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explorator 22.32                             December 1 , 2019
===============================================================
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, Sami
Obeid,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping
I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
================================================================
Suggestion that inbreeding and demographic shifts contributed to the demise
of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-inbreeding-populationdemographic-shifts-neanderthal-extinction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-iap112019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161448.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/27/health/neanderthal-extinction-scn/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/27/bad-luck-may-have-caused-neanderthals-extinction-study
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-extinction-cause-humans-inbreeding-small-populations-study-a9220301.html

Suggestion that human migration out of Africa may have followed monsoons:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-human-migration-africa-monsoons-middle.html
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AFRICA
================================================================
Using ostrich shell beads to track cultural interactions in Africa over 10
000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ostrich-eggshell-beads-reveal-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/mpif-oeb112019.php
================================================================
ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
================================================================
3500 years bp wooden coffins from Luxor (not sure if we mentioned these
ones):

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/archaeologists-find-3-500-year-old-wooden-coffins-in-egypts-luxor-38057288
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/11/27/three-3500-year-old-painted-wooden-coffins-unearthed-in-egypts-luxor
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/27/c_138587709.htm
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78185/In-pics-New-discovery-unearthed-in-Luxor

A bone from Thmouis is being connected to the revolt mentioned in the
Rosetta Stone:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/archaeologists-tie-ancient-bones-egypt-warrior-revolt-rosetta-stone-chronicle

Remains of a 29th Dynasty temple from Benha:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/remains-of-archaeological-temple-found-in-benha/

Suggestion that Tutankhamun was buried in someone else's tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/27/original-tomb-raider-tutankhamun-treasures-golden-pharaoh-saatchi

Zahi Hawass is hyping the impending (apparently) discovery of Nefertiti's
tomb:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-says-nefertitis-tomb-could-be-discovered-in-a-matter-of-weeks/

... and more on the brouhaha in the wake of a 3d scan of that bust of
Nefertiti:

https://www.livescience.com/nefertiti-bust-3d-scan-revealed.html

More on mummified lion cubs and other animals from Saqqara:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/11/24/saqqara-archeological-discovery-yields-possible-lion-cub-mummies/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-cache-of-mummified-animals-including-big-cats-found-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/lion-cub-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50531808
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/24/c_138580055.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/lion-cub-mummies-feature-in-huge-ancient-egypt-find
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummified-cats-scn/index.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ancient-animal-mummies-found-in-egypt/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03666-2
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mummified-lion-cubs-unearthed-egypt-180973645/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8208-191126-egypt-lion-mummies

More on the restoration of Djoser's pyramid being completed:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/restoration-of-djoser-pyramid-in-saqqara-complete-antiquities-ministry/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78183/Restoration-of-Djoser-Pyramid-completed

Another announcement that they're going to announce something in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78085/Discovery-of-sacred-animals-to-be-officially-announced-in-Dec

4500 years bp 'carbonized' grain from a site in Bingol (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/11/30/4500-year-old-grains-found-in-eastern-turkey

3500 years bp skull and femur from the Hittite site of Sapinuwa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/11/29/3500-year-old-skull-and-femur-found-in-hittite-city-of-sapinuwa-in-breakthrough-discovery
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archeologists-find-3500-year-old-skull-in-central-turkey-3506280

A 3000 years bp clay tablet is being touted as an early example of fake
news (with a Noah spin):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/25/first-fake-news-inspired-noah-build-ark-original-babylonian/
https://nypost.com/2019/11/26/fake-news-tricked-hungry-people-into-building-noahs-ark/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/babylon-ea-flood-god-26112019/

An Iron Age site from Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/2281861/Oman/New-archeological-site-discovered-in-Oman
https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/iron-age-archaeological-site-discovered-in-oman-1.943021
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8207-191126-iron-age-oman

Hyping the potential of continuing a dig at a Bronze Age site in Israel
associated with the Canaanite Sisera:

https://www.jpost.com/Israeli-Life-In-Docs/Archaeological-site-could-cast-light-on-life-of-Biblical-Villain-609189

More on the Byzantine 'glorious martyr' church find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Inscriptions-in-Byzantine-era-church-intrigue-archaeologists-609059

Nice overviewish piece on archaeology in Jerusalem:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/11/jerusalems-massive-digs-reveal-new-treasures-and-stoke-ancient-conflicts-feature/

