Explorator 24.13 ~ July 18, 2021

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What we’re learning about Neanderthal children:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210706-the-secret-lives-of-neanderthal-children

On Israel as a a crossroads for human evolution:

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

On the evolution of throwing:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/evolution-throwing/

More on Neanderthal art:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/a-neanderthal-carved-a-geometric-design-in-bone-51000-years-ago/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/neanderthal-culture-bone-carving-discovery-germany/

More on climate and human evolution:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/ancient-human-body-size-linked-to-climate-change/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/climate-changed-size-of-our-bodies-and.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/13/climate-changed-the-size-of-our-bodies-and-to-some-extent-our-brains/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9844-210712-evolution-body-size
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AFRICA
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More on the ‘galaxies’ of Islamic burials in Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-islamic-tombs-hidden-pattern-cosmology.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-statistical-methods-cosmology-reveal-tomb.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/ancient-islamic-tombs-cluster-like.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-have-uncovered-thousands-medieval-islamic-tombs-arranged-galactic-pattern-180978140/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9843-210712-sudan-tomb-clusters

More on the 14th/15th century cave burials from Gabon exhibiting facial modifications:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-modification-gabon-cave.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-statistical-methods-cosmology-reveal-tomb.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9842-210712-gabon-cave-burials

More on the medieval cathedral in the Sudan:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-medieval-nubia-cathedral
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of some recently-found 3000 years bp bronze figurines from Tanis:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/egyptian-bronze-figurines-shed-light-on-ancient-commerce-674197

The pyramid complex of Sahura has been restored:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/15/the-pyramid-complex-of-pharaoh-sahura-has-been-restored/

Suggestion (?) that Tut’s mask may have originally been Nefertiti’s:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106082/British-Express-Tutankhamun-s-mask-may-have-been-Nefertiti%E2%80%99s

More on that Greco-Roman pottery workshop from Tel Kom Aziza:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9783977/Massive-pottery-workshop-dating-2-300-years-Greco-Roman-era-unearthed-Egypt.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/graeco-roman-pottery-workshop.html

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32331/20210717/rosetta-stone-unraveling-secrets-egyptian-hieroglyphics.htm
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-the-rosetta-stone-unlocked-the-secrets-of-ancient-civilizations

Feature on the origins of the cartouche:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/origins-of-the-cartouche

Feature on the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology’s current projects in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/07/14/ifao-involved-in-35-archaeological-missions-across-egypt/

In case you missed the ‘reunion’ of Book of the Dead fragments in a New Zealand museum and the Getty:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-bce-mummy-shroud-fragment-zealand.html
https://www.livescience.com/book-of-the-dead-fragments-pieced-together.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/two-segments-ancient-hieroglyph-reunited-1989384

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement from Dhi Qar (Iraq):

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/4000-year-old-city-discovered-iraq
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9796309/4-000-year-old-city-Iraq-capital-state-formed-Babylonian-Empires-collapse.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-discover-4-000-year-old-ancient-city-in-iraqi-desert

A second ‘neighbourhood’ from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/second-neighborhood-found-in-turkeys-neolithic-site-catalhoyuk/news

A study of various aspects of plant processing at Catal Huyuk:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-aspects-neolithic-settlement-turkey.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/upf–aas071321.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/new-aspects-related-to-plant-processing.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/new-aspects-related-to-plant-processing-in-a-neolithic-settlement-in-turkey/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9850-210714-catalhoeyuek-wild-plants

An 8500 years bp bone musical instrument of some sort from northwestern Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/8500-year-old-musical-instrument-found-in-nw-turkey/news
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/8000-year-old-musical-instrument-found-in-northwest-turkey-673823

4000 years bp finds (expected?) from the Accana Mound in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/4000-year-old-remains-to-be-revealed-in-accana-mound-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-accana-mound-166358

Feature on Kimiyoshi Matsumura’s long career digging in Anatolia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/japanese-archaeologist-examines-anatolian-civilizations-in-situ-for-40-years-166347

Turkish ‘factions’ continue excavating at Ras Al-Ain:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/219449/

A study (mostly DNA-related) of remains of a 1600 years bp sheep found in an Iranian salt mine:

https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/the-salt-sheep-of-chehrabad-ancient-history-brought-to-life-by-dna-from-1600-year-old-iranian-sheep-mummy/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/tcd-df1071321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210714110531.htm
https://www.livescience.com/preserved-DNA-sampled-sheep-mummy.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1600-year-old-mummified-sheep-found-in-iranian-salt-mine-674061
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9784173/Mummified-SHEEP-discovered-Iranian-salt-perfectly-preserved-soft-tissues.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/dna-from-1600-year-old-iranian-sheep.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9854-210715-iran-sheep-herds

Excavations at a Safavid-era bath house in Iran have commenced:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463009/Archaeological-work-starts-at-centuries-old-public-bathhouse

Feature on the Jiroft civilization:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463213/Jiroft-the-story-of-how-Iran-became-a-cradle-of-civilization

Iran added assorted sites to its national heritage list:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463067/Archaeological-hills-cemeteries-added-to-national-heritage-list

A section of Jerusalem’s wall breached by the Babylonians in 586 BCE was revealed this week:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-part-of-jerusalems-wall-destroyed-on-the-9th-of-av-673794
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309836
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/14/found-missing-section-of-wall-that-defended-jerusalem-until-the-babylonian-conquest/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-temple-era-walls-razed-in-biblical-account-found-unbreached-in-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-find-new-section-of-jerusalem-s-ancient-defensive-wall-1.9998944
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309836
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bjfot11hpu
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/first-temple-period-jerusalems-city-wall-09866.html

A ‘Judges era’ (maybe) pot from Khirbat el-Rai inscribed with the name Jerubbaal:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-inscription-relating-to-the-Book-of-Judges-found-12-July-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-inscription-bearing-name-of-biblical-judge-found-in-israel-673576
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-find-biblical-name-jerubbaal-inked-on-pot-from-judges-era-1.9990617
https://www.timesofisrael.com/five-letter-inscription-inked-3100-years-ago-may-be-name-of-biblical-judge/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309675
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rjqb99fao
https://www.jns.org/rare-book-of-judges-era-inscription-found-in-southern-israel/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/472940/new-archaeological-find-in-israel-may-shed-light-on-the-era-of-biblical/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-07/13/content_77623392.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-07-14/detail-ihapauxv0566063.shtml
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9781533/3-100-year-old-inscription-pottery-fragment-uncovered-Israel-features-biblical-name.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/archaeological-evidence-of-gideon-the-judge/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/biblical-judge-inscription-09861.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3000-year-old-jug-holds-name-biblical-judge-180978159/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9847-210713-israel-alphabet-inscription

cf (pdf):

https://jjar.huji.ac.il/sites/default/files/jjar/files/rollston_et_al._2021_jjar_2_1-15.pdf

Semi-related study suggests alphabetic writing may have started 5000 years earlier than currently thought:

https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/07/13/alphabetic-writing-500-years-earlier-glenn-schwartz/

2700 years bp remains of a piglet from Jerusalem (possibly a repeat?):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cryptic-2700-year-old-pig-skeleton-found-in-jerusalems-city-of-david-673989
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-oink-vey-pig-skeleton-discovered-in-first-temple-period-jerusalem-1.9906708
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/podcasts/PODCAST-listen-pigging-out-in-jerusalem-did-ancient-israelites-really-eat-pork-1.10002400
https://www.timesofisrael.com/this-little-piggy-went-to-jerusalem-2700-years-ago-raising-some-questions/

Two 2000 years bp ‘Freedom to Zion’ coins from a survey in the West Bank Binyamin region:

https://www.livescience.com/freedom-of-zion-coins-jewish-revolt-discovered.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-freedom-to-zion-coins-found-in-binyamin-region-673677
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-coins-hailing-freedom-of-zion-jerusalem-uncovered-in-west-bank/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/13/ancient-coins-could-upend-theories-about-what-followed-the-roman-sack-of-jerusalem/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/bar-ilan-u-archaeologist-discovers-two-rare-coins-dating-back-to-jewish-revolts-against-rome/2021/07/13/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/r1znzzs6u
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9784735/2-000-year-old-Freedom-Zion-coins-withy-features-Jewish-Roman-wars-Judea.html

Latest evidence of destruction at the Temple Mount Sifting Project (podcast):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/podcast-on-9-bav-find-evidence-of-destruction-at-temple-mount-sifting-project/

Feature on an ongoing dig at Beit El:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/18/seminary-students-dig-up-second-temple-finds-near-beit-el/

Feature on tunnels and cisterns beneath Temple Mount:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/18/49-cisterns-tell-the-story-of-the-destruction-of-the-temple-and-much-more/
https://www.jns.org/49-cisterns-tell-the-story-of-the-destruction-of-the-temple-and-much-more/

Feature on some nude female Canaanite figurines and their association (maybe) with birth rites:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-birth-rites-in-canaan-the-enigma-of-the-figurines-1.9892078

More on that 2000 years bp structure found near the Western Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/magnificent-building-under-western-wall-israel.html
https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/07/spectacular-second-temple-era-building-unveiled-in-jerusalem/

Feature on Tel Kadesh:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-archaeological-mystery-of-tel-kedesh/

An interview (podcast) with Aren Maeir about Gath of the Philistines:

https://thelandofisrael.com/view/1744

Hamas is claiming Israel is ‘falsifying’ Jerusalem history:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hamas-israel-is-falsifying-jerusalem-history-673815

Israeli soldiers are accused of bulldozing a Canaanite cemetery in Palestine:

https://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-bulldoze-the-oldest-and-largest-canaanite-cemetery-in-palestine/

A 6th century CE inscription/petroglyph associated with Nabonidas from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1893671/saudi-arabia
https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/608810
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2021/07/16/Saudi-Arabia-discovers-6th-century-rock-inscriptions-of-Babylonian-king-in-Hail-
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A major 3rd century BC hoard of Greek silver coins from Sharjah:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2021/07/15/treasure-trove-of-priceless-silver-coins-discovered-in-sharjah/
https://gulfnews.com/uae/education/409-silver-coins-dating-back-to-3rd-century-found-in-sharjahs-mleiha-area-1.80683196

Suggestion (not sure about this one) that the tomb of Olympias has been identified:

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

A 2000 years bp rock-cut ‘banqueting site in the ruins of Nea Paphos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/archaeologists-discover-ancient-banqueting-site-carved-in-bedrock/139668

A boundary stone from Claudius’ expansion of Rome’s pomerium found near Augustus’ Mausoleum:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-rare-stone-outlining-ancient-rome.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-digs-up-ancient-border-stone-near-site-of-citys-first-emperor.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/16/2000-year-old-border-stone-emperor-claudius-uncovered-rome/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/643/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/643/pub/643/page/50/article/188518
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-Rome-s-16319696.php
https://www.cbs17.com/news/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-romes-city-limits/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-170836088.html
https://www.theolympian.com/entertainment/celebrities/article252832973.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-rome-s-city-limits-1.5512065
https://notizie.tiscali.it/regioni/lazio/articoli/ritrovato-cippo-epoca-claudia-raggi-conoscere-meglio-nostre-origini-00001/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61795

Latest petroglyph Roman phallus find comes from Yorkshire:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-carved-penis-catterick-yorkshire-b1885815.html
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/huge-roman-stone-carved-penis-unearthed-during-archaeological-dig-in-yorkshire/786652

From the same region (and often with the above find also mentioned) comes the oldest remains of a pistachio in Britain, among other Roman (and later) finds:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/archaeologists-cracking-roman-history-along-dere-street-one-of-britains-oldest-roads
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57862964
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/thousands-of-artefacts-including-countrys-earliest-pistachio-nut-reveal-history-of-roman-settlement-off-the-a1-near-catterick-3309722
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9794997/Roman-fort-treasure-trove-artefacts-uncovered-Yorkshire.html

A Visigoth sarcophagus from the Mula Roman Villa site (Spain):

https://murciatoday.com/spectacular-visigoth-sarcophagus-discovered-in-mula-roman-villa-site_1617323-a.html
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/07/17/ancient-sarcophagus-is-dug-up-in-good-condition-at-roman-site-in-murcia-area-of-spain/

Overviewish thing on the 2021 season did at Gourimadi:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/07/14/anaskafiki-ereynas-2021-sto-gkoyrimadi-karystoy/

Martin Biddle thinks there should be a dig at Silver Hill (UK):

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19443314.archaeologist-martin-biddle-calls-full-scale-digs-silver-hill/

A study of Roman cremation burials in Britain:

https://www.colchester.gov.uk/info/cbc-article/?id=KA-03774

Somewhat out of date news about the tomb of Aratus in Soli Pompeiopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/memorial-tomb-of-ancient-greek-astronomer-aratus-unearthed-in-turkey/

Similarly out of date is a story on an Illyrian helmet found in Croatia a while ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/16/ancient-greek-helmet-found-in-stone-burial-chamber-in-croatia/

… and recent finds from Zominthos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/new-secrets-unearthed-at-minoan-palace-of-zominthos-on-crete/

More on the Noceto Vasca Votiva and its purpose:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3400-year-old-artificial-pool-italy-may-have-hosted-religious-rituals-180978148/

More on the Hellenistic/Thracian tower and sanctuary found at Burgas:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/observation-tower-ancient-sanctuary.html

More on the pair of Kouroi from the Temple of Zeus Lepsinos site:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-500-year-old-statues-inscription-unearthed-in-western-turkey-166256
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-discover-2500-year-old-artifacts-in-western-turkey
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/life/2500-year-old-statues-inscription-unearthed-in-western-turkey-3576272
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/two-kouros-statues-found-at-temple-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9849-210714-turkey-euromos-statues

More on the ‘nude horseman’ relief from Vindolanda:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-strange-carving-naked-man-roman-fort-180978146/

More on a Roman coin hoard from the Netherlands being a ‘safe passage’ offering:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-coin-hoard-by-river.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9787913/Roman-coins-Dutch-riverbanks-offering-gods-safe-passage-water.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9845-210713-netherlands-roman-coins

Pondering why so many Greek statues are naked:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-are-there-so-many-naked-ancient-greek-statues/

Pondering the theory that Michelangelo faked the Laocoon:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/laocoon-and-his-sons-michelangelo

Feature on Frank Snowden:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/07/frank-snowden-personal-tribute/

Feature on Melanie Fillios and her work at Helike:

https://greekherald.com.au/community/dr-melanie-fillios-what-excavations-ancient-greek-sites-show-bronze-age/
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/zooarchaeologist-fillios-bronze-age-pigs-ancient-dingoes/13434280

Feature on ataraxia:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jul/18/the-secret-to-happiness-in-uncertain-times-give-up-pursuing-it
https://medium.com/the-sophist/stoicism-what-is-ataraxia-822eca353510

Feature on Eunus and his slave revolt:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/eunus-the-roman-slave-who-declared-himself-king/139690

Feature on the development of Greek pottery:

https://mymodernmet.com/ancient-greek-pottery/

Feature on Fauvel’s ‘competition’ with Elgin for the Parthenon sculptures:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/18/the-frenchman-who-vied-with-lord-elgin-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/

Feature on Elgin’s actions:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/17/the-parthenon-report-the-crime-and-the-criminal-part-2/

Feature on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-12/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-3/61018

Feature on a Roman amulet from Athens which was used to ward off plague:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/14/greek-immigrant-in-roman-era-london-used-amulet-to-ward-off-plague/

Feature on Plutarch as a vegetarian:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/ancient-greek-historian-plutarch-might-have-been-the-first-vegetarian/

Feature on Praxiteles’ Hermes statue:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/13/hermes-of-praxiteles-statue-remains-a-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

Feature on the silver mines at Laurion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/12/how-the-mines-of-laurion-saved-ancient-athens-and-western-civilization/

Feature on some ancient Greek Olympians:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/12/noteworthy-ancient-greek-olympians/

… not to be confused with a feature on the powers of Greek gods:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/13/greek-gods-12-immortals-unusual-powers/

Feature on ‘doping’ at the ancient Olympics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/18/doping-in-ancient-greece-olympic-games/

Feature on Hercules:

https://jezebel.com/how-hercules-became-antiquitys-brawny-brainless-himbo-1847255343

Feature on Asklepios:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/ancient_greek_healer_god_asklepios_sleep_and_sacred_dreams-2900034/

Feature on Miltiades’ helmet:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/15/the-awe-inspiring-helmet-of-legendary-ancient-greek-warrior-miltiades/

On Ancient Greece as the home of football (maybe):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/14/football-ancient-greece/

Feature on Roman roads:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/07/15/all-roads-lead-to-rome/

Turns out some olive trees in Bidnija (Malta) date from medieval times, not Roman:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/myth-buster-study-finds-bidnija-olive-trees-medieval-not-roman.885925

Feature on Greek influence on US architecture:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/16/united-states-architecture-was-modeled-on-ancient-greece/

Another feature wondering about dodecahedra from Roman contexts:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/roman-dodecahedrons
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7500 years bp cave paintings from Spain appear to depict honey gathering:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/well-preserved-cave-painting-of-honey.html

6000 years bp evidence of ‘makeup’ use from a site in Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-oldest-cosmetics-ceramic-bottles-balkan.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9780399/Stone-Age-Europeans-wore-makeup-6-000-years-ago-carried-portable-jars.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/07/15/stone-age-cosmetics-based-on-lead-mineral-oldest-of-its-kind/?sh=787423d365ef
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9851-210714-slovenia-cosmetic-bottles

HS2 construction revealed a major hoard of Iron Age coins in Hillingdon:

https://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/news/19441113.iron-age-coins-found-hs2-dig-hillingdon/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-of-rare-coins-from-iron-age-on-hs2-route-40651112.html
https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-hs2-archaeologists-find-2200-21044553
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-london-hillingdon-duncan-wilson-skanska-b945635.html
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2021/07/13/news/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-of-rare-coins-from-iron-age-on-hs2-route-2386213/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-rare-coins-230100739.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61776
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-iron-age-coins-found-london-180978171/

A ‘late antiquity’ child burial from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608277518/gallery-rare-untouched-burial-site-found-in-parnu-county
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9852-210715-estonia-child-burial

The Anchor Church cave in Derbyshire, once thought to have been a folly, may have been the residence of the deposed king Eardwulf in the early 9th century CE:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-57841943
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/15/derbyshire-cave-house-identified-as-ninth-century-home-to-exiled-king
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/fake-oldest-anglo-saxon-house-5663294
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/662/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/662/pub/662/page/50/article/196050
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/anglo-saxon-cave-house-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/17/anglo-saxon-cave-house/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/archaeologists-suggest-rock-cut-cave-was-home-of-exiled-anglo-saxon-king/139684
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-medieval-dwelling-may-be-united-kingdoms-oldest-home-180978185/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9856-210716-england-cave-house

Viking-era textiles from a woman’s burial in Norway:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-cultural-history-history/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/1876405

A Viking-era coin (and more?) hoard found by a metal detectorist on the Isle of Man:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-57841507
https://museumcrush.org/another-viking-hoard-offers-itself-up-on-the-isle-of-man/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9855-210716-viking-silver-coins

Evidence of iron smelting at Dartmoor much earlier than previously thought:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/discovery-dartmoor-mine-rewriting-more-5657254

Medieval French coins from Paris with a possible Viking connection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/world/europe/medieval-french-coins-poland.html

Hundreds of medieval burials from a dig at St Patrick’s Chapel in Whitesands:

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/19436341.hundreds-medieval-skeletons-unearthed-st-patricks-chapel-whitesands/

Remains of Tudor gardens beneath an Essex golf course:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-57808629
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/19443019.remains-secret-tudor-jacobean-gardens-discovered-beneath-golf-course/
https://www.itv.com/news/london/2021-07-15/remains-of-tudor-gardens-discovered-beneath-golf-course-in-essex

A ‘mystery’ bottle of liquid from an 18th/19th century burial in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/mystery-bottle-liquid-found-between-5661069

Elephant tusks from a ‘slave ship’ off Dingle have been recovered:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40334807.html

Finds from various periods found during A30 upgrades in Cornwall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-57846329

Finds from various periods, including 12 burials, from an Exeter leper hospital site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57808532

Archaeologists are back digging at Elizabeth Castle:

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-07-16/archaeologists-return-to-elizabeth-castle-to-learn-more-about-its-history
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/07/15/archaeologists-survey-castles-officers-quarters-and-library/

More on Edward III gold coins from Norfolk:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/black-death-era-treasure-coins-located-in-uk

More on the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/07/how-old-cerne-abbas-giant/619406/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/soil-samples-show-that-britains-rude-man-dates-back-to-medieval-period/

More on 5000 years bp evidence of yersina pestis:

https://theprint.in/science/bacteria-that-caused-black-death-killed-half-of-europe-in-14th-c-traced-to-5000-yr-old-man/687395/

A replica of a medieval Maronite cross:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/15/maronite-mediaeval-metal-cross-replicated/

———-
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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More on the 8200 years bp lacquerware from Zhejiang:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-07/12/content_77622333.htm

More on the Yuan Dynasty carved brick tombs from Jinan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61787

Not sure where to put this one on a possible 100 000 years bp (or maybe 15 000) petroglyph site in Haryana:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/mangerbani-cave-paintings-1-lakh-years-old-archaeologists-7407264/
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/prehistoric-cave-paintings-from-one-lakh-years-ago-discovered-in-faridabad-3973361.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/palaeolithic-cave-paintings-found-in-corner-of-ncr-could-be-among-oldest-in-the-country-101626201354624.html

A full-length iron sword from a megalithic cist burial at Mayiladumparai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/megalithic-full-length-sword-unearthed/article35291887.ece

A 2300 (maybe) years bp well structure and other items from a site on the bank of the Noyyal river:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/stone-well-like-structure-found-at-kodumanal-archaeological-site/articleshow/84079734.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9839-210712-india-industrial-well

A 2000 years bp ring well from the Keeladi dig site:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jul/16/archaeology-dept-unearths-another-ring-well-at-keezhadi-2330833.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/first-ring-well-with-design-unearthed-at-keeladi-site/article35312904.ece

… not sure if this is from the same dig … A terracotta head of a woman (date?) from a dig in Agaram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/head-of-a-terracotta-woman-figurine-with-hair-bun-found/article35354206.ece

A pair of 10th century Jain sculptures from Telangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/telangana-1000-year-old-disfigured-jain-sculptures-found/articleshow/84396148.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/history-buffs-discover-two-figures-from-jain-pantheon/article35307076.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/jul/14/two-jain-sculptures-from-10thcentury-found-in-telanganas-siddipet-district-2329715.html

Remains of a two-room structure beneath the Golden Temple complex:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/2-room-structure-found-at-golden-temple-complex-284191

The ASI has plans to laser scan parts of the Shree Jagannath Temple:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/asi-to-undertake-laser-scanning-in-puris-jagannath-temple/article35273608.ece
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/asi-to-undertake-laser-scanning-in-shree-jagannath-temple/2118986

A survey is underway in northern Cebu:

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1146885

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the sea cucumber trade in Western Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/landline/makassan-archaeology:-sea-cucumber-trade-across/13450044
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 200 years bp burial from beneath a Philadelphia strip mall parking lot:

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/human-remains-northern-liberties-construction-cemetery-20210714.html

A pair of digs by the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians is finding evidence of their people’s activities from the 1700s:

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/07/17/mohican-artifacts-found-at-archaeological-dig-in-berkshires

21 burials (so far) from the First Baptist Church site at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/history/colonial-williamsburg-archaeologists-uncover-21-graves-historic-black-first-baptist-church-site/291-c232faa1-538f-4b1f-adbc-9006e8246e0e
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/16/williamsburg-african-american-cemetery-graves/

Remains of a 19th century road from a Virginia battlefield cemetery:

https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article252747628.html
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article252747628.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9853-210715-virginia-battlefield-cemetery

Plans for a survey near Native American mounds in Ashland (KY):

https://www.dailyindependent.com/news/digging-up-the-past-site-survey-could-crack-case-of-mounds/article_e6b48538-e5c9-11eb-a179-5f3a79646cce.html

Overviewish thing on an ongoing dig (Native American site) in Anderson Township (OH):

https://www.wlwt.com/article/archeological-dig-in-anderson-township-explores-ruins-of-ancient-villages-mounds/37038599

Feature on the Fort Vancouver Public Archaeology Field School:

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/student-archaeologists-dig-up-history-on-vancouver-waterfront/283-a1727079-20c3-433d-a4da-7139a71afa64

Latest on the results of the Tulsa Race Massacre dig:

https://www.oudaily.com/news/archeologist-reports-completion-of-tulsa-race-massacre-graves-excavation-lab-analysis-pursuit-of-justice-continues/article_18ab3658-e4ef-11eb-a581-2f75d25970f8.html

More on Chickasaw repurposing de Soto metal items:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/after-defeating-hernando-de-soto-the-chickasaw-took-his-stuff-and-remade-it/
https://www.gainesville.com/picture-gallery/news/history/2021/07/17/metal-objects-uncovered-1500-expedition-hernando-de-soto/7999797002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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10 000 years bp burials from del Maule:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2021/07/16/cementerio-indigena-con-mas-de-10-mil-anos-de-antiguedad-en-la-region-del-maule-se-encuentra-en-cruzada-para-ser-reconocido-y-resguardado/

I think we mentioned this revisionist view of the purported societal collapse on Easter Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/bu-rn070921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210713090153.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/resilience-not-collapse-what-easter.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/resilience-not-collapse-what-the-easter-island-myth-gets-wrong/

Feature on those spheres in Costa Rica:

https://thecostaricanews.com/the-spheres-of-costa-rica-sculptures-that-do-not-lose-their-essence/

More on what feces reveal about the Maya collapse:

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/poop-reveals-the-story-of-troubled-ancient-maya-population/

—–
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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Possibility that a thumbprint on a 500 years bp wax statue belongs to Michelangelo:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/michelangelo-thumbprint-wax-statue/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingerprint-renaissance-wax-sculpture-michelangelo-victoria-albert-museum-180978168/

Feature on Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘revival’ after Bridgerton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-57580580

Feature on assorted hidden chapels in English churches:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/mysteries-of-the-hidden-oratory/

France has acquired de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/13/marquis-de-sade-manuscript-acquired-for-french-nation-120-days-of-sodom
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61764

A study is suggesting forensics needs to replace ‘ancestry’ with something more accurate:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/ncsu-shn071421.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/lets-replace-ancestry-in-forensics-with-something-more-accurate/

Feature on dealing with mistakes in archival situations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/07/archival-mishaps/619420/

Feature on Karl Marx:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-karl-marx.html

Feature on Emmanuelle Polack’s search for looted items at the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/design/louvre-art-sleuth-emmanuelle-polack.html

Feature on Emmy Noether:

https://www.livescience.com/emmy-noether-unrecognized-contributions-modern-math.html

Feature on Princess Ka’iulani:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hawaii-crown-princess-kaiulani-surfer

Feature on David Marr and his lighthouses:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3139429/legend-lighthouse-builder-how-british-engineer

Followup to the story of Elizabeth Allen’s botanical activities:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57847727

Feature on undoing a restoration of a 400 years bp Dutch painting:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jul/16/restoration-work-wipes-smile-off-the-face-of-dutch-vegetable-seller

Feature on four (real) underwater cities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/forget-atlantis-heres-4-real-ancient-underwater-cities

Feature on archaeology and religion:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/archaeology-could-extend-knowledge-of-the-history-of-religion/13439122

Feature on Benjamin Jesty and the development of vaccinations:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57460445

Feature/reviewish on what we learn from street names:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210712-streetonomics-what-our-addresses-say-about-us

How and 18th century cookbook saved the Sloven language:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-slovene-language-cookbook

Feature on a Jesuit account of 17th century China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3140186/jesuits-rich-portrait-17th-century-china-told

Feature on the ‘misuse’ of leisure:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/stop-treating-leisure-as-a-productivity-hack/619467/

Museums are trying to figure out how to preserve plastic art:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/museums-are-race-against-time-keep-plastic-art-falling-apart

Judy Garland’s long lost ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress has been located:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wizard-oz-judy-garland-dress-costume-hollywood-discovery-180978138/

Plenty of old wine and other alcoholic beverages from Tatoi’s wine cellars:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/rare-treasures-of-tatois-wine-cellars-revealed/

Review of Kavanaugh, *The Irish Assassins*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/books/review/the-irish-assassins-julie-kavanagh.html

Review of Jobb, *The Case of the Murderous Dr Cream*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/books/review/the-case-of-the-murderous-dr-cream-dean-jobb.html

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on burials of Indigenous children found at various residential school sites in Canada:

https://www.livescience.com/childrens-graves-residential-schools-canada.html

British Jews are going to get an apology for their expulsion 800 years ago:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/british-jews-to-get-apology-800-years-after-antisemitic-expulsion-673763

On the importance of the history of slaves and First Nations:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-history-of-the-vast-early-america-matters-today

On mixed-race families in 19th century Australia:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3140275/half-chinese-half-white-australian-mixed-race

Sheffield shut down its archaeology department officially:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-57820390
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-confirm-archaeology-department-will-be-closed-in-decision-staff-call-unequivocal-end-for-the-subject-3306310
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/support-for-university-department-in-sheffield-as-future-is-set-to-be-decided-today-3304635
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/the-university-of-sheffields-department-of-archaeology-is-closing-down/

… university staff are apparently threatening to strike now:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-staff-could-strike-over-closure-of-archaeology-department-3309524
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A study suggests cannabis originated in northwest China:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-cannabis-domesticated-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/cannabis-origins-largest-genetic-study.html

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/29/eabg2286

Interesting study comparing dog puppies and wolf puppies and their reaction to humans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-snuggle-wolf-pups-wont-dog.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/12/health/dog-wolf-puppies-human-bond-scn-wellness/index.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wolves-raised-by-humans-cant-understand-people-like-dogs-can/
https://www.livescience.com/dog-vs-wolf-puppies-cognition.html

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00880-0
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.thejc.com/culture/features/the-roman-road-to-judea-s-destruction-1.518628

Gladiators:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-hygiene-tools-of-gladiators-on-display-in-izmir/news

Durer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/a-renaissance-road-trip-with-albrecht-duerer

Shakespeare’s Hal:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/15/exhibition-reveals-how-shakespeares-hal-has-excused-royal-heirs-for-centuries

Rembrandt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-life-hansken-rembrandts-elephant-180978186/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/14/arts/design/rembrandt-elephant-exhibition.html

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins:

https://www.jpost.com/international/getty-exhibits-mesopotamian-art-that-escaped-islamic-state-destruction-673759

Thetford Treasure:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/renowned-treasure-items-on-display-thetford-hoard-8143574

African Treasure:

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/african-treasure-at-the-st-louis-art-museum/294016/

Plans for an archaeological museum in Thoothukudi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/world-class-archaeological-museum-to-be-established-in-thoothukudi-minister/article35266388.ece

The Smithsonian will be celebrating its 175th birthday:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/15/the-smithsonian-institution-is-preparing-for-its-175th-birthday/

The Met has a Native American in charge of Native American art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/arts/design/patricia-norby-met-museum.html

A Basque museum has acquired a ‘retelling’ of Picasso’s Guernica:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/11/basque-museum-snaps-up-forgotten-retelling-picasso-guernica

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A solidus of Faustina the Elder is coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/solidus-auction-includes-gold-aureus-of-faustina-the-elder

High expectations for an upcoming auction of one of Napoleon’s hats:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/one-of-napoleons-hats-could-fetch-600000-at-auction

Pondering how an archaic Greek gemstone ended up at Christie’s:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ionides-scarab-sale-raises-provenance-questions

More on big bucks for a tiny Leonardo sketch:

https://7news.com.au/business/money/tiny-leonardo-da-vinci-sketch-fetches-over-12million-c-3417824
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The genome of a 25 000 years bp woman (and others) has been extracted from the dirt of an Austrian cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uov-heg071221.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210712122123.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/dna-dirt-can-offer-new-view-ancient-life
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-human-genome-has-been-recovered-from-cave-dirt
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/satsurblia-cave-human-wolf-bison-dna-09858.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/human-environmental-genome-recovered-in.html

Trying to reconcile the nature v nurture debate with genetics and culture:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/pioneering-new-framework-highlights.html

Not a lot of DNA (percentage wise) is unique to modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-dna-unique-modern-humans.html
https://www.livescience.com/human-genome-unique-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/only-a-tiny-fraction-of-our-dna-is-uniquely-human
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/just-7-percent-dna-unique-modern-humans-study-shows-rcna1445

More on DaVinci descendants:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/leonardo-da-vinci-has-14-living-descendants/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-relatives-dna-testing-genome-180978153/
https://theprint.in/science/youngest-leonardo-da-vinci-descendant-born-in-2020-study-to-decode-his-genius-finds-13-others/690170/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using photo filters to reveal the colours on the 2400 years bp Lady of Baza sculpture from Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-07-13/in-southern-spain-an-iconic-sculptures-true-colors-shine-through-2400-years-later.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-13/los-expertos-sacan-los-colores-a-la-dama-de-baza.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9848-210714-spain-bastetani-sculpture

Feature on ground penetrating radar:

https://queenscitizen.ca/2021/07/12/ground-penetrating-radar-is-making-progress-in-archeology/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on what 300 000 years bp ostrich shells reveal about climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoe-aoe070721.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/ancient-ostrich-eggshell-reveals-new.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Zag caves:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/visitors-captivated-by-multiple-floors-rooms-in-turkeys-ancient-zag-caves-166206

Derinkuyu:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/derinkuyu-the-ancient-underground-city-once-home-to-20000-people/

Madaba (sort of):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/a-virtual-visit-to-the-city-of-mosaics/

Pinara:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pinara

Pozzo della Cava:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pozzo-della-cava

Roman Capri:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/07/15/the-island-of-capri-illustrious-roman-history/

Afghanistan (!):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462958/Iran-s-memories-in-Afghanistan-two-sisters-apart

Much Wenlock:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210711-the-uk-town-that-inspired-the-olympics

Naxos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/13/naxos-the-ultimate-guide/

Italy has officially banned giant cruise ships from Venice:

https://www.dw.com/en/italy-bans-large-cruise-ships-from-venice/a-58256937
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-13/los-grandes-cruceros-ya-no-entraran-a-la-laguna-de-venecia.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Salzburg Festival’s centennial celebrations have been extended:

https://www.dw.com/en/salzburg-festivals-centenary-celebrations-extended/a-58255003

As You Like it:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-as-you-like-it

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CRIME BEAT
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A 17th century ‘Demon Wall’ painting in Norway was apparently created by modern conservators:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61755

Feature on Blood Antiquities:

https://www.dw.com/en/stolen-blood-antiquities/av-58249912

A looted Cambodian statue is the object of a forfeiture action in Manhattan:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/10th-century-statue-looted-cambodian-temple-subject-forfeiture-action-filed-manhattan
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/design/skanda-peacock-antiquity-return-cambodia.html

On Kim Kardashian’s connection to looted antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kim-kardashian-and-the-mystery-of-the-golden-coffin-2vvl3gbwg

More on the arrest of a prominent Egyptian businessman for funding illegal excavations:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/106038/Egyptian-businessman-Hassan-Rateb-detained-pending-investigation-over-funding-excavation
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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 different sort of repatriation: remains of a Napoleonic general buried in Russia were returned to France:

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3141008/remains-napoleonic-general-brought-back-france-russia-after-more
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9784563/Russia-returns-remains-Napoleon-era-general-France.html

Some bronze tortoises stolen from a National Trust property were returned after 30 years:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57846933

Nigeria is awaiting the Benin returns in October, apparently:

https://thenationonlineng.net/fg-to-take-possession-of-looted-benin-bronzes-when-returned-lai-mohammed/
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/07/fg-to-receive-stolen-antiquities-from-us-scotland-in-october-lai-mohammed/

The Nelson-Atkins museum is being asked about its Benin Bronzes:

http://kcstudio.org/a-rising-ruckus-over-benin-bronzes-prompts-questions-for-the-nelson-atkins/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient and medieval coins with legends on both sides:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-and-medieval-coins-with-two-sided-legends/

Feature on the Roman Republican Die Project:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-roman-republican-die-project-progresses-ancient-coins-at-the-ans/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n29.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Galloway:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/obituaries/2372449/david-galloway-former-rector-of-madras-college-st-andrews-and-author-dies-aged-89/

Thomas Cleary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/10/books/thomas-cleary-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/3088-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-4-through-july-10-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.12 ~ July 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on Homo nesher ramla:

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

More on Homo longi:

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

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

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

Latest ‘we were wrong about Neanderthals’ piece:

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

Pondering why homo sapiens is the ‘surviving species’:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review of Krebs, *Medieval Ethiopian Kingship*:

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on Egyptian copper mines in the Arabeh:

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

Feature on the Philae temples:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature/rethink on some Gobekli Tepe astronomy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on the Copper Scroll:

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

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

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

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… related piece on Roman remains in Bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

Excavations are restarting at Lyttos:

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

… and at the Temple of Zeus in Magnesia:

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

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

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

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

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

More on the Vasca Votiva pool dating:

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

More on the 1800 years bp headless statue from Metropolis:

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

More on that ‘double burial’ from Bath:

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

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

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

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

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

Honours for Jeanne Marie Neumann:

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

Review of El Hilo de Oro:

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

Interesting feature on how the Barbegal watermills worked:

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on Amathus:

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

Feature on the Meta Romuli:

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

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

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

Feature on John Wesley Gilbert:

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

Feature on Achilles and Patroclus:

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

Feature on the Palace of Knossos:

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

Feature on Heraclitus:

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

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

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

Feature on Eratosthenes:

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

Feature on Marcus Aurelius:

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

Feature on Elagablus:

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

Feature on the origins of the Olympic games:

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

Feature on kissing in ancient Greece:

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

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

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

Interesting reception of the Metamorphoses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Bronze Age burials found by children playing in the sand in Poland:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

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

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

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

Plans to rebuild the Saksi Palace in Poland:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on the search for ancient submerged Alpine settlements:

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

Feature on the wreck of the San Giacomo:

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

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

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

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

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57718261
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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8200 years bp (!) lacquerware from Zhejiang:

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

700 years bp tombs with carved brick murals from Shandong:

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

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

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

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

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

More on the 3000 years bp shark attack victim:

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

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

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

Late Harappan-Era finds from a site in Jalgaon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concerns for a Umasahita sculpture in Maneri:

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

Concerns for an 800 years bp temple in Kakatiya:

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

Concerns for the Chola-era Kattilmadam shrine in Kerala:

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

Concerns for a Hindu temple in Hong Kong:

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

Feature on petroglyphs from the Deccan region:

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

Pondering the future of sites in Afghanistan:

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

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

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

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

Interview with Maddison Miller on Indigenous heritage management:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A field school at Fort Vancouver is resuming:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OpEd on the plundering of Native American burials:

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

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

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

On the history of development of Chicago:

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

What Frederick Douglass thought about the 4th of July:

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

… and a feature on Frederick Douglass:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on the United States of Bolivia:

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

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

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Apparently there are ‘lead dust’ concerns arising from the Notre Dame restoration:

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on artistic depictions of the horrors of war:

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

Feature on French Symbolism:

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

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

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

Feature on Albrecht Durer:

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

Pondering the earliest music:

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

Pondering what ancient languages sounded like:

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

An excerpt from that recently-found Proust manuscript:

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

On the moving of Thomas Becket’s bones:

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

Feature on six of the oldest maps:

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

On the history of caffeine use:

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

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

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

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

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

On the role of archaeologists in wildfire season:

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

On the African roots of Brazil’s capoeira:

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

On the history of the Adirondack chair:

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

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

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

Feature on ‘Bombay Time’:

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

A lawsuit arising from the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt:

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

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

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

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

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

Latest on the impending USheffield archaeology fight:

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

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

On the origins of quarantine in Dubrovnik:

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

Comparing the societal effects of COVID 19 and the Plague:

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

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

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

On the role of Native Americans in shaping US democracy:

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

Feature on the history of Haiti:

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

Pondering changing the name of the gypsy moth:

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

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

On the origins of watermelons:

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

On reviving extinct wheat strains in Israel:

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

On the evolution of pets’ annoying habits:

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

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

Thomas Becket:

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

Torlonia Marbles:

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

Ancient Greeks:

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

Nautical Culture of the Prehistoric Aegean:

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

Nero:

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

Last Supper in Pompeii:

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

Richard III:

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

Epic Iran:

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

Paolo Veneziano:

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

Egyptian Miitary throughout the Ages:

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

Van Gogh:

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

Coffee Origins and Culture:

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

Opinion piece pondering whether we should break up major museums:

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

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

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

Review of Dan Hicks, *The Brutish Museums*:

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

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

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

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

… and a feature on its importance:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A study of some paleolithic DNA from Japan:

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

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

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

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

More on the origins of ‘rock varnish’:

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

More on development of robots to search for shipwrecks:

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

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

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

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

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

Italian Gardens:

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

Roman empire:

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

Forks of the Road:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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

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

… and Germany has agreed:

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

… and has put together a Benin Bronzes database:

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

A backgrounder on the Benin Bronzes:

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

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

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

Harvard is going to return Standing Bear’s tomahawk:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on mintmarks on ancient coins:

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

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

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

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lisa French:

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

Christopher Taylor:

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

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3086-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-27-through-july-3-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.11 ~ July 4, 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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More on assorted DNA found in the Denisova Cave:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/pleistocene-sediment-dna-from-denisova.html

More on the homo longi skull identification(a.k.a. ‘dragon man’) from China:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/homo-longi-09804.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/stunning-dragon-man-skull-may-be-elusive-denisovan-or-new-species-human
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/dragon-man-fossil-may-replace.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/dragon-man/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9812-210628-china-dragon-man

More on the homo nesher ramla skull find:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6549/1429
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-new-type-of-homo-unknown-to-science.html
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AFRICA
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More on 13 400 years bp evidence of a series of hostilities in Sudan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/world-s-first-war-13-400-years-ago-was-not-isolated-event-1.9849856
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A commission has been established to study the artifacts Egypt recently received from France (more in the ‘repatriation’ section):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105545/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Antiquities-Committee-examines-restores-Egyptian-artifacts-recovered-from-France

Feature on ‘Luxor’s lost golden city’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105578/Luxor-s-%E2%80%98Lost-Golden-City%E2%80%99-An-accomplishment-of-the-Egyptian

Feature on ‘Monument M’ from Dara:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/the-mysterious-tomb-of-dara-reconsidered/

More on that 26th Dynasty stele found by a farmer near Cairo:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/new-stele-of-biblical-pharaoh-found/

A study of probable air quality issues at Catal Huyuk:

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2021/06/prehistoricairpollution/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/nu-phw063021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-prehistoric-homes-modern-air-quality.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/domestic-dwellings-at-catalhoyuk-would.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9821-210701-neolithic-air-pollution

11 new sites have been found around Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-sites-discovered-around-turkeys-ancient-marvel-gobeklitepe/news
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-discovers-new-sites-near-famed-gobeklitepe-3575342

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-neolithic-man-beer-parties-turkish-dig-20210629-agkj3ds6k5dnpbwrbgvlqto7ty-story.html
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/worlds-oldest-temple-in-turkey-increasingly-draws-more-attention/2290569

… and more on the comet strike 13 000 years bp purportedly recorded there:

https://www.livescience.com/comet-impact-neolithic-period-human-civilization.html
https://www.sciencefocus.com/planet-earth/did-a-huge-comet-impact-ignite-civilisation-on-earth-as-we-know-it/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/comet-strike-may-have-sparked-key-shift.html

Feature on wax tablets in the Ancient Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/assurbanipals-ipad

A Zand-era bath house in Khoy (Azerbaijan) as been restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462696/Centuries-old-public-bathhouse-gains-former-glory

Feature on archaeologists conducting illegal digs in Iran:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/06/28/irans-poirot-among-wave-vigilante-archaeologists-leading-illegal/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/645/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/645/pub/645/page/49/article/189279

Plans for excavations at the Masumzadeh mound site near Bojnurd (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462519/Archaeologists-to-probe-once-prosperous-hill-in-northeast-Iran

… and a followup survey of the marivan plain:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462587/Archaeologists-to-shed-new-light-on-Marivan-plain

Restoration works around Mosul’s Al Nouri mosque are causing controversy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/world/middleeast/unesco-mosul-reconstruction.html

… while foreign governments have pledged a pile of money for restoration/maintenance of sites destroyed by ISIL;

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/270620214

Feature on lithic finds in the Bisitun cave:

https://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/the-scrapers-of-bisitun-cave/

More on Tal Banat as a 4500 years bp war memorial:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/massive-tomb-syria-white-monument-1985163

A study of the population of Alalakh in the Bronze Age suggests the majority were raised locally and descended from locals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-foreigners-international-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mpif-wat062921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210630173639.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/researchers-use-genetic-and-isotopic.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/01/where-are-the-foreigners-of-the-first-international-age/

Feature on the 3200 years bp reliefs of the Yazilkaya Rock Temple (Turkey):

https://hyperallergic.com/659649/scholars-decipher-hittite-yazilikaya-rock-temple-reliefs-depicting-cosmos/

An overview of finds in Turkey this past month:

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

A 1000 years bp (maybe) burial from Perre:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1000-year-old-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-se-turkeys-perre-site/news

OpEd on the politics of archaeology in Turkey:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/yusufkaplan/turkey-needs-to-break-the-chains-of-archaeological-imperialism-3575774

A pile of basalt pestles from a 15 000 years bp Natufian cave site near Carmel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/15000-year-old-tools-shed-light-on-community-relations-in-ancient-israel-672478
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/natufians-in-northern-israel-brought-basalt-from-afar-15-000-years-ago-1.9955795
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-88484-1

The mystery of prehistoric shark teeth found at a 2900 years bp site in the City of David (and elsewhere):

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-city-david-sharks-teeth-mystery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/gc-tco070121.php

Feature on Eilat Mazar’s ‘final discovery’ (a 2000 years bp gold ring):

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1271-babys-gold-ring-an-intriguing-historical-connection-to-dr-mazars-final-discovery

‘Interesting’ claims in a feature about the Madaba Map:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-roads-aren-t-marked-on-the-madaba-map-the-earliest-map-of-the-holy-land-1.9961540

More on a study of what ancient Judeans actually ate and its implications for observing kashrut:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-discover-what-ancient-judeans-actually-ate-1.9837609

More on evidence of sea level rise in the Hellenistic-era eastern Mediterranean:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/rising-seas-changing-fortunes/

Not sure if this is a 7000 years bp cave site or one demonstrating 7000 years of occupation … from the Umm Jirsan cave:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/608243/SAUDI-ARABIA/Heritage-Commission-announces-new-7000-year-old-discovery-in-Umm-Jirsan-Cave

A survey of the Al-Jouf (Saudit Arabia) region is under way:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/608383
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1887096/saudi-arabia

127 sites found during a survey of Masirah Island:

https://www.omanobserver.om/article/1103040/oman/127-archaeological-sites-found-on-masirah-island
https://timesofoman.com/article/103377-we-love-oman-archaeological-sites-in-masirah-island

Review of Stefan Reif, *Bouncing Back — and Forward*:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/the-scholar-who-defied-odds-to-unveil-the-treasures-of-the-cairo-genizah-book-review-672627

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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Dendrochronology has dated the Vasca Votiva pool to between 1436 and 1428 BCE:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-infinity-pool-supernatural-rituals.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32032/20210701/ancient-infinity-pool-suspected-archaeologists-hold-supernatural-water-rituals-bronze.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9823-210702-italy-reflecting-pool

An 1800 years bp headless statue of a woman from Metropolis:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/1800-year-old-headless-greek-statue-found-at-turkeys-metropolis-site/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9734105/Headless-1-800-year-old-statue-woman-unearthed-Turkeys-City-Mother-Goddess.html

A Roman-era sarcophagus containing two skeletons from Sydney Gardens in Bath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57640337
https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-sydney-gardens-94962/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9741259/Roman-sarcophagus-discovered-Bath-contained-two-skeletons-one-laid-feet.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-roman-coffin-unearthed-in-uk-enlightens-on-funeral-rituals-672327
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/sarcophagus-cremation-burial-from-roman-times-discovered-in-bath-672816
https://newsroom.bathnes.gov.uk/news/rare-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-discovered-baths-sydney-gardens
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-two-skeletons-bath-england-1234597638/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9816-210629-bath-roman-sarcophagus

A relief of a ‘naked horseman’ found at Vindolanda:

https://www.vindolanda.com/news/carved-stone-depicting-mystery-horseman-uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/naked-roman-carving-hadrians-wall.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-57636657
https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/19404882.mystery-naked-horseman-carving-dug-vindolanda-roman-fort/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/newcastle-volunteers-find-roman-carving-20918504
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9737807/Carved-stone-depicting-naked-horseman-uncovered-near-Hadrians-Wall.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61662
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/ornate-stone-carving-discovered-at-roman-fort-near-hadrians-wall/139608

Finds from various periods, including a couple of Pompeiian amphorae, from the waters near Cagliari (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/07/02/recuperata-anfora-di-pompei-nelle-acque-davanti-a-nora_87ff688f-1d2b-4ead-ab17-542492fe58f7.html
https://www.castedduonline.it/cagliari-controlli-ai-siti-archeologici-sommersi-recuperati-un-cannone-due-anfore-e-preziosi-reperti/
https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cultura/i_tesori_di_pompei_scoperti_mare_sardegna_recuperati_intatti_dopo_duemila_anni_fondo_marino-6058056.html

Decapitated burials dating to the 3rd century CE from a Cambridgeshire quarry site:

https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/quarry-decapitated-bodies-east-cambs-8102016

Excavations have resumed at Lyttos after 40 years:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/02/excavations-are-beginning-in-ancient-lyttos/

Excavations at Metroplis have resumed as well:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2021-excavations-start-in-turkeys-metropolis-ancient-city/news

Hopes of finding a ‘Roman chamber’ at the site of a necropolis at Carmona:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/hopes-new-roman-chamber-will-be-discovered-in-carmona/

Court approval for plans to move artifacts found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1163703/council-of-state-green-lights-removal-of-antiquities-from-thessaloniki-metro-station/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/02/greek-court-green-lights-removal-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/44912-greek-culture-minister-welcomes-court-s-decision-on-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/01/thessaloniki-metro-antiquities-greek-minister/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1163747/thessaloniki-metro-finds-to-be-removed/

… related opEd:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/07/01/k-karamanlis-to-thema-ton-archaiotiton-krithike-as-mi-dichasei-kaneis-allo-ti-thessaloniki/

A study of a Roman coin hoard found near Berlicum a while ago suggests they were deposited specifically for ‘safe crossing’ of the River Aa:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/06/roman-coins-as-offering-for-safe-crossing
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-hoard-roman-coins-safe.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61691

Confirmation of Roman gold mines in central Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-03/researchers-confirm-existence-of-ancient-roman-gold-mines-in-central-portugal/60839

More on the remains of a 2nd century BCE Roman military camp in Portugal:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_864744_en.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/experts-discover-camp-used-by-roman-soldiers-sent-to-conquer-northwest-iberia/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/lomba-do-mouro-camp-09803.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/experts-discover-camp-used-by-10000.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9814-210629-portugal-roman-camp

… and a feature on the history of Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-06-30/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal/60739

Red tape seems to be messing up operations of that underwater museum site at Peristera:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1163322/bureaucratic-ballast-sinking-archaeological-research-project/

An item circulating on the ‘oldest wine in Europe’ being found in Greece is actually about a decade old and has been superceded a couple times already:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/27/oldest-wine-europe-ancient-greece/

… and so is this item on moveable Roman stages (at least 4 years old):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/03/discovery-reveals-ancient-greek-theaters-used-moveable-stages-over-2000-years-ago/

More on the opening of the Colosseum’s hypogeum to the public:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/travel/rome-s-colosseum-reopens-after-extensive-restoration-in-pictures-1.1248760
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/romes-colosseum-opens-newly-restored-094943142.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lower-levels-colosseum-open-public-1984267
https://www.news18.com/photogallery/photogallery/in-photos-romes-colosseum-opens-underground-tunnels-to-public-for-first-time-3905312.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/colosseums-underground-tunnels-open-to-visit-for-1st-time/news
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tunnels-beneath-romes-colosseum-are-open-public-first-time-180978080/

More on the upcoming dig at Birdoswald Roman Fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-57612323

The burial monument at Amphipolis will be opening to the public next year:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/06/25/episkepsimo-to-proto-examino-toy-2022-to-tafiko-mnimeio-tis-amfipolis/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/burial-monument-of-amphipolis-ready-to-be-visited-by-2022/

Feature on the improvements at the newly-reopened Domus Aurea:

https://archinect.com/news/article/150271882/domus-aurea-reopens-with-an-improved-ramp-and-entryway-from-an-italian-maestro

Feature on a Turkish olive grove which is a major source, it appears, of Roman imperial-era sarcophagi:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61684

Feature on a group trying to revive production of garum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/garum-fish-sauce

Feature on the implications of some recently-found ‘shackled’ Roman burials:

https://hyperallergic.com/659856/sensational-headlines-about-shackled-beheaded-skeletons-in-roman-britain-contribute-to-historical-misunderstanding-slavery/

Interesting reflection on the peer-review implications of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife debacle:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/a-scholarly-screw-up-of-biblical-proportions

A study of Bronze Age silver production at Laurion:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue56/9/index.html

Feature on the survival of Virgil:

https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/reading-like-a-roman

Feature on ancient ‘artistic swimming’:

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/artistic-swimming-ancient-roman-spectacle-to-modern-olympic-sport/

Feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-sacred-band-of-thebes-the-elite-military-unit-of-same-sex-lovers/139599

Feature on the ‘gate to hell’ at Hierapolis:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210629-turkeys-mysterious-portal-to-the-underworld

Feature on the ‘lost’ Roman fort in Glasgow:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/lost-roman-fort-under-glasgow-20927452

Feature on Hypatia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/30/hypatia/

Feature on ancient tattoos:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/greek-tattoo-culture-part-1/

Feature on London’s Roman fort:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/londons-roman-fort/139617

Feature on Yemen in Roman times:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/how-yemens-marib-became-frontier-roman-expansionism

Feature on the site of Argentomagus:

https://www.timetravelrome.com/2021/06/29/the-gallo-roman-site-of-argentomagus-in-france/

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/01/the-discovery-of-the-venus-de-milo-statue/

… and its effect on Western ideas about beauty:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/02/how-the-aphrodite-of-milos-statue-shaped-the-western-idea-of-female-beauty/

Feature on the oracle of Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/30/ancient-greek-oracle-delphi/

Feature on ancient Greek wine:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_wine_spirits/arthro/ancient_greeks_and_their_taste_for_salty_wine-2789395/

Feature on Ptolemy and the astrolabe:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/01/ptolemys-invention-of-the-astrolabe-measured-time-and-the-stars/

Suggestion that the National Museums of Scotland’s recent change in attitude toward repatriation might have implications for the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/28/speculation-grows-parthenon/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19402893.pressure-grows-uk-hand-back-elgin-marbles-scottish-decision/

Feature on Xena:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/29/hollywood-created-greek-warrior-princess/

Another feature on the revival of Stoicism:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgxvmw/the-revival-of-stoicism

On Tacitus and ‘cancel culture’:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/07/a-word-to-the-wise/

On the myth of a ‘white Rome’:

https://aeon.co/essays/colonialism-is-built-on-the-rubble-of-a-false-idea-of-ancient-rome

Comparing Nero and Boris Johnson:

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/nero-and-the-johnson-empire/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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DNA suggests a 5000 years bp ‘Latvian’ hunter-gatherer was the earliest (so far) person to die from yersina pestis:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-year-old-earliest-strain-plague.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cp-t5m062421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629161338.htm
https://www.livescience.com/5000-year-old-man-had-plague.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/29/5000-year-old-hunter-gatherer-is-earliest-person-to-die-with-the-plague
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57658859
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/5000-year-old-patient-zero-of-bubonic-plague-found-in-latvia-study-672437
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/earliest-strain-of-plague-found-in-5-000-year-old-body-in-latvia-1.9952043
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/this-5000-year-old-man-had-earliest.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/01/plague-case-5000-years-ago-in-latvia/
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-say-theyve-found-the-earliest-case-of-the-pl-1847193175
https://www.zmescience.com/science/this-5000-year-old-man-may-have-been-the-oldest-plague-victim/

cf: https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(21)00645-8

A 4000 years bp ‘snake staff’ from a lake in Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ancient-snake-finland.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-snake-stick-shaman-staff-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9733539/Stone-age-wooden-snake-staff-Finland.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/4400-year-old-shamans-snake-staff-discovered-finland-rcna1291
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/sinuous-stone-age-snake-sculpture-unearthed-in-finland
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61679
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/07/this-carved-snake-may-have-been-the-staff-of-a-stone-age-shaman/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/4000-year-old-serpent-shaped-stick.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-discover-4400-year-old-serpent-staff/139586
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-snake-staff-discovered-finland-180978101/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9818-210630-finland-wooden-snake

Interesting study suggests merchants were using ‘standardized’ weights in Bronze Age Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-western-eurasia-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629191721.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/these-ancient-weights-helped-create-europe-s-first-free-market-more-3000-years-ago
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/researchers-investigate-spread-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9820-210701-bronze-age-weights

Seven early Christian/Viking age burials from southern Sweden:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61667
https://sputniknews.com/europe/202106281083256039-thousand-year-old-christian-viking-era-graves-found-on-residential-plot-in-sweden/

Remains of a medieval road being connected with Robert the Bruce near the site of the Battle of Bannockburn:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-medieval-road-used-by-robert-the-bruce-uncovered-near-battle-of-bannockburn-site-3288013
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9744613/Archaeology-Lost-medieval-road-uncovered-used-Robert-Bruce-700-years-ago.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9819-210630-scotland-medieval-road

Hundreds of medieval burials excavated from a Pembrokeshire beach site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57685284
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/skeletons-bodies-beach-pembrokeshire-storms-b1877558.html
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/skeletons-women-children-uncovered-popular-20953996
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9749755/Around-200-medieval-skeletons-unearthed-Pembrokeshire-beach.html
https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/02/pembrokshire-around-200-medieval-skeletons-found-buried-at-beach-14866149/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/skeletons-found-metres-away-popular-20947939

Remains of an 800 years bp bridge found near Eye castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-57652145
https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/eye-castle-suffolk-medieval-bridge-discovery-8096224

A 1000 years bp church built by Otto the Great beneath a German cornfield:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9749637/Remains-100ft-long-1-000-year-old-church-built-Otto-Great-discovered-Germany.html
https://www.zenger.news/2021/06/29/ear-it-is-amazing-1000-year-old-church-discovered-under-a-cornfield/
https://aleteia.org/2021/06/30/1000-year-old-church-from-holy-roman-empire-excavated-in-germany/

Evidence of a Christian community in 12th century Islamic Iberia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-food-christian-12th-century-islamic.html

Evidence of pork consumption in medieval Islamic Sicily:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ham-fisted-haram-medieval-islamic-sicily-ate-pork-study-finds-672374

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0252225#sec002

A 13th century relief in a Scottish Abbey may commemorate the assassination of an abbot:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/13th-century-carving-records-abbots-assassination-at-scottish-abbey-3294908

Remains of a 500 years bp structure on a convent construction site in Clondalkin:

https://dublingazette.com/news/clondalkin-councillors-archaeological-56482/

More on 13th century gold coins being found by a metal detectorist in Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57520248
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorist-discovers-black-death-period-coins-180978065/

More on plague victims from Cambridgeshire being individually/carefully buried:

https://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/clopton-black-death-study-8085180

More on ‘Anglo Saxon’ having more to do with language and culture than genetics:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/06/being-anglo-saxon-a-matter-of-language-and-culture–not-genetics.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/being-anglo-saxon-was-matter-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9815-210629-britain-anglo-saxon

More on folks keeping ‘mementos’ from loved ones’ burials:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/tradition-of-keeping-mementos-in-memory.html

More on the search for remains of some missing US WWII airmen in an Arundel field:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-57663496
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/30/europe/us-veterans-dig-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

An inscription on a seal we mentioned a couple of weeks ago was figured out by someone on Twitter:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57678500

Feature on a ‘smuggler’s cave’ from Teeside (I don’t think this is a recent discovery):

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/smugglers-cave-complete-tunnels-held-20868390

Feature on Dover Castle’s ‘Great Tower’:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/interpreting-dover-castles-great-tower.htm

Feature on the language of the Vikings:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-language-did-the-vikings-speak

Feature on how a 17th century illustration is helping to locate Viking ship burials in Denmark:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/how-a-17th-century-illustration-is-helping-archaeologists-find-viking-ships/

Suggestion that Stonehenge was actually the ‘base’ of a huge Neolithic temple:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9750957/Architects-concept-Stonehenge-rocks-base-Neolithic-temple-brought-life-models.html

Marking the centennial of preserving London’s Hampstead Heath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57656978
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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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A study suggests the 5000 years bp Majiayao culture had plenty of cultural exchanges with other societies:

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

Qing Dynasty ceramics from a Maluku (Indonesia) site:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-06/29/c_1310034672.htm

Remains of an 8th century CE imperial residence structure from Nara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385163
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9822-210702-nara-imperial-residence

Also from Nara comes a study of 1300 years bp parasite egges from a toilet structure:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14371700

More on the remains of an apparent 3000 years bp shark attack victim from Japan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61658
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/645/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/645/pub/645/page/33/article/189209
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-resolve-enigma-of-man-savaged-3-000-years-ago-in-japan-1.9945494
https://www.newsweek.com/3000-year-old-remains-believed-oldest-known-victim-shark-attack-1606092
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-180978076/

1600 pieces of movable type dating to the Joseon Dynasty:

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=279259

‘Medieval’ petroglypsh from Gadwal (not sure about that terminology):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/historians-discover-rare-rock-art-site-in-gadwal/articleshow/84103140.cms

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement (with a long history of occupation) from a dig in Odisha:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/4000-year-old-settlement-found-during-odisha-excavation/article35109780.ece
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-4-000-years-old-settlement-in-odisha-s-balasore-1823455-2021-07-03
https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/bhubaneshwar/archeologists-discover-4000-year-old-human-settlement-odisha-1502978581.html

Remains of a Chola-era palace in Ariyalur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/remains-of-chola-era-palace-amid-artefacts-at-ariyalur-excavation-site/articleshow/83972857.cms

Interesting burials (date?) from Tamil Nadu:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/human-skeleton-found-inside-burial-urn-in-tn-excavation-site-101625256411822.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/5-more-human-skeletons-found-at-the-archaeological-site-near-madurai-101625386283109.html

A probable well structure (2300 years bp?) from Kodumanal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/stone-well-like-structure-found-at-kodumanal-archaeological-site/articleshow/84079734.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/2300-year-old-step-well-found-near-erode/article35126862.ece

A trio of Aasiriyam inscriptions (13th-16th centuries CE) from Pudukottai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/3-aasiriyam-stone-tablets-unearthed-in-pudukottai/articleshow/84102490.cms

Erosion concerns for the Chirand site in Bihar:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/famous-archaeological-site-in-bihar-faces-threat-of-erosion-101624801867323.html

Feature on Sharada Srinivasan’s work tracing the history of metallurgy in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/the-dancer-frozen-in-bronze/article35078401.ece

More on dating of Cagayan petroglyphs to 3500 years bp:

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/29/news/regions/cagayan-cave-art-is-3500-years-old/1804959
https://www.rappler.com/science/society-culture/thousands-year-old-rock-found-penablanca-cagayan

A study suggests a human presence in Fiji some 1000 years bp contributed to the flourishing of a bee species:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/fu-hhb062421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629101223.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals/human-colonisation-could-have-helped-fijian-bees-flourish/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/how-humans-brought-change-to-tropical.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/29/how-humans-brought-change-to-a-tropical-paradise/

Review of Nicholas Thomas, *Voyagers*:

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2021/06/28/voyagers/
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More accusations of artifact mistreatment/destruction by Rio Tinto:

https://nit.com.au/disposal-of-heritage-material-a-devastating-blow-to-traditional-owners-and-science/
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/mining-corp-chucked-ancient-indigenous-artifacts-in-the-garbage-aboriginal-group-claims/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 2000 years bp burial from an Indiana construction site:

https://www.wlwt.com/article/2000-year-old-bones-found-at-indiana-construction-site/36854613
https://abc7chicago.com/indiana-construction-site-bones-found/10837359/
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/2,000-year-old-bones-found-at-indiana-construction-site.php

A trove of Chickasaw-repurposed metal objects in Mississippi originally connected to Hernando de Soto:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/fmon-ard070221.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-routing-de-soto-chickasaws-repurposed.html

Search for Fort Ancient culture remains at a site near the Ohio-Indiana border:

https://www.wlwt.com/article/archaeological-dig-near-ohio-indiana-border-what-are-they-looking-for/36886602

Recently-found skulls from Lake Jackson (FL) are probably from nearby burial mounds:

https://news.wfsu.org/wfsu-local-news/2021-06-30/skeletal-remains-found-at-lake-jackson-believed-to-be-from-burial-mounds

Remains of a French and Indian War fort on the Susquehana:

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2021/06/french-indian-war-fort-from-1756-found-along-susquehanna-river.html
https://dailyvoice.com/pennsylvania/dauphin/news/fort-from-the-seven-years-war-uncovered-in-dauphin-county/811965/

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-antiquity/article/remains-of-the-fray-nascent-colonialism-and-heterogeneous-hybridity/01142FD7A4D22DCC8E4C7C5E0D793F31

Latest finds from the Tulsa Race Massacre burials dig (analysis is ongoing):

https://texasnewstoday.com/skeleton-remains-of-children-and-adults-found/335043/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/26/tulsa-massacre-body-found-bullet/
https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/27/tulsa-race-massacre-site-graveyards-remains-researchers/5365073001/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/multiple-bullet-wounds-found-in-black-man-remains-search-for-tulsa-massacre-victims
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9813-210628-tulsa-remains-examined

… and a feature on other race massacres in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/us/elaine-massacre-history-lessons.html

The restoration of the historic Black church’s Oak Grove Cemetery at Colonial Williamsburg is almost complete:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-oak-grove-cem-0624-20210628-j5ntmfzhg5didgkrzpnaa4xhlm-story.html
https://wydaily.com/james-city-county/2021/07/02/colonial-williamsburg-archaeology-helps-oak-grove-baptist-restore-historic-cemetery/

Hood College has resumed digging at Fort Kaskaskia State Park:

https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/with-virus-on-wane-archaeology-students-return-to-the-dig-at-fort-visited-by-lewis/article_7c700955-765f-5e5e-8d3f-2837b8e77af1.html

Concerns arising from modern day ‘ash scattering’ at the Alamo:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Scattered-ashes-at-Alamo-set-off-concerns-about-16282120.php

I think we had this story of ‘oldest known American tattoo tools’ from Tennessee a while ago:

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/oldest-tattoo-tools-tennessee-native-american

More on tobacco pipes of various Native American groups:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/use-of-tobacco-pipes-by-native-groups.html

More on the ‘time capsule’ from the Calhoun Monument:

https://www.kansascity.com/news/business/national-international/article252412518.html
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/business/article252412518.html

Feature on the ‘evictions’ which came when Yellowstone Park was created:

https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2021-06-21/manufactured-wilderness

Plans for a major study of the Battle of the Alamo:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Historical-significance-of-1836-Alamo-battle-panel-16279478.php

Plenty of historical documents relating to the lives of free and enslaved Black Americans from a Maryland attic:

https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/561409-thousands-of-pages-documenting-slavery-found-in

A project researching the enslaved people who built the White House:

https://www.npr.org/local/305/2021/07/02/1012311667/historians-are-searching-for-stories-of-enslaved-people-who-built-the-white-house
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/spn/introduction

Feature on Ben Franklin and smallpox inoculations:

https://theconversation.com/benjamin-franklins-fight-against-a-deadly-virus-colonial-america-was-divided-over-smallpox-inoculation-but-he-championed-science-to-skeptics-161569

Ranking the best and worst presidents:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-worst-president-everand-how-do-historians-decide-180978105/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/30/presidential-rankings-2021-cspan-historians/
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A long-term dig at the Inca site of Son Mas de Potecari is under way:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2021/07/01/86199/excavation-start-inca-mallorca-archaeological-site.html

Using fecal evidence to determine how the Maya in Guatemala were affected by climate change:

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/faecal-records-show-maya-population-affected-climate-change-331661
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mu-frs063021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-fecal-maya-population-affected-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210630125416.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-where-archaeology-can-t-go-fecal-signals-in-lake-reveal-mayan-secrets-1.9960242
https://www.archaeology.org/9824-210702-guatemala-itzan-population

More on the question of whether the Maya had parks:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/did-ancient-maya-have-parks.html

More on that shipwreck from Antigua:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9733643/Shipwreck-8ft-underwater-Antigua-18th-century-naval-ship-used-Revolutionary-War.html
https://divernet.com/2021/07/01/antigua-shipwreck-could-be-unique/

Feature on the Lady of Cao:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/lady-of-cao-the-woman-who-changed-the-history-of-ancient-peru/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/fifteen-years-lady-cao-woman-who-ruled-peru/65402
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the oldest living olive tree:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/3000-year-old-olive-tree-in-crete/

Pondering what Carpaccio’s ‘Hunting in the Lagoon’ depicts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/vittore-carpaccio-hunting-on-the-lagoon/

On windows in art:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210624-the-ultimate-symbol-for-our-times

On the history of carb consumption:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01681-w

A VanGogh bookmark (!):

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/06/van-gogh-bookmark/

On the broken mirror superstition:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/How-did-the-superstition-that-broken-mirrors-16281217.php

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the ‘rediscovery’ of Rembrandt’s *Adoration of the Magi*:

https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/560529-long-lost-rembrandt-worth-up-to-nearly-240-million

Feature on the halo;

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210623-the-halo-a-symbol-that-spread-around-the-world

Feature on Australian birds appearing in medieval manuscripts:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/05/where-did-that-cockatoo-come-from

Plans to monitor the decay of the Titanic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-titanic-deterioration.html

Feature on the history of condominums:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/surfside-tower-was-just-another-condo-building/619348/

On Dante’s possible effect on paintings of heaven:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/dante-s-dazzle

On medicine and women’s bodies:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-medicine-sought-to-control-womens-bodies-while-ignoring-their-symptoms/2021/07/01/b84868ba-c7bd-11eb-81b1-34796c7393af_story.html

Feature on London Art Week:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/london-art-week-returns-in-revolutionary-style

Feature on Margaret Mead:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-it-came-to-sex-and-gender-margaret-mead-had-it-both-ways

Feature on Byron:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/03/lord-byron-the-romantic-poet-who-died-for-greece-2/

A signer’s copy of the Declaration of Independence was found in a Scottish attic:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61700

Feature on Handsteins:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-are-handsteins

A mouse thought to be extinct for 150 years has been found living on an island off Australia:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/mouse-thought-extinct-for-150-years-found-living-on-island-1.5491394

… while humans are off the hook again for a pile of megafauna extinctions now being blamed on climate change:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/02/world/mastodons-elephants-climate-change-scn/index.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-07-01/cuanto-influyo-la-caza-de-los-humanos-prehistoricos-en-la-extincion-de-mastodontes-y-mamuts.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01498-w

Feature on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand:

https://www.jpost.com/international/on-this-day-archduke-franz-ferdinand-assassinated-sparking-world-war-i-672226?_ga=2.44558688.510257403.1624874714-1969581575.1579377799

More opinions on the threat to Sheffield archaeology:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-professor-slams-possible-closure-of-sheffields-archaeology-department-3289592

Review of Williams, *The Secret Life of the Savoy*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/books/review-secret-life-savoy-hotel-olivia-williams.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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More on unmarked burials near residential schools in Canada:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/751-unmarked-graves-discovered-near-former-indigenous-school-canada-180978064/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/indigenous-groups-in-canada-reports-more-bodies-at-school-canada-pope-francis-british-colombia-roman-catholic-church-benedict-xvi-b1875794.html

… and more potential sites in Ontario:

https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/technology/thunder-bay-archaeologist-ready-to-lend-a-hand-on-residential-school-investigations-3916987

A statue of Columbus was toppled in Colombia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-57651833
https://m.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/06/29/colon-asesino-manifestantes-derriban-estatua-de-cristobal-colon-en-ciudad-colombiana-de-barranquilla/

… while statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth were hauled down in Winnipeg:

https://www.newsweek.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-statue-toppled-protesters-canada-1606324
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/statues-of-british-queens-toppled-on-canada-day-115892293589

Chicago is setting up a monument to Ida B. Wells:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicagos-first-monument-to-black-woman-will-commemorate-activist-ida-b-wells-180978094/

OpEd on the ‘war on history’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/magazine/memory-laws.html

Pondering celebrations for the US 250th birthday in 2026:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/arts/1776-2026-A-DIFFERENT-STORY.html

Chaucer is disappearing from university curricula:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/why-is-chaucer-disappearing-from-the-university-curriculum-leicester-essay-a-s-g-edwards/

Amsterdam’s mayor has apologized for the city’s role in the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/amsterdam-mayor-apologises-for-citys-past-role-in-slave-trade

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Decoding the Roman Dead:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19416357.historian-dan-snow-teams-colchester-museums-exhibition/

Epic Iran:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/art/953356/epic-iran-victoria-albert-museum-review

Nature in Art:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/nature-in-art-the-case-of-a-byzantine-manuscript/

Making of Rodin:

https://ohionewstime.com/why-this-rodin-scholar-is-willing-to-look-behind-the-thinker/194474/
https://menafn.com/1102369971/Why-this-Rodin-scholar-would-gladly-see-the-back-of-The-Thinker

The Dog Show:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-02/dogs-on-display-museum-fetes-200-years-of-cartoon-canines

Nero:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/04/nero-new-exhibition-challenges-accepted-infamy-of-roman-ruler/

Cezanne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/arts/design/cezanne-moma-drawings.html

Palace Seen and Unseen:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/galleries_museums/unearthing-the-past-the-palace-of-the-governors-reveals-its-history/article_ecc0f946-cded-11eb-a0da-ebf6fe2ed135.html

Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre:

https://www.africanews.com/2021/06/28/ancient-egyptian-antiquities-exhibit-at-paris-louvres-museum-reopens/

The V&A is facing pressure for its stance on ‘contested heritage’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/28/va-insists-it-has-responsibility-to-tell-truth-about-collections

… while the British Museum’s labelling in the Africa galleries is evasive:

https://hyperallergic.com/659691/british-museum-africa-galleries-labels-evade-responsibility/

Latest updates on the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105465/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-follows-up-on-latest-works-of

… and the Khufu Boat will be going there soon:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-readies-for-transfer-of-khufu-boat-to-gem/

On some new/upgraded museums in Greece:

https://www.greece-is.com/5-new-upgraded-museums-open-greece/

New displays coming to the Izmir Archaeological Museum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/ancient-artifacts-to-be-exhibited-in-western-turkey/2290704

The New York Historical society museum is expanding:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/arts/design/new-york-historical-society-lgbtq-museum.html

More on reactions to George Osborne as trustee chair at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/27/george-osborne-at-the-british-museum-what-do-they-see-in-him

Funding for upgrades and improvements to UK museums:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2021/07/03/museums-granted-60-million-for-upgrades-and-improvements/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a 460 years bp gilded helmet from Augsburg:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/651/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/651/pub/651/page/44/article/190279

… and for a painting by Winston Churchill:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/29/1-8-million-dollars-for-a-painting-by-winston-churchill/

… and a Fragonard:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fragonard-philosopher-reading-auction-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/rediscovered-fragonard-painting-auction-france-1234597160/

… and a Picasso from a Maine closet:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/picasso-painting-hidden-maine-closet_n_60de101ae4b070f97b3af0f5

… and the oldest bottle of whiskey:

https://robbreport.com/food-drink/spirits/worlds-oldest-whiskey-old-ingledew-137000-sale-1234622607/

A Reubens is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/27/rare-rubens-drawing-bought-at-small-french-sale-up-for-auction

… as is a Lautrec:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/28/rare-toulouse-lautrec-under-the-hammer/

… and a timber for Cook’s Endeavour:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/small-piece-of-timber-from-captain-cook-s-endeavour-up-for-400-000-auction-20210629-p5859o.html

An overview of recent auctions at Christie’s:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/christie-s-june-london-sale-asian-bidding
https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/picasso-magritte-works-top-christies-212-5-million-sales-in-london-and-paris-1234622777/

On the problem of provenance and auctions:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2021/06/21/la_serpiente_emplumada/1624285089_910345.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests southern Norway was rather isolated:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/southern-norway-was-more-genetically.html

DNA shows traces of an earlier Coronavirus epidemic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-20000-years-ago-coronavirus-epidemic-left-marks-human-dna-180978088/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On use of drones and DNA in archaeology:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/how-drones-and-dna-can-drill-down-past

On the technology behind the restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/commentisfree/2021/jul/03/enjoy-the-restored-night-watch-but-dont-ignore-the-machine-behind-the-rembrandt

Studying the origins of ‘rock varnish’ and its connection with petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-long-standing-mystery-art-canvas.html

Latest facial reconstruction is of an 8000 years bp Swedish fellow whose skull was found on a spike in a bog:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/the-face-of-a-man-whose-head-was-mounted-on-a-spike-8000-years-ago/

Robert Ballard is hyping some ‘deep sea robots’ to find shipwrecks:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/04/deep-sea-robots-will-let-us-find-millions-of-shipwrecks-says-man-who-discovered-titanic
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying medieval climate change impact on Caerlaverock Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-57694242
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Marsa:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/marsa-a-port-of-antiquity.884110

Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/04/the-island-of-delos-where-greek-myths-cults-and-history-come-alive/

Heritage Sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/unesco-world-heritage-sites-to-visit-in-greece-photos/

Germany’s Romanesque Road:

https://www.dw.com/en/back-to-the-middle-ages-on-the-romanesque-road/g-45142153

Touristy developments in Florence:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/florence-ban-food-drink-uffizi/index.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Martha Washington haunted by her slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/theater/review-miz-martha-washington.html

Feature on Francois-Xavier Roth and Les Siecles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/arts/music/francois-xavier-roth-les-siecles.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hype or a documentary on the Ashanti Empire:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09mz95s/the-african-gold-nation-who-stood-up-to-the-british-empire
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CRIME BEAT
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Greek police arrested a trio of folks trying to sell a Roman-era statue of Hecate:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/28/greek-trio-arrested-for-trying-to-sell-priceless-roman-statue-for-40-000
https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-global-trade-arrests-government-and-politics-2cc2de1cc7e95b17164fd618a2d77421
http://www.tribtown.com/2021/06/27/eu-greece-antiquities-illicit-trade/
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2021-06-27/greek-police-arrest-2-trying-to-sell-rare-roman-era-statue
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/28/police-arrest-three-men-trying-to-sell-off-ancient-greek-statuette/

Greek police recovered a Picasso and Mondrian which were stolen almost a decade ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/28/greek-police-recover-two-stolen-paintings-by-picasso-and-mondrian
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/world/europe/greece-picasso-mondrian-stolen-art.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57644846
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/28/stolen-picasso-found/
https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/police-recover-greek-art-heists-stolen-p-id732224621
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1011250907/a-greek-construction-worker-has-been-arrested-for-the-theft-of-a-picasso-masterp
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/greece-recovers-picasso-mondrian-paintings-stolen-gallery-2012-n1272576
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/greece-police-recover-picasso-mondrian-painting-stolen-museum-heist-national-gallery/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/picasso-mondrian-stolen-athens-national-gallery-art
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/stolen-picasso-mondrian-paintings-recovered-greece-national-gallery-1234597228/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/solving-of-national-gallery-theft/

