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explorator 25.24 October 2, 2022
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You can read explorator online at:

https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/


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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A million years bp homo erectus skull from China's Hubei province:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220926114929.htm
https://english.news.cn/20220928/c4830915d6ae4753bcce736fa6ec3d1a/c.html
https://www.ecns.cn/hd/2022-09-29/detail-ihcepfvq8470077.shtml
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3194136/million-year-old-skull-found-china-fills-human-evolutionary-gap
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202209/28/WS6334662da310fd2b29e7a478.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1276363.shtml
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/09/30/1-million-year-old-skull-discovered-evolution-china-orig-aw.cnn
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-archaeologists-excavate-1-million-120946417.html

Another feature pondering the 'demise' of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-archaeology-mysterious-demise-neanderthals.html

Feature on six recent developments regarding human origins:

https://theconversation.com/six-recent-discoveries-that-have-changed-how-we-think-about-human-origins-190274
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-human-hybrid-discoveries

Study linking evolutionary changes and climate:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220926114929.htm
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AFRICA
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A pre-colonial 'traitor' burial from Senegal:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-09-22/asi-se-mataba-a-un-traidor-en-el-sur-de-senegal.html

Feature on Nigeria's most prized antiquities:

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/food-travel/7-of-nigerias-most-prized-ancient-antiquities/yw2m2x8

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220925-the-ancient-remains-of-great-zimbabwe

Feature on Zanzibar's Stone Town:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/stone-town-zanzibar-history
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Marking the 200th anniversary of the 'decoding' of hieroglyphs via the Rosetta Stone:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/09/26/egypt-celebrates-200-years-of-decoding-ancient-hieroglyphs/
https://www.dw.com/en/rosetta-stone-deciphering-mysterious-hieroglyphs/a-63268251
https://english.news.cn/20220925/990e9b66c2284518994904f859b3b1b7/c.html
https://daily.jstor.org/jean-francois-champollion-deciphers-the-rosetta-stone/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rosetta-stone-hieroglyphs-champollion-decipherment-egypt-180980834/

... and features on the Rosetta Stone and the growing calls for its repatriation:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119489/Rosetta-Stone-the-key-to-Egypt%E2%80%99s-ancient-civilization
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/09/27/rosetta-stones-significance-still-echoes-after-200-years/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/30/the-guardian-view-on-the-rosetta-stone-a-monument-to-code-breaking
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rosetta-stone-egypt-britain-colonial-wounds-petition-for-artifacts/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/09/28/the-rosetta-stone-200-years-on-and-calls-for-repatriation-continue
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rosetta-stone-200-years-calls-170726131.html
https://news.yahoo.com/egyptians-try-tactic-bid-reclaim-140333101.html
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220923-the-rosetta-stone-the-real-ancient-codebreakers

More on the sarcophagus of Ramses II's treasurer from Saqqara:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/oct/02/egypt-saqqara-ptah-em-wia-archaeologists-discover-sarcophagus-cairo
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/egyptian-woman-archaeologist-finds-sarcophagus-near-cairo
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sarcophagus-of-a-high-ranking-official-during-ramses-reign-excavated-at-saqqara-180980839/

More hype for claims about Nefertiti:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11247829/Archaeologists-claim-discovered-Nefertitis-mummy-awaits-DNA-test.html
https://meaww.com/archeologist-claims-to-found-queen-nefertitis-mummified-remains-dna-result-awaited#l8jk9cijdgamogsivif

... although this week we were reading more about a possible door in Tutankamun's tomb leading to Nefertiti's:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/26/tutankhamun-burial-chamber-could-contain-door-to-nefertiti-tomb
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/egypts-indiana-jones-thinks-hes-found-nerfertiti-tomb-tbrw2kt80
https://www.sciencealert.com/secret-clues-in-tutankhamuns-tomb-reignite-the-idea-that-nefertiti-is-hidden-nearby
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tutankhamuns-tomb-may-conceal-fabled-beauty-nefertiti-says-archaeologist/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/nefertiti-tomb-tutankhamun-theory-nicholas-reeves-1234641109/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hieroglyphics-king-tut-reveals-queen-nefertiti-tomb-2182478

Feature on tomb-raiding in ancient Egypt:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/short-history-of-tomb-raiding-maria-golia/

