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    Watching Brief - August 2020

    Watching Brief - August 2020

    57:26 - British Museum removes statue of slave-owning founder:

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/25/british-museum-removes-founder-hans-sloane-statue-over-slavery-links?
     
    New Statue Context: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3362294473818000&id=169284376452375

    Museum felt ‘Extremely Compromised’ by Minister’s Plea to Keep Slave Trader Statue:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/museum-of-the-home-robert-geffrye-statue_uk_5f480bb2c5b6cf66b2b4ed4c?

    Bonnie Greer Interview:

    https://youtu.be/u0CcdkFFv7M

    In defence of Hans Sloane:

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/in-defence-of-hans-sloane?


    The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Society:

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-role-slavery-viking-society-180975597/

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    01:22:12 - National Trust restructuring plans are ‘one of the most damaging assaults on art historical expertise ever seen in the UK’:

    https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/national-trust-restructuring-plan-job-cuts?

    The trendies have destroyed the National Trust:

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-trendies-have-destroyed-the-national-trust?
     
    Is the National Trust turning into a National Joke?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8652387/Is-National-Trust-turning-national-joke-GUY-ADAMS-investigates.html?

    Oxburgh Hall: Thousands of ‘rare items’ found in attic:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-53804700?

    Amazing secrets found under National Trust manor house’s floorboards:

    https://www.edp24.co.uk/features/heritage/oxburgh-hall-norfolk-discovery-under-floorboards-1-6796085?
     
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    01:58:09 – Muppet of the Month

    Trump erroneously says 1918 Spanish Flu ‘probably ended’ WWII, which happened two decades later:
     
    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/10/trump-1918-spanish-flu-probably-ended-wwii-which-happened-two-decades-apart/3340770001/
     
    soupgate Tweet:
     
    https://twitter.com/Archaeos0up/status/1301143528605655041?s=20
     
    The Atlantic Twitter thread:
     
    https://twitter.com/TheAtlantic/status/1301642301656137730?s=19&fbclid=IwAR3gg9GI8Y9QKJwKMk_5sxYq3ZBhIZDyynVQNI65ef9e9rT3KT1KnZtISXU
     
    Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’:
     
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/09/trump-americans-who-died-at-war-are-losers-and-suckers/615997/
     
    White House attacks 'false' Atlantic story about Trump insulting dead soldiers: 'What a disgrace!':
     
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/atlantic-story-trump-dead-soldiers?

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    02:20:44 – Media Picks:

    Mortal Engines (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1571234/

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Watching Brief - August 2020

    Watching Brief - August 2020

    Welcome to Watching Brief. A monthly show available via podcast and as topical segments via YouTube. As the name implies, each month my co-host Andy Brockman of the Pipeline (Where history is tomorrow's news) and I cast an eye over news stories, topical media and entertainment and discuss and debate what we find.

    #archaeologynews #thepipeline #archaeosoup
     
    Link of the Month:

    Brontë Parsonage Museum Appeal (COVID-19):


    www.justgiving.com/bronteparsonageappeal

    Links:

    03:55 – Bronte Parsonage raising money to stay open & Blackstone buy Ancetry.com:

     Coronavirus: Bronte Parsonage raising money to stay open:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-53950183

    Bronte Parsonage Museum confirm they are in consultation over staff redundancies:

    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bronte-parsonage-museum-confirm-they-are-consultation-over-staff-redundancies-2959956

    Brontë Parsonage Museum Appeal (COVID-19):


    www.justgiving.com/bronteparsonageappeal

    Blackstone to acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ancestry-m-a-blackstone-group/blackstone-to-acquire-ancestry-com-for-4-7-billion-idUSKCN2512ES?

    Blackstone to Acquire Ancestry, Leading Online Family History Business, for $4.7 Billion:

    https://www.blackstone.com/press-releases/article/blackstone-to-acquire-ancestry-leading-online-family-history-business-for-4-7-billion/?

    Private equity wants to own your DNA:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/blackstone-private-equity-ancestry-com-dna/?fbclid=IwAR1dGc4wQ07acBVkxb3-YKpFhTSSa3IawTiNJR83OgeliJF0HvvGxu94XrQ

    Watching Brief: Ancestry.com Denies Exploiting Users' DNA - May 2017:

    https://youtu.be/vWGHkEuG4Lw

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    23:27 – Beirut blast: dozens of historic buildings in Lebanon capital at risk of collapse:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/14/beirut-blast-dozens-of-historic-buildings-in-lebanon-capital-at-risk-of-collapse?
     
    Beirut explosion: The battle to save the city’s buildings:

    https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200820-beirut-explosion-the-battle-to-save-the-citys-buildings?
     
