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explorator 22.39                            January 19, 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,
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, 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).


Some corrections from last week's edition:

A report in Jordan times about the return of the world's oldest chess piece
suggested it
had been requested; John Oleson has informed us that he offered to return
it voluntarily:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

An ongoing copy/paste issue erroneously put the wrong link for an article
on posca; sadly,
I can't seem to find the correct one, so in lieu of (thanks to Ken Berry
for catching it):

https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/
================================================================
EARLY HOMINIDS
================================================================
Interesting study suggests Neanderthals may have been diving for shells for
toolmaking purposes 100 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-beach-combing-neanderthals-dove-shells.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-nwu010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140458.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/15/neanderthals-dived-for-shells-to-make-tools-research-suggests
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51128639
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/science/neanderthals-swimming-diving.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertals-dove-harvested-clamshells-tools-near-italy-shores
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/shell-fishing-neanderthals-08023.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8358-200116-neanderthal-shell-tools

Studying tool design at Olduvai:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8352-200114-olduvai-stone-tools

Assorted dates for skulls and other items from Kaldar Cave (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/444257/Sorbonne-experts-confirm-fossilized-skull-found-in-Iran-belongs

Early hominids could handle eating 'hard plant foods' (e.g. nuts) without
damaging their teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/wuis-git011620.php

Feature on what may have been the last community of Neanderthals (31 000
years bp!):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/in-russias-far-north-a-lone-group-of-neanderthals-may-have-been-the-last-of

More on homo erectus reaching indonesia some 1.3 million years bp:

http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/homo-erectus-java-08013.html

More on early humans roasting veggies:

http://theconversation.com/how-we-deduced-that-our-ancestors-liked-roast-vegetables-too-129629

================================================================
AFRICA
================================================================
Feature on the Nieuw Haarlem shipwreck and its effects:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200113-the-shipwreck-that-forever-changed-south-africa

Feature on precolonial African history:

https://aeon.co/essays/liberating-the-precolonial-history-of-africa

Feature on the first inhabitants of the Canary islands:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0802763/the-puzzling-origins-of-the-mysterious-guanches-civilisation
================================================================
ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
================================================================
Overviewish thing on a Brazilian mission's digs in the Theban Necropolis:

https://anba.com.br/en/brazilian-mission-in-egypt-unearths-well-in-theban-tomb/

Feature on the Book of Two Ways:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-afterlife-guidebook-a9276926.html

Concerns for the preservation of a Ramsesses II statue aren't as serious as
presented, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79762/Ashmawy-Ramsees-II-statue-is-a-reproduced-one

Documentary hype about the people who mined Tut's gold:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1229332/egypt-tutankhamun-saatchi-clue-kv62-valley-kings-eastern-desert-sahara-spt

4500 years bp 'baby bottles' from Norik Mound in Turkey's Bingol province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/13/rare-4500-year-old-baby-bottles-discovered-in-bingol-eastern-turkey

A set of ten rock inscriptions depicting Sargon II from Kurdistan:

http://www.aina.org/news/20200115185153.htm
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/cd87152e-5db2-481a-a5c5-70d573e41ef5
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/extremely-rare-assyrian-carvings-discovered-in-iraq/ar-BBZ4kfr?li=BBnbfcL
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8361-200117-iraq-assyrian-reliefs

... good photos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/italian-and-kurdish-archaeologists-on.html

Feature on megadrought leading to the demise of the Assyrian Empire:

https://eos.org/articles/megadrought-helped-topple-the-assyrian-empire

More on that colossal statue from the theatre in Amman:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/842-colossal-ammonite-statue-discovered-in-amman

More on that 3000 years bp Hebrew 'nametag' found on a wine jar at Abel
Beth Macah:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/27238/
https://www.livescience.com/yahweh-jar-found-biblical-city.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/3000-year-old-hebrew-inscription-discovered/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/a-single-word-on-an-ancient-jar-could-upend-historians-understanding-of-the-borders-of-biblical-israel/

