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explorator 26.06

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May 28, 2023, 11:58:29 AM5/28/23
explorator 26.06 May 28, 2023
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Not sure where to put this study on the injury risks from flintknapping:

A study of DNA suggests that humans 'arose' at various times and various places in Africa:

Tracking the presence of homo sapiens in South Africa via the presence of lakes etc.:

... and the oldest homo sapiens footprint also comes from South Africa (153 000 years bp):

Pondering whether homo floresiensis is still around:

More on the homo heidelbergensis footprints from Germany:

More on humans using fire in Spain some 250 000 years bp:
Italy is funding a project to preserve and enhance a site in Axum:
Egypt announced the find of two major mummification workshops, a pair of tombs, and more from Saqqara:

Digging has resumed at Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria:

A study of what mummified bodies reveal about climate in ancient Egypt:

Some Egyptian coffin lids in Israel underwent scanning:

... which seemed to cause confusion/a brouhaha in Egypt:

Not sure what to make of reports of 'bulldozing' of sites in the City of the Dead:

Feature on the career of Udjahorresnet:

Feature on the bust of Nefertiti:

More on a possible fungal connection being made to 'Tut's curse':

Traces of 3000 years bp flour from a Urartian site in Armenia:

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

Rescue digs at the Chaparabad Dam site in Iran:

More on early evidence of romantic kissing in 4500 years bp Mesopotamia:

More on the use of AI to read Mesopotamian texts:

More on Bronze Age Baltic amber beads from Europe being identified in Iraq:

Coverage of an archaeological conference in Jordan:

A study of 3500 years bp pottery from Megiddo suggests Canaanites made wine offerings to the deceased:

A study of a pair of toilets from Jerusalem dating to the Kingdom of Judah has revealed evidence of dysentery:


A study of a 4th century Roman glass-making facility at Jalame el-Asafna (Israel):

Israeli archaeologists apparently want to stop digging for a while:

Feature on the 4 BCE Shavout rebellion:

Feature/oped on Israeli digging under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (?):

... and the visit of an EU representative to Sebastia:

More on the 2000 years bp 'receipt' inscription from Jerusalem:

More on that 1800 years bp shipwreck off Israel full of Roman construction marble:

Apparently you can purchase yeast found in a 3000 years bp beer glass:

More on 8000-9000 years bp inscribed 'blueprints' from Jordan:
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

A 10th/9th century BCE structure (and later finds) from Thorikos:

Brief item on a 5th century BCE vessel of some sort found near Jicin (Czechia):

An ancient quarry/temple site found during trenching work in Marsaxlokk (Malta):

Some very large Roman heads (probably akroteria) from the Carlisle Cricket Club dig:

Roman pottery from the dig at Alderney:

... and a possible Bronze Age skeleton:

A 2000 years bp Romano-British jug found near Peterborough:

A 2000 years bp rock-carved face, phallus, and cornucopia from Benidorm (Spain):

Evidence of bird sacrifice in Isis rituals at Pompeii:

Evidence of the Legio X Fretensis in Georgia:

A study of a preserved Roman perfume container from Spain has revealed the presence of patchouli:


The Temple of Venus and Rome has reopened:

There have been 112 'heritage discoveries' in Malta over the past year:

More on the 4th century CE watchtower found in Switzerland:

More on the restoration of the colossal gilded statue of Hercules in the Vatican:

More on the pair of eathquake victims found at Pompeii:

More on that Roman doctor burial from Hungary:

More on cosmic rays revealing a Hellenistic tomb beneath Naples:

More on evidence Romans had snub-nosed dogs:

Review of Jane Draycott, *Cleopatra's Daughter*:

Review of Peter Stothard, *Crassus*:

AE Stallings on Keats' sonnet about the Elgin Marbles:

... and a feature on AE Stallings:

Feature on women's rebellion in Greek mythology:

Another feature on Roman dodecahedra:

Feature on Etruscan jewellery:

Feature on Roman merchants in Madurai:

Feature on what ancient Greek sounded like:

Feature on the sword of Damocles:

Feature on Pericles:

Feature on the palace of Aigai:

Feature on the mines at Laurion:

Socrates was found 'not guilty' in the latest mock trial:

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:
Roman Archaeology Blog:

A study of the bone tool-making activities at El Miron Cave (Spain) 20 000 years bp:

Rethinking the function of some 'paleolithic open rings' found in the 19th century:

Rethinking a piece of portable Magdalenian art found back in the 1960s from Gipuzkoa (Spain):

7000 years bp cave paintings from Penaguila (Spain) found during a drone survey:

2700 years bp petroglyphs from a 'mossy rock' in Sweden:

A late Iron Age 'cult city' site near Sunnfjord (Norway):

Prehistoric and late medieval settlement sites from Mikolajki:

Excavations at the Old Black Lion Pub site in Northampton have revealed early English ceramics and more:

A church submerged in a storm surge in 1362 in Rugholt was located:

Pre-construction digs in Norway have revealed the full extent of the medieval 'King's Wharf' in Oslo:

A teen metal detectorist in Norway came across a Viking-era ax:

A study of VIking shields:

Overview of the ongoing digs at a manor house site in Besselsleigh:

Excavations at a Spanish castle site have revealed a complete suit of 16th century armour:

More on the 7000 years bp burial and pottery found in Poland:

More on the 7000 years bp submerged road found off the coast of Croatia:

More on the 1100 years bp breastplate from Bulgaria inscribed with possible Cyrillic writing:

More on burial evidence of child labour from Yorkshire:

... and semi-related roof tile handprints:

Hyping a just-starting dig at Wirral (Roman/Viking questions):

