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explorator 24.07 June 6, 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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Pondering how Neanderthals and other early humans learned to count:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01429-6
https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/origin-of-number-report-suggests-neanderthals-might-have-learnt-to-count-before-modern-humans-1810312-2021-06-03
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AFRICA
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Remains of a large medieval (?) cathedral from Old Dongola (Sudan):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C87989%2Cnewly-discovered-church-dongola-could-have-been-cathedral-say-archaeologists.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/church-discovered-in-sudan-could-be-medieval-cathedral/139346
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/cathedral-of-dongola-new-discoveries-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9735-210603-old-dongola-cathedral

More on the implications of injuries seen in the 13 000+ bp burials at Jebel Sahaba:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-05-31/ancient-cemetery-shows-how-early-humans-dispensed-indiscriminate-violence-13400-years-ago.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unearth-war-victims-from-13000-years-ago-in-sudan
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-05-31/un-cementerio-de-hace-13400-anos-confirma-la-violencia-generalizada-del-paleolitico.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/31/jebel-sahaba-a-succession-of-violence-rather-than-a-prehistoric-war/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-may-have-driven-war-sudan-13400-years-ago-180977864/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Suggestion that a stele predating the Merneptah Stele is the first mention of Israel outside the Bible:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/does-the-merneptah-stele-contain-the-first-mention-of-israel/

More on Egypt counting on tourism to help it rebound from the pandemic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-egypt-ancient-tourism-pandemic.html

... this piece seems to be related:

https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2021/jun/03/bringing-past-life/873487/

More on Egypt's official replica factory:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-06/01/c_139981534.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-06/01/content_77539861.htm

Possible 12 000 years bp burial of an infant from Hotu Cave in northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461552/Rare-discovery-yields-traces-of-hunter-gatherers-in-northern

Sassanid-era ritual furniture from a fire temple site in Vigol (Iran):

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/top-stories/ancient-gypsum-furniture-discovered-in-fire-temple-central-iran/ar-AAKzl6q
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9727-210601-iran-tables-chairs

Persepolis' recently-excavated gateway has opened to the public:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461555/Persepolis-once-awe-inspiring-gateway-opens-to-public-after

Turkey plans for 600 excavations during 2021:

https://www.siasat.com/turkey-to-carry-600-archaeological-excavations-in-2021-2146157/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-06/03/c_139987520.htm
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/03/658182/Syria-Turkey-militants-cultural-heritage-antiquities-Aleppo

A roundup of finds from Turkey last month:

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

Feature on the restoration of the Byzantine/Ottoman Yedikule Fortress:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/a-look-inside-restoration-of-byzantine-ottoman-era-yedikule-fortress/news

More on the White Monument at Tal Banat:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-white-monument-syria-oldest-war.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-war-monument-discovered-syria.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01443-8
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9731-210602-syria-memorial-mound

Feature on exiled Syrian archaeologist Adnan Al Mohamad:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/exiled-syrian-archeologist-feared-academic-life-was-over-uk-charity-cara-1033775

More on Turkey 'transferring' Syrian cultural heritage items:

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/03/658182/Syria-Turkey-militants-cultural-heritage-antiquities-Aleppo

More on 8500 years bp mustatils from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-archaeologists-find-prehistoric-cultic-monuments-in-saudi-arabia-1.9759362

Feature on the site of Ulug Depe (Turkmenestan):

https://lejournal.cnrs.fr/articles/la-cite-oubliee-dulug-depe?#Echobox=1622784026

Feature on the Sealand Dynasty:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/conservative-rebellion-sealand/

A study of the seasonal fruits and vegetables grown by ancient Canaanites:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/what-kind-of-salads-did-the-canaanites-eat-669805
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X21000857

A 2000 years bp basilica-type structure was (re)excavated in Ashkelon:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Magnificent-2000-year-old-basilica-revealed-in-Ashkelon-3-May-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-basilica-unearthed-in-ashkelon-669665
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-resurrecting-herod-s-monumental-basilica-in-ashkelon-1.9860322
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ashkelon-park-renovation-to-unveil-israels-largest-roman-basilica-to-public/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307198
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/01/2000-year-old-basilica-was-center-of-daily-life-in-roman-era-ashkelon/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/king-herods-2000-year-old-basilica-uncovered
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9653425/Archaeologists-Israel-restoring-2-000-year-old-Roman-basilica-complex-destroyed-earthquake.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/31/c_139981140.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9734-210603-ashkelon-roman-basilica

Some DSS suggest 2000 years bp some Jews had 'informal and sloppy' biblical texts for personal use:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-2000-years-ago-jews-used-biblical-paperbacks-669635

More on consumption of non-kosher fish in ancient Judea (and how it isn't such a big deal):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/those-fishy-reports-on-ancient-israelites-eating-non-kosher-seafood/

More on the 2800 years bp arrowhead from Gath:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9637455/Arrowhead-clear-impact-fracture-near-Biblical-home-Goliath.html

More on that 1500 years bp apotropaic amulet that was recently handed over to the IAA:

https://www.livescience.com/evil-eye-amulet-rediscovered-israel.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9641573/Amulet-protected-women-children-against-evil-eye-unveiled-Israel.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-archaeologists-unearth-1500-year-old-amulet-that-protected-women-and-children-from-evil-spirits-in-israel-2893089

