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explorator 24.15 August 1, 2021
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You can read explorator online at:

https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/


Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Simon Stoddart,
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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A 1.3 million years bp stone axe find from Morocco:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/28/morocco-team-hails-stone-age-tool-site-dating-back-13m-years
https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210728-scientists-in-morocco-unearth-stone-age-hand-axe-dating-back-1-3-million-years
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-29/morocco-1-3-million-year-old-stone-age-axe-discovery/100332946
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/major-stone-age-find-in-morocco-announced
https://www.wionews.com/world/scientists-in-morocco-unearth-oldest-stone-age-hand-axe-manufacturing-site-in-north-africa-401282
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/research-final-nail-in-coffin-of.html
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/morocco%C2%A0team-announces-major-stone-age-find
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/28/archaeologists-in-morocco-announce-major-stone-age-find
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/archaeologists-morocco-discover-stone-age-tool-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9875-210730-north-africa-tools

A study of Neanderthal and Denisovan blood types:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-exploring-blood-neanderthal-denisovan-individuals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/923583
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210728140345.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/neanderthal-blood-same-as-modern-humans/
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/history/study-neanderthals-sexed-themselves-death-humans
https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-07-29/sexo-entre-neandertales-y-humanos-la-literatura-se-adelanto-a-la-ciencia.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/exploring-blood-types-of-neanderthal.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9874-210730-neanderthal-blood-types

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0254175

Not sure about this claim of finding remains of a 1.8 million years bp 'hunting dog' from the Dmanisi site (Georgia):

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-ancient-dogs-early-human-ancestral.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9840037/Archaeology-Jawbone-huge-canine-1-8-MILLION-years-ago-human-remains-Georgia.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32554/20210730/1-8-million-year-old-jawbone-eurasian-hunting-dog-found.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/evolution/dog-days-in-prehistoric-europe/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/prehistoric-wild-dog-found-at-iconic-human-fossil-site

Rat (and other) bones (120 000 - 42 000 years bp) from Israel are suggesting a climate link to 'Out of Africa':

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/rat-bones-show-climate-helped-early-humans-out-of-africa-through-israel-675062
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/how-a-crested-rat-sheds-light-on-human-migration-out-of-africa-1.10035281

More on that 65 000 years bp point from Hohle Fels Cave in Germany and what it reveals about Neanderthal hunting:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/german-researchers-uncover-neanderthal-hunting-tool-in-rare-find-674924
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hohle-fels-leaf-point-09905.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/26/stone-tool-tells-the-story-of-neanderthal-hunting/

More on revisionism regarding the diet of Paranthropus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoo-rn072221.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/study-debunks-theory-that-earliest-humans-lived-on-nuts-and-seeds-1.10029972
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/research-final-nail-in-coffin-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/26/research-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-paranthropus-as-hard-object-feeders/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9866-210726-early-human-dentition

More on cultural diffusion of (fire) knowledge some 400 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencealert.com/cultural-exchange-of-knowledge-might-ve-started-well-before-modern-humans

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a large 'urban precinct' dating from Hellenistic times to the 8th century CE from Marea:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/archaeologists-discover-new-urban-precinct-in-egyptian-settlement-of-marea/139777

Egyptian officials are denying rumours of plans to demolish the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir ones the Grand Egyptian Museum opens:

https://egyptindependent.com/cabinet-refutes-rumors-of-demolishing-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1900646/middle-east

Study suggests Egyptians were the first to 'hire mayors' during New Kingdom times:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3102466/ancient-egyptians-were-first-hire-mayors-new-study-says

Feature on hieroglyphic writing:

https://www.history.com/news/hieroglyphics-facts-ancient-egypt

Remembering the find of Nefertari's head sculpture back in 2001:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106398/Memory-of-the-day-Egypt-retrieves-Queen-Nefertari%E2%80%99s-head-statue

Egyptologists are refuting a theory that Tut's mask actually belonged to Nefertiti:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/egyptologists-refute-british-theory-doubting-king-tuts-mask

Feature on Memphis:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0729/c90000-9877923.html

Rising sea level concerns in Alexandria:

https://www.voanews.com/gallery/rising-sea-levels-threaten-ancient-port-city-egypt

The British Museum will be helping to restore glass objects damaged during the explosion in Beirut a few months ago:

https://hyperallergic.com/665400/british-museum-to-restore-ancient-vessels-shattered-in-beirut-explosion/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/british-museum-to-restore-glass-vessels-shattered-in-beirut-blast/news
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/shattered-beirut-glass-vessels-be-restored-london
https://www.news24.com/arts/culture/ancient-vessels-shattered-in-the-beruit-explosion-get-a-second-chance-20210730
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/675/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/675/pub/675/page/24/article/200075
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-beirut-glass
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museum-tefaf-glass-restoration-beirut-explosion-1234600012/

A Paleolithic hand axe from northwest Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463394/Paleolithic-hand-ax-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-northwest

Excavations have resumed at the Iron Age burial ground in Semnan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463553/Excavations-continue-at-Iron-Age-cemetery-in-Semnan

Restoration work at the Sassanid city of Sivan is complete:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463395/Restoration-aimed-to-help-preserve-Sirvan-for-future-generations

Pre-Urartian finds from a dig at Turkey's Iremir Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/iremir-mound-finds-to-reveal-pre-urartian-time-in-eastern-turkey/news

Plans to open Tepebag Mound (Turkey) to tourism:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkey-to-introduce-southern-tepebag-mound-to-tourism/news

