes-temples-towers-and-cults-come-to-life

Feature on living in ancient Rome:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ancient-rome-life-routine/

Feature on the ‘Wall warrior’ figurine from Staffordshire:

https://the-past.com/feature/the-wall-warrior-in-context-exploring-african-identities-in-roman-britain/

Feature on archaeologist Nicolas Platon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/08/nicolas-platon-8-january-1909-28-march-1992-was-a-renowned-greek-archaeologist/

Feature on the Greco-Roman remains at Gadara (Jordan):

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/jordan/2022/01/08/jordans-unheralded-archaeological-gem-rivals-syrian-neighbour/

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct1rmb

Feature on the Kritios Boy:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/04/who-beheaded-kritios-boy-masterpiece-ancient-greek-art/

Feature on the Dipilio Tablet:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/06/the-dispilio-tablet/

Feature on some ancient Greek women:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/07/ancient-greek-women-changing-history-greece/

Feature on a recreation of a portrait of Julius Caesar:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/01/will-the-real-julius-caesar-please-stand-up

Feature on the Labours of Hercules:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/02/twelve-labors-of-hercules-exemplify-greek-mythology/

Another feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/08/antikythera-mechanism-legacy/

Not sure about this feature on whether Jews should read Homer:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/arts-culture/2022/01/should-jews-read-homer/

In case you missed the brouhaha over a Reading prof’s editing a section of Semonides:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/03/uk-university-censors-ancient-greek-poem-incase-it-offends-women-and-students/

… and Mary Beard provided some background:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/who-was-semonides-blog-post-mary-beard/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-diary-mary-beard-classic-ruse-kxwcv7fxl

… as did Natalie Haynes:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greeks-romans-frankness-sex-classical-literature-smut-xcqnkdd8d

More on McDonald’s not getting near the Baths of Caracalla:

https://hypebeast.com/2022/1/mcdonalds-denied-appeal-baths-of-caracalla
https://www.mashed.com/723227/the-real-reason-italy-wont-allow-a-mcdonalds-at-this-tourist-site/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/31/mcdonalds-blocked-from-opening-at-romes-ancient-baths-of-caracalla
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-bans-mcdonalds-drive-through-at-ancient-roman-baths-site-180979302/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-1622
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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 pair of Bronze Age hoards (metal detectorist finds … past couple of years) from Gwent:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19822790.bronze-age-treasure-discovered-gwent/

Hunter-gatherers in 2000 years bp northern Sweden were producing high quality iron objects:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/arctic-hunter-gatherers-iron-metal-production-sweden
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10266-220104-sweden-hunter-gatherers

Horned helmets from Scandinavia were actually from an earlier civilization, not Viking related:

https://www.livescience.com/horned-viking-helmets-from-different-civilization
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vikings-were-too-trendy-for-helmets-with-horns-lz8lrgstv
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10270-220107-denmark-horned-helmets

Not sure if we mentioned this find of Celtic gold coins from Brandenburg:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/hoard-of-celtic-gold-coins-discovered.html

A pair of ‘sticks’ from Oslo with medieval runes/Latin inscriptions:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-medieval-history-runes/a-bone-and-a-stick-inscribed-with-norse-runic-text-found-in-oslo/1961670
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63076
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/two-runic-inscriptions-discovered-in.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10269-220106-norway-medieval-runes

An 800 years bp ‘arabic-inspired’ chess piece from Norway:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/toensberg-chess-piece-10436.html

Suggestion there might be an ‘archaeological treasure trove’ beneath St Machar’s Cathedral:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen-aberdeenshire/3816324/ali-cameron-archaeologist-on-skeletons-below-st-machars-cathedral/

A high status 11th/12th century burial from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63047

A 14th century ‘Byzantine’ inscription from Geresun Island in the Black Sea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/05/byzantine-inscription-gerasun-island/

Some ‘hidden’ steps (and 17th/18th century paintings) were revealed at a Devon church:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-59868339

Finds from various periods from a student accommodation construction site at Brasenose College:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19833944.construction-new-student-accommodation-unearths-archeological-items/

What medieval burials reveal about daily life in Cambridge:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/written-in-the-bones-medieval-skeletons-tell-story-of-social-inequality-in-cambridge/

More on that 10 000 years bp infant burial:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/europes-earliest-female-infant-burial-reveals-a-mesolithic-society-that-honoured-its-young/142448

More on the find of five Viking longhouses at the Gjellestad site:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/gjellestad-longhouses-10427.html

More on 7th century ‘workshops’ found down the road from Sutton Hoo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/7th-century-workshops-uncovered-near-sutton-hoo/142400
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-and-student-volunteers-discover-the-anglo-saxon-workshop-behind-the-treasures-of-sutton-hoo-2055456

More on that 800 years bp falconry figurine from Norway:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/falconer-figurine-10422.html

Suggestion there are ‘thousands’ of illicit whisky stills to be discovered in the Scottish Highlands:

https://inews.co.uk/news/scotland/thousands-illicit-whisky-stills-undiscovered-scottish-highlands-archaeologists-1368208

Plans for a dig at a hotel construction site at Bishop’s Stortford:

https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/experts-to-probe-past-at-ancient-site-9232853/

Stained-glass from an 800 years bp church in East Hatley have been restored/returned:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/836/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/836/pub/836/page/20/article/257566

On metal detectorist finds from Yorkshire:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/incredible-archaeological-treasures-found-metal-22594011

… and Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2022/01/04/shropshire-shines-for-buried-treasures/

Feature on the last lions of Europe:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/lions-europe/

Feature on Kropfenstein Cave Castle (Switzerland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/kropfenstein-cave-castle/142458

Feature on Viking finds on the Isle of Man over the past year:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/silver-and-swords-new-light-cast-on.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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A 4000 years bp pottery kiln from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-01/07/content_77975017.htm

Western Zhou Dynasty finds from a site in Beijing:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/820097-ancient-cultural-relics-found-in-beijing

A Shang Dynasty tomb cluster from Henan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-06/3-000-year-old-clan-cemetery-uncovered-in-C-China-16Ba2hpDqbS/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/china-warrior-cemetery-discovery-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

A 3000 years bp bronze casting workshop from Hangzhou:

https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3000-yr-old-bronzeware-casting-workshop-found-in-hangzhou

A Northern Wei dynasty tomb with a stone sarcophagus from Shanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1243939.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0103/c90000-9940206.html

Also from Shanxi are some Ming Dynasty tomb chambers:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20220103/a7bd4c467ecb46b7a96220555d31b391/c.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0104/c90000-9940344.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-01/04/content_77967716.htm
https://english.cctv.com/2022/01/05/ARTI6izqa6BrYxYl6bnn13Gw220105.shtml

A late Ming Dynasty winery (long used) from Hebei:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202112/29/WS61cc0b31a310cdd39bc7e1fb.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10367567/Archaeology-Ancient-winery-late-Ming-Dynasty-unearthed-Chinas-Hebei-province.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3162584/stunning-underground-murals-found-central-china-are-believed-be
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10263-220103-china-hebei-winery

Feature on a Jin Dynasty palace complex that was found during preparations for the Winter Olympics:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1245300.shtml

1000 years bp cluster of tombs from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-09/Ancient-tombs-over-1-000-years-old-discovered-in-China-s-Guangxi-16FYhDNppoA/index.html

Overviewish thing on all the Buddhist finds from the Buddhavanam project:

https://telanganatoday.com/buddhavanam-project-treasure-trove-of-buddhist-relics

A statue of Durga was recovered by police (need more details) in Jammu and Kashmir:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/1300-year-old-goddess-sculpture-found.html

A Telugu inscription dating to 575 CE from a Kadapa village:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2022/jan/09/first-telugu-inscriptiondating-back-to-575-ad-found-in-kadapa-village-2404759.html

Concerns for some 10th century Jain sculptures in Telangana:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2022/jan/06/10th-century-jain-sculptures-in-a-state-of-neglect-2403572.html

Epigraphy concerns in Nepal:

https://english.onlinekhabar.com/shyam-sundar-rajbanshi-nepal-history.html

Feature on petroglyphs in India:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/from-hominins-to-horse-riders-vast-span-of-humanity-in-indian-cave-art-1.10520234

Feature on depictions of Buddhas in Greek tunics:

https://psyche.co/ideas/why-the-first-buddhas-in-art-wore-finely-folded-greek-tunics

Not sure where to put these items on Kushan artifacts confiscated by the Taliban:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/pioneer-exclusive/taliban-display-75-rare-kushan-era-antiques-confiscated-from-af-babus.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the tree ring dating of the timbers of the Batavia shipwreck:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/shipwreck-tree-rings/?ct=t()

Feature on Maddy McAllister’s underwater archaeology efforts:

https://www.9news.com.au/national/inside-the-world-of-maritime-archaeologist-maddy-mcallister-queenslands-shipwreck-mermaid/0a59727e-5098-4db8-ac62-0b95542efb8d

A fire in Australia has been burning for at least 6000 years, apparently:

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-mysterious-fire-in-australia-has-been-burning-non-stop-for-at-least-6-000-years
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NORTH AMERICA
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A dig in San Francisco reveals Atlantic cod was being imported there in the 1850s:

https://today.ku.edu/2022/01/06/archaeological-dig-reveals-participants-californias-gold-rush-dined-salted-atlantic-cod
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-archaeological-reveals-california-gold-dined.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220106143650.htm

Overviewish of things found during a dig at Parliament Hill (Ottawa):

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/the-big-dig-ancient-knife-is-a-highlight-of-parliament-hill-archeological-study

An update on ongoing excavations in a couple of parking lots in Guelph:

https://guelph.ca/2022/01/archeological-excavation-of-baker-and-wyndham-street-parking-lots-january-4-update/

Some Revolutionary War artifacts from Mount Independence have been conserved:

https://www.addisonindependent.com/2021/12/30/revolutionary-war-artifacts-from-mt-independence-conserved/

More on that slave badge found in Charleston last year:

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2022/01/04/Charleston-slave-badge/stories/202112200007

Review of Mitchell and Baker (eds), *The Civil War in Maryland Reconsidered*:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-md-civil-war-history-revisited-20211228-zzhs4me27zcg3lvk67gbn3ynd4-story.html

Interesting story on the search for a fabled cache of Civil War gold in Pennsylvania:

https://apnews.com/article/technology-oddities-pennsylvania-lawsuits-2ed5379dc0391c970d6d39f6e994fd70
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 1000 years bp rope-bound mummy from Cajamarquilla (Peru):

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-pre-incan-mummy-underground-burial-chamber.html
https://www.livescience.com/1000-year-old-mummy-peru
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-pre-incan-mummy-underground-burial-chamber.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691823
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/01/mysterious-pre-inca-mummy-buried-around-1000-years-ago-discovered-in-peru/
https://www.newsweek.com/mummy-fetal-position-bound-rope-found-next-dog-guinea-pig-peruvian-tomb-1665486
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/48816/20220107/1000-year-old-mummy-underground-tomb-peru.htm

LiDAR at Machu Picchu has revealed a number of ceremonial structures:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C90677%2Cdrone-laser-scanning-discovers-unknown-structures-machu-picchu-peru.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/drone-laser-scanning-discovers-unknown.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10267-220105-machu-picchu-lidar

… and Machu Picchu was celebrating 41 years as a historic sanctuary:

https://andina.pe/agencia/noticia-machu-picchu-historic-sanctuary-celebrates-41-years-as-historic-sanctuary-876320.aspx

A study of how the Maya survived drought conditions:

https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/01/05/research-reveals-ancient-maya-lessons-surviving-drought
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-reveals-ancient-maya-lessons-surviving.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220105094535.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/research-reveals-ancient-maya-lessons-on-surviving-drought/142411

Latest Aztlander magazine:

https://aztlander.wordpress.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this feature on the potential of deep submergence archaeology in the Mediterranean:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/01/deep-submergence-archaeology

A high-res photo of the Nightwatch is now available (I think we mentioned this):

https://apnews.com/article/europe-arts-and-entertainment-painting-amsterdam-ed301a09d590b2ceddc1b52deba070d5
https://elpais.com/tecnologia/2022-01-05/rembrandt-en-maxima-resolucion-para-admirar-hasta-el-minimo-detalle-de-la-ronda-de-noche.html?sma=newsletter_diaria_noche20220105m

Suggestion that Voltaire was the first science fiction writer:

https://www.wired.com/2022/01/geeks-guide-ada-palmer/

Feature on the still-missing Amber Room:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/the-mystery-of-the-missing-amber-room/142423

Wondering about the naming of William Blake Pond:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/01/for-whom-was-william-blake-pond-named.html

Feature on the writings of Ibn al-Arabi:

https://psyche.co/ideas/from-sexual-union-to-the-divine-the-teachings-of-ibn-al-arabi

Feature on the Luther Bible:

https://www.dw.com/en/8-things-to-know-about-the-luther-bible/a-60326867

On the ‘secret message’ of flowers in Victorian times:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/to-victorians-flower-arrangements-were-often-secret-messages

On AD and CE:

https://udayton.edu/magazine/2022/01/common-era.php

The Bronte sisters ‘lost library’ story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/02/bronte-sister-britain-discovery-sale/

Funding for an algorithm to identify references in Jewish historical texts:

https://www.hit.ac.il/en/news/news-and-stories/citations_grant

Feature on Sophia Duleep Singh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-59882057

In case you missed the hype about the 1921 UK census being released:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59879470

Something about cyclical time:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/cyclical-time-technology/?ct=t()

The search for Shackleton’s Endurance begins next month:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10370995/Archaeology-Search-wreck-Shackletons-lost-ship-Endurance-begin-MONTH.html

Review of Alessandro Barbero, *Dante: A Life*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/books/review/dante-a-life-alessandro-barbero.html

Review of a book on the press in the Iberian Peninsula in the 17th century:

https://agencia.fapesp.br/a-imprensa-na-peninsula-iberica-no-seculo-xvii/37664/

More ‘top archaeological discoveries of 2021’ compilations:

https://hyperallergic.com/704156/the-top-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021/
https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-a-look-back-at-the-past-year-in-archaeology-4925582

… and five digs to keep an eye on in 2022:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology-to-watch-in-2022
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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[I think I forgot some of this section last week]

Controversy, apparently for a statue of the first woman to get a PhD in Padua:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/03/italy-proposal-statue-elena-cornaro-piscopia-first-woman-phd-debate

Mary Anning is getting a statue too:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/04/perfect-spot-statue-of-fossil-hunter-mary-anning-nears-unveiling

On that second time capsule from the statue of Robert E Lee in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/27/us/robert-e-lee-statue-capsule-confederate.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/27/1068320392/virginia-workers-unearthed-a-second-time-capsule-at-the-robert-e-lee-statue-site
https://apnews.com/article/robert-e-lee-statue-time-capsule-opened-830b32a7890497f9b329cd2d14cea4b0
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/27/us/virginia-lee-second-time-capsule-open-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/12/27/time-capsule-copper-richmond-lee/

… and some Confederate monuments from Virginia are headed to a Black history museum:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/virginia-confederate-monuments-will-likely-head-to-black-history-museum-say-officials

Feature on the Western calendar:

https://theconversation.com/the-messy-history-of-our-modern-western-calendar-170780

On Cupid and Valentine’s Day:

https://www.aol.com/lifestyle/why-cupid-symbol-valentine-day-163525027.html

A (very late) pardon for Homer Plessy:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59888947

How Machiavelli would interpret January 6, 2021:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/01/08/machiavelli-tumult-capital/

Review of Barbara Walter, *How Civil Wars Start*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/03/books/review-how-civil-wars-start-barbara-walter.html

More on Greek letters and omicron:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/a-linguistic-look-at-omicron
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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On studying Indigenous languages at Brown:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-12-08/naisi
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Saka Gold:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/saka-gold-fitzwilliam-museum/

Sherlock Holmes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/07/arts/design/sherlock-holmes-exhibition-grolier.html

Neanderthals:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/neanderthals-at-natural-history-museum.html

Unearthed:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/article-691696

Audubon:

https://beineckeaudubon.yale.edu/

Horse in Ancient Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/07/horse-ancient-athens-exhibition/
https://www.athina984.gr/en/2022/01/05/ippos-to-alogo-stin-archaia-athina-ekthesi-technis-kai-epistimis-stin-amerikaniki-scholi-klasikon-spoydon/

Ancient Greeks:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/sponsored/valour-art-and-greek-achievement-ancient-greeks-athletes-warriors-and-heroes/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-greeks-review-hellenism-triumphant-11641572124

Your Royal Coffee:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111520/Your-Royal-Coffee-temporary-exhibition-launches-in-Alexandria%E2%80%99s-Royal-Jewelry

Yiddish Culture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/arts/yivo-institute-archives-yiddish-life-online.html

Much press attention for Stienhardt items still being on display at the Israel Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-billionaire-looted-art-israel-museum.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-travel-lifestyle-israel-middle-east-c41d78cafd7323d242143ef29f5b1440
https://www.timesofisrael.com/several-of-michael-steinhardts-looted-art-pieces-still-on-display-at-israel-museum/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/01/08/us-billionaires-stolen-ancient-greek-heliodorus-stele-remain-on-display-at-israel-museum/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/billionaires-looted-art-still-on-display-at-israel-museum/2022/01/07/6c6f9510-6f80-11ec-b1e2-0539da8f4451_story.html

Questioning what’s on display (or not) at the Boston MFA’s renovated Greek and Roman galleries:

https://www.wgbh.org/news/commentary/2022/01/04/the-mfas-complicated-history-with-censoring-queer-desire-pervades-new-exhibit

A new Jewish museum is going up in Mantua:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-691833

Latest hype for the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/01/08/grand-egyptian-museum-almost-complete-official/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A ‘rediscovered’ work of Bernhard Strigel is expected to fetch a nice price:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/07/rediscovered-bernhard-strigel-painting-found-in-a-toulouse-home-expected-to-sell-for-up-to-euro800000

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting story arising from DNA recovered from stamps on postcards:

https://www.wired.com/story/dna-artifact-testing/

Studying the DNA of Lychee fruit and its link with humans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-lychee-genome-story-tropical-fruit.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-021-00971-3

Feature on ‘sediment DNA’:

https://theconversation.com/digging-deep-dna-molecules-in-ancient-dirt-offer-a-treasure-trove-of-clues-to-our-past-172489
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-deep-dna-molecules-ancient-dirt.html

Using DNA to figure out why assorted lions and bears disappeared from parts of North America:

https://phys.org/news/2022-01-lions-ancient-dna.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220104102633.htm

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.16267

More on DNA pointing to mass migration to Britain in the Bronze Age:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19823221.bronze-age-saw-mass-migration-say-york-researchers/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to xray child mummies in Palermo:

https://www.livescience.com/child-mummies-research-project-capuchin-catacombs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/05/sicily-palermo-child-mummies-scientists-hope-unravel-mystery
https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/01/06/scientists-plan-to-digitally-unwrap-200-year-old-child-mummies-in-sicily
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/child-mummies-capuchin-catacombs-palermo-researched-rcna10991

cf: https://juvenilemummyproject.wixsite.com/palermo
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Minoan hiking:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/jan/06/zakros-gorge-hiking-and-foraging-in-crete
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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An economist recommends ‘King Lear’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/books/review/amartya-sen-by-the-book-interview.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Expedition Content:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/movies/expedition-content-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A bust at Cairo airport yielded coins from various periods and a ‘candlestick’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111598/9-archaeological-coins-brass-candlestick-confiscated-at-Cairo-International-Airport
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/01/08/egypt-thwarts-smuggle-attempt-of-9-coins-dating-back-to-roman-ptolemaic-eras/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/20220105/2bc0ddf041cc4ea18d2c6ceb3d0686a5/c.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2022/01/06/egypt-seizes-ancient-coins-candlestick-at-airport/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/454697/Antiquities/In-Photos-Byzantine,-Ptolemaic-chandelier,-coins-s.aspx
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1245231.shtml

Latest in the trial of Hassan Rateb:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/111641/Egypt%E2%80%99s-court-adjourns-trial-of-businessman-Hassan-Rateb-to-Feb
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-court-starts-hearings-into-case-of-businessman-former-mp-over-antiquities-trafficking/

Tombaroli damaged the Villa of Civita Giuliana:

https://www.madeinpompei.it/2022/01/09/danni-gravi-e-irreparabili-alla-villa-di-civita-giuliana-la-condanna-per-i-tombaroli-di-pompei/

Purported Roman-era artifacts seized in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/nearly-90-roman-era-artifacts-seized-in-nw-turkey/news

Petroglyphs in Big Bend National Park have been irreparably vandalized:

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article257046592.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/09/us/big-bend-park-rock-vandalism.html

Feature on looting in Nepal:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/who-looted-nepals-gods/
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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 stolen Roman bust was spotted in a news report about Michelle Obama and recovered:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-bust-recovered-after-michelle-obama-visit-f9x5b3t0h

The US is returning assorted court-case items to Italy:

https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-travel-arts-and-entertainment-new-york-museums-6f414d70326fede274a00714f95f9b1d
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/italy-welcomes-home-trafficked.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10264-220103-italy-looting-repatriation

Some aftermath of Benin Bronze returns:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/01/07/nigeria-seeks-calm-tensions-over-return-benin-bronzes

Chile returned some items to the Rapa Nui:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2022/01/06/ministerio-de-las-culturas-retorna-piezas-ancestrales-a-rapa-nui/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v25n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v25n02.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Richard Leakey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/03/world/africa/richard-leakey-dead.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jan/02/fossil-hunter-richard-leakey-who-showed-humans-evolved-in-africa-dies-at-77
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59855445
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/837/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/837/pub/837/page/89/article/257794
https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20220102-renowned-kenyan-conservationist-richard-leakey-dies-aged-77
https://apnews.com/article/science-africa-environment-and-nature-fossils-kenya-5c5be14d109ce02790758d9cd5ad060d
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/02/world/richard-leakey-death/index.html
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/richard-leakey–kenyan-conservationist-who-campaigned-against-ivory-trade–has-died/47233176
https://www.dw.com/en/richard-leakey-fossil-hunter-who-helped-prove-humans-evolved-in-africa-dies-at-77/a-60313340
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kenyan-paleoanthropologist-and-wildlife-conservationist-richard-leakey-dies-at-77-180979313/

Jonathan D Spence:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/01/03/jonathan-d-spence-renowned-scholar-chinese-civilization

Ed Jelks:

https://pantagraph.com/obituaries/ed-jelks/article_96cebced-58a9-5ed8-a04b-9b9caeb2fb11.html
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/pantagraph/name/ed-jelks-obituary?id=32134189

Christos C Evangeliou:

https://hellenicnews.com/obituary-christos-c-evangeliou-ph-d-professor-of-philosophy-and-poet-75/

John W. Stamper:

https://news.nd.edu/news/in-memoriam-john-w-stamper-associate-dean-professor-of-architecture/

Judith Davidoff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/arts/music/judith-davidoff-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/3128-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-26th-through-january-1st-2022

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that a ‘few clever people’ sparked the technological revolution of 500 000 years bp:

https://theconversation.com/how-a-handful-of-prehistoric-geniuses-launched-humanitys-technological-revolution-171511
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-prehistoric-geniuses-humanity-technological-revolution.html

A study of energy intake and expenditure by early humans (sort of):

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-early-humans-gained-energy-acquisition.html

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abf0130

Suggestion that too many species are lumped into the category of homo sapiens:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/human-fossil-record/

A top ten ‘human evolution stories’ for 2021:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/the-way-we-were-top-human-evolution-stories-of-2021-1.10496952

… and a feature on seven new things we leaned about human evolution in 2021:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seven-new-things-we-learned-about-human-evolution-in-2021-180979271/

Feature on the Piltdown Man hoax:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/edwardian/who-was-piltdown-man-hoax/

More on Neanderthal modification of the environment:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/10235-211216-germany-tree-clearing

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AFRICA
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Feature on the rescue excavation of a16th-19th century CE synagogue in Morocco:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-israeli-and-moroccan-research-team-discovers-lost-jewish-lives-in-atlas-mountains-1.10494305

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Really a techy story, a very high tech digital unwrapping of the mummy of Amenhotep I revealed plenty of interesting details:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-scientists-digitally-unwrap-mummy-pharaoh.html
https://www.livescience.com/mummy-of-pharaoh-amenhotep-unwrapped
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/28/egyptian-pharaohs-mummified-body-gives-up-its-secrets-after-3500-years
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-59808883
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/829/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/829/pub/829/page/32/article/254063
https://egyptindependent.com/secrets-of-the-mummy-of-king-amenhotep-i-revealed-with-ct-scans-for-first-time/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111309/Secrets-of-King-Amenhotep-I%E2%80%99s-mummy-revealed-with-CT-scan
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/452237/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Digital-unwrapping-of-King-Amenhotep-I-reveals-fac.aspx
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-five-foot-six-and-circumcised-ct-scan-uncovers-mummy-of-pharaoh-1.10498672
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10343117/Archaeology-Mummy-Egyptian-Pharaoh-Amenhotep-digitally-unwrapped-time.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/28/world/egyptian-mummy-unwrap-scn/index.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211228-egypt-digitally-unwraps-mummy-of-famed-pharaoh
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-29/amenofis-i-fue-vuelto-a-vendar-de-buen-rollo.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211229/0a1458c0f3da43d5a1d75fe9bc4e65f8/c.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/127400384/a-3500yearold-mummy-of-an-egyptian-king-has-been-digitally-unwrapped-for-the-first-time
https://www.rawstory.com/egypt-digitally-unwraps-mummy-of-famed-pharaoh/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2303207-the-mummy-of-egyptian-pharaoh-amenhotep-i-has-been-digitally-unwrapped/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/scientists-digitally-unwrap-mummy-of-pharaoh-amenhotep-i/142378
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10256-211229-egypt-amenhotep-i

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2021.778498/full

Interesting study of a preserved 2000 years bp fetus in a mummified Egyptian woman:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/ancient-egyptian-fetus-preserved-due-to-unusual-decomposition-process/142394

A statue of Thutmose II is undergoing restoration:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/king-thutmose-ii-huge-statue-in-luxor-to-be-inaugurated-soon-after-restoration-official/

Recent Paleolithic finds from a cave site near Shiraz (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468553/Archaeologists-uncover-clues-about-Paleolithic-humans-in-southern

Farmers in southern Iran came across a couple Achaemenid-era column bases:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468629/Achaemenid-column-bases-discovered-in-farm-southern-Iran

A Sassanid seal with an animal motif from a ‘stratigraphy project’ in Iran’s Mazandaran province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468475/Sassanid-seal-depicting-unique-animal-motif-unearthed-in-northern

A survey in Isfahan has revealed more than 50 sites from various eras:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468668/Archaeological-expedition-finds-50-historical-sites-relics-in

An Iranian-German team has commenced excavations at Uramanat:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468476/Iranian-German-archaeologists-commence-work-in-western-Iran

More on that Elamite tablet from the Burnt City:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/top-stories/elamite-clay-tablet-unearthed-in-mysterious-burnt-city/ar-AAS83Qq
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10255-211228-iran-elamite-tablet

Over 2000 artifacts were discovered in Iraq over the course of 2021:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/12/31/recently-discovered-artefacts-at-the-iraqi-national-museum/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211230/41cb191f99cc4717b0c56a8332c09021/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-12/30/content_77961999.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1243864.shtml
https://scoopempire.com/%EF%BB%BFiraqi-led-archaeological-exhibition-uncovers-around-2250-new-artifacts/

An 8500 years bp marble figurine from Catalhoyuk:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/8500-year-old-marble-statuette-found-in-central-turkey-3586858

Remains of a 4500 years bp rope from Seyitomer Hoyuk:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/4500-year-old-rope-remains-found-in.html?m=1

A feature on the top finds in Turkey in 2021:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/karahantepe-finds-chosen-as-most-important-discovery-of-2021-170364

An overview of finds in Turkey during December:

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

Evidence of a ‘modern’ heating system in the 800 years bp Artuqid Palace excavations at the Amida Mound site:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-at-9000-year-old-mound-in-turkey-reveal-new-findings
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/karahantepe-finds-chosen-as-most-important-discovery-of-2021-170364

Remains of a 7th century CE synagogue from Side (Turkey):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/excavations-reveal-ancient-synagogue-in-turkish-resort-town/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-689925
https://forward.com/fast-forward/480086/excavations-reveal-ancient-synagogue-in-turkish-town-near-tourist-hotspot/
https://www.jta.org/2021/12/27/global/excavations-reveal-ancient-synagogue-in-turkish-town-near-tourist-hotspot

Turkey coverted another Byzantine-era church into a mosque:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/26/turkey-turns-another-church-into-a-mosque-on-christmas-eve/

Feature on Sumeriologist Muazzes Ilmiy Cig’s long career (she’s 108 years old!):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/108-year-old-sumerologist-credits-istanbul-museum-for-long-career/news

Another ‘top finds of 2021’ list … this one is Israel-specific:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/TIMELINE-jerusalem-discovery-unleashes-biblical-bedlam-top-archaeology-stories-of-2021-1.10494373

… and one on ‘Christian archaeology’ in 2021:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/TIMELINE-christian-archaeology-in-2021-more-than-just-the-four-horsemen-1.10496243

… and Biblical archaeology:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/2021s-top-ten-stories-in-bhd/?mqsc=E4140521&dk=ZE14D0ZF0

Concerns for 120 sites in Jerusalem:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/29/turning-over-in-their-graves/

Questioning the identification of ‘Magdala’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/have-we-really-found-mary-magdalenes-birthplace

OpEddish sort of feature on Herod:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-mad-was-herod-the-great/

Feature on wine production in the 12th century Kingdom of Jerusalem:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/12/wine-production-in-jerusalem

A followup piece to that ‘Sodom Cosmic Event’ story from a month or so ago:

https://skepticalinquirer.org/2021/12/sodom-meteor-strike-claims-should-be-taken-with-a-pillar-of-salt/

… and another spin:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/tall-el-hamman/

Feature on the purported site of the burning bush incident on Mount Kardom:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/31/world/middleeast/israel-mount-sinai-burning-bush.html

Review of Andrew Lawler, *Under Jerusalem*:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-690218
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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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First remains (from Turkey) of a victim (and a dog) of a tsunami which followed the eruption of Santorini ca 1600 BCE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-skeleton-young-ancient-tsunami-turkish.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10347443/Archeology-Skeletons-young-man-dog-killed-TSUNAMI-1600-BC-uncovered-Turkey.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/one-man-dog-offer-clues-fall-of-civilisation-santorini-greece-ls9w09ksw
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-689976
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/319404
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/victims-of-huge-volcanic-eruption-from-1600-b-c-e-finally-uncovered-1.10499429
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/30/santorini-volcano-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/28/3500-year-old-skeletons-of-young-man-and-dog-killed-by-santorini-volcano-discovered/
https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/victims-of-a-3-600-year-old-volcanic-eruption-found-in-turkey-53114
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/3600-year-old-tsunami-time-capsule-sheds-light-on-one-of-humanitys-greatest-disasters
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/01/archaeologists-find-ancient-tsunami-victim-on-the-turkish-coast/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10260-211230-thera-volcano-tsunami

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/119/1/e2114213118

Latest finds from the Palace of Nestor site:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/new-findings-on-mycenaean-cemetery-of.html

A ‘hidden’ inscription from a 4th century BCE Etruscan helmet:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/12/28/helmet-of-two-etruscan-soldiers-yields-hidden-inscription_1fc5f036-d1b2-436c-9a40-727d5b32aa1c.html
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/12/28/helmet-of-two-etruscan-soldiers-yields-hidden-inscription_a12576be-69f0-4734-a692-3b80f34a1e69.html
https://www.laprensalatina.com/unusual-inscription-found-inside-2400-year-old-etruscan-helmet/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/unusual-inscription-found-inside-2400.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63033

Remains of a Bronze Age settlement beneath a Roman bath complex in Corinth:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46088-bronze-age-settlement-discovered-under-roman-bath-complex-at-corinth-of-greece-video.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/29/bronze-age-settlement-roman-bath-corinth/

A Hellenistic-era burial from Chieti:

https://abruzzolive.it/chieti-da-scavi-in-piazza-san-giustino-emerge-ricchissima-tomba-ellenistica/

Water work in Rome have revealed remains of a 2000 years bp funerary complex of some sort:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/work-on-romes-water-system-uncovers-ancient-funerary-complex/
https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/7568320/ancient-funerary-complex-uncovered-in-rome/

An unfinished 2nd century CE statue (kind of looks like Hercules) from Veria:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-689973
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-excavate-roman-era-statue-in-centre-of-ancient-veria/142364

A metal detectorist found some 2000 years bp bronze ‘loaded’ dice in North Yorkshire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10347267/Metal-detectorist-finds-2-000-year-old-loaded-dice-Romans-used-cheat-gambling.html

Rains revealed a life-size statue (possibly Hygieia) at an excavation site in Epidavros:

https://www.culture.gov.gr/el/Information/SitePages/view.aspx?nID=4059
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1174663/rain-reveals-female-roman-statue-in-epidavros/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46074-rare-discovery-in-ancient-site-of-epidaurus-in-peloponnese.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/29/marble-statue-epidaurus-goddess-hygeia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10258-211230-epidaurus-statue-woman

Another Roman military diploma find … this time from Perre (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-diploma-found-in-perre-170413
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1898-year-old-bronze-military-diploma-found-in-turkeys-perre/news

Excavations on the Sambian Peninsula reveal burials of a people described by Tacitus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/the-amber-elites-in-ancient-kaliningrad-went-to-eternity-with-their-horses-1.10494946

Excavations at Zominthos are almost complete:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1174865/excavations-at-the-minoan-palace-of-zominthos-near-completion/

… and the latest finds:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/central-courtyard-unearthed-at-minoan.html

Pompeii has restored a horse skeleton found back in 1938:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-31/pompeya-saca-del-abandono-a-uno-de-sus-primeros-caballos.html

