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explorator 24.13 July 18, 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, Robin Derricourt,
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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What we're learning about Neanderthal children:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210706-the-secret-lives-of-neanderthal-children

On Israel as a a crossroads for human evolution:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-is-a-crossroads-for-human-evolution-673305

On the evolution of throwing:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/evolution-throwing/

More on Neanderthal art:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/a-neanderthal-carved-a-geometric-design-in-bone-51000-years-ago/
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/neanderthal-culture-bone-carving-discovery-germany/

More on climate and human evolution:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/ancient-human-body-size-linked-to-climate-change/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/climate-changed-size-of-our-bodies-and.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/13/climate-changed-the-size-of-our-bodies-and-to-some-extent-our-brains/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9844-210712-evolution-body-size
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AFRICA
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More on the 'galaxies' of Islamic burials in Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-islamic-tombs-hidden-pattern-cosmology.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-statistical-methods-cosmology-reveal-tomb.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/ancient-islamic-tombs-cluster-like.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-have-uncovered-thousands-medieval-islamic-tombs-arranged-galactic-pattern-180978140/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9843-210712-sudan-tomb-clusters

More on the 14th/15th century cave burials from Gabon exhibiting facial modifications:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-modification-gabon-cave.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-statistical-methods-cosmology-reveal-tomb.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9842-210712-gabon-cave-burials

More on the medieval cathedral in the Sudan:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-medieval-nubia-cathedral
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of some recently-found 3000 years bp bronze figurines from Tanis:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/egyptian-bronze-figurines-shed-light-on-ancient-commerce-674197

The pyramid complex of Sahura has been restored:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/15/the-pyramid-complex-of-pharaoh-sahura-has-been-restored/

Suggestion (?) that Tut's mask may have originally been Nefertiti's:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106082/British-Express-Tutankhamun-s-mask-may-have-been-Nefertiti%E2%80%99s

More on that Greco-Roman pottery workshop from Tel Kom Aziza:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9783977/Massive-pottery-workshop-dating-2-300-years-Greco-Roman-era-unearthed-Egypt.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/graeco-roman-pottery-workshop.html

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32331/20210717/rosetta-stone-unraveling-secrets-egyptian-hieroglyphics.htm
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-the-rosetta-stone-unlocked-the-secrets-of-ancient-civilizations

Feature on the origins of the cartouche:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/origins-of-the-cartouche

Feature on the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology's current projects in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/07/14/ifao-involved-in-35-archaeological-missions-across-egypt/

In case you missed the 'reunion' of Book of the Dead fragments in a New Zealand museum and the Getty:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-bce-mummy-shroud-fragment-zealand.html
https://www.livescience.com/book-of-the-dead-fragments-pieced-together.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/two-segments-ancient-hieroglyph-reunited-1989384

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement from Dhi Qar (Iraq):

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/4000-year-old-city-discovered-iraq
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9796309/4-000-year-old-city-Iraq-capital-state-formed-Babylonian-Empires-collapse.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-discover-4-000-year-old-ancient-city-in-iraqi-desert

A second 'neighbourhood' from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/second-neighborhood-found-in-turkeys-neolithic-site-catalhoyuk/news

A study of various aspects of plant processing at Catal Huyuk:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-aspects-neolithic-settlement-turkey.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/upf--aas071321.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/new-aspects-related-to-plant-processing.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/new-aspects-related-to-plant-processing-in-a-neolithic-settlement-in-turkey/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9850-210714-catalhoeyuek-wild-plants

An 8500 years bp bone musical instrument of some sort from northwestern Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/8500-year-old-musical-instrument-found-in-nw-turkey/news
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/8000-year-old-musical-instrument-found-in-northwest-turkey-673823

4000 years bp finds (expected?) from the Accana Mound in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/4000-year-old-remains-to-be-revealed-in-accana-mound-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-accana-mound-166358

Feature on Kimiyoshi Matsumura's long career digging in Anatolia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/japanese-archaeologist-examines-anatolian-civilizations-in-situ-for-40-years-166347

Turkish 'factions' continue excavating at Ras Al-Ain:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/219449/

A study (mostly DNA-related) of remains of a 1600 years bp sheep found in an Iranian salt mine:

https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/the-salt-sheep-of-chehrabad-ancient-history-brought-to-life-by-dna-from-1600-year-old-iranian-sheep-mummy/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/tcd-df1071321.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210714110531.htm
https://www.livescience.com/preserved-DNA-sampled-sheep-mummy.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1600-year-old-mummified-sheep-found-in-iranian-salt-mine-674061
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9784173/Mummified-SHEEP-discovered-Iranian-salt-perfectly-preserved-soft-tissues.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/dna-from-1600-year-old-iranian-sheep.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9854-210715-iran-sheep-herds

