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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on homo Naledi and the cave the remains were found in:

http://www.newsweek.com/explore-cave-where-mysterious-human-ancestor-hom
o-naledi-was-discovered-live-823613

On evolution in education:

http://www.dw.com/en/lucy-vs-adam-and-eve-the-theory-of-evolution-in-afr
ica/a-42774442
http://www.dw.com/overlay/media/en/dinknesh-a-peek-into-the-history-of-h
umankind/42067292/42094183

On the connection between cave acoustics, art, and language
development:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-echoes-thought-sites-prehistoric-art.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-cave-acoustics-play-role-a
rt-and-language-180968252/

OpEds on the intelligence of Neanderthals in the wake of all the art
and language things:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/25/the-guardian-view-
on-neanderthals-we-were-not-alone
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2018/3/2/were-neanderthals-as-smart-as-us

On their 'disappearance':

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/22/ciencia/1519312781_587587.html

More on Neanderthal art in Spain:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-e
urope.html
https://hyperallergic.com/429825/neanderthals-made-cave-paintings-before
-humans-even-reached-europe/
https://www.thestatesman.com/features/is-art-exclusively-ours-1502593139
.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/22/ciencia/1519314761_836333.html
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AFRICA
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300 000 years bp wood from Uitenhage (this might eventually be an
early hominid story):

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2018/02/26/stone-age-discoveries-near-u
itenhage/

Restoration of some of Ethiopia's rock-hewn churches will soon
commence:

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/25300

Pondering the Late Holocene Rainforest Crisis:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/did-humans-or-climate-cause-the-
great-rainforest-crisis/

Polish archaeologists have a new headquarters in Khartoum:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/351633,New-Sudanese-outpost-for-Polish
-archaeologists

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Parts of a statue of Ramses II from the Kom Ombo temple in Aswan:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/parts-huge-king-ramses-ii-statue-discove
red-aswan/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/44103/Discovery-of-new-parts-of-Ram
ses-II-statue
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-has-discovered-huge-parts-ki
ng-ramses-ii-statue-1095818
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ramses-ii-statue-southern-egypt.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ramses-ii-parts-of-statue-found-in-southern
-egypt-aswan-antiquities/
https://apnews.com/3f6797eb5a2740baa2ecc9fc0be310a6
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-king-ramses-statue-829679
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-d
iscover-parts-of-ramses-ii-statue-in-southern-egypt-1.5865236

I think we mentioned this 2300 years bp priestly cemetery find from
Tuna el-Gebel:

https://www.livescience.com/61856-cemetery-with-mummy-priests-egypt.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43196877
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-contains-messag
e-from-the-afterlife/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-necropolis-1.4552004
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/message-afterlife-archaeologists-discover-ancie
nt-cemetery-filled-mummies-relics-egypt-761835
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-spectacular-2000-year-old-tomb-com
plex-discovered-40-sarcophagi-819863
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-egypt-necropolis-dis
covered-mummies-funerary-figurines-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6399-180226-egypt-cemetery-tombs

Plenty of coverage of the find of what are specified as the world's
oldest "figural" tattoos on a mummy in the British Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-egyptian-mummies-oldest-figurative-tattoos
.html
https://www.livescience.com/61916-oldest-tattoos-egyptian-mummies.html
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/mar/01/worlds-earliest-figural-
tattoos-gebelein-mummies-british-museum
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43230202
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/01/smudge-arm-british-museum-mu
mmy-revealed-oldest-tattoo-world/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/worlds-oldest-tatt
oo-egypt-mummy-british-museum-infrared-a8233536.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/the-missing-ink-mummies-gebelein
-man-a-and-gebelein-woman-have-earliest-tattoos-d8nfnc763
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-mummies-tattoo/tattoos-discov
ered-on-mummies-after-millennia-under-wraps-idUSKCN1GD61Y
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/44224/Tattoos-discovered-on-mummies-
after-millennia-under-wraps
http://www.egyptindependent.com/oldest-tattoo-discovered-ancient-egyptia
n-mummy/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-egyptian-tattoos-1.4559240
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/ancient-egyptians-may-have-wor
n-the-worlds-first-tattoos/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/02/590347574/some-of-the
-oldest-ever-tattoos-found-on-egyptian-mummies
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-03/some-oldest-ever-tattoos-found-egyptian-mum
mies
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/worlds-earliest-figurative-tattoos-discovered-5
000-year-old-ancient-egyptian-mummies-1664780
http://www.newsweek.com/gebelein-man-tattoos-mummies-ancient-egypt-gebel
ein-826622
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/ancient-egyptian-mummy-tatto
os-spd/
https://hyperallergic.com/430131/oldest-figural-tattoos-gebelein-mummies
/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/02/ciencia/1519985780_360462.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6412-180301-egypt-mummies-tattoos

