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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Using some new technology to examine the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal
skeleton:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-technology-reveals-secrets-famous-neandert
al.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/bu-ntr032718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327132025.htm

Studying hominin brains:

https://www.archaeology.org/6471-new-thoughts-on-ancient-hominin-brains

More on toys found in various archaeological contexts:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/old-toys-prehistoric-society-child
ren-archaeology-anthropology/9493204

More on 'cultural development' during the Mesolithic:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46291209&nid=148
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AFRICA
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More on concerns for archaeological sites in Europe:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/25/c_137063032.htm

More on the 'lost city' found in South Africa:

https://nypost.com/2018/03/23/laser-technology-reveals-lost-city-in-sout
h-africa/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 2500 years bp sarcophagus at the University of Sydney was thought to
be empty for 150 years, but turned out to have a mummy inside:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-archaeologists-ancient-egyptian-coffin-tho
ught.html
https://www.livescience.com/62142-mummy-unexpectedly-found-in-sarcophagu
s.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43550496
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mummy-remains-found-in-sarcophagus-previous
ly-thought-to-be-empty/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-mummy-remains-discovered-120334
268.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/102682488/Sarcophagus-surprise-A
ncient-mummy-found-in-coffin-thought-to-be-empty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-26/mummy-found-in-what-was-thought-to
-be-an-empty-coffin/9589110
https://www.theage.com.au/technology/mummy-in-2500-year-old-coffin-at-sy
dney-uni-may-be-egyptian-priestess-20180328-p4z6mf.html
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/secrets-of-2500year
old-egyptian-mummy-lay-in-storeroom-for-150-years/news-story/063cbc8b5da
6988c7bff7f75a38d08cf
http://www.dw.com/en/australia-mummy-found-in-empty-egyptian-coffin/
a-43148511
http://m.jpost.com/Middle-East/Once-overlooked-2500-year-old-coffin-may-
offer-clues-into-ancient-Egypt-547217
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069197.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-human-remains
-inside-2500-year-old-empty-coffin-180968616/
https://www.archaeology.org/6468-180326-egypt-coffin-mummy

I think we mentioned this mummy artifact turning up in a Sheffield
charity shop:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-miniature-mummy-artefact-fo
und-at-sheffield-charity-shop-1-9083669
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-charity-shop-workers-discover-m
iniature-mummy-from-ancient-egypt-in-box-of-bric-a-brac-1-9083861

Folks were looking at Tut's armour:

https://www.livescience.com/62170-king-tut-boy-soldier-explained.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/was-king-tut-warrior-egyptian-pharaoh-had-battle-
damaged-armor-new-research-suggests-2666330
https://nypost.com/2018/03/26/secrets-revealed-in-king-tuts-armor/

... and the brown spots on paintings in his tomb:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/arts/design/king-tut-getty-egypt-cons
ervation.html
https://www.livescience.com/62152-king-tut-tomb-mysterious-brown-spots.h
tml

... and the 'makeover' of the tomb is apparently almost complete:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tomb-king-tutankhamen.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/decade-long-makeover-of-king-tut
s-tomb-nearly-completed/2018/03/27/c4f70004-31f1-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_
story.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/decade-long-makeover-of-king-tut-tomb-nealy-co
mpleted/4320239.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/mar/28/decadelong-makeover-of-tomb-of
-king-tut-nearly-complete/
https://www.archaeology.org/6479-180329-tut-tomb-conservation

On Pharoahs' responses to drought:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/climate/egypt-climate-drought.html

Climate change-related concerns for Egypt:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2018/3/30/oriental-institute-direc
tor-talks-climate-threats/

More on that identification of an image of Hatshepsut:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-image-pharoah-found-unive
rsity-collection-180968587/

More on what's going on at Gobeklitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-guard-of-gobeklitepe-humanitys-grou
nd-zero-129322

A small hoard of coins from the Jewish Revolt found in a cave near
Temple Mount:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-symbolically-discovered-from-grea
t-revolt-before-Passover-547128
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-from-destruction-of-Second-Temple
-found-in-time-for-Passover-547144
https://www.thetrumpet.com/17069-rare-jewish-revolt-coins-discovered-in-
jerusalem-cave
https://www.thetrumpet.com/17070-another-great-archaeological-discovery-
by-dr-eilat-mazar
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243632
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-coins-showing-despair-of-je
wish-rebels-found-in-jerusalem-1.5955990
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-trove-of-bronze-jewish-revolt-coins-u
nearthed-near-temple-mount/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/dozens-of-freedom-coins
-from-the-66-67-ce-jewish-revolt-discovered-in-temple-mount-cave/2018/
03/26/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/26/c_137067094.htm