Excavations at a Safavid-era bath house in Iran have commenced:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463009/Archaeological-work-starts-at-centuries-old-public-bathhouse

Feature on the Jiroft civilization:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463213/Jiroft-the-story-of-how-Iran-became-a-cradle-of-civilization

Iran added assorted sites to its national heritage list:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463067/Archaeological-hills-cemeteries-added-to-national-heritage-list

A section of Jerusalem's wall breached by the Babylonians in 586 BCE was revealed this week:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-part-of-jerusalems-wall-destroyed-on-the-9th-of-av-673794
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309836
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/14/found-missing-section-of-wall-that-defended-jerusalem-until-the-babylonian-conquest/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-temple-era-walls-razed-in-biblical-account-found-unbreached-in-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-find-new-section-of-jerusalem-s-ancient-defensive-wall-1.9998944
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309836
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bjfot11hpu
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/first-temple-period-jerusalems-city-wall-09866.html

A 'Judges era' (maybe) pot from Khirbat el-Rai inscribed with the name Jerubbaal:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-inscription-relating-to-the-Book-of-Judges-found-12-July-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-inscription-bearing-name-of-biblical-judge-found-in-israel-673576
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-find-biblical-name-jerubbaal-inked-on-pot-from-judges-era-1.9990617
https://www.timesofisrael.com/five-letter-inscription-inked-3100-years-ago-may-be-name-of-biblical-judge/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309675
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rjqb99fao
https://www.jns.org/rare-book-of-judges-era-inscription-found-in-southern-israel/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/472940/new-archaeological-find-in-israel-may-shed-light-on-the-era-of-biblical/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-07/13/content_77623392.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-07-14/detail-ihapauxv0566063.shtml
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9781533/3-100-year-old-inscription-pottery-fragment-uncovered-Israel-features-biblical-name.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/archaeological-evidence-of-gideon-the-judge/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/biblical-judge-inscription-09861.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3000-year-old-jug-holds-name-biblical-judge-180978159/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9847-210713-israel-alphabet-inscription

cf (pdf):

https://jjar.huji.ac.il/sites/default/files/jjar/files/rollston_et_al._2021_jjar_2_1-15.pdf

Semi-related study suggests alphabetic writing may have started 5000 years earlier than currently thought:

https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/07/13/alphabetic-writing-500-years-earlier-glenn-schwartz/

2700 years bp remains of a piglet from Jerusalem (possibly a repeat?):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cryptic-2700-year-old-pig-skeleton-found-in-jerusalems-city-of-david-673989
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-oink-vey-pig-skeleton-discovered-in-first-temple-period-jerusalem-1.9906708
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/podcasts/PODCAST-listen-pigging-out-in-jerusalem-did-ancient-israelites-really-eat-pork-1.10002400
https://www.timesofisrael.com/this-little-piggy-went-to-jerusalem-2700-years-ago-raising-some-questions/

Two 2000 years bp 'Freedom to Zion' coins from a survey in the West Bank Binyamin region:

https://www.livescience.com/freedom-of-zion-coins-jewish-revolt-discovered.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-freedom-to-zion-coins-found-in-binyamin-region-673677
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-coins-hailing-freedom-of-zion-jerusalem-uncovered-in-west-bank/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/13/ancient-coins-could-upend-theories-about-what-followed-the-roman-sack-of-jerusalem/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/bar-ilan-u-archaeologist-discovers-two-rare-coins-dating-back-to-jewish-revolts-against-rome/2021/07/13/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/r1znzzs6u
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9784735/2-000-year-old-Freedom-Zion-coins-withy-features-Jewish-Roman-wars-Judea.html

Latest evidence of destruction at the Temple Mount Sifting Project (podcast):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/podcast-on-9-bav-find-evidence-of-destruction-at-temple-mount-sifting-project/

Feature on an ongoing dig at Beit El:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/18/seminary-students-dig-up-second-temple-finds-near-beit-el/

Feature on tunnels and cisterns beneath Temple Mount:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/18/49-cisterns-tell-the-story-of-the-destruction-of-the-temple-and-much-more/
https://www.jns.org/49-cisterns-tell-the-story-of-the-destruction-of-the-temple-and-much-more/

Feature on some nude female Canaanite figurines and their association (maybe) with birth rites:

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

More on that 2000 years bp structure found near the Western Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/magnificent-building-under-western-wall-israel.html
https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/07/spectacular-second-temple-era-building-unveiled-in-jerusalem/

Feature on Tel Kadesh:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-archaeological-mystery-of-tel-kedesh/

An interview (podcast) with Aren Maeir about Gath of the Philistines:

https://thelandofisrael.com/view/1744

Hamas is claiming Israel is 'falsifying' Jerusalem history:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hamas-israel-is-falsifying-jerusalem-history-673815