Pondering when monotheism emerged in ancient Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/when-did-monotheism-emerge-in-ancient-israel/?mqsc=E4131797&dk=ZE1250ZF0

Israel has created an underwater antiquities park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/divers-welcome-to-explore-the-past-at-israels-first-underwater-national-park/

Feature on 'bizarre' stories from the Bible:

https://www.livescience.com/bizarre-biblical-stories.html

An interview with BAR's new editor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/5-questions-meet-bars-new-editor/

This week Israeli forces sealed off the site of Sebastia:

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/124869
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210604-israel-shuts-palestinian-archaeological-site-in-israel-is-more-important-than-the-lives-of-those-forced-to-live-in-it-https-www-middleeastmonitor-com-20210603-israel-is-more-important-than-the-lives/

In case you need some background to the Israel-Hamas conflict:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002368775/the-historical-perspective-behind-the-latest-israel-hamas-conflict

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https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very interesting 2300 years bp 'curse jar' featuring a dismembered chicken from Athens' Agora:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-curse-jar-found-athens.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/01/discovered-ancient-greek-jar-curse/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-reveal-ancient-greek-pot-with-curse-to-kill-55-people
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-wednesday-edition-1.6050320/dismembered-chicken-in-a-pot-was-used-by-ancient-athenians-as-a-bizarre-curse-1.6052157
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-athenian-curse-jar-contained-dismembered-chicken-and-list-of-intended-victims/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/2300-year-old-curse-jar-found-in-athens.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9730-210601-greece-curse-jar

cf: https://www.livescience.com/ancient-curse-jar-found-athens.html

Finds dating from the Bronze to Archaic ages from Acerra (Italian):

https://www.ilfattovesuviano.it/2021/05/tesori-vesuviani-ad-acerra-emergono-reperti-delleta-arcaica-sovrintendenza-allopera/

A 7th century BCE necropolis found during fiber optic installation in Gela and more in Piacenza (Italian):

https://www.corrierecomunicazioni.it/telco/banda-ultralarga/open-fiber-porta-alla-luce-una-necropoli-in-sicilia-via-al-progetto-di-musealizzazione/

A 'new' monumental structure of some sort from Segesta:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/segesta-sicily-monumental-building-from.html

The agora gate of Aizanoi was located this week:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/symbol-of-metropolis-discovered-in-turkeys-ancient-aizanoi

A 2000 years bp Greek altar from near Antalya:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/03/ancient-greek-altar-found-at-archaeological-site-near-antalya-turkey/
https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-ancient-history/2000-year-old-greek-altar-discovered-turkey

Brief item on a 1st century (?) coin hoard from Chianti (Italian):

https://www.iltempo.it/adnkronos/2021/05/29/news/archeologia-in-mostra-un-tesoro-di-monete-romane-scoperto-nel-chianti-2--27401929/

An imperial-era (looks 2nd century) relief from Corcumcello will be undergoing restoration (Italian):

https://www.marsicalive.it/a-corcumello-recuperato-fregio-figurato-con-armi-di-epoca-romana-sara-sottoposto-a-restauro/

Analysis of a 1700 years bp jawbone from a Roman catacomb suggests the person originally came from the Sudan:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278892-ancient-jawbone-reveals-a-2500-kilometre-journey-from-sudan-to-rome/
https://www.newser.com/story/306715/jawbone-reveals-long-journey-to-ancient-rome.html

Another bit of a Roman aqueduct from Stabian territory, specifically in Gragnano (Itlaian):

https://napoli.occhionotizie.it/scoperto-acquedotto-romano-gragnano/

A rather high proportion of 3rd century decapitated burials from a Somersham burial ground are clearly executions of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57189875
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/world/europe/roman-burials-decapitated.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/31/europe/decapitated-roman-remains-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9636201/Roman-farm-slaves-decapitated-archaeologists-claim.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/31/europe/decapitated-roman-remains-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.cbs58.com/news/exceptionally-high-number-of-decapitated-bodies-found-at-roman-burial-site
https://www.wral.com/exceptionally-high-number-of-decapitated-bodies-found-at-roman-burial-site/19704369/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61482
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/exceptionally-high-number-of.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/excavations-reveal-evidence-of-judicial-execution-by-decapitation-during-roman-period/139353
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9729-210601-roman-cemetery-executions

Doubts over claims the bones of St Peter might be in a 'forgotten tomb':

https://aleteia.org/2021/06/05/researchers-say-bones-beneath-st-peters-might-not-be-his/
https://www.catholicsentinel.org/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/Scholar-discounts-new-claim-St-Peter-s-remains-may-be-in-forgotten-tomb-/-3/382/43513
https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/06/02/st-peter-forgotten-tomb-vatican-240779
https://thecatholicuniverse.com/scholar-doubts-new-claim-st-peters-remains-may-be-in-forgotten-tomb/

Late Roman cisterns from Metropolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unearth-cisterns-at-izmirs-ancient-metropolis

Plans for excavations in Los Alcazares to find Roman and Arab remains:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeological_excavation_in_los_alca_zares_to_locate_roman_and_arab_remains_1606242-a.html

Low water levels revealed 'Pompey's bridge' near Tbilisi:

https://www.rferl.org/a/ancient-bridge-georgia-mtkvari-pompey-mtskheta/31282768.html

More on the Punic tomb from Zabbar:

https://www.art-insider.com/punic-tomb-over-two-millenia-old-uncovered-in-malta/2307
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/punic-tomb-discovered-during-water.html

