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explorator 25.07 June 5, 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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What they're learning from Neanderthal DNA from the dirt of Estatuas Cave in Spain:

https://www.science.org/content/article/dna-cave-dirt-tells-tale-how-some-neanderthals-disappeared

A study suggests Cueva de Ardales (also Spain) was used as an art venue by Neanderthals and sapiens for over 50 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-famous-art-cave-spain-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220601142635.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cueva-de-ardales-10864.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-used-this-one-cave-in-spain-for-a-mind-blowing-50-000-years
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/spanish-cave-art-prehistoric/
https://gizmodo.com/spain-cave-neanderthal-rock-art-ancient-humans-1848997269
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-have-been-painting-on-the-walls-of-this-spanish-cave-for-58000-years-180980191/

Feature on what ancient DNA (mostly Denisovan) reveals about humans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-molecular-archaeology-ancient-genes.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on relations between Britain and North Africa before empires were a big thing:

https://aeon.co/essays/from-enemies-to-neighbours-british-merchants-in-the-maghreb
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From the Saqqara Necropolis comes the find of 250+ wooden sarcophagi and a 'cachette' of 150 bronze statues of various Egyptian divinities:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-egypt-trove-newly-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-statues-discovered-saqqara
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/467066.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-uncovers-an-important-and-the-largest-cache-of-bronze-statues-in-saqqara-animals-necropolis/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116307/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-succeeds-in-unearthing-largest-bronze-statue-cache
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/31/trove-of-ancient-egyptian-coffins-and-statues-found-at-cemetery-near-cairo
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/egypt-ap-cairo-hosni-mubarak-mostafa-waziri-b2090307.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708056
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-displays-newly-discovered-ancient-artifacts-from-necropolis-of-saqqara/
https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/621192
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/newly-discovered-egyptian-mummies-take-capital-cairo-on-journey
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statuette-of-architect-among-new-cache-of-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-174202
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/archaeologists-uncover-trove-ancient-egyptian-mummies-2022-05-30/
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-hundreds-of-ancient-sarcophagi-and-statuettes-uncovered/a-61979990
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/01/egypt-unveils-massive-haul-of-newly-discovered-ancient-artefacts-in-saqqara
https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/egyptian-discoveries-1.6472380
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/31/egypt-mummies-saqqara-coffins-bronze-antiquities/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220530-statuette-of-architect-among-new-cache-of-ancient-egyptian-artifacts
https://english.news.cn/20220530/c271877e0296478480e379a668e65e22/c.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/egypt-displays-trove-newly-discovered-ancient-artifacts-85064667
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-saqqara-tomb-250-mummies-latest-discoveries-ancient-history/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-statues-sarcophagi-saqqara-scn/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egypt-discovered-250-mummies-saqqara-2124317
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-ancient-mummies-discovered-in-vast-egyptian-necropolis
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-uncover-cache-of-bronze-statues-and-sarcophagi-at-saqqara/143736
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/31/250-coffins-with-mummies-and-150-bronze-statues-found-in-saqqara/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unveil-hundreds-of-sarcophagi-at-saqqara-and-theyre-not-done-yet-180980168/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10581-220531-egypt-saqqara-coffins

Feature on sexuality in ancient Egypt:

https://smoda.elpais.com/placeres/papiro-erotico-sexo-en-el-antiguo-egipto-exposicion-hijas-del-nilo/

Feature on the Saadana Island wreck excavation (18th century shipwreck in the Red Sea):

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/06/02/more-than-a-shipwreck-glimpsing-18th-century-trade-on-saadana-island/

More on the restoration of the Temple of Esna:

https://menafn.com/1104297208/Restoration-Of-Ancient-Temple-In-Egypt-Built-By-Greeks-Reveals-Stunning-Drawings-In-Bright-Colours
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-of-a-temple-in-egypt-reveals-vulture-like-vibrant-art-goddesses-180980144/

