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explorator 24.11 July 4, 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,
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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More on assorted DNA found in the Denisova Cave:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/pleistocene-sediment-dna-from-denisova.html

More on the homo longi skull identification(a.k.a. 'dragon man') from China:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/homo-longi-09804.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/stunning-dragon-man-skull-may-be-elusive-denisovan-or-new-species-human
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/dragon-man-fossil-may-replace.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/dragon-man/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9812-210628-china-dragon-man

More on the homo nesher ramla skull find:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6549/1429
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-new-type-of-homo-unknown-to-science.html
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AFRICA
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More on 13 400 years bp evidence of a series of hostilities in Sudan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/world-s-first-war-13-400-years-ago-was-not-isolated-event-1.9849856
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A commission has been established to study the artifacts Egypt recently received from France (more in the 'repatriation' section):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105545/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Antiquities-Committee-examines-restores-Egyptian-artifacts-recovered-from-France

Feature on 'Luxor's lost golden city':

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105578/Luxor-s-%E2%80%98Lost-Golden-City%E2%80%99-An-accomplishment-of-the-Egyptian

Feature on 'Monument M' from Dara:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/the-mysterious-tomb-of-dara-reconsidered/

More on that 26th Dynasty stele found by a farmer near Cairo:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/new-stele-of-biblical-pharaoh-found/

A study of probable air quality issues at Catal Huyuk:

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2021/06/prehistoricairpollution/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/nu-phw063021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-prehistoric-homes-modern-air-quality.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/domestic-dwellings-at-catalhoyuk-would.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9821-210701-neolithic-air-pollution

11 new sites have been found around Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-sites-discovered-around-turkeys-ancient-marvel-gobeklitepe/news
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-discovers-new-sites-near-famed-gobeklitepe-3575342

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-neolithic-man-beer-parties-turkish-dig-20210629-agkj3ds6k5dnpbwrbgvlqto7ty-story.html
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/worlds-oldest-temple-in-turkey-increasingly-draws-more-attention/2290569

... and more on the comet strike 13 000 years bp purportedly recorded there:

https://www.livescience.com/comet-impact-neolithic-period-human-civilization.html
https://www.sciencefocus.com/planet-earth/did-a-huge-comet-impact-ignite-civilisation-on-earth-as-we-know-it/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/comet-strike-may-have-sparked-key-shift.html

Feature on wax tablets in the Ancient Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/assurbanipals-ipad

A Zand-era bath house in Khoy (Azerbaijan) as been restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462696/Centuries-old-public-bathhouse-gains-former-glory

Feature on archaeologists conducting illegal digs in Iran:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/06/28/irans-poirot-among-wave-vigilante-archaeologists-leading-illegal/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/645/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/645/pub/645/page/49/article/189279

Plans for excavations at the Masumzadeh mound site near Bojnurd (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462519/Archaeologists-to-probe-once-prosperous-hill-in-northeast-Iran

... and a followup survey of the marivan plain:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462587/Archaeologists-to-shed-new-light-on-Marivan-plain

Restoration works around Mosul's Al Nouri mosque are causing controversy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/world/middleeast/unesco-mosul-reconstruction.html

... while foreign governments have pledged a pile of money for restoration/maintenance of sites destroyed by ISIL;

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/270620214

Feature on lithic finds in the Bisitun cave:

https://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/the-scrapers-of-bisitun-cave/

More on Tal Banat as a 4500 years bp war memorial:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/massive-tomb-syria-white-monument-1985163

A study of the population of Alalakh in the Bronze Age suggests the majority were raised locally and descended from locals:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-foreigners-international-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mpif-wat062921.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210630173639.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/researchers-use-genetic-and-isotopic.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/01/where-are-the-foreigners-of-the-first-international-age/

Feature on the 3200 years bp reliefs of the Yazilkaya Rock Temple (Turkey):

https://hyperallergic.com/659649/scholars-decipher-hittite-yazilikaya-rock-temple-reliefs-depicting-cosmos/

An overview of finds in Turkey this past month:

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

A 1000 years bp (maybe) burial from Perre:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1000-year-old-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-se-turkeys-perre-site/news

OpEd on the politics of archaeology in Turkey:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/yusufkaplan/turkey-needs-to-break-the-chains-of-archaeological-imperialism-3575774

A pile of basalt pestles from a 15 000 years bp Natufian cave site near Carmel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/15000-year-old-tools-shed-light-on-community-relations-in-ancient-israel-672478
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/natufians-in-northern-israel-brought-basalt-from-afar-15-000-years-ago-1.9955795
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-88484-1

The mystery of prehistoric shark teeth found at a 2900 years bp site in the City of David (and elsewhere):

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-city-david-sharks-teeth-mystery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/gc-tco070121.php

Feature on Eilat Mazar's 'final discovery' (a 2000 years bp gold ring):

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1271-babys-gold-ring-an-intriguing-historical-connection-to-dr-mazars-final-discovery

'Interesting' claims in a feature about the Madaba Map:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-roads-aren-t-marked-on-the-madaba-map-the-earliest-map-of-the-holy-land-1.9961540

More on a study of what ancient Judeans actually ate and its implications for observing kashrut:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-archaeologists-discover-what-ancient-judeans-actually-ate-1.9837609

More on evidence of sea level rise in the Hellenistic-era eastern Mediterranean:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/rising-seas-changing-fortunes/

Not sure if this is a 7000 years bp cave site or one demonstrating 7000 years of occupation ... from the Umm Jirsan cave:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/608243/SAUDI-ARABIA/Heritage-Commission-announces-new-7000-year-old-discovery-in-Umm-Jirsan-Cave

