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explorator 24.08 June 13, 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, Magnus Fiskesjo,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Suzan Mazur,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the diet of Siberian Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-siberian-neanderthals-ate-animals.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9747-210610-neanderthal-siberia-food

Pondering the 'disappearance' of the Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-did-neanderthals-disappear

More on that 78 000 years bp child burial in Kenya:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-human-toddler-from-78-000-years-ago-found-buried-with-head-on-a-pillow-1.9775501
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/kenya-cave-human-burial/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is planning (?) digs related to evidence of a Ramses III presence in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/egypt-traces-relics-ramses-iii-back-saudi-arabia
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210609-ancient-egypt-excavation-underway-to-show-ramses-iiis-link-to-saudi/

A recently-found pharaonic border stela is now in the Ismailia Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ismailias-museum-of-antiquities-receives-stela-dating-back-to-26th-dynasty/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/104683/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ismailia-Museum-receives-a-sandstone-stela-dating-back-to
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/pharaonic-border-stela-received-at-ismailia-museum/

... background on the find:

https://tntribune.com/phar-old-find-farmer-discovers-ancient-egyptian-monument-as-he-plants-crop/

Feature on Maya's two tombs:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/two-tombs-for-one-man-the-case-of-maya/

Feature on Egypt's 'Versailles':

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/413865/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Reopening-%E2%80%98Egypt%E2%80%99s-Versailles%E2%80%99.aspx

Feature/reviewish on Egypt's Golden Mummies:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/golden-mummies-of-egypt/

Feature on Karaftu Caves (Iran):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/11/caraftu-caves-the-mysterious-lair-of-hercules-in-western-iran/

The Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah has added some manuscripts to its collection:

https://gulfnews.com/uae/rare-qurans-sharjah-adds-17-manuscripts-from-719-1785-ce-1.1623136811106

Latest recreation of the Ur lyre:

https://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/s/uchicago-review-story?name=Recreating+the+Gold+Lyre+of+Ur&mc_cid=5f9ecf9de6&mc_eid=7f3eff4794

Plans for excavations at the 5000 years bp site at Menjez (Lebanon):

https://www.the961.com/archaeologists-excavate-historic-site-lebanon/

Feature on Assyrian Women from Assur and Kanesh:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/06/housewives-weavers-businesswomen

Feature on nude female figurines from Canaan:

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

A 7000 years bp seal impressing from Tel Tsaf:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/thuo-ssa061021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-sealed-signed-and-delivered.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-seal-impression-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/7000-year-old-seal-impression-marks-prehistoric-site-as-early-trade-hub/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-find-unique-7-000-year-old-stamped-sealing-in-northern-israel-1.9891723
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/7000-year-old-seals-shed-light-on-business-activities-in-ancient-israel-670633
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307823
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-06/10/c_1310000885.htm
https://www.jwire.com.au/archeologists-find-7000-years-old-commercial-seal-impression-oldest-ever-to-be-found-in-israel/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-unveil-7000-year-old-seal-impressions/139437

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00758914.2021.1923906

A 2000 years bp stone anchor from Israel's northern coast:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-stone-anchor-used-for-2000-years-found-on-israels-northern-coast/

A 1000 years bp (almost) intact egg from a Yavne cesspit:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/preserved-in-poop-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-in-yavne-cesspit/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307753
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1000-year-old-chicken-egg-one-of-the-oldest-ever-found-in-israel-670496
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-find-whole-1-000-year-old-egg-and-accidentally-break-it-1.9888356
https://www.israel21c.org/whole-ancient-chicken-egg-discovered-in-israel/
https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/09/israel-antiquities-authority-unveils-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-in-excavations
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/10/enormous-roman-era-basilica-with-nike-tyche-statues-unearthed-in-israel/
https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/dig-accidentally-cracks-ancient-chicken-egg-preserved-in-toilet-contents-for-1000-years/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intact-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-found-israel-180977970/

A study of sea level changes in the Eastern Mediterranean from the Middle Bronze Age to the Roman period:

https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/archaeologists-investigate-past-impact-of-sea-level-changes-at-israeli-coastal-sites
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-rps060221.php

A study (by Jodi Magness) of the toilet practices at Qumran:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-scholar-flushes-out-mystery-670357

On who really destroyed Solomon's Temple:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-who-really-destroyed-solomon-s-temple-in-jerusalem-1.9900539

On recent claims about the tower of Babel:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-recent-tower-of-babel-discovery-is-madness

Israel and Italy are cooperating on Bethsaida and Etruscan Archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-italian-colleges-to-collaborate-on-bethsaida-etruscan-archaeology-1.9885659

Italy is also cooperating with Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/italy-jordan-unite-cultural-heritage

More on the 3000 years bp bone point in Gath:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-bone-point-sheds-light-on-dramatic-fall-of-biblical-gath-670446

More on the 2000 years bp Herod-associated basilica in Ashkelon:

https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/magnificent-2000-year-old-basilica-revealed-in-ashkelon/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/israel-discovers-ancient-roman-basilica-1978508
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ashkelon-basilica-09742.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2000-year-old-roman-basilica-180977926/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible evidence of Neolithic wine production in Greece:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/10/a-glass-of-wine-from-neolithic-times/

