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explorator 24.24 October 3, 2021
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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, Ken Berry,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Terry Hinz,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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An 'untouched' 40 000 years bp Neanderthal cave chamber from Gibraltar:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-hidden-chamber-vanguard-cave-gorham.html
https://www.livescience.com/cave-chamber-gibraltar-last-neanderthal-hideout
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/gibraltar-cave-chamber-discovery-could-shed-light-on-neanderthals-culture
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/40000-year-old-sealed-cavern-in-gibraltar-gives-new-insight-into-neanderthal-life-680884
https://www.newsweek.com/excavators-unseal-cave-after-40000-years-search-clues-neanderthal-existence-1633512
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/neanderthals-cave-gibraltar-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/126525427/sealed-off-for-40000-years-neanderthal-cave-discovery-in-gibraltar
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/47637/20210929/researchers-uncovered-long-hidden-chamber-famous-gibraltar-cave.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10024-210930-gibraltar-neanderthals-cave

Not sure if we've mentioned this large quantity of 130 000 years bp artifacts from the Qinghai-Tibet plateau:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2021-09-28/detail-iharmkpe0572151.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2021-09-28/detail-iharmkpe0571969.shtml

More on those 140 000+ years bp shell beads from Morocco:

https://www.science.org/content/article/world-s-oldest-known-beads-found-morocco
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-jewelry-discovered-in-moroccan-cave-180978766/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10013-210927-morocco-shell-beads

More on 200 000 years bp children's handprints from a Tibetan cave:

https://mymodernmet.com/childrens-handprints-in-cave-art/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/oldest-cave-art-2/

Feature on the evolution of throwing:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/evolution-throwing/

On the 'boom' in interest in human prehistory:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-10-01/el-boom-de-la-prehistoria-somos-cavernicolas-con-internet.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on 50 years of archaeology in Nigeria:

https://thenationonlineng.net/50-years-of-nigerian-archaeology-and-national-development/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Arrest of an illegal digger led to the find of a Greco-Roman temple in Sohag:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/108363/A-Greco-Roman-Temple-was-uncovered-in-Sohag

Plans to investigate possible Pharoanic artifacts in Afghanistan:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936511/middle-east

Egypt has restored a New Kingdom column near the presidential palace:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/425073/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-restores-New-Kingdom-granite-column-in-Saray.aspx
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Restoration-Begins-on-Ancient-Egyptian-Column-in-Saraya-El-Qobbah

Feature on the sunken cities in the Alexandria area:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1209/423953/AlAhram-Weekly/Focus/Tales--of-sunken-cities.aspx

In case you missed the latest facial reconstruction of some mummies based on genetic data:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-faces-reconstructed-dna
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/10/03/egypt-recovers-two-antiquities-from-belgium/

A Russian university has given Zahi Hawass an honorary doctorate:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/108291/Russian-University-for-Humanities-grants-honorary-doctorate-to-Egyptologist-Zahi

More on the find of 'tools' related to the worship of Hathor:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/egypt-unearths-tools-used-ancient-rituals

An archaeological survey at Dalma Tepe (Iran) is under way after a sixty-year hiatus:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465575/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-Dalma-Tepe-after-six-decade-hiatus

European archaeologists are in Iraq helping with restoration/conservation efforts:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/611551/World/Asia/European-archaeologists-rehabilitate-antiquities-in-Iraq

Interesting 11 000 years bp sculptures of humans (maybe) from the site of Karahantepe in Turkey's Sanliurfa province (not sure how recent these finds are):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10050217/Stunning-carvings-human-figures-heads-uncovered-Karahantepe.html
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/human-depictions-3d-sculptures-of-karahantepe-site-to-shed-light-on-history/2376573
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkeys-stone-hills-to-shed-light-on-neolithic-settlements/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/human-depictions-show-talent-of-ancient-people-168210

An overview of finds in Turkey during September:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/september-2021-turkish-archaeology

Hasmonean-era artifacts, including a silver coin and a stone structure, from Samaria:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/09/20/the-land-is-speaking-samarian-dig-turns-up-hasmonean-era-artifacts/

Feature explaining erosion at Jericho without reference to the Bible:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/jericho-and-archaeology-disproof-of-the-bible

Feature on Eilat Mazar:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/let-the-stones-speak-for-themselves/

Feature on water sustainability in Jerusalem over the years:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/water-sustainability-throughout-jerusalems-history-680736

Feature on how Jews celebrated Sukkot 2000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/how-did-jews-celebrate-sukkot-2000-years-ago-archaeology-offers-answers-679833
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/09/celebrating-sukkot-2000-year-ago/

I think we mentioned this hoard of British liquor bottles dating back to WWI at Ramle:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-much-alcohol-did-british-soldiers-drink-while-stationed-in-israel-during-wwi-680779

OpEd on 'Biblical Archaeology':

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/24/2054176/-There-should-be-no-Biblical-Arachaeology

Latest identification of Mount Sinai (in Saudi Arabia):

https://nypost.com/2021/10/02/archaeologist-claims-mount-sinai-found-in-saudi-arabia/

Latest Noah's Ark-related claim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/has-the-location-of-noahs-ark-finally-been-proven-using-3d-scans-680890

More on purported cosmic impact at the purported site of Sodom:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928102235.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/cosmic-impact-could-be-inspiration-behind-biblical-story-of-sodom/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/was-biblical-sodom-destroyed-by-a-cosmic-blast/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/september/sodom-meteor-biblical-archaeology-tall-el-hammam-airburst.html
https://buzz.magatopia.com/2021/09/scientific-analysis-of-meteor-strike.html