A survey of the Al-Jouf (Saudit Arabia) region is under way:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/608383
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1887096/saudi-arabia

127 sites found during a survey of Masirah Island:

https://www.omanobserver.om/article/1103040/oman/127-archaeological-sites-found-on-masirah-island
https://timesofoman.com/article/103377-we-love-oman-archaeological-sites-in-masirah-island

Review of Stefan Reif, *Bouncing Back -- and Forward*:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/the-scholar-who-defied-odds-to-unveil-the-treasures-of-the-cairo-genizah-book-review-672627

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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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Dendrochronology has dated the Vasca Votiva pool to between 1436 and 1428 BCE:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-infinity-pool-supernatural-rituals.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32032/20210701/ancient-infinity-pool-suspected-archaeologists-hold-supernatural-water-rituals-bronze.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9823-210702-italy-reflecting-pool

An 1800 years bp headless statue of a woman from Metropolis:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/1800-year-old-headless-greek-statue-found-at-turkeys-metropolis-site/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9734105/Headless-1-800-year-old-statue-woman-unearthed-Turkeys-City-Mother-Goddess.html

A Roman-era sarcophagus containing two skeletons from Sydney Gardens in Bath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57640337
https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-sydney-gardens-94962/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9741259/Roman-sarcophagus-discovered-Bath-contained-two-skeletons-one-laid-feet.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-roman-coffin-unearthed-in-uk-enlightens-on-funeral-rituals-672327
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/sarcophagus-cremation-burial-from-roman-times-discovered-in-bath-672816
https://newsroom.bathnes.gov.uk/news/rare-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-discovered-baths-sydney-gardens
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-two-skeletons-bath-england-1234597638/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9816-210629-bath-roman-sarcophagus

A relief of a 'naked horseman' found at Vindolanda:

https://www.vindolanda.com/news/carved-stone-depicting-mystery-horseman-uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/naked-roman-carving-hadrians-wall.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-57636657
https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/19404882.mystery-naked-horseman-carving-dug-vindolanda-roman-fort/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/newcastle-volunteers-find-roman-carving-20918504
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9737807/Carved-stone-depicting-naked-horseman-uncovered-near-Hadrians-Wall.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61662
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/ornate-stone-carving-discovered-at-roman-fort-near-hadrians-wall/139608

Finds from various periods, including a couple of Pompeiian amphorae, from the waters near Cagliari (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/07/02/recuperata-anfora-di-pompei-nelle-acque-davanti-a-nora_87ff688f-1d2b-4ead-ab17-542492fe58f7.html
https://www.castedduonline.it/cagliari-controlli-ai-siti-archeologici-sommersi-recuperati-un-cannone-due-anfore-e-preziosi-reperti/
https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cultura/i_tesori_di_pompei_scoperti_mare_sardegna_recuperati_intatti_dopo_duemila_anni_fondo_marino-6058056.html

Decapitated burials dating to the 3rd century CE from a Cambridgeshire quarry site:

https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/quarry-decapitated-bodies-east-cambs-8102016

Excavations have resumed at Lyttos after 40 years:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/02/excavations-are-beginning-in-ancient-lyttos/

Excavations at Metroplis have resumed as well:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2021-excavations-start-in-turkeys-metropolis-ancient-city/news

Hopes of finding a 'Roman chamber' at the site of a necropolis at Carmona:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/hopes-new-roman-chamber-will-be-discovered-in-carmona/

Court approval for plans to move artifacts found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1163703/council-of-state-green-lights-removal-of-antiquities-from-thessaloniki-metro-station/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/02/greek-court-green-lights-removal-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/44912-greek-culture-minister-welcomes-court-s-decision-on-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/01/thessaloniki-metro-antiquities-greek-minister/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1163747/thessaloniki-metro-finds-to-be-removed/

... related opEd:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/07/01/k-karamanlis-to-thema-ton-archaiotiton-krithike-as-mi-dichasei-kaneis-allo-ti-thessaloniki/

A study of a Roman coin hoard found near Berlicum a while ago suggests they were deposited specifically for 'safe crossing' of the River Aa:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/06/roman-coins-as-offering-for-safe-crossing
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-hoard-roman-coins-safe.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61691

Confirmation of Roman gold mines in central Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-03/researchers-confirm-existence-of-ancient-roman-gold-mines-in-central-portugal/60839

More on the remains of a 2nd century BCE Roman military camp in Portugal:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_864744_en.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/experts-discover-camp-used-by-roman-soldiers-sent-to-conquer-northwest-iberia/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/lomba-do-mouro-camp-09803.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/experts-discover-camp-used-by-10000.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9814-210629-portugal-roman-camp

... and a feature on the history of Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-06-30/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal/60739

Red tape seems to be messing up operations of that underwater museum site at Peristera:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1163322/bureaucratic-ballast-sinking-archaeological-research-project/

An item circulating on the 'oldest wine in Europe' being found in Greece is actually about a decade old and has been superceded a couple times already:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/27/oldest-wine-europe-ancient-greece/

... and so is this item on moveable Roman stages (at least 4 years old):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/03/discovery-reveals-ancient-greek-theaters-used-moveable-stages-over-2000-years-ago/

