Explorator 22.51 ~ April 12, 2020

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

… see the ‘coronacopia’ section for all the virtual tours this week

Happy Easter and/or Chag Pesach Sameach to all those celebrating …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals apparently knew how to make string:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/sr-aas040720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-ancient-discovery-neanderthal-life.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200409110533.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/science/neanderthals-fiber-string-math.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/09/world/oldest-yarn-neanderthals-scn/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/10/828400733/the-oldest-string-ever-found-may-have-been-made-by-neanderthals
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/50-000-year-old-piece-string-hints-neanderthal-intelligence-scientists-n1179946
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stone-age-string-strengthens-case-for-neandertal-smarts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neanderthals-string-discovery-1830864
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-neanderthals-could-make-string-oldest-rope-known-found-in-france-1.8752032
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/10/828400733/the-oldest-string-ever-found-may-have-been-made-by-neanderthals
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-made-oldest-known-string
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8588-200410-france-neanderthal-string

Evidence that australopithecus afarensis had a long childhood:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lucy-species-brain-skull-heralded-rise-long-childhoods-hominids
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8573-200406-australopithecus-afarensis-brains

… a similar sort of thing for homo naledi:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/anthropologists-describe-the-first-skeleton-of-a-homo-naledi-child/

Feature on assorted recent hominid papers:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/more-clues-to-the-story-of-our-past

More on three species of hominid in Africa ca 2 million years bp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52133534
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8574-200406-drimolen-cave-dates

… and more on the earliest homo erectus focus of the above:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-homo-erectus-fossil-dremolen.html
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/06/world/europe/06reuters-science-genetics.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/incredible-fossil-find-hints-homo-erectus-emerged-200-000-years-earlier-than-thought
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/unearthed—earliest-homo-erectus-ancestor-skull/12143108
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-04-08-homo-erectus-skull-find-rewrites-human-history

More on new dates for homo heidelbergensis:

https://news.griffith.edu.au/2020/04/02/fossil-skull-casts-doubt-over-modern-human-ancestry/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8575-200406-homo-heidelbergensis-dated

More on early hominins being able to climb trees:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/ancient-human-regularly-climbed-through-the-trees/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8578-200407-hominin-walking-climbing

More on Neanderthals eating seafood:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/portuguese-cave-neanderthals-seafood

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AFRICA
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Not sure where to put this interesting study of the ancient trade of decorated ostrich eggs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uob-bla040320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-year-old-egg-reveals-complexity-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200408184724.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52232715
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/09/british-museum-looks-to-crack-mystery-over-decorated-ostrich-eggs
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/08/long-easter-decorated-eggs-meant-dangerous-hunt-research-reveals/
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-go-on-egg-hunt-to-crack-5000-year-old-mystery/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-crack-secrets-of-deadly-ancient-trade-in-decorated-ostrich-eggs-1.8751220
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/elaborately-decorated-eggs-predate-easter-thousands-years
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-ostrich-egg-trade
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fancy-decorated-eggs-have-been-traded-worldwide-thousands-years-180974639/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8587-200410-decorated-ostrich-eggs

Feature on the excavations at the site of Sijilmasa:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/382-2005/letter-from/8626-morocco-medieval-capital
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Extensive remains of the Temple of Ramesses II at Abydos were announced this week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/366885.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8584-200409-egypt-abydos-temple

A pair of paintings found inside a 3000 years bp mummy sarcophagus in the Perth Museum:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/hidden-secret-mummy-scottish-museum-2527785
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-paintings-goddess-3000-year-old-mummys-coffin-180974619/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8580-200408-egyptian-mummy-conservation

Feature/reviewish thing on Tut’s tomb:

https://hyperallergic.com/552792/peeling-back-the-messy-and-myriad-layers-of-tutankhamuns-discovery/

A possible Parthian-era relief from Iran’s Lorestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/446593/Ancient-bas-relief-discovered-in-western-Iran
https://ifpnews.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-relief-in-irans-lorestan

Remains of a Bronze Age necropolis in a West Bank village:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200407-bronze-age-cemetery-discovered-in-west-bank-village/

Canaanite and Philistine pottery (and more) from Khirbet el-Rai:

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/april-2020/Rare-figurines-uncovered-at-lost-biblical-city
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8586-200410-israel-bronze-figurines

Feature on excavations in Nazareth:

https://www.livescience.com/jesus-home-nazareth-discoveries.html

Feature on the search for the site of Golgotha:

https://aleteia.org/2020/04/08/locating-golgotha-the-authentic-site-of-christs-crucifixion/

… and the location of the Last Supper:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/hunting-for-the-upper-room-in-jerusalem/

Not sure where to put this one … Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is shutting down its archaeological program (which will have an impact on ANE archaeology):

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/april/swbts-archaeology-baptist-evangelical-phd-covid19.html

… and their DSS fragments are probably fake too:

https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/baptists/southwestern-seminarys-dead-sea-scrolls-likely-fraudulent/

A collection of past features on the Exodus:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/library-explorer/exodus/

More on a possible ‘comet strike’ on a paleolithic village in Syria 12 800 years bp:

https://www.sciencealert.com/cosmic-impact-in-syria-almost-13-000-years-ago-may-have-given-the-world-agriculture
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/comet-upended-life-paleolithic-village-12800-years-ago-180974575/

More on the oldest leavened bread recreation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-leavened-bread-rising-again-180974605/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-volcanic-eruption-dated-through-rings-dead-trees-180974603/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Suggestion that Iron Age Britons ‘idolized’ hares and chickens:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-brown-hares-chickens-gods-food.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/leap-of-faith-ancient-britons-viewed-hares-chickens-as-gods-easter
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/190/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/190/pub/190/page/51/article/31769
https://www.wral.com/ancient-britons-didnt-eat-hares-or-chickens-they-venerated-them/19050783/

I think we mentioned these Roman shipwrecks from a Serbian coal mine a while ago:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/probable-roman-shipwrecks-unearthed-at-a-serbian-coal-mine/

Evidence of ‘complex brain surgery’ (trepanation) in Late Antique Greece/Eastern Roman Empire:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/au-ard040720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-early-complex-brain-surgery-ancient.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/04/08/byzantine-era-skeletons-found-on-greek-island-show-signs-of-complex-surgery/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/04/10/ancient-greek-doctors-drilled-human-skulls-in-early-form-of-brain-surgery/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/brain-surgery-was-conducted-in-eastern-roman-empire/127321
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8581-200408-byzantine-archer-cemetery

Studying tunnels beneath Pompeii:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/speleologists-study-tunnels-beneath-subsoil-of-pompeii/127413

Pondering the ‘conversion’ of Pontius Pilate:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-pontius-pilate-actually-convert-to-christianity

Feature on Virtus Julia (we had the Spanish version of this last week):

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2020-04-08/inside-virtus-iulia-the-roman-city-in-the-south-of-spain.html

Feature on oral law in early Athens:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/oral-law-and-the-early-athenian-democratic-constitution-470a3530de05?source=rss—-ce5452c4e401—4

Feature on resurrection in the Mediterranean world:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/04/resurrection-mediterranean

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://aleteia.org/2020/04/11/the-uncanny-architecture-of-the-roman-pantheon/

Feature on the Roman ‘sports tradition’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/sports/origins-of-sports-philosophy-and-roman-spectacle/news

Feature on various versions of Medea:

https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/revisiting-euripides-greek-tragedy-medea-through-the-lens-of-lars-von-trier-pasolini-and-sholay-8243301.html

Feature on the strange deaths of assorted Roman emperors:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-emperor-death-facts-commodus-claudius-caesar/

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/the-fascinating-story-of-the-venus-de-milo/

Feature on Schliemann:

https://www.dw.com/en/recalling-heinrich-schliemann-excavator-of-troy/a-53063144

Feature on an Ancient Greek Theatres stamp series:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/296493/hellenic-post-the-stamp-series-ancient-greek-theatres-and-its-symbolic-significance-in-pandemic/

Feature on Picasso’s minotaurs:

https://email.apollo-magazine.com/t/j-l-qetluy-tyiiudwtu-p/

Something about forgiveness in the Iliad:

https://merionwest.com/2020/04/06/achilles-and-the-redemptive-power-of-forgiveness/

Feature on the Athens Olympics of 1896:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/04/06/on-this-day-in-1896-the-first-modern-olympic-games-begins-in-athens/

An interview with Christopher Baron:

https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/q-a-with-christopher-baron-associate-professor-in-the-department-of-classics/

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*;

https://www.independent.com/2020/04/07/review-madeline-millers-circe/

More on that ‘erotic binding spell’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8203613/SEX-spell-force-man-bed-female-admirer-discovered-Egyptian-papyrus.html

More on refined dates for the Thera eruption:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/dating-ancient-minoan-eruption-thera-using-tree-rings

More on that Roman coin hoard from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/node/81525
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8577-200407-poland-roman-coins
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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 new dating technique provides evidence that London might be 3000 years older than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-revolutionary-method-dating-pottery-prehistoric.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uob-rnm040620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200408113256.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/pottery-dating-organic-residue-351234/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/london-history-prehistoric-ceremony-site-archaeology-a9455621.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/08/london-pottery-finds-reveal-shoreditch-agricultural-past
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/5-600-year-old-pottery-reveals-secrets-of-trendy-east-londoners-87q0htf2g
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2178-z
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8582-200409-london-neolithic-pottery

A metal detectorist found a Bronze Age hoard at Portchester:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/metal-detectorist-uncovers-hoard-rare-bronze-age-ornaments-portchester-2535164

A mediveal brooch find after a ‘tipper truck’ delivery in Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/mid-norfolk-9th-century-medieval-brooch-discovered-1-6603595

A 14th century/medieval cave art find during railway repair work at Guildford:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology-south-east/news/2020/apr/medieval-carvings-dated-14th-century-discovered-following-landslip
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/05/medieval-shrine-14th-century-discovered-rail-workers-following/
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2020/04/06/railway-landslip-uncovers-14th-century-christian-shrine/
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/04/14th-century-cave-discovered-during-guildford-railway-repair-work.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/railway-workers-discover-14th-century-cave-with-medieval-shrine-or-hermitage/127259
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8576-200407-medieval-cave-art

A medieval coin from a Stoke-on-Trent garden:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-52217042

Feature on the ‘German Stonehenge’ at Pommelte:

https://www.dw.com/en/who-lived-near-p%C3%B6mmelte-the-german-stonehenge/a-53051585

The current situation has put the Bath Abbey restoration on hold for a while:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-52189764

On the ‘evolution’ of Oxford Street:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/a-mile-of-shopping-oxford-street-213799

Project Heritage Quest is looking for ancient burial mounds:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/04/spot-an-ancient-burial-mound-from-your-armchair-for-science/

Not sure about this Knights Templar hoard claim:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18367468.possible-knights-templar-hoard-dating-back-800-years-unveiled/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8172051/Could-cache-relics-really-belonged-Knights-Templar-asks-Dan-Jones-new-series.html

More on evidence of 12th century English lead mining from an alpine glacier:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/environment/alpine-glacier-reveals-story-ancient-lead-mining-peak-district-2535627

More on that ‘secret passage’ at Westminster revealed a while ago:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/secret-passage-revealed-in-the-palace-of-westminster.htm

More on that chapel at Auckland Castle:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/bishop-beks-chapel-discovered.htm

More on that Pictish carved stone (the Tulloch Stone):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/exploring-ideology-on-a-pictish-carved-stone.htm
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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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Villagers came across some Neolithic remains in New Guinea:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/new-guinea-villagers-unearth-evidence-of-the-islands-neolithic-past/

Climate change may have encouraged colonization of South Pacific islands earlier than previously thought:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uos-cce040320.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/climate-change-forced-earlier-colonisation-of-south-pacific-islands/127279

Latest on the Keeladi excavations:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/witn-no-excavation-documentation-work-in-progress-at-keeladi/article31288611.ece

Not sure what the purpose of this opEd piece on some unlooted royal tombs in Korea:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2020/04/164_287605.html

I think we mentioned the study of the wreck of the Barbara off Tasmania:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-05/shipwreck-at-rye-confirmed-as-tasmanian-ship-barbara/12103294

More on that ‘donkey polo’ burial:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/a-new-tomb-find-in-china-may-give-the-donkey-added-respect/2020/04/06/edc537e8-6e9a-11ea-a3ec-70d7479d83f0_story.html
https://www.chron.com/lifestyle/article/A-new-tomb-find-in-China-may-give-the-donkey-15184486.php
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NORTH AMERICA
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1100 BCE decorated ‘mud balls’ from Louisiana:

https://www.bnd.com/news/nation-world/national/article241821501.html

Studying Calusa fish pens in Florida:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/watercourts-stored-live-fish-fueling-floridas-calusa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8569-200406-florida-calusa-fishing

Feature on the Treaty of New Echota:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/31/824647676/a-treacherous-choice-and-a-treaty-right

Feature on Old Irontown (Utah):

https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2020/04/05/raw-old-irontown-day-utahs-first-ghost-town-provides-a-peek-into-pioneer-iron-production/#.XpMWelNyphF

Spinning the result of the Civil War differently (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-south-won-the-civil-war-review-one-side-kept-fighting-11586535350

More on that Maine shipwreck (possibly the Defiance):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/us/maine-shipwreck-colonial.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/storms-reveal-a-defiant-piece-of-americas-early-maritime-history-l5s8f2clf
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence that crops were being cultivated in Amazonia some 10 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-amazonian-crops-domesticated-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoe-ehi040620.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/ps-acd040320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200408110336.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52217636
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/08/humans-living-in-amazon-10000-years-ago-cultivated-plants-study-finds
https://www.zmescience.com/science/amazon-agriculture-domestication-1313524/
https://gizmodo.com/evidence-of-10-000-year-old-crops-points-to-the-amazon-1842749202
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/amazon-forest-islands-08310.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8583-200409-bolivia-amazonia-agriculture

Interesting feature on the Grolier codex:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/04/06/solving-case-lost-maya-codex

More on conquistadores taking advantage of Mesoamerican copper smelting technology:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200331162243.htm
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the journey of Cleopatra’s Needle to London:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/apr/08/weatherwatch-the-perilous-sea-journey-of-cleopatras-needle

The Diving With A Purpose project is looking at slave shipwrecks around the world:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/meet-the-black-scuba-divers-searching-for-slave-shipwrecks-unfairly-overlooked

On the history of boxing:

https://www.britishboxingnews.co.uk/blogs/just-how-old-is-the-sport-of-boxing

In case you missed the April first time change:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/news/moving-the-avebury-stones-for-british-summer-time

A Guggenheim for Sarah Parcak:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/09/metro/she-went-twitter-rant-about-trying-homeschool-her-first-grader-few-hours-later-she-was-named-guggenheim-fellow/
https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/10/bangor-native-and-space-archaeologist-named-guggenheim-fellow/

… and NEH recipients:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

On 10 cities archaeologists are still looking for:

https://www.thetravel.com/underground-cities-archeologists-seeking/

Blueprints reveal a last minute change to the Statue of Liberty:

https://www.livescience.com/statue-of-liberty-blueprints-found.html
https://gizmodo.com/forgotten-blueprints-reveal-a-late-tweak-to-the-statue-1842756904

A couple of features on provenance:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-it-matters-who-owns-art/
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/provenance-research-reaches-across-getty-in-the-digital-age/

A new ‘weird’ tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been found:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/09/weird-tale-secret-garden-frances-hodgson-burnett-discovered-christmas-in-the-fog

A portrait of a woman who may have inspired a Jane Austen character:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/07/pride-and-prejudice-mary-pearson-lydia-portrait-discovery-delights-jane-austen-museum
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-portrait-depicts-woman-who-may-have-inspired-jane-austen-character-180974631/

The British Library has a feature on globes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-world-virtually-these-rare-centuries-old-globes-180974608/

On a manuscript with the earliest written use of the F word:

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/04/500-year-old-manuscript-contains-earliest-known-use-of-the-f-word/

Feature/reviewish on Piranesi:

https://www.artlyst.com/reviews/piranesi-drawings-neoclassical-visions-edward-lucie-smith/

On the history of balconies:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200409-the-history-of-balconies

Review of a book about Doris Duke:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/books/review/sallie-bingham-doris-duke.html

Review of a book on the origins of the Holocaust:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/books/review/europe-against-the-jews-gotz-aly.html

Acknowledging Shakespeare’s collaborator (Thomas Watson):

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/apr/05/shakespeares-secret-co-writer-finally-takes-a-bow-430-years-late

Interesting feature on Einstein:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-public-and-private-lives-of-albert-einstein-p-d-smith/jan

They’re replanting the Queen’s Grove at Versailles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/fashion/craftsmanship-queens-grove-marie-antoinette-versailles.html

Pondering Jewish identity:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Apostasy-and-the-question-of-Who-is-a-Jew-623727

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CORONACOPIA
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The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities aded some more virtual tours … first, an old Cairo mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/366705/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-launchi.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/83405/Egypt-s-Tourism-Min-organizes-virtual-tour-of-Mosque-Madrassa
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/Egypts_Ministry_of_Tourism_launches_2nd_virtual_tour_in_archaeological_sites-SNG_171693194/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-to-launch-virtual-tour-of-old-cairo-mosque-complex/

… Beni Hassan cemetery:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/84444/Egypt-s-Tourism-Antiquities-Min-launches-new-virtual-tour-inside

… Ben Ezra synagogue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/366807/Heritage/Museums/Ben-Ezra-synagogue-is-today%E2%80%99s-virtual-tour-by-the-.aspx

… assorted archaeological sites (I think the same as mentioned last week):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83448/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tourism-Antiquities-Min-resumes-virtual-tours-of-archaeological-sites
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1655036/middle-east
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-virtual-tours.html

… the first backpack:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/84552/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-organizes-its-second

… Egyptian Museum:

https://egyptindependent.com/video-experience-virtual-tours-at-the-egyptian-museum-displaying-20-unique-artifacts/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/84536/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-organizes-its-first

Virtual tour of a pair of recently-excavated villas at Pompeii:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-tour-these-newly-excavated-pompeiian-homes-180974654/
https://www.morganton.com/video/news/take-a-stunning-drone-tour-of-the-pompeii-ruins-in-this-virtual-vacation/video_5aa71572-62ac-5245-a9d2-6ae72a8427d8.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/discoveries-at-pompeii-revealed-in-virtual-tour/127403

Pompeii: The Immortal City at the MAC:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/apr/09/mac-makes-exhibits-in-including-pompeii-the-immort/

British Museum:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/london-coronavirus-take-your-kids-18014372

More general pieces collecting assorted virtual tours:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/a32033126/virtual-tours-guides-uk-help-through-lockdown/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/what-to-do-at-home-streaming-art-museums-concerts-coronavirus-trnd-duplicate-2/index.html
https://www.athensmessenger.com/connect/virtual-museum-tours-offer-arts-culture-and-science-without-leaving-your-home/article_e6049a06-5a4e-5d08-b593-739003163501.html
https://www.athensmessenger.com/connect/virtual-museum-tours-offer-arts-culture-and-science-without-leaving-your-home/article_e6049a06-5a4e-5d08-b593-739003163501.html

Another spin on Thucydides’ plague for comparison purposes:

https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/08/what-the-great-historian-thucydides-saw-in-athens-plague-and-our-own/

On people ‘know it was coming’ during the Black Death era:

https://theweek.com/articles/907852/better-know-nothing-about-coronavirus

On past pandemics in the Holy Land:

https://www.israel21c.org/pandemics-and-plagues-in-the-holy-land/

On finishing a Classics PhD during the pandemic:

https://eidolon.pub/not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-whimper-6d2994b8fe5b?source=rss—-d92d9a6e3540—4

Pope Francis quoted Virgil in regards to the current situation:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/09/830759485/this-is-not-humanity-s-first-plague-pope-francis-says-of-coronavirus

Social isolation kept the remains of Lazaraus behind closed doors in Larnaca:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/04/11/coronavirus-covid-19-keeps-relics-of-jesus-friend-lazarus-behind-closed-doors/

… but the Shroud of Turin has gone on display:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/shroud-of-turin-goes-on-rare-display-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-11586086761

Putting a coronavirus spin on the Gospel of Mark:

https://theweek.com/articles/907853/coronavirus-mystery-st-marks-easter-story

Coronavirus and the Holy Roman Empire:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/22219-coronavirus-and-the-holy-roman-empire

On conspiracy theories and pandemics:

https://slate.com/technology/2020/04/coronavirus-covid19-5g-conspiracy-theory.html

Applying the French Revolution to the current situation:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/revolution-only-getting-started/609463/

On music and pandemics:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/06/stayin-alive-how-music-fought-pandemics-2700-years-coronavirus

On pandemics throughout history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/local/retropolis/coronavirus-deadliest-pandemics/

On the history of viruses and public opinion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/books/review/looking-at-the-history-of-viruses-and-public-opinion.html

On historical explanations for the spread of pandemics:

https://www.history.com/news/how-infectious-diseases-spread-myth-superstition-theories

Suggestion that Epictetus might be worth reading now:

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/04/09/Get-To-Know-Ancient-Stoics/

… and that Stoicism is not a good idea, actually:

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/justine-toh-stoicism-versus-the-easter-story/12139932

Thoreau might be helpful:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/design/thoreau-walden-coronavirus-quarantine.html

Imitating assorted works of art to occupy social isolation time:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romans-imitate-etruscan-art-on-social-media.html

What we can learn from art from previous pandemics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/t-magazine/art-coronavirus.html

Frank Snowden on how coronavirus might change us:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/04/08/historian-frank-snowden-may-we-be-forever-changed-coronavirus

Feature on the Plague Doctor:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/plague-doctor-clothes

More animals wandering around deserted streets of various cities:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/04/08/family-of-bears-roams-deserted-streets-of-greek-city/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-lockdown-wildlife-taking-over-tranquil-landmarks-of-ancient-rome-5nkj69wj9
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/coronavirus-wild-animals-return-in-italy-to-rome-among-the-ruins/news-story/c3ea7d1a13819fda991ed761e12864cd

More deserted sites/streets:

https://www.dw.com/en/lonely-places-deserted-tourist-sights/g-53048506

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Gentileschi:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/keeping-up-with-artemisia/

As a new trustee of the British Museum, Mary Beard wrote about her favourite objects therein:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/mary-beards-top-five-objects/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/08/mary-beards-british-museum-augustus-michelangelo-and-a-badge-from-lyme-regis
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/mary-beard-favourite-british-museum-objects-a4410056.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/pharaohs-bread-gave-mary-beard-taste-for-the-past-at-british-museum-pt2z8npmn

… and stirred up the restitution debate a bit:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mary-beard-discusses-restitution-debate-in-blogpost-marking-her-tenure-as-a-new-british-museum-trustee

Feature on the Taxila Museum:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/640121-taxila-museum-preserves-1-400-gandhara-era-artefacts

Furloughs at the Guggenheim:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/arts/guggenheim-furloughs-staff.html

Empress Eugenie’s collection is on display in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/84487/Empress-Eugenie-s-holdings-exhibited-at-Egypt-s-Suez-Canal

The opening of the GEM is once again delayed:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-of-coronavirus

OpEd on the Museum of the Bible’s latest affairs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/arts/bible-museum-admitting-mistakes-tries-to-convert-its-critics.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying 12 000 years of responses to climate change across the Arabian peninsula:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/mpif-sta040120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-societal-resilience-arabia-years-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200406190439.htm
https://www.eurasiareview.com/08042020-societal-transformations-and-resilience-in-arabia-across-12000-years-of-climate-change/

On how indigenous knowledge might help to deal with climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/ps-ikc040120.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ephesus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-ephesus-a-marvel-of-the-ancient-world

Via Crucis in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-04-10/el-via-crucis-del-patrimonio-mas-visitado-de-espana.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Bach:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/music/bach-coronavirus.html

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CRIME BEAT
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An antiquities theft case from San Marcos:

https://haysfreepress.com/2020/04/10/san-marcos-at-center-of-investigation-into-antiquities-theft/

Feature on assorted art thefts:

https://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/notizie/evasioni/2020/04/08/larte-rubata-da-van-gogh-a-picasso_91f52a89-05bc-4c98-a225-49a113a9614a.html

Feature on German auction houses as dealers of illicit antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dealers-are-using-german-auction-houses-to-whitewash-relic-trade-top-art-investigator-says-gvdvms2b9
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/germany-illicit-antiquities-1826016

… but there was some (strange) reaction to the claim:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/uk-curator-criticises-misleading-reports-about-looted-items
———-
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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Chief Crowfoot regalia will be returned to his descendents:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/british-museum-returns-first-nation-artefacts-to-canada-992928.html

… related:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-british-royal-albert-memorial-museum-agrees-to-return-indigenous/

More on the US returning a pair of Khmer statues to Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-returns-two-seized-statues-kingdom
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-historic-khmer-statues-returned-cambodia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8579-200408-cambodia-repatriated-states

More on the MOTB pending returns:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/museum-of-the-bible-announces-return-of-artifacts/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n15.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Mark Golden:

http://www.cac-scec.ca/wp-content/uploads/bulletin/ccb26/ccb26.07.2.html

William R Polk:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/us/william-polk-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/2956-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-29-through-apr-4-2020
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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 22.49 ~ March 29, 2020

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).

Question for my readers: should I start including links to Youtube items (when appropriate, of course)? I’ve avoided it generally because such links create an attachment which years ago.

It often was an issue for people but likely isn’t any more. If you have an opinion one way or another, feel free to drop me a line!

… as might be expected, it was a very slow week for news …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Cave excavations in Portugal suggest Neanderthals had an extensive seafood diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-neanderthals-marine-resource-exploitation.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uob-sps032520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/c-npi032320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200326144433.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/science/neanderthals-fishing-ocean.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/world/fishing-neanderthals-portugal-scn/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/26/cave-find-shows-neanderthals-collected-seafood-scientists-say
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52054653
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/neanderthals-ate-brain-food-from-the-sea

Studying how early humans (broadly construed) added plants to their diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-stone-age-humans-glucose.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Due to Covid-19, the unveiling of a restored Ramses II statue is “prone to postponement”:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82876/Due-to-COVID-19-unveiling-restored-Ramses-II-statue-prone

… and the Ministry of Tourism was ‘sterilizing’ archaeological sites and museums:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/82911/Ministry-of-Tourism-starts-sterilizing-archaeological-sites-museums-nationwide
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82993/Min-launches-sterilization-process-in-pyramids%E2%80%99-antiquities-region

… and they were closed, of course:

https://zeenews.india.com/world/egypt-closes-archaeological-sites-mosques-churches-2270901.html

Feature on an Egyptian cat sculpture at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/hello-kitty-the-odyssey-of-an-egyptian-cat-sculpture/

In case you’ve been wondering what Egyptology is:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/what-is-egyptology

The sun setting behind the Sphinx on the spring equinox might be a deliberate astronomical alignment:

https://www.livescience.com/egypt-sphinx-equinox.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82910/Hawass-Sun-setting-on-Sphinx%E2%80%99s-shoulder-proves-superiority-of-ancient
https://www.newsweek.com/pyramid-ancient-egypt-equinox-1493770
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8546-200325-egypt-equinox-sphinx

Pondering the authenticity of the DSS in the wake of the Museum of the Bible revelations (more on that in the Museum section):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-after-dead-sea-forgeries-exposed-how-do-we-know-the-scrolls-in-israel-are-real-1.8679396

Covid-19 has shuttered sites in Jerusalem’s Old City (and elsewhere, I assume):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/not-since-the-black-plague-have-jerusalems-holy-alleys-fallen-so-still/2020/03/27/9eae79f4-7010-11ea-a156-0048b62cdb51_story.html

… and in case you missed the catapult stone returned by someone who stole it 15 years ago:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Fearing-coronavirus-stolen-artifact-returned-to-Israeli-authorities-622427

Hagia Sophia is being used as a mosque again:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/03/24/turkey-uses-hagia-sophia-as-mosque-for-islamic-prayer-again/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/03/29/turkey-uses-hagia-sophia-as-mosque-for-islamic-prayer-again/

Feature on when the Spanish flu arrived in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/When-the-Spanish-Flu-arrived-in-the-Land-of-Israel-622043

Hyping a movie about Andrzej Niwinski’s search for Thutmose II’s tomb:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-explores-work-of-a-man-dedicated-to-finding-the-untouched-tomb-of-an-egyptian-pharaoh-11386

Nice Google arts and culture feature on a Phoenician shipwreck:

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/exploring-the-phoenician-shipwreck/pgLyhfUxcvC2IA

More on the Nazareth Inscription:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-analysis-refutes-nazareth-inscriptions-ties-jesus-death-180974485/

More on that mislabelled Anatolian sword found in an Italian monastery:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-italy-trnd/index.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/italian-archeologist-follows-hunch-to-find-that-medieval-sword-actually-dates-back-5000-years
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 2000 years bp fountain were revealed in Pompeii this week:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/lifestyle/2000-year-old-fountain-uncovered-in-volcano-buried-city-of-pompeii/vi-BB11ydkQ

Mary Beard was appointed as a trustee of the British Museum:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/18342576.mary-beard-appointed-british-museum-trustee-despite-number-10-rejection/

More on the identification of a bust of Sappho in a museum in Turkey:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/bust-of-greek-poet-sappho-discovered-in-turkish-museum/

More on Romans and lapdogs:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/romans-already-had-miniature-dogs-as-pets-over-2000-years-ago/126727

Thucydides’ description of the plague of Athens was the focus of a few different features this week:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/161042/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/great-plague-athens-has-eerie-parallels-today/608545/
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/thucydides-plague-athens-coronavirus.html
<a href=”https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/126663″>Thucydides and the plague of Athens – what it can teach us now – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News</a>

… and how ancient Greeks handled disease in their city states:

https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-120153373.html
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-of-disease-as-they-would-a-human-body-and-it-was-the-most-vulnerable-that-suffered/
https://www.wfsb.com/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-of-disease-as-they-would/article_3592c696-778c-50c7-8e3b-22815615e276.html

Feature on applying Ovid’s exile to social isolation:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/buried-alive-reborn-again-review-of-pompei-e-santorini-leternit%C3%A0-in-un-giorno-rome-93f5362f7f51

Feature on a hotel in Antayka built over ruins (incorporated into the hotel) of ancient Antioch:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/turkey-newest-luxury-hotel-floats-2300-year-old-ruins

Feature on Arkalochori cave and the Minoan finds there:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/the-spiritual-secrets-of-arkalochori-cave/225429/

Feature on Hypatia:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/born-and-killed-in-egypt-the-story-of-the-first-female-mathematician-hypatia

