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explorator 25.01 April 24, 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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An 'open air' (as opposed to in a cave) Neanderthal site in Alicante:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704707
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/an-open-air-neanderthal-habitat-more.html

Pondering what links Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/what-did-neanderthals-evolve-from

Pondering whether homo floresiensis might still exist:

https://www.the-scientist.com/magazine-issue/opinion-another-species-of-hominin-may-still-be-alive-69869

More on the 'population hub' 45 000 years bp from Africa:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/eurasia-migration-ancient-humans/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has started a project to restore the 1200 years bp Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/115059/Restoration-works-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ben-Ezra-Synagogue-launches
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-begins-restoration-of-ben-ezra-synagogue/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220421-egypt-oldest-synagogue-in-mideast-undergoes-restoration/
https://www.siasat.com/egypt-begins-restoration-of-oldest-synagogue-in-middle-east-2313803/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2066296/middle-east

Feature on Fayyoum mummy portraits:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/04/19/in-photos-fayyoum-mummy-portraits/

A project trying to figure out what an Egyptian tomb smelled like:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-04-20/fish-fruit-and-beeswax-what-an-ancient-egyptian-tomb-smells-like.html

Zahi Hawass continues his series on Cleopatra:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/464924.aspx

Artifacts from Kultepe that have been in storage are going on display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/artifacts-found-in-turkeys-kultepe-site-to-be-exhibited-in-museums

Feature on the social context of writing at Ugarit:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/social-context-writing-ugarit

OpEddish on Iraq's 'archaeological renaissance':

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2068101/middle-east

A 1500 years bp fork find from a dig at Korazim:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/girl-finds-rare-ancient-fork-at-1500-year-old-dig-site-near-sea-of-galilee/

A study of the rat skeletons found on the 7th/8th century CE Ma'agan Mikhael B shipwreck:

https://news.yahoo.com/dead-rats-found-ancient-shipwreck-114752071.html

More on the find of a (probably) medieval altar at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://hyperallergic.com/726448/ancient-altar-of-holy-sepulchre-church-found-graffitied-over-for-years/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/ancient_altar/
https://aleteia.org/2022/04/19/medieval-altar-from-crusades-discovered-in-holy-sepulchre/

Feature on the origins of the use of stone dishes in Jewish homes:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/stone-kitchenware-in-jewish-homes-it-began-in-the-second-temple-1.10752857

OpEd on Palestinian history and archaeology in Israel:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/326211

Feature on assorted heritage sites in Qatar:

https://www.euronews.com/video/2022/04/20/qatar-s-history-a-rich-past-of-heritage-and-archaeology

Climate change concerns for some sites in Bahrain:

https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1049863/Climate-change-%E2%80%98major-threat-to-heritage-sites%E2%80%99
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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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In case you missed the Roman-era pottery workshop find in Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/pottery-workshop-discovered-ancient-egypt
https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Ancient_Roman_pottery_workshop_discovered_in_Egypt-2105375

I think we mentioned these mosaics found during water work on Hvar Island in Croatia:

https://hyperallergic.com/725267/roman-mosaics-hidden-under-croatian-streets/

A Romano-British burial ground from Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/stunning-archaeological-finds-in-whittlesey-8916500

They've found the lower section of the statue of Athena found at Castro a couple weeks ago (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodipuglia.it/lecce/castro_ritrovamento_blocco_inferiore_dea_statua_atena_lecce-6639619.html
https://www.lecceprima.it/attualita/scavi-archeologici-castro-ipotesi-prime-opere-pietra-leccese.html

Possible remains of a Roman sewage system (?) from Mastaura:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sewer-system-found-in-ancient-city-of-mastaura-173192

A Constantine-era coin hoard from Switzerland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/rare-coin-hoard-from-constantines-reign.html

Excavation/study of the oldest (3000 years bp?) foundry in Padua is under way, 20 years after its discovery:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63902

The theatre at Herculaneum is open to the public:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63915

I think we mentioned the concerns for the Silchester Roman site related to a proposed solar farm project:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10728077/Important-Roman-village-Silchester-threat-solar-farm-plans.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/18/roman-town-feared-risk-giant-solar-farm-twice-size-vatican-city/

... but happily the plans were rejected:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10740189/Campaigners-celebrate-plans-build-solar-farm-Roman-village-Silchester-REJECTED.html

