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explorator 24.16 August 8, 2021
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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65 000 years bp pigment in Spain's Cueva de Ardales is being connected with Neanderthals now:

http://www.cnrs.fr/en/neanderthals-indeed-painted-andalusias-cueva-de-ardales
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-neanderthals-andalusia-cueva-de-ardales.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210802160624.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/02/tinted-cave-stalagmites-are-neanderthal-art-say-archaeologists
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58070141
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/682/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/682/pub/682/page/65/article/206424
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-ancient-pharaohs-boat-transported-to-new-museum/a-58795005
https://scitechdaily.com/prehistoric-cave-art-neanderthals-indeed-painted-andalusias-cueva-de-ardales/
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-study-confirms-neanderthals-created-ancient-spanish-cave-art-60-000-years-ago
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9881-210804-spain-neanderthal-art

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/33/e2021495118

Pondering homo longi:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/homo-longi/

More on Neanderthal blood types:

https://www.sciencealert.com/surprise-neanderthal-blood-discovery-hints-at-their-origins-and-downfall
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/neanderthal-blood-same-as-modern-humans/

cf: https://www.sciencealert.com/surprise-neanderthal-blood-discovery-hints-at-their-origins-and-downfall

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AFRICA
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Feature on the petroglyphs at Abourma (Djibouti):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9867675/Djiboutis-hidden-rock-art-offers-window-past.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/abourma-rock-art-site-hidden-gem-in-djibouti/news

Questioning why there are so few World Heritage sites in Africa:

https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-there-so-few-unesco-world-heritage-sites-in-africa/a-58741541

... while rebels have taken control of one in Ethiopia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58101912
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a Coptic-era (and beyond) urban settlement at Marea:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106658/Polish-mission-announces-discovery-of-unique-urban-complex-in-ancient
https://www.trtworld.com/life/a-byzantine-urban-project-in-marea-egypt-is-a-rare-archaeological-find-48952

A report on the progress of restoration of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106540/60-of-restoration-of-Great-Pillar-Hall-of-Karnak-Temple
https://tntribune.com/phar-old-job-ancient-egyptian-james-bond-temple-gets-face-lift/

The transfer of the Khufu ship to the GEM was the focus of a fair bit of coverage this week:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-minister-discusses-developments-in-khufu-ship-transfer-gem-progress/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/418527/Egypt/Politics-/Khufus-Boat-to-begin-long-journey-to-Grand-Egyptia.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106692/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ministry-of-Tourism-Antiquities-transfers-king-Khufu-ship-from
http://www.samfordcrimson.com/20210807-in-pictures-egypt-pharaohs-solar-boat-moved-to-giza-museum.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/4600-year-pharaohs-boat-makes-48-hour-journey/story?id=79340432
https://www.wbal.com/article/index/527551?title=4600-year-old-pharaohs-boat-makes-48-hour-journey-to-new-museum
https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-58088867

Photos of coloured relief paintings inside a tomb from Saqqara (not sure when it was found):

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0804/c90000-9880244.html

4th century BCE wicker baskets with remains of fruit (and other items) from the submerged ruins of Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/02/fruit-baskets-from-fourth-century-bc-found-in-ruins-of-thonis-heracleion
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/02/ancient-greek-egyptian-thonis/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/04/2200-year-old-fruit-baskets-found-in-underwater-city-of-heracleion/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/4th-century-bce-baskets-still-containing-fruit-found-in-sunken-egyptian-city/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61940
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/thonis-heracleion-egypt-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2400-year-old-fruit-baskets-underwater-egyptian-city-180978350/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9882-210804-egypt-fruit-baskets

Feature on various factors contributing to the 'destruction' of Berenike:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/07/hellenistic-egypt/

Parthian/Sassanid burials revealed during the sixth dig season at Liar-Sang-Bon (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463586/Excavation-sheds-new-light-on-ancient-cemetery-in-northern-Iran

Six sites in Iran's Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province were given national heritage status:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463598/Six-archaeological-sites-approved-as-national-heritage-in-Iran

Feature on Susa:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463806/Susa-get-to-know-Iran-s-legendary-ruined-city

Feature on the Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09rb221/the-mysterious-man-made-mountain-built-3-000-years-ago

Remains of a Seljuk-era structure from Ardabil:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463713/Archaeologists-discover-Seljuk-era-structure-in-Ardabil

The Safavid-era Paskuh fortress in Sistan-Baluchestan is undergoing restoration:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463671/Safavid-era-fortress-undergoes-restoration

A Babylonian tablet (not Plimpton 322, but associated with the same researchers) is possibly the oldest (3700 years bp) evidence of applied geometry:

https://theconversation.com/how-ancient-babylonian-land-surveyors-developed-a-unique-form-of-trigonometry-1-000-years-before-the-greeks-163428
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-mathematician-reveals-world-oldest-geometry.html
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-form-of-pythagorean-triplet
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/05/australian-mathematician-discovers-applied-geometry-engraved-on-3700-year-old-tablet
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/ancient-geometry-babylonian-tablet
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/babylonians-discovered-trigonometry-1500-years-before-greeks-1234600894/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/si-427-babylonian-clay-tablet-09934.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/this-ancient-tablet-secretly-held-the-oldest-evidence-of-applied-geometry-in-the-world/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/05/the-worlds-oldest-example-of-applied-geometry/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-tablet-shows-babylonians-used-pythagorean-geometry-1000-years-pythagoras-180978376/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9890-210806-babylonian-tablet-geometry