Feature on ancient Greek Olympic champions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2016/07-08/ancient-greece-olympic-champions-superstar-athletes/

Feature on ‘Pompeii Mania’ during the Romantic era:

https://daily.jstor.org/pompeii-mania-in-the-era-of-romanticism/

Feature on the fall of empires:

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/03/how-do-you-know-if-youre-living-through-the-death-of-an-empire/

Feature on the Pythagorean math in music:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-math-in-music-why-numbers-dont-rule-the-universe/a-52899009

Another feature on applying Stoic philosophy in modern contexts:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2020/03/25/the-stoic-startup-three-modern-lessons-from-ancient-roman-philosophy/

Book hype for the first volume of the *Cambridge World History of Violence*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-pim032520.php

Some museum lectures on Pompeii will be broadcast via Zoom this week:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/mar/28/mac-offers-pompeii-lecture-series-via-zoom/

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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 mammoth tush (and finds from later periods) from a (medieval) site in Bavaria:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-unearth-massive-mammoth-tusk/a-52947985

Plans for tests to determine the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/experts-join-forces-determine-age-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18326041.tests-undertaken-determine-age-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18327965.archaeologists-attempt-reveal-age-dorsets-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/cerne-abbas-giant-chalk-figure-age-a4394436.html
https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/23/archaeologists-cerne-abbas-giant-testing-age-12441783/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8540-200324-cerne-abbas-giant

Horse stables are to be built on a site of archaeological interest (Roman and Saxon) in Ardleigh:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18331313.ancient-land-used-horse-stables/

I think we mentioned this cache of Georgian/Victorian beer bottles from Leeds:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/03/archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-old-beer-bottles-in-leeds/
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/forgotten-pub-leeds-car-park-17991056
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-lead-spiked-beer-bottles-uncovered-19th-century-leeds-site-180974513/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8545-200325-england-leeds-bottles

Damage to cultural sites from an earthquake in Zagreb this week:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cathedral-museums-damaged-zagreb-earthquake-180974498/

Feature on some of Europe’s ‘most beautiful’ public clocks:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-most-beautiful-clocks-in-europe/g-45211089

What we can learn in Covid-19 times from medieval literature:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/boris-johnson-britain-coronavirus-covid19-leadership/608347/

Hyping a Netflix movie about Basil Brown and Sutton Hoo:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8164021/How-eccentric-uncovered-huge-Anglo-Saxon-treasure-trove-robbed-glory-snobbery.html

More on evidence of copper cookware use in Denmark over the past millennium or so:

https://www.sdu.dk/en/nyheder/Forskningsnyheder/Kobber_i_knogler_sladrer_om_Middelalderens_valg_af_koekkenredskaber
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8552-200327-copper-bones-pots
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of an ‘independently developed’ Neolithic era in New Guinea:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-artifacts-guinea-neolithic-period.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/aaft-pas032420.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-guinea-neolithic-period-may-have-started-without-outside-help
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/prehistoric-artifacts-suggest-a-neolithic-era-independently-developed-in-new-guinea/126840
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8553-200327-neolithic-new-guinea

Longshan Culture (4000 years bp) pottery drain pipes from the Pingliangai Ancient City:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2020-03-24/detail-ifzusrwx0574380.shtml
https://www.macaubusiness.com/archaeologists-find-chinas-earliest-urban-drainage-system/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8543-200325-china-neolithic-drainage

Possible Keeladi-era human remains from Konthagai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/human-skeletal-remains-unearthed-in-konthagai/articleshow/74765250.cms

… while the current phase of excavations at Keeladi were put on hold:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/keeladi-excavation-phase-vi-put-on-hold/articleshow/74855069.cms

A pile of palm-leaf manuscripts in an Indian museum are undergoing preservation efforts:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/new-lease-of-life-for-1600-rare-manuscripts/article31123362.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8544-200325-india-manuscripts-conserved

An interesting 19th century shipwreck off southeastern Australia was being checked out:

https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/fit/2020/03/02/wreck-yields-secrets-of-nations-shipbuilding/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8548-200326-australia-shipwreck-barbara

More on that ‘donkey polo’ Tang-era burial from Xian:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-evidence-donkey-polo/
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/beast-of-burden-or-animal-athlete-donkeys-were-used-for-polo-in-ancient-china-study-finds-1.5512451

More on that ‘mammoth bone circle’ from western Russia:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/enigmatic-circles-of-mammoth-bones-in-eastern-europe-date-to-ice-age/

More on that Buddhist monastery find in Bangladesh:

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/03/18/ancient-buddhist-monastery-discovered-after-1200-years
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8537-200323-bangladesh-buddhist-monastery

More on the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200318104420.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
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A mid-17th century dugout canoe find in New Hampshire:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/testing-reveals-dugout-canoe-discovered-years-ago-dates-to-th/article_23a7f1d7-2dba-5ed7-b67a-c4c8f376cdd3.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8542-200324-new-hampshire-canoe

New carbon dates for some New York Native American sites are revising the timeline a bit:

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/maize-not-metal-key-to-native-settlements-history-in-ny/article_0f1b147d-f921-574f-9fa4-914e812d8dcd.html

A shipwreck that reappears from time to time on a Maine beach dates to the colonial era:

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200325/york-shipwreck-predated-american-revolution-say-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8550-200327-maine-colonial-ship

A William McKinley letter was found by a student doing research at Ramsdell Civil War House:

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/wcn/wc_news/student-finds-letter-written-by-former-u-s-president-at/article_fbef0ecf-4267-5fcb-84ae-87eb74b1ef3c.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8551-200327-west-virginia-letter

Research has revealed the identity of one of the last survivors of the Transatlantic slave trade:

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-52010859
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-last-known-survivor-transatlantic-slave-trade-180974530/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8549-200326-transatlantic-trade-survivor

Suggestion that John Cabot was the first European to reach Florida:

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20200328/still-think-ponce-de-leon-discovered-florida-more-evidence-that-you-are-wrong

Feature on preserving ‘God’s Little Acre’:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-03-23/acre

More on the Hopewell earthworkds:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200322/archaeology–research-collaboration-sheds-more-light-on-ohiorsquos-ancient-earthworks
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the Florentine Codex (at the Getty):

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/who-writes-history-competing-narratives-about-the-conquest-of-mexico-and-the-fall-of-the-aztec-empire/

More on that Sak Tz’i Maya capital in Chiapas:

https://www.livescience.com/maya-kingdom-discovered-in-mexico.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/world/maya-capital-found-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/community-researcher-collaboration-reveals-ancient-maya-capital-backyard-mexico-180974505/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-lost-capital-of-ancient-maya-kingdom/126361

More on the remains of that Etlatongo ball court and its implications:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/3400-year-old-mesoamerican-ball-court-sheds-light-on-origins-of-the-game/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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I can never figure out where items from Hawaii should go … in this case, a 19th century kitchen site from Maui:

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/03/excavation-unearths-possible-links-to-baldwin-home-kitchen/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-leftovers-kitchen-behind-oldest-house-maui-180974507/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8541-200324-maui-baldwin-kitchen

Feature on participation in digs by soldiers in the UK with PTSD:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/soldiers-dig-deep-to-defeat-their-demons-w7zw3v9hx

Feature on Ignaz Semmelweis and the importance of handwashing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/23/ignaz-semmelweis-handwashing-coronavirus/

Feature on ‘eye portraits’ in the 18th century:

https://daily.jstor.org/18th-century-lovers-exchanged-portraits-of-their-eyes/

On rebuilding Notre Dame in virtual reality:

https://www.dw.com/en/rebuilding-notre-dame/av-52924764

More features on museum collections that are available online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/68-cultural-historical-and-scientific-collections-you-can-explore-online-180974475/
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/25/the-best-online-art-galleries-adrian-searle
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/

… and historical sites:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/5-virtual-tours-of-historical-sites/126924

Comparing Covid-19 and the 1918 epidemic (and others):

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/a-historians-view-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-the-influenza-of-1918
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200325-covid-19-the-history-of-pandemics
https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/03/23/what-we-can-learn-from-historic-pandemics

Feature on monks in quarantine:

https://daily.jstor.org/ancient-monks-got-that-quarantine-feeling-too/

Feature on Pepys’ diary entries during the Plague:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/viral-news

Feature on Dorothy Hawksley:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rediscovering-dorothy-hawksley/

Feature on assorted historical ‘generation gaps’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3KyLPYw6B31JBMJKqBvw8d2/boomers-vs-millennials-is-the-generation-gap-bigger-than-ever-before

Feature on heirloom seeds in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51315237

Feature on the damage dust can do to museum collections:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/25/dust-not-just-mundane-nuisance-can-serious-threat-art-collections/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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The ‘Near Eastern Pig’ domestication story:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/near-eastern-pig
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompei e Santorini:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/buried-alive-reborn-again-review-of-pompei-e-santorini-leternit%C3%A0-in-un-giorno-rome-93f5362f7f51

El Greco:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/compassion-claustrophobia-originality-why-el-greco-inspired-so-many-great-modern-artists/2020/03/25/97a469ae-6d39-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

More on fake DSS items at the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/march/bible-museum-dead-sea-scrolls-fakes-forgery-exhibit.html

Feature on the British Museum’s Circulating Artifacts Project:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/The-British-Museums-Circulating-Artefacts-Project-Works-to-Stop-Trafficking-of-Cultural-Artefacts-20200326

Repair backlog in UK museums is causing concerns for collections:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/27/backlog-of-repairs-to-museums-in-england-puts-collections-at-risk
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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More on the upcoming auction of a France Bacon Oresteia triptych:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/sothebys-to-auction-francis-bacons-oresteia-of-aeschylus-in-new-york-990545.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Paper on a method for provenancing iron:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229623

More on ‘fine tuning’ Carbon dating:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events
https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/radiocarbon-dating-part-1/

More on 3e scans of historica Yukon structures:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-3-d-replicas-historic-yukon-structures-threatened-erosion-180974488/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on nine items that have undergone DNA testing:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/620560/ancient-objects-that-had-dna-tests

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The UK is seeking data transfer help in its Rainfall Rescue Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52040822
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Heinrich Schutz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/music/heinrich-schutz.html

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CRIME BEAT
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On the use of technology to find looted antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hi-tech-hunt-for-looted-antiquities-9lzd8mdb0

A pair of ne-er-do-wells were arrested trying to steal stones from Notre Dame:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-arrested-after-trying-steal-stones-notre-dame-180974500/

Latest Turkey (fake) Torah smuggling/selling attempt results:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/investigations/turkish-police-nab-3-suspects-trying-to-sell-ancient-torah-for-125m#gallery

———-
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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Hobby Lobby/Museum of the Bible plans to return 11 500 items (!) to Iraq and Egypt:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hobby-lobby-steve-green-antiques-iraq-egypt-museum-of-the-bible-washington-us-history-a9431086.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/hobby-lobby-president-to-return-11-500-antiquities-to-iraq-and-egypt-11585324494

Latest call for the return of some Benin bronzes from a Bristol museum:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/african-prince-makes-impassioned-plea-british-museum-return/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-51995291

… and a possible outcome (?):

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/benin-bronze-bristol-museum-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n13.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Albert Uderzo:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/albert-uderzo-the-artist-behind-french-cartoon-icon-asterix-dies-aged-92
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/arts/albert-uderzo-dead.html
https://www.ft.com/content/64c7a498-700d-11ea-9bca-bf503995cd6f
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albert-uderzo-co-creator-asterix-and-obelix-comics-dies-92-180974509/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/24/asterix-albert-uderzo-rene-goscinny

John McKie:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18336138.john-mckie-classicist-master-cruciverbalist-compiler-wee-stinker/

Ofer Bar-Yosef:

https://anthropology.fas.harvard.edu/news/ofer-bar-yosef-1937-2020
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2954-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-15-through-mar-21-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 22.48 ~ March 22, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study involving high resolution CT scanning of ‘Little Foot’ (australopithecine)’s skull:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-foot-skull-reveals-million-year.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uotw-fs031720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317103821.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8533-200319-little-foot-skull

More on early humans and hyenas sharing migration patterns:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200313180827.htm

More on hominids at Atapuerca growing more quickly than their modern counterparts:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/tooth-enamel-atapuerca-hominids-grew-faster-modern-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8528-200317-spain-hominin-maturity
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AFRICA
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Feature on ‘Egyptianizing’ mummification on the Canary Islands:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/mummification-canary-islands

On Algeria’s efforts to save the Casbah:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-algerians-battling-to-save-the-casbah-from-crumbling/

Feature on a few ‘warrior queens’ of Kush:

https://scoopempire.com/kandakas-of-kush-the-warrior-queens-of-ancient-nubia/

More on the ‘social currency’ aspect of ostrich shells in southern Africa:

https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/how-ostrich-eggshells-were-once-used-to-seal-relations-45029682
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has been closing museums and tourist sites (as might be expected):

https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-closes-museums-and-tourist-sites-thousands-of-tourists-fly-back/

In case you were wondering about Zahi Hawass’ Tut opera:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82839/Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-message-The-sun-always-shines-after-the-storm

Not sure where to put this item on the spread of Isis worship from Egypt to England:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/03-04/isis-egyptian-goddess-worship-spread-egypt-england/

Feature on the development of ‘alternative Egyptology’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/how-alternative-egyptology-and-scientific-archaeology-were-born-on-the-giza-plateau/

Much attention for a ‘mantis man’ petroglyph of vague date (40 000 – 4000 years bp) from Iran:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/pp-amp031320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-iran.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200316090338.htm
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/446235/Mantis-man-describes-puzzling-petroglyph-found-in-Iran
https://scienmag.com/ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/squatting-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran-depicts-half-man-half-praying-mantis/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran/126463
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-half-human-half-praying-mantis-carving-found-ancient-rocks-180974451/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8529-200317-iran-rock-art

Feature on the Qaleh Gardan Iron Age fort in Iran:

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/03/19/2220364/qaleh-gardan-a-crumbling-iron-age-fort-in-northern-iran

In case you missed the Anatolian sword which turned up in a monastery in Venice:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovers-one-worlds-oldest-swords-mislabeled-monastery-display-180974420/

Feature on the antiquities/site situation in Idlib:

https://syriadirect.org/news/idlib-antiquities-a-forgotten-tragedy-in-northwest-syria%C2%A0/

Latest newsletter from the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://mailchi.mp/0b6a0d02ef34/march-2019-newsletter-from-the-sifting-project-2703218

In case you missed it, all the DSS fragments in the Museum of the Bible were deemed to be fake:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-museum.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/817018416/museums-collection-of-purported-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-are-fakes-experts-say
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/forged-dead-sea-scrolls-at-museum-of-the-bible-lead-to-great-scientific-detective-story/2020/03/20/08e9ca70-695a-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html
https://www.wapt.com/article/how-forgers-fooled-bible-museum-with-fake-dead-sea-scroll-fragments/31606741
https://wamu.org/story/20/03/17/museums-collection-of-purported-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-are-fakes-experts-say/
https://www.foxcarolina.com/how-forgers-fooled-the-bible-museum-with-fake-dead-sea/article_3024bded-8392-5863-bec5-d82771d57980.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/fake-dead-sea-scrolls-exposed/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-museum-bibles-dead-sea-scrolls-are-fake-report-finds-180974425/

… and a followup piece on the authenticity of other DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-after-dead-sea-forgeries-exposed-how-do-we-know-the-scrolls-in-israel-are-real-1.8679396

Followup to that fallen stone story from the Western Wall a while back:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/work-to-secure-western-wall-stones-in-egalitarian-area-completed
https://www.thekotel.org/kotel/general_info/?itemid=%7BC1C4EF61-AB24-4EDB-AEDD-98D382425760%7D

An overviewish thing on finds in Oman over the past year:

https://timesofoman.com/article/2914240/Oman/Ministry-unveils-results-of-archaeological-explorations

Ottoman soldier burials from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remains-of-ottoman-soldiers-unearthed-after-108-years-152996

Feature on the archaeological side of Armageddon:

https://time.com/5802129/armageddon-archaeology/

Feature on evidence of Judean refugees in Galilee:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/judean-refugees-in-galilee/

Feature on Tekhelet:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/what-color-was-tekhelet/

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8526-200317-turkey-istanbul-graves

More on that possible evidence of a ‘cosmic impact’ at Abu Hureyra:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/comet-turned-foragers-into-first-farmers-say-scientists-0w5hjvxcm

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2000 years bp sundial from Denizli:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2000-year-old-sundial-unearthed-in-southern-turkeys-denizli

I think we mentioned the identification of a bust in a Turkish Museum as Sappho:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/bust-of-greek-poet-sappho-discovered-in-turkey-museum/

I think we mentioned these recent finds (?) from Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/fresco-travertine-blocks-revive-southwestern-ancient-city-oflaodicea
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-city-in-southwest-comes-to-life/1769486

Concerns for a Roman mosaic purportedly beneath the floor of an old factory in Droitwich:

https://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/18313517.historic-roman-mosaic-underneath-site-600-new-homes/
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18313517.historic-roman-mosaic-underneath-site-600-new-homes/

A Sunderland metal detectorist came across a Roman coin:

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/people/sunderland-man-who-enjoys-finding-lost-things-discovers-ancient-roman-coin-while-metal-detecting-2450054

… and a Roman coin was highlighted among the year’s ‘treasure discoveries’ announced by the BM this week:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/rare-roman-coin-donated-british-museum-treasure-discoveries-a4389271.html

Plans for a study of some sort (paywalled) of the Teutoburg Varian disaster:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/scientist-bids-to-rewrite-history-of-roman-rout-by-chemical-footprints-ddljb6005
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/scientist-aims-to-rewrite-roman-rout-with-chemical-footprints/news-story/486e0819cef6d59f9788538a8fadef0d

AIA honours for Katherine Dunbabin:

https://www.archaeological.org/aia-announces-2021-gold-medal-award-winner/

Mary Beard on Draco:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/who-is-the-draco-in-draconian-measures/

Feature on the Ides of March:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/ides-of-march-bad-luck-trnd/index.html

… and the assassination of Julius Caesar:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/the-assasination-of-julius-ceasar/12060068

A feature on St Patrick:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0317/1123667-was-st-patrick-a-runaway-taxman/

… and what the Romans did for Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-ireland-1.4205876

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/march/boudica-podcast-gillespie.html

Feature on lapdogs in ancient Rome:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brutus-minimus-lap-dogs-date-back-to-romans-r6zvdffbn
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8137679/Subjects-Roman-Empire-tiny-toy-dogs-2-000-years-ago-just-like-todays-pampered-celebrities.html

Feature on the oracle of Delphi:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/the-oracle-of-delphi-was-she-really-stoned/

Feature on the 300:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/rss/did-300-spartans-hold-off-a-persian-army-of-millions/

Feature on a Roman quarry in Zvornik:

http://www.sarajevotimes.com/interesting-story-about-roman-quarry-in-zvornik/

As might be expected, COVID-19 is making folks think about Thucydides:

https://theconversation.com/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now-133155
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/what-can-thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-teach-us-in-coronavirus-times/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/126663
https://neoskosmos.com/en/160513/a-greek-history-of-great-plagues/

… but also making connections with the ‘Thucydides trap’:

https://spectator.us/corona-crisis-pushing-us-thucydides-trap/

Feature on early Christians during assorted Roman plagues:

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/how-early-christians-saved-lives-and-spread-the-gospel-during-roman-plagues/

Feature on the connection between plagues and bad leadership in ancient Greek tales:

https://thewire.in/history/plagues-follow-bad-leadership-in-ancient-greece
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/plagues-followed-bad-leadership-greek-tragedy-oedipus-tyrannos-lesson-trump-covid-19/

How to face pandemics like a Stoic:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/18/remaining-calm-in-adversity-what-stoicism-can-teach-us-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/we-are-all-stoics-now/

Life lessons from Cicero:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/18/ciceros-lessons-for-life/

… and Cicero on social distancing:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/rss/did-300-spartans-hold-off-a-persian-army-of-millions/

Marcus Aurelius on being a morning person:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/marcus-aurelius-mornings

In case you missed the latest on the so-called Nazareth Inscription:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nazareth-inscription-origins-may-refute-ties-jesus-resurrection

On the politics of taking down statues of Alexander the Great in North Macedonia:

https://www.economist.com/europe/2020/03/21/the-tricky-politics-of-tearing-down-statues-of-alexander-the-great

On the ‘Brexit’ from the Roman Empire:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/03/16/our-brexit-from-the-roman-empire/

What Boris Johnson learned from the Greeks and Romans about pandemics:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/17/did-romans-greeks-teach-boris-johnson-coronavirus/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Neolithic ceramics and tools from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22359494/trnava-archaeologists-made-a-6000-year-old-discovery.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8534-200320-slovakia-neolithic-artifacts

A standing stone at Airigh na Beinne Bige is apparently connected to a series of 4000 years bp lightning strikes:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/16/standing-stone-on-isle-of-lewis-tracks-lightning-strike

Iron Age finds from a housing development site in St Neots:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/archaeology-finds-at-site-in-st-neots-1-6568617

Remains of 13th century town walls in Caernarfon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-13th-century-town-walls-unearthed-wales-180974441/

A bone analysis study of some medieval burials suggest there was much copper cookware/utensils in use:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-bone-analyses-kitchen-utensils-middle.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uosd-bat031920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319125212.htm

Metal detectorists turned up 1311 ‘treasures’ last year according to the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/17/british-museum-says-metal-detectorists-found-1311-treasures-last-year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/unearthed-ancient-treasures-worth-5m-value-metal-detectorists/

… related:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/18032020-record-number-of-treasure-finds-recorded-in-2019

An 18th century coin hoard found during church renovations in Obisovce:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22359500/archaeologists-unearth-treasure-in-obisovce.html

Hidden beer (apparently old) beneath some cellar stairs in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-discover-hidden-beer-old-leeds-brewery-site-2504055

Plans for vandalism patrols at historic sites in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51872715

Finds from various periods made prior to student residence construction in Oxford:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18317766.cornmarket-street-work-continues-archaeological-remains-found/

Feature on a 150 years bp cannon ball found at Cumberland last year:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/cumberland-cannonball-makes-a-run-on-history/article_a1359718-4397-5f70-b53e-70b368249a02.html

Feature on Wales’ mythical Cantre’r Gwaelod:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20200318-how-a-storm-revealed-a-welsh-kingdom

Pondering a possible daVinci connection to a Louise Valley castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200316-the-unsolved-mystery-of-frances-iconic-loire-valley

More on the ‘plague refuge’ of Eyam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/eyam-derbyshire-coronavirus-self-isolate-1665-plague

More on remains of Edinburgh’s glassworks:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/remains-leiths-forgotten-glass-making-industry-uncovered-construction-workers-2447433
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8525-200316-scotland-glass-factory

More on the monumental gateway to Medina Azahara:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/fabled-palaces-lost-gateway-unearthed/news-story/afe3999d4150d24d3c7149ce4d319b40
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8524-200316-spain-palace-gate
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of interest in remains of a 22 000 years bp structure built from mammoth bones in Russia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mysterious-bone-circles-mammoths-reveal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uoe-mbc031220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200316204633.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mammoth-house.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mammoth-bone-circle-russia-kostenki-a9406001.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/science/mammoth-bones-circle.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-oldest-circular-structure-discovered-and-it-s-made-of-mammoth-bones-1.8680727
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18309865.bone-circles-made-mammoth-remains-reveal-clues-ice-age/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/world/ice-age-mammoth-house-russia-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/kostenki-11-mammoth-bone-structure-08240.html
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-discover-ice-age-structure-made-from-bones-o-1842363260
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-giant-ice-age-mammoth-bone-structure/126482
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/60-mammoths-house-russia-180974426/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8531-200318-russia-mammoth-bones

Some ‘portable art’ from the Leang Bulu Bettue cave (Indonesia) dating between 14 000 and 26 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-pocket-sized-artworks-ice-age-indonesia.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/indonesian-rocks-show-ubiquity-of-ancient-human-art
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/portable-pocket-sized-rock-art-discovered-ice-age-indonesian-cave-180974462/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8532-200318-indonesia-portable-art

Analysis of some Zhou dynasty teeth is providing clues about gender inequality in Bronze Age China:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-teeth-reveal-bronze-age.html
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/university-of-otago/teeth-reveal-some-ancient-lifestyle-facts
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8536-200320-china-diet-differences

Interesting Tang dynasty burial of a Chinese noblewoman and her ‘polo donkey’:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/from-pack-animals-to-polo-donkeys-from-the-ninthcentury-tang-tomb-of-an-elite-lady-in-xian-china/BE4E6384966A95BFCF45B1BB9268C89A
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-tang-dynasty-noblewoman-donkeys-polo.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/wuis-tdn031320.php
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/17/world/tang-dynasty-woman-donkey-polo-scn/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-chinese-noblewoman-donkeys-polo-afterlife-1492750
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/polo-obsessed-chinese-noblewoman-buried-her-donkey-steed
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-9th-century-chinese-noblewoman-loved-her-donkeys-so-much-she-was-buried-with-them
https://gizmodo.com/discovery-in-tomb-reveals-ancient-game-of-donkey-polo-1842379038
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/chinese-nobles-played-polo-on-donkeys/126492
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8530-200318-china-donkey-polo

Feature on ancient Liangzhu:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532740-700-the-stunning-east-asian-city-that-dates-to-the-dawn-of-civilisation/

Remains of a 1200 years bp Buddhist monastery (maybe) from Jessore (Bangladesh):

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/03/18/ancient-buddhist-monastery-discovered-after-1200-years

A similarly-aged pyramid-shaped stupa from Nateshwar:

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/pyramid-shaped-stupa-sheds-new-light-our-rich-past-1883179

Remains of a 7th century Chalukyan temple from Guntur:

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/remains-of-7th-century-chalukyan-temple-found-in-guntur-district-612497

Plans for digs at Sivagalai with a connection to trade with Rome:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/19/sivagalai-had-trade-links-with-roman-empire-2118635.html

Studying the recruitment of the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-aboriginal-scars-frontier-wars.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/fu-asf031820.php
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest finds from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.sciencealert.com/legendary-tree-of-life-in-new-mexico-s-ancient-past-might-not-be-what-we-thought

A possible Civil-War-era piece of driftwood from a North Carolina beach:

https://www.wral.com/archaeologists-beach-find-could-be-more-than-a-century-old/19013869/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/old-piece-wood-washed-north-174716398.html

Latest finds from the Dating Iroquoia Project suggests maize is more important than metal in figuring out the timeline of the Mohawk Valley:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/cu-mnm031920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-maize-metal-key-native-settlements.html

Latest study of Hopewell earthworks:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200322/archaeology–research-collaboration-sheds-more-light-on-ancient-earthworks

Plans for a plastics factory on a slave cemetery in St James Parish (LA):

http://www.wcsjnews.com/news/national/billion-plastics-facility-to-be-built-on-slave-burial-grounds/article_9dc3cf4f-fc99-5eee-953e-8ce787120869.html

Feature on who ‘discovered’ Florida:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article240932171.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Recreating a Moctezuma banquet:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/03/16/la_serpiente_emplumada/1584329981_502780.html

More on that lost Maya capital found in Chiapas:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/march/maya-discovery-golden.html
https://www.livescience.com/maya-kingdom-discovered-in-mexico.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/sak-tz-i-lost-royal-court-of-the-maya-found-on-a-ranch-g0mw08hl5
https://www.foxnews.com/science/long-lost-maya-capital-discovered-in-backyard-in-mexico
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8527-200317-mexico-maya-sak-tz-i

More on that 3400 years bp ballgame court at Etlatongo:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-ballcourt-mexico-game-highlands.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/3400-year-old-ballgame-court-unearthed-mountains-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mesoamerican-ball-game-might-be-mountains-not-coast-180974422/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8523-200316-mexico-ball-court
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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There were a few ‘lists’ of historical epidemics and pandemics in history this week:

https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6686252/pandemic-stories-a-cure-or-curse/
https://uwidata.com/8810-epidemics-in-world-history-the-coronavirus-in-context/
http://theconversation.com/pandemics-from-homer-to-stephen-king-what-we-can-learn-from-literary-history-133572
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-ten-books-that-offer-lessons-from-past-pandemics/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/world/europe/coronavirus-aids-spanish-flu-ebola-epidemics.html
https://www.telegraphindia.com/health/coronavirus-a-timeline-of-epidemics-that-have-palgued-mankind-since-antiquity/cid/1756510
https://www.abqjournal.com/1435135/pandemics-through-the-ages.html
https://culto.latercera.com/2020/03/17/peste-negra-plaga-europa/

… and various responses:

https://www.newsweek.com/surgical-masks-plague-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-epidemic-black-death-history-1493277
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/21/opinion/coronavirus-epidemic-like-those-before-it-will-alter-course-history-ways-we-cant-imagine/

… on New York in 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-1918-flu-pandemic-new-york.html

Feature on Typhoid Mary:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/17/typhoid-mary-st-patricks-day-coronavirus/

Feature on various artists’ response to the plague:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/17/plague-visionaries-how-rembrandt-titian-and-caravaggio-tackled-pestilence

On the history of handshaking:

https://gulfnews.com/world/coronavirus-hand-shaking-becomes-taboo-but-where-does-the-gesture-come-from-1.1584531364564

… and toilet paper:

https://www.sonomanews.com/entertainment/10837372-181/a-brief-history-of-toilet
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/comment-opinion/curious-questions-what-did-people-use-before-toilet-paper-213206

Modern hunter-gatherers are pretty sedentary, apparently:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/modern-hunter-gatherers-are-just-as-sedentary-as-we-are/

Feature on plague doctors and related matters:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/17/from-the-plague-doctor-to-plague-culture/

On the origins of the word ‘leprechaun’:

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/education/leprechaun-irish-word

Feature on Henry Wallis:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/henry-wallis-pre-raphaelite-book-review/

Feature on Cezanne:

https://www.ft.com/content/dd2e1fe8-676b-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

Feature on La Calderona:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-18/la-calderona-la-actriz-que-pago-los-excesos-del-siglo-de-oro.html

Feature on Sybille Ehringhaus’ work tracking Nazi-looted art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/arts/design/georg-schafer-museum-nazi-looted-art.html

A history of crossword puzzles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/books/review/thinking-inside-the-box-crosswords-adrienne-raphel.html

On the development of the 9 to 5 workday:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200317-the-evolution-of-the-modern-workday

Pondering what Freud got right:

https://www.livescience.com/why-freud-was-wrong.html

Some background on the Olympic torch relay:

https://www.foxsports.com/olympics/story/olympic-torch-relay-began-in-1936-at-hitler-s-berlin-games-031820

