The Roundup #67

We’re having what’s affectionately called “unsettled weather” to start off the long weekend in Toronto, so in between bouts of laundry and cleaning the house and getting groceries, here is this week’s roundup! Enjoy!

From The Guardian:

A Roman neighbourhood discovered in Vienne in the south of France is being hailed as a “little Pompeii” by archaeologists excavating now until the end of the year.

A two-meter high statue has been discovered in Angkor Wat, and is likely to be a symbolic guardian of the hospital from the medieval site.


A baptismal font has been discovered at the site of an early Christian basilica in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

A small brass crucifix has been discovered at a major fur trade hub near the Straits of Machinac in Michigan.

Excavations at a Groswater peoples site in Newfoundland has yielded tools that archaeologists believe made this a processing centre for sealskins.

High resolution satellite imagery has been used to identify hominid sites near ancient lakes in Saudi Arabia.

Analysis of DNA from ancient Minoan and Mycenaean sites compared with nearly 300 other peoples, including modern Greeks, suggests that there wasn’t a lot of sharing of genetic material, to put it euphemistically, despite the fact that the Ancient Mediterranean was a crossroads of trade and cultural interaction.

And a skull of the Ainu peoples of Japan has recently been repatriated when it was handed over to the Japanese Embassy in Berlin.