The Roundup #85

Getting this done on a Saturday, only because I’ve got a nasty bit of flu. Yay!

‘Tis the festive season, so of course there’s news of a relic of St. Nicholas being radiocarbon dated to his lifetime. Otherwise, lots more of culture to see here. Enjoy!

From the Smithsonian:

Perhaps the earliest evidence of slave burials in Delaware have been discovered in Rehoboth Bay.

A time capsule from the 1700s has been discovered in the back side of a statue of Christ in Spain.

A 1,300 year old complete Latin Bible created in Northumbria will return to England for the first time since it was sent to Italy shortly after it was completed in the 8th century.


Faint lines on stone in Cornwall suggest the site had been used for nighttime rituals since 2,500 BC/BCE.

The Natufian people of Jordan may shed light on the transition between hunter-gatherer culture and agriculture.

After 20 years of excavation and preservation work, theĀ australopithecus skeleton of “Little Foot” will go on display in South Africa.

Greek texts from Nag Hammadi are showing the ongoing scholarly work of early Christians, despite Church regulations declaring such work anathema.

From Haaretz:

A 400,000 year old ‘school’ has been identified in Israel.


The Roundup #83

A day late but hopefully not a dollar short. As a result of some impromptu travelling this weekend, here is your Monday roundup! Enjoy!


A feature on the Jebel Qumra area of northeastern Jordan that is almost uninhabitable today, but shows evidence of human settlement dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age.

A mosaic from the Byzantine period found in Israel is the earliest example of the Georgian calendar in the region.

An extremely rare site in Denmark – a stone settlement – has been unearthed by archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark.

A basalt relief of a lion dating to the 6th century AD/CE has been unearthed in the Galilee.

Three Roman shipwrecks and the wreck of an Egyptian barque have been identified in Alexandria’s eastern harbour.

Egyptian artifacts, originally thought to have been smuggled to Cyprus in the 1980s, are being repatriated with the help of the the Egyptian Embassy in Cyprus.

Two 800 year old tombs from the Song dynasty have been discovered at a construction site in Zhejiang Province, China.

From the Smithsonian:

More than 100 items once belonging to John Lennon and stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 have been recovered in Germany.

From the University of Toronto:

Archaeologists have discovered rock-cut churches in Ethiopia.

From the Guardian:

A painting by Bartholome Esteban Murillo – long thought lost – has been rediscovered after an expert in Spanish portrait painters visited a castle in Wales.

The Roundup #56

I’ve spent the weekend reorganizing the furniture in my house so that it works a little better and feels new and fresh, enjoying the new OK Go music video, and generally avoiding the post-truth era as much as possible.

As such, this week’s roundup is rather scant. Here goes. Enjoy!


Petroglyphs in Jordan are yielding intriguing information on nomadic peoples in the area thousands of years ago.

From The Guardian:

Intrepid researchers have discovered that Donald Trump’s grandfather was banished from Germany in the early part of the 20th century. Because of course.

From the Economist (just because):

Statistical evidence that the All Blacks are perhaps the most dominant rugby team ever.

From The New York Times:

Recent evidence suggests that one of the first recorded caesarean sections successfully performed was in Prague in 1337.


A feature on remembering Wounded Knee. If you don’t know what this is, read Dee Brown’s 1970 book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and you’ll never have to ask again.