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explorator 20.02 May 7, 2017
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan
Astudillo,
Kathleen, Jennifer Cosham, Kris Curry, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

... a rather slow week!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on what we know and don’t know about assorted early hominids:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2129775-ancient-humans-what-we-know-and-still-dont-know-about-them/


A project to catalog handprints in various cave paintings in Europe:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/to-unlock-the-secrets-of-prehistoric-hand-paintings-experts-catalog-them-in-3d

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5535-170505-europe-prehistoric-hand-paintings

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/

We mentioned this 1.7 millions years bp El Kherba (Algeria) site last week
in a different section; should probably be mentioned here as well:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-climate-early-human-algerian-site.html

Comparing modern and neanderthal bone breaks (sort of):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/water-tubing-accidents-table-run-ins-cause-neandertal-injuries


More on Neanderthal DNA being extracted from cave sediment:

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-show-how-to-extract-ancient-neanderthal-dna-from-cave-sediment-20170501-gvwf10.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-show-how-to-extract-ancient-neanderthal-dna-from-cave-sediment-20170501-gvwf10.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-pulls-ancient-human-dna-out-cave-soil-180963084/



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AFRICA
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Pondering the underwater archaeology potential of Kenya:

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/kenyas-underwater-archeology-potential-immense/


Petroglyphs in Botswana and Lesotho have been dated to 5700 years bp:

http://www.nature.com/news/dreams-of-the-stone-age-dated-for-first-time-in-southern-africa-1.21924

More on the blade making techniques seen at Sibudu Cave:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/middle-stone-age-man-learned-205436449.html


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4000 years bp ‘funerary garden’ outside a tomb in Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/267024/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Unique-funerary-garden-unearthed-in-Thebes.aspx

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/snrc-aff050417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-egypt-year-funerary-garden-luxor.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-4000-year-funerary-garden-discovered-luxor-47203242

http://www.timesofisrael.com/4000-year-old-model-garden-found-outside-egypt-tomb/

http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-showed-funeral-gardens-archaeologists-finally-find-one-4000-years-2535105

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/03/05/2017/4,000-year-old-model-garden-found-outside-Egypt-tomb

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5529-170503-luxor-funerary-garden
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/discovery-of-4000-year-old-egyptian-funerary-garden

Some illegal diggers in Egypt were killed when their house collapsed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/266921/Egypt/Politics-/-Two-men-killed-in-house-collapse-as-they-dig-ille.aspx


Restoration work on the Djoser pyramid is almost complete:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4617/Antiquities-Ministry-finishes-90-of-restoration-works-at-Djoser-pyramid


What Nora Shawky is up to:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-archaeologist-aims-lead-her-first-excavation-year-sharqiya-0


Feature on Howard Carter:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/3090/In-The-Footsteps-Of-Egyptologist-Howard-Carter


… and the Tut Conference is going on in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268042/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tutankhamun-conference-to-be-held-on-Saturday-in-C.aspx

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4699/International-conference-uncovering-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-secrets-starts-Saturday

Funding approved for the Antiquities Ministry:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/cabinet-allocates-le172-billion-support-antiquities-ministry-projects


… and there are fines for assaulting tourists now:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/le10000-fine-imposed-assaulting-tourists-new-antiquities-law


… and a possible life sentence for antiquities trafficking:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/268102/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-cabinet-approves-bill-raising-max-penalty-fo.aspx


More on those possible eunuch burials from Quesna:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/01/burial-patterns-provoke-ambiguous-sexual-characteristics-in-ancient-egypt/


Feature on churches and burials found at HIppos Sussita:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787712

Evidence for pre modern settlements in Qatar:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/546844/Archaeologists-uncover-Qatar-s-pre-modern-settleme

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/05/2017/Qatar-Museums-reveals-5-year-archaeological-record

What we’re learning about the kingdom of Edom:

http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=35026
http://jordantimes.com/news/local/excavations-overturn-long-held-beliefs-about-ancient-kingdom-edom-%E2%80%94-jordanian-scholar


A missing Hittite funerary stele turned up buried in a garden:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-stele-found-buried-in-a-garden-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112720&NewsCatID=375


Feature on the British Museum’s training of Iraqi archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/01/training-fieldwork-iraqi-archaeologists-of-the-future-qalatga-darband

http://www.iraqoilreport.com/daily-brief/field-iraqs-archaeologists-future-22535/

On antiquities theft in the West Bank:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.786039

Pondering the history of Israel:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679224/Did-ancient-Israel-have-a-real-history.html


The Old Hormuz Port has been located:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/116710/Old-Hormuz-Port-rediscovered-after-700-years


Plans for an underwater dig at Ayla:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/underwater-search-planned-clues-early-islamic-city-ayla


A bust on a US-bound cargo ship:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4678/Ninety-nine-artifacts-seized-before-smuggling-to-Europe


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re finally restoring the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover/

http://www.newser.com/article/75165c413b824bc598c2b885cf1845d1/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover.html

http://gazette.com/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover/article/feed/457528

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5526-170502-rome-augustus-mausoleum
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-finally-restoring-mausoleum-augustus-180963132/

Remains of a Mithraeum in Zerzevan Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underground-mithras-temple-discovered-in-diyarbakir-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112646&NewsCatID=375

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/02/1700-year-old-temple-reveals-ancient-religion-in-east-anatolia

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/611449/Discovery-Archaeology-Roman-Empire-Turkey-Cult-Temple-Mithras-Zerzevan-Castle-Diyarbakir

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/040520171
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5525-170502-zerzevan-castle-mithraeum

Concerns for columns on Beirut’s waterfront:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/May-04/404411-roman-columns-left-by-coast-face-uncertain-future.ashx


Making connections between Zeugma and Palmyra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-palmyra-seen-in-ancient-zeugma.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112674


Feature on a Roman dig in Leicester:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/hundreds-flock-to-archaeological-dig-revealing-city-s-roman-history/story-30316378-detail/story.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/07/c_136262212.htm

A (rather sketchy) apple from Pompeii is coming to auction:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15264444.Petrified_apple_from_Pompeii_to_go_on_sale_at_Harewood_antiques_fair/


Features on Rome’s new ‘metro museum’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/05/rome-unveils-museum-metro-station-packed-hundreds-ancient-artifacts/


Feature on Nilotic wall paintings in Pompeii:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/paintings-ancient-egypt-pompeii-garden-show-just-how-cosmopolitan-romans-were-1620235


Feature on Roman handwriting:

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-to-decode-an-ancient-romans-handwriting


On the role of the Roman navy saving people from Pompeii (this was in the
news a month or so ago):

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/pompeii/8501048

Feature on London’s Roman wall:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2017/05/retracing-ancient-footsteps-around-londons-roman-wall/


What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

http://www.thesandb.com/article/scholar-of-roman-history-explores-ancient-biography.html


What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/02/jefferson-lecture-martha-nussbaum-discusses-anger-and-politics-blame


What Mary Beard is up to:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/28/noted-classicist-and-scholar-english-pays-visit-yale


On barbarian ‘dress codes’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/05/real-romans-dont-wear-pants-barbarian-dress-codes-from-rome-to-game-of-thrones/


On Caligula’s horse:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-caligulas-horse-75837

Not sure if we mentioned this item on comedy in ancient Rome:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-actors-mixed-politics-and-comedy-ancient-rome-180963005/


Latest ‘Thucydides Trap’ news:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/05/03/526436207/from-ancient-greece-lessons-on-the-risk-of-a-modern-accidental-war


Apparently not many museums want to ‘borrow’ the Parthenon Marbles from
the
BM:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/limited-interest-in-borrowing-parthenon-marbles/


More on the Mycenean chamber tomb found on Salamis:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5524-170502-mycenean-chamber-tomb

More on restoration plans at Caesarea:

http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/travel/ancient-roman-temple-israel-gets-38-million-restoration



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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A cache of two dozen 3000 years bp bronze axes from Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-year-old-axes-farmer-field-mid-norway.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502084628.htm

A lost garden turns up at Culzean Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15261909.Workers_find___39_lost__39__castle_garden/

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15265429.Archaeologists_discover_remains_of_lost_walled_garden_buried_under_stately_home/

Latest from the Hyde Abbey dig:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15258470.More_discoveries_at_the_Hyde_Abbey_community_dig_in_Winchester/


Plans to dig up a tennis court to look for the body of St Edmund:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/plan-for-bury-st-edmunds-abbey-tennis-courts-dig-in-hunt-for-st-edmunds-body-1-4997426

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/st-edmund-s-lost-remains-could-be-under-old-tennis-courts-1-4998774
http://www.theweek.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/84135/is-st-edmund-buried-in-bury-st-edmunds

Plans and funding to poke around Derby Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39761948

Some WWI training tunnels found in England:

http://www.livescience.com/58969-wwi-tunnels-discovered-in-england.html

More on Vikings growing grapes:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5521-170501-denmark-viking-grapes


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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Burials of nomads dating to 1800 years bp from central China:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-04/255957.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5533-170504-china-nomad-cemetery

