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explorator 25.26 October 16, 2022
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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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Latest study looking at Neanderthal-Sapiens co-existence (in France and northern Spain):

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2022/10/archaeologists-come-up-with-a-more-precise-estimate-for-how-long-modern-humans-and-neanderthals-co-existed
https://phys.org/news/2022-10-ancient-humans-co-existence-modern-neanderthals.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/oct/13/neanderthals-and-modern-humans-may-have-copied-each-others-tools
https://www.zmescience.com/science/modern-humans-and-neanderthals-could-have-coexisted-in-western-europe-14102022/
https://www.science.org/content/article/modern-humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-overlapped-shared-culture-western-europe
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-10-11/una-nueva-investigacion-arqueologica-ahonda-en-la-misteriosa-desaparicion-de-los-neandertales.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10927-221014-computer-model-neanderthal

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-19162-z

More on the possibly half a million years bp stone tools from Tunel Eielki Cave in Poland:

https://arkeonews.net/flint-tools-found-in-tunel-wielki-cave-poland-about-half-a-million-years-old/

Feature on paleogenomics:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/10/nobel-prize-neanderthal-svante-paabo-palaeogenetics

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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1200 Ramses II-era ram skulls revealed at the Temple of Osiris in Abydos:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65413
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/10/14/egyptian-cult-bell-rings-first-time-2000-years/

Zahi Hawass now says they're looking for Imhotep's tomb in Saqqara and Nefertiti's in Luxor:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/10/09/we-are-now-searching-for-imhoteps-tomb-in-saqqara-queen-nefertitis-in-luxor-zahi-hawass/

Feature on folks working on the decipherment of hieroglyphic texts prior to Champollion:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/477691.aspx

Feature on how Tutankhamun died:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/how-did-king-tut-die

More on a training school in Egypt revealing a Ptolemaic-era tomb:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/10/egyptian-training-program-leads-discovery-ptolemaic-era-tomb

More on the Late Roman religious complex found at Berenike featuring a falcon cult of some sort:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-falcon-shrine-discovered-in-egypt-archaeology-1234642625/
https://www.iflscience.com/shrine-with-never-before-seen-ritual-discovered-in-egyptian-temple-65654

More on the find of the sarcophagus of Ramses II's 'treasurer':

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/10/egypt-uncovers-sarcophagus-reign-ramses-ii

More on Egypt renewing calls for the return of the Rosetta Stone and other artifacts:

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/12/1128288196/egypt-calls-for-the-return-of-the-rosetta-stone-and-other-ancient-artifacts
https://www.gpb.org/news/2022/10/12/egyptians-call-for-the-return-of-the-rosetta-stone-and-other-ancient-artifacts
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/oct/12/egyptian-academics-petition-for-return-of-rosetta-/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/10/egyptian-archaeologists-call-return-rosetta-stone

... and a related OpEd:

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-rosetta-stone-20221011-e2av6mfarzatvmrwji6wtrdzfm-story.html

Feature on 'animation' on a 5200 years bp vase from Iran:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/10/behold-the-worlds-oldest-animation-made-on-a-vase-in-iran-5200-years-ago.html

The latest major mosaic find is 1600 years bp and depicts scenes from the Trojan war and is from Rastan (Syria):