Feature on how the pyramids were built:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/how-the-pyramids-were-built/

Feature on Howard Carter:

https://blog.oup.com/2022/09/howard-carter-and-tutankhamun-a-different-view/

An Egyptian citizen gave 125 artifacts to the Supreme Council of Antiquities:

https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egyptian-Citizen-Gifts-125-Artefacts-to-Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities

Evidence of a 7000 years bp herder's camp on a mountain top in Iran's Gilan province:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/7000-year-old-herders-camp-found-on-mountaintop/144836

Reviewish of Roger Matthews et al., *The Archaeology of Iran*:

https://www.reading.ac.uk/news/2022/University-News/Archaeology-of-Iran

A 12 000 years bp 'public building' from Boncuklu Tarla (Turkiye):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/12000-year-old-public-building-discovered-in-southeastern-turkiye/news
https://arkeonews.net/12000-year-old-public-building-unearthed-in-southeastern-turkeys-mardin/

A 4000 years bp cylinder seal from the Blaundos excavations:

https://arkeonews.net/4000-year-old-cylinder-seal-found-in-blaundos-excavations/

Ottoman-era cups from a dig in the Agora of Izmir:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ottoman-cups-found-in-smyrna-agora-177305
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ottoman-cups-found-in-agora-of-smyrna-in-izmir/news

Overview of archaeology in Turkiye for the month of September:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/september-2022-turkish-archaeology

More on the 8000 years bp structure from Catalhoyuk:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C93724%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-unusual-8000-year-old-building-turkey.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/30/polish-archaeologists-discover-unusual-8000-year-old-building-in-turkey/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10867-220930-catalhoyuk-large-building

A Google Doodle last week honoured Jale Inan, Turkiye's first woman archaeologist:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkiye/google-doodle-marks-1st-female-turkish-archaeologist/2696172
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/google-doodle-marks-1st-female-turkish-archaeologist-3652781

Report on the 2022 survey at Khirbet al-Mudayna al-Aliya (Jordan):

https://www.pef.org.uk/the-2022-survey-at-khirbet-al-mudayna-al-aliya-jordan/

Report on Khirtbat al-Mafjar Archaeological Project at Jericho:

https://www.pef.org.uk/khirbat-al-mafjar-archaeological-project-jericho-palestine/

Digging continues at the site of that major mosaic find in Gaza:

https://english.news.cn/20220925/1cd730c1e5f4421998de5ba1e45e5449/c.html

Construction in Gaza threatens the site of a Byzantine church:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/gaza-construction-threatens-site-byzantine-church

5th/6th century CE (?) mosaics (and more) from near the caliph's palace site at Khirbat al-Minya:

https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/16173_ENG_HTML.php
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-neighbors-caliph-archaeologists-uncover-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220927133422.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/965976
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-718408
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65219
https://arkeonews.net/1500-year-old-mosaic-found-near-the-caliphs-palace-at-khirbat-al-minya-on-the-sea-of-galilee/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-uncover-mosaics-on-the-shore-of-the-sea-of-galilee/144785
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/27/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-mosaics-on-the-shore-of-the-sea-of-galilee/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10861-220928-israel-palace-settlement

More on environmental damaged caused by 3000 years bp mining in the Timna Valley:

https://www.livescience.com/king-solomon-mines-depleted-firewood
https://www.zmescience.com/science/copper-industry-3000-years-ago-timna-0823524324/

More on 3300 years bp evidence of opium use at Tel Yehud:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/20/traces-of-opium-found-in-israeli-pottery-from-3500-years-ago
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/28/opium-ancient-burial-site/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-earliest-known-opium-use-180980823/

More on the Ramses II-era brial cave from near Tel Aviv:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/extremely-rare-amazing-discovery-of-burial-cave-in-israel/news-story/5a1b9b86a13405eca924ca3574a18247
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-09-19/descubierta-por-azar-en-israel-una-cueva-funeraria-egipcia-intacta-desde-hace-3300-anos.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/ramesses-ii-burial/

I think we've mentioned the identification and mapping of 350+ 'kites' across northern Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2022-09-02-oxford-archaeologists-discover-monumental-evidence-prehistoric-hunting-across

