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explorator 25.21 September 11 2022
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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).

A 1.8 million years bp human tooth find from near Tbilsi:

Evidence of early humans 'picking their teeth' from a tooth found in Fuyan Cave in Hunan:

On the differences between Neanderthal and Sapiens brains:

On the persistence of Neanderthal DNA:

More on Sahelanthropus:
Remains of an 11th century settlement at Zanzibar's Stone Town:

Excavations at a 1000 years bp church in Sudan have revealed some religious paintings:
The sixth season of excavations at Saqqara are just getting underway:

Plans to reassemble Khufu's second boat:

Egypt has imposed heavy penalties on folks entering or climbing archaeological areas without a license:

Feature on Mark Lehner and his work:

Feature on the Wedjat Eye:

... and the 'Sesh' sign:

More on the water accessibility to the site of the pyramids in Khufu's time:

A 5700 years bp intra-mural burial of an infant at a site in Iran's Sialk hills:

Remains of a Sassanid structure from Iran's Davudabad region:

A rescue dig in Basra turned over 270 artifacts to the Iraqi Museum:

More Mesopotamian sites revealed by drought in Iraq:

Evidence of a 8200 years bp temple structure at Catal Hoyuk:

A 3700 years bp domed oven with Anatolian affinities from the site of Troy:

A Seljuk-era 'stone bath' from the Ani site in Kars:

A 7th century (?) 'ornamental wall plate' from Ayanis Castle:

Syrian archaeologists seem unhappy with projects from the "La Sapienza" folks:

Latest claims about the Luwians (not sure about this one):

Another report that groups are excavating antiquities in Afrin and smuggling them to Turkey:

Finds of sundials in Jordan are raising suggestions a specialized museum is needed for them:

An assemblage of ivory plaques dating to the First Temple era from a palatial site in the City of David excavations:

Other recent finds from the City of David:

This one is being pushed as a repatriation story: Israel has acquired a fragment of papyrus with Hebrew script dating to the First Temple Period (apparently):

... but cf:

... see also an interview with Joe Uziel on the find:

Some pushback over Israeli digs at Khirbet Tibneh:

Pondering what else might be hidden in Qumran caves:

Feature on the population of Jerusalem in Jesus' time:

Feature on board games and divination in Hellenistic Israel:

Feature on a toilet seat found in Jerusalem a century ago and dubbed 'King Solomon's Throne':

Feature on ongoing studies of incantation bowls at the UPenn Museum:

More on the 1200 years bp 'rural estate' find from the Negev:

More on that 500 000 years bp elephant tusk find:

Satellite imagery has revealed more than 350 prehistoric (8000 years bp) 'kites' across northern Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq:

Feature on medieval sugar production in the southern Levant:

Feature on the folks working on excavating that 18th century Red Sea shipwreck first found seven years ago:

This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

Weapons associated with the Battle of Alalia (540 BCE) frond at the site of Paestum-Velia (Italian):

A rescue dig in Tuscany is shedding life on Etruscan life under Roman rule:

Assorted Roman finds from a dig at Norton near Evesham:

New excavations are underway at Ostia (Italian):

Student accommodation construction near Newcastle revealed remains of a Roman turret in Hadrian's Wall:

An 1800 years bp inscription associated with the cult of Asclepius in Hadrianopolis:

Evidence of a Roman villa site from Spain's Costa Blanca:

Digging has resumed at the Phoenician site at Cerro del Villar after twenty years:

Overview of the 2022 season at Palaepaphos:

Overview of the 2022 season at Peperikon:

A bust of Dionysus is on display at the Izmir Archaeology Museum for the first time in 92 years:

Suggestion there are more Roman remains to be found beneath a commercial establishment in Southwark:

A study is underway of the Bronze Age site at Erimi Pitharka:

A skull found in a duck pond in Lincolnshire is being dated to Roman times:

Over 300 000 artifacts have been revealed during Thessaloniki metro construction:

... and they're getting their own museums:

The York Roman Quarter project has been approved:

Interesting account of a Spanish town's ongoing efforts to buy back a mosaic that came from there:

Tombaroli concerns at a site in Agrigento (Italian):

... and at Eraclea Minoa (Italian):

More on the large Roman phallus image from Spain:

... related commentary:

More on the Griffin Warrior likely being a 'local':

More on Roman funerary banquets:

More on the 'dragon houses' of Euboea:

More on the Kore of Thera going on display:

Review of Natalie Haynes, *Stone Blind*:

Review of Caroline Vout, *Exposed*:

Feature on William St Clair and his efforts to recover the Parthenon Marbles:

Honours for Peter Wiseman:

Feature on William Sanders Scarborough:

Feature on the Peutinger Map:

Feature on Polychromy:

Feature on the underwater park at Limassol:

Feature on Medusa:

Feature on the various locations proposed for the tomb of Alexander:

Feature on Epicureanism and social media:

Feature on Hesiod:

Feature on what happened to the 'other half' of the Colosseum:

Feature on the Derveni Papyrus:

Feature on the Battle of Mons Graupius:

Latest feature on Nero and fiddling:

Feature on the Blemmyes:

Feature on Socrates:

Feature on the 'Royal Kurgan of Kerch' in Crimea:

Feature on cannabis use in ancient Greece:

Feature on Pheidippides:

Feature on sex workers in ancient Greece:

Feature on how disease affected ancient Greek wars:

Comparing Donald Trump to Tiberius Gracchus:

Plenty of coverage of Boris Johnson's self-comparison to Cincinnatus:

... and some features on Cincinnatus:

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:
Roman Archaeology Blog:

Paleolithic finds from the Hiciva Cave site in Slovakia:

Climate change is now being implicated in the submerging of Doggerland:

A study of the diet of folks living in Neolithic Britain:!preferred/0/package/1087/pub/1087/page/40/article/NaN

A possible 8th century monastery found at Cookham, Berkshire:

In case you missed the Ashkenazi DNA story, it's based on 17 bodies believed to have been victims of an anti-Semitic massacre some 800 years bp:

19th century artifacts found at a development site on Forge Island:

Concerns for Sandsfoot Castle:

A search for a pair of possible Viking boat burials on the Isle of Mull:

The emergence of that Spanish Stonehenge is raising tourist concerns:

Plans for archaeological studies at Mojacar la Vieja:

More on that so-called 'Vampire burial' in Poland:

More on maps depicting (maybe) 'long lost' islands off Wales:


Reviewish of Levi Roach, *Empires of the Normans*:

Feature on the Episkopi of Sikinos:

Feature on the visitor centre at Ceide Fields (and the bog bodies there):

Feature on bog bodies in general:

... and the 'mystery' of the Cambusnethan bog body:
Archaeology in Europe News:

Viking Archaeology Blog:

A study of 2700 years bp lead-based makeup from a tomb in China:

Three shipwrecks (age?) found in deep water in the China Sea:

An impending investigation of a 700 years bp shipwreck in Fujian:

... which might actually be underway already:

More on that 'bronze beast' recently found at Sanxingdui:

A black mark on a stone artifact from Japan is probably modern and not an ancient letter:

Plenty of interest in 31 000 years bp evidence of surgical amputation from a cave in Borneo:


Again we're hearing that there aren't hidden idols in the Taj Mahal:

A project to remove the sand filling the Jagamoahn of the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark:

More on flood concerns for various sites in Pakistan:

... and especially Mohenjo Daro:

... which apparently had to deal with this issue before:

... which might lose its World Heritage Status:

Feature on Mohenjo-Daro:
A pre-colonial (maybe) Indigenous burial on Muralug Island:
Evidence of a Native American village site near St Augustine:

Searching for a 16th century Spanish shipwreck near Georgetown:

Overview of excavations of an area used by laundresses at Old Fort Meade:

Overview of a dig at Acorn Hall in Ternton (I think):

Erosion concerns for Turtle Mound (Florida):

Native American remains found badly stored at the University of North Dakota:

Feature on finds from a dig on the grounds of the University of Virginia:

Feature on the Hopewell mounds in Marietta:

Feature on seven occasions when new populations arrived in the Americas:

Feature on the 'Seven Cities of Gold' (Cibola):

Feature on historic fires in the Adirondacks:

Feature on Hohokam water systems:

More on the LSU Campus mounds:

A roundup of Ancient America talks and conferences this month:
A major archaeological site (300+ buildings!) found along the Maya Train route:

Burials of Wari craftsmen from the Castillo de Huarmey Mausoleum in Peru:

A study suggests a number of South American mummies were violently killed:


I think we mentioned this earliest evidence for a Maya divination calendar from Guatemala:


More on the 19th century shipwreck from Rhode Island off Patagonia:

Feature on the Maya:

Feature (possible overview of a recent dig) on a Maya site at Spanish Lookout (Belize):

Feature on the rise of the Aztec Empire:

Feature on the 'walking statues' of Easter Island:

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

Ancient MesoAmerica News:
Possibly questionable claim that a Byzantine coin from 1054 depicts a supernova:

Interesting study of a 'tassel' on a 1300 years bp Chinese terracotta at the Cincinnati Art Museum:

Feature on the US 22nd Amendment:

Feature on what a bioarchaeologist is:

An export ban on a roundel manuscript gifted to Elizabeth I:

On the history of the alphabet:

Plans to make a 17th century Jewish woman's diaries into a graphic novel:

Feature on the legacy of the San Lesmes shipwreck:

How baseball got to Japan via Maine:

The 186 year-old Bristol Zoo Gardens is closing:

Latest from the Titanic:

The Viennese Albertina Museum has made its medieval prints and drawings collection available:

Feature on Prohibition in the US:

More on that Galileo manuscript forgery story:

Review of Lucy Worsley, *Agatha Christie*:

Review of Kit Heyam, *Before We Were Trans*:

Review of Katherine Rundell, *Super Infinite*:

Review of Helen Rappaport, *In Search of Mary Seacole*:
Feature on the history of 'trophy displays' and how it's playing out in Ukraine:

Feature on the history of Labor Day:

Some of the features on Queen Elizabeth that my sources picked up:

Colombia is relabelling monuments of Spanish conquerors:
A study of donkey domestication:


On mythology and dog domesticaion:

Souvenirs from Hadrian's Wall:

The World in Maps 1400-1600:


Beirut Glass:

Lost King:

The British Museum is lending some Anglo Saxon items to the Ad Gefrin tourist site:

A pagan groups wants the British Museum to put a statue of Hekate on permanent display:!preferred/0/package/1086/pub/1086/page/32/article/NaN

All of Tutankhamun's things are to be united at the GEM:

An AlUla statue is headed to the Louvre:

OpEd on the museum returns debate:

OpEd on 'woke' museums:

Feature on Italy's Museum of Saved Art:

More on that gold hoard found under a kitchen floor back in 2019 coming to auction:

An 1867 37 star US flag came to auction:

DNA from Viking-era feces is shedding light on whipworm genomes:
Possible method to make carbon dating better:
Feature on five ancient societies which collapsed due to drought:

Studying colonial diaries in South Africa to prepare for future climate-related events:


Ten Greek temples:
The Woman King:

A documentary on the disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter:

the Lost King:
Italian authorities arrested a man with a massive 'clandestine museum' in Ostia:

An 18th century painting stolen from a church in Terzago:

A Yemeni ambassador is accused of selling 60 gold archaeological items:

An Alexandria man was fined for metal detecting on a Charncellorsville battefield site:

Lebanese antiquities collector/dealer Georges Lotfi is maintaining his innocence:

conflict antiquities:

anonymous swiss collector:

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

Looting Matters:

Illicit Cultural Property:


A second century Roman statue of a woman identified Switzerland and returned to Italy (Italian):

Not sure where to put this one on the Trier gold hoard going back on display after a robbery attempt in 2019:

A deal with the Met is returning the Stern collection of Cycladic figures to Greece:

... and there's some controversy about it:

The FBI located and facilitated the return of a Medusa mosaic to Italy:

The National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden returned 300+ artifacts to Panama:

More on the Met having to return 21 looted antiquities to Italy (and a half dozen to Egypt):

... and with a focus on the six going back to Egypt along with other items from 'an American businessman':

... this one seems to be adding some Steinhardt returns to the total:

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth's death, renewed calls for the return of the Kohinoor Diamond are being made:

... and other items in her possession:

Hindus are seeking provenance info on Hindu artifacts in all UK museums:
Latest e-Sylum:

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

Coin Week:

Christy Lawless:

BB Lal:

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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