An update on the restoration progress at the Roman theater in Ankara:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-theater-comes-to-life-173092

Overviewish of the research done on the Lower Western Gymnasion of Pergamon:

https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/research-at-the-so-called-lower-western-gymnasion/

Some statuary from the Temple of Athena in Phocaea are going on display in Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/horse-griffon-busts-from-ancient-phocaea-to-go-on-display-in-izmir/news

More on that burial of a 'mercenary' and other Roman-era burials from Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-mercenary-sword-burial-uk
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10469-220420-wales-roman-burials

More on coin evidence for a late Republic 'financial crisis':

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-roman-coins-financial-crisis-b2059961.html
https://hickoryrecord.com/news/world/archeologists-discover-ancient-roman-economic-crisis-from-their-coin-s-composition/video_b43dda48-3f16-5bae-9332-49e55cd5dd36.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/analysis-of-roman-coins-uncover-an-ancient-financial-crisis
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/study-sheds-light-on-roman-financial-crisis/143364

More on the German report of items looted from Samos during WWII:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/travel-germany-looted-250-antiquities-from-samos-before-wwi-report-4994647.html

More on the Hellenistic cremation burial found in Istanbul:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63873

More on the Theodoric-associated mosaic from Montorio:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/04/13/theodoric-the-great-villa-mosaic-found-near-verona_f092783e-10af-4d05-92c0-6392fdf676a8.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/roman-mosaic-found-in-villa-complex/143359
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10464-220415-italy-theodoric-mosaic

More on 3d recreations of some Pompeiian villas:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/04/behold-3d-recreations-of-pompeiis-lavish-homes.html

Feature on UMass's dig at Poggio Civitate:

https://dailycollegian.com/2022/04/umass-classics-chair-leads-archaeology-project-in-italy/

Interview with Elizabeth Robinson about her work (and book) on Larinum:

https://news.udallas.edu/2022-04-19-Q-A-Dr-Elizabeth-Robinsons-New-Book-on-the-Urban-Transformation-of-the-Ancient-Town-of-Larinum

Interview with Stephen Kershner about Taylor Swift and Latin learning:

https://clarksvillenow.com/local/struggling-with-latin-apsu-professor-says-give-taylor-swift-a-try/

Feature on Jack Mitchell's epic translation of Star Wars:

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/dalhousie-university-professor-publishes-an-epic-poem-on-star-wars-100720628/

Review of Edmund Richardson, *The Kings Shadow*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2022/0419/Explorer-deserter-spy-The-man-who-discovered-the-lost-city-of-Alexandria

Marking Rome's 2775th birthday:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/happy-birthday-rome-eternal-city-celebrates-2775-years-today.html

... and Hadrian's Wall's 1900th:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/gallery/hadrians-wall-1900-short-guide-23741439

There was a marathon reading of the Odyssey in Chicago last week:

https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/homers-homecoming-13-hour-marathon-reading-of-the-odyssey-reminds-chicago-that-the-past-is-prologue/

Feature on modern interpretations of Medusa:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/modern-medusas-rethinking-monsters-silence-and-cinema/

Feature on what we can learn from Tacitus about writing history:

https://lithub.com/how-to-write-history-while-its-happening-lessons-from-tacitus/

Feature on Roman spintriae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/roman-spintriae/143391

There was a meeting at the Delphi Economic Forum conducted in Latin and Ancient Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/17/international-delphi-meetup-in-ancient-greek-and-latin/

Feature on menorah graffiti at Ephesus' Celsus Library:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704514

Feature on some Roman innovations that still influence us today:

https://www.dw.com/en/roman-inventions-that-influence-our-lives-today/a-61499759

Feature on the so-called 'Nazareth inscription':

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/greek-inscriptions-jesus/

Feature on the ancient Greeks and math:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-04-19/how-the-ancient-greeks-thought-about-math.html

Feature on the Persians and Greek democracy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/19/persians-greek-democracy/

Feature on a Phoenician sanctuary in a Spanish castle:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-04-18/the-mystery-of-the-phoenician-goddess-in-a-medieval-spanish-castle.html

Feature on the legacy of the Jewish Wars:

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/04/the-2000-year-legacy-of-the-jewish-wars/

Feature on swimming in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/23/ancient-greeks-swimming-beach/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/18/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on the site of Troy:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Archaeological_Site_of_Troy___most_significant_evidence_of_first_contact_between_civilizations_of_Anatolia_and_Mediterranean_world-2103413