    Beirut explosion: How conspiracy theories spread on social media:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/53669029?fbclid=IwAR0okBdXhrsTfUNpEiENOTUDgn8hMGxL5EjiiCq2_SnT12FsH95M7BfQuXA

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    35:55 - Britain’s first ever Viking helmet discovered:

    https://www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk/preston-park-museum-britains-first-ever-viking-helmet-discovered/?

    Yarm Viking helmet ‘first’ to be unearthed in Britain:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-53713029?
     
    An Unprecedented Nintendo leak turns into a moral dilemma for archivists:

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/30/21347074/nintendo-gigaleak-controversy-history-preservation-archives?

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Watching Brief - July 2020

    Watching Brief - July 2020

    Welcome to Watching Brief. A monthly show available via podcast and as topical segments via YouTube. As the name implies, each month my co-host Andy Brockman of the Pipeline (Where history is tomorrow's news) and I cast an eye over news stories, topical media and entertainment and discuss and debate what we find.

    #archaeologynews #thepipeline #archaeosoup
     
    Link of the Month:

    Day in the Life: Ancient Egyptian Doctor:

    https://tinyurl.com/yy2m99cp

    Links:

    0:44 – New Homes to get ‘Automatic’ Permission in England planning shake-up:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53625960?fbclid=IwAR1IL1VY_fSw_ihQ35_8NetzUM6R2fBIlxOazVz8uAF02WG18978JcZ26CM

    Race to the Bottom: Reform to planning system in England could be catastrophic:

    https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/06/race-to-the-bottom-reform-to-planning-system-in-england-could-be-catastrophic?

    Plans Revised for York Roman Quarter scheme set to create 450 jobs:

    https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2020/07/31/plans-revised-for-york-roman-quarter-scheme-set-to-create-450-jobs

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    19:23 – Stonehenge: Sarsen Stones Origin Mystery Solved:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53580339

    Origins of Sarsen Megaliths at Stonehenge:

    https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/31/eabc0133?fbclid=IwAR25sMPawJ9kKdNNpkTIWmg7sTv17e2P6ir28UEML8AojM2WdIYKK--3TI8

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    42:16 – People Told to Avoid ‘Dangerous’ Magnet Fishing after Leeds Bomb Scares:

    https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds-news/people-told-avoid-dangerous-magnet-18694429?fbclid=IwAR0ayoJ7_ULcvF8FWzbtMjV43F8yzkB9DoMkEeypwxB52nhVlu-aunes7rc

    Magnet Fishing Laws – Is it Legal?

    https://tinyurl.com/y59wt38q

    Water Safety and Magnet Fishing:

    https://tinyurl.com/yxg8vjt9

    Hadrian’s Wall illegal Metal Detector Vigilance Plea:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-tyne-53456290?

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    01:01:33 – Moscow expecting ‘balanced’ decision on Hagia Sophia:

    https://tinyurl.com/y5s8xebe

    Turkish Court 1934 conversion of Hagia Sophia into Museum Illegal:

    https://tinyurl.com/y2hjubje

    Hagia Sophia: Former Istanbul museum welcome Muslim Worshippers:

    https://tinyurl.com/y2qwcngy

    Turkey Meets UNESCO obligations in change of Hagia Sophia’s status:

    https://tinyurl.com/yyhlc6z5

    USECO Statement on Hagia Sophia:

    https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-statement-hagia-sophia-istanbul

    Some of Hagia Sophia’s mosaics will be covered during Muslim Prayers:

    https://tinyurl.com/y4h3owfh

    North Aegean Governor urges finances suspension of mosque restoration on Lesvos:

    https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/15/north-aegean-governor-urges-finance-suspension-of-mosque-restoration-on-lesvos/

    Syria will build a new Hagia Sophia with Russian assistance to protest against Turkey:

    https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/29/syria-will-build-a-new-hagia-sophia-with-russian-assistance-to-protest-against-turkey/

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    Watching Brief - Jun 2020 -Part 1

    Watching Brief - Jun 2020 -Part 1

    Welcome to Watching Brief. A monthly show available via podcast and as topical segments via YouTube. As the name implies, each month my co-host Andy Brockman of the Pipeline (Where history is tomorrow's news) and I cast an eye over news stories, topical media and entertainment and discuss and debate what we find.
     