… and there was a sideshow arising from the police dropping the Picasso:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/01/greek-police-recover-stolen-picasso-after-nine-years-drop-it-in-front-of-media-video
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210701-greek-police-trolled-as-priceless-picasso-hits-the-deck

203 ancient coins were seized at the Cairo Airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105571/203-antique-coins-seized-at-Cairo-International-Airport
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/01/c_1310036814.htm

Madrid police recovered 90 gold Roman imperial coins:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/madrid-police-recover-90-gold-coins-from-the-roman-empire/

Three arrests (and repatriation of goods) for smuggling Egyptian antiquities to France:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/416142/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt%E2%80%99s-top-prosecutor-back-to-Cairo-with-looted-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105545/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Antiquities-Committee-examines-restores-Egyptian-artifacts-recovered-from-France
https://www.egyptindependent.com/three-arrested-over-smuggling-egyptian-antiquities-to-france/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/06/28/egypts-prosecutor-returns-looted-artifacts-to-cairo-from-france-arrests-three/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105437/Public-Prosecutor-Hamada-al-Sawy-returns-Cairo-after-retrieving-114

A prominent Egyptian businessman arrested for funding illegal digs:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/416208/Egypt/Renowned-Egyptian-businessman-arrested-over-fundin.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/30/egyptian-businessperson-hassan-rateb-detained-for-15-days-pending-investigation/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105488/Egyptian-businessman-Hassan-Rateb-arrested-over-funding-illegal-excavation
https://www.egyptindependent.com/businessman-hassan-ratib-arrested-over-financing-illegal-archaeological-excavations/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/egyptian-businessman-rateb-arrested-for-funding-illegal-excavations-1.1251120
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/prominent-egyptian-businessman-arrested-over-antiquity-trade-1.1625065784027
https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/14741-in-egypt-more-high-ranking-arrests-in-antiquities-trafficking-ring

Feature on the use of Facebook to sell ancient artifacts:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/looters-flout-facebook-ban-to-sell-ancient-artefacts-mhrwprh5p

More on the Egyptian MP similarly arrested for trafficking antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/416362/Egypt/Politics-/Former-Egyptian-MP,–others-detained-over-charges-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105574/Egyptian-Prosecution-227-artifacts-seized-with-former-MP-led-gang
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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 Berlin Museum has approved a plan to return the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/prussian-cultural-heritage-foundation-approves-benin-bronzes-negotations-1234597361/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/berlin-moves-forward-plans-return-looted-benin-bronzes-78556718
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-museums-board-agrees-to-relinquish-benin-bronzes
https://observer.com/2021/07/berlin-museums-benin-bronzes-restitution/

The Museum of South Australia is going to return some Benin Bronzes:

https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/arts-and-culture/museum-of-south-australia-to-return-benin-bronzes-on-loan-20210630-p585pj

Greece wants the Karpathos Lady statue in the British Museum returned:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1163597/appeal-launched-for-lady-of-karpathos-to-be-displayed-in-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/petition-launched-karpathos-lady-statue/

Norway returned some Roman coins to Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22692166/norway-returns-illegally-exported-roman-coins-to-slovakia.html

The Brooklyn Museum returned 1305 items to Costa Rica:

https://thecostaricanews.com/costa-rica-recovers-pre-columbian-pieces-that-were-in-the-brooklyn-museum/
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/costa-rica-archaeologists-awe-brooklyn-museum-returns-1305-artifacts-2021-07-03/

More on the return of 800+ items to Italy seized from a Belgian collector:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/nearly-800-archaeological-finds-stolen.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of some Caesars who didn’t last very long:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/almost-emperors-three-caesars-who-didnt-quite-make-it-and-their-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

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

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Hans Pohlsander:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/timesunion-albany/name/hans-pohlsander-obituary?id=5871212

Frederick L Williams:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/thesouthern/name/frederick-williams-obituary?pid=199275983

Thomas Gordon Smith:

https://www.archpaper.com/2021/07/thomas-gordon-smith-dies-at-73/

Elizabeth French:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/07/02/elizabeth-french-archaeologist-driven-lifelong-love-ancient/

Frieda Fritzshall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/us/frieda-fritzshall-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/3084-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-20-through-june-26-2021
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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 24.10 ~ June 27, 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, Magnus Fiskesjö, 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 skull found in China back in the 1930s that was previously classified as homo heidelbergensis is now being touted as a new species: homo longi:

https://www.livescience.com/dragon-man-human-species.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210625120419.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/25/science/dragon-man-skull-china.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/25/massive-human-head-in-chinese-well-forces-scientists-to-rethink-evolution
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57432104
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9725059/Archaeology-Dragon-Man-150-000-years-ago-replace-Neanderthals-closest-relative.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/641/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/641/pub/641/page/36/article/187880
https://theconversation.com/homo-longi-extinct-human-species-that-may-replace-neanderthals-as-our-closest-relatives-found-in-china-163328
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/146000-year-old-fossil-dubbed-dragon-man-might-be-one-our-closest-relatives-180978062/

… while Israel is also claiming a new species find being dubbed the ‘nesher ramla homo’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-nesher-ramla-homo-fossil-discovery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/tu-ant062321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/bu-nfd062221.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210624141540.htm
https://www.livescience.com/unknown-human-ancestor-israel.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/24/fossilised-bones-found-in-israel-could-belong-to-extinct-humans
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57586315
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9722109/Archaeology-Nesher-Ramla-Homo-new-type-ancient-human-discovered-Israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/new-prehistoric-human-unknown-to-science-discovered-in-israel-671949
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-new-type-of-ancient-human-discovered-in-israel-homo-nesher-ramla-1.9935799
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-06-24/hallado-en-israel-un-misterioso-grupo-humano-que-pudo-originar-a-los-neandertales.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/meet-nesher-ramla-early-human-discovered-an-israeli-cement-site-2021-06-24/
https://inews.co.uk/news/science/archaeologists-discover-new-early-human-israel-middle-east-1069872
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/06/25/new-early-human-found-israel-fossil-site-neanderthal-ancestor/5343087001/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/300342090/archaeologists-in-israel-discover-evidence-of-new-species-of-human
https://www.livescience.com/unknown-human-ancestor-israel.html
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6549/1424.full
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-found-hints-of-a-previously-unknown-type-of-ancient-human
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-new-type-of-homo-unknown-to-science.html?m=1
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/25/new-fossil-discovery-from-israel-points-to-complicated-evolutionary-process/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9809-210625-israel-nesher-ramla

… and this morning, apparently Israeli archaeologists believe nesher ramla and longi are the same species:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-archaeologists-chinese-hominin-dragon-man-may-be-homo-nesher-1.9937326

DNA recovered from the sediment of Denisova Cave (Siberia) suggests three distinct groups of humans (and plenty of animals) occupied the site over a 300 000 year span:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-dna-sediment-reveals-epic-history.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210623113857.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-discover-who-really-lived-in-siberia-s-denisova-cave-1.9931811
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/denisovans-were-the-first-hominins-to-arrive-at-denisova-cave/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/ancient-siberian-cave-hosted-neanderthals-denisovans-and-modern-humans-possibly-same
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9807-210624-denisova-cave-dna

Another feature on the intelligence of Neanderthals:

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

Evidence (new?) Neanderthals reached Naxos 200 000 years bp:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/21/neanderthals-early-humans-reached-greek-island-of-naxos-200000-years-ago/

On the connection between apes and humans:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/ape-conservation-human-evolution/

More on Neanderthals and homo sapiens apparently ‘meeting’ in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-did-modern-humans-and-neanderthals-really-meet-in-the-negev-1.9925572

In case you missed the suggestion that 30 000 years bp ‘hand stencils’ from Gargas Cave might be ‘sign language’:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/cave-paintings-may-depict-ice-age-sign-language

In case you missed the new method of finding genes modern humans inherited from Neanderthals and Denisovans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc–nmc061721.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9802-210621-genes-machine-learning
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AFRICA
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Illicit antiquities trade concerns in Mali:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-06-23-malis-global-illicit-antiquities-trade-is-decimating-the-nations-rich-cultural-heritage/

Feature on Old Dongola:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-deserted-capital-of-old-dongola/139567
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 2300 years bp fragment of mummy linen wrap in New Zealand has been matched to a fragment at the Getty:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/125550494/artefact-created-2300-years-ago-contains-text-from-the-book-of-the-dead
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC2106/S00060/300bce-mummy-shroud-fragment-in-nz-finds-match-in-us.htm
https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-lifestyle/star-entertainment/mystery-unraveling-around-2300yo-egyptian-mummy-shroud

A man and his mother-in-law were killed while illegally excavating near the Giza pyramids:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/man-his-mother-in-law-die-while-illegally-excavating-antiquities-at-giza-pyramids/

More on that 26th Dynasty stela find by an Egyptian farmer:

https://www.livescience.com/farmer-finds-ancient-egypt-stela.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/biblical-era-egyptian-stele-discovered-by-farmer-671706
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9725781/Farmer-stumbles-2-600-year-old-tablet-pharaoh-strangled-death-subjects.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmer-stumbles-2600-year-old-egyptian-carving-180978045/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9799-210620-egypt-stela-apries

More on Egyptian sources for copper in the Third Intermediate Period:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/pharaohs-mummy-figurines-source-ancient-egyptian-copper-1234596386/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/18/egyptian-canaanite-copper-trade-was-going-strong-during-the-early-iron-age/

More on plans to look for more evidence of Ramesses III’s activities in Arabia:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ramesses-iii-in-arabia/

Concerns for assorted old mosques in Egypt:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/ancient-mosques-egypt-await-rescue

A study of ‘lost Jewish surnames’ in Alexandria:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ex-israel-envoy-reveals-forgotten-jewish-surnames-in-alexandria-egypt-671591

A 13 000 years bp comet strike (possibly depicted at Gobekli Tepe) is being suggested as a civilization inducing event (or something like that):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210624114509.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/comet-strike-may-have-sparked-key-shift-in-human-civilization/139564

Remains of a 4000 years bp (previously unknown) city in southern Iraq:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/24834-Russian-archaeologists-discover-4,000-year-old-city-in-southern-Iraq
https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Russian-archaeologists-discover-a-4-000-year-old-city-south-of-raq

A dig at a Neolithic site in Sanliurfa is under way:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/neolithic-archaeological-work-begins-in-turkeys-sanliurfa

… as is a ‘rescue excavation’ at the Tozkoparan Mound in Turkey’s Tunceli province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/tuncelis-tozkoparan-mound-hosts-new-archaeological-excavations/news

Feature on the 3200 years bp Yazilikaya Rock Temple in Turkey and its ‘underworld’ connections:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/crazy-archeological-find-is-there-an-underworld-under-the-earth-671590
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/hittite-rock-art-cosmological-view-hattusa-1234597021/

Searching for the site of the Battle of Manzikert (1071):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/experts-look-for-traces-of-crucial-anatolia-battle-165711

More on the 2800 years bp Urartian ‘castle’ from Van:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-800-year-old-urartian-castle-discovered-in-eastern-turkey-165584
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/26/2800-year-old-castle-urartu-civilization-turkey/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/castle-urartu-turkey-1234596501/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-2800-year-old-castle-eastern-turkey-180978035/
https://www.archaeology.org/9797-210620-turkey-castle-walls

Russia is leading the way in restoration of Palmyra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/russia-gains-foothold-syrias-palmyra-through-archaeological-restoration

Latest military-connected ‘excavations’, this time in Jendires:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/218387/
http://www.hawarnews.com/en/haber/new-grave-violations-documented-in-afrin-destruction-sabotage-of-antiquities-and-human-trafficking-h25381.html

More on the ‘military memorial mound’ at Tell Banat:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-propose-4500-year-old-burial-mound-was-worlds-first-military-memorial-180977981/

Feature on religious sites in Iron Age Transjordan:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/temples-cult-places-transjordan

The latest conflict in Gaza apparently damaged Palestinian antiquities:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/count-gaza-antiquities-among-casualties-israel-hamas-war

Feature on an 8th century BCE earthquake in Israel and the archaeological evidence for it:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/israels-earthquake-8th-century-bce

More on that ‘evil eye’ amulet:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/amulet-against-evil-eye-offers-look-at-jewish-life-in-talmudic-israel-669202

More on that 1000 years bp egg:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/fossil-friday-1000-year-old-egg-israel-35252/

Feature on the search for Abraham’s father (Terah):

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1233-has-abrahams-father-terah-been-discovered

Not sure if this is a ‘new’ ancient Judean date palm ‘resurrection’ or not:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09m0v4x/extinct-tree-from-the-time-of-jesus-rises-from-the-dead
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 2nd century BCE Roman military camp from northern Portugal:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-experts-roman-soldiers-conquer-northwest.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31916/20210625/taking-high-ground-ancient-roman-camp-used-cross-mountains-northwest.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/experts-discover-camp-used-by-10000.html?m=1

Roman (and Saxon) finds from a Worcestershire housing development:

https://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/19390303.ancient-roman-saxon-site-found-worcestershire-housing-development/

Hopes for Roman finds from an ongoing dig at a development site in Gloucester’s King’s Square:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-57596953
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/archaeologists-excavate-kings-quarter-redevelopment-5561104

A Roman seal ring (100-50 BCE) from a site in the Pyrenees:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61633

Excavations at Claros are continuing and under way:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cult-statues-under-restoration-in-oldest-oracle-center-165704

Excavations at the villa of Theodoric at Galeata have resumed (Italian):

https://www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/forl%C3%AC/cronaca/nuovo-scavo-a-galeata-altre-scoperte-1.6510515

Plenty of press attention for the opening-to-the-public of the Colosseum’s hypogeum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/25/underground-tunnels-of-romes-colosseum-fully-opened-to-public
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/26/world/europe/colosseum-underground-opens.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20210626/colosseums-underground-labyrinth-restored-to-eerie-splendour
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/colosseum-rome-underground-hypogea/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/colosseums-visitors-finally-stand-among-ghosts-lions-gladiators-2021-06-25/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/641/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/641/pub/641/page/49/article/187907
https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/YM9G56paEBRBoRwdCBfovVlik0mWCOXd/after-massive-restoration-rome-s-iconic-arena-opens-up-substructure-under-main-stage/
https://billingsgazette.com/news/world/the-heart-of-romes-colosseum-reopens-to-the-public/video_e674d2ce-b4e8-503c-8527-6c6826ba1a8f.html
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Colosseum-tourists-can-go-underground-to-see-16273971.php
https://news.yahoo.com/heart-romes-colosseum-reopens-public-114855065.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61651

Nice feature on the current excavations at Falerii Novi:

https://theconversation.com/unearthing-falerii-novis-secrets-in-the-hot-italian-summer-an-archaeologist-reports-from-the-dig-162527

A study/inspection of the Idaean Cave:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/24/inspection-of-the-idaean-cave/

Plans for a dig to find more of Buxton’s Roman past:

https://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/uncovering-the-secrets-of-roman-buxton-going-back-thousands-of-years-3281979

Hyping an upcoming dig at Birdoswald Roman fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-57612323
https://cumbriacrack.com/2021/06/25/major-new-archaeological-dig-for-birdoswald-revealed/
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19400064.penrith-mp-backs-excavation-birdoswald-hadrians-wall/
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19395961.major-excavation-birdoswald-hadrians-wall-cumbria/

Turkey plans to restore the Temple of Zeus Lepsynos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/22/restore-temple-of-zeus-lepsynos/

The Lycabettus HIll is getting a ‘makeover’:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/22/lycabettus-hill-major-makeover/

Fundraising to restore a Roman kiln ‘in a museum cellar’ in Highgate Wood:

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/outnumbered-stars-call-for-return-of-highgate-kiln-8074524

Feature on damage to antiquities from Beirut’s port blast a while ago:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/style/2021/06/23/lebanon-beirut-port-blast-repairing-rare-glass-artifacts-wedeman-pkg-ctw-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

Feature on the ‘whitewashing’ of Rome:

https://aeon.co/essays/colonialism-is-built-on-the-rubble-of-a-false-idea-of-ancient-rome

More on the 4th century necropolis find from a palace garden in Hvar:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9708063/Archaeology-Ancient-necropolis-dating-4th-century-garden-Croatian-palace.html

More on the ‘mini Pompeii’ found beneath a Verona theatre:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-hotel-discovered-verona-1234596570/

Review of Powell, *Greek Poems to the Gods*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/singing-to-the-gods-a-millennium-s-span-of-ancient-greek-hymns-gloriously-portrayed

Reviewish/interviewish with Aaron Poochigian about his new Aristophanes translation:

https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/article/patriotic-obscenity-aaron-poochigian-and-the-comedy-of-aristophanes

Feature on Brittany DeMone’s work with ancient coins at the Nickle Galleries:

https://www.ucalgary.ca/news/doctoral-candidate-shines-light-past-nickle-galleries

Feature on the HIERON network’s research into Greek sanctuaries:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/06/network-on-greek-sanctuaries-leads-to-new-perspectives-on-antiquity

Feature on ancient Roman slave collars:

https://daily.jstor.org/slave-collars-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on some Greek ‘pyramids’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-greek-pyramids/139575

Feature on what people were eating in Italy 2000 years bp:

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/how-technology-reveals-the-ancient-kitchen

A (large) project to resurrect garum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/garum-fish-sauce

Feature on portraiture in Greek bronzes:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/21/the-birth-of-portraiture-bronzes-from-the-hellenistic-age/

Feature on the myth of Daphne:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-rethinking-the-myth-of-daphne-a-woman-who-chooses-eternal-silence-over-sexual-assault-162521

Feature on Roman olive oil and military activities in Croatia:

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/business/europe/pottery-shards-in-croatia-reveal-roman-olive-oil-and-military-history/95723

Folks might be interested in a registry of sites in Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1163333/archaeological-site-registry-available-online/

Feature on (Greek) Bactria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/21/bactria-the-ancient-greek-state-in-afghanistan-video/

Feature on daily life in ancient Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/22/everyday-life-in-ancient-athens/

Feature on ancient Greek ideas of beauty:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/24/ancient-greek-beauty-standards-would-you-be-beautiful/

Feature on the Pythagorean comma:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/22/ancient-greek-mathematician-philosopher-created-pythagorean-comma/

Feature on some of ancient Greece’s astronomical discoveries:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/22/four-amazing-astronomical-discoveries-from-ancient-greece/

Feature on a krater depicting the death of Orpheus:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/tattooed-thracians-killing-orpheus/

Feature on Greek fire:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/23/greek-fire/

Feature on the Labours of Hercules:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/25/twelve-labors-of-hercules-exemplify-greek-mythology/

Feature on ancient Greek music:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/25/rediscovering-the-music-of-the-ancient-greeks-video/

Feature on ten ancient Greek temples:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/24/ancient-greek-temples/

Feature on some Greek ruins in Italy:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/24/the-breathtaking-ancient-greek-ruins-of-italy-photos/

On the origins of the word ‘lesbian’:

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2021/0621/1229478-queer-history-lesson-the-history-behind-the-word-lesbian/

Another feature on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/22/plato-allegory-cave-connection-present-greece/
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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 a 14 000 years bp female from the Iberian peninsula (dubbed Linya):

https://www.classicult.it/en/homo-sapiens-linya-lived-in-the-northeast-of-the-iberian-peninsula-14000-years-ago/

A 6000+ years bp submerged settlement site spotted off the coast of Croatia:

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/archaeologists-discover-sunken-croatia-settlement-v664a23b2
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/archaeologist-discovers-6000-year-old-island-settlement-off-croatian-coast-2021-06-24/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9811-210625-croatia-neolithic-settlement

Some West Kerry petroglyphs may be 4500 years old:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/west-kerry-rock-art-may-be-4500-years-old-40569276.html

A study of Bronze Age Scandinavia copper trading networks:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210617115530.htm

Halstaat-era sturctures and burials from Colmar:

http://www.antea-archeologie.com/news/97/92/Decouverte-d-une-sepulture-de-l-age-du-Fer-exceptionnellement-conservee-a-Colmar-Haut-Rhin.html

A 2500 years bp Iberian sculpture of some sort (bad photo) from a Cosa Blanca farm:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/06/23/experts-say-costa-blanca-find-of-ancient-sculpture-dates-back-to-the-fifth-century-bc-in-spain/

A study based on finds from the Iron Age settlement of Broxmouth suggests folks kept ‘mementos’/ were reluctant to throw things away for quite a while:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-tradition-mementos-memory-dates-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoy-tok062121.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/22/iron-age-people-emotionally-attached-objects-researcher
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/22/europe/mementos-death-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19399901.broxmouth-hillfort-study-reveals-clues-ancient-people-kept-loved-ones-mundane-keepsakes/
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19392954.iron-age-people-sentimental-say-university-york-researchers/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/iron-age-scotland-residents-kept-mementos-of-dead-loved-ones-study-671843
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-might-have-been-keeping-mementos-of-loved-ones-for-thousands-of-years
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/22/tradition-of-keeping-mementos-dates-back-at-least-2000-years/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9804-210622-scotland-roundhouse-mementos

Finds from various periods from a dig at Irchester’s Chester House Estate:

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/irchester-historic-chester-house-estate-dig-unearths-pottery-roman-coins-beads-and-a-building-3284897

A study suggests that being ‘Anglo-Saxon’ was a matter of language and culture, not genetics:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/06/being-anglo-saxon-a-matter-of-language-and-culture–not-genetics.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-anglo-saxon-ancestry-mutable.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-aaw061621.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uos-baw062321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210623144901.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/24/being-anglo-saxon-was-a-matter-of-language-and-culture-not-genetics/

Parts of the keel of the Gjellestad ship were to be ‘lifted’ this past week:

https://norwaytoday.info/news/photo-the-keel-of-the-gjellestad-viking-ship-will-be-lifted-from-the-ground-on-tuesday/

Not sure if we mentioned this 12th century bathhouse found in a Spanish tapas bar in Seville:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210617-the-discovery-of-spains-hidden-bathhouse

Evidence of a medieval cloister and plenty of burials from a church garden in Pisa (Italian):

https://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/06/scoperta-archeologica-in-pieno-centro-storico-a-pisa/1699881/

Three 13th century gold coins found by a metal detectorist in Norfolk:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-coin-hoard-black-death.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57520248
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/gold-coin-dating-back-black-death-found-metal-detectorist-1062161
https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/rare-leopard-coin-found-in-norfolk-8072516
https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-20/Rare-13th-century-gold-coins-found-in-the-UK–11fBc3He8w0/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9806-210624-medieval-gold-coins

More on individual burials of plague victims in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9701765/Medieval-plague-victims-buried-individually-considerable-care.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/22/medieval-plague-victims-were-buried-individually-with-considerable-care/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-black-death-victims-were-buried-care-not-mass-graves-180978025/

More on rethinking medieval ‘graverobbing’:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-graves-reopened.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-explore-medieval-grave-robbing-phenomenon-671687
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31817/20210620/unraveling-mysteries-europeans-re-opening-graves-1-400-years-ago.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-medieval-people-reopen-graves-180978034/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9800-210620-europe-grave-reopening

A Devon farmer was fined for ploughing historical land:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57558098

A ‘refurb’ of Nottingham Castle is in the works:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-57490256

Lava from the Fagradalsfjall volcano is getting in the way of mapping sites in Iceland:

https://grapevine.is/news/2021/06/22/archeologists-fight-lava-to-map-out-ancient-monuments/

Funding to protect a number of sites in Co Sligo:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/funding-to-protect-archaeology-sites-40563859.html

Feature on the search for submerged Alpine sites:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/hidden-treasures-how-science-is-helping-unearth-ancient-submerged-alpine-settlements/46686036

Feature on how prehistoric communities on the British coast dealt with rising sea levels:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/prehistory-rising-sea-levels-islands-b1866339.html

Feature on the ethnically-diverse crew of the Mary Rose:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-57601942

A virtual reconstruction of Lincoln Castle in Henry II’s time:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/reconstruction-shows-lincoln-castle-seen-5554618

Review of Alice Roberts, *Ancestors*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/26/ancestors-by-alice-roberts-review-a-story-of-movement-and-migration

There’s a judicial review under way of the Stonehenge tunnel decision:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/23/stonehenge-road-tunnel-grant-shapps-go-ahead-unlawful-high-court-told

… and potential Heritage Status ramifications:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-57586416
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-weighs-changes-to-stonehenges-cultural-heritage-status-180978058/

Venice might be in danger of getting ‘endangered’ status:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-unesco-endangered-list/index.html

Feature on anti-Semitism in 1850s Europe:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/how-were-jews-discriminated-in-the-1850s-in-europe-671908
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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 1000 years bp bridge from Kaifeng City:

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/27/news/world/1000-yr-old-bridge-discovered-in-china/1804757

Overview of recent finds made in various digs along the Silk Road:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-06/21/content_77577354.htm

Feature on the Niya ruins:

https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/incredible-xinjiang-niya-ruins%EF%BC%9Aa-mysterious-civilization-buried-in-desert

A study of skeletal remains at Kyoto University identified a 3 000 years bp shark attack victim:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-year-old-shark-victim.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoo-3sa062321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210623141647.htm
https://www.livescience.com/shark-attack-victim-3000-years-ago.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/asia/shark-attack-japan-scn-intl-scli/index.html
https://news.sky.com/story/man-who-died-3-000-years-ago-with-790-injuries-is-earliest-known-shark-attack-victim-12340152
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-found-by-oxford-led-researchers/139557
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X21002777?dgcid=author
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/cold-case-files-archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-victim-of-shark-attack/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/25/3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-found-by-oxford-led-researchers/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9808-210624-japan-shark-attack

25000 years bp petroglyphs from Madyah Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-25000-year-old-rock-paintings-found-in-buxwah/articleshow/83704261.cms

Evidence favourable monsoons contributed to paddy cultivation in Vidarbha:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/favourable-monsoon-3000-years-ago-saw-dominance-of-paddy-cultivation-in-arid-vidarbha-study-7369738/

A celt manufacturing site (date?) from Tamil Nadu (note: not Celtic):

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jun/22/team-finds-celt-manufacturing-areas-in-north-tn-2319693.html

Coin moulds (200 BCE-100 CE) conected to the Malavas dynasty (?) from Nagar Fort in Tonk:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/coin-moulds-of-malavas-era-found-in-tonk/articleshow/83855896.cms

Agricultural activities threaten Iron Age sites near Hyderabad:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/3500-yr-old-iron-age-structures-facing-threat-from-agri-activities/articleshow/83759429.cms

Concerns for Iron Age megalithic burial sites at Kandur:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/jun/23/archaeologists-see-threat-to-iron-age-megalithic-burial-sites-at-kandur-2320164.html
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/230621/3500-year-old-relics-in-kandur-village-of-mahbubnagar-cry-for-attent.html

Domestic tourism is straining Tibet’s historic sites:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3138141/tibets-historic-sites-facing-strain-domestic-tourism-boom

More on shipwrecks found off the coast of Singapore:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/from-seabed-to-a-museum-how-divers-recovered-artefacts-from-singapores-historic-shipwrecks
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/23/WS60d26b00a31099a2343576de.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A study of bones from Kangaroo Island to determine the effect of later human settlement there:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cu-abp062021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210621104253.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/22/ancient-bones-provide-clues-about-kangaroo-islands-past-and-future/

More on Rio Tinto’s treatment of Aboriginal objects:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/641/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/641/pub/641/page/94/article/188010

More on the Maori connection to Antarctica:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/maori-polynesian-antarctica-history-conservation

Reviewish/Interviewish on the current ‘Dark Emu’ debate:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/book-ignites-debate-lives-indigenous-australians-precolonisation/13410376
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 2000 years bp burial (maybe) found at a Columbus (Ind.) construcion site:

http://www.therepublic.com/2021/06/22/bones-found-at-court-services-center-construction-site-are-2000-to-3000-years-old/
http://www.therepublic.com/2021/06/23/bones_estimated_to_be_several_thousand_years_old/
https://fox59.com/news/2-millennia-old-bones-discovered-during-construction-in-columbus/
https://ohionewstime.com/2000-year-old-bone-found-in-columbus-a-construction-site/191009/

A dig at the 17th century Gresham Estate in Edgewater (Maryland) is under way:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-archaeology-tour-gresham-estate-20210621-xtc4j2di4ffyblvgedvb3oyikq-story.html

A multi-year dig at an 1850s cemetery in Missouri has come to an end:

https://www.alestlelive.com/news/article_0400b0cc-d3bd-11eb-b5a8-cf151f4eca58.html

Overviewish piece on finds from Fort Michilimackinac:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/06/24/fort-michilimackinac-digging-archaeology-excavation/7521491002/

A dig at Fort Kaskasia State Park is excavating a fort associated with Lewis and Clark:

https://herald-review.com/news/local/history/watch-now-archaeological-students-discover-new-clues-at-buried-american-fort/video_8c292b04-74e0-53ac-b476-7eb97c79dd5c.html

A pair of skulls found in Lake Jackson (Florida) are considered ‘archaeological’:

https://www.wctv.tv/2021/06/23/update-2-skulls-found-lake-jackson-an-archaeological-find-according-leon-county-deputies/
https://www.wctv.tv/2021/06/24/leon-county-residents-react-human-skulls-found-lake-jackson-being-ruled-an-archaeological-find/

Remains of Albany’s earliest public water system (hollow tree trunks!) were found during repair work:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Albany-Water-pulls-wooden-main-from-street-near-16268984.php

Controversy over some (stolen?) Civil War gold in Pennsylvania:

https://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Affidavit-FBI-feared-Pennsylvania-would-seize-16272244.php

More burials found relating to the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://www.ktul.com/news/local/graves-search-update
https://www.enidnews.com/news/state/archaeologists-finish-exhumation-of-bodies-in-tulsa-cemetery/article_bf1ae840-d5f8-11eb-8326-1b83f0e3a9b5.html
https://www.okcfox.com/news/local/crews-completing-excavation-portion-in-the-search-form-mass-graves-at-oaklawn-cemetery

… while remains of at least one person found shows evidence of trauma:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/26/tulsa-massacre-body-found-bullet/
https://www.newson6.com/story/60d53cff0d8aaa0bf50fd248/state-archaeologist:-man-found-in-mass-grave-bears-evidence-of-trauma

A study of tobacco pipes used by various Native groups:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoia-uot062221.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-tobacco-pipes-native-groups-story.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/use-of-tobacco-pipes-by-native-groups-tells-story-of-regional-diversity/139554

They’re mapping the Black cemetery at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/williamsburg/colonial-williamsburg-mapping-historic-black-cemetery/

A time capsule from a Calhoun monument was opened:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/local_state_news/contents-of-long-buried-calhoun-monument-time-capsule-surprise-archaeologists/article_a960d688-d42f-11eb-a7b5-5f172f2eb756.html

Feature on late colonial Pensacola:

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2021/06/20/archaeological-traces-late-colonial-buildings-linger-pensacola/7713469002/

Damage to the Calusa mounds by ‘illegal shelling’:

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2021/06/23/calusa-mounds-disturbed-by-illegal-shelling/

Questioning the ‘official account’ of the Aptucxet Trading Post in Bourne:

https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/

More on that ‘slave badge’ found at the College of Charleston:

https://www.postandcourier.com/moultrie-news/community-news/college-of-charleston-faculty-students-discover-slave-badge-on-campus/article_e77b4972-d03c-11eb-b5a5-ff75474de5d6.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slave-badge-found-charleston-180978055/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9803-210622-charleston-slave-badge

More on 6000 years bp beaver castoreum being detected on an atlatl dart from the Yukon:

https://www.livescience.com/beaver-anal-secretion-yukon-ancient-dart.html

More on 9000 years bp obsidian flakes originating in Oregon in Lake Huron:

https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/researchers-trace-ancient-obsidian-in-lake-huron-to-central-oregon/article_0481666a-d52d-11eb-b987-ebe7a8e28b33.html
https://scitechdaily.com/underwater-archaeology-team-finds-9000-year-old-stone-tool-artifacts/

Feature on Cahokia:

https://theconversation.com/cahokian-culture-spread-across-eastern-north-america-1-000-years-ago-in-an-early-example-of-diaspora-130106

Review of Philip D’Anieri, *Appalachian Trail*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/25/books/review/the-appalachian-trail-philip-danieri.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pondering evidence the ancient Maya had parks:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc-dta062221.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210622125316.htm
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ancient-maya.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/23/did-the-ancient-maya-have-parks/

Remains of an 18th century (?) shipwreck from an Antiqua dockyard:

https://antiguaobserver.com/archaeologists-hail-discovery-of-colossal-centuries-old-ship-in-dockyard/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9810-210625-antigua-wooden-hull

Latest finds suggesting Maya elite lived in Teotihuacan:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/06/maya-elite-lived-in-teotihuacan-latest-findings-reveal/

Feature on the Maya city of Coba:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/find-paradise-in-ancient-maya-city-coba/

Major funding for archaeology along the ‘Maya train’ route:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/controversial-maya-train-project-receives-usd42-billion-grant-for-archaeological-research-and-conservation
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-06-20/13911-restos-arqueologicos-los-incomodos-obstaculos-desenterrados-en-la-ruta-del-tren-maya.html

Assorted colonial ruins in Mexico were damaged in various ways this week:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mexico-colonial-shattered-truck.html
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2021/jun/24/in-mexico-colonial-ruins-shattered-by-truck-rains/
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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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Rembrandt’s Night Watch has been restored to its original size:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/23/ai-helps-return-rembrandts-the-night-watch-to-original-size
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/arts/design/rembrandt-night-watch-artificial-intelligence.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-57588270
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61640
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/24/the-night-watch-is-complete-again/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-edges-rembrandts-night-watch-are-restored-using-artificial-intelligence-180978056/

… while Rembrandt’s Adoration of the Magi was rediscovered in Rome:

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/06/22/rembrandt-ritrovato-a-roma-la-scoperta_22baa3ef-bed4-48d4-8127-458a64a6bd6c.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-26/descubren-una-posible-obra-de-rembrandt-en-una-coleccion-privada-de-roma.html

A possible Durer in a German church:

https://www.dw.com/en/possible-d%C3%BCrer-work-draws-art-lovers-to-church/a-57989014

On how long it took to see violet:

https://psyche.co/ideas/why-it-took-us-thousands-of-years-to-see-the-colour-violet

Studying what’s in some 150 years bp ‘shipwreck beer’:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210622-how-shipwrecked-yeasts-could-change-the-taste-of-your-beer
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jib.641

Suggestion that Blake had hyperphantasia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57419544

A Van Gogh drawing hidden in a book:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/van-gogh-found-tucked-into-a-novel

Feature on use of grain in various ancient cultures:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01681-w

Feature on St Helena as the first archaeologist:

https://www.qgazette.com/articles/st-helena-the-first-archaeologist/

Feature on Thomas Wise and his ‘literary scandal’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-9722841/How-rare-books-expert-owned-Bronte-familys-papers-exposed-forger.html

Feature on ancient ideas of what a ‘city’ was:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/jun/22/the-real-urban-jungle-how-ancient-societies-reimagined-what-cities-could-be

Feature on the search for the crew of a WWII bomber in Arundel:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/the-arundel-bomber-work-begins-to-recover-remains-of-american-b-24-liberator-aircrew-3285132

Feature on the Doukhobors:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210623-canadas-little-known-russian-sect

Feature on the halo in art:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210623-the-halo-a-symbol-that-spread-around-the-world

On the oldest currency still in use:

https://www.mindbounce.com/trivia/the-oldest-currency-still-in-use-is-the/

(late) feature on Father’s Day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/20/fathers-day-history-sonora-smart-dodd/

Feature on 19th century botanist Isabella Allen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57601841

The annual look at folks marking Solstice at Stonehenge:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-crowds-stonehenge-solstice-advice.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-57550606

Feature on the origin of black pepper:

https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/9/20541/Journey-to-the-Origin-of-Black-Pepper

A history of espionage in the SAR:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3137711/spies-hong-kong-mainland-chinese-agents-and

Marking the 400th anniversary of The Anatomy of Melancholy:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/27/be-not-solitary-be-not-idle-secrets-of-400-year-old-self-help-book-unlocked

Feature on 100 ancient ruins around the world:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/100-ancient-ruins-around-the-world/139527

… and the ten ‘biggest’ recent ones:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/the-10-biggest-recent-archaeology-discoveries/ss-AALrJpO

More on cave lighting:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/archaeologists-recreated-three-common-kinds-of-paleolithic-cave-lighting/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31873/20210623/archaeological-clues-spark-experiments-stone-age-cave-lighting-torches-sticks.htm

More on a pair of 17th century paintings found by a German dumpster:

https://www.lefigaro.fr/arts-expositions/deux-peintures-du-xviie-siecle-retrouvees-dans-une-benne-a-ordures-sur-une-autoroute-allemande-20210622

Latest on the threat to Sheffield Archaeology:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/university-of-sheffield-under-fire-over-attempts-to-move-archaeology-areas-to-unrelated-fields-3285273

… and how archaeology contributes to society:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/reasons-to-save-archaeology/

Review of Anthony Grafton, *Inky Fingers*:

https://lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n13/erin-maglaque/ten-small-raisins
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Plans to relocate a statue of Theodore Roosevelt:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-23/theodore-roosevelt-statue-at-new-york-museum-to-be-relocated
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/22/arts/design/theodore-roosevelt-statue-museum-natural-history-removal.html

A statue of Harriet Tubman will replace one of Christopher Columbus in Newark:

https://www.bet.com/news/national/2021/06/24/harriet-tubman-monument-newark-replace-christopher-columbus.html
https://thegrio.com/2021/06/23/tubman-monument-replacing-columbus-newark/

Plans for a sculpture of Paul Laurence Dunbar in Dayton:

https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2021/06/25/sculpture-planned-to-honor-paul-laurence-dunbar.html

Plans for excavations at the Kamloops residential school site:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/tk-emlups-preparing-for-archaeological-work-at-site-where-remains-were-found-1.24333731

Remains of ten Native American children who died at a US boarding school are being returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-ten-native-american-children-will-return-home-after-100-years-180978043/

Pondering John A. Macdonald’s legacy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/defense-canada-prime-minister-john-macdonald/619236/

On the ‘war’ over teaching history and racism in US schools:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/partisan-war-over-teaching-history-racism-stokes-tensions-us-schools-2021-06-23/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/26/opinion/critical-race-theory-schools-history.html

More on China’s destruction of Uyghur Heritage:

https://culturalpropertynews.org/bulldozing-culture-chinas-systematic-destruction-of-uyghur-heritage-reveals-genocidal-intent/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.oklahoman.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/27/exhibit-painters-pompeii-brings-rare-roman-art-okc-museum/7713272002/
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-painters-of-pompeii-opens-june-26-at-the-oklahoma-city-museum-of-art-301318582.html

Medici:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florences-medici-family-used-portraits-propaganda-180978042/
https://www.artnews.com/feature/medici-family-portraits-met-show-1234596767/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/24/arts/design/medici-portraits-met-museum.html

Mardi Gras Shipwreck:

https://www.thewestsidejournal.com/lifestyle/new-exhibit-highlights-early-1800s-shipwreck/article_fc05aec0-d3af-11eb-a07b-af48af9a6f1f.html

Nero:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/how-nasty-was-nero-really
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/nero-british-museum-review-shushma-malik/

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-extends-torlonia-marbles-show-until-2022.html

1821:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/26/1821-exhibition-benaki-200-years-of-independence/

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immersive-exhibition-michelangelo-sistine-chapel-frescoes-ceiling-180978017/