A 1400 years bp tomb featuring a ‘blue monster’ mural (and others) from
Shaanxi:

http://www.livescience.com/58903-ancient-tomb-with-blue-monster-mural-discovered.html

http://www.livescience.com/58901-photos-ancient-tomb-mural-creatures.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-with-blue-monster-mural-unearthed-in-china/

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37756/20170502/blue-monster-naked-deity-and-more-scientists-unearth-ancient-tomb-with-mysterious-murals-in-china.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5534-170505-chinese-mural-tomb-unearthed

Recently-found walls might belong to Baiya city:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/06/c_136261580.htm
http://www.asianage.com/world/south-asia/060517/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-ancient-city-ruins-in-china.html


A Qing dynasty tomb from Hunan:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/ancient-family-tomb-found-in-china-2090766/


32 jars found beneath a Buddha in Thailand’s Wat Daeng Temple:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5522-170501-thailand-ayutthata-jars

Some ancient Samoan features:

http://sobserver.ws/en/08_05_2017/local/19707/Unearthing-prehistoric-Samoan-history.htm


Suggestion that the Huns had their own alphabet:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/914798/1

More on those model Chinese looms:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-looms-are-missing-link-chinas-textile-history-180962990/

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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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Archaeologists are back looking at the Terror:

http://www.livescience.com/58904-archaeologists-return-to-franklin-expedition-shipwreck.html

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674parks_canada_team_in_nunavut_to_examine_hms_terror_under_ice/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-franklin-expedition-shipwreck/


They’re reanalyzed Shuka Kaa and found definite links to First Nations
peoples:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-skeleton-linked-todays-indigenous-peoples-180962831/


A 19th century Durham boat in Oneida Lake:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/oswego_county_divers_discover_early_19th_century_boat_in_oneida_lake.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5528-170503-new-york-canal-boat
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-identified-rare-canal-boat-180963129/

A potentially significant site found during an emergency dig in Davenport
(Iowa):

http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/excavation-uncovers-major-iowa-archaeological-site/article_76945ace-935e-513f-b5e3-d0946d7c39b2.html


Looking for remains of Civil War earthworks in Franklin (Tennessee):

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5530-170503-tennessee-franklin-earthworks

There might be a lot of bodies buried on the UMMC campus:

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/07/7-000-bodies-could-buried-mississippi-campus/312352001/


Interesting early 19th century plumbing from Philadelphia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/06/discovered-philadelphias-high-tech-totally-natural-plumbing-of-1812/


Researching the origin of some Hopewell meteoric iron beads:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-discover-origins-ancient-hopewell-cultures-meteorite-jewellery-1619103


Feature on the petroglyphs of Utah’s Parowan Gap:

http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/fishing/5239298-155/stop-and-explore-the-petroglyph-wonders


Feature on Jamestown:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-05-05/jamestown-follow-in-the-footsteps-of-the-first-british-settlers-in-america


Feature on ads seeking runaway slaves:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/04/11/hunting-down-runaway-slaves-the-cruel-ads-of-andrew-jackson-and-the-master-class/
More commentary on purported 130 000 years bp human presence in
California:

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2017/05/02/about-that-130000-human-occupation-in-california/

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/sd-mastodon-bones-conclusions-20170502-story.html

http://blogs.plos.org/onscienceblogs/2017/05/05/news-about-ancient-humanity-humans-in-california-130000-years-ago-homo-naledi-find-is-much-younger-than-expected/

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/26/ciencia/1493225013_884467.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Inca gold from Cajamarca:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-pre-inca-pieces-found-in-cajamarca-111610

Petroglyph(s?) from Costa Rica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5532-170504-costa-rica-rock-art

An anchor being linked to Christopher Columbus from near the Turks and
Caicos:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/christopher-columbus-anchor-space-map-discovery-channel-a7716331.html


Feature on amaranth cultivation:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/01/526033083/why-mexican-chefs-farmers-and-activists-are-reviving-the-ancient-grain-amaranth



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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this piece on experimental archaeology involving
reindeer herders:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/05/01/canadian-researchers-count-on-siberian-reindeer-herders-to-solve-archaeological-mystery/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5527-170502-arctic-reindeer-harness

… or this one on a model for migration and cultural development:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-early-culture-migration-population-growth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/su-hma050217.php

Feature on Christos Tsirogiannis’ work:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/museum-goers-beware-that-ancient-artifact-may-be-hot.aspx


How the ‘forbidden fruit’ became an apple:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/30/526069512/paradise-lost-how-the-apple-became-the-forbidden-fruit


On medieval rules and domestic chicken evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502204556.htm

Feature on the history of beer and the like:

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-5000-year-history-of-human-alcohol-consumption/?goal=0_b653fb8c99-4004f5bb4f-46523097&mc_cid=4004f5bb4f&mc_eid=379904ec00

… and a related story on a still-producing century-old winery:

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/schloss-vollrads-oldest-winery/?goal=0_b653fb8c99-4004f5bb4f-46523097&mc_cid=4004f5bb4f&mc_eid=379904ec00


Feature on Roma culture:

http://www.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

What we can learn from the Piltdown Man hoax:

http://www.livescience.com/58985-piltdown-man-hoax-teaches-scientists-today.html

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Behind-closed-doors-What-the-Piltdown-Man-hoax-11122533.php


A row of sorts over Goya’s tapestry workshop:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39702735

… and a feature on his illness:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/28/ciencia/1493369467_634675.html

A database of ‘at risk’ archaeological sites has been launched:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-database-archaeological-sites.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/14046/20170502/archaeological-sites-risk-public-database.htm

On the development of public libraries in the US:

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/how-libraries-became-public

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/how-libraries-became-public-ii


On May Day origins:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39775647

On the origins of the mint julep:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/foodanddrink/cocktail-history-mint-julep-kentucky-derby/index.html


Review of Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

http://www.startribune.com/review-three-stones-make-a-wall-by-eric-h-cline/420667233/


Review of Norwich, *Four Princes*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/books/review/four-princes-henry-viii-francis-i-charles-v-suleiman-john-julius-norwich.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks



Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Martin Luther:

http://www.dw.com/en/rebel-or-ruffian-who-was-martin-luther/g-38680189

Art of the Picnic:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-the-picnic/g-38568511

Cheese:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170503-why-cheese-is-arts-greatest-muse

Viking hoards:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/05/viking-hoards-exhibit-in-great-britain-may-through-nov.html


Gargoyles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/anonymous-arts-museum-rural-shrine-to-city-decorations.html


Work on Egypt’s Grand Museum has resumed (didn’t know it had stopped!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4655/Egypt-to-resume-Grand-Museum-construction-by-Japanese-loan




The Met wants to charge admission to folks from out of state:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/design/the-metropolitcan-museum-of-art-admission-fees-tickets-de-blasio.html


A guide to the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/design/culture-make-the-most-of-the-louvre.html


Feature on Sofia’s Archaeology Museum:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/01/sofias-archaeological-museum-the-fascination-is-justified/


A Museum of Migration is opening in London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-migration-opens-london-180963095/



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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track migration of Bantu speaking people:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genetic-analysis-reveals-patterns-migration.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504161501.htm

There’s a dog genome project:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-genome-project-reveals-secrets-canine-family-tree-180963053/



Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Angel roofs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170427-the-extraordinary-angel-roofs-of-england-


St Croix:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/travel/st-croix-virgin-islands-alexander-hamilton.html


China’s ‘water towns’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-chinas-ancient-water-towns-180962834/


Beijing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/travel/beijing-china-history-sacred-city-temples-culture.html


Cuzco:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/travel/cuzco-peru-budget-travel.html

Lima:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/travel/lima-peru-budget-travel-food-art-surfing.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel


Genoa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/travel/genoa-italy-charm-alternative-rome-florence-venice.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel



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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Jonathan Bourne’s looting activities:

http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/articles/how-a-california-anesthesiologist-became-one-of-americas-largest-antiquities-looters-w475572


Roman jewellery stolen from a shop in York:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/yorkharrogate/15267583.Theft_of_gold_and_silver_Roman_jewellery___images_released_of_two_men/



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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Turkey has repatriated a lot of artifacts over the past decade:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/02/turkey-retrieved-over-4000-smuggled-artifacts-archaeologist-says


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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman coin from Dumfriesshire:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/dumfriesshire-museum-displays-rare-roman-10340246

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n19.html


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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Los Elementos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/music/review-is-los-elementos-opera-thats-beside-the-point.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts


Cyrano:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/arts/music/review-metropolitan-opera-cyrano-de-bergerac-roberto-alagna-jennifer-rowley.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic


Twelfth Night:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/theater/review-forced-merriment-in-a-twelfth-night-for-the-masses.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater


Marking Monteverdi’s 450th:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/music/singing-happy-450th-birthday-to-monteverdi.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts




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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2613-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-april-2017-29-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Burton Watson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/books/burton-watson-dead-translator-of-japanese-and-chinese-literature.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks


Albert Henrichs:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/1/albert-henrichs-dies/

Richard Darrah:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/04/richard-darrah-obituary


