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explorator 25.04 May 15, 2022
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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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Finds suggest Neanderthals reached Naxos some 200 000 years bp:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/11/neanderthals-early-humans-reached-greek-island-of-naxos-200000-years-ago/

Old news of some 130 000+ years bp stone tools found on Crete back in 2010 and their implications:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/10/stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-man-sailed-the-mediterranean-130000-years-ago/

Study of diminishing human brain size:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220503-why-human-brains-were-bigger-3000-years-ago

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2021.742639/full

Feature on the role of climate in human evolution:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/climate-change-human-evolution/

Feature on sapiens-neanderthal relations (from a violence standpoint):

https://www.inverse.com/science/humans-vs-neanderthals

A French historian suggests there's no evidence for the patriarchy in the Paleolithic:

https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-sabado/noticia/marylene-patou-mathis-historiadora-francesa-no-tenemos-evidencia-arqueologica-de-que-el-patriarcado-haya-existido-en-el-paleolitico/6KVJFI2LEBHRHM23PFYWRONEQA/
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AFRICA
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A study of mid/late 19th century graffiti of ships found in Zanzibar Fort:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_910751_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-historic-graffiti-soldiers-africa-maritime.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/09/historic-graffiti-made-by-soldiers-sheds-light-on-africa-maritime-heritage/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10531-220509-zanzibar-fort-graffiti

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0067270X.2022.2047526

A study of East African maritime traditions suggests changes in boatbuilding techniques over time:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-academic-east-african-maritime-traditions.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the restoration of colours at the Esna Temple:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115823/Egyptian-German-archaeological-mission-restoring-Esna-Temple-succeeds-in-revealing
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/restoration-work-reveals-original-colour-and-patterns-in-ancient-egyptian-temple/143605
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64066

Another feature on the source of the meteoric iron in Tut's dagger:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-new-origin-story-for-king-tuts-extraterrestrial-dagger

Zahi Hawass was talking in Houston:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115701/Hawass-gives-lecture-in-Houston-Museum-of-Natural-Sciences-on
https://egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-signs-his-new-book-at-houston-museum-of-natural-sciences/

In case you missed the scan of a hitherto mislabelled sacred Ibis mummy at Cornell:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-mysterious-mummy-identified-as-ibis-likely-sacrificed-to-egyptian-god-180980057/

Archaeologists in Iran oppose legislation legalizing the antiquities trade:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/05/11/Iran-archaeologists-oppose-bill-allowing-antiquities-trade
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/iran-archaeologists-oppose-bill-allowing-antiquities-trade/
https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-parliament-antiquities-trafficking/31844837.html

... and a related OpEd:

https://www.iranfocus.com/en/iran-general/48698-sale-of-irans-historical-items-is-there-anything-left-to-sell/

Iran is seeking UNESCO Heritage status from Hegmataneh:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472377/Ancient-Hegmataneh-working-group-formed-to-surmount-obstacles

More on that 4500 years bp sculpture of Anat dug up by a Palestinian farmer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palestinian-farmer-digs-up-4500-year-old-goddess-sculpture-180980055/

A very interesting Neo Assyrian subterranean complex, including a depiction of a procession of deities, found beneath a home in Basbuk (Turkey):

https://www.livescience.com/neo-assyrian-rock-relief-discovered-turkey
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/science/turkey-chamber-assyrian.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/turkish-home-ancient-art-scn/index.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20220510210419.htm
https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Fertility_cult_complex_discovered_under_Turkish_home_dates_to_Iron_Age-2129405
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706697
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/11/ancient-iron-age-art-discovered-in-hidden-complex-beneath-turkish-home
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/iron-age-rock-art-beneath-turkish-house-1234628387/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/assyrian-carving-gods-turkey-2113045
https://hyperallergic.com/732106/iron-age-rock-art-found-under-turkish-home/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/secret-tunnel-reveals-procession-of-ancient-gods
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/iron-age-subterranean-complex-discovered-beneath-turkish-home/143549
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/11/archaeologists-discover-subterranean-complex-beneath-a-turkish-house/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10538-220512-turkey-assyrian-drawings