Feature on Aphrodisias:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/wonder-aphrodisias

3000 years bp settlement sites from Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/121884-archaeological-settlements-dating-back-3000-years-discovered-in-oman
https://arkeonews.net/archaeological-settlements-dating-back-3000-years-found-in-qurayat-oman/

More on concerns for monuments in the Middle East in general:

https://www.dw.com/en/middle-east-ancient-monuments-the-most-endangered-on-earth/a-63208653

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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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Study of an eruption of Vesuvius 4000 years bp:

https://today.uconn.edu/2022/09/detailing-a-disastrous-autumn-day-in-ancient-italy/
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-disastrous-autumn-day-ancient-italy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220929132536.htm
https://arkeonews.net/the-bronze-age-village-afragola-buried-by-the-plinian-eruption-of-mount-vesuvius-4000-years-ago/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/the-bronze-age-village-buried-by-the-plinian-eruption-of-mount-vesuvius/144828
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/30/detailing-a-disastrous-autumn-day-in-ancient-italy/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X22002504

A possible Bronze Age 'workshop complex' from Erimi (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/30/bronze-age-workshop-settlement-excavated-in-erimi/

Four burials, including a child in an amphora (date?) from Anemurium:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/human-skeletons-found-in-ancient-port-city-177228
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65228
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10860-220928-turkey-anemurium-burials

A 2500 years bp 'washbasin' and more from a dig at Klazomenai:

https://arkeonews.net/a-wash-basin-decorated-with-2500-year-old-mythological-creatures-and-car-races-was-discovered-in-izmir-turkey/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65242

A 3rd century BCE ceramics production site at Santa Gada di Laino Borgo (Italian):

https://calabria7.it/archeologia-in-calabria-nuova-scoperta-dagli-scavi-emerge-fabbrica-arcaica-di-vasi/

A 2000 years bp Roman (maybe) anchor found during windfarm construction in the North Sea:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-62989415
https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/anchor-found-during-scottish-wind-farm-work-may-be-from-roman-times-3856900
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/suffolk-mediterranean-east-of-england-european-britain-b1028036.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/roman-suffolk-mediterranean-east-of-england-conservation-b2175165.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11249811/Anchor-discovered-offshore-wind-farm-work-date-Roman-times.html
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2022/09/26/anchor-discovered-during-offshore-wind-farm-work-may-date-from-roman-times/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-718295
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65211
https://arkeonews.net/2000-year-old-anchor-discovered-at-the-bottom-of-the-north-sea/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/ancient-anchor-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-north-sea/144778

The dig at the legionary fort site at Novae revealed a 'fridge', among other things:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65258
https://arkeonews.net/an-ancient-fridge-have-uncovered-at-the-roman-legionary-fortress-of-novae-bulgaria/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-fridge-in-roman-legionary-fortress/144822

An inscription from Aigai found back in 2005 about Roman tax collectors has been translated:

https://arkeonews.net/1800-year-old-marble-inscription-found-in-turkeys-aigai-excavations-deciphered/

More on the possibility silphium isn't extinct:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11250821/Miracle-plant-used-ancient-Greeks-rediscovered-thought-gone-extinct.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/miracle-plant-thought-to-be-extinct-claimed-to-have-been-rediscovered-in-turkey/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/27/plant-ancient-greece-rediscovered/

More on the statue of Hercules found at the site of Philippi:

https://menafn.com/1104947497/Archaeologists-Digging-In-An-Ancient-Greek-City-Uncovered-A-Monumental-2000-Year-Old-Statue-Of-Hercules
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/hercules-statue-unearthed-greece-excavation-1234640561/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/2000-hercules-discovered-greece-2183598

More on the Roman-era sundial find from Aizanoi:

https://arkeonews.net/roman-era-marble-sundial-found-for-the-first-time-in-turkeys-second-ephesus/

More on the Roman mosaic (and site in general) at Folkestone (and concerns for it relating to coastal erosion):

https://hyperallergic.com/764634/ancient-roman-mosaic-in-danger-of-falling-into-the-sea/
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/drone-pictures-show-site-of-roman-villa-mosaic-274128/

More on food insecurity and Palmyra:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/26/evidence-for-food-insecurity-driving-international-conflict-two-thousand-years-ago/

