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explorator 22.46 March 8, 2020
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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,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

N.B. I've added a new 'Animal Domestication' category; more updates to the 'boilerplate' coming next week.

Corrigenda: I missed inserting a link about plans for the Temple of Debod ... in case people were wondering:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/25/actualidad/1582627586_165709.html
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Siberian Neanderthals had diverse origins, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-siberian-neanderthals-european-populations.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200304141523.htm
https://theconversation.com/stone-tools-reveal-epic-trek-of-nomadic-neanderthals-129886

Various spins being put on a homo erectus find from Gona, Ethiopia ... but mostly with an emphasis on the size of the skulls and the tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-smallest-homo-erectus-cranium-africa.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2236527-homo-erectus-used-two-different-kinds-of-stone-tools/
https://www.inverse.com/science/homo-erectus-lifestyle-discovery-skull-tools
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-homo-erectus-was-sexually-dimorphic-new-evidence-shows-1.8627492
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/skulls-and-skills-varied-in-archaic-homo-erectus
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/these-skulls-from-ancient-humans-might-provide-clues-about-early-mating
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-fossils-artifacts-stone-age-tools
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8505-200305-ethiopia-homo-erectus

Feature on Mousterian life via the Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet site:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/mousterian-hunter

Suggestion that paranthropus bosei may have made tools:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-hominid-species-nutcracker-man-stone-tools

Something about 'hunter-gatherer social media' some 300 000 years bp:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/hunter-gatherer-social-media-accelerated-our-evolution/

Some disagreement with that Toba volcano story that's been in the news the past couple weeks:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-no-toba-super-volcano-didn-t-all-but-wipe-out-humans-74-000-years-ago-1.8590731

Studying the inner ear of apes to find evolutionary relationships:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303113352.htm

Returning to the idea that back pain is a result of evolution (this idea comes up every decade):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/sfu-ybp030420.php

More on the evolution of the arched foot:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/evolving-arch-across-foot-width-helped-hominids-walk-upright
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8498-200303-bipedalism-curved-foot
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AFRICA
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Feature on saving ancient library books in a Saharan oasis town:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p085dgnl/inside-the-abandoned-city-of-ancient-libraries

Looting of sites on a major scaled is going on in the Sahel, apparently:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/07/echoes-isil-armed-groups-loot-priceless-artefacts-across-sahel/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Press attention for the reopening of Djoser's pyramid:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/mar/05/egypt-reopens-djoser-pyramid-in-pictures
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82339/Madbouly-inaugurates-Djoser-Pyramid-after-14-years-of-restoration
https://www.france24.com/en/20200306-egypt-reopens-djoser-pyramid-country-s-oldest-after-14-year-restoration
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypts-oldest-pyramid-reopens-public-14-year-restoration/story?id=69411249
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-reopens-ancient-pyramid-intl-scli/index.html

More on that leopard image from a 7th century BCE sarcophagus from Aswan:

https://www.livescience.com/egyptian-leopard-sarcophagus.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-leopard-painting-2000-year-old-sarcophagus-1490436
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-leopard-face-painting-reconstructed-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-180974316/

Feature on Egypt's increased efforts to protect/recover cultural heritage:

https://thearabweekly.com/egypt-gets-tougher-safeguard-its-ancient-treasures

Evidence of a 'cosmic impact' at Abu Hureryra some 12 800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-evidence-cosmic-impact-destruction-world.html

Evidence of a 6500 - 2000 years bp settlement at Jiroft:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445719/Remnants-of-prehistorical-settlement-discovered-in-Iran-s-Jiroft
https://ifpnews.com/archaeological-site-discovered-in-southeast-iran

Sassanian glassware from Okinoshima Island (Japan):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13179997

Feature on Susa:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445796/Susa-once-capital-of-Elamite-Achaemenid-empires