Latest from the Cairo Genizah Project:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/cairo-genizah-project-reveals-1
1th-century-passover-haggadah/2018/03/28/

Not sure if we've ever mentioned this 'first person' Genesis manuscript
from Qumran:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/26/actualidad/1522088525_381854.html

Feature on a visit to the Met's Egyptian wing during Passover:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-tour-group-leader-uncovers-passover-secr
ets-in-the-met-museums-egyptian-wing/

What Adelheid Otto is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-insights-early-urban-life.html

More on Byzantine pigeons in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-byzantine-secret-of-survivi
ng-in-the-negev-midget-pigeons-1.5957176
https://www.archaeology.org/6477-180329-israel-negev-doves

The UK is training female archaeologists in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/uk-archaeologists-help-ira
qis-restore-their-isis-ravaged-heritage

More on Syrian accusations that Israel removed items from a Damascus
temple:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syria-accuses-Israel-of-remov
ing-Jewish-artifacts-from-Damascus-temple-546896

More on Um Al Nar artifacts from the Kuwaiti coast:

http://menafn.com/1096649778/Rare-antiquities-found-along-eastern-Kuwait
i-coast

More on China-Saudi Arabia cooperation in excavation:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-03/26/content_50748227.htm

More on Mellaart:

https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/tales-of-the-past-renowned-british-a
rchaeologist-accused-of-fabricating-bronze-age-history/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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I think we've mentioned this Nero-era villa in Rome:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-rare-art-unearthed-in-nero-
era-mansion-and-bath-by-rome-1.5956969

Roman remains beneath a St Albans primary school:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/roman-artefacts-uncovered-at-st-michael-s-
school-in-verulamium-st-albans-1-5456103

A Roman 'distribution centre' near Cambridge (A14 related):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/28/c_137070045.htm

A rubble-filled building in Bulgaria with Gothic invasion connections
(apparently):

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6481-180330-roman-bulgaria-goths

Feature on the Herculaneum Conservation Project:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-b
y-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago-pompeii/

Rome through Josephus' eyes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/travel/rome-through-the-eyes-of-flavi
us-josephus.html

On trying to revive Classics in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16122809.Professor_Matthew_Fox__The_s
tories_of_the_Classical_world_are_compelling_for_primary_pupils/
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/call-reverse-near-ext
inction-classics-scottish-schools

On the Romans in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/16115154.Remarkable_secrets_
of_the_Romans_time_in_Scotland_unveiled/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/16115642.How_the_Romans_near
ly_conquered_Scotland/

What David Potter is up to:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/distinguished-lecturer-clears-the-fog-
of-a-roman-empress-s/article_f87e1cf0-3160-11e8-a678-d3f3538dd82c.html

Greek archaeologists denied permission for filming at the Temple of
Poseidon at Sounion:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/16127152.Greek_archaeolog
ists_prevent_BBC_filming_Le_Carre_adaptation_at_Poseidon_temple/
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/16127233.BBC_spy_show_den
ied_access_to_ancient_Greek_temple/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/greek-arch
aeologists-prevent-bbc-filming-le-carre-adaptation-at-poseidon-temple-36
757610.html
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/bbc-spy-show-d
enied-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-36757759.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16127803.BBC_spy_show_denied_access_t
o_ancient_Greek_temple/

... and the government wasn't happy:

https://www.wftv.com/entertainment/greek-archaeologists-prevent-bbc-film
ing-at-poseidon-temple/723667772
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180329/news/303299912/

There's a working water organ at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/30/ancient-greek-water-organ-sou
nds-again-at-acropolis-museum/

Romans had some strange ideas about animals:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/03/30/12-very-wrong-
things-the-ancient-romans-believed-about-animals/

Romanizing Mattis:

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Mattis-is-an-ancient-Roman-action-
hero-12787681.php
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-mattis-comment-3e1678ee-3296-1
1e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83-20180328-story.html

What Robert McNeil is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16127460.Robert_McNeil__Still_hook
ed_on_classics__even_if_I_don___t_understand_much/

