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explorator 24.52 April 17, 2022
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 120 000 years bp Neanderthal camp site from Spain's Alicante province (last summer):

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/04/15/archaeologists-uncover-120000-year-old-neanderthal-camp-site-in-spains-alicante-area/

On the importance of archery to the survival of early humans:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/16/how-archery-was-vital-to-the-survival-of-early-humans

Using climate modelling to determine the environments in which various early human species lived:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-early-human-habitats-linked-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413131147.htm
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-04-14/human-evolution-climate-change-migration-homo-sapiens-africa/100984382
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-human-evolution-habitat-migration
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-climate-altered-human-evolution-study
https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-massive-hidden-factor-in-the-evolution-of-humans-over-2-million-years
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/early-human-habitats-linked-to-past.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/14/early-human-habitats-linked-to-past-climate-shifts/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-climate-change-affect-ancient-humans-180979908/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10462-220413-climate-human-evolution

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00975-x
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01050-1

Feature on 8 early human species:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/other-human-species/

More on the 45 000 years bp 'population hub' from Africa accounting for Asian populations in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-population-hub-africa-east-asian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/948948
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10456-220412-europe-asia-migration
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Nubian site of Tombos (Sudan):

https://theconversation.com/archaeological-site-along-the-nile-opens-a-window-on-the-nubian-civilization-that-flourished-in-ancient-sudan-174575
https://phys.org/news/2022-04-archaeological-site-nile-reveals-nubian.html
https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Archaeological-site-along-the-Nile-opens-a-window-17074928.php
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Archaeological-site-along-the-Nile-opens-a-window-17074928.php

A study of food residues in Nok culture (Nigeria) pottery shows a diet rich in plants:

https://theconversation.com/chemical-traces-in-ancient-west-african-pots-show-a-diet-rich-in-plants-177579
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Greco-Roman era pottery workshop and storage facility from Alexandria:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/464431/Antiquities/GrecoRoman/GraecoRoman-pottery-workshop,-storage-facility-une.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114799/Roman-era-pottery-manufacturing-workshop-discovered-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Alexandria
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-roman-era-pottery-making-workshop-uncovered-in-alexandria/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/12/ancient-greek-workshop-alexandria/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/20220412/16e9f66103ab43688ba693d72117ed4d/c.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/amphora-workshop-uncovered-in-tabba-matouh/143327
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/amphora-workshop-uncovered-in-tabba-matouh/

More on the reerection of an obelisk associated with Hatshepsut at Karnat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114711/Hatshepsut-Obelisk-restored-re-erected-successfully-in-Karnak-Temples
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-restores-erects-obelisk-of-queen-hatshepsut-at-karnak/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/04/11/egypt-restores-re-erects-obelisk-of-queen-hatshepsut-at-karnak/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/04/10/ancient-obelisk-re-erected-in-original-location-at-luxors-karnak-temple/

Egypt relocated the Mashhad al-Tabataba, the only remaining monument from the Ikhshidid era:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/egypt-saves-only-remaining-monument-ikhshidid-era

Feature on the first known prosthetic device (from Egypt):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/114744/1st-prosthetic-limb-known-to-mankind-was-made-in-ancient

Feature on the mummy of Herakleides at the Getty:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63819

More on the 4000 years bp 'bitumen boat' remains from near Uruk:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/mesopotamian_boat/?mqsc=E4143288&dk=ZE2140ZF0
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-sumerian-riverboat-in-iraq/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10458-220412-iraq-uruk-boat

A survey suggests Iran's Islamic Feyzabad site has archaeological potential:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/471545/Qazvin-s-Feyzabad-holds-historical-values-archaeologist

Climate-change-related concerns for monuments in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/15/iraq-ancient-buildings-destroyed-by-climate-change-salt-sandstorms

Feature on the Banu Musa brothers:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/banu-musa-the-9th-century-muslim-inventors-who-revolutionised-automation-56360