Feature/discovery (?) of caves mentioned by Josephus used as shelters during the Great Revolt:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Researcher-identifies-Galilee-caves-where-Jews-fought-Romans-619776

If you have access to facebook, here's a nice triglyph find this week by the Hippos-Sussita project:

https://www.facebook.com/Hippos.Sussita/videos/vb.306434276162466/236329514066036/?type=2&theater

The so-called Nazareth Tablet has nothing to do with Jesus according to the latest study:

https://www.newsweek.com/nazareth-tablet-jesus-greek-tyrant-1490414

Nice feature on Babatha and her archive:

https://forward.com/life/440615/babatha/

Feature on Enheduanna:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/enheduanna-sumerian-first-author-04232/

Reviewish of Cline, *Digging Up Armageddon*:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/welcome-armageddon-archaeologists-still-tantalized-by-secrets-ancient-israel-cities-40265
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1249098/archaeology-news-researchers-unearthed-20-cities-armageddon-israel-spt
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Vague item on Phoenician/Punic/Roman finds on the Costa del Sol:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/04/mijas-celabrates-ancient-find-on-the-costa-del-sol/#.XmTuABNyphE

Remains of 2nd century CE Roman iron smelting works in Ninove:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/art-culture/98514/archaeologists-discover-roman-iron-smelting-works-at-ninove-neolithic-bronze-age-military-encampments-settlement/

Remains of a Roman waterfront and a shipwreck from Porec (Croatia):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/41861-porec

The so-called Nazareth Tablet has nothing to do with Jesus according to the latest study:

https://www.newsweek.com/nazareth-tablet-jesus-greek-tyrant-1490414

A computer simulation/recreation of the sound of a cornua:

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v13/32

Plans for antiquities found during Thessaloniki metro construction have been approved:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250334/article/ekathimerini/news/decision-made-on-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities

Nice feature on the research being done by the Pontine Region Project:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/out-of-ancient-marshes

Feature on Cornell's work at Pompeii:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/faculty-forge-archaeology-partnership-pompeii

Interesting participants in a dig in Ragusa:

https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/23011/asylum-seekers-take-part-in-archaeological-dig-in-italy

Feature on Thouria:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200305-the-re-discovery-of-a-long-lost-greek-city

Feature on Boudica:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/04/fighting-spirit-boudica-warrior-queen-lives-brexit-britain/

Feature on how Rome forged its empire:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/never-forget-how-ruthlessly-rome-forged-its-empire-128347

... and how Cannae nearly destroyed the Republic:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-failure-battle-cannae-nearly-destroyed-roman-republic-128617

Feature on some of the victims at Herculaneum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/bones-of-the-victims-at-roman-herculaneum/14643

Feature on the Satyricon:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-petroniuss-satyricon-sex-satire-and-naughty-boys-129351

Feature on lost works of Classics-related literature:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-tragedy-of-the-lost-classics-mourning-the-greek-and-roman-works-of-literature-well-never-get-to-read

Feature on Curtis Dozier's work with the Pharos Project:

http://dartreview.com/dr-schliemann-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-classics/

Feature on ancient China's knowledge of ancient Rome:

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2020/03/06/what-did-the-chinese-know-of-the-roman-empire/

More on that restored Roman silver dagger from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-iron-dagger-sheath.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-intern-unearths-spectacular-2000-year-old-roman-dagger-180974310/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8493-200302-germany-roman-dagger

More on that Roman horse fibula from near Leasingham:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/experts-amazed-after-incredibly-rare-3899808
https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/grantham-detectorist-discovers-rare-brooch-from-the-time-of-the-roman-conquest-9101362/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spectacular-roman-brooch-unearthed-in-lincolnshire-field-kh6zksbjz
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8504-200305-roman-horse-brooch

More on that Roman road find in Guildhall:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18270651.roman-road-found-guildhall-redevelopment/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8495-200302-york-roman-road