An aspect of Darwin’s theories has been proven correct:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-darwin-evolution-theories-cambridge.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/world/darwin-theory-proved-scn-trnd/index.html

Feature on the Tambora volcano and its effects:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-volcano-that-changed-the-world/av-52805021

Might be a good time to revisit some of the AIA’s interactive digs:

https://www.interactivedigs.com/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on what wild boars reveal about domestication:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/wild-boars-provide-archaeologists-with-clues-to-early-domestication/126425
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nubia:

https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/nubia/shomarka-keita

Wordworth:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/15/wordsworth-exhibition-explores-true-nature-of-william-and-dorothys-bond
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden

LGBT tours of the National Museum Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51839437

Latest opEd on museums pondering repatriating bits of their collections:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/parthenon-elgin-marbles-historical-collections-museums-2482368

Several museums were highlighting/being highlighted as being able to be visited via the internet:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/20/british-museum-may-closed-can-virtually-explore-venue-comfort-home-12432145/
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/explore-getty-art-resources-closed-coronavirus/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/calling-all-culture-vultures-here-s-how-to-experience-london-virtually-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-museums-you-can-virtually-visit-180974443/
https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/artes-y-cultura/actualidad-cultural/2020/03/16/diez-museos-y-la-biblioteca-virtual-de-la-unesco-a-disposicion-de-las-personas-en-cuarentena.shtml

They’re still working on the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82705/Despite-bad-weather-work-resumes-in-GEM

… and items were put at the Great Staircase thereof:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82790/36-heavy-artifacts-placed-at-GEM%E2%80%99s-Great-Staircase

Items were transferred to the Sharm El Sheikh museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82754/Sharm-El-Sheikh-museum-receives-300-artifacts
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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More on the Francis Bacon triptych coming to auction:

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/03/15/francis-bacon-triptych-hitting-the-auction-block-at-sothebys-in-may.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Suggestion that C14 dating could use some recalibration (for good effect):

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-rewrite-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/cu-frd031820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319141036.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/science-rings-changes-about-ancient-history-9mwp9h8w9
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events/126597

Using tech to create 3d replicas of historic sites at Pauline Cove (Yukon Territory):

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/herschel-island-digitzation-project-1.5474338
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8535-200320-canada-pauline-cove

Feature on another VR recreation of Roman buildings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/

Egyptian blue apparently has microscopy applications:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/a-pigment-from-ancient-egypt-to-modern-microscopy/126683

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A very comprehensive study of human genomes with all sorts of implications arising from genetic diversity:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319141026.htm

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Somewhat vague item on climate change and hunter-gatherers in Ireland:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/10000-year-old-clue-to-dealing-with-climate-change-39050696.html

I suspect we’ve mentioned this Rok stone runic inscription which supposedly has climate change concerns in it:

https://www.econotimes.com/Ancient-Viking-slab-may-have-predicted-todays-climate-crisis-1577355
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-mighty-diyarbakir-fortress-and-luscious-hevsel-gardens

Mythical Greece:

https://www.thetravel.com/mythological-guide-to-greece/

Aegean Islands:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/106087/four-overlooked-aegean-island-gems

Rathcroghan:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/ireland/it-s-one-of-ireland-s-most-important-prehistoric-sites-but-you-may-not-have-heard-of-it-1.4201267
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PERFORMANCES
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On music in times of pandemic:

https://www.earlymusicamerica.org/web-articles/a-historically-informed-approach-to-music-in-times-of-pandemic/

Feature on Henrich Shultz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/music/heinrich-schutz.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Provenance concerns at TEFAF:

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/03/06/vraagtekens-bij-oudheden-op-maastrichtse-kunstbeurs-tefaf-a3992918

… and at least two items have been identified as stolen:

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/03/17/twee-oudheden-in-beslag-genomen-op-kunstbeurs-tefaf-a3994001

A Roman brooch and Anglo-Saxon items were stolen in a Norwich burglary:

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/crime/crime-norfolk-police-gunton-lane-norwich-burglary-1-6568970

A Van Dyck was stolen from a University of Oxford gallery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-51897201
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/15/historic-high-value-paintings-stolen-from-oxford-college-gallery

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/03/culture-crime-news-9-16-february-2020.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Fear of a ‘Coronavirus Apocalypse’ caused a man to return a 2000 years bp stolen catapult stone to the City of David National Park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/fearing-the-end-is-nigh-man-returns-stolen-2000-year-old-artifact-to-park/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-pending-coronavirus-apocalypse-impels-israeli-man-to-return-ancient-stolen-weapon-1.8679057
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/03/19/fearing-end-of-world-is-near-israeli-returns-stolen-2000-year-old-city-of-david-artifact/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n12.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Pilar Luna:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/pioneer-of-underwater-archaeology-dies-at-76/

Vinson Synan:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/march/died-vinson-synan-pentecostal-charismatic-historian.html

James Hatch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/james-hatch-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/2953-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-8-through-mar-14-2020
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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 22.45 ~ March 1, 2020

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).

Corrigenda: our mention of a reauthentication of a Rembrandt last week was mistakenly located at the UPenn Museum; it should have bee the Allentown Art Museum. Apologies …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence suggests a human presence of some sort in India before and after a volcanic eruption 74 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225114416.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-hps022020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-human-populations-survived-toba-volcanic.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-human-populations-may-have-survived-one-of-the-biggest-volcanic-eruptions-in-2-million-years
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/when-a-supervolcano-erupted-these-ancient-people-survived-the-blankets-of
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/humans-survived-volcanic-super-eruption-research-suggests
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/people-survived-the-toba-supervolcanos-global-winter-after-all/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-super-volcano-eruption-was-survivable-180974298/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8486-200226-mount-toba-population

Evidence of a healed fracture in a child’s leg from Israel, 35 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Was-a-prehistoric-Magen-David-Adom-fixing-legs-35000-years-ago-618249

Daniel Everett was talking about the origins of language:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/2/27/daniel-everett-origins-language/

Rethinking the evolution of the human foot:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00472-z
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AFRICA
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More on evidence of fish consumption in the pre-desert Sahara as a reflection of climated change in Africa:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/ancient-fish-meals-chart-sahara-climate-shift-savannah-desert
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8476-200224-libya-takarkori-fish
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The Dendera Temple will be reopening soon:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/dendera-temple-to-open-after-restoration-work/

Photos from the restored pyramid of Djoser:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82013/In-Pics-Restoration-works-of-Pyramid-of-Djoser-completed

Greece and Egypt are joining forces to combat smuggling:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/02/24/greece-egypt-join-forces-against-antiquities-smuggling/

Documentary hype for a program about the finds at Quibbet el-Hawa a while back:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1247698/egypt-treasure-tutankhamun-tomb-aswan-cartonnage-mask-found-spt

On why Egypt is moving assorted monuments around:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/egyptian-government-moving-ancient-monuments/

More on those 5000+ years bp clay coffin burials from Dakahlia:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11037540/ancient-egyptian-skeletons-clay-coffins/

More on that image of a leopard found inside a 3 000 years bp sarcophagus:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/20/leopard-guardian-of-mummy-discovered-in-aswan_2609cbaf-4ade-4d9b-b107-47753572f095.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-deity-year-old-coffin.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8477-200224-egypt-aswan-leopard

More on ‘Nefertiti’s tomb’ possibilities:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/nefertitis-burial-chamber-could-unveil-more-pharaoh-secrets-1341300
https://www.qt.com.au/news/huge-secret-discovered-in-ancient-tomb/3951352/
https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/huge-secret-discovered-in-ancient-tomb/3951352/

Some additional ‘game pieces’ have been found at the Basur Mound in Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/missing-pieces-of-ancient-game-set-found-152398
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8484-200226-turkey-game-pieces

A German-Iranian group has started a dig at Kerman:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445684/Iranian-German-archaeologists-experts-start-project-in-Kerman

Last week we mentioned an inscription which was being associated with Midas … there was more coverage:

http://news.uchicago.edu/story/oriental-institute-archaeologists-help-discover-lost-kingdom-ancient-turkey
https://www.sciencealert.com/giant-mound-in-turkey-discovered-to-be-mysterious-ancient-kingdom-lost-in-history
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-inscription-unveils-king-who-may-have-toppled-midas-180974275/
https://www.livescience.com/lost-city-turkey-defeated-midas.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8482-200225-turkey-stele-luwian

… and the BIAA released a statement that the finds (from Turkmen-Karahoyuk) don’t have much to do with Midas at all:

https://biaa.ac.uk/news/item/name/biaa-statement-on-media-coverage-of-recent-discoveries-at-turkmen-karahoyuk

More on the Canaanite temple complex found at Lachish:

https://www.livescience.com/canaanite-temple-in-buried-city-israel.html

… and the letter:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-lachish-temple-the-earliest-example-of-the-letter-samekh?source=articles&via=rss

Studying the ink used to create the DSS:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Could-studying-ancient-ink-help-shed-new-light-on-the-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-618933

Feature on Jewish cliff shelters in the Roman period Galilee:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/02/cliff-shelters

A confiscation dispute involving the Palestinian Authority:

http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/02/pa-is-confiscating-rare-ancient-archeological-finds/

… and anger at the PA’s use of tel Aruma:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/palestinian-authority-converts-ancient-hasmonean-jewish-fortress-into-a-palestinian-tourist-site/2020/02/23/

Concerns arising from a planned Western Wall train:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-planned-western-wall-train-will-threaten-historic-jerusalem-spring-report-says-1.8592985

BAR’s latest issue looks at the various sites claiming to be the biblical Bethsaida:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/first-person-bob-cargill/first-person-where-is-the-real-biblical-bethsaida/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/excavating-el-araj-a-candidate-for-biblical-bethsaida/

The IAA’s Pnina Shor has retired:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/the-iaas-pnina-shor-retires/

Review of Eric Cline, *Digging up Amargeddon*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00510-w

New US restrictions on trafficking of Yemeni antiquities:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2150886/washington-imposes-restrictions-prevent-trafficking-yemeni-antiquities-its-soil
https://yemenonline.info/society/3112
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman-era horse fibula from Lincolnshire:

https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2020/02/veteran-finds-incredibly-rare-roman-horse-brooch-in-lincolnshire/
https://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/whats-on/entertainment/incredibly-rare-roman-horse-brooch-found-in-lincolnshire-the-leasingham-horse-1-9249387
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/experts-amazed-after-incredibly-rare-3899808

Redevelopment work in Guildhall revealed remains of a Roman road:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18270651.roman-road-found-guildhall-redevelopment/

Finds from various periods including a Roman road and some tweezers from a home development site near Chesterfield:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/roman-remains-found-major-development-near-chesterfield-2003750

An interesting inscription once associated with Jesus’ burial has had a bit of a rethink:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/tablet-thought-have-guarded-tombs-after-jesus-s-death-may-not-be-what-it-seems

A 3rd/4th century necropolis from Ragusa:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/02/24/archaeology-necropolis-discovered-migrants-working-on-dig_d142cc90-4a26-41db-84a1-1f0a43b89e63.html

Some coins found where the Albrighton Roman coin hoard was found back in 2005 have been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/albrighton-and-cosford/2020/02/28/roman-coin-hoard-declared-treasure/

Another Roman hoard is being used as possible evidence of a previously unknown settlement in Cumbria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-51626126
https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18270455.barrow-dad-of-five-speaks-rare-roman-coin-discovery/

Plans to restore the Patara lighthouse:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-patara-lighthouse-to-shine-on-antalya-shores-centuries-later

More on the restoration of that 2000 years bp silver Roman pugio from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-iron-dagger-sheath.html

More opinons on Oxford’s pondering of dropping Homer and Vergil from part of their classics curriculum:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/oxford-should-keep-homer-virgil-on-syllabus/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/oxford-faculty-may-nix-homers-iliad-virgils-aeneid-from-classics-syllabus-to-close-attainment-gaps-among-students
https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/02/17/94749/
https://www.thearticle.com/why-oxford-dons-who-want-to-downgrade-homer-and-virgil-are-deluded
https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/02/27/in-defence-of-homer/

Feature on the memorization of epic poetry:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-do-we-know-that-epic-poems-were-recited-from-memory/

Feature on Greek art in not-Greek museums:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/23/ten-magnificent-greek-works-of-art-found-in-foreign-museums/

A philosopher pondering some Greek philosophers:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/158997/on-the-trail-of-the-greek-philosophers/

Pondering Plato’s politics (and possible woman problems):

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-01/did-platos-the-republic-have-a-woman-problem-emily-hulme-kozey/12006292

Tom Palaima was among those commenting on the origins of Leap Year this week:

https://news.utexas.edu/2020/02/29/why-do-we-have-a-leap-year-two-ut-austin-experts-explain/

Joel Christensen was pondering Greek notions of ‘alternative facts’:

https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-greeks-had-alternative-facts-too-they-were-just-more-chill-about-it-131815

Louise Hitchcock was revisiting ‘Black Athena’:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/159033/black-athena-and-the-incredible-whiteness-of-being/

Christophe Rico was talking about the importance of ancient languages:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/02/ancient-greek-language-expert-speaks-with-students-at-lunch-table/

Boris Johnson blocked Mary Beard from becoming a BM trustee:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto

Cathy Keane was talking about curse poetry:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/cathy-keane-speaks-langford-conference-classics

Peter Jones on Boris Johnson and ancient brevity:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/boris-is-taking-an-emperors-approach-to-briefings/

Marcus Aurelius helped someone:

https://aeon.co/ideas/marcus-aurelius-helped-me-survive-grief-and-rebuild-my-life

An AIA award for a UCincy student:

https://www.newsrecord.org/news/uc-classics-graduate-student-third-in-a-decade-to-win/article_29837c4a-5735-11ea-b948-bf83532dcf7c.html

Feature on Nashville’s Parthenon replica:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/27/nashville-tennessee-boasts-a-full-size-replica-of-the-parthenon/

More on that possible shrine to Romulus in the Roman forum:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/rome-shrine-romulus/index.html
https://www.herald-dispatch.com/ap/ap_nation/roman-forum-find-could-be-shrine-to-rome-s-founder/article_60456fbb-283c-518c-90b4-4ba7e0ce0e1e.html

More on the plans for the Faliri mass burial site:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39093-compromise-between-ancient-necropolis-and-modern-cultural-center-in-athens.html

More opEds on what should or shouldn’t be done with the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-sane-move-is-to-give-greece-back-its-elgin-marbles-pblzmp3dp
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39085-washington-post-greece-should-be-the-keeper-of-the-elgin-marbles.html
https://www.cityam.com/debate-is-there-a-case-for-britain-keeping-the-elgin-marbles/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/24/major-british-newspapers-side-with-greece-over-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/02/25/city-of-athens-joins-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

More on ‘Classical architecture’ demands in Washington:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/29/classical-beauty-rightwing-donald-trump-buildings

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 7300 years bp ‘murder mystery’ from a cave site in the Pyrenees:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/20/actualidad/1582220182_932734.html

A 5000 years bp sword from Venice:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/28/archaeology-5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-venice_bd0e7b77-15fc-4772-bc20-68afa0c4a6d5.html

Some 2500 years bp tools/weapons from Shropshire have been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-51648847

Guanche civilization burials/remains from a cave on the Canary Islands:

https://nypost.com/2020/02/24/drone-finds-lost-tomb-with-72-ancient-skeletons-from-extinct-canary-islands-civilization/

Possible remains of Squire Pope manor from Bluffton:

https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20200228/archaeologists-find-remnants-of-what-could-be-squire-pope-manor-in-bluffton

Renovations at Westminster have led to the rediscovery of a ‘secret doorway’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51630630
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51634202
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/26/westminster-secret-passageway-discovery-reveals-169-year-old-graffiti
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/28/810345171/long-forgotten-secret-passageway-discovered-in-a-wall-at-u-k-parliament
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-17th-century-passageway-rediscovered-british-house-commons-180974297/

Concerns about detectorists at historical sites in the UK:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gangs-of-detectorists-plunder-nations-historic-sites-at-night-tn7qtmwxj
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/28/illegal-metal-detecting-at-english-heritage-sites-doubles-in-two-years
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51669348
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/yorkshires-historic-sites-are-being-targeted-illegal-nighthawking-thieves-2004178

cf: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/metal-detecting-event-near-kelpies-unearths-ancient-roman-artefact-2001872

Lancaster is trying to bring the Silverdale Hoard back to where it was found:

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/people/1100-year-old-viking-treasure-silverdale-hoard-set-return-home-2003433

Plans to clear a woodland at Worlebury Hill Fort:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/worlebury-hill-fort-group-supports-plans-to-remove-woodland-1-6531706

Feature on Ireland’s literary history:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/charting-the-evolving-story-of-ireland-s-literary-history-1.4172541

Feature on Spain’s ‘underwater Stonehenge’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200227-spains-mysterious-underwater-stonehenge

I think we’ve mentioned this ‘mysterious’ French inscription from Plougastel-Daoulas which has now been translated:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-winning-translations-announced-mystery-inscription-french-towns-boulder-180974302/
https://www.livescience.com/mystery-inscription-translated.html

Pondering what to do with the Debod Temple in Madrid (not sure where to put this one)

More on that ‘wall of bones’ found beneath a 17th century cathedral in Belgium:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-made-ancient-human-leg-bones-unearthed-beneath-church-belgium-180974255/

More on that medieval chapel site found at Auckland Castle:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/durham-chapel-prince-bishops-auckland-castle-civil-war-cofe-middle-ages-a9344821.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-long-lost-chapel-blown-1650s-discovered-northern-england-180974270/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8479-200224-england-princely-chapel
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Carbon dating confirms that the Sanauli necropolis in UP is 3800 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-largest-known-burial-site-is-3800-yrs-old-confirms-carbon-dating/articleshow/74254040.cms

Remains of a 4000 years bp (or so) ‘crafts village’ in Varanasi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/remains-of-3500-yr-old-human-settlement-found/articleshow/74292351.cms
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/bhu-archaeologists-unearth-4000-yr-old-crafts-village-in-varanasi-46075

More evidence of a pre-Harrapan settlement in Kutch:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lakhpat-throws-up-more-pre-harappan-proof/articleshow/74346621.cms

Vague item on remains of human settlements (date?) in Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/remains-of-ancient-settlements-found-tilaurakot-kapilvastu/

Gold coins found at a temple site in Tiruchirapalli (paywalled possibly):

https://www.opindia.com/2020/02/tamilnadu-jambukeswara-temple-gold-coins-pot-hr-ce-archeology-treasure/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/gold-coins-of-yore-found/article30924975.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8490-200228-india-gold-coins

The tombs at the Taj Mahal were cleaned up prior to Trump’s visit:

https://www.dw.com/en/india-taj-mahals-tombs-cleaned-for-first-time-in-300-years-for-donald-trump/a-52473956

Concerns for Konark temple statues:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/asi-negligence–konark-temple-statues-damaged.html

More on the ‘clachan’ in South Australia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/fu-oi021620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200218104731.htm
https://www.irishpost.com/news/old-irish-clachan-settlement-found-south-australia-archaeologists-180362
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8478-200224-australia-irish-clachan
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NORTH AMERICA
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Poking around an 18th century Virginia garden:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/news/va-vg-cw-excavations-custis-0213-20200226-bta7puorc5bdpa3z33fsacuhoe-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8487-200227-virginia-custis-square

A metal detectorist in Florida came across a few coins from an 18th century Spanish shipwreck:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/28/spanish-coins-1715-shipwreck-unearthed-florida-beach/4902578002/

An undocumented 19th century African-American cemetery found during home renovations in Georgetown:

https://wjla.com/news/local/undocumented-cemetery-under-georgetown-home

Girl Scouts help dig at the birthplace of their organization’s founder:

https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20200222/girl-scouts-join-in-archaeology-dig-at-historic-savannah-home
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouts-join-archaeological-dig-birthplace-founder-juliette-gordon-low-180974279/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8481-200225-juliette-gordon-low

Pondering the burials in Halifax’s Old City:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/jonathan-fowler-halifax-burial-ground-cemetery-archeology-1.5471209

Restoration work on a gun from the USS Monitor:

https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-monitor-ironclad-gun-boring-mariners-museum-20200226-ksjsfig4uzdxdgdqsnyimjm7jq-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8489-200227-civil-war-guns

We will soon hear about those possible Revolutionary War burials found beneath a Connecticut home:

https://whdh.com/news/scientist-to-discuss-findings-in-exam-of-18th-century-bones/

Ongoing vandalism concerns at sites in Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/article/46721796/utahs-cultural-heritage-is-under-threat-archeologists-seek-solutions-as-vandalism-grows

Creating ‘digital blueprints’ of sites on the Yukon’s Herschel Island:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/herschel-island-digitzation-project-1.5474338

More African American burials found in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2020/02/28/lost-african-american-graves-discovered-in-clearwater/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article240761331.html

Interesting feature on an 18th century slavewoman in Massachusetts who sued for her freedom (and won):

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/27/809723362/in-the-1700s-an-enslaved-massachusetts-woman-sued-for-her-freedom-and-won

Feature on the US’s first women voters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/arts/first-women-voters-new-jersey.html

More on the Erebus:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/erebus-wreck-exploration-franklin-expedition-mystery-artifacts-1.5469843
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8480-200224-arctic-artifacts-erebus
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ‘big data’ approach to archaeology of the Inca Empire is generating interest:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-big-yield-discoveries-archaeology-scholar.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/bu-bdc022520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225154333.htm

A rethink of the relationship between Teotihuacan and Tikal:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/astounding-new-finds-suggest-ancient-empire-may-be-hiding-plain-sight

Vague item on the ‘recovery’ of an ancient monolith depicting a feline of some sort (date?):

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/02/monolith-recovered-by-mexican-archaeologists-in-yucatan/

What LiDAR is revealing about the longest Maya road and why it might have been built:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uom-mtr022420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224152707.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-modern-technology-reveals-secrets-great.html
https://newatlas.com/science/archaeology-laser-lidar-maya-road/
https://news.miami.edu/stories/2020/02/modern-technology-reveals-old-secrets-about-the-great-white-maya-road.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/lasers-reveal-secrets-of-an-ancient-maya-highway-and-a-powerful-warrior-queens-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8485-200226-mexico-maya-sacbe

A walled up passage in the governor’s palace at Uxmal:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/secret-passage-discovered-in-maya-city.html

Marking the 150th anniversary of the ‘War of the Triple Alliance’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/27/paraguay-war-of-the-triple-alliance-anniversary

Coverage of a symposium on Teotihuacan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/02/26/la_serpiente_emplumada/1582732365_803086.html

Review of Vincent Brown, *Tacky’s Revolt*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/29/tackys-revolt-review-britain-jamaica-slavery
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the ‘slip between the cup and the lip’:

https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/02/27/trivially-speaking-exploring-the-slip-between-the-cup-and-the-lip/

Pondering what ‘Western culture’ is:

https://thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu/2020/02/western-mystery-an-analysis-of-western-culture

A selection of items explaining Leap Year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-51591171/leap-years-and-why-we-need-them
https://www.livescience.com/45768-gregorian-calendar.html
https://www.readingeagle.com/living/albright-college-physics-professor-leaps-into-facts-about-feb/article_8eeddb80-5810-11ea-9c28-3775f0178693.html

Berlin has renounced von Hindenburg’s honorary citizenship:

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-strips-hitler-kingmaker-paul-von-hindenburg-of-honorary-citizenship/a-52555525

A lost 1000 years bp Hebrew Bible turns up on a Cairo synagogue shelf:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/lost-1000-year-old-hebrew-bible-found-on-dusty-cairo-synagogue-shelf/

Feature on St David:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/tnMKjGs1cPKj9GKkHx3xQ1/st-davids-big-life-hack

Marking Beethoven’s 250th birthday:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/travel/vienna-bonn-beethoven-250th-anniversary.html

Feature on turning papyrus into paper:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-to-turn-papyrus-into-paper/

Feature on Animism:

https://aeon.co/ideas/ancient-animistic-beliefs-live-on-in-our-intimacy-with-tech

Haven’t read a claim about the Holy Grail in a while:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/24/actualidad/1582544428_484428.html

A new cabinet for Jeremy Bentham:

https://londonist.com/london/jeremy-bentham-s-body-gets-a-new-box

Arguing over the ‘nationality/nationalities’ of Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/24/actualidad/1582544863_181774.html

Marking the centennial of ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’:

https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-ago-premiere-of-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari/a-52546831
https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/de/besuch/ausstellungen/du-musst-caligari-werden-das-virtuelle-kabinett

Feature on ‘shapeshifting buildings’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/buildings-that-transform-through-history/index.html

How a Colorado community avoided the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/gunnison-colorado-the-town-that-dodged-the-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic

A feature on a 15th century book of manners:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-pick-your-nose-15th-century-manners-book-warns-180974291/
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-manners-manuscript-15th-century.html

Feature on Egyptian cotton:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-end-of-egyptian-cotton

Feature on Rumi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/rumi-poems.html

A 46 000 years bp frozen bird from Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-bird-permafrost.html

Something about human seed dispersal and evolutionary responses in plants:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-asd022020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200227114450.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age Old Cities:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-virtual-walk-through-these-war-torn-ancient-cities-180974289/

Raphael Tapestries:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Raphaels-tapestries-return-to-the-walls-of-the-Sistine-Chapel-618587

Sinai icons:

http://vrc.princeton.edu/sinai
https://orthochristian.com/128784.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/02/22/sinai-monasterys-icons-now-available-online

Tantric Buddhism:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/23/tibetan-objects-made-of-human-remains-to-go-on-show-at-british-museum-tantric-buddhism

Piranesi:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/architecture/piranesi-paved-way-hogwarts/

Van Gogh:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/van-gogh-portrait-of-dr-paul-gachet

Belle Epoque Paris:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/27/809631184/get-a-glimpse-of-labor-leisure-and-everyday-life-in-paris-belle-poque
https://www.nortonsimon.org/exhibitions/2010-2019/by-day-and-by-night-paris-in-the-belle-epoque/

Michelangelo Drawings:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rare-michelangelo-drawings-on-view-at-the-getty-center/

Gentileschi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/29/artemisia-gentileschi-national-gallery-baroque-heroine-female-caravaggio
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/artemisia

Antiquities and the Greek War of Independence:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-03/01/c_138830968.htm

Victorian Radicals:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/02/27/victorian-radicals-art-reflects-and-reacts-industrialization

Documents of Jewish History:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Little-known-Jewish-history-of-Sicily-on-display-centuries-after-expulsion-618527

Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51637638

India’s Forgotten Masters:

https://hyperallergic.com/544531/remembering-indias-forgotten-artistic-masters/

Van Eyck:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/arts/design/jan-van-eyck-ghent.html

Celebrating Senhouse Roman Museum’s 30th anniversary:

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/18256691.senhouse-roman-museum-maryport-celebrates-30-years/

Hyping the impending opening of the GEM:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/opening-of-grand-egyptian-museum-will-be-biggest-ceremony-in-egypts-history-minister/

… and some ‘heavy artifacts’ are in place:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82119/22-heavy-artifacts-placed-on-GEM%E2%80%99s-grand-staircase

… and ticket prices were announced:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-officially-announces-gem-ticket-prices-denies-rumors-of-le-500-entrance-fee-for-egyptians/

The Met is updating its British Galleries with a slavery connection:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/29/met-new-york-updating-british-galleries-show-wealth-built-slave/

… and adjusted a description of some Nazi loot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/arts/design/Metropolitan-Museum-Jewish-Owner.html

Dresden has a new gallery for Old Masters:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-old-masters-picture-gallery-reopens/g-52556608

Water damage at the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology (!):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/12/actualidad/1581513354_554926.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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William Spohn Baker medals:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/dennis-rodman-former-agent-dwight-manley-buyer-philadelphia-pa-historical-society-baker-collection-medals-20200228.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on applying virtual and augmented technologies to ancient sites:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-virtual-reality-ancient-cities-life.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A major study of the genetic history of Sardinia:

https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/biological-sciences-articles/sardinia-ancient-dna
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ancient-dna-sardinia-reveals-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoc-adf022420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224131137.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8488-200227-sardinia-genetic-history

DNA reveals the relationship between farming and DNA:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/farming-gave-us-salmonella-ancient-dna-suggests
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8483-200225-salmonella-genome-analyzed

DNA reveals a complex pattern of prehistoric migration from Africa, Asia, and Europe to the Mediterranean islands:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200226095426.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uov-emi022620.php

DNA connects some folks to slaves at the Belvoir Plantation:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/belvoir-plantation-dna-ancestors-slaves/31098650#

… in a similar vein:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/02/25/lost-lineage-quest-identify-black-americans-roots/

Applying DNA research to unmarked burials in Quebec:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-anonymous-combining-genetics-genealogy-dead.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nemrut:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-nemrut-the-mountain-of-gods-salutes-anatolia

Nile:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-river-nile-attractions/index.html

Medieval bridges:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/02/27/paco_nadal/1582789937_279648.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Conversations with Homer:

https://www.sfcv.org/event/sf-state-center-for-modern-greek-studies/conversations-with-homer

Hadestown:

https://theboar.org/2020/02/hadestown-musical-for-our-times/

Sweet Land:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/arts/music/sweet-land-opera.html

Spanish towns:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/02/13/actualidad/1581594728_655008.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Some Australian nationals were arrested in Beirut in possession of some ancient artifacts:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/aussies-held-over-beirut-haul-of-ancient-artefacts/news-story/d5ad08752fbc914698ee6c45f4d67fea

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/02/culture-crime-news-17-23-february-2020.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Historians are calling for the return of the remains of Napoleon III to France:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/29/call-napoleon-iii-part-post-brexit-deal/

More on the Netherlands returning a crown to Ethiopia:

https://theunionjournal.com/netherlands-returns-stolen-18th-century-crown-to-ethiopia/

Suggestion that the Rosetta Stone will never return to Egypt:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/rosetta-stone-return-egypt-museum-a4370731.html

Mexico returned a Yoruba sculpture to Nigeria:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-51657151
https://www.courthousenews.com/mexico-returns-ancient-sculpture-to-nigeria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8491-200228-mexico-nigeria-yoruba

Native American peoples are seeking items back from the British Museum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/native-tribes-want-mayflower-loot-back-ljw2bbppc

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n09.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Katherine Johnson:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curators-remember-katherine-johnson-nasa-mathematician-dies-101-180974262/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/katherine-johnson-nasa-mathematician-and-much-needed-role-model

Robert H. Dyson:

https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/robert-h-dyson-jr-archaeologist-hasanlu-golden-bowl-penn-museum-dies-20200225.html

Freeman Dyson:

https://www.livescience.com/freeman-dyson-dead-at-96.html

Clive Cussler:

http://www.startribune.com/clive-cussler-adventure-novelist-dies-at-88-in-arizona/568213962/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/27/clive-cussler-obituary
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/books/clive-cussler-dead.html

