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explorator 26.14 July 23, 2023
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Evidence of Neanderthal-made bone tools from the Chez-Pinaud site (France):

A fossilized human parietal bone near the site where Peking Man was found years ago:

... and digging has resumed at the 'Yuanmou ape-man site' in Yunnan:

A study of where early humans in the Hula Valley (Israel) procured the flint for their tools:

A 300 000 years bp 'throwing stick' from Schoningen suggests early humans there were sophisticated woodworkers:

Evidence from South Africa suggests early humans 'drew in the sand' some 140 000 years bp:

Tooth analysis sheds light on how Paranthropus robustus fits into the human family tree:

Arguing over the intelligence of homo naledi:

Brief item on vandalism at an archaeological site in Zuwara (Libya):
Another Roman-era sarcophagus from Gaza:

Plans to use AI in mummy restoration:

More on the xray/chemical study of changes to tomb paintings in the Theban necropolis:

More on the safety of the Bent Pyramid:

Zahi Hawass on an upcoming documentary on the search for the 'Lost Pyramid':

Rethinking who is portrayed in that recently-recovered Sassanid relief:

The search for the Laodicea Temple continues:

A reassessment of the rise of Assyria:

More on the negative reaction to the destruction of a 300 years bp minaret in Basra:

A 1500 years bp Byzantine structure in the square of the Roman hippodrome near Hagia Sophia:

Restoration work is happening with regards to the walls of Iznik:

Concerns for 2700 years bp rock tombs at Donalar (Turkiye):

Restoration is underway at the temple of Zeus Lepsynos in Mugla:

Feature on Klaus Schmidt and his work at Gobeklitepe:

An xray study of a Crusader sword found off the coast of Israel a couple years ago suggests it was lost during a naval battle:

More on the Roman-era skulls found in Te'omim Cave and the 'necromancy' interpretation of them:

More on early urbanization in the Kingdom of Judah:

Israel wants 'amateur archaeologists' to help conserve Tel Gezer:

Feature on Martin Wells and the Huqoq mosaic dig:

Feature on David's 'nomadic kingdom';

Israel plans to protect archaeological sites in West Bank Area C:
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

A 7th century BCE Etruscan tomb from Vulci (Italian):

Assorted finds, including a Roman stylus and evidence of Roman vineyards, from a dig associated with A428 construction:

Recent finds from Pompeii include what is being dubbed a kitchen shrine serpent:

Mosaics and remains of 'funerary structures' from a dig along the Appian Way (Italian):

A hoard of Roman coins from Cornwall was found a few years ago (with some strange 'interference'):

A Roman-era child burial found during waterworks in Naples (Italian):

A 2nd century Roman shipwreck full of glass near Corsica:

Remains of a 2nd-4th century Roman 'ladder settlement' in Healing:

Latest finds from the site of the Antikythera shipwreck:

A major, well-preserved Roman bath site from Merida:

Remains of a Roman-era stylobate from Rhizon (Montenegro):

Remains of a 3rd/4th century pet dog at a Roman villa site in Oxfordshire:

Hyping an upcoming study of the underwater remains of the port of Lupiae (Italian):

A study of some Roman armour from the site of Kalkriese:

More folks are recreating the 'Pompeii Pizza':

More on patchouli-based Roman perfume from Spain:

... and a feature on what Cleopatra smelled like:

More on the 3rd/4th century elite Roman burial of a possible soldier in Wales:

More on the elite burials at Hala Sultan Tekke:

Item on some of the students working at Vindolanda:

The 'Colosseum Underground' has been restored with exhibits and the like:

Arguing over restoration of Cyprus' Kyenia harbour:

Review of Robin Lane Fox *Homer and His Iliad*:

The Antikythera Mechanism was one of the APOD this week:

Stacy Schiff on identity politics and Cleopatra:

Feature on the 'ugly side' of the Iliad:

Feature on the names for European heatwaves of late:

Feature on early Christianity and efforts to distinguish it from pagan beliefs:

Feature on the House of Menander:

Feature on the Amphiareion of Oropos:

Feature on some humourous Greek pots:

Feature on a day at the Colosseum:

Feature on the shackled burials at Faliro:

Feature on espionage in ancient Greece:

Feature on strong women in Greek myth:

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

Feature on baths and religion in ancient Greece:

Feature on the Pythagorean Comma:

A historian disagrees with Sadiq Khan's opinion on the Parthenon Sculptures:

... although there is apparently 'pressure' on the British Museum:

... and a poll suggests most British folk are in favour of some sort of 'cultural partnership':
Roman Archaeology Blog:

Spanish Levantine petroglyphs suggest folks were using climbing equipment early on:

Evidence of 7200 years bp 'forest management' from trees at the Neolithic settlement of La Draga (Spain):

Dating of monuments at Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire suggests Neolithic folks were there at least 5800 years bp:

A 5000 years bp megalithic funerary monument from a mountain site in Portugal:

A possible Bronze Age loom weight from the A428 construction excavations:

Five Bronze Age burials found during excavations near Salisbury:

A possible Bronze Age ritual cremation cemetery from the site of Shetland's planned spaceport:

The earliest (Iron Age) glass workshop wite north of the Alps has been found at Nemcice:


Cremated bone remains from the dig at Arthur's Stone in Dorstone:

Overview of finds (Iron Age to Anglo-Saxon) from a housing development site in Harnham:

An elite burial from the dig of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery on military training land in Salisbury:

Resumption of a dig at an Anglo-Saxon site in Sedgeford reveals more evidence of large-scale malting of grain:

A very large Viking house and assorted later finds from a lengthy dig at Sem (Norway):

Remains of a medieval monastery revealed at a swimming pool development site in Abbey Fields:

Evidence of a second 12th century house at Stong (Iceland):

Evidence of a 'secret' medieval village near a church in Worcestershire:

800 years bp pottery from the dige at Powis Castle:

The search for remains of a 'lost' manor in Braunstone has revealed some medieval finds:

18th century Danish colonization of Greenland was driven by legends of Norse settlers:

More on the Neolithic 'polishing stone' find from Dorset:

More on the 'Dutch Stonehenge' and its function as a calendar:

More on the Bronze Age torc find from Mistley:

More on the Bronze Age hoard recently found in Switzerland:

More on the possible site of the Viking settlement of Jomsborg:

More on the 500 years bp gold coins found at a German monastery site:

More on the 5000 medieval coin hoard found in Romania:

Hyping the first dig at Sleaford Castle in 160 years:

A call to reunite the 'Stonehenge of the North' (Thornborough Henges):!preferred/0/package/1406/pub/1406/page/42/article/NaN

The Stonehenge tunnel construction might begin next year:

Five finds (Bronze Age and Roman) were among things declared treasure this week:

... as was a medieval gold ring found in Brampton:

... and a Bronze Age lock ring from Urswick:

Feature on excavations at McDermott's Castle last year:

Feature on a pyramid tomb of a controversial 18th century politician:

Feature on some theories about Stonehenge:
Archaeology in Europe News:

Viking Archaeology Blog:

A recently-found shipwreck off Japan might be part of the Mongol fleet that tried to invade Japan in the 13th century:

A 3000 years bp intact burial of a 'charioteer' from Siberia:

A study of kurgans on the Eurasian steppes:

Evidence of curry use from the Oc Eo site in the Mekong Delta:


Petroglyphs dating to 3000 BCE or so from Tamil Nadu:

12th century stone quarries from Nagarkurnool:

Monsoon concerns (maybe) for the Taj Mahal:
Feature on excavations of a Maori settlement site on the Aukland Islands:

A study of the benefits of body size for early settlers of New Zealand:
A 13 000 years bp arrowhead from a site in Ohio:

Overview of the ongoing dig at the 12 000 years bp Vernon Parish site in Louisiana:

Burials of a dozen people, including children and infants, from a 'cholera graveyard' in Quebec City:

More on evidence of human occupation in Oregon 18 000 years+ bp:

More on the matriarchal aspects of the Muwekma Ohlone people:

More on the hoard of 700 Civil War-era coins from Kentucky:

Feature on a controversy involving IHOP and a Revolutionary War burial in Fishkill:

Feature on a 19th century Black farming settlement in the Adirondacks:

Miami has voted to protect (temporarily) a Tequesta site where a hotel is to be built:

Stephen Nash on why it's a good thing to keep 41 000 bison bones from the Jones-Miller site:

Feature on the search for a fortress built in the late 18th century by Maroons in Georgia:

Feature on three recent finds suggesting early humans may have survived 'an American Ice Age':
A possible 'thunder floor', dating to 1000-1400 CE from a Peruvian temple to a lightning deity at Viejo Sangayaico:

Six 12th/13th century burials from the site where a statue of the Ruler of Amajac II statue was found earlier this year:

A study of 15th century pottery from an island near Puerto Rico suggests wine may have been consumed:

A burial (date uncertain) in Brazil of a teenage girl who was suffering from spina bifida:

More on 25 000 years bp sloth bone pendants from Brazil:

More on the 3000 years bp 'condor's passageway' at a Chavin temple in Peru:

More on the Zapotec 'entrance to the underworld' found beneath a 16th century Catholic church in Mexico:

More on the find of the site of the city of Ocomtun in the Yucatan:

More on the wreckage of a possible 19th century slave ship off the coast of Brazil:

Feature on what happened to the Rapa Nui people:

Feature on the find of the Lord of Sipan tomb 36 years ago:

A project to conserve Costa Rica's stone spheres:
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

Ancient MesoAmerica News:
Czech researchers successfully crossed the Aegean in their replica 'prehistoric vessel':

Hyping a study of plague-associated teeth to determine the effectiveness of quarantines in pandemics:

The restoration of 16th century Derbyshire tapestries is complete (after 24 years):

Some skull fragments believed to belong to Beethoven were returned to Vienna:

Pondering the extent of the antiquities trade:

A pair of really lately bestowed Yale degrees:

A past Civil War issue at Yale:

A never-before-seen manuscript by Esther Inglis was unveiled this week:

Feature on Titian's portrait of Filippo Archinto:

Feature on Imperialism:

Another item on what Indiana Jones gets wrong about archaeology:

Suggestion that historical infanticide in Europe was probably more widespread than previously thought:

Feature on some 'pivotal' Scottish golf courses:

Feature on Lily Parr:

More on motives for archaeologists to rebury sites:

More on the uncensored bits of William Camden's history of Elizabeth I's reign:

Review of Ferdinand Mount, *Big Caesars and Little Caesars*:

Review of Flora Fraser, *Flora Macdonald*:

Review of Lynne Olson, *Empress of the Nile*:
In the heat, Iran's ancient windcatchers might be of interest:

Russian archaeologists are searching for 'evidence' the Chersonesos belongs to Russia:

More on the search for burials at a Native American boarding school in Nebraska (so far, nothing):
Feature on the development of the Kunga:

Feature on the language of Jersey and its use during WWII:

More on the decipherment of the Kushan script:
On the trend to mix Classical philosophy with self-help:
Antiquities of Qantir:

China's Hidden Century:

Buddhist art from India:

The Met is being closely looked at because of its connections with Shelby White:

... and a number of items from her personal collection have been seized:

Funding for renovations for the Hereford Museum:

The East Garage Necropolis Area of Antalya is now a museum:

More on Egypt's issues with a Dutch museum's exhibition:
A Viking bronze die found in Watton fetched a nice price:

A medal given to Isaac van Wart is coming to auction:

A DNA study suggests there was early (Bronze Age/Chalcolithic) contact between farmers and pastoralists in the Black Sea region:
Software to extract and analyze ancient engravings has been developed at Hebrew University of Jerusalem:

Latest facial reconstruction is of the recently-identified woman from the Vasa shipwreck:



Iceland Viking Festival:


More on the Swiss girl who was caught doing the graffiti thing on the colosseum:

... while a German tourist doesn't seem of have had as much attention:

More on the Canadian teen caught doing the same thing in a Japanese temple:

Arrests in that theft of Celtic coins from a German museum (some have been melted, apparently):

Feature on how the Taliban is making money from the Bamiyan Buddhas:
conflict antiquities:

anonymous swiss collector:

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

Looting Matters:

Illicit Cultural Property:


Italy returned a tomb stele to Turkiye:

Italy alos returned a trio of antiquities to Cyprus:

Italy is seeking the return of seven items from the Louvre:

The US returned two antiquities to Libya:

The US returned 105 antiquities to India:

A stolen Christopher Columbus letter found in Delaware was returned to Italy:

Switzerland returned an Assyrian artifact to Iraq:

A Maya skull carving found in a German shop was returned to Mexico:

Benin Bronzes from assorted British museums will be returned despite private ownership issues:

Then Haaretz reported on Israeli antiquities being 'stranded' at Mar-a-lago:

... which was picked up by plenty of newspapers with various spins:

... in case you missed the Palestinian connection:

... while the Washington Post seems to have sorted out what actually happened:

... and now we're reading the antiquities will be returned to Israel:
A study of Benjamin Franklin's paper money:

Latest e-Sylum:

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

Coin Week:

Diane Harris Cline:

Richard Barancik:

Martha Saxton:

Audio News from Archaeologica:
Archaeology Magazine News Page: Archaeology:

Archaeology Briefs:

Atlas Obscura:

Heritage Daily:

Sapiens Archaeology:

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

Archaeology Podcast Network:
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