More on recreating Cleopatra's perfume:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/after-2000-years-can-cleopatras-perfume-ever-be-recreated/

Feature on a 'half mummy' found in 2014 in Luxor:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/half-mummy-confuses-egyptian-archaeologists

Ongoing concerns for Cairo's City of the Dead:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/road-plan-could-bring-demolitions-cairos-city-dead

Plenty of interesting finds at a 9000 years bp burial/settlement site at Tepe Ahranjan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/473134/Village-dwellers-buried-dead-beneath-houses-archaeological-evidence

Drought in Iraq revealed remains of a 3400 years bp settlement site/city associated with the Mitanni Empire:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/a-3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/
https://phys.org/news/2022-05-year-old-city-emerges-tigris-river.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220601200021.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-city-in-iraq-emerges-after-drought
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/3-400-year-old-city-discovered-in-northern-iraq/2601633
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2022/06/02/Extreme-drought-reveals-ruins-of-3-400-year-old-ancient-city-in-Iraq-
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-3400-year-old-city-in-iraqs-duhok
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-rush-investigate-3400-year-old-city-emerging-tigris-river-1711827
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-city-iraq-unearthed-extreme-drought-rcna31424
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-shrinking-reservoir-has-revealed-the-ruins-of-a-3-400-year-old-city
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/drought-reveals-ruins-of-3400yearold-city-by-the-tigris-river-again/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/03/climate-change-reveals-ancient-city-iraq-zakhiku
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/143760
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/05/31/a-3400-year-old-city-emerges-from-the-tigris-river/

The monthly roundup of finds in Turkiye:

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

Feature on the role of women at various digs in Turkiye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rural-womens-touch-in-archaeology-174226

Feature on Turkish-European Archaeology Days:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/turkish-european-archaeology-days-to-show-backstage-research-of-digs
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/european-archaeology-days-to-start-in-istanbul-174265

Remains of a possible 8th/7th centuries BCE 'monumental administrative center' at Mordot Arnona:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-06-01/ty-article/jerusalem-discovery-light-ancient-jerusalem-under-the-assyrians/00000181-1448-d272-a187-7d68ab970000

Remains of a (known?) 2200 years bp 'outpost'/fortress near the road that led to Jerusalem at Ma'ale Romaim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708020

Slightly younger Hasmonean fortifications from Horvat Tefen:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708087

A segment of a Roman-era aqueduct from Jerusalem's Old City:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-segment-of-jerusalems-2000-year-old-low-level-aqueduct-revealed/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/segment-of-roman-aqueduct-excavated-in-jerusalems-armon-hanatziv-neighborhood/2022/05/29/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/b1vzqhxu5
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/328406
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/06/02/new-section-of-ancient-engineering-wonder-excavated-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707974
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-05/30/content_78243102.htm

A 'curse inscription' from the tomb of 'Jacob the Convert/Proselyte' at Beit She'arim:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1800-year-old-grave-marker-for-jacob-the-convert-stumbled-upon-at-beit-shearim/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708390
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-31/ty-article-magazine/converts-curse-against-robbers-found-in-ancient-galilee-grave/00000181-19f8-d9b4-a199-bdfe62b10000

More on that 2100 years bp abandoned farmstead site in Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-farmstead-discovered-israel
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/galilean-farm/?mqsc=E4144390&dk=ZE2250ZF0
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/horbat-assad-farmstead-10857.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10577-220529-israel-abandoned-farmstead

Feature on the Ein Gedi Synagogue:

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2022/05/01/roots-amid-the-rubble/

Archaeologists talk about misuse of history on Jerusalem Day:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-707992

A round-up piece with 'five recent finds from the Middle East':

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/middle-east-five-new-archaeological-finds-egypt-gaza-oman-iraq-jordan
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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 study of wool production in Bronze Age Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-industrial-wool-textiles-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/954267
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708345
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/01/industrial-manufacturing-of-wool-and-wool-textiles-in-the-bronze-age-italy/