Plans to excavate a Byzantine fortress at Pyrgion:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/01/01/byzantine-fortress-ancient-greek-pyrgion/

Interesting study of all the marine life found living on some of those Battle of the Aegades-associated rams that were raised recently:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10356967/More-100-animal-species-living-ruins-2-000-year-old-warship-near-Sicily.html

More on the Caligula-era Roman fort/camp from Velsen:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/26/roman-fort-built-by-caligula-discovered-velsen-near-amsterdam
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/roman-fort-on-dutch-coast-may-have-supported-the-invasion-of-britannia/142361
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10254-211228-netherlands-roman-fortress

More on the pair of shipwrecks off the coast of Caesarea:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/22/israeli-archaeologists-find-treasure-trove-among-mediterranean-shipwrecks
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/early-christian-symbol/
https://hypebeast.com/2021/12/isreali-divers-shipwreck-caesarea-antiquities
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10247-211223-israel-shipwrecks-coins

More on the 1900 years bp sarcophagus lid found in a garbage dump in Ashkelon:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/21/antiquities-inspectors-find-1900-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-in-dump/

More on the Roman military diploma excavated in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22807426/ancient-diploma-found-by-archaeologists-in-bratislava.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10253-211228-slovakia-military-diploma

More on Pontius Pilate being credited with the construction of an aqueduct in Jerusalem:

https://aleteia.org/2022/01/01/new-research-finds-pontius-pilate-commissioned-roman-aqueduct/

Reviewish sort of thing of some recent books on Stoicism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/28/books/stoicism-books.html

Review of ‘The Latinist’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-latinist-is-the-perfect-suspense-novel-to-kick-off-your-reading-year/2021/12/31/72cb339c-6a49-11ec-96f3-b8d3be309b6e_story.html

Review of Isabel Roda’s book on what the Romans have done for us:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-30/otras-cosas-que-los-romanos-han-hecho-por-nosotros-las-piscifactorias-los-envases-no-retornables-y-el-biquini.html

Classics teachers in the UK challenging the ‘elitism’ of Latin:

https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/education/east-london-classics-summer-school-homerton-8592388

Reading University has removed a bit of Semonides from the assigned reading:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10361321/Reading-University-bosses-remove-Ancient-Greek-poem-mentions-domestic-violence.html

George Will on Socrates:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/31/harvard-classics-socrates-how-to-argue/

Feature on Cadiz’s Phoenician past:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-27/cadiz-descifra-el-rompecabezas-de-su-pasado-fenicio.html

Feature on Stoicism:

https://newsadvance.com/opinion/columnists/commentary-feeling-despair-and-uncertainty-this-roman-stoic-philosopher-has-some-answers/article_a4fe0f33-5627-537e-8d72-d58836ed2d0f.html

Feature on the Ras il-Wardija Punic sanctuary on Gozo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/the-ras-il-wardija-punic-sanctuary/142352

Feature on the Roman response to war elephants:

https://www.9news.com.au/world/war-elephants-ruled-until-roman-army-tactic-ended-reign-of-terror/3b1cbb72-5fb7-4b72-b0ab-821747bd0f31

Feature/tv hype on that recently-found mosaic in Rutland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-59668728

Aragon wants to know if Petronila I is buried in the cathedral in Barcelona:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-28/aragon-quiere-saber-si-su-reina-petronila-i-esta-enterrada-en-la-catedral-de-barcelona.html

Feature on the Lighthouse of Alexandria:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/this-wonder-of-the-ancient-world-shone-brightly-for-more-than-a-thousand-years

Feature on Serbia’s Felix Romuliana site:

https://www.telegraf.rs/english/3438208-a-roman-emperor-built-a-palace-in-honor-of-his-mother-the-secrets-of-serbias-felix-romuliana-site

Features on plans to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19808505.saturnalia-part-hadrians-wall-1900-festival-celebrations/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/31/festival-to-celebrate-hadrians-wall-1900-2022

Feature on some of the major Greek colonies:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/28/ancient-greek-colonies/

Feature on the history of Thessaloniki:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/30/do-you-know-the-long-history-of-the-second-most-important-city-of-greece-thessaloniki/

Feature on the Zeugma mosaics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/30/the-greek-mosaics-of-zeugma/

Feature on the Jockey of Artemision:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/31/jockey-of-artemision-greek-art-in-all-stunning-glory/

McDonald’s efforts to get a restaurant near the Baths of Caracalla didn’t work out:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mcdonalds-loses-appeal-on-roman-baths-restaurant-hvkn2hfgz
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-59668728
—–
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 trove of late Bronze Age jewellery from Slovakia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/trove-of-late-bronze-age-jewellery.html

New home construction in Newton St Faith revealed a series of Iron Age pits:

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/iron-age-pits-manor-road-newton-st-faith-8595966

Remains of a 7th century workshop associated with items found at Sutton Hoo found a short distance from the site:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10359805/Seventh-century-workshop-built-priceless-Sutton-Hoo-treasures-uncovered-archaeologists.html

A decapitated horse and assorted other items from a Merovingian era burial in Germany:

https://fox17.com/news/offbeat/ancient-decapitated-horse-discovered-next-to-rider-in-cemetery-for-elite-warriors
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63025

An Anglo-Saxon/Medieval find of a ‘strap end’ depicting boxing hares found by a metal detectorist in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59680893

Norse runic and Latin texts found on wood from a dig in Oslo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/norse-runic-text-found-in-oslo/142383

An 11th/12th century elite burial chamber from Ostrowite:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/01/high-status-burial-chamber-discovered-in-ostrowite/142390

Remains of a 1000 years bp garden from Soba:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/1000-year-old-garden-unearthed-in-medieval-town-of-soba/142358

A 16th-18th century gold ring with the image of a squirrel found in Cambridgeshire a year of so ago has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59673942

The 2021 ‘treasure finds’ pieces continue to appear … from Denbighshire:

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/19789941.dozen-treasure-troves-found-denbighshire/

… and Cornwall:

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/gallery/cornwalls-fascinating-treasures-unearthed-public-6383209

… and North Yorkshire:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19817540.pandemic-sparks-haul-treasure-finds—york-hotspot/

… and the past decade in Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2021/12/31/more-than-150-buried-treasure-troves-discovered-over-the-last-10-years/

More on the find of an Iron Age settlement during construction near Upton Upon Severn:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-59755844
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10250-211227-england-pottery-ditch

More on that hoard of forged coins from North Staffordshire:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/britains-largest-ever-hoard-forged-6403728

More on folks reaching the Faroe islands before the Vikings:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59683287
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/faroe-islands-early-human-occupation-10416.html

More on redating the beginnings of Viking-era trade:

https://arts.au.dk/en/news-and-events/news/show/artikel/solstorm-kaster-lys-over-oldtidens-handel-mellem-det-islamiske-mellemoesten-og-vikingernes-verden-1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10252-211227-denmark-viking-ribe

There’s a visitor boom at Sutton Hoo going on:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-59149937

Jersey has acquired the Le Catillon hoard:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63017

Suggestion that Edward V wasn’t actually murdered at all (not even in ‘the tower’):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/29/historys-greatest-whodunnit-would-ruined-solved/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/830/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/830/pub/830/page/19/article/254284

Feature on how well the flood barriers in Venice are working:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mose-venice-flood-barriers/index.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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Remains of a 3000 years bp bronzeware casting workshop in Zhejiang:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1229/c90000-9938595.html

A cluster of 260 Warring States period burials from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211230/210ba6133a794a3585072972a03c8836/c.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_zz6G9mAI.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2112300276/
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-01/Archaeologists-find-over-260-ancient-tombs-in-central-China-16sDUlrH3Ik/index.html

An Eastern Zhou dynasty high status burial from Jiangxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-12-27/detail-ihauemxn3937333.shtml

Recent finds from Sanxingdui are being connected with some earlier finds from 1986:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_pS5K16RD.html

Evidence of Tang Dynasty saltworks in Tianjin:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1231/c90000-9939541.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_qMvxKKhJ.html

Tang Dynasty Buddhist sculptures carved into a cliff in Shaanxi have been revealed:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1229/c90000-9938602.html

A Ming/Qing dynasty distillery/wine making site from Hebei:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-29/Massive-ancient-distillery-site-unearthed-in-N-China-s-Hebei-Province-16nLxi3pF60/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211228/dfac3942107a46989caa87f4d03152da/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/28/content_77957418.htm

The eight ‘coolest’ archaeology/paleontology finds in China last year:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/environment/article/3161234/alien-civilisations-and-new-human-2021s-eight

Feature on Johan Gunnar Andersson’s role in popularizing Chinese archaeology:

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009252/how-a-swedish-geologist-kickstarted-chinas-love-of-archaeology

… and one on use of technology in Chinese archaeology:

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009253

… and the modern purpose of archaeology in China:

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009254/the-hole-at-the-heart-of-chinese-archaeology

Another reflection on the centennial of archaeology in China:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/29/content_77958044.htm

Megalithic/Historical era petroglyphs near the Jundu River in Kurnool:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rare-black-rock-art-depictions-found-in-kurnool-village/article38051299.ece

A 9th century Vattezhuthu inscription from Tamil Nadu:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/dec/27/ninth-century-vattezhuthu-inscription-discovered-at-irukkangudi-in-tamil-nadus-virudhanagar-2400195.html

History students came across a 10th century (maybe) Mahavira sculpture in Pudukattai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/students-stumble-upon-mahavira-sculpture-in-pudukottai/article38057012.ece

Concerns for monuments and inscriptions in Srisailam:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/historical-inscriptions-in-utter-neglect-at-srisailam/article38066973.ece

More on evidence of ‘continued habitation’ along the Saraswati River:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/discovery-of-new-archaeological-site-in-haryanas-sandhai-village-and-a-brief-look-at-the-harappan-site-of-bhirrana/2391954/

Part three of that series on the ancient history of Kashmir:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/op-ed-2/part-iii-re-constructing-the-ancient-history-of-kashmir

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NORTH AMERICA
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More on the state of preservation of the Clotilda:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2021/12/30/researchers-hope-to-recover-artifacts-human-dna-from-mostly-intact-160-year-old-slave-ship-on-alabama-coast/

More on the latest unmarked Black cemetery identified in Clearwater:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/20/1065178753/florida-fourth-black-cemetery-discovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10246-211223-florida-clearwater-cemetery

Opeddish thing arising from the dating of the arrival of Vikings in North America:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/major-2021-viking-find-1021-illuminates-north-america-s-past-ncna1286654

Feature on the history of Yellowstone National Park:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-history-yellowstone-180976518/

Restoring a 19th century garden in Ellicott City:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/how-a-garden-once-lost-to-history-is-being-brought-back-into-bloom/2021/12/21/4726e844-2629-11ec-8831-a31e7b3de188_story.html

Concerns for the condition of assorted monuments in New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/29/arts/design/de-blasio-monuments-memorials-restoration.html

Funding for the Saratoga Battlefield site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Saratoga-Battlefield-to-get-6-6-million-upgrade-16736376.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Not quite sure where this one goes … a study of the migration of the Mimbres people from New Mexico to Mexico:

https://news.unm.edu/news/newly-published-research-examines-mimbres-immigration
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-newly-published-mimbres-immigration.html

Assorted online Ancient America talks this month:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some general top ten sorts of lists of archaeological finds in 2021:

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/best-archaeology-discoveries-2021-2046144

… and one on ‘strangest’ finds:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/29/strangest-archaeological-finds-2021-athenian-curse/

… and one on swords and weapons found:

https://www.livescience.com/sword-and-weapon-discoveries-2021

Another botched repair … this time a church in Spain:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/02/world/spain-church-restoration-mystery.html

Marking Kepler’s 450th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/astronomical-anniversary-johannes-keplers-legacy/a-60228130

Feature on Louis Wain’s cat art:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-59518847

Feature on the history of private libraries:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-private-library-reid-byers-book-review-an-wilson/

Feature on a document from the Terror of the French Revolution:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-29/la-polvora-que-exploto-mas-de-200-anos-despues-de-su-preparacion-para-un-atentado.html

Feature on the Els Enfarinats festival in Spain:

https://www.dw.com/en/in-pictures-the-els-enfarinats-festival-in-spain/g-60287844

On the hidden message of ‘A Christmas Carol’:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/28/a-christmas-carol-is-not-cosy-and-its-angry-message-should-still-haunt-us

Some reaction to AI restorations of art:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/gustav-klimt-google-digital-reconstructions/2021/12/28/4a18f61e-36a5-11ec-8be3-e14aaacfa8ac_story.html

Pondering the world’s oldest sport:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/12/whats-the-oldest-sport/

On the continued use of ‘horsepower’:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-horsepower

Feature on a pile of audio recordings entering the public domain:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/30/1068580723/want-to-hear-the-first-ad-for-a-soda-recorded-a-century-ago-now-you-can

… and one on texts:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/winnie-the-pooh-sun-also-rises-among-works-going-public-in-2022

Feature on the history of ‘human zoos’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/29/arts/design/human-zoos-africa-museum.html

Feature on Tupaia’s map of the Pacific Islands:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2021/reading-pacific-navigators-mysterious-map

Some revisionism about Prohibition:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/real-history-prohibition-global/620929/

Review of Jonathan Gottschall, *The Story Paradox*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/30/books/review/the-story-paradox-jonathan-gottschall.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Not sure about this study linking ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the Freemasons:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/31/freemasonry-behind-auld-lang-syne-arm-linking-at-new-year-study-reveals
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-59838057

Feature on Watch Night:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/30/opinion/watch-night-new-years-eve.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Rubens:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/understanding-the-antique/

Ancient Greeks:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7562088/collection-shows-the-competitive-spirit-of-ancient-greece/
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7566110/the-modern-relevance-of-the-ancient-greeks/

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be opening in the second half of 2022:

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395303006304

Artefacts of the month at assorted Egyptian museums:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/454327/Antiquities/Museums/IN-PHOTOS-Egypt;s-museums-put-on-show-Artefacts-of.aspx

The Boston MFA has opened its revamped Greece/Rome galleries:

https://pappaspost.com/boston-museum-of-fine-arts-unveils-transformed-galleries-of-ancient-greek-byzantine-artwork/

NYPL Treasures:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/28/arts/design/ny-public-library-treasures.html

Plans for a Palestinian Virtual Museum of Archaeological Objects:

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1866565-unesco-sweden-partner-to-establish-palestinian-virtual-museum-of-archaeological-objects

The Swedish National Museum has acquited a gold box with a portrait of Gustavus III:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62994

Interesting app to tour the British Museum with a focus on ten looted items in their collection:

https://hyperallergic.com/702540/an-app-guides-gives-you-the-truth-behind-10-looted-objects-in-the-british-museum/

On museums and Nazi-looted art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/02/retrieved-after-decades-the-painting-supposedly-bought-by-the-nazis

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On DNA preserved in archaeological sediments:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-dna-archaeological-sediments-thousands-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211227154312.htm
https://scitechdaily.com/how-ancient-human-and-animal-dna-is-preserved-in-archaeological-sediments-for-thousands-of-years/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cave-sediment-dna-10411.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/119/1/e2113666118

… and DNA preserved in ‘nit glue’ from South American mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-nits-ancient-mummies-south-american.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211228220818.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/28/how-nit-glue-could-help-answer-head-scratchers-about-our-ancestors
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ancient-human-dna-found-in-e2-80-98nit-glue-e2-80-99-say-scientists/ar-AASfeNJ
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/nits-on-ancient-mummies-shed-light-on-south-american-ancestry/142375
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mummies-secrets-revealed-by-ancient-dna-preserved-in-lice-cement-180979300/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10259-211230-head-lice-dna

cf: https://academic.oup.com/mbe/advance-article/doi/10.1093/molbev/msab351/6481551

In case you missed the DNA side of the wreck of the Clotilda:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/12/26/dna-found-preserved-sunken-slave-ship-could-help-descendants/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dna-of-enslaved-africans-may-be-recovered-from-ship-ltv9zfgk9
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/27/last-known-slave-ship-clotilda-human-dna/9022380002/

More on DNA as evidence of large-scale migration from France to Britain some 3000 years bp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59741723
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ancient-dna-reveals-large-scale-migrations.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10249-211228-britain-bronze-age

… and with a drinking milk adaptation spin:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2021/december/britons-adapted-to-drink-milk-millennium-earlier-than-Europeans.html

More on the revelations of family relationships revealed by DNA from people interred in the 5700 years bp Hazleton North long cairn:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/22/uk/worlds-oldest-family-tree-scli-scn-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10248-211227-neolithic-family-tree
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this project to made 3d models of Indigenous artifacts in British Museums:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-project-creating-3d-models-of-indigenous-artifacts-in-british-museums/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of sites in Florida threatened by climate change:

https://www.wuwf.org/2021-12-29/florida-study-documents-condition-existence-of-endangered-coastal-archaeological-sites
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Thuringia:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-thuringia/a-45260059
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Antigone:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59701738

A Vivaldi opera was performed in Ferrara for the first time after it was cancelled 300 years ago by the city’s archbishop:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-music-europe-arts-and-entertainment-theater-0219cfc42d6d9229b019a1c6970edb62

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CRIME BEAT
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‘Miscreants’ stole a statue and dug up a section of a temple in Indias Belagavi district:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/800-yr-old-shiva-temple-dug-up-for-treasure/articleshow/88641058.cms

I think we mentioned this bust of antiquities thieves caught plundering a cave in southern Judea:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/26/antiquities-thieves-busted-plundering-ancient-cave-in-southern-judea/

The Monson forgery investigations continue:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/asi-officials-visit-monsons-house/article38065665.ece

More coverage of Turkish occupation forces ‘excavating’ in Afrin:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/829/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/829/pub/829/page/32/article/254063
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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 stolen Cybele statue was returned to Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kybele-returns-to-western-city-170342

A call for the return of assorted items associated with Tipu Sultan in the UK:

https://hyperallergic.com/701792/the-british-government-should-return-tipus-treasures-to-india/

200+ items from those big looted antiquities cases in New York returned to Italy:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/12/30/art-cops-bring-back-200-antiquities-from-usa_ecd0c754-3218-4337-8831-6f46ccb79d0a.html
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/italy-welcomes-home-trafficked-antiquities-from-us-museums-170466
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/italy-welcomes-home-trafficked-antiquities-from-us-museums/2021/12/30/c017ec00-6998-11ec-9390-eae241f4c8b1_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-travel-arts-and-entertainment-new-york-museums-6f414d70326fede274a00714f95f9b1d
https://www.newsweek.com/stolen-cache-italian-antiquities-us-museums-returned-accused-trafficker-large-1664520

Turkey recovered 3000+ artifacts this year:

https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/over-3-000-cultural-artifacts-returned-to-turkiye-this-year-53154

OpEddish thing on items Egypt would like returned:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/will-egypt-manage-bring-home-all-smuggled-artifacts
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NUMISMATICA
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A study of ‘dolphin coinage’ from Olbia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/30/nothing-fishy-about-ancient-greek-dolphin-money/

Feature on the top ‘coin treasures’ found in 2021:

https://www.livescience.com/coin-treasures-uncovered-2021

Feature on ancient pierced coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-hole-truth-ancient-coins-that-were-pierced/

Feature on the coins from that pair of shipwrecks off Caesarea:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/coins-of-different-eras-recovered-from-shipwrecks-off-israel-s-coast

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n52.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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John Padberg:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/12/30/john-padberg-obituary-omalley-jesuit-242139

An overview of assorted folks in the art world who died in 2021:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/2021-obituaries-2049322
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3127-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-19th-through-december-25th-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, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests 1.5 million years of early humans hunting animals to extinction in Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-early-humans-largest-animals-extinction.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211221102708.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-689385
https://www.timesofisrael.com/early-humans-repeatedly-killed-out-the-biggest-beasts-around-israeli-study-finds/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379121005230

Questioning the ‘superiority’ of homo sapiens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/debunking-the-myth-of-homo-sapiens-superiority

Latest feature on the path(s) taken by homo sapiens out of Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-africa-path-homo-sapiens.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/938884

More on Neanderthals modifying the environment in Germany some 125 000 years bp:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neanderthal-landscapes-10386.html
https://scitechdaily.com/neanderthals-changed-ecosystems-125000-years-ago-were-not-primal-hippies/

More on the 215 000 years bp mammoth butchery site near Swindon:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mammoth-graveyard-uk
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59702237
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/19/five-ice-age-mammoths-unearthed-in-cotswolds-after-220000-years
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10326245/Archaeologists-unearth-skeletons-five-prehistoric-elephants-finding-Neanderthal-axe.html
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/48645/20211222/mammoth-graveyard-mammoth-remains-200-000-years-ago.htm
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/22/neanderthal-tools-mammoth-graveyard/
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19795029.swindon-couple-unearth-five-220-000-year-old-ice-age-mammoths-site-near-town/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10241-211221-england-mammoth-tools
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AFRICA
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Using 50 000 years bp eggshell beads to track trade and social networks in Africa:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/2080930/beads-social-network-africa?c=1935799
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ostrich-eggshell-beads-reveal-year-old.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/23/africa/africa-beads-stone-age-social-network-scn/index.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ostrich-eggshell-beads-reveal-50000-year-old-social-network-across-africa/142314
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03681-2
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/21/ostrich-eggshell-beads-reveal-50000-year-old-social-network-across-africa/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10243-211221-ostrich-eggshell-beads

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04227-2

More on the Ethiopian government recovering the site of Lalibela from rebel hands:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59726191
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The search for Nefertiti’s tomb has resumed:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/egypt-resumes-hunt-nefertitis-tomb-amid-historical-debate

More on ‘golden tongued’ mummies:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/golden-tongued-mummies-might-have-talked-with-ancient-gods

More on the ‘garbage dump’ in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-garbage-dump-discovered-in-temple

More on the 13 000 ostraca from various periods found near Sohag:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/446523.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10238-211220-egypt-sohag-ostraca

Feature on major archaeological ‘events’ of 2021 in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111224/What-are-the-major-archeological-events-in-2021-Part-Two

French archaeologists have returned to Egypt:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20211209-french-archaeological-missions-make-post-pandemic-return-to-egypt

An Elamite-era tablet from the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468385/Elamite-clay-tablet-unearthed-in-mysterious-Burnt-City

Efforts to preserve the archaeological site at a hill in Ramezan are under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468377/Archaeologists-to-safeguard-ancient-mount-in-western-Iran

Feature on efforts to conserve archaeological remains revealed during pre-dam rescue operations iin western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468314/Archaeologists-tell-of-efforts-to-conserve-ancient-culture-near

Feature on Austen Henry Layard:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/12/rethinking-austen-henry-layard

A cave and 5000 years bp petroglyphs from Turkey’s Aydin province:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cave-rock-paintings-found-in-aydin-170173

Remains of 4500 years bp rope from Turkey’s Seyitomer Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/4500-year-old-rope-remains-found-in-turkeys-seyitomer-mound/news

Ongoing excavations at Dara have revealed a hitherto unknown mound:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-mound-found-in-ancient-dara-170200

Feature on mummies from Anatolia (not really ancient, it seems):

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/mummies-in-anatolia-expect-the-unexpected-52987

A 14th century inscription from Giresun Island:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/14th-century-inscription-found-on-turkeys-giresun-island/news

Again I’m not sure where to put this item on Turkish forces shelling archaeological sites:

https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/turkish-forces-shell-sherawas-archaeological-sites-h28187.html

Feature/documentary hype on a film about Gobeklitepe:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-should-be-passed-on-to-future-generations-170303

7000 years bp evidence of social beer drinking from Tel Tsaf:

https://www.independent.co.uk/world/first-beer-drank-israel-7000-years-ago-b1980176.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/prehistoric-israelis-enjoyed-their-booze-some-7000-years-ago-689184
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-study-finds-first-evidence-of-social-beer-consumption-in-7000-year-old-town/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/22/copper-age-residents-of-jordan-valley-were-social-drinkers-research-reveals/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/haifa-u-archaeologists/2021/12/21/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/22/content_77945584.htm

Evidence suggests Pontius Pilate built a Jerusalem aqueduct:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-notorious-pontius-pilate-is-the-one-who-built-jerusalem-aqueduct-study-finds-1.10478621
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/hebrew-u-study-credits-pontius-pilate-with-building-the-sophisticated-biar-aqueduct-in-jerusalem/2021/12/19/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/pontius-pilate-and-the-jerusalem-aqueduct/

Lawrence Schiffman on the Damascus Document:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/s-d-fraades-the-damascus-document-the-oxford-commentary-on-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

A medieval (?) fortress site from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/culture/187218.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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Study suggests that Myceneans may have been the earliest to make use of coal:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-identify-oldest-use-of-fossil-fuels-in-europe-1.10480844

Eight 4th century burials from Turkey’s Ordu province:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/4th-century-tombs-unearthed-near-turkeys-black-sea-coast/2456773

A pair of shipwrecks off the coast of Caesarea; most coverage is on a ‘Good Shepherd’ ring from the Roman-era one (the other is later):

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-israeli-archaeologists-treasures-ancient-shipwrecks.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/22/israeli-archaeologists-find-treasure-trove-among-mediterranean-shipwrecks
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-ship-wreck-good-shepherd-ring-b1981236.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-ring-jesus-found-shipwrecks-coast-of-israel-chq557cgm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-689444
https://www.timesofisrael.com/underwater-treasure-1700-year-old-coins-among-shipwrecked-items-found-off-caesarea/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/gold-rings-coins-and-early-christian-art-found-in-shipwrecks-off-israel-s-coast-1.10485635
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rkde88xik
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/319062
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/spectacular-ancient-treasure-discovered-in-shipwrecks-off-the-coast-of-caesarea/2021/12/22/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/22/hundreds-of-coins-gold-rings-found-in-sunken-ships-off-israeli-coast/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10336363/Stunning-Good-Shepard-ring-depicts-young-Jesus-holding-Roman-era-shipwrecks.html
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/centuries-old-good-shepherd-ring-recovered-shipwrecks-off-israel-2021-12-22/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211222-good-shepherd-gold-ring-found-in-roman-era-wreck-off-israel
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/23/good-shepherd-ring-israel/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/treasures-found-in-ancient-shipwrecks-170284
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archeologists-find-christian-good-shepherd-ring-in-roman-shipwreck/a-60233874
https://apnews.com/article/science-business-lifestyle-middle-east-israel-36fe1e17dbcb53c8518bb7542331767f
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/23/israel-antiquities-shipwreck-caesarea/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gold-ring-jesus-treasure-trove-ancient-shipwreck-israel/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/caesarea-shipwrecks-10397.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/israeli-divers-trove-antiquities-shipwrecks-2054381
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/underwater-archaeologists-recover-treasures-from-ancient-shipwrecks/142332
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-christian-ring-found-in-third-century-shipwreck-near-Israel-180979282/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10247-211222-israel-shipwrecks-coins

A 1900 years bp sarcophagus lid was found in a garbage dump in Ashkelon:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1900-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-rescued-from-ashkelon-garbage-dump/2021/12/21/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/21/antiquities-inspectors-find-1900-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-in-dump/
https://www.jns.org/1900-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-rescued-from-ashkelon-garbage-dump/

I think we mentioned this find of a Caligula-era Roman camp from Velsen a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/26/roman-fort-built-by-caligula-discovered-velsen-near-amsterdam

A Roman military diploma from a dig in Bratislava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22807426/ancient-diploma-found-by-archaeologists-in-bratislava.html

We may have mentioned this altar site associated with Demeter from Blaundus:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/archaeology/archeologists-unearth-altar-site-for-greek-goddess-in-western-turkey-3586443
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/altar-site-for-greek-goddess-demeter-found-in-turkeys-blaundus/news
https://greekherald.com.au/news/altar-site-greek-goddess-demeter-unearthed-western-turkey/

A Hellenic-era unfinished statue find from Veria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/23/hellenic-era-statue-found-in-veria-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/22/hellenic-statue-veria-greece/

Remains Roman-era (wide date range) structures from Corsica:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62985

More on the find of a possible sanctuary of Melqart/Temple of Hercules near Cadiz:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10329795/Long-lost-Temple-Hercules-Gaditanus-9th-century-BC-coast-Spain.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-temple-of-hercules-discovered-off-coast-of-spain-mvr62s2jx
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/22/temple-of-hercules-gaditanus-where-the-god-was-worshipped-by-the-ancient-greeks-and-romans-in-the-9th-century-bc-may-have-been-discovered-off-the-coast-of-spain/

More on the torso of Hercules found at Aizanoi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/20/statue-heracles-ancient-greek-aizanoi/

More on the pair of Roman statues from Blaundus:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/22/2000-year-old-statues-hellenic-blaundos/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/archaeologists-unearth-2000-year-old.html

More on the sources for Roman silver on the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2021/21-74.aspx
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211217123811.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10244-211221-roman-silver-coins

More on reuse of Roman building material in a Serbian village:

https://menafn.com/1103398322/UK-Held-up-by-history-Roman-ruins-provide-building-blocks-forSerbian-village&source=25

More on the ‘protection’ of a recently-revealed mosaic in Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/experts-protect-roman-era-mosaic-love-story-in-turkeys-izmir/news

… and another feature on how it was found as a result of illegal excavations:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/illegal-excavations-unearth-roman-villa-170252

More on that recent find of a victim of Vesuvius at Herculaneum:

https://www.livescience.com/man-vaporized-by-vesuvius

More on evidence of crucifixion from Roman Britain:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/rare-evidence-for-roman-crucifixion-found-in-second-century-britain/?mqsc=E4140182&dk=ZE14D0ZF0

Plans to restore the ‘Macedonian Tower’ (I think that’s what it’s called; it’s actually Roman) in Turkey’s Erdine province:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/roman-era-tower-in-northwestern-turkey-set-for-restoration-3586648
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/edirnes-roman-era-tower-to-serve-as-cultural-space/news

Fendi revealed their restoration of Rome’s Temple of Venus and Rome:

https://wwd.com/eye/lifestyle/fendi-unveils-restoration-of-romes-temple-of-venus-and-rome-1235021689/

The ‘Pompeii Chariot’ as one of the ‘greatest’ archaeological finds of 2021:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/20/pompeii-chariot-2021s-greatest-archaeological-finds/

A top ten list of ancient Greek finds for 2021:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/20/ancient-greek-archaeological-discoveries-2021/

Feature on the Huntingdon Hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59665406

Feature on the House of Menander in Pompeii:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/21/house-menander-pompeii-ancient-greek-themes/

Feature on the early life of Cleopatra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/the-early-life-of-cleopatra/142343

… and a feature on the fall of Mark Antony and Cleopatra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/the-fall-of-mark-anthony-and-cleopatra/142323

Feature on snakes and healing in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/23/snakes-ancient-greece/

Feature on the shield of Achilles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/23/the-legendary-shield-of-achilles/

Feature on Athens’ Tower of the Winds:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/24/tower-winds-oldest-meteorological-station/

Another feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/24/ancient-greece-antikythera-mechanism/

A 3d flythrough tour of Classical Athens:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1174291/watch-a-3d-flythrough-tour-of-classical-athens/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-122321

A former UK culture minister thinks the Parthenon Sculptures should be returned:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/22/parthenon-marbles-should-be-returned-to-greece-former-uk-culture-minister-says
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/22/uk-culture-minister-parthenon-marbles-returned/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/parthenon-marbles-restitution-2053596

Nice backgrounder on the Parthenon Sculptures debate:

https://www.dw.com/en/parthenon-marbles-a-200-year-old-restitution-dispute/a-60146803

OpEd from the New York Times on the situation in the times of museum repatriation efforts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/20/arts/design/parthenon-marbles-restitution.html

… and similar from the Independent:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/artefacts-british-museum-elgin-parthenon-marbles-b1980643.html

… and some reactions:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/12/21/new-york-times-gia-glypta-parthenona-i-vretania-ypostirizei-oti-i-tychi-toys-den-tin-afora/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/new-york-times-article-addresses-parthenon-marbles/

… and more on the younger Boris Johnson advocating for their return:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/12/22/news/young-boris-johnson-was-passionately-advocating-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of an Iron Age settlement found during roundabout construction near Upton upon Severn:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-59755844
https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/2727/iron_age_settlement_unearthed_on_site_of_upton_a38_roundabout_works
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/stunning-drone-footage-archaeologists-unearthing-22545747

A 1400-1700 years bp ‘neck ring’ from Jutland:

https://cphpost.dk/?p=130253

Carbon dating suggests Viking-era trade began in 775 CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-dates-viking-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211222153037.htm

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04240-5
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03769-9

A pair of 1000 years bp brooches from the Isle of Man are being used to suggest there were Viking women there too:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/isle-of-man-settled-by-female-vikings-along-with-the-men-2052230

12th/13th century finds (including a birch bark letter) from Novgorod:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-unearth-birch-bark-letter-in-novgorod/142348

Vague item on possible medieval waste from a housing development site in Lindal:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19793700.archaeologists-reveal-findings-35-house-development-site-lindal/

A 14th/15th century ‘item of archaeological interest’ from Alicante:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/12/24/artifact-of-high-archaeological-interest-uncovered-in-alicante/

Remains of a medieval castle tower at Auckland Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-59740527
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-university-archaeology-auckland-castle-22522738

A King David the Builder coin find from Georgia:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2021/4044

A metal detectorist found a huge hoard of 220 years bp forged coins in Staffordshire:

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/britains-biggest-ever-hoard-forged-6404269
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/22/novice-metal-detectorist-unearths-britains-largest-haul-forged/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/825/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/825/pub/825/page/39/article/253434

The Island of Jersey has purchased the Le CatillonII hoard (70 000 Celtic coins found back in 2012) from the Queen:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jersey-coin-hoard-found-by-metal-detectors-is-sold-for-4m-hbsg8c2v6