Feature on four 'mysteries' about ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/19/ancient-greek-mysteries/

On the etymology of Hellas:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/the-etymology-of-hellas/

Interesting feature on a 19th century photo of folks on the roof of the DAI in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/22/rare-photo-of-1895-athens-roof-terrace-brought-to-light/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-42122?s=r
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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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Study suggests some Magdalenian-era folk were making 'intricate artwork' by firelight (some spin it as early animation):

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-prehistoric-people-art-firelight-reveals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420151543.htm
https://www.livescience.com/prehistoric-carvings-animated-by-fire
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704825
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/yorkshire-academics-make-fascinating-discovery-about-collection-of-engraved-stones-dating-back-15000-years-3661965
https://www.sciencealert.com/these-ancient-stone-etchings-viewed-by-firelight-could-be-an-early-form-of-animation
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/montastruc-plaquettes-10735.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-cave-art-appears-designed-so-shifting-firelight-made-engravings-moving-pictures/
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/europe/prehistoric-art-fire-light-moving-images-scn/index.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2316642-stone-age-europeans-may-have-gathered-to-watch-animations-by-the-fire/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/stone-age-people-may-have-gathered-at-night-to-watch-animated-fireside-art/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/prehistoric-art-magdalenian-fire-22042022/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/prehistoric-people-created-art-by-firelight/143367
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-artists-may-have-used-firelight-to-animate-carvings-180979943/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10470-220421-plaquette-firelight-art

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0266146

Study suggests Britons have been dealing with worms and parasites since the Bronze Age:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220421141542.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10739669/Britons-suffered-WORMS-Bronze-Age.html

Early report of non-specified finds from the North York Moors National Park:

https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/20068646.archaeological-dig-uncovers-new-finds-north-york-moors-national-park/

Another study suggests that pre-Viking medieval diets in Britain were largely vegetable-based:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-anglo-saxon-kings-veggie-peasants-huge.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/21/anglo-saxon-royalty-generally-vegetarian-not-meat-guzzlers/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/peasants-held-large-barbecues-for-anglo-saxon-royalty/143372

Vikings were trading walrus ivory as far as Kyiv, according to a DNA study of walrus snouts:

https://www.science.org/content/article/vikings-shipped-walrus-ivory-greenland-kyiv-ancient-skulls-show

A Hanseatic League trading vessel emerged during construction work in Tallinn, Estonia:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704809
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63895

A number of burials possibly associated with a 14th century friary of St Saviors in Haverfordwest:

https://www.thenational.wales/news/20085818.archaeologists-find-bodies-dig-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/
https://aleteia.org/2022/04/23/after-bodies-discovered-welsh-town-searches-for-14th-century-friary/
https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/20083146.dat-archaeological-services-looking-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/20088521.dat-archaeological-services-look-ancient-friary-haverfordwest/

A dog found a hoard of medieval bracteate coins from Lower Silesia in Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63907
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/bracteate-treasure-hoard-found-near-walbrzych/143376
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/howl-about-that-dog-digs-up-polands-largest-treasure-haul-of-the-last-100-years-29811

A Highland history project is uncovering details of 16th century clan warfare:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cgrkj476l08o

A bone analysis study of 19th century 'working mothers' in the Netherlands:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413141601.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10467-220419-netherlands-breastfeeding-mothers

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0265821

A truffle dog dug up a 19th century hoard of gold coins near Blackpool:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/950/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/950/pub/950/page/49/article/294098

More on the Viking boat-burial find (by GPR) near Oyesletta in Norway:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10743181/Viking-ship-discovered-30ft-underground-Norway-using-RADAR.html
https://metro.co.uk/2022/04/22/ancient-viking-burial-ship-found-hidden-underneath-a-planned-new-road-16516329/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-use-a-radars-technique-to-detect-buried-boat-graves-of-the-viking-era/

More on why Vikings left Greenland:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/vikings-greenland-abandon-18042022/

More on that Iron Age leather sandal found in melting ice in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-sandal-mountain-norway
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63888