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/an-assyrianised-rock-wall-panel-with-figures-at-basbuk-in-southeastern-turkey/82415CB88AF5392098777D2A1B27D008#

... and I think we mentioned this other 'underground city' find in Turkey which is being connected to early Christianity:

https://www.livescience.com/christians-hid-from-romans-in-underground-city

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/hanging-gardens/

Study suggests more than spices and perfumes were traded along the Nabatean Incense Trade Route:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706501
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-trash-a-treasure-in-mapping-first-steps-to-globalization-on-incense-route/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/oysters-in-desert-reveal-secrets-of-incense-route-trade-2-300-years-ago-1.10796286
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/surprising-source-sheds-light-on-ancient-nabataean-roman-trade-across-the-negev/2022/05/12/

Restoration of that trumphal arch in Palmyra is getting under way:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=271844

Evidence that caves in the Tekoa Valley were used as refuges during the Bar Kokhba revolt:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/327353
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/archeology/1652176858-west-bank-relics-reveal-history-of-ancient-jewish-revolt-in-tekoa-valley

More on possible Crusader-era hand grenades from Jerusalem:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/05/09/study-suggests-jerusalem-vessels-were-ancient-hand-grenades/
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/researcher-doesn-t-want-a-war-over-ancient-hand-grenade-study-20220513-p5al2z.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-15/ancient-vessels-used-as-hand-grenades-during-crusades/101037550

OpEddish sort of thing on Samaritan views of restoration and conservation on Mount Gerizim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706569

Another suggestion for the location where John the Baptist baptized Jesus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-where-exactly-did-john-the-baptist-baptize-jesus-1.10789988

Israel's new National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel should be finished by the end of the year:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/national-campus-for-the-archaeology-of-israel-set-to-be-completed-by-end-2022/

I think we've mentioned these 8500 years bp structures from the UAE:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-neolithic-structure-abu-dhabi-uae
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https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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14th-12th century BCE Colchis artifacts from Georgia:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2022/1715

A partially-cremated Hellenistic-era burial from Istanbul:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cremated-remains-found-turkey

A Roman-era 'service station' from Hertfordshire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10801849/Ancient-Romans-answer-Roadchef-Archaeologists-uncover-2-000-year-old-roadside-service-station.html

Roman era remains (including two burials) found during redevelopment in Barcelona:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/two-skeletons-from-roman-times-discovered-in-redevelopment-works-in-barcelona-h26874.html

New 3rd century CE finds from the House of the Marine Mosaics at Porto Torres (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2022/05/13/scoperti-nuovi-tesori-in-domus-mosaici-marini-a-porto-torres_4a683928-1d7b-49fd-8694-8841992e40b5.html
https://www.sardiniapost.it/cronaca/domus-dei-mosaici-marini-scoperte-nuove-aree-archeologiche/
https://www.unionesarda.it/cultura/porto-torres-nuovi-tesori-riemergono-nella-domus-dei-mosaici-marini-nonr9h7m
https://voce.com.ve/2022/05/13/655191/scoperti-nuovi-tesori-in-domus-mosaici-marini-a-porto-torres/

Not sure if we mentioned this 4th/5th century CE 'Greek' necropolis found in Croatia last summer:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/10/necropolis-hvar-dates-fourth-century-ad/

... or this 1st century BCE burial of a woman on a bronze bed found last year in Eordea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/08/stunning-archaeological-finds-greece-dig-reveal-ties-to-apollo/

Latest finds from the 7th century bCE Cortijo de Acebedo Phoenician site in Malaga:

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/mijas-fuengirola/excavation-cortijo-acebedo-20220506143230-nt.html