More on those 'boxing gloves' from Vindolanda:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/packing-a-punch-boxing-gloves-fou
nd-at-vindolanda.htm

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Overviewish of the finds from various periods found during A14
construction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43559369
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/anglo-saxon-settlement-a
nd-roman-army-camp-found-in-a14-bypass-dig
http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/national/16119180.Work_to_upgrad
e_A14_near_Cambridge_exposes_abandoned_medieval_village/
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/a14-archeology-roma
n-saxon-finds-14461413
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/work-to-upgrade-a14-near-cambri
dge-exposes-abandoned-medieval-village/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/medieval-village-a14-roa
dworks-cambridge-discover-museum-of-london-archaeology-a8277856.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6470-180327-england-highway-constructio
n

A 5000 years bp shoe from a Swiss lake:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeological-find-_divers-discover-5-000-y
ear-old-shoe-in-swiss-lake--/44003700?ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

Neolithic causewayed enclosure from Berkshire:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-causewayed-enclosure-di
scovered-in-berkshire.htm

Studying Neolithic burials on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-43547952
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6473-180328-orkney-neolithic-burials

Evidence of a 4000 years bp village in a Derby field:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/breadsall-hilltop-redro
w-homes-archaeological-1385689


Looking for Neolithic petroglyphs at a site on Anglesey:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-reveali
ng-secrets-5000-year-14451258

How Neolithic hunter-gatherers dealt with climate change:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/hunter-gatherers-survived-wild-c
limate-shifts-after-the-last-ice-age/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/health/climate-change-hunter-gatherers/
index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6474-180328-england-mesolithic-climate-c
hange

A Bronze Age Cornish barrow find:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-archaeologist-cornish-barrow-site.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/anu-aad032818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329095418.htm

More hints of an Anglo Saxon palace near Rendlesham:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/treasure-found-near-woodbridge-and-sutton-hoo
-adds-to-evidence-for-rendlesham-palace-1-5456872
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/treasure-found-near-woodbridge-and-sut
ton-hoo-adds-to-evidence-for-rendlesham-palace-1-5456872

'Laser scans' reveal Bronze Age sites off the coast of Wales:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-43534578

Feature on the 'Save Our Cannons' campaign:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43557696

Sorry ... can't resist including this 'find' in Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/craic/archaeologists-discover-poten
tial-leprechaun-bones-on-uninhabited-irish-island

More on the 12th century graffiti from Dublin:

http://www.thejournal.ie/12th-century-graffiti-art-uncovered-as-part-of-
medieval-discovery-in-dublins-coombe-3918137-Mar2018/
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/medieval-graffiti-discovered-dublin

More on that medieval coffin birth:

https://www.livescience.com/62125-medieval-mother-coffin-birth-trepanati
on.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/pregnant-medieval-woman-coffin-birth-trepan
ation-pre-eclampsia-bologna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6475-180328-italy-coffin-birth

More on research into the Glencoe massacre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-trace-remains-o
f-lost-settlements-of-1692-Glencoe-massacre-180968570/

More on those Iron Age party remains from Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/62138-iron-age-meat-feast-with-jewelry.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iron-age-people-knew-how-to-party-ancient-t
rash-heap-reveals/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Neolithic artifacts from Chinas' Heilongjiang Province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/31/c_137078606.htm

A major hoard of 'feudal' coins form Saitama:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803270001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6472-180327-japan-bronze-coins

A broken Yayoi pottery culture period pot was reassembled and revealed
an image of a village:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803240031.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6467-18032-japan-yayoi-village

A 3rd/4th century bronze mirror from Japan (I think this is a
followup):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803280004.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6480-180329-japan-bronze-mirror

An interesting 'scapegoat doll' from Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803290001.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6478-180329-japan-wooden-hitogata

Remains of a 2000 years bp 'major road' in central China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/28/c_137072025.htm

Overiviewish thing on items found at the Qingtai ruines last year,
including a 'Big Dipper temple':

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/30/c_137076876.htm

Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of General Cao Cao:

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3390636
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138951/archaeologists-co
nfident-they-have-found-body-fabled-chinese
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-chinese-general-tried-hide-his-tomb-arch
aeologists-found-it-862341?yptr=yahoo

Interesting 4000 years bp burials from Rakhigarhi's Harappan
necropolis:

http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/mysteries-of-rakhigarhis-hara
ppan-necropolis-in-burials-from-4000-years-ago-women-both-exalted-condem
ned-5111253/

