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explorator 23.52 April 18, 2021
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Doug Weller,
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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Neanderthal footprints from a beach in Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-neanderthal-footprints-ancient-iberian-shoreline.html
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-footprints-children-playing-on-beach.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9634-210414-spain-neanderthal-footprints

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83413-8

Study determines some home erectus remains found at East Turkana in 1974 are 2 million years sp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210413121007.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/amon-sca041321.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/study-cements-age-and-location-of-hotly.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/14/study-cements-age-and-location-of-skull-from-early-human-homo-erectus/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9636-210415-homo-erectus-fossils

Another study suggests the modern human brain originated some 1.7 million years bp in Africa:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-humans-brain-apelike-modern-africa-evolution
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dmanisi-hominins-brain-shape
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/modern-human-brain-originated-in-africa-around-1-7-million-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9629-210413-homo-brain-organization

Remains of a cannibalized homo antecessor from a cave in Spain have been identified as belonging to a young girl:

https://www.livescience.com/girl-gran-dolina-cannibalized.html

cf: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33707343/

How finds from West Africa are affecting theories of human evolution:

https://theconversation.com/archaeology-in-west-africa-could-rewrite-the-textbooks-on-human-evolution-157610
https://allafrica.com/stories/202104120381.html

A feature of human evolution is apparently the development of 'hyper-cooling capacity':

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414100144.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-chillest-ape-how-humans-evolved.html

Another study suggesting evidence from Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria) of sapiens/Neanderthal 'mixing':

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/14/earliest-dispersal-of-modern-humans-in-eurasias-mid-latitudes-regular-mixing-with-neanderthals-revealed-by-46000-year-old-remains-from-bulgarias-bacho-kiro-cave/

More on the role of 'water efficiency' in human evolution:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/568/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/568/pub/568/page/57/article/161934

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AFRICA
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Evidence for 'honey hunting' in West Africa some 3500 years bp:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2021/april/prehistoric-honey-harvesting.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-pottery-reveals-evidence-honey.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uob-apr041321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/guf-3yh041521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414100131.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nok-people-honey-09558.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-pottery-reveals-first-evidence.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/15/first-evidence-for-honey-hunting-in-prehistoric-west-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9637-210415-nigeria-honey-hunting

Not sure where to put this item on the earliest (Mesolithic) use of projectile points coming from South Africa:

https://news.asu.edu/20210412-new-research-suggests-projectile-weapons-were-used-regularly-during-middle-stone-age

Restoration/conservation work is going on in Tripoli's Old City:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210415-libyan-capital-s-neglected-old-city-gets-facelift
https://thearabweekly.com/tripolis-old-city-gets-facelift-country-seeks-recovery
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/roman-marcus-aurelius-arch-in-tripoli-amongst-restoration-work-in-pictures-1.1205308

Feature on Mansa Musa:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09dcbl0/the-richest-person-who-ever-lived
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A mid-18th century shipwreck off Saadana Island in the Red Sea:

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-sunken-ship-bow-found-in-red-seas-saadana-island/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100754/Bow-of-sunken-18th-century-ship-found-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Red
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/12/egypt-discovers-mid-18th-century-shipwreck-by-saadana-island-in-red-sea/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egypt-discovers-mid-18th-century.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/shipwreck-discovered-by-saadana-island-in-the-red-sea/

... and why it might have sunk:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100886/Possible-reason-behind-the-sinking-of-ancient-Red-Sea-ship
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100886/What-caused-the-shipwreck-of-Saadana-Island%E2%80%99s-recently-discovered-ship

More on the major 'lost golden city' find near Luxor (focus varies):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-famed-egyptian-archaeologist-reveals-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/the-discovery-of-the-lost-city-of-the-dazzling-aten-will-offer-vital-clues-about-domestic-and-urban-life-in-ancient-egypt-158874
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56686448
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100804/Secrets-of-Luxor%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Lost-Golden-City%E2%80%99-continue-to-dazzle-the
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/11/986203219/archeologists-may-have-unearthed-the-lost-golden-city-of-egypt
https://www.npr.org/transcripts/986203219
https://www.cnn.com/videos/style/2021/04/12/rise-of-aten-ancient-egyptian-city-lon-orig-ep.cnn
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1841401/middle-east
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/aten-city-09547.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rise-of-aten-luxor-city-life-ancient-egypt/
https://www.salon.com/2021/04/15/an-ancient-egyptian-city-as-well-preserved-as-pompeii-has-been-unearthed/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/egyptian-lost-golden-city-uncovered-near-luxor/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/lost-golden-city-luxor-discovered-archaeologists-egypt
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/archaeologists-find-lost-golden-city-buried-under-sand-for-3400-years/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egypts-newly-found-ancient-city-to-take.html

... and a very detailed post (in German ... google translate handles it well):

https://blog.selket.de/aus-der-archaeologie/sensationaller-fund-auf-luxors-westbank-die-verlorene-stadt-der-aufstieg-atons