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-syria-rare-roman-mosaic-rebel.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63240648
https://www.dw.com/en/scenes-from-troy-roman-era-mosaic-discovered-in-syria/a-63427092
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/dazzling-roman-mosaic-discovered-syrias-rastan
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/10/syria-unearths-stunning-roman-era-mosaic
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221013-syria-unearths-rarest-ancient-roman-era-mosaic-near-homs/
https://apnews.com/article/science-travel-middle-east-syria-d0a5b2866292151377ac4a15ed64d657
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-digs-up-rare-roman-mosaic-in-former-rebel-stronghold-177675
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/rare-roman-era-mosaic-unearthed-in-ex-opposition-stronghold-in-syria
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11307601/Archaeologists-dig-Roman-mosaic-former-rebel-stronghold-Syria.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/10/15/1129146779/syria-mosaic-roman-era
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/culture/history-discovery-mosaic-syria-roman-b2202348.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/syria-digs-up-rare-roman-mosaic-in-former-rebel-stronghold/2022/10/12/aca48b98-4a24-11ed-8153-96ee97b218d2_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-ancient-roman-mosaic-rare-and-rich-in-details-discovered-rastan/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-digs-rare-roman-mosaic-rebel-stronghold-91377578
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article267273977.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-unveils-ancient-roman-mosaic-deemed-most-important-find-since-conflict-began/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719754
https://www.euronews.com/video/2022/10/12/syria-unearths-rarest-roman-era-mosaic
https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/14/greek-roman-era-mosaic-uncovered-syria/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/13/rarest-ever-mosaic-depicting-the-trojan-war-is-found-in-syria/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65393
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1013/c90000-10157779.html
https://english.news.cn/20221013/3836b0000ca54cc89713fdc595640e82/c.html
https://arkeonews.net/syria-uncovered-a-large-intact-mosaic-that-dates-back-to-the-roman-era/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-roman-mosaic-found-syria-2192271
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/syria-mosaic-rastan-ancient-rome-1234642974/

A drone/remote sensing study of Iraq's Tell al-Hiba site suggests that an ancient city was built on four marsh islands there:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mesopotamia-city-marsh-islands-drone-lagash-iraq
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10928-221014-mesopotamia-lagash-islands

Feature on digital Assyriology:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/10/cuneiform-wide-web

A well-funded project to set up a database for Jordan's cultural artifacts:

https://menafn.com/1105018842/23M-US-Funded-Project-Launched-To-Set-Up-Database-For-Jordans-Moveable-Cultural-Artifacts

More on the Umayyad/Abbasid finds near Khirbat al-Minya:

https://the-past.com/news/ancient-settlement-and-mosaics-uncovered-on-the-shores-of-the-sea-of-galilee/

More on the 44 Byzantine-era gold coins found in a wall in Banias:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buried-treasure-of-44-byzantine-gold-coins-found-in-israel-nature-reserve-180980914/

In case you missed the archaeological finds suggesting Josephus' account of 70 CE were accurate:

https://aleteia.org/2022/10/12/study-backs-josephus-account-of-roman-conquest-of-jerusalem/

Feature on the Tel Azekah site:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/digging-in-tel-azekah/?mqsc=E4147620&dk=ZE23O0ZF0

Feature on agriculture in the Negev during Byzantine times:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-10-13/ty-article-magazine/.premium/making-the-negev-bloom-the-byzantines-did-it-first/00000183-d105-d16d-abab-d53de7580000

Feature on medieval hand grenades excavated in the Old City back in the 1960s:

https://discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/medieval-hand-grenade-reveals-ancient-explosive-technology

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Hellenistic burial from a site in Mugla:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-tomb-found-in-southwestern-province-177566

A major (it seems) Hellenistic fortress site found near Apollonia Pontica/Sozopol:

https://bnt.bg/news/unknown-fortress-key-to-apollonia-pontica-discovered-near-sozopol-310590news.html

GPR has revealed a 'monumental' Roman structure beneath an 18th century church in Croatia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/monumental-roman-structure-identified-using-ground-penetrating-radar/144978

Remains of a mill at a Roman villa site in Rieti (Italian):

https://corrieredirieti.corr.it/gallery/rieti/33422155/rieti-scoperta-archeologica-mompeo-frantoio-antico-villa-romana-foto.html

Small finds from excavations on the Via Appia Antica (Italian):

https://www.iltabloid.it/2022/10/11/via-appia-antica-39-i-risultati-della-prima-campagna-di-scavo.html

Hospital construction revealed some major Roman remains in Padua (Italian):

https://www.polesine24.it/home/2022/10/15/news/scavano-in-ospedale-trovano-una-citta-romana-207789/

Finds from various periods from some excavations on the Taman Peninsula:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/excavations-uncover-the-treasures-of-the-ancient-inhabitants-of-the-taman-peninsula/144969

A site for some Derby Racecourse playing fields will be excavated in the search for Roman remains:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-63186890