More on Mary Beard's appointment to the BM trustees board being opposed by a former PM:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mary-beard-british-museum-1202679615/
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2020/03/02/5736-uk-government-blocks-noted-classicist-mary-beard-from-british-mus

... it's going to happen anyway, apparently:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/18883

Mary Beard on the first pandemic story in western literature:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-first-pandemic-in-western-literature/

What the Philadelphia Classics Society was up to this week:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/lifestyle/philadelphia-classical-society-students-present-renderings-of-mediterranean-antiquity-at/article_03019f68-5c92-11ea-a2c9-2b94ddc65a11.html

A UK MP has gone on record about returning the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/culture/arts/opinion/house-commons/110250/margaret-ferrier-mp-returning-elgin-marbles-right
https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/commons-debate-on-elgin-marbles-and-brexit-1-6541792

The Greek culture minister didn't like an oped Hartwig Fischer wrote in the Times (which I can't find):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250173/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-culture-minister-says-british-museum-director-op-ed-unfortunate

... a possibly-related opEd:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250169/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-code-of-the-parthenon-marbles

Dungeons and Dragons is doing a crossover involving Greek Mythology:

https://screenrant.com/dungeons-dragons-magic-gathering-mythic-odyssey-theros-crossover/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A sonar study reveals possible Neolithic remains in the River Boyne (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/underwater-study-reveals-possible-quay-at-br%C3%BA-na-b%C3%B3inne-1.4189765
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8500-200303-ireland-neolithic-bru-na-boinne

A schoolgirl found a Bronze Age axe on a Southbourne beach:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18272739.ava-bray-finds-bronze-age-axe-southbourne-beach/

Bones found in a Kent church are being connected to a 7th century saint:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/06/bones-kent-church-st-eanswythe-folkestone
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-princess-eanswythe-kent-king-eadbald-royal-family-queen-a9382636.html
https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/national/18288314.remains-anglo-saxon-english-saint-confirmed/

Storms exposed Pictish/Viking burials on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/human-remains-ancient-pictish-cemetery-orkney-exposed-storms-2006661
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8501-200304-ancient-eroded-cemetery

An interesting medieval tile from a 14th-century cesspit in London:

https://www.livescience.com/english-cesspit-artifacts.html

I think we mentioned this 13th century friar's burial from Stirling:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/04/remains-of-scottish-revolutionary-era-friar-identified-from-clothes/

An 'unwanted' 16th century medieval font from Wiltshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-51751099

A 17th century gold ring from a Warwickshire field:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/gold-posy-ring-dating-1650-17820353

Feature on the 14th century plague:

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/03/how-spectre-black-death-still-haunts-our-collective-memory

... and a town that quarantined itself to save others from the plague:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/02/bubonic-plague-coronavirus-quarantine-eyam-england/

Feature on Viking finds from assorted glaciers:

https://glacierhub.org/2020/03/06/photo-friday-norwegian-glacial-ice-preserves-ancient-viking-artifacts/

... which seems to have taken its impetus from this 1500 years bp find:

https://nation.com.pk/08-Mar-2020/viking-s-1-500-year-old-arrowhead-is-discovered

Another feature on mudlarking:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/mudlark-thames-treasure-hunting-on-river

The BM has acquired a 3000 years bp gold 'sun pendant' found in Shropshire a couple years ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/04/british-museum-acquires-3000-year-old-shropshire-sun-pendant
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-51751357

Florence is going to open Michelangelo's 'Secret Room' to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/florence-to-open-michelangelos-secret-room.html

More on that 5000 years bp sword from Venice:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/28/archaeology-5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-venice_bd0e7b77-15fc-4772-bc20-68afa0c4a6d5.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8497-200303-venice-anatolia-sword

More on that plague mass burial site at a monastery in Lincolnshire:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/mass-grave-reveals-how-black-death-impacted-rural-england/

More on the debate over the name of the Mildenhall Treasure:

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/could-west-row-be-getting-a-museum-9100951/