... and the relationship of the find to some digs back in the 1990s and 1930s:

http://www.archeo3d.net/?p=3909

More on plans for a parade just for Tut:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/egypt-plans-another-royal-parade-time-king-tuts-gold-mask#ixzz6sLDR6I55

On the ancient Egyptians' 'obsession' with cats:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-cats.html
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/45729/20210417/ancient-egyptians-were-obsessed-with-cats-heres-why.htm

Feature on the Ebers papyrus:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100755/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ebers-Papyrus-The-oldest-medical-document-in-history

Feature on Ahmed Kamal Pasha and his ancient Egyptian dictionary:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/1169/408961/Folk/Inspiring-Minds/Ahmed-Kamal-Pasha,-the-first-Egyptian-Egyptologist.aspx

Feature on Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/medinet-habu-and-colossi-of-memnon-egyptian-archaeology-in-pictures-1.1202203

Egypt has big hopes for archaeotourism now:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1202/409102/AlAhram-Weekly/Economy/Opportune-time-for-archaeotourism.aspx

... while Egypt and Italy are talking cooperation in tourism and archaeology:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/13/egypt-italy-discuss-strengthening-cooperation-in-tourism-archaeology/

Feature on the origins of the 'pharaoh's curse' in popular culture:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/why-the-pharoah-s-curse-is-a-myth-how-a-1904-media-report-gave-rise-to-a-legend-1.1204491

Egypt has completed the restoration of the Sultan Qansuh Abu Said dome:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100944/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-announces-completion-of-restoration

In case you missed the 6000 years bp burial of a dog (among other things) from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-dog-domestication-arabian-peninsula.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tfg-aue040821.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-prehistoric-saudi-arabian-loved-a-dog-6-000-years-ago-1.9701847
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-from-monumental-tombs-of-domesticated-dogs-in-ancient-arabian-peninsula/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9626-210412-neolithic-tomb-dog

Feature on assorted recent finds from Saudi Arabia:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/409054.aspx

A 7 000 years bp 'troglodyte' (architectural) near Faridan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459930/Discover-7-000-year-old-underground-troglodyte

An inscription associated with Sargon II from Qabaq Tappeh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459813/Relic-attributed-to-Neo-Assyrian-king-discovered-in-western-Iran

A Canaanite inscription from Lachish dating to 3500 years bp is being touted as a 'missing link' in the history of alphabetic writing:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-oldest-piece-israel-ancient-shard.html
https://www.livescience.com/alphabet-missing-link-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3500-year-old-inscription-unearthed-in-lachish-oldest-in-israel-665288
https://www.timesofisrael.com/missing-link-in-alphabets-history-said-unearthed-in-israel-on-canaanite-sherd/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-canaanite-inscription-found-in-israel-is-missing-link-in-alphabet-s-history-1.9712097
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-pottery-fragment-found-in-israel-spells-out-earliest-days-of-alphabet-nncmxthk2
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-abcs-the-alphabet-s-missing-link-discovered-in-israel
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-they-ve-found-a-missing-link-in-the-history-of-the-alphabet-itself
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pottery-shard-may-be-missing-link-alphabets-development-180977527/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-find-alphabets-missing-link/138688

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/early-alphabetic-writing-in-the-ancient-near-east-the-missing-link-from-tel-lachish/C73F769B7CF3A7E4E2607958A096B7D8

Byzantine burials from a site near the St Hilarion Monastery:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/new-archaeological-discovery-st-hilarion-monastery

An interview with the folks digging at Auga el-Foqa:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/excavating-auja-el-foqa/?mqsc=E4129719&dk=ZE1140ZF0

Feature on the dig at Abel Beth Maacha:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/digging-abel-beth-maacah/

Feature on 'excessive and deviant consumption' in the Hebrew Bible:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/consumption-hebrew-bible/

More on the crosses on the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://aleteia.org/2021/04/12/mystery-of-crosses-on-walls-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-may-have-been-solved/

... and a feature on Franciscan models of the structure:

https://aleteia.org/2021/04/16/franciscans-made-wooden-models-of-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A very unique Roman villa/structure from outside Scarborough:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/14/roman-site-scarborough-first-kind-in-uk
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56745840
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scarborough-roman-villa-remains-excavation-b1831771.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/571/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/571/pub/571/page/35/article/163391
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/remains-of-high-status-roman-villa-and-bath-house-never-seen-before-in-britain-discovered-beneath-building-site-in-scarborough-3200186
https://mymodernmet.com/roman-villa-yorkshire/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-04/16/c_139883450.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/roman-stately-home-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-ruins-yorkshire-may-be-first-their-kind-180977514/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9638-210415-england-roman-villa

... and damage has already been caused there by 'vandals':

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56771727
https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/19237385.damage-caused-roman-archaeological-site-near-scarborough/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/first-ever-ancient-roman-complex-discovered-in-britain-broken-into-665339
https://yorkmix.com/vandals-damage-site-of-major-roman-discovery-in-scarborough-hours-after-the-fantastic-find-was-revealed/
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19237675.police-investigate-damage-roman-archaeological-site/

Assorted finds from various periods at a metro station construction site in Kabatas:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-artifacts-found-in-kabatas-163859