More on the 10 000 years bp female child burial dubbed ‘Neve’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/12/earliest-modern-female-human-infant-burial-found-in-europe

More on the large Viking/Norse longhouse found at the Gjellestad site in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/norse-longhouse-discovered-viking-ship-burial

More on folks reaching the Faroe Islands earlier than previously thought:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211216145936.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-sheep-poop-tells-the-tale-of-the-faroe-islands-first-inhabitants-180979265/

More on the possible reality of the Viking ‘Blood Eagle’ ritual:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-disturbing-viking-ritual.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/brutal-viking-torture-method-anatomically-possible-concludes-new-research
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/23/disturbing-viking-ritual-could-have-really-happened-say-researchers/

More on the restoration of that reused Roman rock crystal jar from the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/17/extraordinary-restoration-of-roman-rock-crystal-jar-from-galloway-hoard
https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/galloway-hoard-yields-exciting-discovery-3501093
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/treasure-discovery-roman-gold-crystal-archeology-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-gold-wrapped-jar-may-reveal-the-splendor-of-early-medieval-britain-180979266/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10240-211220-scotland-galloway-hoard

More on that 13th century ‘falconry figurine’ from Oslo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-depictions-falconry-in-scandinavia-is-discovered-180979261/

Another 2021 ‘treasure finds’ piece … this one focuses on Cambridge and Peterborough:

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/dozens-of-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-last-year-3506250

Suggestion that rising sea levels may have contributed to the Vikings leaving Greenland:

https://www.livescience.com/agu-floods-drove-vikings-from-greenland
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10239-211220-greenland-viking-climate

Feature on the megalithic site of the Cromlech of the Almendres (Portugal):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0bbrfm1/the-mysteries-of-portugal-s-7-000-year-old-stonehenge-

Feature on the origins of Venice on Torcello:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/torcello-venice-island/index.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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Brief item on some recently-found Neolithic finds from various sites in China:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/819132-china-releases-five-archaeological-discoveries-dating-back-to-neolithic-age

Evidence of 5000 years bp cultural exchange from the Suyang site in Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-12/21/content_77943928.htm

A Western Zhou Dynasty vessel from the outskirts of Beijing which is being associated with a similar find from the 1970s:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2021-12-21/detail-ihatyfhf5832592.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-22/New-archaeological-discoveries-unravel-mystery-of-ancient-Yan-kingdom-16cQFGc1goU/index.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1243102.shtml
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62959

A Warring States period royal tomb from Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211225/e0a73822aa274631b4b068b1302ce105/c.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1243396.shtml

Tang Dynasty cliff statues and other sites found in China’s Shaanxi province:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-23/Tang-dynasty-grotto-sites-and-cliff-statues-discovered–16dGpyt0Iz6/index.html

A Jin Dynasty tomb from Shaanxi with ‘prayer murals’:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/20211224/65e540e659724d5cb2a8c4373f170451/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2021-12/25/content_77952125.htm

57 Qing Dynasty burials from Hunan:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/819185-57-ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-central-china-s-hunan

Tombs from various time periods from Chenzhou:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/20/content_77941036.htm

More on 8000 years bp evidence of alcohol use in China:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-liquor-brewing-pots-from-8000-years-ago-4572908.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-one-of-the-world-s-oldest-alcohol-8000-year-old-evidence-found-in-china-2924736

More on the find of Emperor Wen of Han’s tomb:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62941

Neolithic petroglyphs from a site in Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/rock-paintings-petroglyphs-discovered-in-madurai-cave/articleshow/88482262.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/dec/24/3000-year-old-rock-cave-art-found-in-madurai-2399213.html

A 4th/5th century CE ‘hero stone’ from Villapuram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/hero-stone-unearthed-in-villupuram-district/article38007982.ece

5th century CE sculptures from Chengalpattu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/centuries-old-sculptures-found-in-chengalpattu/article37993163.ece

A 13th century temple find from Guntur in Andra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/andhra-pradesh-13th-century-temple-found-in-guntur-district/articleshow/88392536.cms

Several sites found in a survey of Pakistan’s Mohmand district:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/858468/pre-historic-archaeological-sites-discovered-in-mohmand/

More on the charred food remains from the 800 years BCE site of Kadebakele:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/938345
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10245-211221-india-charred-lumps

More on that 2300 years bp apsidal Buddhist temple from Swat:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1664783
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2300-year-old-buddhist-temple-unearthed-in-pakistan/news
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/22-Dec-2021/oldest-buddhist-temple-discovered-in-pakistan
https://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/2300yearold-buddhist-temple-treasure-found-in-pakistan-what-you-should-know-1639995575-1
https://english.newstracklive.com/news/2300yearold-temple-found-during-excavation-in-pakistan-several-rare-artifacts-also-recovered-ta303-1199439-1.html?s=aprp
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Expansion of the Boral sand mine was approved despite the find of Indigenous artifacts:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-24/government-rejects-indigenous-calls-to-stop-dunmore-sand-mine/100724678
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible First Nations burial found during sewer construction in Surrey (BC):

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/must-reads/25-human-bone-fragments-found-in-surrey-sewer-dig-4884103

Sewer construction also has revealed unspecified archaeological artifacts in Ephrata (Washington):

https://columbiabasinherald.com/news/2021/dec/23/pause-ephrata-halts-work-sewer-improvements-after-/
https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/business/on-pause-ephrata-halts-work-on-sewer-improvements-after-archaeological-find/article_c1036470-3113-5883-b305-036521da501c.html

Another ‘forgotten’/unmarked African American cemetery from a building site in Clearwater, Florida:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/20/1065178753/florida-fourth-black-cemetery-discovered
https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/12/20/thank-god-you-found-me-florida-officials-unearth-fourth-forgotten-black-cemetery-0
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-graves-clearwater-business/67-90f1609f-b5e7-4b08-8cf5-cbcdcaaff5f9
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10246-211221-florida-clearwater-cemetery

The wreck of the Clotilda is better preserved than folks thought:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-slave-ship-intact-coast.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/25/us/clotilda-slaveship-africa-alabama.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-alabama-atlantic-ocean-mobile-e385a066591f675fc0129cdb16a59836
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wreck-last-us-slave-ship-mostly-intact-alabama-coast-researchers-find-rcna9739
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/americas-last-slave-ship-is-more-intact-than-anyone-thought

Concerns for Inuvialuit sites dealing with coastal erosion:

https://www.nnsl.com/news/race-is-on-to-preserve-inuvialuit-archaeology/

Feature on the ‘Sun Temple’ at Mesa Verde:

https://coloradosun.com/2021/12/19/sun-temple-mesa-verde-observatory-solstice/
https://www.ksut.org/news/2021-12-20/is-southwest-colorado-home-to-an-ancient-astronomical-observatory-the-question-is-testing-archaeological-limits

Feature on Michele Troutman’s work with Early Archaic stone tools:

https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/3438/when-rocks-were-tools-research-offers-insights-into-the-deep-past
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A pre-Columbian stone sphere from Palmar Sur de Osa:

https://thecostaricanews.com/tico-archaeologists-find-a-new-pre-columbian-sphere-in-palmar-sur-de-osa/

LiDAR detected some unknown structures in Machu Picchu National Park:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-reveal-unknown-structures-in-the-machu-picchu-national-park/142317

Feature on the Chachabamba complex at Machu Picchu:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-uncover-ceremonial-water-structures-machu-picchu-2053699

Feature on Chavin de Huantar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/unraveling-the-mysterious-traditions-within-chavin-de-huantar

Interesting theory on the purpose of the Nazca lines:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/12/23/could-this-southern-california-man-have-solved-the-mystery-of-the-nazca-lines/
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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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Four of the important ‘advancements’ of archaeology in 2021:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/24/1063057224/archeology-science-discovery-2021-dna-mammoth

Other lists of top finds from 2021 (focus varies; most are ‘top ten’):

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/december/biblical-archaeology-top-10-discoveries-new-artifacts-2021.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-21/CMG-releases-list-of-top-10-intl-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021-16asSCZhP0I/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/TIMELINE-jerusalem-discovery-unleashes-biblical-bedlam-top-archaeology-stories-of-2021-1.10494373
https://vervetimes.com/top-10-most-fascinating-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021/
https://www.wpr.org/look-worlds-most-important-archaeological-discoveries
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-hidden-roman-mosaic-ice-age-mammoths-and-more-ancient-discoveries-made-in-2021/ss-AAS7tV1?li=BBnbklE
https://gizmodo.com/the-11-coolest-archaeological-finds-of-2021-1848192560
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/24/1063057224/archeology-science-discovery-2021-dna-mammoth

Xray analysis confirms a forged date on a Lincoln pardon of a Civil War soldier:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/x-ray-analysis-confirms-forged-date-on-lincoln-pardon-of-civil-war-soldier/

They managed to do the reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware this year:

https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-511942bcfc62454fe68b65f18e7bdcda

A study of the importance of limpets in various contexts:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/20/no-longer-just-famine-food-and-the-fish-of-death/

A study of Mediterranean migration via shipwreck evidence:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ephemeral-evidence-mediterranean-mobility.html

Feature on volunteering on a dig:

https://theconversation.com/volunteer-on-a-dig-for-the-thrill-of-digging-up-the-past-youll-also-learn-to-hate-buckets-171214

On the erotic origins of cannoli:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210113-the-erotic-origins-of-italys-most-famous-sweet

On the history of doughnuts:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211214-doughnuts-the-fried-treat-that-conquered-the-modern-world

Marking the anniversary of Passchendaele:

https://www.48thhighlanders.ca/104th-anniversary-passchendaele/

Review of Joe Moshenska’s biography of Milton:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/john-milton-making-darkness-light/620847/

Feature on Sanora Babb’s *Whose Names are Unknown*:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/forgotten-dust-bowl-novel-rivaled-grapes-wrath-180959196/

Feature on the ‘grandmother hypothesis’:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-12-21/the-grandmother-hypothesis-how-humankind-owes-its-success-to-matriarchs.html

On the death of China’s purported oldest woman:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/china-personalities/article/3160416/chinas-oldest-living-person-uygur-woman

A major fundraiser to preserve a ‘lost’ Bronte library:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/arts/honresfield-library-bronte.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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They opened that ‘time capsule’ associated with the Robert E Lee statue in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/19/us/time-capsule-richmond-lee-statue.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/22/us/virginia-lee-time-capsule-open-trnd/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/22/1067064001/experts-find-books-a-coin-and-an-envelope-in-robert-e-lee-statues-base
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/contents-time-capsule-removed-robert-e-lee-statue-pedestal-revealed-rcna9738
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-capsule-found-beneath-richmond-robert-lee-monument-confound-historians-180979295/

… and it might not be the one they were looking for, apparently:

https://richmond.com/news/local/the-box-found-inside-the-robert-e-lee-pedestal-is-a-time-capsule-but-its/article_7e1e3f75-a780-5511-9177-2e583ff7d602.html

Meanwhile, descendents of John C. Calhoun are suing after Charleston removed his statue:

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/descendants-of-john-c-calhoun-sue-city-of-charleston-over-removal-of-monument-wciv

Feature on the Winter Solstice:

https://www.wired.com/story/winter-solstice/

… and coverage of solstice-related events:

https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/d19b0-opw-announces-live-streaming-of-winter-solstice-at-newgrange/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-21/stonehenge-se-reencuentra-con-el-solsticio-de-invierno-sus-druidas-y-sus-misterios-paganos.html

Feature on the ‘sordid origins’ of Christmas:

https://theconversation.com/the-sordid-underbelly-of-christmas-past-172873
https://www.rawstory.com/the-sordid-underbelly-of-christmas-past/
https://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/2021/12/22/christmas-origin-history-pagan-holiday-saturnalia-meaning/6499348001/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-23/las-saturnales-las-navidades-como-se-celebraban-antes-de-cristo.html

… and one on Greek and Roman origins:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/24/the-greek-and-roman-origins-of-christmas-traditions/

Feature on Christmas cake origins:

https://www.dw.com/en/traditional-christmas-cake-dresdens-stollen/av-60086425

Feature on the WWI Christmas truce:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/12/25/christmas-truce-world-war-i/8908782002/?gnt-cfr=1

Backgrounder on mistletoe:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/20/why-do-we-kiss-under-mistletoe/8632116002/

On the history of glass decorations for Christmas trees:

https://theconversation.com/the-chemistry-of-christmas-baubles-and-the-great-scientist-who-made-them-possible-173944

Feature on assorted Santa-related items in the Beinecke archives:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/12/20/santas-mirth-and-merriment-resound-beinecke-archives

Feature on Victorian Christmas cards:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/12/victorian-christmas-cards-history-goodall-company.html

Feature on Mary:

https://theconversation.com/5-things-to-know-about-mary-the-mother-of-jesus-172483

A philosophical defense of Christmas merriment:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/12/christmas-merriment-hedonism-philosophy/621010/

First ‘New Year’s history’ item:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/the-new-year-once-started-in-march-heres-why

Not really sure where this item on modern reactions to the Dreyfus Affair should be put:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dreyfus-affair-france-far-right-zemmour-macron-antisemitism-rcna8869

Another item on Catherine the Great and smallpox vaccinations:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/that-time-catherine-the-great-championed-smallpox-vaccinations/

Latest on the cuts to archaeology at USheffield:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-59747456

Advocating for diversity in archaeology:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-underwater-archaeologist-advocates-diversity-field.html

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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An artist’s efforts to save endangered alphabets:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/writer-tim-brookes-creates-works-of-art-to-save-the-worlds-endangered-alphabets/Content?oid=34464528

More linguistic items relating to omicron:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/14/greek-alphabet-covid-variant/
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/a-linguistic-look-at-omicron

More on the agriculture-connected spread of languages in Asia some 10 000 years bp:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/new-evidence-for-how-languages-spread-10-000-years-ago
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Rubens: Picturing Antiquity:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/rubens-and-the-inspiration-of-ancient-greece-and-rome/

Gold to Gold:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/photos-artefacts-from-6th-century-bc-found-in-a-burial-mound-in-northern-croatia/

Ancient Greeks:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7556283/jury-duty-to-drinking-games-what-you-didnt-know-about-ancient-greece/
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7560962/fearsome-mythology-and-a-touch-of-marble/?cs=14231

Robert Caro:

https://slate.com/podcasts/working/2021/12/robert-caro-museum-exhibition-curating?

The Horse in Ancient Athens:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/12/23/ippos-to-alogo-stin-archaia-athina-amerikaniki-scholi-klasikon-spoydon-stin-athina/

Feature on the restoration of the Mosul Museum:

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20211220-mosul-museum-restores-artefacts-destroyed-by-islamic-state-jihadists-in-iraq
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iraqi-museum-restores-treasures-destroyed-by-jihadists-170195

The Nelson-Atkins Museum has acquired a very early daguerreotype portrait:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/20/nelson-atkins-museum-acquires-early-daguerreotype-portrait

Latest transfers to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/111056/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-269-huge-artifacts-from-Egyptian-Museum
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/446723/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-collection-of-ancie.aspx

British Museum remains stubborn regarding removing items from display:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/no-intention-removing-anything-display/

Hyping the new archaeological museum for Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/12/22/new-cyprus-museum-will-be-islands-biggest-cultural-project-with-video/

The National Gallery is confronting slavery-related items in its collection:

https://elpais.com/eps/2021-12-24/la-national-gallery-enfrenta-el-esclavismo-en-su-coleccion.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Ongoing media fascination with that estate sale Durer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/arts/albrecht-durer-drawing-discovered.html
https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-travel-london-museums-massachusetts-0e051e8e59e8a250a63e1819c42970e6
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/18/1065433105/opinion-albrecht-durers-lesson-for-all-of-us-today

A Rodin is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/arts/design/rodin-grave-memorial-auction.html

A (purported) Caravaggio rescued from an auction earlier this year was given protected status by Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/22/suspected-caravaggio-work-given-protected-status-in-spain
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-22/la-comunidad-de-madrid-otorga-la-maxima-proteccion-al-eccehomo-y-refuerza-la-teoria-de-que-es-de-caravaggio.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests there was a large-scale migration to Britain from France some 3000 years bp:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/12/ancient-dna-study-reveals-large-scale-migrations-into-bronze-age-britain
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-harvard-geneticists-ancient-britain-insights.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211222153107.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59741723
https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/research/ancient-dna-study-migration-bronze-age/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211223-france-possible-source-of-half-of-britain-s-ancient-genes-study
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-genetic-study-detects-unknown-vast-migration-to-britain-3-000-years-ago-1.10470103
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/22/science/archaeology-britain-migration-dna-reich.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2302954-bronze-age-migration-may-have-brought-celtic-languages-to-britain/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04287-4
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03770-2

Interesting study of the DNA-revealed kin relationships of people buried in the 5700 years bp Hazleton North long cairn:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ancient-dna-reveals-world-oldest.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211222153113.htm
https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-tomb-family-relationships
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-archaeologists-oldest-family-tree-b1980852.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/22/worlds-oldest-family-tree-costwolds-tomb-hazleton-north-long-cairn-dna
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59774315
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/22/uk/worlds-oldest-family-tree-scli-scn-intl-gbr/index.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-12-22/descubierta-la-familia-mas-antigua-conocida-un-hombre-y-cuatro-mujeres-de-hace-5700-anos-con-su-descendencia.html
https://scitechdaily.com/ancient-dna-from-neolithic-tombs-in-britain-reveals-the-worlds-oldest-family-tree/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/48681/20211224/6000-year-old-tomb-england-world-s-oldest-known-family-tree.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ancient-dna-reveals-the-worlds-oldest-family-tree/142340

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04241-4
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03799-3
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on how art restorers find ‘hidden’ details:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-art-restorers-uncover-hidden-details-in-artworks/a-60242165

I think we mentioned this ‘algorithm-based’ restoration of a Jewish text:

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-with-an-algorithm-researchers-piece-together-a-jewish-text-lost-centuries-ago-1.10483030

More on technology being use in Hong Kong conservation efforts:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3160305/drones-other-new-technology-join-front-line-hong-kong
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TOURISTY THINGS
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European churches:

https://www.dw.com/en/europes-most-beautiful-churches/g-60151402

Nineveh:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20211224153412.htm
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Recreating the Church of the Nativity’s medieval music:

https://www.jpost.com/christian-news/article-689353

Macbeth:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-arts-and-entertainment-movies-oscar-isaac-joel-coen-926464971330ffcf8c73c188e7ae7e26
https://theweek.com/culture/1005400/macbeth-is-a-christmas-movie

Feature on Gilbert and Sullivan:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-689503

Celebrating Rumi and Sufism in Turkey:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/25/1068016227/whirling-dervishes-rumi

What Egypt thinks of Aida:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/23/travesty-or-tragedy-what-egypt-thinks-of-verdi-aida-opera

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust of ‘treasure hunters’ in Sri Lanka:

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_21B/Dec20_1639980900CH.php

A group was caught plundering a cave site in Judea:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/26/antiquities-thieves-busted-plundering-ancient-cave-in-southern-judea/

A father/daughter team was busted in possession of 500+ ancient coins in Serres:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/12/22/serres-pateras-kai-kori-eichan-stin-katochi-toys-perissotera-apo-500-nomismata-megalis-archaiologikis-axias/

Spain has recovered a pile of looted art:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-21/stonehenge-se-reencuentra-con-el-solsticio-de-invierno-sus-druidas-y-sus-misterios-paganos.html

More on the 500 years bp shrunken heads found during a bust in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/500-year-old-shrunken-jivaroan-heads-under-examination-in-izmir/news

More on Steinhardt-related items to be returned to Greece:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/12/20/stolen-antiquities-return-to-greece-from-the-united-states/

… and Almagia items:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/23/greek-roman-artifacts-repatriated-italy/

… and some answers to some questions about the agreement with Steinhardt:

https://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2021/12/Manhattan-District-Attorney-Prosecution-Agreement-Antiquities-Collector-Michael-Steinhardt.html

OpEd on the criminal art trade:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/its-time-to-crack-down-on-the-illegal-art-trade/
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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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Libya and Brazil are coordinating to return smuggled antiquities:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/libya-coordinates-brazil-restore-smuggled-antiquities

Iraq and Germany seem to be having similar discussions:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/iraqi-and-german-authorities-meet-in-berlin-to-discuss-retrieving-smuggled-artifacts/

15 items stolen from Pennsylvania museums in the 60s and 70s were returned:

https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/FBI-Artifacts-stolen-from-museums-in-1960s-16713990.php
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62969

Spain returned a number of items to Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-36-artifacts-smuggled-to-madrid/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/111063/In-pics-Egypt-s-Public-Prosecution-restores-36-antiquities-smuggled
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/446723/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-collection-of-ancie.aspx
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/spain-returns-smuggled-figurines-funeral-jars-egypt-2021-12-20/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-12/21/content_77942893.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10242-211221-spain-egypt-repatriation

Russia returned some Nazi-looted archives to the Jewish community in Greece:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-jewish-archives-stolen-by-nazis-returned-after-nearly-80-years/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coinage of Larissa:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-coinage-of-larissa/

Feature on the influence of historic and ancient coin designs:

https://coinweek.com/education/numismatic-history/the-influence-of-historic-and-ancient-coin-designs/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n51.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Vassos Karageorgis:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/12/22/renowned-archaeologist-vassos-karageorghis-dies/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/prominent-cypriot-archaeologist-vassos-karagiorgis-dies-at-92/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/24/vassos-karagiorgis/

Thomas Kinsella:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/23/books/thomas-kinsella-dead.html

Edward D. Shames:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/us/edward-d-shames-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/3126-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-12th-through-december-18th-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 24.35 ~ December 19, 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, Jona Lendering, 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 125 000 years bp Neanderthal site in Germany suggests they were clearing forests (among other things):

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/12/neanderthals-changed-ecosystems-125000-years-ago
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-neanderthals-ecosystems-years.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10316207/Archaeology-Neanderthals-cleared-forest-Germany-fire-tools-125-000-years-ago.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/prehistoric-site-shows-modern-humans-werent-first-to-change-the-world-11639595870
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertals-first-hominid-modify-environment-forest-grassland
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/un-sitio-prehistorico-muestra-que-los-humanos-modernos-no-fueron-los-primeros-en-cambiar-el-mundo/DWJ5FTCTXJDLHKMNHWOAO6NKHY/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-earliest-evidence-neanderthals-altering-landscape-2050872
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2302065-neanderthals-may-have-cleared-a-european-forest-with-fire-or-tools/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-the-oldest-evidence-of-ancient-humans-altering-the-natural-landscape-180979251/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10235-211216-germany-tree-clearing

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abj5567

Feature on ancestors to the Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/who-were-the-ancestors-of-the-neanderthals

Feature/update on the Orozmani homo erectus site:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/homo-erectus-vs-saber-tooth-archaeology-site-reveals-what-early-humans-encountered-in-eurasia-1.10376919

Documentary hype for a 215 000 years bp mammoth butchery site near Swindon:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mammoth-graveyard-uk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59702237
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/19/five-ice-age-mammoths-unearthed-in-cotswolds-after-220000-years
https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/attenborough-mammoth-graveyard-ice-age-discovery-swindon-archaeologists-1358627
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/795/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/795/pub/795/page/34/article/243634
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AFRICA
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Interesting study of some Namib Desert petroglyphs:

https://theconversation.com/emperor-moths-in-the-rock-art-of-the-namib-desert-shed-new-light-on-shamanic-ritual-172640

Plans to restore hundreds of historical Jewish sites in Morocco:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/north-africa-middle-east/moroccan-king-orders-restoration-of-hundreds-of-jewish-sites/2021/12/13/

Feature on some queens of Nubia:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-africa-queens-nubia

More on the recovery of lalibela from rebel hands in Ethiopia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59628178

More on the redating o Ethiopian monoliths:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10304353/Archaeology-Ethiopias-phallic-20ft-tall-monoliths-created-1-920-years-ago.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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13 000 ostraca from Ptolemaic times down to the Islamic era from Sohag:

https://egyptindependent.com/joint-egyptian-german-archaeological-mission-discovers-13000-ostraca-dating-back-to-different-eras/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110948/Over-13-000-Ostraca-from-Ptolemaic-Greek-Coptic-Islamic-eras
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/446523/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Cache-of-,-ostraca-unearthed-in-Upper-Egypt;s-Soha.aspx
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/cache-of-13000-ostraca-unearthed-in.html

Possibly a crime story, but workers in Nagaa Al-Ouroba came across a statue head that appears to be ancient:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110794/Discovery-of-suspected-archaeological-head-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Qena

More on the tombs from Minya containing two persons with ‘golden tongues’:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/egypt-unveils-tombs-dating-back-late-period-ancient-egypt

The ‘Lost City’ found in Egypt is being designated one of the ‘most important’ of the year:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110786/Archeology-Magazine-chooses-discovery-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Lost-City%E2%80%99-among-most
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/12/16/luxors-lost-golden-city-named-best-archaeological-discovery-in-2021/

The dig in the Douzlakh Salt Mine (Iran) has concluded:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468160/Iranian-archaeologists-German-fellows-finish-work-on-ancient

I think we mentioned these figurines (various periods) from the Burnt City:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/figurines-found-iran-burnt-city-1234613378/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10229-211213-iran-burnt-city

… and there’s more from the site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468242/New-clues-about-life-discovered-in-Burnt-City

Receding water levels from the Ataturk Dam allowed excavations of a 4000 years bp mound in Adiyaman:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mound-unearthed-under-dam-water-170088

A 3500 years bp (or so) fragment of a ‘stargazer’ figure from Mugla:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-discover-stargazer-idol-fragment-in-turkeys-mugla/news

A medieval (maybe?) ‘living area’ overlooking Lake Van:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/living-area-believed-to-be-from-middle-ages-found-in-eastern-turkey/2451369

Feature on the fall of Constantinople:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/the-fall-of-constantinople/142293

Feature on ongoing efforts to restore sites in Syria:

https://www.voanews.com/a/efforts-continue-to-restore-damaged-archaeological-sites-in-northeastern-syria/6354428.html

Feature on Soviet Assyriology and its aftermath:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/12/soviet-assyriology-aftermath

More on the find of a second 2000 years bp synagogue at Migdal:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2nd-temple-period-synagogue-found-where-gospels-mary-magdalene-was-born-688519
https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-ancient-synagogue-found-in-migdal-alters-ideas-of-jewish-life-2000-years-ago/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-second-synagogue-found-in-hometown-of-mary-magdalene-1.10459124
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-in-hometown-of-mary-magdalene-archaeologists-find-second-synagogue-1.10459124
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/archeology/1639325694-israel-ancient-synagogue-unearthed-in-mary-magdalene-s-town
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/13/road-work-leads-to-discovery-of-2nd-2000-year-old-synagogue-at-migdal/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-12/12/content_77926098.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10309623/Archaeologists-discover-2-000-year-old-synagogue-supposed-birthplace-Mary-Magdalene.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/new-first-century-synagogue/?mqsc=E4139979&dk=ZE14D0ZF0
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/magdala-synagogue-10374.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-synagogue-found-in-mary-magdalenes-supposed-hometown-180979208/

Concerns for assorted burial cave sites in Jerusalem:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/318730

Feature on the site of Gezer:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/this-used-to-be-one-of-the-greatest-cities-of-ancient-israel-1.10453115

I think we mentioned this item on the historical accuracy of the Bible and sites in the Timna Valley:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeological-dig-reignites-debate-old-testament-historical-accuracy-180979011/

Assessing the fallout from the hype associated with that Tell el-Hammam ‘asteroid’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/tall-el-hamman/

Feature on translating the Torah into Greek:

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/5346243/jewish/What-Was-Wrong-With-Translating-the-Torah-Into-Greek.htm

Pondering the veracity of the mass suicide at Masada:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/fact-or-fiction-the-mass-suicide-at-masada-2/

A number of workers were trapped in a tunnel at a site in Galilee (they seem to have made it out ok):

https://hamodia.com/2021/12/13/30-workers-trapped-in-tunnel-at-archaeological-site-in-galilee/

Overviewish piece on the excavations at a 3rd-1st millennium BCE site at Qamira (Oman):

https://timesofoman.com/article/110530-archaeologists-at-work-to-reveal-secrets-of-omans-qamira

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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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Possible find of the ‘lost’ sanctuary of Melqart/Temple of Hercules near Cadiz:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-12-17/spanish-researchers-discover-possible-location-of-legendary-temple-of-hercules-gaditanus.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-15/hallada-la-posible-ubicacion-del-mitico-templo-de-hercules-gaditano-uno-de-los-santos-griales-de-la-arqueologia.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/12/18/spanish-researchers-claim-to-have-found-lost-ancient-building-dedicated-to-hercules
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/12/18/ancient-temple-where-oracle-predicted-julius-caesers-world-domination-discovered-beneath-waves-in-spains-cadiz/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/survey-reveals-submerged-ancient-ruins/142306

… but there might be some controversy:

https://plainsmenpost.com/2021/12/18/duel-between-archaeologists-over-the-location-of-the-hercules-melqart-temple-in-cadiz-culture/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-18/duelo-entre-arqueologos-por-la-ubicacion-del-templo-de-hercules-melqart-en-cadiz.html

A number of Greek/Roman statue heads were unearthed in Knidos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/16/greek-roman-statues-ancient-greek-knidos/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/17/roman-and-greek-statue-heads-were-found-in-the-ancient-greek-city-of-knidos/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/greek-and-roman-statue-heads-unearthed.html

A torso of Hercules from the ongoing excavations at Aizanoi:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/marble-heracles-statue-found-in-aizanoi-170138

A pair of over life-size Roman statues (without heads) from the excavations at Blaundus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2000-year-old-statues-unearthed-in-turkeys-western-usak-province
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-statues-in-western-turkey-3586317
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/two-millennia-old-statues-unearthed-in-western-turkiye-52766

A Roman-era (?) gold-plated chest and coin from near Ankara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/roman-era-gold-plated-chest-gold-coin-found-near-ankara/news

A seized mosaic from Izmir province has been put ‘under protection’:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/2-000-year-old-mosaic-put-under-protection-in-western-turkey/2451373

More on luxury trade items from some burials on Cyprus:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/cyprus-trade-emporium/

More on evidence of crucifixion from Roman Britain:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-best-physical-evidence-crucifixion-2045534
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-10/hallado-en-el-reino-unido-el-esqueleto-de-un-esclavo-con-un-clavo-en-el-talon-que-evidencia-que-fue-crucificado.html

A study of the sources for Roman silver coinage in the Iberian peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-sources-roman-silver-coinage-iberian.html

cf: https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/doi/10.1130/G49690.1/610233/Silver-isotope-and-volatile-trace-element

… and a similar sort of study involving assorted ingots (mostly copper) from a 600 years bp shipwreck site off France (found in the 1960s):

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-isotope-analyses-iron-age-secrets.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/937674
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/isotope-analyses-unlock-iron-age-secrets/142277
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10232-211214-iron-age-copper

A preview of plans to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-59712769

… and more on the suggestion the Wall came after existing ‘Anglo-Scots’ defences:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19778640.expert-claims-hadrians-wall-came-existing-anglo-scots-defences/

Hadrianopolis plans on promoting its mosaics:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hadrianoupolis-to-be-known-for-its-mosaics-170137

A few items on the Antikythera Mechanism this week (the Scientific American one is really good):

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/an-ancient-greek-astronomical-calculation-machine-reveals-new-secrets/
https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3601/children-of-the-cosmos/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/16/antikythera-mechanism/

Excellent study questioning the view that the Greeks regularly practiced infanticide:

https://www.science.org/content/article/ancient-greeks-didn-t-kill-weak-babies-new-study-argues
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10312701/Ancient-Greeks-did-NOT-regularly-practice-infanticide-kill-weak-babies.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10231-211214-greek-exposure-infanticide

A study of assorted aspects (including marine life growing on) one of the rams found off the Aegades:

https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/ancient-shipwreck-supports-diversity-615965

Study suggests that gold ‘fell out of favour’ in the Caucasus 4000 years or so bp:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-this-ancient-civilization-fell-out-of-love-with-gold-for-700-years-180979254/

Reviewish item on a book examining evidence of Greeks and Romans in Kashmir:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/op-ed-2/ancient-romans-greeks-in-kashmir

Reviewish of Mary Beard, *Twelve Caesars*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/how-to-tell-your-roman-emperors-apart

Review of a couple of books on Seneca:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-books-on-seneca-review-stoic-roman-philosopher-letters-from-a-fellow-sufferer-11639754995

Latest item on the Dirk Obbink/Hobby Lobby case:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/december/dirk-obbink-hobby-lobby-default-judgement-lawsuit-fraud.html

Feature on the work of David Stone:

https://www.archaeological.org/member-spotlight-david-l-stone/

Feature on Mike Toumazou on the occasion of his retirement:

https://www.davidson.edu/news/2021/12/16/celebrating-true-classic-prof-mike-toumazou-hangs-his-trademark-hat

Feature on Robert Littman and his long stay at the University of Hawaii:

https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/12/17/robert-littman-50-years/

Feature on Tana Allen and her use of LEGO in the Classics classroom:

https://educationnewscanada.com/article/education/level/university/1/936787/why-legos-were-the-building-blocks-of-this-classics-course.html

Feature on Thomas J. Jones:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/12/16/jesuit-school-spotlight-canisius-buffalo-241983

An interview with Anne Carson:

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/anne-carson-punches-a-hole-through-greek-myth

Feature on modern reuse of ancient Roman construction materials at what was once Viminacium:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-held-history-roman-blocks-serbian.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211215-held-up-by-history-roman-ruins-provide-building-blocks-for-serbian-village
https://www.rfi.fr/en/held-up-by-history-roman-ruins-provide-building-blocks-for-serbian-village
https://www.jordantimes.com/news/features/held-history-roman-ruins-provide-building-blocks-%C2%A0serbian-village

Feature on the Huntingdon hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59665406