More on Anglo-Saxon structures found at Bath Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/anglo-saxon-buildings-beneath-bath-abbey.htm

More on the secret passage in the House of Commons:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51630630
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8494-200302-london-parliament-passageway

More on the chapel at Auckland Castle:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/a-chapel-unearthed-archaeologists-discover-a-catholic-masterpiece/

More on the 'church of bones' in Belgium:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/can-a-church-made-of-bones-be-beautiful
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Stone tools (wide date range 40 000 to 10 000 years bp) from Koloshi Cave in India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/stone-age-tools-in-konkan-cave-uncover-early-human-footprint/articleshow/74491142.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8508-200306-india-prehistoric-tools

5000 years bp milk protein evidence is suggesting the importance of 'dairying' in Mongolia/eastern Eurasia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-year-old-protein-importance-dairying-eastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-5yo022720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200302113351.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/5000-year-old-milk-proteins-point-to-the-importance-of-dairying-in-eastern-eurasia/126002

... and it includes horse milk:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/03/08/early-evidence-horse-milk-consumption/

... and millets were also very important (not sure of the time frames on this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-hms022820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-millet-sustained-mongolia-empires.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303113234.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-mongolian-empires-sustained-themselves-with-millet
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8503-200304-mongolia-diet-millet

Remains of a medieval (and earlier?) ivory workshop in Bhanbhore (Pakistan):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-biggest-ivory-workshop-in-ancient-world-discovered-in-pakistan-1.8629056
https://www.opindia.com/2020/03/pakistan-sindh-ivory-deposit-workshop-ancient-bhanbore-excavation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8506-200306-pakistan-ivory-workshops

India is working on tracking down 'untraceable' monuments:

https://www.india.com/travel/articles/india-on-the-trail-of-untraceable-historic-monuments-and-antiquities-3229738/

Plans for a dig in Sindh:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/569563/international-team-of-researchers-interested-in-exploring-excavating-ancient-sindh/

Restoration of a 1200 years bp Sivan temple in Thiruthalaiyur village:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/antique-structure-of-1200-year-old-sivan-temple-restored/article31000732.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/antique-structure-of-old-temple-restored/article31007072.ece

Sassanian glassware from Okinoshima Island:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13179997

A project to recreate Muslim sailors' first voyages to Australia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-51763669

More on dating Australian petroglyphs from wasps' nests:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51378317
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/mud-wasps-are-helping-date-indigenous-rock-art-in-western-australia/

More on that 'clachan' settlement in Australia:

http://theconversation.com/unearthing-a-traditional-irish-village-that-lingered-in-a-south-australian-field-132344
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/even-more-graves-from-black-cemetery-could-be-under-clearwater-school/67-61de4775-34ce-4bb1-b860-b8359377eb48
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible remains of a Civil War era structure from Bluffton (South Carolina):

https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20200228/archaeologists-find-remnants-of-what-could-be-squire-pope-manor-in-bluffton
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8496-200302-bluffton-squire-pope

Shifting sands revealed a century old shipwreck on a Delaware beach:

https://www.capegazette.com/article/shifting-sands-cape-reveal-century-old-shipwreck/198819

Plans to excavate a possible Tulsa Race Massacre mass grave site:

https://www.fox23.com/news/local/tulsa-race-massacre-test-excavation-set-possible-1921-mass-graves/CJRPPXTDT5FJFG5QMWAI4PZYLU/
https://kfor.com/news/local/excavations-to-begin-soon-in-search-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves/

Feature on bear bones found at a pre-contact Native American site in Mississippi:

https://scienceblog.com/514594/the-curious-case-of-ancient-bear-bones-at-a-mississippi-dig-site/

Still waiting confirmation whether bones found beneath a Ridgefield home in November belong to Revolutionary War soldiers:

https://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/North-Haven-Citizen/North-Haven-News/State-archaeologist-presents-on-analysis-of-18th-century-skeletons