Israeli soldiers are accused of bulldozing a Canaanite cemetery in Palestine:

https://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-bulldoze-the-oldest-and-largest-canaanite-cemetery-in-palestine/

A 6th century CE inscription/petroglyph associated with Nabonidas from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1893671/saudi-arabia
https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/608810
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2021/07/16/Saudi-Arabia-discovers-6th-century-rock-inscriptions-of-Babylonian-king-in-Hail-
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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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A major 3rd century BC hoard of Greek silver coins from Sharjah:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2021/07/15/treasure-trove-of-priceless-silver-coins-discovered-in-sharjah/
https://gulfnews.com/uae/education/409-silver-coins-dating-back-to-3rd-century-found-in-sharjahs-mleiha-area-1.80683196

Suggestion (not sure about this one) that the tomb of Olympias has been identified:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/10/bidas-alexander-the-great-korinos/

A 2000 years bp rock-cut 'banqueting site in the ruins of Nea Paphos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/archaeologists-discover-ancient-banqueting-site-carved-in-bedrock/139668

A boundary stone from Claudius' expansion of Rome's pomerium found near Augustus' Mausoleum:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-rare-stone-outlining-ancient-rome.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-digs-up-ancient-border-stone-near-site-of-citys-first-emperor.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/16/2000-year-old-border-stone-emperor-claudius-uncovered-rome/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/643/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/643/pub/643/page/50/article/188518
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-Rome-s-16319696.php
https://www.cbs17.com/news/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-romes-city-limits/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-170836088.html
https://www.theolympian.com/entertainment/celebrities/article252832973.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rare-stone-discovered-outlining-ancient-rome-s-city-limits-1.5512065
https://notizie.tiscali.it/regioni/lazio/articoli/ritrovato-cippo-epoca-claudia-raggi-conoscere-meglio-nostre-origini-00001/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61795

Latest petroglyph Roman phallus find comes from Yorkshire:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-carved-penis-catterick-yorkshire-b1885815.html
https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/huge-roman-stone-carved-penis-unearthed-during-archaeological-dig-in-yorkshire/786652

From the same region (and often with the above find also mentioned) comes the oldest remains of a pistachio in Britain, among other Roman (and later) finds:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/archaeologists-cracking-roman-history-along-dere-street-one-of-britains-oldest-roads
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-57862964
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/thousands-of-artefacts-including-countrys-earliest-pistachio-nut-reveal-history-of-roman-settlement-off-the-a1-near-catterick-3309722
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9794997/Roman-fort-treasure-trove-artefacts-uncovered-Yorkshire.html

A Visigoth sarcophagus from the Mula Roman Villa site (Spain):

https://murciatoday.com/spectacular-visigoth-sarcophagus-discovered-in-mula-roman-villa-site_1617323-a.html
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/07/17/ancient-sarcophagus-is-dug-up-in-good-condition-at-roman-site-in-murcia-area-of-spain/

Overviewish thing on the 2021 season did at Gourimadi:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/07/14/anaskafiki-ereynas-2021-sto-gkoyrimadi-karystoy/

Martin Biddle thinks there should be a dig at Silver Hill (UK):

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19443314.archaeologist-martin-biddle-calls-full-scale-digs-silver-hill/

A study of Roman cremation burials in Britain:

https://www.colchester.gov.uk/info/cbc-article/?id=KA-03774

Somewhat out of date news about the tomb of Aratus in Soli Pompeiopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/memorial-tomb-of-ancient-greek-astronomer-aratus-unearthed-in-turkey/

Similarly out of date is a story on an Illyrian helmet found in Croatia a while ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/16/ancient-greek-helmet-found-in-stone-burial-chamber-in-croatia/

... and recent finds from Zominthos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/new-secrets-unearthed-at-minoan-palace-of-zominthos-on-crete/

More on the Noceto Vasca Votiva and its purpose:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3400-year-old-artificial-pool-italy-may-have-hosted-religious-rituals-180978148/

More on the Hellenistic/Thracian tower and sanctuary found at Burgas:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/observation-tower-ancient-sanctuary.html

More on the pair of Kouroi from the Temple of Zeus Lepsinos site:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-500-year-old-statues-inscription-unearthed-in-western-turkey-166256
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-discover-2500-year-old-artifacts-in-western-turkey
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/life/2500-year-old-statues-inscription-unearthed-in-western-turkey-3576272
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/two-kouros-statues-found-at-temple-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9849-210714-turkey-euromos-statues

More on the 'nude horseman' relief from Vindolanda:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-strange-carving-naked-man-roman-fort-180978146/