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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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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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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Tying the spread of homo sapiens to the development of grassland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-gbf051117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-grassy-earliest-homo.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515111616.htm

Studying the diet of early hominins in east Africa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5555-170516-ethiopia-climate-change

Feature on the Shanidar 3 skeleton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/17/at-night-at-the-museum-a-neanderthal-skeleton-comes-out-of-the-vault/?utm_term=.c137e1ccbcbf&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1



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AFRICA
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Latest from the Tombos (Sudan) site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologist-excavation-tombos-sudan-nile.html


Meanwhile Sudan and Egypt are scrapping over some sort of Angelina Jolie
movie possibly in the making (I don’t quite get this):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39972853

Tunisia is seeking Heritage Status for a Jewish pilgrimage site:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Tunisia-to-seek-UNESCO-World-Heritage-status-for-Jewish-pilgrimage-site-490761


Seeing the tourist potential of Islamic sites in Africa:

http://www.theafricareport.com/North-Africa/archaeologists-seek-to-promote-tourism-in-africas-old-islamic-sites.html



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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A stone inscribed with the cartouche of Nectanebo II was recovered from an
illegal dig:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/new-discovery-stone-block-dates-back-30th-dynasty-king-nectanebo-ii-sohag/

http://www.livescience.com/59181-egypt-stone-pharaoh-found-looting-hole.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5564-170518-egypt-abydos-cartouche

Tut’s funerary bed is on the move:

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-funerary-bed-finds-new-home-976130


Egypt is officially registering its Jewish sites/artifacts:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-jewish-cemeteries-registered-ministry-neglect-heritage.html


Pondering the ‘politeness’ of Ancient Egyptians:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/16/ancient-egyptians-polite-exploring-politeness-late-egyptian/


More on the mummies from Minya:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/14/cachette-cemetery-non-royal-mummies-newly-discovered-el-minya/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/egypt-archaeologists-find-17-new-mummies-in-necropolis

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528368929/photos-17-mummies-unearthed-in-egypt
http://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/Archaeologists-Discover-17-Mummies-in-Egyptian-Desert-422175543.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/17-mummies-discovered-central-egypt-140637095.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/38017/20170515/rare-discovery-17-mummies-unearthed-in-ancient-burial-site-in-egypt.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5551-170515-egypt-mummy-cachette

… and the 3800 years bp ‘princess burial’ from Dashur:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/burial-chamber-royal-princess-possibly-150300171.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-princess-may-have-been-buried-newly-discovered-pyramid-180963288/

… and the ‘mongoose on a leash’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-drawing-shows-mongoose-leash-142300393.html

… and the funerary garden:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-evidence-ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-found-luxor-180963252/


More on Egypt’s increased tourism hopes:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/discovery-of-ancient-burial-chamber-ignites-hope-for-egypts-struggling-economy-20170514-gw4qzi

More on Egypt’s plans to crack down on antiquities smuggling etc.:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-approve-amendments-antiquities-law-violators-tomb.html

Feature on the dig at Khirbet Iskandar:

http://menafn.com/1095481939/Khirbat-Iskandar-reveals-crucial-time-span-in-history-of-Jordan-%E2%80%94-Italian-archaeologist


I think we mentioned plans to look for remains of the (underwater) city of
Ayla:

http://www.livescience.com/59176-underwater-search-for-ancient-city.html

In case you’ve always wanted to live like a Hittite (?):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/life-of-hittites-to-be-revived-with-village-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113303&NewsCatID=375


A 9000 years bp stone used for starting fires from near Ramat Beit
Shemesh:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4283

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-unearths-ancient-fire-making-stone-in-time-for-Lag-Baomer-490694

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rare-prehistoric-slab-discovered-on-highway-38/2017/05/15/


Rethinking dietary restrictions in Leviticus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.788626

Feature on Masada:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.789492

More on those WWI finds from Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4281

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4959675,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42305
http://www.livescience.com/59049-wwi-artifacts-found-in-israel.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/11/remnants-of-wwi-battle-found-in-archaeological-dig-in-central-israel/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5543-170510-wwi-weapons-israel

Redating the Al Badiyah Mosque:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5559-170517-al-badiyah-mosque

ISIL’s latest damage appears to be a Dura Europos:

http://syriatimes.sy/index.php/don-t-miss/30653-isis-terrorists-destroy-antiquities-in-dura-europos-site-outside-der-ezzour


Prague’s National Museum is the latest to help Syria restore ancient
artifacts:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/05/16/prague-national-museum-help-syria-restore-ancient-artefacts


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Mycenean burial from Kastrouli isn’t getting nearly enough attention:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/uc-san-diego-researchers-discover-human-burials-and-artifacts-ancient-mycenaean-tomb


A ‘hunchback’ burial from a Roman necropolis in Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hunchback-torrenueva-unearthed-roman-cemetery-southern-spain-1622094

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/16/ciencia/1494971794_081718.html

A theft of a ‘door ornament’ at Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170518/thieves-steal-6th-century-ornament-from-pompeii

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii-site-closed-47486952

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/sixth-century-bc-relic-stolen-at-pompeii-2_06e113a8-2f36-4f88-8750-729abf717e3d.html

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/pompeii-theft-injures-italy-osanna_e482652e-e1de-4d7a-a88c-5f8463dbf796.html


On plans to search for York’s amphitheatre:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15287091.The_hunt_for_York___s_Roman_amphitheatre/


Plans to restore the stadium at Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-stadium-returns-to-its-heyday-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113206&NewsCatID=375


… and some hype for the mosaics at Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-mosaics-as-magnificent-as-the-ones-in-zeugma-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112943&NewsCatID=375


Latest warning about the Campi Flegrei:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/campi-flegrei-supervolvano-eruption-vesuvius-naples-pozzuoli-christopher-kilburn-a7737886.html


They’re cleaning the Great Bath at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/great-bath-roman-baths-been-64960

Concerns about a rock opera about Nero being performed ‘on site’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/anger-rome-rock-musical-based-life-emperor-nero/


An AIA grant for Göksel Sazci:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/grants/24788

Honours for Brian Sowers:

http://bcexcelsior.com/bc-classics-professor-wins-feliks-gross-award/

Plenty of press coverage as a Google Doodle marked the anniversary of the
founding of the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/17/Google-marks-the-discovery-of-the-Antikythera-Mechanism-with-new-Doodle/7311495016082/

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-antikythera-mechanisms-discovery-analog-computer-bronze/#ftag=CAD590a51e

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/805587/Antikythera-mechanism-Google-Doodle-discovery-anniversary-ancient-Greek-computer

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/travel-tech/25345-google-doodle-elects-ancient-greek-artefact-%E2%80%98antikythera-mechanism%E2%80%99.html

… and there were some good features on the device:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/may/17/the-antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-first-computer-video

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.789893
http://www.livescience.com/59144-antikythera-mechanism-discovered-115-years-ago.html

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/05/17/actualidad/1494973005_194869.html



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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A prehistoric henge of some sort from Newbold-on-Stour:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-39985586

A Shropshire church may preserve the UK’s oldest sacred site (not
Christian, obviously):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/shropshire-church-found-uks-oldest-sacred-site/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39981488

Possible Pictish sites from Burghead (maybe medieval):

http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/News/Dig-may-have-uncovered-Pictish-properties-in-Burghead-18052017.htm


A 13th century Teutonic castle from Poland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5552-170515-peace-of-torun

14th century Tudor pottery from a Grimsby ‘school’ dig:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/14th-century-tudor-piece-of-pottery-unearthed-as-29-students-join-archaeology-dig/story-30340446-detail/story.html


Searching for Spanish Armada wreck(s) off Co Sligo:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeology-spanish-armada-ireland-streedagh-3396385-May2017/


17th century artifacts from a Dublin site:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2017/0515/875408-dublin-dig/

Studying the human remains from the Mary Rose:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-re-constructing-crew-mary-rose.html

Rethinking why medieval graves may have been reopened:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-medieval-people-reopened-graves-honour.html

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.canada.com/entertainment/all/bogs+became+miracle+those+seek+understand+prehistoric+past/13376510/story.html


Plans to excavate a ‘country house’ in Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/427036/archaeological-dig-will-uncover-ruins-of-country-house-of-many-names/


Plans to investigate a 17th century English earthwork associated with the
Civil War:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5563-170518-civil-war-prince-rupert

Plans to search for tunnel(s) beneath Derry’s walls:

https://www.derrynow.com/news/experts-set-explore-hundreds-year-old-tunnel-exists-derry-walls/163627


On Anglo Saxon queens’ marriages:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-mothers-had-marry-and-murder-get-their-way-180963282/


More on archaeological sites delaying gasline construction in Albania:

https://seenews.com/news/albania-halts-construction-on-tap-section-over-archaeological-discovery-568210


More on the find of one of the first books printed in England:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/caxton-book-first-printed-england-discovery-university-reading-a7724476.html