Feature on Roman Segovia:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-12-13/more-than-an-aqueduct-spains-segovia-digs-into-its-roman-past.html

Feature on the Roman remains in Merida:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/find-mosaics-and-mystery-in-a-far-flung-outpost-of-the-roman-empire

Feature on Roman remains at Silchester:

https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/berkshire-history/gallery/silchester-village-just-outside-berkshire-22427796

Feature on Phanagoria:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/16/phanagoria-russias-archaeological-treasure/

Feature on the fall of Carthage:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/the-fall-of-carthage/142080

Feature on Julius Caesar in France:

https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2021/12/18/retracing-julius-caesars-path-through-france

Feature on the importance of the Classical Tradition in art:

https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/classical-tradition-by-donald-kuspit/5245

Feature on toys (dolls) in the Roman empire:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/before-barbie-why-girls-played-with-dolls-in-the-roman-empire-1.10459455

Feature on the Vapheio cups:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/17/vapheio-gold-cups-ancient-greek/

Feature on Britan’s ‘lost Roman legion’:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/what-happened-to-britains-lost-roman-legion/

OpEddish suggesting ‘meta’ and ‘omicron’ are part of a ‘classics comeback’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/romy-meta-omicron-classics-comeback/

Latest claim that the Greeks discovered Iceland:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/14/greek-discovery-of-iceland-supported-by-new-evidence/

… while there’s also an item wondering whether ancient Greeks visited Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/did-any-ancient-greeks-visit-britain/

Stephen Fry stepped into the Parthenon Sculptures issue this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/13/ground-breaking-proposal-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1173709/fry-returning-marbles-would-be-classy-gesture/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/14/stephen-fry-returning-marbles-would-be-a-classy-gesture/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-writer-fry-says-parthenon-marbles-belong-to-greece/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/45963-british-writer-stephen-fry-parthenon-marbles-should-be-returned-to-greece.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/create-virtual-elgin-marbles-and-return-real-thing-urges-stephen-fry-87jv98ww2
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/12/stephen-fry-says-returning-elgin-marbles-greece-would-classy/

… and there was a response to George Osbourne’s views expressed a week or so ago:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-the-osborne-article-on-sculptures/

… while others were thinking ‘loan’ proposals should be a ‘last resort’:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/12/15/dialogue/opinion/offering-something-for-parthenon-marbles-should-be-last-resort-option/

… and Boris Johnson’s opinion from the 1980s that they should be returned was revealed:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/18/boris-johnsons-zeal-to-return-parthenon-marbles-revealed-in-1986-article
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/18/greek-newspaper-unearths-boris-johnson-article-calling-elgin/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/19/greek-newspaper-ta-nea-uncovers-boris-johnson-article-asking-for-elgin-marbles/

A nice overview on the whole Parthenon Sculptures debate:

https://www.dw.com/en/parthenon-marbles-a-200-year-old-restitution-dispute/a-60146803

… and a ‘year in review’ piece on the sculptures:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/12/19/dialogue/parthenon-sculptures-in-2021-a-year-in-review/

… and an optimistic opEd:

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/parthenon-marbles-dan-hicks-2048268

… and let’s not forget the British Museum has a Caryatid too:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1173768/a-modern-caryatid-pleads-for-her-sister-s-return/

On Boris Johnson as Greek hero:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/18/boris-johnson-classical-greek-hero-audience-waiting-fall/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-121621
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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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Plenty of interest in a 10 000 years bp burial of an infant girl (dubbed ‘Neve’) in an Italian cave:

https://news.ucdenver.edu/europes-earliest-female-infant-burial-reveals-a-mesolithic-society-that-honored-its-youngest-members/
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-earliest-adorned-female-infant-burial.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/937632
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211214084538.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-infant-burial-italy-alps
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/816/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/816/pub/816/page/26/article/251028
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10307631/Archaeology-Highly-decorated-10-000-year-old-burial-infant-GIRL-dubbed-Neve-Italy.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/10000-year-old-infant-female-neve-becomes-oldest-ever-discovered-688763
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/earliest-female-human-infant-burial-found-europe-rcna8677
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-15/descubierta-en-italia-la-tumba-de-un-recien-nacido-mas-antigua-de-europa.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/earliest-modern-female-human-infant-burial-found-europe
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-find-an-ornate-10-000-year-old-grave-of-1848211668
https://www.sciencealert.com/10-000-year-old-burial-suggests-even-the-youngest-females-were-mourned-as-people
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/15/europes-earliest-female-infant-burial-reveals/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-burial-of-baby-found-in-italian-cave-180979224/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10233-211215-italy-mesolithic-grave

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-02804-z

Neolithic child burials in a mound in Denmark:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62922

Bronze Age finds from Slovakia’s Trencin Region:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22801996/slovaks-have-unearthed-bronze-age-treasure.html

New evidence suggests humans had settled on the Faroe Islands some 350 years before the Vikings arrived (i.e. ca 500 CE):

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-humans-remote-north-atlantic-islands.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59683287
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/faroe-islands-settled-before-vikings/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/humans-reached-remote-north-atlantic.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/17/humans-reached-north-atlantic-islands-centuries-earlier-than-thought/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10237-211217-faroe-islands-sheep

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00318-0

A lyre from Sutton Hoo might have affinities with a similar one from Kazakhstan:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sutton-hoo-lyre-exotic-past-revealed-kg7wkvj2k
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/ancient-lyre-of-sutton-hoo-is-like-older-one-in-kazakhstan-4-000km-away-1.10464246
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10309145/Sutton-Hoo-lyre-COUSIN-2-485-miles-away-study-reveals.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/lyre-previously-found-at-sutton-hoo-has-cousin-in-kazakhstan/142289

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03685-y

Some Viking-era brooches found by metal detectorists on the Isle of Man are on display for the first time:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59703390
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62936

A possible Anglo-Saxon burial site has brought house construction to a halt in Hart Village:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-59689068

A 13th century falconry-related figurine from downtown Oslo:

https://www.niku.no/en/2021/12/a-13th-century-king-and-his-falcon-but-which-king/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62894
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/crowned-figure-holding-a-falcon-discovered-in-oslos-medieval-park/142267
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/13th-century-carved-figure-with-falcon.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/13/a-13th-century-figure-with-falcon-found-in-oslo/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10234-211216-norway-medieval-falconry

A medieval pendant is being singled out as the millionth find made by the public in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-59607288
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/14/medieval-pendant-is-millionth-archaeological-find-by-british-public
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-british-lincolnshire-parkinson-michael-lewis-b971812.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/uncovered-medieval-pendant-is-millionth-archaeological-find-made-by-the-public-41148130.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10308413/Medieval-pendant-one-millionth-archaeological-public-25-years-Treasure-Act.html
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/12/portable-antiquities-scheme-logs-millionth-archaeological-find/

Another pendant find reveals a hitherto unknown Anglo-Saxon name:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62909
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-medieval-gold-pendant-reveals-previously-unknown-british-name-of-eadruf-fxnzcwh23
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/14/eadruf-cross-shaped-pendant-covered-runes-reveals-mysterious/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/816/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/816/pub/816/page/26/article/251028

… and assorted ‘treasure finders’ are being praised for waiving their right to a reward:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/parkinson-british-museum-whitley-bay-sandwich-stonehenge-b971841.html
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/treasure-finders-praised-for-generous-gesture-of-waiving-right-to-reward-41148380.html

Feature on the restoration of a reused Roman-era rock crystal jar found in the Galloway hoard:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-59702916
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/17/extraordinary-restoration-of-roman-rock-crystal-jar-from-galloway-hoard
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10323711/Experts-extraordinary-Roman-rock-crystal-jar-Viking-era-treasure-hoard-Scotland.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/treasure-discovery-roman-gold-crystal-archeology-scli-intl/index.html

Remains of a late medieval cart track from Finchingfield:

https://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/ancient-track-unearthed-in-finchingfield-8556884

Hospital construction the the Crimea came across remains of a 19th century synagogue:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/construction-workers-unearth-crimean-synagogue-believed-to-have-been-destroyed-1.10476007

More on large Iron Age longhouses from Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-norwegian-archaeologists-late-iron-age.html

More on that medieval ink pen from a fortress site in Ireland:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/oldest-ink-pen-in-ireland-is-discovered-by-archaeologist-during-excavation-in-burren-41132749.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62900
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-ink-pen-testifies-to-rise-of-secular-literacy-in-ireland-180979216/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10230-211213-ireland-medieval-pen

More on that ornate Viking sword from Scotland that was given the xray treatment:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-sword-x-ray-analysis
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-viking-sword-discovered-in-grave-on-scottish-island-180979225/

More on the diet of the builders of Stonehenge:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/did-the-builders-of-stonehenge-feast-on-sweet-treats-at-midwinter/

More roundups of ‘treasure finds’ in various parts of the UK, such as Wiltshire and Swindon:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19779248.dozens-treasure-finds-dug-last-year/

… and Hampshire:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19779473.hampshire-among-hotspots-finding-treasure1/

… East Yorkshire:

https://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/news/people/at-least-20-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-east-yorkshire-last-year-new-figures-show-3492718

… Nottinghamshire:

https://www.worksopguardian.co.uk/news/people/buried-treasure-found-in-nottinghamshire-12-times-in-a-year-3492554

… Thames shore:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/treasure-found-river-thames-portable-antiquities-scheme-british-museum-b971929.html

Feature on five significant finds from the UK last year:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/14/rare-runes-roman-hoards-five-treasures-discovered-uk-2020

A farmer was fined for destroying a Neolithic site on Skye:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-59653333

Investigating claims that the tomb of a 17th century lawyer who tortured Protestants was ‘raided’:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/816/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/816/pub/816/page/28/article/251010

Feature on the use of drones to record UK coastal heritage:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-drones-capture-coastal-heritage-lost.html

cf: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology-south-east/seaford-head

Another item on the Viking ‘blood eagle’ execution:

https://theconversation.com/brutal-viking-blood-eagle-ritual-execution-was-anatomically-possible-new-research-173519
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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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8000 years bp evidence of alcohol use in China:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-12/17/content_77938054.htm
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/archaeologists-discover-remnants-of-8000-year-old-alcohol-in-china/841828

A Shang Dynasty ‘city’ site featuring burials and other items from Henan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1217/c90000-9934139.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-find-ancient-city-site-in-chinas-henan/news

Charred remains of tea from a Warring States period tomb from Shandong:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/zoucheng-tea-10362.html

A tomb in Shaanxi has been confirmed as belonging to the Han Dynasty emperor Wen:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1215/c90000-9932817.html
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202112/15/WS61b92e45a310cdd39bc7b594.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/environment/article/3160176/scientists-find-emperors-tomb-after-centuries
http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2021-12-15/detail-ihattyiu7540588.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-14/Tomb-confirmed-as-belonging-to-Emperor-Wen-of-Han-15YUrq9qVVe/index.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_vau1AK62.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10236-211217-china-xi-an-baling

China is considering using muon detection technology to find the ‘secret chamber’ associated with Qin’s tomb:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3159821/china-mulls-planting-cosmic-ray-detectors-tomb-qin-shi-huang
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cosmic-rays-could-unearth-secrets-of-terracotta-army-tomb-rvm6wjflx
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10320389/Archaeology-Cosmic-rays-reveal-hidden-tomb-Chinas-Emperor.html

More on the bronze (copper?) Buddha statues dating to Eastern Han Dynasty times from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1241365.shtml
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10305419/Archaeologists-uncover-oldest-Buddha-statues-China.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62916

Some more boundary stones from Hong Kong’s first colonial settlement have been found:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3160189/where-city-victoria-authenticity-confirmed-3-more-boundary

A study of evidence for millet bread from the long-occupied site of Kadebakele in southern India:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-millet-bread-pulse-dough-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/938345

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440321002053

2700 years bp (maybe) petroglyphs from Kongana Siddhar cave in Perumalai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/salem/ancient-rock-art-symbols-discovered-in-salems-kongana-siddhar-cave/articleshow/88255489.cms

A 2300 years bp apsidal Buddhist temple from Pakistan:

https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/2300-year-old-apsidal-temple-of-buddhist-period-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-pak-officials/
https://nation.com.pk/15-Dec-2021/italian-archaeological-mission-in-pakistan-announces-key-discovery

17th century sculptures revealed at Telangana’s Munagala temple site:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2021/dec/13/17th-century-sculptures-unearthed-in-munagala-temple-2394855.html

Remains of a British-era ‘hanging house’ found inside the Delhi Assembly:

https://www.newdelhitimes.com/british-era-execution-room-uncovered-inside-the-delhi-assembly
https://www.timesnownews.com/delhi/article/british-era-hanging-house-found-inside-delhi-assembly-speaker-to-inform-archaeological-department/840250

Mining-associated concerns for a 2300 years bp Buddhist site in Andra Pradesh:

https://newsmeter.in/must-read/history-disappearing-2300yo-buddhist-site-in-aps-kodavali-under-threat-from-mining-688103

Plans to resume excavations in Keeladi next year:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/archaeological-excavation-at-keeladi-sivagalai-to-resume-in-2022-1060764.html

… while this year’s finds are being written up:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/archaeological-survey-of-india-begins-work-on-keeladi-excavation-report-1061193.html

Feature on the city of Dwarka:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0bbbxjd/searching-for-the-sunken-kingdom-of-dwarka

Part two of a feature on the ancient history of Kashmir:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/op-ed-2/part-ii-reconstructing-the-ancient-history-of-kashmir
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Humans are back on the hook for contributing to extinction of megafauna in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-extinct-megafauna-prone-ancient-hunger.html

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecog.06089

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NORTH AMERICA
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A ‘mystery object’ from a Revolutionary War site in Saratoga National Historical Park turns out to be a kitchen gadget:

https://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/article256597961.html

Searching for Benedict Arnold’s ‘smuggling tunnel’:

https://www.newhavenindependent.org/article/is_benedict_arnolds_smuggling_tunnel_under_there

Feature on archaeology sites associated with the Tla’amin First Nation:

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/12/17/archaeology-speaks-to-the-untold-story-of-a-west-coast-first-nation.html
https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2021/12/17/archaeology-speaks-to-the-untold-story-of-a-west-coast-first-nation.html

Feature on Inuvialuit archaeologist Letitia Pokiak:

https://www.nnsl.com/news/archaeologist-letitia-pokiak-digs-deep-into-inuvialuit-history/

Feature on the Franklin expedition:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-shipwreck-left-frozen-time-25731308
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Possible evidence of pre-Columbian headhunting from some burials in Nicaragua:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-pre-columbian-burial-in-nicaragua-may-show-headhunting-culture-1.10363132

Sea level fall is being associated with the decline of the Sambaqui culture some 2000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-sea-fall-decline-pre-columbian-societies.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-2-000-year-old-lesson-on-how-sea-level-changes-can-destroy-societies
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/17/sea-level-fall-led-to-the-decline-of-pre-columbian-societies-2000-years-ago/

Evidence of an Aztec ‘New Fire’ ritual from Mexico City:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-12-18/remains-from-aztec-new-fire-ceremony-discovered-in-mexico-city.html
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-12-15/hallados-los-vestigios-de-una-de-las-ultimas-ceremonias-del-fuego-nuevo-azteca-en-el-centro-de-ciudad-de-mexico.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/remains-mexica-ceremony-mexico-city/

Another theory on the decline of the Rapa Nui:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/settlement-of-rapa-nui-may-have-been.html

More on that 800/1200 years bp ‘bound mummy’ from Peru:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-find-800-year-old-mummy-peru-2021-11-27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/27/archaeologists-unearth-mummy-estimated-to-be-at-least-800-years-old-in-peru
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10253673/Archaeology-Weird-mummy-Peruvian-tomb-tied-ROPES-hands-covering-face.html

Feature on Incan terracing technology:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211212-the-innovative-technology-that-powered-the-inca
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A study of Dutch white paint:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-white-lead-paint-in-dutch-masters-works-to-solve-art-history-mysteries-180979221/

Feature on the Knights Templar:

https://www.livescience.com/knights-templar.html

Feature on how turkeys became holiday food:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211214-how-the-humble-turkey-became-a-christmas-staple

Feature on the history of fruitcake:

https://theconversation.com/the-magnificent-history-of-the-maligned-and-misunderstood-fruitcake-173201

On the wildest parties in art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/17/bruegels-boozers-hirsts-horrific-ashtray-wildest-parties-art-christmas

Feature on five ancient cities that don’t exist any more:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/5-ancient-cities-that-no-longer-exist

Arguing about the invention of the airplane:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/12/11/wright-brothers-smithsonian-airplane/

A Phoenician ship replica is setting sail for Spain:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/replica-of-ancient-boat-to-sail-to-spain-169992

On the history of sea shanties in New England:

https://www.wshu.org/2021-12-16/folk-songs-sea-shanties-are-the-sound-of-new-englands-nautical-history

The Honresfield library has been saved for the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/16/lost-library-of-literary-treasures-saved-for-uk-after-charity-raises-15m

Pondering the idea of ‘Big History’:

https://aeon.co/essays/we-should-be-wary-about-what-big-history-overlooks-in-its-myth

Feature on historical women’s roles in sex trafficking:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/12/ghislaine-maxwell-trial-history-of-female-complicity-in-sexual-abuse.html

Feature on the history of the limpet:

https://theconversation.com/how-the-humble-limpet-helped-humans-develop-survive-and-thrive-173871

Feature on Darwin’s microscope:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2021/dec/16/darwins-lost-microscope-the-auction-of-a-history-making-box-of-brass-video?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

More lists of the top archaeological discoveries for 2021 (coverage varies, of course):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/top-10-archaeological-discoveries-of-2021/142248
https://www.dw.com/en/from-celtic-coins-to-cave-paintings-archaeological-finds-of-2021/g-58291898

Feature on Mary Queen of Scots letterlocking:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mary-queen-scots-letterlocking-execution-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

Review of a new translation of *Arabian Nights*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/15/new-arabian-nights-translation-to-strip-away-earlier-versions-racism-and-sexism

Review of Roosevelt Montas, *Rescuing Socrates*:

https://news.columbia.edu/news/roosevelt-montas-new-book-rescuing-socrates

Review of Joe Moshenska, *Making Darkness Light*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/15/books/review/making-darkness-light-john-milton-joe-moshenska.html

Review of Cynthia Saltzman, *Napoleon’s Plunder*;

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/napoleons-plunder-cynthia-saltzman-book-review-ruth-scurr/

Review of Hannah Matson’s recent book on human adornment:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-archaeologist-human-adornment.html

Review of a book on Italy’s forgotten artists:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/16/beyond-artemisia-italys-forgotten-women-artists-revealed-in-new-book

OpEd on ‘Great Books’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/17/opinion/great-books-socrates.html

More reaction to the Notre Dame restoration:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-16/notre-dame-restoration-draws-fire-from-conservative-critics
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Some interesting history of Advent hymns:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/12/sacred-mysteries-surprises-carols-christmas/

On the Antiques Roadshow and colonialism:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/dec/17/bbc-antiques-roadshow-should-address-uk-legacy-of-colonialism

The time capsule in the Robert E Lee statue base in Richmond may have been located:

https://apnews.com/article/richmond-virginia-ralph-northam-f6c84edde892845b3d3f6b3fd802a87d

More on COVID and the Greek alphabet:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/14/greek-alphabet-covid-variant/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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The oldest dog remains in North America (11 000 years bp?) come from Haida Gwaii:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/americas-first-domesticated-dogs-2049165
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10314621/Archaeologists-13-100-year-old-tooth-belonging-Americas-oldest-known-domesticated-dog.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-discover-oldest-domesticated-dog-remains-in-americas-180979222/

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Feature on 1500 endangered languages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/938003
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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You Will See What Your Can’t See:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/magical-exhibit-3500-year-old-hittite-tablets-on-display-in-izmir

Ibero-American art in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/museo-del-prado/2021-10-15/y-america-nos-conquisto.html

Visions of India:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/dec/18/images-of-india-from-courtesans-and-colonial-rule-to-a-childs-eye-view-in-pictures

Sanhedrin Trail:

https://www.israel21c.org/magdala-stone-and-other-rare-artifacts-on-view-in-galilee/

From Istanbul to Byzantium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/from-istanbul-to-byzantium-rediscovery-of-byzantine-heritage

Maps of Renaissance Tuscany:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/13/maps-of-renaissance-tuscany-on-show-for-first-time-in-20-years

African Origin of Civilization:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/12/13/metropolitan-museum-african-origin-civilization-exhibit/8981639420078/

Stonehenge:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-british-museum-world-of-stonehenge-2048331

Heritage of Rasheed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110910/%E2%80%98Heritage-of-Rasheed%E2%80%99-exhibition-reviews-the-history-of-the-ancient

Ancient Greeks:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/ancient-greek-blockbuster-exhibition-opens-national-museum-australia-canberra/
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/athletes,-warriors-and-heroes-exhibition-to-open-in-canberra/13679358
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/12/16/life/impressive-ancient-greek-warriors-exhibition-launches-in-canberra/
https://greekherald.com.au/culture/this-victory-ancient-greeks-exhibition-opens-with-bang/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/17/greek-masterpieces-loaned-british-museum-australia/

Mycenae:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/15/mycenae-from-myth-to-history/

Forgotten Women Artists:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/16/arts/design/atheneum-art-sexism-women-museum.html

Indigenous Enslavement:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/17/arts/design/native-american-enslavement-colorado-exhibition.html

Followup to removing the Sackler name from museums:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/15/dont-strip-the-sackler-name-from-museums-its-a-visceral-reminder-of-human-greed

Renovations under way for several galleries at the Met:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/14/metropolitan-museum-african-ancient-american-oceanic-art-galleries

A Maryland Civil War museum has acquired a Union soldier’s ID tag:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/12/17/civil-war-id-dog-tag/

Feature on five African museums:

https://theconversation.com/five-exciting-african-museums-to-add-to-your-travel-wish-list-173657

More on Afghanistan’s National Museum under the Taliban:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/17/arts/design/afghanistan-national-museum-reopens.html

More on the Getty acquisition of a bust of Germanicus (maybe):

https://www.getty.edu/news/first-century-roman-bust-joins-getty-villa-collection/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 16th century globe is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/oldest-globe-auction-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.forres-gazette.co.uk/news/national/priceless-16th-century-globe-could-be-oldest-offered-at-auction-36400/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/priceless-16th-century-globe-could-be-the-oldest-ever-auctioned-1.5708622

… as is a photo of the Rosettis by Lewis Carroll:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/14/extremely-rare-photograph-of-the-rossettis-taken-by-lewis-carroll-up-for-auction

A miniature by Sarah Biffin exceeded expectations:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-by-sarah-biffin-19th-century-artist-born-without-arms-or-legs-outshines-estimates-at-auction-180979239/

Feature on how the auction of a stolen letter of Cortes was halted:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-12-17/los-academicos-que-detuvieron-la-subasta-en-nueva-york-de-una-carta-robada-de-hernan-cortes.html

Paul Revere artifacts found in a Boston attic fetched a nice price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paul-revere-family-artifacts-sell-at-auction-for-20000-180979219/

Pondering that Albrecht Durer coming to auction soon:

https://www.wamc.org/2021-12-18/opinion-albrecht-durers-lesson-for-all-of-us-today
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A genome-wide study of DNA from the Sudan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-genome-wide-ancient-human-dna-sudan.html

I think we mentioned this DNA study of the settlement of Polynesia:

https://www.science.org/content/article/no-one-could-have-predicted-dna-offers-surprises-how-polynesia-was-settled
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this high-tech mummy-unwrapping technique:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-classical-machine-technique-easier-segmentation.html
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/new-technique-virtually-unravels-mummies
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Study suggests that warming actually led to the ‘Little Ice Age’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-winter-uncover-ice-age.html
https://www.livescience.com/agu-floods-drove-vikings-from-greenland
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/little-ice-age-ocean-currents-b1976776.html

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi8230

Climate change is being linked to the Vikings leaving Greenland:

https://www.livescience.com/agu-floods-drove-vikings-from-greenland

On the long (apparently) history of climate change concerns:

https://www.livescience.com/humans-first-warned-about-climate-change

On what clam shells reveal about climate change:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211213121904.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/14/researchers-find-climate-change-record-in-clam-shells/

Climate change concerns at Jamestown Island:

https://www.bayjournal.com/news/climate_change/jamestown-island-up-against-wall-as-rising-waters-imperil-artifacts/article_bda9bf44-577c-11ec-803e-8bc62b1ae347.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Seven Rome monuments:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/7-rome-monuments-to-visit-for-tourists-in-2022.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Pondering the future of Classical Music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/17/arts/music/classical-music-tommasini.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Treasure hunters have plundered Tukey’s Pihr Mound:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mound-plundered-by-treasure-hunters-170110

Vandalism of some Despenaperros petroglyphs:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-13/danan-un-emblema-del-arte-rupestre-mediterraneo-declarado-patrimonio-mundial.html

Spanish police recovered some stolen Visigoth coins:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-13/una-moneda-de-oro-visigoda-oculta-en-una-vivienda-de-leon.html

Prominent Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb (and 20 others) have been formally charged with smuggling/excavating antiquities:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2021/12/12/prominent-egyptian-businessman-charged-with-smuggling-antiquities/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1233/446297/Egypt/Courts–Law/Egyptian-businessman-to-stand-trial-over-financing.aspx
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/egyptian-businessman-accused-antiquities-excavation

Egypt also deported an ambassador from the UAE for smuggling antiquities:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211218-egypt-deports-uae-ambassador-for-smuggling-antiques/

I think we mentioned this hoard of stolen antiquities found in a tunnel and dating to the Bar Kokhba revolt:

https://www.livescience.com/stolen-roman-artifacts-seized-jerusalem
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/authorities-believe-looted-bar-kochba-artifacts-were-roman-army-spoils-688858
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/318683
https://www.timesofisrael.com/stopping-a-suspect-car-police-find-ancient-items-bar-kochba-rebels-took-from-romans/
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/strike-against-antiquities-thieves/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/12/15/jerusalem-car-trunk-seizure-reveals-bronze-artifacts-taken-by-bar-kochba-rebels-from-roman-soldiers/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10316233/Jerusalem-police-probe-discovery-Roman-treasures-looted-Bar-Kokhba-revolt.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looted-artifacts-recovered-from-trunk-may-be-roman-spoils-of-war-seized-by-jewish-rebels-180979243/

Antiquities-related arrests in Thessaloniki:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1173609/arrests-over-antiquities-in-thessaloniki/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/12/arrests-over-antiquities-in-thessaloniki/

A smuggling bust in Turkey included some shrunken heads from the Amazon (!):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/shrunken-human-heads-found-during-smuggling-operation-170091
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10324363/Shrunken-heads-collected-headhunting-tribe-Turkish-police-amazing-haul.html

A bust of a gang of seniors who apparently smuggled items across Europe via train:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/senior-gang-smuggled-italian-antiquities-on-train-trips-sqz92q2nz

Police in Romania recovered 100 stolen medieval coins:

http://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-police-recover-medieval-coins

Feature on Balkan-based looters’ use of Facebook in their dealings:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/15/balkan-based-looters-share-tips-on-facebook

In the wake of the Steinhardt thing, a feature on Christos Tsirogiannis’ work identifying looted antiquities:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/14/greek-archaeologist-exposed-steinhardt-stolen-antiquities/

… and another major case from the Manhattan DA office which seems to focus more on the returns being made to Italy, than the people/museums involved:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/15/arts/design/antiquities-repatriated-district-attroney.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/16/us-begins-returning-dollars-10m-of-antiquities-stolen-in-italy-kim-kardashian
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211215-new-york-returns-200-stolen-antiquities-to-italy
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/17/us-restitution-of-200-italian-artefacts-is-watershed-moment-says-carabinieri-chief-as-looted-art-trove-arrives-in-rome
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/200-looted-artifacts-repatriated-to-italy-edoardo-almagia-1234613789/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/us-returns-10-million-of-looted-treasures-to-italy.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greek-and-roman-antiquities-among-stolen-items-returned-to-italy/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/united-states-returns-200-stolen-antiquities-to-italy-170120
https://www.thelocal.it/20211216/new-york-returns-200-stolen-antiquities-to-italy

Ongoing looting by ‘occupation mercenaries’ in Afrin:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=257478
https://www.syriahr.com/en/231362/

More on the Steinhardt ‘settlement’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-antiquities-collector-returns-180-stolen-artifacts-worth-70-million-180979203/
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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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An exhibition of Benin Bronzes before their return:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/15/hamburg-to-show-benin-artefacts-before-restituting-them-to-nigeria

Feature on some Benin Bronzes in a small New Zealand museum:

https://theconversation.com/imperial-loot-in-a-small-town-gallery-in-new-zealand-the-curious-case-of-gores-benin-bronzes-173424

Feature on the role of ‘netizens’ in Thailand’s repatriation efforts:

https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/features/thailands-art-repatriation-and-the-power-of-netizens/

Another Gurlitt-related return from a Swiss museum:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/17/kunstmuseum-bern-gurlitt-trove-nazi-loot

More on Egypt recovering 30 000 items over the past decade:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/446311.aspx

More on Israel returning items to Egypt:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/12/13/israel-returns-smuggled-ancient-relics-to-egypt/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/israel-returns-trafficked-artifacts-egypt
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the ancient Celtic coinage of Britain:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-ancient-celtic-coinage-of-britain/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n51.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Mike Ingram:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/the-passing-of-mr-northampton-history/142240

Michael Eisenstadt:

https://www.statesman.com/obituaries/p0172908

Robert Farris Thompson:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2021/12/14/robert-farris-thompson-dead/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/12/arts/robert-farris-thompson-dead.html

Julius S Scott:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/16/obituaries/julius-scott-dead-common-wind.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3123-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-5th-through-december-11th-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, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests the Denisovans were present on the Tibetan Plateau some 160 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-denisovans-homo-sapiens-permanently-tibetan.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211207152519.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/our-extinct-cousins-reached-the-roof-of-the-world-a-long-time-before-homo-sapiens
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/48497/20211208/between-denisovans-homo-sapiens-experts-debate-who-settles-permanently-tibetan.htm

cf:

https://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347(21)00307-4

Interesting technique dating homo sapiens sites via ostrich eggs:

https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-humans-origins

Feature on homo sapiens surviving the Ice Age (not sure of the dating in this one):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-humans-survived-the-ice-age

Feature on homo sapiens’ sleeping habits:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-strange-sleeping-habits-of-homo-sapiens

More on at least two hominin species living at Laetoli some 3.6 million years bp:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/at-least-2-hominin-species-lived-at-laetoli-site-3-6-million-years-ago/

More on Denisovan (and Neanderthal) remains from a Siberian cave:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110566/Archaeologists-uncover-200-000-year-old-remains-of-human-ancestors

Strange brouhaha going on at Tel Aviv University over the identification of Neanderthal remains:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-a-bitter-archaeological-battle-is-rocking-tel-aviv-university-1.10443893

On modern humans and Neanderthal DNA:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/neanderthal-dna-shapiro/
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AFRICA
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Monoliths at the Sakaro Sodo site in Ethiopia are now thought to date to the 1st century CE:

https://news.wsu.edu/press-release/2021/12/09/ethiopian-monuments-1000-years-older-than-previously-thought/
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ethiopian-monuments-years-older-previously.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211209095606.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ethiopian-monoliths-are-1000-years-older-than-previously-thought/142209
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/10/ethiopian-monuments-1000-years-older-than-previously-thought/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10228-211210-ethiopia-monoliths-dated

cf: https://brill.com/view/journals/jaa/aop/article-10.1163-21915784-bja10006/article-10.1163-21915784-bja10006.xml

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A couple more 26th Dynasty (maybe) mummies with golden tonguqes from Minya:

https://www.livescience.com/three-gold-tongues-ancient-egypt
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/443817/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Human-remains-with-golden-tongues-uneart.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-spanish-archaeological-mission-discovers-tombs-dating-back-to-the-sawy-period/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/golden-tongues-found-in-mouths-of-ancient-egyptian-couple/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10280765/Remains-man-woman-buried-GOLDEN-tongues-2-500-years-ago-Egypt.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_yJ2C1YTR.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mummies-gold-tongues-minya-egypt-archaeology-1234612779/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummies-gold-tongues-in-2500-year-old-tombs-found-in-egypt-180979185/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10221-211207-egypt-tombs-el-bahnasa

… and a feature on some of the folks working there:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/life-style/life-style/2021/12/08/94153/mallorca-culture-ancient-egypt-excavation.html

More on the finds beneath the Hathor Chapel at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahri:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/hundreds-offerings-egyptian-fertility-goddess-uncovered-luxor

A study of ancient Egyptian ‘barley drinks’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110678/British-study-Ancient-Egyptians-used-barley-drinks-different-from-those
https://vinepair.com/booze-news/ancient-egyptian-beer-discovered/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278416521000805?via%3Dihub

Reviewish piece on Kara Cooney, *The Good Kings*:

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/egyptologist-kara-cooney-good-kings-book

Feature on ancient Egyptian funerary texts:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/12/ancient-egyptian-texts-afterlife

More figurines of humans and animals from the Burnt City dig:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467927/Animal-human-figurines-unearthed-in-Burnt-city

I think we mentioned this 4500 years bp Elamite tablet from Iran’s Khuzestan province:

https://arkeonews.net/elamite-clay-tablet-discovered-4500-years-old-in-southwest-iran/

Pieces of a stolen (?) Sassanid artwork known as the Farrokhzad inscription have been found in the Marvdasht plain:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467734/Stolen-bas-relief-discovered-in-southern-Iran

An online database of historical pottery from Persepolis (and elsewhere?) has been set up:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467942/Persepolis-launches-catalog-of-ancient-potteries

The Assyrians didn’t like baldness, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/assyrians-couldnt-face-the-bald-truth-2-600-years-ago-bvndrlq9s

A Late Bronze/Early Iron age site from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/nation/186382.html