Feature on the excavations at a site in Castleshaw, where they're currently working on the route of a Roman road:

https://saddind.co.uk/castleshaw-uncovered-excavations-look-for-roman-road/

Feature/interview on the Zominthos site:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/11/zominthos-a-palace-on-the-mountain/

More on the possible temple of Poseidon find at Samikos:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article267320062.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719346
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-may-have-found-the-sanctuary-of-samian-poseidon-described-in-ancient-texts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-have-found-the-temple-to-poseidon-recorded-in-the-greek-historian-strabos-ancient-encyclopedia-2190431
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/archaeologists-may-have-uncovered-the-sanctuary-of-samian-poseidon-at-samicum/144936
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/12/has-the-sanctuary-of-poseidon-been-located-at-kleidi-samikos/

More on the Roman burial grounds being excavated in Nimes:

https://the-past.com/news/roman-cemetery-unearthed-in-nimes/

More on the 'fridge' from a Roman military camp in Bulgaria:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article267117666.html
https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C93808%2Carchaeologists-find-ancient-fridge-roman-camp.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10919-221011-bulgaria-roman-refrigerator

More on the mosaics from Hadrianopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/10/ancient-greek-mosaics-unearthed-in-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/09/new-mosaics-unearthed-in-ancient-greek-city-hadrianopolis-located-in-the-black-sea/

More on the 'medusa medal' find from Perre:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719345

More on the (now two) Roman shipwrecks found off Grado (Italian):

https://initalia.virgilio.it/grado-scoperte-navi-romane-64354

More on game pieces from Santorini:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-10-11/ty-article/round-stones-found-in-prehistoric-santorini-are-game-pieces-study-says/00000183-c6ec-d8cc-afc7-feecc9830000

More on DNA evidence of the use of mercenaries at the Battle of Himera:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2022/10/legendary-battle-of-himera-was-triumph-of-greek-heroism-kind-of/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1195278/mercenaries-for-hire-ancient-dna-study-makes-startling-discovery/
https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2205272119

More on iPad use in the excavations at Pompeii:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pompeii-archaeologists-use-ipad-2190232

Hype for Scott DiGiulio, *Documentality: new Approaches to Written Documents on Imperial Life and Literature*:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2022/10/msu-faculty-members-book-suggests-new-views-ancient-romans-use-documents

Feature on the antiquities found and on display at the new metro station at Piraeus:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/11/amazing-new-metro-piraeus/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/12/ancient-history-piraeus-unearthed-pe/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/13/both-a-metro-station-and-antiquities-in-piraeus/

Feature on the tomb of St Nicholas of Myra (not sure how recent this is):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/12/tomb-saint-nicholas-santa-claus-unearthed-turkey/

Feature on some Mycenean swords found in Aegio a couple years ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/13/mycenaean-bronze-swords-greece/

Feature on possible Greek influence on the Terracotta Warriors:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/14/greeks-may-have-helped-build-chinas-famous-terracotta-army-2/

Feature on Greek art featuring Africans:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/14/africa-ancient-greek-art/

More on Elgin not paying the 'customs tax' on the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/10/elgin-smuggled-parthenon-sculptures/

Calls to change the law to allow the British Museum to return the Sculptures:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/change-law-to-let-british-museum-return-elgin-marbles-ex-culture-minister-urges-3nk8nkdr8

A new group formed with the goal of returning the Sculptures:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63231885
https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/elgin-marbles-could-be-sent-back-to-greece-former-government-minister/
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2084720195783
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/13/elgin-sculptures-new-body-aims-to-return-sculptures-to-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/11/stephen-fry-offers-win-win-solution-for-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47722-elgin-marbles-new-body-aims-to-return-sculptures-to-greece.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/uk-ex-culture-minister-leads-parthenon-marbles-return-review/
https://www.euronews.com/2022/10/13/parthenon-marbles-uk-body-seeks-return-of-artworks-to-greece-in-win-win-solution
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-13/tory-former-minister-to-chair-new-body-aiming-to-return-elgin-marbles-to-greece
https://www.thenational.wales/news/23044397.tory-former-minister-chair-new-body-aiming-return-elgin-marbles-greece/

... and some Australian legislators called for their return:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/10/10/australian-legislators-call-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures/