A late Hellenistic burial monument found during construction of Istanbul's Haydarpasa train station:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/haydarpasa-station-offers-big-surprises-174204

A 1st century BCE burial of a woman on a bronze 'mermaid bed' from Kozani:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-woman-buried-bronze-bed-greece
https://www.sciencealert.com/2-100-year-old-skeleton-of-greek-woman-found-lying-on-bronze-mermaid-bed

Remains of the first military amphitheatre known from the Southern Levant from the dig at the Legio VI Ferrata base near Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708197

An 1800 years bp geometric mosaic from Pergamon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/02/1800-year-old-geometric-patterned-mosaic-found-in-the-ancient-greek-city-pergamon-now-modern-turkey/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1800-year-old-geometric-patterned-mosaic-found-in-turkeys-pergamon/news

A Roman-era well (and building foundations) from southwestern Germany:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64200

A metal detectorist in Kent came across a silver Roman-era penis amulet:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/penis-jewellery-roman-metal-detector-b2090959.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10870953/Roman-silver-penis-pendant-measures-meagre-1-2-inches-unearthed-Kent.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64206

A large 4th/5th century Roman necropolis from Rockenberg:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64184

An elite 4th/5th century CE burial from Berenike:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/02/%CE%B1n-elite-tomb-with-complete-set-of-grave-goods/

An inscription which was in a National Museum of Scotland collection for over a 100 years turns out to be an ephebe list:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185858/ancient-greek-slab-at-scottish-museum-found-to-list-military-academy-cadets/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/02/ancient-greek-equivalent-of-graduate-school-yearbook-discovered-on-stone/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-greek-graduate-school-yearbook-discovered/
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/02/ancient-slab-turns-out-to-be-2000-year-old-graduate-school-yearbook-16754153/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/graduates-in-1st-century-athens-had-yearbook-f7wtj3wck
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/02/immortalised-worlds-oldest-school-yearbook-class-ad41/

A study of coins found with various people who were fleeing Pompeii:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01542-0

More on the genome sequencing from some Pompeii victims:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/26/science/pompeii-vesuvius-dna-archaeology.html
https://www.science.org/content/article/first-genome-pompeii-victim-holds-surprises
https://boingboing.net/2022/05/30/sequencing-the-genome-of-a-pompeii-resident-and-solving-a-2000-year-old-mystery.html

More on that Bronze Age family cremation site in Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-unique-cremation-site-late-bronze.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10580-220531-italy-cremation-platform

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0267532

More on the identification of 134 ancient settlements north of Hadrian's Wall:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2022/study-sheds-light-on-life-beyond-rome-s-frontier
https://phys.org/news/2022-06-life-rome-frontier.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-134-ancient-settlements-north-of-hadrians-wall-180980183/

More on the 1700 years bp phallus and insult inscription on Hadrian's Wall near Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-penis-graffiti-stone-uk
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-roman-graffiti-vindolanda/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10578-220531-england-insult-graffiti

A call for a focus on the ethnic history at Hadrian's Wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-61661813

Concerns and plans for the Appian Way:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/reviving-europes-first-superhighway

Plenty of digs are under way at Aegean sites:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1185506/aegean-gripped-by-excavation-fever/

CBS's 60 Minutes was looking at Caligula last week:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/caligula-rome-60-minutes-2022-05-29/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roman-emperor-caligula-coffee-table-60-minutes-2022-05-29/

Features on Jacques Bailly and his Spelling Bee activities:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-matters-podcast/episode-90-an-interview-with-jacques-bailly
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/what-is-a-spelling-bee-pronouncer

Feature on Kimberly Bowes' research into Rome's working poor:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/regular-folks-roman-empire-kimberly-bowes-archaeology-economics

An interview with Natalie Haynes on women in Greek myth:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/writersandcompany/natalie-haynes-on-the-fantastic-and-fearsome-women-of-greek-myth-1.6475566