The Noceto Vasca Votiva (excavated in 2005) has been dated to 1600-1300 BCE and is now connected to a water ritual:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-link-ancient-wooden-ritual.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cu-rla060921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210610091139.htm
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/752702/?sc=c52
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61545
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/researchers-link-ancient-wooden-structure-to-water-ritual/139442

Three Roman columns found in the Tiber near Ostia:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ostia-antica-roman-columns-discovered-in-river-tiber.html
https://www.adnkronos.com/scoperte-tre-colonne-di-marmo-sul-letto-del-tevere-a-ostia-antica_1Ra90jAW9GSrCKA2pYwrNe
https://www.msn.com/it-it/video/notizie/in-fondo-al-tevere-con-gli-archeologi-subacquei-cos%C3%AC-abbiamo-ritrovato-le-colonne-imperiali/vi-AAKQ2Hn
https://www.radiocolonna.it/cultura-e-spettacolo/scoperte-in-fondo-al-tevere-tre-antiche-colonne-romane/

Roman pottery among the items found at a dig in Portslade:

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19357263.roman-pottery-found-archaeological-dig-portslade/

A pair of Roman burials from Arconate (Italian):

https://www.sportlegnano.it/2021/06/arconate-emerse-due-tombe-romane-in-pieno-centro/279647/

An Iberian lead plate from Yatova:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-first-iberian-lead-plate-found-in-a-regulated-excavation-in-the-pico-de-los-ajos-in-yatova-is-in-archaic-writing/139450

A 2nd century CE wall and 4th century CE burials froma site in Hvar:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeological-sensation-on-hvar-necropolis-from-late-antiquity-period-discovered/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9744-210609-croatia-island-necropolis

A shackled Roman-era burial from Rutland is being connected with slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/07/shackled-skeleton-identified-rare-evidence-roman-britain
https://www.livescience.com/shackled-slave-burial-roman-britain.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-discovery-shackled-skeleton-ditch-slavery.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-57387812
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9659363/Skeleton-Roman-slave-bound-shackles-discovered-Rutland.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/uk/shackled-skeleton-roman-slave-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/rare-shackled-skeleton-hailed-as-unique-roman-find-9202555/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61518
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-man-buried-shackles-roman-britain-180977904/
https://theconversation.com/what-the-discovery-of-a-shackled-skeleton-in-a-ditch-reveals-about-slavery-in-roman-britain-162317
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9742-210609-england-shackled-skeleton

... and Mary Beard comments on same:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-shackles-of-slavery-and-the-perils-of-certainty/

Spanish archaeologists are studying a Roman eagle sculpture that was up for sale online:

https://spanishnewstoday.com/archaeologists-study-mystery-roman-eagle-recovered-by-police-in-badajoz_1608917-a.html

Interesting before/after photos of the excavation of the Stadium of Magnesia ad Maeander:

https://twistedsifter.com/2021/06/before-after-ancient-greek-stadium-excavation-utkrey/

There seems to be some arguing going on over Thessaloniki Metro finds:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/06/09/metro-thessalonikis-gia-diastrevlosi-ton-legomenon-tis-linas-mendoni-kanei-logo-to-yppoa/

The Bath Archway Project will be on display soon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57433362

Not sure about plans to build on the Tartessian necropolis of Huelva:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-07/cuatro-torres-de-cemento-taparan-la-gran-necropolis-tartesica-de-huelva.html

More on the large number of decapitated burials from some Roman cemeteries in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.livescience.com/decapitated-skeletons-roman-cemetery.html

More on the 'jar of curse material' from Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/archaeologists-discover-ancient-curse-tablets-in-athens-well/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/science/arthro/study_reveals_ancient_greek_cursed_pot_with_bones_of_dismembered_chicken-2649468/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-unearth-2300-year-old-cursed-chicken-jar-180977938/

cf: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.90.1.0079?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

More on archaeologist reaction to accessibility changes made to the site of the Acropolis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/10/acropolis-now-greeks-outraged-at-concreting-of-ancient-site
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/acropolis-makeover-stirs-greek-antiquity-row-165323
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/acropolis-accessibility-to-the-archaeological-site-to-be-completed/

More on the destruction of the palace of Maximian in Cordoba 30 years ago:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-06-02/cordoba-gano-una-estacion-de-ave-y-perdio-el-mayor-palacio-del-imperio-romano.html

Review of a biography of Milman Parry:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/the-classicist-who-killed-homer

Review of Guy de la Bedoyere, *Gladius*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2181

James Romm on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/180453

... and a feature on 'special forces' in ancient Greece (not by Romm):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/10/special-forces-ancient-greece/

Feature on 'Romanizing' Athens:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/06/archaeology-architecture-and-romanizing-athens/

Feature on disability in ancient Greece:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/blog/2021/06/10/studying-disability-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Perrhe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-ancient-city-of-perrhe/139461

Feature on Civita di Bagnoregio:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/civita-di-bagnoregio-the-etruscan-dying-town/139426

Feature on the mosaic of Theros in the Thessaloniki Museum:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/09/mosaic-of-theros-in-the-thessaloniki-archaeological-museum/

Feature on an Etruscan pyramid near Viterbo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-etruscan-pyramid/139400