... as did Stephen Fry:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/11/stephen-fry-offers-win-win-solution-for-the-parthenon-marbles/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A study of DNA of Upper Paleolithic plant remains in the Aghitu-3 Cave in Armenia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-dna-sediments-insights-humans-paleolithic.html

A 10 500 years bp cremation burial from northern Germany:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/schleswig-holstein-bones-of-the-oldest-north-german-discovered-in-the-h47883.html
https://arkeonews.net/the-oldest-grave-in-northern-germany-10500-years-old/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65403

A 5000 years bp timber circle site near Norwich has been excavated (again):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-63242326

A Bronze Age burial mound and cemetery excavated at a housing development site has been opened to the public:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63000585

Evidence of a Bronze Age settlement site of some sort underwater in Lake Belys (Lithuania):

https://www.baltictimes.com/bronze_age_settlement_found_underwater_in_lithuania/
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/crime/suffolk-arrests-at-ancient-monument-9329876

Study suggests that Scotland's first farmers ca 3800 BCE weren't using fertilizer on their fields:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-scotland-farmers-didnt-manure.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10923-221012-scotland-manure-fields

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/scotlands-first-farmers-new-insights-into-early-farming-practices-in-northwest-europe/7C027B8A129F68533E558FAB47B63027

A reexamination of a Bronze Age site in Poland revealed assorted human and animal bones:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C93864%2Chuman-skull-found-site-bronze-age-treasure-discovery.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/12/human-skull-found-at-site-of-bronze-age-treasure-discovery/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10924-221013-poland-bronze-age

A major 'late antiquity' cave burial site from Valjevo:

https://www.telegraf.rs/english/3569186-the-largest-cave-tomb-in-europe-discovered-near-valjevo

Archaeologists in Northumberland are looking for evidence of a camp associated with the Viking Great Army:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-63192191
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/23039391.oxford-academic-leads-viking-great-army-camp-dig/

More than 200 medieval burials beneath a former department store in Wales:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/oct/11/hundreds-of-skeletons-found-beneath-former-department-store-in-pembrokeshire-ocky-white-haverfordwest
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-63193600
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11302715/Archaeologists-reveal-remains-240-adults-children-unearthed-former-department-store.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/skeletons-dig-ocky-white-department-store-haverfordwest-pembrokeshire-wales-b1031724.html
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/remains-hundreds-human-bodies-found-25229367
https://news.sky.com/story/remains-of-around-280-human-bodies-found-under-former-ocky-white-department-store-in-wales-12718132
https://nation.cymru/news/dead-found-under-pembrokeshire-department-store-may-date-from-owain-glyndwrs-war-of-independence/
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/hundreds-human-remains-found-site-25229460
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/human-remains-found-department-store-28205958
https://arkeonews.net/remains-of-240-people-found-beneath-ocky-white-department-store-in-wales/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65386
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10920-221012-wales-medieval-cemetery

Overview of a dig at Bedrule Castle trying to understand a major destruction there in 1545:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-63146219
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-search-borders-valleys-day-115618506.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/destroyed-henry-viii-borders-castle-070000698.html

Finds from various periods at a 'brick gallows' site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/23029270/first-survey-of-brick-gallows-unearths-bodies.html

More on elite use of crannog sites in medieval times:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-dna-sediment-reveals-ancient-artificial.html

More on the find of an Anglo-Saxon 'dining hall' from Rendlesham:

https://www.livescience.com/anglo-saxon-royal-hall-excavated-uk

More on all the footprints found along the coast near Formby:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-human-animal-footprints-england

A study of medieval Zwischgold:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-nanomaterial-middle-ages.html

A project to restore Moorish water systems in the Sierra Nevada mountains (Spain):

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221011-the-moorish-invention-that-tamed-spains-mountains

Feature on the Spanish island of Cabrera:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0d3l77h/cabrera-the-heavenly-island-that-became-hell-on-earth

Climate-change-related concerns for Koln Cathedral:

https://www.dw.com/en/european-day-of-restoration-protecting-the-cologne-cathedral/a-63444422
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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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Song dynasty relief murals on the Zhouqiao Bridge in Kaifeng:

https://arkeonews.net/huge-ancient-stone-murals-discovered-in-central-china-it-is-an-important-discovery-that-enriches-and-rewrites-the-art-history-of-the-song-dynasty/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65352