Not sure where to put this feature on the creation of a 'money economy' at the beginning of the Iron Age:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/06/new-money-iron-age

Feature on Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/the-fishbourne-home-of-britains-archeological-jewel-3713857

Feature on Jewish converts under the Roman empire:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2022/06/the-jewish-converts-of-antiquity/

A metal detectorists' account of finding assorted Roman coins:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jun/03/experience-i-found-a-hoard-of-161-roman-coins-in-one-weekend

In case you were wondeirng where 'Istanbul' somes from:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/29/istanbul-vs-constantinople-and-why-both-are-greek-cities/

Feature on the silver mines at Laurion:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/mines-laurion-athens-western-civilization/

Feature on the Odrysian Kingdom:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/06/01/dialogue/opinion/odrysian-kingdom-a-rough-diamond-in-the-ancient-world/

Feature on the woman doctor Agnodice:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/agnodice-first-woman-doctor-ancient-greece/

Feature on Plutarch being a vegetarian:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/ancient-greek-historian-plutarch-vegetarian/

Feature on Tantalus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/30/greek-myth-tantalize-tantalus/

Feature on the locations of assorted Greek myths:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/real-locations-greek-myths/

Feature on ancient Roman morals (I think):

https://pacification.substack.com/p/american-times-roman-morals?s=r

If Romans had Google Maps:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/omnesviae-roman-roads-map/

Feature on the origins of conflict between the Greeks and Persians:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/ancient-greeks-persians-history/

Feature on stability features of the Parthenon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/05/28/pathenon-construction-engineering/

Varied coverage of the Parthenon Sculptures saga ... nothing really new this week (mostly opeddish):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20173797.issue-day-elgin-marbles-row-deepens/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185834/the-parthenon-marbles-an-ever-poignant-question/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/28/why-shouldnt-greeks-have-marbles-back-we-proved-we-lost-ours-years-ago
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/01/stephen-fry-asks-british-museum-to-be-classy-and-return-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jun/01/it-is-dishonourable-for-the-british-museum-to-keep-the-parthenon-marbles
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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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Latest Norwegian melting ice patch find is a 3000 years bp shoe:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-shoe-norway-ice-patch

A man-made Viking era cave from Iceland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64192
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/man-made-viking-era-cave-discovered-in-iceland/143731

A survey has identified the remains of Greasley Castle in Nottinghamshire:

https://the-past.com/news/survey-identifies-remains-of-greasley-castle-in-nottinghamshire/

Metal detectorists in Cumberland found a medieval copper thing:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/20182244.brampton-longtown-metal-detectorists-find-medieval-artefact/

The rudder of the HMS Invincible was found in the Solent:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-61637171
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10582-220601-shipwreck-invincible-rudder

Evidence of tb and syphilis from the 200 years bp cemetery at John Radcliffe's Infirmary:

https://the-past.com/news/new-analysis-from-oxford-hospital-cemetery/

A hoard of 1000 BCE bronze axes (and more) found by a metal detectorist in Carmarthenshire back in 2020 has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-61632636

Rethinking those 'alternative' burials usually connected to fear of vampires:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-05-29/ty-article-magazine/strange-burials-reveal-fear-of-vampires-in-old-poland-or-do-they/00000181-0f3c-d1d5-afd5-8f7edc140000

Feature on efforts to save the 'underwater Lascaux' off France:

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-undersea-stone-age-cave-art.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220530-race-to-save-undersea-stone-age-cave-art-masterpieces
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/underwater-stone-age-cave-in-danger-due-to-climate-change

Feature on the TREE project in Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/05/31/rich-wooden-heritage-of-cyprus-focus-of-joint-initiative/
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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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25 Qing Dynasty tombs from Hunan:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/858942-25-qing-dynasty-tombs-discovered-in-china-s-hunan

Ming Dynasty tombs from Hubei:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266820.shtml