Latest finds from the Mentor wreck:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/13/from-the-depths-of-despair-lord-elgin-and-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/new-finds-from-the-historic-shipwreck-mentor/

Late coverage of the find of a mummified/intact burial from Pompeii last year:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/pompeii-skeleton-proves-greek-culture-thriving-ancient-rome/

More on that Roman bust found at a Texas Goodwill:

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/classics/news/ut-classics-and-the-mystery-of-the-marble-bust
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/goodwill-find-in-texas-turns-out-to-be-ancient-roman-bust-173601
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/10/roman-marble-bust-goodwill/
https://mymodernmet.com/goodwill-ancient-roman-statue/
https://www.dw.com/en/priceless-antique-bust-found-in-thrift-shop-to-return-to-germany/a-61768532
https://hypebeast.com/2022/5/sextus-pompey-roman-bust-goodwill-austin-texas
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/business/2022/05/09/goodwill-ancient-roman-bust-nr-vpx.cnn
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-sculpture-likely-looted-during-wwii-turns-up-at-texas-goodwill-180980045/

More on efforts to recreate perfume associated with Cleopatra:

https://hyperallergic.com/727055/what-did-cleopatra-smell-like-ancient-egyptian-perfume/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-smell-odor-artifacts-texts-egypt-archaeology

More on the pair of 3000 years bp 'boxer' statues from Sardinia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/iron-age-boxer-statues-torsos-discovered-in-sardinian-necropolis
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/05/07/two-more-giants-discovered-at-monte-prama_1df5612a-8f6e-4b4c-8c0b-291a9091ffcd.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sardinia-giant-statues-2113883
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64024
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-monte-prama-stone-giants/143586
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-reveal-3000-year-old-giant-statues-sardinian-necropolis-180980061/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10534-220510-sardinia-giants-boxers

More on that Constantine-era coin hoard found in Switzerland:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706333
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-coins-constantine-the-great-uncovered-by-amateur-1234627938/

More on Nemea getting European Heritage status:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/12/ancient-nemea-awarded-the-european-cultural-heritage-label/

Feature/interview with Nancy de Grummond:

https://www.archaeological.org/member-spotlight-nancy-de-grummond/

There's a new director in charge of Paestum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/08/i-wept-with-joy-young-director-made-guardian-of-italys-temples-of-paestum

Review of Philip Feeman, *How to Tell a Story*:

https://lithub.com/2000-years-old-and-still-going-strong-aristotles-lessons-in-storytelling/

There were a few features on silphium this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/silphium-plant-ancient-greeks-contraception-perfume/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/15/caesars-favourite-herb-was-the-viagra-of-ancient-rome-until-climate-change-killed-it-off

Feature on 'manhood' in ancient Greece:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/manhood-in-ancient-greece-battle-blood-and-not-being-a-bottom-1.10787527

Feature on women in Greek theatre:

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/culture/art-theatre/the-lost-voices-of-women-in-greek-theatre

Feature on Mithraic rituals:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mithraism-mithraeum-floor

Feature on the Byzantine Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/42158-history-of-the-byzantine-empire.html

Feature on Greek and Roman paintings:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/ancient-greece-rome-paintings/

Another feature on what Romans drew all over Hadrian's Wall:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/hadrians-wall-penises-archaeology-30032019/

Feature on the Derveni Krater:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/derveni-krater-masterpiece-ancient-greece/

Feature on Knossos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/09/ancient-knossos-palace-ruins/

Feature on the infant necropolis at Astypalea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/ancient-cemetery-for-infants-discovered-on-greek-island/

Feature on Plato's Allegory of the Cave:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/06/plato-allegory-cave-connection-present-greece/

Feature on the Judgement of Paris:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/13/judgement-of-paris-first-beauty-pageant/

Feature on Pytheas of Massalia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/pytheas-of-massalia-the-first-greek-to-reach-britain-and-the-arctic/

Feature on Pausanias:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/07/pausanias-cultural-geographer-of-ancient-greece/