More on the 14th century sarcophagus found at Notre Dame and plans to open it:

https://www.nbc.com/nbc-nightly-news/video/14th-century-sarcophagus-found-during-notre-dame-renovation/914437609
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/mysterious-sarcophagus-found-after-notre-dame-fire-about-to-be-opened/
https://boingboing.net/2022/04/18/human-shaped-lead-sarcophagus-found-under-the-floor-of-notre-dame-cathedral-to-be-opened-cue-heavy-metal-music.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-other-stories-april-19-2101280

Assorted finds from various periods from around Liege airport are on display:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/art-culture/219169/archaeological-finds-around-liege-airport-now-on-display

Funding for conservation projects across Galway:

https://www.galwaydaily.com/news/conservation-funding-for-archaeological-monuments-across-galway/

Funding for archaeological heritage projects in Offaly:

https://www.offalyexpress.ie/news/local-news/793607/archaeological-heritage-projects-in-offaly-receive-big-funding-boost.html

Funding to conserve monuments in County Donegal:

https://www.donegaldaily.com/2022/04/20/funding-to-conserve-donegals-archaeological-monuments-announced/

In search of London's oldest graffiti:

https://londonist.com/london/history/in-search-of-london-s-oldest-graffiti

Feature on studies just getting underway on remains of a Viking town store in a basement back in the 1950s:

https://sciencenorway.no/archeology-medieval-history-viking-age/a-lost-viking-town-discovered-in-the-1950s-is-stored-away-in-this-basement/2012212

A 30-year dispute over a fresco by Piero della Francesca continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/17/italian-fresco-3000-graves-piero-della-francesca-monterchi-court

They've opened a coffee shop in the crypt of St Martin's in the Field Church:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cafe-in-the-crypt
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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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A Sui Dynasty porcelain kiln site from Shanxi:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0421/c90000-10087212.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/22/content_78180359.htm

Qin and Han Dynasty finds from the highest elevation site (a cave) in China/Tibet:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1260154.shtml

Feature on evidence of alcoholic beverage production in China:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-04-22/detail-ihaxrxye1100893.shtml
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/22/WS62620965a310fd2b29e58970.html

Feature on prehistoric archaeology in Tibet:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2204194591/

Plans for 'archaeology with Chinese characteristics' by 2035:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-04/22/content_78181255.htm

A pair of 1400 years bp sculptures from excavations near a temple in Bhubneswar:

https://pragativadi.com/sculptures-dating-back-to-1400-years-found-in-bhubaneswar/

64 different examples of dice from various periods from Vadnagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/millennium-old-dice-found-in-vadnagar/articleshow/90923145.cms

Sangam-era artifacts from a dig near Vembakottai (Tamil Nadu):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/variety-of-artifacts-found-in-vembakottai/articleshow/90990583.cms

Hyping upcoming digs in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/archaeology-research-poised-to-unravel-new-findings-udayachandran/article65330158.ece

More on giant jars from Assam:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/archaeologists-find-dozens-of-giant-stone-jars-on-indian-hillsides/

Lapita pottery from Papua New Guinea is shedding light on the colonization of the Pacific islands:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-discovery-pacific-islands-colonised.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220422114740.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/23/new-clues-shed-light-on-pivotal-moment-in-the-great-pacific-migration
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01735-w
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/pacific-islands-migration-new-discovery-png/

Feature (and associated controversy) on Gandharan art:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2352892/the-case-for-gandharan-replicas

Feature on Indus Civilization:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2354034/the-indus-valley-riddle

Feature on the Mongol Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/the-mongol-empire/

Folks might be interested in the online Encyclopedia of Indian Art:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61147097

cf: https://mapacademy.io/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Excavation of remains of a 19th century wooden bridge in Picton (NZ):

https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/128342638/archaeologists-dig-up-part-of-historic-wooden-bridge-in-picton
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10468-220420-new-zealand-bridge

Another feature on Maddy McAllister's underwater archaeology research:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/maddy-mcallister-shipwreck-mermaid-marine-archaeology-batavia/13838260
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 18th century tavern site from King William County:

https://www.dailypress.com/tidewater-review/va-tr-kw-dig-0420-20220418-nd7iqjmnqbcjvbd2uxekfjy5h4-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10466-220419-virginia-brick-tavern

A dig is under way at the Sioux City Railroad Museum:

https://siouxlandnews.com/news/local/archaeological-dig-taking-place-at-sioux-city-railroad-museum

A dig is under way on the route for a proposed Mobile Bay bridge:

https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/publicrelations/pressreleases/042122bridge.html
https://spotonalabama.com/al-politics/831723/big-dig-south-alabama-archaeologists.html