More on the remains of a Roman aqueduct/water channel from Aydin:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/aqueduct-that-once-carried-water-to.html

More on those well-preserved Roman baths from Spain:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/travel/2021/05/21/ancient-roman-baths-dunes-spain-sfc-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/travel/

Hobby Lobby is now suing Dirk Obbink over what they paid for several bits of papyri:

https://www.courthousenews.com/hobby-lobby-sues-oxford-professor-over-stolen-bible-artifacts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hobby-lobby-sues-dirk-obbink-over-stolen-biblical-antiquities-1976416
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/former-oxford-professor-sued-for-5m-over-sale-of-biblical-papyrus-kz2lr8qx5
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/june/hobby-lobby-dirk-obbink-gospel-papyrus-theft-suit-7-million.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9654169/Oxford-don-arrested-theft-biblical-papyrus-fragments-facing-5-million-lawsuit.html

The Acropolis is now more accessible:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/03/acropolis-more-accessible-visitors/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210605-acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row

... but other folks see the 'makeover' as 'barbaric':

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210605-acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row

A contract has been signed for redevelopment of the Paphos Gate archaeological site:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/02/contract-signed-for-redevelopment-of-paphos-gate-archaeological-site/

Plans to protect and promote Colchester's Roman Circus have been approved:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19348041.plan-protect-promote-colchesters-roman-circus-approved/

A solar farm threatens Silchester Roman ruins:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/solar-farm-would-threaten-silchester-roman-ruins-says-archa-9201273/

Italy is being pressured to buy the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/italy-still-at-an-impasse-over-torlonia-marbles

... a background piece (complementing one in the Museum section):

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/06/the-story-behind-marble-masterpieces-in-rome/

The pandemic has made it easier to loot Roman sites:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-artifacts-covid-looting/index.html

Princeton has removed its Latin/Greek requirements (i.e. they're starting a Classical Civilization program):

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2021/06/princeton-university-latin-greek-classics-language-requirement-accessibility-op-ed

... and it's being spun rather differently:

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/princeton-removes-greek-latin-requirement-for-classics-majors-to-combat-systemic-racism/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/princeton-removes-greek-latin-for-classics-majors-to-combat-racism/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_arts_literature_usa/arthro/princeton_university_nixes_greek_and_latin_requirements_for_classics_majors-2588766/

OpEd on the situation at Howard:

https://theundefeated.com/features/classics-is-a-part-of-black-intellectual-history-howard-needs-to-keep-it/

Pondering access and outreach issues at Cambridge:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/features/21577

Another interview with Mary Beard:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/31/magazine/mary-beard-rome-interview.html

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.kwbu.org/post/likely-stories-thousand-ships-natalie-haynes

Review of Michael Fontaine, *How to Tell a Joke*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-tell-a-joke-review-a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-11622821485

Martha Nussbaum on #MeToo:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/martha-nussbaum-on-metoo

Feature on being a child in the Roman Empire:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/what-was-it-like-to-be-a-child-in-the-roman-empire

Feature on some tunnels created by Claudius in Avezzano:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tunnels-of-claudius

Pondering whether Latin is a dead language:

https://www.livescience.com/did-latin-die.html

Feature on Socrates:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/socrates-philosopher-life-books-works-b1856924.html

... and an opeddish thing on how he wouldn't have fared better today:

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2021/06/socrates-canceled-in-antiquity-would-fare-no-better-today-guest-opinion-by-jeff-frank.html

Feature on Maximian's palace at Seville that was destroyed 30 years ago for train station purposes:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-06-04/in-spain-loss-of-roman-empires-largest-palace-for-a-high-speed-train-station-still-hurts.html

Feature on Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/roman-military-at-fishbourne-and-how-the-story-is-still-emerging-3258550

Feature on some ancient Roman beauty techniques:

https://daily.jstor.org/recipe-for-an-ancient-roman-glow-up/

Feature on Roman legions of Spain, Roman Africa, and Egypt:

https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1757/legions-of-spain-roman-africa--egypt/

Feature on the Romans' conquest of the Balearic Islands:

https://www.thecollector.com/how-roman-military-conquered-balearic-islands/

Feature on the theatre at Thorikos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/thorikos-the-oldest-known-theater-in-the-world-lies-almost-forgotten/

Feature on the Minoan language:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/deciphering-the-mysterious-minoan-language-of-ancient-crete

Interesting photos from the first excavations at Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/04/rare-photos-first-excavations-sacred-greek-island-delos/

Feature on horror's roots in Greek tragedy:

https://www.fangoria.com/original/greek-tragedy-and-horror-part-i/

Feature on what ancient Greeks and Romans knew about the spread of disease:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_history_and_science/arthro/what_ancient_greeks_romans_knew_about_preventing_the_spread_of_disease-2614080/

Five myths about Stoicism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-stoicism/2021/06/01/53609cea-bcca-11eb-9c90-731aff7d9a0d_story.html

Feature on the Zeugma mosaics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/the-greek-mosaics-of-zeugma/

Feature on the Jockey of Artemision:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/05/jockey-of-artemision-greek-art-in-all-stunning-glory/

Feature on some sarcophagi from Bursa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/bursas-sarcophagi-mesmerize-as-ancient-works-of-art/news

Feature on garum:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/aylin-oney-tan/chemistry-between-fish-and-salt-165123