Feature on mapping burials at God's Little Acre (Newport):

https://whatsupnewp.com/2020/03/brown-university-archaeologists-map-out-gods-little-acre/

Feature on Toltec mounds in Scott (Arkansas):

https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/exploring-arkansas-the-toltec-mounds-in-scott/

Feature on New York City neighbourhood names:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/realestate/the-neighborhood-name-game.html

Feature on Utah's suffragette past:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805725359/power-of-the-past-retelling-utahs-suffragette-history-to-empower-modern-women

All the black Medal of Honor recipients:

https://coffeeordie.com/black-medal-of-honor-recipients/

Revisiting the presidential election of 1912:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/politics/race-for-the-white-house-taft-roosevelt-sanders-biden-trump/index.html

More on the restoration of one of the guns of the Monitor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-step-restoration-civil-war-ironclads-cannons-180974339/

More on that hoard of Spanish coins from a 1715 shipwreck found (the coins) on a Florida beach:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-man-finds-trove-of-treasures-from-1715-shipwreck/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/treasure-hunters-find-22-silver-coins-shipwrecks-florida-coast-180974314/

More on the remains of an African-American cemetery beneath a Clearwater parking lot:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2020/02/28/lost-african-american-graves-discovered-in-clearwater/
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-african-american-black-graves-florida-parking-lot-20200302-g3wrf44c4jghfm73iscgv7l43u-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8499-200303-florida-graves-found
https://atlantablackstar.com/2020/03/06/more-than-40-african-american-graves-found-underneath-florida-parking-lot-its-an-unfortunate-situation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8499-200303-florida-graves-found
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on this road, detected by LiDAR, built buy Lady K'awiil Ajaw in the Yucatan in the 7th century CE:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/the-mayan-warrior-queen-who-built-the-longest-sac-be-in-the-yucatan/
https://www.livescience.com/maya-warrior-queen-white-road-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warrior-queens-white-road-yucatan-may-have-connected-cities-and-villages-180974358/

Plenty of coverage of a truck crashing into one of Easter Island's moai:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/easter-island-anger-after-truck-crashes-into-sacred-stone-statue
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/world/americas/easter-island-statue.html
https://www.livescience.com/easter-island-moai-car-crash.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51750809
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/easter-island-moai-destroyed-intl-hnk/index.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2020/03/07/2003732247
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-truck-topples-easter-island-statue-mayor-calls-traffic-restrictions-180974352/

Plans to restore the pre-Hispanic city of Izapa:

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/144015/20200307/archeologists-restore-ancient-clay-city-of-izapa.htm

Feature on some child sacrifices in Peru:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/02/29/la_serpiente_emplumada/1583006224_710663.html

Feature on the 1906 Mayan arch:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/the-1906-mayan-arch-an-image-of-power/

More on the 'big data' approach to Inca archaeology:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-02-25/bigdata
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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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Apparently the German twon of Nordlingen has been constructed from an awful lot of diamonds:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08539g6/the-ancient-town-built-with-72-000-tons-of-diamonds

A David and Goliath painting is now attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painting-david-and-goliath-once-attributed-male-artist-revealed-work-artemisia-gentileschi-180974312/

Interesting Yorkshire farmer's journal from 1810:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51385884

Feature on assorted fictional mentors:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/04/top-10-mentors-in-fiction

Feature on the history and the impact of the potato:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200302-the-true-origins-of-the-humble-potato

Feature on the Bridegroom's Oak:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805935038/in-germany-the-bridegrooms-oak-is-full-of-romantic-history

Feature on the restoration of 'Independence or death':

http://agencia.fapesp.br/videos/#TBCCkRHBYno

Feature on the possible 'even-older-ness' of fairy tales:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/fairy-tales-could-be-older-ever-imagined-180957882/

Interesting feature on a 16th century royal impostor:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/02/28/ideas/1582890745_832039.html