A debris layer is evidence of major Mamluk destruction at the Crusader-era
Montfort Castle:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-massive-mamluk-destruction-found-at-crusader-castle-in-israel-1.8180395
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologist-discover-massive-mamluk-destruction-crusader-castle-israel-35047

An item once thought to be a miniature Nabatean altar sculpture from Jordan
may be the oldest chess piece ever found:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-chess-piece-jordan-world-oldest.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-chess-piece-humayma-jordan.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-world-s-oldest-surviving-chess-piece-unearthed-in-jordan-1.8201206
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/carved-stone-could-be-the-oldest-chess-piece-ever-discovered/
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-small-chunk-of-rock-might-be-the-oldest-chess-piece-in-the-world
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/carved-rock-found-jordan-may-be-oldest-known-chess-piece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8205-191125-jordan-chess-piece

Feature on Nebuchadnezzar:

http://theconversation.com/nebuchadnezzar-explained-warrior-king-rebuilder-of-cities-and-musical-muse-127498

Feature on the scribes of the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://lithub.com/who-were-the-scribes-who-actually-wrote-down-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Feature on writing and cuneiform:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-writing-began-and-other-unexpectedly-funny-stories-about-cuneiform

Politics of archaeology in Israel: Palestinian academics claim there is no
evidence of Jews:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Palestinian-academics-deny-archaeological-evidence-of-Jews-in-Israel-609507

Archaeologists are opposed to a plan to put a cable car in the Old City:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-architects-petition-high-court-to-stop-old-city-cable-car-plan/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/272350

Russia and Syria will work together to restore Palmyra:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/russia-and-syria-sign-agreement-to-restore-ancient-city-of-palmyra
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2019/11/28/295-russia-will-help-syria-restore-palmyra-museum-artifacts-damaged-by

Russia has also started an underwater expedition off Syria:

https://www.mbs.news/2019/11/russian-archaeological-expedition-underwater-off-the-syrian-coast-of-tartous.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
Bronze Age finds from Agios Sozomenos (Cyprus):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37819-new-bronze-age-finds-by-excavations-at-agios-sozomenos-of-cyprus-in-2019.html

I think we mentioned this 'Amazon' burial from Armenia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/26/archaeologists-discover-amazon-warrior-in-ancient-armenian-grave/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-find-remains-fabled-amazon-woman-warrior-deep-wounds-injured-bones-35026

A 7th century BCE (or so) necropolis from Gela:

https://www.thelocal.it/20191128/ancient-necropolis-discovered-during-roadworks-in-sicily

Evidence of 7th century BCE colonization on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/18/traces-of-first-ancient-greek-colonists-in-7th-century-bc-found-under-byzantine-city-at-bulgarias-chernomorets-on-black-sea-coast/

A Roman shipwreck off Kefallinia:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2019/11/29/2-000-year-old-shipwreck-containing-roman-jugs-found-greece/4335032002/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225260-roman-shipwreck-full-of-2000-year-old-jugs-found-on-greek-sea-floor/

... and I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp one off Cyprus:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/1500-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-cyprus/article30099835.ece

Roman tweezers and other items from Ebbsfleet Garden City:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/roman-ear-cleaner-among-riverside-finds-217382/
https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18066870.roman-ear-cleaner-2-000-year-old-tweezers-among-discoveries-ebbsfleet-garden-city/

Roman pottery beneath a former Cowley petrol station:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18061664.roman-pottery-found-former-cowley-petrol-station-site/

Pompeii's Central Baths are now open to the public:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191125-pompeii-s-grand-baths-unveiled-with-hidden-tragedy
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/pompeii-central-baths-opened-public-first-time-unesco-site/
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/pompeiis-grand-baths-welcome-visitors-amid-emotional-find
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10424229/grand-baths-of-pompeii-unveiled/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/as-pompeii-reopens-its-famous-central-baths-another-tragic-victim-of-vesuvius-is-revealed/

... and that house with the fresco of Leda and the Swan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/25/erotic-fresco-depicting-greek-myth-unveiled-in-pompeii-leda-and-swan
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/leda-swan-fresco-unveiled-pompeii-1715154
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hidden-treasures-of-pompeii-put-on-show-for-the-first-time-7rvwktn79
https://neoskosmos.com/en/152276/new-leda-and-swan-fresco-unveiled-to-the-public-in-ancient-pompeii-site/