Feature on Mycenean warfare:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/mycenaean-warfare/

Feature on the Alexander Mosaic:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/nike-piks-please-justdontdoit/

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://mymodernmet.com/facts-about-the-roman-pantheon/

Feature on the gilded bronzes of Pergola (Italian):

https://www.ilmetauro.it/75-anni-dalla-scoperta-dei-bronzi-dorati-di-pergola-le-iniziative/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/the-battle-of-thermopylae-when-the-greeks-fought-to-defend-civilization/

Feature on Vergina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/08/the-tombs-of-vergina-when-definitive-proof-of-macedonias-greek-origin-was-uncovered/

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/life-advice-diogenes-cynic

Feature on ten finds from Greece last year:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/top-ten-most-spectacular-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020/

Marking the anniversary of the fall of Troy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/11/on-this-day-the-fall-of-troy/

... and the death of Alexander:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/323-bc-alexander-the-great/

... and the latter is the subject of a graphic novel/comic:

https://www.gamesradar.com/alexander-the-greats-complex-life-and-legacy-explored-in-new-reimena-yee-comic/

Some Odysseus revisionism (sort of):

https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/06/10/odysseus-how-the-worlds-master-of-contrivance-dresses-down-todays-creepy-lying-losers/

On Greeks mixing wine with seawater:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/why-ancient-greeks-mixed-wine-with-seawater/

On heaven and hell in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/the-ancient-greece-concepts-for-heaven-and-hell/

Feature on five ancient sites getting a 'makeover':

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/06/five-ancient-sites-getting-a-magnificent-makeover-from-hadrians-wall-to-the-colosseum

Feature on Avgi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/07/avgi-the-mesolithic-teenager-makes-her-debut-at-the-acropolis-museum/
https://christiantoday.com/article/oxford.professor.sued.by.museum.of.the.bible.over.papyrus.fragments/136909.htm

On the tragedy roots of modern horror:

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

Another feature on Marcus Aurelius' Meditations:

https://news.yahoo.com/remain-humble-roman-emperor-030000022.html

Some opEds on Princeton's changes to its Classics program:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/princeton-classics-major-latin-greek/619110/
https://theboar.org/2021/06/princeton-removes-greek-latin-classics-students-combat-institutional-racism/

... related:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/06/07/the-war-on-the-classics/

... and why teens should study classics:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/studying-classics-gives-teens-the-homer-advantage-rqvt78ctg

OpEd on cultural diplomacy and the Parthenon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/07/cultural-diplomacy-failed-parthenon/

More on Greece honouring Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/uc-researchers-honored-greece-discovery-bronze-age-masterpiece#stream/0

More on Hobby Lobby's suit agains Dirk Obbink:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/hobby-lobby-sues-oxford-prof-for-7m-over-stolen-bible-fragments.html
https://christiantoday.com/article/oxford.professor.sued.by.museum.of.the.bible.over.papyrus.fragments/136909.htm
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2021/june/ancient-bible-fragments-at-heart-of-crime-case-pitting-hobby-lobby-against-former-oxford-professor
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hobby-lobby-files-usd7m-lawsuit-against-former-oxford-professor-over-allegedly-stolen-papyrus-fragments-he-sold

In case you missed the Nike PIKS brouhaha:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/nike-celebrates-greek-goddess-of-victory-but-misspells-name/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/10/nike-piks-please-justdontdoit/
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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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Evidence of a human presence in Dorset some 6000 years bp:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19353573.interesting-historical-finds-dorset-downs/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57411051

Evidence of a residential area near the 2800 BCE-2200 BCE 'German Stonehenge' site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/large-residential-area-discovered-at-ringheiligtum-pommelte-the-german-stonehenge/139445

1000 years bp textiles from a Viking woman's burial in Norway:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/139453

A Carolingian era coin hoard from Poland may have been part of a ransom paid to Vikings to save Paris from invasion:

https://www.livescience.com/silver-coin-hoard-poland-historic-ransom.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9745-210610-poland-carolingian-coins

Medieval (and other) finds from a dig at Portslade's Old Manor House:

https://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2021/06/08/archaeological-dig-begins-at-norman-manor-house/

Study suggests a fashion craze for pointy toed shoes led to plenty of bunions in medieval Britain:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-fashion-pointy-unleashed-plague-bunions.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoc-ffp060821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210611085617.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57427365
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/11/medieval-fashion-for-pointy-shoes-linked-to-rise-in-bunions
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/06/extremely-sexy-pointy-shoes-warped-the-feet-of-medieval-europeans/
https://theconversation.com/fashion-for-pointy-shoes-unleashed-a-wave-of-bunions-in-medieval-england-162570

Organic residues are giving an idea of Islamic cuisine in medieval Sicily:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/p-cpi060921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ceramics-insights-medieval-islamic-cuisine.html

Highway construction in Hull is revealing assorted items from a 200 years bp graveyard:

https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/07/hull-jewellery-and-coins-found-at-burial-site-being-dug-up-for-roadworks-14731563/

A medieval gold ring from a Hereford area farm has been classified as treasure:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/19358017.medieval-ring-discovered-herefordshire-farm-inquest-hears/

An 18th century wooden road from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61529
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-discover-18th-century-wooden-road/139416