More on the Second Temple era quarry site in Jerusalem:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-quarry-10108.html

Link correction from last week (apologies): on the suggestion that Qumran was a pilgrimage site:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/qumrans-true-purpose-discovered/

... and some more items on the same:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-damascus-document-dead-sea-scroll-mystery
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1000-year-old-document-may-reveal-why-dead-sea-scrolls-were-stashed-in-qumran/

cf: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/8/578

A hoard of 1000 years bp silver coins from Sharjah (UAE):

https://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302974915
https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/national/1000-year-old-islamic-coins-discovered-in-sharjah/ar-AAOX6vO?ocid=BingNewsSearch
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10028-211001-abbasid-silver-coins

Latest feature on the folks competing to loot antiquities in Yemen:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210929-yemens-parties-to-the-conflict-compete-to-loot-taiz-antiquities/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The gate to the temple of Zeus at Magnesia was revealed this week:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-magnesias-zeus-temple-gate-in-turkey
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gate-of-zeus-temple-discovered-in-western-turkey-168181
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/zeus-temples-entrance-gate-found-in-turkeys-aegean-province/2375608
https://www.trtworld.com/life/unearthed-zeus-temple-gate-in-turkey-s-ancient-city-of-magnesia-50280
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/27/gate-to-temple-of-zeus-unearthed-in-magnesia-turkey/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/zeus_temple_entrance_gate_unearthed_in_ancient_greek_city_of_magnesia-3342570/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/zeus-temple-gate-unearthed-in-turkey-680564
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-but-forgotten-greek-temple-rediscovered-in-turkey-180978776/

Remains of a wooden (coffered?) ceiling dating to the 3rd century CE from a fountain in front of a temple of Apollo in Chartres:

https://www.lechorepublicain.fr/chartres-28000/loisirs/ce-qu-ont-decouvert-les-archeologues-sur-les-vestiges-en-bois-exceptionnels-du-site-de-saint-martin-au-val-a-chartres_14018822/

1800 years bp rock tombs from Blaundus (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1800-year-old-rock-tombs-found-in-turkeys-ancient-city-blaundus/news

An interesting 1800 years bp Venus figurine from a dig Gloucester's Forum development site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-58736866
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/centuries-old-pocket-sized-pin-6001181
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10026-210930-england-venus-figurine

A Roman temple complex in Tyre:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-excavate-roman-temple-complex-in-tyre/141542
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-temple-discovered-in-ancient-phoenician-city-tyre-1234605517/

A section of Roman road from a former hospital site in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19613644.ancient-roman-ruins-discovered-ex-hospital-site/

... and there were calls for it to be turned into a tourist attraction:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19616360.calls-colchester-roman-road-turned-attraction/

... and fears that it will be destroyed to build houses:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-58752445

Time Team 'unlocked the secret' of the Roman villa at Broughton:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archeologists-have-unlocked-the-secret-of-why-the-roman-villa-was-built-in-a-quiet-valley-two-miles-from-banbury-time-teams-tim-taylor-sums-up-the-first-dig-of-the-legacy-project-3399087
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/roman-villa-dig-produces-countless-artefacts-scores-of-time-team-archeologists-descend-on-the-banbury-area-this-weekend-for-their-first-visit-to-the-site-near-broughton-castle-3396948

Roman baths had 'spa' treatments too, apparently:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/742/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/742/pub/742/page/42/article/223254

Research suggests the indigenous people of Sicily (the Elymians) were active traders:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-indigenous-population-ancient-sicily-traders.html
https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/213026?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/213026
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/the-indigenous-population-of-ancient-sicily-were-active-traders/

In case you missed the find of the 3500 years bp 'ancestor' of Mediterranean mosaics in Turkey:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancestor-mediterranean-mosaics-turkey.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/oldest-mosaic-turkey-hittites-2646226/
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/turkey-discovers-ancestor-of-mediterranean-mosaics-50256
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936096
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62338

Excavations are under way at Mokissos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-mokissos-168158

Interesting restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus going on:

https://www.efe.com/efe/english/destacada/bacteria-generated-calcite-to-save-millennia-old-roman-arch/50000261-4631204

Feature on conservation efforts at Volubilis:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/our-cultural-heritage-is-who-we-are-its-our-identity/

Concerns arising from the 'rehabilitation' of the ancient port at Assos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ongoing-rehabilitation-works-at-assos-ancient-port-cause-uproar-168294

Plans for volcanic research around Santorini:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1168508/digging-deep-to-unlock-the-past-and-future-in-santorini/

Vague item on a dig under way (?) at Uzuncaburc:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/uzuncaburc-finds-shed-light-on-history-168236

Feature on the Roman villa at Costigliole being an 'ancient B&B' (Italian):

https://www.targatocn.it/2021/09/28/leggi-notizia/argomenti/attualita/articolo/la-villa-romana-di-costigliole-fu-anche-un-bb-dellantichita.html

Feature on the archaeological remains of Phanagoria:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/russias-ancient-city-of-phanagoria-sheds-light-on-history-with-turkish-traces-3581419

More on Etruscan origins:

https://www.livescience.com/origins-of-etruscans-discovered
https://www.sciencealert.com/dna-has-finally-revealed-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-ancient-etruscans
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/etruscans-origin-10105.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-shows-early-etruscans-were-homegrown-180978772/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10021-210929-italy-etruscans-origins