Analysis of skeletons from Roman London suggest lead was an issue:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/29/archaeological-skeletons-from-london-prove-some-romans-were-lead-poisoned/

Studying potters of Pompeii:

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/tracing-back-the-potters-of-pompeii

A coin depicting Paris (maybe) of Trojan War fame:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/history-or-myth-aged-coin-shows-paris-of-troy-149284

A very interesting Etruscan statue find:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/1185n_ombra-di-san-gimignano-rivelata-scoperta-etrusca.php

Interesting find suggesting Elizabeth I may have done a Tacitus translation:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-elizabeth-author-tacitus.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50588168
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-elizabeth-1-translate-tacitus-handwriting-ancient-rome-a9225171.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/11/29/elizabeth-mystery-translator-17th-century-tacitus-manuscript/
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/handwriting-suggests-queen-elizabeth-i-translated-ancient-roman-manuscript-967290.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/elizabeth-i-queen-who-conquered-the-romans-5xcq68jfg
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7735885/Queen-Elizabeth-translated-Roman-historian-Tacituss-work-Latin-English-spare-time.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-author-forgotten-tacitus-translation-elizabeth-i-1474704

Feature on the TLL:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/arts/latin-dictionary.html

Feature on the Kachrylion Kylix:

https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/greek-and-roman-art/kachrylion-kylix-ancient-greek-vase?cs=

Feature on Minos Kalokairinos and Knossos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/152341/minos-kalokairinos-the-man-who-discovered-knossos/

On the ancient Greek roots of Thanksgiving:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/11/27/the-roots-of-thanksgiving-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on ancient Greek instruments:

https://www.dw.com/en/worldlink-reviving-ancient-greek-instruments/av-51468155

Feature on trade between Rome and India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/research/ajantas-roman-connection-how-trade-with-the-empire-made-india-rich-6135323/

Nice feature on Demeter and Persephone:

http://theconversation.com/explainer-the-story-of-demeter-and-persephone-110898

Another 'try Stoicism' piece:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/11/the_stoic_philosophy_can_fix_this_mess.html

Feature on the Villa Torlonia collection:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/greatest-private-roman-collection-re-emerges

On anonymity in ancient Rome:

https://aeon.co/essays/lessons-from-ancient-rome-on-the-power-of-anonymity

On the origins of the word 'decuman':

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/where-did-decuman-come-from/

Notre Dame students are the latest to take Latin to elementary classrooms:

https://www.abc57.com/news/notre-dame-students-teach-latin-to-clay-international-academy-students

Feature on Anne Carson:

https://epigram.org.uk/2019/11/24/anne-carson-an-introduction-to-one-of-the-greatest-living-poets/

Brock is having its annual Saturnalia thing:

http://www.brockpress.com/2019/11/classics-department-to-hold-seventh-annual-saturnalia-celebration/

What Ruth Allen is up to:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2019/11/er_ruth_allen_curator/campus.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/271271/ruth-allen-new-curator-of-greek-and-roman-art-at-carlos-museum/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37854-new-curator-of-greek-and-roman-art-at-carlos-museum-in-atlanta-ga.html

Some recognition for MSU classicists:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/11/msu-faculty-recognized-nationally-contributions-classical-studies

Review of Anthony Beeson, *Roman Gardens*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-roman-gardens.htm

An Australian lawyer weighs in on the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246971/article/ekathimerini/life/australian-lawyer-sees-hope-for-marbles-return

How Socrates would have managed leaders' debates:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/socrates-would-have-made-the-leaders-debates-real-interrogations/

On Caligula, Cnut, and Trump:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246920/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/caligula-cnut-and-trump

Comparing Boris Johnson to Alcibiades:

https://www.ft.com/content/45f68772-0a38-11ea-bb52-34c8d9dc6d84

More on that DNA of Romans thing:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-romans-complained-of-migrants-from-the-east-9l7m5d80w

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Pictish spindle whorl from Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1031603/rare-spindle-whorl-discovered-in-pictish-excavation-in-perthshire/

2000 years bp cremation burials from Poland:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-remains-ancient-germanic-warriors-cremation-urns-poland-35221