A team is looking at a dolmen field in southern Jordan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/11/archaeologists-investigate-dolmen-field.html

Remains of a Second Temple era synagoge from Migdal:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2nd-temple-period-synagogue-found-where-gospels-mary-magdalene-was-born-688519
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/second-synagogue-from-temple-era-excavated-in-migdal-near-the-kinneret/2021/12/12/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/in-hometown-of-mary-magdalene-archaeologists-find-second-synagogue-1.10459124
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/b1tvhl75t

In case you missed the Hasmonean finds that turned up in a bust in east Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-hasmonean-artifacts-found-in-east-jerusalem-at-end-of-hanukkah-687902

More on that 2000 years bp silver coin found by a young girl:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/great-revolt-coin-10343.html

More on that Sanhedrin-associated structure from Yavne:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-dig-up-new-info-on-sanhedrin-era-in-yavne-687288

Lawrence Schiffman on that Seleucid fortress find:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/a-fortress-unearthed/

… also:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-find-hellenistic-stronghold-destroyed-by-the-hasmoneanss-1.10390851

Feature on Eilat Mazar:

https://aeon.co/essays/eilat-mazar-dug-with-a-bible-in-one-hand-and-a-spade-in-the-other

Feature on Gezer:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-this-used-to-be-one-of-the-greatest-cities-of-ancient-israel-1.10453115

Feature on Mystras:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/mystras-the-byzantine-capital-of-morea/142226

A 9th century waqfiyya inscription that turned up at a Christie’s auction a few years ago has been translated:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-waqf-legacy-in-the-world-is-deciphered-two-villages-in-palestine-1.10441673

A figurine purportedly dating to the Roman era from Sharjah (UAE):

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2021/12/05/mythical-statue-dating-to-the-roman-empire-discovered-in-sharjah/
https://gulfnews.com/uae/statue-of-rare-mythical-creature-from-roman-empire-discovered-in-sharjah-1.84203847
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/08/roman-era-mythical-creature-statue-found-in-emirate-of-sharjah/

An ancient Gaza monastery is being restored:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/ancient-gaza-monastery-restored-unemployed-young-palestinians

An account of a talk on medieval ‘kitchen culture’ in Syria:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/century-old-cooking-pot-tells-mediaeval-%E2%80%98kitchen-culture%E2%80%99-levant
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https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A ceramic kiln from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento:

https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/ricerche-scavi-valle-dei-templi-universita-bologna.html

The big news this week was the find of an apparent victim of crucifixion from a burial in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/romancrucifixion
https://www.livescience.com/crucified-roman-era-man-found-uk
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/08/best-physical-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-found-in-cambridgeshire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/crucifixion-roman-britain-fenstanton-cambridgeshire-b1971956.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10287641/Crucifixion-Worlds-best-example-Cambridgeshire-form-slave-nail-heel.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59569629
https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2021/1208/1265588-roman-crucifixion/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/unearthed-first-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-in-britain-ksbzpskpq
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/08/first-physical-evidence-roman-crucifixion-britain-unearthed/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/813/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/813/pub/813/page/19/article/248886
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/first-example-of-roman-crucifixion-in-uk-found-in-cambridges-9229668/
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/09/world/archaeologists-crucifixion-uk-scn-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-unearthed-in-uk/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1900-yr-old-skeleton-proof-of-roman-crucifixions-uk-archaeologists-688442
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-best-physical-evidence-crucifixion-2045534
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-stunned-rare-evidence-crucifixion-fenstanton-uk-1657725
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-dug-up-an-old-skeleton-then-they-noticed-the-nail-lodged-in-its-foot
https://gizmodo.com/nail-lodged-in-skeleton-s-foot-is-first-evidence-of-cru-1848194740
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/physical-evidence-of-a-crucifixion-from-roman-period-found-in-uk/142198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-physical-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-found-in-britain-180979190/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10225-211209-england-roman-crucifixion

Latest (it seems) finds from the House of the Library at Pompeii:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/12/numerous-finds-emerge-from-house-of.html

A large, later Roman-era olive oil factory from Hatay:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/anatolias-largest-olive-oil-factory-unearthed-169868

Latest finds from the Zerzevan Castle dig includes a 1600 years bp ‘flute’ and a bronze key ring:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-flute-reveals-interest-in-music-169830
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10218-211206-turkey-military-fort

Not sure about this one on the (non) impact of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19778640.expert-claims-hadrians-wall-came-existing-anglo-scots-defences/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/prehistoric-scotland-was-culturally-divergent-before-the-romans-arrived/142216

More on the ‘weaving workshop’ and other structures found at Perre:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archeologists-unearth-1-600-year-old-weaving-workshop-in-southeastern-turkey/2437289
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10219-211207-turkey-perrhe-earthquakes

More coins associated with the Potwies hoard have been found in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/more-coins-from-the-polwies-treasure-hoard-discovered-in-poland/142180

More on the search for Roman sites along the planned A66 route:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/digging-for-roman-riches-on-trans-pennine-route/142129

More on the latest find of a victim of Vesuvius from Herculaneum:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/06/victim-of-vesuvius-eruption-unearthed-at-herculaneum/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vesuvius-skeleton-discovery-near-herculaneum-ancient-rome-180979160/

More on the use of robots and AI to reconstruct frescoes at Pompeii:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pompeiis-ruins-to-be-reconstructed-by-robot/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/11/robots-with-artificial-intelligence-to-reconstruct-pompeii-frescoes/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-could-restore-frescoes-in-pompeii-180979188/

… and on the use of technology at Pompeii to help protect it from climate change damage:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/08/pompeii-tech-climate-change-damage

More on the ‘Caligula coffee table’:

https://mymodernmet.com/caligula-coffee-table-mosaic/

More on Bronze Age tombs from Cyprus with Egyptian and Mesopotamian luxury items:

https://www.livescience.com/nefertiti-gold-jewelry-in-cyprus
https://www.sciencealert.com/mesmerizing-gold-jewelry-from-queen-nefertiti-s-time-found-in-cyprus
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-jewelry-mesopotamian-seal-found-in-cyprus-offer-clues-to-bronze-age-trade-180979165/

More on the source of marble for a statue of Apollo:

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v14/166

Dispelling the myths associated with ancient Greek infanticide:

https://www.science.org/content/article/ancient-greeks-didn-t-kill-weak-babies-new-study-argues

A digital recreation of Mycenae:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/07/video-ancient-mycenae-palace/

Restoration of Roman baths in Calpe is under way:

https://murciatoday.com/restoration_of_historic_roman_baths_resumes_in_calpe_1694172-a.html

The semi-annual piece on Kathleen Martinez being ‘close’ to finding the tomb of Cleopatra:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/07/archeologist-claims-to-be-close-to-discovery-of-queen-cleopatras-tomb/

Not sure this is actually ‘new’ but Byzantine remains from Thasos have signs of ‘complex surgery’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/07/byzantine-era-skeletons-greece-complex-surgery/

Feature on Anna Marguerite McCann and her underwater archaeology work:

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

Feature on the Opushki cemetery in the Crimea (1st century BCE-4th CE):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-kids-playing-with-human-bones-reveal-ancient-cultures-of-crimea-1.10443629

Feature on the Roman Republic:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-republic

Feature on Josephus:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/12/josephus-a-groundbreaking-historian-and-a-proud-jew/

Another feature on garum:

https://culinarybackstreets.com/cities-category/lisbon/2021/garum/

Feature on assorted ‘disturbing’ practices in ancient Rome:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/10-disturbing-practices-that-were-considered-normal-in-ancient-rome-5ec51af79912

Feature on the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/11/tombs-kings-paphos-unesco/

Feature on phallic imagery in Roman society:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/phallus-evil-eye/

Feature on Odysseus as hero:

https://merionwest.com/2021/12/10/the-real-heroism-of-odysseus/

Feature on Saturnalia preparations at Brown:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/2021/12/06/brown-io-saturnalia-latin-students-herald-the-ancient-roman-festival-of-peace-and-harmony

Feature on Cicero as symbol of what destroyed the Republic:

https://theconversation.com/cicero-isnt-a-model-for-saving-the-state-but-a-symbol-of-what-destroyed-it-172032

Feature on the trireme:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/09/ancient-greek-trireme-ships-athens/

Feature on Smyrna:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/11/history-ancient-greek-city-smyrna/

More on Italy returning/loaning a Parthenon sculpture to Greece:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/italy-will-loan-greece-parthenon-marble-piece-with-collateral/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/12/07/greece-to-receive-parthenon-frieze-fragment-from-italy/

More on the BM offering (maybe) to loan Parthenon sculptures to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/06/new-british-museum-director-offers-to-loan-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/new-british-museum-director-hints-lending-parthenon-marbles-greece/

… and an opEd on how it’s creating false hopes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/06/british-museum-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-08/la-interminable-historia-de-las-estatuas-del-partenon-boris-johnson-tampoco-las-devolvera-a-grecia.html

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift, you can adopt a tessera from a Fishbourne Roman Palace mosaic:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/fishbourne-roman-palace-offers-chance-to-adopt-piece-of-mosaic-as-unique-christmas-gift-3484333

A different spin on Donna Tartt’s *Secret History*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/short-takes/donna-tartts-the-secret-history-as-revenge-fantasy/

Feature on ten books about the Roman empire:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/08/top-10-books-about-the-roman-empire-greg-woolf-rome-an-empire-s-story

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-12921
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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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An apparent 9000-5000 years bp flintknapping site from northeastern France:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/rich-prehistoric-landscape-discovered-in-morschwiller-le-bas/142189

Norwegian archaeologists located a cluster of five Viking longhouse (one is huge) near the Gjellestad ship site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-norwegian-archaeologists-late-iron-age.html
https://norwaytoday.info/news/scientists-discover-one-of-the-largest-longhouses-in-scandinavia-near-the-gjellestad-viking-ship/
https://apnews.com/article/science-europe-denmark-oslo-1f49c6d06c453cfbee8a7677156236ea
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-10279771/Norwegian-archaeologists-late-Iron-Age-longhouses.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/largest-viking-longhouse-norway-1234612412/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/norwegian-archaeologists-find-late-iron-age-longhouses-81579418
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-discover-large-nordic-iron-age-longhouse/142184
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-one-of-largest-viking-longhouses-in-scandinavia-180979177/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10220-211207-norway-viking-longhouses

… and a feature on the 12 ‘most exciting’ finds from the Gjellestad dig:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-iron-age/the-12-most-exciting-finds-from-the-gjellestad-viking-ship-dig/1948461

An xray of a Viking sword from Orkney revealed ornate decorations:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-59563721
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62876
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10226-211210-papa-westray-sword

… related finds from the same dig:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/first-findings-of-mind-blowing-study-of-viking-cemetery-in-orkney-revealed-3487938

Possible remains of a pre-Norman church in Frome:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/10-december/news/uk/possible-saxon-ruins-linked-to-the-confessor-s-chancellor-found-under-st-john-s-frome

An 11th century cloisonne enamel earring from Denmark:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62886

An 11th century (maybe) ink pen is possibly the oldest ever found in Ireland:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/oldest-ink-pen-in-ireland-is-discovered-by-archaeologist-during-excavation-in-burren-41132749.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10296461/Archaeology-Irelands-oldest-INK-PEN-dates-1-000-years-County-Clare.html

Trying to explain motive for ‘metal deposition’ (i.e. hoards) in the Bronze Age:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/12/mysterious-metal-depositions-were-the-most-ordinary-thing-in-the-world
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-mysterious-metal-depositions-ordinary-world.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10223-211208-bronze-age-deposits

More on the Blair Atholl Man:

https://www.livescience.com/blair-atholl-man-scotland
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10284099/Archaeology-Man-strong-jawline-buried-Scotland-1-600-years-ago-NOT-local.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10222-211208-scotland-blair-atholl

Seems like all the places in the UK are telling about how many ‘treasure troves’ were found in the area in the last year … e.g. West Sussex:

https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/people/this-is-how-many-buried-treasure-troves-were-found-in-west-sussex-last-year-3487876
https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/buried-treasure-troves-discovered-in-west-sussex-3487911

… Shropshire;

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19771044.dozens-buried-treasure-troves-found-shropshire-last-year/

… West Yorkshire:

https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/people/from-gold-coins-to-precious-artefacts-buried-treasure-troves-discovered-in-west-yorkshire-3488245

… Notts:

https://www.chad.co.uk/news/people/buried-treasure-found-in-notts-12-times-in-a-year-3488993

… Gwent:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19773731.british-museum-records-dozens-treasure-finds-gwent/

… Dudley:

https://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/19774465.nearly-dozen-treasure-troves-found-since-records-began/

… Worcestershire:

https://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/19770787.buried-treasure-troves-found-worcestershire-last-year/

… Bucks and Milton Keynes:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/people/dozens-of-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-bucks-and-milton-keynes-last-year-3489957

… Northamptonshire:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/more-than-20-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-northamptonshire-last-year-figures-reveal-3488550

… and generally there are more troves this year than in previous years:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19770874.treasure-troves-found-last-year-increase-previous-years/

Plans for an interesting research project at Sutton Hoo:

https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/national-trust-partners-time-team-new-sutton-hoo-research-project/

Pondering the veracity of the use of the ‘Blood Eagle’ by the Vikings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-the-vikings-actually-torture-victims-with-the-brutal-blood-eagle-180979148/

Feature on the West Norfolk Hoard:

https://museumcrush.org/west-norfolk-hoard-englands-largest-anglo-saxon-gold-coin-find/

Feature on the Coppergate dig:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19755963.coppergate-dig-turned-york-viking/

Feature on Stonehenge (accompanying the BM exhibition):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-introduction-to-stonehenge/

The UK is apparently dealing with a skills shortage in the heritage sector:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-59602142

Review of Perry and Gabriele, *The Bright Ages*:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/12/medieval-history-revised-review-of-the-book-the-bright-ages.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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Plenty of items from five 3000 years bp burials on the outskirts of Beijing:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2021-12/08/content_77918142.htm
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_nFbyA1eL.html

Shang Dynasty bronze items from Hunan:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/817330-ancient-bronze-ware-unearthed-in-china-s-hunan

A pair of Eastern Han Dynasty copper Buddha statues from a set of tombs in Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-10/Earliest-Buddha-statues-in-China-discovered-in-Shaanxi-15SciqP8sqk/index.html
https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/3/184352/Ancient-Buddha-statues-unearthed-from-tombs-in-China’s-Shaanxi
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_m5WA5HIZ.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/11/content_77924511.htm

3648 burials from a span of 2200 years from Shaanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-12/11/content_77924757.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1241255.shtml

Interesting implications of a study of 2700 years bp Assyrian-style leather armour from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2021/Armor.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-year-old-leather-armor-technology-antiquity.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211208090026.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/leather-scale-armour-proves-technology-transfer-occurred-in-antiquity/142195
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/assyrian-style-leather-armor-10352.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62872
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/08/2700-year-old-armor-proves-technology-transfer-happened-in-antiquity/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10224-211209-leather-scale-armor

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618221005553

Pondering the efficacy of the Great Wall of China:

https://www.livescience.com/did-great-wall-china-work

Overviewish thing hyping Chinese archaeology:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-07/Archaeological-China-unveils-splendid-Chinese-civilization-15NB4i7i1k4/index.html
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202112/08/WS61b0531ea310cdd39bc7a20f.html

… and a feature on five significant sites:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1240530.shtml

Studying what might be a Hong Kong boundary stone:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3159282/hong-kong-antiquities-office-studying-authenticity-stone?module=live&pgtype=homepage

A study of Karelian stone tools and their trade etc.:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/vast-trade-network-in-prehistoric-russia-was-centered-on-pretty-green-rocks-1.10446750

A team of American archaeologists have been barred from working at Mustang (Nepal):

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/archaeological-research-obstructed-in-mustang

Buddhist-related finds from Taxila:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1663253

First part of what appears to be a feature on the history of Kashmir:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/op-ed-2/part-i-reconstructing-the-ancient-history-of-kashmir
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on Maddy McAllister’s underwater archaeology work:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/inside-the-world-of-maritime-archaeologist-and-shipwreck-mermaid-maddy-mcallister-20211209-p59gaf.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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The find of ancestral remains frought construction work to a halt at a site in Asotin (Washington):

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/12/09/ancestral-remains-discovered-asotin-eastern-washington/

Overviewish thing on finds from Haida Gwai:

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2021/12/10/Archaeologists-Unearthed-Exciting-Secrets-Haida-Gwaii/

More on the 5000-9000 years bp artifacts from a Baltimore park:

https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2021/12/04/discovered-in-a-baltimore-park-native-american-artifacts-5000-9000-years-old/

More on the ‘volcanic winter’ which drove changes among the Pueblo folk in Colorado:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-helped-ancestral-pueblo-culture-flourish-180979162/

Pondering who’s responsible for 500 Black burials on a Clearwater company’s land:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/12/08/over-500-graves-might-be-on-clearwater-companys-land-is-city-responsible/

That ‘slave tag’ found at the College of Charleston a few months ago is among Archaeology Magazine’s top finds of 2021:

https://charlestoncitypaper.com/slave-tag-found-at-cofc-among-top-archaeology-magazine-discoveries-of-2021/
https://www.thestate.com/news/charleston/article256374217.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10285549/Copper-slave-badge-1835-worlds-10-archaeological-discoveries-2021.html

Feature on Opechanacanough:

https://www.history.com/news/opechancanough-powhatan-chief-1622-attack-jamestown

Feature on descendents of Jesuit enslaved persons from St Louis:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/at-least-200-people-were-enslaved-by-the-jesuits-in-st-louis-descendants-are-now-telling-their-stories

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of the earliest adobe monumental architecture in the Americas (Peru):

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/48/e2102941118

Study connecting dangerous algae blooms in a Guatemalan lake to Maya occupation:

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/48/e2109919118

A Postclassics Maya ‘ceremonial cave’ site from Chemuyil:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ceremonial-cave-site-from-postclassic-maya-period-discovered/142234

Evidence of a previously-unrecorded tsunami that hit the Chilean coast in 1737:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-previously-unrecorded-chilean-tsunami.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00319-z

Rescue excavations at X’baatun in Yucatan have resumed:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/12/archaeologists-resume-rescue-works-at-the-archaeological-site-of-xbaatun-in-yucatan/

More on the Chimu agricultural site from Peru’s Chicama Valley:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-site-featuring-chimu-cultures-agricultural-practices-unearthed-in-chicama-valley-871947.aspx
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ancient-complex-from-chimu-period-discovered-in-peru/142170
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10217-211206-peru-chimu-agriculture

More on the 1200 years bp mummy from Peru:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/ancient-peruvian-mummy-goes-show-lima-museum-2021-12-08/
https://www.trtworld.com/life/pre-incan-mummy-goes-on-display-at-university-in-peru-s-lima-52416
https://abcnews.go.com/International/video/archaeologists-unveil-mummy-1200-years-81640369
https://www.stltoday.com/news/world/watch-now-archaeologists-discover-1-200-year-old-mummy-in-peru-and-more-of-todays/collection_b7cd2381-8092-533f-b55b-6b7cf3cdc9fd.html

More on that post-conquest Aztec altar find from Mexico City:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-discover-offerings-in-aztec-housing-complex/142138
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-altar-discovered-in-mexico-city-180979166/

Feature on the diet of folks at Tiwanaku:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03583-3

Feature on an interesting Maya urn that was on display in a library:

https://news.asu.edu/20211129-unique-maya-urn-takes-asu-archaeologist-surprising-journey

Mammoth remains found during grave excavations from Los Reyes de Juarez (Mexico):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/mammoth-discovery-in-mexico-during-grave-excavations/142206

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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 ‘letterlocking’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/mary-queen-of-scots-sealed-her-final-missive-with-an-intricate-spiral-letterlock/

Feature on Roman numerals on clocks:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/roman-numerals-clock-faces/2021/12/11/046b743e-59d2-11ec-9a18-a506cf3aa31d_story.html

Feature on Afanasy Nikitin’s travels in India:

https://scroll.in/magazine/1011414/pilgrimages-conflicts-and-naked-women-a-russian-merchants-impressions-of-15th-century-india

Feature on Marie Curie:

https://www.livescience.com/38907-marie-curie-facts-biography.html

An archaeologist accused of bullying has been reinstated at the Max Planck Institute:

https://www.science.org/content/article/archaeologist-accused-bullying-reinstated-max-planck-institute

The Netherlands government is trying to purchase Rembrandt’s ‘Standard Bearer’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59588109

Repairs are in store for the Night Watch:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-lifestyle-painting-museums-netherlands-8a906bc78e725d3e3f87bd3102dad062

.. and a feature on the original sketch beneath the paint of the Night Watch:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/08/rembrandt-hidden-sketch-revealed-beneath-night-watch
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/12/09/original-sketch-rembrandt-masterpiece-found-underneath-painting/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/08/rijksmuseum-discovers-the-genesis-of-rembrandts-the-night-watch
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-08/el-rijksmuseum-descubre-la-genesis-de-la-ronda-de-noche-de-rembrandt-en-un-bosquejo-bajo-el-oleo.html

Feature on ‘painted over’ artworks:

https://www.dw.com/en/from-rembrandt-to-picasso-artworks-that-were-painted-over/g-60068927

An export bar on a 17th century anonymous painting of a Black woman and her white companion:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/britain-painting-export-bar-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

A Van Gogh self portrait has been conserved:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/10/van-gogh-gets-a-facelift-conservation-of-self-portrait-to-be-revealed-in-london

Studying the lead in ‘lead white’:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/10/1062525515/scientists-uncover-clues-about-rembrandt-rubens-paintings-through-lead-analysis

The ‘top discoveries of 2021’ lists have started to appear … here’s the ones made by Bournemouth U. academics:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2021-12-06/four-top-10-archaeological-discoveries-2021-made-bu-academics-according-archaeology-magazine

… and 12 ‘incredible’ ones:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/art-design-archaeology-discoveries-2021-scn/index.html

The US military has ended a project to identify the dead at Pearl Harbor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/07/us/pearl-harbor-attack-dna.html

Feature on how humans have shaped the planet for millennia:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/food-environment/2021/why-theres-no-such-thing-pristine-nature

More on what’s going on with the Notre Dame restoration:

https://onepeterfive.com/whats-happening-with-the-notre-dame-restoration-an-advent-2021-update/

… and this one will cause some backlash:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/10/arts/design/notre-dame-contemporary-art.html

… and on Notre Dame’s ‘musical spirit’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/09/travel/notre-dame-music-paris-churches.html

Sciencey sort of thing on the ancient production of pigments:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/simple-campfire-chemistry-hints-how-ancient-humans-produced-pigments/4014845.article

Feature on the concept of beauty through the ages:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0b8lv7p/why-beauty-is-fundamental-to-the-human-experience-

The Apple TV series on Dickinson is donating a pile of replicas to the Emily Dickinson Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/10/arts/television/emily-dickinson-archive-harvard.html

On the history of the tomato:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-12-03/el-tomate-no-es-natural-es-un-tesoro-creado-por-el-ingenio-humano.html

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia might not be structurally complete until 2026:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3158289/barcelonas-sagrada-familia-mark-milestone-its-construction

Feature on India’s British colonial hill stations:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3158402/paradise-lost-rise-and-fall-indias-british-colonial-era-hill

A silent film is shedding light on 1920s Ireland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/11/world/europe/silent-film-ireland-discovery.html

Review of Anna della Subin, *Accidental Gods*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/08/books/review-accidental-gods-anna-della-subin.html

Review of *The Dawn of Everything*:

https://mashable.com/article/dawn-of-everything-history-book

Review of Molly Yarn, *Shakespeare’s Lady Editors*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/09/new-book-celebrates-the-lost-work-of-shakespeares-female-editors

Review of Catherine McCormack, *Women in the Picture*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/08/books/review/women-in-the-picture-catherine-mccormack.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Maryland is confronting its history of lynching and racial violence:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/maryland-is-the-first-state-to-formally-reckon-with-its-history-of-lynching-and-racial-violence

A Robert E Lee statue in Charlottesville will be melted down:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/12/07/charlottesville-melt-robert-lee-statue/

The Taliban reopened the National Museum in Kabul:

https://www.khaama.com/taliban-reopens-national-museum-in-kabul-57457457/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-national-museum-of-afghanistan-reopens-2044902

On the history of holly:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/12/boughs-of-holly.html

An Italian church has apologized over a bishop’s claim about Santa:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/11/no-ho-ho-italian-church-apologises-over-bishops-claim-about-santa-claus

More on the pronunciation of omicron (mostly input from assorted Classicists):

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/12/omicron-variants/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/06/nation/how-we-got-omicron-previously-obscure-d-list-letter/?event=event25
https://www.motherjones.com/media/2021/11/omicron-variant-pronunciation-classics-scholars-british-american/

More on the vandalism of Laocoon in San Francisco:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-sculpture-legion-of-honor-vandalism-2044568

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Concerns for the survival of the Cantonese language:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3158220/will-cantonese-struggle-survive-welsh-hawaiian-and
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Stonehenge (and Seahenge):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/07/stonehenge-exhibition-british-museum
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59564141
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/stonehenge-british-museum-norfolk-bronze-age-sea-b970385.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/stonehenge-norfolk-bronze-age-great-pyramid-of-giza-france-b1971146.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/07/golden-hats-celestial-discs-and-circles-of-wood-and-stone-british-museum-reveals-treasures-in-stonehenge-show
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/07/stonehenge-sea-unveiled-british-museum/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/812/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/812/pub/812/page/29/article/248663
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10290263/The-cosmic-mystery-Seahenge-Battle-raging-true-purpose-awesome-monument.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10286203/Bronze-age-timber-structure-dubbed-Seahenge-goes-display-British-Museum.html
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-introduction-to-stonehenge/

Vermeer:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62841

Rubens:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-12-06/rubens-picturing-antiquity-getty-villa

Iranian Arts:

https://www.dw.com/en/an-exploration-of-five-millennia-of-iranian-art/g-60032922
https://www.dw.com/en/collection-of-iranian-arts-and-culture-on-show-in-berlin/av-60041924

Native New York:

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/44920/20211206/the-native-american-history-that-new-yorkers-may-not-know
https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item?id=981

3d Mesopotamia:

https://mesopotamia.getty.edu/

Peru:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-show-of-ample-and-eerie-majesty-british-museums-peru-a-journey-in-time-reviewed

The Met removed the Sackler name from its galleries:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/09/new-york-met-art-museum-to-remove-sackler-family-name-from-galleries
https://www.newsweek.com/met-removes-sackler-family-name-museums-galleries-following-opioid-controversy-1657849
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/met-museum-removes-sackler-name-cec/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/met-museum-removing-sackler-name-2046380

The Getty has acquired a bust of Germanicus (maybe):

https://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/8153-first-century-roman-germanicus-bust-joins-getty-villa-collection
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62862
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/getty-museum-roman-bust-1234612841/

The Larnaca musem is (finally) reopening:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/12/06/after-long-delays-larnaca-museum-to-reopen-next-month/

Feature on the Tenement Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/tenement-museum/

The Met and the Studio Museum in Harvard will be overseeing the James Van der Zee archive:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/metropolitan-studio-museum-in-harlem-james-van-der-zee-archive-1234612573/

There’s a new museum of Roman antiquities in Narbonne:

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/buildings/foster-partners-completes-museum-of-roman-antiquities-in-narbonne
https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/fosters-roman-antiquities-museum-set-to-open/5115156.article

Feature on ten disputed objects at the British Museum:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3abdd3/unfiltered-history-tour-ten-disputed-artefacts-british-museum

Feature on ten of the ‘most beautiful’ exhibits in the Acropolis Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/10/acropolis-museum/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for the Hamilton Aphrodite:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/hamilton-aphrodite-auction-record-1234612590/

… and some tiaras associated with Napoleon’s Josephine:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/tiaras-thought-belong-napoleons-josephine-sell-760000-2021-12-07/
https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/45393585/two-of-empress-josphine-bonapartes-tiaras-sell-for-763000

… and a collection of 16th century books:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-59609181

Lalique items coming to auction:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2021/12/09/a-private-collection-of-lalique-creations-to-be-auctioned-in-paris-by-sothebys/

We might be hearing more about this auction of items from Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467965/Sold-Iranian-treasures-went-under-the-hammer-in-London-auction

A warning about the provenance of antiquities coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/07/antiquities-for-auction-could-be-illicitly-sourced-archaeologist-claims
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA samples from soil suggests wild horses and mammoths were in the Yukon much longer than preivously thought:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211208090008.htm

On repeated development of ‘anthrax resistance’ in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-anthrax-arms-europeans-evolve-disease.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26854-z
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the use of digital tools to preserve sites threatened by climate change:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/08/1062320033/digital-tools-can-preserve-historic-sites-threatened-by-climate-change-effects
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on how archaeologists can contribute to the climate change debate:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/12/09/archaeologist-see-future-climate-change-look-past/6415055001/

Another feature on sites threatened by climate change:

https://www.tbsnews.net/features/panorama/melting-our-history-338497

More on climate change and the collapse of the Liangzhu (and other) cultures:

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi9275
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sigiriya:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211205-sigiriya-sri-lankas-ancient-water-gardens

Leuven:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/dec/07/leuven-the-small-flemish-town-belgium-big-bang-history

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CRIME BEAT
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Antiquities thieves damaged the Roman amphitheatre in Samaria:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/08/antiquities-robbers-damage-ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-samaria/

A bust in east Jerusalem yielded some Hasmonean-era (and other?) artifacts:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-hasmonean-artifacts-found-in-east-jerusalem-at-end-of-hanukkah-687902
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/by1161w5ty
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/318117

Three arrests in Jerusalem revealed dozens of items, including some from the Bar-Kochba revolt era:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dozens-of-artifacts-some-from-bar-kochba-era-found-by-police-3-arrested-688198
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/3-arabs-arrested-for-theft-of-ancient-archaeological-artifacts/2021/12/08/

A major bust in Thessaloniki:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1173609/arrests-over-antiquities-in-thessaloniki/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/12/arrests-over-antiquities-in-thessaloniki/

Some folks from Lucca were caught trying to sell some amphoras online (Italian):

https://www.toscanamedianews.it/anfore-millenarie-trovate-in-mare-e-vendute-online.htm
https://corrierefiorentino.corriere.it/firenze/notizie/cronaca/21_dicembre_07/viareggio-sequestrate-tre-anfore-ii-secolo-ac-due-donne-provavano-venderle-internet-f219b386-576f-11ec-8484-7f5da1e8bf41.shtml
https://iltirreno.gelocal.it/versilia/cronaca/2021/12/07/news/sequestrate-tre-anfore-antiche-denunciate-due-viareggine-1.41004935

Not sure if this is one major bust or a ‘compilation’ piece (Italian):

https://www.corriereditaranto.it/2021/12/10/2211tornano-a-casa-2mila-reperti-portati-allestero/

Tons of coverage of Michael Steinhardt’s being required to return 180 stolen antiquities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/06/arts/design/steinhardt-billionaire-stolen-antiquities.html
https://www.livescience.com/billionaire-surrenders-180-stolen-artifacts
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/07/us-billionaire-michael-steinhardt-surrenders-70m-dollars-stolen-art
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/manhattan-new-york-turkey-greece-new-york-university-b1971007.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59543021
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/michael-steinhardt-ancient-art-surrender-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/07/1062111007/michael-steinhardt-antiquities-prosecutor-seized-hedge-fund
https://www.reuters.com/markets/funds/billionaire-steinhardt-surrenders-70-mln-antiquities-accepts-collecting-ban-2021-12-06/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/avoiding-prosecution-michael-steinhardt-to-return-70-million-in-looted-antiquities/
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/investor-michael-steinhardt-banned-for-life-from-collecting-antiquities-688053
https://www.newsweek.com/35m-stags-head-among-stolen-antiquities-hedge-fund-manager-must-return-prosecutor-says-1656562
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/hedge-fund-pioneer-michael-steinhardt-surrenders-stolen-antiquities-vance-says-.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hedge-fund-founder-steinhardt-will-return-looted-antiquities/2021/12/06/9ee6305a-56ce-11ec-8396-5552bef55c3c_story.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/07/collector-michael-steinhardt-surrenders-stolen-artifacts
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ancient-art-collector-surrenders-180-stolen-antiquities-valued-at-70m-manhattan-da/3436566/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/york-billionaire-surrenders-stolen-antiquities-worth-70-million/story?id=81587527
https://www.forbes.com/sites/annakaplan/2021/12/06/billionaire-michael-steinhardt-surrenders-70-million-in-stolen-art-receives-first-ever-lifetime-ban-from-acquiring-antiquities/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/07/michael-steinhardt-returns-70-million-worth-of-stolen-antiquities-including-from-ancient-greece/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211208-us-billionaire-surrenders-looted-antiquities-worth-70m/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/michael-steinhardt-banned-from-acquiring-cultural-antiquities-2044531
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/08/michael-steinhardt-surrenders-180-stolen-antiquities-valued-at-70-million/

… as a result of which, some NYU students want their department renamed:

https://nypost.com/2021/12/08/nyu-students-want-to-rename-department-named-after-billionaire-art-collector/
https://www.jta.org/2021/12/09/ny/student-government-at-nyu-school-named-for-steinhardt-calls-for-removal-of-philanthropists-name

… and an opEd:

https://observer.com/2021/12/the-american-antiquities-trade-is-defined-by-bad-actors/

14 items have been stolen from protected monuments in India since 2015:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/14-antiquities-stolen-from-monuments-since-2015-minister/article37869545.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/dec/08/14-antiquities-stolen-from-centrally-protected-sites-in-six-years-2393162.html

The US and Egypt have ‘enhanced’ their anti-antiquities-trafficking agreement:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1984196/middle-east

Feature on Thomas Gavin as artifact thief:

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/05/1061008298/thomas-gavin-might-be-americas-most-prolific-artifact-thief-but-the-jig-is-up

