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EARLY HOMINIDS
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More on those oldest axial Australopithecus fossils:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-axial-fossils-genus-australopithecus.html

More on evidence for early human starch use:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12297
https://www.sapiens.org/news/starches-first-evidence-humans-cooking/

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AFRICA
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Tunisians are fighting to preserve their cultural heritage:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/feature-everything-stolen-us-tunisians-000000062.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/tunisians-struggle-to-prevent-archaeological-looting-1.876207
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Jun-20/485654-tunisia-struggles-with-looting-of-cultural-heritage.ashx
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1513351/middle-east

Interesting feature on Zaga Christ:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jun/22/revealed-illustrious-past-of-mystery-portrait

More on gold refining in medieval Mali:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/06/18/gold-refining-techniques-of-a-medieval-islamic-city-revealed-by-experimental-archaeology/#408fc67ca9e8

More on evidence (mostly DNA) for the rise of pastoralism in east Africa:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/pastoralism-ancient-dna-africa/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Suggestion that Tut's 'sunshade' may have been attached to his chariot:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/336553/Heritage/Museums/Tutankhamuns-sunshade-may-have-been-attached-to-hi.aspx

EU support for Egypt's fight against smuggling of antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/eu-ambassador-backs-egypts-efforts-to-recover-smuggled-antiquities/

I think we mentioned this one ... Catal Huyuk had plenty of 'modern' urban problems to deal with, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-atalhyk-years-modern-urban-problems.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/osu-9ya061119.php
https://www.livescience.com/65759-violent-neighbors-ancient-city.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/17/ciencia/1560760459_872373.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-early-farmers-in-9-000-year-old-turkish-town-couldn-t-stand-each-other-1.7390369
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/catalhoyuk-urban-problems-07300.html
https://gizmodo.com/one-of-the-world-s-most-ancient-cities-experienced-surp-1835624342
https://www.newsweek.com/skeletons-worlds-oldest-city-disease-violence
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=35545
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7767-190618-turkey-catalhoyuk-violence

Feature on Sargon of Akkad:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/king-sargon-akkad/

Feature on the Natufian remains at Wadi Hammeh:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/wadi-hammeh-one-largest-repertoires%C2%A0-natufian-art-%E2%80%94-archaeologist

Evidence of bit use from 4700 years bp donkey remains found near Hebron:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/06/23/evidence-bit-use-donkey-4700-years/

Israeli paratroopers excavated a watchtower dating back to King Hezekiah (2800 years bp) from Bais Rishon:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/troops-uncover-first-temple-era-observation-post-on-training-base/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264801
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-soldiers-dig-up-watchtower-from-king-hezekiah-s-time-in-their-firing-zone-1.7394256
https://hamodia.com/2019/06/19/223662/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-06/20/content_74902583.htm

Latest DSS fragments translated:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Deciphered-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-throws-up-questions-for-historians-592971

Pondering Masada and Josephus' reliability:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-myth-of-masada-how-reliable-was-josephus-anyway-1.7375157

Interesting feature on the search for some Syrian tablets found a century ago and the role of espionage:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/ancient-history-and-espionage-one-story-of-middle-eastern-history-being-sent-to-the-west-1.870976

Seeking Heritage Status for Umm Al Qaiwain's ed-Dur temple:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/umm-al-quwain/2000-year-old-uae-temple-site-a-candidate-for-world-heritage-status
http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/555111/Pre-Islamic-vestige-sent-to-enter-UNESCO-list
http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302768565

Plans to make Karkemish an open air museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittites-city-to-become-open-air-museum-144333
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/19/ancient-city-of-karkamis-administrative-capital-of-hittites-to-be-turned-into-open-air-museum-in-turkey
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-hittites-city-to-become-open-air-museum/1510283

Yemen's ongoing struggles with looting of sites:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/yemen-s-struggle-to-protect-its-ancient-treasures-from-looters-1.878033