Excerpt from Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, *Persians: The Age of the Great Kings*:

https://lithub.com/on-the-wests-demonization-of-ancient-persia/

... and a review:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/persians-iran-history-book-review-mighty-and-misunderstood-11650033881

Feature on the concept of music in Mesopotamia:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/04/music-ancient-mesopotamia

Finds from Kultepe (period?) are going on display:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/artifacts-unearthed-from-turkiyes-kultepe-to-go-on-display/2564484

The medieval (probably) altar of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was 'rediscovered' this week:

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/church-holy-sepulchres-ancient-altar-rediscovered-researchers-say-2022-04-13/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704039
https://www.timesofisrael.com/researchers-rediscover-original-medieval-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/14/graffiti-covered-stone-slab-might-mark-lost-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulcher/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/jerusalem-ancient-altar-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/church-holy-sepulchres-ancient-altar-rediscovered-researchers-say-rcna24347
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/researches-rediscover-ancient-altar-of-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre

... and an interview with Jodi Magness on the archaeology going on there:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-does-archaeology-say-about-the-location-of-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/

A Byzantine mosaic is the latest item from Israel found by a 'family out for a hike':

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/11/family-out-for-a-hike-stumbles-across-byzantine-era-mosaic/

Feature on the nature of Jerusalem archaeology:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jerusalem-archaeology-modernizes-but-runs-into-ancient-problems/

Palestinians apparently vandalized Joseph's Tomb:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-vandalize-west-bank-shrine-drawing-israeli-condemnations/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-703723

... and it was 'secretly' repaired:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/04/13/josephs-tomb-repaired-in-covert-dawn-mission/

... related opEd:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703796
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-joseph-s-tomb-an-ongoing-israeli-palestinian-flashpoint-1.10734530

Meanwhile, once again Israeli settlers 'invaded' Sebastia:

https://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonizers-soldiers-invade-sebastia-2/

... and Israeli bombings threaten archaeological sites in Gaza:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/forensic-architecture-israel-destroy-palestinian-archaeological-site-2099642

253 sites were identified in Asir and Hail:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2061141/saudi-arabia

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Bronze Age and Roman finds from a dig in the North York Moors:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bronze-age-and-roman-discoveries-at-archaeological-dig-at-prehistoric-farming-village-in-the-north-york-moors-3651600

A Roman sarcophagus (2nd century?) from Teramo (Italian):

https://www.rivieraoggi.it/2022/04/13/350977/sarcofago-di-epoca-romana-rinvenuto-e-recuperato-in-provincia-di-teramo/

Time Team was digging at the Roman villa near Banbury:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/why-the-romans-built-a-huge-villa-near-banbury-time-teams-dig-reveals-valuable-evidence-and-artists-impressions-show-an-incredibly-beautiful-site-3656562

A hoard of more than 1000 Constantine-era coins from Bebendorf (Switzerland):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63842

A 5th century mosaic find from Theodoric's palace in Verona:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/04/13/theodoric-the-great-villa-mosaic-found-near-verona_f092783e-10af-4d05-92c0-6392fdf676a8.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63855
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10464-220414-italy-theodoric-mosaic

Road construction damaged a Roman aqueduct in Nis (Serbia):

https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/roman-aqueduct-damaged-in-southern-serbian-city/

A report reveals hundreds of antiquities were looted from Samos during WWII:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1182143/german-research-shows-samos-antiquities-were-looted-before-wwi/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/14/ancient-greek-german-museum/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/13/germany-looted-greek-antiquities-samos/

Restoration of a Byzantine mosaic in Nahariya was recently completed:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703768

1266 Roman coins found in Wiltshire a decade ago are going on display:

https://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/20060324.roman-coins-treasure-found-wiltshire-go-display/

More on the Hellenistic cremation burial from Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig-reveals-hellenistic-cremation-tomb
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/hellenistic-cremation-tomb-found-in-istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig/2559474
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10457-220413-istanbul-hellenistic-tomb

More on the suggested 'start date' for the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-start-date-found
https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7d899/another-mystery-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism-may-have-been-solved
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/researchers-home-in-on-possible-day-zero-for-antikythera-mechanism/