More on that 'measuring table' find being associated with the marketplace
in the City of David:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/market-along-jerusalems-pilgrimage-road-found/

Interviews with Scott Stripling about his work at Shiloh:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-at-shiloh-archaeologist-finds-artifacts-hinting-at-biblical-tabernacle/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/altar-horns-ceramic-pomegranates-and-other-evidence-of-the-ancient-jewish-sanctuary-at-shiloh/

An interview with Kara Cooney:

https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/books-tv-and-radio/quick-qa-dr-kara-cooney

Feature on Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Megiddo-a-hidden-paradise-of-history-and-greenery-in-the-heart-of-Israel-614267

Feature on Berenice (and her relationship with Titus):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-jewish-princess-who-almost-became-a-roman-empress-and-the-enduring-anti-semitic-fears-of-her-opponents/

... and linking the story to 'replacement theory':

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/296616/berenice-rome-replacement-theory
================================================================
ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
50 Roman burials (many seem to be slaves) from a site in Somerset (we may
have mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/50-roman-burials-discovered-in-england.html

A possible Roman military site from the Sinai:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egyptian-diggers-stumble-ancient-military-site-sinai-1333073

Roman-era burials from a stadium field in Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-tombs-found-in-stadium-field-in-denizli-151055

Remains of a Roman water system near Khor Virap (Armenia):

http://asbarez.com/190534/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aqueduct-near-khor-virap/

Another 'gladiator chamber' from the Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/another_gladiator_chamber_found_at_the_roman_amphitheatre_in_cartagena_1272887-a.html

Nice overview of a survey of the site of Djerba, which revealed inter alia,
a purple dye processing centre:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trail-purple-tracking-ancient-routes.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8359-200116-djerba-meninx-survey

Possible evidence of Roman use of Chinese medicine:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-put-their-faith-in-remedies-from-china-76wcjgkgr
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7889575/Ancient-Romans-used-traditional-Chinese-medicines.html

Private building work contributed to a collapse of a section of Chester's
Roman wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/17/roman-wall-collapses-chester-private-building-work
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/heartbreaking-pictures-shows-chesters-roman-17586051
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/part-chester-walls-collapses-rain-17586612

Plans to dig year-round at Zeugma:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-black-seas-zeugma-to-continue-all-year-round-151045

I *think* this must be documentary hype about the Roman massacre of Britons
near Maiden Castle:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1229946/archaeology-news-ancient-roman-battleground-maiden-castle-dorset-discovery-spt
https://www.ibtimes.sg/roman-conquest-britain-beset-brutal-suppression-reveal-skulls-blunted-brutal-injuries-37926

Storms damaged some sites in Bisri (Lebanon):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2020/Jan-13/499144-culture-ministry-says-storms-responsible-for-damage-to-bisri-archaeological-sites.ashx

Climate concerns for Magna fort on Hadrian's wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/magna-fort-hadrians-wall-vindolanda-17570462

"Mad Honey" apparently didn't end with Mithridates VI:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/16/creating-a-buzz-turkish-beekeepers-risk-life-and-limb-to-make-mad-honey

An interview with Adrienne Mayor about those recent 'Amazon' finds in
Russia:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/12/795661047/remains-of-ancient-female-fighters-discovered
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/01/14/amazon-women-archaeology-myths

Feature on Jonathan Shay's work with PTSD and the Iliad:

https://www.recorder.com/Effects-of-war-unchanged-over-2-700-years-31911491

An NEH fellowship for Nathanael Stein:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2020/01/14/fsu-philosophy-professor-wins-coveted-neh-fellowship/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/280303/fsu-professor-receives-neh-grant-to-complete-book-on-aristotle/

ASCSA honours for Susan Rotroff:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/susan-i-rotroff-68-receives-award-american-school-classical-studies-athens