More on a Roman coin hoard from the Netherlands being a 'safe passage' offering:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-coin-hoard-by-river.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9787913/Roman-coins-Dutch-riverbanks-offering-gods-safe-passage-water.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9845-210713-netherlands-roman-coins

Pondering why so many Greek statues are naked:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-are-there-so-many-naked-ancient-greek-statues/

Pondering the theory that Michelangelo faked the Laocoon:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/laocoon-and-his-sons-michelangelo

Feature on Frank Snowden:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/07/frank-snowden-personal-tribute/

Feature on Melanie Fillios and her work at Helike:

https://greekherald.com.au/community/dr-melanie-fillios-what-excavations-ancient-greek-sites-show-bronze-age/
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/zooarchaeologist-fillios-bronze-age-pigs-ancient-dingoes/13434280

Feature on ataraxia:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jul/18/the-secret-to-happiness-in-uncertain-times-give-up-pursuing-it
https://medium.com/the-sophist/stoicism-what-is-ataraxia-822eca353510

Feature on Eunus and his slave revolt:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/eunus-the-roman-slave-who-declared-himself-king/139690

Feature on the development of Greek pottery:

https://mymodernmet.com/ancient-greek-pottery/

Feature on Fauvel's 'competition' with Elgin for the Parthenon sculptures:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/18/the-frenchman-who-vied-with-lord-elgin-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/

Feature on Elgin's actions:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/17/the-parthenon-report-the-crime-and-the-criminal-part-2/

Feature on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-12/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-3/61018

Feature on a Roman amulet from Athens which was used to ward off plague:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/14/greek-immigrant-in-roman-era-london-used-amulet-to-ward-off-plague/

Feature on Plutarch as a vegetarian:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/11/ancient-greek-historian-plutarch-might-have-been-the-first-vegetarian/

Feature on Praxiteles' Hermes statue:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/13/hermes-of-praxiteles-statue-remains-a-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

Feature on the silver mines at Laurion:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/12/how-the-mines-of-laurion-saved-ancient-athens-and-western-civilization/

Feature on some ancient Greek Olympians:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/12/noteworthy-ancient-greek-olympians/

... not to be confused with a feature on the powers of Greek gods:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/13/greek-gods-12-immortals-unusual-powers/

Feature on 'doping' at the ancient Olympics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/18/doping-in-ancient-greece-olympic-games/

Feature on Hercules:

https://jezebel.com/how-hercules-became-antiquitys-brawny-brainless-himbo-1847255343

Feature on Asklepios:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/ancient_greek_healer_god_asklepios_sleep_and_sacred_dreams-2900034/

Feature on Miltiades' helmet:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/15/the-awe-inspiring-helmet-of-legendary-ancient-greek-warrior-miltiades/

On Ancient Greece as the home of football (maybe):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/14/football-ancient-greece/

Feature on Roman roads:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/07/15/all-roads-lead-to-rome/

Turns out some olive trees in Bidnija (Malta) date from medieval times, not Roman:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/myth-buster-study-finds-bidnija-olive-trees-medieval-not-roman.885925

Feature on Greek influence on US architecture:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/16/united-states-architecture-was-modeled-on-ancient-greece/

Another feature wondering about dodecahedra from Roman contexts:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/roman-dodecahedrons
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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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7500 years bp cave paintings from Spain appear to depict honey gathering:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/well-preserved-cave-painting-of-honey.html

6000 years bp evidence of 'makeup' use from a site in Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-oldest-cosmetics-ceramic-bottles-balkan.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9780399/Stone-Age-Europeans-wore-makeup-6-000-years-ago-carried-portable-jars.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/07/15/stone-age-cosmetics-based-on-lead-mineral-oldest-of-its-kind/?sh=787423d365ef
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9851-210714-slovenia-cosmetic-bottles

HS2 construction revealed a major hoard of Iron Age coins in Hillingdon:

https://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/news/19441113.iron-age-coins-found-hs2-dig-hillingdon/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-of-rare-coins-from-iron-age-on-hs2-route-40651112.html
https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-hs2-archaeologists-find-2200-21044553
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-london-hillingdon-duncan-wilson-skanska-b945635.html
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2021/07/13/news/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-of-rare-coins-from-iron-age-on-hs2-route-2386213/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-hundreds-rare-coins-230100739.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61776
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-iron-age-coins-found-london-180978171/

A 'late antiquity' child burial from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608277518/gallery-rare-untouched-burial-site-found-in-parnu-county
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9852-210715-estonia-child-burial