You might want to check out the 'Assassins Creed Discovery Tour' at
some point:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2018/02/25/challenge-your-know
ledge-of-ancient-egypt-with-assassins-creed-origins-discovery-tour/
#38cea31027f4

Bronze Age artifacts from Dibba (UAE):

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/fujairah-dig-finds-treasure-trov
e-of-500-bronze-age-artefacts-1.709721

Rain revealed a number of items in Babylon:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/291684/World/Region/
Rain-uncovers--ancient-artefacts-in-Iraq.aspx
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-heavy-rain-uncovers-trove-ancient
-artefacts-1232834084
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1254366/middle-east
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6408-180228-iraq-babylon-artifacts

Interesting 2000 years bp camel sculptures from the Saudi desert:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-art-mystery-ancient-camel-sculptures.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/44053/Rock-art-and-mystery-Ancient-c
amel-sculptures-in-Saudi-desert
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rock-art-mystery-ancient-camel-sculptures-sau
di-desert-014150195.html

Eilat Mazar was talking about the Ophel excavations:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ophel-excavation-director-discusses-bib
lical-discoveries-Temple-Mount-543681

Latest on that site found in a Megiddo prison ages ago:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeological-park-to-be-o
pened-on-site-of-prison-in-northern-israel-1.5866058

A 700 years bp 'St Nicholas' ring found in a garden in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/700-year-old-ring-with-the-image-of-St-
Nicholas-unearthed-in-Israel-543632
https://www.timesofisrael.com/galilee-gardener-digs-up-medieval-ring-bea
ring-smiling-st-nicholas/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-gardener-finds-700-
year-old-ring-with-image-of-st-nicholas-1.5849056
https://www.livescience.com/61881-gardener-finds-st-nicholas-ring.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6401-180226-israel-nicholas-ring

A previously-unknown stretch of the 'Incense Route' through the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/unknown-stretch-of-2-500-year-old-in
cense-route-found-in-negev-1.5847863

Feature on the excavations at Beth She'arim:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/New-Excavations-Beth-Shearim

Feature on Darius I:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/23667-archaeology-sheds-light-on-a
ncient-persian-king-darius

Article on the Phoenicians in Spain:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1095-9270.12275/full

More on that purported Isaiah seal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seal-prophet-isaiah-180968255/


More on the tunnels beneath the destroyed Tomb of Jonah:

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html

Remembering Khaled al Asaad:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/remembering-khaled-al-asaad-heroic-arch
aeologist-died-defending/

A sunken Umayyad-era port in the Gulf of Aqaba:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/umayyad-era-sunken-marine-port-une
arthed-aqaba-gulf
http://menafn.com/1096528510/Umayyadera-sunken-marine-port-unearthed-in-
Aqaba-Gulf
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6411-180301-jordan-islamic-port

Feature on the Tell Ain Dara Temple:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-her
itage/special-report-current-status-tell-ain-dara-temple/

Feature on Joyce Tyldesley:

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/bolton/16047442.Egypt_does_the_talki
ng_for_expert_Dr_Joyce_Tyldesley/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Rome's Metro C line construction has revealed a second century
'Commander's House':