Overview of finds made over the past four years at the Zhouqiao relics site in Kaifeng:

https://arkeonews.net/huge-ancient-stone-murals-discovered-in-central-china-it-is-an-important-discovery-that-enriches-and-rewrites-the-art-history-of-the-song-dynasty/

Photo overview of the Shuomen ancient port site in Zhejiang:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202210/1276961.shtml
https://english.news.cn/20221012/6b2bdb50fde64215b7ed09bb378170c6/c.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/trending-china/article/3195907/photos-ancient-chinese-port-city-reveals-secrets

Feature on the Sanxingdui ruins:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-10-15/Sanxingdui-Ruins-shed-light-on-China-s-cultural-origins--1e9dsFODbiM/index.html

Feature on the Liangzhu Archaeological Site:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-10-13/VHJhbnNjcmlwdDY4Nzc0/index.html

Feature on emperor Liu He:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3194324/meet-chinas-shortest-reigning-emperor-who-was-banished-life

Feature on Fang Qin and his archaeological stories:

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202210/14/WS63489e68a310fd2b29e7c575.html

I think we mentioned this 6000 years bp skull (and other items) found in a cave in Taiwan:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-year-old-skull-cave-taiwan-possibly.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719397
https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-taiwan-original-inhabitants-852352354/

A study of 45 000 years bp (and later) projectile points used in Sri Lanka:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-stone-projectile-skills-foragers-occupy.html

cf: https://phys.org/news/2022-10-stone-projectile-skills-foragers-occupy.html

Temple renovations in Sivaganga revealed a 400 years bp inscription:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/oct/15/400-year-old-stone-inscription-on-temple-renovation-uncovered-insivaganga-2508262.html

Feature on B.B. Lal:

https://thewire.in/history/b-b-lal-hindutva-archaeology-ram-temple-babri-masjid-ayodhya

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A project to preserve Lingka Dreaming carvings on boab trees in the Tanami Desert:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-ancient-indigenous-boab-trees.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-10-12/boab-trees-snake-carvings-indigenous-dreaming-tanami-desert/101521668
https://thewest.com.au/news/environment/race-to-document-ancient-boab-carvings-c-8520241
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/race-to-save-ancient-art-in-the-bark-of-australias-boab-trees/144960
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10926-221013-australia-boab-carvings

A possible 'sweathouse' find from an Irish clachan site in Australia:

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/irish-village-at-baker-s-flat-was-a-place-of-sweat-and-survival-for-those-fleeing-the-great-famine/ar-AA12I9Jf
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10925-221013-australia-ireland-sweathouse

Overview of finds made prior to construction of Christchurch's Te Kaha stadium:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/130140637/skeletons-a-fossil-and-thousands-of-treasures-reveal-christchurch-history

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NORTH AMERICA
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Low waters in the Mississippi have revealed a 100 years bp shipwreck:

https://www.kktv.com/2022/10/11/treasure-hunter-finds-100-year-old-sunken-ship-i-had-no-idea-what-i-was-walking-over/

Feature on the three largest shipwrecks in the St Lawrence:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-largest-shipwrecks-st-lawrence-river.html

Feature on the ongoing digs at San Francisco's Presidio:

https://abc7news.com/presidio-el-de-san-francisco-kari-jones-edward-haro/12300390/

'Amateur archaeologists' are hindering historic preservation efforts in Alexandria:

https://www.alxnow.com/2022/10/12/raiders-of-the-back-yard-alexandria-struggles-with-amateur-archaeologists/

More on hopes for a 'hidden village' site where those canoes from Lake Mendota were found:

https://www.wkow.com/news/archaeologists-say-ancient-canoes-found-in-lake-mendota-may-point-to-a-hidden-village-beneath/article_eee23cf0-3b95-11ed-a265-27388956f16c.html
https://www.wqow.com/news/wisconsin/archaeologists-say-ancient-canoes-found-in-lake-mendota-may-point-to-a-hidden-village-beneath/article_bfaca69e-07f1-5e8a-b8ec-7553c69046dc.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Ychsma culture pottery (maybe) from the Huaca la Palma site:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-over-500yearold-ceramics-found-in-peru-912873.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10917-221011-peru-ychsma-pottery