Latest finds from Salamis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/16/results-of-the-underwater-excavations-off-salamina-in-2020/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/13/ancient-salamis-reveals-more-long-lost-secrets/

Remains of a 6th century BCE Greek settlement from Belvedere Spinello (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/13/archeologiascoperto-insediamento-epoca-greca-nel-crotonese_13db3264-8956-4e55-8ac4-9233d5519df6.html
https://www.corrieredellacalabria.it/2021/04/13/un-antico-insediamento-di-epoca-greca-ritrovato-a-belvedere-spinello-foto/
https://calabria7.it/individuato-nel-crotonese-un-sito-di-epoca-greca-recuperati-numerosi-reperti/
https://wesud.it/belvedere-spinello-kr-scoperti-reperti-archeologici-di-epoca-greca/

A 2500 years bp Rhaetian 'restaurant' find from Arco (Italian):

https://www.ladige.it/territori/riva-arco/2021/04/11/si-scava-all-ex-villa-san-pietro-e-spunta-un-ristorante-retico-di-2500-anni-fa-1.2885387

Remains of a Roman wall, possibly associated with an amphitheatre during factory renovations at Atripalda on the via Appia (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.atripaldanews.it/2021/04/12/ritrovamento-archeologico-in-via-appia-noi-atripalda-interroga-il-sindaco-e-la-soprintendenza/
https://www.irpiniaoggi.it/attualita-in-irpinia/attualita-attualita-in-irpinia/atripalda-che-scoperta-rinvenuti-setti-murari-di-epoca-romana-durante-lavori-a-impianto-di-carburanti/
https://www.irpinianews.it/atripalda-emerse-le-mura-dellantica-abellinum-sotto-un-impianto-di-carburanti/
https://www.itvonline.news/2021/04/12/un-muro-depoca-romana-emerso-durante-lavori-ad-atripalda/
https://www.orticalab.it/Atripalda-alla-luce-strutture-murarie
https://www.nuovairpinia.it/2021/04/14/mura-romane-di-abellinum-antica-scoperte-ad-atripalda/

A 2nd century CE necropolis from Messina (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2021-04-16/messina-scavi-scoperta-necropoli-ellenistico-romana-12186095/
http://www.messinaora.it/notizia/2021/04/15/archeologia-scoperta-a-messina-una-necropoli-del-ii-sec-a-c/146455
https://metropolitanmagazine.it/ritrovata-una-necropoli-a-messina/

A 1st/2nd century CE Roman necropolis outside Sevilla:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists_locate_240_unexcavated_tombs_at_the_roman_necropolis_of_carmona_in_seville_1584199-a.html

Evidence of a possible Roman villa site near Caltanisseta (Italian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/407402/vallelunga-pratameno-scoperta-archeologica-nel-cantiere-di-rfi-c-e-un-alta-villa-romana.html
https://www.ilfattonisseno.it/2021/04/archeologia-scoperto-insediamento-romano-nel-nisseno/
https://catania.liveuniversity.it/2021/04/15/sicilia-scoperta-villa-romana-palermo-catania/

40 'jar burials' from a necropolis in Corsica dating from the 3rd to 6th centuries CE:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9471183/City-dead-home-40-skeletons-buried-giant-jars-1-700-years-ago-Corsica.html
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20210410-necropolis-found-in-corsica-offers-rare-glimpse-into-lives-of-ancient-population-france-tunisia-ile-rousse-archaeology
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/30636/20210413/archaeologist-skeletal-remains-jars.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1700-year-old-necropolis-discovered-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-1000-year-old-skeletons-buried-in-jars-180977508/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9631-210413-corsica-necropolis-amphorae

A 4th century CE (maybe) 'safe' from a Roman villa site in Mitreo (Spain):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/remains-of-wooden-safe-excavated-from.html

Evidence of emerald production in Roman Egypt:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uocp-ner041421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-evidence-emerald-production-roman-egypt.html
https://www.dw.com/en/ruins-gods-and-cats-romes-area-sacra-to-be-renovated/a-57209872
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-site-of-julius-caesars-death-opens-to-tourists-8w0ntkdhn
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-evidence-regarding-emerald.html

Bulgari will be funding the restoration of the Largo di Torre Argentina:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-open-largo-argentina-site-to-visitors-thanks-to-bulgari.html
https://www.dw.com/en/ruins-gods-and-cats-romes-area-sacra-to-be-renovated/a-57209872
https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210414-from-cat-haven-to-tourist-hotspot-rome-to-open-area-sacra-archaeological-site

Plans for a 'tourist trail' linking theatres in Epirus:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/unearthing-little-known-ancient.html
https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/12/unearthing-the-little-known-ancient-theatres-of-greece-s-epirus-region

More on that bull figurine from Olympia:

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/nation_world/ancient-bronze-figurine-of-bull-uncovered-in-southern-greece/article_85256eed-f409-5ef9-b62d-6198691fd968.html

Review of Liv Albert, *Greek Mythology*:

https://www.memphisflyer.com/liv-alberts-greek-mythology-adds-a-new-spin-to-old-tales