I think we mentioned plans for renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-middle-east/2019/06/16/three-churches-agree-to-more-renovations-at-church-of-the-holy-sepulcher/
https://aleteia.org/2019/06/17/foundation-of-jesus-tomb-to-be-restored/
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I think we mentioned this underwater 'monumental structure' from Salamis:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-monumental-structure-underwater-1444315
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35934-new-finds-from-underwater-research-on-historic-greek-island-of-salamis.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/19/greek-archaeologists-make-major-discovery-at-battle-of-salamis-site/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/250060/archaeologists-find-underwater-building-from-battle-of-salamis/

A 2000 years bp wooden arm from a Northamptonshire well:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-48712130

Remains of a Roman fortress and barracks beneath an Exeter shopping arcade:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/incredible-roman-discovery-underneath-exeter-2990074

Evidence of a Roman settlement at a housing development site in Bolsover:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-unearth-extremely-rare-remains-of-roman-town-at-bolsover-housing-development-1-9834849

Plenty of Roman (and other period remains) from the Vale of Glamorgan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48594251

A dig is underway at a Roman site in County Durham:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/dig-hopes-solve-mystery-roman-16446256

I think we mentioned this 2nd/3rd century lead sarcophagus from Grenada:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/17/inenglish/1560769635_550258.html

In search of the entrance to a (Thracian?) tomb at Maltepe mound near Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/06/18/archaeology-dig-team-seeks-entrance-to-tomb-at-maltepe-mound-near-plovdiv/

Possible remains of the city of Bassania on an Albanian hill:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-ancient-city-found-on-albanian-hill-6428

Plans to excavate the road leading to Laodicea's stadium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/21/road-leading-to-anatolias-largest-ancient-stadium-soon-to-be-unearthed

Byzantine pottery kilns from Kozani (Greece):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35980-byzantine-era-pottery-kilns-unearthed-during-works-in-northern-greece.html

I don't think we've mentioned the Interactive Dig for Pompeii ... we're into weeks 3 and 4:

https://www.archaeological.org/pompeii-2019-week-3/
https://www.archaeological.org/pompeii-2019-week-4/

Feature on the coins of Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bronze-coins-shed-light-on-parions-history-144271

Feature on the amount of wood used to heat the Baths of Caracalla:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7153063/Baths-Carcalla-Ancient-oven-heating-water-baths-1-800-years-ago-open-public-time.html

... and now you can tour the tunnels beneath the Baths of Caracalla:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-tour-tunnels-beneath-romes-baths-caracalla-180972457/

... and the Great Bath at Bath was cleaned this week:

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2019-06-18/watch-as-historic-roman-bath-drained-for-latest-scrub/

Feature on trees and power in Aegean art:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/06/Trees-and-Power-Aegean-Art

Feature on 'evil robots' in the ancient world:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-evil-robots-of-the-ancient-world?source=articles&via=rss

Feature on Anaxagoras:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-greek-philosopher-was-exiled-claiming-moon-was-rock-not-god-180972447/

Interesting study/feature on Justinian's plague in the British Isles:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/do-these-skeletons-hold-the-secret-to-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire

Feature on that 2400 years bp Greek shipweck found in the Black Sea a while ago:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/146486/VIDEO-Oldest-intact-shipwreck-found-in-Bulgaria

Honours (!) for the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/06/21/american-society-mechanical-engineers-honour-antikythera-mechanism/

Sadly, YLE is dropping its Nuntii Latini broadcast:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-48661183

What Greg Nagy is up to:

http://harvardpolitics.com/harvard/greg-nagy/

Alice Oswald is the Oxford professor of poetry:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/21/alice-oswald-elected-oxford-professor-of-poetry-by-huge-margin

Review of Caroline Lawrence, *The Time Travel Diaries*:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17708310.young-adult-book-review-the-time-travel-diaries-by-caroline-lawrence/

Hypish/reviewish piece on Caitlin Barrett's book on Egyptian features in Roman gardens:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/06/book-explores-egyptian-imagery-roman-homes