Feature on the Colossus of Rhodes:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/rhodes_and_the_wonder_of_the_ancient_world-2546002/

Feature on the Greek theatres at Messene and Sicyon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/04/ancient-greek-theaters-of-sicyon-and-messene-are-treasures-of-the-peloponnese/

Feature on erotic art of ancient Greece and Rome:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/erotic-art-ancient-greece-rome/
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/ancient-greek-and-roman-erotic-art/230217/

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/pythagoras-greek-philosopher-theorem/

Feature on Socrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/05/socrates-founder-of-western-philosophy/

Feature on the Olympians:

https://richmond.com/the-olympians/article_8968dc1d-0108-5697-976c-980a0c4e9d01.html

Feature on modern democracy fitting the Greek idea of oligarchy:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/03/for-ancient-greeks-our-modern-democracy-is-oligarchy/

Pondering whether the US Senate resembles ancient Rome:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2021/06/does-us-senate-resemble-ancient-rome/619060/

More on the new Cambridge Ancient Greek dictionary:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-researchers-add-back-swear-20700551
https://www.thenationalherald.com/science/arthro/ancient_greek_dictionary_from_the_victorian_era_gets_21st_century_upgrade-2589162/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A study of Mesolithic elk tooth rattles/ornaments found in several burials in Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoh-sar060321.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archaeological-prehistoric-pendants.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/8000-year-old-elk-teeth-reveal-psychedelic-stone-age-dance-tendencies-670177
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31540/20210604/prehistoric-teeth-pendants-worn-ancient-dance-8-000-years-ago.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/stone-age-raves-to-beat-of-elk-tooth.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9736-210604-elk-teeth-rattlers

4000-5000 years bp petroglyphs from Dunchraigaig Cairn in Argyll:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-animal-carvings-in-scotland.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/31/prehistoric-carvings-of-red-deer-found-in-scottish-neolithic-tomb
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-57304921
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19340788.real-treasure-amateur-archaeologists-prehistoric-find-burial-site-argyll-bute/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/618/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/618/pub/618/page/29/article/180205
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61513
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/prehistoric-deer-carvings-scottish-tomb-1234594690/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/deer-carvings-scotland-09719.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/prehistoric-animal-carvings-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-deer-carvings-found-scotland-180977876/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9728-210601-scotland-rock-art

... and more petroglyphs from Portugal's Coa Valley:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/more-palaeolithic-petroglyphs-uncovered.html

Suggestion that Bronze Age types apparently travelled and traded much farther than previously thought:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/sky-s-the-limit-uk-europe-and-beyond-for-bronze-age-people

A 5th century or so necropolis from Hvar (Croatia):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeological-sensation-on-hvar-necropolis-from-late-antiquity-period-discovered/

Evidence that part of Stavanger cathedral (Norway) might be built on a former Viking settlement:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/was-norways-stavanger-cathedral-built.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/findings-support-evidence-that-stavanger-cathedral-was-built-on-a-viking-settlement/139383

Feature on assorted finds from a box found at a melting glacier pass in Norway:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61497
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-open-frozen-wooden-box-found-on-viking-m-1847032969

A 17th century child burial from Poland found decades ago was revealed to have a bird in her mouth:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/child-burial-in-cave-had-birds-skull-placed-in-mouth/139369

Excavation and study of the 1500 18th/19th century burials from the Trinity Burial Ground in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/graveyard-secrets-hulls-huge-castle-5483179

Victorian finds from the University of Bradford campus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/world/europe/amsterdam-crumbling-infrastructure-canals.html

Feature on the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.livescience.com/galloway-hoard-in-scotland.html

Feature on the Famagusta Gate:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/walls-of-nicosia-famagusta-gate-porta-guiliana/

Concerns for assorted sites in Amsterdam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/world/europe/amsterdam-crumbling-infrastructure-canals.html

Construction work damaged a potential site in Co Kerry:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/potential-archaeological-site-in-co-kerry-damaged-by-development-company-1.4584629

Mudlarking on the Thames is returning:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/623/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/623/pub/623/page/39/article/182290

A conference on the Viking presence in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40304390.html

Conservation work on the 15th century Panagia church in Asha (Cyprus) is complete:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/03/conservation-work-at-asha-church-completed/

Feature on five important Viking finds in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/viking-discoveries-finds-britain-archaeology-life/

Excavations at a couple of Orkney sites has resumed:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/3204043/university-archaeologists-restart-orkney-excavations-after-year-away/

Feature on the Celts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ancient-celts-iron-age-foes-of-rome-who-left-behind-more-than-weapons

Feature on Britain and people of African origins therein:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09jythh/the-forgotten-history-of-the-first-black-briton
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest finds from the Sanxingdui site in Sichuan:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224977.shtml

... and China is getting the praise for them that it sought:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2105309848/

... and dealing with alien claims too, apparently:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3136027/people-think-remarkable-discoveries-are-aliens-chinese

20 000 years bp tools from Tuyen Quang (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeological-traces-affirm-existence-of-early-humans-in-tuyen-quang/202441.vnp

Assorted finds dating to the 'stone age' found by accident near Thatta (Pakistan):

https://dailytimes.com.pk/764863/stone-age-era-cave-discovered-near-thatta/

Caves possibly once the dwellings of Buddhist monks (date uncertain) from Nashik:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-nashiks-buddhist-caves-complex-a-chance-new-find-7341629/