More on the find of a mouthpiece from a Roman cornu at Vindolanda:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/roman-cornu-mouthpiece-vindolanda-2181678

More on the 'turret' find at Hadrian's Wall in Newcastle:

https://the-past.com/news/new-hadrians-wall-turret-discovered-in-newcastle/

A recreation of 4th century BCE Roman armour:

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2022/09/02/exact-replica-of-early-roman-armour-created.html

A study of stone spheres found at various Greek sites suggest they might be from some ancient Greek board game:

http://bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/september/stone-spheres.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-stone-spheres-ancient-greek-board.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/966564
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/30/stone-spheres-greece-ancient-board-game/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2339814-mysterious-stone-spheres-could-be-from-an-ancient-greek-board-game/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-give-new-insights-into-mysterious-stone-spheres/144839

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X22002784?via%3Dihub

A project to re-erect some of the columns at Selinunte:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/09/30/columns-of-selinuntes-largest-temple-to-be-rebuilt_f17ef21d-0f02-4f92-8ac5-2073f377d5eb.html

The Catacomb of Commodilla is opening to the public:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/28/catacomb-of-commodilla-will-open-to-the-public-for-the-first-time/

Review of Irene Vallejo, *Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/papyrus-book-review-in-an-ancient-library-reading-was-raucous-11664548976

Review of Peter Stothard, *The First Tycoon*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/crassus-modern-tycoon-ancient-rome-who-met-sticky-end/

Review of Jacob Mackey, *Belief and Cult*:

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/author/mary-lefkowitz/

Feature on the Vapheio gold cups:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/29/vapheio-gold-cups-ancient-greek/

Feature on the concept of a 'laureate':

https://theconversation.com/whats-a-laureate-a-classicist-explains-the-words-roots-in-ancient-greek-victors-winning-crowns-of-laurel-leaves-191407
https://news.yahoo.com/whats-laureate-classicist-explains-words-153432885.html

Feature on iPad use by archaeologists at Pompeii:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/09/ipad-pro-is-revolutionizing-how-archaeologists-preserve-the-history-of-pompeii/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11259127/PERFECT-archaeology-machine-Researchers-use-iPad-Pro-revolutionize-preserve-Pompeii.html
https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/09/27/apple-spotlights-role-of-ipad-pro-in-pompeii-archaeology
https://9to5mac.com/2022/09/27/apple-highlights-archaeologists-ipad-pro/

Feature on Greeks in India:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/25/ancient-greek-kashmir/

Feature on how Alexander became 'Great':

https://scroll.in/article/1033628/how-did-alexander-become-the-great-a-new-exhibition-explores-the-making-of-a-myth
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 17 000 years bp horse's head find from Croatia:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/65572-zadar-archaeologists

A 10 000 years bp infant burial and 'baby carrier' from Arma Veirana:

https://nouvelles.umontreal.ca/en/article/2022/09/26/bringing-up-baby-10-000-years-ago/
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-evidence-baby-carriers-years.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-burial-of-a-young-girl-shows-how-we-carried-our-babies-10000-years-ago
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10863-220929-italy-baby-carrier

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-022-09573-7

7000 years bp fish traps from a mountain site in Norway (!):

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-stone-age/7000-year-old-fish-traps-discovered-in-the-norwegian-mountains/2085776

A study of 'social resistance' of 4000 years bp communities in the Iberian peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-social-resistance-bronze-age-response.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/29/social-resistance-of-bronze-age-communities/

A 3600 years bp sauna find from Nijmegen:

https://nltimes.nl/2022/09/28/3600-year-old-sauna-found-nijmegen-unique-mainland-europe

Study suggests folks were using Crannogs as 'party sites' from prehistoric to post-medieval times:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-elites-partied-on-crannogs-uk/
https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/dna-examination-thousands-of-years-ago-society-s-elite-celebrated-h44675.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/dna-points-to-elites-living-on-artificial-islands-called-crannogs/144817

Plenty of medieval finds from a dig at Carrignacurra Castle:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40970432.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10859-220928-ireland-medieval-coins

Remains of a number of monks buried at the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow dating to 800 years bp or so:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/wicklow/news/centuries-old-monks-remains-found-during-archaeological-digs-at-abbey-grounds-in-wicklow-town-42021823.html