Feature on women translating Classics:

https://theweek.com/articles/872174/what-happens-when-women-translate-classics

An extract from Daisy Dunn's bio of Pliny:

https://spectator.us/shadow-vesuvius-daisy-dunn/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/how-a-militaristic-goddess-became-the-venus-of-western-art/

Feature on Classics and working class Brits:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Feature on the Letavica underwater site (a recent find?):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/40901-letavica

Feature on the Piazza Navona stadium remains:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-piazza-navonas-underground-stadium.html

Feature on Oeniadae:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/156120/the-ancient-city-of-oeniadae/

Feature on Themyscira:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/themyscira-the-longest-running-utopia-in-comics

Feature on 'Ancient Olympic Superstars':

http://thesportjournal.org/article/ancient-olympic-superstars-and-the-remarkable-skills-they-could-teach-todays-athletes/

There were a few features (all different) on Latin this week:

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4854988-Jim-Heffernan-column-It%E2%80%99s-time-to-brush-up-on-your-Latin
https://www.atholdailynews.com/At-Athol-High-School-Latinum-non-est-mortuus-31820632
https://www.rd.com/culture/latin-dead-language-why-taught-schools/

They're making plans for the Roman archaeological remains in York:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/18155597.plans-submitted-world-class-roman-attraction-york/

More on Minoan monkeys:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-greek-monkey-mystery-gave-important.html
http://theconversation.com/how-we-solved-the-greek-monkey-mystery-and-found-an-important-clue-to-bronze-age-world-129576
-----
Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
================================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
A medieval padlock find from Lair (Scotland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51033096
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-padlock-hints-prosperity-pictish-farmers-180973976/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8363-200117-scotland-medieval-padlock

A major 16th century coin hoard from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/coins-s%C4%83bie%C5%9Fti-jan-2020

A 19th century time capsule (?) from the Old Synagogue in Wieliczka:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781

Archaeologists are calling for a survey of a proposed new home site in
Cross Road:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/new-homes-site-needs-excavating-220002/

A project to look at burials on Orkney's North Isles:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/secret-of-ancient-burial-tombs-on-orkney-s-north-isles-to-be-revealed-1-5074304

Confirmation that the Gjellstad Viking ship burial does date to Viking
times:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/01/17/confirmed-norways-gjellestad-ship-is-from-the-viking-age/#26dbeb579bb2

Feature on five finds made in Kent since 2018:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/kents-remarkable-archaeological-finds-220033/

Latest from Sutton Hoo:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/sutton-hoo-redevelopment/

Latest HS2 and archaeology piece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-upheaval-of-hs2-is-manna-for-treasure-hungry-archaeologists-m3qh8g9sd

A pair of rings found a while ago belonged to 'higher status' people,
according to the PAS:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51065410

Feature on Flag Fen:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1228357/archaeology-news-entrance-another-world-found-flag-fen-peterborough-francis-pryor-spt

Funding to 'revamp' Larnaca's Zouhouri market:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/14/e2-9m-revamp-for-larnacas-historic-zouhouri-market/

Remembering a tour guide's find of a Viking hoard at Dunmore Cave 20 years
ago:

https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/know-tour-guide-found-hoard-priceless-viking-treasure-cleaning-litter-kilkenny-177127

More on that 2600 years bp preserved brain tissue:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43158/20200112/the-well-kept-secrets-of-a-mysterious-2-600-year-old-brain-in-england-has-just-been-uncovered.htm

More on orientation of Neolithic structures in Eastern Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8356-200115-neolithic-pseudo-neglect
================================================================
ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
Butchered bones of a mammoth from Siberia have been dated to 21 000 years
bp:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/arctic-island-woolly-mammoth-shows-strongest-evidence-yet-of-human-slaughter-and-butchering/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8354-200115-beringia-mammoth-bones

4200 years bp wheel ruts from Henan:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2020-01-13/detail-ifzsqcrm6564630.shtml

The occupant of a 1000 years bp royal burial in Inner Mongolia has been
identified:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-01-14/detail-ifzsqcrm6565548.shtml