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *Invention of Medicine*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-invention-of-medicine-robin-lane-fox-review-alastair-blanshard/

Review of Wheatley and Dunn, *Demetrius the Besieger*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/demetrius-the-besieger-pat-wheatley-charlotte-dunn-review-james-romm/

Review of Csapo and Wilson, *A Social and Economic History of the Theatre*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/a-social-and-economic-history-of-the-theatre-to-300-bc/

Review of Bayliss, *The Spartans*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2169

Review of Stothard, *The Last Assassin*:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2021/05/03/the-bloody-fate-of-julius-caesars-killers/

Review of Kanigel, *Hearing Homer's Song*:

https://theamericanscholar.org/swimming-the-river-of-song/

Reviewish of a book on Christian archaeology in Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/book-on-christian-archaeology-in-malta.864255

An interview with the new director at Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/pompeii-s-new-director-gabriel-zuchtriegel-public-archaeology

Interview with Marc Domingo Gygax about his *Benefactors and the Polis* book:

https://humanities.princeton.edu/2021/04/13/faculty-author-qa-benefactors-and-the-polis-by-marc-domingo-gygax/

Madeline Miller was talking about Greek mythology:

https://www.unl.edu/classics/miller-joins-women-classical-mythology-course-zoom

Athena Kirk has written a book about ancient Greek lists:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/04/athena-kirk-explores-ancient-greek-lists-new-book-0

What Richard Talbert is up to:

https://whitmanwire.com/arts/2021/04/15/professor-richard-talbert-explores-conceptions-of-time-in-edward-f-arnold-visiting-professor-lecture/

Feature/lecture on the history of the symposium:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/dining/greek-wine-drinking-lecture.html

Feature on Epona (in a Roman context):

https://www.themarysue.com/epona-celtic-goddess-of-horses/

Feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/19/ancient-greeces-army-of-lovers

On Odysseus as the 'first Western man':

https://merionwest.com/2021/04/16/odysseus-the-first-western-man/

On the fall of the Roman empire as a precursor to modernity:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire-paved-the-road-to-modernity

On the identification of the 'Queen's Megaron' at Knossos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/195077/escaping-the-queens-megaron-studying-sex-and-gender-in-the-ancient-world/

On Aristotle and America's 'decline':

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3129253/did-aristotle-predict-americas-decline

On lessons from ancient Greece regarding 'risk':

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/17/ancient-greek-approach-risk-lessons-offer-modern-world/

Feature on Philo of Alexandria:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/04/philo-of-alexandria-sought-to-combine-greek-thought-with-sacred-scripture/

Feature on Greek polychromy:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/14/ancient-greek-masterpieces-were-painted-in-dazzling-colors/

Feature on Greek myth:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture_arts_literature/arthro/greek_mythology_continues_to_inspire_and_entertain-2191744/

Feature on Roman emperors who 'tried to destroy Christianity':

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/11-roman-persecutors

Feature on cities 'founded' by Alexander:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/12/cities-around-the-globe-founded-alexander-the-great/

Feature on the submerged ancient bridge of Itea:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/11/greece-unknown-submerged-ancient-bridge/

On Hellenistic philosophy and pandemics:

https://elpais.com/icon/cultura/2021-04-06/polis-de-balcon-estoicos-negacionistas-escepticos-lo-que-la-filosofia-helenistica-puede-ensenarnos-sobre-esta-pandemia.html

Lessons from ancient Rome on the dangers of luxury:

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/lessons-roman-empire-danger-luxury

Latest on the threat to Classics at UVM:

https://vtcynic.com/news/an-academic-persecution-the-death-of-classics-at-uvm/

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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 supports previous suggestions that a sexual division of labour in Europe existed/emerged at the beginning of the Neolithic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-evidence-sexual-division-labor-farming.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/p-nes040721.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoy-ggs041321.php
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/womens-skilled-manual-work-was-a-crucial-part-of-ancient-farming-societies/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/new-evidence-suggests-sexual-division.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/grave-goods-show-gendered-roles-for-neolithic-farmers/138691
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/15/sexual-division-of-labor-as-farming-arose-in-europe/

Remains of a Bronze Age (maybe) tomb from the Dingle Peninsula:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0416/1210287-tombs-kerry-dingle-peninsula/
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/farmer-discovers-ancient-bronze-age-tomb-dingle-peninsula
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40268186.html

Bronze Age finds from a housing development site in Boxley:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19238903.bronze-age-treasures-discovered-hampshire-housing-development/

An Iron Age site found next to Norton Disney's Roman villa:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/items-from-iron-age-discovered-at-site-of-roman-villa-9195792/
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2021/04/norton-disney-archaeology-group-discover-treasures-on-controversial-site/

Remains of a Pictish 'power centre' near a hillfort site in Dunkeld:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-56719180
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/2132395/secrets-of-kings-seat/

A 300 metre long 'wooden passage' from Pliska dating to the First Bulgarian Empire:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/15/300-meter-long-wooden-passage-between-inner-city-citadel-gates-discovered-in-capital-of-first-bulgarian-empire-pliska/