On epidemics in literature:

https://www.dw.com/en/epidemics-in-literature/g-52658507

A 16th century 'Last Supper' by Plautilla Nelli has been restored:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/06/21-foot-last-supper-painted-by-a-nun-restored-to-former-glory/

On some iconic 'face touching moments':

https://theweek.com/articles/900145/10-iconic-moments-people-touching-faces

Feature on Brenda Baker's work in bioarchaeology:

https://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/dig_this/crime-scene-investigators-go-to-medieval-cyprus/article_536aef27-46a3-578e-872a-9b4c2d1a1d39.html

Pondering the negative impact of the Neolithic:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0850nn0/was-the-neolithic-a-big-mistake-

... this seems to be related:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-farming-cooperationand-violence.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/as-ancient-farming-developed-so-did-cooperation-and-violence/126090

On medieval weather forecasting:

https://theconversation.com/the-medieval-roots-of-modern-weather-forecasts-129577

Jeremy Bentham's remains are on display again:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philosophers-dressed-remains-get-new-display-university-college-london-180974347/

Feature on the 'Dancing Marquess of Anglesey':

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51651894

People keep vandalizing Karl Marx's grave:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/world/europe/karl-marx-grave-london.html

A first-edition copy of Newton's Principia has turned up in a Corsican library:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2020/03/04/Rare-manuscript-by-Isaac-Newton-discovered-in-Corsican-library-.html

Feature on the Ouroboros:

https://gizmodo.com/the-ouroboros-from-antiquity-to-ai-1841940376

On the portrayal of women in art:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/03/03/icon_design/1583265950_023305.html

Pondering the education side of Black history:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51650417

The Vatican unsealed its archive on Pius XII:

https://m.jpost.com/International/The-Vatican-unseals-secret-archive-on-Holocaust-era-Pope-Pius-XII-619583

On the history of red lipstick:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/red-lipstick-history-beauty/index.html

Hopes of recovering the Titanic's telegraph machine:

https://www.livescience.com/titanic-shipwreck-telegraph-machine-recovery.html

Plenty of Sketchfab models are now available as free downloads:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-download-1700-free-3-d-models-cultural-heritage-artifacts-180974308/

More on that 1000 year old Bible find at UPenn:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/1000-year-old-Bible-might-pave-way-for-future-of-Egypts-Jewish-heritage-619635

More on that oldest view of Venice from a pilgrim diary:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/29/mundo_global/1580320254_763838.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Mesopotamia:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-the-cradle-of-civilization-11583434944
http://news.getty.edu/mesopotamia.htm

Ayahs in London:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/01/one-way-passage-from-india-hackney-museum-colonial-ayahs-london?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Raphael:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-04/roma-acoge-la-mayor-exposicion-de-rafael-de-la-historia.html
https://www.dw.com/en/raphael-mega-exhibition-opens-in-rome-amid-coronavirus-threat/a-52649629
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/arts/raphael-rome-coronavirus.html

John Singer Sargent:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/john-singer-sargent-didnt-just-paint-the-1-percent-there-was-another-less-known-side-to-his-art/2020/03/05/76909656-5d9f-11ea-b29b-9db42f7803a7_story.html

Tut:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/03/05/tutankhamon-show-in-milan_75f5aee8-8b11-4adc-9eba-68b360055af1.html

Pompeii:

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/03/04/orlando-science-center-welcomes-pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibit/

Arctic:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/arctic-culture-and-climate

Egypt has inaugurated an antiquities museum in Hurghada:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/03/01/hurghada-museum-opens-to-open-with-impressive-collection/
https://www.voanews.com/gallery/egypt-inaugurates-first-antiquities-museum-hurghada-red-sea

The Louvre closed for a couple of days this week due to CoVid19 issues:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Pariss-Louvre-temporarily-closes-for-staff-meeting-on-coronavirus-619390
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51697644
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/coronavirus-louvre-europe-economy-1790850