Plenty of negative reaction to the appointment of George Osborn as chair of the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/27/george-osborne-at-the-british-museum-what-do-they-see-in-him
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/24/ex-chancellor-george-osborne-appointed-chair-british-museum
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57596043
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/chicken-coop-just-elected-a-fox-reactions-as-george-osborne-appointed-chair-of-british-museum-278217/
https://www.artforum.com/news/british-museum-announces-former-chancellor-george-osborne-as-board-chair-sparking-protest-86148

The Harriet Tubman Museum opened:

https://www.today.com/news/harriet-tubman-museum-new-jersey-opens-juneteenth-t222899

The UK and Germany plan to build a museum for repatriated Benin bronzes:

https://pmnewsnigeria.com/2021/06/22/uk-germany-to-build-museum-for-benin-bronze-artefacts/
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/entertainment/artsbooks/469384-nigerian-british-german-govts-to-build-museum-for-returned-benin-bronzes.html

Plans to digitize objects in Cyprus Museum:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/new-research-program-aims-to-digitize-thousands-of-ancient-objects-kept-in-cyprus-museums/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Record price for a Ming Dynasty gold sculpture:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-gold-sculpture-breaks-german-auction-record-selling-at-eur14m

A Kandinsky not seen for a while fetched triple its projected price:

https://www.dw.com/en/missing-kandinsky-masterpiece-sells-for-over-1-million/a-57975260
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-after-70-years-kandinsky-watercolor-sells-over-1-million-180978026/

A letter from Edward Jenner:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letter-father-vaccination-edward-jenner-sold-auction-180978063/

Big bucks for a Mona Lisa replica:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/24/e2-9-million-for-a-replica-of-the-mona-lisa/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The oldest (10000 years bp) genomes from East/Southeast Asia have been sequenced:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/caos-nfu062421.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/25/new-findings-unveil-a-missing-piece-of-human-prehistory/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we had this facial reconstruction of a pair of Neolithic women a while back (no photo in article!):

https://brnodaily.com/2021/06/21/brno/archeologists-from-moravian-museum-reconstruct-faces-of-prehistoric-women/

A study involving non-destructive dating techniques:

https://www.cell.com/the-innovation/fulltext/S2666-6758(21)00056-4

More on use of bacteria to clean statues:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/italy-medici-michelangelo-corpse-statue-flesh-eating-bacteria/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bishapur:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462265/Take-a-walk-through-the-ancient-city-of-Bishapur

Spiro Mounds:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210621-spiro-mounds-north-americas-lost-civilisation

Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/27/top-things-to-do-in-delphi-and-surrounding-area/

Peloponnese:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/opinions_editorial/arthro/the_peloponnese-2763847/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/peloponnesos_the_lost_myth-2763845/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.dw.com/en/john-neumeiers-a-midsummer-nights-dream/a-57992023

Feature/conference on historians and historical costume dramas:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jun/27/rewriting-history-how-imperfect-costume-dramas-make-the-past-relevant
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-next-for-period-drama-tickets-160721056005
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Dig has boosted tourism to Sutton Hoo, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-57439371
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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt arrested a former MP for trafficking antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/415004/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-prosecution-orders-detention-of-former-MP.aspx
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-arrests-former-lawmaker-for-smuggling-antiquities/
https://www.africanews.com/2021/06/25/egypt-former-mp-arrested-for-trafficking-in-antiquities/

Uzbek jihadis destroyed antiquities in the Idlib Museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/uzbek-jihadis-destroy-antiquities-idlib-museum

A gold monstrace was stolen from a Bronx church:

https://abc7ny.com/stolen-monstrance-saint-barnabas-roman-catholic-church-bronx-nyc/10834826/
———-
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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Egypt recovered 114 items being smuggled from France (overlap with crime section):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105321/Egypt-retrieves-114-smuggled-antiquities-from-France
https://www.reuters.com/article/egypt-france-antiquities/egyptian-french-authorities-recover-114-smuggled-antiquities-statement-idUSL2N2O52E6
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1882626/middle-east
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/414919/Egypt/Politics-/In-Video-Egypt-recovers–ancient-artefacts-smuggle.aspx

Egypt also recovered three items from the UK prior to them hitting the auction block:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105348/Egypt-recovers-3-smuggled-artifacts-from-UK-before-sale-to
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105365/Egyptian-embassy-in-London-restores-3-ancient-artifacts
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/24/egypt-retrieves-3-pharaonic-greco-roman-era-artefacts-in-london/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-06/25/c_1310026440.htm

Italy recovered more than 800 items seized during a bust in Belgium a few weeks ago:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archeological-stolen-italy.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/21/italy-recovers-nearly-800-illegally-gathered-archaeological-finds
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/800-illegally-exported-antiquities-returned-italy-78403685
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/museum-stolen-artifacts-italy-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/missing-piece-of-rare-funeral-artefact-helps-italy-track-down-11m-collection-in-belgium-1.1246579
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210621-nearly-800-archeological-finds-stolen-from-italy-returned
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museum-of-stolen-artefacts-uncovered-in-italy-nf5rvsnrs
https://www.ansa.it/puglia/notizie/2021/06/21/ansa-vasi-e-statue-torna-in-puglia-larcheologia-rubata_203dcb3a-136c-4b38-a307-f03378974405.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61628
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeological-hoard-confiscated-from-belgian-collector-returned-to-italy
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italian-authorities-recover-800-illicit-antiquities-worth-13-million-180978047/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9801-210621-italy-artifacts-repatriated

Feature on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/world/africa/benin-bronzes-Nigeria-stolen.html

The National Museum of Scotland is returning its Benin Bronzes:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/museum-will-return-looted-treasures/

More on returns from a pair of German citizens to Mexico:

https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-recovers-archaeological-pieces-from-germany/a-57930126
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9798-210620-germany-mexico-repatriation

More on the UK returning a statue to Libya:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-s-boris-johnson-and-libya-s-interim-prime-minister-hail-return-of-looted-greek-statue-1.1248482

More on the Smithsonian returning a gold disc to Peru:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61616
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/golden-symbol-national-identity-returns-peru-180978052/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a gold coin hoard associated with the Persian destruction of Jerusalem:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-gold-coin-hoard-pinpoints-persian-destruction-of-jerusalem/

Feature on the complicated nature of the ancient coin market:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/four-reasons-the-ancient-coin-market-is-complicated/

Feature on eagles on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/eagles-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n26.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Getatchew Haile:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/getatchew-haile-renowned-ethiopian-philologist-and-beloved-st-johns-professor-dies-at-90/ar-AALdUaf

Altan Cilingiroglu:

https://www.dainst.blog/daistanbul_blog/2021/06/20/in-memory-of-prof-dr-altan-cilingiroglu-1944-2021/

Aryeh Kosman:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-aryeh-kosman
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/aryeh-kosman-haverford-philosophy-professor-aristotle-plato-20210624.html

David Shotter:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/tributes-warm-witty-lancaster-university-20873885

David Raeburn:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-raeburn-93-head-teacher-and-classicist-who-taught-at-oxford-into-his-nineties-rp6w59lz7

Thomas Gordon Smith:

https://www.southbendtribune.com/story/news/2021/06/25/notre-dame-classical-architecture-leader-thomas-gordon-smith-dies/5345430001/

Richard Longnecker:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/june-web-only/richard-longenecker-tribute-died-new-testament-paul-judaism.html?

Jeanne Lamon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/26/arts/music/jeanne-lamon-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/3083-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-13-through-june-19-2021

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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.09 ~ June 20, 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, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Ken Berry, Magnus Fiskesjo, 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 50 000 years bp tool site in the Negev with implications for sapiens/neanderthal coexistence and ‘Out of Africa’ migration:

https://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/scientific-archaeology/following-footsteps-humankind-out-africa
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-negev-archaeological-site-illuminates-important.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/prehistoric-man-lived-with-and-loved-neanderthals-in-the-negev-50000-years-ago/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/humans-neanderthals-coexisted-in-the-negev-desert-50000-years-ago-671032
https://www.ynetnews.com/environment/article/ryDDH1UsO
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/16/ancient-coexistence-israeli-research-proves-neanderthals-homo-sapiens-overlapped-in-negev/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/earliest-stone-tools-linked-to-modern-humans-outside-africa-found-in-israel-1.9900819
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/18/study-proves-humans-and-neanderthals-lived-together-50000-years-ago/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31771/20210617/neanderthal-genomes-father-daughter-12-relatives-reveal-diverse-family-groups.htm
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2021/6/14/research-identifies-meeting-point-between-modern-humans-and-neanderthals
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/17/following-the-footsteps-of-humankind-out-of-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9793-210617-israel-boker-tachtit

Reconstructing the climate conditions at ‘Out of Africa’ time:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc-ccd061421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210614153909.htm

Genome analysis suggests that Neanderthals may have been patrifocal:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/ancient-genomes-offer-rare-glimpse-neanderthal-family-groups
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9792-210617-neanderthal-gene-study

Feature on the ‘disappearance’ of the Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-did-neanderthals-disappear

I think we mentioned this study of the Acheulean lasting tens of thousands of years longer than previously thought:

https://scitechdaily.com/neanderthal-and-early-modern-human-culture-co-existed-alongside-older-traditions-for-over-100000-years/
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AFRICA
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Vague item on a cave site with petroglyphs from a coastal site in Libya:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/new-archaeological-site-discovered-marj

Concerns for ‘forgotten’ pyramids in Sudan:

https://theconversation.com/sudans-forgotten-pyramids-risk-being-buried-by-shifting-sand-dunes-159596
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Study suggests Egypt was still trading for metals after the Bronze Age collapse:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-where-ancient-egypt-got-its-metal-after-civilization-collapsed-in-3200-bce-1.9903941
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/18/egyptian-canaanite-copper-trade-was-going-strong-during-the-early-iron-age/

1700 wooden pieces of the second Khufu solar boat were successfully ‘extracted’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105090/Extraction-of-pieces-of-2nd-Khufu-Ship-completed-successfully

An Egyptian-German mission has resumed work at the Esna Temple in Luxor:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105025/The-joint-Egyptian-German-mission-works-on-project-of-restoration

More on that 2600 years bp stela found by a farmer near Ismailia:

https://www.livescience.com/farmer-finds-ancient-egypt-stela.html

More on Ramessess III in Arabia:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ramesses-iii-in-arabia/

Some sort of antiquities ownership investigation ordered by a Cairo court:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/414135/Egypt/Politics-/Cairo-court-orders-formation-of-committee-to-exami.aspx

Feature on the recently-found tombs at Saqqara:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-tombs-saqqara-180977932/

Feature on Taposiris Magna:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/taposiris-magna-the-great-tomb-of-osiris/139480

Egypt and France are discussing antiquities cooperation:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/16/egypt-france-discuss-methods-of-cooperation-in-tourism-antiquities/

Suggestion that some 3200 years bp inscriptions from Turkey comprise an ancient HIttite calendar:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/cosmos-hittite-rock-sanctuary
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9693631/Mysterious-3-200-year-old-stone-carvings-Turkey-finally-revealed-calendar-map-cosmos.html

Remains of a 2800 years bp Urartian ‘castle’ from Van:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-find-remains-of-urartian-castle-in-eastern-turkey/news
https://en.armradio.am/2021/06/19/2800-year-old-urartian-castle-discovered-in-van/

Documenting assorted ancient underground waterways in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/istanbuls-mysterious-underground-waterways-pictured-for-1st-time

Suggestion that the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of Solomon’s temple were two separate events:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-who-really-destroyed-solomon-s-temple-in-jerusalem-1.9900539

More on that 7000 years bp seal impression from Tel Tsaf:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/thuo-ssa061021.php
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/archaeologists-discover-7000-year-old-seal-holy-land-1433184
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-7000-year-old-clay-stamp-israel-180977988/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9787-210615-israel-prehistoric-seals

More on that Talmudic-era ‘magical amulet’ from Arbel:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-discovery-highlights-how-jews-and-christians-were-once-naughty-with-magic
https://forward.com/fast-forward/471681/israeli-archaeologists-celebrate-gift-of-talmudic-era-magic-amulet/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/18/evil-eye-israel-talisman/

More on that 1000 years bp ‘intact’ chicken egg find from Yavne:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/preserved-in-poop-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-in-yavne-cesspit/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1000-year-old-chicken-egg-one-of-the-oldest-ever-found-in-israel-670496
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-find-whole-1-000-year-old-egg-and-accidentally-break-it-1.9888356
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/byzantine-chicken-egg-archaeology/2021/06/17/f516a946-cecf-11eb-8014-2f3926ca24d9_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intact-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-israel-180977970/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/yavne-egg-09757.html
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2021/6/14/a-cracking-find-israel-antiquities-authority-excavations-in-yavne-have-recovered-an-intact-chicken-egg-dating-from-roughly-1000-years-ago
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/17/excavations-in-yavne-have-recovered-an-intact-chicken-egg/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9791-210616-israel-chicken-egg

Over 600 new archaeological sites were registered in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/607800
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1877426

Israeli settlers ‘stormed’ the site of Sebastia (again):

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/125046

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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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Evidence of wine and oatmeal consumption from Neolithic Greece:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/evidence-of-wine-and-oatmeal.html?m=1

A 2700 years bp Picene necropolis from Marche:

https://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/06/sensazionale-scoperta-nelle-marche-sepolture-di-una-necropoli-picena-di-ben-2700-anni-fa/1697609/

A 2200 years bp lead sheet inscribed with an ancient Iberian script from Valencia:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61555

20 Roman-era burials from Rieti (Italian):

https://corrieredirieti.corr.it/news/rieti/27631697/rieti-tomba-romana-resti-20-persone-scheletri-tomba-romana-poggio-moiano.html

An 1800 years bp statue of a woman from Metropolis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-800-year-old-statue-found-in-ancient-metropolis-165487
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-year-old-statue-found-turkey-180978011/

A ‘miniature Pompeii’ rediscovered (original find in 2004 or so) beneath an abandoned Verona cinema:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/06/14/little-pompeii-emerges-at-verona-ex-cinema_a3bd82d5-e266-4d74-865f-8dcb16e627e9.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/15/miniature-pompeii-found-beneath-former-cinema-verona
https://www.wionews.com/science/miniature-pompeii-ancient-roman-building-found-in-abandoned-cinema-hall-in-italy-391660
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/632/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/632/pub/632/page/62/article/189119
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61599
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-pompeii-found-under-verona-cinema-180978006/
https://www.veronasera.it/attualita/archeologia-verona-cinema-astra-ritrovamento-pompei-14-giugno-2021.html

5th century Christian burials near the Roman theatre at Ventimiglia:

https://www.ilsecoloxix.it/imperia/2021/06/18/news/necropoli-di-albintimilium-scoperti-nuovi-sarcofagi-1.40403598

Not sure where to put this study of a 2 metre rise in sea level on the coast of Israel during the Hellenistic period:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-sea-level-rose-2-m-in-hellenistic-period-could-explain-decline-671173
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-baffled-by-sea-level-rise-on-israeli-coast-in-hellenistic-period-1.9909970

Work has commenced/resumed at the small Roman theatre in Pula:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/works-start-on-small-roman-theatre-in-pula/

Feature on the Bath Archway Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57433362

Feature on ongoing mosaic preservation in Salamina:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/15/mosaics-preservation-in-ancient-salamina-of-great-historical-importance/

Feature on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-06-18/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal/60544

Hyping excavations coming in August at a temple site in the Campo della Fiera (Italian):

https://tuttoggi.info/scoperto-nuovo-tempio-nellarea-sacra-del-campo-della-fiera-scavi-da-agosto/632961/

I think we mentioned this feature on the excavations at Hippos:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-excavating-hippos-and-the-last-roman-theater-in-the-world-1.9799525

Plans to restore some cult statues from Claros:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/cult-statues-of-ancient-claros-to-be-restored-in-western-turkey/news

Plans (maybe) for an underwater archaeological park at Amathus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/15/underwater-work-launched-at-ancient-port-of-amathus/

Plans to display Piraeus finds at a future metro station:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/20/archaeological-piraeus-metro-station/

Restoration of the gate to Stratonikeia is complete:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/gateway-to-turkeys-city-of-gladiators-raised-once-again/news
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/15/northern-gate-stratonikeia-restored/

An interesting recently-found Etruscan vase from Vulci (Italian):

https://www.archeomedia.net/montalto-di-castro-vt-importante-scoperta-a-vulci-ritrovata-opera-del-pittore-delle-rondini/

More on that 4th century necropolis found on Hvar:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/19/necropolis-hvar-dates-fourth-century-ad/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-necropolis-17th-century-croatian-palace-garden-1234595674/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-necropolis-found-croatia-palace-garden-180977997/

More on the three column drums found in the Tiber near Ostia:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/roma-ritrovati-fusti-di-colonne-romane-sul-fondo-del-tevere

More on reactions to site renovations at the Acropolis:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2021-06-17/they-want-make-acropolis-disneyland-site-renovations-face-backlash

More on the Noceto Vasca Votiva:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/14/researchers-link-ancient-wooden-structure-to-water-ritual/

James Romm on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-victorious-gay-greek-army-that-got-canceled-by-history

Feature on Francesco Lepore’s work in latin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/world/europe/vatican-gay-francesco-lepore-latin.html

A defense of learning Latin and Greek (Princeton-related):

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2021/06/17/classics-greek-latin-spinale-princeton-240887?pnespid=m.U186MIV12NU.Zne3JGgHnqwHphS5Pzqa6cVTji

OpEddish on how Classics is changing:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2021/06/15/why-and-how-study-classics-changing-opinion

What Greek epics teach about father-son relationships:

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/What-Greek-epics-taught-me-about-the-special-16248873.php
https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/What-Greek-epics-taught-me-about-the-special-16248873.php
https://neoskosmos.com/en/202916/what-greek-epics-taught-me-about-the-special-relationship-between-fathers-and-sons/

Review of Richardson, *Alexandria*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/deserter-spy-discovered-lost-city-alexandria/

Feature on the golden masks of Mycenae:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-06/17/c_1310013008.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1226435.shtml

Feature on Greek fire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-mystery-of-greek-fire/139514

Feature on an Alexander Romance tale of Alexander’s undersea explorations:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/alexanders-underwater-adventure/

Feature on ancient Greek mixing of wine with seawater:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/why-ancient-greeks-mixed-wine-with-seawater/

Suggestion that a drought may have been the cause of the ‘Bronze Age Collapse’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/19/a-drought-may-be-behind-the-bronze-age-collapse/

During WWII, occupying German forces removed Greek antiquities:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/16/occupying-germany-removed-ancient-greek-antiquities-us-archives-reveal/

Feature on Lady Hamilton’s revival of Greek fashion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/14/meet-lady-hamilton-who-brought-ancient-greek-fashion-to-18th-century-europe/

Interesting feature on George Thompson’s work:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/how-ireland-lost-its-odyssey-the-remarkable-story-of-george-thompson-1.4584665

Feature on Heracleion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/17/underwater-city-of-heracleion-egypt-gives-up-its-treasures/

Feature on the ‘Odysseus’ shipwreck:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/17/2400-year-old-odysseus-greek-vessel-discovered-intact-at-the-bottom-of-the-black-sea/

Feature on the Palace of Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/15/inside-cretes-minoan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on things people get wrong about Greek mythology:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/15/10-things-most-people-get-wrong-about-greek-mythology/

A spintria token was sold on Pawn Stars:

https://www.looper.com/438417/the-ancient-roman-token-that-sold-for-a-small-fortune-on-pawn-stars/

Comparing Odysseus’ bow to its modern counterparts:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/16/how-does-odysseus-bow-fare-against-modern-versions-of-the-weapon/

Feature on ‘weird’ ancient Greek customs:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/18/weirdest-ancient-greek-customs/

Feature on some ancient Greek philosophers:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/18/ancient-greek-philosophers-thinkers/

In case you were wondering about the Latin in Loki this week:

https://www.themarysue.com/loki-episode-two-latin-pompeii-scene/
https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/16/loki-episode-2-fans-obsess-over-tom-hiddlestons-latin-monologue-14785339/

… and in the Handmaid’s Tale:

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a36739814/handmaids-tale-nolite-te-bastardes-carborundorum-meaning/

Feature on ancient Roman-style ‘cancel culture’:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/06/cancel-culture-roman-style/

Last week’s link to this feature on the Alexander mosaic didn’t paste properly:

https://smarthistory.org/alexander-mosaic-from-the-house-of-the-faun-pompeii/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study of the fingerprint(s) left on some Neolithic pottery from the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-57440206
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/fingerprints-of-two-young-male-potters-found-on-5000-year-old-orkney-vessel-3271279

Neolithic finds from Pontrefact:

https://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/environment/archaeologists-uncover-neolithic-remains-in-pontefract-3277291

A study of Bronze Age copper trading networks in Scandinavia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/au-bas061721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-bronze-age-scandinavia-networks-copper.html

A 2000 years bp sandal/shoe from a German bog (next to an Iron Age plank path):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9701737/2-000-year-old-leather-shoe-discovered-Northern-Germany-disappeared-bog.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61594
https://wcyb.com/news/offbeat/bronze-age-sandal-lost-2000-years-ago-in-a-bog-unearthed-by-archeologists

A 5th-7th century Burgundian necropolis from Boutae (France):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61561

Restoring a defensive boundary that separated Swabians from Visigoths in the fifth century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-15/la-frontera-vigilada-que-dividia-a-suevos-de-visigodos-en-la-peninsula-iberica.html

Some scraps of 9th/10th century Viking textiles from a burial in Norway:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2021/05/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9785-210614-viking-fabric-clothing

Early medieval burials in Europe were apparently regularly reopened as part of a burial tradition, apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-graves-reopened.html
https://www.wral.com/medieval-europeans-regularly-reopened-graves-and-not-to-rob-them/19731793/
https://www.wlsam.com/news/medieval-europeans-regularly-reopened-graves-and-not-to-rob-them/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/635/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/635/pub/635/page/29/article/185821

A study suggests that plague victims in mid-14th century Cambridge did receive individual burials:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-evidence-medieval-plague-victims-considerable.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc-fet061721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210617133823.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57517627
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-dna-evidence-suggests-plague-victims-were-buried-on-their-own-with-great-care
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/plague-in-medieval-cambridge/139494
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9795-210618-england-plague-graves

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-journal-of-archaeology/article/beyond-plague-pits-using-genetics-to-identify-responses-to-plague-in-medieval-cambridgeshire/9591FF85F1B5C45FB0CF2A9082240863

Suggestion a site on Stirling’s Coxet Hill may have been the Bruce’s headquarters for Bannockburn:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stirlings-coxet-hill-been-site-24325575

A metal detectorist came across some Edward III gold coins:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57520248

Medieval finds from the site of an Inverness housing development:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/3233404/medieval-ruins-found-on-the-grounds-of-new-inverness-housing-development/

Medieval finds from an ongoing dig in downtown Newcastle:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/gallery/amazing-finds-medieval-newcastle-dig-20817925

Medieval (?) burials found under the Verona Arena archways:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61574

A roundup of finds made during A14 construction in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/a14-upgrade-traffic-woolly-mammoth-20848519

More on evidence of human habitation near the ‘German Stonehenge’:

https://www.livescience.com/german-stonehenge-residential-area.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9687907/Archaeologists-discover-130-dwellings-Germanys-Stonehenge.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/bronze-age-homes-discovered-german-stonehenge-pommelte-1980840

More on the burial-with-a-bird-in-her-mouth:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/17/skeleton-with-bird-skull-in-its-mouth-identified/

More on the evidence of the effects of pointy-toed shoes in medieval Britain:

https://www.livescience.com/pointy-shoes-harmed-medieval-feet.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/science/archaeology-hallux-valgus-bunions-poulaines.html
https://gizmodo.com/extremely-sexy-pointy-shoes-warped-the-feet-of-medieval-1847072767
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/14/fashion-for-pointy-shoes-unleashed-plague-of-bunions-in-medieval-britain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-europeans-obsession-pointy-shoes-caused-painful-bunions-180977969/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9783-210614-medieval-skeletons-poulaines

More on that 18th century wooden road find from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C88046%2Cremnants-oldest-surviving-wooden-road-found-poland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9784-210614-poland-wooden-road

More on veterans participating in work at Butser Ancient Farm:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/things-to-do/operation-nightingale-veterans-take-part-in-butser-ancient-farm-bronze-age-home-reconstruction-3270982

Concerns for sites on the Dingle Peninsula:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40312037.html

Concerns for Liverpool’s World Heritage Status:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-57538068

A 200 years bp church that was ravaged by fire five years ago is reopening:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-57500448

Feature on Viking longships:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-viking-longship-an-engineering-marvel-of-the-ancient-world

Feature on the Viking Russ’ siege of Constantinople:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-viking-russ-siege-of-constantinople/139507

Feature on a ‘lost’ Viking settlement recently found during the melting of the Lendbreen ice patch:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-cultural-history-researchers-zone/the-amazing-discovery-of-a-lost-viking-settlement/1876219

The codices of the Cantigas of Alfonso X are going online:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-13/patrimonio-libera-los-codices-de-las-cantigas-de-alfonso-x.html

Archiving Spanish anarchism:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-14/la-memoria-historica-del-anarquismo-espanol-reposa-en-amsterdam.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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Remains of an Ice Age cave bear from the Urals shows possible signs of human ‘stabbing’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/someone-stabbed-a-cave-bear-in-the-head-with-a-spear-35000-years-ago/

I think we mentioned this 4500 years bp ‘cabin’ and nearby rice paddy from Sanxindui:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3137007/archaeologists-unearth-evidence-4500-year-old-ancient-chinese

More on that Great Wall fort from Shaanxi:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57471206

Feature on Silk Road finds made during the pandemic:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-06/20/c_1310018316.htm

Feature on Ma Yu’s work in ‘relic restoration’:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/14/WS60c6b018a31099a23435735e.html

Feature on the Niya ruins:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/06/15/VIDECu9UTWvYECDXyJBCh5bk210615.shtml

Feature on the opening of the Sanxia Conservation Institute:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/14/WS60c6af0da31099a234357354.html

A pair of 14th and 17th century shipwrecks off the coast of Singapore:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-centuries-old-shipwrecks-singapore.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/shipwreck-finds-a-boost-to-maritime-archaeology-and-heritage-in-singapore
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/shipwreck-finds-keep-maritime-heritage-in-singapore-afloat
https://mothership.sg/2021/06/shipwrecks-singapore-archaeology/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9794-210617-singapore-historic-shipwrecks

… interesting backstory:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/archaeologists-24-year-wait-to-survey-site-pays-off

Remains of a 2000 years bp wall from the Nagar Fort area:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/2000-year-old-wall-discovered-while-digging-pond-in-nagar-fort-area-of-tonk/articleshow/83525349.cms

Six sets of 16th century (or earlier) copper plates from Srisailam temple:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/140621/six-sets-of-copper-plates-unearthed-at-srisailam-temple-in-a-rare-disc.html

Feature on India’s ‘most underrated’ archaeological finds:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/desires-of-a-modern-indian/indias-10-most-underrated-archaeological-discoveries/

On controversy surrounding the Batle of Haldighati:

https://theprint.in/theprint-essential/why-battle-of-haldighati-between-maharana-pratap-and-akbar-is-controversial-445-years-later/677733/

Laser mapping of 125 monuments in India is complete:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/3d-laser-mapping-of-125-monuments-in-8-districts-completed/article34855985.ece

The largest geoglyph in the world is possibly in the Thar Desert of India:

https://www.livescience.com/largest-geoglyphs-discovered-india.html

Feature on Taiwan’s ‘forgotten’ WWII prisoner of war camps:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57465359

Pondering the existence of FOng Sai-yuk and Hong Xiguan:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3136945/jet-li-made-fong-sai-yuk-household-name-while-chen-kuan-tai

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Studying theories made by ‘Dark Emu’ regarding Aboriginal agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archaeological-dark-emu-idea-aboriginal.html
https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-how-our-new-archaeological-research-investigates-dark-emus-idea-of-aboriginal-agriculture-and-villages-146754

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/hidden-in-plain-sight-the-archaeological-landscape-of-mithaka-country-southwest-queensland/9661E7F90EB7ED535012484DC35FB01A

Dating some moa coprolites from Fiordland:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/300329352/ancient-moa-turds-lasted-6800-years

More on the Maori reaching Antarctica as early as the 7th century CE:

https://www.livescience.com/indigenous-people-discovered-antarctica.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maori-reached-antarctica-1000-years-europeans-180977987/

Feature on the last Australian penal ship:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/edwin-fox-ship-new-zealand-cmd/index.html

Feature on Eliza Hamilton Dunlop’s poetry:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-eliza-hamilton-dunlop-the-irish-australian-poet-who-shone-a-light-on-colonial-violence-161592

Feature on ‘lunar traditions’ of the first Australians:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/lunar-traditions-of-the-first-australians-2/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Using bacteria to track migrations of Siberians to the Americas some 12 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uow-emo061021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210614153947.htm

9000 years bp obsidian flakes from Lake Huron the originated in Oregon:

https://www.uta.edu/news/news-releases/2021/06/15/lemke-lake-huron
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uota-aus061521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-underwater-site-team-year-old-stone.html
http://www.lakecountyexam.com/ancient-lake-county-obsidian-found-in-michigan/article_209945c9-0d1f-5d17-bbc4-8df50273a8db.html
http://www.lakecountyexam.com/news/ancient-lake-county-obsidian-found-in-michigan/article_f2344024-ce18-11eb-8c52-e3e4cced4fee.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210616094106.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/underwater-archaeology-team-finds-ancient-obsidian-flakes-2000-miles-from-quarry/139487
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/16/research-finds-9000-year-old-stone-artifacts-at-underwater-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9790-210616-obsidian-tool-trade

6000 years bp beaver castoreum detected on a 6000 years bp atlatl dart from the Yukon:

https://www.yukon-news.com/news/beaver-casotreum-residue-found-on-6000-year-old-atlatl-throwing-dart/
https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/06/15/beaver-secretion-found-as-part-of-ancient-throwing-dart-in-yukon/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9789-210616-canada-beaver-castoreum

I think we mentioned the student excavations in Daniel Boone Forest:

https://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article252238518.html

A search for remains of Fort Halifax:

https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/archaeology-artifacts-dig-up-halifax-township-colonial-militia/521-549017f5-163c-4f32-b98c-e6545ff24555

A dig on the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d’Alene is excavating sites associated with Fort Sherman:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jun/19/archaeological-dig-at-north-idaho-college-aims-to-/
https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/archaeological-dig-at-north-idaho-college-aims-to-unearth-invisible-histories-of-fort-sherman/article_7538ac08-91ab-5e8a-bae6-0d957674faee.html

A dig on the campus of the College of Charleston revealed a slave badge from 1853:

https://today.cofc.edu/2021/06/15/cofc-faculty-students-discover-slave-badge-on-campus/

They’re still studying those 28 burials believed associated with the Tulsa Massacre:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/examination-yet-to-confirm-bodies-are-tulsa-massacre-victims/
https://tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-mass-grave-search-opens-up-troubling-questions/article_78a22590-cec8-11eb-9494-5351f287573b.html
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/oaklawn-exhumations-raise-some-new-questions/article_93c0dee2-cd1b-11eb-b645-e775ea13f8c4.html

… and they’re expanding the search:

https://www.newson6.com/story/60cbd7843b335a0bda6bcb13/state-archaeologists-expanding-mass-grave-search-at-oaklawn-cemetery-

Hopes that Oracle will do some archaeology before building its new office campus in Nashville:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2021/06/17/oracle-excavate-native-american-remains-before-nashville-construction/7719148002/

Lost burials concerns in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/tampa-old-catholic-cemetery-missing-graves/67-82e970aa-8248-4e7d-8b6e-2e84421bc77d

More on the evidence for a 16th/17th century Mocama settlement on Big Talbot Island:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/duval-county/unf-archaeology-students-unearth-artifacts-almost-500-year-old-native-american-village/AFR4LVGT75HHXA3NLJFH46G32E/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-may-have-rediscovered-long-lost-indigenous-settlement-florida-1-180977973/

Concerns for the Pockoy Island shell rings:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/half-of-prehistoric-sc-site-may-be-claimed-by-the-sea-by-fall/article_17c57b50-cd33-11eb-a962-73643291160b.html

Feature on flint quarries in Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/06/20/archaeology-flint-quarries-were-special-places-indigenous-people/7703319002/

Feature on the Great Serpent Mound:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-great-serpent-mound/139468

Feature on the John Brown Farm:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/advancing-adirondack-inclusivity-at-john-brown-farm

Features on Juneteenth:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-juneteenth.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2021/juneteenth-history-texas-emancipation-photos/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juneteenth-us-second-independence-day-now-federal-holiday-180978015/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/opinion/juneteenth-civil-rights.html
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Restoring a 500 years bp Inca ‘woven bridge’ in Peru:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/16/bridge-made-of-string-peruvians-weave-500-year-old-incan-crossing-back-into-place

Mexico’s Maya train project might be delayed by archaeological finds:

https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/major-archaeological-find-could-hold-up-maya-train
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/06/archaeological-zone-discovered-on-the-maya-train-route-in-campeche-will-not-be-open-to-the-public/

Feature on rethinking the fall of the Aztec empire:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-indigenous-reframing-of-the-fall-of-the-aztec-empire/

Feature on the Aztecs:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6548/1269
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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 bit of experimental archaeology trying to figure out how Paleolithic types illuminated their caves:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-darkness-experimental-paleolithic-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-li060921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210616143034.htm
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-06-16/un-mundo-de-sombras-humos-y-gamas-de-rojos-las-pinturas-rupestres-como-las-vieron-sus-artistas.html
https://www.insidescience.org/news/scientists-recreate-stone-age-lamps-and-torches-see-how-ancient-artists-illuminated-caves
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/paleolithic-lighting-systems-09771.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/archaeologists-recreated-three-common-kinds-of-paleolithic-cave-lighting/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9796-210618-paleolithic-cave-lighting

Similarly, a piece on the damage bat guano does to petroglyphs in caves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/science/bats-guano-cave-art.html

… and we might as well also put here this study of 30 000 years bp ‘hand stencils’ at Gargas cave suggesting they depict ‘sign language’:

http://www.insidescience.org/news/cave-paintings-may-depict-ice-age-sign-language

Feature on Jane Austen’s family links to slavery:

https://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Jane-Austen-family-link-to-abolition-movement-16247278.php

Parts of a cut up 16th century panel were reunited:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/acquisitions-june-2021

Feature on the fate of Hideki Tojo’s body after execution:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/16/world/asia/japan-tojo-remains.html

On Caravaggio’s Ecce Homo:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-14/el-eccehomo-atribuido-a-caravaggio-pertenecio-a-las-colecciones-reales.html

Latest ‘hidden art’ is a portrait by Modigliani:

https://hyperallergic.com/654555/oxia-palus-technology-reveals-hidden-modigliani-portrait/

Looking into a possible ‘fetish’ of Proust:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/proust-and-the-sex-rats

Pondering whether Renaissance philosophy exists:

https://aeon.co/essays/there-was-no-such-thing-as-renaissance-philosophy

Feature on the rise of inequality:

https://aeon.co/essays/for-97-of-human-history-equality-was-the-norm-what-happened

Feature on the roots of rape culture:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-hypocrisies-of-rape-culture-have-medieval-roots

Feature on letterlocking:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210616-how-the-forgotten-tricks-of-letterlocking-shaped-history

Feature on Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210617-the-supper-at-emmaus-a-coded-symbol-hidden-in-a-masterpiece

Feature on the impact of graphs on various things:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/21/when-graphs-are-a-matter-of-life-and-death

Challenging Darwin’s theory of sexual selection:

https://theconversation.com/darwin-got-sexual-selection-backwards-research-suggests-162711

cf; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evo.14273

Pondering when the Anthropocene began:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/the-human-epoch-when-did-the-anthropocene-begin

Feature on some solstice sites that aren’t Stonehenge:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/solstice-sites/

Review of Rosemary Hill, *Time’s Witness*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-witness-by-rosemary-hill-review-b72pb2nhl

Review of Scott Borchert, *Republic of Detours*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/15/books/review/republic-of-detours-scott-borchert.html

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Add Chief Justice John Marshall to the list of folks revealed as major slaveowners:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/chief-justice-john-marshall-slaves/619160/

Feature on David Drake’s ‘poetic jars’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/arts/design/-enslaved-potter-david-drake-museum.html

OpEd on how history is taught:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-fog-of-history-wars

On teaching race and history in the US:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/teaching-race-and-history-in-americas-schools/

… and scholarly reaction to current legislative efforts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/16/arts/critical-race-theory-scholars.html

Assorted feature on China’s cultural erasure of the Uyghurs:

https://www.volkskrant.nl/kijkverder/v/2021/how-china-is-destroying-the-uyghur-mosques~v440216/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/12/hilton-hotel-built-xinjiang-china-bulldozes-mosque/
https://uhrp.org/bibliography/

Trying to preserve Mayan weaving traditions:

https://elpais.com/planeta-futuro/2021-06-12/las-tejedoras-mayas-que-defienden-sus-creaciones-como-memoria-historica-y-modelo-de-desarrollo.html

More on the University of Sheffield cut situation (various):

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/sheffields-department-of-archaeology-receives-massive-support-from-greece-3278569
https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/sheffield-student-slams-process-to-shut-down-department-of-archaeology-as-unethical-3277758
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-release-full-explanation-of-cuts-to-archaeology-department-and-reveal-record-low-student-numbers-but-commit-to-still-taking-part-in-local-digs-3276457
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Three (possibly related) woolly mammoth skeletons found by gold miners in the Yukon:

https://www.livescience.com/yukon-miners-discover-woolly-mammoths.html

On the origins of brassica rapa:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/brassica-rapa-vegetable-domestication

More on the longevity of ancient chickens:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-murder-most-fowl-chickens-in-antiquity-lived-longer-1.9901105
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-9696549/Nero-review-200-objects-exhibition-offers-fascinating-snapshot-imperial-Rome.html
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/how-nasty-was-nero-really
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2021/06/17/was-nero-a-hero-seeking-to-rehabilitate-the-reviled-roman-emperor-the-british-museum-exposes-the-politics-of-duplicity/
https://hyperallergic.com/654479/what-to-make-of-nero-man-behind-myth-british-museum/

Pompeii (Georgia):

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2021/1618

Assyrian art:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/reviews/anatolia-to-babylonia-assyrian-art-at-getty-villa
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1877216/middle-east

Mardi Gras Shipwreck:

https://www.raynetoday.com/lifestyle/%E2%80%98mardi-gras-shipwreck%E2%80%99-exhibit-open-thursday

Slavery:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/slavery-at-the-rijksmuseum-leonora-carrington-and-a-rubens-reunion

Documenta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/arts/documenta-deutsches-historisches-museum.html

Hilma af Klint:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/15/hilma-af-klints-miraculous-art-in-dialogue-with-spirits-she-found-her-own-voice
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/hilma-af-klint/

Keros:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/16/keron-settlement-that-began-4500/

European Masterpieces:

https://theconversation.com/european-masterpieces-from-the-met-demonstrates-arts-power-to-speak-to-the-human-condition-160462

Australian impressionists:

https://theconversation.com/she-oak-and-sunlight-the-best-feelgood-show-i-have-seen-since-covid-158311
https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/she-oak-and-sunlight/

Nowashe Village:

https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/nyberg/nowashe-village-immersive-outdoor-museum-gives-first-hand-look-at-indigenous-life/

Becket:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thomas-becket-is-5th-ave-a-future-pilgrimage-site-11623595741

Napoleon:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/napoleon-review-the-generals-garden-11624028579
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/napoleon-s-stolen-masterpieces-the-plunder-that-formed-the-louvre-1.4589616

Weathervanes:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/weathervanes-get-their-second-wind

Treasure of Chianti:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/family/2021/06/16/ancient-coins-discovered-fsu-team-view-italy/7688885002/

Golden Coach:

https://www.dw.com/en/controversial-golden-coach-becomes-museum-exhibit/a-57936853