... and of a similar age are the latest finds from the Debnevo Fortress near Troyan:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/13/ancient-bulgar-strap-decorations-dugouts-from-medieval-bulgarian-empire-found-in-debnevo-fortress-near-troyan/

Plenty of items of interest from a 12th century necropolis near Radnevo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/11/wooden-coffin-burials-glass-jewels-discovered-in-vast-medieval-necropolis-near-bulgarias-radnevo/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9635-210415-bulgaria-medieval-cemetery

A medieval tile from a dig in Boxley:

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/volunteer-finds-rare-medieval-tile-at-boxley-dig-site-near-maidstone/

Evidence that Muslim cuisine persisted after the Catholic conquest of Granada:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archaeology-persistence-muslim-cuisine-catholic.html

Recent metaldectorist finds from Wales have been declared treasure:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorists-have-unearthed-nine-treasures-wales-1-180977475/

Mapping the Hanseatic League:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-revealing-routes-hanseatic-era-online.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uog-rtr041421.php

Not sure of the date of the gold coins and bars found in a building slated for renovations in Morez (France):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/french-officials-perplexed-gold-bars-and-coins-found-stashed-old-house

Plans to excavate sites associated with the Battle of Weymouth:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-56770350

Plans for a dig at Tempsford prior to road construction:

https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/news/people/archaeological-dig-at-tempsford-approved-ahead-of-potential-major-road-project-3197379

Latest argument that king Arthur was a Scot:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19225682.new-research-backs-findings-king-arthur-scot/

More on that purported 4000 years bp '3d map:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/saint-belec-stone-slab-map-09553.html
https://hyperallergic.com/636991/4000-year-old-3d-map-of-france/

More on the 4000+ years bp bones and pottery from a site in Guernsey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2021/04/11/ancient-bones-found-in-guernsey-could-be-from-four-individuals/

More on that 1800 years bp pottery production site in Poland:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9463293/Massive-Roman-era-site-used-barbarians-1-800-years-ago-make-pottery-Poland.html

More on ancient cave painters and hallucinations:

https://www.livescience.com/upper-paleolithic-cave-art-oxygen-hallucinations.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-crack-mystery-of-cave-paintings-done-in-the-dark-1.9686181
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/cave-paintings-study-oxygen-deprivation-1234589412/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9630-210413-cave-painting-hypoxia

More on medieval Jews in England keeping kosher:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/800-year-old-toilet-reveals-british-jews-ate-herring-chicken-no-pig-665039
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/earliest-evidence-of-kosher-diet-in-uk-found-in-800-year-old-animal-bones-from-oxford

On the legacy of the Knights Templar in Cyprus:

https://news.yahoo.com/knights-templar-legacy-lives-cyprus-063224284.html

Feature on St George's Chapel:

https://www.dw.com/en/st-georges-chapel-prince-philips-final-resting-place/a-57226853

Feature on dogs in Medieval Europe:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-hardworking-dogs-of-medieval-europe/

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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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12 000 years bp human remains from a site in Guangdong:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220927.shtml

80+ bronze mirrors from 2000 years bp burials from the Xixian New Area in Shaanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2021-04/14/content_77406859.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-15/Over-2-000-year-old-bronze-mirrors-unearthed-at-cemetery-in-NW-China-ZtoVUlNwuQ/index.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0415/c90000-9839472.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61166
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9639-210416-china-bronze-mirrors

Latest find from the Sanxingdui Ruins site is a unique bronze statue:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220995.shtml

I thought China had already come out with their top 10 finds from 2020:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2021-04-13/detail-ihakiuvi4580647.shtml
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/14/WS60762d69a31099a2343555e9.html
http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/14/WS607632a3a31099a234355627.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220958.shtml
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221076.shtml

... and most are from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/15/content_77407818.htm

Feature on finds from the Zhaoguodong site which made the above lists:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221279.shtml

165 Han/Eastern Zhou burials from a site in Shandong:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-04-12/detail-ihakiuvi4580461.shtml
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/165-ancient-tombs-found-in-east-china.html

More on similarities between Mayan and Sanxingdui relics:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/12/WS60738a63a31099a234355541.html
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/268638426/feature-sanxingdui-and-mayan-cultures-similar-across-time-and-space

More on the human remains found at a military base in Guam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/17/ancient-human-remains-found-at-site-of-new-us-military-base-in-guam-prompts-investigation

Feature on the cave paintings from Sulawesi:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-oldest-known-cave-painting-reveals-about-early-humans-and-what-it

More on the purpose of the jars from Laos:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-laos-jars-slowly-revealing-secrets.html

Concerns arising from illegal excavations in Kohat:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1618788/illegal-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-continues-in-kohat

The Khyber Paktunkhwa goverment has commenced renovations on the Mohabat Khan Mosque:

https://nation.com.pk/12-Apr-2021/kp-govt-starts-renovation-work-on-mughal-era-s-mosque

Plans to restore a Mughal-era place in Sheikhupura:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2294292/400-year-old-fort-to-undergo-facelift