Not sure where to put this one on contacts between 'cuneiform cultures' and India:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/07/contacts-cuneiform-cultures-india

More on that 'surviving section' of Solomon's Wall and the implications:

https://www.newsweek.com/surviving-section-solomons-torn-down-temple-wall-found-intact-1613655

More on that Nabonidus inscription and petroglyph from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/longest-cuneiform-inscription-last-babylon-king-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9832103/Archaeologists-discover-2-550-year-old-image-King-Babylon-carved-rock.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-have-discovered-2550-year-old-etching-last-king-babylon-180978285/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/28/the-missing-section-of-jerusalems-walls/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9867-210726-babylon-king-inscription

Fish bones suggest the arrival of a migrant population to Israel some 4900 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-fish-bones-tell-tale-of-ancient-migrants-to-sea-of-galilee-1.10039027

A study of the 'biblical' road from Judea to Edom:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/where-did-the-biblical-road-from-judea-to-edom-pass-experts-find-answers-675038

A suggestion that David and his people may have been nomads is causing a debate:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/was-king-david-a-nomad-new-theory-sparks-storm-in-archaeology-1.10035052

The debate continues over that Jerubbaal inscription:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/experts-spar-over-what-the-jerubbaal-inscription-really-says-1.10033477

Israel has retaken control of the Davidson Archaeological Park near the Western Wall:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-right-wing-group-to-lose-control-over-jerusalem-archaeological-park-1.10048780

... while the Israeli military and colonizers 'invaded' (again?) the site of Sebastia:

https://imemc.org/article/soldiers-colonizers-invade-archeological-site-in-sebastia/

Hopes/efforts to save a UNESCO-potential Palestinian village from demolition:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/28/we-will-return-the-battle-to-save-an-ancient-palestinian-village-from-demolition

ANE additions to UNESCO's World Heritage List include Turkey's Arslantepe Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkeys-eastern-site-of-arslantepe-on-unesco-list/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-adds-turkeys-8-000-year-old-mound-to-its-world-heritage-list-166618
https://turkisharchaeonews.net/news/arslantepe-mound-inscribed-unescos-world-heritage-list
https://www.duvarenglish.com/arslantepe-mound-in-turkeys-malatya-added-to-unesco-world-heritage-list-gallery-58313
https://m.yenisafak.com/en/news/8000-year-old-mound-in-se-turkey-added-to-unesco-world-heritage-list-3577222

... and Jordan's city of Salt:

https://en.royanews.tv/news/29996/2021-07-27
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https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A massive 'monumental platform' which was part of the oldest Greek temple at Selinunte:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61864
https://www.primapaginatrapani.it/castelvetrano/selinunte-importanti-ritrovamenti-nellarea-del-santuario-urbano

Excavations at Patara found some 2300 years bp fish skeletons:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-reveal-2300-year-old-fish-skeletons-in-turkeys-patara/news

A hoard of 2300 years bp coins and other items found by some guy digging a pool in Romania will be exhibited:

https://universul.net/cache-of-2300-year-old-coins-found-in-romania-by-man-digging-hole-for-swimming-pool/

The gate to the sanctuary of the Temple of Zeus at Aizanoi was located:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/zeus-temples-entrance-found-in-western-turkeys-aizanoi/news

A shipwreck full of amphorae located off the coast of Palermo:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/28/ancient-roman-ship-discovered-off-coast-of-sicily
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/30/submarine-robot-captures-underwater-footage-of-ancient-roman-ship-laden-with-wine-jars-video
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-ancient-roman-vessel-near-sicily-180978313/

A section of the monumental wall of the theatre at Halaesa was excavated (Italian):

https://www.ecodisicilia.com/2021/07/29/tusa-me-scoperto-il-monumentale-muro-del-teatro-di-halaesa/
https://www.ilmoderatore.it/scoperto-il-monumentale-muro-di-accesso-al-teatro-di-halaesa-arconidea/

Sewer work in an Italian town (not quite sure where; probably Vicenza) revealed a section of Roman road (Italian):

https://www.ilgiornaledivicenza.it/territori/vicenza/i-lavori-alle-fogne-svelano-una-strada-di-epoca-romana-1.8817532

A rather large mosaic find from the Roman baths at Rimini site (Italian):

https://www.chiamamicitta.it/le-terme-romane-di-rimini-mosaico-di-40-metri-quadrati-completamente-riscoperto/

A hoard of Roman military equipment from Son Catlar (Menorca):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/roman-weapons-deposit-unearthed-at-son-catlar-prehistoric-settlement/139792

A dig at Essex County Hospital revealed some Roman 'souvenir cups':

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19475582.roman-souvenir-cups-old-essex-county-hospital-site/

A report on (mostly Roman?) finds made during A! construction in North Yorkshire:

https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/19468112.north-yorkshire-excavation-site-reveals-secrets-roman-settlement/

Remains of a 3rd century Roman wall from Brough (East Yorkshire):

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/third-century-roman-main-wall-found-during-excavations-at-brough-in-east-yorkshire-3326555

Remains of a Roman canal and road from the Netherlands:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-dutch-unearth-roman-canal-road.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210728-dutch-unearth-roman-canal-road-near-unesco-heritage-sites
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9839121/Archaeology-Rare-Roman-highway-canal-unearthed-Netherlands.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61875
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/dutch-unearth-roman-canal-road-near.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9873-210729-netherlands-roman-canal