More on the opening of the Colosseum's hypogeum to the public:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/travel/rome-s-colosseum-reopens-after-extensive-restoration-in-pictures-1.1248760
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/romes-colosseum-opens-newly-restored-094943142.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lower-levels-colosseum-open-public-1984267
https://www.news18.com/photogallery/photogallery/in-photos-romes-colosseum-opens-underground-tunnels-to-public-for-first-time-3905312.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/colosseums-underground-tunnels-open-to-visit-for-1st-time/news
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tunnels-beneath-romes-colosseum-are-open-public-first-time-180978080/

More on the upcoming dig at Birdoswald Roman Fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-57612323

The burial monument at Amphipolis will be opening to the public next year:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/06/25/episkepsimo-to-proto-examino-toy-2022-to-tafiko-mnimeio-tis-amfipolis/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/burial-monument-of-amphipolis-ready-to-be-visited-by-2022/

Feature on the improvements at the newly-reopened Domus Aurea:

https://archinect.com/news/article/150271882/domus-aurea-reopens-with-an-improved-ramp-and-entryway-from-an-italian-maestro

Feature on a Turkish olive grove which is a major source, it appears, of Roman imperial-era sarcophagi:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61684

Feature on a group trying to revive production of garum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/garum-fish-sauce

Feature on the implications of some recently-found 'shackled' Roman burials:

https://hyperallergic.com/659856/sensational-headlines-about-shackled-beheaded-skeletons-in-roman-britain-contribute-to-historical-misunderstanding-slavery/

Interesting reflection on the peer-review implications of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife debacle:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/a-scholarly-screw-up-of-biblical-proportions

A study of Bronze Age silver production at Laurion:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue56/9/index.html

Feature on the survival of Virgil:

https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/reading-like-a-roman

Feature on ancient 'artistic swimming':

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/artistic-swimming-ancient-roman-spectacle-to-modern-olympic-sport/

Feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/the-sacred-band-of-thebes-the-elite-military-unit-of-same-sex-lovers/139599

Feature on the 'gate to hell' at Hierapolis:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210629-turkeys-mysterious-portal-to-the-underworld

Feature on the 'lost' Roman fort in Glasgow:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/lost-roman-fort-under-glasgow-20927452

Feature on Hypatia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/30/hypatia/

Feature on ancient tattoos:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/greek-tattoo-culture-part-1/

Feature on London's Roman fort:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/londons-roman-fort/139617

Feature on Yemen in Roman times:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/how-yemens-marib-became-frontier-roman-expansionism

Feature on the site of Argentomagus:

https://www.timetravelrome.com/2021/06/29/the-gallo-roman-site-of-argentomagus-in-france/

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/01/the-discovery-of-the-venus-de-milo-statue/

... and its effect on Western ideas about beauty:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/02/how-the-aphrodite-of-milos-statue-shaped-the-western-idea-of-female-beauty/

Feature on the oracle of Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/30/ancient-greek-oracle-delphi/

Feature on ancient Greek wine:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_wine_spirits/arthro/ancient_greeks_and_their_taste_for_salty_wine-2789395/

Feature on Ptolemy and the astrolabe:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/01/ptolemys-invention-of-the-astrolabe-measured-time-and-the-stars/

Suggestion that the National Museums of Scotland's recent change in attitude toward repatriation might have implications for the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/28/speculation-grows-parthenon/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19402893.pressure-grows-uk-hand-back-elgin-marbles-scottish-decision/

Feature on Xena:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/29/hollywood-created-greek-warrior-princess/

Another feature on the revival of Stoicism:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgxvmw/the-revival-of-stoicism

On Tacitus and 'cancel culture':

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/07/a-word-to-the-wise/

On the myth of a 'white Rome':

https://aeon.co/essays/colonialism-is-built-on-the-rubble-of-a-false-idea-of-ancient-rome

Comparing Nero and Boris Johnson:

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/nero-and-the-johnson-empire/

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http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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DNA suggests a 5000 years bp 'Latvian' hunter-gatherer was the earliest (so far) person to die from yersina pestis:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-year-old-earliest-strain-plague.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cp-t5m062421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629161338.htm
https://www.livescience.com/5000-year-old-man-had-plague.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/29/5000-year-old-hunter-gatherer-is-earliest-person-to-die-with-the-plague
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57658859
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/5000-year-old-patient-zero-of-bubonic-plague-found-in-latvia-study-672437
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/earliest-strain-of-plague-found-in-5-000-year-old-body-in-latvia-1.9952043
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/this-5000-year-old-man-had-earliest.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/01/plague-case-5000-years-ago-in-latvia/
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-say-theyve-found-the-earliest-case-of-the-pl-1847193175
https://www.zmescience.com/science/this-5000-year-old-man-may-have-been-the-oldest-plague-victim/

cf: https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(21)00645-8

A 4000 years bp 'snake staff' from a lake in Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-ancient-snake-finland.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-snake-stick-shaman-staff-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9733539/Stone-age-wooden-snake-staff-Finland.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/4400-year-old-shamans-snake-staff-discovered-finland-rcna1291
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/sinuous-stone-age-snake-sculpture-unearthed-in-finland
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61679
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/07/this-carved-snake-may-have-been-the-staff-of-a-stone-age-shaman/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/4000-year-old-serpent-shaped-stick.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/06/archaeologists-discover-4400-year-old-serpent-staff/139586
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-snake-staff-discovered-finland-180978101/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9818-210630-finland-wooden-snake

Interesting study suggests merchants were using 'standardized' weights in Bronze Age Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-western-eurasia-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629191721.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/these-ancient-weights-helped-create-europe-s-first-free-market-more-3000-years-ago
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/researchers-investigate-spread-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9820-210701-bronze-age-weights