More on the Nabonidus petroglyph in Saudi Arabia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/06/last-king-of-babylon-depicted-in-saudi-arabia-rock-carving/

Excavations will be resuming at the 5500 years bp site of Cadir Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-restart-on-5500-year-old-settlement-in-turkeys-yozgat/news

Excavations will also be resuming at Alacahuyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeological-digs-to-start-in-central-turkeys-alacahoyuk/news

... where there is a 'weed' problem, apparently:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/struggle-against-weed-continues-in-alacahoyuk-166790

A roundup of archaeological news from Turkey over the past month:

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

Evidence that Natufians in northern Israel were trading/importing basalt some 15 000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/natufians-in-northern-israel-brought-basalt-from-afar-15-000-years-ago-1.9955795

Evidence of an 8th century BCE earthquake from various sites in Israel which is mentioned in the Bible:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/evidence-of-2800-year-old-biblical-earthquake-found-in-jerusalem-675809
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearth-1st-jerusalem-evidence-of-quake-from-bibles-book-of-amos/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/311137
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/08/04/archaeologists-find-tangible-proof-of-biblical-catastrophe/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-evidence-of-biblical-earthquake-uncovered-by-israeli-archaeologists-in-jerusalem-1.10084286
https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/bk4ocn001f
https://hamodia.com/2021/08/04/archaeological-evidence-earthquake-occurred-malchus-yehudah-uncovered-yerushalayim/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-evidence-8th-century-bc-earthquake-described-old-testament-180978385

Archaeologists have found the location (maybe) where the Arameans breached the walls of Philistine Gath:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-find-where-the-arameans-breached-walls-of-philistine-gath-1.10076941
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/in-a-seinfeld-moment-israeli-archaeologists-hail-momentous-find-of-nothing-1.10076941

More on the section of Jerusalem's wall connected to the Babylonian invasion:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/311342

Feature on recent finds from Azekah:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/TIMELINE-in-photos-excavating-biblical-azekah-1.10051449

Arguing for el-Araj as the actual site of Bethsaida:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-the-case-of-el-araj-as-the-real-bethsaida-the-lost-city-of-the-gospels-1.10070642

Feature on Timothy Harrison and his work at Tell Tayinat:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/canadian-archeologist-devotes-life-to-history-of-southern-turkey/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/canadian-archeologist-dedicates-his-life-to-excavations-in-southern-turkey/2327959

Feature on Scott Stripling and his work at Shiloh:

http://katytimes.com/stories/katy-based-bible-archaeologist-heads-to-israel,4416

Israel has taken control of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-right-wing-group-to-lose-control-over-jerusalem-archaeological-park-1.10048780?__twitter_impression=true

Russia is restoring a number of Syrian sites:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/russias-new-twist-syria-policy-restore-archaeological-sites

Some new UNESCO Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/03/unesco-sites-greek-writings-saudi-arabia/

A Syrian-Hungarian team is studying the medieval Margat Castle in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/syrian-hungarian-archaeological-mission-explores-margat-castle

Not sure where to put this one ... hyenas have apparently filled a Saudi Arabian cave with bones of various kinds (including human) over the past 7000 years:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-extensive-pile-animal-and-human-bones-saudi-arabia-cave-180978375/
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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This year's work at Troy has included undoing some of the damage Schliemann did:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/schliemanns-destruction-in-turkeys-troy-repaired-after-150-years/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/schliemanns-destruction-still-in-troy-after-150-years-166867

A Phrygian temple from Turkey's Afyonkarahisar province:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/video-gallery/news/archaeologists-unearth-phrygian-temple-in-western-turkey-3578012

A 2400 years bp pithos burial from Antandros:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-pithos-burial-unearthed-in-turkeys-antandros/news

A 1900 years bp grave stele from Parion:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/video-gallery/news/archaeologists-unearth-1900-year-old-treasure-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-parion-3577791

An important intact votive deposit from a sanctuary at San Casciano dei Bagni:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61950
https://www.adnkronos.com/un-tesoro-romano-scoperto-nel-santuario-di-san-casciano-dei-bagni_3L3af2fzDwXx4H50x9uBGp

A Roman coin from Norfolk was apparently 'deliberately damaged' in antiquity:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-58001605

I think we mentioned this hoard of Roman military equipment from Son Catlar (Menorca):

https://web.ua.es/en/actualidad-universitaria/2021/julio2021/26-31/university-of-alicante-inaph-team-of-researchers-discovers-a-store-full-of-roman-materials-in-son-catlar.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9856313/Massive-hoard-Roman-weapons-dating-100-BC-ancient-settlement-Spain.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1472490/Archaeology-news-Historic-Roman-Army-Menorca-Rome-Empire-Punic-Carthage
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-archaeologists-have-found-trove-roman-weapons-ancient-settlement-1-180978327/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9879-210803-spain-roman-weapons

A gold chain necklace from Deultum:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61914

New excavations at the theatre of Perinthos are about to begin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-theater-of-perinthos-to-be-unveiled-in-nw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/theater-of-ancient-city-to-be-unearthed-166765