More on Monson fakery:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/special-team-to-re-examine-antiques-found-at-monsons-house/article37890952.ece

More on the Egyptian gang who had a sarcophagus:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/gang-arrested-for-excavating-archaeological-treasures-in-ain-shams/

In case you were wondering, Tommy Thompson is still in jail:

https://apnews.com/article/oddities-ohio-central-america-tommy-thompson-d54be60bb4e0a34153d796cd10bb4265

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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 UN has adopted a Greek resolution on the return of cultural property:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1173287/unga-unanimously-adopts-greek-resolution-on-return-of-cultural-property/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/08/un-adopts-greek-proposal-for-the-return-of-stolen-cultural-treasures-full-text/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/07/united-nations-resolution-cultural-property/

Israel is returning 100 items (more or less) to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/israel-to-reportedly-return-100-stolen-egyptian-antiquities-to-egypt/
http://egypttoday.com/Article/1/110716/Egypt-reclaims-95-smuggled-artifacts-from-Israel
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israel-returns-looted-antiquities-to-egypt-during-diplomatic-visit-688308
https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-lapid-visits-israel-returns-to-egypt-95-stolen-relics-smuggled-into-israel/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-59571712
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/12/09/in-goodwill-gesture-lapid-returns-95-smuggled-artifacts-and-relics-to-egypt-during-cairo-visit/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10227-211210-egypt-israel-repatriation

In the wake of the Steinhardt thing (see above), 47 objects will be returned to Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1173450/47-stolen-antiquities-from-steinhardt-collection-returning-to-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/12/10/news/greeces-culture-ministry-47-ancient-items-returning-to-greece/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/45932-culture-ministry-47-stolen-ancient-antiquities-return-to-greece.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture-ministry-47-ancient-items-returning-to-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/09/looted-antiquities-steinhart-greece/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/10/47-antiquities-returning-to-greece-from-the-steinhardt-collection/

Russia plans to return Nazi-looted archives to the Greek Jewish community:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/12/09/russia-to-return-archives-looted-by-nazis-to-greek-jewish-community/

Much interest in the official return of the Gilgamesh tablet to Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-looted-gilgamesh-tablet-iraq-formal.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-59561151
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/looted-ancient-gilgamesh-tablet-returns-to-iraq-after-three-decades-52401
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/ancient-gilgamesh-tablet-returns-to-iraq-30-years-after-being-looted
https://apnews.com/article/science-travel-lifestyle-museums-united-nations-e434fb4f2cd88c02169682436897ae54
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-gilgamesh-tablet-showcasing-earliest-form-literature-returned-rcna8001
https://thearabweekly.com/iraq-puts-display-ancient-gilgamesh-tablet-returned-us

Egypt has repatriated some 30 000 items over the past decade, apparently:

https://tass.com/society/1374275

More on US returns to Mali:

https://ml.usembassy.gov/return-to-mali-of-pillaged-and-illegally-trafficked-antiquities/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ugly coin portraits:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/beautifully-ugly-coin-portraiture/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n50.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eric Cinq-Mars:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-yukon-research-jaques-cinq-mars-1.6275820

William Fulco:

https://angelusnews.com/local/la-catholics/lmu-jesuit-archaeologist-remembered-as-a-beloved-mentor-brilliant-scholar/

WK Pritchett:

https://ahma.berkeley.edu/news/ronald-stroud-1933-2021-memoriam

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3121-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-28th-through-december-4th-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 ,Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Elizabeth Bartman, 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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3.7 million years bp footprints from Laetoli once thought to belong to a bear are now thought to belong to an early human of some sort (maybe):

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-mystery-footprints-site-laetoli-tanzania.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211201111934.htm
https://www.livescience.com/unknown-human-ancestor-footprints-walked-near-lucy
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/science/hominin-footprints-tanzania.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fossil-footprints-puzzle-scientists-bear-or-ancient-human/2021/12/01/4e32f3e2-52d6-11ec-83d2-d9dab0e23b7e_story.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/fossil-footprints-puzzle-scientists-bear-or-ancient-human/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/300468581/fossil-footprints-puzzle-scientists-bear-or-ancient-human
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/unknown-hominin-detected-from-odd-3-6m-year-old-footprints-in-africa-1.10431246
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/tanzania-footprints-offer-clues-on-origin-of-human-upright-walking-687552
https://theconversation.com/a-new-species-of-early-human-why-we-should-be-cautious-about-new-fossil-footprint-findings-172912
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/01/1060208486/ancient-footprints-mistakenly-attributed-to-bears-were-made-by-early-humans
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/ancient-footprints-hint-at-mysterious-human-relative-with-a-strange-walk
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/africa/footprints-early-hominin-bear-scn/index.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/02/footprints-from-laetoli-tanzania-are-from-early-humans-not-bears/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-set-of-ancient-footprints-may-have-belonged-to-an-unknown-human-ancestor-180979157/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10178-211203-laetoli-a-prints

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04187-7

The oldest examples of Denisovan fossils have been found in a cave in Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-molecular-analysis-reveals-oldest-denisovan.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-denisovan-fossils-in-siberian-cave
https://www.sciencealert.com/oldest-fossils-of-the-mysterious-denisovans-unearthed-in-a-siberian-cave
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/01/molecular-analysis-reveals-the-oldest-denisovan-fossils-yet/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10169-211201-denisova-cave-fossil

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01581-2

Feature on the differences between Neanderthals and Denisovans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-do-you-tell-a-neanderthal-from-a-denisovan

More on the cause of death of the (Neanderthal) ‘Old Man of La Chapelle’:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/25/europe/ancient-spillover-neanderthal-brucellosis-disease-human-scn/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10177-211203-neanderthal-brucellosis-diagnosis

More on early Neanderthal tooth development:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/30455/teeth-of-neanderthal-infants-developed-sooner-than-modern-humans
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-02462-1
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10174-211202-neanderthal-baby-tooth

More on the renaming of homo rhodesiensis to bodoensis:

https://www.themanitoban.com/posts/phd-student-contributes-to-project-renaming-hominins

More on bipedal sediba:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/ancient-hominin-shows-evolution-of-bipedalism/
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AFRICA
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The World Heritage site of Lalibela in Ethiopia was recovered from rebels:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59493729
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A tomb full of garbage from a rock-cut tomb below the Temple of Hatshepsut (not sure if we mentioned this one):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C90293%2Cancient-garbage-dump-reveals-hundreds-artefacts-dating-back-thousands-years.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10167-211130-luxor-temple-debris

The second phase of a project documenting stones at Persepolis is under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467707/Persepolis-stone-fragments-being-documented-preserved-for-future

A sort of overviewish thing on various archaeological activities in Iraq:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-ancient-iraqi-cities

Feature on the teams working to restore Palmyra:

https://tass.com/society/1370293

Overview of finds in Turkey in November:

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

Remains of a 5th century CE baptistery from Kusadasi:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/baptistery-unearthed-during-excavations-in-turkish-resort-town-169808

More on 255 finds underwater from Turkey this past year:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underwater-excavations-unearth-255-artifacts-this-year-169704

Feature on various folks digging in turkey right now:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/volunteers-from-around-the-globe-dig-up-turkeys-history/news

Feature on Mesopotamian health care:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ancient-healthcare-fit-for-a-king/

A Hellenistic farm site in the heart of Tel Aviv:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/29/content_77898806.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202111/1240159.shtml

Latest find from Yavne is a structure and cemetery associated with the time of the Sanhedrin:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-dig-up-new-info-on-sanhedrin-era-in-yavne-687288
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-sanhedrin-era-building-found-in-yavne-where-assembly-fled-temples-ruin/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/first-ever-remains-of-sanhedrin-era-building-uncovered-in-coastal-city-of-yavneh/2021/11/29/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/30/yavne-finds-tell-story-of-sanhedrin-after-jews-fled-jerusalem/
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/ritual-cups-cemetery-shed-light-ancient-jewish-retreat-yavne-2021-11-29/
https://www.euronews.com/2021/11/30/us-archaeology-israel-yavne
http://www.china.org.cn/photos/2021-11/30/content_77901963.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/archaeologists-discover-building-from-the-time-of-the-exiled-sanhedrin/142132
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/01/building-from-the-time-of-the-exiled-sanhedrin-discovered-in-yavne/

A Hasmonean era sling stone (being connected with Hanukkah, of course) from the South Hebron hills area:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/historic-hanukkah-sling-stone-discovered-in-south-hebron-hills-687251
https://www.timesofisrael.com/sling-stone-from-hasmonean-period-found-in-southern-hebron-hills/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/tryphon-was-here-archeological-find-in-hebron-hills-testifies-to-hasmonean-days/2021/11/29/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/29/idf-civil-administration-unveils-ancient-ammunition-bearing-name-of-seleucid-ruler/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10255413/Hanukkah-sling-stone-used-against-Jewish-rebels-2-000-years-ago-Israel.html

Similarly connected, a 2000 years bp oil lamp from the City of David:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/30/2000-year-old-oil-lamp-comes-to-light-in-city-of-david/

Feature on the various sites being identified as Bethsaida:

https://www.livescience.com/biblical-city-bethsaida-jesus-walked-on-water-debate

Feature on six finds associated with the Maccabees:

https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/11/six-ancient-findings-in-the-footsteps-of-the-maccabees/

Feature on assorted finds from Israel which ‘line up’ with biblical accounts:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/11/29/israeli-archaeological-treasures-align-with-hebrew-bible-accounts/

Feature on the Hasmoneans:

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/history/articles/who-were-the-hasmoneans

More on that Hellenistic structure from the Lachish Forest:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-archaeologists-just-find-evidence-of-hanukkah-stories
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/did-archaeologists-just-evidence-hanukkah-085147411.html?src=rss

More on that silver coin found by an 11-year-old girl:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-riches-of-the-second-temple/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Bronze Age tombs from Cyprus include jewellery and other luxury items from assorted Mediterranean cultures:

https://www.gu.se/en/news/gold-jewellery-from-the-time-of-nefertiti-found-in-bronze-age-tombs-in-cyprus
https://phys.org/news/2021-12-gold-jewelry-nefertiti-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/936507
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/priceless-trove-of-gold-jewelry-from-nefertiti-era-found-in-cyprus
https://egyptindependent.com/gold-jewelry-from-queen-nefertiti-era-found-in-tombs-in-cyprus/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10265011/Stunning-gold-jewelry-era-Nefertiti-inside-two-3-000-year-old-Bronze-tombs.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62807
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/gold-jewellery-from-the-time-of-nefertiti-found-in-bronze-age-tombs/142144
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/02/jewellery-from-the-time-of-nefertiti-found-in-bronze-age-tombs-in-cyprus/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10175-211202-cyprus-bronze-age

Bronze Age and Roman finds from Izmir:

https://www.insideedition.com/fascinating-ancient-roman-and-bronze-age-archaeological-finds-discovered-in-izmir-71468

Wealthy burials 8th-4th century BCE from Bilsk (Ukraine):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/graves-of-rich-powerful-women-found-in-lost-city-of-herodotus-1.10421477

A Hellenistic-era sanctuary with some Iliad references from a site near Mount Mavrovouni:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/hellenistic-sanctuary-mentions-city-from-homers-iliad/142120
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/30/hellenistic-sanctuary-came-to-light-in-kato-polydendri/

The latest victim of Vesuvius from Herculaneum was presented to the press this week:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/world/europe/vesuvius-victim-herculaneum-ruins.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/last-fugitive-boiled-alive-vain-attempt-flee-vesuvius-79ad-762d3q93z
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/12/02/last-fugitive-ancient-skeleton-sheds-light-roman-vapourised/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/01/eruption-of-vesuvius-on-herculaneum-like-hiroshima-bomb-pompei
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10265421/First-look-Fugitive-Skeleton-man-killed-79AD-Vesuvius-eruption-unveiled.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/skeleton-reveals-secrets-herculaneum-ancient-roman-town-obliterated-ve-rcna7363
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-12-02/el-tragico-final-del-ultimo-fugitivo-de-la-erupcion-de-vesubio.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/02/herculaneum-fugitive-skeleton-discovery
https://www.sciencealert.com/man-feeling-vesuvius-eruption-stared-down-the-oncoming-volcanic-matter-that-vaporized-him
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/partially-mutilated-herculaneum-skeleton-was-fugitive-of-vesuvius-eruption/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-find-victim-of-vesuvius-eruption-on-herculaneum-beach/142152

A 1700 years bp weaving workshop from Perre:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-weaving-workshop-discovered-in-perre-169814
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1600-year-old-weaving-workshop-discovered-in-turkeys-perre/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archeologists-unearth-1-600-year-old-weaving-workshop-in-southeastern-turkey/2437289
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211203-archaeologists-unearth-1600-year-old-weaving-workshop-in-south-eastern-turkey/

A 1600 years bp steelyard weight from Hadrianopolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1600-year-old-steelyard-weight-found-in-turkeys-hadrianopolis/news

A project looking for Roman (and other?) sites along the path of the A66 construction route:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/digging-for-roman-riches-on-trans-pennine-route
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19749677.dig-aims-uncover-archaeological-finds-part-a66-northern-trans-pennine-project/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/how-team-40-archaeologists-digging-22316448
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/digging-for-roman-riches-on-trans-pennine-route/142129

More on the Iliad mosaic from Rutland:

https://le.ac.uk/news/2021/november/rutland-mosaic
https://www.livescience.com/roman-mosaic-discovered-on-uk-farm
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/nov/28/rutlands-roman-mosaics-bring-the-trojan-wars-to-life-in-the-east-midlands
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211130121655.htm
https://www.npr.org/2021/11/26/1059341809/leicester-england-archaeologists-ancient-roman-mosaic
https://www.trtworld.com/life/the-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-discovery-in-the-uk-in-the-last-century-52210
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/features/2021/11/30/schoolboys-role-in-spectacular-roman-find/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/11/uk-farmer-went-for-a-walk-stumbled-on-remains-of-rare-roman-mosaic-and-villa/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-roman-mosaic-found-under-uk-farmers-field-180979127/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10164-211130-england-iliad-mosaic

More on the Caligula-mosaic-coffee-table:

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/29/1059706117/priceless-roman-mosaic-was-found-in-a-new-york-city-apartment
https://video.repubblica.it/mondo/new-york-mosaico-antico-come-tavolo-da-caffe-l-autore-del-ritrovamento-ecco-come-e-tornato-a-roma/402441/403151
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-mosaic-was-used-as-coffee-table-in-nyc-apartment-180979142/

More on that fragment of a Roman cavalry mask from Hadrianopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/30/iron-mask-ancient-hadrianopolis/

More on the Roman military camp at Velsen:

https://nltimes.nl/2021/11/20/traces-large-roman-army-camp-discovered-velsen
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10168-211130-netherlands-roman-camp

More on the recent Scythian silver finds:

https://www.livescience.com/silver-plate-shows-scythian-goddess

More on the Roman aqueduct find from Armenia:

https://www.rferl.org/a/easternmost-roman-aqueduct-uncovered-armenia/31590655.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10148-211116-armenia-roman-aqueduct

I think we mentioned this piece on Pompeii graffiti (they changed the headline):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/largest-collection-of-ancient-graffiti-ever-found-in-pompeii-some-are-hysterically-funny-1.10408749

McDonald’s is renewing efforts to open a drive through near the Baths of Caracalla:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/mcdonalds-rome-drive-thru-ancient-baths-b1967742.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mcdonalds-tries-to-flip-ban-on-roman-baths-restaurant-zbmgz6wfd
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-11-30/mcdonalds-desafia-al-imperio-romano.html

In case you missed the silliness about ancient Rome not existing:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/internet/roman-empire-never-existed-tiktok
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/ancient-rome-isnt-real-tiktok-momllennial/

Italy is returning a fragment of the Parthenon frieze to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/03/italy-parthenon-sculpture-loan/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/italy-return-piece-parthenon-frieze-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/03/italy-returns-parthenon-marble-greece-piling-pressure-british-museum/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/parthenon-greece-swap-italy-2042252
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/30/fragment-of-the-parthenon-frieze-has-been-returned-from-italy/

… come background:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/01/towards-the-reunification-of-the-parthenon-gods/

Meanwhile, George Osborne is possibly open to the ‘loan’ idea:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/05/british-museum-parthenon-marbles/

… but it might be wishful thinking:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/04/george-osborne-british-museum-will-not-shrink-face-culture-wars/

Feature on assorted ancient insurrections and the lessons for today:

https://www.thebulwark.com/ancient-insurrections-and-ours/

Feature on recent finds from Elgin’s shipwreck:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/03/lord-elgins-shipwreck-yields-impressive-discoveries/

Feature on ‘one-liners’ origin in Greek epic:

https://www.salon.com/2021/11/27/the-ancient-history-of-adding-insult-to-injury_partner-2/

Feature on Rome’s rise to empire:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-rome

Feature on Aquis Querquennis:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2021/12/01/paco_nadal/1638378681_950854.html

Feature on Coventina’s Well near Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/29/country-diary-the-underground-secret-by-hadrians-wall

Interesting feature on underground Rome and assorted problems caused by it:

https://www.itv.com/news/2021-11-30/why-are-the-many-layers-of-history-hidden-beneath-modern-rome-causing-a-problem

Feature on Kathleen Martinez and her search for Cleopatra’s tomb:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/12/04/meet-the-lawyer-turned-archaeologist-leading-the-search-for-cleopatras-tomb/

Feature on the ancient Greek alphabet:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/ancient-greek-alphabet-letters-symbols-how-pronounce-origin/

Feature on Philo of Alexandria:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/147/Philo_of_Alexandria_c20BCE-c50CE

Feature on Julius Caesar:

https://www.livescience.com/julius-caesar

Feature on the Battle of Salamis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/01/how-ancient-greeks-harnessed-wind-power-to-win-the-battle-of-salamis/

Feature on Demosthenes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/02/demosthenes/

Feature on the Milesian school:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/02/ancient-greece-milesian-school/

Some busts of Roman emperors (were they ancient?) stolen in the 1990s in Oxfordshire have been recreated:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19744838.roman-emperor-statues-recreated-stolen-90s-coleshill/

A Roman numeral mystery at Arlington National Cemetery:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/arlington-national-cemetery-roman-numerals/2021/12/04/7f5f33bc-5471-11ec-9267-17ae3bde2f26_story.html

Review of Peter Singer, *Apuleius: The Golden Ass*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/my-fellow-beasts-of-burden-my-cohabitants-on-peter-singers-edition-of-apuleuiss-the-golden-ass/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-12221
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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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Latest digs around Stonehenge suggest they were (also) eating foraged fruit and nuts:

https://www.livescience.com/energy-bars-stonehenge
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59476402
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/01/stonehenge-builders-may-have-enjoyed-mince-pies
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/try-a-mince-pie-that-stonehenges-builders-might-have-enjoyed-180979146/

A Knights-era painting from behind a bricked-up arch at Malta’s Museum of Archaeology:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/knights-era-painting-found-behind-bricked-up-arch-at-museum-of.918082

Study suggests Viking camps may have led to their success (we may have had this before):

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-hideouts-harbours-homes-vikings-success.html

Feature on the Iron Age dig at Culduthel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-year-old-girl-finds-bronze-age-axe-hoard-in-english-field-180979132/

More on that 41 500 years bp mammoth ivory pendant from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62783
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/01/the-most-ancient-decorative-pendant-in-europe-made-of-mammoth-ivory/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03534-y

More on the Bronze Axe hoard found by a UK teen metal detectorist:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-59453780
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/world/europe/metal-detector-axe.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62836
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-year-old-girl-finds-bronze-age-axe-hoard-in-english-field-180979132/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10172-211201-bronze-age-hoards

More on the human-made pits near Stonehenge:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/history/archaeologists-ancient-pits-near-stonehenge

That recently-found Anglo Saxon coin hoard from Norfolk has been given a major price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-59414615

… while a local museum is looking to buy a Celtic hoard found in Lymington three years ago:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19753166.st-barbe-museum-aims-buy-ancient-coins-found-field/

Time Team is using technology to poke around Sutton Hoo:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/time-team-sutton-hoo-national-trust-investigations-8535926

Feature on medieval Dutch flood control methods:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211129-the-medieval-dutch-solution-to-flooding
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest finds from a 5000 years bp site in China’s Gansu province:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202112/02/WS61a81f9ba310cdd39bc78cf8.html
http://www.ecns.cn/video/2021-12-03/detail-ihatipfi6638481.shtml

I think we mentioned these Yuan Dynasty village remains from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/815753-centuries-old-village-ruins-found-in-inner-mongolia

… and the disappearance of Liangzhu being tied to climate change 4000 years bp:

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/chinese-civilisation-liangzhu-climate-change-b1965819.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-vanishing-of-advanced-chinese-civilization-4-000-years-ago-finally-solved
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/stone-age-liangzhu-civilization-collapsed-due-to-climate-change-study-687801
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/liangzhu-city-flooding-stalagmites-caves/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-was-culprit-in-collapse-of-ancient-chinese-culture-180979149/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10173-211201-china-liangzhu-stalagmites

A study of Warring States era brewed plant materials from Shandong has identified the earliest known ‘tea relics’:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-12-02/Archaeological-finding-traces-Chinese-tea-culture-back-to-400-BC-15F607k9E5i/index.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1240346.shtml

China and Italy are discussing protection of cultural relics:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-11-30/detail-ihatipfi6636658.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/30/content_77901286.htm

More on that 99 000 years bp ivory tool from Shandong:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/816445-99-000-yr-old-bone-tool-believed-to-be-oldest-in-china

More on those child urn burials in northern China:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/815856-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-urn-burial-tombs-for-children-in-north-china

More on that ‘cold case’ homicide in a tomb shaft:

https://today.tamu.edu/2021/12/01/texas-am-professor-uncovers-1300-year-old-murder-case/

Feature on five significant sites that have been found in China over the years:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1240408.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-12-02/detail-ihatipfi6637798.shtml

Feature on the techy side of Chinese archaeology:

https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/chinas-archaeology-becomes-more-and-more-tech-ish

More on a possible site associated with the Tale of Genji from Kyoto:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14482615

Studying ancient graffiti in North Korea:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-author-documents-ancient-graffiti-north.html

A cache of oil lams from Korea’s Unified Silla period:

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/1021966.html

2000 years bp artifacts from Kabul:

https://thekabultimes.gov.af/officials-discover-over-70-ancient-artifacts-dating-back-2-thousand-years/

A pot full of Mughal era coins from Madhya Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-pot-full-of-ancient-coins-found-in-tikamgarh-mine/articleshow/88040702.cms
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-look-at-these-antique-coins-found-in-jcb-digging-in-mp-possibly-from-mughal-era/403476

Feature on synagoge in Kolkata:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/stories-of-a-syncretic-past-from-kolkatas-synagogues/article37738417.ece

Evidence from along the ‘lost’ Saraswati trail that support claims fo 1600 years of ‘continued habitation’:

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/1-600-yr-old-archaeological-site-found-in-haryana/ar-AARheh8?ocid=BingNewsSearch
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/1600-yr-old-archaeological-site-found-in-haryana-7648193/
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/a-1600-year-old-site-found-in-haryana-that-claims-of-continued-habitation-around-lost-saraswati-river/2379278/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10171-211202-india-haryana-settlement

A guy in Madhya Pradesh built a Taj Mahal replica for his wife:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-59383558

… another guy did the same thing for his wife a few years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-23339485

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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An ‘unknown substance’ found among archaeological material at a dig in Invercargill:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/127155546/unknown-substance-discovered-amongst-archaeological-material-in-invercargill

A group of Bininj people are documenting petroglyphs in western Arnhem Land:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/05/original-archaeologists-arnhem-land-traditional-owners-take-charge-of-priceless-rock-art

More on the Batavia shipwreck:

https://theconversation.com/we-studied-the-tree-rings-of-the-batavia-shipwreck-timbers-they-told-us-much-about-global-seafaring-history-171495
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NORTH AMERICA
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5000-9000 years bp artifacts from a Baltimore park:

https://baltimorebrew.com/2021/12/04/discovered-in-a-baltimore-park-native-american-artifacts-5000-9000-years-old/

A ‘volcanic winter’ drove the cultural developments of the Pueblo people living on the Colorado Plateau:

https://www.sciencealert.com/one-american-culture-actually-benefitted-the-worst-year-in-human-history
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/how-volcanic-winter-drove-the-adoption-of-farming-in-america-1.10428176

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/volcanic-climate-forcing-extreme-cold-and-the-neolithic-transition-in-the-northern-us-southwest/71D617E1984CEE9597660990873C09F1

They are finding more bones beneath a Guelph parking lot ahead of a massive redevelopment project:

https://globalnews.ca/news/8413574/bone-fragments-guelph-parking-lot-archaeologiy/

Remains of a possible military hospital at Niagara-on-the-Lake:

https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/local-niagara-falls/life/2021/12/04/archeologists-in-niagara-on-the-lake-dig-up-possible-remains-of-military-hospital.html

The oldest cemetery in Saratoga Springs will be getting some preservation:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Saratoga-s-oldest-cemetery-gets-new-leadership-16653921.php

A dig is going on at Ohiopyle State Park:

https://www.wpxi.com/news/local/archaeology-crew-sifting-through-ohiopyle-state-parks-past-search-cultural-treasure/NZUGKYIILNGDBETYNQLGYAPVQQ/

… and at the At James AME Zion church, which is associated with the Underground Railroad:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/12/freedom-church-unearths-its-underground-railroad-history

The Penobscot people are trying to set the record straight on scalping:

https://apnews.com/article/penobscots-indigenous-history-scalping-colonial-america-adf590d261599302207b8c377b711169

Feature on the enslaved people who lived in Walden Woods before Thoreau got there:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/11/28/thoreau-walden-brister-freeman-slavery/

Feature on the slave ship Uncas:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/12/domestic-slave-trade-us-history-uncas.html

More on sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/2000-year-old-salmon-dna-reveals-secret-to-sustainable-fisheries-69466

More on that 1200 years bp dugout canoe from Wisconsin:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/preservation-work-begins-on-dugout-canoe-found-at-the-bottom-of-wisconsins

More on petroglyphs revealed by bison in Saskatchewan:

https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/bison-uncover-ancient-petroglyphs-saskatchewans-wanuskewin-heritage-park

Feature on Vikings in North America:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/yes-vikings-really-did-live-in-the-americas-1-000-years-ago

Review of Brett Baier, *To Rescue the Republic*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/05/to-rescue-the-republic-review-grant-1876-brett-baier-fox-news-donald-trump-6-january-us-capitol-attack
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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That 800 years bp pre-Inca mummy we mentioned last week seems to be the same as one labelled 1200 years bp this week and tied with ropes:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-peru-archeologists-mummy-years.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/27/archaeologists-unearth-mummy-estimated-to-be-at-least-800-years-old-in-peru
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/12/01/tomb-horror-mummy-found-hands-bound-covering-face/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/804/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/804/pub/804/page/63/article/246653
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10253673/Archaeology-Weird-mummy-Peruvian-tomb-tied-ROPES-hands-covering-face.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/11/29/peru-mummy-discovery-lon-orig-mrg.cnn
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/mummy-up-to-1200-years-old-unearthed-in-peru
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-find-800-year-old-mummy-peru-2021-11-27/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2021/11/30/terrified-looking-ancient-mummy-discovered-by-archeologists-in-peru
https://www.sciencealert.com/1-200-year-old-mummy-of-a-young-man-tied-with-rope-discovered-in-peru
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-800-year-old-mummy-in-peru-180979134/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10165-211130-peru-tied-mummy

A Chimu agricultural site from the Chicama Valley:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-ancient-site-featuring-chimu-cultures-agricultural-practices-unearthed-in-chicama-valley-871947.aspx
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/ancient-complex-from-chimu-period-discovered-in-peru/142170

A post-conquest Aztec altar from Mexico City:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-59489046
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-uncover-post-conquest-aztec-altar-mexico-city-2021-12-01/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/aztec-altar-mexico-city-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/archaeologists-discover-offerings-in-aztec-housing-complex/142138
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62799
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10176-211202-mexico-altar-cremains

Reconstructing ancient Andean diets:

https://www.dailycal.org/2021/12/01/uc-berkeley-archaeologists-reconstruct-ancient-andean-diets/

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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 some of Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0b7b0z9/the-steamy-love-letters-henry-viii-sent-to-anne-boleyn

Feature on stones broken by horses possibly being mistaken for ancient tools:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2299602-stones-smashed-by-horses-can-be-mistaken-for-ancient-human-tools/

Feature on the Brooklyn Bridge:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/library-book-110-years-overdue_n_61a27246e4b0451e55081a0f

Feature on astrolabes:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/what-is-astrolabe-04322/

Feature on Botticelli’s The Man of Sorrows:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/804/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/804/pub/804/page/18/article/246624

Feature on Italian renaissance art:

https://theconversation.com/the-ostentatious-story-of-the-young-pope-leo-x-his-pet-elephant-the-cardinal-he-killed-and-his-anal-fistula-171499

A realllllly overdue book was returned:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/library-book-110-years-overdue_n_61a27246e4b0451e55081a0f

Feature on Marie Curie:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-marie-curie

Feature on William Morris:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20211125-why-we-still-love-original-anti-minimalist-william-morris

Feature on pope Leo X:

https://theconversation.com/the-ostentatious-story-of-the-young-pope-leo-x-his-pet-elephant-the-cardinal-he-killed-and-his-anal-fistula-171499

Feature on Julia Tuttle:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/obituaries/julia-tuttle-overlooked.html

Feature on Genghis Khan’s ‘soft’ side:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/genghis-khan-had-a-soft-side

Feature on Hegel and Heraclitus:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/147/Hegel_Reading_Heraclitus

Feature on ‘nothing’ and philosophy:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-a-debate-over-nothing-split-western-philosophy-apart-1.6268281

Feature on the Mariage Freres tea company:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3157514/best-chinese-japanese-indian-and-english-teas

Folks aren’t happy with proposals for Notre Dame, apparently:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/01/interior-redesign-notre-dame-cathedral

… related, sort of:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/12/saving-notre-dame-cathedral/#slide-1

Feature on the history of corn:

https://elpais.com/eps/2021-11-27/la-historia-del-maiz-la-obra-maestra-que-cultivo-mesoamerica.html

Review of a book of Virginia Woolf’s art reviews:

https://hyperallergic.com/690204/new-book-brings-virginia-woolfs-little-known-art-criticism-to-light/

Review of Robert Gottlieb, *Garbo*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/books/review/greta-garbo-biography-robert-gottlieb.html

Review of Virginia Postrel, *The Weave of Civilization*:

https://smoda.elpais.com/placeres/cuando-la-seda-era-un-asunto-de-estado-virginia-postrel-investiga-los-secretos-de-la-historia-de-los-tejidos/

More on prehistoric infant mortality:

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/prehistoric-mums-cared-for-kids-better-than-we-thought
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10163-211129-prehistory-infant-mortality
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on Judith’s role in the Hanukkah story:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/12/04/166486095/a-hidden-hanukkah-tale-of-a-woman-an-army-and-some-killer-cheese

Pondering the events connected with Hanukkah and the creation of Jewish culture:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/12/03/did-the-events-that-inspired-hanukkah-create-jewish-culture-as-we-know-it/

Classicists were pestered this week on the pronunciation of omicron:

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2021/11/omicron-variant-pronunciation-classics-scholars-british-american/

Feature on Santa Claus (already?):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/12/father-christmas-vs-santa-claus/142159

Review of Elizabeth Samet, *Looking for the Good War*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/books/review/looking-for-the-good-war-elizabeth-samet.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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I think we’ve had this Anatolian sheep domestication story before:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/science/ancient-anatolian-sheep-shed-light-on-history-of-domestication

On the origin of western honey bees:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-western-honey-bees-sweet.html

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abj2151
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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On the whistled Greek language Sfyria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/28/the-whistled-greek-language-and-how-it-can-be-lost-forever/

More on farmers spreading transeurasian languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211129122713.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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History of Mathematics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/math-history-exhibit/2021/11/26/f458ecfa-4c95-11ec-b73b-a00d6e559a6e_story.html

cf: https://history-of-mathematics.org/

Donatello:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/30/first-major-donatello-exhibition-in-nearly-40-years-to-open-in-florence

Hogarth:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/hogarth-europe-tate-britain-jacqueline-riding-review-ferdinand-mount/

Vermeer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/02/biggest-ever-vermeer-exhibition-to-take-place-at-the-rijksmuseum-in-amsterdam-in-2023
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/02/museum-rivalry-could-make-dutch-vermeer-show-last-of-its-kind

Raphael and the Domus Aurea:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/exhibits-events/neros-aesthetics-in-the-renaissance/

Germany has launched an online portal for colonial era acquisitions:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/01/germany-launches-online-portal-for-museum-objects-acquired-in-colonial-era

OpEd on colonialism in museums:

https://www.mcgilldaily.com/2021/12/old-shame-the-modern-museum/

The Boston MFA has new galleries for Roman things:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/12/02/boston-museum-of-fine-arts-unveils-newly-galleries-for-ancient-greece-rome-and-the-byzantine-empire/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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An Auction to help the National Museum of American Jewish History:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/arts/design/stuart-weitzman-jewish-history-museum.html

Questioning the authenticity of a bell supposedly from the Santa Maria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-11-28/las-dudas-redoblan-sobre-la-campana-de-colon.html

More hype for that Durer drawing bought at a house sale:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/19/unknown-durer-drawingbought-for-just-dollar30-at-a-house-clearancecould-sell-for-dollar50m

More on the Hamilton Aphrodite coming to auction:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/ancient-marble-sculpture-the-hamilton-aphrodite-reappears-at-auction-after-more-than-72-years-01638224212

More on the Ludovisi villa and its Caravaggio coming to auction:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/ap-online/2021/12/01/for-sale-rome-villa-restored-by-texas-princess-auctioned