Seven early Christian/Viking age burials from southern Sweden:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61667
https://sputniknews.com/europe/202106281083256039-thousand-year-old-christian-viking-era-graves-found-on-residential-plot-in-sweden/

Remains of a medieval road being connected with Robert the Bruce near the site of the Battle of Bannockburn:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-medieval-road-used-by-robert-the-bruce-uncovered-near-battle-of-bannockburn-site-3288013
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9744613/Archaeology-Lost-medieval-road-uncovered-used-Robert-Bruce-700-years-ago.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9819-210630-scotland-medieval-road

Hundreds of medieval burials excavated from a Pembrokeshire beach site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57685284
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/skeletons-bodies-beach-pembrokeshire-storms-b1877558.html
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/skeletons-women-children-uncovered-popular-20953996
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9749755/Around-200-medieval-skeletons-unearthed-Pembrokeshire-beach.html
https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/02/pembrokshire-around-200-medieval-skeletons-found-buried-at-beach-14866149/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/skeletons-found-metres-away-popular-20947939

Remains of an 800 years bp bridge found near Eye castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-57652145
https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/eye-castle-suffolk-medieval-bridge-discovery-8096224

A 1000 years bp church built by Otto the Great beneath a German cornfield:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9749637/Remains-100ft-long-1-000-year-old-church-built-Otto-Great-discovered-Germany.html
https://www.zenger.news/2021/06/29/ear-it-is-amazing-1000-year-old-church-discovered-under-a-cornfield/
https://aleteia.org/2021/06/30/1000-year-old-church-from-holy-roman-empire-excavated-in-germany/

Evidence of a Christian community in 12th century Islamic Iberia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-food-christian-12th-century-islamic.html

Evidence of pork consumption in medieval Islamic Sicily:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ham-fisted-haram-medieval-islamic-sicily-ate-pork-study-finds-672374

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0252225#sec002

A 13th century relief in a Scottish Abbey may commemorate the assassination of an abbot:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/13th-century-carving-records-abbots-assassination-at-scottish-abbey-3294908

Remains of a 500 years bp structure on a convent construction site in Clondalkin:

https://dublingazette.com/news/clondalkin-councillors-archaeological-56482/

More on 13th century gold coins being found by a metal detectorist in Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-57520248
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorist-discovers-black-death-period-coins-180978065/

More on plague victims from Cambridgeshire being individually/carefully buried:

https://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/clopton-black-death-study-8085180

More on 'Anglo Saxon' having more to do with language and culture than genetics:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/06/being-anglo-saxon-a-matter-of-language-and-culture--not-genetics.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/being-anglo-saxon-was-matter-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9815-210629-britain-anglo-saxon

More on folks keeping 'mementos' from loved ones' burials:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/tradition-of-keeping-mementos-in-memory.html

More on the search for remains of some missing US WWII airmen in an Arundel field:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-57663496
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/30/europe/us-veterans-dig-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

An inscription on a seal we mentioned a couple of weeks ago was figured out by someone on Twitter:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57678500

Feature on a 'smuggler's cave' from Teeside (I don't think this is a recent discovery):

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/smugglers-cave-complete-tunnels-held-20868390

Feature on Dover Castle's 'Great Tower':

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/interpreting-dover-castles-great-tower.htm

Feature on the language of the Vikings:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-language-did-the-vikings-speak

Feature on how a 17th century illustration is helping to locate Viking ship burials in Denmark:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/how-a-17th-century-illustration-is-helping-archaeologists-find-viking-ships/

Suggestion that Stonehenge was actually the 'base' of a huge Neolithic temple:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9750957/Architects-concept-Stonehenge-rocks-base-Neolithic-temple-brought-life-models.html

Marking the centennial of preserving London's Hampstead Heath:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57656978
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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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A study suggests the 5000 years bp Majiayao culture had plenty of cultural exchanges with other societies:

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

Qing Dynasty ceramics from a Maluku (Indonesia) site:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-06/29/c_1310034672.htm

Remains of an 8th century CE imperial residence structure from Nara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385163
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9822-210702-nara-imperial-residence

Also from Nara comes a study of 1300 years bp parasite egges from a toilet structure:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14371700

More on the remains of an apparent 3000 years bp shark attack victim from Japan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61658
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/645/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/645/pub/645/page/33/article/189209
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeologists-resolve-enigma-of-man-savaged-3-000-years-ago-in-japan-1.9945494
https://www.newsweek.com/3000-year-old-remains-believed-oldest-known-victim-shark-attack-1606092
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-shark-attack-victim-180978076/

1600 pieces of movable type dating to the Joseon Dynasty:

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=279259

'Medieval' petroglypsh from Gadwal (not sure about that terminology):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/historians-discover-rare-rock-art-site-in-gadwal/articleshow/84103140.cms

Remains of a 4000 years bp settlement (with a long history of occupation) from a dig in Odisha:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/4000-year-old-settlement-found-during-odisha-excavation/article35109780.ece
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-4-000-years-old-settlement-in-odisha-s-balasore-1823455-2021-07-03
https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/bhubaneshwar/archeologists-discover-4000-year-old-human-settlement-odisha-1502978581.html

Remains of a Chola-era palace in Ariyalur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/remains-of-chola-era-palace-amid-artefacts-at-ariyalur-excavation-site/articleshow/83972857.cms

Interesting burials (date?) from Tamil Nadu:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/human-skeleton-found-inside-burial-urn-in-tn-excavation-site-101625256411822.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/5-more-human-skeletons-found-at-the-archaeological-site-near-madurai-101625386283109.html