A 1000 years bp Viking ship buried next to a Norwegian church:

https://www.niku.no/en/2019/11/new-ship-burial-found-in-norway/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/viking-ship-burial-mound-found-norway-church-georadar-archaeology-a9218911.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-georadar-tech-find-buried-viking-ship-norway-180973666/
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/1000-year-old-viking-ship-discovered-buried-next-to-church-in-norway.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8210-191127-norway-ship-burial

A Viking era brooch from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1006840/rare-box-shaped-viking-brooch-found-in-northeastern-estonia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8209-191126-estonia-viking-brooch

I think we've mentioned this possible medieval synagogue from Tarnovgrad:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/11/archaeologists-for-the-first-time-may-have-discovered-a-medieval-bulgarian-synagogue/

Remains of Napoleonic era army camp kitchens in Guernsey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-50545293

Work in Madrid's Plaza de Espana have revealed remains of the Godoy palace:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2019/11/27/madrid/1574861935_312399.html

Remains of a 300 years bp Catholic church in Dublin:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/30/historic-church-unearthed-in-dublin/
https://www.irishcatholic.com/penal-church-ruins-found-at-apollo-house-site/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/where-a-house-of-god-succumbed-to-apollo-church-ruins-revealed-in-dublin-dig-1.4094601
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8212-191127-ireland-dublin-church

Accounting for the number of 'treasures' found in Somerset over the years:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/treasure-finds-in-somerset-1-6400151

Feature on Britain after Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fall-roman-britain-empire-what-happened-why/

Brief feature hyping a talk about the Alcalar site:

https://www.portugalresident.com/alcalar-a-settlement-of-the-third-millennium-bc-in-the-far-south-western-corner-of-europe/

The replica House of Wessex has opened to the public:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50588298

Hyping an upcoming medieval dig in Grimsby:

https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/archaeologists-grimsby-anglo-saxon-finds/
https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-town-centre-dig-aims-3576386

That Viking Warrior Woman is in a documentary hype thing:

https://www.newsweek.com/woman-ancient-burial-viking-warrior-brutal-head-injury-1474820

Repair work on remains of Britain's oldest (maybe) Christian church
(Colchester):

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18061263.urgent-repairs-carried-roman-church-ruins/

... and upgrades to St John on the Wall church in Bristol:

https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/making-a-historic-church-a-more-cherished-part-of-bristols-street-scene/

More on those possibe Tudor shipwreck victim burials on a Welsh beach:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/police-probe-after-bones-found-17341937

More on that Viking 'double boat burial':

https://www.livescience.com/two-viking-burials-in-boats.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/11/why-did-vikings-bury-two-people-in-boats-on-top-of-each-other-100-years-apart/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of evidence of humans living north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia
some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/these-ice-age-humans-somehow-survived-north-of-the-arctic-circle

An 18 000 years bp puppy/wolf found frozen/intact in Sibera:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50586508
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/nov/27/doggone-it-how-an-18000-year-old-puppy-could-change-everything-we-know-about-dogs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/29/ice-preserved-tiny-puppy-near-perfect-condition-years-scientists-are-fascinated/?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1
https://gizmodo.com/found-frozen-and-almost-perfectly-preserved-in-permafro-1840093915
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2107587/3-oldest-dog-history-18000-year-old-puppy-found-siberia/

Remains of a 5000 years bp settlement with a moat in Chia's Jiangxi
province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/30/c_138595735.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-12/01/content_75465623.htm

A Tuyuhun royal burial from the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous region:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-11-25/detail-ifzrakpz2266895.shtml

A 'secret basement' in Lahore Fort:

https://www.bolnews.com/amazing/2019/11/archaeologist-finds-secret-basement-in-lahore-fort/

Evidence of Iron Age occupation of Mar-Gurgalan Cave (Iran);

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/442436/Iranian-Danish-archaeologists-find-new-Iron-Age-traces-in-western

Feature on Rebecca Kinaston's work excavating a medieval Uzbek cemetery:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-otago-scientist-excavates-medieval-uzbek.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191125103836.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoo-ose112419.php

Feature on artists in British India:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50542353

Feature on Harappan script:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/the-mystery-of-harappan-script-an-enigma-from-the-ancient-world/1779985/