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-rome-subway-uncovers-2nd-century-military.
html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/rome-subway-construction-unc
overs-2nd-century-military-home/2018/03/02/7f18e4d2-1e53-11e8-98f5-ceecf
a8741b6_story.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/02/rome-metro-wor
k-uncovers-domus-2_fc696d8e-544f-438f-a57a-78c6768c14af.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-metro-c-works-uncover-second-cent
ury-military-home.html

I think we mentioned the finds from the Thessaloniki metro
construction:

http://www.newsweek.com/greece-subway-construction-unearths-ancient-aphr
odite-statue-and-stunning-820252
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6400-180226-thessaloniki-metro-aphrodit
e

Latest finds from the Ormos Valley:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30317-%CE%B9ntricate-buil
dings-and-buried-architectural-remains-unearthed-in-valley-of-argolis.ht
ml

A Roman building beneath Gloucester's bus station:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-buildin
g-found-underneath-gloucesters-1252111

Roman ovens and other items at an Aberdeen bypass construction site:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2286700/aberdeen-bypass-roman-road
-discovery-ancient/

A Roman-era sarcophagus from Kadikoy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-tomb-found-in-istanbuls-kadikoy
-128033

Feature on surgical tools found at Rimini a while ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/28/largest-collec
tion-of-ancient-surgical-tools-was-found-here-not-at-pompeii/
#6622a822317f

Plans for Ostia Antica:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/02/28/ostia-antica-lik
e-pompeii-3_2d685174-4cde-420e-bb1e-3c05db451691.html

On pets in ancient Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/6-things-you-probably-didnt-kn
ow-about-animals-in-ancient-rome/

On sex and death in the Classical world:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/art-design/2018/03/
sex-and-death-classical-world

Assorted items on Silchester from CA:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-ca-archive-silchester.
htm

Reviewish piece on a book on the first excavations on Delos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/25/rare-photos-emerge-of-first-e
xcavations-at-sacred-delos-island/

Review of Carandini, *Atlas of Ancient Rome*:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/reconstructing-ancient-rome/

Assorted items on the Troy: Fall of a City series:

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/923560/Troy-Fall-Of-A-City-ca
st-major-death-season-two-Game-of-Thrones-Joseph-Mawle-BBC-One
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/922891/troy-fall-of-a-city-ca
ssandra-princess-cursed-greek-mythology-Aimee-Ffion-Edwards-bbc

... and the 'race' thing continues to be an issue:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-03-03/troy-fall-of-a-city-blackwa
shing-casting-black-actors-greek-myth/

On the 'facts' about Troy:

https://theconversation.com/fall-of-troy-the-legend-and-the-facts-92625

The Ides of March reenactment is coming soon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/rome-re-enacts-caesars-assassinatio
n.html

What the Greeks can teach about gun control:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/02/
21/what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-gun-control/

... and what Homer can teach about kindness to strangers:

https://theconversation.com/what-todays-anti-immigrant-populists-could-l
earn-from-homer-about-kindness-to-strangers-91997

Lessons from Rome for the US:

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2018/03/03/5-troubling-lesso
ns-for-america-from-ancient-rome-n2456807

Mary Beard on the Rokeby Venus:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/the-rokeby-venus/

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16056419.Professor_Bettany_Hughes_to_
boost_classical_studies_push/

In case you missed the snow-in-Rome coverage:

http://www.dw.com/en/rome-sees-first-snowfall-in-years/a-42740456
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/26/snowball-fights-st-peters-sq
uare-sledging-circus-maximus-arctic/

Pitching Roman concrete to the Shark Tank:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46272482&nid=148

I think we mentioned Lynn Kozak's Iliad performances:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.45520
32/this-prof-is-turning-homer-s-iliad-into-a-weekly-serialized-1-person-
bar-show-1.4552038

More on the 'Gate to the Underworld':