Anne Marion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/us/anne-marion-dead.html
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https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2948-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-16-through-feb-22-2020

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

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http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

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

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http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

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http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.43 ~ February 16, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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I think we mentioned the connections (maybe) between Homo floresiensis and the myth of the ebu gogo:

https://aeon.co/ideas/investigating-homo-floresiensis-and-the-myth-of-the-ebu-gogo
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AFRICA
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Feature on some of the efforts to save Tibuktu’s manuscripts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-51507932/the-monk-saving-timbuktu-s-treasures

Interesting feature on Zar’a Ya’eqob:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ethiopian-manuscripts-virgin-mary/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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83 Buto-era/Naqada-era burials from the Nile Delta:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/363414/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/-ancient-graves-discovered-in-Egypts-Nile-Delta-.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/dozens-of-ancient-graves-discovered-in-egypts-daqahliya-governorate/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81601/83-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-Dakahliya-Governorate
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/12/c_138778083.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8460-200214-egypt-prehistory-cemetery

Feature on the necropolis of Asyut:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-necropolis-asyut-important-element-egypt.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/jgum-tno021120.php

Zahi Hawass wants Egyptian children to learn hieroglyphs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/81545/Former-antiquities-minister-demands-teaching-hieroglyphs-in-schools
https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-recommends-ancient-egyptian-hieroglyphs-be-taught-in-schools/

Feature on the development of Senet:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/original-board-game-death
https://nypost.com/2020/02/11/ancient-egyptian-board-game-of-death-identified-by-scientists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8412-200210-egypt-game-board

Egypt has passed more laws regarding ‘obscene acts’ being done at archaeological sites:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/parliament-approves-law-amendments-punishing-obscene-acts-in-egypts-archaeological-sites/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200211-egypt-parliament-approves-punitive-measures-for-antiquity-climbers/

… and possession of antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/81491/Parliament-initially-passes-amendments-to-Law-of-Antiquities

Getting ready for the solar illumination of Ramses II:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81668/Ministry-of-Antiquities-prepares-for-solar-illumination-of-King-Ramses

More on the movement of Luxor sphinxes to Tahrir Square:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200213-egypt-moving-luxor-sphinxes-to-cairos-tahrir-square/

More on those recently-found mummies from MInya:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/mummies-found-in-minya-egypt/

I think we mentioned these 7200 years bp remains of a village in the Jordan Valley (Tel Tsaf):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mud-brick-village-survived-7-200-years-in-the-jordan-valley-1.8498916

Finds from various periods from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445088/Isfahan-excavations-bring-to-light-relics-dating-from-4th-millennium

Some skepticism being expressed over that Egyptian anchor/inscription found off the coast of Israel last week:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/02/egyptian-artifact-discovered-israel-raises-suspicion.html

More on that temple complex revealed at Motza:

https://english.tau.ac.il/news/new_temple
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-jewish-temple-judah-kingdom.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8453-200212-israel-judah-temple

… which seems to have spawned a ‘top five’ sites list:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-temple-complex-outside-jerusalem-here-are-top-5-ancient-sites-israel-39504

The ‘Roman square’ and ‘Roman gate’ recently found in Jerusalem was officially inaugurated:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2000-year-old-Roman-plaza-and-gate-inaugurated-in-Jerusalems-Old-City-617033
https://aleteia.org/2020/02/11/2000-year-old-roman-square-open-to-public-view-in-jerusalem/

A ‘mapping’ of the floor of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is under way:

https://aleteia.org/2020/02/09/experts-begin-mapping-ancient-floor-of-holy-sepulchre/

Latest twist in the politics of archaeology in Palestine:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200214-israel-bans-palestinians-from-working-their-land-citing-british-mandate-ruling/

An interview with Simon Montefiore on the importance of Jerusalem:

https://www.livescience.com/why-is-jerusalem-important.html

An Israel Prize for Vered Noam:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/tel-aviv-prof-vered-noam-is-first-woman-to-receive-israel-prize-in-talmudic-studies

In case you missed the ‘year of Patara’ celebrations:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2020/02/13/year-of-patara-enthusiasm-spreads-across-antalya

More on the sprouting of some 2000 years bp date seeds:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/05/scientists-in-israel-grow-date-plants-from-2000-year-old-seeds
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8410-200207-ancient-dates-sprouted

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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30+ lead curse tablets from a 2500 years bp well in Athens:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-dozens-of-curse-tablets-found-down-a-2-500-year-old-well-in-athens-1.8480078
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/10/archaeologists-discover-ancient-curse-tablets-in-athens-well/
https://www.foxnews.com/science/curse-tablets-2500-year-old-greek-well
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7988113/Dozens-tablets-called-gods-underworld-curse-dead-Athens.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8416-200211-greece-well-curses

Submerged structures off the coast of Crete near Elounda:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38942-submerged-buildings-found-in-ancient-city-and-modern-luxury-resort-of-crete.html

Roman burials and a possible military settlement near Canterbury:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/human-remains-unearthed-on-building-site-221957/
https://www.metro.news/bones-mystery-at-site-of-roman-base/1908934/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8456-200213-britain-roman-invasion

Possible Roman burial from Durham (maybe, maybe not):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51444807
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8448-200212-england-cremated-bone

A Roman-era snake ring from Buckinghamshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51400817

The plans for preservation of Cam Roman villa have been revealed:

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/18224883.plans-preservation-cam-roman-villa-revealed/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-51456896

Feature on the aqueduct in Valencia:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/12/actualidad/1581509446_650911.html

The ‘lost’ Victoria of Calvatone statue has been ‘rediscovered’ at the Hermitage:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-berlins-lost-victoria-statue-turned-up-at-the-hermitage-museum/a-52375311

Plans for a Roman theatre and archaeology park in Ankara:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-theater-and-archaeology-park-project-in-ankara-151952

Plans for Hadrianopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/black-seas-zeugma-to-be-archeological-site-152065
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/02/16/zeugma-of-black-sea-to-become-archaeological-site

More on remains of Pompeii’s drainage system (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-drainage-system-discovered-below-pompeii-is-restored-and-functioning-/

More on Minoan finds from Akrotiri:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/31/spectacular-findings-uncovered-in-santorinis-akrotiri-archaeological-dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8399-200203-santorini-minoan-akrotiri

More on the finds at the Asclepion of Epidaurus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/new-building-found-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-sensaional-archaeological-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8398-200203-greece-asclepeion-epidaurus

The Pliny’s skull story won’t go away:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/science/pliny-archaeology-skull-vesuvius.html
https://www.livescience.com/pliny-the-elder-skull-mount-vesuvius.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-we-really-find-pliny-the-elders-skull

Feature on the Heerlen Roman baths (Netherlands):

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/02/heerlen-roman-baths-are-the-oldest-building-in-the-netherlands/

Feature on the eruption of Vesuvius etc.:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/17/the-terror-and-the-fascination-of-pompeii

Katharine von Stackelberg was chatting about Spartacus:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/02/classics-professor-reflects-on-legacy-of-spartacus/

Andrew Laird was talking about ‘Aztec Latin’:

https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/02/visiting-professor-talks-aztec-use-of-latin-language

Feature on Keats and the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thedailystar.net/literature/news/keats-and-the-elgin-marbles-message-parthenon-1868257

Feature on Eros and Psyche:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/14/eros-cupid-psyche-the-greatest-love-story-in-greek-mythology/

Feature on Sappho:

https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/people/story/who-was-sappho-the-greek-icon-kalki-koechlin-named-her-daughter-after-1645015-2020-02-10

Feature on Medusa:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/how-dangerous-women-of-the-ancient-world-keep-their-reputation-looking-at-medusa-e9da9ee133d1

Feature on the Temple of Apollo at Didyma:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/remedies-sought-drowning-friend-revisiting-temple-apollo-didyma

Feature on bad Roman emperors:

https://forge.medium.com/how-to-be-a-truly-terrible-leader-ec83e3a325a1

A 3d model view of Athens’ development:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/websites-3-d-models-offer-digital-glimpse-3000-years-ancient-athens-180974208/

On same-sex relationships in the ancient Mediterranean world:

http://theconversation.com/romosexuality-embracing-queer-sex-and-love-in-ancient-times-130420
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-romosexuality-embracing-queer-sex-ancient.html

That movie on the Apollo of Gaza is still on tour:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1627626/lifestyle

Singing for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/02/11/greek-students-sing-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-at-british-museum/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/12/greek-students-stage-protest-at-british-museum-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/158138/students-protest-return-of-parthenon-marbles-at-the-british-museum-in-viral-video/

Gerard Butler will be taking part in Thermopylae anniversary activities:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/13/this-is-sparta-gerard-butler-to-join-battle-of-thermopylae-festivities/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/25034-2/225034/

… including carrying the Olympic Torch for the Sparta leg:

https://news.sky.com/story/gerard-butler-is-set-to-carry-spartas-torch-before-tokyo-olympics-11933687

Fordham has put its graduate program on ‘hiatus’:

https://fordhamram.com/74488/news/classics/

Brock’s peer mentor program helps its Greek and Latin students:

https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/students-bond-over-ancient-greek-and-latin-in-peer-mentor-program-at-brock/

More on Greek words for love:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/13/ancient-greeks-had-eros-philia-and-four-other-different-types-of-love/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/14/the-8-ancient-greek-words-for-love/

Comparing Boris Johnson to Roman emperors:

https://theconversation.com/has-boris-johnson-been-picking-up-tips-from-the-roman-emperors-131535
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Finds from various periods made during construction of a bypass in Lincoln:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/more-800-historic-burials-bronze-3840424

Finds from various periods at Porec (Croatia):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/41439-city-of-porec

Remains of a ‘Pictish power centre’ near Dunkeld:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51477241
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8461-200214-scotland-pictish-hillfort

An Iron-Age hoard of 19 gold coins (the Blythburgh hoard) has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-51374440
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8413-200210-england-iron-age-hoard

A 1200 years bp ‘game piece’ from Lindisfarne:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/1200yearold-game-piece-found-by-group
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-game-king-piece-discovered.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/06/boardgame-piece-first-viking-raid-found-lindisfarne-archaeology
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8409-200207-lindisfarne-norse-glass

More interesting items were revealed as part of the Havering hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/10/french-bracelet-among-surprises-in-mysterious-havering-hoard
https://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/havering-hoard-rare-objects-rainham-bronze-age-london-1-6508501
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8411-200210-havering-hoard-discoveries

More on that 7200 years bp wooden well structure from the Czech Republic:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/restorers-use-sugar-to-preserve-7000-year-old-prehistoric-well
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/czech-well-may-be-worlds-oldest-wooden-structure-180974137/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8402-200204-neolithic-well-conserved

More on that 18th century sailor’s burial from Guernsey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-51374100
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8404-200205-guernsey-sailor-skeleton

More on those 42 ‘mystery burials’ from Buckingham:

https://www.livescience.com/42-missing-skeletons-uk.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/retirement-home-developers-dug-42-bizarre-skeletons-buckingham-uk-what-gives-180974129/

Feature on archaeology on Holy Island:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/holy-island-anglesey-gwynedd-archaeologists-17668020

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/world/europe/london-thames-mudlarks.html

Feature on the Alhambra:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0832g29/the-hidden-world-beneath-the-ancient-alhambra-fortress
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Dating some Aboriginal petroglyphs via wasps nests (12 000 years bp):

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-wasp-date-ancient-kimberley-art.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51378317
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookended-wasp-nests-these-aboriginal-artworks-may-finally-have-definitive-dates-180974144/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8408-200206-australia-art-dated

Pondering whether an Aboriginal tale might date to a volcanic eruption 37 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/gsoa-ota021020.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/aboriginal-tale-ancient-volcano-oldest-story-ever-told
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8459-200213-australia-volcano-traditions

A ‘stone-carved’ boomerang revealed after the fires in Australia:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6623090/special-stone-carved-boomerang-found-in-fire-hit-town/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8454-200212-australia-fires-boomerang

Paleolithic caves and rock shelters from southwest Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445056/Tens-of-Paleolithic-caves-rock-shelters-identified-in-southwest

Not sure where to put this one … dating of some grains in the Altai mountains to 5200 years bp is causing a rethink of trans-Eurasian crop exchange:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-5gi021420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-year-old-grains-eastern-altai-mountains.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200214134705.htm

An inscription from Madurai confirms Pandiya brother co rule:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/stone-inscription-found-near-madurai-confirms-co-rule-by-pandiya-brothers/articleshow/74108028.cms

A possible 17th century tunnel find in Bengal:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/10-foot-long-tunnel-found-in-bengal-may-date-back-to-17th-century/story-RbVP39ciFE6d75waj5YCoL.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/undergound-tunnel-found-in-bengal-s-east-burdwan-district-experts-say-maybe-300-years-old/story-YNbg8isp1WntVsUjeaJPUI.html

Feature on the search for the ‘lost city’ of Indraprastha:

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/the-search-for-delhi-s-lost-city-of-indraprastha-1.977739

Concerns for some megalithic ‘menhirs’:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/megalithic-menhirs-face-threat-of-vandalism/article30817545.ece

… and some Iron Age monuments in Ongole:

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/iron-age-monuments-under-threat-in-ongole-605043

Odisha is apparently a major hub for stolen idols:

https://orissadiary.com/odisha-now-a-manjor-hub-of-stolen-idols/
https://odishabytes.com/odisha-a-major-hub-of-stolen-idols/

Not sure if we mentioned the search for a ‘fable gold hoard’ (that might not even exist) in the Philippines:

https://www.livescience.com/treasure-hunters-fabled-gold-philippines-island.html

More on Siberian hot pots:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-siberian-hunters-cooked-hot-pots-end-last-ice-age-180974148/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Some Pueblo petroglyphs are now thought to have been used to mark the solstices:

https://www.livescience.com/spiral-petroglyphs-southwest-marked-solstices.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/secrets-mesa-verde-800-year-old-spiral-rock-carvings-marked-solstices-native-americans-39337
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8458-200213-colorado-petroglyphs-mapped

Erosion along the Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State keeps exposing ancient burials:

https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/bones-found-near-port-angeles-likely-500-1000-years-old/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/erosion-keeps-revealing-ancient-human-remains-washington-state-trail-180974120/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8397-200203-washington-erosion-bones

Mapping a ‘massive’ 18th century wall in Charleston:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article240133913.html

Remains of an 18th century log cabin beneath a Pennsylvania bar:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/18th-century-log-cabin-discovered-beneath-condemned-pennsylvania-bar-180974210/

Finds from a dig in downtown Missoula:

https://www.kpax.com/news/missoula-county/um-archeologists-cataloging-pieces-of-downtown-missoulas-history

Possible slave/free African burials from Georgetown:

https://dcist.com/story/20/02/12/skeletons-were-found-in-a-georgetown-basement-this-month-they-could-be-historic-treasures/
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/skeletal-remains-found-in-georgetown-could-be-slaves-african-americans-from-1800s/2293318/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8457-200213-washington-dc-burials

More on the destruction of Native American burial sites during border wall construction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51449739
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/us/trump-border-wall-arizona-native-americans.html

Feature on the importance of falcons to Hopewell culture:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200216/falcons-had-significant-place-in-hopewell-culture

Feature on the Whydah:

https://abc7ny.com/society/underwater-archaeologist-discovers-sunken-slave-ship-and-thousands-of-priceless-artifacts-/5918580/

Feature on William King:

https://www.mainepublic.org/post/how-william-king-overcame-challenges-become-maines-first-governor

Feature on Fort Mose:

https://www.heraldtribune.com/zz/news/20200211/fort-mose-first-black-settlement-in-us

Feature on Harriet Wilson:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/15/805991106/early-novel-written-by-free-black-woman-called-out-racism-among-abolitionists

Feature on Mary McLeod Bethune:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/02/10/mary-mcleod-bethune-daughter-slaves-bethune-cookman-college-daytona-beach/4540835002/

Feature on women’s suffrage in Utah:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805725359/power-of-the-past-retelling-utahs-suffragette-history-to-empower-modern-women

Feature on Lincoln:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/abraham-lincoln-virtue-civility-gettysburg-address/#slide-1

Feature on the 15th Amendment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/opinion/sunday/15th-amendment.html

Oil and gas development threatens sites in Utah:

https://hyperallergic.com/541939/ancient-art-and-artifacts-in-utah-are-threatened-by-oil-and-gas/

Interesting story of how some kids found a relic from the Adams/Jefferson election:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-two-kids-playing-railroad-tracks-1950s-found-national-treasure-180974125/

More on the search for burials from the Tulsa Massacre:

https://kmbz.radio.com/articles/tulsa-searches-for-remains-of-victims-of-1921-black-wall-street-race-massacre
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8407-200206-black-wall-street
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Spain and Mexico are looking for the wreck of the Nuestra Senora del Juncal:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/10/spain-and-mexico-renew-search-for-17th-century-treasure-galleon
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8418-200211-spanish-galleon-search

More on revisions to the date of the collapse of Easter Island society:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoo-rrt020520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/bu-eis020620.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/mounting-evidence-suggests-the-people-of-easter-island-were-thriving-when-europeans-arrived
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-rewrites-demise-easter-island-180974172/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8415-200210-easter-island-collapse

Pondering that mass human/llama sacrifice of the Chimu culture found a while ago:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-did-the-ancient-chimu-civilization-sacrifice-hundreds-of-young-lives

150 years bp ‘mummified’ bees nests in the Panama City Cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/150-year-old-mummified-bee-nests-found-panama-city-cathedral-180974142/

More on that Aztec ‘sweat bath’ from Mexico City:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51205284

More on the bones from Chan Hol Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/early-american-underwater-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/p-9mf012920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200205143351.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-year-old-mexican-female-skeleton-distinct.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-hard-life-and-mysterious-death-of-chan-hol-3-woman-found-in-mexican
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8406-200206-mexico-paleoindian-skulls
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Restoration of Big Ben has a big price tag:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/13/asbestos-and-damage-discovery-inflates-big-ben-repair-bill-to-80m

Some guy in the 19th century was training alligators to sing, apparently:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/02/pernelet-singing-alligators-crocodiles-philadelphia-north-american-profile.html

Amsterdam is considering apologizing for slavery in Suriname:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/world/europe/amsterdam-considers-apology-for-slavery-in-former-colony.html

Feature on ancient board games:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-board-games-ancient-world-180974094/

Pondering when humans understood what death was:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-board-games-ancient-world-180974094/

Raphael tapestries are returning to the Sistine Chapel:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/02/11/tapisseries-cartons-raphael-chapelle-sixtine/

On the links between Montaigne and La Boetie (a book review):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/10/babelia/1581353863_771649.html

On the origins of moving pictures:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-film-was-born-125-years-ago/a-52339336

On the 18th century origins of fan fiction:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/02/surprising-18th-century-origins-fan-fiction/606532/

Feature on the ‘research laboratory’ at the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/100-years-of-science-and-conservation/

Feature on Wardian cases:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51209050

The Scream is fading, apparently:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-colors-edvard-munchs-the-scream-fading-new

There’s a Canterbury Tales app:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-app-guides-readers-through-canterbury-tales-180974134/

What history teaches about the ‘coronavirus’ emergency:

https://thediplomat.com/2020/02/what-history-teaches-about-the-wuhan-coronavirus/

There was the usual flood of Valentine’s Day items, with questionable tales of origins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/opinion/valentines-day-galentines.html
http://www.orlando-times.com/valentines-day-origins.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/world/valentines-day-origin-story-trnd/index.html
https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/read-this/valentines-day-who-st-valentine-and-how-did-day-love-originate-1741186
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001360449/valentine-s-day-when-women-were-flogged-with-thongs

… and some features on Cupid:

https://daily.jstor.org/why-cupid-rules-valentines-day/
https://www.readingeagle.com/living/on-valentine-s-day-take-a-look-at-how-cupid/article_275c29c0-4cdc-11ea-a7cb-533e4cdfaba3.html

… and a feature on ‘romantic’ paintings:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/10-romantic-paintings/index.html

Feature on the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/02/cracking-the-voynich-manuscript/606592/

The National Library of Israel restored a 15th century Jewish prayer book:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/15th-century-Jewish-prayer-book-restored-by-National-Library-of-Israel-617442

Not sure where to put this feature on Richard More:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/feb/15/richard-more-shropshire-outcast-who-sailed-to-riches-mayflower

Feature on the Bridegroom’s Oak (Germany):

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805935038/in-germany-the-bridegrooms-oak-is-full-of-romantic-history

Feature on Winston Churchill’s art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-winston-churchills-artwork-showcases-rarely-seen-facet-his-life-180974110/

Archaeologists have been searching for the origins of the wheel for quite a while:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/archaeologists-have-long-sought-but-never-found-the-very-first-wheel

Venice has a pollution problem:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51364082

I think we mentioned this ‘trove’ of Charles Dickens letters:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-dickens-museum-acquires-unpublished-letters-and-more-private-collection-180974174/

Feature on the 1619 Project:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-winston-churchills-artwork-showcases-rarely-seen-facet-his-life-180974110/

More on the hidden baby Jesus in DaVinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-painting-hiding-baby-jesus.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/uncovering-history-behind-myth-troy

Anglo Saxon treasures from the Isle of Wight:

https://onthewight.com/anglo-saxon-treasures-returning-to-the-isle-of-wight-after-150-years/
https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18227643.anglo-saxon-treasures-return-home-carisbrooke-castle-exhibition/

Dorothea Lange:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/arts/dorothea-lange-moma-review.html

French Prints:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/British-Museum-To-Display-French-Prints-For-First-Time-In-40-Years-20200214

Manuscript in Britain:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed

Shoes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-gods-italy-pitti-palace.html

Gods and Heroes:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38965-ancient-greek-art-exhibition-at-museum-of-cycladic-art-in-athens.html

Archaeological Replicas:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81639/Archaeological-replicas-exhibition-to-be-inaugurated-in-Venice-on-Feb

Pompeii:

http://kutv.com/features/fresh-living/pompeii-the-exhibition-at-the-leonardo-02-11-2020
https://www.inlander.com/spokane/a-new-mac-exhibit-brings-pompeiis-victims-of-mount-vesuviuss-eruption-back-to-vivid-life/Content

Single Use cups:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/disposable-cups-and-recycled-exhibitions/

Indian Painting for the East India Company:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200207-rediscovering-indias-forgotten-masterpieces
https://www.wallacecollection.org/forgotten-masters-indian-painting-east-india-company/

Jean-Jacques Lequeu:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-winston-churchills-artwork-showcases-rarely-seen-facet-his-life-180974110/

Feature on the archaeological museum at Atacama:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/el-promisiorio-plan-de-reestructuracion-del-museo-arqueologico-mas-grande-de-chile/852750/

There was a Trojan Horse protest at the BM this week:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/climate-activists-protest-british-museum-bp-1773738
https://www.art-critique.com/en/2020/02/protests-and-employees-call-for-british-museum-to-cut-ties-with-bp/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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An early Valentine:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/valentines-day-card-oldest-london-auction-sale-a9329476.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique for xraying mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-mosaic-x-rays-reveal-peruvian-mummy.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on that ‘ghost population’ of ancient humans revealed in DNA of West African populations:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/12/scientists-find-evidence-of-ghost-population-of-ancient-humans
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ghost-population-genes-humans-west-africa-science-ancient-a9333396.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/west-africans-share-genes-with-ancient-mystery-man
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/dna-study-finds-proof-of-ghost-ancestors/articleshow/74144681.cms
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/genetic-traces-of-mysterious-human-lineage-detected-in-people-living-in

More on that 5700 years bp ‘chewing gum’ DNA find:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/ancient-chewing-gum-contains-a-5700-year-old-genome/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Tracking the impact of climate change on World Heritage Sites:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tool-shows-climate-changes-impact-world-heritage-sites-180974119/

Climate change effects on sites in North Africa:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2020/0210/Where-climate-change-threatens-ancient-sites-and-modern-livelihoods

More on climate change and the collapse of the Akkadian Empire:

https://menafn.com/1099677026/How-climate-change-caused-the-worlds-first-ever-empire-to-collapse
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Aphrodisias:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2020/02/14/turkey-in-world-heritage-aphrodisias-the-ancient-city-of-love

Motorcycling in Greece:

https://www.adventurebikerider.com/a-greek-odyssey-motorcycling-in-greece/

Wales’ ‘Island of Love’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200212-llanddwyn-island-wales-island-of-love

Top sites in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-most-famous-sights/g-52324379

Germany’s Facwerkhauser:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-picturesque-half-timbered-towns/g-47361890

Hattusa:

https://magnificenttravel.com/blog/hattusa-a-forgotten-city-of-turkey/

Homes of women writers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/six-female-writers-homes-you-can-tour-including-the-one-where-alcott-penned-little-women/2020/02/05/aa2e8a4c-361f-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Penelopiad:

https://www.newuniversity.org/2020/02/10/ucis-the-penelopiad-brings-new-narrative-to-a-classic-greek-epic/

Medea:

https://hyperallergic.com/542299/a-minimalist-take-on-medea-delivers-maximal-drama/

Mother of Us All:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/arts/music/review-mother-of-us-all-stile-antico.html

Emma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/movies/emma-jane-austen.html

An Antigone:

http://udallasnews.com/2020/02/12/mainstage-an-antigone-debuts-a-new-adaption/

More marking of Beethoven’s 250th:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/arts/music/beethoven-symphonies-carnegie.html
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CRIME BEAT
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That trial of an archaeologist accused of forging artifacts in Spain has started:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeologist-accused-forging-jesus-crucifixion-portrayal.html
https://nypost.com/2020/02/10/archaeologist-accused-of-forging-earliest-portrayal-of-jesus-crucifixion/

… related item on forgery of artifacts:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/eliseo-gil-trial-highlights-how-forgers-prey-on-true-believers

A Charlottesville slavery plaque was stolen by a protester:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/10/charlottesville-slave-plaque-stolen/

The brother of a former Egyptian finance minister was sentenced to 30 years for smuggling antiquities:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1628101/middle-east
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/ex-ministers-brother-jailed-for-smuggling-egypt-antiquities/

Smugglers were caught trying to get 269 artifacts out of Egypt:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/caught-smugglers-attempt-ferry-269-artifacts-out-egypt-1337906

Cyprus has a major problem with stolen antiquities:

https://in-cyprus.com/thousands-of-cyprus-ancient-icons-mosaics-and-frescoes-stolen-and-sold-abroad/

… as a bust in Baltimore demonstrates:

https://patch.com/maryland/baltimore/ancient-coins-seized-baltimore-returned-cyprus
https://patch.com/maryland/baltimore/ancient-artifacts-seized-md-returned-home-country-patch-pm

Culture Crime News is back:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/02/culture-crime-news-3-9-february-2020.html

More on that stolen Klimt that turned up in the gallery it was stolen from:

https://www.livescience.com/stolen-gustav-klimt-painting-found-in-gallery-walls.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A number of Hawaiian artifacts have been returned:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/02/us/iolani-palace-return-items-hawaii-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8401-200204-hawaii-iolani-palace

The UK returned a couple of items to Turkey:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-to-bring-back-two-cultural-artifacts-from-uk/1732906
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2020/02/13/ancient-chariot-and-sidamara-sarcophagus-en-route-back-to-turkey

Portugal is facing repatriation issues:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/02/03/mundo_global/1580753861_343559.html

UTennessee is returning remains of Arikara and Mandan people:

https://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/government-and-politics/4954869-Thousands-of-ancestors-remains-sacred-objects-to-return-home-to-North-Dakota-tribe
https://www.inforum.com/news/government-and-politics/4931347-Thousands-of-ancestors-remains-sacred-objects-to-return-home-to-North-Dakota-tribe

On university museums returning items to various peoples:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/universities-give-back-relics-after-pressure-over-colonial-wrongs-fcm0vl5lr

More on the Devon Museum not returning some Blackfoot items:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/02/british-museum-in-repatriation-dispute-over-indigenous-relics
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on mythical monsters on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/mythical-monsters-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n07.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Charles Sprawson:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charles-sprawson-obituary-kd3tw3h7s

Charles H. Long:

https://www.aarweb.org/dr-charles-h-long-1926-2020?q=dr-charles-h-long-1926-2020

Zara Steiner:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/zara-steiner-distinguished-scholar-of-diplomatic-history-dies-at-91/2020/02/15/7f1de1f8-5029-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html

Rosemary Harvey:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-rosemary-harvey-john-innes-centre-norwich-1-6509960

George Coyne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/science/the-rev-george-c-coyne-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/2944-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-2-through-feb-8-2020
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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.42 ~ February 9, 2020

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,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals incorporated modified clam shells in their toolkit:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/neandertals-tooled-around-with-clams/

Studying homo floresiensis and the legend of the ebu gogo:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/neandertals-tooled-around-with-clams/

Feature on the finds in Sarawak Cave:

https://www.therakyatpost.com/2020/02/04/40000-years-of-human-history-hidden-in-sarawaks-niah-cave/

More on volcano-climbing Neanderthals:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/neanderthals-relatives-climbed-an-erupting-volcano-350000-years-ago/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3400 years bp Egyptian anchor found by a swimmer off the coast of Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mysterious-ancient-egyptian-artifact-found-off-israeli-coast-1.8477804
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/3400-year-old-Egyptian-artifact-uncovered-in-Israel-on-display-in-Jerusalem-616337
https://www.egyptindependent.com/israeli-finds-egyptian-artifact-while-swimming-south-of-haifa/

A foundation for a Ramses II obelisk was installed in Tahrir Square:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81220/Foundation-of-Ramses-II-Obelisk-installed-in-Tahrir-Square
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ramses-ii-obelisk-to-be-fully-reassembled-in-cairos-tahrir-square/

Feature on senet:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/original-board-game-death

An update on the Baron Palace restoration:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/81252/Ministry-of-Tourism-completes-95-of-Baron-Palace-restoration-project

Artifacts will be displayed at Cairo International Airport:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/over-90-artifacts-to-be-displayed-at-cairo-airport-museum/

More on those 16 priestly burials found a couple of weeks ago at Minya:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/155207/VIDEO-Egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-16-ancient-tombs
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/362609/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-photos-Communal-tombs-for-high-priests-uncovere.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81290/Spanish-Newspaper-ABC-amazed-by-Minya%E2%80%99s-discovery

More on that carved ‘donkey’ bone from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.newsweek.com/catalhoyuk-ancient-city-figurine-donkey-bone-1485819

Evidence of a 7200 years bp mudbrick village at Tel Tsaf (Jordan):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mud-brick-village-survived-7-200-years-in-the-jordan-valley-1.8498916