Bradford archaeology students uncovered a 19th century cobbled street:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-57402460
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/yorkshire-archaeologists-sensationally-discover-new-victorian-site-in-bradford-3268517
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9668855/Bradford-archaeology-students-unearth-Victorian-cobbled-road-1880s-running-campus.html

Shropshire is trying to purchase a pile of Bronze Age objects:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-57442482

A 19th century 'Frozen Charlotte' doll from a scottish beach:

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/woman-finds-rare-doll-scottish-beach

Fire destroyed an Iron Age house recreation in Perthshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/12/devastating-fire-destroys-recreated-iron-age-dwelling-on-loch-tay
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-57452498

More on elk tooth ornaments/rattles:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/07/stone-age-raves-to-the-beat-of-elk-tooth-rattles/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elk-tooth-ornaments-reveal-ancient-dance-moves-180977902/

More on that 3800 years bp gold hair item from Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-germany-have-uncovered-earliest-gold-ornament-region-inside-3800-year-old-tomb-180977894/

More on that 400 years bp wooden box with candles in it from melting glacial ice in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-candle-years-glacier-norway.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9660761/Melting-Norwegian-glacier-releases-500-year-old-perfectly-preserved-wooden-box-candles.html
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-open-frozen-wooden-box-found-on-viking-m-1847032969
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-norwegian-glacier-reveals-centuries-old-beeswax-candle-180977944/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9738-210607-norway-candle-box

More on that burial featuring a girl with a finch in her mouth:

https://www.livescience.com/girl-burial-finch-in-mouth-poland.html

cf: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pz-2021-0008/html

Erosion concerns for Skara Brae:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/race-against-time-to-save-prehistoric-settlement-from-erosion-7smtb0lk3

More on evidence Stavanger Cathedral in Norway was built over a Viking settlement:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cathedral-in-norway-believed-to-have-been-built-over-viking-settlement-670411

Feature on the Cucuteni-Trypillia culture:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09kw6r2/trypillia-7000-year-old-civilisation-silenced-by-communists

Feature on the find of a lost Viking settlement from the Lendbreen ice patch:

https://secretsoftheice.com/news/2021/06/09/the-lost-viking-settlement-in-the-mountains/
https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/09/melting-norwegian-glacier-releases-500-year-old-viking-treasures-14744410/

Feature on a really lucky metal detectorist:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/detectorist-strikes-gold-three-times-248076/

Feature on the wreck of the White Ship:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/628/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/628/pub/628/page/67/article/183776

... and how it was found:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/627/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/627/pub/627/page/19/article/183527

Feature on the UK's forgotten 'fifth nation' (Cornwall):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210606-cornwall-the-uks-forgotten-fifth-nation

Feature/talk on the Vikings in Cork:

https://www.thecork.ie/2021/06/12/the-vikings-and-cork-raiding-trading-and-the-development-of-the-town/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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Remains of a 4500 years bp bamboo-mud 'cabin' from Sichuan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-08/Remains-of-4-500-year-old-bamboo-mud-cabin-found-in-China-10UXLIcVGM0/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-06/07/content_77554108.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9740-210608-china-bamboo-cabin

A Ming Dynasty Great Wall fort from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1225832.shtml
https://archive.shine.cn/nation/Remains-of-Great-Wall-castle-dug-up/shdaily.shtml

General feature on the finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sanxingdui-relics-shine-new-light-on-ancient-china-8j8khzrtr

Feature on the Xihoudu site (early use of fire):

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/11/WS60c2b033a31099a234356c68.html

A new dating method suggests a human presence on the Tibetan Plateau for over 5000 years:

https://theconversation.com/world-first-artefact-dating-method-shows-humans-have-lived-in-the-shadow-of-the-himalayas-for-more-than-5-000-years-161822
https://scroll.in/article/996601/a-new-method-of-dating-artefact-shows-humans-have-lived-on-the-tibetan-plateau-for-over-5000-years

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/23/eabb3424

A Pala era Buddhist monastery/shrine from a Jharkhand Village:

https://en.gaonconnection.com/buddhist-monastery-jharkhand-village-rural-india-covid-second-wave-pandemic-monks/

Vague item on a stone idol find in Bahraich:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/bahraich-stone-idol-found-in-field-admin-informs-archaeology-dept/2098827

Another inscribed potsherd from the Keeladi excavations:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/keeladi-excavations-one-more-potsherd-with-name-inscribed-on-it-unearthed/articleshow/83461603.cms

Assorted excavations have resumed in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/excavation-work-resumes-in-adichanallur-sivakalai-and-korkkai/article34781332.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/excavation-resumes-at-adichanallur-and-sivakalai-sites/article34784821.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/excavation-resumes-at-kodumanal/article34800428.ece

Neolithic tools apparently were being 'worshipped' in Tirupathur:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jun/08/neolithic-stone-tools-worshipped-at-tribal-hamlets-in-tamil-nadus-jawadhu-hills-2313415.html

A call for the creation of heritage panels to protect the sites of Tamil Nadu:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/form-heritage-panels-protect-monuments-172822052.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/constitute-heritage-commission-to-protect-ancient-monuments-temples-hc/article34756907.ece

Concerns over illegal construction near a 3000 years bp temple in Peshawar:

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/hindu-community-in-paks-peshawar-outraged-over-illegal-construction-at-3000-year-old-temple20210609233039/

A study of what Polynesians were doing in Asia prior to migration:

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/444286/early-polynesians-mingled-through-asia-before-migration-study

Feature on Fayaz Tepe and the 1st-3rd century stupa there:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fayaz-tepe

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Study postulating possible foraging habitats of pre-contact Aboriginal peoples in Australia's Western Desert:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoa-nii060621.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/new-insights-into-survival-of-ancient-western-desert-peoples/139396
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/08/new-insights-into-survival-of-ancient-western-desert-peoples/

Maori people may have seen Antarctica as early as the 7th century CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mori-antarctica-7th-century.html

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/444346/maori-may-have-discovered-antarctica-say-researchers
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/10/australia/new-zealand-maori-antarctica-intl-hnk-scn/index.html
https://gizmodo.com/polynesians-discovered-antarctica-over-1-300-years-ago-1847071576
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9782-210611-antarctic-maori-explorers

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03036758.2021.1917633
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned the UNF finding of the lost Indigenous settlement of Sarabay on Talbot Island:

https://www.unf.edu/publicrelations/media_relations/articles/UNF_archaeology_researchers_uncovering_lost_Indigenous_settlement.aspx
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uonf-uau060821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-uncovering-lost-indigenous-settlement-sarabay.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210608154438.htm
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archeologists-discovered-indigenous-settlement-florida-1234595417/
https://www.news4jax.com/features/2021/06/07/unf-archaeology-team-finds-lost-indigenous-settlement-on-talbot-island/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-uncover-lost-indigenous-ne-florida-settlement-of-sarabay/139419
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/10/uncovering-the-lost-indigenous-settlement-of-sarabay/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9743-210609-florida-sarabay-contact

Archaeologists are giving a site near Plymouth Roack one last look before historical park development:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-archaeologists-hilltop-plymouth.html
https://www.boston25news.com/news/weird-news/archaeologists-dig/UOFAGI2LWVKA4KYYKPTYBC4F7Q/
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/10/archaeologists-dig-hilltop-over-plymouth-rock-one-last-time/
https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/archaeologists-excavate-hilltop-overlooking-plymouth-rock/
https://www.local10.com/news/weird-news/2021/06/10/archaeologists-dig-hilltop-over-plymouth-rock-one-last-time/

Study suggests Native Americans were among the first coppersmiths:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/05/16/no-corn-menu-ancient-ohioans/5066655001/
https://interestingengineering.com/native-americans-could-be-the-worlds-first-coppersmiths?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=Jun08
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths

Feature on a dig going on in Daniel Boone National Forest:

https://www.wkyt.com/2021/06/07/eku-archaeology-students-working-find-artifacts-daniel-boone-national-forest/

Assorted universities are working on a dig with the Coeur d'Alene people:

https://www.kxly.com/archaeology-project-looks-at-history-of-military-occupation-on-coeur-dalene-ancestral-land/
https://www.kivitv.com/news/archaeology-students-working-with-coeur-dalene-tribe-hopes-to-uncover-colonial-history

So far, 27 burials associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre have been found:

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/confirmed-burials-now-total-27-massacre-mass-grave-dig-skeletal-anaylsis-begin-wednesday
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/us/tulsa-burial-race-massacre.html
https://www.fox23.com/news/local/archaeologist-discover-total-27-burial-sites-oaklawn-cemetery-analysis-soon-begin/SKNP352ENZDGTMTVGBVT2WQVHM/
https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/27-total-burials-found-in-1921-mass-graves-investigation-archaeologists-confirm
https://www.cbs58.com/news/a-total-of-27-graves-have-been-found-so-far-at-1921-tulsa-massacre-search-site
https://www.lex18.com/news/national/27-total-burials-found-in-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-investigation-archaeologists-confirm
https://ohionewstime.com/tulsa-massacre-search-site-in-1921-has-found-27-tombs-so-far/175900/

... and perhaps more:

https://www.news9.com/story/60c2b33d4355b10bdd8e47f8/archaeologists-find-coffins-under-headstones-for-2-known-massacre-victims-say-they-are-outside-of-oaklawns-mass-grave--

Nice feature on the Tulsa Race Massacre itself:

https://theweek.com/us/1001410/the-tulsa-race-massacre

Feature on 'other Tulsas':

http://www.wnyc.org/story/other-tulsas/

A preliminary dig prior to Quebec Tramway construction:

https://queenscitizen.ca/2021/06/08/archaeological-excavations-on-the-way-to-the-future-tramway/

Robert E. Lee's former home has reopened with a renewed focus on the enslaved people who lived there:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arlington-house-once-robert-e-lees-mansion-reopens-180977934/

Feature on the Great Hopewell Road:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/05/16/no-corn-menu-ancient-ohioans/5066655001/

Feature on redating assorted North American sites:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/13/archaeologists-dates-wrong-north-american-indigenous-history-new-techniques/

Feature on the 400 years project:

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/06/06/992742396/the-400-years-project-looks-at-native-american-identity-through-the-native-lens

cf: https://www.400yearsproject.org/

Feature/book excerpt on the material culture of African American women:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/history-african-american-women-their-handiwork/619082/