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/02/20/deadly-mystery-of-turkeys-
ancient-gate-to-hell-revealed
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 13 000 years bp skull fragment from the North Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/61882-skull-of-oldest-dutchwoman-found.html

Humans reached Malta about 700 years earlier than previously thought:

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2018-03-03/local-news/First-inhab
itants-arrived-700-years-earlier-than-previously-thought-research-673618
5593

Finds from various periods from Aberdeen bypass construction (mentioned
above, too):

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16048115.Bypass_excavations_uncover_1
5_000_year_old_items/
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/15000-year-old-artefacts-
discovered-on-sites-along-aberdeen-bypass/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bypass-work-unearths-ancient-treasure
s-dt55dxsrq
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16047906.Bypass_excavations_
uncover_15_000_year_old_items/
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/aberdeen-bypass-work-uncovers
-bronze-12093587

A 15th century 'pot of gold' (and silver) from near Vianen
(Netherlands):

https://nltimes.nl/2018/03/01/15th-century-pot-god-found-excavation-near
-dutch-city

Burials beneath a 17th century church in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C28427%2Cgraves-human-remain
s-found-under-floor-rzeszow-basilica.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6409-180301-poland-church-crypts

Church construction in Wargrave reveals medieval and Victorian era
burials:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/church-services/122571/bones-from-m
iddle-ages-uncovered-during-building-work-for-church-annexe.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6404-180227-england-church-burials

A metal detectorist found a Georgian shoe buckle:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/02/27/metal-detectorists-discove
ry-georgian-bling/

Studying Norman mounds:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/normal-normans-exploring-large-ro
und-mounds-england.htm

Looking for a 'lost land' beneath the Irish Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-43151914

Richard III items in some royal memorabilia:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/27/medieval-accounts-richard-ii
is-rule-found-among-job-lot-1930s/

A barn near Marlborough might have some Saxon to it:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/16058952.saxon-barn-may-be-oldest-
in-town/?ref=rss

Remains of a 19th century barge in the Clyde:

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16062852.Historic_barge_found_submerg
ed_near_Erskine/

Feature on Tartessos:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/23/inenglish/1519380491_087016.html

More on those domestic goat remains from Finland dating back to
Neolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-domestic-goat-dating-neolithic-corded.html


More coverage on various aspects of the Bayeux Tapestry:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/bayeux-tapestry-conserved-in-london
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/how-britain-tried-and-failed-to-bor
row-the-bayeux-tapestry-twice-before
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-go-into-battle-for-right-to-h
ost-bayeux-tapestry-l3mz8h90p

More on spiked heads in a Swedish lake:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-
year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/

More on a possible mass grave of the Great Viking Army near Derby:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/mass-grave-near-derby-b
elong-1249306

More on that 14 000 years bp puppy burial from Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-puppy-may-have-
been-cared-paleolithic-humans-180968282/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-pet-puppy-oberkassel
-stone-age-dog/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-bond-between-human-and-animals-revealed-
14000-year-old-diseased-dog-823965
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 1500 years bp 'mini statue' from the Yungang Grottoes:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/27/c_137001665.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6402-180226-china-yungang-grottoes

Feature on a dog burial from the Philippines:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/26/archaeologists
-find-deformed-dog-buried-near-ancient-child-in-the-philippines/
#15cbfea33897

Plans to study/excavate the Cave of Bridges (Cambodia, I think):

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50110847/ancient-caves-excavated-studied/

A find of a copy of a sutra translation by Xuanzang:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1091139.shtml

The policial side of the quest for Zheng He's fleet:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-quest-for-chin
ese-navigator-zheng-hes-ancient-fleet-an-ominous-bid-for-validation-of-c
hinas-expansionist-claims/news-story/0ed1e754cd927a78569129bf83770478

Feature on Longvek:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-post-depth/long-thought-have-been-
cambodias-capital-during-dark-age-digs-are-unearthing

More on the cannon finds from Fort Cornwallis (cannonballs too!):