In case you missed the Ptolemaic era shipwreck (and other things) found underwater in Abu Quir bay/Heracleion:

https://www.livescience.com/galley-burial-ground-ancient-egypt-underwater-city.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/archaeologists-find-2200-year-old-ancient-egyptian-shipwreck-va7421ef2
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9826579/Archaeologists-2-200-year-old-shipwreck-underwater-city-Egypt.html
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/egypt-discovers-warship-wreck-greek-ptolemaic-era
https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/27/ancient-egyptian-shipwreck-discovered-in-mediterranean-underwater-city-14994696/

More on the rock-cut chambers from Zeugma's 'House of the Muses':

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9826617/Roman-rock-hewn-dining-room-discovered-50-feet-earth-Turkeys-House-Muses.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rock-cut-chambers-found-in-ancient-zeugmas-mosaic-laden-house-of-the-muses-1234600259/

More on the 6th century coin hoard from Phanagoria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/28/rare-cache-of-6th-century-coins/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9839639/Archaeologists-discover-stash-1-400-year-old-copper-coins-ancient-Greek-City-site-Russia.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-unearthed-cache-coins-phanagoria-1992432
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9871-210728-russia-coin-cache

More on the remains of a Roman road and structures in a Venice lagoon:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/29/roman-road-discovered-in-the-venice-lagoon/

More on that 2000 years bp (?) 'banquet hall' unearthed near Nea Paphos (still not sure about this):

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/ruins_of_ancient_banquet_hall_found_in_cyprus-2974003/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/45079-ruins-of-ancient-banquet-hall-discovered-in-paphos-of-cyprus.html

More on that Visigothic sarcophagus find from Los Villaricos in Spain:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9835407/Amazingly-preserved-Visigoth-coffin-human-remains-buried-Roman-villa-Spain.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-1500-year-old-visigoth-coffin-spain-180978294/

More on that Claudian boundary stone:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/big-stone-found-in-rome-gets-everyone-all-excited

Feature/interview on the excavations at Myra:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-head-calls-myra-pompeii-of-anatolia-166670

Restoration of the 2200 years bp theatre at Laodicea (Denizli) is complete:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/2-200-year-old-theater-brought-back-to-life-in-southwestern-turkey/2315308
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/revelation-experts-revive-2200-year-old-theater-in-sw-turkey/news

Funding for construction of an archaeological park at Idalion:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/28/upgrade-for-ancient-idalion/

I think we mentioned the Plutonion at Pamukkale is open to tourists:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gate-of-hell-to-open-to-visitors-166570

The Archaeological Park of Aigai Necropolis has opened to tourists too:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/07/26/archaeological-park-of-aigai-necropolis-opens-in-northern-greece/

Excavations in the ruins of Conimbriga suggest they have archaeological potential:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-31/excavations-in-the-ruins-of-conimbriga-reveal-enormous-archaeological-potential/61400

Review of James Howard-Johnston, *The Last Great War of Antiquity*:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210727-the-last-great-war-of-antiquity/

Review of Ariel Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.providencejournal.com/story/entertainment/arts/2021/07/30/ex-journal-reporter-ariel-sabars-detective-work-debunks-sham-gospel-about-jesus-wife/5408260001/

Funding for some state schools to teach Latin in the UK:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/state-schools-to-teach-elitist-latin-q8dx9b6m9

Feature on Mary Renault:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/mary-renault-classical-greece-reflected-troubled-life/

Marking the day Elgin took the first of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/31/parthenon-sculptures-marbles-elgin/

Feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ancient-partners-in-love-and-war-11627566958

Feature on aqueducts in Hatay:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/hatays-historic-aqueducts-await-help-from-local-friends/news

Feature on gladiatrices:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/the-gladiatrix-the-roman-gladiators-that-were-women/139803

Feature on a 5th/6th century mosaic depicting a grape harvest from Hatay:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/mosaic-sheds-light-on-turkeys-amik-valley-grape-harvest/news

Feature on the Heraia:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/women-lead-wins-at-olympic-2020-but-in-ancient-greece-were-denied-participation-4029389.html

Continuation of a feature on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-07-26/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-4/61318

Feature on Thales:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/thales-theorem
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_arts_literature_usa/arthro/ancient_greek_philosopher_thales_and_right_triangles-2967913/

Pondering which ancient Greco-Roman philosophy is most appropriate for COVID times:

http://eidos.uw.edu.pl/which-school-of-ancient-greco-roman-philosophy-is-most-appropriate-for-life-in-a-time-of-covid-19/

Feature on the Pythia of Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/28/pythia-delphi-oracle/

Feature on Greek pottery:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/ancient_greek_pottery_and_its_history-2984465/

Feature on ancient Greek cranes (the construction kind):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/30/ancient-greeks-used-lifting-device-to-move-stones-before-cranes/

Rehashing an old feature on whether Greeks deliberately built temples where earthquakes occurred:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/07/25/did-ancient-greeks-deliberately-build-their-temples-in-earthquake-stricken-sites/

Latest salvo in the Parthenon Marble issue:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1470623/British-Museum-Elgin-Marbles-George-Osborne

Classics-related additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List include a section of the Limes in the Netherlands:

https://nltimes.nl/2021/07/27/roman-empire-border-netherlands-germany-added-unesco-list
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1631

... and the western part of the Danube Limes:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22712059/another-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-slovakia-dates-back-to-the-roman-empire.html

... and the Rosia Montana (Roman) gold mine site in Romania:

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1552
https://www.reuters.com/article/unesco-romania-rosiamontana/unesco-names-romanian-ancient-gold-mine-settlement-a-world-heritage-site-idUSL8N2P34LI
https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-europe-business-united-nations-romania-d4e51e38cc72ff2fd31110a1b0a0da1a
https://www.startribune.com/romanias-roman-gold-mines-get-unesco-heritage-status/600081966/
https://nos.nl/artikel/2391125-ook-neder-germaanse-limes-toegevoegd-aan-werelderfgoedlijst-unesco
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/28/romanias-roman-era-gold-mines-get-unesco-heritage-status/

UNESCO also apparently wants the upgrades on the Acropolis to halt pending further study:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/206389/acropolis-concrete-pathway-saga-new-report-on-unescos-role-causes-stir/
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http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic finds from a dig at Stranmillis College:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/prehistoric-artefacts-unearthed-during-stranmillis-training-dig-40699559.html

A Bronze Age cremation burial urn from Hungary containing remains of a high-born woman and twin infants/fetuses:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-bronze-age-cemetery-reveals-history.html
https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-elite-woman-burial.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210729121814.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9831455/Archaeology-Bronze-Age-grave-Hungary-contains-urn-ashes-high-status-woman.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/4-000-year-old-cremated-remains-reveal-tragic-death-of-woman-pregnant-with-twins
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-high-born-woman-and-her-twin-fetuses-found-4000-year-old-urn-180978328/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/bronze-age-cemetery-reveals-history-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9872-210729-bronze-age-hungary

An 8th century Pictish stone from a beach on Orkney:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19475439.extremely-special-find-pictish-stone-turns-sanday-beach/

... and a feature on the Picts being aware of Greek divinities:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19467912.ancient-picts-knew-greek-gods-experts-say-findings-suggest/

A William the Conqueror coin from Richmond Castle:

https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/william-the-conqueror-coin-found-at-richmond-castle/

A 13th century Cistercian stone barn excavation in Co Meath:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/archaeologists-excavate-phenomenal-13th-century-barn-in-co-meath-1.4630248
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/first-medieval-cistercian-stone-barnexcavated-inireland-anexceptional-find-say-archaeologists-40688838.html

Medieval finds from the Pilgrim Street dig in Newcastle:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/medieval-history-newcastle-pilgrim-street-21120374

A possible 400 years bp shipwreck off the coast of Finland:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/unique_gulf_of_finland_shipwreck_may_be_400_years_old/12040972

Finds from various periods from a soon-to-be-completed dig in Rochdale:

https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/142187/archaeologists-at-%E2%80%98big-dig%E2%80%99-hope-to-uncover-rochdale%E2%80%99s-anglosaxon-history
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/chamber-pots-ginger-beer-bottles-21170061
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-58027230

Some of the stained glass windows of Canterbury Cathedral have been dated to the 12th century:

https://www.livescience.com/stained-glass-thomas-becket-murder.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-oldest-medieval-paintings-canterbury-b1890569.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57768815
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61869
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canterbury-cathedral-stained-glass-may-be-englands-oldest-180978301/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9869-210727-canterbury-cathedral-windows

Thomas Cromwell's kitchen renovations were apparently interrupted by the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-57990681
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/675/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/675/pub/675/page/38/article/200024
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/historian-recreates-thomas-cromwells-london-mansion-in-exquisite-detail/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-palatial-london-mansion-thomas-cromwell-chief-adviser-henry-viii-180978306/

Restoration of the 12th century Ayios Synesios church in Famagusta is under way:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/07/28/renovation-work-has-started-on-historic-famagusta-church/

More on Tollund Man's last meal:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/26/news-about-the-tollund-mans-last-meal/

More on Anglo Saxon identity:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-skulls-show-anglo-saxon-identity-was-more-cultural-than-genetic

More on medieval French coins found in Poland possibly linked to a Viking siege of Paris:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/medieval-french-coins-unearthed-in.html

Paper on grave goods in Early Medieval Europe:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue56/11/index.html

... and the press coverage it spawned:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-early-medieval-europe-big.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210729220902.htm
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/07/29/britain-medieval-burials-adorned-big-data/2451627587997/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/digging-into-early-medieval-europe-with.html

A reanalysis of a weapon grave found in Finland 50 years ago suggests gender roles may have been more fluid in the Middle Ages:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-weapon-grave-suontaka-hattula-finland.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/weapon-grave-of-suontaka-hattula-in.html

Veterans are helping to recreate a Bronze Age roundhouse at Butser Farm:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-57968925
https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/national/19467988.veterans-help-reconstruct-bronze-age-roundhouse/
http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/veterans-help-reconstruct-bronze-age-230100154.html

Feature on the restoration of an 18th century home in Spitalfields:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-57824929
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2021/jul/26/inside-dennis-severs-house-in-pictures

Feature on the tunnels found near Tintern Abbey a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09q8hpg/the-mysterious-medieval-tunnel-found-by-accident

Feature/study of 'relief banquet' depicted at Seville's cathedral:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/26/revealed-the-secrets-of-seville-cathedrals-banquet-set-in-stone

A dig at a 19th century residence in St Anne's Park was apparently afraid it would be 'alarming':

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/archaeological-experts-dig-takes-place-21155197

Seeking 'fresh ideas' for Alderny Nunnery Roman fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-58015191

Assorted UNESCO Heritage Site designations in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-unesco-makes-jewish-centers-world-heritage-sites/a-58664275

... and the Paseo del Prado in Spain:

https://elpais.com/espana/madrid/2021-07-26/un-paseo-de-500-anos-de-historia-como-legado-madrileno-para-la-humanidad.html