... and features on the artifact itself:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/interviews/1182202/antikythera-mechanism-a-crowning-achievement-of-ancient-technology/
https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-photos

More on a study of Roman coins and what they reveal about a late-Republic currency crisis:

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/research_team_sheds
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10452-220411-coins-silver-copper

More on Pompeii's robot dog:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703968
https://hyperallergic.com/723619/meet-spot-the-robot-underdog-of-pompeii/
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/11/1092162972/boston-dynamics-robot-dogs-pompeii

Feature on Stephen Miller and his work at Nemea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/14/american-archaeologist-devotes-life-to-reviving-ancient-nemean-games/

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.livescience.com/37061-boudicca.html

Feature on a family in Rome reconstructing an ancient Roman warship (Italian):

https://www.archeomedia.net/roma-ostia-antica-una-famiglia-di-maestri-dascia-ricostruisce-unantica-nave-da-guerra-romana/

Feature on obelisks in Rome:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/istanbuls-haydarpasa-dig-reveals-hellenistic-cremation-tomb

Feature on a bowl from Tibet depicting Alexander:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-bowl-from-tibet-shows-alexander-the-great-the-jewish-version-1.10734329

Feature on Circe:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/13/circe-greek-mythology/

Feature on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:

https://www.livescience.com/seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world

Feature on Alexander and Diogenes:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/15/alexander-great-diogenes-philosophy/

Feature on an earthquake that hit Crete in 365 CE:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/10/ancient-earthquake-destroyed-everything-crete/

Feature on Greek sports:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/11/seven-sports-ancient-greeks/

Feature on gambling in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/11/gambling-ancient-greece-dice-games/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/ancient-greeks-and-gambling/

Feature on a manuscript found in 2007 revealing a battle between Goths and Greeks at Thermopylae in 262 CE:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/11/ancient-text-reveals-epic-battle-between-greeks-and-goths-at-thermopylae/

Feature on the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/12/greek-origins-marseille-france-oldest-city/

Feature on celebrating birthdays in ancient Rome:

https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-celebrating-birthdays-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the 'Pasquino' statue in Rome:

https://www.publicbooks.org/pasquino-statue-rome-italy-covid/

Feature on the Roman ships of Fiumicino:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63811

Feature comparing Homeric and Biblical 'nobodies':

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2022/04/homeric-and-biblical-nobodies/

The British Museum denied a request to 3d scan the Parthenon sculptures (not sure is this is a new 'denial'):

https://hyperallergic.com/722684/british-museum-denies-request-to-3d-scan-parthenon-marbles/

... while the new director of the Acropolis Museum is (as expected) calling for their return:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220414-time-to-close-parthenon-marbles-row-acropolis-museum-director
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/acropolis-museum-parthenon-marbles-returned-greece-b994496.html

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-41422?s=r
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 3000 years bp burial from Alava is the earliest known victim of bubonic plague:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-04-11/un-hombre-enterrado-en-la-peninsula-hace-3000-anos-ilumina-el-origen-de-la-peor-pandemia-de-la-historia.html

Neolithic and Bronze Age finds from a farming site near Guisborough:

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/20066371.archaeological-dig-gives-new-insight-prehistoric-farming-near-guisborough/

Bronze and Iron Age hoards from a Shropshire site:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2022/04/13/shropshire-is-home-to-one-of-the-most-important-archaeological-sites-in-western-britain-says-expert/

GPR has located a Viking-age boat burial near Oyesletta in Norway:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/viking-ship-grave-discovered-in-kvinesdal/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/survey-locates-boat-grave-from-viking-age/143321

Pondering an Iron Age (?) sandal found in Norway's Horse Ice Patch:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-iron-age/why-was-this-flimsy-roman-looking-sandal-buried-beneath-the-snow-in-an-ancient-dangerous-norwegian-mountain-pass/2008637