A probable well structure (2300 years bp?) from Kodumanal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/stone-well-like-structure-found-at-kodumanal-archaeological-site/articleshow/84079734.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/2300-year-old-step-well-found-near-erode/article35126862.ece

A trio of Aasiriyam inscriptions (13th-16th centuries CE) from Pudukottai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/3-aasiriyam-stone-tablets-unearthed-in-pudukottai/articleshow/84102490.cms

Erosion concerns for the Chirand site in Bihar:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/famous-archaeological-site-in-bihar-faces-threat-of-erosion-101624801867323.html

Feature on Sharada Srinivasan's work tracing the history of metallurgy in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/the-dancer-frozen-in-bronze/article35078401.ece

More on dating of Cagayan petroglyphs to 3500 years bp:

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/29/news/regions/cagayan-cave-art-is-3500-years-old/1804959
https://www.rappler.com/science/society-culture/thousands-year-old-rock-found-penablanca-cagayan

A study suggests a human presence in Fiji some 1000 years bp contributed to the flourishing of a bee species:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/fu-hhb062421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210629101223.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals/human-colonisation-could-have-helped-fijian-bees-flourish/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/how-humans-brought-change-to-tropical.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/29/how-humans-brought-change-to-a-tropical-paradise/

Review of Nicholas Thomas, *Voyagers*:

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2021/06/28/voyagers/
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More accusations of artifact mistreatment/destruction by Rio Tinto:

https://nit.com.au/disposal-of-heritage-material-a-devastating-blow-to-traditional-owners-and-science/
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/mining-corp-chucked-ancient-indigenous-artifacts-in-the-garbage-aboriginal-group-claims/
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A 2000 years bp burial from an Indiana construction site:

https://www.wlwt.com/article/2000-year-old-bones-found-at-indiana-construction-site/36854613
https://abc7chicago.com/indiana-construction-site-bones-found/10837359/
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/2,000-year-old-bones-found-at-indiana-construction-site.php

A trove of Chickasaw-repurposed metal objects in Mississippi originally connected to Hernando de Soto:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/fmon-ard070221.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-07-routing-de-soto-chickasaws-repurposed.html

Search for Fort Ancient culture remains at a site near the Ohio-Indiana border:

https://www.wlwt.com/article/archaeological-dig-near-ohio-indiana-border-what-are-they-looking-for/36886602

Recently-found skulls from Lake Jackson (FL) are probably from nearby burial mounds:

https://news.wfsu.org/wfsu-local-news/2021-06-30/skeletal-remains-found-at-lake-jackson-believed-to-be-from-burial-mounds

Remains of a French and Indian War fort on the Susquehana:

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2021/06/french-indian-war-fort-from-1756-found-along-susquehanna-river.html
https://dailyvoice.com/pennsylvania/dauphin/news/fort-from-the-seven-years-war-uncovered-in-dauphin-county/811965/

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-antiquity/article/remains-of-the-fray-nascent-colonialism-and-heterogeneous-hybridity/01142FD7A4D22DCC8E4C7C5E0D793F31

Latest finds from the Tulsa Race Massacre burials dig (analysis is ongoing):

https://texasnewstoday.com/skeleton-remains-of-children-and-adults-found/335043/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/26/tulsa-massacre-body-found-bullet/
https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/27/tulsa-race-massacre-site-graveyards-remains-researchers/5365073001/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/multiple-bullet-wounds-found-in-black-man-remains-search-for-tulsa-massacre-victims
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9813-210628-tulsa-remains-examined

... and a feature on other race massacres in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/us/elaine-massacre-history-lessons.html

The restoration of the historic Black church's Oak Grove Cemetery at Colonial Williamsburg is almost complete:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-oak-grove-cem-0624-20210628-j5ntmfzhg5didgkrzpnaa4xhlm-story.html
https://wydaily.com/james-city-county/2021/07/02/colonial-williamsburg-archaeology-helps-oak-grove-baptist-restore-historic-cemetery/

Hood College has resumed digging at Fort Kaskaskia State Park:

https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/with-virus-on-wane-archaeology-students-return-to-the-dig-at-fort-visited-by-lewis/article_7c700955-765f-5e5e-8d3f-2837b8e77af1.html

Concerns arising from modern day 'ash scattering' at the Alamo:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Scattered-ashes-at-Alamo-set-off-concerns-about-16282120.php

I think we had this story of 'oldest known American tattoo tools' from Tennessee a while ago:

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/oldest-tattoo-tools-tennessee-native-american

More on tobacco pipes of various Native American groups:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/use-of-tobacco-pipes-by-native-groups.html

More on the 'time capsule' from the Calhoun Monument:

https://www.kansascity.com/news/business/national-international/article252412518.html
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/business/article252412518.html

Feature on the 'evictions' which came when Yellowstone Park was created:

https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2021-06-21/manufactured-wilderness

Plans for a major study of the Battle of the Alamo:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Historical-significance-of-1836-Alamo-battle-panel-16279478.php

Plenty of historical documents relating to the lives of free and enslaved Black Americans from a Maryland attic:

https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/561409-thousands-of-pages-documenting-slavery-found-in

A project researching the enslaved people who built the White House:

https://www.npr.org/local/305/2021/07/02/1012311667/historians-are-searching-for-stories-of-enslaved-people-who-built-the-white-house
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/spn/introduction

Feature on Ben Franklin and smallpox inoculations:

https://theconversation.com/benjamin-franklins-fight-against-a-deadly-virus-colonial-america-was-divided-over-smallpox-inoculation-but-he-championed-science-to-skeptics-161569