A 2000 years bp grinding stone from Junnar may have links to Rome:

https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/centuries-old-stone-grinder-found-in-junnar-links-up-to-ancient-rome/articleshow/83094895.cms

Evidence of a 11th/12th century temple beneath Ujjain's Mahakal temple:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/remains-of-11th-12th-century-temple-found-under-ujjains-mahakal-temple/articleshow/83183652.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-11th-century-temple-remains-found-beneath-mahakal-shrine/articleshow/83193243.cms

Assurances that archaeology sites in the Punjab would be protected:

https://nation.com.pk/01-Jun-2021/archaeology-sites-to-be-protected

More on population estimates for Angkor:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/angkor-wat-city-mapping/
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/19/eabf8441.abstract
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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3d scanning and printing a 19th century boat from Sydney:

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/australias-oldest-colonial-boat-unearthed-for-display-by-3d-scanning-and-3d-printing-190799/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence that people may have arrived in North America some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/isu-nem060121.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-evidence-timeline-people-north-america.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210601165038.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/coxcatlan-cave-humans-09721.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/shocking-new-findings-suggest-meso-america-was-home-to-humans-33-000-years-ago
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/new-evidence-may-change-timeline-for.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/new-timeline-for-when-people-first-arrived-in-north-america/

Possible evidence of a 16th century Mocama village on Talbot Island (Fl):

https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/education/campus/2021/06/04/unf-archaeologists-find-ancient-16th-century-native-american-village/7529814002/

Native American remains from a construction site in Montecito:

https://www.independent.com/2021/06/04/riven-rock-remains-are-native-american/

Excavations of a mass grave associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre began (these are chronological if you want to follow the progress):

https://www.msnbc.com/katy-tur/watch/archaeologists-excavate-mass-grave-in-search-of-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-114160197946
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/06/03/tampa-archaeologists-to-search-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/tampa-bay-erased-black-cemeteries-tulsa-massacre/67-a45a5d96-4a77-437d-aced-73d3d1db22f9
https://www.wral.com/5-more-coffins-found-in-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-search/19709895/
https://www.news9.com/story/60b96474af35f96be39e277f/archaeologists-discover-five-more-coffins-in-mass-grave-at-oaklawn-cemetery
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/556873-searchers-find-five-more-tulsa-race-massacre-coffins-at-mass-grave
https://www.bluemountaineagle.com/life/national/city-locates-eight-more-burials-at-oaklawn-cemetery-this-week-as-tulsa-race-massacre-mass/article_0cb1a4df-34ea-55bc-9999-bbaf0478d841.html
https://www.ksby.com/news/national/more-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-that-officials-say-was-created-during-tulsa-race-massacre
https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gyeb/tulsa-massacre-researchers-just-found-more-coffins-at-a-mass-grave-site
https://www.newson6.com/story/60b8110a105a4b0be21750ea/archaeologists-discover-three-more-burials-in-mass-grave-at-oaklawn-cemetery
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/more-coffins-found-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-search-n1269611
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9737-210604-tulsa-race-massacre

... and an explanation of the tech being used:

https://kfor.com/news/tulsa-race-massacre/experts-break-down-the-science-behind-identifying-remains-thought-to-belong-to-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/

... and features on other such race massacres:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/31/it-was-much-more-than-tulsa/
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002604442/remembering-red-summer-years-of-racial-violence-set-the-stage-for-tulsa-massacre

... a related podcast:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/blindspot

... and Tom Hanks on what you should know about it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/opinion/tom-hanks-tulsa-race-massacre-history.html

Excavations have resumed at James Monroe's Highland:

https://www.cbs19news.com/story/44036593/excavations-resume-at-highland

... and Colonial Michilimackinac:

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/63rd-consecutive-season-of-archaeological-digs-kicks-off-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://www.cheboygannews.com/story/news/2021/06/03/archaeological-work-colonial-michilimackinac-underway-63rd-season/7521770002/

Feature on abandoned Native American food caches on the Spoonville Peninsula (Michigan):

http://greatlakesecho.org/2021/06/02/abandoned-food-caches-offer-evidence-of-native-american-survival-strategies/

Interesting study of some obsidian found in the depths of Lake Huron almost a decade ago:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/at-the-bottom-of-lake-huron-an-ancient-mystery-materializes/

Interview with Clint Smith about his *How the Word is Passed*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/03/1003020324/in-how-the-word-is-passed-8-places-tell-the-story-of-slavery-in-the-u-s

... and with Carol Anderson about her *The Second*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002107670/historian-uncovers-the-racist-roots-of-the-2nd-amendment

Feature on endangered historic places in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/03/1002871559/here-s-the-latest-list-of-the-nation-s-most-endangered-historic-places
https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2021

Arguing over plans for the Alamo:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/san-antonios-new-battle-over-the-alamo

Fundraising for preservation of a Jamestown Island church tower:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-church-0519-20210601-hlgmi4s4rvb3bd4yx5zxmvepm4-story.html

... which might be later than previously thought:

https://www.pilotonline.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-history-0602-20210601-hlgy7sf27rd5djt3psslkw5qm4-story.html

Plans for restoration work at the Miami Circle:

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/06/04/miami-circle-to-go-through-restroation/

Review of Burlingame, *An American Marriage*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/books/review/michael-burlingame-an-american-marriage-abraham-lincoln-mary-todd.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Possible 30 000 years bp evidence in a Mexican cave (we might have mentioned this):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-were-rabbits-and-deer-doing-in-a-cave-in-mexico-30-000-years-ago-1.9870917