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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of coastal occupation of Australia some 50 000 years bp:

http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/atlantis-of-the-south-earliest-evidence-of-aboriginal-life-found-in-wa-cave-20170519-gw8nhg.html

http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-pilbara-coast-occupied-by-australian-aboriginal-50000-years-ago/news-story/e8f2d71534ad24c3d6841f7df0e6881e

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-earliest-occupation-coasts-australia.html

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/19/indigenous-australian-life-cave-wa-50000-years

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-aboriginal-australians-left-behind-210842027.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5565-170519-australia-island-cave

This week, we’re learning about what Penang Woman ate:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/19/archaeologist-stone-age-penang-woman-a-meat-eater/


Assorted Neolithic sites from Northern China:

http://zeenews.india.com/science/archaeologists-discover-neolithic-relic-sites-in-china-2006648.html


2000 years bp astronomical inscriptions from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/19/c_136299149.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-20/258314.shtml

A 1400 years bp temple site from Linzhang:

http://zeenews.india.com/world/relic-site-in-china-is-1400-year-old-royal-temple-2005899.html?pfrom=article-next-story

What 1000 years bp tomb murals tell us about Chinese fashion:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/


Evidence of fifth-century human sacrifice from a Korean site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-human-sacrifice-korea.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170516000966
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/17/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/ancient-human-sacrifice-found-south-korea/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5557-170516-korea-wolseong-palace

Much coverage over ‘what to do’ about Mohenjo Daro:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-pakistan-lost-city-mohenjo-daro.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-desperate-to-save-lost-city-of-mohenjo-daro-and-let-it-claim-its-rightful-place-in-history/news-story/3450d5d3afd39ff27c13005736da051c

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/17/05/2017/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro
http://artdaily.com/news/96063/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro

… and they decided to rebury it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/lost-city-pakistan-mohenjo-daro-5000-years-buried-protect-people-weather-archaelogists-a7742451.html


On 19th century Calcutta:

https://scroll.in/magazine/834289/what-19th-century-calcuttas-street-cries-revealed-about-its-food-and-politics


Not sure if we mentioned this Buddha idol find from Odisha:

http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/05/17/1400-year-old-buddha-idol-unearthed-in-odisha/



More on remains of a 2000 years bp settlement in Uzbekistan:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/16/2000-year-old-town-found-in-uzbekistan

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5556-170516-uzbekistan-silk-road

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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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Assorted items found at an ‘Old Halifax’ site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1468410-remnants-of-old-halifax-unearthed-at-queens-marque


Testing a Revolutionary War era musket ball for human blood:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5567-170519-revolutionary-war-shot

17th century (maybe) remains from Alexandria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/centuries-old-human-remains-found-at-alexandria-waterfront-excavation/2017/05/19/2b6b2d9e-3cc8-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html


Digging a Civil War site in Newark:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/big-dig-in-newark-could-unearth-civil-war-past/story-30338971-detail/story.html


Interchange construction in Virginia has revealed some Colonial artifacts:

http://wtkr.com/2017/05/19/colonial-artifacts-discovered-while-surveying-site-of-i-64i-264-improvement-project/

http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article151746197.html

Latest on the burials found during construction at UGA:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-16/bones-unearthed-uga-site-hold-clues-about-lives-those-buried-there

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5560-170517-athens-georgia-graves

Studying high elevation sites in Wyoming:

http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/archaeologists-uncovering-ancient-peoples-widespread-use-of-mountains/article_b589afe6-194b-58d7-a1b1-7442b8c10220.html


Plans to ‘go deeper’ into Paisley Cave coprolites:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/scientists-deploy-new-technique-one-oregons-paisley-caves


Feature on the Fort Ville-Marie site:

http://montrealgazette.com/feature/375-years-later-montreals-lost-fort-ville-marie-resurfaces


Feature on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chaco-canyons-ancient-civilization-continues-puzzle


Robert Kennicott’s bones are on display at the Smithsonian (interesting
story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/14/528185050/smithsonian-solves-150-year-old-mystery-death-of-collector-and-puts-bones-on-dis

https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Objects-of-Wonder-5999

More on lost cities in Kansas:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/10/527817921/kansas-archaeologist-rediscovers-lost-native-american-city


More on lots of ‘asylum’ burials on the Mississippi State campus:

http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html

More on the Hopewell culture’s meteoric beads:

http://www.nature.com/news/beads-made-from-meteorite-reveal-prehistoric-culture-s-reach-1.21990

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/



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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Trying to figure out who did what over time in the Andes (that’s a bad
description):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-rii051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologists-cultural-shifts-ancient-society.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/resurrecting-identities-in-the-andes

Evidence of ‘shared governance’ among the Olmecs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-ancient-mexico.html

Looking for evidence of the Moche diet:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/12/micro-fossils-show-moche-munched-on-marine-meals/#79b3f01e33d3


Studying cranial deformations in Costa Rica:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436737&CategoryId=13003

More on the recent finds at Tiwanaku:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436357&CategoryId=14919
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5553-170515-bolivia-tiwanaku-citadel


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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
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On prosthetics in the ancient world:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-severed-limbs-wooden-feethow-ancients.html

On coffee, chocolate, tea and medicine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/


Evidence of Leonardo’s mother:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/20/leonardo-da-vinci-orphan-mother-caterina


They’re still arguing over the authenticity of that purported Caravaggio
from an attic:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-art-caravaggio-french-attic.html

Suggestion that early farmers engaged in ‘unconscious selection’:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5562-170518-domestication-seed-size

Remains of a Spitfire were found:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/cockpit-door-the-top-find-as-spitfire-excavation-completed-35714022.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39906984

… and there are plans to search for an airplane associated with one of the
Tuskegee airmen:

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12334672/uno-archaeologist-to-lead-excavation-of-possible-site-of-downed-tuskegee-airmans-plane


Ringling Brothers is down to its final shows:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39930337

Some St Nicholas relics are headed from Italy to Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39960384

Digitizing a massive atlas:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-royal-atlas-gets-digitized-180963220/


Big bucks for a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39929706

Review of Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/archaeology-review-three-stones-make-a-wall-20170511-gw2f5u.html



Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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All the World is Here:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/05/17/fascinating-harvard-exhibit-explores-rise-anthropology/FfwQlPYEpN3QqwbBxlp8aL/story.html


Splendour and Beauty:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1047597.shtml

James Madison:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/columns/montpelier-exhibit-challenges-the-myth-of-a-founding-father/article_6b654d35-6939-5cf1-be62-685fe3a4b199.html


How 3d technology is changing how we interact with things at museums:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/19/five-new-3d-models-of-ancient-artifacts-that-are-changing-how-we-interact-with-museums/

Most of the headlines tout this as a ‘massive Viking camp’ find, but it
seems to be hyping a Virtual Reality display at a Yorkshire museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/17/virtual-reality-brings-ninth-century-viking-invaders-camp-to-life

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-viking-army-uncovered-archaeologists.html
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15294156.Viking_camp_brought_to_life_through_virtual_reality_at_museum/
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/viking-army-camp-discovery-research-lincolnshire-1.702544
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5566-170519-viking-army-camp

Some Egyptian mummies from the BM are going on display in Hong Kong:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286255.htm

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Cautions about use of GIS in archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/dgo-g-051817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-canadian-archaeologists-credibility-gis-methods.html


A technique for studying human teeth:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518140323.htm

More on dating ceramics:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2017-05/11/content_29303276.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Genome research suggests the ‘Beaker Culture’ invaded Britain:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bronze-age-ldquo-beaker-culture-rdquo-invaded-britain-ancient-genome-study-finds/

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genome-study-finds-bronze-age-beaker-culture-invaded-britain-1.21996


… this seems to be the same story:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/20/dutch-invaders-stonehenge-ancient-britons


There’s a shared genetic history stretching from Sicily to Cyprus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-sgh051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-populations-eastern-mediterranean-coast-genetic.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/sicily-to-cyprus-show-shared-genetic-heritage

Article on the speed of genetic mutations in humans:

https://elife.elifesciences.org/content/6/e24284



Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/travel/machu-picchu-cheap-easy-day-trip-cuzco.html


Ancient Ruins in North America:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/tour-these-ancient-ruins-in-america-you-never-knew-existed/ss-BBArSYZ?srcref=rss


Burgin ruins:

http://m.jpost.com/app/article/492121


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CRIME BEAT
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Plenty of coverage of a new Council of Europe convention targetting
smugglers:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cyprus-convention-targets-illegal-antiquities-dealers-47457028

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article150964882.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-leads-effort-to-stamp-out-trade-in-blood-antiquities-p40438-69.htm
http://omanobserver.om/nicosia-convention-targets-trade-blood-antiquities/

… semi-related feature on the extent of antiquities smuggling:

http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2017/node/117601

Not sure where, exactly to put this thing about Maori skulls:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-group-of-far-right-grave-robbers-could-be-digging-up-sacred-maori-sites


Libya put out notice of some looted antiquities:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-authorities-issue-international-circular-looted-antiquities-libya

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286159.htm

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-8-14-may-2017.html


More on that bust in Hebron:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/stolen-antique-coins-jewelry-seized-in-arab-village/2017/05/11/