Feature on Iklaina:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/12/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

Feature on what ancient Greek philosophers thought about life on other planets:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/aliens-greek-philosophers-history/

Speculating what might have happened if Caesar hadn't been assassinated:

https://classicalfuturist.substack.com/p/what-if-julius-caesar-hadnt-been-assassinated?s=r

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Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 5000 years bp arrowhead from a Cork beach:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40871414.html

Latest find from melting ice in Norway is an Iron Age arrow with fletching preserved:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-arrow-norway-mountain
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stunningly-wellpreserved-arrows-with-feathers-revealed-by-melting-ice-sheets-in-norway/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10542-220513-norway-glacier-arrow

Not sure if we've mentioned these Iron Age burials from Balinville-sur-Orne:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64040

Latest finds from around Stonehenge (pre monument) include 10 000 years bp hunting pits, among other things:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-mystery-rock-archaeologists-b2075729.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61408488
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10813143/Prehistoric-hunting-pits-discovered-Stonehenge.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-706464
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2022/geophysical-sensors-excavations-and-computers-reveal-millennia-of-prehistoric-stonehenge-land-use
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stonehenge-hunting-pit-discovery-2113906
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-hunter-gatherer-pits-reveal-new-features-of-stonehenge
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/new-discoveries-in-wider-stonehenge-landscape/143580
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/millennia-of-prehistoric-stonehenge-land-use-revealed/

A family found a hoard of 38 medieval silver coins in Bentley:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/doncaster-family-discover-hoard-of-38-medieval-silver-coins-during-dig-on-private-land-in-bentley-3693983

Remains of a 13th century structure from Weymouth:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20128184.remains-13th-century-medieval-home-found-weymouth-dig/

A possible 13th century image of Jesus revealed in a building stone in Ballymore:

https://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/2022/05/12/hidden-13th-century-face-of-christ-carving-discovered-in-ballymore/

A metal detectorist found a 15th/16th century St Margaret of Antioch silver 'veneration badge':

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-61439097

A medieval site from the Outer Hebridges:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/rare-medieval-site-in-the-outer-hebrides-discovered-3689600
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/outer-hebrides-medieval-lords-isles-b2077674.html

An 18th century mass grave of English soldiers near Utrecht:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/05/skeletons-found-in-vianen-mass-grave-mostly-english-soldiers/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61391848
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64052
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10535-220511-meningitis-mass-grave

Plans to study the motte at Shrewsbury Castle:

https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2022/05/10/archaeologists-to-explore-the-motte-at-shrewsbury-castle/

... and there's funding:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-61380879

Plans for a dig at a housing development site in Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/site-new-390-strong-housing-7059389

... and similarly at a development site at Barton-upon-Humber:

https://www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/archaeological-investigations-begin-at-site-of-proposed-residential-development

A project looking for early connections between Ireland and Wales:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/pilot-project-explores-the-earliest-connection-between-ireland-and-wales/143574

Damage to a 2000 years bp Scottish broch is being investigated:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/police-investigate-damage-to-prized-iron-age-broch-as-stones-removed-to-build-cairn-3686905

More on recent finds from the site of Hyde Abbey:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/20123056.major-archaeological-discovery-hyde-abbey/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10533-220510-england-hyde-abbey

More on the functionality of Bronze Age knives:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-daggers/

More on the 'colonization' of the black rat in Roman and Medieval times:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/how-black-rat-colonized-europe-in-roman.html

More on the 1700 years bp sandal from melting ice in Norway:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-find-1700-year-old-roman-sandal-in-melting-ice-in-norway/

Review of Alice Roberts, *Buried*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/bury-st-edmunds-full-headless-skeletons/

Zooarchaeological feature on bird remains from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608593752/ancient-estonians-trained-hawks-for-hunting-and-organized-cockfights

Feature on Bronze Age finds from Bohemia over the years:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606/3