The Anchor Church cave in Derbyshire, once thought to have been a folly, may have been the residence of the deposed king Eardwulf in the early 9th century CE:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-57841943
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/15/derbyshire-cave-house-identified-as-ninth-century-home-to-exiled-king
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/fake-oldest-anglo-saxon-house-5663294
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/662/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/662/pub/662/page/50/article/196050
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/anglo-saxon-cave-house-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/17/anglo-saxon-cave-house/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/archaeologists-suggest-rock-cut-cave-was-home-of-exiled-anglo-saxon-king/139684
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-medieval-dwelling-may-be-united-kingdoms-oldest-home-180978185/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9856-210716-england-cave-house

Viking-era textiles from a woman's burial in Norway:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-cultural-history-history/unique-viking-textiles-found-in-womans-grave/1876405

A Viking-era coin (and more?) hoard found by a metal detectorist on the Isle of Man:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-57841507
https://museumcrush.org/another-viking-hoard-offers-itself-up-on-the-isle-of-man/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9855-210716-viking-silver-coins

Evidence of iron smelting at Dartmoor much earlier than previously thought:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/discovery-dartmoor-mine-rewriting-more-5657254

Medieval French coins from Paris with a possible Viking connection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/world/europe/medieval-french-coins-poland.html

Hundreds of medieval burials from a dig at St Patrick's Chapel in Whitesands:

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/19436341.hundreds-medieval-skeletons-unearthed-st-patricks-chapel-whitesands/

Remains of Tudor gardens beneath an Essex golf course:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-57808629
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/19443019.remains-secret-tudor-jacobean-gardens-discovered-beneath-golf-course/
https://www.itv.com/news/london/2021-07-15/remains-of-tudor-gardens-discovered-beneath-golf-course-in-essex

A 'mystery' bottle of liquid from an 18th/19th century burial in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/mystery-bottle-liquid-found-between-5661069

Elephant tusks from a 'slave ship' off Dingle have been recovered:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40334807.html

Finds from various periods found during A30 upgrades in Cornwall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-57846329

Finds from various periods, including 12 burials, from an Exeter leper hospital site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57808532

Archaeologists are back digging at Elizabeth Castle:

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-07-16/archaeologists-return-to-elizabeth-castle-to-learn-more-about-its-history
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/07/15/archaeologists-survey-castles-officers-quarters-and-library/

More on Edward III gold coins from Norfolk:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/black-death-era-treasure-coins-located-in-uk

More on the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/07/how-old-cerne-abbas-giant/619406/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/soil-samples-show-that-britains-rude-man-dates-back-to-medieval-period/

More on 5000 years bp evidence of yersina pestis:

https://theprint.in/science/bacteria-that-caused-black-death-killed-half-of-europe-in-14th-c-traced-to-5000-yr-old-man/687395/

A replica of a medieval Maronite cross:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/15/maronite-mediaeval-metal-cross-replicated/

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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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More on the 8200 years bp lacquerware from Zhejiang:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-07/12/content_77622333.htm

More on the Yuan Dynasty carved brick tombs from Jinan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61787

Not sure where to put this one on a possible 100 000 years bp (or maybe 15 000) petroglyph site in Haryana:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/mangerbani-cave-paintings-1-lakh-years-old-archaeologists-7407264/
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/prehistoric-cave-paintings-from-one-lakh-years-ago-discovered-in-faridabad-3973361.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/palaeolithic-cave-paintings-found-in-corner-of-ncr-could-be-among-oldest-in-the-country-101626201354624.html

A full-length iron sword from a megalithic cist burial at Mayiladumparai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/megalithic-full-length-sword-unearthed/article35291887.ece

A 2300 (maybe) years bp well structure and other items from a site on the bank of the Noyyal river:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/stone-well-like-structure-found-at-kodumanal-archaeological-site/articleshow/84079734.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9839-210712-india-industrial-well

A 2000 years bp ring well from the Keeladi dig site:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jul/16/archaeology-dept-unearths-another-ring-well-at-keezhadi-2330833.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/first-ring-well-with-design-unearthed-at-keeladi-site/article35312904.ece

... not sure if this is from the same dig ... A terracotta head of a woman (date?) from a dig in Agaram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/head-of-a-terracotta-woman-figurine-with-hair-bun-found/article35354206.ece

A pair of 10th century Jain sculptures from Telangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/telangana-1000-year-old-disfigured-jain-sculptures-found/articleshow/84396148.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/history-buffs-discover-two-figures-from-jain-pantheon/article35307076.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/jul/14/two-jain-sculptures-from-10thcentury-found-in-telanganas-siddipet-district-2329715.html

Remains of a two-room structure beneath the Golden Temple complex:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/2-room-structure-found-at-golden-temple-complex-284191

The ASI has plans to laser scan parts of the Shree Jagannath Temple:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/asi-to-undertake-laser-scanning-in-puris-jagannath-temple/article35273608.ece
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/asi-to-undertake-laser-scanning-in-shree-jagannath-temple/2118986