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was marking World Music Day:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105092/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-exhibits-22-unique-artifacts-in-celebration

The Acropolis Museum is celebrating its 12th birthday:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/20/acropolis-museum-12-today/

Feature on the Charlestown Shipwreck Treasure Museum:

https://www.cornwalllive.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/death-defying-treasure-seeking-pioneers-5537193

Feature on the Hatay Archaeology Museum:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/local-tourists-rush-to-hatay-archaeology-museum-165548

Feature on the soon-to-be-open Musee de Mariana at Lucciana:

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/patrimoine/archeologie/la-corse-sapprete-a-ouvrir-un-nouveau-musee-archeologique-a-lucciana_4661357.amp

Feature on how COVID has affected Italy’s museums:

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/06/17/colosseum-pompeii-how-have-italy-museums-changed-post-covid

On decolonizing efforts by European museums:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-13/los-museos-europeos-aspiran-a-descolonizarse.html

An apology from a Shanghai museum:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/gender-diversity/article/3137871/chinese-art-museum-shanghai-apologises-and
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 3000 years bp bronze Irish horn is coming to auction:

https://www.christies.com/features/a-remarkable-Bronze-Age-Irish-horn-11713-1.aspx

Assorted Scots history items too:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19369804.rare-scots-history-collection-go-auction/

A Toulouse-Lautrec painting is coming to auction:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105048/Rare-painting-by-Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec-to-be-auctioned

Big bucks for a gold medal cast to mark Henry VIII becoming head of the Church of England:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/632/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/632/pub/632/page/43/article/183949

Ethiopia managed to get some items pulled from a UK auction:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ethiopian-artifacts-pulled-british-auction-1234596039/
https://www.art-insider.com/uk-auction-removes-looted-objects-after-objections-from-ethiopian-embassy/2381

Sotheby’s has delayed an auction of Bronte-related manuscripts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57525932
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/17/uk-libraries-and-museums-unite-to-save-astonishing-lost-library-from-private-buyers
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/arts/design/bronte-sothebys-fundraiser.html

We mentioned this Van Gogh-friend painting purchased very cheaply in an antique shop:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/discovered-a-picture-by-van-gogh-s-colleague

Feature on how to buy art:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/06/14/t-magazine/how-to-buy-art.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Reflecting on a decade of human genome analysis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/sjcu-tyo061521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210616113824.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/18/ten-years-of-ancient-genome-analysis-shows-what-it-means-to-be-human/

A new method might reveal what genes we inherited from Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-method-reveal-genes-inherited-neanderthals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc–nmc061721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210617115536.htm

Using DNA to postulate a population turnover in East Asia during the last Ice Age:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/last-ice-age-wiped-out-people-east-asia-well-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9724-210528-asia-ancient-genomes

More on DNA connecting a couple of Viking burials 900 km apart:

https://www.icenews.is/2021/06/15/two-viking-era-skeletons-reunited-in-denmark-after-a-millennium/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/ancient-dna-finds-family-ties-between-viking-age-warriors/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/14/new-light-on-the-movement-of-the-vikings/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on machine learning and pot sherd sorting:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/archaeologists-beginning-leave-tedious-work-sorting-computers

More on using bacteria to clean heritage monuments:

https://www.dw.com/en/could-bacteria-help-save-historic-buildings-from-environmental-damage/a-57767479
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TOURISTY THINGS
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The Taj Mahal has reopened:

https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-digest-taj-mahal-reopens-as-india-cases-slow/a-57914558

German castle road:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-castle-road-a-scenic-route-to-the-past/g-57775372

Uros Islands:

https://matadornetwork.com/read/visiting-lake-titicacas-uros-islands-experience-peruvian-indigenous-traditions/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Atalanta Forever:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57427065

Feature on Josquin:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/21/the-musical-mysteries-of-josquin

Feature on Aeschylia 2021:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/06/17/me-22-ekdiloseis-erchontai-ta-aischyleia-2021/

The Regensburger Domspatzen boy’s church choir is opening to girls:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57510809
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CRIME BEAT
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Something about money laundering and art sales:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/arts/design/money-laundering-art-market.html

I suspect this is the category for a pair of 17th century European paintings found at a roadside dumpster in Germany:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/europe/german-police-paintings-dumpster-scli-grm-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57536940
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/german-police-say-17th-century-paintings-found-highway-dumpster-n1271371

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 list of the 1127 Benin Bronzes held by German museums:

https://www.cp3c.org/benin-bronzes/

… and pondering whether the Queen will return hers:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/double-loot-of-queen-s-bronze

The Met returned two Benin bronzes:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/benin-bronzes-metropolitan-museum-barnaby-phillips/

Feature on some artifacts ‘stolen’ from Nepal:

https://kathmandutribune.com/nepals-stolen-artifacts/
https://english.onlinekhabar.com/some-historic-idols-stolen-from-nepal-have-returned-home-challenges-galore-have-stopped-others.html

Some German citizens returned some items to Mexico:

https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-recovers-archaeological-pieces-from-germany/a-57930126

The Smithsonian returned a pre-Inca gold item to Peru:

https://hyperallergic.com/654025/smithsonian-repatriates-pre-incan-gold-ornament-to-peru/

More on US returns to Cambodia:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/cambodia-artifacts-new-york/index.html
https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/14619-u-s-returns-3-8-million-worth-of-looted-artifacts-to-cambodia
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n24.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n25.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Elizabeth French:

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/news/it-immense-sadness-faculty-reports-elizabeth-lisa-french-passed-away-yesterday-cambridge-10

Xu Yuanchong:

https://en.appledaily.com/prominent-translator-of-chinese-literary-classics-dies/AVEJELKLZ5GCRJ4UGFU54BG5JU

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3079-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-6-through-june-12-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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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, Magnus Fiskesjo, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Suzan Mazur, 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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Studying the diet of Siberian Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-siberian-neanderthals-ate-animals.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9747-210610-neanderthal-siberia-food

Pondering the ‘disappearance’ of the Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-did-neanderthals-disappear

More on that 78 000 years bp child burial in Kenya:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-human-toddler-from-78-000-years-ago-found-buried-with-head-on-a-pillow-1.9775501
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/kenya-cave-human-burial/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is planning (?) digs related to evidence of a Ramses III presence in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/egypt-traces-relics-ramses-iii-back-saudi-arabia
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210609-ancient-egypt-excavation-underway-to-show-ramses-iiis-link-to-saudi/

A recently-found pharaonic border stela is now in the Ismailia Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ismailias-museum-of-antiquities-receives-stela-dating-back-to-26th-dynasty/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104683/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ismailia-Museum-receives-a-sandstone-stela-dating-back-to
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/pharaonic-border-stela-received-at-ismailia-museum/

… background on the find:

https://tntribune.com/phar-old-find-farmer-discovers-ancient-egyptian-monument-as-he-plants-crop/

Feature on Maya’s two tombs:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/two-tombs-for-one-man-the-case-of-maya/

Feature on Egypt’s ‘Versailles’:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/413865/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Reopening-%E2%80%98Egypt%E2%80%99s-Versailles%E2%80%99.aspx

Feature/reviewish on Egypt’s Golden Mummies:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/golden-mummies-of-egypt/

Feature on Karaftu Caves (Iran):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/11/caraftu-caves-the-mysterious-lair-of-hercules-in-western-iran/

The Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah has added some manuscripts to its collection:

https://gulfnews.com/uae/rare-qurans-sharjah-adds-17-manuscripts-from-719-1785-ce-1.1623136811106

Latest recreation of the Ur lyre:

https://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/s/uchicago-review-story?name=Recreating+the+Gold+Lyre+of+Ur&mc_cid=5f9ecf9de6&mc_eid=7f3eff4794

Plans for excavations at the 5000 years bp site at Menjez (Lebanon):

https://www.the961.com/archaeologists-excavate-historic-site-lebanon/

Feature on Assyrian Women from Assur and Kanesh:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/housewives-weavers-businesswomen

Feature on nude female figurines from Canaan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-birth-rites-in-canaan-the-enigma-of-the-figurines-1.9892078

A 7000 years bp seal impressing from Tel Tsaf:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/thuo-ssa061021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-sealed-signed-and-delivered.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-seal-impression-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/7000-year-old-seal-impression-marks-prehistoric-site-as-early-trade-hub/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-find-unique-7-000-year-old-stamped-sealing-in-northern-israel-1.9891723
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/7000-year-old-seals-shed-light-on-business-activities-in-ancient-israel-670633
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307823
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-06/10/c_1310000885.htm
https://www.jwire.com.au/archeologists-find-7000-years-old-commercial-seal-impression-oldest-ever-to-be-found-in-israel/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-unveil-7000-year-old-seal-impressions/139437

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00758914.2021.1923906

A 2000 years bp stone anchor from Israel’s northern coast:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-stone-anchor-used-for-2000-years-found-on-israels-northern-coast/

A 1000 years bp (almost) intact egg from a Yavne cesspit:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/preserved-in-poop-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-in-yavne-cesspit/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307753
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1000-year-old-chicken-egg-one-of-the-oldest-ever-found-in-israel-670496
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-find-whole-1-000-year-old-egg-and-accidentally-break-it-1.9888356
https://www.israel21c.org/whole-ancient-chicken-egg-discovered-in-israel/
https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/09/israel-antiquities-authority-unveils-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-in-excavations
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/10/enormous-roman-era-basilica-with-nike-tyche-statues-unearthed-in-israel/
https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/dig-accidentally-cracks-ancient-chicken-egg-preserved-in-toilet-contents-for-1000-years/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intact-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-israel-180977970/

A study of sea level changes in the Eastern Mediterranean from the Middle Bronze Age to the Roman period:

https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/archaeologists-investigate-past-impact-of-sea-level-changes-at-israeli-coastal-sites
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-rps060221.php

A study (by Jodi Magness) of the toilet practices at Qumran:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-scholar-flushes-out-mystery-670357

On who really destroyed Solomon’s Temple:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-who-really-destroyed-solomon-s-temple-in-jerusalem-1.9900539

On recent claims about the tower of Babel:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-recent-tower-of-babel-discovery-is-madness

Israel and Italy are cooperating on Bethsaida and Etruscan Archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-italian-colleges-to-collaborate-on-bethsaida-etruscan-archaeology-1.9885659

Italy is also cooperating with Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/italy-jordan-unite-cultural-heritage

More on the 3000 years bp bone point in Gath:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-bone-point-sheds-light-on-dramatic-fall-of-biblical-gath-670446

More on the 2000 years bp Herod-associated basilica in Ashkelon:

https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/magnificent-2000-year-old-basilica-revealed-in-ashkelon/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/israel-discovers-ancient-roman-basilica-1978508
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ashkelon-basilica-09742.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2000-year-old-roman-basilica-180977926/

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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 evidence of Neolithic wine production in Greece:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/10/a-glass-of-wine-from-neolithic-times/

The Noceto Vasca Votiva (excavated in 2005) has been dated to 1600-1300 BCE and is now connected to a water ritual:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-link-ancient-wooden-ritual.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cu-rla060921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210610091139.htm
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/752702/?sc=c52
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61545
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/researchers-link-ancient-wooden-structure-to-water-ritual/139442

Three Roman columns found in the Tiber near Ostia:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ostia-antica-roman-columns-discovered-in-river-tiber.html
https://www.adnkronos.com/scoperte-tre-colonne-di-marmo-sul-letto-del-tevere-a-ostia-antica_1Ra90jAW9GSrCKA2pYwrNe
https://www.msn.com/it-it/video/notizie/in-fondo-al-tevere-con-gli-archeologi-subacquei-cos%C3%AC-abbiamo-ritrovato-le-colonne-imperiali/vi-AAKQ2Hn
https://www.radiocolonna.it/cultura-e-spettacolo/scoperte-in-fondo-al-tevere-tre-antiche-colonne-romane/

Roman pottery among the items found at a dig in Portslade:

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19357263.roman-pottery-found-archaeological-dig-portslade/

A pair of Roman burials from Arconate (Italian):

https://www.sportlegnano.it/2021/06/arconate-emerse-due-tombe-romane-in-pieno-centro/279647/

An Iberian lead plate from Yatova:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-first-iberian-lead-plate-found-in-a-regulated-excavation-in-the-pico-de-los-ajos-in-yatova-is-in-archaic-writing/139450

A 2nd century CE wall and 4th century CE burials froma site in Hvar:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeological-sensation-on-hvar-necropolis-from-late-antiquity-period-discovered/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9744-210609-croatia-island-necropolis

A shackled Roman-era burial from Rutland is being connected with slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/07/shackled-skeleton-identified-rare-evidence-roman-britain
https://www.livescience.com/shackled-slave-burial-roman-britain.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-discovery-shackled-skeleton-ditch-slavery.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-57387812
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9659363/Skeleton-Roman-slave-bound-shackles-discovered-Rutland.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/uk/shackled-skeleton-roman-slave-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/rare-shackled-skeleton-hailed-as-unique-roman-find-9202555/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61518
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-man-buried-shackles-roman-britain-180977904/
https://theconversation.com/what-the-discovery-of-a-shackled-skeleton-in-a-ditch-reveals-about-slavery-in-roman-britain-162317
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9742-210609-england-shackled-skeleton

… and Mary Beard comments on same:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-shackles-of-slavery-and-the-perils-of-certainty/

Spanish archaeologists are studying a Roman eagle sculpture that was up for sale online:

https://spanishnewstoday.com/archaeologists-study-mystery-roman-eagle-recovered-by-police-in-badajoz_1608917-a.html

Interesting before/after photos of the excavation of the Stadium of Magnesia ad Maeander:

https://twistedsifter.com/2021/06/before-after-ancient-greek-stadium-excavation-utkrey/

There seems to be some arguing going on over Thessaloniki Metro finds:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/06/09/metro-thessalonikis-gia-diastrevlosi-ton-legomenon-tis-linas-mendoni-kanei-logo-to-yppoa/

The Bath Archway Project will be on display soon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57433362

Not sure about plans to build on the Tartessian necropolis of Huelva:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-07/cuatro-torres-de-cemento-taparan-la-gran-necropolis-tartesica-de-huelva.html

More on the large number of decapitated burials from some Roman cemeteries in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.livescience.com/decapitated-skeletons-roman-cemetery.html

More on the ‘jar of curse material’ from Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/archaeologists-discover-ancient-curse-tablets-in-athens-well/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/science/arthro/study_reveals_ancient_greek_cursed_pot_with_bones_of_dismembered_chicken-2649468/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-unearth-2300-year-old-cursed-chicken-jar-180977938/

cf: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.90.1.0079?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

More on archaeologist reaction to accessibility changes made to the site of the Acropolis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/10/acropolis-now-greeks-outraged-at-concreting-of-ancient-site
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row-165323
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/acropolis-accessibility-to-the-archaeological-site-to-be-completed/

More on the destruction of the palace of Maximian in Cordoba 30 years ago:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-02/cordoba-gano-una-estacion-de-ave-y-perdio-el-mayor-palacio-del-imperio-romano.html

Review of a biography of Milman Parry:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/the-classicist-who-killed-homer

Review of Guy de la Bedoyere, *Gladius*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2181

James Romm on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/180453

… and a feature on ‘special forces’ in ancient Greece (not by Romm):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/10/special-forces-ancient-greece/

Feature on ‘Romanizing’ Athens:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/06/archaeology-architecture-and-romanizing-athens/

Feature on disability in ancient Greece:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/blog/2021/06/10/studying-disability-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Perrhe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-ancient-city-of-perrhe/139461

Feature on Civita di Bagnoregio:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/civita-di-bagnoregio-the-etruscan-dying-town/139426

Feature on the mosaic of Theros in the Thessaloniki Museum:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/09/mosaic-of-theros-in-the-thessaloniki-archaeological-museum/

Feature on an Etruscan pyramid near Viterbo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-etruscan-pyramid/139400

Feature on Mycenean warfare:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/mycenaean-warfare/

Feature on the Alexander Mosaic:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/nike-piks-please-justdontdoit/

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://mymodernmet.com/facts-about-the-roman-pantheon/

Feature on the gilded bronzes of Pergola (Italian):

https://www.ilmetauro.it/75-anni-dalla-scoperta-dei-bronzi-dorati-di-pergola-le-iniziative/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/the-battle-of-thermopylae-when-the-greeks-fought-to-defend-civilization/

Feature on Vergina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/08/the-tombs-of-vergina-when-definitive-proof-of-macedonias-greek-origin-was-uncovered/

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/life-advice-diogenes-cynic

Feature on ten finds from Greece last year:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/top-ten-most-spectacular-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020/

Marking the anniversary of the fall of Troy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/11/on-this-day-the-fall-of-troy/

… and the death of Alexander:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/323-bc-alexander-the-great/

… and the latter is the subject of a graphic novel/comic:

https://www.gamesradar.com/alexander-the-greats-complex-life-and-legacy-explored-in-new-reimena-yee-comic/

Some Odysseus revisionism (sort of):

https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/06/10/odysseus-how-the-worlds-master-of-contrivance-dresses-down-todays-creepy-lying-losers/

On Greeks mixing wine with seawater:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/why-ancient-greeks-mixed-wine-with-seawater/

On heaven and hell in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/the-ancient-greece-concepts-for-heaven-and-hell/

Feature on five ancient sites getting a ‘makeover’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/06/five-ancient-sites-getting-a-magnificent-makeover-from-hadrians-wall-to-the-colosseum

Feature on Avgi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/07/avgi-the-mesolithic-teenager-makes-her-debut-at-the-acropolis-museum/
https://christiantoday.com/article/oxford.professor.sued.by.museum.of.the.bible.over.papyrus.fragments/136909.htm

On the tragedy roots of modern horror:

https://www.fangoria.com/original/greek-tragedy-and-horror-part-ii/

Another feature on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations:

https://news.yahoo.com/remain-humble-roman-emperor-030000022.html

Some opEds on Princeton’s changes to its Classics program:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/princeton-classics-major-latin-greek/619110/
https://theboar.org/2021/06/princeton-removes-greek-latin-classics-students-combat-institutional-racism/

… related:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/06/07/the-war-on-the-classics/

… and why teens should study classics:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/studying-classics-gives-teens-the-homer-advantage-rqvt78ctg

OpEd on cultural diplomacy and the Parthenon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/07/cultural-diplomacy-failed-parthenon/

More on Greece honouring Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/uc-researchers-honored-greece-discovery-bronze-age-masterpiece#stream/0

More on Hobby Lobby’s suit agains Dirk Obbink:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/hobby-lobby-sues-oxford-prof-for-7m-over-stolen-bible-fragments.html
https://christiantoday.com/article/oxford.professor.sued.by.museum.of.the.bible.over.papyrus.fragments/136909.htm
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2021/june/ancient-bible-fragments-at-heart-of-crime-case-pitting-hobby-lobby-against-former-oxford-professor
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hobby-lobby-files-usd7m-lawsuit-against-former-oxford-professor-over-allegedly-stolen-papyrus-fragments-he-sold

In case you missed the Nike PIKS brouhaha:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/nike-celebrates-greek-goddess-of-victory-but-misspells-name/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/nike-piks-please-justdontdoit/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a human presence in Dorset some 6000 years bp:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19353573.interesting-historical-finds-dorset-downs/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57411051

Evidence of a residential area near the 2800 BCE-2200 BCE ‘German Stonehenge’ site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/large-residential-area-discovered-at-ringheiligtum-pommelte-the-german-stonehenge/139445

1000 years bp textiles from a Viking woman’s burial in Norway:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/139453

A Carolingian era coin hoard from Poland may have been part of a ransom paid to Vikings to save Paris from invasion:

https://www.livescience.com/silver-coin-hoard-poland-historic-ransom.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9745-210610-poland-carolingian-coins

Medieval (and other) finds from a dig at Portslade’s Old Manor House:

https://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2021/06/08/archaeological-dig-begins-at-norman-manor-house/

Study suggests a fashion craze for pointy toed shoes led to plenty of bunions in medieval Britain:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-fashion-pointy-unleashed-plague-bunions.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc-ffp060821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210611085617.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57427365
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/11/medieval-fashion-for-pointy-shoes-linked-to-rise-in-bunions
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/06/extremely-sexy-pointy-shoes-warped-the-feet-of-medieval-europeans/
https://theconversation.com/fashion-for-pointy-shoes-unleashed-a-wave-of-bunions-in-medieval-england-162570

Organic residues are giving an idea of Islamic cuisine in medieval Sicily:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-cpi060921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ceramics-insights-medieval-islamic-cuisine.html

Highway construction in Hull is revealing assorted items from a 200 years bp graveyard:

https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/07/hull-jewellery-and-coins-found-at-burial-site-being-dug-up-for-roadworks-14731563/

A medieval gold ring from a Hereford area farm has been classified as treasure:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/19358017.medieval-ring-discovered-herefordshire-farm-inquest-hears/

An 18th century wooden road from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61529
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-discover-18th-century-wooden-road/139416

Bradford archaeology students uncovered a 19th century cobbled street:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-57402460
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/yorkshire-archaeologists-sensationally-discover-new-victorian-site-in-bradford-3268517
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9668855/Bradford-archaeology-students-unearth-Victorian-cobbled-road-1880s-running-campus.html

Shropshire is trying to purchase a pile of Bronze Age objects:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-57442482

A 19th century ‘Frozen Charlotte’ doll from a scottish beach:

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/woman-finds-rare-doll-scottish-beach

Fire destroyed an Iron Age house recreation in Perthshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/12/devastating-fire-destroys-recreated-iron-age-dwelling-on-loch-tay
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-57452498

More on elk tooth ornaments/rattles:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/stone-age-raves-to-the-beat-of-elk-tooth-rattles/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elk-tooth-ornaments-reveal-ancient-dance-moves-180977902/

More on that 3800 years bp gold hair item from Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-germany-have-uncovered-earliest-gold-ornament-region-inside-3800-year-old-tomb-180977894/

More on that 400 years bp wooden box with candles in it from melting glacial ice in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-candle-years-glacier-norway.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9660761/Melting-Norwegian-glacier-releases-500-year-old-perfectly-preserved-wooden-box-candles.html
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-open-frozen-wooden-box-found-on-viking-m-1847032969
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-norwegian-glacier-reveals-centuries-old-beeswax-candle-180977944/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9738-210607-norway-candle-box

More on that burial featuring a girl with a finch in her mouth:

https://www.livescience.com/girl-burial-finch-in-mouth-poland.html

cf: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pz-2021-0008/html

Erosion concerns for Skara Brae:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/race-against-time-to-save-prehistoric-settlement-from-erosion-7smtb0lk3

More on evidence Stavanger Cathedral in Norway was built over a Viking settlement:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cathedral-in-norway-believed-to-have-been-built-over-viking-settlement-670411

Feature on the Cucuteni-Trypillia culture:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09kw6r2/trypillia-7000-year-old-civilisation-silenced-by-communists

Feature on the find of a lost Viking settlement from the Lendbreen ice patch:

https://secretsoftheice.com/news/2021/06/09/the-lost-viking-settlement-in-the-mountains/
https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/09/melting-norwegian-glacier-releases-500-year-old-viking-treasures-14744410/

Feature on a really lucky metal detectorist:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/detectorist-strikes-gold-three-times-248076/

Feature on the wreck of the White Ship:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/628/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/628/pub/628/page/67/article/183776

… and how it was found:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/627/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/627/pub/627/page/19/article/183527

Feature on the UK’s forgotten ‘fifth nation’ (Cornwall):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210606-cornwall-the-uks-forgotten-fifth-nation

Feature/talk on the Vikings in Cork:

https://www.thecork.ie/2021/06/12/the-vikings-and-cork-raiding-trading-and-the-development-of-the-town/
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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 4500 years bp bamboo-mud ‘cabin’ from Sichuan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-08/Remains-of-4-500-year-old-bamboo-mud-cabin-found-in-China-10UXLIcVGM0/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-06/07/content_77554108.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9740-210608-china-bamboo-cabin

A Ming Dynasty Great Wall fort from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1225832.shtml
https://archive.shine.cn/nation/Remains-of-Great-Wall-castle-dug-up/shdaily.shtml

General feature on the finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sanxingdui-relics-shine-new-light-on-ancient-china-8j8khzrtr

Feature on the Xihoudu site (early use of fire):

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/11/WS60c2b033a31099a234356c68.html

A new dating method suggests a human presence on the Tibetan Plateau for over 5000 years:

https://theconversation.com/world-first-artefact-dating-method-shows-humans-have-lived-in-the-shadow-of-the-himalayas-for-more-than-5-000-years-161822
https://scroll.in/article/996601/a-new-method-of-dating-artefact-shows-humans-have-lived-on-the-tibetan-plateau-for-over-5000-years

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/23/eabb3424

A Pala era Buddhist monastery/shrine from a Jharkhand Village:

https://en.gaonconnection.com/buddhist-monastery-jharkhand-village-rural-india-covid-second-wave-pandemic-monks/

Vague item on a stone idol find in Bahraich:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/bahraich-stone-idol-found-in-field-admin-informs-archaeology-dept/2098827

Another inscribed potsherd from the Keeladi excavations:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/keeladi-excavations-one-more-potsherd-with-name-inscribed-on-it-unearthed/articleshow/83461603.cms

Assorted excavations have resumed in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/excavation-work-resumes-in-adichanallur-sivakalai-and-korkkai/article34781332.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/excavation-resumes-at-adichanallur-and-sivakalai-sites/article34784821.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/excavation-resumes-at-kodumanal/article34800428.ece

Neolithic tools apparently were being ‘worshipped’ in Tirupathur:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jun/08/neolithic-stone-tools-worshipped-at-tribal-hamlets-in-tamil-nadus-jawadhu-hills-2313415.html

A call for the creation of heritage panels to protect the sites of Tamil Nadu:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/form-heritage-panels-protect-monuments-172822052.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/constitute-heritage-commission-to-protect-ancient-monuments-temples-hc/article34756907.ece

Concerns over illegal construction near a 3000 years bp temple in Peshawar:

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/hindu-community-in-paks-peshawar-outraged-over-illegal-construction-at-3000-year-old-temple20210609233039/

A study of what Polynesians were doing in Asia prior to migration:

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/444286/early-polynesians-mingled-through-asia-before-migration-study

Feature on Fayaz Tepe and the 1st-3rd century stupa there:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fayaz-tepe

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Study postulating possible foraging habitats of pre-contact Aboriginal peoples in Australia’s Western Desert:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoa-nii060621.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/new-insights-into-survival-of-ancient-western-desert-peoples/139396
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/08/new-insights-into-survival-of-ancient-western-desert-peoples/

Maori people may have seen Antarctica as early as the 7th century CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mori-antarctica-7th-century.html

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/444346/maori-may-have-discovered-antarctica-say-researchers
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/10/australia/new-zealand-maori-antarctica-intl-hnk-scn/index.html
https://gizmodo.com/polynesians-discovered-antarctica-over-1-300-years-ago-1847071576
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9782-210611-antarctic-maori-explorers

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03036758.2021.1917633
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned the UNF finding of the lost Indigenous settlement of Sarabay on Talbot Island:

https://www.unf.edu/publicrelations/media_relations/articles/UNF_archaeology_researchers_uncovering_lost_Indigenous_settlement.aspx
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uonf-uau060821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-uncovering-lost-indigenous-settlement-sarabay.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210608154438.htm
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archeologists-discovered-indigenous-settlement-florida-1234595417/
https://www.news4jax.com/features/2021/06/07/unf-archaeology-team-finds-lost-indigenous-settlement-on-talbot-island/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-uncover-lost-indigenous-ne-florida-settlement-of-sarabay/139419
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/10/uncovering-the-lost-indigenous-settlement-of-sarabay/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9743-210609-florida-sarabay-contact

Archaeologists are giving a site near Plymouth Roack one last look before historical park development:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archaeologists-hilltop-plymouth.html
https://www.boston25news.com/news/weird-news/archaeologists-dig/UOFAGI2LWVKA4KYYKPTYBC4F7Q/
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/10/archaeologists-dig-hilltop-over-plymouth-rock-one-last-time/
https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/archaeologists-excavate-hilltop-overlooking-plymouth-rock/
https://www.local10.com/news/weird-news/2021/06/10/archaeologists-dig-hilltop-over-plymouth-rock-one-last-time/

Study suggests Native Americans were among the first coppersmiths:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/05/16/no-corn-menu-ancient-ohioans/5066655001/
https://interestingengineering.com/native-americans-could-be-the-worlds-first-coppersmiths?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=Jun08
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths

Feature on a dig going on in Daniel Boone National Forest:

https://www.wkyt.com/2021/06/07/eku-archaeology-students-working-find-artifacts-daniel-boone-national-forest/

Assorted universities are working on a dig with the Coeur d’Alene people:

https://www.kxly.com/archaeology-project-looks-at-history-of-military-occupation-on-coeur-dalene-ancestral-land/
https://www.kivitv.com/news/archaeology-students-working-with-coeur-dalene-tribe-hopes-to-uncover-colonial-history

So far, 27 burials associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre have been found:

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/confirmed-burials-now-total-27-massacre-mass-grave-dig-skeletal-anaylsis-begin-wednesday
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/us/tulsa-burial-race-massacre.html
https://www.fox23.com/news/local/archaeologist-discover-total-27-burial-sites-oaklawn-cemetery-analysis-soon-begin/SKNP352ENZDGTMTVGBVT2WQVHM/
https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/27-total-burials-found-in-1921-mass-graves-investigation-archaeologists-confirm
https://www.cbs58.com/news/a-total-of-27-graves-have-been-found-so-far-at-1921-tulsa-massacre-search-site
https://www.lex18.com/news/national/27-total-burials-found-in-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-investigation-archaeologists-confirm
https://ohionewstime.com/tulsa-massacre-search-site-in-1921-has-found-27-tombs-so-far/175900/

… and perhaps more:

https://www.news9.com/story/60c2b33d4355b10bdd8e47f8/archaeologists-find-coffins-under-headstones-for-2-known-massacre-victims-say-they-are-outside-of-oaklawns-mass-grave–

Nice feature on the Tulsa Race Massacre itself:

https://theweek.com/us/1001410/the-tulsa-race-massacre

Feature on ‘other Tulsas’:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/other-tulsas/

A preliminary dig prior to Quebec Tramway construction:

https://queenscitizen.ca/2021/06/08/archaeological-excavations-on-the-way-to-the-future-tramway/

Robert E. Lee’s former home has reopened with a renewed focus on the enslaved people who lived there:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arlington-house-once-robert-e-lees-mansion-reopens-180977934/

Feature on the Great Hopewell Road:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/05/16/no-corn-menu-ancient-ohioans/5066655001/

Feature on redating assorted North American sites:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/13/archaeologists-dates-wrong-north-american-indigenous-history-new-techniques/

Feature on the 400 years project:

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/06/06/992742396/the-400-years-project-looks-at-native-american-identity-through-the-native-lens

cf: https://www.400yearsproject.org/

Feature/book excerpt on the material culture of African American women:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/history-african-american-women-their-handiwork/619082/

Pondering the ‘deadliest day’ in US history:

https://www.livescience.com/deadliest-day-america.html

More on a study suggesting a human presence in the Americas some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/americas-ancient-people-arrival-mexico-coxcatlan-cave

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/latin-american-antiquity/article/new-ams-radiocarbon-ages-from-the-preceramic-levels-of-coxcatlan-cave-puebla-mexico-a-pleistocene-occupation-of-the-tehuacan-valley/F4C32FB10E73D660CB7D9B44E2C29A72

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study suggests culturally-diverse pre-Columbian peoples in a region of the Amazon significantly altered the landscape:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-pre-columbian-life-understudied-area-sw.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uocf-ssl060421.php

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2021/06/04/2022206118

Somewhat confusingly, a little ways away, another study suggests somewhat different things:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/s-ipw060221.php
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57388939
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/08/indigenous-peoples-were-stewards-of-the-western-amazon/

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2021/06/04/2022213118

—–
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 some forged 17th century music books:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/these-forged-17th-century-music-books-went-undetected-for-a-century/

Not sure where to put this one: study suggests indigenous mortality following Spanish colonization in Asia and the Americas did not always lead to forest regrowth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mpif-imf060721.php

Feature on early versions of the Golden Gate Bridge:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/oursf/article/The-Golden-Gate-Bridge-s-first-draft-1922-16228933.php

Pondering where the Queen of Sheba was from:

https://menafn.com/1102233719/Where-Did-the-Queen-of-Sheba-RuleArabia-or-Africa

… and whether Ivan was really so terrible:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-nero-wasnt-so-bad-was-ivan-that-terrible-11623352098

Latest on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/06/uss-indianapolis-mcvay-hashimoto/

Feature on Edgar Allan Poe’s version of science:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/john-tresch-edgar-allan-poe-science/619014/

Feature on the Lampedusa Cross:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/john-tresch-edgar-allan-poe-science/619014/

Feature on Venus as morning and evening star in various cultures:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/venus-first-peoples-recognising-the-morning-and-evening-star/

On Queen Victoria as a micromanager:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09l3wfv/the-queen-spying-on-her-children

On the apparent renewed popularity of prehistoric funerary barrows:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/buried-in-prehistoric-barrows

Pondering the origins of the image of Satan:

https://www.livescience.com/what-does-the-devil-look-like.html

In case you’re wondering about the Pulitzers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/books/pulitzer-prize-books.html

On the ancestor of the watermelon:

https://www.reviewgeek.com/86719/scientists-have-uncovered-the-humble-watermelons-oldest-ancestor/

… and plans to reintroduce the Toromiro to Easter Island:

https://laboratorio.latercera.com/fibras-que-innovan/noticia/los-herederos-del-toromiro/1018158/

Feature on Thomas Hardy’s Wessex:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/thomas-hardy-wessex-robert-macfarlane-stanley-donwood-folio-society/

Feature on assorted artworks stolen by Napoleon and their fate:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/arts/design/napoleon-looted-art.html

Feature on ‘illegitimacy’ (mostly in drama):

https://www.wnpr.org/post/bastards-look-illegitimacy-game-thrones-hamilton-and-beyond-1

Franz Kafka’s papers are now online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-assortment-franz-kafkas-letters-and-drawings-online-180977909/

Trying to save endangered languages in Taiwan:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/09/healing-words-taiwans-tribes-fight-to-save-their-disappearing-languages

Feature/reviewish on misdiagnosis of women’s health over the centuries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/western-medicines-woman-problem-180977925/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/books/review/unwell-women-elinor-cleghorn.html

Feature on newspapers in China 900 years ago:

https://www.medievalists.net/2021/05/how-newspapers-existed-china-900-years-ago/

On military veterans turning to archaeology:

https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/american-veterans-archaeological-recovery-digs/

Feature on the pandemic roots of infant baptism:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-pandemic-roots-of-infant-baptism/

Oxford University Press is closing its almost 500 years bp printing arm:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/09/oxford-university-press-to-end-centuries-of-tradition-by-closing-its-printing-arm

Comparing Trump fans to Jacobites:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/will-trumpism-go-way-jacobites/619176/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Controversy over a racist mural in the Tate:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/design/tate-mural-rex-whistler-racism.html

On China’s destruction of Uyghur heritage:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-destruction-of-cultural-property-evidence-of-genocidal-intent

Reflecting on the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-57337123

… while a statue at the Museum of the Home is causing controversy now:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/12/museum-of-the-home-reopens-to-protests-over-statue-of-slave-ship-owner

On Charlottlesville voting to remove some Confederate statues:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/us/charlottesville-confederate-statues/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/charlottesville-confederate-statues-removal/2021/06/07/ea741566-c7ca-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html
https://www.theroot.com/charlottesville-city-council-votes-to-finally-remove-2-1847055679
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/confederate-statues-charlottesville-virginia/

On the difficulty of the search for remains at residential schools in Saskatchewan:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-archeologist-says-search-for-children-s-remains-at-residential-schools-will-be-long-difficult-process-1.6056485

… related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/11/deb-haaland-indigenous-boarding-schools/

Items related to Sheffield closing its archaeology department:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/people/letter-archaeology-department-should-be-invested-in-to-grow-and-thrive-again-3269808
https://indiaeducationdiary.in/newcastle-university-newcastle-academic-launches-campaign-to-dig-for-archaeology/

Review of Tiya Miles, *All that she carried*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/books/review-all-that-she-carried-ashleys-sack-tiya-miles.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Using DNA to trace the 10 000 years bp origin of goat domestication to Iran’s Zagros Mountains:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/tcd-1dp060321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210607161154.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/oldest-livestock-genome-reveals-origin-today-s-goats
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/10-000-year-old-goat-remains-used-to-create-oldest-livetock-genome-yet-sequenced-1.4587561
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2280046-goats-were-first-domesticated-in-western-iran-10000-years-ago/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/09/10000-year-old-dna-pens-the-first-tales-of-the-earliest-domesticated-goats/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9741-210608-iran-domesticated-goats

Iron Age/Roman/Saxon chickens apparently lived longer because they were considered sacred:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_861463_en.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoe-acl060721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ancient-chickens-sacred-food.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210607161043.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9663343/Archaeology-CHICKENS-lived-longer-Iron-Age-seen-sacred-not-food.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9739-210608-long-lived-chickens

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greeks: Atheletes, Warriors and Heroes:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/202072/ancient-greeks-athletes-warriors-and-heroes-features-objects-on-loan-from-the-british-museum-to-showcase-physical-prowess-ancient-greeks/

Raphael:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-reopen-domus-aurea-with-interactive-raphael-show.html

.Raphael (Madrid):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/08/pigeons-drop-in-on-raphael-exhibition-in-madrid

Bibienas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/music/bibiena-drawings-morgan-library.html

Treasure of Chianti:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/2021/06/10/ancient-coins-discovered-by-fsu-team-on-view-now-in-italian-exhibition/

Keros idols:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1162513/mysteries-of-keros-smashed-idols-explored-in-athens-show/

Seikilos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/ancient-greek-lyre-ready-to-play-at-seikilo/

Glass Ark:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/the-glass-ark-in-venice/

Painting Our Past: The African Diaspora in England:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/09/paintings-reveal-hidden-histories-of-africans-in-england

Thomas Becket:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/11-june/books-arts/visual-arts/exhibition-review-thomas-becket-murder-and-the-making-of-a-saint-at-the-british-museum

Nero:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/from-the-magazine/953130/british-museum-nero-exhibition
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/how-nasty-was-nero-really
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/nero-the-man-behind-the-myth-review-legend-and-truth

Thomas Cole’s Arch of Nero:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/after-disputed-sale-at-sotheby-s-thomas-cole-s-the-arch-of-nero-will-go-on-view-in-philadelphia

A mosaic exhibition online from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/greek-news/culture/44763-thessaloniki-archaeological-museum-exhibit-to-show-online-mosaic-of-summer.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/201993/summer-mosaic-to-be-featured-to-the-world-online-by-the-archaeological-museum-of-thessaloniki/

The Saffron Walden Museum is putting some local metal detectorist finds on display:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/from-the-magazine/953130/british-museum-nero-exhibition

The China National Silk Museum is hosting Silk Road Week:

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/2106070234/

Some favourite items from the British Museum archive:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/14-of-my-favourite-items-from-the-british-museum-archive/

The atrium and grand staircase are complete at the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/08/installation-work-on-atrium-grand-staircase-completed-at-grand-egyptian-museum/

… and 65% of Tut’s items have been transferred there:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/65-of-king-tutankhamun-artefacts-ready-for-display-at-grand-egyptian-museum-1.1237525
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/most-king-tutankhamun-displays-ready-at-grand-egyptian-museum-1.1237525

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities has also had a ‘makeover’:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/egyptian-museum-antiquities-gets-makeover-compete-tourists

The University of Connecticut will be opening a Sparta Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/new-sparta-museum-amphitheater-to-open-in-connecticut/

The Rijksmuseum has acquired a 17th century Persian miniature:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61522