More on finds from the Roman baths at Carlisle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-58699164
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiles-fit-for-the-emperor-found-at-remains-of-roman-building-beneath-english-cricket-club-180978763/

... and a bit of a 'wrap up' piece on same:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19616096.roman-dig-carlisle-cricket-club-draws-close/

More on 'box seats' at the amphitheatre at Bergama:

https://www.livescience.com/box-seats-at-roman-empire-arena
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10036759/Ancient-amphitheatres-Turkey-box-seating.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-divers-find-hoard-of-53-roman-gold-coins-in-spain-180978768/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10023-210929-spain-gold-coins

cf: DAI overview of the 2021 campaign at the amphitheatre at Pergamon:

https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/work-at-the-amphitheatre-of-pergamon-in-the-2021-campaign/

More on the hoard of Roman gold coins found by divers off the coast of Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/divers-find-roman-empire-coin-hoard-spain
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/enormously-valuable-roman-coins-discovered-168163

More on inscriptions etc. shedding light on ancient earthquakes in Tripolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/epigraphs-skeletal-remains-reveal-earthquakes-in-turkeys-tripolis/news

More on concerns for the site of Leptis Magna:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/after-decade-of-chaos-libyas-roman-jewel-city-lies-in-limbo/news
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936031
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3150241/jewel-ancient-roman-empire-has-lain-neglected-years-amid
http://www.albawaba.com/slideshow/remains-roman-empire-abandoned-libya-1448762

Reviews of Mary Beard, *Twelve Caesars*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/non-fiction/twelve-caesars-mary-beard-review-drains-even-ideal-reader-goodwill/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/twelve-caesars-mary-beard-review-roman-emperors-of-memory-11633098791

... and an OpEd by MB on statues, ancient and modern:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/28/statues-history-power-culture-wars-public-art

Interview with Anika Prather on Howard University and related matters:

https://thepointmag.com/dialogue/above-the-veil/

Interview with Debby Sneed on ramps at ancient temples:

https://www.upr.org/post/undisciplined-architecture-access

Feature on efforts to widen the appeal of Classics in the UK:

https://eminetra.com/professors-and-students-are-trying-to-expand-the-appeal-of-classics/768216/
https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/10/02/professors-and-students-seek-to-widen-the-appeal-of-classics

Feature on the 'post-Classics future:

https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/september-2021/the-classicists-in-the-history-department-do-we-face-a-post-classics-future

Feature on race issues in Classics:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/color-classics

In case you couldn't get around the paywall on that NYT piece on Dirk Obbink last week:

https://bdnews24.com/science/2021/09/27/he-taught-ancient-texts-at-oxford.-now-he-is-accused-of-stealing-some

UNESCO is upping the pressure for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1168875/unesco-ups-pressure-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/10/01/unesco-calls-on-uk-to-reconsider-returning-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/30/unesco-urges-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://hellenicnews.com/greek-minister-of-culture-high-time-for-parthenon-sculptures-to-come-home/

... related feature/oped on 'integrity':

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/03/the-parthenon-report-a-tale-of-two-integrities/

Feature on Massimo Osanna:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-09-28/massimo-osanna-el-arqueologo-que-salvo-pompeya.html

Feature on sex in ancient Rome:

http://www.historiamag.com/sex-in-ancient-rome/

Interesting feature on 3d technology (and others) at Vulci:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/vulci-3000-lidar-3d-renderings-and-future-archaeology

... and a 3d reconstruction of the Zejtun Roman Villa:

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/3d-digital-reconstruction-of-zejtun-roman-villa-launched/

Review of David Cardona, *Roman Architecture in Malta*:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/reconstructing-the-past.904894

Feature on Roman London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/life-before-london-britains-original-21709736

Feature on a Late Bronze Age 'woman warrior' burial found a century ago in Georgia:

https://www.rferl.org/a/georgia-ancient-history-woman-warrior/31488064.html

Feature on ancient refrigeration:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/do-you-want-build-icehouse

Feature on Venus Cloacina:

https://daily.jstor.org/venus-of-the-sewers/

Feature on Pheidippides:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/pheidippides-marathon-runner-battle-athens-persia-sparta/

Feature on Sparta:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sparta-much-more-army-warriors-180978583/

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/pantheon-rome/

Feature on the legacy of Socrates:

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/thinkers/socrates-teacher-paragon-or-chatterbox

Feature on the anniversary of the Battle of Salamis:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/on-this-day-480bc-greeks-defeat-persians-battle-salamis/

Feature on the (mis)use of Molon Labe:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/molon-labe-is-the-gun-loving-rights-favorite-greek-taunt

Feature on Messalina:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/empress-messalina/

Feature on the various fashion companies helping restore assorted monuments in Italy:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/italys-monuments-getting-makeover-062554448.html

Feature on ancient prosthetics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/26/ancients-invented-prosthetics/

Feature on ostracism:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/ancient-athens-art-exiling-enemies/

Feature on that theory that the Parthenon is misnamed:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/03/the-parthenon-has-had-the-wrong-name-for-centuries-new-theory-claims/

Feature on some 'obscure' Greek myth details:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/10-things-you-missed-about-greek-mythology/

Feature on ancient Amazons:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/amazons-could-have-existed-in-ancient-greece/