Feature on a medieval Viking town (Borgund) in Norway:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-viking-medieval-town-norway

Feature on the Wieliczka Salt Mine:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/the-wieliczka-salt-mine/143539

The Collection Museum in Lincoln has acquired the Leasingham Horse Brooch:

https://www.lincolnshireworld.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/incredibly-rare-horse-brooch-found-near-sleaford-to-be-housed-at-the-collection-museum-in-lincoln-3692013

Latest in efforts to return the Bayeux Tapestry to France:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/v-a-s-deal-may-fix-frayed-relations-xxnqbnph0
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A study of social changes to ancient Mongolian society due to livestock and dairying:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-livestock-dairying-social-ancient-mongolia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220511142350.htm

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0265775

A study of the distribution of sites in Xinjiang:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01306-5

A study of hunter-gatherers on Hokkaido over 25 000+ years:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-climate-currents-japan-hunter-gatherer-cultures.html

cf: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021GL096611

Concerns/egal case regarding an ongoing excavation at a 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri causing destruction of archaeological remains at the site:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/archaeological-remains-near-puri-jagannath-temple-destroyed-says-asi/article65398792.ece
https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/bhubaneshwar/irreparable-damage-archaeological-remains-around-puri-jagannath-temple-asi-informs-orissa-high-court-damning-report-1503070084.html
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2022/may/10/jagannath-temple-heritage-corridor-projectundertakensans-permission-asi-2451856.html

Dating of finds from Mayiladumparai suggest Tamils were using iron some 4000 years bp:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamils-knew-use-of-iron-4000-years-ago-archaeological-findings-show-1107771.html
https://theprint.in/india/iron-age-in-tamil-nadu-dates-back-4200-years-oldest-in-india-excavated-implements-reveal/949224/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/krishnagiri-site-traces-iron-tools-to-2172bce/articleshow/91457605.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tamil-nadus-iron-age-began-4200-years-ago/articleshow/91455544.cms
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tamil-nadu-iron-usage-carbon-dating-cultural-significance-explained-7916375/

7th century (maybe) ivory pendants from an excavation trench at Vembakottai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/ivory-pendant-found-at-vembakottai-archaeological-excavation-site/article65416268.ece

A possible 9th century oil press from a field in Nedumalai village in Punganur Panchayat:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/ancient-oil-press-found-in-field/article65401415.ece

A 10th century stone inscription from a Shiva temple site in Tiruvannamalai:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/may/15/stone-inscription-dating-back-to-10th-century-found-in-shiva-temple-at-tiruvannamalai-2453781.html

Chinese porcelain identified in a palace in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/may/12/ancient-chinese-porcelain-vessels-discovered-by-school-students-in-tn-2452462.html

A dig at Rakhaigarhi village in Haryana suggests there was a planned Harappan city there:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/rakhigarhi-dig-gives-evidence-of-a-planned-harappan-era-city/articleshow/91425231.cms
https://www.outlookindia.com/travel/recent-excavations-in-haryana-s-rakhigarhi-throw-new-light-on-indus-valley-civilisation-news-195971
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10537-220511-india-rakhigarhi-jewelry

Remains of 19th century soldiers from India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tamil-nadu-iron-usage-carbon-dating-cultural-significance-explained-7916375/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10540-220513-india-soldiers-remains

Pondering the Taj Mahal's locked rooms:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61429270
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A study of 65 000 years of food remains from a rock shelter site in Kakadu:

https://theconversation.com/65-000-years-of-food-scraps-found-at-kakadu-tell-a-story-of-resilience-amid-changing-climate-sea-levels-and-vegetation-181240

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379122001299
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NORTH AMERICA
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A project to locate the remains of the Gaspee, which Rhode Islanders burned some 250 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-scientists-renew-efforts-ship-torched.html
https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/13/rhode-island-marine-archaeology-project-volunteers-shipwreck-hms-gaspee-search/9744427002/
https://apnews.com/article/science-rhode-island-archaeology-569e431039ba67b2a95ef66b33bd645d
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/scientists-renew-efforts-find-ship-torched-colonists-84627585