Evidence of a 15th/16th century building in the courtyard of Branicki Palace:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/26/archaeologists-uncover-unique-find-in-bialystoks-branicki-palace-courtyard/

A study of the wreck of the Gribshunden suggests it served as a 'floating castle':

https://www.livescience.com/balctic-warship-served-as-floating-castle

The wreck of the SS Mesaba has been located in the Irish Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ship-titanic.html
https://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/09/finding-the-ship-that-sent-out-a-warning-to-the-titanic
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/marine-archaeologists-locate-wreck-of-ship-that-warned-titanic-of-icebergs/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/27/finding-the-ship-that-sent-out-a-warning-to-the-titanic/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-ship-that-tried-to-warn-the-titanic-has-been-found-180980870/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10864-220929-irish-sea-mesaba

More on the 7000 years bp 'ring structure' found near Prague:

https://hypebeast.com/2022/9/stone-roundel-discovery-czech-republic
https://bgr.com/science/archaeologists-just-dug-up-a-mysterious-stone-structure-older-than-the-pyramids-and-stonehenge/

More on the mass burial at Vrable:

https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-unearth-the-remains-of-three-dozen-headless-people-at-a-stone-age-settlement-in-vrable-slovakia/

In case you were wondering about the Fenland Black Oak table found a decade ago:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65203

The maze at Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall has been restored:

https://the-past.com/news/historic-maze-at-glendurgan-garden-restored/

Conservation of Navan's medieval town wall is getting underway:

https://www.meathchronicle.ie/2022/10/01/conservation-works-to-start-on-navans-medieval-town-wall/

Missing angels from the Saint Nicolas basilica in Nantes have been found:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/09/29/les-anges-retrouves-de-la-basilique-de-nantes/

Metal detectorists in Cornwall didn't find any 'treasure' last year:

https://www.cornish-times.co.uk/news/cornwalls-detectorists-failed-to-find-any-treasure-last-year-565673

... nor did detectorists in Wigan:

https://www.wigantoday.net/news/people/wigans-detectorists-failed-to-find-any-treasure-last-year-3859034

... nor Southampton:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/22741019.no-treasure-found-recently-southampton-figures-show/

... but plenty was found in Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/nostalgia/2022/09/27/dozens-of-historic-discoveries-declared-treasure-found-in-shropshire-in-the-last-year/

... and Buckinghamshire:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/people/detectorists-found-treasure-found-25-times-in-bucks-last-year-3860982

Meanwhile a metal detectorist in Gloucestershire found 'treasure' twice in ten days:

https://www.glosnews.com/articles/woman-finds-buried-treasure-twice-in-ten-days-on-farmland-near-stroud

More on the 'Spanish Stonehenge':

https://bigthink.com/the-past/avocado-farm-spanish-stonehenge/

Feature on who built Stonehenge:

https://www.livescience.com/did-druids-build-stonehenge/

Feature on some 16th century Jewish tombstones used to make columns for a monument in Italy:

https://aish.com/how-did-medieval-jewish-tombstones-end-up-in-an-italian-monument/

Feature on documenting the petroglyphs in Cosquer Cave (Spain):

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cosquer-cave-art-underwater

A 200 years bp swimming pool in Bath has reopened:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cleveland-pools-reopening-bath-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
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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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Evidence of a 2500 years bp 'water city' from Jiangsu:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1276066.shtml
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3193944/ancient-venice-china-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-city-where
https://www.asiaone.com/world/ancient-venice-china-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-city-where-roadways-were-made-rivers

A Dian Kingdom site in Yunnan confirms Western Han Dynasty control of the region:

https://english.news.cn/20220930/a0f5641eb10746e6816fbcb0318335e8/c.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0930/c90000-10153993.html

Overview of finds made at the Guantian site in Hunan:

https://english.news.cn/20220930/5a38d24770e5454ab23ccaec47d11a7f/c.html

More on the 3000 years bp gold mask find from Zhengzhou:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-funeral-mask-china
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10853-220923-china-gold-mask

Feature on the Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/an-underground-army-the-8-000-terracotta-warriors