Studying dietary habits along the Silk Road(s):

https://source.wustl.edu/2018/03/compared-to-nomadic-communities-silk-ro
ad-cities-were-urban-food-deserts-study-finds/
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-nomads-food-trends-silk-roads.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/wuis-ct032318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327093957.htm

20 Mughal-era 'frescoes' are being restored at Red Fort:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/labourers-chip-away-plaste
r-to-reveal-20-mughal-era-paintings-at-red-fort-5112458/

18th century Aboriginals in Australia apparently took materials from
British ships:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43551015

Spain is questioning the 'official version' of the discovery of New
Zealand:

https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2018/03/24/diario_de_espana/
1521926709_862381.html

On skiing in China, 8000 years bp:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180328-chinas-8000-year-old-skiing-met
hod

More on that 2000 years bp 'rice wine' (maybe) from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bottle-2000-year-old-win
e-chinese-tomb-180968582/
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NORTH AMERICA
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13 000 years bp human footprints on Canada's Pacific coast:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-year-human-footprints-canada-pacific.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180328143306.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/p-1oh032118.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/28/footprints-sand-scientis
ts-prehistoric-canada-british-columbia
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/science/footprints-oldest-north-ameri
ca.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/30/
the-oldest-footprints-in-north-america-are-right-where-native-historians
-said-they-should-be/
https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2018/03/30/the-oldest-footprints-in-nor
th-america-are-right-where-native-historians-said-they-should-be/
https://www.livescience.com/62153-oldest-human-footprints-in-north-ameri
ca.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/03/28/
human-footprints/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/03/28/oldest-human-f
ootprints-in-north-america-found-on-canadian-coast/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/footprints-put-people-canada-west-co
ast-13000-years-ago
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/102730104/13-000-year-old-human-footprin
ts-found-on-Canadian-island
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/oldest-human-footprints-last-ice-age-found-off
-canadas-pacific-coast-765456
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/13000-year-old-human-footprints-
discovered-in-british-columbia/
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2139382/
prehistoric-human-footprints-unearthed-canadian
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6476-180328-canada-oldest-footprints

cf: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/
journal.pone.0193522

The hull of an 18th century shipwreck washed up on the shore of a
Florida beach this week:

http://www.staugustine.com/news/20180329/amazing-discovery-centuries-old
-ships-hull-washes-up-on-ponte-vedra-beach
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/03/29/Partial-hull-from-18th-century-s
hipwreck-washes-up-in-Florida/8001522340374/
http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180328/old-shipwreck-washes-ashore-in
-ponte-vedra-beach
http://time.com/5221418/florida-sailing-ship-wreckage/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6483-180330-florida-beach-shipwreck

Latest theory on the Lost Colony:

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-94
01-f63701e278d9.html
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_ddedefad-c4ea-5e54-88
a6-44b388fb8e75.html

Indiana University will be looking for shipwrecks in the Florida Keys:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/03/iu-students-to-conduct-underwater
-research-on-shipwrecks

19th century finds beneath the Obama center site:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kamin/ct-met-obama-center-
artifacts-kamin-0325-story.html

Funding to save a Revolutionary War flag at Fort Ticonderoga:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/03/fort_ticonderoga_gets_fu
nding_to_save_rare_british_flag.html

More on that burial site off Venice (Florida):

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180327/ancient-burial-site-off-coast
-of-venice-is-virtually-explored

More on the purported burial of 'Black Sam' Bellamy (nothing new here
that I can see):

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-burial-site-richest-pirate-867764


More on the FBI looking for lost Civil War gold in Pennsylvania
(maybe):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-searching-lost-civil-war-g
old-180968581/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Evidence of possible child sacrifice at a Chimu site in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/62108-ancient-child-sacrifices-found.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5535565/Ancient-Peruvian-
child-sacrifices-treasures-uncovered-tombs.html

Suggestions that indigenous Peruvians were more 'resilient' than the
Inca conquest suggests:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-genetics-and-linguist
ics-challenge-winners-version-history-180968607/

A shipment of 'colonial jewels' found on the Yucatan coast:

http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/discovery-of-a-shipment-of-colonial-j
ewels-on-the-yucatan-coast-revealed/