... while the UK has sites which may be losing World Heritage Status (with a focus on Stonehenge):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jul/30/uk-cultural-landmarks-may-lose-world-heritage-status-says-unesco-chief-stonehenge
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jul/30/from-stonehenge-to-the-lakes-unesco-concerns-for-uk-landmarks
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-july-26-stories-1992312

... interestingly, a British court overturned government approval for the Stonehenge tunnel project:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-uk-court-overturns-govt-go-ahead.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58024139
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/30/high-court-victory-for-stonehenge-campaigners-as-tunnel-is-ruled-unlawful

... while another related case was dismissed (I think):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-57968573

In case you need a backgrounder on the proposed tunnel:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/environment/953669/the-battle-of-stonehenge

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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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Feature on Qin's tomb:

https://smarthistory.org/tomb-first-emperor-qin/

I think we mentioned this pair of shipwrecks (14th century and 18 century) off Singapore:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-26/Sunken-treasures-found-in-Singapore-s-waters-12cVPBGa3u0/index.html

Feature on the Tan Quan relic site (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tuan-quan-extremely-valuable-prehistoric-archaeological-site/205349.vnp

Paleolithic petroglyphs and other finds near Haryana are causing a rethink of the settlement of northern India:

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/stone-age-tools-cave-paintings-discovered-in-haryana-could-be-clues-to-prehistoric-factory/ar-AAMyKXD
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cave-paintings-may-be-among-indias-oldest-180978324/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9870-210728-india-rock-art

Hopes for a human connection to the recently-found Arjun Loddi Cave:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/250721/prehistoric-limestone-cave-hidden-in-asifabad-forests-located-by-archa.html

4000 years bp menhirs from Yadadri:

https://telanganatoday.com/historians-discover-4000-year-old-menhirs-in-yadadri

Iron swords an other items found while looking for Megalith and Neolithic sites in Mayiladumparai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/antiques-unearthed-in-krishnagiri-district/articleshow/84774460.cms

A 6th century BCE silver coin from Keezhadi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/silver-coin-found-at-keeladi-archaeological-site/articleshow/84852340.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/jul/30/silver-punch-marked-coin-unearthed-in-keezhadi-2337605.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9876-210730-india-silver-coin

More on perforated terracotta pipes from Korkai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/perforated-terracotta-pipes-found-in-korkai/article35526939.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/perforated-terracotta-distillation-pipes-unearthed-in-korkai/article35530918.ece

More on the relics of Ketavan the Martyr being identified:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-we-couldnt-sleep-out-of-excitement-archaeologists-who-unearthed-georgian-queens-relics-in-goa/389428

An irrigation project in Sagar will submerge a number of sites from various periods:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/pre-historic-archaeological-sites-to-be-submerged-in-sagar/articleshow/84762578.cms

An apparently missing metal idol of Lord Arthanareeswarar found in 2017 was located in the house of a priest:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/idol-recovered-from-priests-house/article35611513.ece

Feature on Polynesian navigation methods:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210726-polynesias-master-voyagers-who-navigate-by-nature

A study of metallurgy in Southeast Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-metal-artifacts-southeast-asia-long-held.html
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/Penn-Museum-metal-artifacts-Thailand-challenge-archaeological-theory

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia include (among others) the Harappan city of Dholavira:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/harappan-city-of-dholavira-becomes-fourth-site-in-gujarat-to-get-unescos-world-heritage-tag-all-you-need-to-know-about-it

... and Quanzhou:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/trending-china/article/3142545/chinas-maritime-silk-road-port-city-quanzhou
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Evidence of a 9200 years bp Noongar habitation site from West Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-27/noongar-history-unearthed-at-augusta-archaeological-dig/100324450
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NORTH AMERICA
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The dig at a Timucua site on Talbot Island (which we've mentioned before) is wrapping up:

https://unfspinnaker.com/93097/features/unf-archaeology-team-wraps-up-uncovering-timucua-artifacts-in-local-talbot-island-state-park/

Feature on an onging dig at a former tenant house in Hope Welfers National Historic Site:

https://pennsylvanianewstoday.com/archaeologist-digging-hope-welfare-to-uncover-the-lives-of-african-american-peasants-news/196447/

Another feature on the students digging at the Fort Vancouver site:

https://www.koin.com/local/clark-county/archaeology-students-dig-for-history-at-fort-vancouver/

Feature on the excavations in Rock Springs (WY) Chinatown:

https://www.sweetwaternow.com/digging-up-history-in-chinatown/?fbclid=IwAR13ug7L7lIRGc02bbwZB5lSaJV7_67QR0Q0_GQy1z3UphdGHWdjfRH431I

I think we mentioned this evidence of a 'forgotten' road beneath a Civil War cemetery in Virginia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-buried-road-civil-war-cemetery-180978264/

Feature on the so-called 'Nephite coin' found in 19th century Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/article/50210543/the-discovery-of-the-nephite-coin-a-pioneer-mystery

Trying to figure out how a jar of Lorraine jam made it to Texas in the 19th century:

https://presstories.com/2021/07/30/a-jar-of-lorraine-jam-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-texas/

Plans to reinter bodies found during the Tulsa Race Massacre dig:

https://www.normantranscript.com/oklahoma/tulsa-to-reinter-bodies-exhumed-as-part-of-tulsa-race-massacre-investigation/article_ad16bf20-d467-5525-b6b0-2308af754c7c.html
https://www.stwnewspress.com/news/tulsa-to-reinter-bodies-exhumed-as-part-of-tulsa-race-massacre-investigation/article_6c38aa06-efb9-11eb-8034-d3e0af094cf3.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/31/bodies-tulsa-race-massacre-oklahoma-reinterred