The Greek President called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles again:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/139462/greek-president-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-at-acropolis-museum-10th-anniversary-event/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35965-greek-president-calls-for-elgin-marbles-return-at-acropolis-museum-event.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/06/21/parthenon-sculptures-belong-cultural-jewel-acropolis-museum-greek-president/

... and apparently people were in favour of the return back in the 1940s:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/british-museum-trustee-favoured-return.html

... and they're bringing up the firman again:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/20/new-evidence-debunks-british-museums-stance-on-parthenon-marbles/

I think we mentioned this song someone wrote and sang at the British Museum for their return:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241777/article/ekathimerini/life/greek-artist-sings-for-parthenon-marbles-return-at-british-museum-protest
https://www.thenationalherald.com/250587/protest-song-inside-british-museum-hellena-sings-for-marbles-return-vid/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/06/22/greek-artist-sings-return-parthenon-marbles-british-museum/

Another piece on their return:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/139164/the-acropolis-museum-and-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-back-to-the-future/

Pondering Plato and Boris Johnson:

https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/06/22/what-would-plato-make-of-boris-johnson

Some interesting classical reception at Cornell:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/06/miniatures-temple-zeus-take-their-place-namesake-cafe

More on 'quake proof' structures incorporated into Roman-era buildings:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-rise-of-quake-proof-buildings-stopped-fall-of-the-roman-empire-df7996vg9

More on dietary changes over time at Portus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-diet-docks-dying-port-ancient.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7756-190613-italy-rome-portus

More on that villa with the great mosaics in Spain:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-billionaires-villa-discovered-with-exquisite-ceramics-and-mosaics-0qnr5rp3m

Nice APOD of the 'strawberry moon' over the Temple of Poseidon:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190618.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Scotland's crannogs (artificial islands) appear to date from Neolithic, not Iron Age times:

https://www.livescience.com/65728-neolithic-human-made-islands.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48625734
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/22819/20190619/discarded-pottery-around-ancient-man-made-islands-has-scientists-stunned.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotlands-tiny-artificial-islands-date-stone-age-180972420/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7757-190613-scotland-neolithic-crannogs

Neolithic burials in Spain suggest growing gender inequality, apparently:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/gender-inequality-arose-8000-years-ago
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7765-190618-spain-gender-inequality

An interesting/mysterious megalithic monument at Carrowmore:

https://www.thejournal.ie/megalithic-monument-sligo-4682855-Jun2019/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7761-190614-ireland-carrowmore-megalithic

Study suggests the Celts in Burgundy drank local beer but imported Greek wine:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-early-celts-burgundy-appropriated-mediterranean.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/p-eci061219.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/lm-a-w061119.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/celts-france-wine-drinking-alcohol-banquet-burgundy-mediterranean-a8965701.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-20/ancient-celts-drank-imported-wine-and-local-beer-archaeologists/11218012
https://neoskosmos.com/en/139409/celts-may-not-have-mimicked-the-ancient-greeks-in-drinking-habits-as-previously-thought/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35974-archaeologists-discover-that-ancient-celts-drank-greek-wine-out-of-vases.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/250651/sixth-century-celts-had-a-soft-spot-for-red-wine-from-the-greek-colony-of-marseille/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/06/21/celts-imported-greek-pottery-olive-oil-and-wine-2600-years-ago/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-celts-local-beer-imported-wine-archaeologists-1444763
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206989-ancient-celts-were-partial-to-beer-mead-and-imported-greek-wines/

I think we mentioned these 1000 bp (or so) steps to a well in an Aberdeenshire hillfort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48675964

Remains of a 13th/14th century castle tower found during castle reconstruction in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22141417/bases-of-tower-from-turn-of-the-13th-and-14th-centuries-found-while-reconstructing-the-castle.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7764-190617-slovakia-markusovsky-castle

Remains of a Visigothic city in Spain, including what might be one of the oldest mosques in Europe:

https://www.livescience.com/65760-visigoth-reccopolis-city-revealed.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7776-190621-spain-visigoths-town