Folks might be interested in a retelling of Star Wars as an ancient epic:

https://www.starwars.com/news/the-odyssey-of-star-wars-excerpt-interview

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-93021

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a 5000 years bp fortified site from Granada:

https://www.elespanol.com/cultura/historia/20210928/hallan-granada-poblado-fortificado-hace-anos-conservacion/615439184_0.html

A Bronze Age sword from a Finnish garden:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/bronze_age_sword_found_in_western_finland_garden/12125175

A 3000 years bp 'golden sun bowl' from a site in Austria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/discovery-of-a-lifetime-golden-sun-bowl-discovered-in-prehistoric-settlement/141559

Finds from various periods at Peperikon:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/211572/Bulgarian+Archaeologists+Unearth+Unique+City+of+Dead+at+Perpericon

A 700 years bp gold ring found in Cheshire by a metal detectorist:

https://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/19616774.treasure-hunter-finds-700-year-old-gold-medieval-ring-cheshire/

A 650 years bp warrior's remains found back in 1991 were reexamined and found to show the man had had his fractured jaw wired roughly a decade before his death:

https://www.livescience.com/byzantine-warrior-fractured-jaw
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10049647/Skull-14th-century-Byzantine-warrior-fractured-jaw-threaded-gold-uncovered-Greece.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/02/byzantine-warrior-gold-threaded-jaw-greece/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10027-211001-greece-byzantine-medicine

A pair of kilns of widely varying dates from Cesena (Italian):

https://www.corriereromagna.it/cesena-scavi-archeologici-trovati-antichi-forni/

A project to digitize a collection of photos of the Sutton Hoo dig is now complete and available online:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/29/prickles-down-the-neck-project-reveals-unsung-female-heroes-of-sutton-hoo-dig
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58727183
https://www.eadt.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/barbara-wagstaff-and-mercie-lack-sutton-hoo-photos-8369188
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/650788/sutton-hoo-treasure-images-online
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-newly-digitized-photos-from-the-sutton-hoo-excavation-180978783/

Weather apparently threatens a window that Charles I couldn't break through:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/737/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/737/pub/737/page/35/article/223730

The largest remaining ornamental canal at Castle Ward has been restored:

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/largest-remaining-ornamental-canal-is-restored-at-castle-ward-3401871

This seems to be hyping the potential of a dig for a 'lost' Hampshire medieval village:

https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/history/lost-hampshire-medieval-village-abbotstone-5953059

More on folks enduring cold climate at Bulgaria's Bacho Kiro Cave some 45 000 or so years bp:

https://www.mpg.de/17542108/0916-evan-early-homo-sapiens-groups-in-europe-faced-subarctic-climates-150495-x
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10020-210928-bulgaria-modern-humans

More on that prehistoric chocolate flint mine from near Krakow:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/prehistoric-chocolate-flint-mine-found-in-krakow/

More on the remains of a V2 from Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/nazi-terror-weapon-unearthed-in-cornfield-254494/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10017-210927-england-german-rocket

Robert Falcon Scott's ship is in need of repairs due to weather damage:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/740/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/740/pub/740/page/30/article/224388

Funding for a dig in rural Northumberland:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/archaeological-dig-in-rural-northumberland-given-the-go-ahead-thanks-to-grant-3403581

Pondering Neolithic stone spheres found all over the UK:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mysterious-neolithic-stone-balls

Feature on quarantine-stations in Venice:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-lazzaretto-nuovo-graffiti
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 32 000 years bp human skull from a Henan Cave:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-09-27/detail-iharmkpe0571488.shtml

Remains of 5000 years bp silk and alcohol from the Yangshao Village site in Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-10/01/content_77786526.htm

Some 2000 years bp scale weights from Kyushu:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14437190
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10018-210928-japan-yayoi-weights

A four-faced head of Deva from Angkor Thom shows connections with India, apparently:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=877943

16 000 -25 000 years bp human remans from a cave on the Wallacea islands:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-jawbone-indonesian-cave-oldest-human.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10042203/Human-jawbone-dating-25-000-years-discovered-cave-Indonesian-island-Sulawesi.html
https://gizmodo.com/ice-age-human-jawbone-found-on-indonesian-island-known-1847768191
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/decoding-the-secrets-of-a-forgotten-human-history-during-the-pleistocene/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10029-211001-indonesia-sulawesi-pleistocene

... not sure if this is the same story:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/caveman-in-indonesia-may-have-ruined-his-teeth-making-rope-1.10250794

Study suggests early Pacific islanders may have been the first conservationists:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-early-pacific-islanders-conservationists.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2022209118

Feature on the Kiribati Armour:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-kiribati-armour/141535

A petroglyph site near Idupulapaya:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rock-art-site-found-near-idupulapaya/article36767047.ece

A pair of 'female figurines' (reliefs?) dating to the 5th century CE from Kodumudi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/two-female-figurines-unearthed-at-anjur-village-in-kodumudi/article36687120.ece

Similar-looking (to the above) figures from Nagarkurnool dating to 1000 years bp:

https://telanganatoday.com/treasure-of-sculptures-found-in-nagarkurnool-village
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/031021/archeologists-find-1000-year-old-sculptures-in-nagarkurnool-village.html

A long-missed Mauryan-era brick platform is raising hopes of finding a 'lost' Ashoka pillar site in Meerut:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2000-yr-old-meerut-find-may-lead-to-lost-ashoka-pillar-site/articleshow/86572563.cms
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/2000-year-old-meerut-find-may-lead-to-lost-ashoka-pillar-site-report-1035048.html