Finds from various periods at a dig outside Chennai:

https://hindupost.in/history/12k-yo-artefact-unearthed-by-asi-near-chennai/

26 Ajanta-era Buddhist caves from Madhya Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/asi-discovers-9th-century-treasures-after-85-years-in-bandhavgarh-madhya-pradesh/articleshow/94569271.cms
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/asi-reports-ajanta-era-buddhist-caves-other-remains-in-tiger-reserve-8179228/
https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/sep/29/asi-discovers-26-ancient-caves-in-bandhavgarh-tiger-reserve-2503067.html
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/bandhavgarh-tiger-reserve-finds-treasure-trove-of-archaeology-436524
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/asi-reports-20-buddhist-caves-in-madhya-pradesh-s-bandhavgarh-1148941.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11262877/Incredible-pictures-reveal-Buddhist-temples-artifacts-dating-1-500-years-ago-India.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/lost-buddhist-structures-ancient-murals-discovered-bengal-tiger-reserve-1234641321/

Suggestion that India's Mughal empire may have ended because of drought:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/stalagmites-monsoon-science-india

Study suggests the arrival of Europeans had a devastating effect on Pacific Island populations:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-reveals-severe-impact-european-contact.html

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X22002735?via%3Dihub

Colonial-era Dutch artifacts found during metro construction in Jakarta:

https://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jakarta%3A-Dutch-colonial-era-artifacts-emerge-from-excavations-for-new-metro-56785.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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More on 19th century finds from downtown Christchurch:

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/archaeologists-dig-history-te-kaha-site
https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/129952184/largest-archaeological-dig-in-new-zealand-unearths-thousands-of-19thcentury-treasures
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10855-220926-christchurch-new-zealand

More on the petroglyphs from the Marra Wonga rock shelter:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/marra-wonga-rock-art/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10858-220928-australia-seven-sisters
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NORTH AMERICA
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A burial ground for enslaved people in North Carolina (date?):

https://abc11.com/slave-graveyard-hidden-more-bodies-found/12277641/

Hyping an upcoming dig in Boston searching for Underground Railroad finds:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/09/26/boston-archaeologists-hope-to-find-underground-railroad-relics-in-south-end/

More on the 10 000+ years bp fish weir find off the coast of Alaska:

https://alaskapublic.org/2022/09/27/an-ancient-discovery-in-southeast-alaska-could-help-pinpoint-how-and-when-the-first-humans-got-here/

More on the 3000 years bp canoe from Lake Mendota:

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS16863
https://www.wpr.org/archaeologists-share-story-pulling-second-native-american-canoe-lake-mendota
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/26/3000-year-old-canoe-recovered-wisconsin-lake
https://discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/archaeologists-find-3-000-year-old-canoe-in-wisconsin-lake
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3000-year-old-dugout-canoe-recovered-from-wisconsin-lake-180980843/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10854-220926-wisconsin-ancient-canoe
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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12 000 years bp Gomphotheres remains from Chile:

https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/09/27/chile-fossil-elephants
https://arynews.tv/chilean-scientists-discover-12000-year-old-elephant-remains/

I think we mentioned Early Classic Maya settlement site in Belize:

https://the-past.com/news/ancient-maya-settlement-unearthed-in-belize/

A 600-800 years bp Chancay and Huaura burial ground found in Lima:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/peruvian-workers-unearth-centuries-old-tombs-while-laying-pipelines-2022-09-29/
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2022/09/28/lima-gas-company-unearths-ancient-cemetery/10447504002/
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/peruvian-workers-unearth-centuries-old-tombs-while-laying-pipelines
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10868-220930-peru-burial-bundles

Obsidian mines used by the pople of Teotihuacan have been identified:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-identify-obsidian-mines-exploited-by-the-people-of-teotihuacan/144801

Study suggests cacao wasn't exclusively used by Maya elites:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-gods-insight-cacao-ancient-maya.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220926200718.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/cacao-was-not-a-food-exclusive-to-the-maya-elite/144806
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/27/not-just-for-the-gods-cacao-and-the-ancient-maya/

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2121821119#executive-summary-abstract