Eight 'colonial-era' mummies from Lima:

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/archaeologists-unearth-eight-colonial-era-mummies-peru-2022-10-13/
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-unearth-colonial-era-mummies-065209176.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719658

Blue fibres in the teeth of some Maya sacrifice victims from Belize suggests (maybe) they had been gagged:

https://www.livescience.com/midnight-terror-cave-maya-sacrifice-victims
https://www.livescience.com/midnight-terror-cave-maya-sacrifice-victims
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/maya-sacrificial-victims-found-in-the-midnight-terror-cave-may-have-been-gagged/144943
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10922-221012-maya-blue-fibers

A pre-Columbian wall painting in a convent in Mexico in Tepotzlan may depict Tepoztecatl:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/10/12/archaeologists-discover-pre-columbian-mural-in-mexican-convent
https://www.heraldonline.com/news/nation-world/world/article267310802.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article267310802.html
https://arkeonews.net/a-500-year-old-mural-linked-to-an-aztec-god-was-found-under-layers-of-paint-in-mexican-church/

More on the 76 Chimu burials of sacrificed children from Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/child-sacrifices-chimu-people-peru
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-719278
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65373
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10921-221012-peru-child-sacrifice

More on the finds from the Maya site of Ta'ab Nuk Na:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-ancient-maya-salt-makers-home.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-maya-salt-kitchens-2190166
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/new-insights-revealed-during-underwater-excavation-of-maya-salt-mines/144912?amp

More on the fire damage to moai statuary on Easter Island:

https://www.livescience.com/easter-island-fire-irreparably-damages-statues
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-63167941
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10918-221011-easter-island-fire

Feature on archaeology in Lima:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/science/lima-peru-archaeology.html

Feature on Aztec chinampas and their resurgence:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221009-the-return-of-aztec-floating-farms
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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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Defending Chaucer against suggests he was a rapist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/13/books/geoffrey-chaucer-rape-charge.htm
https://slate.com/culture/2022/10/chaucer-rape-allegation-servant-new-documents-cecily-chaumpaigne.html

cf: https://scholarlypublishingcollective.org/psup/chaucer/issue/57/4

Folks might be interested in a petition seeking financial support of Swabian Jura cave and Ice Age art:

https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/wir-fordern-finanzielle-unterstuetzung-des-welterbes-hoehlen-und-eiszeitkunst-der-schwaebischen-alb

Feature on the invention of music:

https://theconversation.com/who-invented-music-the-search-for-stone-flutes-clay-whistles-and-the-dawn-of-song-185285

Feature on Bram Stoker:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/09/cutting-his-teeth-how-bram-stoker-found-his-inner-dracula-in-scotland

Feature on the blood of St Lawrence:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/amaseno-italy-blood-miracle/index.html

Feature on Nostradamus:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/10/why-nostradamus-predictions-are-still-winning-converts

Feature on Garcilaso de la Vega:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-10-13/garcilaso-de-la-vega-no-solo-poeta-sino-tambien-espia-imperial-en-la-guerra-contra-el-turco.html

Feature on Victorian floriography:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221012-the-flowers-that-send-a-hidden-message

Feature on Maharajah Duleep Singh and his friendship with Queen Victoria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-63225177

Feature on Tolkien's 'eucatastrophe':

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221005-eucatastrophe-tolkiens-word-for-the-anti-doomsday

Feature on the Codex Gigas:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/10/codex-gigas-the-devils-bible/144954

Feature on the history of communal living:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/15/from-romantics-to-21st-century-radicals-coleridge-shelley-and-the-roots-of-communal-living

Learning about 19th century breastfeeding from Impressionist art:

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-impressionist-insight-complicated-history-breastfeeding.html

On the current popularity of Malinche:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-10-09/todos-quieren-ahora-a-la-malinche.html

