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Jul 10, 2022, 11:50:31 AM7/10/22
explorator 25.12 July 10, 2022
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

A jawbone found in Spain may be evidence of the oldest known fossil of a human ancestor in Europe (to date):

More on the redating of australophithecines from Sterkfontein Caves:

Not sure where to put this bit of experimental archaeology recreating (easily, apparently) stone tools:
Feature on the Norman kings of Africa:
Feature on the distinctive style of ancient Egyptian art:

Feature on some Egyptian funeral boats on display:

Antiquities thieves are being blamed for the necessity to tear down the 19th century Tawfiq Pasha Andraos Palace n Cairo:

A project to restore the Monastery and Church of the Virgin Mary (4th century CE and beyond) is complete:

The Tanis collection will be replacing the Tut artifacts taken from the museum in Tahrir:

Excavating a 'forgotten' Sassanid-era fortress in southwest Iran:

Agricultural work has severely damaged a site associated with the Chamshir Dam in southwest Iran:

More on that Sassanid fire temple find from northeastern Iran:

The 'oldest' Iranian tombstone written with Kufic calligraphy has gone on display:

Feature on Amal al Kaseem's work documenting damaged sites in Syria:

I think we mentioned the Christian artifacts found during restoration of an ISIL-damaged church in Mosul:

8200 years bp bone needles from the Yesilova and Yassitepe mound sites in Turkiye:

A 3800 years bp cylinder seal from Turkey's Tepebag Mound excavations:

An 8000 years bp Yarmukian 'mother goddess' from Sha'ar HaGolan:

Pondering the identification of 'mother goddesses' in various Near Eastern contexts:

On the origins of Yahweh worship:

Latest finds from the Huqoq Excavation Project is a mosaic which may depict Deborah and Jael:

A possible 'decipherment' of a 3500 years bp Canaanite 'curse tablet' from Jerusalem (not the Mt Ebal one, but the same translator):


Some 3500 years bp pots found at Tel Esur have been reassembled:

The Tel Gezer site had to contend with a fire this week:

... started accidentally by a farmer:

More on that 1200 years bp mosque find:

Another report of Israeli soldiers 'invading' Sebastia:

4000 years bp artifacts from the UAE are suggesting much trade with Mesopotamian cultures:
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

A pre-Neolithic site from Cyprus with assorted finds:

A cluster of 35 late Bronze Age burials from Torre Guaceto (all coverage Italian):

13 burials dating to the 5th century BCE from near Amorosi (Italian):

Latest from the excavations of the fortified site of Bushat (Albania) still hasn't figured out why the site was abandoned:

A 2000 years bp Roman necropolis from the northern Gaza Strip:

Remains of a Roman road and wall (and an 18th century crypt and maybe more) from a dig on the Univeristy of Gloucestershire's new campus development:

Digging a a Roman-period dwelling site at Porth y Rhaw (Wales) is continuing (perhaps because of the threat of coast erosion?):

Construction in Hatay has revealed a Roman villa site with a nice geometric mosaic floor:

I think we mentioned (last year) these underwater finds (a Roman shipwreck) from Paleokastro:

More on that residue analysis study and what it reveals about Roman winemaking:

More on the find of the missing head of a Hercules sculpture from the Antikythera shipwreck:

More on the DNA analysis of a couple of the victims of Vesuvius:

More on the V&A reuniting a head of Eros with the sarcophagus in Turkiye it was taken from:

Latest search from Peperikon (haven't heard about it in a while) is regarding a temple of Dionysus:

A 7th century Picene warrior helmet from a chariot burial in Cornaldo has been restored:

Some 4th century purple and gold fabric from the paleochristian necropolis at Autun has been restored:

Plans for excavations at a house in Pompeii revealed in the 1950s and associated with magical rites (Italian):

Plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Riace Bronzes:

Those Roman busts found during HS2 construction at Stoke Mandeville are on display:

Plans for a probable Roman site dig in Stallingborough prior to construction of a transport fuels facility:

Big bucks allocated to try to get Durres amphitheatre UNESCO Heritage status:

Something about Christina Rosenvinge and Sappho:

An ancient olive grove year Delphi was damaged by fire this week:

The Amathus underwater park was officially inaugurated:

Feature on a 2nd century amulet created to avert plague found in London:

Feature on Roman London:

Feature on the Snake Monument in Petra:

Feature on some 20-sided Roman dice:

Feature on some advice from Aristotle:

Feature on Christian churches being built on the site of Greek temples:

Feature on a recreation of the statue of Zeus at Olympia:

Feature on Hadrian's Wall:

Feature on Smyrna:

... and Syedra:

... and Argos:

Feature on Midas:

Feature on the 'sleeping giant' of Naxos:

Hyping the technology which could produce replicas of the Parthenon Sculptures:

Feature on Louis-Francois-Sebastien Fauvel:

More on Boris Johnson advocating for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures back in 1986:
Roman Archaeology Blog:

A study of burials from Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov (excavated in the 1930s) suggests that human bones were used to make pendants as long ago as 8200 years bp:

Study suggests Camelina crops may have been more important than previous thought in Armenia 8000-6000 years bp:

A cist burial of undetermined date from Gwynned:

The conscience of some grave robbers have helped shed light on 2300 years bp Celtic cultures in Poland and Ukraine:

An Iron Age site (with remains of roundhouses and animal sacrifices) dating to about 100 years before the arrival of the Romans in Dorset:

Possible roundhouse and other Iron Age remains from the future site of a Northumberland Line station:

A 1600 years bp Anglo-Saxon cemetery featuring a speared man and an elite woman:

A study of remains from a 12th century Cistercian monastery in Norway:

Bones and pottery from a 14th century friary dig at Inverkeithing:

More on 7000 years bp grave goods from the Netherlands causing a rethink of gender roles:

More on the work being done at Arthur's Stone (which is a 5000 years bp Neolithic tomb linked to Arthur at some point):!preferred/0/package/1024/pub/1024/page/75/article/NaN

More on the Bronze Age axe from Slovakia:

More on that Bronze Age spearhead from near Cirencester:

More on medieval prayer beads made from salmon vertebrae found at Lindisfarne:

More on the possible burial site of Harald 'Bluetooth' Gormsson:,Grave-of-famous-Viking-king-found-in-Poland-report

More on the wreck of the Gloucester:

More on the dig at the Glenlivet distillery site:

More on the stone circle found within Castilly Henge:

A drone survey suggests there are plenty of new sites to be dug up in the Yorkshire Dales:

Calls for preservation of Xs and Os in Santiago de Compostela:

The restored Elizabethan kitchen at Athelhampton is open to the public:

Plans for a survey of Selby Park (York) prior to a station upgrade:

Paywalled item on the remains of a Visigoth aristocrat:

A Bronze Age hoard from Wales has been declared treasure:

On restoring ancient irrigation systems in Spain:

OpEddish on the importance of medieval history:

Feature on Viking sunstones:

Feature on the Uist Unearthed project:

Archaeology in Europe News:

Viking Archaeology Blog:

1100+ late Shang/early Western Han burials from Sichuan:

14 Eastern Han/Tang Dynasty burials from Hunan:

I think we mentioned thise three Yangshao Culture tile shards from Xi'an:

Burials of Xianbei nobles (1st century CE?) from Mongolia:

... and the ruins of Hulagu Khan's summer palace (13th century CE):

More on the reuniting of pieces of a bronze statue from the Sanxindui dig:

Feature on the Sanxingdui dig (bad headline):

... and a feature on 'behind the scenes' stuff there too:

Feature on the Epic of Manas:

Evidence of an ancient Khmer inscription on a doorway in the Ta Men temple:

Concerns for a 'neglected' medieval Mahishasuramardhini sculpture in Prakasam:

Feature on the Sannati Buddhist site:

Again the ASI is clarifying that there weren't any 'locked chambers containing idols' at the Taj Mahal:

Neolithic (?) finds from a cave site in Kazakhstan:

Feature on a dig in Azerbaijan associated with the 'Lalapa phenomenon' for the 4th millennium BCE:

Ongoing concerns for Afghanistan's cultural heritage under the Taliban:

A study of the teeth of 13 early South Australian colonists is shedding light on their origins:

Concerns for Aboriginal sites at a proposed golf course on Kangaroo Island:

A campaign to preserve some 40 000 years bp petroglyphs in Western Australia:
Coverage of a dig at the 19th century Concord Quarters site (an enslaved peoples' quarters) in Natchez:

An update on the Abbie Gardner Cabin Historic site dig (Iowa):

Searching for evidence of schools for Indigenous children at the Fort Vancouver site:

Interesting 33 star Civil War era US flag on display in Rhode Island:

Fire has destroyed a 17th century hotel on Nantucket:


Feature on the Newark Earthworks:

Feature on connections between Angel Mounds and Ohio's Hopewell culture:

Feature on some historic postcards from the Adirondacks:

Feature on the ongoing dig at Mammoth Cave:

Not sure about this one: remains of an "ancient, archaeological Native American child" apparently tossed from a vehicle in Colorado:

More on the campaign to save Jamestown:

The July issue of the Aztlander Magazine of the Americas:
More on that Chimu wooden sculpture from Chan Chan:

Study suggests the Palace of Palenque originally had a red roof:

I think we mentioned this dig in Mexico city featuring four Early Colonial period child burials:

On laser scans revealing assorted Amazon sites:

Feature on GSU's (or is it UC San Diego? or both) project studying the coastal Maya in Quintana Roo:


Feature on Nazca aqueduct technology:

Feature on Hernan Cortes:
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

Ancient MesoAmerica News:
Pondering where Attila the Hun is buried:

The story of a fake Chagall:

A lost Tasmanian Aboriginal bull kelp water container turned up in a Paris museum collection:

A Durer miniature found in a 16th century book:

Feature on Barnum Brown:

Feature on Billy Telford's tracking down of a stolen book in Scotland:

Feature on the Claddagh ring:

Feature on the history of rules:

Feature on the origins of escargot:

Feature on Edward VIII's potential Nazi sympathies:

Feature on the woman responsible for the start of the Salem witch trials:

Feature on Benito Galdos and his vestigial tail:

Claims of a 'hidden message' from Catherine of Aragon:

A letter written by Alexander Hamilton and believed stolen is going back on display:

Not sure if this is a repatriation or not ... four Norman Rockwell painting have been removed from the White House:

The Eiffel Tower is in need of repairs:

Something about cave paintings and acoustics:

Reviewish of James Reginato, *Growing Up Getty*:

Review of Camper English, *Doctors and Distillers*:
On possible renaming of American military bases currently named after Confederate types:

On how Edward Coke was brought up in the recent Roe v Wade ruling:

Relating the recent Roe V Wate ruling to a painting by David:

Coverage of the various 'glue' climate protests:
A study of an 18 000 years bp frozen pup from Siberia turns out to be a wolf:

A study of horse domestication in northern China:

More on dogs coming from two different wolf populations:
Chroma (ancient polychromy):

Deciphering of hieroglyphs:!preferred/0/package/1029/pub/1029/page/44/article/NaN

Ancient Greek technology:

Ancient Greeks:

Notre Dame:

The Male Nude on Paper:

Hawaiian Healers:

19th century photos of Japan:



The GEM now has Tut's biggest shrine:;s-bigge.aspx

More on the new museum for the Lod Mosaic (and the mosaics going there):

Feature on the Hong Kong Palace Museum:

Accreditation for the Museum of Leathercraft:
Haven't seen an auction of a 'vampire slayer kit' for a while:

Big bucks for a 16th century 'prayer nut':

An online auction of some costume jewelry included a gold Viking-era ring, apparently:

More on DNA of early Pacfic islanders:
Latest mummy CT scan suggests they were suffering from cancer:
Feature on the New York Phenology Project:


What violins reveal about climate change:
Egypt's pyramids:

Neolithic sites in Saudi Arabia:

Roman ruins:

Also Roman sites:
Two antiquities smugglers (I think; translation seems iffy) arrested in Baghdad:

A reward is being offered for the return of a tabernacle stolen from a Brooklyn church (which we mentioned a couple months ago):

In case you missed the Coyote Peterson fake primate skull find brouhaha:
conflict antiquities:

anonymous swiss collector:

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

Looting Matters:

Illicit Cultural Property:


India return relics of Saint Queen Ketevan to Georgia:

Latest restoration of Nazi-looted items to heirs:

The UK returned the remains of hundreds of Moriori people:!preferred/0/package/1023/pub/1023/page/61/article/NaN

Not sure what's going on here: the UK has given a pile of cash to Sudan museums seeking return of various items:!preferred/0/package/1024/pub/1024/page/43/article/NaN

More on Germany returning Benin Bronzes:

More on Harvard returning a tomahawk to the Ponca people:
Feature on ancient electrum coins:

Latest e-Sylum:

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

Coin Week:

Richard Taruskin:

Yves Coppens:

Cecilia Anne Eaton Luschning:

Bradford Freeman:

Lucinda Turner:

Audio News from Archaeologica:

Archaeology Magazine News Page: Archaeology:

Archaeology Briefs:

Atlas Obscura:

Heritage Daily:

Sapiens Archaeology:

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

Archaeology Podcast Network:
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