... while Italy's museums reopened with a 'spacing' rule:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/arts/design/italy-museums-coronavirus.html

The Louvre and BM are renovating the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

https://scoopempire.com/the-louvre-and-british-museum-are-teaming-up-to-renovate-cairos-egyptian-museum/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/the-future-of-the-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir/

OpEd on museum decolonization:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/mar/07/europe-museums-decolonisation-africa-empire
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Francis Bacon triptych is coming to auction:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/francis-bacons-large-format-triptych-could-net-more-than-60-million-at-auction-01583459259
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sotheby-s-to-offer-usd60m-francis-bacon-triptych-in-may-new-york-sales
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8085071/Francis-Bacons-masterpiece-expected-fetch-46million-auction.html

A nice price for an Alexander the Great bust found in a Sutton Place garden (!):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-bust-of-alexander-the-great-rakes-in-small-fortune-8x7mbjkpx
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THE TECHY SIDE
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What U2 spy plane photos reveal for archaeologists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/satellite-imagery/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying DNA to reconstruct the geographical history of the slave trade:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mbae-nii022620.php
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ANIMAL DOMESTICATION
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What we're learning about domestication from wild boars:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-wild-boars-archaeologists-clues-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/c-wbp022820.php
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-discover-clues-to-early-domestication-in-wild-boars/

Figuring out the where and when of horse domestication:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-humans-domesticated-horses-tech-archaeologists.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/humans-domesticated-horses-new-tech-could-help-archaeologists-figure-out
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/03/06/humans-domesticated-horses-new-tech-could-help-archaeologists-figure-out-where-and-when/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Greece:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/an-odyssey-to-the-beating-heart-of-ancient-greece/

Edinburgh:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/edinburgh-dark-city/index.html

... in case you're wondering what the effect of the CoVid19 thing is having on tourism:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/06/812904540/with-italys-coronavirus-cases-rising-fast-rome-s-streets-go-quiet
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PERFORMANCES
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An Iliad:

http://www.chicagonow.com/lets-play/2020/03/an-iliad-a-successful-collaboration-with-court-theatre-and-the-oriental-institute/

Bacchae:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-THE-BACCHAE-at-the-Guthrie-Theater-20200304

Orestes 2.0:

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2020/03/04/modern-echoes-of-an-ancient-greek-war-without-end-in-orestes-2-0-at-ucsd/
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CRIME BEAT
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Egyptian authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle genuine artifacts about replicas:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle-egyptian-artifacts-among-replicas/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/364544/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle--parc.aspx

Concerns on Socatra (Yemen) that a UAE delegate had helped in the theft of antiquities and manuscripts:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200305-uae-stealing-yemens-socotra-manuscripts-and-artefacts-reports/

A number of works were taken during a raid at the Brussels Antiques and Arts Fair:

https://news.artnet.com/market/antiquities-seized-brafa-art-fair-1791129

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Netherlands returned a 19th century Indonesian dagger:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/princes-dagger-returned-to-indonesia-after-45-years-lost-in-dutch-archive

The University of Florida returned the bones of the Niah Cave men to Borneo:

https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/03/07/safe-return-for-40000-year-old-bones-of-niah-cavemen/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8507-200306-borneo-niah-caves

Another repatriation OpEd, with a Maltese point of view:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/100716/should_former_empires_return_removed_relics_and_do_we_get_the_sword_back

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n09.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n10.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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Robert Milns:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/159626/queensland-classics-academic-and-philhellene-well-remembered/

Lawrence Stager:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/03/lawrence-elwood-stager-74/

Henry J. Abraham:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/henry-j-abraham-u-va-professor-scholar-of-supreme-court-history-dies-at-98/2020/03/04/eb32e88c-5d6e-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2949-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-23-through-feb-29-2020
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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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C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, Mata Kimasitayo and Ross W. Sargent for watching
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