Iran has resumed excavating at Shahr-e Qumis:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/444941/Iran-resumes-archaeological-exploration-at-ancient-Qumis

Evidence of a First Temple era ‘rival’ temple complex at Tel Moza:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2512&ncs4677=3&erid=8266220
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Biblical-Israelites-maintained-cult-practice-in-temples-outside-Jerusalem-616357
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-temple-era-judah-another-massive-temple-was-in-use-outside-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-temple-found-near-j-lem-challenges-archaeologists-assumptions-on-first-temple-1.8492874
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/tau-dig-outside-jerusalem-unearths-a-rival-to-king-solomons-temple/2020/02/03/
https://www.ami-universite-telaviv.com/index.php/2013-05-26-08-41-51/recherche/sciences-humaines-et/archeologie/1166-les-arch%C3%A9ologues-de-l-universit%C3%A9-de-tel-aviv-d%C3%A9couvrent-un-temple-similaire-au-temple-de-salomon
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/02/archaeologists-believe-they-have-discovered-an-israelite-temple-contemporaneous-with-solomons/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-02/04/content_75669655.htm

A number of 2000 years bp date seeds from various sites have been sprouted in Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-scientists-date-palm-year-old-seeds.html
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/05/scientists-in-israel-grow-date-plants-from-2000-year-old-seeds
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/02/how-to-grow-a-date-tree-from-2000-year-old-seeds/606079/
https://www.newsweek.com/six-ancient-plants-2000-year-old-seeds-grown-scientists-1485900
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/science/.premium-israeli-researchers-mate-2-000-year-old-date-seeds-hope-for-fruit-1.8503447
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7975095/Seeds-Judea-Scientist-grow-six-date-palms-2-000-year-old-seeds.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-grown-date-palms-from-2-000-year-old-seeds
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-grow-date-plants-from-2000-year-old-seeds/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2232464-extinct-date-palms-grown-from-2000-year-old-seeds-found-near-jerusalem/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2020/02/06/803186316/dates-like-jesus-ate-scientists-revive-ancient-trees-from-2-000-year-old-seeds
https://www.wxpr.org/post/dates-jesus-ate-scientists-revive-ancient-trees-2000-year-old-seeds#stream/0
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/02/in-israel-ancient-date-palms-bloom-again/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8410-200207-ancient-dates-sprouted

Feature on standing stones at Hazor:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/hazors-standing-stones-what-do-they-commemorate

More on that Abel Beth-Maacah inscription which may confirm different borders for ancient Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Was-the-Bible-right-Inscription-may-confirm-ancient-Israels-borders-616861

More on using tech to identify the scribes of some ‘Samaria ostraka’:

https://english.tau.ac.il/news/samaria_inscription
https://aleteia.org/2020/02/03/new-technology-helps-experts-analyze-ancient-handwriting/

Feature on human sacrifice in the Ancient Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/02/human-sacrifice

Concerns for sites and artifacts in Idlib:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-51177433

Turkey has restored an Ottoman era mosque:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/05/turkey-converts-yet-another-ancient-greek-church-into-a-mosque/

Arab states are showcasing Jewish heritage:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Arab-states-showcase-Jewish-heritage-and-memory-with-renovation-projects-616929

… and the Arab parliament has passed a law to protect antiquities:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2116371/arab-parliament-reveals-law-protect-antiquities

Studying the effects of cultural destruction in Syria:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/what-happens-when-antiquities-are-obliterated-sociologist-investigates

OpEddish sort of thing on what archaeology ‘should’ be about:

https://www.israel21c.org/archeology-doesnt-belong-in-the-past-says-israeli-expert/
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Minoan artifacts the Akrotiri:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/31/spectacular-findings-uncovered-in-santorinis-akrotiri-archaeological-dig/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38813-prehistoric-finds-on-greek-island-of-santorini-hint-at-tsunami-before-eruption.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/04/new-archaeological-treasures-found-at-santorinis-akrotiri/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8399-200203-santorini-minoan-akrotiri

2500 years bp curse tablets from a well in the Kerameikos:

https://www.newsweek.com/curse-tablets-gods-underworld-well-ancient-greek-cemetary-1485886
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/07/climate-activists-bring-trojan-horse-to-british-museum
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10886761/ancient-greece-cursed-tablets-poisoned-well/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/06/ancient-curse-tablets-discovered-down-a-2500-year-old-well-in-athens/

A compromise has been reached to preserve an ancient mass grave found in Athens a few years ago:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/249232/article/ekathimerini/life/compromise-reached-to-protect-ancient-mass-grave-in-southern-athens

Marvelling at Pompeii’s drainage system:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7973567/Pompeiis-ancient-drainage-set-used-2-000-years-built.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-ancient-drains-still-work-perfectly-9f8flsqms

The week began with a call to preserve a Roman villa bath house found during construction in Gloucestershire:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/bovis-homes-faces-fight-residents-3812797
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/18207291.petition-preserve-cams-roman-villa-launched/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-51357814
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/battle-to-save-roman-villa-in-cam-gloucestershire-from-bulldozers-b3685nv0z

… and the campaign was successful:

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/18217361.cams-historic-roman-villa-preserved/
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/historic-cam-remains-incredible-roman-3821723

… and there are concerns for Roman sites in Milton Keynes:

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/politics/council/massive-new-business-site-milton-keynes-would-lead-total-loss-roman-ruins-report-1383983

We’re now (again?) hearing of a Roman coin hoard find in a Derbyshire field last year:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/treasure-coin-hoard-coroner-parwich-3805653

The triumphal arch in Anavarza has been restored:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/triumphal-arch-in-anavarza-restored-151699

Feature on the Roman remains at Gwent:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18221303.gwent-stunning-array-roman-ruins—quick-guide/

Valentine’s day lessons from Ovid:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/02/05/valentines-day-love-lessons-from-43-bc-roman-poet-ovid/

Not sure about the message being sent about metal detectorists this week:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/07/hurrah-heroic-detectorists-digging-heritage/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/detectorists-helped-us-find-roman-britain-g6wn3cqdp
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-metal-detectorists-treasure-island-x56wcdzvm

More on the finds at the Asclepion of Epidaurus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/new-building-found-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-sensaional-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8398-200203-greece-asclepeion-epidaurus

Greek words for love in a Superbowl commercial gained some press attention:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/283822/greek-words-for-love-highlight-of-super-bowl-commercial-vid/
https://usa.greekreporter.com/2020/02/03/superbowl-commercial-moves-millions-explaining-four-greek-words-for-love/

That Pliny’s purported skull story is still making the rounds:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/pliny-the-elder-pompeii-vesuvius-death-pliny-the-younger-ancient-rome-a9308706.html
https://www.livescience.com/pliny-the-elder-skull-mount-vesuvius.html

Feature on preserving the drunken satyr sculpture at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/photos-saving-an-ancient-roman-sculpture-step-by-careful-step/

Feature on Anthesteria:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/everyone-was-drinking-inside-an-ancient-3-day-festival-of-wine/

Feature on the evolution of Pandora:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/07/the-evolution-of-pandora/

Feature on the Parthenon’s architecture:

https://now.northropgrumman.com/the-parthenon-paradox-beauty-and-brawn-in-ancient-architecture

Feature on that Roman-era egg dug up in Buckinghamshire a while ago:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/first-intact-roman-era-egg-recovered.htm

The good and bad in Brad Pitt’s Troy:

https://screenrant.com/troy-brad-pitt-movie-accurate-inaccurate/

Feature on Rome’s metro construction (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rome-metro-diggers-plot-a-route-through-history-w6v3j2phr

More on hopes that Brexit will help the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/157841/brexit-has-strengthened-the-campaign-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2020/Feb-03/500415-brexit-may-bolster-eu-support-for-parthenon-marbles.ashx

A book prize for Benjamin Anderson:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/02/history-art-and-classics-professor-wins-book-prize

Sam Findley has an interesting side hobby:

https://news.psu.edu/story/606975/2020/02/05/academics/altoona-faculty-finds-fulfillment-falconry

Feature on Kathleen Lynch’s work with ceramics:

https://www.newsrecord.org/news/uc-classics-professor-researches-ancient-greece-through-ceramics/article_0e874bf4-479c-11ea-956a-872f919bcb4d.html

Peter Jones on what the ancient Greeks would have thought of Boris Johnson:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/the-ancients-would-have-thought-boris-was-deluded/

Timothy Joseph on Roman-Trump parallels:

http://theconversation.com/this-is-how-ancient-romes-republic-died-a-classicist-sees-troubling-parallels-at-trumps-impeachment-trial-131121
https://www.expressnews.com/news/article/This-is-how-ancient-Rome-s-republic-died-a-15033192.php

A diversity award for UCSB’s Classics department:

https://www.hfa.ucsb.edu/news-entries/2020/2/3/ucsbs-classics-department-receives-diversity-award

Feature on a symposium on Greece, Rome, and the East:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1016083

UC Classics is putting together a digital gallery of Troy archaeology photos and the like:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2020/01/n20886599.html

Reviews of Mary Beard’s ‘Shock of the Nude’:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mary-beards-shock-of-the-nude-bbc-two-review/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2020/02/03/shock-nude-mary-beard-review-cheery-cheeky-look-controversy/

Review of Scheidel, *Escape from Rome*:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/books/10/17510/rising-from-roman-ashes

Reviewish of Kulikowski, *Tragedy of Empire*:

https://news.psu.edu/story/606324/2020/02/03/research/fall-roman-empire-revisited-new-book-penn-state-historian

On what the Romans can tell us about impeachment:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/02/05/what-ancient-rome-the-founding-fathers-and-mlk-can-tell-us-about-impeachment/

Comparing the ‘crumbling’ US senate to the collapse of Rome:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/2/2/21119032/crumbling-us-senate-echoes-roman-collapse-trump

Folks brought a Trojan Horse to protest BP at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/07/climate-activists-bring-trojan-horse-to-british-museum
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/activists-bp-trojan-horse-protest-095245877.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/activists-trojan-horse-british-museum-bp-a4356381.html

Trump plans to mandate ‘classical architecture’ for all government buildings, with assorted reactions:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/trumps-plan-make-architecture-classical-again/606286/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/08/trump-plans-on-making-federal-buildings-beautiful-again-inspired-by-greek-and-roman-architecture/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/arts/design/federal-building-architecture.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/arts/design/trump-modern-architecture.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/opinion/federal-buildings-classical.html

What Plato would have thought of Trump:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/plato-on-trump/

Appealing to the example of Rome for a different president this time:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2020-02-05-heed-the-lessons-of-the-roman-republic-mr-president/
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Analysis of 15 000 years bp skulls from assorted European caves hint at cannibalistic practices apparently:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/02/04/ciencia/1580812904_117531.html

A 7000 years bp object/well from the Czech Republic may be the world’s oldest wooden structure:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/europe/wooden-well-oldest-czech-republic-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-well-oldest-wooden-structure-ever-discovered-archaeologists-czech-republic/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neolithic-well-discovered-czech-republic-1770246
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-well-7000-years-old-oldest-wooden-structure-1485421
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-decrepit-old-well-is-the-world-s-oldest-known-wooden-structure
https://www.ibtimes.sg/7000-year-old-neolithic-era-wooden-well-czech-could-be-oldest-engineering-marvel-earth-38841
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ostrov-water-well-08082.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/czech-well-may-be-worlds-oldest-wooden-structure-180974137/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8402-200204-neolithic-well-conserved

A 4000 years bp crannog (maybe) from Co Galway:

https://www.irishpost.com/news/4000-year-old-bronze-age-era-dwelling-possibly-discovered-connemara-178849
https://www.thejournal.ie/crannog-discovered-co-galway-4990809-Feb2020/
https://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/112847/cranng-discovered-in-connemara-by-man-out-walking-after-storm-brendan
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeological-bronze-age-settlements-galway

Reporting on some ditches found at Worlebury Hill Fort:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/worlebury-hillfort-research-finds-ditches-1-6496615

Trees are going to be removed to preserve a Somerset Iron Age fort site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-51376510

A 1200 years bp gaming piece (maybe) from Lindisfarne:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-game-king-piece-discovered.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/06/boardgame-piece-first-viking-raid-found-lindisfarne-archaeology
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-board-game-piece-lindisfarne-which-was-once-raided-by-vikings-38998
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/02/07/rare-viking-era-board-game-piece-discovered-on-lindisfarne/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8409-200207-lindisfarne-norse-glass

I think we mentioned these 42 mysterious burials (possibly Anglo Saxon or not) from Buckingham:

https://www.livescience.com/42-missing-skeletons-uk.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/retirement-home-developers-dug-42-bizarre-skeletons-buckingham-uk-what-gives-180974129/

An 18th burial on Guernsey found a while ago (near a porpoise burial of the 15th century) is believed to be a Royal Navy sailor:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-51374100
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8404-200205-guernsey-sailor-skeleton

The Blythburgh Iron Age hoard has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-51374440

A feature on Rome:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200204/nine-surprising-facts-about-rome-in-honour-of-the-capitals-birthday

A court decision on a 13th century antisemitic sculpture in a church in Germany:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/German-court-rules-medieval-antisemitic-sculpture-can-stay-on-church-616519
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/04/german-court-rules-antisemitic-carving-can-stay-on-church-wall

A campaign to thatch the roof of a 17th century cottage in Glencoe:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/call-for-scottish-heather-to-thatch-lost-17th-century-turf-house-in-glencoe-1-5086832

More on that Byzantine monastery in Spain:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/157738/sixth-century-site-finally-confirmed-as-spains-first-byzantine-monastery/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Dating Australian petroglyphs with the help of wasps:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-wasp-date-ancient-kimberley-art.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51378317
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookended-wasp-nests-these-aboriginal-artworks-may-finally-have-definitive-dates-180974144/

A 19th century ‘solitary cell’ from a Tasmanian convict station stie:

https://www.miragenews.com/convicts-solitary-cells-uncovered/
https://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/archaeological-students-digging-up-dirt-on-prisons-past/news-story/384f9034b925eee2fab8a1f4c88963a6
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8400-200203-tasmania-convict-station

A possible 6th century Lajja Gauri idol from India’s Udupi district:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/rare-lajja-gauri-idol-found-in-barkur/article30765998.ece

Feature on the excavations of a Buddhist site at Mound Dillu Roy (Pakistan):

https://www.bolnews.com/pakistan/2020/02/mound-dillu-roy-ancient-buddhist-site-is-being-excavated/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2150979/1-excavation-rich-mound-dillu-roy-site-begins-uncover-historical-secrets/

Feature on Afghan artifacts that survived the Taliban:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200203-the-afghan-artefacts-that-survived-taliban-destruction

Pondering when written language reached Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13096869
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8403-200204-japan-written-language

Studying the origins of pottery in Asia:

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/research/hot-pots-helped-siberian-hunters-survive-ice-age/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8405-200205-hunter-gatherer-pottery

A possible home for some recently-found Harappan artifacts:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/feb/04/5000-year-old-harrapan-artefacts-may-get-a-place-in-new-rakhigarhi-museum-2098619.html

An unsupervised earthmover guy damaged some 2600 years bp urns from the Adichanallur site:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/feb/09/adichanallur-ancient-urns-damaged-2100941.html

Oped on ‘Blood Buddhas’:

https://www.opindia.com/2020/02/blood-buddhas-review-stolen-antiques-idols-smuggling-culture-heritage/

Connecting the Hindu monkey god Hanuman and Homo erectus:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3048479/hindu-monkey-god-hanuman-really-homo-erectus

Plans for an archaeological park at the megalithic site at Pune:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/skeletons-from-megalithic-period-to-be-on-display-at-excavation-site/articleshow/74035492.cms

More on Siberian ‘hot pots’ at the end of the last Ice Age:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-siberian-hunters-cooked-hot-pots-end-last-ice-age-180974148/

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NORTH AMERICA
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Erosion exposed a Native American (probably) burial near Port Angeles (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/bones-found-near-port-angeles-likely-500-1000-years-old/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8397-200203-washington-erosion-bones

Tulsa plans some digs at suspected mass graves associated with the 1921 race massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/03/tulsa-mass-graves-excavation/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/04/us/ap-us-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves.html
https://abcnews.go.com/US/tulsa-searches-remains-victims-1921-black-wall-street/story?id=68759886
https://kfor.com/2020/02/04/crews-to-begin-removing-soil-on-possible-mass-graves-connected-to-tulsa-race-massacre/
https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/archaeologists-plan-excavation-next-step-search-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8407-200206-black-wall-street

Four 19th century burial found by ‘workmen’ in Georgetown:

https://georgetowner.com/articles/2020/02/08/4-skeletons-found-on-q-street/

Border wall construction damaged a Native American site in Arizona:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/07/tohono-oodham-sacred-site-monument-hill-blasted-border-wall/4698174002/

Feature on the Catalans of California:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/04/actualidad/1580829723_724633.html

Feature on the Oklahoma Archeological Survey:

http://www.oudaily.com/culture/from-old-homes-to-bison-bones-oklahoma-archeological-survey-provides/article_82443276-455a-11ea-aae1-d39b518a9b4d.html

Feature on Homer Plessy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/obituaries/homer-plessy-overlooked-black-history-month.html

Feature on the Bonhomme Richard:

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200206/historic-portsmouth-still-in-search-of-bonhomme-richard

Pondering Lincoln’s legacy:

https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/bones-found-near-port-angeles-likely-500-1000-years-old/

Another oped twist on the Confederate monuments issue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/opinion/sunday/confederate-monuments-mammy.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Analysis of the 9900 years bp Chan Hol 3 skeleton (and others) from a Yucatan cave:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-year-old-mexican-female-skeleton-distinct.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/p-9mf012920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200205143351.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-skulls-in-a-mexican-cave-reveal-some-surprises-about-early-north-americans
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/02/skeleton-found-in-submerged-mexican-cave-sheds-new-light-on-earliest-people-in-america/

Evidence that Rapa Nui society did not collapse before European contact:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-easter-island-societal-collapse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoo-rrt020520.php

Plans for that Aztec bath house site found last month in Mexico City:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/30/la_serpiente_emplumada/1580414603_031413.html

Studying witchcraft in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/historiadores-brujeria-chile/967496/

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On Bertrand Russell’s thoughts on philosophy and nationalism:

https://aeon.co/essays/philosophy-at-war-nationalism-and-logical-analysis

On the role of Armenian radicals in ‘shaping’ the 20th century:

https://aeon.co/essays/philosophy-at-war-nationalism-and-logical-analysis

Latest hidden figures found beneath a DaVinci painting:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-algorithm-uncover-forgotten-figures-beneath.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7967235/AI-helps-discover-hidden-drawings-Leonardo-DaVinci-mapping-faint-zinc-traces-old-canvas.html

A collection of Dickens items are heading to a London museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/07/treasure-trove-of-effects-goes-to-charles-dickens-museum-in-london

… not sure if these ‘newly discovered’ Dickens documents are included in the above:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51403625
https://theconversation.com/charles-dickens-newly-discovered-documents-reveal-truth-about-his-death-and-burial-130079
https://www.yahoo.com/news/charles-dickens-newly-discovered-documents-230207405.html

More on the Ghent altarpiece:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200201-is-this-the-first-view-of-god-the-father-in-art

Feature on ancient board games:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-board-games-ancient-world-180974094/

Feature on Gabriel Isaac:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Gabriel-Isaac-Gandhis-forgotten-lieutenant-615651

On the role of caffeine in human history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/02/05/caffeine-has-been-a-boon-for-civilization-michael-pollan-says-but-it-has-come-at-a-cost/

On the history of daylight saving time in the UK:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/clocks-go-forward-summer-spring-uk-why-daylight-savings-time-william-willett-benjamin-franklin-a9322201.html

Some random fact about Anne Bronte:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/612436/facts-about-anne-bronte

An NSF grant to create safe and inclusive archaeological field schools:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2020/02/msus-lambert-other-researchers-awarded-nsf-grant-create-safe-inclusive

Feature on the first (!) drag queen:

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/drag-queen-slave-ball/

The Scream is fading:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/arts/design/the-scream-edvard-munch-science.html

Marking the 140th birthday of Franz Marc:

https://www.dw.com/en/franz-marc-the-artist-who-saw-nature-through-a-wilder-than-instagram-filter/a-19089079

Interesting tale of a WWII manuscript theft by two women:

https://theconversation.com/how-two-women-pulled-off-a-medieval-manuscript-heist-in-post-war-germany-130179

More on Beethoven not being as deaf as we thought:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/01/beethoven-not-completely-deaf-says-musicologist

Plans to save some Cherokee Nation seeds in the Svalvard seed vault:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/cherokee-nation-seeds-arctic-vault-svalbard

First connection of Macchiavelli and Trump I’ve seen:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/08/real-power-is-fear-donald-trump-machiavelli-boucheron

Review of Curran, *Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/15/denis-diderot-america-donald-trump

Review of a biography of Leo Tolstoy:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/leo-tolstoy-books-ideas-book-review/

Review of Bowers, *Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/tolkiens-lost-chaucer-john-m-bowers-book-review-mary-c-flannery/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii:

https://www.kxly.com/pompeii-the-immortal-city-to-open-saturday-at-the-mac/
https://www.khq.com/news/pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibit-opens-at-the-mac-saturday/article_f12c29ae-4907-11ea-809d-cfd0079baeb0.html

Gods in Color:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-gods-italy-pitti-palace.html
https://www.dw.com/en/gods-in-color-shining-new-light-on-ancient-statues/a-52240659

At the Feet of the Gods:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200204-shoes-fit-for-the-gods-go-on-display-at-italy-s-pitti-palace
https://www.gulftoday.ae/lifestyle/2020/02/04/sandals-that-tell-tales-of-the-wearer-and-their-greatness-go-on-display-at-italys-pitti-palace

Portraying Pregnancy:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/portraying-pregnancy-foundling-museum-london-review/

Handcrafted:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/02/06/on-exhibit-historical-society-s-handcrafted-spotlights-works-of-folk-artists
https://schenectadyhistorical.org/

Antiquities and the Greek Revolution:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/05/greek-antiquities-meet-19th-century-art-in-exhibition-on-1821-revolution/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249189/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/nam-showcases-antiquities-and-pre-independence-art

Meet Vincent:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-gbr-intl-scli/index.html
https://meetvincent.com/

Cypriot artists:

http://www.startribune.com/45-years-on-lost-masterpieces-see-light-in-split-cyprus/567536932/

St Francis Missal:

https://aleteia.org/2020/02/07/a-prayer-book-belonging-to-st-francis-of-assisi-goes-on-display-in-baltimore/

A possible Nazi-looted painting on display at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/arts/met-art-nazi-loot.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Renovations at the Seattle Asian Art Museum have been completed:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/arts/design/seattle-asian-art-museum.html

Feature on the Mallawi Museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/07/c_138763728.htm

Some of this month’s museum acquisitions:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/acquisitions-february-2020

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Testing stone tools of the type made by homo habilis for strength and durability:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/early-hominins-were-surprisingly-good-engineers/

Using tech to examine mummified cats and other things:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-02-08/seeing-inside-ancient-artefacts-with-xrays/11940152

Folks might be interested in the idea of an ‘artist robot’:

https://elpais.com/economia/2020/01/31/actualidad/1580472914_468275.html

Some different facial reconstructions from statuary:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/01/29/articulo/1580316627_843130.html

On xraying paintings:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/01/29/articulo/1580294198_062123.html

On how assorted technologies are helping archaeologists question long-held theories:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/28/ciencia/1580207818_465849.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A new mummy xray technique:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-mosaic-x-rays-reveal-peruvian-mummy.html

More on DNA being extracted from museum specimens:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200131114741.htm

More on Neanderthal DNA in African populations:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-expands-neanderthals-genetic-legacy-modern-humans-180974099/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bavarian Castles:

https://www.dw.com/en/bavarias-most-popular-castles-and-magnificent-buildings/g-52278136

Granada:

https://www.dw.com/en/europes-most-beautiful-cities-destination-granada/a-51929148

Chania:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/05/strolling-around-the-stunning-old-city-of-chania/

Abbey Inn and Spa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/nyregion/Revolutionary-War-Peekskill-Abbey.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Penelopiad:

https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2020-02-06/step-aside-odysseus-uc-irvine-retells-greek-classic-in-margaret-atwoods-the-penelopiad

Euriydice:

http://dailytrojan.com/2020/02/03/reimagining-eurydice/

Bacchae:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/Guthrie-Theater-Presents-SITI-Companys-Spellbinding-Production-Of-THE-BACCHAE-20200205

Agrippina:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/VIDEO-Get-A-First-Look-At-The-Mets-Agrippina-Come-nube-che-fugge-dal-vento-20200204

1917:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/opinion/1917-movie-world-war-I.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Alan Dershowitz might possess some looted antiquities:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dershowitz-antiquities-art-crime-expert-1772157

An archaeologist is facing jail in Spain over some fake early Christian artifacts he claimed he found years ago:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeologist-accused-forging-jesus-crucifixion-portrayal.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/02/archaeologist-facing-jail-spain-fake-basque-artifacts/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spanish-archaeologist-who-claimed-to-have-discovered-early-depiction-of-crucifixion-is-on-trial-for-fraud-0v9gghmvq
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/02/05/archaeologist-faces-jail-over-ake-discoveries-in-spains-basque-country/

Fines for a family who deliberately damaged the remains of Withybrook medieval village:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/01/family-fined-deliberately-damaging-medieval-village-ruins/

Vague item on an antiquities bust in Ammon:

http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=42478#.XkAmahNPGCg

Metal detectorists were arrested in Preah Vihear:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50687985/antiquities-hunters-arrested-in-preah-vihear

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 Devon museum is resisting repatriation of some Blackfoot relics to Canada:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/02/british-museum-in-repatriation-dispute-over-indigenous-relics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museum-refuses-to-return-tribal-relics-x6vkr9g93
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-royal-albert-memorial-museum-17685948

An English mantel is being returned from New York:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Historic-mantel-heads-to-London-15027552.php
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NUMISMATICA
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I think we mentioned this hoard of Abbasid-era gold coins from Israel:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/yavne-hoard-08084.html

… and this huge Iron Age coin hoard:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/02/detectorists-find-britains-largest-ancient-coin-hoard-discovering/

Feature on bronze Ptolemaic coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-bronze-coinage-of-the-greek-kings-of-ptolemaic-egypt/

Feature on the Athenian Tetradrachm:

https://coinweek.com/dealers-companies/ma-shops/the-athenian-tetradrachm-the-most-iconic-ancient-greek-coin-ma-shops/

A commemorative coin marking the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae (dating issue?):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38825-greece-issues-e2-and-e10-coins-for-2500th-anniversary-of-battle-of-thermopylae.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/03/greece-issues-commemorative-coins-for-2500th-anniversary-of-battle-of-thermopylae/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/04/greece-releases-commemorative-e2-and-e10-coins-for-the-2500th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-thermopylae/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n05.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n06.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Stephen Joyce:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/books/stephen-joyce-dies-at-87-guarded-grandfathers-literary-legacy.html

Hugh Bulley:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/03/hugh-bulley-obituary

George Steiner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/books/george-steiner-dead.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20200204-french-us-critic-george-steiner-dies-aged-90
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/george-steiner-renowned-literary-critic-dies-at-90/2020/02/05/9b8d05a2-4783-11ea-8124-0ca81effcdfb_story.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2943-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-26-through-feb-1-2020
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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.41 ~ February 2, 2020

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,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals in Siberia were long-range nomads, it appears:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-siberian-neanderthals-intrepid-nomads.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/stone-tools-reveal-intrepid-travels-of-the-neanderthals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/siberian-neanderthals-may-have-trekked-2000-miles-away-180974073/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8385-200128-neanderthal-siberia-blades

Spinning it somewhat differently:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/chagyrskaya-neanderthals-08059.html

On the evolution of human intelligence:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-smart-ancestors-isnt-brain-size.html

Feature on the lifestyles of the last Neanderthals (on Gibraltar):

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200128-how-did-the-last-neanderthals-live

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/video-meet-the-denisovans-humans-mysterious-cousins

Pondering the relationship between Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/hominin-species-neanderthals/

More on some of the folks at UIowa who worked on dating a homo erectus settlement on Java:

https://dailyiowan.com/2020/01/28/ui-researcher-international-team-date-the-age-of-homo-erectus-settlement/
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12 000 years bp evidence of facial piercing and other types of body modification from an Olduvai burial (not sure of the date here):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1235348/africa-history-archaeology-science-news-body-modification-anthropology-studies

Connecting climate to human migration in Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200127145455.htm

More on the evidence of early Christianity from Aksum:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/01/26/archaeologists-uncover-new-site-in-east-africa/
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16 Late Period tombs (20 sarcophagi) associated with priests from Al-Ghoreifa:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/362609/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-photos-Communal-tombs-for-high-priests-uncovere.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/mummies-of-high-priests-in-ancient-egypt.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-sarcophagus-dedicated-sky-god-latest.html
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/01/30/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-ancient-tombs-artifacts/2020/01/30/b3089428-438f-11ea-99c7-1dfd4241a2fe_story.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-city-dead-amulets-sarcophagi-canopic-vases-priestly-tombs-thoth-1485030
https://www.ibtimes.sg/communal-tombs-high-priests-about-20-sarcophagi-coffins-uncovered-egypt-38691
https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-archaeologists-unveil-ancient-tombs-183550997.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/31/c_138744227.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8395-200131-tombs-priests-egypt

Latest ‘cold case’ research suggests the 2600 years bp mummy known as Takabuti was stabbed to death:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/shocking-truth-behind-takabutis-death-revealed/
https://www.livescience.com/egypt-mummy-murdered-with-knife.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2600-year-old-mummy-died-violent-backstabbing-180974066/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8388-200129-egypt-mummy-analyzed

OpEd calling for observation of the Sphinx’s sun alignment:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/will-we-celebrate-the-sphinxs-sun-alignment/

I think we mentioned Zahi Hawass’ campaign to repatriate some Egyptian items:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Archaeologist-Launches-Repatriation-Campaign-for-Egyptian-Treasures-616033

… and he’s now saying Cleopatra’s tomb is under water in Alexandria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/30/actualidad/1580409463_692994.html

More on that ‘reconstruction’ of a mummy’s voice:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Voice-of-mummified-ancient-Egyptian-priest-brought-back-to-life-615495
https://hyperallergic.com/539573/attempts-to-reconstruct-a-mummys-voice-are-cursed/

An 8000 years bp carved donkey bone from Catal Hoyuk:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C80530%2Cunique-bone-figurine-discovered-one-worlds-oldest-cities.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8396-200131-catalhoyuk-donkey-bone