A study of the 1400 years bp burial and associated objects of Tomb II from Michoacan (found in 2011):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/1400-year-old-remains-of-elite-young.html

An 18th century burial ground for enslaved persons from a Caribbean plantation site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-18th-century-graveyard-caribbean-plantation.html
https://www.ksat.com/tech/2021/05/31/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-plantation/
https://apnews.com/article/europe-caribbean-science-b74a3312d5e196ee3123bc1b50ea0e7c
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-plantation/2021/05/31/0d97a3be-c262-11eb-89a4-b7ae22aa193e_story.html
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former-caribbean-sugar-plantation/MJY3HN3UQZPWJ2Z6IQ3RKZ4JTA/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/18th-century-graveyard-found-at-former.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-18th-century-grave-enslaved-people-caribbean-island-180977870/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9732-210602-caribbean-slavery-sugar

Mexico shut down that building project near Teotihuacan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mexico-raids-teotihuacn-pyramids.html
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/world/2021/05/31/mexico-raids-building-project-next-to-teotihuacan-pyramids/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mexican-authorities-seize-illegal-development-in-teotihuacan
https://gizmodo.com/mexican-authorities-raid-construction-site-near-famous-1847007049

Feature on stone spheres from Costa Rica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-mysterious-stone-spheres-of-costa-rica/139375

Assorted Ancient Americas talks coming up via zoom and youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Sheffield 'higher ups' apparently ignored a funding offer:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/sheffield-university-chiefs-ignored-secret-donors-ps200000-offer-to-keep-doomed-archaeology-department-open-3257311

... while the NPS Archaeological Unit is being shut down:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/nps-archaeological-unit-to-be-closed-down-8015792

... and archaeologists fear there is a 'nationwide attack' on the discipline going on:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/30/help-our-profession-or-uks-shared-history-will-be-lost-say-archaeologists
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/archaeology-faces-perfect-storm-shortages-closures-nationwide-attack-discipline-tony-robinson-1032079
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19338408.brexit-education-cuts-threaten-make-scottish-archaeology-history/

Feature on the impact of experimental archaeology on excavations:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/contributions-of-experimental-archaeology-to-excavation/

The National Library of Scotland purchased the original manuscript of the chronicle of Fortingall:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19349035.one-important-documents-scottish-history-bought-national-library/

On efforts to preserve the prison where Oscar Wilde was sent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/world/europe/oscar-wilde-prison-jail.html

On Vikings' role in the medieval slave trade:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/news-analysis/viking-britain-slave-trade-b1854503.html

Feature on a Berthe Morisot painting:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/06/04/arts/design/berthe-morisot-in-england.html

Feature on alcohol consumption over the ages:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/

Feature on a 19th century fabric scrapbook:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/05/alspaugh-fabric-scrapbook-clothing-history.html

Feature on Renaissance philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/there-was-no-such-thing-as-renaissance-philosophy

A 108 years bp message in a bottle from a construction site in Detroit:

https://www.thedrive.com/news/40888/ford-finds-108-year-old-message-in-a-bottle-during-michigan-central-station-renovation
https://www.foxnews.com/auto/98-year-old-message-in-a-bottle-ford-construction
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61502
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9733-210603-detroit-beer-bottle

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210531-searching-for-gertrude-bell-colonial-mother-of-modern-iraq
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/searching-for-miss-bell-archaeologist-who-drew-iraq-s-borders-1.1232705

A Noah's Ark replica/museum has been deemed unseaworthy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-57363750

Feature on research into Van Gogh's last days:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/design/van-gogh-painting-maine.html

Feature on Ingres's portrit of the Comtesse d'Haussonville:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/ingres-comtesse-d-haussonville/

Feature on medieval wall paintings in parish churches:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/622/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/622/pub/622/page/177/article/180642

On the antiquity of beer and wine snobs:

https://www.winemag.com/2021/06/03/ancient-rome-history-ancient-greek-history-wine/

On how humanity has changed the food it eats:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210514-how-humanity-has-changed-the-food-it-eats

On the collectors of radioactive glassware:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/uranium-glass-radioactive-plates-cups

Feature on famous horses who served in battle:

https://cowgirlmagazine.com/famous-horses-who-served-in-battle/

Feature on assorted (real) sunken cities:

https://www.livescience.com/real-life-atlantis-settlements.html

Study suggests there's no evidence that the shift to farming made males and females more physically similar:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-evidence-shift-farming-males-females.html

Atlas Obscura has a 'decolonization project':

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/business/media/atlas-obscura-travel-media.html

On some recent translation of the Divine Comedy:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-06-05/leer-a-dante-traducido.html

Review of a biography of Kurt Godel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/books/review-journey-edge-of-reason-kurt-godel-biography-stephen-budiansky.html

More on that skull sculpted by Bernini:

https://aleteia.org/2021/05/30/skull-sculpted-by-bernini-and-owned-by-a-pope-discovered/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61477
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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215 burials of students from a residential school site in Kamloops:

https://www.coastreporter.net/bc-news/burial-site-investigation-informed-by-bands-archaeological-policies-ceremonies-chief-3825544

... some backstory:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kamloops-residential-school-survivor-abuse/