Digs at ten sites in Tamil Nadu have come to an end:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/archaeological-excavations-in-tn-come-to-a-close-1035929.html

Feature on India's maharajahs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-58638962

Feature on the port of Muziris:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/scrolls-leaves-the-lost-port-of-muziris-1036228.html

Evidence of humans hunting mammoths above the Arctic Circle in Siberia some 26 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/northernmost-stone-age-hunters-found

Neolithic finds from Nyasha Island:

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/tomsk-state-university-tsu-archaeologists-found-rare-neolithic-artifacts-on-nyasha-island/

A 4000 years bp bull geoglyph from southern Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/bull-geoglyph-twice-as-old-as-nazca-lines-chile-and-predating-uffington-horse-uk-discovered-in-siberia/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/bull-geoglyph-discovered-in-southern-siberia/141527
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10025-210930-siberia-bull-geoglyph

Feature on the Pegtymele petroglyphs and a recent find of a reindeer one:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/reindeer-petroglyph-discovered-during-mapping-expedition-of-ancient-rock-art/141550
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A 19th century Maori site from a Marlborough bay:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300419256/exciting-archaeological-finds-proof-of-known-occupation-in-marlborough-bay
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/proof-of-small-maori-settlement-found-in-marlboroughs-waikawa-bay/OSUNMYL2YGOVU7FZZTHG6YFPR4/
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/452725/maori-relics-discovered-during-works-at-waikawa-bay
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NORTH AMERICA
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Indigenous finds from a North York site dating to 1300 CE (maybe):

https://www.toronto.com/opinion-story/10488360-indigenous-artifacts-from-as-early-as-1300-a-d-found-in-north-york/

Drought in North Dakota has revealed a 130 years bp shipwreck:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-dakota-drought-exposes-130-year-old-shipwreck-abner-oneal/

Hundreds of previously unidentified African-American burials from a cemetery in Lewes:

https://jamn1075.iheart.com/content/2021-09-27-archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-black-graves-near-church/

More on those 23 000 years bp footprints from New Mexico:

https://mymodernmet.com/oldest-human-fossil-footprints-white-sands/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/human-migration-north-america-26000-years-ago/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/ancient-footprints-in-north-america/
https://kvoa.com/news/2021/09/29/uarizona-professor-assists-in-the-discovery-of-the-oldest-archeological-site-in-america/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/27/earliest-evidence-of-human-activity-in-the-americas-found/

Concerns arising from development of a site near a Battle of Baltimore field hospital:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-dundalk-graves-storage-units-20210927-bnteid4wcfatrgljoercpeqqfa-story.html

Ongoing concerns arising from gas line construction in northern BC:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-two-arrested-as-academics-share-concerns-over-indigenous-artifacts-at/

The Wupatki National Monument will be conserved:

https://hyperallergic.com/680172/wupatki-national-monument-will-be-conserved/

Trying to reverse the previous administration's cuts to Bears Ears National Monument:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/28/bears-ears-monument-tribes-biden/

Honouring Vermont's first black sheriff:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/new-historical-marker-in-vergennes-honors-stephen-bates-vermonts-first-black-sheriff/Content?oid=33922383

A 'suspicious' fire at the Susan B. Anthony House:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/26/us/susan-b-anthony-house-fire-rochester-new-york/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/09/27/fire-womens-rights-susan-b-anthony/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/27/susan-b-anthony-museum-house-rochester-ny-suspicious-fire/5880972001/
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/27/1040890555/susan-b-anthony-museum-house-fire-investigation-rochester-new-york

1000 years bp coffeetrees at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in Kentucky:

https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/community/history/7216610-Ancient-coffeetrees-discovered-at-Prehistoric-Indian-Village-site

Interview with Clint Smith about some myths connected to US slavery:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/02/us/slavery-myths-clint-smith-blake-cec/index.html

Review of Allen Guelzo, *Robert E Lee*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/books/review/robert-e-lee-allen-c-guelzo.html

Feature on cave art in North America:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-americans-made-art-deep-within-the-dark-zones-of-caves-throughout-the-southeast-158497
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-americans-art-deep-dark.html

Feature on the Chicago fire of 1871:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/02/1042595858/opinion-150-years-after-the-great-chicago-fire-were-more-vulnerable

Feature on the She-She-She camps of the Great Depression:

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/she-she-she-camps-of-the-great-depression/

Feature on the Bear River Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/26/bear-river-massacre-native-americans-shoshone/

Feature on how Albany only recently became the New York capital:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/albany-archives/2021/10/01/albany-archives-state-capital

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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LiDAR has revealed a 'hidden neighbourhood' near Tikal:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-guatemala-archaeologists-uncover-hidden-neighborhood.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928075015.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929725
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10033525/Natural-hills-Guatemalas-ancient-Maya-city-ruined-buildings.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/archeologists-uncover-hidden-neighbourhood-in-ancient-maya-city-1.5598047
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/maya-neighbourhood-designed-to-look-like-teotihuacan-discovered-at-tikal/141514
https://gizmodo.com/lost-foreign-neighborhood-discovered-at-ancient-maya-1847759409
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/teotihuacan-style-citadel-tikal-10118.html

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/teotihuacan-complex-at-the-classic-maya-city-of-tikal-guatemala/1ABD72745DB20D55493B1A47CF267E77

More on what LiDAR has revealed about Teotihuacan:

https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-see-ancient-teotihuacan-with-aerial-mapp-1847716948
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10015-210927-teotihuacan-lidar-landscape