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/04/9-cannonball
s-unearthed-at-fort-cornwallis/
https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/03/03/unearthing-storie
s-from-the-soil-discovery-of-twin-cannons-at-countrys-largest-standing-f
ort-stirs-i/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6403-180227-fort-cornwallis-cannons
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage for the find of a 7000 yers bp underwater Native
American burial site near Venice (FL):

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-ancient-burial-site-submerged-florida.html
https://www.livescience.com/61895-underwater-indigenous-burial-site.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/native-american-burial-site-discovered-off-
florida-coast-manasota-key/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43248791
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180228/archaeological-site-7000-year
s-old-found-in-gulf-near-venice
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article202637564.html
http://www.floridatrend.com/article/24066/ancient-native-american-burial
-site-found-in-gulf-of-mexico-off-venice-florida
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/Diver-discovers-7-000-year-old-
underwater-graveyard-off-Florida-coast_165964219
http://www.nola.com/science/index.ssf/2018/03/native_american_burial_sit
e_gu.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/watch-archaeologists-discover-7000-year-old-nativ
e-american-burial-site-florida-coast-2658725
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/798a71b5-157d-3e2f-9459-673e61bef6a2/
ss_'unprecedented'-native.html
http://www.newsweek.com/7000-year-old-native-american-underwater-burial-
site-found-825627
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/florida-native-american-indi
an-burial-underwater/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6407-180228-florida-underwater-burials

Cadaver dogs have detected possible Revolutionary War burials in
Georgia:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6414-180302-kettle-creek-graves

What the dig at For San Juan (NC) is revealing:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologist-uncovers-hidden-history-conq
uistadors.html

Cleanup after wildfires in Sonoma County is revealing assorted Native
American artifacts:

http://www.sonomanews.com/news/8051396-181/sonoma-county-wildfire-debris
-cleanup

Feature on Frederick Douglass and scientific racism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/opinion/frederick-douglasss-scientifi
c-racism.html

Preserving Mississippi's Prospect Hill Plantation:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/25/slave-descenda
nts-helping-preserve-mississippis-prospect-hill/371688002/

More on the excavations in Nine Mile Canyon (Utah):

http://www.sunad.com/news/nine-mile-canyon-project-opens-earth-minds/
article_0f801830-1ce5-11e8-bb19-afef614db3c1.html
http://etv10news.com/digging-up-discovery-in-nine-mile-canyon/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Interview with Chris Begley:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/real-life-indiana-jones-discusses-fi
eld-work-and-what-hollywood-gets-right-wrong#stream/0

More on finds from that underwater cave in the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/61871-maya-underworld-found-longest-submerge
d-cave.html

More 'wait a minutes' on the 'Manhattan of Mexico':

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/02/27/la_serpiente_emplumada/
1519704250_753079.html

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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
================================================================
On the Great Storm of 1703:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170309-in-1703-britain-was-struck-by-po
ssibly-its-worst-ever-storm

On the legacy of Klimt:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gustav-klimt-100-years/index.html

On 'orpiment':

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180227-the-toxic-colour-that-comes-fr
om-volcanoes

On the 'rise of yeast':

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/28/588969884/the-rise-of-ye
ast-how-civilization-was-shaped-by-sugar-fungi

Facebook had problems with the Venus of Willendorf:

https://hyperallergic.com/429553/facebook-censors-venus-of-willendorf/
http://www.dw.com/en/facebook-apologizes-for-censoring-prehistoric-figur
ine-venus-of-willendorf/a-42780200

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
First Sculpture:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2018/02/28/handaxe-nasher/
#2f2f575c1f01
https://hyperallergic.com/429081/an-artist-and-anthropologist-reinterpre
t-stone-age-tools-as-sculpture/

Golden Kingdoms:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/gold-jade-macaw-fea
thers-turquoise-ancient-american-beauty-at-the-met/2018/03/02/00a15470-1
d60-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html