More on Maya cities and mercury contamination:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/dangerous-amounts-of-mercury-found-in-soil-of-ancient-maya
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/281059/20220926/ancient-maya-cities-polluted-high-levels-mercury-according-researchers.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-maya-cities-appear-to-have-been-riddled-with-mercury-pollution
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/ancient-mayan-mercury/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-maya-cities-were-polluted-with-high-levels-of-mercury-180980860/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10865-220929-maya-mercury-levels

A pair of sites on the Mayan Train route will be opened to the public:

https://yucatanmagazine.com/inah-to-open-2-more-archaeological-sites-to-the-public-on-mayan-train-route/

Feature on pyramids in Mexico:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220928-mexicos-ancient-unknown-pyramids

Feature on how pre-Incans may have 'discovered' the equator:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0czff4h/who-discovered-the-equator-the-spanish-or-the-pre-incas-
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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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Not sure where to put this one on the actual 'paleo diet':

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/10/our-ancestors-ate-a-paleo-diet-it-had-carbs/

On how black became the colour of funerals:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2022/09/queen-elizabeth-funeral-black-dark-mourning-color/671558/

Feature on very old food remains found in various archaeological contexts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-discovery-of-7-200-year-old-cheese-and-other-ancient-food-and-drink

Feature on Van Leeuwenhoek and the microscope:

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abf2402

Studying Vermeer's techniques:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65195
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/28/rijksmuseum-reveals-major-discoveries-on-the-milkmaid/

Norway's National Museum has acquired an Artemisia Gentileschi painting:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65250

Feature on T.S. Eliot's *The Waste Land*:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/10/03/the-shock-and-aftershocks-of-the-waste-land

On 'whiteness' and British colonialism:

https://theconversation.com/how-whiteness-was-invented-and-fashioned-in-britains-colonial-age-of-expansion-175027
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/whiteness-invented-fashioned-britain-colonial-100038716.html

On Nikola Tesla's xray:

https://mymodernmet.com/nikola-tesla-x-ray-shadowgraphs/

Grace Ioppolo on preserving manuscripts associated with English professional theatre:

https://theconversation.com/how-i-reunited-the-most-important-documents-in-english-theatre-history-for-the-first-time-in-200-years-189811

Feature on the Art Loss Register and its misuse:

https://observer.com/2022/09/every-art-collector-needs-this-database-but-is-it-being-manipulated-by-thieves/

Feature on a 'prayer duel' in Illinois 115 years ago:

https://apnews.com/article/religion-chicago-prayer-illinois-afefa80b1a479b3a8055a03738cfc517

More on the 700 years bp missal page purchased at an estate sale:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/27/hunt-for-cake-mixer-yields-13th-century-treasure/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/medieval-manuscript-estate-sale-maine-1234640487/

Review of Scheeres and Gilbert, *Listen, World*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/27/books/review/listen-world-julia-scheeres-allison-gilbert.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Researching damage to various artworks during the invasion of Ukraine:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-russian-invasion-ukraine-historic-artworks.html

Cambridge has acknowledged its gains from the slave trade:

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/university-cambridge-says-it-gained-slave-trade-2022-09-22/

A call for Harvard to immediately return the human remains in its possession:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/9/26/call-for-return-human-remains/

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Feature on the Chinese language:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3192686/some-thought-chinese-language-would-die-they

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ritual and Memory:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/29/ritual-and-memory-the-ancient-balkans-and-beyond/

Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/sep/29/stonehenge-exhibition-highlights-similarities-between-ancient-british-and-japanese-cultures

From Faliron:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/greek-news/culture/47639-ancient-cemetery-findings-showcased-at-archaeological-museum-of-piraeus.html
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/26/ancient-greek-cemetery-findings-faliron-exhibited/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/ancient-cemetery-findings-from-snfcc-excavation-shown-at-archaeological-museum-of-piraeus/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/28/phalerothen-between-two-worlds/

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2022/sep/26/the-painters-of-pompeii-in-pictures
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-were-the-painters-of-pompeii-180980841/

Clara:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-09-30/clara-la-hembra-de-rinoceronte-que-asombro-a-europa-en-el-siglo-xviii-asoma-de-nuevo-en-amsterdam.html

Turner:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/sep/29/jmw-turner-dark-waters-death-despair-prison-arctic-ice-liverpool

cf: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/jmw-turner-with-lamin-fofana-dark-waters