Feature/study on the role of rice beer in ancient Chinese civilization:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/environment/article/3180155/how-ancient-rice-beer-helped-brew-chinese

Feature on some South China Sea pirates:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3179279/history-real-pirates-who-dressed-passengers

Kushan-era brick walls from Patna:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/archaeological-survey-of-india-in-patna-unearths-brick-walls-believed-to-be-of-kushan-age/cid/1868317
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/asi-in-patna-unearths-brick-walls-believed-to-be-of-kushan-age/2548427/

Workers in Chanugondla village came across a pile of metallic weights (and took them home; many have been recovered) of unspecified date:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2022/jun/03/workers-digging-pits-at-andhra-pradeshschanugondla-village-stumble-upon-ancient-plates-2461283.html

Feature on the Chinese Civilization Origin Program:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266823.shtml

China has plans to digitize and connect cultural resources into a central database:

https://www.scmp.com/tech/policy/article/3179135/china-forms-grand-plan-digitalise-and-connect-countrys-cultural

Feature on women in Genghis Khan's empire:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mongol-empire-women

Concerns for 'abandoned' Hindu idols in Sanguem:

https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/SHOCKING-REVELATION-Centuriesold-Hindu-idols-lying-abandoned-at-Curdi/190078

Terracotta and other finds (wide date range) from a site near Kolkata:

https://www.outlookindia.com/travel/ancient-artefacts-uncovered-at-historic-site-near-kolkata-news-199797

Plans for excavations in Patna to find remains of ancient Patliputra:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/survey-set-to-begin-in-patna-for-remains-of-ancient-patliputra-101654102211059.html

Feature on the Indus Valley Civilization:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-indus-valley-civilization

Feature on India's 'Persian history':

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/india-persian-history-lost-achamenids-mughals

Feature on Jaipur's Jantar Mantar:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220530-jantar-mantar-indias-mysterious-gateway-to-the-stars
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A dig at a colonial Perth site suggests life was difficult:

https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/university-of-notre-dame-study-of-east-perth-burial-site-reveals-hardships-of-life-in-colonial-perth-c-6817913

A shipwreck uncovered on Bribie Island might actually be two (19th century?) wrecks:

https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/2022/06/01/bribie-wreckage-may-be-two-vessels/

More on early Australians dining on Genyornis eggs some 50 000 years bp:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/genyornis
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10583-220601-australia-eggshell-protein
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of plant cultivation by the Nuchatlaht people on Nottka Island:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nuchatlaht-forest-garden-research-1.6469488

A drought in Arizona is revealing sites as Lake Powell's water levels recede:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/1102070651

Revelation that Harvard possesses human remains of enslaved individuals and thousands of Native Americans:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/6/1/draft-human-remains-report/

More on the 8000 years bp skull found by kayakers in Minnesota:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708245
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-kayakers-find-8000-year-old-skull-in-river-180980130/

Plans to reinter remains of War of 1812 soldiers exhumed in Burlington, Vermont:

https://www.wcax.com/2022/06/05/exhumed-war-1812-veterans-burlington-reinterred-lakeview-cemetery/

Feature on an archaeology lab opening at Fort Frederica National Monument:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/archaeology-lab-at-fort-frederica-holds-great-expectations/article_dcd9f2bc-95b9-59ad-be0d-11cbcd079574.html

Feature on Jamestown:

https://www.livescience.com/38595-jamestown-history.html

Feature on claims about a comet ending Hopewell civilization:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/2022/06/02/hopewell-culture-claims-exploding-comet-ohio-destroyed-civilization/9999016002/

Honours for Leah Rogers for her work at Mount Vernon:

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/life/2022/06/02/state-historical-society-iowa-archeologist-honored-award-mount-vernon/7476503001/