... see also:

https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/13/rhode-island-marine-archaeology-project-volunteers-shipwreck-hms-gaspee-search/9744427002/
https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/columns/2022/04/25/1772-rhode-islanders-burned-the-gaspee-british-tax-ship/7413333001/

19 burials (date?) from the site of a proposed battery plant in Kentucky:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/10/ford-battery-plant-human-remains-kentucky/9718381002/
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/09/human-remains-found-ford-hardin-county-glendale-kentucky-battery-plant-site/9710483002/
https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/burial-remains-ford-electric-battery-park-blue-oval-sk-hardin-county-kentucky/417-efb1751d-13de-4c03-80f5-e257b234182a

An update on the ongoing dig in downtown Guelph:

https://guelph.ca/2022/05/archaeological-excavation-of-baker-district-redevelopment-site-may-11/

More on that 1000 years bp Alabama cave art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/07/us/cave-art-alabama.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-large-scale-mud-art-in-alabama-cave-1.10777099
https://hyperallergic.com/731452/north-americas-largest-cave-art-discovered-in-alabama/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/spirits-of-bygone-eras-americas-largest-cave-figures-discovered
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/05/ancient-cave-art-how-new-hi-tech.html

More on climate change/flooding concerns at Jamestown:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jamestown-permanent-colony-soon-be-underwater-180980059/

More on plans for genetic investigations arising from the Clotilda investigations:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/05/dna-recovery-attempt-begins-on-last-american-slave-ship
https://www.wsls.com/news/national/2022/05/12/alabama-shipwreck-holds-key-for-kin-of-enslaved-africans/
https://mynbc15.com/news/local/alabama-historical-commission-provides-updates-on-clotilda-recovery

More on that project to resink three 18th century ships from the Potomac:

https://abc3340.com/news/offbeat/remnants-of-18th-century-ships-to-be-preserved-in-creative-watery-way-alexandria-virginia-ben-brenman-park-pond-historic-timbers-waterlogged-potomac-river-history-maryland-archaeological-conservation-lab-excavations
https://local12.com/news/offbeat/remnants-of-18th-century-ships-to-be-preserved-in-creative-watery-way-alexandria-virginia-ben-brenman-park-pond-historic-timbers-waterlogged-potomac-river-history-maryland-archaeological-conservation-lab-excavations
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the Chinchorro mummies:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/in-chile-the-worlds-oldest-mummies-seek-new-home/

More on that 800 years bp Aztec dwelling found in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/aztec-house-discovered-mexico
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/aztec-abode-floating-gardens-mexico-city-1234628230/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-uncover-massive-800-year-old-aztec-dwelling-mexico-city-180980079/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10530-220509-mexico-aztec-dwelling

More on the oldest evidence for the Maya calendar:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/mayan-calendar-hieroglyphs/

More on ayahuasca use in Inca child sacrifices:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/inca-children-sacrifice-ayahuasca-chemical

More criticism of the Mayan Train project:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexican-environmentalists-indigenous-leaders-denounce-maya-train-proje-rcna28114
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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the New England vampire panic:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/the-new-england-vampire-panic/143567

The Guigoz collection in Switzerland seems to be legally iffy:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/swiss-canton-has--legal--claim-to-controversial-artefacts/47564262

Not sure where to put this one on ancient Western Asian plaster reproductions in Berlin museums:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/plaster-reproductions-berlin-state-museum

Feature on the history of playing cards in France:

https://francetoday.com/culture/the-fabulous-history-of-playing-cards-in-france/

Feature on a very tiny Bible at the Leeds Central Library:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64032

Feature/reviewish on choreomania in the 16th century:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220512-the-people-who-danced-themselves-to-death

Identification of a portrait that might be 'Oliver Cromwell's mum':