More on architectural 'individuality' among Maya rulers:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210921134339.htm

Feature on that 'tower of skulls' found in Mexico City over the past few years:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09x1374/the-huge-tower-of-human-skulls-unearthed-in-mexico-city

Feature on beasties and gods in Mayan cosmology:

https://aeon.co/essays/belonging-among-the-beasts-and-the-gods-in-mayan-cosmology

Celebrating 200 years of Mexican independence:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210928-mexico-celebrates-200-years-of-independence
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-09-26/los-otros-relatos-detras-de-los-200-anos-de-independencia-de-mexico.html

October's Ancient Americas Zoom events:

http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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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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A project to recreate an Ottoman galley:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkish-volunteers-seek-to-build-first-ottoman-galley-in-centuries/news

Claims that a 14th century monk wrote about the Americas:

https://mymodernmet.com/manuscript-america-markland/

Feature on some UK metal detectorists:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/01/id-like-to-find-a-roman-fibula-brooch-watching-the-detectorists-a-photo-essay

Feature on how to make alcohol like they used to some 4000 years bp:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aqewv/how-to-make-booze-like-its-4000-bc

Feature on an eagle's head made from Lincoln's hair:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62327

On the history of kite flying:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/t-magazine/kites-art-history.html

A medieval cookie recipe:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/medieval-cookie-recipe

Feature on Charles Sanders Peirce and his polymathic interests:

https://aeon.co/essays/charles-sanders-peirce-was-americas-greatest-thinker

Interesting feature on Marie Aymard and the history of slavery in a French town:

https://aeon.co/essays/family-history-and-the-problem-of-slavery-in-everyday-life

Feature on five 'apocalypses' humanity managed to survive:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/five-apocalypses-humanity-has-survived

Feature on Dante's version of Hell:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dantes-enduring-vision-of-hell-11633028575

AI suggests a Rubens in the National Gallery is a fake:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ai-national-gallery-rubens-not-authentic-2013830#.YVKzmdyrPvU.twitter

On a 'hidden skull' in Holbein's Ambassadors:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/optical-illusion-hans-holbein-skull-ambassadors/

Suggestion that Leonardo's assistant who did the Prado Mona Lisa also did he Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/09/28/leonardos-unidentified-assistantwho-painted-the-prados-mona-lisaalso-copied-saint-anne-and-the-salvator-mundi-new-research-suggests

Restoration of Michelangelo's Bandini Pieta is complete:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62345

Review of Colin Thubron, *The Amur River*:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mysterious-neolithic-stone-balls

Pushing back the dates for the beginning of the Anthropocene:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-deep-roots-anthropocene-tropical-forests.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2109243118

Feature on how Europeans' arrival in the Americas is taught in Spain:

https://elpais.com/educacion/2021-09-27/descubrimiento-conquista-y-colonizacion-con-luces-y-sombras-asi-se-ensena-en-espana-la-llegada-de-los-europeos-a-america.html

This year's MacArthur Geniuses:

https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-2021.html

More on the Vinland map being a 20th century fake:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/yale-vinland-map-fake.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1042029881/the-vinland-map-thought-to-be-the-oldest-map-of-america-is-officially-a-fake
https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/09/30/the-vinland-map-thought-be-the-oldest-map-of-america-officially-fake
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/09/famous-viking-map-of-north-america-is-totally-fake/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-map-of-north-america-identified-as-20th-century-forgery-180978751/

More on medieval gunpowder recipes:

https://www.wired.com/story/west-point-chemists-recreate-medieval-gunpowder-recipes
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/scientists-test-medieval-gunpowder-recipes-with-15th-century-cannon-replica/

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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An archaeology society in Sheffield is looking for a new home:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/outdoors/why-sheffield-archaeology-society-is-searching-for-a-new-home-after-109-years-3399391

Albuquerque will be looking for remains of missing Indigenous children:

https://news.yahoo.com/first-step-understand-albuquerque-mayor-002607343.html

OpEd on the search for African American burial grounds:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/04/when-black-history-is-unearthed-who-gets-to-speak-for-the-dead

San Jose has apologized for historic racism against Chinese immigrants:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58729097

Another example of fallout from academic freedom concerns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/yale-grand-strategy-resignation.html

On why universities need to teach 'civics':

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/universities-cant-dodge-civics/620261/

Ongoing concerns for antiquities in Afghanistan:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1648529/culture-the-war-on-afghan-antiquities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/02/afghanistan-art-iraq-germany-cambodia-khmer-rouge/

A timely study of the subjects of monuments in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/arts/design/National-Monument-Audit.html

Portugal has granted citizenship to descendents of Jews expelled during the Inquisition:

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2021/09/portugal-concede-cidadania-a-descendentes-de-judeus-expulsos-na-inquisicao.shtml
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Not sure if this counts as 'domestication', but 18 000 years bp people in New Guinea were raising Cassowaries (!):

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-late-pleistocene-humans-hatched-cassowary.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210927150526.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929543
https://altoona.psu.edu/story/40641/2021/09/27/late-pleistocene-humans-may-have-hatched-and-raised-cassowary-chicks
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cassowary-rearing
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/27/world/early-humans-raised-cassowary-chicks-scn/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/science/most-dangerous-bird-cassowary.html
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.6196350/humans-raised-deadly-cassowary-birds-18-000-years-ago-researcher-suggests-1.6196354
https://www.sciencealert.com/dangerous-cassowaries-may-have-been-the-first-birds-raised-by-humans
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassowaries-were-raised-by-humans-18000-years-ago-180978784/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10022-210929-new-guinea-eggshells