Feature on the challenges facing museums in Yemen:

https://whbl.com/2021/06/09/as-war-destroys-yemens-present-museums-struggle-to-preserve-its-past/

Expansion at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/design/georgia-okeeffe-museum.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Mona Lisa replica is coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57390392

Feature on the most expensive Picasso’s to be auctioned:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/pablo-picasso-highest-auction-records-1234594915/

Big bucks for a US Double Eagle gold coin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57402432
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1933-double-eagle-sells-189-million-sets-world-record-most-valuable-coin-180977965/

A British Guyana one cent stamp fell short of its expected price:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/08/1002985432/british-guiana-1-cent-stamp-falls-well-short-of-anticipated-auction-bounty

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA study of Tianyuan Man (40 000 years bp) and others suggests a new population emerged in East Asia some 19 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-east-asia-population.html

DNA suggests the occupants of a pair of Viking burials found 900 km apart were related:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/09/skeletons-of-viking-men-to-be-reunited-in-danish-exhibition
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-viking-relatives-reunited-denmark-years.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/two-viking-relatives-reunited-in-denmark-after-1-000-years/ar-AAKSnts?ocid=BingNewsSearch
https://www.dw.com/en/viking-skeletons-found-far-apart-were-related-dna-shows/a-57835212
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-viking-relatives-reunited-denmark-years.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/11/skeletons-of-two-related-viking-men-reunited-in-denmark-for-first-time-in-1000-years
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61536
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-era-relatives-reunited-1000-years-after-deaths-180977953/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9746-210610-denmark-viking-dna

… see also: https://en.natmus.dk/museums-and-palaces/the-national-museum-of-denmark/exhibitions/join-the-vikings-on-raid/

I think we mentioned this identification of a Franklin Expedition member via DNA:

https://maritime-executive.com/editorials/dna-analysis-identifies-sailor-from-the-doomed-franklin-expedition
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using high tech approaches to study human occupation of Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/06/archaeologists-turn-high-tech-to-trace-earliest-human-activity/

More on applying machine learning to pottery fragments:

https://hyperallergic.com/651726/machine-learning-matches-ancient-pottery-fragments-tusayan-white-ware/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate concerns for Indonesian petroglyphs:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-10/sulawesi-cave-paintings-climate-hange-achaeologists-sale-erosion/100206280
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nafplion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/exploring-nafplion-the-first-capital-city-of-modern-greece-video/

Native American earthworks:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/646946/ancient-native-american-earthworks-you-can-visit

Ek’Balam:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/ek-balam-much-to-see-small-footprint/

Roman sites in Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/history/find-traces-lincolnshires-roman-forts-5457906

How Covid is affecting Taj Mahal tourism:

https://www.dw.com/en/india-taj-mahal-tourism-shut-down-by-covid-pandemic/a-57802142

People aren’t happy with the return of cruise ships to Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/05/angry-protests-in-venice-at-shock-return-of-cruise-ships
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Assorted items related to ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/enduring-myths-raiders-lost-ark-180977923/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/movies/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-anniversary.html
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Digging For Britain is looking at body snatchers in Hull, apparently:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/bbc4s-digging-for-britain-to-film-in-hull-as-burial-ground-exhumation-reveals-gruesome-evidence-of-precautions-against-bodysnatchers-3270499

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Israeli authorities caught some illegal diggers red handed at Khirbat al-Jahush:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/suspects-arrested-after-destroying-antiquities-in-illegal-excavation-670342
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/07/authorities-bust-destructive-illicit-dig-in-northern-israel/
https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/06/agencies-catch-5-bandits-in-archeological-site-in-northern-israel/

A foiled antiquities smuggling case in the UAE:

https://gulfnews.com/uae/crime/ministry-of-interior-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-archaeological-coins-and-drugs-1.1623268522741

Feature on the illegal trade of manuscripts from Yemen:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/stolen-heritage-illicit-trade-yemens-rare-manuscripts

On assorted petroglyph vandalism cases in Canada:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/rock-art-being-destroyed-1.4199911

On petroglyph vandalism not being a victimless crime:

https://www.hjnews.com/townnews/politics/public-needs-to-know-petroglyph-vandalism-not-a-victimless-crime/article_cc95fd0d-ab9f-5617-be14-c5dbba7d06bc.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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The US returned 27 stolen items to Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/27-stolen-cambodian-antiquities-be-returned-us
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/united-states-returns-27-stolen-antiquities-cambodia-2021-06-11/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-returns-27-looted-khmer-antiquities-back-kingdom
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50872145/ancient-heritage-recovered-cambodian-ambassador-accepts-return-of-lost-artefacts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/3-8m-looted-antiquities-to-cambodia-1979478
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-investigators-hand-over-27-smuggled-art-objects-valued-at-usd3-8m-to-cambodia

Nepal wants a 13th century statue back from an Australian gallery:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-12/nepal-carving-stolen-from-kathmandu-temple-at-art-gallery-nsw/100205712

The Metropolitan Museum is returning three Benin Bronzes to Nigeria:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/09/1004859329/metropolitan-museum-of-art-sends-three-benin-bronzes-home-to-nigeria
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/arts/design/met-museum-benin-bronzes-nigeria.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-york-museum-stolen-art-nigeria-b1864444.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/benin-bronzes-new-york-s-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-to-return-three-african-artworks-to-nigeria-1.1238560
https://wskg.org/arts/metropolitan-museum-of-art-sends-three-benin-bronzes-home-to-nigeria/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/met-museum-returns-benin-bronzes-nigeria/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-met-returns-three-african-art-objects-to-nigeria

Interview with a few museum officials about their African collections:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-roundtable-1976576

The British Museum seems to have quite a few Benin-related items:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-pressure-return-900-looted-artefacts-benin-bronzes-v3mcxfh2p

… and an oped on whether Britain should return its Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/the-story-of-the-benin-bronzes-7989816

I think we mentioned this Pissarro at the University of Oklahoma before:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/camille-pissarro-painting-meyer-oklahoma-university/index.html

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NUMISMATICA
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ANS Conference coverage: Coinage in the Roman provinces:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-in-the-roman-provinces-ans-conference-highlights-part-2/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n24.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Dushman:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57379704

Rochelle Elizabeth Snee:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-rochelle-elizabeth-snee

Robert Hollander:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/books/robert-hollander-dead.html

Elizabeth French:

https://www.bsa.ac.uk/2021/06/13/elizabeth-lisa-bayard-french-19-january-1931-10-june-2021/

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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3076-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-30-through-june-5-2021

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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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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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Pondering how Neanderthals and other early humans learned to count:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01429-6
https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/origin-of-number-report-suggests-neanderthals-might-have-learnt-to-count-before-modern-humans-1810312-2021-06-03
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AFRICA
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Remains of a large medieval (?) cathedral from Old Dongola (Sudan):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C87989%2Cnewly-discovered-church-dongola-could-have-been-cathedral-say-archaeologists.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/church-discovered-in-sudan-could-be-medieval-cathedral/139346
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/cathedral-of-dongola-new-discoveries-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9735-210603-old-dongola-cathedral

More on the implications of injuries seen in the 13 000+ bp burials at Jebel Sahaba:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-05-31/ancient-cemetery-shows-how-early-humans-dispensed-indiscriminate-violence-13400-years-ago.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unearth-war-victims-from-13000-years-ago-in-sudan
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-05-31/un-cementerio-de-hace-13400-anos-confirma-la-violencia-generalizada-del-paleolitico.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/31/jebel-sahaba-a-succession-of-violence-rather-than-a-prehistoric-war/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-may-have-driven-war-sudan-13400-years-ago-180977864/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Suggestion that a stele predating the Merneptah Stele is the first mention of Israel outside the Bible:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/does-the-merneptah-stele-contain-the-first-mention-of-israel/

More on Egypt counting on tourism to help it rebound from the pandemic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-egypt-ancient-tourism-pandemic.html

… this piece seems to be related:

https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2021/jun/03/bringing-past-life/873487/

More on Egypt’s official replica factory:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-06/01/c_139981534.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-06/01/content_77539861.htm

Possible 12 000 years bp burial of an infant from Hotu Cave in northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461552/Rare-discovery-yields-traces-of-hunter-gatherers-in-northern

Sassanid-era ritual furniture from a fire temple site in Vigol (Iran):

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/top-stories/ancient-gypsum-furniture-discovered-in-fire-temple-central-iran/ar-AAKzl6q
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9727-210601-iran-tables-chairs

Persepolis’ recently-excavated gateway has opened to the public:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461555/Persepolis-once-awe-inspiring-gateway-opens-to-public-after

Turkey plans for 600 excavations during 2021:

https://www.siasat.com/turkey-to-carry-600-archaeological-excavations-in-2021-2146157/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-06/03/c_139987520.htm
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/03/658182/Syria-Turkey-militants-cultural-heritage-antiquities-Aleppo

A roundup of finds from Turkey last month:

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

Feature on the restoration of the Byzantine/Ottoman Yedikule Fortress:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/a-look-inside-restoration-of-byzantine-ottoman-era-yedikule-fortress/news

More on the White Monument at Tal Banat:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-white-monument-syria-oldest-war.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-war-monument-discovered-syria.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01443-8
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9731-210602-syria-memorial-mound

Feature on exiled Syrian archaeologist Adnan Al Mohamad:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/exiled-syrian-archeologist-feared-academic-life-was-over-uk-charity-cara-1033775

More on Turkey ‘transferring’ Syrian cultural heritage items:

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/03/658182/Syria-Turkey-militants-cultural-heritage-antiquities-Aleppo

More on 8500 years bp mustatils from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-archaeologists-find-prehistoric-cultic-monuments-in-saudi-arabia-1.9759362

Feature on the site of Ulug Depe (Turkmenestan):

https://lejournal.cnrs.fr/articles/la-cite-oubliee-dulug-depe?#Echobox=1622784026

Feature on the Sealand Dynasty:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/conservative-rebellion-sealand/

A study of the seasonal fruits and vegetables grown by ancient Canaanites:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/what-kind-of-salads-did-the-canaanites-eat-669805
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X21000857

A 2000 years bp basilica-type structure was (re)excavated in Ashkelon:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Magnificent-2000-year-old-basilica-revealed-in-Ashkelon-3-May-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-basilica-unearthed-in-ashkelon-669665
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-resurrecting-herod-s-monumental-basilica-in-ashkelon-1.9860322
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ashkelon-park-renovation-to-unveil-israels-largest-roman-basilica-to-public/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307198
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/01/2000-year-old-basilica-was-center-of-daily-life-in-roman-era-ashkelon/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/king-herods-2000-year-old-basilica-uncovered
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9653425/Archaeologists-Israel-restoring-2-000-year-old-Roman-basilica-complex-destroyed-earthquake.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/31/c_139981140.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9734-210603-ashkelon-roman-basilica

Some DSS suggest 2000 years bp some Jews had ‘informal and sloppy’ biblical texts for personal use:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-2000-years-ago-jews-used-biblical-paperbacks-669635

More on consumption of non-kosher fish in ancient Judea (and how it isn’t such a big deal):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/those-fishy-reports-on-ancient-israelites-eating-non-kosher-seafood/

More on the 2800 years bp arrowhead from Gath:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9637455/Arrowhead-clear-impact-fracture-near-Biblical-home-Goliath.html

More on that 1500 years bp apotropaic amulet that was recently handed over to the IAA:

https://www.livescience.com/evil-eye-amulet-rediscovered-israel.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9641573/Amulet-protected-women-children-against-evil-eye-unveiled-Israel.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-archaeologists-unearth-1500-year-old-amulet-that-protected-women-and-children-from-evil-spirits-in-israel-2893089

Pondering when monotheism emerged in ancient Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/when-did-monotheism-emerge-in-ancient-israel/?mqsc=E4131797&dk=ZE1250ZF0

Israel has created an underwater antiquities park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/divers-welcome-to-explore-the-past-at-israels-first-underwater-national-park/

Feature on ‘bizarre’ stories from the Bible:

https://www.livescience.com/bizarre-biblical-stories.html

An interview with BAR’s new editor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/5-questions-meet-bars-new-editor/

This week Israeli forces sealed off the site of Sebastia:

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/124869
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210604-israel-shuts-palestinian-archaeological-site-in-israel-is-more-important-than-the-lives-of-those-forced-to-live-in-it-https-www-middleeastmonitor-com-20210603-israel-is-more-important-than-the-lives/

In case you need some background to the Israel-Hamas conflict:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002368775/the-historical-perspective-behind-the-latest-israel-hamas-conflict

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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A very interesting 2300 years bp ‘curse jar’ featuring a dismembered chicken from Athens’ Agora:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-curse-jar-found-athens.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/01/discovered-ancient-greek-jar-curse/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-reveal-ancient-greek-pot-with-curse-to-kill-55-people
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-wednesday-edition-1.6050320/dismembered-chicken-in-a-pot-was-used-by-ancient-athenians-as-a-bizarre-curse-1.6052157
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-athenian-curse-jar-contained-dismembered-chicken-and-list-of-intended-victims/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/2300-year-old-curse-jar-found-in-athens.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9730-210601-greece-curse-jar

cf: https://www.livescience.com/ancient-curse-jar-found-athens.html

Finds dating from the Bronze to Archaic ages from Acerra (Italian):

https://www.ilfattovesuviano.it/2021/05/tesori-vesuviani-ad-acerra-emergono-reperti-delleta-arcaica-sovrintendenza-allopera/

A 7th century BCE necropolis found during fiber optic installation in Gela and more in Piacenza (Italian):

https://www.corrierecomunicazioni.it/telco/banda-ultralarga/open-fiber-porta-alla-luce-una-necropoli-in-sicilia-via-al-progetto-di-musealizzazione/

A ‘new’ monumental structure of some sort from Segesta:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/segesta-sicily-monumental-building-from.html

The agora gate of Aizanoi was located this week:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/symbol-of-metropolis-discovered-in-turkeys-ancient-aizanoi

A 2000 years bp Greek altar from near Antalya:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/03/ancient-greek-altar-found-at-archaeological-site-near-antalya-turkey/
https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-ancient-history/2000-year-old-greek-altar-discovered-turkey

Brief item on a 1st century (?) coin hoard from Chianti (Italian):

https://www.iltempo.it/adnkronos/2021/05/29/news/archeologia-in-mostra-un-tesoro-di-monete-romane-scoperto-nel-chianti-2–27401929/

An imperial-era (looks 2nd century) relief from Corcumcello will be undergoing restoration (Italian):

https://www.marsicalive.it/a-corcumello-recuperato-fregio-figurato-con-armi-di-epoca-romana-sara-sottoposto-a-restauro/

Analysis of a 1700 years bp jawbone from a Roman catacomb suggests the person originally came from the Sudan:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278892-ancient-jawbone-reveals-a-2500-kilometre-journey-from-sudan-to-rome/
https://www.newser.com/story/306715/jawbone-reveals-long-journey-to-ancient-rome.html

Another bit of a Roman aqueduct from Stabian territory, specifically in Gragnano (Itlaian):

https://napoli.occhionotizie.it/scoperto-acquedotto-romano-gragnano/

A rather high proportion of 3rd century decapitated burials from a Somersham burial ground are clearly executions of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57189875
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/world/europe/roman-burials-decapitated.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/31/europe/decapitated-roman-remains-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9636201/Roman-farm-slaves-decapitated-archaeologists-claim.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/31/europe/decapitated-roman-remains-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.cbs58.com/news/exceptionally-high-number-of-decapitated-bodies-found-at-roman-burial-site
https://www.wral.com/exceptionally-high-number-of-decapitated-bodies-found-at-roman-burial-site/19704369/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61482
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/exceptionally-high-number-of.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/excavations-reveal-evidence-of-judicial-execution-by-decapitation-during-roman-period/139353
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9729-210601-roman-cemetery-executions

Doubts over claims the bones of St Peter might be in a ‘forgotten tomb’:

https://aleteia.org/2021/06/05/researchers-say-bones-beneath-st-peters-might-not-be-his/
https://www.catholicsentinel.org/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/Scholar-discounts-new-claim-St-Peter-s-remains-may-be-in-forgotten-tomb-/-3/382/43513
https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/06/02/st-peter-forgotten-tomb-vatican-240779
https://thecatholicuniverse.com/scholar-doubts-new-claim-st-peters-remains-may-be-in-forgotten-tomb/

Late Roman cisterns from Metropolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unearth-cisterns-at-izmirs-ancient-metropolis

Plans for excavations in Los Alcazares to find Roman and Arab remains:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeological_excavation_in_los_alca_zares_to_locate_roman_and_arab_remains_1606242-a.html

Low water levels revealed ‘Pompey’s bridge’ near Tbilisi:

https://www.rferl.org/a/ancient-bridge-georgia-mtkvari-pompey-mtskheta/31282768.html

More on the Punic tomb from Zabbar:

https://www.art-insider.com/punic-tomb-over-two-millenia-old-uncovered-in-malta/2307
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/punic-tomb-discovered-during-water.html

More on the remains of a Roman aqueduct/water channel from Aydin:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/aqueduct-that-once-carried-water-to.html

More on those well-preserved Roman baths from Spain:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/travel/2021/05/21/ancient-roman-baths-dunes-spain-sfc-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/travel/

Hobby Lobby is now suing Dirk Obbink over what they paid for several bits of papyri:

https://www.courthousenews.com/hobby-lobby-sues-oxford-professor-over-stolen-bible-artifacts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hobby-lobby-sues-dirk-obbink-over-stolen-biblical-antiquities-1976416
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/former-oxford-professor-sued-for-5m-over-sale-of-biblical-papyrus-kz2lr8qx5
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/june/hobby-lobby-dirk-obbink-gospel-papyrus-theft-suit-7-million.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9654169/Oxford-don-arrested-theft-biblical-papyrus-fragments-facing-5-million-lawsuit.html

The Acropolis is now more accessible:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/03/acropolis-more-accessible-visitors/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210605-acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row

… but other folks see the ‘makeover’ as ‘barbaric’:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210605-acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row

A contract has been signed for redevelopment of the Paphos Gate archaeological site:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/02/contract-signed-for-redevelopment-of-paphos-gate-archaeological-site/

Plans to protect and promote Colchester’s Roman Circus have been approved:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19348041.plan-protect-promote-colchesters-roman-circus-approved/

A solar farm threatens Silchester Roman ruins:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/solar-farm-would-threaten-silchester-roman-ruins-says-archa-9201273/

Italy is being pressured to buy the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/italy-still-at-an-impasse-over-torlonia-marbles

… a background piece (complementing one in the Museum section):

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/06/the-story-behind-marble-masterpieces-in-rome/

The pandemic has made it easier to loot Roman sites:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-artifacts-covid-looting/index.html

Princeton has removed its Latin/Greek requirements (i.e. they’re starting a Classical Civilization program):

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2021/06/princeton-university-latin-greek-classics-language-requirement-accessibility-op-ed

… and it’s being spun rather differently:

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/princeton-removes-greek-latin-requirement-for-classics-majors-to-combat-systemic-racism/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/princeton-removes-greek-latin-for-classics-majors-to-combat-racism/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_arts_literature_usa/arthro/princeton_university_nixes_greek_and_latin_requirements_for_classics_majors-2588766/

OpEd on the situation at Howard:

https://theundefeated.com/features/classics-is-a-part-of-black-intellectual-history-howard-needs-to-keep-it/

Pondering access and outreach issues at Cambridge:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/features/21577

Another interview with Mary Beard:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/31/magazine/mary-beard-rome-interview.html

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.kwbu.org/post/likely-stories-thousand-ships-natalie-haynes

Review of Michael Fontaine, *How to Tell a Joke*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-tell-a-joke-review-a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-11622821485

Martha Nussbaum on #MeToo:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/martha-nussbaum-on-metoo

Feature on being a child in the Roman Empire:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/what-was-it-like-to-be-a-child-in-the-roman-empire

Feature on some tunnels created by Claudius in Avezzano:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tunnels-of-claudius

Pondering whether Latin is a dead language:

https://www.livescience.com/did-latin-die.html

Feature on Socrates:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/socrates-philosopher-life-books-works-b1856924.html

… and an opeddish thing on how he wouldn’t have fared better today:

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2021/06/socrates-canceled-in-antiquity-would-fare-no-better-today-guest-opinion-by-jeff-frank.html

Feature on Maximian’s palace at Seville that was destroyed 30 years ago for train station purposes:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-06-04/in-spain-loss-of-roman-empires-largest-palace-for-a-high-speed-train-station-still-hurts.html

Feature on Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/roman-military-at-fishbourne-and-how-the-story-is-still-emerging-3258550

Feature on some ancient Roman beauty techniques:

https://daily.jstor.org/recipe-for-an-ancient-roman-glow-up/

Feature on Roman legions of Spain, Roman Africa, and Egypt:

https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1757/legions-of-spain-roman-africa–egypt/

Feature on the Romans’ conquest of the Balearic Islands:

https://www.thecollector.com/how-roman-military-conquered-balearic-islands/

Feature on the theatre at Thorikos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/thorikos-the-oldest-known-theater-in-the-world-lies-almost-forgotten/

Feature on the Minoan language:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/deciphering-the-mysterious-minoan-language-of-ancient-crete

Interesting photos from the first excavations at Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/04/rare-photos-first-excavations-sacred-greek-island-delos/

Feature on horror’s roots in Greek tragedy:

https://www.fangoria.com/original/greek-tragedy-and-horror-part-i/

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

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_history_and_science/arthro/what_ancient_greeks_romans_knew_about_preventing_the_spread_of_disease-2614080/

Five myths about Stoicism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-stoicism/2021/06/01/53609cea-bcca-11eb-9c90-731aff7d9a0d_story.html

Feature on the Zeugma mosaics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/the-greek-mosaics-of-zeugma/

Feature on the Jockey of Artemision:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/05/jockey-of-artemision-greek-art-in-all-stunning-glory/

Feature on some sarcophagi from Bursa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/bursas-sarcophagi-mesmerize-as-ancient-works-of-art/news

Feature on garum:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/aylin-oney-tan/chemistry-between-fish-and-salt-165123

Feature on the Colossus of Rhodes:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/rhodes_and_the_wonder_of_the_ancient_world-2546002/

Feature on the Greek theatres at Messene and Sicyon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/04/ancient-greek-theaters-of-sicyon-and-messene-are-treasures-of-the-peloponnese/

Feature on erotic art of ancient Greece and Rome:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/erotic-art-ancient-greece-rome/
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/ancient-greek-and-roman-erotic-art/230217/

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/pythagoras-greek-philosopher-theorem/

Feature on Socrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/05/socrates-founder-of-western-philosophy/

Feature on the Olympians:

https://richmond.com/the-olympians/article_8968dc1d-0108-5697-976c-980a0c4e9d01.html

Feature on modern democracy fitting the Greek idea of oligarchy:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/03/for-ancient-greeks-our-modern-democracy-is-oligarchy/

Pondering whether the US Senate resembles ancient Rome:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2021/06/does-us-senate-resemble-ancient-rome/619060/

More on the new Cambridge Ancient Greek dictionary:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-researchers-add-back-swear-20700551
https://www.thenationalherald.com/science/arthro/ancient_greek_dictionary_from_the_victorian_era_gets_21st_century_upgrade-2589162/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study of Mesolithic elk tooth rattles/ornaments found in several burials in Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoh-sar060321.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archaeological-prehistoric-pendants.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/8000-year-old-elk-teeth-reveal-psychedelic-stone-age-dance-tendencies-670177
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31540/20210604/prehistoric-teeth-pendants-worn-ancient-dance-8-000-years-ago.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/stone-age-raves-to-beat-of-elk-tooth.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9736-210604-elk-teeth-rattlers

4000-5000 years bp petroglyphs from Dunchraigaig Cairn in Argyll:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-animal-carvings-in-scotland.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/31/prehistoric-carvings-of-red-deer-found-in-scottish-neolithic-tomb
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-57304921
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19340788.real-treasure-amateur-archaeologists-prehistoric-find-burial-site-argyll-bute/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/618/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/618/pub/618/page/29/article/180205
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61513
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/prehistoric-deer-carvings-scottish-tomb-1234594690/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/deer-carvings-scotland-09719.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/prehistoric-animal-carvings-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-deer-carvings-found-scotland-180977876/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9728-210601-scotland-rock-art

… and more petroglyphs from Portugal’s Coa Valley:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/more-palaeolithic-petroglyphs-uncovered.html

Suggestion that Bronze Age types apparently travelled and traded much farther than previously thought:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/sky-s-the-limit-uk-europe-and-beyond-for-bronze-age-people

A 5th century or so necropolis from Hvar (Croatia):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeological-sensation-on-hvar-necropolis-from-late-antiquity-period-discovered/

Evidence that part of Stavanger cathedral (Norway) might be built on a former Viking settlement:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/was-norways-stavanger-cathedral-built.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/findings-support-evidence-that-stavanger-cathedral-was-built-on-a-viking-settlement/139383

Feature on assorted finds from a box found at a melting glacier pass in Norway:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61497
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-open-frozen-wooden-box-found-on-viking-m-1847032969

A 17th century child burial from Poland found decades ago was revealed to have a bird in her mouth:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/child-burial-in-cave-had-birds-skull-placed-in-mouth/139369

Excavation and study of the 1500 18th/19th century burials from the Trinity Burial Ground in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/graveyard-secrets-hulls-huge-castle-5483179

Victorian finds from the University of Bradford campus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/world/europe/amsterdam-crumbling-infrastructure-canals.html

Feature on the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.livescience.com/galloway-hoard-in-scotland.html

Feature on the Famagusta Gate:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/walls-of-nicosia-famagusta-gate-porta-guiliana/

Concerns for assorted sites in Amsterdam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/world/europe/amsterdam-crumbling-infrastructure-canals.html

Construction work damaged a potential site in Co Kerry:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/potential-archaeological-site-in-co-kerry-damaged-by-development-company-1.4584629

Mudlarking on the Thames is returning:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/623/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/623/pub/623/page/39/article/182290

A conference on the Viking presence in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40304390.html

Conservation work on the 15th century Panagia church in Asha (Cyprus) is complete:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/03/conservation-work-at-asha-church-completed/

Feature on five important Viking finds in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/viking-discoveries-finds-britain-archaeology-life/

Excavations at a couple of Orkney sites has resumed:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/3204043/university-archaeologists-restart-orkney-excavations-after-year-away/

Feature on the Celts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ancient-celts-iron-age-foes-of-rome-who-left-behind-more-than-weapons

Feature on Britain and people of African origins therein:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09jythh/the-forgotten-history-of-the-first-black-briton
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest finds from the Sanxingdui site in Sichuan:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224977.shtml

… and China is getting the praise for them that it sought:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2105309848/

… and dealing with alien claims too, apparently:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3136027/people-think-remarkable-discoveries-are-aliens-chinese

20 000 years bp tools from Tuyen Quang (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeological-traces-affirm-existence-of-early-humans-in-tuyen-quang/202441.vnp

Assorted finds dating to the ‘stone age’ found by accident near Thatta (Pakistan):

https://dailytimes.com.pk/764863/stone-age-era-cave-discovered-near-thatta/

Caves possibly once the dwellings of Buddhist monks (date uncertain) from Nashik:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-nashiks-buddhist-caves-complex-a-chance-new-find-7341629/

A 2000 years bp grinding stone from Junnar may have links to Rome:

https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/centuries-old-stone-grinder-found-in-junnar-links-up-to-ancient-rome/articleshow/83094895.cms

Evidence of a 11th/12th century temple beneath Ujjain’s Mahakal temple:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/remains-of-11th-12th-century-temple-found-under-ujjains-mahakal-temple/articleshow/83183652.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-11th-century-temple-remains-found-beneath-mahakal-shrine/articleshow/83193243.cms

Assurances that archaeology sites in the Punjab would be protected:

https://nation.com.pk/01-Jun-2021/archaeology-sites-to-be-protected

More on population estimates for Angkor:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/angkor-wat-city-mapping/
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/19/eabf8441.abstract
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3d scanning and printing a 19th century boat from Sydney:

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/australias-oldest-colonial-boat-unearthed-for-display-by-3d-scanning-and-3d-printing-190799/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence that people may have arrived in North America some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/isu-nem060121.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-evidence-timeline-people-north-america.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210601165038.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/coxcatlan-cave-humans-09721.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/shocking-new-findings-suggest-meso-america-was-home-to-humans-33-000-years-ago
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/new-evidence-may-change-timeline-for.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/new-timeline-for-when-people-first-arrived-in-north-america/

Possible evidence of a 16th century Mocama village on Talbot Island (Fl):

https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/education/campus/2021/06/04/unf-archaeologists-find-ancient-16th-century-native-american-village/7529814002/

Native American remains from a construction site in Montecito:

https://www.independent.com/2021/06/04/riven-rock-remains-are-native-american/

Excavations of a mass grave associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre began (these are chronological if you want to follow the progress):

https://www.msnbc.com/katy-tur/watch/archaeologists-excavate-mass-grave-in-search-of-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-114160197946
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/06/03/tampa-archaeologists-to-search-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/tampa-bay-erased-black-cemeteries-tulsa-massacre/67-a45a5d96-4a77-437d-aced-73d3d1db22f9
https://www.wral.com/5-more-coffins-found-in-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-search/19709895/
https://www.news9.com/story/60b96474af35f96be39e277f/archaeologists-discover-five-more-coffins-in-mass-grave-at-oaklawn-cemetery
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/556873-searchers-find-five-more-tulsa-race-massacre-coffins-at-mass-grave
https://www.bluemountaineagle.com/life/national/city-locates-eight-more-burials-at-oaklawn-cemetery-this-week-as-tulsa-race-massacre-mass/article_0cb1a4df-34ea-55bc-9999-bbaf0478d841.html
https://www.ksby.com/news/national/more-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-that-officials-say-was-created-during-tulsa-race-massacre
https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gyeb/tulsa-massacre-researchers-just-found-more-coffins-at-a-mass-grave-site
https://www.newson6.com/story/60b8110a105a4b0be21750ea/archaeologists-discover-three-more-burials-in-mass-grave-at-oaklawn-cemetery
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/more-coffins-found-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-search-n1269611
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9737-210604-tulsa-race-massacre

… and an explanation of the tech being used:

https://kfor.com/news/tulsa-race-massacre/experts-break-down-the-science-behind-identifying-remains-thought-to-belong-to-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/

… and features on other such race massacres:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/31/it-was-much-more-than-tulsa/
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002604442/remembering-red-summer-years-of-racial-violence-set-the-stage-for-tulsa-massacre

… a related podcast:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/blindspot

… and Tom Hanks on what you should know about it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/opinion/tom-hanks-tulsa-race-massacre-history.html

Excavations have resumed at James Monroe’s Highland:

https://www.cbs19news.com/story/44036593/excavations-resume-at-highland

… and Colonial Michilimackinac:

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/63rd-consecutive-season-of-archaeological-digs-kicks-off-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://www.cheboygannews.com/story/news/2021/06/03/archaeological-work-colonial-michilimackinac-underway-63rd-season/7521770002/

Feature on abandoned Native American food caches on the Spoonville Peninsula (Michigan):

http://greatlakesecho.org/2021/06/02/abandoned-food-caches-offer-evidence-of-native-american-survival-strategies/

Interesting study of some obsidian found in the depths of Lake Huron almost a decade ago:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/at-the-bottom-of-lake-huron-an-ancient-mystery-materializes/

Interview with Clint Smith about his *How the Word is Passed*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/03/1003020324/in-how-the-word-is-passed-8-places-tell-the-story-of-slavery-in-the-u-s

… and with Carol Anderson about her *The Second*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002107670/historian-uncovers-the-racist-roots-of-the-2nd-amendment

Feature on endangered historic places in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/03/1002871559/here-s-the-latest-list-of-the-nation-s-most-endangered-historic-places
https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2021

Arguing over plans for the Alamo:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/san-antonios-new-battle-over-the-alamo

Fundraising for preservation of a Jamestown Island church tower:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-church-0519-20210601-hlgmi4s4rvb3bd4yx5zxmvepm4-story.html

… which might be later than previously thought:

https://www.pilotonline.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-history-0602-20210601-hlgy7sf27rd5djt3psslkw5qm4-story.html

Plans for restoration work at the Miami Circle:

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/06/04/miami-circle-to-go-through-restroation/

Review of Burlingame, *An American Marriage*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/books/review/michael-burlingame-an-american-marriage-abraham-lincoln-mary-todd.html

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Possible 30 000 years bp evidence in a Mexican cave (we might have mentioned this):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-were-rabbits-and-deer-doing-in-a-cave-in-mexico-30-000-years-ago-1.9870917

A study of the 1400 years bp burial and associated objects of Tomb II from Michoacan (found in 2011):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/1400-year-old-remains-of-elite-young.html

An 18th century burial ground for enslaved persons from a Caribbean plantation site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-18th-century-graveyard-caribbean-plantation.html
https://www.ksat.com/tech/2021/05/31/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-plantation/
https://apnews.com/article/europe-caribbean-science-b74a3312d5e196ee3123bc1b50ea0e7c
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-plantation/2021/05/31/0d97a3be-c262-11eb-89a4-b7ae22aa193e_story.html
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-sugar-plantation/MJY3HN3UQZPWJ2Z6IQ3RKZ4JTA/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-18th-century-grave-enslaved-people-caribbean-island-180977870/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9732-210602-caribbean-slavery-sugar

Mexico shut down that building project near Teotihuacan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mexico-raids-teotihuacn-pyramids.html
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/world/2021/05/31/mexico-raids-building-project-next-to-teotihuacan-pyramids/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mexican-authorities-seize-illegal-development-in-teotihuacan
https://gizmodo.com/mexican-authorities-raid-construction-site-near-famous-1847007049

Feature on stone spheres from Costa Rica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-mysterious-stone-spheres-of-costa-rica/139375

Assorted Ancient Americas talks coming up via zoom and youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
http://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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Sheffield ‘higher ups’ apparently ignored a funding offer:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/sheffield-university-chiefs-ignored-secret-donors-ps200000-offer-to-keep-doomed-archaeology-department-open-3257311

… while the NPS Archaeological Unit is being shut down:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/nps-archaeological-unit-to-be-closed-down-8015792

… and archaeologists fear there is a ‘nationwide attack’ on the discipline going on:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/30/help-our-profession-or-uks-shared-history-will-be-lost-say-archaeologists
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/archaeology-faces-perfect-storm-shortages-closures-nationwide-attack-discipline-tony-robinson-1032079
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19338408.brexit-education-cuts-threaten-make-scottish-archaeology-history/

Feature on the impact of experimental archaeology on excavations:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/contributions-of-experimental-archaeology-to-excavation/

The National Library of Scotland purchased the original manuscript of the chronicle of Fortingall:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19349035.one-important-documents-scottish-history-bought-national-library/

On efforts to preserve the prison where Oscar Wilde was sent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/world/europe/oscar-wilde-prison-jail.html

On Vikings’ role in the medieval slave trade:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/news-analysis/viking-britain-slave-trade-b1854503.html

Feature on a Berthe Morisot painting:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/06/04/arts/design/berthe-morisot-in-england.html

Feature on alcohol consumption over the ages:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/

Feature on a 19th century fabric scrapbook:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/05/alspaugh-fabric-scrapbook-clothing-history.html

Feature on Renaissance philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/there-was-no-such-thing-as-renaissance-philosophy

A 108 years bp message in a bottle from a construction site in Detroit:

https://www.thedrive.com/news/40888/ford-finds-108-year-old-message-in-a-bottle-during-michigan-central-station-renovation
https://www.foxnews.com/auto/98-year-old-message-in-a-bottle-ford-construction
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61502
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9733-210603-detroit-beer-bottle

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210531-searching-for-gertrude-bell-colonial-mother-of-modern-iraq
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/searching-for-miss-bell-archaeologist-who-drew-iraq-s-borders-1.1232705

A Noah’s Ark replica/museum has been deemed unseaworthy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-57363750

Feature on research into Van Gogh’s last days:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/design/van-gogh-painting-maine.html

Feature on Ingres’s portrit of the Comtesse d’Haussonville:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/ingres-comtesse-d-haussonville/

Feature on medieval wall paintings in parish churches:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/622/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/622/pub/622/page/177/article/180642

On the antiquity of beer and wine snobs:

https://www.winemag.com/2021/06/03/ancient-rome-history-ancient-greek-history-wine/

On how humanity has changed the food it eats:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210514-how-humanity-has-changed-the-food-it-eats

On the collectors of radioactive glassware:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/uranium-glass-radioactive-plates-cups

Feature on famous horses who served in battle:

https://cowgirlmagazine.com/famous-horses-who-served-in-battle/

Feature on assorted (real) sunken cities:

https://www.livescience.com/real-life-atlantis-settlements.html

Study suggests there’s no evidence that the shift to farming made males and females more physically similar:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-evidence-shift-farming-males-females.html

Atlas Obscura has a ‘decolonization project’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/business/media/atlas-obscura-travel-media.html

On some recent translation of the Divine Comedy:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-06-05/leer-a-dante-traducido.html

Review of a biography of Kurt Godel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/books/review-journey-edge-of-reason-kurt-godel-biography-stephen-budiansky.html

More on that skull sculpted by Bernini:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/30/skull-sculpted-by-bernini-and-owned-by-a-pope-discovered/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61477
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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215 burials of students from a residential school site in Kamloops:

https://www.coastreporter.net/bc-news/burial-site-investigation-informed-by-bands-archaeological-policies-ceremonies-chief-3825544

… some backstory:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kamloops-residential-school-survivor-abuse/

… followed by a suggestion that GPR be used at residential school sites in general in Canada:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ground-radar-technology-residential-school-remains-1.6049776
https://battlefordsnow.com/2021/06/01/archaeologist-believes-ground-penetrating-radar-can-show-true-reality-of-residential-schools/

A residential school site in Nova Scotia will be investigated:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-archaeologist-to-investigate-grounds-at-former-nova-scotia-residential/
https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/provincial/saint-marys-archaeologists-to-start-work-at-shubenacadie-residential-school-this-weekend-100596206/

The Passamaquoddy people in Maine bought back and island taken from them 160 years bp:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/04/native-american-tribe-maine-buys-back-pine-island

A seminary built using Jim Crow labour has begun paying reparations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/us/reparations-virginia-theological-seminary.html

Feature on the ‘disconnect’ in how we talk about slavery:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1001243385/slavery-wasnt-long-ago-writer-exposes-the-disconnect-in-how-we-tell-history

Maryland has repealed a state song that referred to Lincoln as a tyrant:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/20/983057655/maryland-repeals-state-song-that-called-lincoln-a-tyrant

A possible mass grave of WWII massacre victims from Singapore is being investigated:

https://www.livescience.com/mass-grave-wwii-massacre-singapore-hospital.html

Latest ‘actor’ brouhaha is over a Black actress playing Anne Boleyn:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-first-woman-color-bring-anne-boleyns-story-screen-180977882/

Gender neutral pronouns go back further than most folks know:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/06/gender-neutral-pronouns-arent-new/619092/

The British Museum is taking suggestions on what to do with a toppled statue of a slave trader:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/04/bristol-edward-colston-statue-museum/

Germany has acknowledged genocide in Namibia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-acknowledges-genocide-namibia-stops-short-reparations-180977886/?