Digging has resumed at Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/retro/archaeologists-dig-in-for-new-season-at-bamburgh-castle-to-investigate-its-medieval-heritage-254633

Plans to excavate three 'lost villages' in Glen Coe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48703662
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-lost-villages-of-glencoe-to-be-brought-back-to-life-1-4951111
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17719416.glencoes-lost-villages-probed-by-archaeologists/

A medieval Hebrew inscription from a mikveh in Sicily:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Hebrew-inscription-discovered-in-ancient-Jewish-ritual-bath-in-Sicily-592864

A sword found 'in the sand' of a cave in Shropshire thirty years ago might date to the 13th century:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-48719554

Excitement over some 'waste material' from Stonehenge (geologically speaking):

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stonehenge-holy-grail-could-provide-clues-about-mysterious-england-monument/

Feature on the new footbridge at Tintagel Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/18/new-tintagel-castle-footbridge-recreates-ancient-land-link

There are still a few pieces missing from the Lewis Chessmen set:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/06/19/one-found-where-are-the-others/#.XQ908NNKhTY
https://www.ft.com/content/2266d662-8ebf-11e9-b8cb-26a9caa9d67b

Feature on an early explorer of the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-orkney-farmer-who-explored-the-ness-of-brodgar-80-years-before-anyone-else-1-4951519

Feature on various digs going on at Anglesey:

https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/17722327.angleseys-ancient-site-has-been-ritual-landscape-for-thousands-of-years/


Review of Violet Moller, *The Map of Knowledge*:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-How-scholars-in-a-few-cities-kept-14028723.php
https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-How-scholars-in-a-few-cities-kept-14028723.php

More on evidence of prehistoric settlements in the North Sea:

https://aboutmanchester.co.uk/the-first-archaeological-artefacts-are-found-during-the-search-for-lost-prehistoric-settlements-in-the-north-sea/

More on 3000 years bp tiny 'bagels' from Austria:

https://forward.com/fast-forward/426293/bagels-bronze-age-austria/
https://forward.com/food/426301/archaeologists-discover-bronze-age-bagels/

More on that trove of cannonballs associated with Vlad the Impaler:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-cannonballs-likely-used-vlad-impaler-found-bulgaria-180972441/
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Evidence of human occupation of caves in Viet Nam some 8000-9000 years bp:

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/archaeologists-discover-prehistoric-relics-inside-northern-vietnam-caves-3940109.html
http://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeologists-unearth-site-dating-back-to-9000-years-ago/154592.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7768-190618-vietnam-neolithic-cave

A Yayoi Pottery Culture period burial from Japan includes a (mainland) bronze ring weight:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201906210001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7775-190621-japan-ring-weight

An Eastern Han dynasty tomb from Hubei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/19/c_138156060.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7770-190619-china-eastern-han

Tang/Song dynasty kiln remains from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/21/c_138162402.htm

A muralled Yuan Dynasty tomb from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/20/c_138159624.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7772-190620-china-tomb-murals

... and a muralled Jin Dynasty tomb, also from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/21/c_138162118.htm

A weekly overview of finds in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/22/c_138164131.htm

Study suggests there were more 'first arrivals' to Australia and New Guinea than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-migrants-australia-thoughtand-purpose.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/fu-rar061919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190620100002.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/how-many-people-did-it-take-to-colonize-australia/

17 tenth century (maybe) idols from a site in Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/17-idols-unearthed-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/69847433.cms

Plans to carbon date some human remains found in Tauranga:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12242412

A 1917 shipwreck off the coast of Australia:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/06/18/shipwreck-boat-found-by-diver-102-years-later-kc-orig.cnn

They'll charge you more if you linger in the Taj Mahal too long:

https://nypost.com/2019/06/19/taj-mahal-officials-will-start-charging-visitors-who-stay-too-long/

Feature on the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/world/asia/afghanistan-bamiyan-buddhas.html