Adventures in Egypt - Mrs Goodison and Other Travellers:

https://hyperallergic.com/428090/egyptian-art-anne-goodison-exhibition/

Her Say:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sutton-hoo-her-say-extraordinary-women-exhibi
tions-launch-1-5414271

Anglo Saxon Kingdoms:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/mar/02/domesday-book-lent-to-br
itish-library-for-anglo-saxon-exhibition

Franklin Expedition:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/museum-exhibit-brings-doomed-fr
anklin-expedition-to-life

Charles I: King and Collector:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-king-charles-amassed-one-w
orlds-greatest-art-collections-lost

Pompeii:

http://thevoice.gccaz.edu/?p=8093

Change: The Story of Coins:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/New-exhibition-features-coins-used-in-anci
ent-Greece-National-Hellenic-Museum-Chicago

Eleusis:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/28/c_137004111.htm

Transformations of the Classical Past:

https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Exhibition-explores-the-influence
-of-ancient-Rome-12707327.php

The Matrouh Archaeological Museum has opened:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/291939/Heritage/Museums/
Egypts-President-Sisi-opens-Matrouh-Archaeological.aspx

... as has the site museum of Tel Basta:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/292036/Heritage/Museums/
Tel-Basta-Museum-inaugurated-in-Egypts-Zagazig.aspx

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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Giving the Girl with the Pearl a high tech examination:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/arts/design/girl-with-a-pearl-earring
-mauritshuis.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/26/actualidad/1519652407_262533.html

... and Yale's Vinland map is getting a high tech look too:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/02/28/yale-putting-high-tech-tests-its-contro
versial-vinland-map

A technique to extract nicotine from dental plaque:

https://news.wsu.edu/2018/02/27/extract-nicotine-ancient-dental-plaque/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/wsu-wre022618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180227111636.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6406-180228america-tobacco-use

Feature on conservation techniques at the Penn Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-penn-museum-latest-science-ancient.html

More on the facial reconstruction of Cheddar Man:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/face-face-cheddar-man.htm
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA reveals 'genetic replacement' despite language continuity in the
South Pacific:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mpif-adr022618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-reveals-genetic-language.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43265137
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6413-180302-vanuatu-genes-language

... related:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/20/ciencia/1519121680_192250.html

We now have a genome for extinct and living elephants:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mu-rsc022218.php

More on DNA and prehistoric migration in Europe:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221152406.htm
https://scitechdaily.com/ancient-dna-study-reveals-the-genomic-history-o
f-southeastern-europe/

More on the DNA of horse domestication:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/ancient-dna-rules-out-archeologi
sts-best-bet-for-horse-domestication/

More on plans to give a bone from the Whydah a DNA test:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20180219/dna-of-bone-from-whydah-pir
ate-ship-to-be-tested

This 'largest ever family tree' story seems to belong here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/family-tree-13-million-people-
migration-europe-north-america-scientists-creation-a8234911.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/science/cousins-marriage-family-tree.
html
http://www.dw.com/en/citizen-science-a-huge-family-tree-for-millions-of-
people/a-42803313

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Veria:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/01/discover-centuries-history-in
-greeces-city-of-veria/

Virginia Woolf's Cornwall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/travel/virginia-woolf-cornwall.html

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Excellent feature on the illegal papyrus trade:

https://hyperallergic.com/429653/the-illegal-papyrus-trade-and-what-scho
lars-can-do-to-stop-it/

Latest on the Raphael Golb case:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-sc
rolls/scotus-declines-dead-sea-scroll-case-raphael-golb/

... background:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/scholars-study/raphael-golb-guilty-o
f-impersonating-dead-sea-scrolls-scholar/

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/

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n08.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n09.html

------------------------
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Review of Civilisations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43132334
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:


================================================================
OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Eleanor Winsor Leach:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/02/professor-eleanor-leach-remembere
d

================================================================
CONFERENCES
================================================================
Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

================================================================
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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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