A survey is underway in northern Cebu:

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1146885

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Feature on the sea cucumber trade in Western Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/landline/makassan-archaeology:-sea-cucumber-trade-across/13450044
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 200 years bp burial from beneath a Philadelphia strip mall parking lot:

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/human-remains-northern-liberties-construction-cemetery-20210714.html

A pair of digs by the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians is finding evidence of their people's activities from the 1700s:

https://www.wbur.org/news/2021/07/17/mohican-artifacts-found-at-archaeological-dig-in-berkshires

21 burials (so far) from the First Baptist Church site at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/history/colonial-williamsburg-archaeologists-uncover-21-graves-historic-black-first-baptist-church-site/291-c232faa1-538f-4b1f-adbc-9006e8246e0e
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/07/16/williamsburg-african-american-cemetery-graves/

Remains of a 19th century road from a Virginia battlefield cemetery:

https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article252747628.html
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article252747628.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9853-210715-virginia-battlefield-cemetery

Plans for a survey near Native American mounds in Ashland (KY):

https://www.dailyindependent.com/news/digging-up-the-past-site-survey-could-crack-case-of-mounds/article_e6b48538-e5c9-11eb-a179-5f3a79646cce.html

Overviewish thing on an ongoing dig (Native American site) in Anderson Township (OH):

https://www.wlwt.com/article/archeological-dig-in-anderson-township-explores-ruins-of-ancient-villages-mounds/37038599

Feature on the Fort Vancouver Public Archaeology Field School:

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/student-archaeologists-dig-up-history-on-vancouver-waterfront/283-a1727079-20c3-433d-a4da-7139a71afa64

Latest on the results of the Tulsa Race Massacre dig:

https://www.oudaily.com/news/archeologist-reports-completion-of-tulsa-race-massacre-graves-excavation-lab-analysis-pursuit-of-justice-continues/article_18ab3658-e4ef-11eb-a581-2f75d25970f8.html

More on Chickasaw repurposing de Soto metal items:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/after-defeating-hernando-de-soto-the-chickasaw-took-his-stuff-and-remade-it/
https://www.gainesville.com/picture-gallery/news/history/2021/07/17/metal-objects-uncovered-1500-expedition-hernando-de-soto/7999797002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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10 000 years bp burials from del Maule:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2021/07/16/cementerio-indigena-con-mas-de-10-mil-anos-de-antiguedad-en-la-region-del-maule-se-encuentra-en-cruzada-para-ser-reconocido-y-resguardado/

I think we mentioned this revisionist view of the purported societal collapse on Easter Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/bu-rn070921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210713090153.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/resilience-not-collapse-what-easter.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/resilience-not-collapse-what-the-easter-island-myth-gets-wrong/

Feature on those spheres in Costa Rica:

https://thecostaricanews.com/the-spheres-of-costa-rica-sculptures-that-do-not-lose-their-essence/

More on what feces reveal about the Maya collapse:

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/poop-reveals-the-story-of-troubled-ancient-maya-population/

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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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Possibility that a thumbprint on a 500 years bp wax statue belongs to Michelangelo:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/michelangelo-thumbprint-wax-statue/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingerprint-renaissance-wax-sculpture-michelangelo-victoria-albert-museum-180978168/

Feature on Elizabeth Gaskell's 'revival' after Bridgerton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-57580580

Feature on assorted hidden chapels in English churches:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/mysteries-of-the-hidden-oratory/

France has acquired de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/13/marquis-de-sade-manuscript-acquired-for-french-nation-120-days-of-sodom
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61764

A study is suggesting forensics needs to replace 'ancestry' with something more accurate:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/ncsu-shn071421.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/lets-replace-ancestry-in-forensics-with-something-more-accurate/

Feature on dealing with mistakes in archival situations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/07/archival-mishaps/619420/

Feature on Karl Marx:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-karl-marx.html

Feature on Emmanuelle Polack's search for looted items at the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/design/louvre-art-sleuth-emmanuelle-polack.html

Feature on Emmy Noether:

https://www.livescience.com/emmy-noether-unrecognized-contributions-modern-math.html

Feature on Princess Ka'iulani:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hawaii-crown-princess-kaiulani-surfer

Feature on David Marr and his lighthouses:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3139429/legend-lighthouse-builder-how-british-engineer

Followup to the story of Elizabeth Allen's botanical activities:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57847727

Feature on undoing a restoration of a 400 years bp Dutch painting:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jul/16/restoration-work-wipes-smile-off-the-face-of-dutch-vegetable-seller

Feature on four (real) underwater cities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/forget-atlantis-heres-4-real-ancient-underwater-cities

Feature on archaeology and religion:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/archaeology-could-extend-knowledge-of-the-history-of-religion/13439122