Reviewish of Deborah Willis, *The Black Civil War Soldier*:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/black-civil-war-soldiers-photos/index.html
https://nyupress.org/9781479809004/the-black-civil-war-soldier/

Reviewish of Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez *Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/31/wake-review-hidden-history-of-women-led-slave-revolts-rebecca-hall-hugo-martinez

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Peru has a contender for 'oldest known shark attack victim':

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/peru-skeleton-oldest-known-shark-attack-victim

More on COVID leading to the reburial of an Aztec site in Mexico City:

https://www.sciencealert.com/mexican-archaeologists-to-rebury-unusual-discovery-made-in-old-aztec-capital
https://gizmodo.com/tunnel-discovered-with-aztec-carvings-will-be-reburied-1847361500
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/tunnel-filled-aztec-petroglyphs-1993579
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexican-archaeologists-rebury-aztec-tunnel-after-project-loses-funding-180978299/

More on there being no 'civilization collapse' on Easter Island:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/easter-island

Feature on the 'warrior princess' of Tingambato:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-07-26/la-princesa-guerrera-de-tingambato-el-tesoro-de-la-arqueologia-mexicana-enterrado-entre-campos-de-aguacate.html

Feature on Actun Tunichil Muknal:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/actun-tunichil-muknal-the-maya-cave-of-the-crystal-sepulchre/139755

Feature on Q'enqo Grande:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/07/qenqo-grande-the-sacred-inca-huaca-complex-cave/139782

UNESCO World Heritage status has been given to the Chankillo site:

https://www.wionews.com/world/americas-oldest-solar-observatory-finally-gets-unesco-world-heritage-status-401087
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/28/chankillo-oldest-solar-observatory-in-the-americas-awarded-unesco-world-heritage-status
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210727-ancient-peruvian-sun-calendar-declared-un-heritage-site
https://elpais.com/internacional/2021-07-28/unesco-declara-patrimonio-mundial-al-chankillo-el-complejo-astronomico-mas-antiguo-de-america.html

... as have the Chinchorro mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-chile-ancient-mummies-added-heritage.html

... and the monastery and cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tlaxcala:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-07-28/la-catedral-de-tlaxcala-el-monasterio-a-los-pies-de-un-volcan-que-se-convirtio-en-patrimonio-de-la-humanidad.html

Handy listing of ancient Americas lectures this month:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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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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Dutch Elm Disease has killed Europe's oldest (maybe) elm:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-58013952

Feature on Thomas Harriot:

https://lens.monash.edu/@science/2021/07/26/1383475/the-scientific-genius-who-eschewed-fame-remembering-thomas-harriot-400-years-on

Feature on Francois Poulain:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/09/francois-poulain-radical-feminism/619499/

Feature on George Washington and the first mass military inoculation:

https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/GW&smallpoxinoculation.html

Arguing over putting Nikola Tesla on a coin:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57969489

On problems medicine had with female anatomy:

https://bigthink.com/sex-relationships/misguided-history-female-anatomy-sexuality

One of Lord Kelvin's theories doesn't seem to be panning out:

https://www.livescience.com/was-lord-kelvin-theory-wrong.html

Reconstructing a 12th century pipe organ from Bethlehem:

https://aleteia.org/2021/07/24/reconstructing-a-12th-century-pipe-organ-discovered-in-the-holy-land/

Interesting story of a 140 years bp violin found in a thrift store:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mystery-140-year-old-violin-solved/index.html

Feature on women as collectors of Middle Eastern artifacts:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2021/07/women-collecting-the-middle-east-collaborators-and-collections

Feature on a Jewish American couple's collection of Jewish artifacts:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/this-jewish-american-couple-collected-13000-jewish-artifacts-675246

An interesting 18th century folly:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-garden-folly-teeth

Interesting feature on some fake Buddhist statues:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3143047/chinese-buddhist-statues-german-indiana-jones-and-his

Feature on a detail in Van Gogh's last painting:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/discovered-a-very-early-photograph-of-the-trees-in-van-gogh-s-final-picture-painted-just-hours-before-he-fired-the-fatal-shot

Feature on Bernini:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/gian-lorenzo-bernini-most-famous-works-1234600353/

... and a related book review:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/gian-lorenzo-bernini-alexander-vii-the-artist-and-the-eternal-city-review-1234600264/

Feature on Goya:

https://elpais.com/eps/2021-07-24/goya-del-pintor-aragones-al-genio-universal.html

Confirmation (I think) that Ecce Homo is by Caravaggio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-07-28/el-primer-informe-cientifico-sobre-el-eccehomo-concluye-que-es-de-caravaggio.html

Features on Gertrude Stein:

https://www.dw.com/en/gertrude-stein-a-complex-pioneer-of-modernism/a-58591036
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210726-the-scandalous-memoir-of-the-lost-generation

Feature on the evolution of Hindu/Arabic numerals:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/hindu-arabic-numerals-history-evolution-mathematics/

Feature on the HMS Association:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210729-the-british-shipwreck-that-changed-the-world

On the weirdness of English spelling:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-the-english-spelling-system-so-weird-and-inconsistent

On why Oscar Wilde was in prison:

https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/berkshire-history/oscar-wilde-reading-prison-irelands-21131090