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
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Feature on dogs on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/dogs-on-ancient-coins/

Award for saving a Roman hoard:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15287910.Museum_wins_top_award_after___30_000_rare_coin_campaign/

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15296294.Museum_that_battled_to_keep_hoard_of_Roman_coins_wins_national_award/

Feature on Robert Freeman:

http://www.laweekly.com/news/rob-freeman-was-one-of-the-countrys-biggest-ancient-coin-dealers-then-he-broke-bad-8234006


Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n21.html


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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2618-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-may-2017-13-may-2017

Latest Strata looks at the Bronze Age Polada Culture:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2617-strata-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Garrett Fagan:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-garrett-g-fagan

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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan
Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Richard Campbell, David Perlmutter,
Don Buck, Adrienne Mayor, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the ëNeanderthal-homo sapiens transitioní in a Czech cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/anu-ssl061317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614114243.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/06/14/Czech-cave-dig-reveals-details-of-Neanderthal-human-transition/7951497460230/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/czech-cave-sheds-light-neanderthal-075530063.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/neanderthals-homo-sapiens-likely-met-over-40000-years-ago-modern-day-czech-republic-2552510
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5660-170615-czech-cave-neanderthals
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/new-light-on-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition

Paleoproteomics looks like something weíll be hearing more about:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-scientists-reconstructing-relationship-modern-humans.html


Traces of million years bp fire (making?) in Northern Cape cave:

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/007def00417991fc919e932c6b8b577e/Traces-of-million-years-old-fires-discovered-in-N-Cape--20170611


On the evolution of fire making:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/15/533030708/what-are-our-best-clues-to-the-evolution-of-fire-making


More on purported European origins for early hominids:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bulgarian-savannah.html

More on 300 000 years bp homo sapiens:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0608/Just-how-Earth-shattering-are-those-300-000-year-old-Homo-sapiens-fossils

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/300000-year-old-early-homo-sapiens-sparks-debate-over-evolution/



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AFRICA
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Man-made holes in Sudan may hint at Mesolithic era shelters::

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sudan-mysterious-holes-drilled-rocks-are-remains-ancient-shelters-banks-nile-river-1625878

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5620-170612-sudan-rock-holes

Digging a site associated with the Kingdom of Kush:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/553025/Archaeological-dig-in-Sudan-unearths-many-exciting


Remains of a city dating back to the 10th century AD in Ethiopia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/16/archaeologists-unearth-forgotten-city-ethiopia/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40301959
http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopia-discovery-islam-africa-harlaa-626634
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7950/Egyptian-Indian-and-Chinese-antiquities-discovered-in-Ethiopia

1000 years bp glass beads from Nigeria:

https://www.livescience.com/59462-early-glassmaking-west-africa.html

On the history of fossil hunting in Africa:

https://theconversation.com/its-time-to-celebrate-africas-forgotten-fossil-hunters-77345



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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Encroachments on Dashurís necropolis have been removed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270971/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Encroachments-made-since--removed-from-Egypts-Dahs.aspx


Plans to use robots to explore lootersí tunnels in Egypt:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/these-robots-will-explore-tunnels-dug-by-looters-in-egypt


More on those child burials associated with the construction of Amarna:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0617/ancient_egyptian_juvenile_graves.php3

More on that Hellenistic tomb from Alexandria:

http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tomb-artifacts-discovered/

A monumental mikveh from Herodís palace in Jordan:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.795720
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hungarian-archaeologists-unearth-herods-fortress-ritual-bath-east-of-jordan-river/2017/06/15/

Multispectral imaging revealed some lines of 600 BCE Hebrew on chunk of
pottery found 50 years ago:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?&storyid4677=2335&ncs4677=3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/afot-mir061417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614160504.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Advanced-imaging-reveals-rare-Hebrew-inscription-from-First-Temple-period-496878

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796024
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4975905,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/revolutionary-technology-reveals-dazzling-hidden-text-on-biblical-era-shard/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew-inscription-undetected-for-over-50-years/2017/06/15/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/science/send-more-wine-pottery-archaeology.html

http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-transcribe-invisible-2500-year-old-hebrew-inscription-request-send-625946

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5663-170615-ancient-hebrew-inscription

The stone tower at Gihon Spring is about a 1000 years younger than
previously thought:

http://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/chemistry/jerusalem-tower-younger-thought
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-jerusalem-tower-younger-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/wios-jty061517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615120635.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59519-ancient-stone-tower-younger-than-thought.html

A pair of antiquities thieves were caught in the act (by a hiker) at
Tzipori:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-nabs-antiquities-pirates-at-archeological-site-496617

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/antiquities-robbers-caught-in-ancient-galilee-town/2017/06/12/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-helps-stop-antiquities-robbing-gang-in-northern-israel/

More on that Crusader-era ëescape tunnelí:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.795692

Feature on how cuneiform was used:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39870485

Lawrence Schiffman on the Magdala Stone:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/magdala-stone.pdf

Saudi Arabia is hosting an antiquities forum:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1114231/saudi-arabia

Training folks to restore mosaics in Jordan:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/preserving-jordans-heritage-italian-expert-has-trained-50-locals-mosaic-restoration-985


Review of McGovern, *Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-created*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/liquid-time-capsules-1497571568

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The Getty is returning a statue of Zeus to Italy:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-repatriation-20170613-story.html


Why London is where it is:

http://londonist.com/london/features/why-is-london-here

Sarah Bond wrote a piece on the need to see the colours in ancient
statuary:

https://hyperallergic.com/383776/why-we-need-to-start-seeing-the-classical-world-in-color/


Ö which was spun in various ways for political purposes:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448501/white-marble-sculpture-white-supremacy


Ö and resulted in her getting death threats:

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2017/06/16/ui-classics-professor-receives-threats-after-online-essay-statuary-race/403275001/


Meanwhile, she also penned a piece on the crocodile hunters at the Roman
games:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/06/12/the-ancient-crocodile-hunters-that-helped-to-supply-the-roman-games/


What John Younger is up to (possibly misquoted in this):

http://news.ku.edu/2017/06/09/art-religious-artifacts-support-idea-minoan-matriarchy-ancient-crete-researcher-says


An interview with Tim Whitmarsh:

https://conatusnews.com/professor-greek-culture-tim-whitmarsh/

Honours for Jack Davis:

http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/albaniaaward.html

What Caius Mergy is up to:

http://lymeline.com/2017/06/local-resident-caius-mergy-graduates-from-middlebury-college/


Mapping Greek ceramic production:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/project-maps-greek-ceramic-production-over-five-millennia

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-greek-ceramic-production-millennia.html

About that Nero rock opera in Rome:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/06/16/532243973/atop-ancient-ruins-a-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpresse

https://knpr.org/npr/2017-06/atop-ancient-ruins-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpressed

http://wfit.org/post/atop-ancient-ruins-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpressed


On comparing Trump to Julius Caesar:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-orange-julius-but-he-does-share-traits-with-other-tyrants-of-rome

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/opinion/the-trumpiest-roman-of-them-all.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

Ö related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/a-julius-caesar-for-the-trump-era.html?emc=eta1&_r=0


On Thucydides:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-thucydidess-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-71550


On some ancient doctors:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/06/famous-doctors-ancient-world/

On recreating Roman wines:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/roman-vineyards-reopening-eastern-galicia-wine-makers-tasting-ribeira-sacra-guimarovaldeorras-adega-a7790436.html


On the Roman propagandistic legacy:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/jemimah-steinfeld/what-romans-did-for-us-on-age-old-art-of-propaganda


On the inspiration(s) for Wonder Woman:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-real-life-female-warriors-who-inspired-wonder-woman-62228

http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/trilogy-of-films-on-ancient-women-warrior-tribes-announced


Ö and a popular joke in the movie:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/to-clitorize

Marking the 90th anniversary of the Swedish Mission in Cyprus:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/sweden-marks-th-anniversary-of-swedish-archaeological-mission-in-cyprus-p40800-69.htm


More on the Catacombs of Domitilla:

https://www.livescience.com/59424-paintings-of-christ-in-roman-catacombs.html

https://www.livescience.com/59428-roman-catacomb-frescoes-photos.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17050/20170613/lasers-art-art-restoration-ancient-artifacts-laser-ablation.htm



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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5000 years bp tools found during construction in downtown Moscow:

http://tass.com/society/951717

Iron Age and Bronze Age finds from Parliament Hill:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/archaeological-dig-finds-prehistoric-humans-enjoyed-heath-barbecues


Remains of some Bronze Age roundhouses near Cornwall:

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/15346250.Bronze_Age_discovery_on_Helston_housing_site_raises_questions_over_its_future/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5658-170614-england-cornwall-roundhouses

A Viking ëchiefí burial from Iceland:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeologists-n-iceland-discover-viking-age-chief-buried-ship-his-sword-and-dog

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2017/06/16/iceland_viking_grave_a_bigger_find_than_we_believed/

Ö and then another:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/second-viking-age-ship-burial-found-archaeological-site-n-iceland


Both:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5662-170615-iceland-boat-burials