Plans to restore Mumbai's colonial-era public fountains:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/04/11/985361374/photos-mumbai-falls-in-love-all-over-again-with-its-forgotten-fountains

Courts aren't happy with the Golconda fort preservation:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/golconda-fort-preservation-lackadaisical-says-high-court/article34330444.ece

During lockdown, the ASI will be doing conservation work on the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/asi-conservation-taj-mahal-agra-054000412.html

Arguing over the birthplace of lord Hanuman:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/where-was-lord-hanuman-born-dispute-erupts-between-karnataka-and-andhra-pradesh-over-birthplace

Study making connections between weather events and war in the Korean Peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-history-weather-war.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-history-sheds-new-light-on.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Boomerangs apparently had multiple uses:

https://news.griffith.edu.au/2021/04/15/boomerangs-return-with-greater-insights-into-ample-uses/
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-boomerangs-greater-insights-ample.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/australian-boomerang-retouchers-09551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9641-210416-australia-boomerang-tools

Concerns for a wreck of the Buster:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-17/historic-shipwreck-buster-vandalised/100076558

Feature on the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/evenings/native-mounted-police/13302292

Examining who was involved in the 19th colonization of New Zealand:

https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago826340.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9633-210414-new-zealand-colonists
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NORTH AMERICA
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A climber in Utah admits to drilling climbing bolts near 1000 years bp petroglyphs in Utah:

https://www.startribune.com/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/600046825/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/2021/04/16/73b8aeac-9edd-11eb-b2f5-7d2f0182750d_story.html
https://gazette.com/news/colorado-springs-climber-admits-to-drilling-around-1-000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/article_0198c124-9e31-11eb-bdbb-e3c28a353e98.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/climbing-bolts-found-on-1000-year-old-petroglyphs-in-utah/

Study suggests Native Americans in Utah used 'cultural burning' practices to prevent large-scale fires:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uou-ilr041221.php

Studying the 'extreme salmon specialization' of Indigenous groups in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/wsu-ppc040921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-prehistoric-pacific-coast-diets-salmon.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/prehistoric-pacific-coast-diets-had.html

Study of the Gast Farm Site in southeast Iowa:

https://dailyiowan.com/2021/04/14/research-into-southeast-iowa-site-locates-hidden-history/

Development threatens several Indigenous sites in Quebec:

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/large-scale-developments-threaten-ancient-indigenous-sites-in-quebec/

Pondering the future of George Washington's River Farm:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/12/george-washington-river-farm/

The search for a prison camp at Camp Security continues:

https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2021/04/12/archaeologists-narrow-search-revolutionary-era-camp-security-springettsbury-twp/7189834002/

Using technology to poke around Fort Owen:

https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/hidden-history-archaeologists-turn-to-technology-to-look-for-clues-at-fort-owen/article_c2d68ced-1900-557f-8d18-70d2ee284991.html

Golf course construction threatens Hopewell mounds in Ohio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/arts/design/octagon-earthworks-newark-ohio-golf-course-native-american.html

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-end-of-story-redux

A new home for the New York Institute for the Humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/arts/new-york-institute-for-the-humanities-nypl.html

More on 17th century pirate loot in Maryland:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/17th-century-pirates-might-have-stashed-middle-eastern-coins-in-new-england/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-coins-found-fruit-grove-solve-pirate-mystery-180977401/

More on the collapse of Cahokia not being connected with deforestation:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/04/study-scant-evidence-that-wood-overuse-at-cahokia-caused-local-flooding-subsequent-collapse/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-mystery-deepens-over-why-the-lost-city-of-cahokia-was-abandoned
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/why-was-ancient-city-of-cahokia-abandoned-new-clues-rule-out-one-theory
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-cahokia-one-largest-pre-hispanic-cities-north-america-collapse-180977528/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9632-210414-cahokia-environment-deforestation

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gea.21848

Review of Masur, *Until Justice Be Done*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/books/review/kate-masur-until-justice-be-done.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 13 000 years bp horse from Chile:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/04/14/encuentran-caballo-de-13-mil-anos-oculto-bajo-salar-altiplanico/

A possible 'embassy complex' from Tikal linked (maybe) to Teotihuacan:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/possible-embassy-ancient-maya-city-illuminates-birth-empire
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/archaeologists-discover-mayan-monument-hidden-plain-sight
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/discovered-pyramid-complex-at-tikal-has-architectural-features-that-resembles-teotihuacan/138702
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-these-ancient-mesoamerican-cities-friends-they-became-foes-180977509/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9628-210413-guatemala-tikal-teotihuacan

Pushback on a paper which revived a theory about Caribbean cannibalism ca 800 CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-denounce-revived-theory-caribbean-cannibalism.html

More on Peru's knife-wielding spider divinity:

https://www.livescience.com/peru-temple-spider-god-holding-knife.html
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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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Study suggests Leonardo did not sculpt a bust of Flora:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-leonardo-da-vinci-sculpt-flora.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-85505-x