Pondering the reputation of La Malinche, Cortes' Indigenous interpreter:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-la-malinche-indigenous-interpreter-conquistador-hernan-cortes-traitor-survivor-or-icon-180978321/

More on a possible Michelangelo fingerprint:

https://www.livescience.com/michelangelo-fingerprint-found-statue.html

On the need for archaeologists to be activists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-activists/

General coverage of new World Heritage Sites around the world:

https://whc.unesco.org/en/newproperties/
https://www.dw.com/en/latest-additions-to-unesco-world-heritage-list/g-58649309
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-new-sites-join-unesco-world-heritage-list-180978282/
https://www.npr.org/2021/07/26/1020685867/iranian-railway-thai-national-park-among-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/cultural-sites-inscribed-on-unescos.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Archaeologists from Memorial University are offering to help in the search for unmarked burials at residential schools:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mun-archaeology-team-offering-help-110000489.html

... and a feature on Kisha Supernant's involvement in the search:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/world/canada/indigenous-archaeologist-graves-school-children.html

Feature on ancient Greek athletes eating cheesecake at the Olympics:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/07/31/ancient-greek-cheesecake-2/

Feature on the history of the Olympics:

https://theprint.in/pageturner/excerpt/a-foot-race-of-only-192-28-meters-in-length-thats-how-the-olympics-began-in-greece/703331/

Feature on the first modern Olympics:

https://www.wfmz.com/sports/photos-from-the-first-modern-olympics-in-1896/collection_a03810ce-62a8-5118-8dd2-e006c320b805.html

... and the Olympics in 776 BCE:

https://kvoa.com/news/2021/07/28/what-were-the-olympics-like-in-776-bc/

Feature on the ancient Olympics (written by a Classicist):

https://theconversation.com/not-everyone-cheered-the-ancient-olympic-games-but-the-sacred-games-brought-together-rival-societies-165062

On what ancient Greeks would have thought of an Olympics without an audience:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/205924/ancient-greeks-would-view-the-ghostly-version-of-the-modern-olympics-as-absurd/

Assorted 'fun facts' about the ancient Olympics:

https://denvercatholic.org/did-christians-ban-the-games-tales-myths-and-other-fun-facts-about-the-ancient-olympics/

A history of gymnastics:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-gymnastics-ancient-greece-tokyo-2020-180978270/

On what history relates about the efficacy of vaccines:

https://theweek.com/coronavirus/1003164/tk-bill

... and a smallpox anti-vaxxer story:

https://slate.com/technology/2021/07/immanuel-pfeiffer-smallpox-antivaxxer-covid-vaccines-history.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on why rabbits in the New World weren't domesticated:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/why-werent-new-world-rabbits.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Exclusham Hoard:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19467295.hidden-treasures-show-wrexham-museum-exciting-new-exhibition-revealed/

Doggerland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/01/doggerland-lost-atlantis-of-the-north-sea-gives-up-its-ancient-secrets
https://www.rmo.nl/tentoonstellingen/tijdelijke-tentoonstellingen/doggerland/

Coffee:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jerusalem-exhibit-traces-coffees-travels-180978286/

Colors of the Romans:

https://hyperallergic.com/663347/dazzling-corrective-to-ancient-rome-whitewashing-centrale-montemartini/
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/top-lifestyle/2021/07/27/new-mosaic-exhibit-show-off-colours-of-ancient-rome/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/exhibition-celebrating-colors-ancient-rome-121248500.html

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.oklahoman.com/story/entertainment/2021/08/01/frescoes-oklahoma-city-museum-art-bring-ancient-life-pompeii-alive/5404817001/

Syrian mosaics:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1165446/valuable-syrian-mosaics-on-show-in-athens/

Michelangelo:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/07/28/albany-capital-center-offers-michelangelo-in-a-different-view/

Shropshire sun pendant:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/shrewsbury-entertainment/2021/07/28/delight-that-shropshire-sun-pendant-is-going-on-display-in-the-county/

Francisco Javier de Balmis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/27/spanish-museum-celebrates-pioneer-who-took-smallpox-vaccine-to-colonies

The new Trimontium Museum opens this week:

https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/people/so-what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-us-3323461

In case you missed the opening of the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-greece-underwater-museum-ancient-world.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/27/the-underwater-%CE%BCuseum-at-alonnisos-in-an-afp-press-release/

Pondering 'colonial collections' that weren't looted:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/northcote-thomas-nigeria-sierra-leone/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A high price is expected for an Anglo Saxon coin from the Wiltshire and Hampshire border area last year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58028670
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-coin-wiltshire-penny-mancus-b1894608.html
https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19479624.detectorist-finds-ancient-coin-worth-200k---made-southampton/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/anglosaxon-penny-king-wiltshire-hampshire-b948338.html
https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/19478574.gold-coin-discovered-west-dean-sale-auction/

Pondering how an 19th century pinkas ended up at auction:

https://jewishjournal.com/news/339158/a-jewish-librarys-treasure-surfaced-at-auction-how-did-it-get-there/

I think we mentioned this 'Ides of March' coin coming to auction a while ago:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/eid-mar-denarius-offered-by-heritage-auctions-at-ana-worlds-fair-of-money/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Assorted tech approaches are revealing sites in the Dubai desert:

https://www.esquireme.com/content/54288-uae-scientists-discover-ancient-native-settlements-buried-deep-in-dubai-desert

Paper on 'image sonification' at Dura Europos:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue56/8/index.html