Ranking the best and worst presidents:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-worst-president-everand-how-do-historians-decide-180978105/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/06/30/presidential-rankings-2021-cspan-historians/
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A long-term dig at the Inca site of Son Mas de Potecari is under way:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2021/07/01/86199/excavation-start-inca-mallorca-archaeological-site.html

Using fecal evidence to determine how the Maya in Guatemala were affected by climate change:

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/faecal-records-show-maya-population-affected-climate-change-331661
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/mu-frs063021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-06-fecal-maya-population-affected-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210630125416.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-where-archaeology-can-t-go-fecal-signals-in-lake-reveal-mayan-secrets-1.9960242
https://www.archaeology.org/9824-210702-guatemala-itzan-population

More on the question of whether the Maya had parks:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/did-ancient-maya-have-parks.html

More on that shipwreck from Antigua:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9733643/Shipwreck-8ft-underwater-Antigua-18th-century-naval-ship-used-Revolutionary-War.html
https://divernet.com/2021/07/01/antigua-shipwreck-could-be-unique/

Feature on the Lady of Cao:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/lady-of-cao-the-woman-who-changed-the-history-of-ancient-peru/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/fifteen-years-lady-cao-woman-who-ruled-peru/65402
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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 oldest living olive tree:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/3000-year-old-olive-tree-in-crete/

Pondering what Carpaccio's 'Hunting in the Lagoon' depicts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/vittore-carpaccio-hunting-on-the-lagoon/

On windows in art:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210624-the-ultimate-symbol-for-our-times

On the history of carb consumption:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01681-w

A VanGogh bookmark (!):

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/06/van-gogh-bookmark/

On the broken mirror superstition:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/How-did-the-superstition-that-broken-mirrors-16281217.php

Not sure if we've mentioned the 'rediscovery' of Rembrandt's *Adoration of the Magi*:

https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/560529-long-lost-rembrandt-worth-up-to-nearly-240-million

Feature on the halo;

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210623-the-halo-a-symbol-that-spread-around-the-world

Feature on Australian birds appearing in medieval manuscripts:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/05/where-did-that-cockatoo-come-from

Plans to monitor the decay of the Titanic:

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-titanic-deterioration.html

Feature on the history of condominums:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/surfside-tower-was-just-another-condo-building/619348/

On Dante's possible effect on paintings of heaven:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/dante-s-dazzle

On medicine and women's bodies:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-medicine-sought-to-control-womens-bodies-while-ignoring-their-symptoms/2021/07/01/b84868ba-c7bd-11eb-81b1-34796c7393af_story.html

Feature on London Art Week:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/london-art-week-returns-in-revolutionary-style

Feature on Margaret Mead:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-it-came-to-sex-and-gender-margaret-mead-had-it-both-ways

Feature on Byron:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/03/lord-byron-the-romantic-poet-who-died-for-greece-2/

A signer's copy of the Declaration of Independence was found in a Scottish attic:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61700

Feature on Handsteins:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-are-handsteins

A mouse thought to be extinct for 150 years has been found living on an island off Australia:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/mouse-thought-extinct-for-150-years-found-living-on-island-1.5491394

... while humans are off the hook again for a pile of megafauna extinctions now being blamed on climate change:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/02/world/mastodons-elephants-climate-change-scn/index.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-07-01/cuanto-influyo-la-caza-de-los-humanos-prehistoricos-en-la-extincion-de-mastodontes-y-mamuts.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01498-w

Feature on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand:

https://www.jpost.com/international/on-this-day-archduke-franz-ferdinand-assassinated-sparking-world-war-i-672226?_ga=2.44558688.510257403.1624874714-1969581575.1579377799

More opinions on the threat to Sheffield archaeology:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/university-professor-slams-possible-closure-of-sheffields-archaeology-department-3289592

Review of Williams, *The Secret Life of the Savoy*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/books/review-secret-life-savoy-hotel-olivia-williams.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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More on unmarked burials near residential schools in Canada:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/751-unmarked-graves-discovered-near-former-indigenous-school-canada-180978064/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/indigenous-groups-in-canada-reports-more-bodies-at-school-canada-pope-francis-british-colombia-roman-catholic-church-benedict-xvi-b1875794.html

... and more potential sites in Ontario:

https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/technology/thunder-bay-archaeologist-ready-to-lend-a-hand-on-residential-school-investigations-3916987

A statue of Columbus was toppled in Colombia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-57651833
https://m.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/06/29/colon-asesino-manifestantes-derriban-estatua-de-cristobal-colon-en-ciudad-colombiana-de-barranquilla/

... while statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth were hauled down in Winnipeg:

https://www.newsweek.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-statue-toppled-protesters-canada-1606324
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/statues-of-british-queens-toppled-on-canada-day-115892293589

Chicago is setting up a monument to Ida B. Wells:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicagos-first-monument-to-black-woman-will-commemorate-activist-ida-b-wells-180978094/

OpEd on the 'war on history':

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/magazine/memory-laws.html

Pondering celebrations for the US 250th birthday in 2026:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/arts/1776-2026-A-DIFFERENT-STORY.html

Chaucer is disappearing from university curricula:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/why-is-chaucer-disappearing-from-the-university-curriculum-leicester-essay-a-s-g-edwards/

Amsterdam's mayor has apologized for the city's role in the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/amsterdam-mayor-apologises-for-citys-past-role-in-slave-trade