They're repeating the news of the discovery of a sarcophagus and other items in Notre Dame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/14/ancient-tombs-statues-notre-dame-cathedral-archaeological-dig
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/04/15/notre-dame-cathedral-archaeological-dig-report/2501650031303/
https://www.wsaz.com/gallery/2022/04/15/photos-ancient-tombs-statues-found-underneath-notre-dame/
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/mystery-sarcophagus-found-under-notre-dame-cathedral-56364
https://www.news24.com/news24/world/news/see-mystery-stone-coffin-believed-to-be-from-the-14th-century-found-in-notre-dame-after-the-fire-20220414
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/16/1093200949/notre-dame-cathedral-artifacts-found

... apparently because of plans to open the sarcophagus:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-mystery-sarcophagus-notre-dame.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220414-mystery-sarcophagus-found-in-notre-dame-to-be-opened
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mystery-lead-sarcophagus-found-below-firedamaged-notredame-to-be-opened/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/a-mysterious-sarcophagus-discovered-beneath-notre-dame-will-soon-be-opened-1234625466/

... and an update on what's going on with restoration efforts:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/04/14/notre-dame-trois-ans-apres-ce-qui-a-ete-fait-et-ce-qui-reste-a-faire/

18th/19th century finds from a hotel construction site in Nuneaton:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/in-your-area/archaeologists-unearth-incredible-18th-century-23684434

Treasure inquests are under way for some items found in Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/treasure-inquests-opened-norfolk-historic-objects-8896264

More on the height of early European farmer types:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-european-farmers-heights.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220407170927.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/first-european-farmers-heights-did-not.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/14/first-european-farmers-heights-did-not-meet-expectations/

More on the 'lost' Ice Age cave from near Brixham being rediscovered:

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/lost-ancient-prehistoric-cave-first-6934385

More on the find of 'Arthurian-era' royal burials in the UK:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-royal-graves-dated-to-the-time-of-king-arthur-found-in-great-britain-180979927/

More on Vikings and the reason they left Greenland:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/sorry-vikings-you-didn-t-flee-greenland-because-of-little-ice-age-1.10742336

More on efforts to preserved bricks found in the Mary Rose:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/13/the-race-to-preserve-the-bricks-of-a-tudor-warship/
https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/20060324.roman-coins-treasure-found-wiltshire-go-display/

A project to restore a 1000 year bp water system in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/11/ancient-water-system-restore-spain-sierra-nevada-aoe

Feature on peat bogs in Ireland:

https://www.thetravel.com/visit-peat-bogs-of-ireland/

Feature on the Lyons 'fishbones' (tunnels):

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lyon-treasure-fishbones-tunnels

Feature on witch hunting in medieval Catalonia:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c04nbt/the-remote-village-with-the-key-to-a-dark-european-chapter

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Three Tang Dynasty tombs from Shanxi:

https://english.news.cn/20220411/d6f6e68dfa594a3398c4c3b4f11340ec/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/11/content_78158522.htm

A pair of early Western Han burials from Yancheng:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63830

More on that project to restore some Tang Dynasty armour:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1258922.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2022-04-12/detail-ihaxmtii6873717.shtml
https://english.news.cn/20220412/649ace9ae89b4e5ba9bfb79c319eb0f6/c.html

Feature on the Kayakekudduke Watchtower Site in northwest China:

https://english.news.cn/20220414/227414e3e8944f46b027c5330824e5a9/c.html

Study suggests the Bamboo Annals contain the earliest account of a candidate aurora:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-earliest-candidate-aurora-chinese-annals.html
https://www.iflscience.com/space/worlds-earliest-account-of-auroras-found-in-3000yearold-chinese-documents/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0273117722000229

Chinese scholars are collaborating with their Afghan counterparts to conserve Silk Road relics:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259139.shtml

Cambodia has started restoration of the gate to the Ta Prohm temple:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/20220411/3e0d92631b0d4db88b80af764411680e/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-04/13/content_78162582.htm

Funding for a study of the people of Angkor:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501057492/318000-study-award-to-university-of-hawaii-anthropologist-to-study-people-of-angkor/