Pondering the 'deadliest day' in US history:

https://www.livescience.com/deadliest-day-america.html

More on a study suggesting a human presence in the Americas some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/americas-ancient-people-arrival-mexico-coxcatlan-cave

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/latin-american-antiquity/article/new-ams-radiocarbon-ages-from-the-preceramic-levels-of-coxcatlan-cave-puebla-mexico-a-pleistocene-occupation-of-the-tehuacan-valley/F4C32FB10E73D660CB7D9B44E2C29A72

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study suggests culturally-diverse pre-Columbian peoples in a region of the Amazon significantly altered the landscape:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-pre-columbian-life-understudied-area-sw.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uocf-ssl060421.php

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2021/06/04/2022206118

Somewhat confusingly, a little ways away, another study suggests somewhat different things:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/s-ipw060221.php
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57388939
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/08/indigenous-peoples-were-stewards-of-the-western-amazon/

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2021/06/04/2022213118

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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 some forged 17th century music books:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/these-forged-17th-century-music-books-went-undetected-for-a-century/

Not sure where to put this one: study suggests indigenous mortality following Spanish colonization in Asia and the Americas did not always lead to forest regrowth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mpif-imf060721.php

Feature on early versions of the Golden Gate Bridge:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/oursf/article/The-Golden-Gate-Bridge-s-first-draft-1922-16228933.php

Pondering where the Queen of Sheba was from:

https://menafn.com/1102233719/Where-Did-the-Queen-of-Sheba-RuleArabia-or-Africa

... and whether Ivan was really so terrible:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-nero-wasnt-so-bad-was-ivan-that-terrible-11623352098

Latest on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/06/uss-indianapolis-mcvay-hashimoto/

Feature on Edgar Allan Poe's version of science:

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

Feature on the Lampedusa Cross:

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

Feature on Venus as morning and evening star in various cultures:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/venus-first-peoples-recognising-the-morning-and-evening-star/

On Queen Victoria as a micromanager:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09l3wfv/the-queen-spying-on-her-children

On the apparent renewed popularity of prehistoric funerary barrows:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/buried-in-prehistoric-barrows

Pondering the origins of the image of Satan:

https://www.livescience.com/what-does-the-devil-look-like.html

In case you're wondering about the Pulitzers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/books/pulitzer-prize-books.html

On the ancestor of the watermelon:

https://www.reviewgeek.com/86719/scientists-have-uncovered-the-humble-watermelons-oldest-ancestor/

... and plans to reintroduce the Toromiro to Easter Island:

https://laboratorio.latercera.com/fibras-que-innovan/noticia/los-herederos-del-toromiro/1018158/

Feature on Thomas Hardy's Wessex:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/thomas-hardy-wessex-robert-macfarlane-stanley-donwood-folio-society/

Feature on assorted artworks stolen by Napoleon and their fate:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/arts/design/napoleon-looted-art.html

Feature on 'illegitimacy' (mostly in drama):

https://www.wnpr.org/post/bastards-look-illegitimacy-game-thrones-hamilton-and-beyond-1

Franz Kafka's papers are now online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-assortment-franz-kafkas-letters-and-drawings-online-180977909/

Trying to save endangered languages in Taiwan:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/09/healing-words-taiwans-tribes-fight-to-save-their-disappearing-languages

Feature/reviewish on misdiagnosis of women's health over the centuries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/western-medicines-woman-problem-180977925/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/books/review/unwell-women-elinor-cleghorn.html

Feature on newspapers in China 900 years ago:

https://www.medievalists.net/2021/05/how-newspapers-existed-china-900-years-ago/

On military veterans turning to archaeology:

https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/american-veterans-archaeological-recovery-digs/

Feature on the pandemic roots of infant baptism:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-pandemic-roots-of-infant-baptism/

Oxford University Press is closing its almost 500 years bp printing arm:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/09/oxford-university-press-to-end-centuries-of-tradition-by-closing-its-printing-arm

Comparing Trump fans to Jacobites:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/will-trumpism-go-way-jacobites/619176/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Controversy over a racist mural in the Tate:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/design/tate-mural-rex-whistler-racism.html

On China's destruction of Uyghur heritage:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/chinese-destruction-of-cultural-property-evidence-of-genocidal-intent

Reflecting on the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-57337123

... while a statue at the Museum of the Home is causing controversy now:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/12/museum-of-the-home-reopens-to-protests-over-statue-of-slave-ship-owner

On Charlottlesville voting to remove some Confederate statues:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/us/charlottesville-confederate-statues/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/charlottesville-confederate-statues-removal/2021/06/07/ea741566-c7ca-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html
https://www.theroot.com/charlottesville-city-council-votes-to-finally-remove-2-1847055679
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/confederate-statues-charlottesville-virginia/

On the difficulty of the search for remains at residential schools in Saskatchewan:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-archeologist-says-search-for-children-s-remains-at-residential-schools-will-be-long-difficult-process-1.6056485

... related:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/11/deb-haaland-indigenous-boarding-schools/

Items related to Sheffield closing its archaeology department:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/people/letter-archaeology-department-should-be-invested-in-to-grow-and-thrive-again-3269808
https://indiaeducationdiary.in/newcastle-university-newcastle-academic-launches-campaign-to-dig-for-archaeology/