... while there is evidence Perinthos was founded by colonists from Samos ca 600 BCE:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-theater-of-perinthos-to-be-unveiled-in-nw-turkey/news

Excavations have resumed at Pompeiopolis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-pompeiopolis-166844

Mapping of the underwater site at Amathus is complete:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/08/03/underwater-works-at-amathus-completed/

A bronze item from Leicester is being used to support the idea that lions were used in executions in Roman Britain:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/thrown-to-the-lions-new-evidence-from-roman-britain-executions-revealed
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-artefact-reveals-lions-roared-in-for-the-kill-in-roman-leicester-zssvfp6k6

Funding for excavations of a Roman bathhouse in Carlisle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-58116874
https://cumbriacrack.com/2021/08/06/unearthing-carlisles-roman-past-thanks-to-99900-boost/
https://www.lancs.live/news/local-news/carlisles-roman-bathhouse-excavated-after-21242709

Feature on 'Watling Temple (found three years ago):

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittingbourne/news/remains-of-2-000-year-old-roman-temple-to-be-unveiled-251866/

A statue of Alfred the Great is apparently a reworked Roman statue:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/07/ancient-origins-londons-alfred-great-statue-revealed/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/686/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/686/pub/686/page/40/article/204292

More on that Claudian boundary stone:

https://www.livescience.com/sacred-stone-legend-of-romulus-remus-rome.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-boundary-stone-dated-emperor-claudius-reign-unearthed-rome-180978362/

More on the Roman road and canal found in the Netherlands:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/archaeologists-uncover-major-roman-road-and-canal-in-the-netherlands/139818

More on the amphora-laden shipwreck off Palermo:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9852403/Roman-shipwreck-dating-2-200-years-packed-wine-jars-coast-Sicily.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/02/ancient-roman-vessel-discovered-off-sicilian-coast
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/video-archaeologists-discover-roman-wreck-laden-with-amphorae

More on the Roman road beneath a Venice lagoon:

https://mymodernmet.com/roman-road-discovered-venice/

More on that Visigoth sarcophagus from a Roman site in Spain:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/visigoth-sarcophagus-los-villaricos-spain-1234600662/

The recently-revealed thermopolium at Pompeii is opening to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-to-open-roman-fast-food-diner-to-visitors.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/08/06/roman-fast-food-restaurant-recently-unearthed-pompeii-will-open/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/684/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/684/pub/684/page/59/article/206661
https://mediterraneoantico.it/articoli/news/pompei-completato-lo-scavo-del-termpolium-della-regio-5/

Old news of finds (2018, I think) from the Temple of Artemis in Evia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/03/new-finds-reveal-more-of-greek-goddess-sanctuary/

... and old news on use of moveable stages at ancient Greek theatres:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/japanese_researcher_on_use_of_moveable_stages_in_ancient_greek_theater-3011941/

The fires in Greece threatened the site of Olympia this week:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7372029/greek-fires-threaten-ancient-olympia/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/08/05/ancient-greek-site-olympia-threat-raging-wildfires/
https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/devastating-forest-fires-approach-ancient-greek-site-of-olympia
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/climate/ancient-olympia-wildfires-first-olympics-v27971d98
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210805-greece-battles-to-control-fire-close-to-ancient-olympic-site

... but it was saved (it seems ... some press coverage is behind):

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/site-ancient-olympics-saved-greece-turkey-battle-raging-wildfires-n1276013
https://www.thedailybeast.com/greek-firefighters-manage-to-save-ancient-olympics-site-as-flames-continue-to-rage
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fires-rage-greece-cultural-heritage-sites-narrowly-avoid-disaster-180978382/

... and arson suspects are in custody:

https://ens-newswire.com/ancient-olympia-saved-from-wildfire-arson-suspects-in-custody/

A recently-found mosaic in Rimini is being reburied (Italian):

https://www.corriereromagna.it/rimini-il-mosaico-romano-torna-sotto-terra/
https://www.chiamamicitta.it/le-terme-romane-di-rimini-tornano-sottoterra-cemento-sul-grande-mosaico/

Feature on Naomi Neufeld's 'Sport and Festival' course at the University of Toronto:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-olympics-students-explore-pankration-ancient.html
https://www.utoronto.ca/news/pankration-olympics-underway-u-t-course-explores-ancient-games

Feature on Victoria Austen's Classical wikipedia assignment:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/modern-twist-on-teaching-classics-575004922.html

The UK plans to teach Latin in more state schools to end its perception as 'elitist':

https://news.sky.com/story/latin-to-be-taught-in-more-state-schools-in-bid-to-remove-elitist-perception-12369071
https://schoolsweek.co.uk/latin-excellence-programme-classics-gavin-williamson/

... and, of course, there are various opinions on the plan:

https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/cambridge-professor-mary-beard-backs-schools-scheme-to-make-9210088/
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/why-latin-isnt-just-for-posh-boys
https://ie-today.co.uk/news/plan-to-teach-latin-in-state-schools-utterly-misconceived-says-former-head/
https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21833
https://unherd.com/2021/08/latin-is-the-language-of-the-enemy/
<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/aug/08/requiescat-in-pace-no-need-to-resurrect-latin-in-schools">Requiescat in pace: no need to resurrect Latin in schools | Letters | The Guardian</a>