We also are hearing of four ëpagan gravesí:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2017/06/16/important-archaeological-find-north-iceland


A medieval sword from a peat bog:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414626,lubelskie-medieval-sword-discovered-at-a-peat-bog.html


Evidence of ëskinning catsí in medieval Spain (various spins put on this,
of course):

https://www.livescience.com/59443-medieval-farmers-skinned-cats.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/medieval-farmers-skinned-cats-for-pagan-rituals/

Excavating a possible medieval royal hunting lodge in New Forest:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15349070.Archaeologists_excavate_royal_hunting_lodge_in_New_Forest/


Ö and a medieval longhouse near Seathwaite Tarn:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/06/15/second-longhouse-excavation-gets-underway-duddon-valley/


A 14th century abbey wall from Canterbury:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/archaeological-excavation-in-canterbury-uncovers-14th-century-abbey-precinct-wall-1-5060380


Remains of a Minton pottery factory:

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/historic-minton-kiln-found-under-a-stoke-town-centre-car-park-destined-to-become-student-flats/story-30394324-detail/story.html


More witch markings from Wookey Hole:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-40262004

Some ëmysterious vaultsí were found by stonemasons working at Blenheim
Palace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-40264213

Finds from excavations at Auckland Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-40232402

Latest visitor centre saga is at Cliffordís Tower:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40221432

UNESCO doesnít like the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40286120

On fixing damage to artifacts done in last yearís earthquake in Italy:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40264695/restorers-battle-to-fix-thousands-of-pieces-after-last-year-s-quake


Interview with Christopher Ferguson:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/q-a/14062017-q-and-a-christopher-ferguson


More on the Montem Mound:

http://www.sloughexpress.co.uk/gallery/slough/116448/has-the-mystery-of-the-montem-mound-finally-been-solved.html

More on ëFirehengeí near Avebury:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/excavations-near-avebury-uncover-mysterious-firehenge-800-years-older-than-stonehenge/news-story/5c77e180d84d2ca6bfc04a5d465ad845

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/



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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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Suggestion that a Shigir idol may have been carved with beaver teeth:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/beavers-teeth-used-to-carve-the-oldest-wooden-statue-in-the-world/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5661-170615-shigir-idol-beavers

Early Warring States period (or earlier) tomb from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/13/c_136362094.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-06/15/content_29756205.htm

Studying the remains of human sacrifice victims at the Shang Dynasty Royal
Cemetery:

https://www.livescience.com/59513-ancient-china-human-sacrifice-revealed.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ancient-human-sacrifice-victims-faced-124900148.html


Excavating a 19th century Googong schoolhouse:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-15/19th-century-googong-school-house-unearthed/8619050



Australiaís history textbooks still have problems:

http://theconversation.com/history-textbooks-still-imply-that-australians-are-white-72796


Feature on restoring the Great Wall:

https://www.voanews.com/a/great-wall-restored/3902900.html

More on the ëdisappearanceí of the Jenny Lind:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/famous-19th-century-shipwreck-vanished-152800007.html


More on the possible rediscovery of the Pink and White Terraces:

http://www.newser.com/story/244152/researchers-say-theyve-found-lost-wonder-of-world.html



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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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Searching for evidence of New Hampshireís oldest occupants:

http://nhpr.org/post/digging-evidence-new-hampshires-earliest-inhabitants#stream/0


The UW-Madison dig at Aztalan Park:

http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_614fb63c-5055-11e7-a4a4-0b2032816bcf.html


I think we mentioned this piece on Ohioís Hopewell culture benefitting
from
immigrants:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170611/archaeology--immigrants-aided-creative-boom-by-ancient-ohioans


19th century remains from a Luzerne County dig:

http://wnep.com/2017/06/13/archaeological-dig-unearths-an-interesting-past-in-luzerne-county/


Coverage of a dig in Shreveport:

https://www.ktbs.com/news/there-s-an-archaeological-dig-in-shreveport/article_239c332e-50af-11e7-a9fa-8b998111b1d1.html


Excitement about a possible ëunderground tunnelí in Halifax:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3528108/underground-tunnel-rumours-fueled-by-discovery-of-old-halifax-sewer-line/

Ö that turned out to be a sewer pipe:

http://www.thetelegram.com/news/regional/2017/6/15/structure-initially-thought-to-be-possible-halifax-tunnel-just-a-sewer-pipe.html


Looking for Sitka remains in Alaska:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/06/14/woman-with-small-shovel-finds-a-clue-to-sitkas-paleo-past/


Possible shipwreck debris from an Oregon beach:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20170615/possible-shipwreck-debris-uncovered-in-cannon-beach

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/06/debris_that_could_be_from_a_10.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5665-170616-oregon-coast-timber

Not sure if we mentioned this find of the wreck of the McCulloch off the
California coast:

https://www.livescience.com/59488-historic-shipwreck-mcculloch-discovered.html

https://www.livescience.com/59491-photos-century-old-sunken-ship-found.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17103/20170614/historic-shipwreck-spanish-american-war-discovered-southern-california-coast.htm

Plans for a dig at the St George River:

https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/dig-seeks-signs-of-elusive-fort-generals-estate-african-presence/1658176


The ShÌsh·lh Archaeological Project has some interesting features:

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/vibrant-culture-archaeological-project-reveals-faces-of-canadas-past

What Metin Eren is up to:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170617/NEWS/170619811/ksu-prof-is-an-archaeological-wunderkind


On the history of interracial marriage in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/06/11/before-loving-v-virginia-another-interracial-couple-fought-in-court-for-their-marriage/


Feature on Mesa Verde:

https://www.livescience.com/27360-mesa-verde.html

On French art and the American Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/arts/design/french-paintings-america-collects-bazille-national-gallery-review.html


More on Chumash relics from Santa Rosa Island:

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jun/14/ancient-chumash-artifacts-found-santa-rosa/



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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ëvolcanicí theory about the El Volcan pyramid in Peru:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-volcano-shaped-pyramid-discovered-peru-hosted-celebrations-honour-solar-eclipses-1624111

What weíre learning about the Guanacaste people:

http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/articles/2017/06/16/pre-columbian-guanacastecans-wore-their-deads-bones-and-cut-their-enemies-heads


A number of funerary urns from a site in Tiscapa (Nicaragua):

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=14323&SEO=nicaraguan-experts-discover-archaeological-site


Feature on Tenochtitlan:

https://www.livescience.com/34660-tenochtitlan.html

Feature on Tordesillas:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170615-the-town-that-split-the-world-in-two


More on the Aztec temple excavation in Mexico City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/science/aztec-temple-mexico-city.html
http://observer.com/2017/06/500-year-old-aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city/

https://www.livescience.com/59468-aztec-temple-in-mexico-city.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city-ehecatl-tenichtitlan-templo-mayor-a7790901.html


More on that mask from Argentina:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mask-challenges-theories-origin-metalworking-south-america-180963630/

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-3-000-year-old-copper-mask-could-rewrite-the-history-books



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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
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Someone recreated the Sutton Hoo helmet:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15341423.Sutton_Hoo_helmet_recreated_in_stunning_silver/

The ëlast line of defenseí role of archaeologists:

http://www.hcn.org/articles/archaeologists-protect-ruins-from-destruction-Southwest


A painting from the Scott era was found in Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40245227
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5657-170614-antarctic-watercolor-painting

On promoting the humanities:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/06/13/scholars-unconvincing-case-about-value-humanities-essay


On the word ëidiotí:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/opinion/trump-and-the-true-meaning-of-idiot.html


On Shakespeareís ëpoliticsí:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/13/the-trump-family-shouldnt-fight-shakespeare-theyll-lose/


Some Juneteenth coverage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/dining/juneteenth-food-slavery-abolition.html


An 18th century botanical colouring book:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/us/coloring-book-trnd/index.html
http://www.botanicus.org/title/b11968564

We may have mentioned this forger before:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/the-forger-who-fooled-the-art-world/
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/master-forger-who-fooled-world-used-mates-face-in-roman-sculpture/news-story/073eecd879b282991269d5c9ba042fd8

On some cultures that practiced human sacrifice:

https://www.livescience.com/59514-cultures-that-practiced-human-sacrifice.html


The stolen brain of St John Bosco was recovered:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/16/stolen-brain-st-john-bosco-found-kettle


Latest Polynesian vessel recreation and its trip:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40316930

On how Pasteur changed chemistry:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/science/louis-pasteur-chirality-chemistry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience


Feature on Ignaz von Dollinger:

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/06/13/man-who-fought-papal-infallibility


Review of a biography of Machiavelli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/books/review/be-like-the-fox-machiavelli-biography-erica-benner.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks



Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Empires:

https://hyperallergic.com/374312/from-a-jade-burial-suit-to-terracotta-warriors-a-blockbuster-display-of-chinas-ancient-treasures/


Pompeii:

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/11-features/362885-241681-pompeii-the-exhibition

http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/omsi_pompeii_comes_to_portland.html

Roman hoards:

http://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2017/06/13/roman-hoards-exhibition-opens-at-nantwich-museum/