Concerns for Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/worlds-oldest-temple-commercialized-with-films.html

More on that 10 000 years bp hunting camp site in Lebanon:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-anthropologists-confirm-existence-prehistoric-sheep-hunting-camp-lebanon
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122150006.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8390-200129-lebanon-prehistoric-camp

A ‘royal estate’ associated with the Omride dynasty from Horvat Tevet:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-royal-estate-that-served-biblical-kings-found-in-northern-israel-1.8464444
https://www.foxnews.com/science/ancient-royal-estate-biblical-kings-israel

Nice collection of articles etc. relating to the Huqoq Excavation Project:

http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/reports/

Feature on Philip Hammond’s work in Petra:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/veteran-archaeologist-hammonds-role-unraveling-petras-past-remembered

Feature on dogs in Neolithic Jordan:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/neolithic-canine

Feature on ancient Nabataean irrigation:

https://www.greenprophet.com/2020/01/learning-the-art-of-ancient-irrigation-the-nabatean-way/

Feature on evidence for Noah’s flood:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/the-search-for-noahs-flood/
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A ‘new’ building found at the site of Epidaurus’ Asklepion:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/new-building-found-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-sensaional-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38725-sensational-archaic-era-building-discovered-at-epidaurus-asclepieion-in-greece.html

Roman structural remains from a hotel site in Spain:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/01/27/roman-ruins-found-on-site-of-highly-anticipated-ikos-andalucia-hotel-on-spains-costa-del-sol/

Feature on the folks digging at Pylos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248847/article/ekathimerini/life/bonds-of-friendship-formed-at-pylos-archaeological-dig

Suggestion that Romans invented the hamburger:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/romans-may-invented-hamburger/

Feature on St Augustine:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43340/20200127/saint-augustine-the-bishop-who-brought-christianity-to-the-roman-empire.htm

Connecting Odysseus to the origins of Lisbon:

https://www.portugalresident.com/odysseus-ophiussa-and-the-origin-of-lisbon/

Feature on Hercules’ labours:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/12-labors-hercules.htm

On Greeks who shaped the Latin alphabet:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/02/the-unknown-story-of-the-greeks-who-shaped-the-latin-alphabet/

Hyping a talk about digs on various Cycladic islands:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248920/article/ekathimerini/life/progress-of-island-excavations-to-be-presented-in-athens

Mary Beard was contemplating the nude:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-shock-of-the-nude/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7936401/Artworks-female-nude-just-soft-porn-elite-says-classicist-Dame-Mary-Beard.html

… and getting reactions:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/29/mary-beard-should-stop-fretting-nudity-show-imagination/

… and more:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/31/mary-beard-sits-for-naked-portrait-in-new-bbc-programme
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/classicist-mary-beard-explains-why-230000089.html

What Gregory Aldrete is up to:

https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/faculty-staff/01/27/faculty-note-prof-gregory-aldrete-publishes-video-lecture-analyzing-roman-movies/

Mila Green was talking about the Roman diet:

http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_c3d43f7c-43cc-11ea-a4eb-4f9015f8d06d.html

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/lord-heseltine-could-launch-a-farage-style-fight-back/

Rick LaFleur explains the Classical connections in assorted news this week:

https://www.apalachtimes.com/opinion/20200129/secret-lives-of-words-crab-nebula-cankers-and-cranks

Nice feature on Madeline Miller’s books:

https://bookriot.com/2020/01/28/madeline-millers-books-deepened-my-appreciation-for-greek-mythology/

The ACE people were presenting at the British Museum:

http://aceclassics.org.uk/ace-world-of-the-hero-event-at-the-british-museum/

Announcing the Pompeii Artistic Landscape project:

https://isaw.nyu.edu/events/pompeii-artistic-landscape-project

Some ClassCon associated with Kobe Bryant:

https://people.com/sports/remembering-kobe-bryant-inside-life-legacy-sports-icon-doting-dad/

Feature (video) on Baiae:

https://www.wfaa.com/video/tech/science/amaze-lab/this-ancient-sunken-city-was-once-the-las-vegas-of-the-roman-empire/609-b02deddf-bc0a-43d7-9aa2-25b0b2c135dc

Greece believes Brexit will strengthen support for the Parthenon Marbles’ return:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-britain-marbles/brexit-will-strengthen-european-support-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-minister-idUSKBN1ZT1XF
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249029/article/ekathimerini/news/brexit-will-strengthen-european-support-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-minister

Feature on why Classics is good for kids:

https://unherd.com/2020/01/why-kids-today-need-a-classical-education/

On ancient Rome and post-Brexit tourism:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51279876

Ancient Greek literature is popular in China, apparently:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38752-greek-literature-appeals-to-massive-china-book-market.html

It’s that time of year when we get explanations of Roman numerals:

https://www.newsweek.com/super-bowl-roman-numerals-nfl-tradition-explained-1484403

Stephen Fry is turning his myth book into a musical:

https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/18200511.stephen-fry-announces-musical-project-based-book-greek-mythology/
https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/classical_music/stephen-fry-to-release-first-album-on-decca-with-composer-debbie-wiseman/

Someone has made a Via Egnatia app:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/01/28/via-egnatia-new-tourism-app-promote-macedonia-thrace/

What ‘The Good Place’ owes to the Romans:

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2020/01/29/what-the-philosophical-comedy-of-the-good-place-owes-to-the-romans

More on Meninx and purple dye:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html

More on the purported skull of Pliny the Elder:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-skull-might-belong-pliny-elder-180974055/
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/pliny-the-elder-pompeii-vesuvius-death-pliny-the-younger-ancient-rome-a9308706.html

More on the wall collapse in Colchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-seen-working-city-walls-17603046
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8365-200120-england-chester-wall

More on brain vitrification at Pompeii:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/614980/vesuvius-victims-brain-turned-to-glass
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/scientists-say-heat-from-mount-vesuvius-turned-a-victim-s-brain-into-glass

Applying the Melian dialogue to the impeachment trial:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/How-a-Greek-war-2-500-years-ago-applies-to-15010247.php

This is the first I’ve ever heard of a ‘Tacitus trap’:

https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/wuhan-coronavirus-and-the-tacitus-trap/

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An Iron Age warrior burial found during house construction near Chichester:

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/national/3033857/rare-2000-year-old-grave-of-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-west-sussex/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/sword-reveals-iron-age-warriors-who-resisted-rome-2vwcd2sfc
https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/29/grave-of-ancient-iron-age-warrior-unearthed-in-incredibly-rare-discovery-12137943/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/incredibly-rare-2000-year-old-21377893

Remains of a possible Anglo-Saxon monastery site in Bath:

https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/anglo-saxon-buildings-bath-discovered-abbey-renovations-88298/
https://www.livescience.com/lost-monastery-discovered-england-first-king-coronation.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-oldest-anglo-saxon-structures-bath-180974097/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8384-200128-bath-anglo-saxon

I think we mentioned these four medieval warrior burials from Poland:

https://www.somagnews.com/mysterious-tombs-medieval-warriors-revealed-secrets/

A medieval (probably) shipwreck in the Vistula river:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C80428%2Chow-boat-massive-centuries-old-shipwreck-found-bottom-river-vistula.html
https://www.newsweek.com/underwater-archaeologists-shipwreck-wwii-bridge-1484177
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8391-200130-poland-vistula-river

A crate of Judaica items found under a synagogue in Poland (date?):

https://www.livescience.com/judaica-buried-artifacts-polish-synagogue.html
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/archaeologists-unearth-crate-of-historic-judaica-items-under-synagogue-in/article_cdb58213-d211-5ee7-81f1-77da65720189.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8389-200129-poland-synagogue-artifacts

Plans for a survey of the seabed off Jersey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51299755

Mystery shallow burial of 40+ skeletons with their hands tied behind their backs from Milton Keynes:

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/retro/exclusive-more-40-bodies-found-buried-under-building-site-near-milton-keynes-1378087
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10839828/mystery-42-bodies-found-milton-keynes/

Plans for that medieval shipwreck found off Newport:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51187955

Charles I’s ‘execution shirt’ is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/30/shirt-worn-by-charles-i-for-his-execution-to-go-on-display-in-london?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-is-stained-execution-shirt-go-display-180974103/

Restoration work on Nicosia’s collapsed Venetian walls has started:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/27/work-starts-on-nicosias-collapsed-venetian-walls/

Restoration of Richard III’s ‘family church’ at Fotheringhay is complete:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-51299155

Latest on the wreck of the London in the Thames Estuary:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-essex-51286343/race-against-time-to-save-london-shipwreck-in-thames-estuary

Not sure what’s being revealed here in Malta:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2020-01-26/local-news/Residents-say-more-archaeological-remains-unearthed-during-Central-Link-excavations-6736218892

How rum came to Flensburg (Germany):

https://www.dw.com/en/strong-drink-in-the-far-north-how-rum-came-to-flensburg/a-47164766

Feature on the history of Swansea’s copperworks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51310056

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.wfae.org/post/when-tide-goes-out-mudlarks-dig-thames-search-history

Hyping a program on ‘Britain’s Pompeii’:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1236678/archaeology-news-britain-pompeii-fens-cambridgeshire-bronze-age-beads-spt

More on the burials (including a priest) found at Lincoln Cathedral:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/29/rare-burial-site-of-priest-discovered-under-english-cathedral/

More on the medieval cesspit found beneath the Courtauld Gallery:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/26/medieval-treasures-sludge-cesspit-london
https://londonist.com/london/history/medieval-cesspit-somerset-house-courtauld
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-artifacts-found-london-cesspit-180974069/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8387-200128-london-medieval-cesspit
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Evidence of ‘hot pot’ creation at sites along the Amur River dating between 12 000 and 16 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoy-hph013120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-hot-pots-ancient-siberian-hunters.html

A possible Kushan site (2000 years bp) from Fatehabad:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/haryana-finds-2000-year-old-very-potential-site-of-kushan-era-6245951/
https://in.news.yahoo.com/haryana-finds-2-000-old-092207850.html

I think we mentioned this medieval sun god statue/relief find from Ambari:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/sun-god-emerges-from-earth-at-cotton-varsity/articleshow/73573399.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8381-200127-india-assam-sculpture

India has identified five ‘iconic’ sites which will be developed:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/explained-five-iconic-archaeological-sites-110415056.html
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/budget-2020-whats-special-about-the-5-archaeological-sites-that-will-be-developed-as-iconic-sites/548264

More on concerns for petroglyph sites in Australia in the wake of fires in New South Wales:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/02/grave-fears-held-for-thousands-of-rock-art-sites-after-bushfires-lay-bare-irrevocable-damage

More on evidence for banana cultivation and consumption some 3000 years bp on Pacific islands:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/university-of-otago/ancient-teeth-provide-clues-mystery
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200123095852.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8383-200127-vanuatu-banana-plaque

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500-1000 years bp human remains from near Port Angeles:

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/ancient-human-remains-found-olympic-discovery-trail-clallam-county/281-1d051e3a-641f-474e-840c-419c31ad4f58
https://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/bones-found-near-port-angeles-likely-500-1000-years-old/

Remains of a 19th century settlement along the Manatee River that was a slave refuge:

https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article239752463.html

A ‘Bermuda Triangle’ (why?) shipwreck find off St Augustine:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-wreckage-ship-tied-bermuda-triangle.html
https://www.staugustine.com/news/20200129/bermuda-triangle-shipwreck-located-near-st-augustine

Abstract of an article on early metallurgy in Alaska:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00438243.2019.1708785

Skull analysis suggests a rather diverse group were among the first to settle in North America (9000-13 000 years bp):

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-skulls-story-settlers.html
https://www.livescience.com/skulls-from-first-north-americans-diverse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/osu-ast012320.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-ena012220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200129143344.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-skulls-early-settlers-north-america-scientists-1484918
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-skulls-from-mexico-surprisingly-diverse
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/four-of-north-americas-oldest-human-skulls-dont-look-much-alike
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8393-200130-north-america-skulls

Some major Cahokia revisionism based on archaeology:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/01/27/new-study-debunks-myth-of-cahokias-native-american-lost-civilization/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc–nsd012720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-debunks-myth-cahokia-native-american.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200127145457.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/ancient-poop-reveals-what-happened-after-the-fall-of-cahokia/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-human-faeces-dispel-the-myth-of-cahokia-s-lost-civilisation
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/native-americans-abandoned-cahokias-massive-mounds-but-the-story-doesnt-end

… related:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/805765

Arguing about the age of the mounds at LSU:

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/letters/article_7d75d120-4134-11ea-b48d-cbf9a5b17c96.html

Renovations in store for Susan B. Anthony’s childhood home:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/susan-b-anthonys-childhood-home-getting-renovated-180974088/

Feature on doing underwater archaeology in Lake Minnetonka:

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/lakeshore_weekly/news/how-minnesota-s-only-underwater-archaeologists-find-wrecks-in-lake/article_3f5a536e-ad80-5fd0-b955-3372672a7ee9.html

Feature on preserving African-American history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/03/the-fight-to-preserve-african-american-history

Feature on the Erie Canal:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/01/28/800025377/the-erie-canal-as-a-model-of-how-to-build-big-projects-again

Feature on Toltec Mounds:

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jan/28/toltec-mounds-hold-hundreds-of-years-of/

More on that 12 500 years bp Paleoindian site in Avon:

https://www.postbulletin.com/news/nation/after-uncovering–year-old-site-in-avon-conn-years/article_c157bc1c-42c6-11ea-bb9e-6bcc84cbbec6.html
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/nation/after-uncovering–year-old-site-in-avon-conn-years/article_6c6d8306-218c-50cf-9f93-80c0c5140b79.html

More on that Civil War-era ‘witch bottle’ find from Virginia:

https://www.livescience.com/witch-bottle-civil-war.html
https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-witch-bottle-20200201-tsxnybcse5gqfnh2yfvkvsvbui-story.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/witch-bottle-used-to-ward-off-evil-spirits-found-at-us-civil-war-fort/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-witch-bottle-full-nails-found-virginia-180974058/
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A 2000 years bp inscribed monolith from northern Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/peru-ancient-monolith-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8392-200130-peru-monolith-scan

More on that 14th century ‘steambath’ from Mexico City:

https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/14th-century-steambath-discovered-in-mexico-city/

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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How archaeologists know where to dig:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-archaeologists-know-where-to-dig

Feature on Spain’s Joaldunak festival:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/AP-PHOTOS-Ancient-carnival-in-Spain-wards-off-15023838.php

Linking archaeology and the natural sciences:

https://www.israel21c.org/archeology-doesnt-belong-in-the-past-says-israeli-expert/

A history of playing cards:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/01/30/articulo/1580391494_442459.html

Pondering who owns art recovered from shipwrecks:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-asks-who-owns-art-shipwreck-180974081/

Some folks have created a game-based virtual archaeology field school:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoia-tcg012920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-team-game-based-virtual-archaeology-field.html

A number of items were seized from the Brussels Art Fair:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/92396/around-30-works-of-art-seized-from-brussels-art-fair-exhibition-insult-merchants-suspicious/

An early entry in the origins of April Fool’s day items:

https://parade.com/985732/kelseypelzer/april-fools-day-origin/

On the history of quarantines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51308542

On the history of toilets:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-earliest-toilets-say-about-how-human-civilization-has-evolved

In case you’re wondering about Notre Dame’s bees:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/31/they-survived-fire-and-lead-poisoning-so-what-happened-next-to-notre-dames-bees-aoe

On trying to solve ancient mathematical problems:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/tales-of-impossibility-david-s-richeson

A missing football trophy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/sports/football/super-bowl-trophy-lost.html

The University of California has cancelled its Elsevier subscription (!):

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00758-x?sf208724643=1

What was happening around the world 100 years ago:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/01/1920-photos-100-years-ago/605794/

Feature on the Yeti in Nepal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51192640

Beethoven was able to hear his final symphony, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/01/beethoven-not-completely-deaf-says-musicologist

Isaac Newton wrote some of his manuscripts in Greek:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/01/29/part-of-isaac-newtons-manuscripts-were-written-in-greek/

On Venice’s oldest coffee house:

https://www.wantedinmilan.com/news/venice-worlds-oldest-coffee-house-celebrates-300-years.html

Belfast’s opera house is getting some renovation work:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51281886

Humans aren’t always to blame for genetic diversity loss:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/humans-not-always-to-blame-for-genetic-diversity-loss

Latest attempt to address sexual harassment in archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoa-api012920.php

Feature on the discovery of Antarctica:

https://www.livescience.com/antarctica-discovered-200-years-ago-exploration.html

More on the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/arts/design/mystic-lamb-ghent-altarpiece-van-eyck.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/29/actualidad/1580315625_523631.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/29/iraqi-discoveries-help-shed-light-on-british-museum-treasures
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1620656/art-culture
https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/ancient-iraq-new-discoveries

Arte del Mar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/arts/design/arte-del-mar-caribbean-art.html

Desert Empires:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/arts/design/sahel-review-metropolitan-museum.html

Chagall and the Greek World:

https://www.monaco-tribune.com/en/2020/01/video-exhibition-marc-chagall-and-the-greek-world/

North Bersted Man:

https://www.bognor.co.uk/education/who-mystery-warrior-noviums-north-bersted-man-exhibition-reveals-secrets-iron-age-warrior-1380131

Pregnancy Portraits:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/31/great-expectations-arts-struggle-to-depict-pregnancy
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/portraying-pregnancy-exhibition-the-founding-museum-wellness/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/26/799629311/london-museum-explores-5-centuries-of-pregnancy-portraits
https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/portraying-pregnancy/

Items from George Way’s collection are going to various museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/arts/design/george-way-collection.html

Mesara has a new archaeological museum:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/archaeological-museum-of-mesara-opens/224886/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/28/islands-of-the-winds-exhibition-opens-new-archaeological-museum-of-mesara/

More on the fire in the Museum of Chinese in America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-likely-destroyed-85000-relics-held-museum-chinese-america-180974061/
https://gothamist.com/news/museum-chinese-america-archives-very-much-salvageable-after-fire
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Picasso’s granddaughter is selling a bunch of his works:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/picassos-granddaughter-auction-trove-works-paper-cut-outs-drawings/

A preview of an upcoming ancient coin auction:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/ancient-coin-previews-from-tauler-and-fau-auction-50/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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This seems to be a new (?) method of using isotopes in tooth enamel to determine geographic origins of ancient humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoa-rdm012820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200128142749.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-method-geographic-ancient-humans.html

On digital approaches to papyrus research:

https://medium.com/sci-five-university-of-basel/solving-ancient-puzzles-73dfaab76b92
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest find is that some African populations have Neanderthal ancestry:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-modern-africans-europeans-neanderthal-ancestry.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/pu-nsi012420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200130112000.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/30/neanderthal-genes-found-for-first-time-in-african-populations
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/science/neanderthal-dna-africa.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-genetic-analysis-reveals-modern-africans-have-some-neandertal-dna
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/everyone-has-neanderthal-dna-in-their-genome-new-genetic-analysis-shows
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8394-200131-africa-neanderthal-dna

… and the Neanderthal genes suggest an earlier migration from Africa, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/science/ancient-dna-africa.html

On extracting DNA from museum samples:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dna-museum-samples-reveal-genetic.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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A walk through Jerusalem on a newly-opened wall:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/golgotha-to-the-six-day-war-stroll-through-time-on-a-newly-opened-old-city-wall/

Tunis:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200125-why-tunis-could-be-the-new-rome

Hadrian’s Villa:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/hadrians-villa-in-tivoli.html

Pantheon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-pantheon-is-italys-top-tourist-site.html

Sicily:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/travel/2020/01/31/sicily-cultural-sites-among-most-visited_7883b4dc-323c-437e-8704-c42a43179a0b.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Odyssey:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/01/aquila-theatre-delivers-subpar-odyssey/

Medea:

https://observer.com/2020/01/medea-bam-rose-byrne-bobby-cannavale-review/
http://phindie.com/20964-nyc-medea-bam-euripides-should-sue/
http://www.playbill.com/article/medea-starring-rose-byrne-and-bobby-cannavale-opens-at-bam
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CRIME BEAT
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Cybercrime hits a museum in Holland:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/31/actualidad/1580468885_936048.html

An attempt to rob an antiquities store in Saqqara was foiled:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/police-foil-attempt-to-rob-unlisted-saqqara-antiquities-store-with-12-mummies/

On that attempt to steal a copy of the Magna Carta a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/27/bystanders-and-glass-case-foiled-plot-to-steal-magna-carta-court-told-salisbury-cathedral
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51264116
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51315721

Plenty of coins found in the home of an ‘antiquities robber’ in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/275159
https://www.timesofisrael.com/coins-from-5th-century-bce-found-in-trove-seized-from-home-of-antiquities-thief/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/arab-antiquities-thief-caught-with-232-ancient-coins/2020/01/27/

Some items stolen from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum have been recovered in Washington state:

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200201/ancient-mystery-who-stole-haffenreffer-museum-artifacts

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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More on that Columbus letter being returned to Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/23/us/christopher-columbus-stolen-copy-letter-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8386-200128-columbus-plannck-letter
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NUMISMATICA
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That Jersey Iron Age coin hoard found back in 2012 is ‘record breaking’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-51327021

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n05.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2941-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-19-through-january-25-2020
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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.39 ~ January 19, 2020

 

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,
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, 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).
Some corrections from last week’s edition:

A report in Jordan times about the return of the world’s oldest chess piece suggested it
had been requested; John Oleson has informed us that he offered to return it voluntarily:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

An ongoing copy/paste issue erroneously put the wrong link for an article on posca; sadly,
I can’t seem to find the correct one, so in lieu of (thanks to Ken Berry for catching it):

https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Interesting study suggests Neanderthals may have been diving for shells for toolmaking purposes 100 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-beach-combing-neanderthals-dove-shells.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-nwu010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140458.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/15/neanderthals-dived-for-shells-to-make-tools-research-suggests
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51128639
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/science/neanderthals-swimming-diving.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertals-dove-harvested-clamshells-tools-near-italy-shores
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/shell-fishing-neanderthals-08023.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8358-200116-neanderthal-shell-tools

Studying tool design at Olduvai:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8352-200114-olduvai-stone-tools

Assorted dates for skulls and other items from Kaldar Cave (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/444257/Sorbonne-experts-confirm-fossilized-skull-found-in-Iran-belongs

Early hominids could handle eating ‘hard plant foods’ (e.g. nuts) without damaging their teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/wuis-git011620.php

Feature on what may have been the last community of Neanderthals (31 000 years bp!):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/in-russias-far-north-a-lone-group-of-neanderthals-may-have-been-the-last-of

More on homo erectus reaching indonesia some 1.3 million years bp:

http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/homo-erectus-java-08013.html

More on early humans roasting veggies:

http://theconversation.com/how-we-deduced-that-our-ancestors-liked-roast-vegetables-too-129629

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AFRICA
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Feature on the Nieuw Haarlem shipwreck and its effects:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200113-the-shipwreck-that-forever-changed-south-africa

Feature on precolonial African history:

https://aeon.co/essays/liberating-the-precolonial-history-of-africa

Feature on the first inhabitants of the Canary islands:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0802763/the-puzzling-origins-of-the-mysterious-guanches-civilisation
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Overviewish thing on a Brazilian mission’s digs in the Theban Necropolis:

https://anba.com.br/en/brazilian-mission-in-egypt-unearths-well-in-theban-tomb/

Feature on the Book of Two Ways:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-afterlife-guidebook-a9276926.html

Concerns for the preservation of a Ramsesses II statue aren’t as serious as presented, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79762/Ashmawy-Ramsees-II-statue-is-a-reproduced-one

Documentary hype about the people who mined Tut’s gold:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1229332/egypt-tutankhamun-saatchi-clue-kv62-valley-kings-eastern-desert-sahara-spt

4500 years bp ‘baby bottles’ from Norik Mound in Turkey’s Bingol province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/13/rare-4500-year-old-baby-bottles-discovered-in-bingol-eastern-turkey

A set of ten rock inscriptions depicting Sargon II from Kurdistan:

http://www.aina.org/news/20200115185153.htm
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/cd87152e-5db2-481a-a5c5-70d573e41ef5
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/extremely-rare-assyrian-carvings-discovered-in-iraq/ar-BBZ4kfr?li=BBnbfcL
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8361-200117-iraq-assyrian-reliefs

… good photos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/italian-and-kurdish-archaeologists-on.html

Feature on megadrought leading to the demise of the Assyrian Empire:

https://eos.org/articles/megadrought-helped-topple-the-assyrian-empire

More on that colossal statue from the theatre in Amman:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/842-colossal-ammonite-statue-discovered-in-amman

More on that 3000 years bp Hebrew ‘nametag’ found on a wine jar at Abel Beth Macah:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/27238/
https://www.livescience.com/yahweh-jar-found-biblical-city.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/3000-year-old-hebrew-inscription-discovered/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/a-single-word-on-an-ancient-jar-could-upend-historians-understanding-of-the-borders-of-biblical-israel/

More on that ‘measuring table’ find being associated with the marketplace in the City of David:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/market-along-jerusalems-pilgrimage-road-found/

Interviews with Scott Stripling about his work at Shiloh:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-at-shiloh-archaeologist-finds-artifacts-hinting-at-biblical-tabernacle/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/altar-horns-ceramic-pomegranates-and-other-evidence-of-the-ancient-jewish-sanctuary-at-shiloh/

An interview with Kara Cooney:

https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/books-tv-and-radio/quick-qa-dr-kara-cooney

Feature on Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Megiddo-a-hidden-paradise-of-history-and-greenery-in-the-heart-of-Israel-614267

Feature on Berenice (and her relationship with Titus):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-jewish-princess-who-almost-became-a-roman-empress-and-the-enduring-anti-semitic-fears-of-her-opponents/

… and linking the story to ‘replacement theory’:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/296616/berenice-rome-replacement-theory
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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50 Roman burials (many seem to be slaves) from a site in Somerset (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/50-roman-burials-discovered-in-england.html

A possible Roman military site from the Sinai:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egyptian-diggers-stumble-ancient-military-site-sinai-1333073

Roman-era burials from a stadium field in Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-tombs-found-in-stadium-field-in-denizli-151055

Remains of a Roman water system near Khor Virap (Armenia):

http://asbarez.com/190534/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aqueduct-near-khor-virap/

Another ‘gladiator chamber’ from the Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/another_gladiator_chamber_found_at_the_roman_amphitheatre_in_cartagena_1272887-a.html

Nice overview of a survey of the site of Djerba, which revealed inter alia, a purple dye processing centre:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trail-purple-tracking-ancient-routes.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8359-200116-djerba-meninx-survey

Possible evidence of Roman use of Chinese medicine:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-put-their-faith-in-remedies-from-china-76wcjgkgr
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7889575/Ancient-Romans-used-traditional-Chinese-medicines.html

Private building work contributed to a collapse of a section of Chester’s Roman wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/17/roman-wall-collapses-chester-private-building-work
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/heartbreaking-pictures-shows-chesters-roman-17586051
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/part-chester-walls-collapses-rain-17586612

Plans to dig year-round at Zeugma:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-black-seas-zeugma-to-continue-all-year-round-151045

I *think* this must be documentary hype about the Roman massacre of Britons near Maiden Castle:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1229946/archaeology-news-ancient-roman-battleground-maiden-castle-dorset-discovery-spt
https://www.ibtimes.sg/roman-conquest-britain-beset-brutal-suppression-reveal-skulls-blunted-brutal-injuries-37926

Storms damaged some sites in Bisri (Lebanon):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2020/Jan-13/499144-culture-ministry-says-storms-responsible-for-damage-to-bisri-archaeological-sites.ashx

Climate concerns for Magna fort on Hadrian’s wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/magna-fort-hadrians-wall-vindolanda-17570462

“Mad Honey” apparently didn’t end with Mithridates VI:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/16/creating-a-buzz-turkish-beekeepers-risk-life-and-limb-to-make-mad-honey

An interview with Adrienne Mayor about those recent ‘Amazon’ finds in Russia:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/12/795661047/remains-of-ancient-female-fighters-discovered
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/01/14/amazon-women-archaeology-myths

Feature on Jonathan Shay’s work with PTSD and the Iliad:

https://www.recorder.com/Effects-of-war-unchanged-over-2-700-years-31911491

An NEH fellowship for Nathanael Stein:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2020/01/14/fsu-philosophy-professor-wins-coveted-neh-fellowship/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/280303/fsu-professor-receives-neh-grant-to-complete-book-on-aristotle/

ASCSA honours for Susan Rotroff:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/susan-i-rotroff-68-receives-award-american-school-classical-studies-athens

Feature on women translating Classics:

https://theweek.com/articles/872174/what-happens-when-women-translate-classics

An extract from Daisy Dunn’s bio of Pliny:

https://spectator.us/shadow-vesuvius-daisy-dunn/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/how-a-militaristic-goddess-became-the-venus-of-western-art/

Feature on Classics and working class Brits:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Feature on the Letavica underwater site (a recent find?):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/40901-letavica

Feature on the Piazza Navona stadium remains:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-piazza-navonas-underground-stadium.html

Feature on Oeniadae:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/156120/the-ancient-city-of-oeniadae/

Feature on Themyscira:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/themyscira-the-longest-running-utopia-in-comics

Feature on ‘Ancient Olympic Superstars’:

http://thesportjournal.org/article/ancient-olympic-superstars-and-the-remarkable-skills-they-could-teach-todays-athletes/

There were a few features (all different) on Latin this week:

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4854988-Jim-Heffernan-column-It%E2%80%99s-time-to-brush-up-on-your-Latin
https://www.atholdailynews.com/At-Athol-High-School-Latinum-non-est-mortuus-31820632
https://www.rd.com/culture/latin-dead-language-why-taught-schools/

They’re making plans for the Roman archaeological remains in York:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/18155597.plans-submitted-world-class-roman-attraction-york/

More on Minoan monkeys:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-greek-monkey-mystery-gave-important.html
http://theconversation.com/how-we-solved-the-greek-monkey-mystery-and-found-an-important-clue-to-bronze-age-world-129576
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A medieval padlock find from Lair (Scotland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51033096
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-padlock-hints-prosperity-pictish-farmers-180973976/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8363-200117-scotland-medieval-padlock

A major 16th century coin hoard from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/coins-s%C4%83bie%C5%9Fti-jan-2020

A 19th century time capsule (?) from the Old Synagogue in Wieliczka:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781

Archaeologists are calling for a survey of a proposed new home site in Cross Road:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/new-homes-site-needs-excavating-220002/

A project to look at burials on Orkney’s North Isles:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/secret-of-ancient-burial-tombs-on-orkney-s-north-isles-to-be-revealed-1-5074304