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Decoding the Roman Dead:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19416357.historian-dan-snow-teams-colchester-museums-exhibition/

Epic Iran:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/art/953356/epic-iran-victoria-albert-museum-review

Nature in Art:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/nature-in-art-the-case-of-a-byzantine-manuscript/

Making of Rodin:

https://ohionewstime.com/why-this-rodin-scholar-is-willing-to-look-behind-the-thinker/194474/
https://menafn.com/1102369971/Why-this-Rodin-scholar-would-gladly-see-the-back-of-The-Thinker

The Dog Show:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-02/dogs-on-display-museum-fetes-200-years-of-cartoon-canines

Nero:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/04/nero-new-exhibition-challenges-accepted-infamy-of-roman-ruler/

Cezanne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/arts/design/cezanne-moma-drawings.html

Palace Seen and Unseen:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/galleries_museums/unearthing-the-past-the-palace-of-the-governors-reveals-its-history/article_ecc0f946-cded-11eb-a0da-ebf6fe2ed135.html

Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre:

https://www.africanews.com/2021/06/28/ancient-egyptian-antiquities-exhibit-at-paris-louvres-museum-reopens/

The V&A is facing pressure for its stance on 'contested heritage':

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/28/va-insists-it-has-responsibility-to-tell-truth-about-collections

... while the British Museum's labelling in the Africa galleries is evasive:

https://hyperallergic.com/659691/british-museum-africa-galleries-labels-evade-responsibility/

Latest updates on the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105465/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-follows-up-on-latest-works-of

... and the Khufu Boat will be going there soon:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-readies-for-transfer-of-khufu-boat-to-gem/

On some new/upgraded museums in Greece:

https://www.greece-is.com/5-new-upgraded-museums-open-greece/

New displays coming to the Izmir Archaeological Museum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/ancient-artifacts-to-be-exhibited-in-western-turkey/2290704

The New York Historical society museum is expanding:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/arts/design/new-york-historical-society-lgbtq-museum.html

More on reactions to George Osborne as trustee chair at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/27/george-osborne-at-the-british-museum-what-do-they-see-in-him

Funding for upgrades and improvements to UK museums:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2021/07/03/museums-granted-60-million-for-upgrades-and-improvements/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a 460 years bp gilded helmet from Augsburg:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/651/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/651/pub/651/page/44/article/190279

... and for a painting by Winston Churchill:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/29/1-8-million-dollars-for-a-painting-by-winston-churchill/

... and a Fragonard:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fragonard-philosopher-reading-auction-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/rediscovered-fragonard-painting-auction-france-1234597160/

... and a Picasso from a Maine closet:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/picasso-painting-hidden-maine-closet_n_60de101ae4b070f97b3af0f5

... and the oldest bottle of whiskey:

https://robbreport.com/food-drink/spirits/worlds-oldest-whiskey-old-ingledew-137000-sale-1234622607/

A Reubens is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/27/rare-rubens-drawing-bought-at-small-french-sale-up-for-auction

... as is a Lautrec:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/28/rare-toulouse-lautrec-under-the-hammer/

... and a timber for Cook's Endeavour:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/small-piece-of-timber-from-captain-cook-s-endeavour-up-for-400-000-auction-20210629-p5859o.html

An overview of recent auctions at Christie's:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/christie-s-june-london-sale-asian-bidding
https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/picasso-magritte-works-top-christies-212-5-million-sales-in-london-and-paris-1234622777/

On the problem of provenance and auctions:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2021/06/21/la_serpiente_emplumada/1624285089_910345.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests southern Norway was rather isolated:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/southern-norway-was-more-genetically.html

DNA shows traces of an earlier Coronavirus epidemic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-20000-years-ago-coronavirus-epidemic-left-marks-human-dna-180978088/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On use of drones and DNA in archaeology:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/how-drones-and-dna-can-drill-down-past

On the technology behind the restoration of Rembrandt's Night Watch:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/commentisfree/2021/jul/03/enjoy-the-restored-night-watch-but-dont-ignore-the-machine-behind-the-rembrandt

Studying the origins of 'rock varnish' and its connection with petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-long-standing-mystery-art-canvas.html

Latest facial reconstruction is of an 8000 years bp Swedish fellow whose skull was found on a spike in a bog:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/the-face-of-a-man-whose-head-was-mounted-on-a-spike-8000-years-ago/

Robert Ballard is hyping some 'deep sea robots' to find shipwrecks:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/04/deep-sea-robots-will-let-us-find-millions-of-shipwrecks-says-man-who-discovered-titanic
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying medieval climate change impact on Caerlaverock Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-57694242
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Marsa:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/marsa-a-port-of-antiquity.884110

Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/04/the-island-of-delos-where-greek-myths-cults-and-history-come-alive/

Heritage Sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/unesco-world-heritage-sites-to-visit-in-greece-photos/

Germany's Romanesque Road:

https://www.dw.com/en/back-to-the-middle-ages-on-the-romanesque-road/g-45142153

Touristy developments in Florence:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/florence-ban-food-drink-uffizi/index.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Martha Washington haunted by her slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/theater/review-miz-martha-washington.html