Hyping the Hatay Archaeological Museumís soon-to-arrive mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hatay-to-welcome-worlds-largest-mosaic-collection.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114274&NewsCatID=375


Feature on the items at the San Giovanni metro stop in Rome:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rome-san-giovanni-metro-museum-artifacts-unearthed/



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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying ancient weapons with xray and neutron technology:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/archaeology-x-ray-neutron-15062017/


Feature on the techy side of the multispectral imaging technology used to
reveal that Hebrew writing:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/374823/israeli-scientists-read-invisible-words-ancient-pottery-digital-camera/


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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Another piece on using DNA to track migrations:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-could-unravel-mystery-prehistoric-european-migration-180963702/



Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Italian libraries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/italian-libraries-hidden-treasures-books-architecture-art.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/what-to-read-tour-of-italian-libraries.html


Machu Picchu:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/machu-picchu-and-the-sacred-valley-peru/index.html


Dartmoor:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/17/discovering-dartmoor-devon-on-patrol-landscape-detective-mary-ann-ochota



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CRIME BEAT
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Native American objects stolen from a Durango storage facility:

https://durangoherald.com/articles/165517-native-american-artifacts-worth-thousands-stolen-from-durango-storage

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2017-06-14/native-american-artifacts-stolen-in-colorado


Ottoman era Qurans seized at Cairoís airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/271103/Heritage/Islamic/Qurans-from-Ottoman-era-seized-at-Cairo-Internatio.aspx


Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-5-11-june-2017.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/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The American University in Cairo returned some items:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270845/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-Egyptian-artefacts-from--excavation.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7659/AUC-returns-5-000-artifacts-to-Antiquities-Ministry

http://www.egyptindependent.com/auc-hands-over-5000-artifacts-fustat-excavation/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5655-170613-egypt-cairo-repatriation

Meanwhile, Cambridge is refusing to return some artifacts to Australia:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-17/cambridge-university-refuses-to-return-aboriginal-artifacts-to-australia

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-aborigines-idUSKBN1980A6?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews


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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n24.html

Ö and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n25.html


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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Iím really not sure what to do with all this Trump/Julius Caesar stuff
that
has been clogging my mailbox this week Ö focus varies:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/opinions/caesar-free-expression-opinion-maltby/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/theater/julius-caesar-shakespeare-donald-trump.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/16/calpurnia-as-melania-octavius-as-jared-the-public-theater-goes-full-trump-with-julius-caesar-in-central-park/

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/06/17/trump-activists-interrupt-caesar-play-jpm-orig.cnn

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/theater/julius-caesar-central-park-trump-protesters.html


La Mere Coupable:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/arts/an-operatic-rarity-picks-up-where-mozart-and-rossini-left-off.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts


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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2625-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-june-2017-10-june-2017
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Anne Pippin Burnett:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/06/12/anne-pippin-burnett-renowned-scholar-greek-poetry-1925%E2%80%932017


Rudolph Masciantonio:

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20160924_Rudolph_Masciantonio__75__retired_foreign_language_director_for_Philly_schools.html


Ben Finney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/us/ben-finney-dead-hawaii-tahiti.html

Philip Gossett:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/arts/music/philip-gossett-scholar-who-brought-operas-back-to-life-dies-at-75.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts


Chana Bloch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/books/chana-bloch-died-poet-and-translator.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Doug Weller

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If you're having problems getting 'the whole issue', read Explorator
online at:

https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/


Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan
Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Wilfried Zankl, Rick Heli, Richard
Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence (perhaps) of Neanderthal dentistry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uok-aon062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-analysis-neanderthal-teeth-grooves-uncovers.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628131510.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/neanderthals-dentistry-attempt-prehistory-attempt-homo-sapiens-humans-habilis-krapina-a7813206.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-treat-aching-teeth-180963883/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5701-170629-croatia-neanderthal-dentistry

What million year bp hyena coprolites reveal about early humans:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/hyenas-toilet-fossils-poop-coprolite/


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AFRICA
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A roundup of recent archaeological finds in Africa:

https://www.africa.com/top-five-latest-archeological-discoveries-in-africa/

Feature on Kush:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40420910


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Short feature on the Scorpion King:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-Scorpion-King-is-real-here-s-what-this-11245445.php

A pile of stone blocks stored near Luxor are now shown to be from a temple
of Thutmose I:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414739,polish-egyptologist-identified-fragments-of-a-lost-egyptian-temple-in-a-storage.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5703-170630-egypt-thutmose-i-temple

On the West’s obsession with ancient Egypt:

http://theconversation.com/the-mummy-what-the-wests-obsession-with-ancient-egypt-reveals-79519

More on those 5200 years bp ‘pre hieroglyphs’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-archaeologists-earliest-monumental-egyptian-hieroglyphs.html
https://sputniknews.com/society/201706261054989902-egypt-expedition-discover-new-hieroglyphs/

More on that prosthetic toe:

https://hyperallergic.com/387047/the-sophisticated-design-of-a-3000-year-old-wooden-toe/

Plenty of coverage of evidence of a ‘neolithic skull cult’ at Gobekli
Tepe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/aaft-itc062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-skull-fragments-deliberate-lines-gobekli.html
https://www.livescience.com/59643-carved-human-skulls-found-cultic-site.html
https://www.livescience.com/59644-photos-carved-human-skulls.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/28/turkish-site-evidence-of-neolithic-skull-cult-gobekli-tepe
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798498
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-evidence-of-skull-decoration-discovered-in-gobeklitepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114947&NewsCatID=375
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-apos-skull-cult-apos-190305957.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-human-skulls-mysterious-carvings-reveal-11000-year-old-skull-cult-1628150
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-skull-cult-cuts-20170628-htmlstory.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/remains-from-skull-cult-discovered-at-worlds-oldest-stone-monuments/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/skulls-cult-turkey-archaeology-neolithic-gobekli/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/06/28/carved-skulls-flesh-out-neolithic-cult-evidence/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-temple-shows-evidence-stone-age-skull-cult-180963877/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/first-evidence-of-a-neolithic-skull-cult-at-gobekli-tepe
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5700-170629-turkey-gobekli-tepe-carved-skulls
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/06/28/ciencia/1498673023_981204.html
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700564
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700564/tab-figures-data

First bodies (dating to 4200 years bp) from Gezer:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798934

Earliest evidence of plant-based dye use in Israel:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?&storyid4677=2340&ncs4677=3
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0179014
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/afot-3ta062817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-year-old-textiles-earliest-evidence-chemical.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231730
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/evidence-of-plant-dyes-found-in-king-solomon-era-textiles/2017/06/28/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.798329
http://www.timesofisrael.com/what-color-blue-did-king-solomon-wear-new-evidence-tells-us/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1307258/photos-evidence-use-plant-dyes-textiles-dating-era-kings-david-solomon.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/plant-based-textile-dyeing-found-at-copper-smelting-site-in-the-levant

An interview with Gabriel Barkay:

https://www.worldpittsburgh.org/resources/renowned-biblical-archaeologist-dr-gabriel-barkay-6-3-17/

Pondering where Israel’s antiquities should be kept:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/where-do-israels-antiquities-belong/

Latest from the Western Wall saga (seems to be a few things going on):

http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Article.aspx?id=498096
http://www.timesofisrael.com/there-is-already-pluralistic-prayer-at-the-western-wall-heres-what-would-have-changed/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/some-critics-of-western-wall-plan-still-unhappy-after-freeze/

The US Supreme court will hear that long-running case involving Iranian
antiquities being used for compensatory purposes:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/supreme-court-takes-dispute-over-iran-antiquities-terror-case-n777106

Feature on some 1000 years bp ‘lost’ Arab poetry that lives on in Hebrew:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170616-the-1000-year-old-lost-arab-poetry-that-lives-on-in-hebrew

Suggestion that “70%” of Palmyra can be rebuilt:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/06/28/archeaologist-says-70-of-palmyra-can-be-rebuilt_1003e771-b64b-4c8e-83b8-0a4aa7f362b5.html

Follow up on the Mosque of al Nuri:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40441936

What ISIL did in Nineveh:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/07/02/This-is-what-ISIS-has-been-doing-to-ancient-artifacts-in-Iraq-s-Nineveh-since-2014-.html

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Very interesting 3rd century (maybe) dwelling remains preserved in a fire
near the Caelian:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-subway-uncovers-pompeii-like-scene-rome.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/rome-metro-excavations-unearth-3rd-century-pompeii-like-scene
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/subway-digging-uncovers-pompeii-scene-rome-48284401
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/your-brisbane/roman-gladiators-were-war-prisoners-and-criminals-not-sporting-heroes-20170627-gwzqfk.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1800-year-old-mini-pompeii-unearthed-during-rome-metro-line-excavations-1627949
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/06/26/mini-pompeii-found-in-rome-metro-dig-4_741983a8-7812-450f-8c19-0f0229243101.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/mini-pompeii-found-during-rome-metro-c-works/
https://www.thelocal.it/20170626/mini-pompeii-found-in-rome-while-digging-metro-line
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/
http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/06/26/news/roma_come_pompei_scoperta_casa_romana_distruttta_da_un_incendio_intatti_parti_di_solaio_mobili_mosaici_e_affreschi-169103421/#gallery-slider=169150376
http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2017/06/28/03004-20170628ARTFIG00148-un-nouveau-pompei-decouvert-sur-le-chantier-du-nouveau-metro-a-rome.php
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5686-170626-rome-burned-building