Feature on Benjamin Jesty and the development of vaccinations:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57460445

Feature/reviewish on what we learn from street names:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210712-streetonomics-what-our-addresses-say-about-us

How and 18th century cookbook saved the Sloven language:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-slovene-language-cookbook

Feature on a Jesuit account of 17th century China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3140186/jesuits-rich-portrait-17th-century-china-told

Feature on the 'misuse' of leisure:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/stop-treating-leisure-as-a-productivity-hack/619467/

Museums are trying to figure out how to preserve plastic art:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/museums-are-race-against-time-keep-plastic-art-falling-apart

Judy Garland's long lost 'Wizard of Oz' dress has been located:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wizard-oz-judy-garland-dress-costume-hollywood-discovery-180978138/

Plenty of old wine and other alcoholic beverages from Tatoi's wine cellars:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/rare-treasures-of-tatois-wine-cellars-revealed/

Review of Kavanaugh, *The Irish Assassins*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/books/review/the-irish-assassins-julie-kavanagh.html

Review of Jobb, *The Case of the Murderous Dr Cream*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/books/review/the-case-of-the-murderous-dr-cream-dean-jobb.html

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on burials of Indigenous children found at various residential school sites in Canada:

https://www.livescience.com/childrens-graves-residential-schools-canada.html

British Jews are going to get an apology for their expulsion 800 years ago:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/british-jews-to-get-apology-800-years-after-antisemitic-expulsion-673763

On the importance of the history of slaves and First Nations:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-history-of-the-vast-early-america-matters-today

On mixed-race families in 19th century Australia:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3140275/half-chinese-half-white-australian-mixed-race

Sheffield shut down its archaeology department officially:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-57820390
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-confirm-archaeology-department-will-be-closed-in-decision-staff-call-unequivocal-end-for-the-subject-3306310
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/support-for-university-department-in-sheffield-as-future-is-set-to-be-decided-today-3304635
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/14/the-university-of-sheffields-department-of-archaeology-is-closing-down/

... university staff are apparently threatening to strike now:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-of-sheffield-staff-could-strike-over-closure-of-archaeology-department-3309524
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A study suggests cannabis originated in northwest China:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-cannabis-domesticated-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/cannabis-origins-largest-genetic-study.html

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/29/eabg2286

Interesting study comparing dog puppies and wolf puppies and their reaction to humans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-snuggle-wolf-pups-wont-dog.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/12/health/dog-wolf-puppies-human-bond-scn-wellness/index.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wolves-raised-by-humans-cant-understand-people-like-dogs-can/
https://www.livescience.com/dog-vs-wolf-puppies-cognition.html

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00880-0
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nero:

https://www.thejc.com/culture/features/the-roman-road-to-judea-s-destruction-1.518628

Gladiators:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-hygiene-tools-of-gladiators-on-display-in-izmir/news

Durer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/a-renaissance-road-trip-with-albrecht-duerer

Shakespeare's Hal:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/15/exhibition-reveals-how-shakespeares-hal-has-excused-royal-heirs-for-centuries

Rembrandt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-life-hansken-rembrandts-elephant-180978186/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/14/arts/design/rembrandt-elephant-exhibition.html

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins:

https://www.jpost.com/international/getty-exhibits-mesopotamian-art-that-escaped-islamic-state-destruction-673759

Thetford Treasure:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/renowned-treasure-items-on-display-thetford-hoard-8143574

African Treasure:

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/african-treasure-at-the-st-louis-art-museum/294016/

Plans for an archaeological museum in Thoothukudi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/world-class-archaeological-museum-to-be-established-in-thoothukudi-minister/article35266388.ece

The Smithsonian will be celebrating its 175th birthday:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/15/the-smithsonian-institution-is-preparing-for-its-175th-birthday/

The Met has a Native American in charge of Native American art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/arts/design/patricia-norby-met-museum.html

A Basque museum has acquired a 'retelling' of Picasso's Guernica:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/11/basque-museum-snaps-up-forgotten-retelling-picasso-guernica

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A solidus of Faustina the Elder is coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/solidus-auction-includes-gold-aureus-of-faustina-the-elder

High expectations for an upcoming auction of one of Napoleon's hats:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/one-of-napoleons-hats-could-fetch-600000-at-auction

Pondering how an archaic Greek gemstone ended up at Christie's:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ionides-scarab-sale-raises-provenance-questions

More on big bucks for a tiny Leonardo sketch:

https://7news.com.au/business/money/tiny-leonardo-da-vinci-sketch-fetches-over-12million-c-3417824
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The genome of a 25 000 years bp woman (and others) has been extracted from the dirt of an Austrian cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uov-heg071221.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210712122123.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/dna-dirt-can-offer-new-view-ancient-life
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-human-genome-has-been-recovered-from-cave-dirt
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/satsurblia-cave-human-wolf-bison-dna-09858.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/human-environmental-genome-recovered-in.html