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-61347711

Some of Michelangelo's first sculptures have been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64003

More on First Nations folks in Australia and North America sustainably harvesting oysters:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/indigenous-oyster-harvesting
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/may-14-ancient-oyster-mounds-seagrass-sweet-secret-saving-the-mekong-delta-and-more-1.6451429/indigenous-people-harvested-huge-amounts-of-oysters-sustainably-through-history-study-finds-1.6451431

Reviewish sort of thing on three books about misinterpretations of the female body:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/may/09/the-big-idea-why-we-need-to-rewrite-the-history-of-female-bodies

Review of Paul Craddock, *Spare Parts*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/books/review/spare-parts-paul-craddock.html

Review of Candice Millard, *River of the Gods*:

https://politpost.com/2022/05/15/exploration-at-the-edge-of-disaster/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Ukrainian forces digging trenches uncovered some amphorae in Odessa:

https://odessa-journal.com/in-odessa-the-ukrainian-military-discovered-ancient-amphorae/

Kyiv museum curators are telling the stories of some of their artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/09/kyiv-museum-curators-bravely-criticise-war-by-telling-stories-of-its-collections-historic-objects

116 churches have been destroyed in the Ukraine conflict:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/05/11/ukraine-116-eglises-auraient-ete-detruites-depuis-le-debut-de-la-guerre/

More on Russian forces looting a museum in Ukraine:

https://www.livescience.com/scythian-gold-stolen-ukraine-museum/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Feature on horse domestication:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2022/tale-domesticated-horse

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archives:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-61394416
https://museumcrush.org/the-photos-and-archive-of-carter-and-the-tomb-of-tutankhamun/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-unsung-egyptians-who-helped-find-king-tut-tomb-180980074/

cf: https://theoxfordmagazine.com/event/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive/
https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/media/tutankhamun

Horace Walpole and Philanthropy in 18th Century London:

https://exhibits-new.library.yale.edu/s/knighterrant/page/intro

Points of Contact:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/05/09/unraveling-past-sterling-library-exhibition-goes-beneath-surface

Feminine Power:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/feminine-power-the-british-museums-celebration-of-the-divine-female-hnzgq0tpc

Schliemann:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/09/archaeologist-adventurer-and-spinner-of-tales-the-life-of-heinrich-schliemann-is-reassessed-in-berlin-show
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/12/heinrich-schliemann-was-one-of-the-great-figures-of-archaeology/

Matisse:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/10/absolutely-enthralling-why-matisses-red-studio-still-packs-a-punch

cf: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5344

Donatello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/05/12/donatello-michelangelo-florence-exhibition/

Slaves of Fashion:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-essex-61355000

Art and Sensuality in the Houses of Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2022/05/09/pompeii-bares-all-in-new-exhibition-of-erotic-art/?sh=1aa2d1b251e1
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/13/art-and-sensuality-in-the-houses-of-pompeii/

OpEddish sort of thing on 'unpleasant' items in museums:

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/45823/20220512/a-man-found-a-mysterious-cross-in-an-attic-the-local-history-museum-said-no-thanks

The American Museum of Natural History's Northwest Coast Hall has reopened after renovations:

https://www.archpaper.com/2022/05/the-american-museum-of-natural-historys-northwest-coast-hall-reopens-following-historic-revitalization/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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That hoard of Roman silver coins found in Wiltshire a while ago is up for auction:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/hitoric-discovery-in-vale-of-pewsey-up-for-sale-9253954/

I think we mentioned this Ides of March gold coin coming to auction a while ago:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/rare-gold-eid-mar-aureus-offered-in-numismatica-ars-classica-sale

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A new study is suggesting some revisionism is needed for the genetic origins of the first farmers:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220512121823.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10541-220513-europe-farming-genome

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01322-w

DNA study of 'lost' indigenous peoples of Uruguay:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-ancient-dna-insights-lost-indigenous.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220511123507.htm