More on that Catherine the Great vaccination letter coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/arts/catherine-the-great-vaccination-letter-auction.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on the Beinecke Library digitally restoring a papyrus:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2021/11/30/beinecke-library-digitally-reconstructs-ancient-papyrus/

Studying the isotopes of 17th century Dutch paintings:

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-european-conflicts-isotopes-dutch-masters.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/03/1061333545/new-technique-uncovers-the-history-of-a-painting-through-the-paint-used

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi5905

Another machine-learning art history thing:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ai-machine-learning-art-history/

More on the facial reconstruction of that Bronze Age diademed woman from Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-reconstruction-bronze-age-diadem-woman
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10170-211201-la-almoloya-reconstruction

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Angkor:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211201-angkor-asias-ancient-hydraulic-city

Vardzia:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/vardzia-georgia-cave-city-cmd/index.html

Greek Mythology sites:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/places-greek-mythology-still-exist-081926828.html

Silchester:

https://www.hampshirelive.news/whats-on/gallery/silchester-quaint-hampshire-village-connections-6301979
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on the Nutcracker:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-the-nutcracker-achieved-worldwide-fame/a-46529001

Macbeth:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/dec/03/a-post-menopausal-macbeth-joel-coen-on-tackling-shakespeare-with-frances-mcdormand

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CRIME BEAT
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Italy and Cyprus are cooperating in the fight against antiquities trafficking:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/12/01/italy-and-cyprus-to-cooperate-to-combat-illicit-antiquities-trafficking/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/training-programmes-between-italy-and-cyprus-to-combat-illicit-antiquities-trafficking/

A gang in Egypt was arrested for excavating a tomb and attempting to smuggle a sarcophagus:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/110476/Gang-arrested-for-excavating-Ancient-Egyptian-tomb-attempting-to-smuggle

A major bust in Messina retrieved some 11 000 ancient items:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/12/03/the-carabinieri-seized-11000-looted-artefacts/

A bust in Spain retrieved some 400 items from various periods:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/12/01/400-archaeological-plundered-pieces-seized/
https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/15603-spanish-police-recover-over-400-archaeological-artifacts

Some statue (Laocoon and sons) vandalism in San Francisco (doesn’t seem political):

https://sftimes.com/vandals-cut-off-head-of-legion-of-honors-greek-statue/

More details about fakes made by Monson Mavunkal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/35-antique-items-of-monson-fake-archaeology-report/articleshow/87967071.cms
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-archaeology-department-says-monson-mavunkal-s-collections-are-fake-101638112222440-amp.html
https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/monson-s-35-antique-pieces-are-fake-reports-archaeology-department-kerala-latest-news-1.6220670

Another feature on Michael Bogdanos and the illicit art trade:

https://nypost.com/2021/11/30/inside-the-stolen-art-trade-of-nycs-upper-east-side/
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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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There’s a huge number of Aboriginal items on the to-be-repatriated list:

https://theconversation.com/we-identified-39-000-indigenous-australian-objects-in-uk-museums-repatriation-is-one-option-but-takes-time-to-get-right-172302
https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-indigenous-afterlives-in-britain-171479

A looted yogini in an English garden was returned to India:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/04/looted-and-left-in-an-english-garden-the-goat-goddess-can-return-to-india

More features on things Nepal wants returned:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211130-stolen-gods-nepal-seeks-to-bring-home-lost-treasures
https://www.ucanews.com/news/stolen-gods-nepal-seeks-to-bring-home-lost-treasures/95164
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3158024/why-so-many-museums-are-full-stolen-artefacts-nepal-and

More on US returns to Mali:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/mali-s-looted-treasures-returned-by-the-united-states-52258
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-returns-more-than-900-artifacts-to-mali-180979138/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on one of the earliest coins struck in Colonial North America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-colonial-boston-coin-sells-for-350000-180979137/

Feature on the rise of silver coinage in the Ancient Medieterranean:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/12/rise-of-silver-coinage

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n49.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Robert Farris Thompson:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2021/12/01/robert-farris-thompson-preeminent-scholar-of-african-art-history-dies-at-88/

Edward Shames:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/politics/edward-shames-easy-company-world-war-ii-band-of-brothers/index.html

Franz Streitwieser:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/arts/music/franz-streitwieser-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/3120-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-21st-through-november-27th-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 24.32 ~ November 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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Latest study suggests Sediba could apparently walk and climb (didn’t we have this same suggestion a couple years ago?):

https://www.nyu.edu/content/nyu/en/about/news-publications/news/2021/november/ancient-human-relative–australopithecus-sediba—walked-like-a-.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ancient-human-relative-australopithecus-sediba.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211123130821.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2m-year-old-hominid-vertebrae-offer-insight-into-human-origins-686931
https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/23/world/australopithecus-sediba-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/ancient-human-relative-walked-like-a-human-but-climbed-like-an-ape/142093
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/24/australopithecus-sediba-walked-like-a-human-but-climbed-like-an-ape/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10162-211124-lumbar-vertebrae-walking

A French team is searching for the ‘cradle of humanity’ in Botswana:

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/africa/archaeologists-search-for-cradle-of-humanity-in-botswana-0c6a081b-400e-5dd1-b5a5-3663f4dd51d0
https://africa.cgtn.com/2021/11/24/archaeologists-search-for-cradle-of-humanity-in-botswana/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-11/23/content_77888978.htm

A study suggests Neanderthal children developed teeth earlier than their sapiens counterparts:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-baby-neanderthal-tooth-earlier-emergence.html
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/how-australian-children-s-teeth-helped-solve-an-ancient-mystery-20211124-p59bti.html

A reexamination of ‘The Old Man of La Chapelle’ (Neanderthal) has evidence of brucellosis ‘spillover’:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/25/europe/ancient-spillover-neanderthal-brucellosis-disease-human-scn/index.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99289-7

Feature on the earliest Denisovans and their cultural adaptations:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01581-2

Feature on naming human fossils:

https://theconversation.com/whats-in-a-name-when-it-comes-to-human-fossils-its-complicated-171569
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AFRICA
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More on the 150 000 years bp (or so) jewellery from Morocco:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-jewelry-in-the-world-discovered-in-morocco-685645
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62723
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/oldest-jewelry-discovered-1234611028/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Much pomp as Egypt officially reopened the Avenue of the Sphinxes:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1238/442022/Egypt/Tourism/In-Photos-Exclusive-sneak-peek-into-preparations-f.aspx
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/443339/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egypt-reopens-ancient-Avenue-of-Sphinxes.aspx
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1238/443286/Egypt/Tourism/Live-Updates-Egypt-reopens-Luxor%E2%80%99s-Avenue-of-Sphin.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/110303/Live-Update-Egypt-reopens-ancient-%E2%80%98Avenue-of-Sphinxes%E2%80%99-in-Luxor
https://phys.org/news/2021-11-egypt-unveils-renovated-avenue-sphinxes.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/26/egypt-restores-ancient-road-linking-temples-of-luxor-and-karnak
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-11-25/egipto-celebra-la-reapertura-de-la-gran-avenida-de-las-esfinges-de-luxor-con-una-majestuosa-ceremonia.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/egypt-revives-ancient-road-connecting-luxor-karnak-2021-11-25/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/25/egypts-ancient-road-of-1000-sphinxes-unveiled-in-spectacular-ceremony
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211125-egypt-unveils-pharaonic-rams-road-at-karnak-temple
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-ancient-walkway-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-ancient-avenue-sphinxes-luxor-karnak-ceremony-opet-parade-route/

More on Nectanebo I’s sun temple:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/11/new-secrets-revealed-discovery-heliopolis-egypts-most-ancient-capital
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-lost-4500-year-old-egyptian-sun-temple-180979077/

More on ‘apprentices’ working on the Temple of Hatshepsut:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/new-discoveries-in-tomb-beneath-temple-of-hatshepsut/142071
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/25/new-discoveries-in-a-subterranean-tomb-at-hatshepsuts-temple/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10158-211123-hatshepsut-temple-carvings

Another feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/29/how-the-rosetta-stone-yielded-up-its-secrets-edward-dolnick-the-writing-of-the-gods

Pondering why ancient Egyptians stopped building pyramids:

https://www.livescience.com/why-ancient-egyptians-stopped-building-pyramids

Feature on what it was like in Tut’s tomb:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467383/Future-research-to-probe-links-between-Iran-Arabian-Peninsula

Haven’t had a feature on Tut’s “curse” for a while:

https://www.salon.com/2021/11/26/9-victims-of-king-tuts-curse-and-one-should-have-been_partner/

Feature on the Valley of the Kings:

https://mymodernmet.com/valley-of-the-kings/

Evidence of a hunter-gatherer presence on Hormuz Island in the Middle Palaeolithic:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467344/Hunter-gatherers-settled-in-southern-Iranian-island-new-evidence

… and plans for more research:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467383/Future-research-to-probe-links-between-Iran-Arabian-Peninsula

Parthian and Sassanid remains found by an Iranian-French team digging near Faruj (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467382/Iranian-French-archaeologists-uncover-clues-about-ancient-settlements

A Serbian team has joined those digging at the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467345/Serbian-archaeologists-join-Iranian-Italian-fellows-in-Burnt

So far they’ve found fibers and animal remains in that Chehrabad salt mine dig in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467425/Ancient-fibers-animal-remains-discovered-by-Iranian-German
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467267/Iranian-German-archaeologists-in-search-of-clues-about-Achaemenid

Construction of the South Caucasus Pipeline in Azerbaijan has revealed 23 000 archaeological finds, apparently:

https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/3516883.html

A Umayyad-era ‘mud mosque’ from southern Iraq:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/11/25/mud-mosque-from-60-ah-discovered-in-southern-iraq/
https://iqna.ir/en/news/3476669/remains-of-1300-year-old-mosque-discovered-in-iraq

Feature on math in ancient Babylon:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0b69b9j/the-ancient-tablets-revealing-the-mysteries-of-babylonia

14 000 years bp stone tools and a possible settlement site from Turkey’s Izmir province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/14000-year-old-stone-tools-bone-remains-found-in-western-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/human-traces-dating-back-14-000-years-found-in-izmir-169601
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archaeologists-unearth-14000-year-old-human-traces-in-western-turkey-3584762
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/14-000-year-old-human-traces-unearthed-in-western-turkey-51959
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/settlement-dating-back-14000-years-discovered-in-turkey-687063
https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/rescue-excavation-changes-history/

A Japanese team is working at Gobeklitepe:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14487942

Remains of a medieval madrassa from Harran (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/remains-of-first-islamic-madrassa-found-in-turkeys-harran/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ruins-of-pioneering-madrassa-unearthed-in-southeastern-turkey/2427704
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/ruins-of-pioneering-madrassa-unearthed-in-southeastern-turkey-3584703
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10159-211124-turkey-medieval-madrassa

A 1500 years bp bread oven from Perrhe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1500-year-old-bakery-structure-found-in-turkeys-perre/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-brad-oven-among-findings-in-perre-169577
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/1-500-year-old-bread-oven-structure-unearthed-in-southeastern-turkey/2427888

This year, Turkish archaeologists have found 255 artifacts underwater:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/underwater-history-resurfaces-255-artifacts-found-in-turkish-seas/news
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211125-turkeys-archaeological-underwater-excavations-unearth-255-artefacts-this-year-alone/

Another item on Turkish-backed ‘factions’ conducting illegal excavations near Aleppo:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/228810/
https://www.hawarnews.com/en/haber/turkish-mercenaries-continue-to-destroy-archaeological-sites-in-syria-h27748.html

More on a 3200 years bp seal and some cuneiform texts being found in Alalakh:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/3250-year-old-seal-belonging-to-hittite-prince-discovered-in-southern-turkey-3584542
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10154-211122-turkey-hittite-seal

A 9000 years bp necklace comprising 2580 beads from Jordan has been reassembled:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62768

A study of botanical remains from 20 000 to 10 000 years bp in Israel’s Hula Valley (some coverage with a climate change spin):

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-climate-goaded-transition-nomadic-hunter-gatherers.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/study-reveals-how-end-of-ice-age-led-prehistoric-humans-to-settle-down-1.10406036
https://www.jpost.com/environment-and-climate-change/millennia-old-plant-remains-shed-light-on-climate-change-in-israel-685726
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-identify-chilly-transition-to-farming-at-end-of-last-ice-age/

Latest find by a child in Israel is a 2000 years bp silver coin, possibly minted by a Temple priest:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/11-year-old-finds-holy-jerusalem-silver-coin-likely-minted-in-the-temple-685758
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-silver-rebel-coin-maybe-minted-at-temple-2000-years-ago-found-in-jerusalem/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hjuriqqoy
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/23/ancient-silver-coin-found-by-11-year-old-girl-might-have-been-minted-by-temple-priest/
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/11/23/archaeology-jerusalem-2000-year-old-coin-discovered_5247779c-5c31-480e-9e8c-808f5c4f464e.html
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/317415
https://forward.com/fast-forward/478579/11-year-old-girl-found-rare-2000-year-old-coin-from-jewish-temple/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10234715/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10234715/Girl-11-finds-2-000-year-old-coin-minted-Jewish-priest-68BC-joined-Great-Revolt.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-year-old-israeli-girl-discovers-rare-silver-shekel-from-the-great-revolt-180979112/

A Roman-era board game scratched into the pavement in the Old City has been identified (probably):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancestor-of-checkers-found-in-old-city-of-jerusalem-1.10407030
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-roman-board-game-not-as-grim-as-archaeologists-suspected/

More on that Hellenistic fortress find from the Lachish region of Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/hanukkah-fort-maccabee-rebellion-israel
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hellenistic-fortress-10289.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/in-time-for-hanukkah-archaeologists-reveal-battle-scarred-stronghold-against-maccabees/2021/11/24/38a53a48-4d6e-11ec-a7b8-9ed28bf23929_story.html
https://religionnews.com/2021/11/24/in-time-for-hanukkah-archaeologists-reveal-battle-scarred-stronghold-against-maccabees/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-fortress-destroyed-during-revolt-that-established-hannukah-holiday-180979104/

More pondering whether David and Solomon’s kingdom can be referred to as a ‘state’:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/11/david-and-solomon-as-state

… and the suggestion that royal architecture might prove biblical Judah was a kingdom:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/can-royal-architecture-in-biblical-judah-prove-its-status-as-a-kingdom-685601

More on a possible Canaanite idol from a Judahite temple:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/canaanite-idol-in-a-judahite-temple/

First results of digs at the Qusairat Asd site in Saudi Arabia (date?):

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1974031/saudi-arabia

Feature on the Al Jassasiya petroglyphs (Qatar):

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/qatar-al-jassasiya-petroglyphs-cmd/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/mysterious-rock-symbols-in-qatar-al-jassasiya-hidden-meanings-sought-by-archaeology/cd9e9d14-8a3f-4d99-a353-ca680e0aee05

Feature on Harbia Al Himiary’s efforts at preserving heritage sites in Yemen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-59262086

Since 2012, 750 sites have been found in Erbil (Kurdistan), apparently:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/26321-Since-2012,-experts-have-discovered-750-archaeological-sites-in-Erbil:-Ministry
—–
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 spectacular Roman mosaic depicting scenes from the Trojan war (and a villa) from a farmer’s field in Rutland:

https://ulasnews.com/2021/11/25/encounters-with-achilles/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/25/archaeologists-examine-roman-villa-discovered-beneath-rutland-farmers-field
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/26/roman-britain-heritage-rutland-villa
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/nov/28/rutlands-roman-mosaics-bring-the-trojan-wars-to-life-in-the-east-midlands
https://phys.org/news/2021-11-extraordinary-roman-mosaic-villa-beneath.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/935838
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-59391650
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rutland-roman-mosaic-english-farm-b1963954.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10238719/Iliad-mosaic-Rutland-field-kind-UK.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-rutland-villa-project-farmers-son-stumbles-on-roman-mosaic-in-discovery-of-a-century-8pt0j2rvh
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-britons-had-the-world-beneath-their-feet-09l2psvt0
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/25/rare-mosaic-owned-roman-stephen-fry-discovered-farmers-field/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/historic-england-rutland-britain-duncan-wilson-europe-b968146.html
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/remarkable-roman-mosaic-found-villa-6256465
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/roman-villa-mosaic-uncovered-in-farmers-field-given-protected-status-41087024.html
https://apnews.com/c0e53616fc501d344d27252d1787b863
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/richard-iii-archaeologists-strike-again-with-roman-mosaic/2021/11/25/3253d71a-4e10-11ec-a7b8-9ed28bf23929_story.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/richard-iii-archeologists-strike-again-with-roman-mosaic-1.5681195
https://www.npr.org/2021/11/26/1059341809/leicester-england-archaeologists-ancient-roman-mosaic
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-mosaic-farm-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/25/stunning-mosaic-battle-trojan-war-uncovered/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/25/magnificent-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-a-farmers-field-is-uks-most-exciting-find-of-its-kind-in-a-century
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/rutland-mosaic-10306.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62755
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/rare-mosaic-depicting-homers-iliad-discovered-in-uk/142098
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/25/extraordinary-roman-mosaic-and-villa-discovered/

… and OpEds arising:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/26/roman-britain-heritage-rutland-villa
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/hidden-treasures-roman-britain/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-of-a-golden-age-of-archaeology-glory-beneath-the-soil-xcs0zvkw7
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/799/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/799/pub/799/page/30/article/244538

Overviewish thing on finds from the 8th-4th centuries BCE necropolis at Bilsk (Ukraine):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/graves-of-rich-powerful-women-found-in-lost-city-of-herodotus-1.10421477

A Hellenistic sanctuary of some sort was revealed at Skiathas this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/27/hellenistic-era-sanctuary-uncovered-greece/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/27/excavation-larissa-hellenistic/

Latest finds from Amphipolis include a large Roman structure:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/25/ancient-amphipolis/

Remains of an ancient city of some sort near Kilkis (Greece):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/20/ancient-city-kilkis-greece/

A piece of an 1800 years bp Roman cavalry mask from a dig at Hadrianopolis (Turkey):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10233655/Archaeology-Roman-soldiers-FACE-MASK-dating-1-800-years-uncovered-Turkey.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/34682/20211124/1-800-year-old-iron-face-mask-roman-empire-soldier.htm
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-soldiers-iron-mask-found-in-karabuk-169608

A Late Roman glassworks site from the Jezreel Valley:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/archaeologists-discover-ancient-glassworks-from-late-roman-period/142113

Study suggests people living in Pergamon 2000 years bp had a plant-based diet:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/people-living-in-pergamon-2000-years-ago-had-plant-based-diet
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/studies-reveal-eating-habits-of-pergamon-people-169632

More coverage this week of that Caligula-era mosaic being used as a coffee table in New York for years:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/22/priceless-roman-mosaic-coffee-table-new-york-apartment
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ancient-roman-artefact-coffee-table-manhattan-b1962603.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roman-emperor-caligula-coffee-table-60-minutes-2021-11-21/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/25/ancient-roman-artifact-coffee-table/

More on that Roman dagger from a Swiss battlefield:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-of-roman-dagger-leads-to-hundreds-more-artifacts-in-switzerland-180979122/

More on those 4th century BCE Scythians burials and silver:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-winged-gods-griffons-plate-depiction.html
https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/rare-4th-century-bce-scythian-silver-plate-found-in-tomb-685723
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10157-211123-scythian-barrow-silver

More on the remains of a Roman aqueduct in Armenia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/23/roman-aqueduct-found-in-armenia/
https://eurasianet.org/roman-empires-easternmost-aqueduct-discovered-in-armenia

More on the massive Roman silver coin hoard found at Augsburg:

https://www.newsweek.com/cache-thousands-ancient-roman-silver-coins-found-river-1653112

Review of Myke Cole, *The Bronze Lie*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/books/review/myke-cole-the-bronze-lie.html

Iraq’s Arch of Ctesiphon is being restored:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2021/11/25/iraqs-historic-arch-of-ctesiphon-undergoes-restoration-work/

Apparently there are still legal battles going on over the fate of antiquities found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1172641/thessaloniki-metro-buried-under-legal-disputes/

I think we mentioned this use of AI to help reassemble a Pompeii fresco before:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-59416292

Greece is working on protecting sites from climate change:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/11/22/greece-to-protect-its-archaeological-sites-monuments-from-impacts-of-climate-change/

Feature on Katharina Volk’s *Roman Republic of Letters*:

https://news.columbia.edu/news/katharina-volk-new-book-the-roman-republic-of-letters

Feature on some students who were digging at Pompeii:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/22/diogenes-the-ancient-greek-philosopher-who-was-the-first-to-give-the-finger/

Feature on more things to be found at Pompeii:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/29/pompeii-still-has-buried-secrets

Feature on graffiti at Pompeii:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/the-graffiti-of-pompeii-cruel-lalagus-why-do-you-not-love-me-1.10408749

CBS 60 minutes had a feature on Caligula’s Gardens (and the new museum) … excerpts:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/caligula-rome-60-minutes-2021-11-21/

Feature on the fall of Carthage:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/the-fall-of-carthage/142080

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/11/23/library-of-alexandria-a-lost-millennium-of-knowledge/

Not sure about this feature on Diogenes and his finger”

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/22/diogenes-the-ancient-greek-philosopher-who-was-the-first-to-give-the-finger/

On the Greek roots of Cinderella:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/11/26/news/the-greek-roots-of-cinderella-a-tale-passed-on-from-aesop-to-disney/

Feature on kykeon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/22/eleusinian-mystery-hallucinogenic/

Feature on Platonic love:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/24/platonic-love-concept-greek-philosopher-plato/

Feature on the ‘neighbourhood’ beneath the Acropolis of Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/27/ancient-neighborhood-acropolis/

Feature on ancient Greek cosmetics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/24/ancient-greeks-used-exotic-dangerous-cosmetics-in-eternal-search-for-beauty/

Feature on Antioch:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/25/history-hellenistic-city-antioch/

Feature on Eleusis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/28/eleusis-religious-sites-ancient-greece/

Feature on the ‘Ukok Princess’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p0b5vtbj/the-mystery-of-siberia-s-2-500-year-old-ice-maiden-

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-112521

In Parthenon Marbles news this week, Boris Johnson stated he would not stand in the way of talks:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10225473/Boris-pressure-Elgin-Marbles-Greek-PM-insists-promised-not-stand-way-talks.html

… and it was revealed he had once written a letter stating the Marbles shouldn’t have been removed:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/23/boris-johnson-wrote-that-parthenon-sculptures-should-never-have-been-removed
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/24/boris-johnson-admitted-parthenon-marbles-wrong/

… and there was a feature on some Australians’ efforts to repatriate the Marbles:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1172205/expatriate-protector-of-the-parthenon-marbles/

… and a poll suggesting Britons were in favour of their return:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/11/25/poll-more-britons-in-favor-of-returning-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and more background on Elgin:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/11/24/glypta-toy-parthenona-quot-mia-dodekada-prionia-gia-marmara-diaforon-megethon-quot/

… and PM Mitsotakis once again called for their return:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/pm-mitsotakis-calls-once-again-for-parthenon-sculptures-return/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1172409/new-momentum-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/

… meanwhile, OpEds suggested Britain could gain by returning the marbles:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-can-gain-by-giving-back-the-elgin-marbles-2f65pfkgr

… and apparently the law that ‘prevents’ their return can be changed:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/26/law-prevents-stolen-elgin-marbles-return-could-changed-says/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-november-26-2021-2040538
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/28/parthenon-sculptures-law-change/

… and the Acropolis Museum was putting 10 fragments on display:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/not-parthenon-marbles-but-fragments-will-now-be-displayed/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/45818-not-parthenon-marbles-but-fragments-now-displayed-at-acropolis-museum.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1172468/ten-rare-parthenon-fragments-to-be-exhibited/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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41 500 years bp ivory mammoth pendant from Poland is thought to be the oldest ‘ornate’ jewellery in Europe (Eurasia?):

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-earliest-evidence-humans-jewelery-eurasia.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-modern-human-decorated-jewelry-eurasia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-11-26/decorated-ivory-pendant-oldest-known-ornate-jewellery-eurasia/100643032
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-11-25/un-colgante-de-marfil-de-mamut-de-hace-41500-anos-la-evidencia-mas-antigua-de-una-joya-decorada-en-eurasia.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/800/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/800/pub/800/page/57/article/245676
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/stajnia-pendant-10309.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/mammoth-ivory-pendant-may-be-earliest-decorated-jewellery-found-in-eurasia/142110
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01221-6

Possible 31 000 years bp ‘soft footware’ from the Cussac Cave in France:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-02127-z

Feature on a dig at a Mesolithic site in Deeside:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/2744373/mesolithic-deeside-archaeology/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/travel/outdoors/3701283/archaeology-mesolithic-deeside/

New research suggests Neolithic pits near Stonehenge were huamn made:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/nov/23/new-tests-show-neolithic-pits-near-stonehenge-were-humanmade
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10237829/Stonehenge-4-500-year-old-pits-man-reveal-scientists.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neolithic-pits-stonehenge-durrington-2039638
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/stonehenge-pits-human-made-research-1234611127/

A major Neolithic ‘ceremonial enclosure’ site near Windsor Castle:

https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/news/neolithic-ceremonial-enclosure-uncovered

3000 years bp remains of roundhouse and evidence of metal working from Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/perth-kinross/2762703/archaeological-dig-in-blairgowrie/

A teenaged metal detectorist found a hoard of bronze axes in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-59386261
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/schoolgirl-metal-detectorist-13-finds-a-once-in-a-lifetime-bronze-age-axe-hoard-on-just-her-third-dig-3466065
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10227007/Teen-metal-detectorist-Suffolk-finds-Bronze-Age-axe-hoard-just-dig.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/21/teenage-metal-detectorist-strikes-bronze-lifetime-hoard-axes/
https://washingtonnewsday.com/science/on-her-third-day-of-metal-detecting-a-teen-girl-discovers-a-bronze-age-axe/

A bunch of items from bronze hoards found in Shropshire are going on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-59433455
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/prehistoric-jewellery-daggers-chariot-fittings-22282132

Four Viking-settlement-era burials from Iceland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62727

More on early evidence of mercury poisoning from Iberia:

https://uncw.edu/news/2021/11/UNCW-Researcher-Finds-Earliest-Evidence-of-Mercury-Poisoning-in-Prehistoric-Bones.html

Feature on underwater archaeology near Lucerne:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/high-tech-underwater-archaeology-in-a-swiss-lake/47122372

Feature on the stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211125-the-age-old-mystery-of-a-uk-cathedral

Recently-found documents suggest the monks of Furness Abbey wanted better pay from Henry VIII:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/763/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/763/pub/763/page/26/article/237605
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 99 000 (!) years bp ivory ‘shovel’ from a site in Shandong:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_w2W7p8TP.html
https://archive.shine.cn/nation/Ivory-shovel-dug-up-after-99000-years/shdaily.shtml

Shang Dynasty bronze items from China’s Hunan province:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_HoYwHEyy.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202111/1240095.shtml

128 Han Dynasty urn burials from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2111218492/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/22/content_77885023.htm
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/social-welfare/article/3157479/chinese-scientists-discover-remains-128-children

I think we mentioned this Western Zhou Dynasty drainage pipe and road remains from Haojing:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/drainage-pipe-ancient-road-unearthed-in-xian-city/ar-AAQQrW8
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62741
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10155-211123-china-western-zhou-city

Six tombs from various periods (with gold ornaments in on from Qin Dynasty times) from Shaanxi:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1124/c90000-9923764.html

Recent finds from the Yong’an Site dating to the Fuyu Kingdom in Jilin:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-11-22/detail-ihatchnz0427552.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/22/content_77885074.htm

Feature on Chinese islands near Macau:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3156715/chinese-islands-next-macau-great-stories-pirates

The location of the palace in ‘The Tale of the Genji’ might have been found in Kyoto:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14482615

75 Kushan-period artifacts from a dig in Afghanistan:

https://tolonews.com/afghanistan-175626

A metal tray of undetermined date from the Angkor Archaeological Park:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ana-unearths-metal-tray-angkor-park

Latest finds from a dig at Sandhai village in Yamunagar include coins and a piece of a statue:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/haryana-more-ancient-coins-remains-of-statue-found-from-sandhai-village-in-yamunanagar/articleshow/87934917.cms

A Vijayanagar Empire ‘hero stone’ from Teggarse:

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/karnataka-districts/hero-stone-from-vijayanagar-empire-unearthed-in-teggarse-1055087.html

Feature on a Siva temple in Thiruchirapalli:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2021/nov/22/an-ancient-siva-temple-in-chola-capital-2386433.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Latest on research arising from the wreck of the Batavia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-22/batavia-timber-resarch-dutch-shipwrights/100632280

I think we mentioned this find of five ‘non-returning boomerangs’ from a dried up Australian riverbed:

https://www.livescience.com/five-aboriginal-boomerangs-found-australia
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NORTH AMERICA
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Research suggests Indigenous groups in North America had to cope with climate effects of a 6th century eruption of a volcano on Iceland:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ancient-indigenous-civilization-survived-then-thrived-after-6th-century-climate-catastrophe-1.5678907

More on the petroglyphs found at the Wanuskewin Buffalo Jump site in Saskatchewan:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/rock-art-wanuskewin-heritage-park-petroglyphs-excavated-1.6254819
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/23/ancient-archaeological-find-in-wanuskewin-heritage-park/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bison-in-canada-discover-ancient-petroglyphs-fulfilling-an-indigenous-prophecy-180979119/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10153-211122-canada-rock-art

Interesting story of a 19th century cabin found in the walls of a modern house in Orem:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/2021/nov/09/cabin-found-in-walls-of-modern-house-in-orem-has-two-stories/

Some Tlingit art was found in a small museum storage area in Alaska:

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/27/1059490241/alaskan-museum-uncovers-unique-art-from-the-indigenous-tlingit-tribe

Feature on the Battle of the Alamo:

https://www.livescience.com/battle-of-the-alamo

They’re going to demolish the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Panel-OKs-bid-to-demolish-Wright-Brothers-1st-16655096.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 5500-5100 adobe structure from Pampa de las Salinas (Peru):

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-oldest-adobe-construction-in-the-americas-discovered-in-libertad-870576.aspx
https://www.laprensalatina.com/discovery-in-peru-shows-andes-adobe-architecture-dates-back-over-5000-years/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/archaeologists-unearth-the-oldest-adobe-architecture-in-the-americas/142116
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/26/oldest-adobe-architecture-in-the-americas-unearthed-in-northern-peru/

A study of 2500 years bp children’s teeth from Caral reveals early breastfeeding practices:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/ancient-breastfeeding-habits-in-andes-survive-in-modern-day-peru/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10160-211124-peru-caral-breastfeeding

An 800+ years bp pre-Inca mummy find from near Lima:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/27/archaeologists-unearth-mummy-estimated-to-be-at-least-800-years-old-in-peru
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/archaeologists-unearth-mummy-peru-b1965232.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-59446488
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-find-800-year-old-mummy-peru-2021-11-27/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-800-year-old-mummy-in-peru-687116
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62774

More on finds associated with Maya saltworkers in Belize:

https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2021/11/18ga_mckillop_residences.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10156-211122-maya-salt-works

Reviewish of a book on Britain’s (non) involvement in thw War of the Triple Alliance in 19th century South America:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/23/paraguay-britain-war-of-the-triple-alliance
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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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Prehistoric mothers (where?) apparently were better at caring for their kids than we thought:

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/prehistoric-mums-cared-for-kids-better-than-we-thought
https://phys.org/news/2021-11-prehistoric-moms-kids-thought.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211123131404.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/prehistoric-mothers-were-probably-better-at-caring-for-babies-than-graves-suggest
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/24/prehistoric-mums-cared-for-kids-better-than-we-thought/

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24406

Feature on Egyptian Blue:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/11/27/egyptian-blue-a-hue-that-made-history/

A century of Gucci fashion:

https://www.dw.com/en/house-of-gucci-100-years-of-iconic-fashion/a-59842926

Applying machine learning to Shakespeare:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/24/books/review/shakespeare-cohere-natural-language-processing.html

On the history of secularism in France:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/12/france-god-religion-secularism/620528/

On sentimentalizing war in the US:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/29/the-cost-of-sentimentalizing-war-elizabeth-d-samet-looking-for-the-good-war

On the debate over teaching evolution in US schools:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/failed-school-ban-evolution-conservatives/620779/

A 17th century celestial globe in the Museo Galileo has been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62746

A scientific history of glass:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/a-brief-scientific-history-of-glass-180979117/

… on a similar subject:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2021/ancient-origins-glass

On why the art market is so appealing to fraudsters:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/26/a-swindlers-playground-con-artists-art-market

Feature on a recently-acquired watercolour of a Black Woman in 18th century Edinburgh:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-18th-century-watercolor-of-a-black-woman-acquired-by-scottish-national-gallery-180979098/

Feature on the preservation of the Faddan More Psalter:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/21/it-was-terrifying-ancient-books-journey-from-irish-bog-to-museum-treasure

Feature on one of John Jay’s enslaved women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/travel/john-jay-paris-abigail-slavery.html

Feature on Brian May’s stereoscopic photo collection:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59262795

Feature on the history of Jewish women publishing Hebrew books:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/is-there-a-secret-history-of-jewish-women-publishing-hebrew-books-687043

Feature on Lincoln’s role in defining US holidays:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/how-lincoln-redefined-thanksgiving-and-christmas/620800/

Feature on ten myths about the Crusades:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-many-myths-of-the-term-crusader-180979107/

Feature on George Sand:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-aurore-dudevant-put-on-mens-boots-to-become-george-sand

Feature on the Orient Express:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-tempietto-in-rome-should-be-a-full-body-experience

Feature on the Tempietto in Rome:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-tempietto-in-rome-should-be-a-full-body-experience