Ongoing fallout from the Ayodhya site decision:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/ayodhya-site-should-have-been-voluntarily-handed-over-to-hindus-archaeologist-kk-muhammed/article30114766.ece
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NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
Unique sledge dogs helped the Inuit thrive in the Arctic, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoe-usd112519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161405.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-inuit-made-the-arctic-their-home-with-some-very-special-and-tough-dogs

A Brewerton type arrowhead from Harwich:

https://capecodchronicle.com/en/5448/harwich/5236/Historic-Arrowhead-Found-On-Habitat-Construction-Site-Local-History.htm

Burials believed to belong to Irish Famine victims who had fled to Montreal:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-archaeologists-find-remains-of-19th-century-irish-famine-victims-1.4705928
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-montreal-archaeologists-find-remains-believed-to-be-those-of-19th/

... and a 19th century pipe kiln was found 'under' the Jacques-Cartier
Bridge:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/archaeologists-unearth-pipe-kiln-under-jacques-cartier-bridge-1.4703931

Native American remains dating to 2500 years bp or so from a barrier island
site at Palm Beach:

https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20191126/archaeologists-uncover-human-remains-at-historic-florida-property
https://www.ibtimes.sg/human-remains-early-native-americans-discovered-historic-florida-property-35086
https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/florida/archaeologists-find-remains-at-historic-ducks-nest-property/1014260293
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8213-191127-florida-human-remains

A 19th century German-made harmonica found in Wisconsin:

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/352423/fort-mccoy-artifact-friedrich-hotz-harmonica
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8206-191125-wisconsin-harmonica-parts

A 112 years bp letter found during renovations at Montclair State
University:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/30/us/letter-bottle-montclair-new-jersey/index.html

Feature on the Great Dismal Swamp:

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/virginia/deep-in-great-dismal-swamp-archaeologists-unearth-refuge-for-escaped-slaves/291-3a5844b5-4279-418a-82d6-5961eb5d288c

Latest from Poverty Point:

https://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/local_state_headlines/ancient-past-meets-modern-technology-at-poverty-point/article_82029430-112d-11ea-b1d4-e351ee5eb7ed.html

ISU is looking for evidence linking Clovis people with megafauna 13 000
years bp:

https://www.isu.edu/news/2019-fall/isu-researchers-look-for-evidence-linking-clovis-people-with-megafauna-13000-years-ago-on-the-snake-river-plain.html

Feature on Franklin's ships:

http://geographical.co.uk/people/explorers/item/3525-inside-terror

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Analyzing early Puerto Rican cooking techniques by looking at remains of
clams:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-barbequed-clams-menu-ancient-puerto.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/cu-bco112719.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-did-prehistoric-puerto-ricans-make-clam-chowder-1.8191843

Remains of a 1914 gunboat which sank off the coast of Sinaloa:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/revolution-gunboat-that-sank-in-1914-located-off-coast-of-sinaloa/

On what we can learn from Cusco's Potato Park:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/29/how-perus-potato-museum-could-stave-off-world-food-crisis

Archaeologists fear Bolsonaro will kill amazon civilization research:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/26/brazil-amazon-archaeologists-bolsonaro-civilisation

... and fears arising from the fires:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783819970/huge-amazon-wildfires-endanger-our-history-as-well-as-our-air-archaeologists-say
-----
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
================================================================
Interesting collection of Welsh Bibles:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-50508933/the-library-of-welsh-bibles-in-the-snowdonia-wilderness

Assorted Thanksgiving-related items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/opinion/thanksgiving-history.html
https://news.yale.edu/2019/11/25/pass-pickled-eel-guide-18th-century-thanksgiving
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raccoon-was-once-thanksgiving-feast-fit-president-180973665/

... and Ben Franklin tried to electrocute a turkey, apparently:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/that-time-benjamin-franklin-tried-and-failed-to-electrocute-a-turkey/

Feature on Tiffany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/28/business/tiffany-history.html

How assorted poets and playwrights have contributed to science:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/20/ciencia/1574246129_616634.html

On Emerson and the Atlantic magazine:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/the-atlantic-and-ralph-waldo-emersons-american-idea/602689/

Feature on the 'sweating disease' epidemic of 500 years ago:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-sweating-disease-that-swept-across-england-500-years-ago-is-still-a-isns