Review of David Fischer, *African Founders*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/books/review/david-hackett-fischer-african-founders.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A network of passages was found beneath the 3000 years bp Chavin de Huantar temple:

https://www.independent.co.uk/world/archaeologists-discover-passageways-peruvian-temple-b2090895.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/archaeologists-discover-passageways-3000-year-old-peruvian-temple-2022-05-30/
https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/05/30/us-peru-archaeology
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2022/05/3000-years-old-network-of-passageways-discovered-in-peru/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/chavin-de-huantar-temple-peru-hidden-passageways-1234630589/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708115
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/hidden-tunnels-discovered-beneath-chavin-de-huantar-temple-complex/143743

The severed had of a Mayan maize divinity (possibly Early/Late Classic) from Palenque:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-ancient-mayan-maize-god-sculpture.html
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-06-04/the-discovery-of-a-head-of-the-mayan-maize-god-hidden-in-chiapas-for-more-than-1300-years.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64220
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708570
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/severed-head-of-maya-maize-god-unearthed-in-palenque/143755
https://www.newsweek.com/huge-mayan-corn-gods-head-dating-back-1300-years-discovered-mexico-1712414
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/xiol-ancient-mayan-city-mexican-construction-site-1234630429/

A 1000 years bp Aztatlan (probably) site from Mazatlan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/construction-archaeological-site-mazatlan/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/05/archaeologists-unearth-an-aztatlan-burial-site/143750

42 burials from a 16th century cemetery next to a hospital in Peru:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10867645/Archaeologists-unearth-colonial-era-cemetery-Peru.html

More on the remains of a Maya city found on the Yucatan peninsula:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/27/mexico-mayan-city-xiol-discovered
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/industrial-park-build-reveals-ancient-mayan-city-in-yucatan
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/xiol-ancient-mayan-city-mexican-construction-site-1234630429/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/01/archeologists-discover-maya-metropolis-yucatan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-crew-stumbles-on-1400-year-old-ruins-of-maya-mayan-city-180980171/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10576-220529-mexico-maya-xiol

More on Lidar revealing Casarabe urbanism in Bolivia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/02/amazon-rainforest-archaeology-settlements-bolivia-casarabe
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/civilization-amazon-discovered-01062022/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/lost-society-found-in-amazon-rainforest

More on 'drugging' of Inca children prior to sacrifice:

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-hair-fingernail-inca-children-drugged.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/inca-child-sacrifice-drugs-cocaine-b2092447.html

Feature on Mesoamerican art 200-900 CE:

https://smarthistory.org/reframing-art-history/mesoamerica-middle-200-900/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mesoamerica-middle-200-900

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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 on the worlds oldest tattoo parlour (in Jerusalem):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c9th22/the-world-s-oldest-tattoo-parlour

Feature on the London plane tree:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220601-are-city-forests-disappearing

Feature on human sacrifice in various cultures:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/human-sacrifice-ritual-history/

A Lorenzetti fresco has been restored:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/01/the-buongoverno-construction-site-reveals-lorenzettis-treasures/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Looking at the Uvalde events through the lens of Greek epic:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/06/03/dialogue/opinion/reading-greek-epic-through-another-massacre/

An item on Queen Elizabeth and the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-the-british-museum/

Feature on a Ukrainian security guard who save a pile of artworks:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-31/el-vigilante-que-se-jugo-la-vida-para-salvar-de-las-bombas-rusas-las-obras-de-la-artista-ucrania-primachenko.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on the 'Fable of a Frog in the Well' in the Zhuangzi:

https://aeon.co/essays/zhuangzis-ancient-fable-about-the-personal-and-the-political

Review of Donald Robertso, *How to Think Like a Roman Emperor*:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/150/How_to_Think_Like_a_Roman_Emperor_by_Donald_Robertson
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pharaoh of the Two Lands:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/467203.aspx

Erotic art of Pompeii:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-x-rated-erotic-art-is-revealed-at-last-nrb3zxdlb

Pompeii in Color:

https://brooklynrail.org/2022/05/artseen/Pompeii-in-Color-The-Life-of-Roman-Painting