... followed by a suggestion that GPR be used at residential school sites in general in Canada:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ground-radar-technology-residential-school-remains-1.6049776
https://battlefordsnow.com/2021/06/01/archaeologist-believes-ground-penetrating-radar-can-show-true-reality-of-residential-schools/

A residential school site in Nova Scotia will be investigated:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-archaeologist-to-investigate-grounds-at-former-nova-scotia-residential/
https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/provincial/saint-marys-archaeologists-to-start-work-at-shubenacadie-residential-school-this-weekend-100596206/

The Passamaquoddy people in Maine bought back and island taken from them 160 years bp:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/04/native-american-tribe-maine-buys-back-pine-island

A seminary built using Jim Crow labour has begun paying reparations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/us/reparations-virginia-theological-seminary.html

Feature on the 'disconnect' in how we talk about slavery:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1001243385/slavery-wasnt-long-ago-writer-exposes-the-disconnect-in-how-we-tell-history

Maryland has repealed a state song that referred to Lincoln as a tyrant:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/20/983057655/maryland-repeals-state-song-that-called-lincoln-a-tyrant

A possible mass grave of WWII massacre victims from Singapore is being investigated:

https://www.livescience.com/mass-grave-wwii-massacre-singapore-hospital.html

Latest 'actor' brouhaha is over a Black actress playing Anne Boleyn:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-first-woman-color-bring-anne-boleyns-story-screen-180977882/

Gender neutral pronouns go back further than most folks know:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/06/gender-neutral-pronouns-arent-new/619092/

The British Museum is taking suggestions on what to do with a toppled statue of a slave trader:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/04/bristol-edward-colston-statue-museum/

Germany has acknowledged genocide in Namibia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-acknowledges-genocide-namibia-stops-short-reparations-180977886/?

Washington and Lee University has voted to keep the Lee in their name:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/washington-lee-university-names.html

Questioning Johns Hopkins' involvement in slavery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/washington-lee-university-names.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/06/05/john-hopkins-slavery-founder-inquiry/

cf: https://osf.io/zra5f/

On challenging Argentina's 'white European' image:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/argentina-white-european-racism-history
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying how the ancestors of modern horses migrated across the Bering Land Bridge:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/ufu-rfo060221.php

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/mary-beard-on-the-infamous-roman-emperor-nero
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/nero-the-man-behind-the-myth-review-legend-and-truth
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/nero-exhibition-british-museum-1961527

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/06/the-torlonia-marbles-on-display-roman-magnificence-top-scholarship/

Becket:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-thomas-beckets-beaus-turbulent-relics-v5wc0dmzv

Epic Iran:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/arts/design/iran-ayatollah.html

Keros antiquities:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-06/04/c_139989422.htm

Slavery:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210601-how-the-dutch-are-facing-up-to-their-colonial-past
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/design/rijksmuseum-slavery-exhibition.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/slavery-the-new-exhibition-at-the-rijksmuseum/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-rijksmuseum-exhibition-confronts-brutal-history-enslavement-180977857/

Galloway Hoard:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/3202528/galloway-hoard-viking-age-treasure-to-go-on-display-at-aberdeen-art-gallery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christian-clergymen-may-have-buried-trove-trick-vikings-180977879/

Merovingian sarophagi:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61472

Mythologies:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3135194/surrealism-and-mythology-how-salvador-dali-pablo-picasso-and

Imagine Mozart:

https://www.dw.com/en/imagine-mozart-the-composer-in-art/g-57722795

The GEM's Grand Staircase is complete:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-work-for-grand-egyptian-museums-great-staircase-complete/

... while the transfer of two of Khufu's boats are in works:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-board-makes-plans-to-transfer-king-khufus-two-archaeological-boats/

Egypt's sunken antiquities that have been on tour for a few years are back in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104629/After-a-global-tour-Egypt-s-sunken-antiquities-return-to

Possible kiss marks have been detected at the Becket display at the British Museum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-new-thomas-becket-exhibition-pilgrims-kiss-wfnthnxc8

Feature on the Volos Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/01/volos-museum-displays-historical-treasures-from-hub-of-ancient-greek-civilization/

The Louvre has a pile of Greek antiquities:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/03/louvre-holds-stolen-treasures-200-greeks-died-trying-to-protect/

There's a new head at the Louvre:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/05/31/laurence-des-cars-is-the-new-head-of-the-louvre-museum/

... and a new director general at the Acropolis Museum:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44740-cycladic-museum-director-elected-athens-acropolis-museum-s-first-director-general.html

A programme to digitize the museums of Cyprus:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/department-of-antiquities-announces-digitising-the-museums-of-cyprus-programme/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/02/digitising-the-museums-of-cyprus/

As might be expected, it was a bad year for museums:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1002077626/a-new-report-shows-museums-had-a-bad-year-but-not-the-worst-possible

More on the underwater museum at Peristera:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/31/diving-into-greeces-heritage-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-ancient-wreck/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/03/the-alonissos-underwater-museum-opened-on-june-1/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Newton's notes for a second edition of his Principia are coming to auction:

https://www.dw.com/en/christies-to-sell-isaac-newtons-notes-for-greatest-work/a-57735280

Bonham's cancelled the auction of some Nepalese antiquities:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/bonhams-cancels-auction-of-nepali-antiquities/

More on those Bronte items coming to auction:

https://www.reviewgeek.com/85525/a-lost-bronte-family-library-is-up-for-grabs-in-a-sothebys-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Testing the DNA found in 9000 years bp auroch bones found in a woman's burial in Spain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-dna-of-three-aurochs-found-next-to.html