Another study questioning theories of the peopling of North America:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2022/04/uw-led-study-challenges-theories-of-earlier-human-arrival-in-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420170453.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950319
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704850
https://www.wyomingnewsnow.tv/2022/04/21/uw-led-study-challenges-theories-earlier-human-arrival-americas/

Funding for Fort Ticonderoga:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/04/fort-ticonderoga-receives-500000-in-federal-funding-opens-may-7-for-2022-season.html

Feature on 19th century New York poorhouses:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/19th-century-care-for-poor-was-filthy-17087953.php

Feature on the 'ambush site' at Nunalleq (Alaska):

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/04/deadly-historic-ambush-preserved-in-alaskan-permafrost

Feature on dating some dugout canoes found ages ago in Maine:

https://www.ledgertranscript.com/Franklin-Pierce-canoe-research-46007396

Feature on Connecticut's abandoned Talisman copper mine:

https://i95rock.com/a-fascinating-look-inside-cts-18th-century-tallman-copper-mine/

Feature on a dig at a pre-Revolutionary War home site in Berks:

https://www.readingeagle.com/2022/04/18/archaeological-group-digging-up-past-lives-at-pre-revolutionary-war-home-in-berks-video/

Review of Joan DeJean, *Mutinous Women*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/19/books/review/mutinous-women-joan-dejean.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on the possible earliest evidence of a Maya calendar from the Las Pinturas pyramid in Guatemala:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/maya-calendar-hieroglyph-date-oldest-evidence
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/fragments-from-oldest-known-maya-calendar-identified-in-the-las-pinturas-complex/143349
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-mayan-calendar-found-inside-guatemalan-pyramid-180979933/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10463-220415-guatemala-maya-calendar

More on the tsunami and earthquake that hit Chile 3800 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-earthquake-found-chile
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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature/hype on Henry VIII's Black trunpeter:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/apr/20/story-of-henry-viiis-black-trumpeter-to-be-told-at-walker-art-gallery-in-liverpool?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Feature on King John and the Magna Carta:

https://www.livescience.com/king-john-of-england

Feature on how algal blooms may have affected various ancient cities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/algal-blooms-may-have-threatened-these-ancient-cities

Feature on the Pedro and Ines myth from Portugal:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220419-ins-de-castro-the-macabre-tale-of-the-skeleton-queen

Feature on the origins of the idea of 'the sword in the stone':

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c1ymsq/the-truth-behind-the-legend-of-the-sword-in-the-stone-

Feature on what various ancient sites used to look like:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/04/what-great-archaeological-sites-used-to-actually-look-like.html

Feature on Casonova and how he has been portrayed:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/apr/20/ultimate-sleazeball-tortured-romantic-casanova-truth-serial-seducer-lothario-heath-ledger-sienna-miller

Feature on Cervantes:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/miguel-de-cervantes-great-european-lives/

A 19th century glider has been restored to be put on display:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63861

Not sure where to put this one questioning the authenticity of a recently-discovered scroll of Esther:

https://factcheck.afp.com/doc.afp.com.328L9B2

Much excitement over the find of a 17th century Dutch painting in an Australian storage room:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dutch-artwork-storeroom-australia-intl-scli/index.html

Feature on Gauguin:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/yuki-kihara-paradise-camp-snap/index.html

Feature on ten artifacts of dubious origin:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/10-famous-artefacts-ethically-dubious-origin

... and ten ownership disputes:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/10-famous-ownership-disputes-over-cultural-artifacts

Feature on the popularity of beards in Victorian times:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2022/apr/22/are-you-a-beard-guy-tim-dowling-on-the-trend-that-will-never-end

Feature on the 'Just William' books (now 100 years old):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/books/review/richmal-crompton-just-william.html

Something about Jeffrey Epstein and a rare cello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/business/jeffrey-epstein-william-derosa.html

Feature on Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/16/obituaries/jacqueline-shohet-kahanoff-overlooked.html

Suggestion that Shakespeare may have stolen the plot of Cymbeline:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/apr/24/new-evidence-shakespeare-stole-plot-of-cymbeline-

Interesting items a the Antiquarian Book Fair:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/20/arts/antiquarian-book-fair-new-york.html