Feminine Power:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-mess-british-museum-s-feminine-power-the-divine-to-the-demonic-reviewed

Herefordshire Hoard:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/20179089.first-look-significant-herefordshire-hoard/

Munch:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edvard-munch-at-the-courtauld-the-tortured-genius-who-craved-the-sun-9pps5352c

Sutton Hoo and Staffordshire Hoard:

https://the-past.com/review/whats-on/museum-news-3/

Feature on the archaeological museum in Volos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/01/volos-museum-displays-historical-treasures-from-hub-of-ancient-greek-civilization/

Feature on the Edison Museum:

https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2022/05/massive-light-bulb-tower-is-hard-to-miss-but-museum-honoring-edison-is-often-overlooked.html

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://scoopempire.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-grand-egyptian-museum/

Feature on the impending opening of three underwater museums in Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1185803/three-underwater-museums-set-to-launch/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a Babe Ruth card:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/05/27/babe-ruth-museum-rare-card/

An Egyptian statue coming to Christie's is getting press attention:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116308/Christie-s-preparing-to-sell-Egyptian-statue-worth-%C2%A3100-000

Giuseppe Verdi's house is up for sale:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/30/giuseppe-verdi-house-italy-for-sale-ending-quarrel-among-heirs

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sparta:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sparta-the-ancient-city-known-for-bloodsport-is-still-around

Feature on some recent historical travel books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/books/review/new-travel-books.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Benediction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/movies/benediction-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Some guy dressed as an old woman threw/smeared cake on the Mona Lisa:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-louvre-museum-fe4c4de7b7285450f4c1a81c5fb5dd48
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/mona-lisa-left-unharmed-smeared-cream-climate-protest-stunt-2022-05-30/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-61635822
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-05-29/un-visitante-del-louvre-ataca-a-la-gioconda-con-una-tarta.html

... while some guy who was mad at his girlfriend broke into the Dallas MoA and smashed some antiquities:

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2022/06/02/5-million-of-ancient-art-destroyed-at-dma-in-overnight-break-in/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/02/man-smashes-ancient-greek-artifacts-dallas-museum-police-say
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/us/dallas-museum-of-art-break-in-vandalism.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/police-man-smashes-ancient-museum-artifacts-worth-millions-85146200
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/03/dallas-museum-art-vandalism/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/03/man-smashes-ancient-greek-artifacts-dallas-museum/
https://hypebeast.com/2022/6/man-breaks-ancient-greek-artifacts-the-dallas-museum-of-art
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dallas-museum-art-breakin-damage-trnd/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/03/dallas-museum-art-attack
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1185954/man-smashes-ancient-greek-museum-artifacts-in-dallas/
https://hyperallergic.com/738025/man-smashes-ancient-greek-art-dallas-museum/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/06/03/man-who-was-mad-at-his-girl-smashes-over-5-million-of-ancient-greek-artefacts-at-us-museum
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10880739/Angry-boyfriend-broke-art-museum-destroyed-5MILLION-art-work-mad-girl.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-steals-5-million-of-art-including-ancient-greek-artifacts-from-dallas-museum-180980192/

Related to both of the above:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/art/people-acting-out-art-museums-breaking-artifacts

A $2 million tabernacle was stolen from a Brooklyn church:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/30/new-york-city-catholic-church-tabernacle-stolen
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/30/1102090870/2-million-relic-stolen-angel-statue-beheaded-brooklyn-church
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/30/us/brooklyn-catholic-church-tabernacle-stolen/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/31/tabernacle-stolen-brooklyn-church-nyc/
https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/press-releases/tabernacle-dating-back-to-the-1890s-stolen-from-the-altar-at-brooklyn-catholic-church/

Swiss customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle a 700 years bp samurai sword:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/31/14th-century-samurai-sword-found-in-car-at-swiss-border

Latest from the Dresden Green Vault trial:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-green-vault-trial-investigation-documents-found-at-suspects-home/a-61991503