Review of Tiya Miles, *All that she carried*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/books/review-all-that-she-carried-ashleys-sack-tiya-miles.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Using DNA to trace the 10 000 years bp origin of goat domestication to Iran's Zagros Mountains:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/tcd-1dp060321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210607161154.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/oldest-livestock-genome-reveals-origin-today-s-goats
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/10-000-year-old-goat-remains-used-to-create-oldest-livetock-genome-yet-sequenced-1.4587561
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2280046-goats-were-first-domesticated-in-western-iran-10000-years-ago/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/09/10000-year-old-dna-pens-the-first-tales-of-the-earliest-domesticated-goats/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9741-210608-iran-domesticated-goats

Iron Age/Roman/Saxon chickens apparently lived longer because they were considered sacred:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_861463_en.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoe-acl060721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ancient-chickens-sacred-food.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210607161043.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9663343/Archaeology-CHICKENS-lived-longer-Iron-Age-seen-sacred-not-food.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9739-210608-long-lived-chickens

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greeks: Atheletes, Warriors and Heroes:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/202072/ancient-greeks-athletes-warriors-and-heroes-features-objects-on-loan-from-the-british-museum-to-showcase-physical-prowess-ancient-greeks/

Raphael:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-reopen-domus-aurea-with-interactive-raphael-show.html

.Raphael (Madrid):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/08/pigeons-drop-in-on-raphael-exhibition-in-madrid

Bibienas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/music/bibiena-drawings-morgan-library.html

Treasure of Chianti:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/2021/06/10/ancient-coins-discovered-by-fsu-team-on-view-now-in-italian-exhibition/

Keros idols:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1162513/mysteries-of-keros-smashed-idols-explored-in-athens-show/

Seikilos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/ancient-greek-lyre-ready-to-play-at-seikilo/

Glass Ark:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/11/the-glass-ark-in-venice/

Painting Our Past: The African Diaspora in England:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/09/paintings-reveal-hidden-histories-of-africans-in-england

Thomas Becket:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/11-june/books-arts/visual-arts/exhibition-review-thomas-becket-murder-and-the-making-of-a-saint-at-the-british-museum

Nero:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/from-the-magazine/953130/british-museum-nero-exhibition
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/how-nasty-was-nero-really
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/06/nero-the-man-behind-the-myth-review-legend-and-truth

Thomas Cole's Arch of Nero:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/after-disputed-sale-at-sotheby-s-thomas-cole-s-the-arch-of-nero-will-go-on-view-in-philadelphia

A mosaic exhibition online from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/greek-news/culture/44763-thessaloniki-archaeological-museum-exhibit-to-show-online-mosaic-of-summer.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/201993/summer-mosaic-to-be-featured-to-the-world-online-by-the-archaeological-museum-of-thessaloniki/

The Saffron Walden Museum is putting some local metal detectorist finds on display:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/from-the-magazine/953130/british-museum-nero-exhibition

The China National Silk Museum is hosting Silk Road Week:

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/2106070234/

Some favourite items from the British Museum archive:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/14-of-my-favourite-items-from-the-british-museum-archive/

The atrium and grand staircase are complete at the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/08/installation-work-on-atrium-grand-staircase-completed-at-grand-egyptian-museum/

... and 65% of Tut's items have been transferred there:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/65-of-king-tutankhamun-artefacts-ready-for-display-at-grand-egyptian-museum-1.1237525
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/most-king-tutankhamun-displays-ready-at-grand-egyptian-museum-1.1237525

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities has also had a 'makeover':

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/egyptian-museum-antiquities-gets-makeover-compete-tourists

The University of Connecticut will be opening a Sparta Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/09/new-sparta-museum-amphitheater-to-open-in-connecticut/

The Rijksmuseum has acquired a 17th century Persian miniature:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61522

Feature on the challenges facing museums in Yemen:

https://whbl.com/2021/06/09/as-war-destroys-yemens-present-museums-struggle-to-preserve-its-past/

Expansion at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/arts/design/georgia-okeeffe-museum.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Mona Lisa replica is coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57390392

Feature on the most expensive Picasso's to be auctioned:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/pablo-picasso-highest-auction-records-1234594915/

Big bucks for a US Double Eagle gold coin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57402432
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1933-double-eagle-sells-189-million-sets-world-record-most-valuable-coin-180977965/

A British Guyana one cent stamp fell short of its expected price:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/08/1002985432/british-guiana-1-cent-stamp-falls-well-short-of-anticipated-auction-bounty

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA study of Tianyuan Man (40 000 years bp) and others suggests a new population emerged in East Asia some 19 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-east-asia-population.html

DNA suggests the occupants of a pair of Viking burials found 900 km apart were related:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/09/skeletons-of-viking-men-to-be-reunited-in-danish-exhibition
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-viking-relatives-reunited-denmark-years.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/two-viking-relatives-reunited-in-denmark-after-1-000-years/ar-AAKSnts?ocid=BingNewsSearch
https://www.dw.com/en/viking-skeletons-found-far-apart-were-related-dna-shows/a-57835212
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-viking-relatives-reunited-denmark-years.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/11/skeletons-of-two-related-viking-men-reunited-in-denmark-for-first-time-in-1000-years
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61536
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-era-relatives-reunited-1000-years-after-deaths-180977953/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9746-210610-denmark-viking-dna