Study of the Asian genetic legacy in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-05-14/tras-la-huella-genetica-del-galeon-de-manila.html

More on DNA studies of Neolithic burials from Fleury-sur-Orne (France):

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-woman-warrior-burial-france
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10532-220509-france-neolithic-burials

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What we can learn from the Little Ice Age:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/09/climate-crisis-lessons-to-learn-from-the-little-ice-age-cooling
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ottoman capitals:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-tourism-route-to-take-visitors-on-journey-in-ottoman-capitals/news

Livorno:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220508-livorno-tuscanys-unattractive-unmissable-town

Florence:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2022/05/12/actualidad/1652370557_538825.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Oberammergau Passion Play:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-centuries-old-oberammergau-passion-play-is-back/a-61782655
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/14/we-kept-our-beards-oberammergaus-passion-play-emerges-from-pandemic

Feature on Ukrainian composers in the early 20th century:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/arts/music/ukraine-classical-music.html

The Orchestra Now:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/arts/music/orchestra-now-carnegie-hall-review.html

Irish Rose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/11/theater/abies-irish-rose-broadway.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Tutankhamun: the Last Exhibition:

https://www.verdenews.com/news/2022/may/11/great-art-screen-tutankhamun-last-exhibition-premi/
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CRIME BEAT
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Someone vandalized a column in Jerash:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/vandalism-targets-jerashs-ancient-column
https://www.albawaba.com/node/jarash-columns-horribly-defaced-jordan-police-look-vandals-1475942

... and someone was charged:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/individual-detained-charges-vandalising-jerashs-ancient-column

Vague item on the arrest of some antiquities smugglers in Tripoli:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/sdf-arrests-antiquities-smugglers-tripoli

Jail time for a trio accused in Hong Kong's biggest antiquities heist:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3177629/3-jailed-2-1/2-years-stealing-hk5-billion-worth

A missing Picasso may have been spotted at Imelda Marco's home:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/13/lost-picasso-spotted-in-imelda-marcos-home-after-son-bongbong-election-win

More on the British geologist charged with smuggling in Iraq:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-geologist-faces-death-penalty-in-iraq-2111372
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-man-found-with-ancient-shards-in-iraq-to-stand-trial/2022/05/11/37322a5c-d132-11ec-886b-df76183d233f_story.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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A new initiative to recover Nigeria's looted art:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61318785

The Queen has declined returning temple remains to Libya:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/uk-refuses-libya-request-return-stolen-artefacts

Cambodia is seeking help getting the UK to return looted antiquities:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61354625
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/13/uk-museums-must-investigate-and-return-looted-treasures-allegedly-handled-by-douglas-latchford-says-cambodian-government
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202205/13/WS627db1d8a310fd2b29e5c653.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/cambodia-uk-museums-douglas-latchford-letters-1234628654/
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501075256/u-k-museums-urged-to-return-objects-allegedly-looted-from-cambodia-by-disgraced-dealer-douglas-latchford/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/why-does-the-cambodian-government-think-britain-has-stolen-its-sacred-objects-3692262
https://au.news.yahoo.com/long-struggle-return-cambodias-looted-045306047.html

The Kaw people are choosing a site for the return of its sacred boulder:

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/10/1097104352/the-kaw-people-are-choosing-a-site-for-a-sacred-boulder-returned-to-the-tribe

I think we mentioned the return of this Nostradamus manuscript, stolen some 15 years ago:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64055

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of ancient Rhodes:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coins-of-ancient-rhodes/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n19.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n20.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Paul Mellars:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-university-mourns-passing-giant-23914843
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professor-sir-paul-mellars-obituary-rs6k8rcvg

Amanda Claridge:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2022/05/13/amanda-claridge-archaeologist-acclaimed-definitive-oxford-guide/

Bruce Cresson:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/wacotrib/name/bruce-cresson-obituary?id=34733538

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3175-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-1st-2022-through-may-7th-2022

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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