Feature on evidence for the antiquity of yoga:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/how-ancient-is-yoga-seals-recovered-from-indus-valley-civilisation-sites-tell-a-fascinating-story/

Feature on hidden rivers in Tokyo:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/13/a-city-built-on-water-the-hidden-rivers-under-tokyos-concrete-and-neon

More on early evidence of cannabis use in China:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2019-06-18/detail-ifzkezvn2345747.shtml
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/health/cannabis-anicent-dead-marijuana.html
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/13/oldest_ritual_pot_smoking/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2500-year-old-chinese-cemetery-offers-earliest-physical-evidence-cannabis-smoking-180972410/

More on giant stone jars from Laos:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-21/mysterious-jars-of-death-uncovered-in-laos/11221142

More on that Afghan tower collapse at Ghazni:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Jun-17/485368-afghan-citadel-collapses-cultural-heritage-sites-at-risk.ashx
https://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/ancient-citadel-ghazni-risk
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1993637/3-ancient-afghan-citadel-collapses-cultural-heritage-sites-risk/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 700 years bp canoe from Maine:

https://wokq.com/an-old-canoe-dating-back-700-years-found-in-maine/
https://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2019/06/19/archaeologists-find-700-year-old-dugout-canoe-buried-mud-cape-porpoise-harbor/

I think we mentioned this colonial-era tavern site in Brunswick Town (NC):

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article230892034.html
https://www.livescience.com/65734-brunswick-town-colonial-tavern-maybe-brothel.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-colonial-time-capsule-18th-century-tavern-north-carolina-2801826
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7762-190617-north-carolina-tavern

Digging at a colonial-era home in Durham (NH):

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/historic-items-uncovered-during-archaeological-dig-in-durham/article_9eef61ee-45ff-5ef6-bce2-bbcd04206ee5.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7758-190613-colonial-new-hampshire

... and at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse:

https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2019/06/19/archaeological-dig-unveiling-buried-history-fort-gratiot-light-station/1488034001/

What they've been finding this season at the Colonial Michilimackinac dig:

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-last-piece-to-creamware-from-colonial-michilimackinac

Sewer work in St John's have revealed a large number of 19th century teeth and other items:

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/regional/79-human-teeth-found-under-water-street-in-st-johns-322702/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7763-190617-canada-st-john-s-teeth

... while in Flint there's a discussion whether water works disturbed a Native American burial ground:

https://nbc25news.com/news/local/did-crews-digging-up-water-lines-in-flint-disturb-indian-burial-ground

Pondering the peopling of the North American Arctic:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/06/05/first-americans-eskimos-inuit-siberia-genetic-data/

Feature on Serpent Mound:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190616/archaeology-how-long-did-it-take-to-build-serpent-mound

... and Solstice activities there:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/serpent-mound-ohio-continues-dazzle-inspire-summer-solstice/story?id=63785747

On the history of loneliness in the US:

https://slate.com/technology/2019/06/bored-lonely-angry-stupid-excerpt-technology-loneliness-history.html

An interview with Willard Sterne Randall about Alexander Hamilton and related matters:

https://www.vpr.org/post/biographer-details-long-evolving-friendship-between-ethan-allen-and-alexander-hamilton#stream/0

More on those potato famine victims' remains from a Quebec beach site:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/carricks-shipwreck-remains-1.5166478
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bones-found-quebec-beach-belonged-irish-immigrants-fleeing-potato-famine-180972422/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7759-190614-canada-shipwreck-ireland
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study suggests some of the Nazca lines represent exotic/non-native/foreign birds:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-fresh-mysterious-nasca-lines-peru.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/hu-fl061719.php
https://www.livescience.com/65755-mysterious-nazca-lines-birds-identified.html
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/nazca-lines-birds/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/archaeologists-study-the-nasca-lines-from-a-biologists-perspective/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-exotic-birds-depicted-perus-mysterious-nazca-lines-180972469/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7774-190620-peru-nazca-glyphs