... see also: https://en.natmus.dk/museums-and-palaces/the-national-museum-of-denmark/exhibitions/join-the-vikings-on-raid/

I think we mentioned this identification of a Franklin Expedition member via DNA:

https://maritime-executive.com/editorials/dna-analysis-identifies-sailor-from-the-doomed-franklin-expedition
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using high tech approaches to study human occupation of Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/06/06/archaeologists-turn-high-tech-to-trace-earliest-human-activity/

More on applying machine learning to pottery fragments:

https://hyperallergic.com/651726/machine-learning-matches-ancient-pottery-fragments-tusayan-white-ware/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on climate concerns for Indonesian petroglyphs:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-10/sulawesi-cave-paintings-climate-hange-achaeologists-sale-erosion/100206280
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nafplion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/06/exploring-nafplion-the-first-capital-city-of-modern-greece-video/

Native American earthworks:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/646946/ancient-native-american-earthworks-you-can-visit

Ek'Balam:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/ek-balam-much-to-see-small-footprint/

Roman sites in Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/history/find-traces-lincolnshires-roman-forts-5457906

How Covid is affecting Taj Mahal tourism:

https://www.dw.com/en/india-taj-mahal-tourism-shut-down-by-covid-pandemic/a-57802142

People aren't happy with the return of cruise ships to Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/05/angry-protests-in-venice-at-shock-return-of-cruise-ships
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Assorted items related to 'Raiders of the Lost Ark':

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/enduring-myths-raiders-lost-ark-180977923/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/movies/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-anniversary.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Digging For Britain is looking at body snatchers in Hull, apparently:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/bbc4s-digging-for-britain-to-film-in-hull-as-burial-ground-exhumation-reveals-gruesome-evidence-of-precautions-against-bodysnatchers-3270499

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CRIME BEAT
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Israeli authorities caught some illegal diggers red handed at Khirbat al-Jahush:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/suspects-arrested-after-destroying-antiquities-in-illegal-excavation-670342
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/07/authorities-bust-destructive-illicit-dig-in-northern-israel/
https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/06/agencies-catch-5-bandits-in-archeological-site-in-northern-israel/

A foiled antiquities smuggling case in the UAE:

https://gulfnews.com/uae/crime/ministry-of-interior-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-archaeological-coins-and-drugs-1.1623268522741

Feature on the illegal trade of manuscripts from Yemen:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/stolen-heritage-illicit-trade-yemens-rare-manuscripts

On assorted petroglyph vandalism cases in Canada:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/rock-art-being-destroyed-1.4199911

On petroglyph vandalism not being a victimless crime:

https://www.hjnews.com/townnews/politics/public-needs-to-know-petroglyph-vandalism-not-a-victimless-crime/article_cc95fd0d-ab9f-5617-be14-c5dbba7d06bc.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The US returned 27 stolen items to Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/27-stolen-cambodian-antiquities-be-returned-us
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/united-states-returns-27-stolen-antiquities-cambodia-2021-06-11/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-returns-27-looted-khmer-antiquities-back-kingdom
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50872145/ancient-heritage-recovered-cambodian-ambassador-accepts-return-of-lost-artefacts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/3-8m-looted-antiquities-to-cambodia-1979478
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-investigators-hand-over-27-smuggled-art-objects-valued-at-usd3-8m-to-cambodia

Nepal wants a 13th century statue back from an Australian gallery:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-12/nepal-carving-stolen-from-kathmandu-temple-at-art-gallery-nsw/100205712

The Metropolitan Museum is returning three Benin Bronzes to Nigeria:

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/09/1004859329/metropolitan-museum-of-art-sends-three-benin-bronzes-home-to-nigeria
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/arts/design/met-museum-benin-bronzes-nigeria.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-york-museum-stolen-art-nigeria-b1864444.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/benin-bronzes-new-york-s-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-to-return-three-african-artworks-to-nigeria-1.1238560
https://wskg.org/arts/metropolitan-museum-of-art-sends-three-benin-bronzes-home-to-nigeria/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/met-museum-returns-benin-bronzes-nigeria/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-met-returns-three-african-art-objects-to-nigeria

Interview with a few museum officials about their African collections:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-roundtable-1976576

The British Museum seems to have quite a few Benin-related items:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-pressure-return-900-looted-artefacts-benin-bronzes-v3mcxfh2p

... and an oped on whether Britain should return its Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/the-story-of-the-benin-bronzes-7989816

I think we mentioned this Pissarro at the University of Oklahoma before:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/camille-pissarro-painting-meyer-oklahoma-university/index.html

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NUMISMATICA
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ANS Conference coverage: Coinage in the Roman provinces:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-in-the-roman-provinces-ans-conference-highlights-part-2/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n24.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Dushman:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57379704

Rochelle Elizabeth Snee:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-rochelle-elizabeth-snee

Robert Hollander:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/books/robert-hollander-dead.html

Elizabeth French:

https://www.bsa.ac.uk/2021/06/13/elizabeth-lisa-bayard-french-19-january-1931-10-june-2021/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3076-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-30-through-june-5-2021

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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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