Cezanne:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/sep/30/cezanne-artists-artist-picasso-admired-tate-modern

cf: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/ey-exhibition-cezanne

Making an Impression:

https://www.wabe.org/new-exhibit-at-the-carlos-museum-explores-history-of-gemstones-in-classical-antiquity/

The UK's new Charities Act will allow museums in England and Wales to return items on 'moral grounds':

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/25/museums-england-wales-powers-to-dispose-objects-moral-grounds
https://hyperallergic.com/764549/new-uk-law-allows-museums-to-return-objects-for-moral-reasons/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/charities-act-museums-repatriate-2182298
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2022/09/charity-law-change-paves-way-for-disposal-on-moral-grounds/#msdynttrid=slsXmb4Nlur_n2JjPVfiM8mPB_AG1oeUGptZrb_8_9g

... and deaccessioning is now 'allowed' to help fund 'direct care' of collections:

https://hyperallergic.com/765507/museums-can-use-deaccessioning-funds-for-collection-care-aamd-says/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/30/arts/design/museum-leaders-vote-deaccessioning.html

The Prado has compiled a list of artworks confiscated during the Civil War:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/26/prado-published-list-of-works-confiscated-during-the-civil-war/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on the use of DNA to track migration of people across Eurasia:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ancient-dna-history-civilization-language/

More on genomes and Anglo-Saxon migration:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/965522
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-from-skeletons-reveals-large-migration-to-early-medieval-england-180980829/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10856-220926-england-medieval-migration
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Facial recreation of a 31 000 years bp woman from a Czech Republic site:

https://www.livescience.com/female-skull-facial-reconstruction-czech-republic
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/29/facial-reconstruction-paleolithic-woman/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10866-220930-paleolithic-facial-reconstruction

Facial recreation of a 700 years bp Scots woman:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1106/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1106/pub/1106/page/30/article/NaN

Feature on various technologies being used for archaeological-type purposes:

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/from-ancient-artefacts-to-slovenian-truffles-revealing-secrets-using-nuclear-techniques
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on how desertification is affecting sites:

https://www.wired.com/story/drought-destroying-ancient-ruins/

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Mahler's 'Resurrection' manuscript has landed in Cleveland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/27/arts/music/mahler-resurrection-symphony-manuscript-cleveland-orchestra.html
https://politpost.com/2022/09/27/mahlers-resurrection-manuscript-settles-in-cleveland/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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On Napoleon's love letters:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0d2zlky/the-secret-love-letters-of-napoleon-bonaparte
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CRIME BEAT
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Hundreds of items seized from a former dealer's home in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-718502

A Qatari sheik is accusing a dealer of selling him forgeries:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11271129/Qatari-sheik-accuses-art-dealer-duping-4-5m-forgeries.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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Egypt recovered a figurine of Isis from Switzerland:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/476828/Antiquities/Egypt-repatriates-ancient-artefact-from-Switzerlan.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-isis-statue-from-switzerland/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/09/28/egypt-repatriates-goddess-isis-bronze-from-switzerland/
https://see.news/egypt-ancient-statue-switzerland-artifacts/

The Museum of Houston returned a wooden sarcophagus cover to Egypt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/476990/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-ancient-wooden-coffin-cover-from-Ho.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/ancient-wooden-coffin-cover-retrieved-from-museum-of-houston/

The Buxton Museum and Art Gallery returned a number of Haida artifacts:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/haida-nation-artifacts-repatriated-uk-1.6602014
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Athenian tetracrachm:

https://news.coinupdate.com/the-amazing-athenian-tetradrachm/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n39.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n40.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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R. Ross Holloway:

https://www.brown.edu/academics/archaeology/news/2022/09/r-ross-holloway-1934-2022

Joseph L. Malone:

https://www.northjersey.com/obituaries/ber110609

Joe Brussard:

https://pitchfork.com/news/joe-bussard-record-collector-who-preserved-early-american-blues-and-more-dies-at-86/

Joyce Reynolds:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/sep/29/joyce-reynolds-obituary

BB Lal:

https://theprint.in/theprint-profile/b-b-lal-first-archaeologist-who-showed-proof-that-ayodhya-was-no-mythology/1124337/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3209-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-18th-through-september-24th-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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to archaeology or history up to a century or so ago is fair
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