Interesting evidence of the Maya arrival at Teotihuacan from Plaza 50 remains:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/8195-nuevos-hallazgos-en-teotihuacan-revelan-relacion-con-mayas-entre-350-y-450-d-c

Feature on the extent of human sacrifice at Tenochtitlan:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/feeding-gods-hundreds-skulls-reveal-massive-scale-human-sacrifice-aztec-capital

Plans for more research at Ichkabal:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/more-research-into-ancient-city-of-ichkabal-planned/

More on those Maya 'skull trophies' from Belize:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/06/14/human-skull-trophies-help-uncover-the-mayas-mysterious-collapse/#.XQ-BgNNKhTY

More on the tourist issues on Easter Island:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/overtourism-rapa-nui-easter-island-moai/index.html

Nice APOD of the Milky Way over the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190617.html
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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this study of how ancient societies responded to environmental disruptions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/lsu-nss061819.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uou-pcc061719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-scientists-large-scale-environmental-disruptions-affected.html

Plans to search again for a 19th century Spanish shipwreck off Antarctica:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/11/actualidad/1560246108_583867.html

They've fixed the hamfisted restoration of a St George statue in Spain:

https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/17722327.angleseys-ancient-site-has-been-ritual-landscape-for-thousands-of-years/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/21/botched-spanish-statue-st-george-lovingly-unrestored
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/22/world/europe/spain-statue-st-george-botched.html

Feature on the pirate Anne Bonny:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07ddjbw/behind-the-myth-of-a-breast-baring-pirate

Not sure where to put this item on Shawn Graham's work tracing the human remains trade:

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/carleton-prof-harnesses-machine-learning-to-explore-the-bone-trade-netherworld

Interesting newly-translated 'samurai text':

https://www.livescience.com/65742-samurai-text-supernatural-powers.html

Pondering whether Van Gogh did shoot himself:

https://www.livescience.com/65725-van-gogh-pistol-debate.html

A novel suggestion (sorry) about Henry VIII's divorce of Anne of Cleves:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historians-new-novel-controversially-theorizes-henry-viii-divorced-anne-cleves-because-shed-already-given-birth-180972415/

A study of the 'evolution' of 'puppy dog eyes' (yes, in dogs):

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evolution-puppy-dog-eyes.html
https://www.livescience.com/65738-how-dogs-evolved-sad-eyes.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/science/dogs-eyebrows-evolution.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/06/17/dogs-may-have-evolved-puppy-dog-eyes-tug-our-hearts/
https://www.dw.com/en/puppy-dog-eyes-developed-to-manipulate-humans/a-49241736
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/domestication-gave-dogs-two-new-eye-muscles/591868/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=35581

Advice on what to do if you come across archaeological remains:

https://wvexplorer.com/2019/06/20/found-an-archaeological-site-heres-what-to-do-next/
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/story/2019-06-21/column-best-to-notify-experts-of-archaeological-finds

Solstice activities at Stonehenge were used to express concerns:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/scientists-warn-risks-tunnel-stonehenge-summer-solstice-113419597.html

Interesting opera posters find from Wyoming:

http://www.wyomingcapitolsquare.com/photo-blog/2019/6/20/opera-posters

Feature on the (possibly) first written Spanish:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190616-is-this-the-birthplace-of-written-spanish

Pondering the 'drunken monkey' hypothesis:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/06/07/drunken-monkey-hypothesis-was-booze-an-advantage-for-our-ancestors/

Marking the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/17/watch-world-s-oldest-flag-the-danish-dannebrog-celebrates-800th-birthday

Feature on the invention of the Fresnel lens:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190620-the-invention-that-saved-a-million-ships

How Catholic priests helped to invent sign language:

https://aleteia.org/2019/06/19/how-catholic-priests-helped-invent-sign-language/

Feature on the restoration of an Ercole de' Roberti painting:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/as-layers-of-old-varnish-are-removed-italian-renaissance-painter-ercole-de-robertis-brilliance-is-once-again-revealed/

Feature on a project involving Assize court records from Ely:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-english-court-records-reveal-stories-murder-witchcraft-and-cheese-theft-180972411/