Inscriptions confirm the presence of a pair of medieval Buddhist
monasteries at Moghalmari:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A 'donkey curse stone' from Talangana:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A 10th century statue from the Mahasamund jungle:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/10th-century-statue-found-in-mahasamund-jungle.html

Overviewish thing on a dig at the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeologists-suggest-restoring-canal-surrounding-ancient-citadel/167349.vnp

A stone wall at Gifu Castle is being connected iwth Oda Nobunaga:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ202001100032.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8350-200113-japan-gifu-castle

More on Aboriginal 'cultural burning':

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/19/right-fire-for-right-future-how-cultural-burning-can-protect-australia-from-catastrophic-blazes
================================================================
NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
Assorted finds from various periods during irrigation construction in
Newport News:

https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-newport-news-archaeology-dig-supervision-20200112-4cis3xkeuzej3mxggcr7l75b2q-story.html

Anthropology students have doumented an Anasazi Pueblo site in New Mexico:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1409177/anthropology-students-are-first-to-map-anasazi-pueblo.html

Feature on evidence of a Native American presence on the site of
Washington, D.C.:

https://www.voanews.com/usa/native-americans-were-original-residents-nations-capital

Feature on a possible slave cemetery near/on the Kansas City International
Airport:

https://www.flatlandkc.org/curiouskc/question-everything/questions-answered/unearthing-the-truth-about-slave-burial-sites-at-kci/

Garage construction revealed a 19th century 'refrigerator' in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-ice-well-annapolis-0116-20200117-d2somqu6yrcufkiie4pbtltc4m-story.html

Assorted 19th century remains at a hotel construction site in Mississauga:

https://www.insauga.com/archaeological-artifacts-found-at-site-of-a-proposed-hotel-in-mississauga

Remains of a 19th century waterfront neighbourhood in Seattle:

https://mynorthwest.com/1670997/wsdot-archaeologist/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8362-200117-washington-seattle-waterfront

Feature on Native American artifacts found at Aquebogue over the years:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/01/15/native-american-artifacts-tell-the-story-of-life-in-aquebogue-thousands-of-years-ago/

Andrew Johnson's home is a tourist draw in Tennessee, apparently:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/13/795269998/in-tennessee-tourists-rediscover-the-first-president-who-was-impeached

Something is going on with the Arizona Archaeological Council:

https://tucson.com/news/local/political-dispute-threatens-existence-of-arizona-archaeological-council/article_dae61109-dae9-55a5-ae8b-26d96fafb537.html

Marking the centennial of prohibition in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/opinion/prohibition-anniversary-100.html

Review of Steven Inskeep, *Imperfect Union*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/books/review-imperfect-union-steve-inskeep-jessie-john-fremont-civil-war.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Plenty of coverage of research suggesting a Pachacamac idol from Peru was
originally 'symbolically painted':

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-pio010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140500.htm
https://www.livescience.com/inca-deity-colors-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru-180973996/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/x-rays-reveal-the-faded-colors-of-a-1300-year-old-inca-idol/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8360-200117-peru-pachacamac-idol

Remains of a pre-Hispanic settlement (and more) from a Mexico City
neighbourhood:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-find-foundations-of-pre-hispanic-home/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8357-200116-mexico-mexicapan-house

More on that gold looted by Cortez and found in Mexico:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-bar-looted-aztec-treasure.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1227789/archaeology-news-aztec-discovery-hernan-cortes-spain-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-bar-once-belonged-aztec-emperor-moctezuma-180973959/

More on the veracity of Columbus' 'cannibal' claims:

https://www.livescience.com/are-columbus-carib-cannibal-claims-true.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8353-200114-bahamas-carib-skulls
-----
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
================================================================
A large number of rare biblical texts have been put online:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discovering-sacred-texts-online-614274

... as have artworks from a number of collections in Paris:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-download-images-100000-artworks-prominent-paris-museums-180973964/