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2100117118

More on the long distance trade of dogs in medieval Siberia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/27/ancient-humans-traded-dogs-for-their-usefulness/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Kallos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/09/28/life/arts/ancient-greek-kallos-ideal-takes-centre-stage-in-major-athens-museum-exhibition/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/45396-kallos-the-ultimate-beauty-opens-at-the-museum-of-cycladic-art-in-athens.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1168677/ancient-greek-notion-of-kallos-explored-in-show-at-cycladic-museum/

Lost Jewish Collections:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/design/afterlives-looted-art-jewish-museum.html

Chinese Porcelain:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3150544/how-chinese-porcelain-went-global-hong-kong-exhibition-full

Chinese 'reverse glass' paintings:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/3150669/chinese-reverse-glass-paintings-hong-kong

Gold of the Great Steppe:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/gold-great-steppe-review-dazzling-display-riches-plains-ancient/

Morozov Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/design/morozov-collection-louis-vuitton-foundation.html

Quilts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-history-quilts-180978586/

Yale Women:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/on-the-basis-of-art-yale-university-art-gallery-long?e=2c38baa027

Pompeii:

https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/how-mummies-from-pompeii-made-their-way-to-pittsburgh/

Epidemics:

https://www.dw.com/en/from-the-plague-to-covid-how-epidemics-shaped-history/a-59360351

cf: https://www.seuchen-ausstellung.de/

Hokusai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/sep/28/hokusai-the-great-picture-book-of-everything-review
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/hokusai-at-british-museum
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210929_05/

Repatriated Mexican objects:

https://www.seattlepi.com/entertainment/article/Mexico-displays-pre-Hispanic-artifacts-recovered-16503355.php

Egypt is sending assorted items to Dubai:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/426147.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/what-visitors-can-expect-to-see-inside-egypts-pavilion-at-expo-2020-dubai/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/egypt-sends-display-artifacts-dubais-expo-2020

Feature on decolonizing efforts at the Fleming Museum of Art:

https://www.vpr.org/vpr-news/2021-10-01/fleming-reimagined-a-university-museums-journey-to-decolonize-its-collection

Feature on the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brand-new-museum-oklahoma-city-honors-indigenous-people-at-every-turn-180978742/

Feature on the Sanxingdui Museum in Sichuan:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_OKDBBD22.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a broken Qing vase:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2021/october/2511/news/broken-qing-vase-still-takes-2m-hammer-at-us-auction/

Those 17th century gold coins found in the walls of a French mansion we mentioned a while ago fetched a nice price:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/29/rare-gold-coins-dug-out-of-walls-of-french-mansion-sold-for-12m
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62364

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the DNA study of the 'Segorbe Giant':

https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2021/september/martin-richards-ancient-dna-analysis-segorbe-giant/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10019-210928-spain-al-andalus

More on what DNA is revealing about Polynesian migrations:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-genetics-how-polynesia-settled-migration-islands-pacific-ocean
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10014-210927-polynesia-dna-migration
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Xrays reveal Marie Antoinette's secret correspondence:

https://www.livescience.com/marie-antoinette-redacted-letters-revealed
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/science/marie-antoinette-letters.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/x-ray-technology-reveals-marie-antoinettes-censored-secret-correspondence-180978796/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abg4266

Infrared scans have revealed all sorts of things about Munch's 'Madonna':

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/03/strike-a-pose-infrared-scans-reveal-the-method-in-munchs-madonna

On AI being able to spot art forgeries:

https://spectrum.ieee.org/this-ai-can-spot-an-art-forgery
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What the collapse of various ancient cities reveals about climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-climate-collapsed-ancient-cities.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928102247.htm

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2022211118

Connecting climate cycles to the rise and fall of a Tibetan dynasty:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3149990/study-sediment-finds-climate-cycles-may-have-caused-rise-and

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iovia Archaeological Park:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/56390-iovia-ludbreg

Archaeological sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/30/all-the-must-see-archaeological-sites-in-greece/

Cyclades:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/02/sunset-lovers-guide-to-the-cyclades/

Copenhagen:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/copenhagen-fairy-tale-capital-world/index.html

Celtic culture in Newfoundland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/travel/irish-loop-newfoundland.html
https://pressnewsagency.org/following-the-shamrocks-on-a-canadian-road-trip/

Mount Ziria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/29/greeces-beautiful-mount-ziria-home-of-the-god-hermes/

Puebloan sites in the Four Corners region:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/30/lifestyle/exploring-sacred-recesses-indigenous-southwest/

Feature on the changing nature of plantation tourism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/10/01/charleston-plantation-tourism-magnolia-middleton-mcleod/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Pondering whether Chopin suffered from epilepsy:

https://www.classical-music.com/composers/was-chopin-epileptic/

Using AI to finish Beethoven's 10th:

https://www.wamc.org/2021-10-02/team-uses-ai-to-complete-beethovens-unfinished-masterpiece
https://bigthink.com/high-culture/beethovens-unfinished-10th-symphony/

Bringing Beethoven to life (kinda sorta):

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3150668/beethoven-played-period-costume-songs-and-narrator-bonn-man

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Bettany Hughes on Istanbul:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/istanbuls-hidden-roman-cisterns-taught-human-survival/

