It’s been a crazy week in North America. A hate crime perpetrated in Orlando, Florida followed by a 15 hour long filibuster in the US Senate to demand better gun control laws; a suspected shooter at the University of Toronto St. George campus on the Monday morning following; the suspended disqualification of the Russian national football team at the UEFA championship; and the actual disqualification of the Russian track and field team from the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
I bet everyone’s in the mood to read something else, anything else. So here’s this week’s roundup! Enjoy!
From History Today:
A feature on Aristotle by Edith Hall.
A piece on the Holy Lance, the source of the final mark of the stigmata, and another of those relics that inspire confidence at all costs.
From the Smithsonian:
Excavations are underway at Piraeus, the port of Athens, at the sites of the three military harbours that were active around the time of the Persian Wars in the early 5th century BC.
What is now being called the Gaulcross Hoard of silver artefacts has been discovered in a farmer’s field in Scotland where, nearly 200 years earlier, other silver artefacts had already been found.
The ongoing battle against illegal or illicit antiquities trading continues, this time in Israel with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
My love of neolithic figurines continues with the rediscovery of this little gem, the Skara Brae Buddo, first discovered in the 1860s in the Orkneys and lost to museum storage until recently.
A rather large hunk of butter has been unearthed from a bog in Ireland.
The paintings at the cave site in Chauvet appear to be older than originally believed, by a few thousand years.
The site of the Bear River Massacre has been identified in Idaho where, in 1863, Americans shot and killed hundreds of Northwestern Shoshone.
Some rather fascinating bronze arrows and quivers have been found at a site in Oman, and archaeologists suggest that they may have been offerings to a god of war.
Conservators have begun restoring the solar boat discovered in the Great Pyramid of Khufu in 1954.
And ongoing work in southern Russia has yielded remarkably finely crafted gold artefacts in what was originally thought to be a routine excavation of a kurgan.