A history of mourning dress codes in Britain:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/royal-mourning-dress-code-history/index.html

Applying the lessons of Boccaccio:

https://psyche.co/ideas/craft-your-own-renaissance-with-tips-from-boccaccios-decameron

Latest NEH grant recipients:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Diet of Worms:

https://www.dw.com/en/500-years-after-luther-and-the-diet-of-worms-the-ecumenical-movement-is-strong/a-57230023

A long-lost painting from Notre Dame turned up at another church:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/04/12/un-tableau-perdu-de-notre-dame-de-paris-retrouve-a-givors/

... and more on trees being felled to rebuild its spire, etc.:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56761834
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-century-old-oak-trees-felled-rebuild-notre-dame-cathedrals-iconic-spire-180977481/

... and opposition to same:

https://www.dw.com/en/notre-dame-reconstruction-plans-face-opposition/a-57177842

... and an update on restoration efforts:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-15/la-resurreccion-de-notre-dame-un-sueno-aun-lejano.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/-it-could-have-been-much-worse-the-state-of-play-of-notre-dame-s-restoration-two-years-after-the-fire

Feature on some 17th century skull watches:

https://mymodernmet.com/skull-watches-memento-mori/

Feature on America's first cookbook:

https://www.wshu.org/post/path-whats-americas-first-cookbook#stream/0

Feature on underwater archaeology:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-secret-world-of-underwater-archaeology/a-57200329

Feature on 'animals as archaeologists':

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-animals-as-unlikely-archaeologists-1.24307420

Feature on Van Gogh's sister-in-law:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/magazine/jo-van-gogh-bonger.html

Feature on Chinese survivors of the Titanic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56755614
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3129512/six-chinese-passengers-survived-sinking-titanic

Feature/reviewish on a history of Eton College:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210413-the-school-that-rules-britain

Concerns for Rome's pine trees:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/15/500m-earmarked-to-save-romes-pine-trees-from-deadly-parasite

Feature/review on Pierre Janet:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/pierre-janet-and-the-budget-of-life/

Marking the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Baudelaire:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/200-years-charles-baudelaire-essay-beverly-bie-brahic/

On some recently-found letters of Queen Victoria:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a35645062/empress-augusta-victoria-letters-queen-royal/

On why some ancient sites are reburied:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-would-we-rebury-ancient-sites/

On saving the Ponobscot language:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/19/how-did-a-self-taught-linguist-come-to-own-an-indigenous-language

More on bat guano and archaeology:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210412114850.htm
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/04/bat-poo-archaeology/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/poop-core-records-4300-years-of-bat.html

More on the 17th century bishop and the foetus he was buried with:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-17th-century-bishop-buried-fetus-180977500/

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Evidence of herding/domestication of sheep in Central Asia some 8000 years bp:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1977786/taylor-sheep?c=1935799
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9627-210412-central-asia-herding
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Women in Ancient Rome (online):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/12/uffizi-mostra-su-ruolo-donna-in-antica-roma-va-online_9062f8cd-3187-47a8-8ae6-4f90895b7eea.html
https://www.lanazione.it/cronaca/uffizi-la-mostra-sulla-donna-nell-antica-roma-trasloca-online-e-diventa-tour-virtuale-1.6237042
https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/12/uffizi-mostra-su-ruolo-donna-in-antica-roma-va-online_9062f8cd-3187-47a8-8ae6-4f90895b7eea.html

Napoleon:

https://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/napoleon

Rock Art on Jalisco:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/exhibit-sheds-light-on-life-and-rituals-of-jaliscos-ancients/

Antioch Reclaimed:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/diversions/article_9754aeba-9e97-11eb-b62c-93df0bed5dfd.html

Women in Provenance:

https://www.stanforddaily.com/2021/04/15/virtual-exhibition-explores-womens-role-in-expanding-museum-collections/

The Royal Mummies paraded last week should be on display by now:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/409429/-.aspx

Feature on the collections of some museums in northern Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-artifacts-throw-light-on-history-in-northwestern-turkey-163860

Feature on the Antalya Museum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/antalya-museum-custodian-of-history-in-southern-turkey/2211748

Iran is opening a museum near the Bam citadel:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459812/Archaeological-museum-to-open-near-mighty-Bam-citadel

Hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100763/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-experts-hold-history-in-their-fingertips
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Reactions to an auction of some of Hitler's personal items:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/australian-watchdog-slams-perverse-auction-of-hitlers-personal-items/

More on the Spanish government blocking the sale of a Caravaggio:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/13/the-spanish-government-blocked-sale-of-painting-attributed-to-caravaggio/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-14/un-informe-del-prado-concluye-que-hay-razones-fundadas-para-considerar-que-se-trate-de-un-original-de-caravaggio.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to establish kinship ties among groups in the Neolthic (various locations):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-dna-hints-at-diverse-stone-age.html

Traces of an ancient epidemic in East Asia seen in DNA:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-coronavirus-epidemic-east-asia-dna-covid
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9640-210416-ancient-viral-epidemic

Studying DNA evidence from the South Pacific:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414113435.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/genetic-admixture-in-south-pacific-from.html