Feature on the beginnings of the alphabet:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Alphabet-The-First-Thousand-Years

Why there are seven days in a week:

http://theconversation.com/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week-128761
https://neoskosmos.com/en/156090/how-the-days-of-the-week-got-their-name/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week

Feature on assorted 'experimental communities' in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/t-magazine/intentional-communities.html

A possible Durer in the Vienna Cathedral's gift shop:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-discovered-vienna-cathedral-may-be-work-albrecht-durer-german-renaissance-master-180973950/

On the impact of the sewing machine:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50673541

More on the pace of archaeological finds:

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/01/12/new-archaeology-findings-are-redefining-human-history-faster-than-ever/

Pondering what modern civilization will leave behind for future
archaeologists:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/what-fossils-will-modern-day-civilization-leave-behind

On how humans boiled water before pottery:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/how-did-humans-cook-before-the-invention-of-pots/605008/

Pondering the idea of 'late style' in art:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/does-late-style-exist-in-art

Michelangelo's David has a health issue, apparently:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/16/michelangelos-david-reveals-medical-mystery-500-years-later/4486227002/
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2757540

They've possibly figured out the 'orb' in Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-light-orb-mystery.html

Latest on the Notre Dame repair efforts:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/after-notre-dame-fire-scientists-glimpse-cathedral-origins
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8355-200115-france-notre-dame

... and there's research going on too:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/treasure-trove-of-medieval-history-rises-from-the-ashes-of-notre-dame-9zrkfm0mq

Not sure if we'll hear more about this shipment of items to Ripley's:

https://www.livescience.com/sri-lanka-artifacts-shipped-ripleys.html

An export bar on some 18th century scientific drawings in the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unique-300-year-old-scientific-drawings-at-risk-of-leaving-the-uk

Not sure where to put this disturbing story of the suicide of a Zeugma
Museum archaeologist:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ministry-launches-investigation-into-suicide-case-of-zeugma-museum-archeologist-151088
https://ahvalnews.com/suicide/turkish-ministry-suspends-museum-director-after-archaeologist-commits-suicide
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2020/01/17/cryptic-suicide-note-raises-suspicions-of-foul-play-in-turkish-archaeologists-death
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-troy-myth-and-reality.htm
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/troy-myth-reality-british-museum/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/the-big-review-troy-at-the-british-museum

500 years of women's work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/arts/design/womens-work-grolier-club.html
https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/now-open-in-our-first-floor-gallery-2/

100 years; 100 women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/arts/park-avenue-armory-womens-suffrage.html

Arte del mar:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/objects?exhibitionId=01007452-3039-4df9-9d8a-23a2333687c5&pkgids=596
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/arte-del-mar-caribbean

Nubia:

https://www.wbur.org/artery/2020/01/14/mfa-exhibition-ancient-nubia-now

Elizabeth I portraits:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/12/20/elizabeth-i-portraits-hold-court-yale-center-british-art

Maya:

https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/01/cincinnati-museum-center-brings-maya-the-exhibition-more-than-300-artifacts-to-the-region/

Mummies:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/art-review-egyptian-mummies-show-montreal/


Tut (Boston):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/14/lifestyle/king-tuts-treasures-coming-boston-first-time-almost-60-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/king-tut-boston-trnd/index.html

Ottoman Tombstones:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/15/200-ottoman-tombstones-to-be-exhibited-in-ancient-city-of-parion

Gentileschi:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/first-details-artemisia-gentileschi-ng

Thomas Becket:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/14/the-murder-of-st-thomas-becket-the-british-museum-marks-its-850th-anniversary/

Buddhist Writing:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200115-how-buddhism-spread-written-language-around-the-world
https://www.bl.uk/events/buddhism

Some pushback on converting churches on Cyprus to museums:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/13/archbishop-criticised-over-move-to-turn-churches-historic-mansion-into-byzantine-museums/