More on that 32 000 years bp intact wolf head from Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-perfectly-ice-age-wolf-siberia.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-32000-year-old-wolf-head-was-found-siberia-180972418/

More on the skeletal evidence of working dogs:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dogs-werent-workhorses-we-thought-180972429/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Picasso and Antiquity:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241706/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/picasso--antiquity--athens--june-20---october-20
http://www.ekathimerini.com/241724/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/picassos-take-on-antiquity-at-the-cycladic-museum
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-06/20/content_74901710.htm

Pompeii:

https://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/plunge-into-the-stories-of-pompeii-at-science-museum-of/article_7582f7a4-09dd-5ca5-8c44-de79bb0f8e50.html

Return to Bukhara:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/21/c_138163008.htm

Greeks:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/06/176_270731.html

Ottoman maps:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/21/maps-showcasing-ottoman-era-thrace-on-display-in-northwest-turkey

Medieval Jewels from a Jewish Cemetery:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Middle-Age-jewels-from-forgotten-Jewish-cemetery-on-display-in-Bologna-592759

World Between Empires:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/250697/the-world-between-empires-exhibition-closing-soon-at-the-metropolitan-museum/

Troy (coming soon to the BM):

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-british-museum-announces-major-troy-exhibition-38230521.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/18/british-museum-stage-troy-exhibition-150-years-late/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jun/18/british-museum-to-hold-its-first-troy-exhibition-since-city-discovery
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/the-times-view-on-the-british-museum-s-latest-show-treasures-of-troy-30qjpzjj3
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-finally-atones-for-looking-trojan-gift-horse-in-the-mouth-8hhh9x2s2
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/british-museum-stage-troy-exhibition-173355883.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/helen-of-troy-british-museum-exhibitoin-troy-myth-and-reality-a4169626.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/tory-british-museum-martin-bailey-exhibition

... and some accompanying hype from the BM:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-search-for-the-lost-city-of-troy/
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-myth-of-the-trojan-war/

The Acropolis Museum officially marked its tenth anniversary:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241746/article/ekathimerini/life/acropolis-museum-president-hails-institutions-10th-birthday
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/19/iconic-acropolis-museum-celebrates-ten-years-since-its-opening/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/250435/the-acropolis-museum-celebrates-its-tenth-birthday/

... and they have a 'new extension' (which we've mentioned):

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-acropolis-museum-year-anniversary-extension.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/22/ancient-neighborhood-under-the-acropolis-museum-now-open-to-public/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1514171/art-culture
https://news.yahoo.com/hold-acropolis-museum-opens-ancient-192244340.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35982-athens-acropolis-museum-s-walk-through-excavation-officially-open-to-the-public.html

Plans for a revamp of Egypt's Tahrir Museum:

https://news.yahoo.com/cairos-mother-egyptian-museums-set-225258834.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-eu-kick-off-e3-million-project-to-revamp-the-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71682/Massive-development-plan-announced-for-Tahrir-s-Egyptian-Museum

... and more transfers of artifacts are on the way:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/336344/Heritage/Museums/Royal-Egyptian-mummies,-sarcophagi-to-be-transferr.aspx

More on Italy helping out the Rio Museum:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-de-janeiro/art-culture-rio/rios-national-museum-to-receive-2000-works-of-art-from-italy/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/national-museum-fire-damage-italy-1579687
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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An export ban on a really ugly Victorian crab coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48665477

A nice price fetched for a Constable:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-48697213

Van Gogh's pistol was auctioned off this week:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48694433
https://www.dw.com/en/gun-allegedly-used-in-van-goghs-death-sold-at-auction/a-49269047
https://www.wamc.org/post/revolver-likely-used-van-gogh-sells-paris
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-gun-sold-auction-trnd/index.html

Interesting story behind a Velazquez coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jun/23/velazquez-portrait-olimpia-maidalchini-pamphilj-feminist-power-behind-a-pope-sothebys-sale