Something about flood stories and the Ice Age:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00438243.2022.2077821

cf: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/10/indigenous-aboriginal-ice-age-stories-true/671681/

Feature on new lighting for the statue of David:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/14/europe/michelangelo-david-florence-accademia-lighting/index.html

The National Library of France has done some extensive renovating:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/14/arts/design/french-national-library-reopens.html

More on evidence Galileo wrote an anonymous 17th century text:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/10/historian-galileo-wrote-a-17th-century-astronomy-treatise-under-pseudonym/

More on concerns for Shackleton's Endurance:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-of-shackletons-endurance-may-decay-out-of-existence-180980923/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Activists in Melbourne glued themselves to a Picasso:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/picasso-extinction-rebellion-intl/index.html

... while some in London threw tomato soup at a Van Gogh and glued themselve to the wall:

https://apnews.com/article/london-painting-climate-and-environment-b15e0092560b290c04920620b2d7c061
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63254878
https://www.jpost.com/omg/article-719699
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/van-gogh-sunflowers-attacked-2192303

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICAL
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On the ancient idea of virtue:

https://bigthink.com/thinking/the-ancient-concept-of-virtue-is-all-but-dead-its-time-to-revive-it/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hieroglyphs:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/oct/10/ancient-egypt-gods-sphinx-pharaohs-monsters-hieroglyphs-rosetta-stone-british-museum
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rosetta-stone-british-museum-200-year-anniversary-scn/index.html
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2181156/world
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/hieroglyphs-british-museum-london/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/hieroglyphs-british-museum-review-2022-fierce-rivalry-vicious/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/477713.aspx
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/10/11/british-museums-cracking-tale-of-ancient-egyptian-code-scholarly-rivalry-sex-and-a-magic-bath
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hieroglyphs-at-the-british-museum-review-a-mesmerising-show-worth-deciphering-n5q9cmh27
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldemar-januszczak-decodes-the-british-museums-hieroglyphics-show-k78vcdlf7
https://www.standard.co.uk/esrewards/exhibitions/hieroglyphs-unlocking-ancient-egypt-british-museum-review-rosetta-stone-b1031655.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/10/the-rosetta-stone-has-a-prominent-place-in-british-museum-exhibition/

Writing and Storytelling:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/477636.aspx

Execution:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/11/londons-execution-economy-grisly-exhibition-charts-5000-public-deaths?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Treasures of Crimea:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/oct/10/the-treasures-of-crimea-review-ukraine-and-russias-war-over-ancient-gold

Tutankhamun:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/museum/whats-on/talks-and-events/a-century-of-tutankhamun.html

Enheduanna:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/morgan-library-enheduanna-first-author-mesopotamia-1234642189/

Roman Frescoes:

https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/10/14/what-can-be-learned-from-ancient-roman-frescoes

Back to Aleppo:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-heritage/aleppo-synagogue-exhibit/

Proust:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/10/in-search-of-lost-toast-paris-show-reveals-origins-of-prousts-madeleines

Temple Offerings:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-temple-offerings-on-display-for-the-first-time-177531

The Tudors:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-art-was-such-a-powerful-tool-for-englands-tudor-monarchs-180980909/

Celtic Coins:

https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/news/ancient-celtic-coins-unearthed-in-new-forest-go-on-display-9278407/

Herculaneum Furniture:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-prepare-for-unusual-furniture-show-at-ancient-roman-city-of-herculaneum-jwmwrlc2k

Cezanne:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/oct/09/cezanne-tate-modern-london-review-a-mesmerising-master-of-mystery

Not sure where to put this item which has the Uffizi suing Jean Paul Gaultier:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/14/the-uffizi-gallery-sues-jean-paul-gaultier/

How the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is protected from climate change:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-10-11/amsterdam-se-hunde-por-la-sequia-pero-el-rijksmuseum-se-salva.html

Feature on Mexico City's Museo Kaluz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/14/arts/design/mexico-city-museo-kaluz.html

On the Smithsonian and slavery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/14/arts/smithsonian-museum-slavery-history.html

The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar has reopened:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/14/arts/design/qatar-museum-islamic-art.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Plenty of Anglo-Saxon artifacts from Ramsgate are coming to auction:

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2022/10/10/anglo-saxon-artefact-collection-from-cemetery-site-in-ramsgate-to-go-to-auction/

Big bucks for some 19th century Levi's jeans found in a mine shaft:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/19th-century-levis-jeans-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2022/oct/15/vintage-denim-jeans-chinese-exclusion-white-labor
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/10/13/19th-century-levis-jeans-found-in-mine-shaft-sell-for-more-than-87000/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theres-gold-in-them-thar-denim-jeans-levis-left-in-a-mine-fetch-87-000-at-auction-mv6w6rfqv
https://www.npr.org/2022/10/14/1128843922/vintage-levis-jeans-1880s-sold-thousands-racist-anti-chinese
https://www.wsj.com/articles/jeans-vintage-levis-1880s-auction-buyer-11665444076
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/oldest-pair-of-levi-jeans-auction-b2201880.html

Fallout from that 'bidding frenzy' Chinese vase auction from last week:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/art-expert-fired-after-underestimating-a-9m-chinese-vase-france-1234642787/

More on the sale of the Ellerby Hoard:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65408

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Facial reconstruction of a 31 000 years bp woman from what is now the Czech Republic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-facial-reconstruction-project-shows-what-a-stone-age-woman-may-have-looked-like-180980904/

More on the facial reconstructions of 12th-14th century Wigstownshire residents:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/10/10/face-to-face-with-our-medieval-ancestors/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Explaining the tourists-behaving-badly phenomenon:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-tourists-bad-behavior/index.html

Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.afar.com/magazine/visiting-one-of-the-worlds-greatest-archeological-sites-in-turkiye

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Colosseum:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-10-10/the-truth-behind-nero-the-colosseum-the-christians-and-the-lions.html
https://elpais.com/television/2022-10-10/neron-no-dio-de-comer-nunca-cristianos-a-los-leones-del-coliseo.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Increased security in the wake of nighthawking at Richboorough Roman fort:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sandwich/news/nighthawk-metal-detectorists-target-roman-fort-274933/

... and arrests for illegal metal detecting in Suffolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/crime/suffolk-arrests-at-ancient-monument-9329876

Overview of the al-Thani/Eskanzi fake antiquities lawsuit:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11307329/Art-dealer-admits-2-000-year-old-Afghan-bracelet-sold-super-rich-Qatari-sheikh-fake.html
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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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Nigeria continues to seek Benin bronzes from the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/11/nigeria-benin-repatriate-bronzes-smithsonian
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/10/12/nigeria-tells-london-when-not-benin-bronzes-will-returned/

A man in Dallas is seeking a quilt created by enslaved Texans which is currently in the British Museum:

https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/dallas-man-seeks-quilt-created-enslaved-east-texans-currently-housed-in-british-museum/501-c47afbc8-ecf7-481d-ac70-f8eabd7b9be3

More on the Smithsonian returning 29 Benin bronzes to Nigeria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/10/11/smithsonian-benin-bronzes-nigeria/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/benin-bronzes-us-museums-tan/index.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/12/us-returns-african-bronzes-stolen-by-british-colonial-forces

More on India wanting the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond:

https://english.elpais.com/international/2022-10-15/india-claims-the-koh-i-noor-diamond-the-jewel-of-queen-elizabeths-crown.html

More on the agreement between the Met and Greece regarding Leonard Stern's Cycladic collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/arts/design/stern-cycladic-antiquities-met-museum-greece.html
https://nypost.com/2022/10/12/critics-angry-over-greeces-art-deal-with-leonard-stern/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on 'money before coinage':

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-money-before-coinage/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n41.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n42.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Kevin Locke:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/09/arts/dance/kevin-locke-dead.html

Robert Skelton:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/oct/13/robert-skelton-obituary

David B. O'Connor:

https://nyunews.com/news/2022/10/12/nyu-egyptologist-david-oconnor/

T. Leslie Shear Jr:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2022/10/07/t-leslie-shear-jr-classical-archaeologist-rigorous-scholar-and-inspiring-teacher

Bruno Latour:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/12/books/bruno-latour-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/3212-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-2nd-through-the-8th-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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