Norfolk had a big year in 'treasure' finds:

Feature on life in medieval Europe:

Feature on Sardinia's Mone d'Accoddi:

Feature on the Picts:
Archaeology in Europe News:

Viking Archaeology Blog:

A 2700 years bp leather saddle from a woman's tomb in Yanghai:

A cluster of Eastern Han Dynasty tombs from Linghai City:

12 Yuan dynasty tombs from Shandong:

A pair of Ming-era shipwrecks from the South China Sea:

Feature on jade burial suits:

An Edo period vase for holy oil used by 'hidden Christians' in Japan:

Angkor-era finds from the Angkor Archaeological Park:

More than 30 burials of Khan descendents (18th century) in Azerbaijan:

Feature marking the 50th anniversary of the excavations at the Cheonmachong site in South Korea:

Feature on the Murud-Janjira fort:

'Prehistoric' 'cup marks' and sculptures from a site near Sinhagad:

Pre-Ashokan petroglyphs from the Jubilee Hills near Hyderabad:

Neolithic stone tools from near Hyderabad:

400 Mughal-era coins found during construction at an Uttar Pradesh temple site:

Evidence of a Chola-era brick channel from Gangaikondacholapuram:

A pair of 'mysterious' boats in some Arnhem Land rock art have been identified as Malukkan/Moluccan:

More on the wreck of the Batavia:
Evidence of the French and Indian war from excavations at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield:

A push to bury remains of 44 Revolutionary War American soldiers found during construction at Lake George five years ago:

Feature on digs at Lakehead University's Thunder Bay campus:

Feature on a University of Alberta field school on Metis land in St Albert:

Feature on 'Indigenous-led archaeology' in Quebec and Ontario:

In case you missed the coverage of evidence the Norse in Greenland were making use of North American timber:
An Ichma culture burial from Peru's Northern Lima Province:

Earliest evidence of wine consumption in the Americas domes from15th century pottery from the Puerto Rica region:

A trio of pyramids in the Izamal Archaeological zone are undergoing cleaning and restoration:

More on the Chancay culture elite burial from Peru's Huaral province:

Feature on Erika Lucero Robles Cortes' work studying Mexica-era crocodiles:
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

Ancient MesoAmerica News:
Study suggests Elizabeth I was greatly affected by the loss of her mother (Anne Boleyn) when she was young:

Questioning some recently-donated Degas sculptures at Purdue:

Feature on King David La'amea Kalakaua and his travels:

Dali's St John of the Cross is returning to Glasgow:

On how Keats wrote *Ode on a Grecian Urn*:

Feature on Robert Frost's house:

Feature on the search for palimpsests:

Feature on the history of 'nepo babies':

Feature on the gender of ancient remains:

Pondering what the 'longest-lasting' civilization was:

On the history of 'skinny jeans':

On Danish artists prepping canvases with beer-brewing leftovers:

On Indian automata:

Marking the 100th anniversary of Sayers' *Whose Body?*:

In case you're looking to buy an old lighthouse:

More on the 3d digital model of the Titanic:

Naoise Mac Sweeney on the idea of Western Civilization:
Latest museum looting by Russian forces:

Connecticut is the latest to exonerate a number of 17th century 'witches':

On the history of Memorial Day:

Pondering who was first to speak English:

Review of Robin Waterfield's edition of Epictetus:

Luxury and Power:

Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive:

From Aphrodite to Eros:

Marcus Aurelius bust:

Sarah Bernhardt:

Renaissance Marriage Portraits:

Van Gogh Cypresses:

Crown Jewels:

Into + Caribbean:

Our Lands, Our Home, Our Heart/Nda'keenã , Weekeyaak , Nda'anã:

Sweet and Sour Animal Book:

Roman beauty practices:

Over half of the GEM's 'heavy antiquities' are in place, apparently:

Spain is opening The Royal Collections Gallery:

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is opening a new branch:

Two-part feature on the Louvre:

Big bucks for a 2000 years bp Gold Greek Stater:

Tipu Sultan's looted sword fetched a very high price:

... as did a watch owned by China's last emperor:

A Franklin Expedition associated flag has been 'saved for the nation':!preferred/0/package/1344/pub/1344/page/37/article/NaN

Feature on ancient plaque analysis and what it reveals:

Feature on a new engineering technique that could help preserve historic stone buildings and bridges:




Police in Israel saved some Bar Kochba-era ossuaries from grave robbers (family building a house spin too):

Afghan authorities prevented smuggling of hundreds of items in the past year:

More on the major bust and recovery of 3500+ items in Italy recently:
conflict antiquities:

anonymous swiss collector:

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

Looting Matters:

Illicit Cultural Property:


Buckingham Palace has rejected calls to return the remains of Ethiopia's Prince Alemayehu:

A pair of collectors in San Diego are retuning a number of items to Mexico:

Native American remains from Massachusetts are apparently still in some museums:

More on the major busts in Italy recently:

More on Australia returning items to Cyprus:

More on the US returning a couple of items to Iraq:

More on the US returning an Olmec sculpture to Mexico:

More on Greece receiving a number of items associated with Robin Symes:

... and one of them appears to be a forgery:

Latest e-Sylum:

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

Coin Week:

Graeme Clarke:

Jaromir Malek:

Robert Ousterhout:

Henry Fehr Booth:

Stanley Engerman:

Audio News from Archaeologica:
Archaeology Magazine News Page: Archaeology:

Archaeology Briefs:

Atlas Obscura:

Heritage Daily:

Sapiens Archaeology:

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

Archaeology Podcast Network:
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