Pondering the notion of 'primitive communism':

https://aeon.co/essays/the-idea-of-primitive-communism-is-as-seductive-as-it-is-wrong

On whether the Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually falling over:

https://www.livescience.com/33379-leaning-tower-pisa-fall-over.html

The Shroud of Turin is back in the news, first with a challenge to the British Museum to duplicate it/prove it's fake:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/18/1-million-to-british-museum-to-duplicate-jesus-shroud-of-turin-since-it-calls-it-forgery/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prove-turin-shroud-is-fake-and-ill-pay-1m-expert-tells-british-museum-wtq03lcfr

... and application of a new dating technique (which I've never heard of):

https://www.ncregister.com/interview/new-scientific-technique-dates-shroud-of-turin-to-around-the-time-of-christ-s-death-and-resurrection
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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More features on threats to Ukrainian cultural heritage:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/24/crimes-against-history-mapping-the-destruction-of-ukraines-culture
https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/ukraine-wartime-mission-save-art-1234674696/
https://epthinktank.eu/2022/04/22/russias-war-on-ukraines-cultural-heritage/

Saving Ukrainian documents from destruction:

https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2022/04/04/minnesota-archivist-saves-ukrainian-documents

On Gaia and Earth Day:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/22/the-greek-goddess-gaia-and-her-connection-to-earth-day/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying how corn was domesticated:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220420151354.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950290
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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Review of three picture books about language:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/books/review/a-is-for-bee-an-alphabet-book-in-translation-ellen-heck-gibberish-young-vo-luli-and-the-langage-of-tea-andrea-wang-hyewon-yum.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on women philosophers:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-are-women-philosophers-often-erased-from-collective-memory
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Erotic art of Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/17/pompeii-sex-scenes-hint-what-happened-erotic-art-ancient
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/exhibition-erotic-art-pompeii-images-2103132
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/04/22/rumpy-pompeii-sex-lives-of-the-wild-and-ancient-erupt-in-new-exhibition

Pompeii in Color:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-wall-painting-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world-vesuvius-fourth-style-omphale-hercules-dido-dionysus-11650054768

Witnessing War:

https://www.npr.org/2022/04/15/1092657374/art-bearing-witness-to-the-agonies-of-war

cf: https://www.clarkart.edu/microsites/as-they-saw-it/

Persia:

https://dailybruin.com/2022/04/19/getty-villa-exhibition-explores-persias-cultural-power-in-ancient-world

High Tech Romans:

https://www.dw.com/en/roman-inventions-that-influence-our-lives-today/a-61499759

cf: https://landesmuseum-mainz.de/de/ausstellungen/high-tech-roemer/

Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7706621/ancient-greece-comes-to-vic-in-new-exhibit/
https://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/7706621/ancient-greece-comes-to-vic-in-new-exhibit/

Horse in Athens:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1182364/exhibition-celebrating-horses-in-ancient-athens-drawing-to-a-close/

Nabataean artifacts:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/cincinnati-art-museum-host-%E2%80%98significant-collection%E2%80%99-nabataean-material

The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum (China's first) has officially opened:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202204/19/WS625e65dca310fd2b29e57df8.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259518.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-04-18/China-s-first-archaeological-museum-to-open-to-the-public-19kVhfkb90k/index.html

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru:

https://perureports.com/over-3000-years-of-ancient-peruvian-civilization-is-on-display-in-paris-this-summer/9364/

More on the opening of the Archaeological Museum of Chania:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1182396/new-archaeological-museum-maps-history-of-western-crete/

Ten major artifacts arrived at Egypt's Greco-Roman Museum this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114974/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Greco-Roman-Museum-receives-10-huge-artifacts
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/04/17/greco-roman-museum-receives-10-huge-artefacts-in-preparation-for-its-opening/

An Alaskan Museum closed and a Native Heritage Center benefited:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/19/arts/design/alaska-heritage-center-gift.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 'tiny book' created by Charlotte Bronte fetched a large price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-charlotte-bronte-manuscript-sells-for-one-million-180979955/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61178869

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new method for visualizing ancient small artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-ways-visualizing-ancient-small-combining.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What leaves preserved deep in Greenland ice reveal about climate change:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-leaves-preserved-under-mile-190707994.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Historic downtowns:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/six-towns-worth-visiting-for-their-historic-downtowns-11649956471