On the 'zoo' of Tenochtitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/28/la_serpiente_emplumada/
1522262880_869783.html

More on those 81 settlements in the Amazon:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-thought-uninhabited-home-million.ht
ml
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoe-pot032518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327110518.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62137-amazon-once-densely-inhabited.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/27/
archaeologists-discover-81-ancient-settlements-in-the-amazon/
?utm_term=.3a52be6fab8d
https://www.wsj.com/articles/satellites-reveal-ancient-civilization-bene
ath-the-amazon-rainforest-1522162800
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/science/ct-amazon-ancient
-settlements-20180327-story.html
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.45
97040/archaeologists-discover-mysterious-geoglyphs-and-81-lost-settlemen
ts-in-the-amazon-1.4597047
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/lost-amazon-villages-unc
overed-by-archaeologists
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/amazon-rainforest-hidden-euro
peans-arrive-brazil-villages-society-university-exeter-a8276326.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16119478.__39_Uninhabited__39__Amazon
_was_home_to_up_to_a_million__study_finds/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/102660841/Archaeologists-discover
-81-ancient-settlements-in-the-Amazon
http://www.newsweek.com/amazon-rainforest-glyphs-research-columbus-86196
0
https://www.seeker.com/archaeology/lost-villages-of-the-amazon-may-have-
housed-up-to-1-million-before-colonization
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/amazon-jungle-once-home-to-
millions-more-than-previously-thought.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6469-180327-amazon-ditched-enclosure

More on that 'alien mummy' from the Atacama Desert:

https://gizmodo.com/alien-mummy-found-in-atacama-desert-is-actually-a-ti
ny-1823988455
-----
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Easter related items on Roman crucifixion:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/crucifixion/
jesus-and-the-cross/
http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/30/yes-ancient-romans-really-practice-c
rucifixion/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/29/america/
1522352876_146346.html

... and Pontius Pilate:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/168311

... and the location of the Last Supper:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/
jerusalem/jesus-last-supper-tomb-of-david/

Some April fooolishness:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43073391

On assorted mummies around the world:

http://www.dw.com/en/ata-%C3%B6tzi-and-tutankhamun-whats-so-fascinating-
about-mummies/a-43132264

A 90 year old 'armchair archaeologist' (really a techy story):

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/news/national/meet-the--year-old-arm
chair-archaeologist-ted-gbs-present/youtube_2c65ae4f-6458-570c-a05f-79c3
6539bfbe.html
http://www.wdel.com/news/national/meet-the--year-old-armchair-archaeolog
ist-ted-gbs-present/youtube_00513721-e746-5706-99b8-92a06f00ff88.html

On the history of the 'wolf whistle':

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180322-the-surprising-history-of-the-
wolf-whistle

Marking Gorky's 150th birthday:

http://www.dw.com/en/russian-writer-maxim-gorky-still-courting-controver
sy-on-his-150th-birthday/a-43157389

Interesting backstory to that daVinci auction a while back:

https://frieze.com/article/was-record-breaking-da-vinci-sale-result-arab
-princess-accidental-bidding-war

Only known edition of annotated Ben Jonson plays has been saved by/at
the University of Edinburgh:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/27/annotated-ben-jonson-plays
-saved-university-of-edinburgh

Martha Brown is to be exhumed and given a proper burial:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/murderer-inspired-tess-durbe
rvilles-exhumed-julian-fellowes/

Feature on Hannah Glasse and her cookbook:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/28/actualidad/1522222746_482597.html

On the history of lawns:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/lawn-wars/

'Proto Australian' is apparently 10 000 years old:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43564134
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6482-180330-australia-indigenous-langua
ge

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
================================================================
MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Pompeii Photos:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/03/30/ancient-roman-ruins-meet-the-m
odern-lens/

Vikings:

http://theconversation.com/vikings-exhibit-hangs-up-the-sword-and-gives-
us-a-welcome-insight-into-domestic-life-93474

Sunken Cities:

https://hyperallergic.com/434740/sunken-cities-egypt-st-louis-art-museum
/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sunken-cities-egypts-lost-worlds-review-tre
asures-beneath-the-waves-1522180261
http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/sunken-cities-exhibit-now-open-st-
louis

Tut:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/03/27/new-tutankhamun-exhibition-opens-l
os-angeles/

The Rose Empire:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180323-what-irans-dazzling-art-tells-
us-about-its-civilisation
https://www.louvrelens.fr/exhibition/lempire-des-roses/