Feature on the economic history of the Spice Trade:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/t-magazine/spices.html

A lot is riding on whether a date on a sculpture includes a 5 or a 6:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/arts/bathing-venus-uffizi-giambologna.html

Feature on Louis Namier:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/geniuses-dont-have-to-be-nice/

Feature on royal inbreeding:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42758/20191128/royal-inbreeding-throughout-history.htm

A long lost portrait of a young Elizabeth I has been revealed:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/27/long-lost-overpainted-portrait-reveals-young-queen-elizabeth-i?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

AI suggests a second hand was involved in writing Henry VIII:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-reveals-second-playwrights-contributions-shakespeares-henry-viii-180973664/

You can watch the restoration of Michelangelo's 'Bandini Pieta':

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visitors-can-watch-restoration-michelangelos-bandini-pieta-180973656/

A Philadelphia consortium has put a pile of medieval manuscripts online:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-thousands-medieval-manuscripts-online-full.html

Interview with Gordon Wood about the 1619 project:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/28/wood-n28.html

A teddy bear restoration:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50558581

Review of Ted Gioia, *Music: A Subversive History*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/books/review/music-subversive-history-ted-gioia.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Ancient Greeks:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/37862-national-museum-in-canberra-to-host-exhibition-on-ancient-greece.html
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6515313/national-museum-upcoming-crowd-pleaser-to-focus-on-ancient-greece/
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1911/S00352/auckland-museum-to-host-iconic-british-exhibition.htm
https://au.greekreporter.com/2019/11/28/canberras-national-museum-to-host-ancient-greece-exhibition/

Stonehenge Photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/nov/30/through-your-eyes-150-years-of-stonehenge-in-pictures

Troy:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/11/troy-myth-reality/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50492708

Pompeii:

https://kutv.com/features/fresh-living/pompeii-the-exhibition-at-the-leonardo

DaVinci:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/29/782568048/500-years-after-leonardo-da-vincis-death-france-celebrates-his-life-and-work

Roads of Arabia:

https://menafn.com/1099332721/Minister-of-Culture-inaugurates-The-Roads-of-Arabia-Masterpieces-of-Antiquities-in-Saudi-Arabia-across-the-Ages-Exhibition-in-Rome

Sagalassos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/2019/11/26/discover-the-best-preserved-roman-city-sagalassos-in-istanbul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-exhibit-to-highlight-ancient-city-sagalassos-149297

Dogs and People:

https://www.dw.com/en/puppy-love-canine-loyalty-friendship-and-status-explored-in-new-exhibition/a-51441543
https://www.dw.com/en/loyal-friends-artistic-depictions-of-dogs-through-the-ages/g-51440412

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is reopening in the wake of an attempted theft
a few weeks ago:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50558760

On BP sponsorship of the Troy exhibition:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/troy-the-show-and-the-problem-with-bp-sponsorship

How Tut exhibitions became big business:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/king-tut-exhibitions-artsy/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78153/CNN-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-exhibitions-become-multi-million-dollar-industry
https://egyptindependent.com/how-king-tut-exhibitions-became-a-multimillion-dollar-industry/
================================================================
AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
A hoard of Ethelred II coins found a couple of years ago are coming to
auction:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-anglo-saxon-coins-mayfair-auction-1-6399407
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/coins-unearthed-in-suffolk-to-go-to-auction-1-6392443
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/hoard-of-silver-coins-to-be-sold-at-auction-38734623.html

On the hot market for Old Masters:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/long-lost-drawing-goes-sale-12m-old-masters-market-enjoying/

Some 'agunot' documents from Bergen-Belsen are coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Collection-of-Bergen-Belsen-agunot-rabbinic-rulings-to-be-auctioned-off-609202

An item coming to auction at Christie's has a dubious provenance:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/24/christies-urged-to-pull-sale-of-roman-statue-linked-to-illicit-dealers
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-roman-sculpture-headed-auction-christies-allegedly-belonged-dealers-illicit-antiquities
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/christies-roman-statue-linked-to-disgraced-dealers-1202669200/

Big bucks for a childhood portrait of Mozart:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50585963
================================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
They've already done CT scans on three of the mummies found at El Assassif
a few weeks ago:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78090/Golden-pieces-uncovered-in-El-Assasif-s-child-mummy