A 900-1200 years bp Buddhist stupa from Nateshwar (Bangladesh):

https://bdnews24.com/science/2022/04/17/another-buddhist-stupa-found-at-munshiganj-archaeological-site

Concerns for a 920 years bp Nandi idol from Nalgonda:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/920-yr-old-nandi-idol-found-in-utter-neglect-in-nalgonda-dist/articleshow/90886553.cms

More on the giant stone jars from Assam:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-stone-jars-india
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/how-ancient-megalithic-jars-connect-assam-with-laos-and-indonesia-7865066/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/india-archeology-stone-jars-assam/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-mysterious-giant-jars-in-india-180979864/

Feature on the Adichanallur excavations:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/thoothukudi/article65309279.ece
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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More on the 50 000 years bp rock shelter site from Pilbarra:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/08/wa-aboriginal-site-near-rio-tinto-mine-more-than-50000-years-old-new-study-reveals
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10454-220411-western-australia-occupation
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NORTH AMERICA
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Digging is under way at the Franklin Grove estate in Tennessee:

https://www.williamsonherald.com/news/local_news/archaeological-digs-begin-at-franklin-grove-site/article_140eae6c-b9ca-11ec-b832-0f7ca7b258d4.html
https://williamsonsource.com/archaeologists-are-conducting-digs-at-future-home-of-franklin-grove/

Overviewish thing on a dig to reveal what remains of Payne's Crossing:

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2022/04/students-faculty-set-out-uncover-once-thriving-civil-war-era-african-american

Climate change concerns for sites in Palm Beach County:

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/environment/2022-04-16/climate-change-is-affecting-archaeological-sites-in-palm-beach-county

Feature on obsidian use by Lake County indigenous folk:

https://www.lakecountybloom.com/obsidian-use-in-lake-countys-indigenous-cultures/

Feature on Fort Ross:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2022/04/12/fort-ross-russian-jamestown/

More on migrants not coming to North America via an ice-free corridor some 13 000 years bp:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ice-free-corridor-clovis-americas/

More on the identification of the Sparrow Hawk:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/is-this-new-englands-oldest-known-english-shipwreck-sparrow-hawk-180979880/

Plans to 'resink' some timbers from historic ships found in Old Town Alexandria a while ago:

https://www.alxnow.com/2022/04/12/historic-ship-re-sinking-to-start-next-month-at-ben-brenman-park/

The National Park Service has added 16 new Underground Railroad sites to its network:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-adds-16-new-sites-to-the-underground-railroad-network-180979904/

Review of Allen Guelzo, *Robert E Lee: A Life*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n07/matthew-karp/his-whiskers-trimmed

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Mural fragments from the Las Pinturas pyramid in San Bartolo, Guatemala reveal the earliest known record of a Maya calendar (300-200 BCE):

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-earliest-evidence-maya-sacred-calendar.html
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-maya-calendar
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-04-14/earliest-record-of-the-maya-calendar-found-in-the-depths-of-guatemalan-pyramid.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/earliest-evidence-maya-calendar-found-guatemalan-pyramid-rcna24402
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/maya-calendar-hieroglyph-date-oldest-evidence
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/the-earliest-mayan-calendar-may-have-been-found-in-2300-year-old-guatemalan-ruins/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-704256
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-earliest-maya-calendar-in-guatemalan-pyramid
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/63849
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/this-is-the-oldest-known-use-of-the-maya-calendar/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-earliest-example-of-a-maya-calendar-has-been-found-in-fragments-in-guatemala
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/04/fragments-of-ancient-maya-260-day-calendar-found-in-guatemala/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/earliest-record-of-maya-calendar-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10463-220414-guatemala-maya-calendar

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abl9290
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01058-7

1500 years bp (or thereabouts) ritual deposits from feasts at Palenque:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/ritual-deposits-from-ancient-feasts-found-at-palanque/143336