A Boston University project to teach Classical things to low income high school students:

https://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/humanities-center-summer-program-teaches-the-classics-high-schoolers-teagle-foundation-grant/

Feature on Jon Frey and is work at Isthmia:

https://cal.msu.edu/news/digitizing-discoveries-classical-studies-professor-to-lead-legacy-dig-in-ancient-greece/
https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2021/bringing-an-archeology-project-into-the-digital-age

Review of LJ Trafford, *Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome*:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9851709/Was-Ancient-Rome-REALLY-sexual-free-all.html?ito=1490
https://www.nation.lk/online/was-ancient-rome-really-a-sexual-free-for-all-106990.html

Review of Stephen Fry, *Troy*:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1638017/fiction-fry-does-the-iliad

... and an interviewish/feature thing on Stephen Fry:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/08/in-conversation-stephen-fry/

Feature on Helike:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-a-vanished-ancient-greek-city-helps-us-think-about-disasters

Another feature on polychromy of statues in antiquity:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-07/think-classical-sculptures-were-white-marble-think-again/100323028
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-greek-roman-sculptures-reveal-their-true-colors/

In case you need a handy list of Latin insults:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/649087/latin-insults

Feature on 'carpe diem':

https://daily.jstor.org/how-carpe-diem-got-lost-in-translation/

Feature on ancient Greek democracy:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-greece-democracy-origins

Feature on Asklepios and Mnemosyne:

https://daily.jstor.org/healing-and-memory-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on how Athens got its name:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/31/the-original-names-of-the-city-athens-and-their-history/

Feature on six ancient women philosophers:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/01/ancient-greek-female-philosophers-should-know-about/

Feature on ancient Greek priestesses:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/01/priestesses-women-status-ancient-greece/

Feature on the Battle of Chaeronea:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/this-day-philip-ii-macedons-army-claims-victory-battle-chaeronea/

Feature on a ring from Knossos and the Myceneans:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-08-05-from-the-ancient-city-of-knossos-the-lady-of-the-ring/

Another call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/02/world-hellenic-inter-parliamentary-body-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/

... while returns to Iraq are raising hopes of the return too:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/06/looted-artifacts-returned-to-iraq-could-open-path-for-parthenon-marbles/

An examination of the 'moral argument' for their return:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/07/the-parthenon-report-morality-vs-law/
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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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14 000 years bp remains/burial of a woman from the Cova Gran de Santa LInya site (Spain):

https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/211400?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/211400

Remains of a Neolithic or Bronze Age 'monument' from near Bedford:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-57926247

200+ Late Bronze Age burials from a site in Germany:

https://www.az-online.de/altmark/stendal/archaeologische-grabung-bei-insel-200-bis-250-graeber-vermutet-90893451.html

A Bronze Age 'village elder' burial from Burwell:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-58106514

An alignment of thirteen menhirs at a construction site in Switzerland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/archaeologists-unearth-alignment-of-menhirs-at-saint-leonard/139857

A metal detectorist came across some 3000 years bp tools in Shropshire:

https://www.mywelshpool.co.uk/viewernews/ArticleId/20884

... this seems related to the above:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19496482.bronze-age-medieval-items-unearthed-monmouthshire/

A metal detectorist came across an Anglo-Saxon 'sword pyramid mount':

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57999456
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9861719/1-400-year-old-Anglo-Saxon-sword-pyramid-metal-detector-Norfolk.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/metal-detector-finds-6th-century-ornate-sword-pyramid-in-uk-town-4050218.html
https://inews.co.uk/news/metal-detectorist-unearths-sutton-hoo-era-norfolk-sword-pyramid-mount-1131302
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61921
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-discovered-medieval-sword-pyramid-mount-180978363/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9880-210803-england-sword-pyramid

Foundations of the medieval Butcher's Bridge in Ljubljana:

https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/made-in-slovenia/8700-remains-of-medieval-butcher-s-bridge-found-in-ljubljana
https://english.sta.si/2930180/archaeologists-find-butchers-bridge-remains-from-medieval-ljubljana
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9889-210806-slovenia-medieval-bridge

Remains of a 13th century (maybe) castle on the grounds of Soulton Hall in Shropshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-58069335
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9869947/Archaeologists-13th-century-castle-finding-wall-blocks-wood-Shropshire.html
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2021/08/02/castle-unearthed-in-north-shropshire-countryside/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9888-210805-england-soulton-castle-remains

Metal detectorists found a hoard of medieval coins in Warwickshire:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/metal-detectorists-discover-rare-collection-21235475

A mass grave 'hundreds of years old' found during building work at St Mary's Church in Thakeham:

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/people/human-remains-discovered-in-south-downs-village-3331088

Thieves looking for lead appear to have 'accidentally' burst open a tomb filled with 600 years bp skeletons:

https://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/thieves-burst-open-tomb-at-dalkeith-graveyard-filled-with-600-year-old-skeletons-3332363

Grazing sheep and goats helped reveal some long-hidden burial markers in Cork County:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheep-help-uncover-historic-graves-ireland-180978336/

A Baltic shipwreck might turn out to be the Swan:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/08/sailing-ship-discovered-in-baltic-sea-may-have-been-the-17th-century-swan/

Concerns for the wreck of La Girona off the coast of Co Antrim:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/681/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/681/pub/681/page/36/article/202493