CT was also used to look at some medical manikins:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/rson-ius111919.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/micro-ct-scans-reveal-the-secrets-of-17th-century-anatomical-manikins/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Using DNA to implicate humans in the extinction of the Great Auk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50563953
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8211-191127-great-auk-extinction

================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Safed synagoges:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/So-many-synagogues-Safed-609283

Roman Forum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/visiting-the-roman-forum.html

Cairo:

https://www.dw.com/en/cairo-where-ancient-history-meets-modernity/a-51373987

Sorrento:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191127-an-italian-town-built-on-2000-years-of-sea-lore

Pisgat Zeev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/modern-memorials-scattered-ruins-exploring-jerusalems-pisgat-zeev/

Copan:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2019/11/21/actualidad/1574333870_830227.html

Croation UNESCO Heritage sites:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/39888-stari-grad-plain

Hampi:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/26/travel/52-places-to-go-hampi-india.html
================================================================
PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Odyssey:

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2019/11/25/aquila-theatres-the-odyssey-tackles-modern-warfare-and-its-impact/

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
When treasure hunters don't declare their Viking coin hoard, they get
jailed:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-25/jail-time-men-found-viking-coins-metal-detectors/11736992
https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/treasure-hunters-find-fortune-but-end-up-in-jail
https://hyperallergic.com/530670/two-metal-detectorists-headed-to-jail-after-concealing-their-discovery-of-viking-treasure-trove/

A pair in Kalymnos busted for possession of antiquities:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246947/article/ekathimerini/news/two-nabbed-in-kalymnos-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/37851-two-arrests-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities-on-greek-island-of-kalymnos.html

An antiquities dealer is charged with falsifying documents for Cambodian
items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/arts/design/douglas-latchford-cambodian-antiquities.html
https://nypost.com/2019/11/27/douglas-latchford-charged-with-selling-looted-cambodian-antiquities/
https://theunionjournal.com/antiquities-professional-charged-with-trafficking-in-cambodian-artifacts/

In case you missed the 'Green Vault' robbery coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50545003
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/dresden-royal-palace-heist-largest-post-war-art-theft-hz20vffh7
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/25/782624563/thieves-steal-priceless-diamonds-in-heist-at-dresdens-green-vault-museum
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-priceless-18th-century-jewels-stolen-german-museum

... some background:

http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/dresden-green-vault/index.html

... and there's a reward:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-police-offer-hefty-reward-to-help-solve-dresden-museum-heist/a-51457324

Thieve damaged one of Bristol's historic churches:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/shock-thieves-trash-one-bristols-3594343

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
================================================================
A different sort of repatriation -- the pope has returned a relic
associated with the manger to Bethlehem:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/30/a-relic-of-jesus-manger-christmas-gift-from-the-pope-to-bethlehem/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50600025
https://www.dw.com/en/vatican-returns-jesus-crib-fragment-to-bethlehem/a-51463805
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/relic-thought-be-jesus-manger-arrives-bethlehem-n1093676

Cambridge is returning a bronze cockerel to Nigeria:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/27/bronze-cockerel-to-be-returned-to-nigeria-by-cambridge-college
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/benin-bronze-sculpture-home-jesus-college-cambridge-return
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50578780

Searching for Benin bronzes in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/28/help-us-locate-benin-bronze-statues-in-the-uk
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronze-guardian-campaign-1718412

More on Manchester Museum returning items to Aboriginal peoples:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/sacred-aboriginal-artefacts-given-back-in-british-museum-first/11737786
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on coins of Juba II:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/juba-ii-a-north-african-prince-at-the-nexus-of-the-roman-world/

Feature on collecting Roman coins by emperor:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-the-lives-of-four-emperors-on-roman-coins/

A modern coin series on the Labours of Hercules:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/hercules-vs-the-nemean-lion-1st-coin-in-new-12-labors-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n47.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n48.html
------------------------
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/


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OBITUARIES
================================================================
Jasper Griffin:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/11/29/boris-johnsonon-professor-jasper-griffin-taught-heroes-life/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/11/28/professor-jasper-griffin-classicist-rare-humanity-breadth-interest/

Larry Hurtado:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/november/died-larry-hurtado-new-testament-early-christian-worship.html

Marilyn Yalom:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/marilyn-yalom-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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CONFERENCES
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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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