I think we mentioned this surgeon's burial from Lambayeque:

https://boingboing.net/2022/04/12/ancient-surgeon-found-buried-with-his-scalpels-awls-needles-and-other-tools-of-the-trade.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/ancient-peruvian-was-buried-with-tools-for-cranial-surgery/

A wall collapse at the pre-Inca site of Kuelap has led to its temporary closure:

https://perureports.com/peru-temporarily-closes-pre-incan-archeological-site-kuelap-after-wall-collapse/9318/

More on an earthquake and tsunami affecting Chile's Atacama desert some 3800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-megathrust-earthquake-tsunami-years-hunter-gathers.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/people-avoided-chiles-coast-for-1000-years-after-ancient-megatsunami/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/a-tsunami-wiped-out-ancient-communities-the-atacama-desert-3800-years-ago/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ferocious-super-quake-we-never-knew-about-sent-humans-into-hiding-for-1-000-years
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/massive-earthquake-and-tsunami-wiped.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10455-220412-chile-atacama-desert

More on Inca sacrifice victims being given ayahuasca:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/inca-children-were-drugged-and-then-sacrificed-on-volcanic-peaks-and-mountains/143318
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01037-y

More on stone spheres from Costa Rica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/archaeologists-excavate-giant-stone-spheres-in-costa-rica/143313

More on not-Machu Picchu:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-703855
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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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Study suggests the origin is civilization is tied specifically to the adoption of cereal crops:

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/study_sheds_new
https://phys.org/news/2022-04-civilization.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-new-hypothesis-for-how-human-civilizations-first-got-started
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/04/study-sheds-new-light-on-origin-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/study-sheds-new-light-on-the-origin-of-civilisation/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10461-220413-cereal-farming-tax

cf: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/718372

Feature on how ancient societies recycled their 'outdated' monuments:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/04/statue-repurposing-how-ancient-societies-recycled-old-monuments.html

Not sure where to put this interview with one of the Curators of the Museum of the Bible on the role of archaeology:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703648

Feature on 11 time capsules waiting to be opened:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/time-capsules-waiting-to-be-opened

How the plague affected the sacrament of penance:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-703912

Feature on Martha Sharp Joukowsky:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know-joukowsky/

Feature on Mary Gartside and her theories about colour:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220401-the-women-who-redefined-colour

Feature on the Ladies of Llangollen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60917657

Feature on Katharine Jowett's paintings of China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/3172706/british-artist-whose-paintings-chinas-capital

Feature on Picasso's Blue Period:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-reveals-the-hidden-images-under-picasso-blue-period-paintings-180979875/

Feature on the cult of the Virgin Mary:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/how-the-cult-of-the-virgin-mary-has-evolved-through-history-book-review-miri-rubin/

A study of the role of rats in pandemics is in the works:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/20065002.york-major-rat-research-project/

I think we mentioned this Spanish chapel murals 'revamp':

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/08/spanish-chapel-artist-murals-jesus-cees-sant-cristofol

Ten things about the Titanic:

https://www.dw.com/en/10-things-about-the-titanic-you-probably-didnt-know/a-61368562

... similar:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/04/15/titanic-anniversary-photos/7330806001/

The fate of a couple of copies of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57683638

I think we mentioned the idea that Spain had the Holy Grail:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220414-does-spain-have-the-holy-grail

Marking the bicentennial of the birth of Donald Grant Mitchell:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dgm200

Latest round of NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-new-grants.html

Review of Lucasta Miller, *Keats*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/books/review/keats-brief-life-lucasta-miller.html

Review of Edna St Vincent Millay's Diaries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/books/review/rapture-and-melancholy-edna-st-vincent-millay.html

Reviewish of a book and graphic novel about Spain's 'philanthrophic vaccine expedition' in the 19th century:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-04-10/la-real-expedicion-filantropica-de-la-vacuna-un-hito-para-la-medicina-espanola-y-universal.html

More on the return of a couple of Darwin's notebooks to Cambridge:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/11/two-of-darwins-notebooks-returned-to-cambridge/