A hidden Nazi cache from Hagen:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/hidden-nazi-cache-revealed-in-hagen/139846

More on the find of a William the Conqueror coin at Richmond Castle:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeological-dig-at-richmond-castle-reveals-forgotten-entrance-and-silver-penny-from-william-the-conquerors-reign-3331615
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2021-08-04/now-what-do-we-have-here-dig-uncovers-ancient-treasure-at-richmond-castle

More on that medieval 'female warrior' burial from Finland:

https://www.utu.fi/en/news/press-release/weapon-grave-of-suontaka-hattula-in-finland-reveals-flexible-gender-roles-in-the
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dna-tests-solve-mystery-finnish-warrior-buried-women-clothes-middle-ages-2c79rv6lt
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-grave-non-binary-warrior-finland.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/02/new-interpretations-for-the-weapon-grave-of-suontaka/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9877-210802-finland-suontaka-grave

More on the Anchor Church Caves 'house':

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/02/9th-century-anglo-saxon-cave-house-identified-in-derbyshire/

The Wentworth Woodhouse estate is being restored:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/grand-house-gets-set-to-bloom-again

Feature on the Cucuteni-Trypillia culture:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210805-cucuteni-trypillia-eastern-europes-lost-civilisation

Feature on women's involvement in the English Civil War:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/english-civil-war-women

Martin Biddle is now in favour of a dige at Silver Hill:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19483882.professor-martin-biddle-explains-u-turn-silver-hill-digs/

Brian May found what might be the oldest family photo taken at Stonehenge:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58058188

... and the latest on the Stonehenge tunnel thing:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58092117

Review of Michael Pye, *Antwerp*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/08/antwerp-the-glory-years-by-michael-pye-review-the-medieval-mammon
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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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Study suggests Bronze Age farmers in China preferred cows to sheep and goats:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/08/til-the-cows-come-home/
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-bronze-age-farmers-gave-preferential.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210804141206.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9886-210805-china-bronze-age-cattle

Evidence of a 2500 years bp coin minting site from Henan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-china-oldest-coin-making-facility.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-archaeological-monetary-minting-mold-discovered-in-china-676134
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/2600-year-old-mint-discovered-in-china-could-be-worlds-oldest-coin-factory-4056611.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/oldest-mint-spade-coins-chinese-foundry-1234601047/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/guanzhuang-coin-mint-09937.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/ancient-coin-mint-discovered-in-china-from-over-2500-years-ago/139852

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/radiocarbondating-an-early-minting-site-the-emergence-of-standardised-coinage-in-china/178ECC2B245A017BF684BE1EFC732BD1

Major ruins found in Nara are suggesting it was once an imperial residence:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385163

Restoration of the Angkor-era Bay Kaek temple is under way and almost complete:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-era-temple-restoration-nears-completion

A Bronze Age dolmen from South Korea found in 2007 has been identified as a gravyard (marker?) rather than an altar:

http://www.ajudaily.com/view/20210802160757005

A Sangam-era iron dagger with a wooden handle from Konthagai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/for-the-first-time-keeladi-site-yields-iron-dagger-with-wooden-handle-madurai/article35732053.ece
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/iron-dagger-with-wooden-handle-skeletal-remains-found-at-konthagai/articleshow/85113562.cms

A 14th century Kakatiya inscription from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/andhra-pradesh-14th-century-kakatiya-inscription-found-in-prakasam-district/articleshow/84946832.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ancient-tamil-inscription-found-at-temple-near-chirala/article35672340.ece
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/020821/14th-century-tamil-inscription-unearthed-at-motupalli.html

An ancient water management structure with an interesting inscription from Trichy:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/chola-era-inscription-praises-goldsmith-for-sponsoring-sluice/articleshow/85139168.cms

More on that silver coin from Keeladi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/silver-coin-found-at-keeladi-reveals-economic-activities-of-settlement/article35712050.ece

More on the 3000 years bp shark attack victim from Japan:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-resolve-enigma-of-man-savaged-3-000-years-ago-in-japan-1.9945494
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on Tongerlongeter:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-tongerlongeter-the-tasmanian-resistance-fighter-we-should-remember-as-a-war-hero-165308

Plans to rebury a number of Aboriginal remains is causing controversy:

https://theconversation.com/mungo-ancestral-remains-reburial-proposal-disrespects-the-elders-original-vision-164854
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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds from the site of the second battle of Sackets Harbor:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2021/08/01/unearthed-artifacts-tell-story-war-1812-battlefield/

Native American remains from an Oak Harbor construction site (WA):

https://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/native-american-remains-unearthed-at-building-site/

More 'likely human' bones from a construction site in Columbus, Indiana:

https://www.wdrb.com/news/national/more-bones-likely-human-found-at-indiana-construction-site/article_3fc582b9-1b4b-5879-8c3a-928012833c47.html

Feature on the ongoing-dig at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump:

https://globalnews.ca/news/8095227/archaeology-students-dig-up-the-past-at-head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump/
https://globalnews.ca/video/8095289/digging-up-the-past-in-southern-alberta

A potential investigation of an unmarked Pensacola graveyard is being discussed:

https://www.wuwf.org/local-news/2021-08-02/task-force-may-study-unmarked-pensacola-graveyard