Trying to reconcile the nature v nurture debate with genetics and culture:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/pioneering-new-framework-highlights.html

Not a lot of DNA (percentage wise) is unique to modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-dna-unique-modern-humans.html
https://www.livescience.com/human-genome-unique-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/only-a-tiny-fraction-of-our-dna-is-uniquely-human
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/just-7-percent-dna-unique-modern-humans-study-shows-rcna1445

More on DaVinci descendants:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/16/leonardo-da-vinci-has-14-living-descendants/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-relatives-dna-testing-genome-180978153/
https://theprint.in/science/youngest-leonardo-da-vinci-descendant-born-in-2020-study-to-decode-his-genius-finds-13-others/690170/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using photo filters to reveal the colours on the 2400 years bp Lady of Baza sculpture from Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-07-13/in-southern-spain-an-iconic-sculptures-true-colors-shine-through-2400-years-later.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-13/los-expertos-sacan-los-colores-a-la-dama-de-baza.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9848-210714-spain-bastetani-sculpture

Feature on ground penetrating radar:

https://queenscitizen.ca/2021/07/12/ground-penetrating-radar-is-making-progress-in-archeology/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on what 300 000 years bp ostrich shells reveal about climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoe-aoe070721.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/ancient-ostrich-eggshell-reveals-new.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Zag caves:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/visitors-captivated-by-multiple-floors-rooms-in-turkeys-ancient-zag-caves-166206

Derinkuyu:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/derinkuyu-the-ancient-underground-city-once-home-to-20000-people/

Madaba (sort of):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/a-virtual-visit-to-the-city-of-mosaics/

Pinara:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pinara

Pozzo della Cava:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pozzo-della-cava

Roman Capri:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/07/15/the-island-of-capri-illustrious-roman-history/

Afghanistan (!):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462958/Iran-s-memories-in-Afghanistan-two-sisters-apart

Much Wenlock:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210711-the-uk-town-that-inspired-the-olympics

Naxos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/13/naxos-the-ultimate-guide/

Italy has officially banned giant cruise ships from Venice:

https://www.dw.com/en/italy-bans-large-cruise-ships-from-venice/a-58256937
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-13/los-grandes-cruceros-ya-no-entraran-a-la-laguna-de-venecia.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Salzburg Festival's centennial celebrations have been extended:

https://www.dw.com/en/salzburg-festivals-centenary-celebrations-extended/a-58255003

As You Like it:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-as-you-like-it

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CRIME BEAT
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A 17th century 'Demon Wall' painting in Norway was apparently created by modern conservators:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61755

Feature on Blood Antiquities:

https://www.dw.com/en/stolen-blood-antiquities/av-58249912

A looted Cambodian statue is the object of a forfeiture action in Manhattan:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/10th-century-statue-looted-cambodian-temple-subject-forfeiture-action-filed-manhattan
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/design/skanda-peacock-antiquity-return-cambodia.html

On Kim Kardashian's connection to looted antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kim-kardashian-and-the-mystery-of-the-golden-coffin-2vvl3gbwg

More on the arrest of a prominent Egyptian businessman for funding illegal excavations:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/106038/Egyptian-businessman-Hassan-Rateb-detained-pending-investigation-over-funding-excavation
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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 different sort of repatriation: remains of a Napoleonic general buried in Russia were returned to France:

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3141008/remains-napoleonic-general-brought-back-france-russia-after-more
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9784563/Russia-returns-remains-Napoleon-era-general-France.html

Some bronze tortoises stolen from a National Trust property were returned after 30 years:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-57846933

Nigeria is awaiting the Benin returns in October, apparently:

https://thenationonlineng.net/fg-to-take-possession-of-looted-benin-bronzes-when-returned-lai-mohammed/
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/07/fg-to-receive-stolen-antiquities-from-us-scotland-in-october-lai-mohammed/

The Nelson-Atkins museum is being asked about its Benin Bronzes:

http://kcstudio.org/a-rising-ruckus-over-benin-bronzes-prompts-questions-for-the-nelson-atkins/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient and medieval coins with legends on both sides:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-and-medieval-coins-with-two-sided-legends/

Feature on the Roman Republican Die Project:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-roman-republican-die-project-progresses-ancient-coins-at-the-ans/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n28.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n29.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David Galloway:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/obituaries/2372449/david-galloway-former-rector-of-madras-college-st-andrews-and-author-dies-aged-89/

Thomas Cleary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/10/books/thomas-cleary-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/3088-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-4-through-july-10-2021
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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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