Latest GEM opening update:

https://egyptfwd.org/Article/6/1053/The-Ministry-of-Antiquities-Preparing-For-the-Opening-Restoration-laboratories
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79605/Hosny-GEM-will-be-Sisi%E2%80%99s-gift-to-humanity

... and ongoing transfers of artifacts:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-grand-egyptian-museum-receives-202-artifacts-from-egyptian-museum-giza-pyramids-areas/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79764/GEM-receives-356-artifacts-from-Tut-Ramses-II-Thutmose-III
https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-receives-356-artifacts-including-57-treasures-of-king-tutankhamun/

Plans for an overhaul at Greece's National Archaeological Museum:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/279953/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul-greek-culture-min-says/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/248502/article/ekathimerini/news/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/16/athens-national-archaeological-museum-to-undergo-major-overhaul/

More on the transfer of some mummies to the museum in Fustat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79668/Preparations-for-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies-finalized
================================================================
AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
Some of Queen Victoria's clothes are coming to auction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/queen-victoria-clothes-buy-auction-hansons-bloomers-boots-a9286646.html

Big bucks for an Edward VIII sovereign coin:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51134884

More on that Shakespear first folio:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/rare-william-shakespeare-collection-being-17557289

More on that Olympics manifesto:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speech-inspired-olympics-return-now-most-expensive-sports-memorabilia-ever-sold-180973968/
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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Interview (podcast) with Adrien Hannus about assorted tech used by
archaeologists:

https://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-tech-discovering-archeological-artifacts

A tech approach to deciphering ancient Hebrew texts:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-developed-computer-can-decipher-ancient-hebrew-texts-in-seconds-1.8408744

More on those Scottish facial reconstructions:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-reconstruction-scotland.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-reconstruct-centuries-old-faces-early-edinburgh-residents-180973949/
================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA suggests interbreeding of Neanderthals and Denisovans had immunity
benefits:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-infectious-disease-defenses-ancient-hominid.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
Climate change concerns for Afghan sites:

https://www.news18.com/news/world/after-jihadist-dynamite-and-looters-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-crumbling-heritage-2461655.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Zadar:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/zadar-cruise-port-guide/

Dargavs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200116-russias-mysterious-city-of-the-dead

Bonfire Shelter:

https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/2020-01-17/day-trips-the-bonfire-shelter/
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Antigone:

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/antigone-review

Mojada:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/BWW-Review-The-Rep-Raise-the-Bar-in-the-Barrio-with-MOJADA-A-MEDEA-IN-LOS-ANGELES-20200114

Queen of Sheba:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07zy99k/why-is-the-queen-of-sheba-portrayed-as-white-

Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/movies/marmee-little-women.html

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
A number of tourists were arrested for damaging a temple at Macchu Pichu:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/americas/machu-picchu-arrests-feces-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/peru-tourists-accused-of-damaging-defecating-on-machu-picchu/a-52007055
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/01/bolivian-tourists-arrested-in-peru-for-damaging-iconic-machu-picchu-archaeological-site/

A stolen Klimt has been confirmed recovered:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51156682

Some guy stole stones from Stonehenge for his garden:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/12/thief-stole-ancient-stones-used-build-stonehenge-use-garden/

This is a borderline repatriation of a Afghan antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/18/met-police-help-recover-afghan-sculpture-looted-kabul

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/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
Germany returned to Mexico a few sculptures which had been privately held:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-antiquities-to-mexico/a-52035188

A Buddha was returned to Sri Lanka:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-51105006/buddha-heirloom-returned-to-sri-lanka-by-hampshire-family

================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on Nabataean coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-nabataeans/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n03.html
------------------------
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/


================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Christoper Tolkien:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/16/jrr-tolkiens-son-christopher-dies-aged-95?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/books/christopher-tolkien-dead.html

Betty Pat Gatliff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/science/betty-pat-gatliff-dead.html
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2911-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-5-through-january-11-2020
================================================================
GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
================================================================
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
================================================================
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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