Washington and Lee University has voted to keep the Lee in their name:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/washington-lee-university-names.html

Questioning Johns Hopkins’ involvement in slavery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/washington-lee-university-names.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/06/05/john-hopkins-slavery-founder-inquiry/

cf: https://osf.io/zra5f/

On challenging Argentina’s ‘white European’ image:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/argentina-white-european-racism-history
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying how the ancestors of modern horses migrated across the Bering Land Bridge:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/ufu-rfo060221.php

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/mary-beard-on-the-infamous-roman-emperor-nero
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/nero-the-man-behind-the-myth-review-legend-and-truth
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/nero-exhibition-british-museum-1961527

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/06/the-torlonia-marbles-on-display-roman-magnificence-top-scholarship/

Becket:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-thomas-beckets-beaus-turbulent-relics-v5wc0dmzv

Epic Iran:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/arts/design/iran-ayatollah.html

Keros antiquities:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-06/04/c_139989422.htm

Slavery:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210601-how-the-dutch-are-facing-up-to-their-colonial-past
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/design/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/slavery-the-new-exhibition-at-the-rijksmuseum/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-rijksmuseum-exhibition-confronts-brutal-history-enslavement-180977857/

Galloway Hoard:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/3202528/galloway-hoard-viking-age-treasure-to-go-on-display-at-aberdeen-art-gallery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christian-clergymen-may-have-buried-trove-trick-vikings-180977879/

Merovingian sarophagi:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61472

Mythologies:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3135194/surrealism-and-mythology-how-salvador-dali-pablo-picasso-and

Imagine Mozart:

https://www.dw.com/en/imagine-mozart-the-composer-in-art/g-57722795

The GEM’s Grand Staircase is complete:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-work-for-grand-egyptian-museums-great-staircase-complete/

… while the transfer of two of Khufu’s boats are in works:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-board-makes-plans-to-transfer-king-khufus-two-archaeological-boats/

Egypt’s sunken antiquities that have been on tour for a few years are back in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104629/After-a-global-tour-Egypt-s-sunken-antiquities-return-to

Possible kiss marks have been detected at the Becket display at the British Museum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-new-thomas-becket-exhibition-pilgrims-kiss-wfnthnxc8

Feature on the Volos Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/volos-museum-displays-historical-treasures-from-hub-of-ancient-greek-civilization/

The Louvre has a pile of Greek antiquities:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/03/louvre-holds-stolen-treasures-200-greeks-died-trying-to-protect/

There’s a new head at the Louvre:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/31/laurence-des-cars-is-the-new-head-of-the-louvre-museum/

… and a new director general at the Acropolis Museum:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44740-cycladic-museum-director-elected-athens-acropolis-museum-s-first-director-general.html

A programme to digitize the museums of Cyprus:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/department-of-antiquities-announces-digitising-the-museums-of-cyprus-programme/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/digitising-the-museums-of-cyprus/

As might be expected, it was a bad year for museums:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1002077626/a-new-report-shows-museums-had-a-bad-year-but-not-the-worst-possible

More on the underwater museum at Peristera:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/diving-into-greeces-heritage-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-ancient-wreck/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/03/the-alonissos-underwater-museum-opened-on-june-1/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Newton’s notes for a second edition of his Principia are coming to auction:

https://www.dw.com/en/christies-to-sell-isaac-newtons-notes-for-greatest-work/a-57735280

Bonham’s cancelled the auction of some Nepalese antiquities:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/bonhams-cancels-auction-of-nepali-antiquities/

More on those Bronte items coming to auction:

https://www.reviewgeek.com/85525/a-lost-bronte-family-library-is-up-for-grabs-in-a-sothebys-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Testing the DNA found in 9000 years bp auroch bones found in a woman’s burial in Spain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-dna-of-three-aurochs-found-next-to.html

DNA suggests the Basques are genetically unique in Europe:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/basque-genetic-singularity-confirmed-in-largest-ever-study/ar-BB1fcIgy

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) use to date sites in Tibet:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-oldest-human-southern-tibetan-plateau.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoi-oht053121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210602153407.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/oldest-human-traces-from-southern.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/03/oldest-human-traces-from-the-southern-tibetan-plateau-in-a-new-light/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/oldest-human-traces-from-the-southern-tibetan-plateau-in-a-new-light/139361

Feature on the use of Portable Xray Fluorescence analysis (pXRF):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-non-invasive-procedure-archaeological-excavating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/upf–anp052821.php
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0250776
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-non-invasive-procedure-allows.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/a-non-invasive-procedure-for-obtaining-archaeological-information/

What applying AI to a Modigliani found:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/modigliani-lost-lover-beatrice-hastings

Using bacteria to clean Italian sculptures:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/arts/bacteria-cleaning-michelangelo-medici-restoration.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-team-art-restorers-using-bacteria-clean-michelangelos-sculptures-180977866/

I think we mentioned this use of mud cores to analyze human impacts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57273664

Feature on digital archiving in archaeology:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue58/index.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Suggestion that an African ‘climate seasaw’ drove human evolution for the last 620 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/mpif-nda052821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210531153205.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/newly-discovered-african-climate-seesaw-drove-human-evolution/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient cities in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461517/Top-Iranian-cities-where-echoes-of-ancient-civilizations-still

Architectural wonders of Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/05/four-of-spains-lesser-known-architectural-wonders

Sleeping giant of Naxos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/the-mystery-of-the-sleeping-giant-in-naxos-greece-photos/

Azores tea plantation:

https://www.dw.com/en/azores-home-to-the-oldest-tea-plantation-in-europe/a-57596094

El Camino de Santiago:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Pilgrims-return-to-Spain-s-El-Camino-paths-16226764.php

Ravenna:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/ravenna-italy-roman-powerhouse-artistic-hub-podcast/

Aegina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/swimming-among-the-ruins-of-a-glorious-ancient-greek-military-harbor/

Versailles has a hotel now:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/le-grand-controle-chateau-de-versailles/index.html

More on efforts to save Venice from cruise ships:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/02/mick-jagger-and-tilda-swinton-join-calls-for-new-law-to-protect-venice
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/05/angry-protests-in-venice-at-shock-return-of-cruise-ships
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-57373381

… but:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/1st-cruise-ship-sails-through-Venice-since-start-16221941.php
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Mystery Plays:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57299429

Prometheus Bound:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/05/31/o-promitheas-desmotis-se-skinothesia-ari-mpiniari-gia-treis-parastaseis-stin-epidayro/

Feature on this year’s Epidaurus Festival:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/201519/a-new-era-for-the-athens-and-epidaurus-festival/

Mozart festival in Wurzburg is celebrating its centennial:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-mozart-festival-in-w%C3%BCrzburg-celebrates-100-years-amid-pandemic/a-57720119

Feature on Andras Schiff and authentic instruments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/music/piano-brahms-andras-schiff.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Domina:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/domina-review-power-hungry-provocative-poisonous-11622748898

The Great Wall:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3135782/zhang-yimous-fantasy-movie-great-wall-matt-damon-great-fail

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CRIME BEAT
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Some ‘visitors’ to Sabratha (Libya) graffitied the walls:

https://en.libyan-cna.net/tourism-and-archaeology/walls-of-ancient-sabratha-defaced/

Spanish police busted an internet auction of some Roman items:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-04/el-deshonor-del-aguila-perdida-por-la-legion-romana-que-se-vendia-en-internet.html

Feature on theft of manuscripts from libraries:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/forget-art-and-gems-thieves-make-discreet-millions-at-the-library
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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 descendent of Japan’s Ryukyuan kingdom wants to recover some bones:

https://www.dw.com/en/japan-descendant-of-ryukyuan-royalty-demands-return-of-stolen-bones/a-57726230

Nepal is seeking some looted antiquities from France:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/nepal-wants-stolen-antiquities-returned-from-france/

A French heir has donated a Pissarro stolen by the Nazis to the University of Oklahoma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/arts/design/pissarro-university-oklahoma-nazi.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/french-heiress-ends-fight-university-oklahoma-over-nazi-looted-art-n1269297

Germany restored a Nazi-looted Wopfner to heirs:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/bavaria-restitutes-joseph-wopfner-painting-1234594427/

Feature on looted art from Kenya:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-art-from-kenya-when-the-display-cases-remain-empty/a-57735942

Feature on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/the-world-today/2021-06/benin-bronzes-long-journey-home

Feature/reviewish on women-led slave revolts:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/30/1001430516/a-stunning-graphic-novel-uncovers-the-history-of-enslaved-women-who-fought-back

Review of Barnaby Phillips, *Loot*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/loot-review-plunders-revenge-11622822870

More on those temple lintels returned to Thailand:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/1000-year-old-looted-temple-lintels.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on temples on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/temples-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n23.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eilat Mazar:

https://aleteia.org/2021/06/01/archaeologist-known-for-heavy-use-of-bible-dies-at-64/

Josep Almudever:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/world/europe/josep-almudever-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/3075-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-23-through-may-29-2021
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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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Explorator 24.06 ~ May 30, 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, John Dillon, 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).

… there might be some duplicates from last week in today’s issue due to a sorting
glitch (i.e. I messed up) …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study of a mutation that distinguishes modern humans from Neanderthals:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/scientists-discover-new-feature-that.html

Study of how homo sapiens used fire to shape the environment in Malawi some 100 000 years bp:

https://theconversation.com/early-humans-used-fire-to-permanently-change-the-landscape-tens-of-thousands-of-years-ago-in-stone-age-africa-158574
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/early-human-fire-natural-environment/

Plans for a study of how homo sapiens reaching India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/charotar-researcher-to-retrace-homo-sapiens-journey-to-india/articleshow/82837437.cms

An account of a talk in Egypt about the oldest homo sapiens remains:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104288/Homo-sapiens-Our-ancestors-as-revealed-by-archaeological-research

Feature on homo sapiens:

https://www.livescience.com/homo-sapiens.html

Review of Alex Bezzerides, *Evolution Gone Wrong*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/21/998504434/weve-been-evolving-for-millions-of-years-so-why-are-our-bodies-so-flawed

More on ‘iconic vocalizations’ and the development of languages:

https://www.livescience.com/iconic-vocalizations-lead-to-human-languages.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9713-210525-language-vocalization-gestures

More on that 80 000 years bp child burial:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-an-80000-year-old-burial-site-reveals-about-humanity
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AFRICA
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The 13 000 years bp (and later) human remains in the Jebel Sahaba cemetery (Sudan) suggest the injuries seen were not the result of a single battle:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-prehistoric-violence-jebel-sahaba-event.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/sr-apv052421.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/c-jsa052521.php
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/africa/violence-war-climate-jebel-sahaba-scn/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/prehistoric-cemetery-sudan-shows-war-has-been-hell-forever-2021-05-27/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-war-nile-valley-b1855251.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/world-s-first-war-13-400-years-ago-was-not-isolated-event-1.9849856
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hunter-gatherers-warfare-stone-age-jebel-sahaba
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/13000-year-old-skeletons-reveal-climate-driven-warfare-in-ancient-sudan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9726-210528-sudan-jebel-sahaba

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-89386-y

Evidence of Neolithic ‘kites’ (the ‘corral’ kind) from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-stone-age-kites-southern-africa.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9719-210526-south-africa-kites

Interesting story on African slave trade links to Queen Victoria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57156148

Feature on Mbuya Nahanda:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zimbabwe-unveils-statue-anti-colonial-leader-mbuya-nehanda-180977835/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is counting on archaeology to pull tourism out of the pandemic:

https://www.startribune.com/egypt-bets-on-ancient-finds-to-pull-tourism-out-of-pandemic/600062838/

More on the 250 Old Kingdom and Ptolemaic tombs found at Sohag:

https://www.livescience.com/250-tombs-ancient-egypt.html

Feature on the Sphinx:

https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-the-great-sphinx-of-giza/

Feature on that ‘official’ Egyptian replica factory:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/life-size-chariots-and-mini-mummies-egyptian-replica-factory-brings-historical-artefacts-home-1.1228719

Review of Edmund Richardson, *Alexandria*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/27/alexandria-by-edmund-richardson-review-the-quest-for-the-lost-city

Restoration efforts have commenced at Tepe Rivi in northeastern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461283/Restoration-work-begins-on-ancient-Tepe-Rivi

More on efforts in Iran to gain Heritage Status for the Great Wall of Gorgan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461245/Experts-busy-demarcating-great-defensive-wall-as-a-prerequisite

A Luwian inscription dating to Tudhaliya IV was found in a village in Konya:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittite-era-inscription-discovered-in-konyas-karaoren-village-164962

In case you missed this 2300 years bp apse-sided structure found in Istanbul:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/2300-year-old-apse-discovered-in-istanbuls-city-of-the-blind-1234593908/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2300-year-old-construction-turkeys-city-blind-180977821/

Plans to excavate at the Ani site on the Turkish-Armenian border:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-to-reveal-hidden-history-of-eastern-turkeys-ani-ruins

The White Monument at Tal Banat (3rd millennium BCE) might be the oldest existing war memorial:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-judeans-non-kosher-fish.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mysterious-mound-in-syria-may-be-oldest-war-memorial-in-the-world-1.9850752
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/world-s-oldest-war-memorial-may-have-been-identified-in-syria
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/archaeologists-identify-giant-4000-year-old-war-memorial/139308

Feature on the Neo-Assyrian Empire:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/05/geography-neoassyrian-empire

A ‘flimsy’ 2800 years bp bone arrowhead find from Gath:

https://www.livescience.com/arrowhead-biblical-battle-in-goliath-hometown.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/the-last-stand-of-the-philistines-archaeologists-find-clue-to-the-fall-of-gath-1.9841706

An interesting 1500 years bp apotropaic amulet found 40 years ago in the Galilee was recently handed over to the IAA:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/amulet-against-evil-eye-offers-look-at-jewish-life-in-talmudic-israel-669202
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1500-year-old-amulet-bearing-jewish-gods-name-handed-to-antiquities-authority/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-demon-repellent-returned-to-israeli-authorities-after-40-years-1.9844966
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/306900
https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/luck-of-the-jewish/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/26/c_139971227.htm

A study of fish bones from various sites suggest a kosher diet was not always strictly adhered to by Judeans over the course of the Bronze Age to Byzantine times:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-fish-bones-reveal-non-kosher.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/tfg-afb051821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210525084317.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-judeans-non-kosher-fish.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-judeans-ate-non-kosher-fish-bible-didnt-heed-habit-study-669068
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bad-judeans-despite-biblical-ban-non-kosher-fish-were-eaten-in-ancient-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-did-king-david-keep-kosher-ancient-judeans-ate-biblically-banned-fish-1.9837609
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-discover-what-ancient-judeans-actually-ate-1.9837609
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9613595/Ancient-Judeans-ate-non-kosher-fish-thousands-years-ago.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278415-non-kosher-fish-eaten-in-jerusalem-during-early-days-of-judaism/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-archaeology-tells-us-about-ancient-history-eating-kosher-180977804/

More on using AI to identify authors of the DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/artificial-intelligence-helps-identify-authors-of-dead-sea-scrolls-1.9732803

Feature on Beth-Shemesh:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-other-side-of-beth-shemesh/

Feature on the Jewish history of Israel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/opinion/jewish-history-israel.html

Feature on the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-ark-of-the-covenant-in-its-egyptian-context/

An upcoming public conference (Zoom) on the DSS might be of interest:

https://as.nyu.edu/hebrewjudaic/events/spring-2021/dss-conference-2021.html

… and one on Sheshonq in Palestine:

https://www.oeaw.ac.at/oeai/kommunikation-events/veranstaltungen/event-detail/sheshonq-shishaq-in-palestine

Feature on the new Al Ula archaeological and conservation research institute:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1851271/lifestyle

Feature on archaeology in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/books/abu-dhabi-book-fair-2021-what-it-takes-to-inspire-the-next-generation-of-archaeologists-1.1231512

—–
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 2000 years bp (!) Punic burial found during water works construction in Zejtun:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-27/local-news/Punic-tomb-discovered-during-water-works-in-Zejtun-6736233823
https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109901/2000yearold_punic_tomb_discovered_during_works_in_ejtun
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-sealed-2000-year-old-tomb-found-near-zejtun.874933
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61459
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9725-210528-malta-intact-tomb

A cluster of decapitated burials from Somersham were probably victims of Roman military executions, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57189875

Remains of a Roman aqueduct in Aydin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/early-roman-aqueduct-discovered-in-turkeys-touristic-site-aydin/news

Latest finds from the ‘little Pompeii’ that is Sepino (Italian):

https://www.repubblica.it/dossier/cronaca/turismo-2021/2021/05/24/news/gratuita_e_senza_recinzioni_a_sepino_l_area_archeologica_di_altilia-saepinum_si_fonde_con_il_centro_abitato-302364844/

Roman finds from Stratford:

https://www.stratford-herald.com/news/stratfords-roman-past-revealed-9201095/

Etruscan finds from the val di Fiemme (Italian):

https://www.ladige.it/territori/fiemme-fassa/2021/05/28/tracce-etrusche-in-val-di-fiemme-insegnante-trova-vasi-e-frammenti-archeologici-1.2923080

Roman finds in the Piazza Antico Ospedale in Vercelli (I think … Italian):

https://tgvercelli.it/ritrovamenti-epoca-romana-piazza-antico-ospedale-interviene-la-rete/

Plans for a dig at the Roman fort in Alderney site:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/05/28/archaeologists-to-look-at-roman-fort-in-alderney/

Correction from last week … a push to reopen a site in Crotone (not Napoli, as I misread):

https://www.lacnews24.it/cultura/crotone-chiesta-la-riapertura-del-sito-archeologico-di-via-napoli-fu-scoperto-oltre-30-anni-fa_136817/

Overviewish thing on the dig at Epidaurus’ Asclepion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/25/epidaurus-asclepion-archaeological-dig-uncovers-layers-of-ancient-greek-history/

Recent finds from Mugla are now one display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2400-year-old-tomb-artifacts-attract-visitors-to-turkish-city

Assorted features on and arising from the Nero exhibition at the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/10-questions-about-the-emperor-nero-and-some-curious-answers/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/misunderstood-roman-emperor-places-inspire-visit/
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-bad-reputation-british-museum-rome.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/bad-reputation-british-museum-takes-romes-nero-77874295
https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/6/173034/Known-for-infamy,-but-Roman-Emperor-Nero-didn’t-start-fire,-nor-did-he-fiddle,-British-Museum-exhibit-shows
https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/nero-man-behind-myth-exhibition-british-museum-review-b936899.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/just-how-bad-was-nero-really-180977813/

Plenty of excitement on the publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/27/first-english-dictionary-of-ancient-greek-since-victorian-era-spares-no-blushes-lexicon-classics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heroic-effort-brings-lewd-greek-lexicon-up-to-date-k9bh30z56
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/28/rudest-word-greek-no-laughing-matter/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/27/cambridge-university-creates-monumental-new-ancient-greek-dictionary/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/27/cambridge-greek-lexicon/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/first-new-englishancient-greek-dictionary-since-victorian-period-spares-no-blushes-this-time/

… and a related opeddish sort of thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/28/the-guardian-view-on-the-art-of-lexicography-ancient-greek-lives-on

More on Greeks using mercenaries at the Battle of the Himera:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contrary-popular-lore-ancient-greek-armies-relied-foreign-mercenaries-180977752/

More on that Roman bathing complex from Spain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-bath-complex-unearthed-spanish-beach-180977826/

Some interviews with Mary Beard on her upcoming retirement:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/mary-beard-keeps-history-on-the-move
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9610217/Historian-Mary-Beard-tells-fame-later-life-blessing-retires-academia.html

The semi-regular feature on Stephen Miller’s efforts to revive the Nemean Games:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/28/american-archaeologist-devotes-life-to-reviving-ancient-nemean-games/

Review of Stephen Fry, *Troy*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/troy-review-stephen-fry-goes-to-war-11622213988

Reviewish of Madeline Miller’s Achilles and Patroclus thing:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2021/05/22/madeline-miller-en-el-mundo-antiguo-era-comun-representar-a-aquiles-y-patroclo-como-amantes/

Latest on the fate of Classics at Howard:

https://jacksonvillefreepress.com/movement-afoot-to-keep-classics-department-at-howard-university/

Dior has received permission to do photoshoots at some Greek sites:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/26/dior-ancient-greek-sites/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210526-greece-approves-dior-shoot-at-key-ancient-sites
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/greece_approves_dior_request_for_film_shoots_at_archaeological_sites-2528581/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/44696-central-council-of-modern-monuments-approves-dior-event-at-kallimarmaro-in-athens.html

Feature on Italy’s art police and their recent recoveries:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/pompeii-art-police-italy-tomb-raiders-archaeology

Feature on finds made during Rome’s metro construction:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/romes-newest-subway-line-continues-to-unearth-archeological-marvels

Feature on Germanicus’ journey to Egypt:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/germanicus-who-life-roman-general-journey-egypt/

Feature on swimming in the ancient Greco-Roman world:

https://hyperallergic.com/648298/the-uneasy-history-of-swimming-and-race-as-relayed-through-art/

Feature on Tarquinius Superbus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/lucius-tarquinius-superbus-the-last-king-of-rome/139323

Feature on Scotlands ‘legless Roman’:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/the-mystery-of-scotlands-legless-roman-where-did-it-come-from-3253265

Feature/talk on ancient Pergamon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/life-in-ancient-pergamon-presented-to-intl-archaeological-community-165017

Feature on some ruins taken from Leptis Magna and set up near London:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/the-leptis-magna-roman-ruins-near-london/139295

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/travel/this-ancient-greek-town-suffered-the-same-fa/

Pondering Odysseus’ bow compared to modern ones:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-would-odysseus-bow-fare-versus-a-state-/

Feature on the find of a statue of Antinous at Delphi years ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/25/mesmerizing-photo-the-moment-ancient-masterpiece-is-unearthed-at-delphi/

Feature on archaeology in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/28/ancient-treasures-unearthed-under-athens-concrete/

Feature on Caesar’s invasion of Britain:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/caesars-invasion-of-britain/139274

Feature on Athens’ Acropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/25/acropolis-facts-2/

Feature on Greek myth in film and tv:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/greek-mythology-and-ancient-daily-life-in-film-and-tv/

Feature on Lamia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/lamia-the-man-devouring-goddess-of-greek-mythology/

Feature on Eos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/29/eos-the-ancient-greek-goddess-of-the-dawn/

Feature on four ancient Greek ‘mysteries’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/four-ancient-greek-mysteries-which-spark-controversy-to-this-day/

Feature on what we can learn from Philopoemen:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrislowney/2021/05/25/two-lessons-from-the-greatest-leader-youve-never-heard-of/?sh=59d044e91c34

… and one on what we can learn from Han Dynasty financial relations with Rome:

https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/what-han-dynasty-chinas-financial-relations-with-rome-can-teach-us-today/

Feature comparing the Roman senate to the US one:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2021/05/what-ancient-rome-tells-us-about-todays-senate/619025/

In case you missed the US politician totally missing that Socrates was really ‘cancelled’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/florida-republican-socrates-anthony-sabatini-b1852782.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/22/socrates-anthony-sabatini-cancel-culture/

… and Justin Martyr classified Socrates as a Christian:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/05/29/sacred-mysteries-man-called-socrates-christian/
—–
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 3800 years bp gold ring from a burial in Germany apparently originated in Cornwall:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-gold-artifact-southwest-germany.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-unearth-oldest-gold-southwest-germany.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9616115/Gold-ring-grave-Early-Bronze-Age-woman-Germany-crafted-CORNWALL.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31436/20210529/3-800-year-old-gold-found-germany-proves-trading-luxury.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/researchers-unearth-oldest-gold-find-in.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/archaeologists-find-southwest-germanys-oldest-golden-artefact/139286
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9723-210528-germany-gold-artifact

A possible Iron Age dagger from a 17th century house in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-village-found-next-to-scottish-motorway-with-a-dagger-buried-under-remains-of-17th-century-house-3248292
https://www.newsweek.com/scotland-dagger-magical-harm-medieval-village-freeway-1595316
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9716-210526-scotland-village-dagger

I think we mentioned these excavations of early medieval burial mounds in Pisek:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-excavating-rare-damaged-early-medieval-burial-mounds-near-pisek-8718051

Remains of a medieval wall from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608225073/gallery-haapsalu-archaeological-dig-reveals-substantial-medieval-era-wall
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9721-210527-estonia-medieval-wall

A fourth, possibly medieval, dugout canoe from the banks of the Boyne:

https://www.lmfm.ie/news/lmfm-news/fourth-ancient-logboat-discovered-in-river-boyne/

A 200 years bp hernia truss find from Flanders:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/art-culture/170719/200-year-old-archaeological-find-in-flanders-revealed-to-be-hernia-truss-groin-belt-aalst-agency-for-immovable-heritage/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61438

Excellent feature on the Galloway Hoard and its implications:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/viking-age-britain-treasure-galloway-scotland-b1854434.html

A project to reconstruct a Bronze Age roundhouse in Hampshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/25/bronze-age-roundhouse-resurrected-military-veterans/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/610/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/610/pub/610/page/18/article/177071

The latest 16th century house you might want to purchase:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/inside-the-16th-century-house-built-from-a-captured-spanish-247794/

Traces of the razed medieval town of Netherton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-long-lost-medieval-town-scotland-180977848/

A study/restoration of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir:

https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-marie-antoinettes-private-boudoir-and-mechanical-mirror-room-at-versailles-160599

On protecting the heritage of Spain and Italy:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-29/como-proteger-del-expolio-el-inmenso-patrimonio-historico-de-espana-e-italia.html

More on possible 6th century Germanic runes found at a Slavic site:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/16/world/europe/czech-germans-slavs-archaeology-bone.html

More on the dating of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/cerne-giant-hill-figure/2021/05/16/4203c15a-b407-11eb-bc96-fdf55de43bef_story.html

More on the remains of a medieval chapel beneath a later church in Malta:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-21/local-news/A-chapel-under-a-church-Archaeological-remains-found-in-Qrendi-6736233662
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/medieval-chapel-found-underneath-17th-century-maltese-church
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9711-210524-malta-medieval-church

More on that survey of the Kalvestene grave field of Viking ship burials:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/05/20/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/possible-viking-ship-settings-identified-from-17th-century-illustration/139283
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9709-210524-kalvestene-viking-burials

More on opium poppy domestication by Swiss farmers:

https://www.myscience.org/news/2021/swiss_farmers_contributed_to_the_domestication_of_the_opium_poppy-2021-unibas

More on the identification of those non-Vasa-related Swedish shipwrecks:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-have-now-identified-two-17th-century-swedish-shipwrecks/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9712-210525-sweden-scuttled-ships

Feature on recent finds from Orkney:

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/travel/orkney-prehistoric-neolithic-new-skara-brae-brodgar-solstice-1018740

Archaeologists have uncovered remains of some victims from the Spanish Civil War:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/25/europe/spain-almagro-cemetery-exhumation-scli-intl-scn/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9718-210526-spain-mass-grave
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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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They’re still finding significant items in the sacrificial pits at Sangxingui:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-china-city-treasure-artifacts-saxingdui.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-05-28/China-s-Sanxingdui-Ruins-site-unveils-new-archaeological-findings–10DmxGphZlK/index.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2105299775/
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224777.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-05-30/detail-ihamvkwq9613590.shtml

… and a general feature on the excavations:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTIbPps6euQ3Hx9ObHrd9bZ210524.shtml

… and a related hype piece on the future of archaeology in China:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTI8C96pZ8I6zwnzDZEFanz210524.shtml

… and the ‘magnificence of Chinese civilization’:

https://english.cctv.com/2021/05/24/ARTI8mMTpZbmXYisZClnoMNr210524.shtml

Evidence of ‘tiny point’ tools made by Indonesian hunter-gatherers 1500-8000 years bp (wide range!):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-tiny-tools-specialist-skills-ancient.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/toalean-point-tools-09699.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/tiny-tools-point-to-specialist-skills.html

Three new cave sites of interest found in the Pandav Leni complex in Nashik:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/3-new-small-caves-discovered-at-pandav-leni-complex-in-nashik/articleshow/82980052.cms

Not sure about these ‘largest geoglyph’ claims from India:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj8v4w/researchers-say-they-found-the-largest-drawings-in-the-world-with-satellite-imagery
https://www.sciencealert.com/enigmatic-designs-found-in-india-may-be-the-largest-images-ever-made-by-human-hands

More on recent finds relating to Buddhist history:

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/05/27/features/250211/how-new-finds-are-changing-buddhist-history-i
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Feature on ‘lunar traditions’ of the first Australians:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/lunar-traditions-of-the-first-australians-2/

More on early Australian ‘superhighways’:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/modelling-superhighways-travelled-by-first-australians/

More on Aboriginal memory techniques:

https://www.livescience.com/aboriginal-memory-technique.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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5500-3600 years bp (maybe) tattooing tools from a site in Tennessee:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-tattoo-tools-tennessee-native-american
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-turkey-bones-have-reset-the-record-on-the-world-s-oldest-known-tattooing-implements
https://boingboing.net/2021/05/28/these-sharpened-bird-bones-are-the-oldest-tattooing-tools-ever-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9717-210526-native-american-tattoo

2500 years bp Native American human remains from a golf course site along Lake Michigan:

https://www.gazettextra.com/news/state/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-at-proposed-kohler-golf-course-site/article_09b2189c-2172-5c2e-aeb0-123202a7401a.html
https://www.channel3000.com/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-at-proposed-kohler-golf-course-site-in-wisconsin/

1000-3000 years bp finds from the Cherokee Farm Greenway site (Tenn.):

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/community/knoxville-archaeology-dig-finds-artifacts-dating-back-1000-3000-years-old/51-a1222119-124d-4ed3-930f-0b9a7fc09d14

A 1000 years bp (maybe) canoe from Lake Hancock (Florida):

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/05/25/1-000-year-old-native-american-handmade-canoe-found-in-a-polk-county-lake
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9722-210527-florida-lake-canoe

A 700 years bp dugout canoe from Cape Porpoise Harbor (Maine):

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/how-a-700-year-old-dugout-canoe-was-found-in-cape-porpoise-harbor/97-26a1e3af-464b-40ca-ad3d-691d65d89a8f

A new way of looking at Native American platform mounds in the eastern US:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeological.html
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/Penn-researcher-Megan-Kassabaum-book-turns-archaeological-practice-its-head

Latest on the search for the Tulsa Race massacre burials:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57244863
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/tulsa-1921-race-massacre-mass-grave-greenwood-archaeology-dna
https://www.tribdem.com/news/archaeologists-ready-to-exhume-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-in-tulsa/article_6746cd88-bdb5-11eb-b2f5-87df015a95a2.html
https://www.ktul.com/news/local/archaeologist-explains-next-step-in-finding-massacre-victims-remains

… and an event marking the anniversary of the event is getting bogged down with reparations matters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/tulsa-race-massacre-commission.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tulsa-massacre-remembrance-main-event-suddenly-canceled/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab&utm_content=algorithm

… reviews of some recent books on the massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/review/unspeakable-the-tulsa-race-massacre-carole-boston-weatherford-floyd-cooper.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/books/review-ground-breaking-tulsa-massacre-scott-ellsworth.html

… and a feature on artifacts at the Smithsonian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reflections-artifacts-left-behind-tulsa-race-massacre-180977779/

… some eyewitness accounts:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/19/998225207/survivors-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-share-eyewitness-accounts

Some Civil War era structures from Saratoga Springs have been saved from demolition:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/05/27/in-saratoga-dilapidated-but-historic-home-will-be-preserved/
https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/saratoga-springs-preservation-foundation-purchases-65-phila-street-property/article_1f2017ca-befb-11eb-ae3a-abac82287beb.html
https://wnyt.com/saratoga-county-ny-news/historic-saratoga-springs-home-saved-from-wrecking-ball-65-phila-street/6124157/

Using drones to locate sunken ships off Wormsloe (GA):

https://www.walb.com/2021/05/26/researchers-use-drone-search-sunken-ships-off-wormsloe/

… and underwater drones for the same purpose in Lake George (NY):

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/human-interest/2021/05/21/lake-george-steamboat-company-underwater-drone

Plans for a study of Sitkinak Island (Alaska):

https://alaska-native-news.com/archaeologists-to-study-history-of-sitkinak-island/55957/

Plans for a survey of sites in Fisher’s Peak State Park (NM):

http://www.thechronicle-news.com/features/trinidad-state-summer-archaeology-class-to-survey-fisher-s-peak-for-area-s-artifacts/article_7bcc9bc4-befb-11eb-9f1f-536064d2a0f6.html

Diaries are shedding light on an 18th century smallpox outbreak in Boston:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/old-diary-shedding-light-smallpox-outbreaks-1700s-rcna994
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Old-records-shed-new-light-on-smallpox-outbreaks-16192978.php

More on that Charles I coin from Maryland:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/maryland-english-coin-archeology-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/rare-english-coin-found-in-maryland/36521174
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-silver-coin-minted-king-charles-is-likeness-discovered-maryland-180977760/

Review of Carol Anderson, *The Second*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/review/the-second-carol-anderson.html

Review of Jelly-Schapiro *Names of New York*:

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/05/20/telling-the-story-of-new-york-city-through-its-names

Feature on New York City brickyards of the past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/nyregion/brickyards-nyc-hudson-valley.html

Feature on assorted Memorial Day memorials:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/new-haven-war-monuments-memorials-monumental
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Concerns over illegal construction near Teotihuacan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-mexico-builders-bulldozing-outskirts-teotihuacan.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-57252629
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/construction-continues-at-archaeological-site-despite-stop-work-order/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/05/teotihuacan-archaeological-zone-in-danger-due-to-illegal-construction/
https://news.yahoo.com/teotihuac-n-alarm-over-construction-100544107.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/28/illegal-building-threatens-mexicos-teotihuacan-ancient-sites

… which has brought warnings about Heritage Status too:

https://www.riviera-maya-news.com/advisory-body-of-unesco-warns-teotihuacan-could-lose-its-world-heritage-status/2021.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-marks-500th-anniversary-fall-tenochtitlan-180977794/

Feature on Inca use of titanium white:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-discovered-prized-pigment-180977704/

More on reptile extinction in Guadeloupe in the wake of European colonization:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/half-of-guadeloupes-snakes-and-lizards.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Plenty of folks signed the petition to try to save Sheffield’s archaeology department:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/pressure-mounts-on-university-of-sheffield-over-department-of-archaeology-decision-3248041
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/over-32000-people-sign-petition-to-save-university-of-sheffields-archaeology-department-as-protest-is-held-on-campus-3249338
https://thetab.com/uk/sheffield/2021/05/27/petition-to-save-uni-ofs-archeology-department-receives-over-35000-signatures-48191

… and there was a protest:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/supporters-protest-in-last-bid-to-save-university-of-sheffields-department-of-archaeology-3249451

… but they apparently decided to close it anyway:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-justifies-closure-of-department-of-archaeology-3253531
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-archaeology-department-set-to-close-after-management-takes-decision-to-cut-courses-despite-34000-people-signing-a-petition-to-save-it-3250550
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/breaking-university-of-sheffield-archaeological-department-to-close-despite-mass-protests-with-key-areas-of-strength-moved-to-other-departments-3250520

… and we read of some details of the closure:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/people/invaluable-sheffield-heritage-leaders-unearth-value-of-university-archaeology-department-as-decision-made-on-its-future-3250878

… and Tony Robinson was calling for the decision to be overturned:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/tv/time-teams-tony-robinson-calls-20699290

Opeddish things on why the UK needs to save archaeology from funding cuts:

https://theconversation.com/six-reasons-to-save-archaeology-from-funding-cuts-161465
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/30/help-our-profession-or-uks-shared-history-will-be-lost-say-archaeologists

On the origins of the watermelon:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-05-27/una-investigacion-encuentra-al-presunto-padre-de-la-sandia.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_noche20210527m

On letterlocking:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/letterlocking-virtual-unfolding

Feature on a 480 years bp Catherine Howard ‘love letter’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09jp20m/the-treasonous-love-letter-that-damned-a-tudor-queen

Feature on an amazing skull Bernini made for the pope:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mystery-of-a-marble-baroque-death-head-solved-in-dresden

Kafka manuscripts, drawings, and personal letters have gone online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-57267874

Feature on (non) Native scholar Andrea Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/magazine/cherokee-native-american-andrea-smith.html

Rome is apparently the sinkhole capital of Europe:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rome-becomes-sinkhole-capital-of-europe-077qvgh89

Hidden evidence that Tudor women saved Anne Boleyn’s prayer book for Elizabeth I:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-inscriptions-discovered-anne-boleyns-execution-prayer-book-180977770/

Another prayer book from the 15th century revealed possible devotion to St Catherine:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9714-210525-medieval-prayer-book

Feature on provenance of artifacts:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/provenance-how-objects-origin-can.html

Feature on Father Columba Stewarts efforts to save assorted ancient manuscripts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mission-father-stewart-180977698/?