    #archaeologynews #thepipeline #archaeosoup
     
    Link of the Month:

    Black Trowel Collective Microgrants:
     
    www.blacktrowelcollective.wordpress.com
     
    Links:

    01:27 – Honorable Mentions and News to Keep and Eye On:

    An Archaeologist Who ‘Discovered’ One of the Earliest Crucifixion Scenes is Going to Jail for Faking His Unbelievable Finds:

    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/spanish-archaeologists-fake-discoveries-1885953?fbclid=IwAR2mnf4RBJb56DoxHfK5AEVeumd2HT-JrnwaXRvEqo3x6Qy3P7YjfQuKLlQ

    The Oldest And Largest Mayan Ceremonial Structure Ever Discovered Has Been Revealed:

    https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-oldest-and-largest-mayan-ceremonial-structure-ever-discovered-has-been-revealed/?fbclid=IwAR3wUtxplqlqRcLHoKmTmYGg5huYfgEd601yw4fNUZMsfeVZVhiR8bhTBYo

    Major discovery of oldest and largest Mayan Structure in MExico sheds light on the rise of the Ancient Civilization:

    https://tinyurl.com/ydfoa2ma

    Archaeology in Development Management PDF:

    https://www.algao.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Archaeology_in_Development_Management.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2Tz0gEH15EhBpRR0ray7tlcvsoeJ3khsFqkFF0o4-XOXQxdKLsP8wELhw


    14:47 – COVID-19 Heritage Sector Response:

    Vindolanda Fort: Roman site becomes family’s lockdown home:

    https://tinyurl.com/yb3bkb35

    COVID-19 and Brexit hit bid to save The London shipwreck:
    https://tinyurl.com/ycnuz328

    £250,000 Boost to Creswell Crags From NLHF:
    https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/2020/06/26/250000-boost-to-creswell-crags-from-national-lottery-heritage-fund/?fbclid=IwAR28vuDPUyKia2BSkDMiVvE9ZS8OD4dq1S3SLlLlO5DbtJlz6KdxA-zyUHU

    Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses:

    https://tinyurl.com/ycyhqo2e

    Heritage Alliance COIVD-19 Guidance Hub:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p4w-6tGao9SmwDAfSB9yOY5482Tvmgz9miZyfn8XnNQ/edit?fbclid=IwAR12Qz5GDzQYlj7k3xZl4U4dMN2bgVqkK32zrBbO-TB3XPFdOJFTxL9Epkg

    Back to the grind: Historic Mills Boosted by flour shortage during COVID-19 lockdown:

    https://tinyurl.com/y7zbc8dr

    35:56 - Sarah Parcak - Statue toppling instructions:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8376541/Archaeologist-gives-instructions-safely-pull-obelisks-George-Floyd-protests.html

    Edward Colston statue pulled out of Bristol Harbour:

    https://tinyurl.com/yagelvfl

    Boris Johnson says removing statues is ‘to lie about our history’:

    https://tinyurl.com/y9xhj6zr

    Statue Wars: Mary Beard:

    https://tinyurl.com/ycnl8nre

    David Olusoga: “Thousands of Britons opposed abolition - Because they owned slaves”:
    https://tinyurl.com/y74gftcd
    Calls grow for black history to be taught to all English school pupils:
    https://tinyurl.com/ydxvtk7s
    George Floyd: Welsh black history lessons backed by race council chief:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52950562?fbclid=IwAR0MaUwjSibjT_OHrXMuVoEziG3gYxOkvOVeX3cPDu8pgr-bEYZrsKg9tfA
    The history of the British Empire is not being taught:
    https://tinyurl.com/yd5h6tqx

    • 59 min
    Watching Brief - June Part 2

    Watching Brief - June Part 2

    57:26 - A Massive, Late Neolithic Pit Structure associated with Durrington Walls Henge:

    https://tinyurl.com/y6v28m6l

    Scrap Stonehenge road tunnel plans say archaeologists after neolithic discovery:

    https://tinyurl.com/y9fj9y83

    Planning the future of a prehistoric find:

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/25/planning-the-future-of-a-prehistoric-find?fbclid=IwAR1rWSTCeRQj_RkkHO_At_rsHmEq75s3qppusFRidRZOjtfrIRJ_QlY-Frk

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    01:22:48 - Latvian Group Legenda Told to Cease and Desist in search for Lost RN Personnel:

    http://thepipeline.info/blog/2020/06/29/latvian-group-legenda-told-to-cease-and-desist-in-search-for-lost-rn-personnel/?fbclid=IwAR1ICDlRY51smb8ceOa7JLlMCIdJN2SDouIjIRwl0syn99rgYKhc37CRsJo

    Trio who dumped mustard gas in Woodhall Spa lake sentenced:

    https://tinyurl.com/y7cf2bju

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    01:44:15 – Muppets of the Month:

    The Far Right demonstrators gather in London to ‘protect’ symbols of UK history:

    https://tinyurl.com/ya7unjep
     
    Offerings to Churchill?:

    https://www.facebook.com/Archaeosoup/photos/a.509991202413865/3042393475840279/?type=3&theater
     