Feature on Francois-Xavier Roth and Les Siecles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/arts/music/francois-xavier-roth-les-siecles.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hype or a documentary on the Ashanti Empire:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09mz95s/the-african-gold-nation-who-stood-up-to-the-british-empire
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CRIME BEAT
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Greek police arrested a trio of folks trying to sell a Roman-era statue of Hecate:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/28/greek-trio-arrested-for-trying-to-sell-priceless-roman-statue-for-40-000
https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-global-trade-arrests-government-and-politics-2cc2de1cc7e95b17164fd618a2d77421
http://www.tribtown.com/2021/06/27/eu-greece-antiquities-illicit-trade/
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2021-06-27/greek-police-arrest-2-trying-to-sell-rare-roman-era-statue
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/28/police-arrest-three-men-trying-to-sell-off-ancient-greek-statuette/

Greek police recovered a Picasso and Mondrian which were stolen almost a decade ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/28/greek-police-recover-two-stolen-paintings-by-picasso-and-mondrian
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/world/europe/greece-picasso-mondrian-stolen-art.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57644846
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/28/stolen-picasso-found/
https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/police-recover-greek-art-heists-stolen-p-id732224621
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1011250907/a-greek-construction-worker-has-been-arrested-for-the-theft-of-a-picasso-masterp
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/greece-recovers-picasso-mondrian-paintings-stolen-gallery-2012-n1272576
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/greece-police-recover-picasso-mondrian-painting-stolen-museum-heist-national-gallery/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/picasso-mondrian-stolen-athens-national-gallery-art
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/stolen-picasso-mondrian-paintings-recovered-greece-national-gallery-1234597228/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/06/30/solving-of-national-gallery-theft/

... and there was a sideshow arising from the police dropping the Picasso:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/01/greek-police-recover-stolen-picasso-after-nine-years-drop-it-in-front-of-media-video
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210701-greek-police-trolled-as-priceless-picasso-hits-the-deck

203 ancient coins were seized at the Cairo Airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105571/203-antique-coins-seized-at-Cairo-International-Airport
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/01/c_1310036814.htm

Madrid police recovered 90 gold Roman imperial coins:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/06/28/madrid-police-recover-90-gold-coins-from-the-roman-empire/

Three arrests (and repatriation of goods) for smuggling Egyptian antiquities to France:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/416142/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt%E2%80%99s-top-prosecutor-back-to-Cairo-with-looted-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/105545/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Antiquities-Committee-examines-restores-Egyptian-artifacts-recovered-from-France
https://www.egyptindependent.com/three-arrested-over-smuggling-egyptian-antiquities-to-france/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/06/28/egypts-prosecutor-returns-looted-artifacts-to-cairo-from-france-arrests-three/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105437/Public-Prosecutor-Hamada-al-Sawy-returns-Cairo-after-retrieving-114

A prominent Egyptian businessman arrested for funding illegal digs:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/416208/Egypt/Renowned-Egyptian-businessman-arrested-over-fundin.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/06/30/egyptian-businessperson-hassan-rateb-detained-for-15-days-pending-investigation/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105488/Egyptian-businessman-Hassan-Rateb-arrested-over-funding-illegal-excavation
https://www.egyptindependent.com/businessman-hassan-ratib-arrested-over-financing-illegal-archaeological-excavations/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/egyptian-businessman-rateb-arrested-for-funding-illegal-excavations-1.1251120
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/prominent-egyptian-businessman-arrested-over-antiquity-trade-1.1625065784027
https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/14741-in-egypt-more-high-ranking-arrests-in-antiquities-trafficking-ring

Feature on the use of Facebook to sell ancient artifacts:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/looters-flout-facebook-ban-to-sell-ancient-artefacts-mhrwprh5p

More on the Egyptian MP similarly arrested for trafficking antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/416362/Egypt/Politics-/Former-Egyptian-MP,--others-detained-over-charges-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105574/Egyptian-Prosecution-227-artifacts-seized-with-former-MP-led-gang
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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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The Berlin Museum has approved a plan to return the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/prussian-cultural-heritage-foundation-approves-benin-bronzes-negotations-1234597361/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/berlin-moves-forward-plans-return-looted-benin-bronzes-78556718
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-museums-board-agrees-to-relinquish-benin-bronzes
https://observer.com/2021/07/berlin-museums-benin-bronzes-restitution/

The Museum of South Australia is going to return some Benin Bronzes:

https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/arts-and-culture/museum-of-south-australia-to-return-benin-bronzes-on-loan-20210630-p585pj

Greece wants the Karpathos Lady statue in the British Museum returned:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1163597/appeal-launched-for-lady-of-karpathos-to-be-displayed-in-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/28/petition-launched-karpathos-lady-statue/

Norway returned some Roman coins to Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22692166/norway-returns-illegally-exported-roman-coins-to-slovakia.html

The Brooklyn Museum returned 1305 items to Costa Rica:

https://thecostaricanews.com/costa-rica-recovers-pre-columbian-pieces-that-were-in-the-brooklyn-museum/
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/costa-rica-archaeologists-awe-brooklyn-museum-returns-1305-artifacts-2021-07-03/

More on the return of 800+ items to Italy seized from a Belgian collector:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/06/nearly-800-archaeological-finds-stolen.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of some Caesars who didn't last very long:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/almost-emperors-three-caesars-who-didnt-quite-make-it-and-their-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n26.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n27.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Hans Pohlsander:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/timesunion-albany/name/hans-pohlsander-obituary?id=5871212

Frederick L Williams:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/thesouthern/name/frederick-williams-obituary?pid=199275983

Thomas Gordon Smith:

https://www.archpaper.com/2021/07/thomas-gordon-smith-dies-at-73/

Elizabeth French:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/07/02/elizabeth-french-archaeologist-driven-lifelong-love-ancient/

Frieda Fritzshall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/us/frieda-fritzshall-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/3084-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-20-through-june-26-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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