DNA suggests the Basques are genetically unique in Europe:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/basque-genetic-singularity-confirmed-in-largest-ever-study/ar-BB1fcIgy

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) use to date sites in Tibet:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-oldest-human-southern-tibetan-plateau.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoi-oht053121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210602153407.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/oldest-human-traces-from-southern.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/03/oldest-human-traces-from-the-southern-tibetan-plateau-in-a-new-light/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/oldest-human-traces-from-the-southern-tibetan-plateau-in-a-new-light/139361

Feature on the use of Portable Xray Fluorescence analysis (pXRF):

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-non-invasive-procedure-archaeological-excavating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/upf--anp052821.php
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0250776
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-non-invasive-procedure-allows.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/a-non-invasive-procedure-for-obtaining-archaeological-information/

What applying AI to a Modigliani found:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/modigliani-lost-lover-beatrice-hastings

Using bacteria to clean Italian sculptures:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/arts/bacteria-cleaning-michelangelo-medici-restoration.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-team-art-restorers-using-bacteria-clean-michelangelos-sculptures-180977866/

I think we mentioned this use of mud cores to analyze human impacts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57273664

Feature on digital archiving in archaeology:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue58/index.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Suggestion that an African 'climate seasaw' drove human evolution for the last 620 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/mpif-nda052821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210531153205.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/01/newly-discovered-african-climate-seesaw-drove-human-evolution/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient cities in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461517/Top-Iranian-cities-where-echoes-of-ancient-civilizations-still

Architectural wonders of Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/05/four-of-spains-lesser-known-architectural-wonders

Sleeping giant of Naxos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/the-mystery-of-the-sleeping-giant-in-naxos-greece-photos/

Azores tea plantation:

https://www.dw.com/en/azores-home-to-the-oldest-tea-plantation-in-europe/a-57596094

El Camino de Santiago:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Pilgrims-return-to-Spain-s-El-Camino-paths-16226764.php

Ravenna:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/ravenna-italy-roman-powerhouse-artistic-hub-podcast/

Aegina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/30/swimming-among-the-ruins-of-a-glorious-ancient-greek-military-harbor/

Versailles has a hotel now:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/le-grand-controle-chateau-de-versailles/index.html

More on efforts to save Venice from cruise ships:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/02/mick-jagger-and-tilda-swinton-join-calls-for-new-law-to-protect-venice
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/05/angry-protests-in-venice-at-shock-return-of-cruise-ships
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-57373381

... but:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/1st-cruise-ship-sails-through-Venice-since-start-16221941.php
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Mystery Plays:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57299429

Prometheus Bound:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/05/31/o-promitheas-desmotis-se-skinothesia-ari-mpiniari-gia-treis-parastaseis-stin-epidayro/

Feature on this year's Epidaurus Festival:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/201519/a-new-era-for-the-athens-and-epidaurus-festival/

Mozart festival in Wurzburg is celebrating its centennial:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-mozart-festival-in-w%C3%BCrzburg-celebrates-100-years-amid-pandemic/a-57720119

Feature on Andras Schiff and authentic instruments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/arts/music/piano-brahms-andras-schiff.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Domina:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/domina-review-power-hungry-provocative-poisonous-11622748898

The Great Wall:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3135782/zhang-yimous-fantasy-movie-great-wall-matt-damon-great-fail

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CRIME BEAT
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Some 'visitors' to Sabratha (Libya) graffitied the walls:

https://en.libyan-cna.net/tourism-and-archaeology/walls-of-ancient-sabratha-defaced/

Spanish police busted an internet auction of some Roman items:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-04/el-deshonor-del-aguila-perdida-por-la-legion-romana-que-se-vendia-en-internet.html

Feature on theft of manuscripts from libraries:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/forget-art-and-gems-thieves-make-discreet-millions-at-the-library
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A descendent of Japan's Ryukyuan kingdom wants to recover some bones:

https://www.dw.com/en/japan-descendant-of-ryukyuan-royalty-demands-return-of-stolen-bones/a-57726230

Nepal is seeking some looted antiquities from France:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/nepal-wants-stolen-antiquities-returned-from-france/

A French heir has donated a Pissarro stolen by the Nazis to the University of Oklahoma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/arts/design/pissarro-university-oklahoma-nazi.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/french-heiress-ends-fight-university-oklahoma-over-nazi-looted-art-n1269297

Germany restored a Nazi-looted Wopfner to heirs:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/bavaria-restitutes-joseph-wopfner-painting-1234594427/

Feature on looted art from Kenya:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-art-from-kenya-when-the-display-cases-remain-empty/a-57735942

Feature on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/the-world-today/2021-06/benin-bronzes-long-journey-home

Feature/reviewish on women-led slave revolts:

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/30/1001430516/a-stunning-graphic-novel-uncovers-the-history-of-enslaved-women-who-fought-back

Review of Barnaby Phillips, *Loot*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/loot-review-plunders-revenge-11622822870

More on those temple lintels returned to Thailand:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/1000-year-old-looted-temple-lintels.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on temples on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/temples-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n22.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n23.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eilat Mazar:

https://aleteia.org/2021/06/01/archaeologist-known-for-heavy-use-of-bible-dies-at-64/

Josep Almudever:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/world/europe/josep-almudever-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3075-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-23-through-may-29-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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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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