Confirmation that the Gjellstad Viking ship burial does date to Viking times:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/01/17/confirmed-norways-gjellestad-ship-is-from-the-viking-age/#26dbeb579bb2

Feature on five finds made in Kent since 2018:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/kents-remarkable-archaeological-finds-220033/

Latest from Sutton Hoo:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/sutton-hoo-redevelopment/

Latest HS2 and archaeology piece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-upheaval-of-hs2-is-manna-for-treasure-hungry-archaeologists-m3qh8g9sd

A pair of rings found a while ago belonged to ‘higher status’ people, according to the PAS:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51065410

Feature on Flag Fen:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1228357/archaeology-news-entrance-another-world-found-flag-fen-peterborough-francis-pryor-spt

Funding to ‘revamp’ Larnaca’s Zouhouri market:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/14/e2-9m-revamp-for-larnacas-historic-zouhouri-market/

Remembering a tour guide’s find of a Viking hoard at Dunmore Cave 20 years ago:

https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/know-tour-guide-found-hoard-priceless-viking-treasure-cleaning-litter-kilkenny-177127

More on that 2600 years bp preserved brain tissue:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43158/20200112/the-well-kept-secrets-of-a-mysterious-2-600-year-old-brain-in-england-has-just-been-uncovered.htm

More on orientation of Neolithic structures in Eastern Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8356-200115-neolithic-pseudo-neglect
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Butchered bones of a mammoth from Siberia have been dated to 21 000 years bp:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/arctic-island-woolly-mammoth-shows-strongest-evidence-yet-of-human-slaughter-and-butchering/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8354-200115-beringia-mammoth-bones

4200 years bp wheel ruts from Henan:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2020-01-13/detail-ifzsqcrm6564630.shtml

The occupant of a 1000 years bp royal burial in Inner Mongolia has been identified:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-01-14/detail-ifzsqcrm6565548.shtml

Inscriptions confirm the presence of a pair of medieval Buddhist monasteries at Moghalmari:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A ‘donkey curse stone’ from Talangana:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A 10th century statue from the Mahasamund jungle:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/10th-century-statue-found-in-mahasamund-jungle.html

Overviewish thing on a dig at the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeologists-suggest-restoring-canal-surrounding-ancient-citadel/167349.vnp

A stone wall at Gifu Castle is being connected iwth Oda Nobunaga:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ202001100032.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8350-200113-japan-gifu-castle

More on Aboriginal ‘cultural burning’:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/19/right-fire-for-right-future-how-cultural-burning-can-protect-australia-from-catastrophic-blazes
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NORTH AMERICA
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Assorted finds from various periods during irrigation construction in Newport News:

https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-newport-news-archaeology-dig-supervision-20200112-4cis3xkeuzej3mxggcr7l75b2q-story.html

Anthropology students have doumented an Anasazi Pueblo site in New Mexico:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1409177/anthropology-students-are-first-to-map-anasazi-pueblo.html

Feature on evidence of a Native American presence on the site of Washington, D.C.:

https://www.voanews.com/usa/native-americans-were-original-residents-nations-capital

Feature on a possible slave cemetery near/on the Kansas City International Airport:

https://www.flatlandkc.org/curiouskc/question-everything/questions-answered/unearthing-the-truth-about-slave-burial-sites-at-kci/

Garage construction revealed a 19th century ‘refrigerator’ in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-ice-well-annapolis-0116-20200117-d2somqu6yrcufkiie4pbtltc4m-story.html

Assorted 19th century remains at a hotel construction site in Mississauga:

https://www.insauga.com/archaeological-artifacts-found-at-site-of-a-proposed-hotel-in-mississauga

Remains of a 19th century waterfront neighbourhood in Seattle:

https://mynorthwest.com/1670997/wsdot-archaeologist/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8362-200117-washington-seattle-waterfront

Feature on Native American artifacts found at Aquebogue over the years:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/01/15/native-american-artifacts-tell-the-story-of-life-in-aquebogue-thousands-of-years-ago/

Andrew Johnson’s home is a tourist draw in Tennessee, apparently:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/13/795269998/in-tennessee-tourists-rediscover-the-first-president-who-was-impeached

Something is going on with the Arizona Archaeological Council:

https://tucson.com/news/local/political-dispute-threatens-existence-of-arizona-archaeological-council/article_dae61109-dae9-55a5-ae8b-26d96fafb537.html

Marking the centennial of prohibition in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/opinion/prohibition-anniversary-100.html

Review of Steven Inskeep, *Imperfect Union*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/books/review-imperfect-union-steve-inskeep-jessie-john-fremont-civil-war.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of research suggesting a Pachacamac idol from Peru was originally ‘symbolically painted’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-pio010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140500.htm
https://www.livescience.com/inca-deity-colors-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru-180973996/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/x-rays-reveal-the-faded-colors-of-a-1300-year-old-inca-idol/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8360-200117-peru-pachacamac-idol

Remains of a pre-Hispanic settlement (and more) from a Mexico City neighbourhood:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-find-foundations-of-pre-hispanic-home/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8357-200116-mexico-mexicapan-house

More on that gold looted by Cortez and found in Mexico:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-bar-looted-aztec-treasure.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1227789/archaeology-news-aztec-discovery-hernan-cortes-spain-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-bar-once-belonged-aztec-emperor-moctezuma-180973959/

More on the veracity of Columbus’ ‘cannibal’ claims:

https://www.livescience.com/are-columbus-carib-cannibal-claims-true.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8353-200114-bahamas-carib-skulls
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A large number of rare biblical texts have been put online:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discovering-sacred-texts-online-614274

… as have artworks from a number of collections in Paris:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-download-images-100000-artworks-prominent-paris-museums-180973964/

Feature on the beginnings of the alphabet:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Alphabet-The-First-Thousand-Years

Why there are seven days in a week:

http://theconversation.com/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week-128761
https://neoskosmos.com/en/156090/how-the-days-of-the-week-got-their-name/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week

Feature on assorted ‘experimental communities’ in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/t-magazine/intentional-communities.html

A possible Durer in the Vienna Cathedral’s gift shop:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-discovered-vienna-cathedral-may-be-work-albrecht-durer-german-renaissance-master-180973950/

On the impact of the sewing machine:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50673541

More on the pace of archaeological finds:

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/01/12/new-archaeology-findings-are-redefining-human-history-faster-than-ever/

Pondering what modern civilization will leave behind for future archaeologists:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/what-fossils-will-modern-day-civilization-leave-behind

On how humans boiled water before pottery:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/how-did-humans-cook-before-the-invention-of-pots/605008/

Pondering the idea of ‘late style’ in art:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/does-late-style-exist-in-art

Michelangelo’s David has a health issue, apparently:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/16/michelangelos-david-reveals-medical-mystery-500-years-later/4486227002/
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2757540

They’ve possibly figured out the ‘orb’ in Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-light-orb-mystery.html

Latest on the Notre Dame repair efforts:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/after-notre-dame-fire-scientists-glimpse-cathedral-origins
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8355-200115-france-notre-dame

… and there’s research going on too:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/treasure-trove-of-medieval-history-rises-from-the-ashes-of-notre-dame-9zrkfm0mq

Not sure if we’ll hear more about this shipment of items to Ripley’s:

https://www.livescience.com/sri-lanka-artifacts-shipped-ripleys.html

An export bar on some 18th century scientific drawings in the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unique-300-year-old-scientific-drawings-at-risk-of-leaving-the-uk

Not sure where to put this disturbing story of the suicide of a Zeugma Museum archaeologist:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ministry-launches-investigation-into-suicide-case-of-zeugma-museum-archeologist-151088
https://ahvalnews.com/suicide/turkish-ministry-suspends-museum-director-after-archaeologist-commits-suicide
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2020/01/17/cryptic-suicide-note-raises-suspicions-of-foul-play-in-turkish-archaeologists-death
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-troy-myth-and-reality.htm
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/troy-myth-reality-british-museum/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/the-big-review-troy-at-the-british-museum

500 years of women’s work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/arts/design/womens-work-grolier-club.html
https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/now-open-in-our-first-floor-gallery-2/

100 years; 100 women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/arts/park-avenue-armory-womens-suffrage.html

Arte del mar:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/objects?exhibitionId=01007452-3039-4df9-9d8a-23a2333687c5&pkgids=596
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/arte-del-mar-caribbean

Nubia:

https://www.wbur.org/artery/2020/01/14/mfa-exhibition-ancient-nubia-now

Elizabeth I portraits:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/12/20/elizabeth-i-portraits-hold-court-yale-center-british-art

Maya:

https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/01/cincinnati-museum-center-brings-maya-the-exhibition-more-than-300-artifacts-to-the-region/

Mummies:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/art-review-egyptian-mummies-show-montreal/
Tut (Boston):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/14/lifestyle/king-tuts-treasures-coming-boston-first-time-almost-60-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/king-tut-boston-trnd/index.html

Ottoman Tombstones:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/15/200-ottoman-tombstones-to-be-exhibited-in-ancient-city-of-parion

Gentileschi:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/first-details-artemisia-gentileschi-ng

Thomas Becket:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/14/the-murder-of-st-thomas-becket-the-british-museum-marks-its-850th-anniversary/

Buddhist Writing:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200115-how-buddhism-spread-written-language-around-the-world
https://www.bl.uk/events/buddhism

Some pushback on converting churches on Cyprus to museums:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/13/archbishop-criticised-over-move-to-turn-churches-historic-mansion-into-byzantine-museums/

Latest GEM opening update:

https://egyptfwd.org/Article/6/1053/The-Ministry-of-Antiquities-Preparing-For-the-Opening-Restoration-laboratories
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79605/Hosny-GEM-will-be-Sisi%E2%80%99s-gift-to-humanity

… and ongoing transfers of artifacts:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-grand-egyptian-museum-receives-202-artifacts-from-egyptian-museum-giza-pyramids-areas/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79764/GEM-receives-356-artifacts-from-Tut-Ramses-II-Thutmose-III
https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-receives-356-artifacts-including-57-treasures-of-king-tutankhamun/

Plans for an overhaul at Greece’s National Archaeological Museum:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/279953/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul-greek-culture-min-says/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/248502/article/ekathimerini/news/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/16/athens-national-archaeological-museum-to-undergo-major-overhaul/

More on the transfer of some mummies to the museum in Fustat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79668/Preparations-for-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies-finalized
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some of Queen Victoria’s clothes are coming to auction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/queen-victoria-clothes-buy-auction-hansons-bloomers-boots-a9286646.html

Big bucks for an Edward VIII sovereign coin:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51134884

More on that Shakespear first folio:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/rare-william-shakespeare-collection-being-17557289

More on that Olympics manifesto:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speech-inspired-olympics-return-now-most-expensive-sports-memorabilia-ever-sold-180973968/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interview (podcast) with Adrien Hannus about assorted tech used by archaeologists:

https://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-tech-discovering-archeological-artifacts

A tech approach to deciphering ancient Hebrew texts:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-developed-computer-can-decipher-ancient-hebrew-texts-in-seconds-1.8408744

More on those Scottish facial reconstructions:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-reconstruction-scotland.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-reconstruct-centuries-old-faces-early-edinburgh-residents-180973949/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests interbreeding of Neanderthals and Denisovans had immunity benefits:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-infectious-disease-defenses-ancient-hominid.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Afghan sites:

https://www.news18.com/news/world/after-jihadist-dynamite-and-looters-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-crumbling-heritage-2461655.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Zadar:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/zadar-cruise-port-guide/

Dargavs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200116-russias-mysterious-city-of-the-dead

Bonfire Shelter:

https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/2020-01-17/day-trips-the-bonfire-shelter/
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PERFORMANCES
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Antigone:

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/antigone-review

Mojada:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/BWW-Review-The-Rep-Raise-the-Bar-in-the-Barrio-with-MOJADA-A-MEDEA-IN-LOS-ANGELES-20200114

Queen of Sheba:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07zy99k/why-is-the-queen-of-sheba-portrayed-as-white-

Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/movies/marmee-little-women.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A number of tourists were arrested for damaging a temple at Macchu Pichu:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/americas/machu-picchu-arrests-feces-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/peru-tourists-accused-of-damaging-defecating-on-machu-picchu/a-52007055
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/01/bolivian-tourists-arrested-in-peru-for-damaging-iconic-machu-picchu-archaeological-site/

A stolen Klimt has been confirmed recovered:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51156682

Some guy stole stones from Stonehenge for his garden:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/12/thief-stole-ancient-stones-used-build-stonehenge-use-garden/

This is a borderline repatriation of a Afghan antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/18/met-police-help-recover-afghan-sculpture-looted-kabul

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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Germany returned to Mexico a few sculptures which had been privately held:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-antiquities-to-mexico/a-52035188

A Buddha was returned to Sri Lanka:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-51105006/buddha-heirloom-returned-to-sri-lanka-by-hampshire-family

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Nabataean coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-nabataeans/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n03.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Christoper Tolkien:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/16/jrr-tolkiens-son-christopher-dies-aged-95?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/books/christopher-tolkien-dead.html

Betty Pat Gatliff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/science/betty-pat-gatliff-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2911-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-5-through-january-11-2020
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.38 ~ January 12, 2020

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, Trevor Ogden,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Early humans at Olduvai were manufacturing ‘optimized’ stone tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-early-humans-revealed-optimized-stone.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uok-ehr010720.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge

New dating suggests Homo erectus arrived in Southeast Asia later than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dating-volcanic-ash-sangiran-homo.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-came-indonesia-300000-years-later-than-once-thought
https://www.sciencecodex.com/early-humans-arrived-southeast-asia-later-previously-believed-638207
https://gizmodo.com/an-extinct-human-species-may-not-have-evolved-in-asia-a-1840900141
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8347-200110-homo-erectus-chronology

… which seems a different spin than the Homo erectus ‘last stand’100 000 years bp on Indonesia story which we did mention:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/ancient-human-species-made-last-stand-100000-years-ago-indonesian-island

Suggestion early humans were more scavenger than hunter:

https://www.history.com/news/prehistoric-human-diet-scavengers-vs-hunters

Feature on humanity’s origins:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/05/the-search-for-eden-in-pursuit-of-humanitys-origins

In a similar, overviewish vein as the above:

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-recent-discoveries-change-the-picture-of-where-humans-came-from-and-when

Feature on Neanderthal anatomy:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-anatomy/

More on early humans in South Africa roasting root veggies some 170 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200102143424.htm
http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/middle/africa/border-cave-rhizomes-2020.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/border-cave-rhizomes-07994.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-were-roasting-root-vegetables-170000-years-ago-study-suggests-180973913/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Sanitation work in Daqahlia revealed was appears to be some hieroglyph inscriptions:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-workers-in-daqahlia-village-stumble-upon-pharaonic-artifacts/

A find of five limestone blocks associated with Ptolemy I from Kom Ashqaw/Sohag:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-01/07/content_75587881.htm
https://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Ptolemaic-Limestone-Blocks-Uncovered-in-Sohag

The sun illuminated the sanctuary of the Queen Hatshepsut Temple this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79389/Sun-illuminates-sanctuary-of-Egypt-s-ancient-Queen-Hatshepsut-Temple

Feature on Egyptian drainage systems:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Rain-Go-Away-Wastewater-and-Rain-in-Ancient-Egypt

Documentary hype suggesting a new artifact was found in Tut’s tomb (I’m sure we mentioned this a whlle ago):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79370/Unique-artifact-discovered-in-Tutankhamen%E2%80%99s-tomb

The Pyramid of Djoser wil open to the public some time this year:

https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Oldest-Pyramid-in-Egypt-to-Open-in-2020

Egypt has refurbished/restored a synagogue in Alexandria which dates back to the 14th century:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-set-to-reopen-alexandria-synagogue-friday-after-extensive-renovation/
https://www.jns.org/egypt-refurbishes-synagogue-in-alexandria-site-dates-back-to-14th-century/

… and it’s being hailed as a message that Egypt cares for its heritage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359302/Egypt/Politics-/Renovated-Jewish-temple-message-to-world-that-Egyp.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79516/Hawass-Jewish-temples-part-of-heritage

More on the sphinxes in Tahrir Square kerfuffle:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/moving-karnak-rams-to-egypts-iconic-tahrir-square-raises-co.html

Egypt was highlighting the past year’s achievements in the antiquities sector:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359169/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-government-highlights-antiquities-sectors.aspx

Evidence of agriculture and animal husbandry in Iran some 9000 years bp:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/443960/Iranians-practiced-farming-animal-breeding-9-000-years-ago

3000 years bp evidence of ‘recycling’ from the Saruq al Hadid site in Dubai:

https://www.newsweek.com/evidence-recycling-3000-years-ago-ancient-civilization-middle-east-1481333

More on that Assyrian seizure demon tablet:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-mysterious-case-of-the-demon-epilepsy-tablet

Does Hobby Lobby have more tablets from Isragrig?:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-city-in-iraq-cuneiform-tablets.html

A 3000 years bp Hebrew inscription on a jar from Abel Beth Maacah is being touted as ‘redrawing the borders of Ancient Israel’:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-hebrew-inscription-on-a-3-000-year-old-jar-could-redraw-borders-of-ancient-israel-1.8376971

Possible evidence for the site of a 2000 years bp market in the City of David (a measuring table):

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archeologists-may-have-uncovered-Jerusalem-s-2,000-year-old-market-6-January-2020.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-wine-table-unearthed-jerusalem.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/274160
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Second-Temple-era-marketplace-uncovered-in-Jerusalem-613272
https://www.timesofisrael.com/city-of-david-archaeologists-say-2000-year-old-central-jerusalem-market-found/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-unusual-table-may-reveal-ancient-jerusalem-s-market-on-road-to-second-temple-1.8357872
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/01/06/rare-jerusalem-find-could-prove-location-of-second-temple-era-market/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-may-have-discovered-2000-year-old-market-in-city-of-david/
https://aleteia.org/2020/01/07/jerusalem-excavation-uncovers-marketplace-from-jesus-time/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-stone-table-points-to-the-location-of-roman-era-jerusalems-central-marketplace/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-measuring-table-reveals-location-ancient-jerusalem-market-180973910/

… interviews with Ari Levy on same (via Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/landminds.list/permalink/10162931374255137/
https://www.facebook.com/barnea.levi.selavan/videos/10156583292436951/

Feature on that ‘Pilgrimage Road’ revealed over the past few months:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Navigating-the-biblical-road-to-the-Temple-613356

Possible evidence of Istanbul’s first African inhabitant dating to 1000 bp (at least):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/05/istanbuls-first-african-may-have-been-found-in-ancient-city-of-bathonea

Pondering what Solomon’s temple may have looked like:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/09/syrian-temple-suggests-what-solomons-might-have-looked-like/

Feature on Vanderbilt’s work at Caesarea’s medieval port:

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/vanderbilt-archaeologists-write-caesareas-history-a-medieval-port-city-in-israel

Feature/documentary hype on a Shamash temple in the UAE:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/archaeologists-filmmakers-dig-up-the-past-of-uae-s-shamash-temple

That ‘did God have a wife’ thing is making the rounds again:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/profoundly-significant-3000yo-drawings-bombshell-religious-claim/news-story/10ccab0a09120a91b087b87d933882fc
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Around 50 ‘high status’ Roman burials found during construction of a Somerset school:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/school-delayed-roman-burial-site-3712311
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/07/archaeologists-discover-graves-high-status-romans-somerton-somerset
https://www.ibtimes.sg/unusual-ancient-burial-high-status-romans-discovered-somerset-37294
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-status-roman-burials-found-britain-180973920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8340-200108-england-roman-cemetery

A landowner has ‘gifted to the nation’ the Carrawburgh Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/09/hadrians-wall-fort-gifted-to-englands-historic-sites-collection
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51039457
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/landowner-gives-carrawburgh-roman-fort-to-the-nation-2rv6z9whc
https://newcastlemagazine.com/landowners-donate-hadrians-wall-fort-as-gift-to-nation-26198/
https://netimesmagazine.co.uk/news/carrawburgh-roman-fort-gifted-to-the-nation/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/generous-landowners-gift-nation-roman-17531507
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/landowners-give-buried-roman-fort-to-the-nation/

Latest from the Danish excavations at Sikyon:

http://cphpost.dk/news/international-round-up-danish-archaeologists-help-to-unearth-ancient-greek-city.html

The first survey of the Amargeti site on Paphos has been completed:

https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=11451#flat

Latest extended piece on the Hobby Lobby/Dirk Obbink/EES/papyri thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/jan/09/a-scandal-in-oxford-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel
https://news.umanitoba.ca/the-guardian-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel/

The Mausoleum of Augustus will soon open to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-finally-reopen-mausoleum-of-augustus.html

Feature on life on the Roman frontier in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/how-life-was-on-the-roman-frontier-in-scotland-1-5072248

Feature on the Trojan War:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200106-did-the-trojan-war-actually-happen

Seeking Heritage status for the Lower Germanic Limes:

https://www.dw.com/en/former-roman-empire-frontier-in-bid-as-world-heritage-site/a-51926661

In Our Time this week was looking at Catullus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000d1rg

On the popularity of Medea (probably paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/modern-vindication-for-an-ancient-flop-11578682159

Feature on posca:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

Suggestion that ancient Romans may have had access to Chinese medicine for treating coeliac disease:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

An interesting 4th century Roman ‘crown’ on display at Colchester Castle:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/
https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/the-dark-side-of-venus-goddess-of-war-as-well-as-love/

On Marybeth Reilly-McGreen’s work with hip hop and Greek Classics:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2020/01/09/holy-cross-alumna-likens-greek-classics-to-hip-hop-music/

An interview with Shelley Haley:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/claire-catenaccio/blog-women-classics-conversation-scs-president-shelley-haley-part-i

Cornell has a Margarete Bieber reading group:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

A nice feature on Classics at Brock:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/01/classics-students-bring-roman-society-to-life/

Another ‘ancient lesson for modern times’ piece:

https://www.theledger.com/opinion/20200112/anderson-ancient-lesson-for-modern-times

Recreating the carbonized bread of Pompeii:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

More on those recently found ‘Amazon’/Scythian burials:

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-scythian-warrior-women-amazon-russia-graves-4th-century-bc-20200107-ao3ystb6kjeyrgvwbuhjclvhqa-story.html
https://www.wral.com/three-generations-of-ancient-amazon-women-warriors-found-in-russian-tomb/18869905/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tomb-reveals-real-race-of-ancient-warrior-women-vxfdkl0qq
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-containing-three-generations-amazon-warrior-women-unearthed-russia-180973877/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia%3Fno-cache
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-scythian-amazon-women-discovered-in-russia-buried-alongside-their-weaponry/

… and also pondering assorted tales associated with the Amazons:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-amazons-have-only-one-breast

More on the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-emperors-violent-deaths.html

More on Rome’s banishing of souvenir stalls at certain sites:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/rome-bans-souvenir-stalls/

More on the revival of Stoicism, especially among the Silican Valley crowd:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Stoicism-enjoys-a-revival-of-late-including-in-14952940.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-2300-year-old-philosophy-stoicism-has-enjoyed-a-revival-of-late-including-in-silicon-valley/2020/01/02/d2f6e648-1b64-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

Latest from the UT-Austin investigations:

https://www.ktsa.com/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-additional-cases-of-sexual-misconduct-by-employees/
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/09/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-cases-sexual-misconduct-employees/

Comparing the US president to Roman emperors:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-king-hes-a-roman-emperor-according-to-department-of-justices-new-argument

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of the alignment of early Neolithic houses in Central and Eastern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-counterclockwise-puzzle-early-neolithic-house.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200110155254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://scitechdaily.com/mystifying-puzzle-of-early-neolithic-house-orientations-finally-solved/

Divers are working to retrieve Bronze Age evidence from Lake Thun:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/excavation-project_divers-to-retrieve-bronze-age-artefacts-from-swiss-lake/45475080

A 9th century Viking runestone is being connected to fear of a repeat of a climate crisis:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-vikings-erected-runestone-climate-catastrophe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uog-tve010920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200108161329.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/08/viking-runestone-may-allude-to-extreme-winter-study-says
http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1383036/FULLTEXT01.pdf
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-runestone-may-have-its-roots-fears-climate-change-180973937/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8344-200109-sweden-viking-runes

I think we mentioned this study suggesting overhunting of walrus may have led to the collapse of Norse Greenland in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-over-hunting-walruses-contributed-collapse-norse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc-owc010320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200106103457.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/walrus-ivory-crash-sparked-greenland-vikings-decline-h2nkj5cf0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-over-hunting-walruses-fuel-collapse-norse-greenland-180973922/

Nor sure where to put this one on how the 2600 years bp Heslington Brain was preserved:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-clues-year-old-brain-survived-modern.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-brain-preserved.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/08/health/ancient-heslington-brain-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-resilient-protein-structures-preserved-hunk-brain-2600-years-180973927/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8343-200109-iron-age-brain

Bones found on a site in Melton last year have been dated to the 7th century:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/tests-human-remains-found-melton-3717306
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/human-bones-care-home-anglo-saxon-melton-mowbray-leicestershire-police-a9275841.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/workers-dig-1400-year-old-human-remains-under-former-nursing-home-2899969

A medieval burial ground from central Trondheim:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/unexpected-cemetery-found-in-central-trondheim/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8345-200110-norway-trondheim-cemetery

Medieval finds from Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-treasures-uncovered-garth-lane-3703149
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8337-200107-medieval-england-town

A 14th century illustration of Venice has turned up:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-oldest-city-view-venice.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-drawing-of-venice-on-record.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-illustration-venice-oldest-found-yet-180973945/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8338-200107-venice-medieval-drawing

Evidence of African ancestry in a burial in Anglo-Scandinavian York:

https://www.caitlingreen.org/2019/12/african-viking-york.html

Feature on the impact of coal on Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50457035
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Han Dynasty kiln site from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://menafn.com/1099517232/Chinese-archaeologists-unearth-olden-kiln-site

Evidence of Spring and Autumn era (and later) copper smelting operations from Yunnan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/06/c_138682790.htm

Coverage of a major conference on the scripts of Mohenjodaro:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/596863-moen-jo-daro-conference-attempts-to-understand-coded-text
https://nation.com.pk/12-Jan-2020/three-day-int-l-conference-on-indus-script-concludes

Mauryan items from Bogura:

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/231049

Finds from a wide range of eras from Bogra (I don’t think it’s the same as the previous, but I’m having connection difficulties):

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/01/07/archaeological-remains-from-2-bc-to-15th-century-ad-discovered-in-mahasthangarh

Remains of a 17th century drain in Delhi:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-archaeologists-find-mughal-era-rainwater-drain-near-red-fort/story-hutSXzmwADmQlevAyLCegL.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8339-200107-india-delhi-drain

Latest clue in the decline of the Harappan Civilization:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/researchers-find-new-clue-solve-harappan-civilizations-sudden-decline-mystery-37175

Feature on Dr Asma Ibrahim’s archaeological work in Pakistan:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2131088/1-pakistan-archaeologist-jumps-hoops-pursue-passions/

Feature on a pyramid in the jungles of Samoa:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200109-a-secret-pyramid-consumed-by-the-jungle

Wildfires in Australia have destroyed some petroglyphs in Baloon Cave:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/ancient-rock-art-lost-after-plastic-walkway-explodes-in-bushfire/11848938
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8341-200108-australia-rock-art

How the Aboriginal peoples used to prevent major fires:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/world/aboriginal-australia-fire-trnd/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on digs going on at the Colonial Dorchester Historic Site:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article239154633.html

Human remains excavated from the Black Mesa (Arizona) in the 70s and 80s were returned to the Navajo and Hopi for reburial:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8335-200106-arizona-black-mesa

Digging a site associate with Bradenton’s (Florida) first settlers:

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/01/07/archaeologists-unearth-artifacts-of-bradenton-s-first-settlers
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/01/08/group-archaeologists-are-digging-up-piece-bradentons-past/
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-years-of-florida-history-in-bradenton

Tracking migration of Europeans and Native Americans in West Virginia via log structures:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trees-historic-migration-europeans-native.html

Looking for lost African-American burials in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/2020/01/07/archaeologists-to-begin-search-for-possible-lost-african-american-graves-in-clearwater/

… and elsewhere in Florida (we mentioned the ones in Talahassee):

https://news.wfsu.org/post/tallahassees-lost-cemetery-was-likely-enslaved-people-how-many-others-are-undiscovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8342-200109-florida-lost-cemetery

… and the latest on the Zion cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/zion-cemetery-graves-found-gonzmart-property/67-2d90f69e-93ab-4035-9ea8-16859798bd59

More on those burials in Connecticut which might have Revolutionary War connections:

https://www.livescience.com/revoultionary-war-soldier-skeletons.html
https://www.milfordmirror.com/news/article/Battle-of-Ridgefield-skeletons-get-X-rays-CT-14953281.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeletons-likely-revolutionary-war-soldiers-found-connecticut-180973931/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8336-200106-revolutionary-war-connecticut

The city of Alexandria plans to purchase the Freedom House Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alexandria-plans-to-buy-freedom-house-former-slave-pen-now-home-to-a-museum/2020/01/06/304a8aac-2c13-11ea-bcb3-ac6482c4a92f_story.html

Hyping Mayflower 400:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/05/mayflower-400-events-could-help-recover-lost-native-american-treasure-wampanoag-wampum

Feature on Andrew Johnson’s impeachment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/11/national-disgrace-impeachment-hung-over-presidents-head-he-went-wild-rally-tour/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of skulls suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth about cannibals in the Caribbean:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-carib-caribbean-boosting-credibility-columbus.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/fmon-spt010920.php
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/cristobal-colon-decia-la-verdad-los-indios-caribes-eran-canibales/970414/

Research suggests a gold bar found back in 1981 in a Mexico City park was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Cortes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-gold-bar-mexico-aztec-treasure.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mexico-archeology/gold-bar-found-beneath-mexico-city-street-was-part-of-moctezumas-treasure-idUKKBN1Z90EA
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/10/mexico-city-gold-aztec-treasure-spanish-conquistadors
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/10/la_serpiente_emplumada/1578677704_972465.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/gold-ingot-confirmed-to-have-been-lost-in-cortes-flight/

Feature on the history of tomato domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/mbae-eot010220.php

More on that 1000 years bp Maya palace in the Mexican jungle:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-palace-used-by-maya-elite-discovered-deep-in-the-mexican-jungle/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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What people did for fun 5000 years bp:

https://gizmodo.com/what-was-the-most-fun-thing-humans-could-do-5-000-years-1840538267

Feature on Jessie Benton Fremont:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/first-celebrity-first-lady/604003/