Feature on a reallllly overdue book being returned:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/overdue-book-returned-anonymously-idaho-library-111-years-later-rcna6856

In case you’ve ever wanted to roleplay as a Pict:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c5nnr99r9jdo

More on the rethinking of the Justinianic Plague:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211119085132.htm

Review of Lena Cowen Orlin, *Private Life of William Shakespeare*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/books/review/private-life-of-william-shakespeare-lena-cowen-orlin.html

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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History of American Thanksgiving items (various spins):

https://aleteia.org/2021/11/22/a-tale-worth-telling-the-400th-anniversary-of-thanksgiving/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/25/the-roots-of-thanksgiving-in-ancient-greece/
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/thanksgiving-turkey-s-history-actually-starts-southern-hemisphere-dinosaurs-ncna1284508

Feature on the ‘ecology’ of the first Thanksgiving:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-ecology-of-the-first-thanksgiving/

Feature on Pueblo domestication of turkeys:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/turkey-droppings-reveal-a-lot-about-how-ancient-pueblo-people-domesticated-turkeys/article_9cfb5e08-4726-11ec-96cc-872ef4d7ba96.html

… and Ben Franklin’s purported desire to have the turkey as the US National Bird:

https://www.livescience.com/benjamin-franklin-turkey-national-bird

Feature on wishbone traditions:

https://www.freep.com/story/life/food/2021/11/24/thanksgiving-wishbone-what-know-furcula/8747422002/

Feature on Squanto and his possible burial beneath a Cape Cod golf course:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/11/25/squanto-death-murder-golf-course/

A backgrounder to Hanukkah:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/11/26/when-is-hanukkah-2021-jewish-holiday-explained/8672190002/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/11/27/hanukkah-channukah-hanukah-thanksgiving-christmas-antisemitism/

What archaeology in Israel reveals about Hanukkah:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/what-does-archaeology-in-israel-tell-us-about-hanukkah-686979

… feature on Judith as a Hanukkah heroine:

https://www.jns.org/how-judith-became-a-hanukkah-heroine/

Protests at USheffield regarding archaeology:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-protest-planned-against-cultural-vandalism-after-archaeology-department-closure-3467299

A statue of Jefferson was removed from NYC city hall:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/24/us/thomas-jefferson-statue-removed/index.html

The Taliban is apparently touristifying the site of the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-destroyed-afghanistans-ancient-buddhas-now-welcoming-tourists-rcna6307

In case you missed all the ‘omicron’ discussion:

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/why-is-the-new-coronavirus-variant-called-omicron-687165
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/11/omicron-who-skip-letters-greek-alphabet-nu-xi.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/27/the-inherently-political-task-of-assigning-appropriate-greek-letters-to-covid-19-variants/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Feature on dogs in antiquity:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/self-improvement-wednesday/siw-dogs-of-antiquity/13646900

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On the origins of Pildowner:

https://wordsmith.org/words/piltdowner.html

On centuries-old plays helping to revitalize Cornish:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ordinalia-play-revitalize-cornish

On translating Chinese into English during a failed embassy in 1793:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3157400/when-translating-chinese-english-could-be-dangerous

More on the origins of Japanese, Turkish, and assorted other languages:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2296962-origins-of-japanese-and-turkish-language-family-traced-back-9000-years/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Mycenae:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/arts/22432

Matisse:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/27/speaking-back-to-matisse-art-gallery-of-nsw-dazzles-with-comprehensive-complicated-show

Ancient Roman Childhood:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/23/uffizi-kids-children
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/11/22/uffizi-shows-kids-lives-in-ancient-rome_79613bf0-6b01-4d12-9953-35045eb24463.html
https://www.ansa.it/toscana/notizie/2021/11/22/mostre-a-uffizi-30-opere-raccontano-vita-bimbi-antica-roma_1794a76b-6a06-4863-b5bb-341cf0a1ff80.html

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-ramses-the-great-and-the-gold-of-the-pharaohs-inaugurated-in-houston/
https://www.chron.com/culture/article/houston-science-museum-HMNS-Ramses-exhibit-16641926.php

Peru:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/peru-british-museum-review/

Nazi looted art:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20211123-the-masterpieces-stolen-by-the-nazis

cf: https://thejewishmuseum.org/index.php/exhibitions/afterlives-recovering-the-lost-stories-of-looted-art

Holbein:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/hans-holbein-getty-center/2021/11/23/d40dfe44-4bdd-11ec-a1b9-9f12bd39487a_story.html

cf: https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/holbein/index.html

Questions about looted art at the Kunsthaus Zurich:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59320514

Feature on a botched restoration of some Cambodian statues at the CMA:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-swap-stone-limbs-and-restore-two-cambodian-masterpieces-to-their-former-glory-180979072/

There’s a new Red Cross museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/28/florence-nightingales-lamp-and-coded-wartime-quilt-star-in-new-red-cross-museum

The Met made a loan exchange agreement with Nigeria:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/met-nigeria-loan-exchange-agreement-benin-bronzes-1234611007/

The Getty acquired a Caillebotte:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/23/getty-museum-acquires-caillebottes-young-man-at-his-window/

Feature on the Smithsonian’s ‘secret storerooms’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/11/a-rare-look-inside-the-smithsonians-secret-storerooms

The British Museum isn’t embarrassed by its treasures, we are told:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/800/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/800/pub/800/page/18/article/244775

The Smithsonian is dealing with climate change:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/climate/smithsonian-museum-flooding.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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The Hamilton Aphrodite is heading to auction after being mia for 70 or so years:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/24/ancient-roman-marble-statue-aphrodite/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/798/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/798/pub/798/page/46/article/244332
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/hamilton-aphrodite-statue-sothebys-auction-1234611128/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/23/sothebys-to-offer-the-hamilton-aphrodite-an-ancient-roman-marble-last-sold-70-years-ago-now-expected-to-sell-for-up-to-pound3m
https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/homes-gardens/arts-antiques/lost-hamilton-palace-sculpture-goes-to-auction/

A Celtic carnyx found by a metal detectorist in Suffolk is coming to auction:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/rare-celtic-warhorn-to-be-auctioned-8511634

Much hype for an Einstein manuscript coming to auction:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-einstein-relativity-manuscript-auction

… and it did fetch a nice price:

https://www.livescience.com/albert-einstein-record-selling-manuscript-relativity

Big bucks for Dame Edith Sitwell’s address book:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-59314410

The last of the Gurlitt Collection was auctioned:

https://www.dw.com/en/gurlitt-collection-last-of-14-nazi-looted-artworks-auctioned/a-598

More on high hopes for that sketch which might be a Durer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-purchased-for-30-turns-out-to-be-an-authentic-durerand-could-be-worth-millions-180979109/

I think we mentioned this letter of Catherine the Great regarding smallpox vaccinations coming to auction:

https://www.livescience.com/catherine-the-great-smallpox-letter
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is being implicated in the collapse of the Liangzhu culture some 5000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-collapse-ancient-liangzhu-culture-climate.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/researchers-determine-what-caused-the-liangzhu-culture-collapse/142106
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/25/collapse-of-ancient-liangzhu-culture-caused-by-climate-change/

Opeddish thing on what remains of Mesoamerican cities can teach about climate change:

https://slate.com/technology/2021/11/ancient-cities-climate-change-urban-resilience-adaptation.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Masada:

https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/masada-israel/

Hiking in the Adirondacks:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/from-haystack-to-nye-100-years-later

Poitiers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/poitiers-france-eleanor-aquitaine–history-trail/2021/11/24/3c24faf8-489d-11ec-b8d9-232f4afe4d9b_story.html

Canterbury Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211125-the-age-old-mystery-of-a-uk-cathedral

Fenelon Falls sunken train wreck:

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10526827-16-year-old-diver-gives-us-a-glimpse-of-a-legendary-fenelon-falls-sunken-train-wreck/

Veria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/22/discover-centuries-history-in-greeces-city-of-veria/

Saarland:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-saarland/a-45259835

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CRIME BEAT
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Spanish police recovered a 2000 years bp Iberian sword that was up for sale online:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/spanish-police-recover-rare-2000-year-old-iberian-sword

Illegal digging at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site:

https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Artifact-thief-digs-holes-at-South-Carolina-16641766.php

Roman-era artifacts (and others) were seized in southern Turkey:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211123-roman-era-artefacts-seized-in-south-eastern-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/24/roman-era-artefacts-seized-in-south-eastern-turkey/

Very interesting feature on Michael Bogdanos and his work recovering antiquities:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/12/bogdanos-antiquities-new-york/620525/

Followup to that 47 years after the fact Revolutionary War rifle theft story:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-stole-revolutionary-era-rifle-museum-decades-ago-sentenced-1-day-rcna6571

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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 US returned 1000 or so looted artifacts to Mali:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/22/arts/design/us-mali-looted-antiquities-returned.html
https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/15563-us-returns-nearly-1-000-looted-artifacts-to-mali
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/23/us-customs-return-stolen-artefacts-mali

The University of Aberdeen is returning skulls collected by James Audubon:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/797/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/797/pub/797/page/41/article/244089

Switzerland returned some looted items to Syria:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/switzerland-returns-looted-palmyra-relics-to-syria/47136184
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/24/three-looted-palmyra-sculptures-seized-in-geneva-freeport-return-to-syria
http://sana.sy/en/?p=255572

Some 18th century documents relating to the Stockbridge-Munsee people are being returned:

https://www.vpr.org/npr-news/2021-11-21/pignatelli-expects-no-hiccups-when-lawmakers-consider-returning-tribal-documents

A stolen letter of Christopher Columbus has been returned to the National Library of Catalonia:

https://elpais.com/espana/catalunya/2021-11-23/la-carta-de-cristobal-colon-robada-de-la-biblioteca-nacional-de-cataluna-vuelve-a-casa.html

Cyprus received some items from a collector:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/11/24/dozens-of-cyprus-ancient-artefacts-returned/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2021/11/26/handing-over-of-38-antiquities-to-the-embassy-of-the-republic-of-cyprus-in-washington-usa/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/24/handing-over-of-38-antiquities-at-the-embassy-of-the-republic-of-cyprus/

Feature on a former Cambodian looter working to recover it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/21/arts/design/toek-tik-cambodian-artifacts.html

More on the British Museum returning items to Ethiopia:

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/after-century-half-ethiopian-artefacts-return-home-2021-11-22/

More on the Met returning Benin bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/694341/met-museum-officially-returns-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/22/met-returns-looted-benin-works
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211123-met-returns-three-artworks-looted-under-british-colonial-rule-to-nigeria

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on online resources for researching ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/online-resources-for-researching-ancient-coins/

On the importance of provenance for ancient or medieval coins:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/provenance-becoming-critical

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n48.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Peter Rhodes:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19734068.memorial-service-greek-history-expert-peter-rhodes/

Mark S. Weil:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/11/obituary-mark-s-weil-emeritus-professor-of-art-history-82/

George Eogan:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/george-eogan-obituary-archaeologist-who-unearthed-passage-tombs-of-knowth-1.4738967

Jakucho Setouchi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/world/asia/jakucho-setouchi-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/3119-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-14th-through-november-20th-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 24.31 ~ November 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, Maureen Fant, 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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Feature on homo longi:

https://www.rawstory.com/homo-longi-extinct-human-species-that-may-replace-neanderthals-as-our-closest-relatives-found-in-china/

Feature on the ‘unsustainable population’ theory of the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/a-leading-theory-behind-neanderthal-extinction-may-surprise-you

More on implication of 400 000 years bp deer remains from Qesem Cave:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oh-deer-archaeologists-reveal-culinary-taste-of-prehistoric-israelis-684970

More on homo naledi:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/homo-naledi-skull-rising-star/
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AFRICA
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150 000 years bp (maybe) shell jewelry from Morocco’s Bizmoune cave was revealed this week:

https://www.dw.com/en/worlds-oldest-jewelry-unveiled-in-morocco/g-58291898
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unveil-worlds-oldest-jewelry-in-morocco
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-jewelry-in-history-unveiled-in-morocco-169484
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/19/shells-are-forever-archaeologists-in-morocco-unearth-worlds-oldest-jewelry/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/worlds-oldest-jewelry-morocco-2037635
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/oldest-jewelry-history-unveiled-morocco

Feature on an ‘outlawed’ (by an Ethiopian king) magical manuscript in the British Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0b530f3/the-exceptionally-rare-text-outlawed-by-an-ethiopian-king
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of reliefs at the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut provides hints about various workers’ roles in the reliefs’ creation:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/110048/Recent-study-reveals-ancient-Egyptians-worked-in-teams-to-carve
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/17/temple-reliefs-provide-a-rare-glimpse-into-the-making-of-ancient-egyptian-art
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10208661/Archaeology-3-500-year-old-Egyptian-reliefs-reveal-masters-apprentices-shared-work.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-imperfect-carvings-in-egyptian-tomb-may-indicate-interns-messed-up-here-1.10390809
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ancient-egyptian-art-gives-researchers-glimpse-into-how-artists-worked-1.5669106
https://www.science.org/content/article/female-pharaoh-s-tomb-reveals-how-egypt-s-ancient-masters-carved-their-art
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/temple-provides-a-snapshot-of-how-ancient-egyptian-art-was-made/142035

A study of Egypt’s sacred baboons:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mysteries-of-ancient-egypts-sacred-baboons-revealed/

Plans to reenact the Opet festival to hype sites in Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1201/440812/AlAhram-Weekly/Egypt/Luxor-The-great-procession.aspx

… not sure if this reopening of the Avenue of the Sphinxes next week is the same as the previous item:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/441896.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/11/21/avenue-of-sphinxes-unveiled-in-spectacular-re-opening-ceremony/

Marking the anniversary of the opening of Tut’s tomb to the public in 1939:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/109937/Memory-of-the-day-Tutankhamun-s-tomb-is-opened-to

More on the find of a 5th century ‘sun temple’ at Abu Gorab:

https://egyptindependent.com/one-of-6-missing-sun-temples-unearthed-in-egypt/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-sun-temple-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.trtworld.com/life/4-500-year-old-rare-sun-temple-found-in-egypt-51712
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archeologists-may-discovered-one-four-never-found-egyptian-sun-temples-2035762
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/study-reveals-new-insight-into-ancient-egyptian-matariya-sun-temple/142011
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-lost-4500-year-old-egyptian-sun-temple-180979077/

Remains of a Median-era fort from northeast Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467146/Fort-remnants-associated-with-Median-empire-discovered-in-northeast

Archaeologists are back digging at the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467190/Iranian-Italian-archaeologists-begin-work-on-Burnt-City

Iranian and German archaeologists are discussing further cooperation:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/467040/Iranian-German-archaeologists-discuss-further-cooperation

Not sure if this is a ‘really new’ find of a 2700 years bp wine press and several reliefs associated with an irrigation canal at Faida (Iraq):

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-archaeologists-iraq-ancient-wine.html

The site of Karahan Tepe suggests people were ‘settling down’ before the development of agriculture:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/17/discovery-turkey-karahan-tepe

A 3200+ years bp seal belonging to a Hittite prince and a cuneiform tablet from Turkey’s Hatay province:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/3-250-year-old-seal-belonging-to-hittite-prince-discovered-in-southern-turkey/2425481
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/3250-year-old-seal-unearthed-in-southern-turkey

More on that study of Neolithic cloth from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/this-is-one-of-the-oldest-pieces-of-cloth-in-the-world-and-its-made-from-something-surprising/
https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-cultural-history-history/youre-looking-at-one-of-the-oldest-pieces-of-cloth-in-the-world/1935038

Remains of a Hellenistic-era fort destroyed by the Hasmoneans from the Lachish Forest:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ahead-of-hanukkah-fortress-testifying-maccabees-victory-revealed-685122
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/317000
https://www.timesofisrael.com/fortified-structure-is-tangible-evidence-of-hanukkah-story-archaeologists-say/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hjcy3xbuf
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-find-hellenistic-stronghold-destroyed-by-the-hasmoneanss-1.10390851
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hellenistic-fort-destroyed-by-the-hasmoneans-uncovered-in-lachish-forest/2021/11/16/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/16/story-of-the-maccabees-comes-to-life-in-lachish-forest/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/hanukkah-stories-brought-to-light/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/18/greek-building-lachish-forest-israel/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ruins-shed-light-on-greek-empires-last-stand-2dcc3m2xf
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211116-israel-unveils-remains-of-ancient-hellenistic-fortress
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/11/16/israels-archaeologists-unearth-evidence-of-hanukkah-stories/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/archaeologists-reveal-hellenistic-fortress-destroyed-by-the-hasmoneans/142046

More on the Sennacherib-era siege ramp at Lachish:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-reveal-secrets-of-assyrian-war-machine-that-conquered-ancient-judah-1.10366408

More on the so-called Church of the Apostles at one of the sites proposed to be Bethsaida:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/church-of-the-apostles-in-bethsaida-mysteriously-buried-archaeologists-discover-1.10310760

Pondering whether the Old Testament is historically accurate (Solomon’s mines related):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeological-dig-reignites-debate-old-testament-historical-accuracy-180979011/

Pondering what King David’s Israel looked like:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/what-did-king-davids-israel-look-like-the-answer-is-not-set-in-stone-683823

Interesting feature/book excerpt on Rabbi Getz and the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/indiana-jones-rabbi-thought-he-found-the-ark-of-the-covenant-and-nearly-started-a-war/ar-AAQNDxm?li=BBnb7Kz
https://www.thedailybeast.com/indiana-jones-rabbi-thought-he-found-the-ark-of-the-covenant-and-nearly-started-a-war

Feature on child sacrifice in biblical Phoenicia:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/child-sacrifice-in-biblical-phoenicia/

Feature on angels in ancient Judaism:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/angels-in-antiquity-judaisms-long-relationship-with-heavens-haloed-helpers/

Feature on how archaeology is shaping the UAE:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/podcasts/recorded/2021/11/18/uae-at-50-how-the-emirates-is-discovering-itself-through-archaeology/

Interview with Matthew Adams about his work at Megiddo:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/twenty-years-at-megiddo/

Review of Marc David Baer, *The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/were-the-ottoman-turks-as-european-as-they-thought-themselves-

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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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4th century BCE burials and a plate depicting Scythian divinities from a site on the Middle Don:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-winged-gods-griffons-plate-depiction.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/warriors-grave-reveals-ornate-scythian-treasures/142057
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10222489/Ancient-plate-adorned-winged-gods-griffins-tomb-4th-century-BC-warrior.html

Three pits full of 4th century BCE Greek amphorae from a site in Marseille:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/15/greek-prime-minister-ramps-up-demands-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles

Illegal excavations in Izmire revealed a 2700 years bp mosaic:

https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/centuries-old-mosaic-found-in-western-turkey-51729

Remains of an unfinished Roman aqueduct from Armenia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/17/easternmost-roman-aqueduct-discovered-in-armenia/
https://phys.org/news/2021-11-easternmost-roman-aqueduct-armenia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211115103445.htm
https://news.am/eng/news/672574.html
https://www.birminghamtimes.com/2021/11/water-surprise-ancient-aqueduct-unearthed-at-edge-of-roman-empire/
https://www.zenger.news/2021/11/16/water-surprise-ancient-aqueduct-unearthed-at-edge-of-roman-empire/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62698
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/roman-aqueduct-discovered-in-armenia/142015
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/17/easternmost-roman-aqueduct-discovered-in-armenia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10148-211116-armenia-roman-aqueduct

Remains of a major Roman army camp at Velsen:

https://nltimes.nl/2021/11/20/traces-large-roman-army-camp-discovered-velsen

Sewer repairs in Volterra revealed the site of a an Augustan-era amphitheatre (Italian):

https://video.repubblica.it/gediwatch/l-anfiteatro-ritrovato-riparando-una-fogna/401709/402419

cf: https://publications.dainst.org/journals/index.php/aa/article/view/3402

A hoard of 22 Roman coins (and some medieval ones) from Craven have been deemed treasure:

https://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/19720482.roman-medieval-coins-found-craven/

A 1600 years bp basilica from Ashdod with plenty of burials indicating the prominence of women clergy:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-byzantine-basilica-with-female-ministers-and-baffling-burials-found-in-israel-1.10387014
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/17/1600-year-old-byzantine-basilica-with-mass-burials-uncovered-in-israel/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bjopjmmok
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/17/archeological-discovery-of-byzantine-church-in-israel-reveals-existence-of-clergywomen/

A project to rebuild the Basilica Ulpia in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-rebuilds-basilica-ulpia-in-trajans-forum.html

An update of sorts on the excavation of the Temple of Zeus in Magnesia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zeus-temple-partially-unearthed-in-western-turkey-169495

Not sure about this one … remains of a hitherto unknown ancient city near Kilkis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/20/ancient-city-kilkis-greece/

A study of the stones chosen for Roman milling purposes:

https://eos.org/articles/roman-era-millstone-and-mixer-makers-knew-their-rocks

More on that metal-detectorist find of a Roman battlefield in Switzerland (with a focus on a dagger that was found):

https://www.livescience.com/metal-detectorist-finds-dagger-ancient-roman-battle
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62704

More (English) coverage of the massive Roman-era silver coin hoard from Augsburg:

https://www.livescience.com/massive-silver-coin-hoard-germany
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/34578/20211118/more-5-500-roman-era-silver-coins-found-buried-river.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoard-of-5500-roman-era-coins-found-in-germany-180979086/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10151-211118-germany-coin-hoard

More on Roman-era shops being excavated at Aizanoi:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/bone-workshop-oil-lamp-shop-unearthed-in-ancient-city-in-turkey/2419892
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-era-shops-statue-heads-found-in-ancient-city-in-turkey-180979071/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10143-211115-turkey-aizanoi-agora

Russia has started the restoration of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/11/russia-begins-restoration-arc-triumph-syrias-palmyra

A photogrammetric map of Iasos has been made:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/photogrammetric-map-of-iasos-made-169379

In case you missed it, some American tourists were given heavy fines for breaking into the Colosseum to drink beer:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-tourists-climb-into-colosseum-at-night-to-drink-beer.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/17/us-tourists-fined-800-for-breaking-into-colosseum-for-beer
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59325398

France is bringing back the teaching of Latin and Greek in schools:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/french-bring-back-teaching-of-latin-and-ancient-greek-to-schools-v2pxg3w7q
https://www.lunion.fr/id313174/article/2021-11-15/jean-michel-blanquer-souhaite-renforcer-lenseignement-du-latin-et-du-grec
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/17/latin-ancient-greek-schools/

… and Cyprus likes the idea:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/11/17/cyprus-joins-bid-to-promote-ancient-greek-latin/

… and some opEds:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/11/20/our-view-focus-on-ancient-languages-a-wonderful-idea-but-is-it-practical/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/19726113.issue-day-france-fights-latin-greek/

Interview with Thomas Ricks on the influence of Classics on the US founding fathers:

https://www.tpr.org/podcast/the-source/2021-11-14/old-world-literature-influenced-americas-founders-visions-for-the-nation-can-classical-knowledge-help-remedy-our-21st-century-political-ills

Feature on the Romans in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/what-romans-ever-hull-new-6186159

Feature on how Roman latrines worked:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-ancient-romans-went-to-the-bathroom-180979056/
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/history/ancient-roman-bathrooms-design-sewers

Feature on Alexander Hardcastle’s work in Sicily:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/21/rescued-from-obscurity-uk-archaeologist-who-restored-sicilys-glories

Feature on Roman mourning clothes and political resistance:

https://daily.jstor.org/in-rome-mourning-clothes-as-political-resistance/

Feature on the myth of the Classically-educated elite:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-myth-of-the-classically-educated-elite/

Feature on dealing with work of eminent scholars with questionable personal reputations:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/where-do-we-draw-the-line-addressing-eminent-scholars-imperfect-pasts/

Feature on Musonius Rufus:

https://psyche.co/ideas/musonius-rufus-roman-stoic-and-avant-garde-feminist

Feature on the House of Orpheus (Cyprus) mosaic’s conservation:

https://www.getty.edu/news/orpheus-mosaic-restoration-cyprus/

Feature on the Pharos of Alexandria:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/11/14/a-monument-lost-to-time-the-pharos-of-alexandria/

Feature on Greek theatre masks:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/16/ancient-greek-theater-masks/

Feature on UNESCO heritage sites in Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/11/16/unesco-world-heritage-sites-greece/

Feature on Dispilio:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/16/prehistoric-settlement-greece/

Feature on Samothrace:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/20/ancient-greek-sanctuary-samothrace/

Feature on Olympia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/17/ancient-greek-sanctuaries-temples-olympia/

Feature on the Thracians and wine:

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2021/11/17/thracians-why-wine-integral-culture

Feature on the Duino MIthraeum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/duino-mithraeum

The Parthenon sculptures saga had major media coverage during the week, beginning with the Greek PM saying he was bringing the matter up with Boris Johnson:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/15/greek-prime-minister-ramps-up-demands-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/15/greek-pm-kyriakos-mitsotakis-parthenon-marbles-boris-johnson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greece-to-renew-pressure-on-uk-to-return-ancient-sculptures/2021/11/15/f1d1cb04-4610-11ec-beca-3cc7103bd814_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/europe-arts-and-entertainment-greece-london-athens-9a400840c52c71e2d0adcf9eb762a087
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/athens-to-keep-pressure-on-uk-to-return-ancient-sculptures/news
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/greece-renew-pressure-uk-return-ancient-sculptures-81176243
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10204431/Boris-braces-Greek-PM-demand-return-Elgin-Marbles-talks.html

… although we were told the British Museum would be ‘defiant’:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/british-museum-elgin-marbles-london-greece-b966283.html

… the Greek PM suggested it was an issue of ‘values’:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1171926/mitsotakis-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-an-issue-of-values/

… and, as often, Boris Johnson said the return was the decision of the Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/16/return-of-parthenon-marbles-is-up-to-british-museum-says-no-10
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/11/16/boris-johnson-deflects-greek-pms-demand-return-elgin-marbles/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/789/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/789/pub/789/page/10/article/240140
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/17/boris-johnson-says-british-museum-trustees-must-decide-fate-of-the-parthenon-marbles
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2021/11/15/elgin-marbles-greece-places-pressure-on-british-museum-to-return-ancient-sculptures
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/greek-leader-in-london-seeks-return-of-ancient-sculptures/2021/11/16/300e2098-4701-11ec-beca-3cc7103bd814_story.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10208627/Greek-PM-demands-return-Elgin-Marbles-awkward-clash-Boris-Johnson-Downing-Street.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-greek-british-museum-prime-minister-london-b966576.html
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/uk-s-johnson-rebuffs-greek-pm-s-demand-for-talks-on-parthenon-marbles/47116612
https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/uk-govt-not-responsible-for-returning-parthenon-to-greece

… even though the Greek pm apparently offered a ‘swap’ of other artifacts:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/greeces-elgin-marbles-swap-would-bad-deal-britain/

… and the Greek prime minister said he was going to appeal to the British public:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/17/greek-prime-minister-to-appeal-to-british-public-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles

… while Boris Johnson said he wouldn’t stand in the way of discussions between Greece and the BM:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10225473/Boris-pressure-Elgin-Marbles-Greek-PM-insists-promised-not-stand-way-talks.html

… and it appears the public would support the return:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1172230/telegraph-british-public-opinion-supports-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/20/parthenon-sculptures/

… in any event it all spawned a few opEds:

https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/talking-point-should-london-return-elgin-marbles-greece-b966539.html
https://www.newstatesman.com/the-explainer/2021/11/where-do-the-elgin-marbles-belong-britain-or-greece
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/11/17/the-issue-of-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-raised-by-k-mitsotakis/
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/21029/the-elgin-marbles-stealing-beauty
https://hyperallergic.com/693201/the-parthenon-sculptures-should-be-repatriated-immediately/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/19/lose-elgin-marbles/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/20/parthenon-marbles-greece-british-museum
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1172088/there-s-always-alexander-the-great/

… and a piece by the Greek PM in the Daily Mail:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10225535/GREEK-PM-KYRIAKOS-MITSOTAKIS-Boris-unique-opportunity-return-Parthenon-Sculptures.html

… in case you need some background:

https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/19719418.elgin-marbles-greece-demanding-return/
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-elgin-marbles-they-greek-22178722
https://www.thewestonforum.com/the-long-battle-of-the-greeks-for-the-sculptures-of-the-acropolis/

… meanwhile, a leaky roof has prevented folks from visiting the sculptures in the BM for a few months:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/17/parthenon-marbles-off-limits-british-museum/

Lates Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-111821

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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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Earliest evidence of mercury poisoning comes from Copper Age Iberia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-world-oldest-mercury-poisoning-revealed.html
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-mercury-poisoning
https://www.zmescience.com/science/oldest-mercury-poisoning-humans-18112021/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/11/the-worlds-oldest-mercury-poisoning-revealed-in-copper-age-iberia/142021
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/love-of-wine-leads-to-chance-discovery-of-widespread-mercury-poisoning-in-copper-age-180979091/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10147-211116-spain-cinnabar-mercury

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oa.3056

A possible (pending Carbon dating) Iron Age settlement/hillfort site near Cotherstone:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/dig-may-have-unearthed-ancient-hill-fort

I think we mentioned this West Norfolk hoard of 130 Anglo Saxon coins being found over a period of 30 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/nov/03/norfolk-treasure-newly-declared-as-englands-biggest-anglo-saxon-coin-hoard
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/west-norfolk-hoard-10270.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10144-211115-england-gold-coins

Plenty of Merovingian-era pottery finds from Sevrey (France):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62710

I think we mentioned these 16th century ‘grotesque’ frescoes reveal during renovations at a medieval manor house in West Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/09/tudor-wall-paintings-uncovered-in-yorkshire-discovery-of-a-lifetime
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10145-211115-yorkshire-wall-paintings

A Celtic ‘kettle’ from the Malomerice site which might depict the stars over Brno has gone on display:

https://english.radio.cz/unique-celtic-kettle-which-may-depict-stars-over-brno-goes-display-moravian-8734358

Remains of a 19th century tannery found in Edinburgh prior to hotel construction:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/history/archaeologists-edinburgh-uncover-fascinating-evidence-22206278

More on the Vikings reaching the Azores:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/the-vikings-and-their-mice-were-the-first-to-reach-this-idyllic-portuguese-islands/

More on the 15th century tiny gold book pendant from York, touting possible Richard III connections:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/small-gold-charm-found-by-metal-detectorist-in-england-could-be-600-years-old-180979084/

Plans to restore a Venetian castle in Zakynthos:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1172236/venetian-castle-in-zakynthos-to-be-restored/

More on the Mesolithic finds from Aberdeenshire (not sure about the numbers any more):

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/discovery-of-11000-pieces-of-stone-tool-illuminate-scotlands-early-people-3460298
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10178225/Archaeology-1-200-Mesolithic-tools-unearthed-Aberdeenshire-river.html

Feature on the fate of Doggerland:

https://www.livescience.com/the-real-brexit-how-britain-became-an-island

Feature/study of Viking encampments:

https://theconversation.com/hideouts-harbours-and-homes-how-vikings-may-have-owed-their-success-to-their-encampments-148550

Feature on the Viking Great Army:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/viking-heathen-great-army-what-when-size-how-big-how-defeated/

Feature on the replica of the Sutton Hoo ship:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-59233062
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 5500 years bp structure from Shaanxi is sheeding light on the ‘painted pottery culture’ (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/social-welfare/article/3156726/discovery-5500-year-old-structure-central-china

Remains of a road and drainage pipe dating to the Western Zhou Dynasty from the site of Haojing:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/18/content_77879682.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-11-19/detail-ihaswzpc6924058.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1119/c90000-9921805.html

Remains of a Yuan Dynasty village from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_M68vz311.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-11/17/content_77877819.htm

29 burials, 11 of which date to the Eastern Han Dynasty from Shandong:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/812951-29-ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-china-s-shandong

China has launched a website to help in the fight against illicit sale of antiquities:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202111/1238959.shtml

More on the ‘homicide victim’ dumped in a tomb raider’s shaft:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1-300-year-old-murder-mystery-glimpse-at-history-and-prehistory-of-homicide-1.10383615

A study of skeletal remains reveals high consumption of game birds and social stratification in ancient Korea:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01798-y

More on a possible 8th century dwelling associated with an empress on Honshu:

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-revisited-parramatta-archaeological-reveal-deep-time.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10136-211111-japan-heian-kyo

Feature on the ‘hidden Christians’ of Japan:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0b3frjr/the-secret-world-of-japan-s-hidden-christians-

Finds from various ancient periods from the Barikot area in Swat:

https://nation.com.pk/21-Nov-2021/relics-dating-back-3-000-years-from-alexander-era-discovered-in-swat

Feature on megaliths:

https://www.deccanherald.com/spectrum/the-mystery-behind-the-megaliths-1052898.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A Maori cutting tool from an Invercargill construction site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/127017201/historic-mori-cutting-tool-found-on-invercargill-construction-site

Feature on marine archaeologist Maddy McAllister:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-15/museum-of-tropical-queenslands-underwater-shipwreck-explorer/100612884
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NORTH AMERICA
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1000+ years bp petroglyphs found in Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatchewan) with the help of bison:

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/sask-archaeologist-makes-very-unusual-discovery-at-wanuskewin-1.5673700

A dig at the Ashbridge Estate (Toronto) has found evidence of a 17th century ‘temporary structure’:

https://beachmetro.com/2021/11/17/archaeological-dig-on-ashbridge-estate-site-discovers-evidence-of-early-temporary-shelter-dating-back-to-late-1700s/

Plenty of 19th century ‘grave shafts’ from an ongoing dig in Guelph:

https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/10520525-human-remains-found-in-archaeological-dig/
https://saultonline.com/2021/11/human-remains-grave-shafts-found-in-archaeological-dig-underway-in-guelph-ont/
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/human-remains-grave-shafts-found-in-archaeological-dig-underway-in-guelph-ont
https://www.thestar