Volubilis:

https://www.thetravel.com/volubilis-why-the-marks-of-ancient-rome-in-morocco-are-worth-seeing/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Odyssey:

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/theatre/national-theatre-homer-the-odyssey-london-b995268.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Duke:

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2022/0420/The-Duke-unfurls-startling-real-life-Goya-heist
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CRIME BEAT
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An Egyptian businessman has been sentenced to jail for his role in trafficking illicit antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1233/465024/Egypt/Courts--Law/Egyptian-businessman,-former-MP-sentenced-to-priso.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/115142/Cairo-Criminal-Court-convicts-Alaa-Hassanein-Hassan-Rateb-in-Massive
https://www.egyptindependent.com/businessman-hassan-rateb-sentenced-to-5-years-rigorous-imprisonment-over-archaeological-excavations/

... and a former member of parliament too:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egypt-sends-former-mp-to-prison-for-antiquities-smuggling/2022/04/21/6cb2fb62-c173-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Egypt-sends-former-MP-to-prison-for-antiquities-17116306.php
https://www.middle-east-online.com/en/egypt-jails-former-mp-antiquities-smuggling

Antiquities thieves looted a Roman-era tomb in Nablus:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/antiquities-thieves-raid-roman-tomb-nablus

Sculptures were solden from a World Heritage site in Myanmar:

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/rare-sculptures-stolen-from-world-heritage-site-in-myanmar.html

Feature on how looted artifacts affect our understanding of history:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-looted-artifacts-impede-our-understanding-of-history-1.6424631
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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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51 glazed bricks were returned to Iran from a Swiss vault after a major legal battle:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-iran-recover-stolen-antiquities.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220419-iran-fights-to-recover-stolen-antiquities
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-fights-to-recover-stolen-antiquities-173111

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/04/19/cultural-restitution-artefacts-returned-to-iran-after-legal-battle

Spain is still arguing with a US museum over a Pissaro:

https://apnews.com/article/us-supreme-court-travel-arts-and-entertainment-california-lifestyle-47f91ed8744026ddbdeb31773d317c37

... I don't think it's the same Pissaro as this one (which will be going to auction):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/arts/design/pissarro-nazis-auction.html

Latest call for the British Museum to return the Mold Gold Cape:

https://www.thenational.wales/news/20075559.call-british-museum-return-mold-gold-cape/
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/20075943.calsl-molds-gold-cape-return-north-east-wales/

Libya wants the Queen to return some columns from Leptis Magna that are currently at the Windsor estate:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/libya-ruins-queen-estate-windsor-elgin-marbles-b995875.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/22/queens-estate-faces-legal-battle-libyan-elgin-marbles/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/923/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/923/pub/923/page/22/article/285380
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/04/23/queen-elizabeth-ii-estate-facing-legal-action-over-libyan-elgin-marbles/

The US returned 16 items to Peru:

https://thepublicsradio.org/article/paintings-stone-axes-repatriated-to-peru-in-la-ceremony
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/paintings-stone-axes-repatriated-to-peru-in-la-ceremony/2022/04/22/1a237f9e-c276-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article260677472.html

Feature on the folks in India tracking down stolen antiquities:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-04-19/these-art-sleuths-are-taking-on-traffickers-in-a-10-billion-black-market
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-offbeat/these-art-sleuths-are-taking-on-traffickers-in-a-10-billion-global-black-market-1101950.html
https://www.news18.com/news/world/bringing-the-gods-back-home-chennai-man-fights-traffickers-running-a-billion-dollar-business-5011039.html

Latest Nazi loot heirs case:

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2022/04/21/la-mesa-mans-kin-can-pursue-claim-on-priceless-painting-stolen-by-nazis/

More on Glasgow museums returning Benin Bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/726081/glasgow-museums-will-repatriate-17-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins depicting the family of Constantine:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-family-of-constantine-the-great/

Feature on the Hapsburg Spanish 8 Real:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/the-evolution-of-the-design-of-the-hapsburg-spanish-8-real/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n16.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n17.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Viktor Zaibert:

https://astanatimes.com/2022/04/viktor-zaibert-prominent-scholar-of-earliest-domestication-of-horse-passes-away-at-75/

Stuart Mitchell:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/obituary-stuart-mitchell-classicist-defended-112649353.html

Peter Swales:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/science/peter-swales-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/3171-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-10th-2022-through-april-16th-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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