GPR has identified three possible burials beneath Tropicana Field:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/graves-tropicana-field-parking-lots/67-30e18341-3ab5-4173-82c5-da68b6c6e5dc
https://www.fox23.com/news/trending/3-possible-graves-found-under-parking-lots-tampa-bay-rays-stadium/MGBQLL4UWNCEPIV4Y67E5T25NY/

Fallout over plans to reinter possible Tulsa Race Massacre victims:

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/critics-air-grievances-over-reinterment-of-possible-tulsa-race-massacre-burials/article_38dc20b6-f56d-11eb-a3ef-1b4d213a70c5.html

Studying New York's old growth forests for dating and climate purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-york-city-hidden-old-growth-forests.html

cf: https://structurae.net/en/literature/conference-paper/harvesting-new-york-city-old-growth-urban-forestry

More on obsidian from Lake Huron:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/08/03/lake-huron-rock-ice-age/5434121001/

Feature on northern free states' 'black laws':

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/03/1024108231/until-justice-be-done-examines-northern-free-states-so-called-black-laws

A plaque commemorating the enslaved people who helped to build the White House:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-plaque-tells-enslaved-people-who-built-white-house-180978342/

Estimating Mayflower descendants:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57698818

Fires in California have pretty much destroyed the Gold Rush town of Greenville:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58106314
https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/greenville-dixie-fire-main-street-buildings-lost-16366580.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study suggests Machu Picchu might be at least a few decades older than previously thought:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/08/04/machu-picchu-older-expected-study-reveals
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-machu-picchu-older.html
https://www.livescience.com/machu-picchu-older-than-thought.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/04/scientists-discover-machu-picchu-could-be-at-least-two-decades-older-than-thought
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/machu-picchu-age-history-peru-b1896588.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/machu-picchu-peru-study-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/machu-picchu-older-than-previously-thought-1995769
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/radio-carbon-dating-reveals-that-machu-picchu-is-older-than-previously-thought/139831
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radiocarbon-dating-reveals-machu-picchu-older-previously-thought-180978360/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9887-210805-machu-picchu-date

An interview with Leonardo Lopez Lujan and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma about the Templo Mayor and related things:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-08-03/el-templo-mayor-cambio-la-cara-de-ciudad-de-mexico.html

Feature on 'tension' between Mexico and Spain, history-wise:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-08-07/mexico-espana-la-historia-que-nos-divide.html

Feature on assorted books' approaches to the conquest of Mexico:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-08-07/las-otras-conquistas-de-1521-narradas-desde-mexico.html

Investigations continue on pre-Columbian spheres from Costa Rica:

https://thecostaricanews.com/investigations-continue-on-pre-columbian-spheres-in-costa-rica/

Feature on Maya Blue and the pottery it was used on:

https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2021/08/maya-blue-and-the-vessels-of-the-diving-gods/

Feature on amaranth:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/06/ancient-grain-amaranth-food-trend-indigenous

Feature on Caral:

https://www.history.com/news/caral-peru-norte-chico-oldest-civilization-western-hemisphere

Studying why the Maya abandoned their cities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-did-the-maya-abandon-their-once-bustling-cities

A contest to stop the deterioration of the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/08/inah-launches-contest-to-stop-deterioration-of-the-feathered-serpent-pyramid-in-teotihuacan/

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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A 28 000 years bp preserved lion cub from Siberia:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/05/world/frozen-cave-lion-cubs-siberia-scn/index.html

cf: https://www.mdpi.com/2571-550X/4/3/24/htm

A project to restore an 800 years bp church organ in Bethlehem:

https://catholicphilly.com/2021/08/news/world-news/800-year-old-church-organ-in-bethlehem-may-breath-new-life/
https://catholicleader.com.au/news/world/musicologist-hopes-to-reconstruct-12-century-organ-from-bethlehem-church-that-survived-crusades/

Feature/study/project of Ogham:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19495243.ogham-insights-set-transform-understanding-ancient-celtic-writing-style/
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40352630.html

Feature on studying ancient food residues:

https://thecounter.org/what-can-a-3000-year-old-baby-bottle-tell-us-about-ancient-food-habits/

Feature on the Black underwater archaeologists looking for slave shipwrecks around the world:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/searching-for-slave-ship-wrecks-scn/index.html

Feature on Ezra Pound:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/books/the-downfall-of-ezra-pound.html

On the Men-Yoroi:

https://www.mindbounce.com/trivia/the-mempo-was-a-distinctive-piece-of-armor-worn-where/

Feature on Marie Antoinette's 'decorative dairy':

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/marie-antoinette-dairy-milkmaid-rambouillet-neoclassicism/

Feature on Panini and Piranesi:

https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/history-culture/9771-eighteenth-century-views-of-rome-the-art-of-giovanni-paolo-panini-and-giovanni-battista-piranesi

Feature on Isaac Newton:

https://interestingengineering.com/isaac-newton-the-father-of-modern-science

Thomas Jefferson didn't think the Constitution would last very long, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/04/opinion/amend-constitution.html

On the weirdness of English spelling:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-the-english-spelling-system-so-weird-and-inconsistent

A German pensioner was fined for having a WWII tank in his house:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58077039
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9859553/German-pensioner-fined-200-000-keeping-WWII-TANK-AA-gun-huge-arsenal-home.html