I think we mentioned T.S. Eliot’s love letters:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793572273/t-s-eliots-love-letters-unsealed

The UK is bringing more accountability to the art trade, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/arts/design/uk-art-money-laundering.html

Feature on the Jesuits and empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-jesuits-cultivated-the-idea-of-european-empire

Some letters of Joan of Arc are on display:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/01/04/une-des-trois-lettres-signee-de-jeanne-darc-exceptionnellement-exposee/

On the Black king among the Magi:

https://hyperallergic.com/535881/the-story-of-the-black-king-among-the-magi/

… related:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/race-and-representation-in-the-nativity-scene/

OpEd on the decline of the humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/opinion/sunday/academics-humanities-literature-canon.html

A new home for Robert Caro’s papers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/arts/robert-caro-new-york-historical-society.html

They’re studying Notre Dame’s ashes:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00008-5

Feature on some places that ‘escaped’ European colonization:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3044478/ethiopia-iran-places-escaped-colonisation-europeans

Archaeology’s long-standing problem:

https://hyperallergic.com/530787/the-perennial-problem-with-the-excavation-of-ancient-sites/

Interesting feature on a Medici spy:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/30/actualidad/1577719404_956349.html

Measles go back to antiquity according to a recent study:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6473/11.full
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-lungs-may-push-origin-measles-back-1500-years-180973906/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/what-100-year-old-lung-says-about-measles-origin/604591/

OpEds on targeting cultural sites for military purposes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/01/06/disturbing-history-behind-trumps-idea-target-iranian-cultural-sites/
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-05/iran-donald-trump-cultural-sites-war-crime
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/trump-cultural-sites.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/trump-iran-cultural-sites.html

… and possible targets:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/here-are-the-biblical-wonders-trump-just-threatened-to-bomb-in-iran
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/06/the-iranian-cultural-treasures-targeted-by-trump
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-51007585

… and what the Pentagon said:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/us/politics/trump-esper-iran-cultural-sites.html

Review of a biography of Agatha Christie:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/books/review/looking-at-agatha-christie-and-feminism.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Marseille Adventure:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38444-exhibition-on-greeks-presence-in-northwestern-med-launched-in-montpellier.html

Raphael:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/01/07/actualidad/1578418392_341607.html

Mycenean Cyclades:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248158/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/mycenaean-cyclades–athens–to-march-8

Tut:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/tutankhamuns-treasures-display-saatchi-gallery-200105145331398.html

Vallotton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/felix-vallotton-metropolitan-museum.html

Monet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/792146721/how-do-you-move-100-monet-masterpieces-very-very-carefully

Manet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/794924761/what-a-way-to-go-even-as-he-died-manet-made-life-affirming-art
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/late_manet/

Inspired by the East:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1205/359137/AlAhram-Weekly/Culture/An-exhibition-at-British-Museum-explores-Islamic-w.aspx

Lizzie Siddal:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200103-the-tragedy-of-arts-greatest-supermodel
https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/pre-raphaelite-sisters/exhibition/

The GEM is 90% done:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79339/90-percent-of-GEM-work-is-finished

… and they’re expecting a lot of visitors:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79491/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-expected-to-attract-5M-visitors-annually
https://www.egyptindependent.com/five-million-expected-to-visit-grand-egyptian-museum-annually-egyptian-cabinet/

… and the lab has been busy too:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79567/GEM-restoration-labs-complete-work-on-47K-artifacts

The Fustat Museum is getting some mummies and sarcophagi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79424/Min-to-transfer-22-mummies-17-royal-coffins-to-Fustat

Feature on the Met:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-met-is-the-worlds-greatest-art-museum-three-under-the-radar-shows-confirm-it–again/2020/01/09/49434238-3244-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Shakespeare first folio is coming to auction:

https://artdaily.cc/news/119944/William-Shakespeare-s-First-Folio-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie-s#.XhsSbxdPGCh

Troy:

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/youngreporter/18144028.lessons-troy-myth-reality-british-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are on some early inhabitants of Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/detective-work-reveals-the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-1-5072304
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-revealed-1-5072304
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8346-200110-scotland-reconstructed-faces
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you issed the ‘Headless Corpse in a Cave’ identification:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-evidence-reveals-headless-corpse-cave-1916-axe-murderer-180973911/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Bamiyan sites:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200109-climate-change-threatens-afghanistan-s-crumbling-heritage
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2020/Jan-10/498894-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-heritage.ashx

An exhibition at the British Museum is highlighting some artifacts revealed by climate change:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/climate-change-show-at-british-museum-reveals-treasures-in-melting-arctic-ice-r9hq0z90g

Marking the centennial of the Scott Polar Research Institute:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50661606
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Merida:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret?source=articles&via=rss
https://mashviral.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret/

Acropolis of Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jan/07/hot-spot-the-tribes-of-the-acropolis-in-pictures

Joachimsthal:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200107-welcome-to-jchymov-the-czech-town-that-invented-the-dollar
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PERFORMANCES
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Gospel at Colonus:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/01/09/skylight-music-theatre-gospel-colonus-takes-oedipus-story-church/2822792001/

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CRIME BEAT
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Idiots drove their offroad vehicles over a Bronze Age burial mound near Newport, causing extensive damage:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51013596

Turkish police seized 1000 items from a collector’s home in Istanbul:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/turkish-police-seize-1-000-antiquities-from-collectors-home-725f2hggw

Chinese organized crime is being implicated in the Fontainbleau Castle robbery:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578511798_874371.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_manana20200110m

… but still no clues, apparently, about the Green Vault robbery:

https://www.dw.com/en/no-new-lead-on-dresden-museum-jewelry-heist-say-german-prosecutors/a-51953713

A trial coming up in Jeddah involving theft of Islamic artifacts:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/586427

I think we mentioned the damage to 3000 years bp petroglyphs in the Pangaion Hills:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248157/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/01/09/vandals-destroy-3-000-year-old-ancient-rock-carvings-in-northern-greece-ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills/

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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Feature on the ‘artefact detectives’ in Iraq tracking down items taken from their country over the years:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/artefact-detectives-in-iraq-aim-to-end-the-theft-of-their-history

Mexico returned 37 items to Peru:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578501444_135880.html

The world’s oldest chess piece will be returned to Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Islamic gold coins found in Israel last week:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/seven-ancient-gold-islamic-coins-found-in-israel/

Feature on Janus on ancient coins:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jasper Griffin:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/07/jasper-griffin-obituary

George Freeman:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/09/george-freeman-obituary

Chidananda Murthy:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/kannada-scholar-chidananda-murthy-passes-away/article30541057.ece

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2910-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-29-through-january-4-2020

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.36 ~ December 29, 2019

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).

… I hope everyone is having a happy festive season! It appears to be
‘top discoveries’ of the year/decade week …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The Apidima 1 skull made a ‘top discoveries of 2019’ list:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/scientists-find-the-oldest-human-skull-outside-of-africa

… as did the discovery of homo luzonensis:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/new-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-philippines

Further studies on Otzi’s ‘hunting kit’:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8313-191223-otzi-bow-quiver

In case you missed the reconstruction of ‘Denise’ last September:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-researchers-win-Peoples-Choice-Award-for-breakthrough-research-611837

More on the ‘last stand’ of homo erectus in South East Asia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50827603
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/12/when-did-homo-erectus-die-out-a-fresh-look-at-the-demise-of-an-ancient-human-species-over-100000-years-ago/
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AFRICA
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More on that settlement found at Aksum:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-site-buried-under-ethiopia-was-once-a-pillar-of-the-powerful-aksum-empire

More on what ostrich shell beads tell us about assort ancient peoples:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001354578/the-tiny-ostrich-eggshell-beads-that-tell-story-of-africa-s-past
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some ‘top ten’ lists of Egyptian finds from 2019 (not necessarily the same):

https://www.ibtimes.sg/10-archaeological-discoveries-egypt-that-stunned-researchers-2019-36668
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egypt-s-Top-10-Archaeological-Discoveries-of-2019
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79149/Egypt-amazes-the-world-with-its-discoveries-part-1

… and the Ministry of Antiquities had a couple of lists:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78946/Min-of-Antiquities-discoveries-of-2019
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78975/More-on-Min-of-Antiquities%E2%80%99-achievements-of-2019

I think we mentioned this colossal Horus statue found at Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/358052/Heritage/A-granodiorite-colossus-of-Horus-unearthed-in-Egyp.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8317-191226-egypt-horus-statue

Egypt is moving four sphinxes (sphinges?) from Karnak Temple to Tahrir Square:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79106/Four-sphinxes-to-be-transferred-from-Karnak-Temple-to-Tahrir
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-begins-moving-luxor-sphinxes-to-tahrir-square/

Feature on Khaled al-Anany:

https://egyptindependent.com/profile-khaled-al-anan-the-first-minister-of-antiquities-and-tourism/

Feature on one of the ‘celestial’ gems found in Tut’s tomb:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/12/04/gemstone-found-in-king-tuts-tomb-formed-when-a-celestial-body-collided-with-earth/#6bb6997e47dd

A renovated 19th century synagogue will be reopening soon; more renovations to synagogues in Egypt are planned:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/historic-synagogue-in-alexandria-set-to-be-reopened-following-major-renovation/

More on explaining hieroglyphs with emojis:

https://www.dw.com/en/emoglyphs-emojis-reminiscent-of-ancient-egyptian-writing-says-museum/a-51770895?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-html-newsletter
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-exhibit-explores-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/12/22/museum-in-jerusalem-explains-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt

More on those ‘head cones’:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.5406801/scientists-find-1st-physical-evidence-of-head-cones-often-depicted-in-ancient-egyptian-art-1.5397740

A cuneiform tablet depicting the Assyrian demon responsible for epilepsy:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/cuneiform-tablet-shows-demon-that-assyrians-believed-caused-epilepsy/

An Achaemenid Pool from Pasargadae:

https://ifpnews.com/achaemenid-pool-discovered-in-irans-pasargadae

A 2800 years bp Phoenician family burial from Achziv:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tomb-of-phoenician-father-mother-and-child-found-in-israel-1.8315668
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-phoenician-family-tomb-in-ancient-city-of-achziv/

Nice feature on recent 9000 years bp finds at Motza (from another ‘top stories’ list):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/excavations-at-motza-reveal-the-9-000-year-old-town-was-mega-huge

The ‘Gabriel stone’ made another list:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeological-finding-hebrew-text-near-dead-sea-lands-new-controversy-36750

More on that stone being connected by some to the Ark of the Covenant at Beit Shemesh:

https://aleteia.org/2019/12/22/unusual-stone-discovered-near-jerusalem-might-be-connected-to-the-ark-of-the-covenant/

More on that Neolithic breakwater (?) off the Carmel Coast:

https://www.sciencealert.com/discovery-of-wall-built-to-hold-back-rising-oceans-7-000-years-ago-tells-a-bleak-story

The top ten discoveries of 2019 in ‘Biblical archaeology’ (two different lists):

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/december/biblical-archaeologys-top-10-discoveries-of-2019.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/biblical-discoveries-2019-archaeologists-made-these-amazing-findings-linked-jesus-36520

Feature on childhood in Biblical times:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-rethinking-childhood-in-biblical-times-1.8320142

Feature on the ‘manners’ section of Hammurabi’s Code:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/30/hammurabis-code-of-manners

Feature on what Jesus looked like:

Feature on a project to return ancient plants to Israel:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/293833/biblical-plants-israel

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Jesus-Look-Like

Not sure where to put this one: interesting feature connecting underwater volcanism to the rise of Islam:

https://www.juancole.com/2019/12/undersea-volcanoes-easternhtml
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A 4th century BCE Scythian ‘Amazon’ with an interesting headdress found near the Middle Don River:

https://phys.org/wire-news/338286244/archaeologists-found-the-burial-of-scythian-amazon-with-a-gold-h.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/arsc-aft122519.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8315-191226-russia-scythian-women

Roman and later artifacts found in burials near an airport in Baginton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-50809706
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1221916/archaeology-news-roman-empire-UK-coventry-airport-anglo-saxon-history

More on those most-recently found pair of Bronze Age tombs from Pylos:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pylos-artifacts-07956.html

The ‘most important’ Greek discoveries of 2019:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/28/the-most-important-ancient-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2019/

The ‘Roman Wall’ of Iran made a top discoveries list:

https://ifpnews.com/roman-wall-of-iran-among-top-2019-discoveries-live-science

Turkey is focusing on Patara in 2020:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/12/24/turkey-declares-2020-as-year-of-ancient-city-of-patara

Feature on the Gosford Wellhead:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/gosford-wellhead-ancient-roman-masterpiece

Interesting statistical pattern found in the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/s-tor121819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-time-to-death-roman-emperors-distinct-pattern.html

Reviving a suggestion that a Jewish author may have been first to record the destruction of Pompeii:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/could-a-jewish-author-have-been-first-to-record-destruction-of-ancient-pompeii/

Suggestion that Mortimer Wheeler ‘made up’ the Dorset Maiden Castle massacre (43 CE):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7826865/Archaeologist-accused-inventing-AD43-battle-digging-skeletons-ancient-tribe.html

A London restaurant plans to recreate ancient Pompeiian menus:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dine-doomed-pompeiian-upscale-eatery-180973859/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/t-magazine/heston-blumenthal-pompeii-dinner.html

Feature on that possible evidence for crucifixion found in Italy a while ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/23/heel-bone-from-italy-is-only-second-example-of-crucifixion-ever-found/

A statue of Diana ‘appeared’ in a Roman canal:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/statue-of-goddess-diana-appears-in-rome-canal.html

Feature on Bernini’s ‘Apollo and Daphne’:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-berninis-apollo-daphne-unnerving-depiction-unwanted-desire

Talking about Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/in-circe-this-witch-is-more-artist-than-immortal

Documentary hype for a feature on Vindolanda letters (it seems):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214367/archaeology-news-roman-empire-mystery-vindolanda-tablets-hadrians-wall-spt

Feature on colors originally on Roman statuary:

https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21013071/colorful-roman-statues-white-marble

Classicists weigh in on some misappropriation of Classics at Wake Forest:

https://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/t-h-m-gellar-goad-and-caitlin-hines-classics-displays/article_b890d751-7b82-54ef-b9b7-22cfe647c802.html

Fighting to keep Latin alive at an Australian school:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/severe-backlash-school-community-fights-to-keep-latin-classes-20191220-p53lxi.html

On past damage to the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/276658/parthenon-marbles-damaged-by-vandals-british-museum-cleaning/

Some changes to tickets to the Colosseum (which may or may not be accurate, I’m told):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/travel/2019/12/24/colosseum-tickets-to-include-roman-forum_de443d7a-b915-42d6-868d-50fd7b90c92a.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/12/24/colosseum-tickets-to-include-roman-forum_d1fc8fd0-aaaf-48d0-89a2-381c7c8f2d74.html

More on plans to open the Kasta Tomb at Amphipolis to the public:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38275-greek-government-preparing-kasta-tomb-in-amphipolis-to-receive-visitors-from-2022.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/kasta-tomb-to-open-by-2022/224758/

More on the shipwreck off Kefalonia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/276612/largest-ever-roman-shipwreck-found-in-the-eastern-mediterranean/

More on the controversy arising from plans to move finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/154799/new-discoveries-derail-metro-plans-again-in-thessaloniki/

… a sort of related ‘virtual tour’ of Thessaloniki:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/22/virtual-tour-of-ancient-thessaloniki-reveals-the-citys-magnificent-past-video/

More on Boris Johnson’s recitation of a bit of the Iliad:

https://www.indy100.com/article/boris-johnson-iliad-greek-poem-labour-twitter-watch-video-9259991
https://ricochet.com/708375/boris-johnson-speaks-and-it-isnt-all-greek-to-me/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Very interesting feast-related finds from bone analyses at the Iron Age site of Navan Fort:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-large-scale-feasts-ancient-capital.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/cu-lsf121919.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8319-121926-ireland-iron-age-feasting

Remains of a 16th century shipwreck in ‘downtown’ Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20191219/archaeologists-uncover-16th-century-shipwreck-in-central-stockholm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8312-191223-sweden-stockholm-ship
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-shipwreck-discovered-beneath-stockholm-180973854/

English Heritage’s list of the top finds of the decade:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/28/richard-iii-and-a-roman-rabbit-the-finds-of-the-decade

Historic England has a slightly different list:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50895746
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/people/historic-england-names-whittlesey-bronze-age-settlement-must-farm-in-top-10-discoveries-of-the-decade-1-9186002

Feature on some of the sites protected by National Heritage in the UK over the past year:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50851709

Remember those Gallic carnyxes found over a decade ago at Tinignac? They’ve been restored:

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/culture-loisirs/les-carnyx-et-les-casques-gaulois-de-tintignac-sont-de-retour-en-correze-1576852794

Study suggests some Neolithic spoons found years ago might be ‘teething’ tools:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/24/prehistoric-parents-let-their-babies-teethe-on-these-bone-spoons/

The medieval Paphos Castle has reopened to the public:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/23/paphos-castle-re-opens-after-more-than-two-months/

A crowdsourcing attempt to save a French castle:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/own-french-castle-chateau-de-vibrac-france/index.html

A ‘hidden’ ninth century mosque in Malaga:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/18/actualidad/1576698493_798053.html

Feature on the soon-to-retire John Oxley:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-york-archaeologist-stepping-down-after-30-years-talks-about-his-career-highlights-1-10173720

More on the use of birch bark tar in Medieval Britain:

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uob-nad121919.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8320-191227-england-birch-tar

More on a lightning strike possibly being related to a 4000 years bp stone circle on the Isle of Lewis:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-ancient-secret-stone-circles-revealed.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50891787
https://www.archaeology.org/8318-191227-scotland-lightning-strike
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Evidence of Neolithic mixed farming in Tibet:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/28/c_138663747.htm

Li Song’s Tang Dynasty mausoleum in Shaanxi has revealed building components and assorted other items:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-12/26/content_75550859.htm

Plenty of finds from seven different dynasties from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/24/c_138654803.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-12/25/content_75547691.htm

A 3rd century CE (I think) Sanskrit inscription from Andhra Pradesh:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-earliest-sanskrit-inscription-found-southern-india-36596

A project to document unprotected monuments in Mysrurs taluk is having great success it appears:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/over-100-sculptures-recovered-from-two-hoblis-in-mysuru/article30404983.ece

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I think we mntioned this possible slave burial ground on a Tallahassee golf course:

https://www.riverbender.com/sports-news/details.cfm?id=290181
https://www.wfmj.com/story/41494812/slave-cemetery-poses-questions-for-florida-country-club
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-florida-country-club-slave-cemetery-20191226-zb3lymhbc5ge5gjikwm4ts3c6q-story.html

There’s an argument going on over the 1619 project:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/historians-clash-1619-project/604093/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/22/five-professors-say-project-should-be-amended-we-disagree-says-new-york-times/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/20/magazine/1619-intro.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/magazine/letter-to-the-editor-historians-critique-the-1619-project-and-we-respond.html

Feature on David Moore’s work in North Carolina:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/12/27/david-moore-guides-berry-site-joara-and-fort-san-juan-western-nc/2697072001/

Irvin Peithmann’s collection of artifacts has landed at SIU for further study:

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/southern-illinois-archaeologist-s-finds-return-to-siu-shedding-light/article_115814f2-6ad2-521e-bd52-84d9314ac063.html

Commemorating the mass execution of Native Americans in the wake of the Dakota War of 1862:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/28/us/dakota-38-anniversary-trnd/index.html

Feature on Henry ‘Box’ Brown, who mailed himself to freedom:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/28/slavery-cost-him-his-family-thats-when-henry-box-brown-mailed-himself-freedom/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

More on the bodies recently found at the Alamo:

https://www.livescience.com/bodies-at-alamo-cathedral.html

More on possible mass burial sites for Tulsa Race Massacre victims being identified:

https://www.livescience.com/tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8316-191226-tulsa-race-massacre
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 1000 years bp ‘vast’ Mayan palace at Kuluba:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-50920236
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/27/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-vast-mayan-palace
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/dec/27/ancient-mayan-palace-unearthed-in-south-east-mexico-video
https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-mayan-palace-discovered-in-mexico/a-51803785
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/new-mayan-palace-discovered-in-yucatan/
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-mayan-palace-ancient-160152971.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-discover-palace-at-mayan-city-of-kuluba/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-1000-year-21168144
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/12/27/Archaeologists-find-ancient-Mayan-palace-at-least-1000-years-old/1641577448804/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archeology/archeologists-discover-ancient-mayan-palace-in-eastern-mexico-idUSKBN1YU17I
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/12/27/Archeologists-discover-ancient-Mayan-palace-in-eastern-Mexico.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-maya-palace-was-discovered-yucatan-state-180973866/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8321-191227-maya-palace-discovered

Feature on Aztec moral philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/aztec-moral-philosophy-didnt-expect-anyone-to-be-a-saint

Feature on Carlos Castano Uribe and the Chiribiquete petroglyphs in Colombia:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2019/12/19/actualidad/1576788556_815362.html

Mexico doesn’t know what to do with those recently-found mammoth traps:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/24/ciencia/1577148347_090897.html

More on evidence that ‘life on the periphery’ of Teotihuacan was pretty good:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/multi-ethnic-migrant-communities-settled-teotihuacan-after-two-volcanic-eruptions/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archeology-teotihuacan-feature/stylish-suburbs-how-ancient-mexican-metropolis-dodged-inequality-trap-idUSKBN1YN0J2
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8314-191223-mexico-teotihuacan-periphery
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A top 11 list of assorted finds (mostly art-related):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/11-biggest-art-and-archaeology-discoveries-2019-1736265

A ‘biggest discoveries’ list from LiveScience:

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-archaeology-discoveries-2019.html

This is apparently part 5 of a ‘finds of the decade’ series:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeological-discoveries-decade-2010s-god-jerusalem-evolution-homo-sapiens-neanderthals-king-tut-1.8316553

A dozen ‘fascinating finds’ list:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/twelve-fascinating-finds-revealed-2019-180973837/

Interesting feature on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-the-rubaiyat-of-omar-khayyam-inspired-victorian-hedonists

Feature on assorted digs around the world you might want to join:

https://matadornetwork.com/read/archaeological-digs-around-world/

Feature on Ida Tarbell:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/review-stephanie-gorton-citizen-reporters/603055/

What they hid in secret tunnels beneath a Welsh library:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/national-library-secret-tunnels-war-17451332

Interesting freature on Watkin’s ‘London Eiffel Tower’ project that never happened:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50628714

There was no Christmas mass at Notre Dame this year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50883013

… and they are still concerned about the structure:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Notre-Dame-rector-Fragile-cathedral-might-not-be-14930861.php
https://apnews.com/48fee6c01627bca5f212c0f2e35d81cf?stream=top

Suggestion that shepherds in some Nativity scenes have goiter issues:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/24/788915889/why-certain-poor-shepherds-in-nativity-scenes-have-huge-misshapen-throats

The Venice floods did a lot of damage to St Mark’s Cathedral:

https://apnews.com/f4862779f508b3a54192e583dab892a9

High school paleographers are helping the Vatican digitize a pile of stuff:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vatican-documents-made-more-accessible-with-help-of-high-school-students-and-ai/

Feature on how religions change:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190801-tomorrows-gods-what-is-the-future-of-religion

The Victorian roots (?) of the anti-vax movement:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-50713991

Pondering the fate of Walt Whitman’s house:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/24/nyregion/walt-whitman-house-brooklyn.html

Feature on the Periodic Table:

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-histories-hidden-in-the-periodic-table

Some Hanukkah-related features:

https://theweek.com/articles/885296/meaning-hanukkah
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24950

Pondering the motivations for the first petroglyphs:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/21/ciencia/1576930926_725975.html

Feature on mistletoe:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/25/mistletoe-the-christmas-tradition-we-show-no-sign-of-kissing-goodbye-to

How railroads created modern Christmas:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/how-railroads-created-modern-christmas/604126/

On the ‘forgotten’ Christmas of 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/25/opinion/christmas-world-war-i-1918.html

Another possible (?) spin on the Santa Claus story:

https://aeon.co/videos/are-mushrooms-shamans-and-ancient-rituals-at-the-root-of-the-santa-claus-story

Feature on the Buddha:

https://aeon.co/essays/was-the-buddha-an-awakened-prince-or-a-humble-itinerant

Interesting detail revealed during the Ghent altarpiece restoration:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghent-altarpiece-restorations-reveal-alarmingly-humanoid-face-famous-mystical-lamb-180973846/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/conservators-ghent-altarpiece-1741722

A hat in a museum might not be Lincoln’s after all:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/education/article/Study-No-evidence-museum-s-stovepipe-hat-was-14930408.php

On the Victorian tattoo craze:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-tattooing-craze-started-convicts-and-spread-royal-family-180973865/

Suggestion that many Goyas aren’t by Goya:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/28/goya-paintings-many-not-work-of-spanish-master-studio-assistants

Feature on Harold Bloom:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/23/magazine/harold-bloom-death.html

An historian rethinks El Cid:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/12/actualidad/1576165498_790106.html

Feature on a trove of Jewish recipes dating back to the Inquisition:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/12/22/789864201/trove-of-recipes-dating-back-to-inquisition-reveals-a-familys-secret-jewish-root

Opeddish sort of thing on the increasing pace of finding archaeological sites:

http://theconversation.com/archaeological-discoveries-are-happening-faster-than-ever-before-helping-refine-the-human-story-128743
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-archaeological-discoveries-faster-refine-human.html

Feature on 19th century Islamic revivalism:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-art-of-imitation-19th-century-islamic-revivalism/

A lost portrait of Charles Dickens is on display:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191220-the-lost-portrait-of-charles-dickens

On Christianity’s ‘problem with sex’:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/24/christianity-sex-nativity-virgin-mary

Apparently folks have eaten frozen woolly mammoth meat:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/12/permafrozen-dinner/604069/

Latest interesting find from permafrost is a 41000 years bp lemming:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/schoolgirl-finds-the-worlds-oldest-lemming-preserved-in-permafrost-and-dating-back-41000-years/

Reviving African slave cuisine in Brazil:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-50856961/quilombo-cuisine-rescuing-the-ancient-cuisine-of-african-slaves

Plans in the works to mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/dec/28/thomas-becket-in-1170-to-be-marked-with-year-of-events
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/thomas-becket-the-murder-that-shook-the-middle-ages/
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/lifestyle/entertainment/british-museum-to-host-major-exhibition-on-life-and-death-of-thomas-becket/
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/thomas-becket-death-archbishop-of-canterbury-british-museum-exhibition-2020-a9262496.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tinos and Cyclades in the Mycenean Age:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38264-%E2%80%9Cfrom-homer%E2%80%99s-world-tinos-and-cyclades-in-the-mycenaean-age%E2%80%9D-at-athens-benaki-museum.html

Troy:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247887/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/troy-power-of-the-image-triumph-of-the-word

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18119860.chris-gray-ashmolean-exhibition-brings-pompeii-dead-life/

Nabis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/these-painters-found-calm-in-an-age-of-distraction–more-than-a-century-ago/2019/12/19/388031ec-210d-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html
https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-10-26-exhibition-bonnard-to-vuillard

Some photos from the GEM:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-antiquities-ministry-offers-sneak-peek-of-the-new-grand-egyptian-museum/

Feature on the Museum of the Royal Atarazanas (Dominican Republic):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/20/actualidad/1576843564_115665.html

Egypt’s Museum of islamic Art was marking its 115th:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79042/Celebrating-115th-anniversary-of-Museum-of-Islamic-Art

Hyping some ‘hot’ exhibitions coming in 2020:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50822699
https://fadmagazine.com/2019/12/28/the-top-5-exhibitions-to-see-in-london-in-the-new-year/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Export of a Gainsborough recently sold at auction is on hold for a while at least:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-50893118

… and France blocked the export of that Cimabue piece that recently came to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/24/france-blocks-export-of-24m-cimabue-artwork-found-in-kitchen
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50901497
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-26/christ-mocked-painting-barred-from-export/11827684
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this hidden Nativity scene found under a painting of John the Baptist:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-nativity-scene-painting-detected.html

Scans of a trio of 500 years bp Inuit mummies reveal possible heart disease:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/surprise-ancient-inuit-mummy-scans-reveal-possible-heart-disease
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Tracking climate change in Chile via larch evidence:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/como-era-la-temperatura-en-chile/945117/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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European cave art:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/20/ciencia/1576847895_903519.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Little Women:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/little-women-and-the-marmee-problem

An Iliad:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/12/27/an-iliad-article/

Monteverdi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/arts/music/monteverdi-tenet.html

Feature on Beethoven:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-abcs-of-beethoven/g-51722000

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CRIME BEAT
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Greek police seized a 6th century BCE statue head in Corinth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247884/article/ekathimerini/news/antiquities-police-seize-rare-6th-century-bc-statue-fragment-in-corinth
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/25/man-arrested-after-attempting-to-sell-off-ancient-artefact-for-500000-euros/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/38244-kouros-head-confiscated-by-greek-police-as-man-tries-to-sell-it-for-e500-000.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/275943/ancient-kouros-head-confiscated-by-police-as-man-tries-to-sell-it-for-500000-euros/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/26/man-arrested-for-attempting-to-sell-head-of-ancient-greek-kouros-statue-video/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/154894/man-seeking-500-000-euros-for-kouros-head-arrested/

A smuggling attempt in Iraq save a Torah, among other things:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/bec11967-0d74-4ef0-841c-8d22b0c51e38

Arrests in the Piraeus involving a Neolithic figure and an ampnora:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247889/article/ekathimerini/news/two-arrested-in-piraeus-over-neolithic-statue-classical-amphora

Some guy was arrested after smashing things at the Denver Art Museum:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/denver-teenage-vandal-1418611?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=news&utm_content=everyday-news

Feature on a scandal involving looted Cypriot mosaics (this was a while ago):

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2019/12/26/art-crime-doesnt-pay-looted-cypriot-mosaics-once-led-carmel-art-dealer/2708874001/

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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Alberta is trying to repatriate some Chief Crowfoot items from the UK:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-alberta-tries-to-clear-the-way-for-chief-crowfoots-relics-to-come/

On reclaiming India’s stolen cultural heritage:

https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/reclaiming-indias-stolen-cultural-heritage/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on silver coinage of Ptolemaic kings:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-silver-coinage-of-the-greek-kings-of-ptolemaic-egypt/

Feature on sea beasties on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/sea-creatures-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n51.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n52.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Karl E. Meyer:

http://art-crime.blogspot.com/2019/12/journalist-karl-e-meyer-has-died-at-91.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2906-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-15-through-december-21-2019

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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