Feature on what there is to learn from Neanderthal nuclear DNA and how it is collected:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-nuclear-dna-sediments-ancient-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210415142645.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/neanderthal-nuclear-dna-unlocks-ancient-human-history/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-15/rescatado-adn-de-la-tierra-que-pisaban-los-neandertales-de-atapuerca-hace-100000-anos.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neanderthal-nuclear-dna-paleolithic-cave-sediments-09563.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-dna-detected-in-caves-reveals-secrets-of-neanderthal-history-1.9714496
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/nuclear-dna-from-sediments-helps-unlock.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on radiometric dating:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/earth-sciences/what-is-radiometric-dating/

Beams from Notre Dame will be studied to see what they say about the Medieval Warm Period:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-notre-dame-cathedral/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On incorporating archaeological data into climate models:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-climate-international-team-archaeological.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210414155007.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/roman-ruins-in-norfolk-7882616

Sites associated with Greek mythology:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/17/greeces-top-mythological-sites/

Cahokia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210412-the-us-lost-ancient-megacity
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Medea:

https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2021/04/medea-duke-theater-studies-mythology-euripedes

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CRIME BEAT
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Some off-duty Italian policemen in Belgium spotted what turned out to be a Roman statue stolen in 2011:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-off-duty-italy-art-cops-looted.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/13/986498513/1st-century-roman-statue-looted-a-decade-ago-found-in-belgium-by-off-duty-police
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56735928
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts/roman-statue-belgian-shop-stolen-b1832433.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/14/italian-police-officers-stumble-chance-stolen-roman-statue-antiques/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/571/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/571/pub/571/page/61/article/163801
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/off-duty-italy-art-cops-find-looted-statue-in-belgian-shop/2021/04/12/fd429d5a-9b8f-11eb-b2f5-7d2f0182750d_story.html
https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/164905/italian-off-duty-carabinieri-spot-stolen-roman-statue-on-sale-at-brussels-sablon/
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/stolen-roman-statue-found-by-off-duty-italy-art-police-in-belgian-shop-20210413-p57in8.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2021/0413/1209665-roman-statue/
https://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-roman-statue-found-brussels-5408869-Apr2021/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/looted-roman-sculpture-belgian-antiques-shop-1234589425/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/off-duty-italy-art-cops-find-looted.html

Covid has contributed to a rise in antiquities looting in Turkey:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/archaeology-turkey-treasure-looting-coronavirus-b1825733.html

Feature on the Gardner art heist:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/robbery-worlds-biggest-art-heist/

More on the arrests made relating to thefts of a Van Gogh and Hals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/12/arrest-for-theft-of-works-by-van-gogh-and-frans-hals/
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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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Human remains excavated from Angel Mounds years ago were returned and reburied:

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2021/04/17/indiana-native-americians-iu-indigenous-community/7255062002/
https://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20210418/iu-returns-native-american-remains
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20210417/news/304179933
https://www.wdrb.com/news/national/native-american-remains-repatriated-to-angel-mounds-site/article_c13b094e-3d83-5326-9053-1dfd5cb87cbc.html

Mississippi is returning human remains and related items to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://hyperallergic.com/636891/mississippi-returns-stolen-remains-of-chickasaw-people-repatriation/

The Penn Museum is going to repatriate the remains of some Black Philadelphians:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/04/13/penn-museum-repatriate-remains-black-philadelphians

Albion College is returning a Maya urn to Mexico:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56744889
https://www.albionpleiad.com/2021/04/mayan-urn-repatriation-scheduled-for-april-13/
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-04-15/la-excepcional-urna-maya-que-estuvo-separada-de-su-gemela-mas-de-50-anos.html

Some pre-Hispanic items smuggled through Texas were returned to Mexico:

https://fox40.com/news/national-and-world-news/mexico-gets-back-stolen-pre-hispanic-artifacts-smuggled-through-big-bend-area-of-texas/

A stolen Laxmi Narayan statue was returned to Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/photo-gallery/in-pictures-lost-laxmi-narayan-statue-of-nepal-retrieved

Germany's Karl May museum is returning a Native American scalp:

https://www.dw.com/en/karl-may-museum-returns-native-american-human-scalp/a-57181103

Feature on efforts to recover a Nazi-looted Pissarro in a US museum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56688032

The National Museum of Ireland plans to return Benin Bronzes in its collection:

https://www.artforum.com/news/national-museum-of-ireland-makes-plans-to-return-benin-bronzes-85454

Latest OpEds regarding the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/benin-bronzes-safety-repatriation-columbia-university-conference-1234589408/

... and a backgrounder:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/16/what-are-the-benin-bronzes

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Christianity and related symbols on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/christianity-and-christian-symbols-appear-on-ancient-coins/

Feature on coins which tell the story of the Jewiish people:

https://www.aish.com/jw/s/Ancient-Coins-Tell-the-Story-of-the-Jewish-People.htm

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n15.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n16.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Denis Donoghue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/books/denis-donoghue-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/3066-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-4-through-april-10-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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