Assorted items on the 'rebirth' of Time Team:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/28/time-team-television-show-revived-fans-new-host/
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/time-team-could-unearth-future-public-engagement

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CRIME BEAT
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Five Bedouin caught in an antiquities theft in southern Israel:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/bedouin/police-catch-5-bedouin-during-antiquities-theft-in-southern-israel/2021/10/03/

Another big bust in Turkey:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271353390/turkish-police-seize-5829-historical-artifacts-detain-11-suspects

Eight arrests connected to illegal excavations in North Macedonia:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/macedonia-holds-antiquities-smuggling-illegal-digs-80330756
https://www.coastreporter.net/the-mix/n-macedonia-holds-8-for-antiquities-smuggling-illegal-digs-4473671
https://www.ledger-enquirer.com/entertainment/article254648717.html

Bust of a guy running a 'fake antique' business in Kochi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/crime-branch-busts-fake-antique-racket-in-kochi/article36682988.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/fraudsters-arrest-puts-top-leaders-officers-in-a-spot/article36703360.ece
https://www.indiatimes.com/explainers/news/explained-how-a-kerala-conman-ran-a-multi-crore-fraud-with-his-fake-antiquities-collection-550516.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/fake-antique-dealer-case-exposes-the-denigration-of-the-value-of-heritage-kerala-history-congress/article36789341.ece

Mexico has put together a 'special team' to recover stolen artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/01/mexican-crime-unit-hunt-illegally-trafficked-artworks
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/amlo-orders-creation-of-special-team-to-recover-stolen-archaeological-pieces/

The US Treasury Department is focusing on the art trade to combat money laundering, apparently:

https://news.yahoo.com/treasury-department-focusing-art-trade-164914168.html

On the difference between art criminals and 'regular' criminals:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/two-enemies-one-mindset

More on the antiquities-possession arrest in Kalymnos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/30/arrest-on-kalymnos-for-possession-of-antiquities/

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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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Colonial-era papers stolen from Mexico's National Archive were returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-documents-colonial-cortes-stolen-recovered-180978767/

Tibet received a dozen items from 'overseas':

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/26/c_1310211115.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-09/27/content_77776738.htm

The Met is returning a sculpture to Nepal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/arts/design/met-museum-nepal-sculpture.html
https://observer.com/2021/10/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-is-sending-a-sculpture-of-lord-shiva-back-to-nepal/

Belgium returned a pair of objects to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/belgium-sends-two-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-back-to-egypt/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/10/03/egypt-recovers-two-antiquities-from-belgium/

The UK returned 'at least five' artifacts to Cambodia:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50944605/at-least-five-cambodian-artefacts-from-england-returned-to-cambodia/
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271361320/5-lost-cambodian-artifacts-returned-to-cambodia-from-britain
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/first-five-latchford-antiquities-returned-kingdom

So some NIgerian artist(s) proposed a trade of art for the Benin Bronzes with the British Museum:

https://hypebeast.com/2021/9/nigerian-artists-ahiamwen-guild-proposes-artwork-exhchange-british-museum-benin-bronzes

... and apparently the BM took the art but didn't do any returning:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-keeps-looted-bronzes-2021-09-30/
https://www.news24.com/arts/Culture/nigerian-artist-says-british-museum-accepts-his-gift-keeps-looted-bronzes-20211001
https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/01/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artist-s-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes
https://www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/news/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes-100640507/
https://whbl.com/2021/09/30/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes/

A court decision is coming on a Nazi-looted Pissarro:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/nazi-looted-pissarro-owners-united-states-supreme-court-1234605489/

More on the US returning 157 items to india:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-modi-to-bring-home-157-artefacts-handed-over-by-us/articleshow/86521833.cms
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-thanks-new-york-authorities-for-returning-over-150-antiquities-2554965
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-thanks-new-york-returning-over-150-antiquities-7536908/
https://www.wionews.com/india-news/behind-the-scenes-story-of-how-india-recovered-157-idols-artefacts-from-the-us-416688

... related OpEd:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/easy-pickings-antiquities-and-art-treasures/cid/1832930

General features on repatriation:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/restitution-what-s-really-going-on
https://www.news18.com/news/explainers/explained-how-antiques-are-returned-to-their-country-of-origin-and-why-it-still-remains-a-long-way-home-4253156.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a Cypriot coin brought home by a Turkish soldier in the 16th century:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-turkish-soldier-brought-this-cypriot-coin-home-as-a-trophy-in-16th-century-1.10153637

Feature on the 'last ancient coin':

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/last-ancient-coin/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n39.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n40.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ashley Simone:

http://classics.columbia.edu/news/2021/9/28/in-memoriam-ashley-simone
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-ashley-simone

George Varoufakis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/george-varoufakis-has-passed-away/

Fred Woudhuizen:

https://luwianstudies.org/fred-woudhuizen-1959-2021/

Rudolph Schork:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/r-schork-obituary?pid=200277793

John Helms:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/r-schork-obituary?pid=200277793

Pearl Tytell:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/nyregion/pearl-tytell-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/3105-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-19-through-september-25-2021bronze-age-coffin-s-new-secrets-tibetan-handprints-footprints-earliest-art-pleistocene-tools-reveal-clothing-tech-cataloguing-at-risk-u-s-afro-american-graves-bronze-age-coffin-unearthed-on-uk-golf-course-yields-new-secrets-during-conservation-article-1-article-2-handprints-and-footprints-preserved-in-tibetan-mud-may-be-oldest-kno
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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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