More on Shackleton's ship:

https://the-past.com/news/the-search-for-shackletons-ship/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on the history of Passover charoset:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/food/.premium-jesus-demons-and-flatulence-a-brief-history-of-charoset-1.10727366

Suggestion that 'Passover' is a mistranslation:

https://newsletters.theatlantic.com/deep-shtetl/625726dc9277230021b2b821/jewish-passover-translation-2022-history/

Items on the origins of Easter and the Easter bunny (various spins):

https://theconversation.com/sacred-hares-banished-winter-witches-and-pagan-worship-the-roots-of-easter-bunny-traditions-are-ancient-180484
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/04/14/easter-bunny-eggs-symbols/7280512001/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/easter-bunny-ancient-greek-origins/
https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-704295
https://www.npr.org/2015/04/03/397350707/what-you-didn-t-know-about-what-you-already-know-about-easter
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-ancient-origins-of-the-easter-bunny-180979915/

A Russian oligarch's painting in an exhibition in France was seized:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/arts/design/morozov-collection-russia-sanctions.html

... while Finland feels seized Russian art should be returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/arts/design/finland-russia-art-seizure.html

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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How wild tulips from the Mediterranean made it to northern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-history-introduction-tulipa-sylvestris-sixteenth-century.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Victor Nuovo on defining the Good:

https://www.addisonindependent.com/2022/04/14/victor-nuovo-defining-the-good-itself/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tut centenary:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tutankhamun-excavating-the-archive-d68s5s8nf
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/revealed-unsung-heroes-excavated-tutankhamuns-tomb/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/945/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/945/pub/945/page/75/article/293081

Hadrian's Wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-61042622

Winslow Homer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/07/arts/design/winslow-homer-painter-metropolitan-museum.html

Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/15/ancient-greek-artefacts-take-first-trip-abroad-for-show-in-melbourne
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/greek-god-zeus-and-never-before-seen-artefacts-headed-for-australia/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/04/16/ancient-greek-artefacts-australia/

Heroes of the Colosseum:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/04/13/archeology-heroes-of-the-colosseum-arrives-in-spain_705aa4cc-4da5-4219-a8dd-1f6ec08df31f.html

Santarelli Marbles:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/04/12/exhibit-showcases-colors-of-ancient-rome-with-marble_7cbd80b9-b3ee-46c3-a558-279e31fab3c0.html
https://www.classicult.it/en/the-colours-of-antiquity-the-santarelli-marbles-at-the-capitoline-museums/

Matisse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/arts/design/matisse-exhibition-philadelphia.html

Pompeii in Color:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-wall-painting-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world-vesuvius-fourth-style-omphale-hercules-dido-dionysus-11650054768
https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/mirror-dimension-pompeii-in-color-the-life-of-roman-painting-at-new-york-universitys-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world/

There's a new archaeological museum in Chania, featuring fhe Mitsotakis Collection:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1182382/pm-mitsotakis-tours-new-cretan-archaeological-museum-housing-parents-collection/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/04/16/museum-in-crete-displays-mitsotakis-family-private-antiquities-collection/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/46962-greek-pm-tours-new-cretan-archaeological-museum-housing-parents-collection.html

A WWII museum ship in Buffalo sank:

https://gcaptain.com/historic-wwii-destroyer-uss-the-sullivans-sinks-at-pier/

Egypt really wants to speed up completion of the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/114961/PM-Egypt-keen-on-speeding-up-completion-of-GEM-project

What it's like being a museum curator:

https://inews.co.uk/news/real-life/working-museum-curator-once-had-to-count-roman-coins-1552307

The Uffizi was Italy's most-visited museum in 2021:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/12/uffizi-gallery-the-most-visited-museum-in-2021/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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An overviewish thing on the DNA side of 'Out of Africa':

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/adna-africa-later-stone-age/

What DNA reveals about life in Africa 20 000 years bp:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/adna-africa-later-stone-age/

Feature on how they identified the remains of the Romanovs:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-scientists-identified-the-remains-of-the-romanovs