    In London skirmishes, suspect far-right protester is rescued:

    https://tinyurl.com/ybv55wgs


    Ancient Peak District stone circle damaged by campfires:

    https://tinyurl.com/yav6krfj


    Copy of Spanish Baroque painting botched by amateur restoration:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53141755?fbclid=IwAR0PXxeqii3OH_zRUmTgcNl4i6Eedw1RghQzFJdfx_fxLXfblkugLrHILlk

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    02:15:48 - Black and British: A Forgotten History:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082x0h6

    Bethany Hughes and Greek Odyssey:

    https://www.channel5.com/show/a-greek-odyssey-with-bettany-hughes/

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Watching Brief - May 2020

    Watching Brief - May 2020

    Welcome to Watching Brief. A monthly show available via podcast and as topical segments via YouTube. As the name implies, each month my co-host Andy Brockman of the Pipeline (Where history is tomorrow's news) and I cast an eye over news stories, topical media and entertainment and discuss and debate what we find.
     
    Link of the Month:

    The Buried Spitfires of Burma: A ‘Fake’ History:

    https://buriedinburma.com/

    Links:

    01:28 - Coronavirus & Archaeology Update:

    Guidance on searching for Archaeological finds in England during COVID-19:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-searching-for-archaeological-finds-in-england-during-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR1RIg6o-309yMX1a19h9JenBQAWdSb9ME0UKo9Rh6bXvi0wd-ANAs5ie5E

    National Trust Scotland confirms emergency measures:

    https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/trust-confirms-emergency-measures

    Culture Secretary announces cultural Renewal Taskforce:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/culture-secretary-announces-cultural-renewal-taskforce?fbclid=IwAR2NHSNTVLhZcejGN5BX9go5eOIdAuFGSseB6vfakUQMNMycs4OydoJpDgw

    Smugglers Are Using Coronavirus Lockdowns to Loot Artifacts:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/04/30/smugglers-are-using-coronavirus-lockdowns-to-loot-artifacts/#14691a8136bf


    21:02 - Carbon Dating, the Archaeological workhorse is getting a major reboot:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01499-y?fbclid=IwAR2WSBeEbiRDKyVwV8yYYjYtxwq1U-rFuPuP2ax_6eC54ztbLa1ISLqy4cE


    31:43 - United States Files Civil Action to Forfeit Rare Cuneiform Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh:

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/united-states-files-civil-action-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-bearing-portion-epic?fbclid=IwAR2WSBeEbiRDKyVwV8yYYjYtxwq1U-rFuPuP2ax_6eC54ztbLa1ISLqy4cE
    Museum of the Bible Twitter Feed:

    https://twitter.com/museumofBible/status/1262763818574319622?s=07&fbclid=IwAR1LyhIH6N3-J1OlOXt4JZQr86_2oSZ7yOR4eNQQ35_158UCnEhwzCSs4cM

    Hobby Lobby Sues Christies, Wants us to Feel Sorry for Them:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/hobby-lobby-sues-christies-wants-us-to-feel-sorry-for-them?fbclid=IwAR1SlYvgyuJvErbUr45xJhcx_YWalv0oeUfNpEInt-iHF921hz50-7stqf4

    46:49 - Rio Tinto blasts 46,000 year old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/26/rio-tinto-blasts-46000-year-old-aboriginal-site-to-expand-iron-ore-mine?fbclid=IwAR0u6ED6oFZ17iCZdM96XNM9siz3Lvx344IAGmNndmHuXdUFKaiGqMmzkYw

    Juukan Gorge: Rio Tinto blasting of Aboriginal site prompts calls to change antiquated laws:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/30/juukan-gorge-rio-tinto-blasting-of-aboriginal-site-prompts-calls-to-change-antiquated-laws?fbclid=IwAR2ZOl6TSSh1rqptOE15RYf3d9zq7ifToZfSLmjn2zFM3NOfaWaFJoNgQCc

    Rio Tinto apologises to traditional owners after blasting 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site:

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/31/rio-tinto-apologises-to-traditional-owners-after-blasting-46000-year-old-aboriginal-site?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Messenger&fbclid=IwAR2ZZUxJBvmygRp4jpsKWnK2BunK1zzWHwtu6miS7K30qyTiRWv8iEKW4HI

    01:24:08 - Media Picks:

    A House Through Time - Bristol:

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/may/26/a-house-through-time-review-an-absorbing-important-history-lesson


    German VE Day Coverage:

    VE Coverage marks end of WW2 in Europe with unprecedented holiday:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52574748?fbclid=IwAR3VYN51jhKNukKCIGUvyvw5y7PrGXmYc_CnKMuoKs4mV8QGffkz8Lxi1-g


    The President of Germany marks 75 years since the end of the war in Europe:

    https://www.facebook.com/Archaeosoup/posts/2949424781803816?__tn__=-R

    Britain Needs to STOP its WW2 OBSESSION!

    https://youtu.be/5c4DQziNLfM

    • 1 hr 49 min

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