An art-based money laundering scam from Florida:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/arts/florida-art-fraud-warhol-banksy.html

Another feature on Matthew Bodganos and the Manhattan DA's antiquities unit:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/30/fight-to-stop-trade-of-looted-antiquities

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is joining the 'civil party' dispute/lawsuit to investigate trafficking in looted antiquities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/30/nyregion/stolen-tabernacle-brooklyn-church.html
https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/miscellaneous-facts-trafficking-in-antiquities-the-louvre-museum-in-h34003.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/05/31/louvre-launches-civil-action-as-part-of-art-trafficking-case-connected-to-former-director-jean-luc-martinez

... while five items were seized at the Met relating to the Jean-Luc Martinez investigation:

https://hyperallergic.com/737317/district-attorneys-office-seizes-allegedly-looted-antiquities-from-the-met/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/06/01/egyptian-antiquities-connected-to-international-trafficking-ring-seized-at-metropolitan-museum-in-new-york
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/new-york-prosecutors-seize-5-egyptian-antiquities-metropolitan-museum-art-afp
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/egyptian-antiques-seized-met-investigation-smuggling-ring-1234630550/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/116411/5-Egyptian-artifacts-confiscated-in-New-York

... and we're reading of 'warning signs' being ignored:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/louvre-abu-dhabi-antiquities-investigation-jean-luc-martinez-marc-gabolde-1234630527/

... and an oped arising from all this:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/the-predatory-global-economy-of-looted-antiquities
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/the-predatory-global-economy-of-looted-antiquities.959086

... and another:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/real-life-tomb-raiders-are-stealing-priceless-artefacts-for-super-rich-buyers-1668688

More on the bust of that smuggling ring in Turkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/investigations/operation-heritage-busts-artifact-smuggling-ring-in-turkey
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-708283
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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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A number of stolen idols were returned to Tamil Nadu from Australia and the US:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/culture-ministry-hands-over-10-stolen-antiquities-repatriated-from-usa-australia-to-tamil-nadu-government/articleshow/91946496.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2022/may/29/stolen-antique-idols-retrieved-from-abroadto-reach-tamil-naduhome-2459164.html
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/centre-hands-over-10-stolen-antiquities-retrieved-from-us-australia-to-tamil-nadu-govt-7948519/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/centre-hands-over-10-stolen-idols-to-tamil-nadu-govt/article65484879.ece
https://pragativadi.com/10-antiquities-retrieved-from-australia-usa-handed-over-to-tamil-nadu-govt/

A number of countries have items that seem to have been looted from Iraq:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/culture-ministry-iraq-has-antiquities-in-more-than-5-countries/

The BM plans to return some looted medieval artifacts to Ukraine after an exhibition:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-ukraine-medieval-vadym-prystaiko-b1003498.html

Uganda wants the 'Luzira Head' back from the BM:

https://ugandaradionetwork.net/story/famed-luzira-head-in-british-museum-is-ugandas-property-authorities

Germany returned a number of Namibian artifacts:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/03/germany-returns-23-namibian-ancient-artefacts/

Egypt is expecting a number of artifacts from Switzerland:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1234/467367/Egypt/Foreign-Affairs/Egypt-to-arrange-repatriation-of-ancient-Egyptian-.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifacts-from-switzerland/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/116473/Preparations-underway-to-repatriate-Egyptian-artifacts-smuggled-to-Switzerland-foreign

More on Libya wanting some architecture back from Windsor's Great Park:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/libya-wants-queen-elizabeth-repatriate-phoenician-artefacts
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Julian the Apostate:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-julian-the-apostate/

Feature on a die study of Gaius Antonius Denarii:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/hershs-die-study-of-the-denarius-of-gaius-antonius/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n22.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n23.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Amanda Claridge:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/amanda-claridge-obituary-r66tq0ww9

Sophie Freud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/science/sophie-freud-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/3185-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-22nd-2022-through-may-28th-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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