On how 'ancient diets' are figured out from potsherds:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/ancient-diets-pottery-shard-archaeology-discovery/2021/07/30/75d5fd0c-efd2-11eb-a452-4da5fe48582d_story.html

cf: https://knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2021/what-did-ancient-people-eat

On the ethics of remote sensing:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/27/the-ethics-of-remote-sensing-in-archaeology/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of lake sediments in Japan is creating links between climate and the origin of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-sediments-lake-japan-reveal-stable.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/07/sediments-from-lake-in-japan-reveal.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient Roman cities that aren't Rome:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/want-see-ancient-roman-city-dont-go-rome

Pamukkale:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210731-discover-pamukkale-turkey/

Trieste:

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/30/1020828045/a-once-forgotten-port-of-italy-is-alive-with-a-diverse-cultural-and-literary-leg

Jiangmen:

https://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/3142328/unesco-heritage-sites-famous-birdwatching-spot-named-ba-jin
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Green Knight:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jul/26/the-green-knight-review-dev-patel-takes-a-magical-and-masterly-quest
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/movies/the-green-knight-clip.html

Feature on Nadia Boulanger:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/arts/music/nadia-boulanger-bard-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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CPB officers intercepted some artifacts coming into the US from Mexico:

https://www.kwtx.com/2021/07/31/cbp-officers-intercept-shipment-ancient-artifacts/
https://www.whas11.com/article/news/crime/cbp-seizes-shipment-of-ancient-artifacts/417-59218b55-f33b-4ecd-ab8a-46a361530c51

More on a British art restorer being implicated in the Kapoor case:

https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/subhash-kapoors-london-restorer-extradited-indicted-in-antiquities-smuggling-conspiracy/

Opeddish thing on dealing with antiquities trafficking:

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/7/30/how-can-we-end-antiquities-trafficking
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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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A Buddha head was returned to China from Japan:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202107/1229662.shtml

Egypt is recovering a statue of an Old Kingdom priest from the Netherlands:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/417748/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-Old-Kingdom-priest-recovered-from-Nether.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106317/Egypt-succeeds-in-retrieving-legless-statue-of-Old-Kingdom%E2%80%99s-priest
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/07/26/ancient-egyptian-priest-statue-returned-home/
https://allafrica.com/stories/202107270279.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/29/old-kingdom-statue-returned-to-egypt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9868-210727-smuggled-statue-repatriated

Australia's National Gallery is returning 14 items to India:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/29/national-gallery-of-australia-to-return-14-artworks-worth-3m-to-india

US authorities have taken control of the Gilgamesh Tablet:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/rare-cuneiform-tablet-bearing-portion-epic-gilgamesh-forfeited-united-states
https://www.newsweek.com/us-obtains-gilgamesh-dream-tablet-after-court-orders-forfeiture-hobby-lobby-1613727
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57992957
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/29/national-gallery-of-australia-to-return-14-artworks-worth-3m-to-india
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/gilgamesh-tablet-seized/2021/07/29/1b3d8d5a-efec-11eb-a452-4da5fe48582d_story.html
https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article253083123.html
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/doj-seizes-hobby-lobbys-stolen-piece-of-epic-of-gilgamesh.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/government-forfeiture-hobby-lobby-gilgamesh-tablet-1993303
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobby-lobby-forfeits-rare-gilgamesh-tablet-smuggled-iraq-180978314/

... and Hobby Lobby/Museum of the Bible is returning 17 000 apparently-looted antiquities to Iraq:

https://hyperallergic.com/666174/us-restitutes-17000-looted-artifacts-to-iraq/
https://www.dw.com/en/17000-ancient-looted-artifacts-returned-to-iraq/a-58707252
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210729-us-to-return-17000-ancient-looted-artefacts-to-iraq/
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-us-returns-treasure-trove-of-antiquities-to-iraq-1.1627572967094
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/us-to-return-some-17-000-looted-antiquities-to-iraq-48742
https://www.jpost.com/international/thousands-of-ancient-archaeological-pieces-return-to-iraq-from-us-675498
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2021/Jul-28/522168-us-returns-to-iraq-treasure-trove-of-antiquities-baghdad.ashx
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/28/unprecedented-restitution-us-returns-antiquities-to-iraq

... and the reopening of Iraq's national museum is somehow being connected to this:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/iraq-to-reopen-national-museum-after-recovery-of-17000-looted-artefacts-from-the-us

... related OpEd:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/29/epic-gilgamesh-hobby-lobby/

On the ownership of the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/who-really-owns-the-benin-bronzes-
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NUMISMATICA
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Review of Frank Holt, *When Money Talks*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/coins-the-overlooked-keys-to-history

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n30.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n31.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Don Cameron:

https://lsa.umich.edu/classics/news-events/all-news/search-news/remembering-don-cameron.html
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-h-don-cameron

Lucia Vagnetti:

https://www.iipp.it/in-ricordo-di-lucia-vagnetti/

Jurgen Borchhardt:

https://www.dainst.blog/daistanbul_blog/2021/07/29/in-memory-of-prof-dr-juergen-borchhardt/

Robert K. Ritner:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/robert-k-ritner-jr-eminent-egyptologist-and-beloved-teacher-1953-2021
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/07/29/robert-ritner-1953-2021/

Robert Ellison:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/arts/design/robert-ellison-dead.html

Roberto Calasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/books/roberto-calasso-dead.html

Rebecca Lee Crumpler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/obituaries/rebecca-lee-crumpler-overlooked.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3091-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-18-through-july-24-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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