Feature on the sport of pedestrianism:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210723-the-strange-19th-century-sport-that-was-cooler-than-football

Pending changes to the NYPL photo collection are causing concerns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/03/arts/design/new-york-public-library-picture-collection.html

On the history of 'Hey Diddle Diddle':

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/hey-diddle-diddle-lyrics-meaning-nursery-rhyme/

Sherwood Forest has a nudism problem, apparently:

https://www.dw.com/en/merry-nudists-disturb-visitors-in-robin-hoods-sherwood-forest/a-58782293

On ancient nomads:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210730-the-ancient-origins-of-the-new-nomads

On the history of wedding veils:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/wedding-veils-long-intricate-history-214030047.html

On the history of service-based US economy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/08/pandemic-american-shoppers-nightmare/619650/

On the history of aspirin:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/02/hippocrates-willow-history-aspirin/

On cave art as 'cinema' (we've heard this before):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/prehistoric-cave-art-proto-cinema-1994505
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atxurra-cave-art-experimental-archaeology

Reviewish of Jennifer Scheper Hughes, *The Church of the Dead: The Epidemic of 1576 and the Birth of Christianity in the Americas*:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-explores-plague-christianity-americas.html

Review of a book on agent-based modelling applications in archaeology:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-agent-based-archaeology-simulate-complexity-societies.html

Review of Maria Tatar, *The Heroine with 1001 Faces*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/09/maria-tatar-heroine-1001-faces/619494/

More on the possible Michelangelo thumbprint:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61906
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On the history of gymnastics:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/explainer-how-gymnastics-evolved-from-exercising-naked-explainer-tokyo-greek-alexander-the-great-men-b1894884.html
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports/ancient-greece-meant-exercising-naked-how-gymnastics-evolved-over-time/2575761/
https://www.wsls.com/sports/2021/08/02/explainer-how-gymnastics-evolved-from-exercising-naked/

On the first Olympics:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/5-facts-you-may-not-know-about-the-first-olympics

How they trained for the Olympics in ancient times:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210804-how-to-train-like-an-ancient-greek-olympian

On the role of Indigenous athletes in the Olympics:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-do-indigenous-athletes-fit-into-the-olympics/

On what Poe can teach us about the pandemic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/john-tresch-edgar-allan-poe-science/619014/

On teaching US history in the South:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/02/opinion/South-slavery-Confederacy-curriculum.html

A study of some 'precedents' for the US Capitol insurrection:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/02/want-to-make-jim-jordan-sing-about-the-capitol-attack-ask-jefferson-davis

Feature on Emancipation Day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/08/01/aug-1-is-emancipation-day-end-british-slavery-didnt-mean-freedom/

Australia is planning reparations to Indigenous persons:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/08/05/australia/australia-reparations-stolen-generation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/05/australia-indigenous-school-reparation/
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/5495620001

cf: https://aiatsis.gov.au/explore/stolen-generations

OpEd on decolonizing anthropology:

https://www.michigandaily.com/columns/decolonizing-anthropology-im-not-indiana-jones-and-i-dont-want-to-be/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/europe-news/nero-british-museum-exhibition-betrayed-conspiracy-8161250

Syrian mosaics:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1165446/valuable-syrian-mosaics-on-show-in-athens/

Typewriters:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-57955578

Epic Iran:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/epic-iran-spellbinding-journey-pasts-presents

Decoding the Roman Dead:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19488382.inside-colchester-castles-new-exhibition-decoding-roman-dead/

Buddhist relics from Sind:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-museum-to-preserve-fifth-century-buddhist-relics-from-stupa-in-sind/articleshow/84958422.cms

Doggerland:

https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/environment/566123-archeologists-piece-together-lost-atlantis-from

The 'iceberg wall' at the Titanic Museum collapsed:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/03/us/titanic-museum-iceberg-injured-trnd/index.html

Medieval coins found by a metal detectorist are being donated to a Coventry museum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-58128228

UNESCO is hyping the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/03/grand-egyptian-museum-to-exert-significant-influence-regionally-globally-unesco/

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum is not reopening:

https://www.nhregister.com/metro/article/Quinnipiac-s-Ireland-s-Great-Hunger-Museum-16368969.php

Beirut's national museum is 'slowly' reopening:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/beirut-national-museum-slowly-re-opens

Review of a pair of books on museums and looted objects:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n16/adewale-maja-pearce/strewn-with-loot
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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High expectations for a Van Gogh coming to Christie's:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/a-usd40m-van-gogh-landscape-is-coming-up-for-sale-in-new-york

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests 'Levantines' and 'Arabians' have different origins:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210804123500.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/genomic-study-levantines-and-arabians-have-different-origins-1.10084582

Using DNA to identify concentration camp victims:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/08/06/remains-of-concentration-camp-victims-identified-as-jewish-prisoners-in-new-genetic-study/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A database of 3000 lead isotope analyses from the Iberian peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-database-isotope-analyses-geological-archaeological.html

Another feature on the use of AI on ancient texts:

https://news.nd.edu/news/researchers-use-ai-to-unlock-the-secrets-of-ancient-texts/
https://techxplore.com/news/2021-08-ai-secrets-ancient-texts.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on the effect of climate changes at various time in Egypt's history:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/08/02/forever-changes-climate-lessons-ancient-egypt