On lunar eclipses as understood by medieval Christians:

https://theconversation.com/medieval-christians-saw-the-lunar-eclipse-as-a-sign-from-god-but-they-also-understood-the-science-160759

On lunar eclipses altering the course of history:

https://www.salon.com/2021/05/26/how-lunar-eclipses-altered-the-course-of-history/

Evidence from some 103 years bp lung samples on how the 1918 flu mutated:

https://www.livescience.com/1918-flu-variant-deadlier-later-waves-lung-tissue.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/05/pandemic-virus-mutations-1918-flu/618972/

… and a rethink of the modelling based on a rinderpest outbreak of 1865:

https://slate.com/technology/2021/05/covid-models-cubic-fit-rinderpest.html

Feature on Herder and multicuturalism:

https://theweek.com/us/1000666/the-end-of-multiculturalism

On assorted art market scandals (Salvator Mundi and more):

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-scandal-bouvier-rybolovlev-intl/index.html

Feature on a mass hallucination event on Alicudi a century ago:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09hgdgk/how-alicudi-s-islanders-experienced-mass-hallucinations

Feature on La Peregrina (the pearl):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210524-la-peregrina-the-worlds-most-famous-pearl

Trying to figure out where Christopher Columbus actually came from:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Countdown-begins-to-discover-where-Columbus-came-16187444.php
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-23/el-estudio-genetico-de-colon-obliga-a-exhumar-una-veintena-de-cuerpos.html

John Steinbeck apparently wrote a werewolf novel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/books/steinbeck-werewolf-novel.html

A history of book reviews:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/a-history-of-the-book-review-through-its-fonts.html

Feature on food processing by humans over the ages:

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/best-before-9781472941404/

… and pet food history:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210519-the-hidden-reason-processed-pet-foods-are-so-addictive

China is building a replica of the Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/china-is-building-a-replica-of-the-titanic/a-57532044
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/titanic-replica-china/index.html

Germany has recognized its actions in 19th century Namibia as genocide:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57279008
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-officially-recognizes-colonial-era-namibia-genocide/a-57671070
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/europe/germany-namibia-genocide.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/africa/germany-recognizes-colonial-genocide-namibia-intl/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/05/28/1001233776/germany-officially-recognizes-it-committed-genocide-in-present-day-namibia
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/germany-namibia-genocide/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/28/germany-namibia-genocide/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Germany-recognizes-colonial-killings-in-Namibia-16209416.php

Marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante with readings at his tomb:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Daily-readings-at-tomb-honor-Dante-700-years-16195777.php

Feature on maps as colonial-era marginalization tools:

https://theconversation.com/how-early-australian-settlers-drew-maps-to-erase-indigenous-people-and-push-ideas-of-colonial-superiority-161097

Feature on Nazi death marches:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-nazi-death-marches-180977751/

The Uffizi is in on the NFT trend:

https://mymodernmet.com/uffizi-gallery-michelangelo-nft-art/

Feature on the birthplace of film in Britain (Brighton):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210514-brighton-the-birthplace-of-the-first-modern-film

A possible lost Van Gogh?:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prominent-new-york-city-art-collector-has-uncovered-long-lost-vincent-van-gogh-painting-180977797/

Feature on Foucault:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/opinion/michel-foucault.html

On the role of crowds in art and literature:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/may/23/group-think-why-art-loves-a-crowd-olivia-laing

On magic use during pandemics:

https://psyche.co/ideas/magic-helped-us-in-pandemics-before-and-it-can-again

Pondering what future scholars will learn about pandemics from our current experience:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/pandemic-archaeology/

On the medieval roots of rape culture:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-hypocrisies-of-rape-culture-have-medieval-roots

There’s ‘new’ footage of the Hindenburg disaster:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unearthed-footage-sheds-new-light-hindenburg-disaster-180977773/

Feature on the Carmina Burana:

https://theconversation.com/decoding-the-music-masterpieces-how-carmina-burana-based-on-benedictine-poems-travelled-from-bavaria-to-a-beer-ad-159057

Folks might be interested in the coverage of UNC’s board of trustees overturning an offer of tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones (of 1619 Project fame):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/business/media/nikole-hannah-jones-unc.html
https://www.newsweek.com/hannah-jones-tenure-protests-1593480
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/unc-withholds-tenure-1619-project-journalist-after-conservative-backlash-n1267979
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/20/unc-reverses-tenure-offer-author-1619-project/
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/554439-unc-chapel-hill-denies-tenure-to-1619-project-author-nikole-hannah-jones
https://www.foxnews.com/us/1619-project-founder-hannah-jones-unc-tenure

Review of Ferling, *Winning Independence*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/books/review/john-ferling-winning-independence.html

Review of Karabell, *Inside Money*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/18/books/review/inside-money-zachary-karabell.html

Review of Calder, *Architecture from Prehistory to Climate Emergency*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/24/architecture-from-prehistory-to-climate-emergency-barnabas-calder-review

More on the Duke of Brittany changing the image of his wife in a 15th century prayer book:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/duke-of-brittany-replaced-wife/index.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Oxford will be keeping its statue of Cecil Rhodes:

https://www.dw.com/en/oxford-university-opts-to-keep-controversial-cecil-rhodes-statue/a-57600352

Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park is working on Confederate monument issues:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/26/georgia-stone-mountain-park-confederate/

OpEd on taking down monuments in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/22/opinion/confederate-monuments-richmond-levar-stoney.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/arts/nero-british-museum.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/misunderstood-roman-emperor-places-inspire-visit/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/nero-at-british-museum
https://www.firstpost.com/art-and-culture/the-man-behind-the-myth-british-museum-exhibit-takes-a-new-look-at-nero-the-brutal-roman-emperor-9657311.html

Epic Iran:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/26/epic-iran-five-thousand-years-mystical-magnificence-epic-iran-va-review
https://www.dw.com/en/irans-cultural-wonders-on-display-in-london/g-57672304
https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/epic-iran-v-and-a-review-five-millennia-culture-b937150.html
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461429/London-show-turns-spotlight-on-5-000-years-of-Iranian-art-design

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors, Heroes:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/25/the-british-museums-ancient-greek-treasures-arrive-in-australia-and-new-zealand-ancient-greeks-athletes-warrior-heroes/

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/last-supper-in-pompeii-from-the-table-to-the-grave-review-rediscovering-roman-revelry-11622063907
https://napavalleyregister.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/last-supper-in-pompeii-comes-to-san-francisco/article_e7adb2f0-3555-553c-ae2c-d3c678e2e8fb.html

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104435/Egypt%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Kings-of-the-Sun%E2%80%99-exhibition-in-Prague-is-fully

Gladiators:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19337973.county-durham-exhibition-unlocks-secrets-roman-gladiators/

Rodin:

https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2021/05/27/the-making-of-rodin-at-tate-modern-exhibition-review/

Dutch Slave Trade:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/New-Dutch-exhibition-takes-unflinching-look-at-16184549.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/18/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition-confronts-cruelty-of-dutch-trade

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-57030067

Thomas Becket:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thomas-becket-was-a-saint-for-all-seasons-11622229001

Prehistoric Keros:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/26/prehistoric-aegean-treasures-greece-keros-seen-first-time/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/look_across_to_keros_a_settlement_that_began_4500_years_ago_at_the_athens_municipal_gallery-2528583/

Galloway Hoard:

https://theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2021/05/museum-opening-exhibit-of-the-galloway-hoard-on-saturday/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-57253887

Tiffany Stained Glass:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-100-years-obscurity-brilliant-tiffany-stained-glass-window-shine-chicago-180977850/

A woman is in charge of the Louvre for the first time in its history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-laurence-des-cars-appointment/index.html

Theres a new archaeology museum in Piacenza, featuring the famous liver of course:

https://milano.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/21_maggio_29/misterioso-fegato-piacenza-altri-reperti-nuovo-museo-archeologico-piacentino-243c73ae-c061-11eb-b483-a79329df2c54.shtml

… and a new one in Halkida too:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/05/25/new-arethousa-archaeological-museum-opens-in-halkida-central-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/24/new-archaeological-museum-chalkida-greece/

There was a small fire at the Uffizi:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/florences-uffizi-museum-sends-400-tourists-fleeing-as-smoke-pours-out-of-roof

How COVID has affected museums:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/reopening-of-museums
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some handwritten poems of Emily Bronte are expected to fetch a high prive:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/25/emily-brontes-handwritten-poems-are-highlight-of-lost-library-auction
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57242780
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-bronte-memorabilia-going-sale-180977844/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/arts/bronte-library-sothebys-auction.html

… and there are concerns they might go to a private buyer:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/28/priceless-bronte-manuscripts-could-be-lost-to-private-buyer-warn-experts

Big bucks for an Einstein letter with his famous formula:

https://www.livescience.com/einstein-letter-emc2-sold-at-auction.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57209148
https://www.dw.com/en/letter-handwritten-by-einstein-sells-for-12-million/a-57629576

Really big bucks for a Picasso:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57113452

… and his watch fetched more than expected:

https://robbreport.com/style/watch-collector/picasso-rare-watch-smashes-pre-auction-estimate-1234615196/

Feature on a Sotheby’s auction of deaccessioned museum items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/arts/design/auctions-sothebys-christies-museums.html

Early photos/paintings of Arabia are coming to auction:

https://kawa-news.com/en/rare-and-early-images-of-the-arab-world-up-for-sale/

The UK has put an export ban on a 15th century roundel:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57287130
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/29/uk-places-export-ban-on-stunning-17m-italian-bronze-roundel

More on the sale of the Ryedale Hoard:

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/ryedale-roman-bronze-artefacts-sell-for-ps185000-at-auction-3248454
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/hoard-roman-treasure-found-ryedale-20674473

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of the population history of northern east Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/caos-ssl052721.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/last-ice-age-wiped-out-people-east-asia-well-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/study-sheds-light-on-population-history.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9724-210528-asia-ancient-genomes

More on the genome of Pestera Muierii 1:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/24/the-entire-genome-from-pestera-muierii-1-sequenced/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9710-210524-europe-genome-diversity
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where to put this study of mud cores being used to determine human impact on the earth over time:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57273664

Feature on the use of portable X-ray fluorescence analysis (pXRF) as a non-invasive way to analyse sediments:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-non-invasive-procedure-archaeological-excavating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/upf–anp052821.php
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250776

Feature on the use of the Keyence digital microscope being used to analyse some ancient Egyptian mirrors:

https://www.selectscience.net/industry-news/keyence-digital-microscope-helps-archaeologists-improve-their-understanding-of-the-ancient-world/?artID=54816

On archaeology going ‘paperless’:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-digital-archaeology-goes-paperless-1.24322958

More on machine learning and sorting pottery fragments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/science/archaeologist-neural-network-study.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ai-cracks-identifying-ancient-pottery-d2zrqpt80
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change might be behind a pre-Columbus population decline in the Amazon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/pre-columbus-climate-change-may-have.html

How climate change catastrophes shape religion:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/climate-change-catastrophe-reshape-religion

More on climate change harming petroglyphs in Indonesia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57166995
https://www.wired.com/story/climate-change-erasing-humanitys-oldest-art

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-87923-3
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Not sure where to put this one … the flooded village (dam-related) of Curon resurfaced for a few days:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/46228/20210529/lost-village-submerged-cities-curon.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-italian-village-briefly-surfaces-after-70-years-underwater-180977838/

Samos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/23/exploring-samos-the-island-of-legends/

Aegina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/swimming-among-the-ruins-of-a-glorious-ancient-greek-military-harbor/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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William Grant Still’s ‘Highway 1, USA’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/arts/music/william-grant-still-opera-st-louis.html

Marking the 120th anniversary of the Wigmore Hall in London:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/arts/music/william-grant-still-opera-st-louis.html

Medaye:

https://guardian.ng/arts-2/in-medaye-femi-osofisan-re-reads-euripides-medea/

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/theater/globe-shakespeare-coronavirus.html

Myths and Hymns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/theater/myths-and-hymns-mastervoices.html

Theater of War Frontline:

https://www.marinij.com/2021/05/26/theater-of-war-frontline-uses-greek-tragedy-to-work-through-real-trauma-during-the-pandemic/

Review of Ruth Padel’s biography of Beethoven:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/arts/music/beethoven-ruth-padel-music-poems.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Penycloddiau hill fort (Wonders of the Border):

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2021-05-27/the-ancient-fortress-that-sheds-new-light-on-wales-past
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CRIME BEAT
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Mary Queen of Scots’ pre-execution rosary (and other items) were stolen from Arundel Castle:

https://www.livescience.com/mary-queen-of-scots-beads-stolen.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/24/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-in-1m-raid-on-arundel-castle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57224777
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/arundel-castle-burglary-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-in-castle-break-in/a-57646759
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/world/europe/mary-queen-of-scots-rosary-theft.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/arundel-castle-robbery-mary-queen-of-scots-rosary/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/611/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/611/pub/611/page/30/article/177290
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/rosary-beads-mary-queen-of-scots-carried-to-her-execution-stolen-in-gbp1m-heist
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-queen-scots-rosary-beads-stolen-arundel-castle-180977789/

A man is accused of dumping garbage at a Roman site in Caerleon:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19333832.man-denies-dumping-waste-ancient-roman-site-caerleon/

Court appearance for someone accused of arson at the George Rogers Clark cabin (Indiana):

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Suspect-in-court-after-fire-destroys-re-created-16199904.php

Feature on petroglyph vandalism:

https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-archaeology-petroglyph-vandalism-is-not-a-victimless-crime

More on a metal detectorist in Worcestershire finding items stolen in 2017:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-57170608
https://www.newsweek.com/first-time-metal-detectorist-finds-ancient-stolen-treasure-worth-thousands-1593419

More on accusations that Houthis in Yemen are destroying antiquities:

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/yemen/yemen-al-houthis-accused-of-systematic-ruin-of-antiquities-1.79498570
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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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Some stolen items returned to Thailand from the US were received with great ceremony:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/international/ceremony-marks-return-of-stolen-thai-antiquities/videoshow/82970071.cms
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2121527/ancient-lintels-to-arrive-Friday
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57286063
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/religious-artefacts-returned-to-thailand-after-decades/article34647102.ece
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/05/25/stolen-antiquities-returned-to-thailand-after-decades/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/religious-artifacts-returned-to-thailand-after-decades-1.5442455
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3134851/ancient-thai-religious-items-make-sacred-journey-home
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9720-210527-thailand-lintels-repatriated

More on the return of stolen frescoes from Stabiae:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/18/stolen-roman-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-after-investigation
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-stolen-frescoes-returned-pompeii-180977774/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Metapontum, Heraclea, and Sybaris:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-of-lucania-part-1-metapontum-heraclea-and-sybaris/

Feature on coins of Seleucus I Nicator:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-humble-coinage-of-the-first-seleucid-king/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n22.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eilat Mazar:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/remembering-eilat-mazar-the-archaeologist-of-jerusalem-669419
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/05/28/eilat-mazar-leading-light-israeli-biblical-archaeology-uncovered/
https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1253-dr-eilat-mazar-queen-of-jerusalem-archaeology-has-died
https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-israeli-woman-to-whom-the-stones-spoke/
https://www.thetrumpet.com/24068-dr-eilat-mazar-queen-of-jerusalem-archaeology-has-died
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/dr-eilat-mazar-famed-archeologist-of-jerusalem-passes-away/2021/05/26/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/remembering-the-archaeologist-who-uncovered-biblical-jerusalem/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/remembering-eilat-mazar/

Derek Keene:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/25/derek-keene-obituary

Faye Schulman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/europe/faye-schulman-dead.html

Sister Margherita Marchione:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/us/sister-margherita-marchione-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/3074-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-16-through-may-27-2021
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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, Brian Consiglo, 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 ‘unified’ theory of evolution:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-resolve-ages-old-evolutionary-conundrum-1.9835193

More on that 350 000 years bp Acheulean site in Saudi Arabia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/saudi-arabia-discovers-350000-year-old.html

More on cave sediments yielding genetic material for Neanderthals and other hominins:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/prehistoric-dna-detected-in-caves-reveals-secrets-of-neanderthal-history-1.9714496

More on that 80 000 years bp child burial in Kenya:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-an-80000-year-old-burial-site-reveals-about-humanity

More on ‘iconic vocalizations’ and the development of languages:

https://www.livescience.com/iconic-vocalizations-lead-to-human-languages.html

Feature (podcast) on Neanderthals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/23/podcasts/the-daily/neanderthals-were-people-too.html
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AFRICA
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On the challenges of preserving sites in Sudan:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210520-preserving-sudan-s-rich-heritage-for-future-generations-pyramids-meroe-kingdom-dumboya-khartoum-archaeology-culture-africa

Feature on artifacts looted from Africa:

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/a-short-film-about-the-stolen-relics-of-africa/207686/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the 250 Old Kingdom and Ptolemaic tombs from Sohag:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/egypt-unearths-250-rock-tombs-sohag
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/ancient-egyptian-artefacts-and-hieroglyphics-discovered-in-hidden-tombs-in-pictures-1.1223705
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9596389/Archaeologists-stumble-250-tombs-cut-rock-Egypt-date-4-200-years.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61402
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/250-rock-cut-tombs-uncovered-in-egypts.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/18/large-number-of-rock-cut-tombs/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-archaeologists-accidentally-discover-250-ancient-rock-cut-tombs-180977741/

Feature on Akhenaten and his monotheism:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/05/monotheism-monopoly-akhenaten

A survey has commenced on a 4500 years bp Hirbodan hill site (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461031/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-4-500-year-old-Hirbodan-hill

Another survey has started at the Khalehkuh site (various periods):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461090/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-Khalehkuh-site

A cave site of probable historical interest near Iran’s Hotu Cave:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461094/Archaeologists-discover-rocky-cave-in-northern-Iran

A final push to excavate that Seleucid temple in Laodicea:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/460963/Archaeologists-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-Seleucid-temple

Seeking Heritage Status for Iran’s Konar-Sandal site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461216/Bronze-Age-Konar-Sandal-getting-ready-for-UNESCO-status

Some ‘relocated’ stone blocks were returned to Pasargadae:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461218/Relocated-stone-blocks-brought-back-to-Pasargadae

A 3rd century BCE structure (and more) from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-find-mysterious-structure-in-land-of-the-blind-164825
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkish-archaeologists-find-2400-year-old-monument-at-haydarpasa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9707-210521-istanbul-asia-apse

Not quite sure where to put this item on excavations resuming on Giresun Island:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-to-resume-on-giresun-island-164874

Feature on the 7000 years bp ‘stargazers’ figurines:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/7000-year-old-stargazers-host-visitors-in-turkeys-izmir

More on that ‘half face’ lamp from Jerusalem and its ‘match’ in Romania:

https://www.livescience.com/good-luck-lamp-discovered-roman-jerusalem.html

Feature on archaeology and Jewish purity practices:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-and-jewish-purity-practices/

Feature on the al-Ram mask and the loss of Palestinian heritage over the years:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/palestine-ancient-masks-dispossession

Feature on some Palestinian monuments destroyed by Israel:

https://www.albawaba.com/slideshow/8-important-historical-palestinian-monuments-destroyed-israeli-1428194

Feature on politics and religion at sites in Israel:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/jerusalem-sacred-sites-combustible-mix-religion-politics

The Vatican honoured Gyozo Voros (excavator of Machaerus):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/vatican-honors-machaerus-excavator/?mqsc=E4131358&dk=ZE1250ZF0

More on those ‘mustatils’ monuments from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/17/mysterious-stone-structures-in-saudi-arabia-among-oldest-in-the-world/

Feature on the ‘Lion Man’:

https://aeon.co/videos/although-his-story-is-a-mystery-the-lion-man-forever-binds-us-to-our-prehistoric-past

Saudi Arabia and Greece are forging cultural ties to lend antiquities to each other:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/606803
https://thearabweekly.com/riyadh-seeks-greek-expertise-bid-develop-archeological-activity
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/saudi_arabia_wants_greek_archaeologists_to_develop_culture_sites-2490250/
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very well-preserved rural Roman bath complex from a sand dune in Spain:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roman-bath-spain-b1852022.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/roman-baths-spain-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9605409/Roman-baths-discovered-exceptionally-preserved-doors-windows-spas-2-000-years-ago.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/05/22/ancient-roman-bath-discovered-beneath-sand-dunes-in-spain/
https://www.laprensalatina.com/roman-baths-emerge-from-sand-dunes-of-southern-spain/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61386
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/roman-baths-emerge-from-sand-dunes-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9698-210518-spain-fishing-bath

4th/3rd century BCE Punic amphorae from a shipwreck site off Favignana (Italian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/418099/favignana-recuperate-quattro-anfore-puniche-da-una-nave-naufragata.html
https://www.dire.it/21-05-2021/635925-nuovo-ritrovamento-nel-mare-delle-egadi-spunta-unanfora-punica-del-iii-secolo-a-c/

A Roman-era cremation burial from Pesaro (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/marche/notizie/2021/05/17/tombe-incinerazione-eta-romana-trovate-durante-saggi-strada_e8b60b25-750c-4d39-932e-44d127c62ecb.html
http://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/05/archeologia-tombe-a-incinerazione-di-eta-romana-ritrovate-a-pesaro/1681960/

Roman-era burials found during waterworks construction in Bari (Itlaian):

https://bari.ilquotidianoitaliano.com/attualita/2021/05/news/bari-ossa-negli-scavi-in-via-argiro-trovate-tombe-e-ceramich-319292.html/

Burials from an Alderney site have been dated to the Iron Age and Roman eras:

https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/05/19/alderney-skeletons-from-iron-age-and-roman-era/

Followup to Hellenistic finds at Caltanissetta last year (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodigela.it/complesso-ellenistico-in-via-romagnoli-regione-dispone-vincolo-sullintera-area/

A push to reopen a site found 30 years ago in Napoli (currently under a modern building):

https://www.lacnews24.it/cultura/crotone-chiesta-la-riapertura-del-sito-archeologico-di-via-napoli-fu-scoperto-oltre-30-anni-fa_136817/

A Roman sanctuary site from San Casciano (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/toscana/notizie/2021/05/19/torna-alla-luce-un-santuario-romano-in-scavi-a-san-casciano_607106ae-45fc-4abc-aecd-316b795d7638.html

Tombaroli concerns at sites in Enna (Italian):

https://www.ecodisicilia.com/2021/05/17/enna-aree-archeologiche-sotto-attacco-dai-tombaroli/

Plans for a study of pre-Christian Amphipolis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1161465/five-year-program-seeks-to-unlock-pre-christian-secrets-of-amphipolis/

More on Scythian burial mounds in the Ukraine:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/ukraines-burial-mounds-offer-meaning-in.html

More on the efficiency of Roman marble production:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/jgum-lwd051421.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9699-210518-ephesus-marble-walls

More on that soldier skeleton found at Herculaneum:

https://www.livescience.com/soldier-skeleton-mount-vesuvius-rescue-mission.html

More on the study of the aqueduct of Constantinople:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/jgum-tao051021.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9697-210517-aqueduct-valens-maintenance

More on evidence of non-Greeks at the Battle of the Himera:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contrary-popular-lore-ancient-greek-armies-relied-foreign-mercenaries-180977752/

More on plans for a new floor at the Colosseum:

https://mymodernmet.com/rome-colosseum-new-floor/

More on that medieval seal incorporating a Roman-era gemstone:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57024803
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-silver-seal-featuring-carved-roman-gem-unearthed-england-180977782/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9702-210519-england-medieval-seal

Concerns for Six Hills Roman Barrows:

https://www.thecomet.net/news/concern-stevenage-six-hills-development-threatens-burial-mounds-7964018

The ‘House of Europa’ in Sparta has opened to the public:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/19/the-house-of-europa-has-opened-to-the-public/

An interview with Mary Beard:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/mary-beard-keeps-history-on-the-move

… and her thoughts on Nero:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/mary-beard-nero-really-monster-victim-spin/

Douglas Boin on the various ethnicities of the Roman Empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/who-was-allowed-to-call-the-roman-empire-home

Sophie Hay on the unexcavated parts of Pompeii:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/undiscovered-areas-pompeii

An interview with Anika Prather on the state of Classics, especially at Howard:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/From-the-Editor/2021/0517/Grappling-with-the-classics-Elitist-or-universal

… and an oped on what’s going on with Howard Classics:

https://thehill.com/opinion/education/554063-lessons-about-the-closure-of-howards-classics-department

Review of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, *Divine Institutions*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/divine-institutions-dan-el-padilla-peralta-review-mary-beard/

Review of Carson and Bruno, *The Trojan Women*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-trojan-women-anne-carson-rosanna-bruno-review-edith-hall/

Review of a couple of books about Melania the Younger:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/melania-the-younger-elizabeth-a-clark-melania-catherine-m-chin-caroline-t-schroeder-review-kate-cooper/

Review of Elodie Harper, *The Wolf Den*:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9588137/The-Wolf-Den-brings-life-bleak-reality-Roman-prostitutes.html

Greece is planning on opening various wreck sites to divers:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/diving-and-delving-into-greece-s-seabed-treasures

… and Alonissos opens next month:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1161264/underwater-archaeological-site-to-open-next-month/

The Vatican honoured a trio of archaeologists:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/16/the-vatican-has-recognized-three-archaeologists-for-their-contributions/

Feature on an interesting structure on top of the Temple of Zeus in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/17/the-unknown-story-behind-a-building-on-top-of-the-temple-of-olympian-zeus/

Feature on ancient Greek handwashing:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/16/the-vatican-has-recognized-three-archaeologists-for-their-contributions/

Feature on Epicureanism:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/epicureanism-greek-philosophy-atheists-happiness

Feature on Archaic Greece:

https://smarthistory.org/tiny-timeline-archaic-greece-in-a-global-context/

Feature on Cape Matapan and Taenarum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/05/cape-matapan-taenarum-gateway-to-hades/139250

Feature on an interesting Greek earring at the Boston MoFA:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/exquisite-ancient-greek-earring-one-of-treasures-at-boston-museum/

Feature on the plague of Athens:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/05/the-plague-of-athens-killed-tens-of-thousands-but-its-cause-remains-a-mystery

Feature on Aristotle:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/great-philosopher-aristotle-works-important-b1846359.html

Feature on Socrates as a soldier:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/socrates-as-a-soldier/

… and speaking of Socrates, a politician suggested he would have been ‘cancelled’ if he were around today:

https://www.themarysue.com/florida-republican-worried-about-socrates-cancellation/

… and a feature on whether his trial and death were ‘just’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/socrates-trial-and-subsequent-death-penalty-were-legally-just/

Feature on seven ‘notorious’ Roman emperors:

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/7-most-notorious-and-excessive-roman-emperors

Feature on swimming and beach-going in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/18/ancient-greeks-swimming-beach/

Feature on the ‘hidden’ Byzantine Church at the Acropolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/21/best-kept-acropolis-secret-below-sacred-rock/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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30 000 years bp (maybe) petroglyphs from Portugal’s Guarda region:

https://www.randrlife.co.uk/a-wonderful-discovery-by-archaeologists-in-portugal-the-rock-reliefs-are-30000-years-old/

16 500 years bp (maybe) child’s footprints from La Garma cave (Spain):

https://spanishnewstoday.com/child_footprints_thought_to_be_16_500_years_old_unearthed_in_cantabrian_cave_1601633-a.html
https://katv.com/news/offbeat/ancient-footprints-of-playing-caveman-children-preserved-for-16500-years

Study suggests folks in the Swiss Alps were involved in domestication of the opium poppy 5500 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uob-sfc051821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-swiss-farmers-contributed-domestication-opium.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210518114201.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/prehistoric-farmers-contributed-to.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/19/swiss-farmers-contributed-to-the-domestication-of-the-opium-poppy/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9703-210520-switzerland-poppy-farmers

Evidence that fruit cultivation in the Iberian peninsula began some 3000 years bp:

https://www.uv.es/uvweb/uv-news/en/news/fruit-crops-reached-eastern-peninsula-almost-3-000-years-ago-1285973304159/Novetat.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-fruit-crops-eastern-peninsula-years.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/fruit-crops-reached-iberian-peninsula.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9704-210520-spain-fruit-production

A report on an excavation in Netherton five years ago reveals the find of an ‘out of place’ 2000 years bp iron dagger (among other things):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19320608.netherton-archaeologists-find-mysterious-ancient-iron-dagger-excevations/

Some possible 6th century CE Germanic runes found in a Slavic settlement are causing a kerfuffle:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/16/world/europe/czech-germans-slavs-archaeology-bone.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runes-found-seventh-century-cow-bone-could-change-slavic-history-180977762/

A 9th century Viking Great Army camp from Northumbria:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9599627/Viking-Great-Army-launched-raids-Celtic-Picts-Northumbria-hilltop-camp-experts-say.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/great-army-of-viking-warriors-used-northumbria-camp-to-launch-raids-on-picts-txcc3xncm

A study of Viking ship burials from Hjarno (Denmark):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-viking-ship-burials-shrouded-mystery.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/viking-ship-burials-shrouded-in-mystery.html

A metal detectorist in Worcestershire found an Aldi bag with some previously-stolen Roman and Viking items:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57170608
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ancient-treasure-found-buried-worcestershire-20645708
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19313951.stolen-treasure-including-roman-viking-jewellery-discovered-amateur-metal-detectorist-worcestershire-field/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/609/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/609/pub/609/page/36/article/176349
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9599927/Metal-detectorist-discovers-5-500-haul-Roman-Viking-artefacts-field-Aldi-bag.html

A possible medieval chapel find beneath a church in Malta:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-21/local-news/A-chapel-under-a-church-Archaeological-remains-found-in-Qrendi-6736233662

A medieval grave marker from a Cyprus field:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/05/22/resident-finds-ancient-gravestone-in-field/

A bark beetle infestation occasioned a study of some medieval Bohemian burial mounds:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-excavating-rare-damaged-early-medieval-burial-mounds-near-pisek-8718051
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9706-210521-bohemia-graves-logging

A pair of 17th century Swedish shipwrecks found a couple years ago have been identified (and aren’t ‘related’ to the Vasa):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-have-now-identified-two-17th-century-swedish-shipwrecks/

More on that possible cairn located via Google Earth in Co Laois:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/new-cairn-discovered-by-amateur-archaeologists-in-co-laois-1.4563978
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9695-210517-ireland-coolnacarrick-cairn

More on the 10th century dating of the Cerne Abbas giant:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57076224
https://www.livescience.com/cerne-abbas-giant-dated.html
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/16/bawdy-monks-and-the-cerne-abbas-giant
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/cerne-giant-hill-figure/2021/05/16/4203c15a-b407-11eb-bc96-fdf55de43bef_story.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/cerne-abbas-giant-medieval-christian-blushes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9694-210517-cerne-abbas-giant
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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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Foundations of 25 Neolithic dwellings at a site near Seoul:

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210517006300315
http://koreabizwire.com/25-neolithic-dwellings-discovered-on-coast-northwest-of-seoul/189949

A 3000 years bp drill bit workshop from the Thac Hai site in Viet Name:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/3000yearold-drill-bit-workshop-unearthed-in-dak-lak/201448.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9696-210517-vietnam-drill-bits

A petroglyph in the Philippines has been dated to 3500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-philippines-cave-art-dated-southeast.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/philippines-cave-art-becomes-first.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9700-210518-philippines-rock-art

An Anuradhapura era site from Sri Lanka (I think):

http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Archaeological-site-discovered-in-Vavuniya-North-division/238-212169

Feature on what archaeology is revealing about Buddhist history:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/art-culture/discovery-channels-how-new-finds-are-changing-buddhist-history-101621060757051.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Much interest in a comparison of an ancient Aboriginal memory technique to an Ancient Greek one:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ancient-australian-aboriginal-memory-tool.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/05/18/australia-aboriginal-memory-technique-recall/2271621363924/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/culture/ancient-aboriginal-memory-technique-improves-recollection/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31282/20210520/aboriginal-australian-memory-techniques-make-humans-70-000-thoughts-day.htm
https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2021-articles/new-study-finds-ancient-australian-aboriginal-memory-tool-superior-to-memory-palace-learning-among-medical-students
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NORTH AMERICA
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A Charles I coin found in Maryland:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-silver-coin-english-civil-war-maryland-fort.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/maryland-english-coin-archeology-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/05/21/St-Marys-Fort-Maryland-coin/3601621627517/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-silver-coin-minted-king-charles-is-likeness-discovered-maryland-180977760/

Sounds like they’re going to excavate a mass grave site in Tulsa:

https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/national_news/archaeologists-ready-to-exhume-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-in-tulsa/article_c099f9fb-93d6-53ed-bfde-49d63b342a56.html

… and a feature on how the public were involved in revealing the history of the massacre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-citizen-historians-transcribed-key-papers-tulsa-race-massacre-180977765/

Feature on an ongoing dig at the Carson House (NC):

https://mcdowellnews.com/news/local/watch-now-archaeological-work-taking-place-at-historic-carson-house-volunteers-can-help/article_eb143e92-b744-11eb-8d3a-1300bb3b2785.html

Feature on the Jeffers Petroglyphs (Minnesota):

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/05/19/jeffers-petroglyphs-a-living-sacred-site-with-native-carvings-thousands-of-years-old/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Using non-invasive technology to study Pachacamac funerary bundles:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-noninvasive-technology-used-to-study-funerary-bundles-found-in-pachacamac-845605.aspx

Study suggests half of Guadeloupe’s snakes and lizards went extinct after European colonization:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/mpif-hog051721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210519163650.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/half-of-guadeloupes-snakes-and-lizards.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/21/snakes-and-lizards-of-guadeloupe-after-the-arrival-of-european-colonialists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9708-210521-caribbean-reptile-extinction
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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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Review of Cynthia Salzman, *Plunder*:

https://hyperallergic.com/646972/plunder-dissects-napoleons-obsession-with-stealing-art-cynthia-saltzman/

The University of Sheffield is apparently planning to close the Archaeology department:

https://thetab.com/uk/sheffield/2021/05/21/uni-of-sheffield-archaeology-department-set-up-to-fail-faces-possible-closure-48150

… which threatens some Stonehenge research (among other things):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/21/stonehenge-research-in-jeopardy-if-sheffield-university-archaeology-unit-closes

Interesting feature on the Renaissance outside of Europe:

https://psyche.co/ideas/when-you-think-of-the-renaissance-think-of-nagasaki-goa-and-oaxaca

Interesting feature on mycotextiles:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/century-old-textiles-woven-from-fascinating-fungus/

Leo Strauss wasn’t a fan of public philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-dangers-of-public-philosophy-according-to-leo-strauss

Anticipating the upcoming argument over where Columbus was from:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/countdown-begins-to-discover-where.html

Feature on the importance of provenance:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uom-pha052021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-provenance-authentic-inclusive-storytelling.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/provenance-how-objects-origin-can.html

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.livescience.com/frederick-douglass.html

cf: https://openhumanitiesdata.metajnl.com/articles/10.5334/johd.27/

Feature on the reburial of mosaics:

https://hyperallergic.com/647081/to-preserve-ancient-mosaics-experts-are-burying-them-underground/

Feature on Napoleon’s battles in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/on-napoleons-bicentenary-remembering-his-battles-in-israel-668581

Possible fingerprints of Thomas Becket:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/20/thomas-becket-may-have-left-behind-850-year-old-fingerprints/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/cerne-abbas-giant-medieval-christian-blushes/

The Oregon Trail video game has been revamped:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-oregon-trail-game-features-playable-native-american-characters-180977744/

Pondering Ernest Shackleton’s illness:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/b1-deficiency-may-explain-ernest-shackletons-illness-180977763/

Interesting feature on ‘letterlocking’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/letterlocking-virtual-unfolding

Hidden secrets in Anne Boleyn’s prayer book:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/605/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/605/pub/605/page/34/article/175207
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61417
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-inscriptions-discovered-anne-boleyns-execution-prayer-book-180977770/

Evidence that a 15th century noble painted over an image of his former spouse with his new one:

https://www.livescience.com/duke-hid-dead-wife-image-book-of-hours.html
https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21508
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/603/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/603/pub/603/page/22/article/174795
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15th-century-duke-had-his-first-wifes-image-painted-over-his-second-wife-180977783/

Research suggests some monks stole Henry VI’s arm bone and used it to drink wine:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61393
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/608/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/608/pub/608/page/33/article/176098

Feature on Hypatia:

https://theconversation.com/regreso-al-futuro-de-las-matematicas-si-hipatia-levantara-la-cabeza-158094

Something about a Renaissance column:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-21/una-columna-renacentista-entre-faldas.html

On the history of Aphrodisiacs:

https://psyche.co/ideas/a-long-history-of-aphrodisiacs-from-health-tonic-to-sexual-aid

Followup concerns in the wake of the fire at Cape Town:

https://theconversation.com/significant-archives-are-under-threat-in-cape-towns-fire-why-they-matter-so-much-159299

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Galloway Hoard:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-galloway-hoard-viking-age-treasure/

Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/18/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition-confronts-cruelty-of-dutch-trade
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-05-18/holanda-se-mira-en-el-espejo-de-su-pasado-de-esclavitud-en-el-rijksmuseum.html

Epic Iran:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/epic-iran/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/epic-iran-at-the-v-a-review-a-rich-history-of-iran-wrmc5p9tc

Egypt: Time of the Pharaohs:

https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/new-ancient-egypt-exhibit-to-open-at-natural-history-museum-of-utah/

Becket:

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/19312273.davids-cathedral-treasure-view-british-museum-london/
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/thomas-becket-and-magna-carta/
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-thomas-becket-still-divides-opinion

Nero:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/finding-nero-a-reviled-emperor-revisited
https://www.sundayworld.com/showbiz/celebrity/nero-exhibition-offers-lessons-on-fake-news-says-british-museum-curator-40440013.html

Torlonia Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/17/torlonia-marbles-the-worlds-largest-display-of-greek-roman-statues-opens/

Athletes, Warriors, and Heroes (Ancient Greek):

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7257251/ancient-greeks-are-finally-coming-to-canberra/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/22/british-museum-sends-greek-masterpieces-australian-exhibition/

Egypt has opened up two new museums at the Cairo airport:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/411316/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-opens-two-new-museums-at-Cairo-airport-in-ce.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptians-and-foreigners-flock-to-archaeological-museum-at-cairo-airport/

Feature on the archaeological museum at Delphi:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/18/archaeological-museum-delphi/

Feature on nine Greek museums:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/18/a-tour-of-9-magnificent-museums-showcasing-greeces-cultural-heritage/

Feature on the oldest museums still around:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/louvre-to-prado-six-of-the-world-s-oldest-museums-that-still-exist-today-1.1224674

Looting issues continue to pile up at Humboldt Forum:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/581/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/581/pub/581/page/52/article/166883

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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The Ryedale Hoard of Roman bronzes fetched a large price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57069434
https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/roman-treasures-found-metal-detectorists-20642360
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ryedale-ritual-bronzes-hoard-of-roman-treasure-found-by-amateur-metal-detectorists-near-ampleforth-sells-for-ps185000-at-auction-3246393
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61409

Sotheby’s brought in a good return on the auction of 19 preHispanic items:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-05-18/sothebys-recauda-mas-de-657000-dolares-con-la-subasta-de-19-piezas-prehispanicas.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of ancient horse DNA reveals ‘gene flow’ between European and North American horses:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210518130826.htm

The entire genome of a woman who lived in Romania some 35 000 years bp has ‘out of Africa’ implications:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uu-teg052021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210520133722.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-entire-genome-of-35000-year-old.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using machine learning to sort pottery fragments:

https://news.nau.edu/ancient-pottery/#.YKWG95NufFo
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/nau-atc051721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-archaeologists-ancient-pottery.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210517144704.htm
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/archaeologists-teach-computers-to-classify-ancient-pottery-heritage-daily/209559/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/archaeologists-train-a-neural-network-to-sort-pottery-fragments-for-them/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/archaeologists-teach-computers-to-sort.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9705-210520-pottery-machine-learning

A Turkish team has created a solution to help preserve ancient structures:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkish-team-creates-solution-that-preserves-ancient-structures
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate-related concerns for Indonesian petroglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/climate-change-ruining-oldest-cave-art.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57166995
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/climate-change-is-erasing-humanitys-oldest-art/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/17/climate-change-could-erase-ancient-indonesian-cave-art/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient sites in Andalucia and the Costa del Sol:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/05/20/15-lesser-known-ancient-ruins-that-are-a-must-see-in-andalucia-and-the-costa-del-sol-in-spain/

Lindos:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/ancient-greeks-made-one-massive-mistake-abandoning-beautiful/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Iphigenia in Taurus:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/05/19/ifigeneia-i-en-tayrois-apo-to-giorgo-nanoyri-sto-archaio-theater-tis-epidayroy/

Feature on Fernando IV and Zubiaurre:

https://theconversation.com/la-leyenda-de-fernando-iv-el-compositor-zubiaurre-y-el-comienzo-de-la-opera-espanola-160880

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CRIME BEAT
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Arrests made after a burial in Esposto was looted:

https://www.ilfattonisseno.it/2021/05/esposto-denuncia-di-siciliantica-alla-procura-per-i-furti-nelle-tombe-delle-aree-archeologiche-dellennese/

Houthis are accused of smuggling 4800 Yemini artifacts:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2987736/houthis-accused-smuggling-4800-yemeni-manuscripts-antiquities

Feature on looted art over the ages:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-art-from-antiquity-to-present-day/a-57608204
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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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Six fresco fragments from Stabia were returned to Pompeii this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/18/stolen-roman-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-after-investigation
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-welcomes-back-looted-roman-frescoes.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210518-six-stolen-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/frescoes-returned-to-pompeii-1234593429/
https://www.ilcorrierino.com/castellammare-i-tesori-di-stabia-finiti-in-un-traffico-internazionale-tornano-a-casa/22948.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/stolen-frescoes-returned-to-pompeii.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-stolen-frescoes-returned-pompeii-180977774/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9701-210519-pompeii-frescoes-returned

A British museum returned items to the Arrernte people in Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/sacred-indigenous-objects-returned-rom-england/100148528

A shrunken head was returned to Ecuador:

https://www.livescience.com/ecuadorian-shrunken-head-repatriated.html

Germany plans to build a pavilion to store the returned Benin Bronzes:

https://allafrica.com/stories/202105190555.html

… and Nigeria is renewing their call for returns:

https://leadership.ng/nigeria-renews-call-for-return-of-looted-artefacts/

… and opeds/overviews/etc of where Benin Bronzes are now and how they got there:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-benin-bronzes-and-the-cultural-history-of-museums/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-in-museums-1967773
https://www.newser.com/story/305702/hope-for-what-was-taken-from-the-kingdom-of-benin.html
https://thenationonlineng.net/return-of-benin-art-objects-a-distraction-from-bigger-issues/
https://tntribune.com/photos-what-the-imminent-german-return-of-pillaged-artifacts-means-for-nigerian-history/

More on the return of that Persephone statue to Libya:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-british-museum-and-abduction-of.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins and Sepphoris:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/david-hendin-coins-tell-the-story-of-ancient-sepphoris/

Feature on coinage of the Roman provinces (ANS conference coverage):

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-in-the-roman-provinces-ans-conference-highlights-part-1/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n21.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Don Henson:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/20/don-henson-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3073-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-9-through-may-15-2021
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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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