A 'food centric' tour of the Met:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/27/596154249/a-feast-for-th
e-eyes-an-art-inspired-food-tour-at-the-met

Someone is suing over the recent Terracotta Warriors exhibit in
Pennsylvania:

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2018/03/27/franklin-institute-lawsuit-ter
racotta-warriors/

================================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Plans to digitally "recreate" a never-started fresco at a 17th century
French chateau:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fresco-never-realized-will-be-
digitally-recreated-french-castle-180968623/

Not sure if we'll ever get to mention palaeoproteomics again, so:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327094019.htm

More on that Galen palimpsest:

http://www.ibtimes.com/centuries-old-manuscript-could-reveal-history-anc
ient-roman-treatments-2666162

I think we mentioned this Herculaneum Papyri project:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-b
y-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago-pompeii/

Cro Magnon Man is the latest to get the facial reconstruction
treatment:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-warts-reconstruct-cro-magnon.html

================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
Review of David Reich, *Who We Are ...*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/29/who-we-are-how-got-here-da
vid-reich-ancient-dna-review

... and Reich has a column on genetics and race in the NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/opinion/sunday/genetics-race.html

On the use and abuse of ancient DNA:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03857-3?error=cookies_not_sup
ported&code=8c7b9bdc-3f41-444c-859d-5a3e430631f6

On archaeology and geneetics/genomics:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03773-6?error=cookies_not_sup
ported&code=b917bb95-b3bb-4d2f-9f3e-b088872a3f5a

More on the DNA stuff from Morocco:

https://www.livescience.com/62131-oldest-human-dna-mysterious-ancient-cu
lture.html

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================

================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Budapest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/travel/36-hours-in-budapest.html

San Juan de Ulua:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/28/actualidad/1522265706_303311.html

The Alamo:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/03/23/
alamo-san-antonio/454276002/

Taj Mahal (limited hours):

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/30/598230781/taj-mahal-y
ou-dont-have-to-go-home-but-you-ve-got-to-get-out-of-here-in-3-hours

Ethiopian Churches:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43582880

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Vandalism of the tomb of Caleb on the West Bank:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Biblical-tomb-vandalized-with
-Swastikas-in-Palestinian-village-547076

A bust in Spain involving a well-known dealer and ISIL loot
(apparently):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43571615
https://www.wsj.com/articles/spanish-police-detain-two-men-suspected-of-
selling-antiquities-linked-to-islamic-state-1522327053

A bust in Sparta:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227118/article/ekathimerini/news/sparti-poli
ce-busts-antiquity-smuggling-ring-seizes-precious-statue
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/27/police-seize-stolen-ancient-g
reek-artifacts-photos/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/113193/three-smugglers-of-precious-hellenic-an
d-roman-antiquities-arrested/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/antiquity-smugglers-arrested-trying-t
o-sell-ancient-greek-statue-8zg9ql5ht
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069892.htm

More on tourist damage to a mosaic in Pompeii:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/tourist-damages-ancient-sit
e-in-quest-for-good-photo/news-story/cfc2409995983628b38ac881c09f5612

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/03/culture-crime-news-19-25-
march-2018.html

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/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
I think we mentioned the return from the US to Egypt of some items
smuggled almost a century ago:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/03-28/297302.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069950.htm

Germany returned some items to Viet Nam:

http://en.vietnamplus.vn/german-police-hand-over-antiquities-to-vietnam/
128749.vnp
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/198203/german-police-
hand-over-antiquities-to-vietnam.html

... and to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/30/germany-returns-stolen-antiquities/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n12.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n13.html

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Beethovenfest:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-beethoven-and-fate-go-together/a-43105633

Warrior Women:

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/03/29/true-histories-warrior-women/

Civilisations:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/31/civilisations-david-olusog
a-european-kenneth-clark-series-review
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:


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

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eleanor-winsor-leach-0

Louie Kamookak:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/29/inuit-oral-historian-who-p
ointed-way-to-franklin-shipwrecks-dies-aged-58

Barbara Lewalski:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/obituaries/barbara-lewalski-87-milton
-scholar-and-barrier-breaker-is-dead.html

Russell Freedman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/obituaries/russell-freedman-88-writer
-of-history-for-young-readers-dies.html

================================================================
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/
================================================================
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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