More on climate and the origins of agriculture in Japan:

http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/news/detail/?id=618
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9878-210802-japan-climate-agriculture
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TOURISTY THINGS
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Analyzing Bach's piano music:

https://psyche.co/ideas/bachs-chamber-music-is-intimate-precision-and-homeric-epic-in-one

In case you don't know Stravinsky:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/04/arts/music/classical-music-stravinsky.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of brothers in Capaccio were found in possession of some archaeological relics:

https://www.v-news.it/capaccio-paestum-trovati-reperti-archeologici-di-stile-dorico/

A pair of Arkansas men pleaded guilty to damaging a historic mine site:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdar/pr/two-arkansas-men-plead-guilty-damaging-historic-mines-buffalo-national-river

A Dutch man is facing charges after a failed attempt to steal a Roman coin collection in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-trial-begins-over-failed-robbery-of-roman-golden-coins/a-58740610
https://nltimes.nl/2021/08/03/dutch-man-jailed-trying-steal-roman-gold-german-museum
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/dutch-man-trial-failed-theft-roman-coin-collection-1234600700/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61930

A pro-Hadi Yemeni minister is accused of smuggling antiquities:

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/08/02/663572/Document-reveals-pro-Hadi-Yemeni-minister-involved-in-antiquities-trafficking
https://alkhabaralyemeni.net/2021/08/02/138314/

More on CPB officers in Kentucky intercepting a shipment of illicit antiquities coming from Mexico:

https://www.kentuckytoday.com/stories/ancient-artifacts-seized-by-customs-officers,33440
https://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/national/article253252728.html
https://www.murrayledger.com/news/state/ancient-artifacts-seized-by-customs-officers-in-louisville/article_f734d64c-f3f2-11eb-97f0-97a56063d46b.html
https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending/customs-agents-thwart-attempted-smuggling-12th-century-artifacts-kentucky/NVT2FLAOAJHZDBAKFQTK23QNPE/
https://www.whio.com/news/trending/customs-agents-thwart-attempted-smuggling-12th-century-artifacts-kentucky/NVT2FLAOAJHZDBAKFQTK23QNPE/
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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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A piece of Stonehenge taken by a restoration worker in the 1950s has been returned and studied:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-analysis-stonehenge-core-sample-megalith.html
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-pillars-mesozoic.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/rediscovered-chunk-of-stone-henge-gives-a-glimpse-deep-inside-the-iconic-pillars-2/amp

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0254760

Italy has won a court battle with a dealer over a bust of Alexander the Great:

https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article253264258.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/italy-wins-battle-over-ancient-bust-of-alexander-the-great-9r5vxf83d
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/italy-wins-us-case-as-it-seeks-to-reclaim-marble-statue/2021/08/04/076bceee-f56a-11eb-a636-18cac59a98dc_story.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article253264258.html

Feature on efforts to have remains of 116 000 Native Americans returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/arts/design/native-american-remains-museums-nagpra.html

Australia is returning 14 items of dubious provenance to India:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58027898

... while India is counting up how many things have been returned over the years (none of these have the same numbers):

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/54-stolen-antiquities-retrieved-since-1976-75-during-7-years-of-modi-government-rajya-sabha-told
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/050821/75-pc-stolen-heritage-returned-during-7-years-of-pm-modis-govt-g-kis.html
https://english.newstracklive.com/news/41-stolen-archaeological-objects-returned-to-india-in-modi-term-mc23-nu764-ta322-1174988-1.html

Mexico is receiving some 750 items from around the world:

https://www.vallartadaily.com/750-archaeological-pieces-will-be-repatriated-to-mexico/

More on the return of some 17 000 items from the US (and others) to Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-iraq-looted-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/03/world/middleeast/iraq-looted-artifacts-return.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/03/us-to-return-17000-looted-ancient-artefacts-to-iraq
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thousands-of-priceless-antiquities-returned-to-iraq-wmzngbz0r
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/682/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/682/pub/682/page/59/article/202730
https://www.reuters.com/article/iraq-heritage-int/iraq-says-us-to-return-17000-ancient-artifacts-looted-after-invasion-idUSKBN2F414V
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9883-210804-iraq-gilgamesh-tablet-repatriation

... including the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet:

https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/14955-hobby-lobby-hands-over-legendary-tablet-to-be-returned-to-iraq
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/doj-repatriates-looted-dream-of-gilgamesh-tablet-other-artifacts-to-iraq/
... and an opinion about it:

https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/the-us-return-of-looted-iraqi-antiquities-is-just-an-empty-gesture-48858

This seems to be a repatriation-related opEd aimed at the British Museum:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1470623/British-Museum-Elgin-Marbles-George-Osborne

Feature on the most valuable things 'stolen by the British' from India and other countries:

https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/social-relevance/valuable-things-stolen-by-the-british-546394.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n31.html

... and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n32.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Roberto Calasso:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/italian-literary-giant-roberto-calasso-dies-at-80/articleshow/84999314.cms

HD Cameron:

https://englianos.wordpress.com/2021/08/03/hd-cameron-1934-2021/

Daniel P Harmon:

https://classics.washington.edu/news/2021/08/04/memoriam-daniel-p-harmon

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3092-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-25-through-july-31-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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