More on the DNA evidence for the genetic continuation of the Ohlone people in California:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/science/muwekma-ohlone-tribe-california-dna.html
https://www.sfexaminer.com/findings/dna-evidence-shows-ancient-roots-of-californias-unrecognized-indigenous-tribe/

More on Avar origins:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/04/study-sheds-light-on-the-mystery-of-the-avar-elite-origins/143282
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are based on some medieval bones found 100 years ago near the Poland-Germany border:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C91882%2Cresearchers-recreate-appearance-inhabitants-upper-lusatia-400-years-ago.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/04/13/%CE%B1ppearance-of-inhabitants-of-upper-lusatia-from-400-years-ago-recreated/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10453-220411-upper-lusatia-burials

Feature on new methods for visualizing small objects and artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2022-04-diy-digital-archaeology-methods-visualizing.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220415163803.htm

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hierapolis-Pamukkale:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Hierapolis_Pamukkale__remains_of_ancient_city_recognized_as_UNESCO_World_Heritage_site-2092943

Alabanda:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/alabanda-the-las-vegas-of-ancient-world-172985

Aigai:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/discovery-of-artifacts-ancient-roads-in-aigai-drawing-visitors-172961

My Son Sanctuary (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/discovering-my-son-sanctuary-in-quang-nam/224811.vnp

Florence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/travel/florence-italy-mary-mccarthy.html

Submerged Greek cities:

https://www.travelawaits.com/2747872/ancient-sunken-cities-to-explore-in-greece/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Northman:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/apr/11/the-northman-review-robert-eggers-hamlet-outrageous-violence
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220411-the-northman-review-not-weird-or-violent-enough

On the politics of Classical music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/arts/music/classical-music-nazi-world-war-ii.html

How Beethoven contributed to 50 years of cultural exchange between the US and China:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/09/beethoven-in-beijing-concert-50-years-us-china-cultural-exchange
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Benjamin Franklin:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/04/08/how-yales-benjamin-franklin-project-influenced-latest-ken-burns-doc
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CRIME BEAT
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Mexico seized some items being shipped from the Tijuana Post Office:

https://hypebeast.com/2022/4/mexico-seizes-tijuana-package-pre-hispanic-artifacts

Feature on the illegal art trade:

https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/04/13/art-and-crime-the-dark-side-of-the-antiquities-trade

OpEddish on dealing with idol theft in India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/india-idols-theft-asi-monuments-7868290/
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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 Peabody Museum is returning a tomahawk:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/4/12/peabody-repatriate-ponca-tomahawk/

More on the return of Gweagal spears:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captain-cook-stole-spears-finally-back-in-australia-180979902/

More on Glasgow museums returning items to India:

https://www.gg2.net/glasgow-to-return-seven-stolen-artefacts-to-india/

... and iBenin Bronzes:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/glasgow-returns-benin-bronzes-1234625355/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/glasgow-benin-bronze-restitution-2099220

The former Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging the British Museum to return items to Ethiopia:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-museum-ethiopian-treasures-archbishop-of-canterbury-b994134.html
https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/04/13/former-archbishop-of-canterbury-urges-british-museum-to-return-african-treasures/

OpEddish on repatriation:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/repatriation-african-american-remains/

Reviewish of Benedicte Savoy, *Africa's Struggle for Its Art*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-forgotten-movement-to-reclaim-africas-stolen-art
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins of the Kingdom of Sophene:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-of-the-kingdom-of-sophene/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n15.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n16.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Mary Lou Larson:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/trib/name/mary-larson-obituary?id=34233496

John Edward Atkinson:

https://casa-kvsa.org.za/2022/04/in-memoriam-john-edward-atkinson/

Christopher Moore:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/14/nyregion/christopher-moore-dead.html

Audrey Henshall:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20073617.obituary-audrey-henshall-expert-neolithic-chambered-cairns/

Christopher Coover:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/us/chris-coover-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/3168-audio-news-from-archaeologica-april-3rd-2022-through-april-9th-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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Archaeosoup:

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Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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