Christie's is auctioning off a pile of Indian jewellery:

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/19/733987519/tipu-sultans-magic-box-shah-jahans-jade-dagger-stunning-jewels-up-for-auction
https://www.christies.com/salelanding/index.aspx?lid=1&intsaleid=28184&dt=2152019101623&saletitle=

Nice feature on a Roman-British dog statuette coming to auction:

https://www.christies.com/features/A-Roman-dog-statue-foud-by-metal-detectorists-9971-3.aspx?sc_lang=en

The US Embassy is getting involved in that upcoming auction of Tut (and other) antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/uk-embassy-inquires-about-selling-of-head-of-tutankhamen-in-auction/

... more on Egypt's complaints thereon:

https://egyptindependent.com/tutankhamun-for-sale/

Greece's claim on a bronze horse at Sotheby's didn't work out for them:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/139498/us-judge-dismisses-greeces-claim-against-sothebys-over-ancient-greek-bronze-horse/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-sotheby-s/us-judge-rejects-greece-bid-to-dismiss-sothebys-lawsuit-over-bronze-horse-idUSKCN1TM2NK

Kind of meta, but Sotheby's was purchased by a French billionaire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48631361
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THE TECHY SIDE
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We've mentioned these lead ingots from a Roman shipwreck before ... here's how they're useful today:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ancient-lead-can-help-experimental-physics-300872094.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Not sure how to describe this 2500 years bp genome 'time analysis' from Japan:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-chromosomes-reveal-population-boom-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uot-ams061919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190620100021.htm
https://www.ibtimes.sg/modern-genetics-helped-researchers-unravel-mystery-surrounding-origin-japanese-people-31410

Tracing migration and interactions of prehistoric humans in Oceania via differences in paper mulberry DNA:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/p-hmi061219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190619142534.htm
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change apparently affected Amazonia communities prior to European arrival:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoe-cch061719.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/06/17/Climate-change-affected-the-people-of-the-Amazon-before-Europeans-arrived/7821560784240/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-some-amazonian-societies-survived-and-others-perished-amid-pre-columbian-droughts/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hudson Valley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/travel/hudson-valley-dutch-russell-shorto.html

Colombia's 'lost city':

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/lost-city-ciudad-perdida-colombia/index.html

Tivoli:

https://www.heraldnet.com/life/tivoli-still-romes-great-escape-after-2000-years/

Walking the Great Wall:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/great-wall-china-dong-yao-hui/index.html

Bruges has too many tourists, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/16/bruges-crackdown-tourist-numbers

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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman floor and museum were vandalized in St Albans:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-48682288

Italy apprehended someone trying to smuggle an Etruscan vase:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2019/06/20/man-stopped-with-etruscan-vase-at-border_e8ebb711-0dfb-4887-9206-4a3347856941.html

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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Germany returned a Roman bust to Italy:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190620/germany-returns-ancient-roman-bust-to-italy
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/06/20/german-returns-marble-roman-head_c44a4d68-b691-46e3-a9b7-af69f2f49112.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7773-190620-italy-sculpture-repatriation

OpEd on the British Museum's thinking on the return of artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jun/21/british-museum-head-in-sand-return-artefacts-colonial
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on collecting Byzantine coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-collecting-byzantine-coins-on-a-budget/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n24.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n25.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/


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OBITUARIES
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Kenneth Uprichard:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-doorman-kenneth-uprichard-became-an-expert-in-preservation-of-antiquities-38200676.html

Grace Starry West:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-grace-starry-west

David Esterly:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/arts/david-esterly-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/2862-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-june-15-june-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Atheism is the knowledge that I created everything.
Atheist is anyone possessing such knowledge.

O LORD God Almighty
Tabernacle Mishkan @ Stonehenge Heelstone
2019-06-24 23:16:24 UTC
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Atheism is the knowledge that I created everything.
Atheist is anyone possessing such knowledge.
O LORD God Almighty
The Real McCoy is an idiom and metaphor
meaning the real thing or genuine article.

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