… and some recent excavations in Pompeii (apologies for the paywall … I’m
trying to find more on this):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-dig-reveals-more-about-roman-ancestors-from-tuscany-b72kpxk5g

South East Glazed Ware found in the South West:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-rare-archaeological-unique-pottery-south.html

A Late Roman gold hoard from Lienden:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/06/dutch-gold-coin-hoard-discovered-in-orchard.html

The search is on for remains of a monastery near Peperikon:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/180917/Bulgarian+Archaeological+Expedition+Will+Try+to+Find+the+Largest+Early+Christian+Monastery

The 2017 excavations at Akrotiri have come to an end:

http://in-cyprus.com/archaeologists-wrap-up-2017-excavations-in-akrotiri/

Studying skulls from the necropolis at Portus:

https://www.livescience.com/59670-ancient-roman-skulls-distinct-local-looks.html

Not sure where to put this one … evidence of ‘backgammon’ gaming from
Tripolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-in-ancient-tripolis-show-that-backgammon-dates-back-2000-years-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=114900&NewsCatID=375

Plans to map the sunken city of Akra:

http://tass.com/society/954191

How Sparta became Spartan:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2017/06/30/how-sparta-became-spartan-plutarchs-life-of-lycurgus/

What Kristina Kilgrove is up to:

http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-researcher-study-ancient-skeletons-near-pompeii

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Machiavelli and Livy:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-machiavellis-discourses-livy-part-ii

On Roman surveying techniques:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/28/romans-roads-which-direction-build

On gladiators *not* being sporting heroes:

http://theconversation.com/roman-gladiators-were-war-prisoners-and-criminals-not-sporting-heroes-80065

Feature on shoes from Vindolanda:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/huge-shoe-find-reveals-what-13243936

Feature on ‘dormouse fattening jars’:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dormouse-jars-glirarium-rome

Feature on the ‘Claudius Gateway’ tourist attraction at Colchester:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/local/15377774.REVEALED__The_exhibit_set_to_be_opened_on_the_remains_of_Britain_s_largest_Roman_arcade/

On ancient Greek pessimism:

https://thewire.in/151976/ancient-greeks-good-old-days-better/

Reviewish on Hannibal’s crossing of the alps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-180963671/

Digitizing historical images of Rome:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/29/new-digital-archive-showcases-historical-images-rome/

More on that chariot mosaic from Akaki:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40402816/cyprus-reveals-rare-roman-horse-race-mosaic-in-akaki
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/06/26/a-rare-mosaic-is-unearthed-in-remote-cyp?videoId=371968281&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=OddlyEnough&videoChannel=4
http://in-cyprus.com/restoration-work-starts-on-unique-cyprus-mosaic-video/?title=Restoration%20work%20starts%20on%20unique%20Cyprus%20mosaic%20%28VIDEO%29

More on pre-Roman Ippleden:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5696-170628-england-devon-rural-settlement

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

http://theartsdesk.com/books/john-man-amazons-review-real-warrior-women-ancient-world

The coverage of the White House obsession with Thucydides continues:

http://www.gq.com/story/steve-bannon-ancient-greeks


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A Neolithic figurine from a Polish village:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5697-170628-poland-neolithic-figurine

A Neolithic burial from Silsden:

http://www.keighleyonline.co.uk/community/news/885-exciting-prehistoric-artefacts-unearthed-at-silsden-dig.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5702-170630-england-neolithic-funerary-urn

A ‘hidden square’ at Avebury:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-secret-square-beneath-world-famous-avebury.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/28/avebury-stone-circle-weird-square-archaeologists-find/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40431673
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/29/avebury-stone-circle-contains-hidden-square-archaeologists-find
https://www.livescience.com/59668-avebury-circle-once-a-square.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15377443.New_discovery_at_Avebury_may_answer_century_old_questions/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/highly-unusual-square-monument-found-within-avebury-stone-circle-surveys-show-35877091.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5699-170629-avebury-square-formation

Digging a hillfort at Oldbury-on-Severn:

http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/15375035.Archaeologists_unearthing_secrets_of_ancient_hillfort_in_Oldbury_on_Severn/

Remains of a Saxon church on Holy Island:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/britain-oldest-churches-lindisfarne-holy-island-archaeologists-uk-monastery-st-aidan-gospels-ancient-a7817006.html
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/first-new-church-found-holy-13241445
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/saxon-church-uncovered-during-dig-on-holy-island-1-8617307
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5691-170627-england-lindisfarne-church

An 8th century site found prior to road construction in Bratislava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570116/impressive-archaeological-site-revealed-under-planned-bratislava-ring-road.html

Assorted sherds from Newport’s medieval kiln:

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/15376770.Sherds_shed_light_on_town__39_s_pottery_past/

Plans to dig a ‘mysterious site’ near Paisley Abbey:

http://www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/2017/06/26/archaeological-dig-to-explore-a-mysterious-site-near-paisley-abbey/

… and plans to dig a Bronze Age site on the Isle of Man:

http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/83287/archaeologists-to-study-isle-of-man-s-bronze-age-history

… and plans to excavate and conserve the Invincible:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15376159.Bournemouth_University_archaeologists_to_excavate_historic_warship_Invincible/

Wondering where King Harold is buried:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/25/king-harold-buried-hertfordshire-churchamateur-historians-try/

Marking the 35th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/raising-the-mary-rose-s-history-1-8033182

Criticizing a planned bridge to Tintagel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/30/bridge-to-tintagel-raises-philosophical-and-practical-objections

Interesting headstones from the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39508229

More on the Neolithic/Bronze Age finds at Bryn Celli Ddu:

http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/177669/neolithic-and-bronze-age-cairn-discoveries-at-anglesey-s-bryn-celli-ddu.aspx


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A huge altar from Xinjiang:

http://www.newsweek.com/china-religion-archaeology-629719
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/xinjiang-sun-altar-ancient-china-archaeology-spd/

Renewed/ongoing interest in sites in the Russian Arctic:

http://tass.com/economy/953261

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A prehistoric Alutiiq fish trap from Kodiak Island:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/06/26/low-tide-reveals-alutiiq-fishing-method-in-kodiak/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/prehistoric-stone-fish-trap-discovered-alaska-island-48338257
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11883852
http://www.cbs46.com/story/35773962/prehistoric-stone-fish-trap-discovered-on-alaska-island
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5690-ancient-fish-trap-discovered-in-alaska-3

Studying a clam garden site on Russell Island:

http://www.cheknews.ca/archaeology-team-works-with-local-first-nations-to-determine-age-depth-of-ancient-clam-gardens-342283/

Finds suggest the history of St Louis’ founding needs a rethink:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/story-st-louis-beginnings-becomes-more-complicated-new-archaeological-findings#stream/0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5704-170630-st-louis-founding-artifacts

A Colonial-era brass lock from Michigan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5684-170626-michigan-colonial-lock

A Revolution-era musket ball from Charleston:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/tiny-lead-ball-confirms-archaeologists-are-digging-in-right-place/article_4e92c066-5d02-11e7-b92a-47d8da82a83c.html
http://abcnews4.com/news/local/a-1780-bullet-was-found-during-archaeological-excavation-at-aiken-rhett-house
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5705-170630-charleston-revolutionary-war-trench

… and a Revolution-era shipwreck off Florida:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/27/florida-frontiers-american-revolution-era-shipwreck/433868001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

… while bridge construction threatens the excavation of the Luna:

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/06/29/uwf-pensacola-bay-bridge-construction-threatens-1559-luna-shipwreck-excavation/439319001/

A Civil War map of Gloucester Point:
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-evg-civil-war-fort-map-20170630-story.html

Excavating a Jesuit church in Shreveport:

http://www.heraldsun.com/living/article157894194.html

A time capsule from a Confederate monument in St Louis:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/us/confederate-monument-time-capsule/index.html

Suggestion Lost Colony settlers moved to Hatteras Island:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/artifacts-show-lost-colony-settlers-moved-to-hatteras-island-lived/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-9401-f63701e278d9.html

Feature on the Erie Canal:

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/erie_canal_at_200_how_a_ditch_transformed_the_empire_state.html

Feature on the site of Canada’s first parliament:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode-344-tomson-highway-the-hidden-site-of-canada-s-first-parliament-top-albums-for-canada-150-and-more-1.4178586/remnants-of-upper-canada-s-1st-parliament-sit-buried-under-a-toronto-car-wash-1.4178589?cmp=rss

On Downton Abbey’s role in the formation of Canada:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-40463909/downton-abbey-s-real-life-alter-ego-s-role-in-founding-canada

A legal battle is shaping up over the Franklin artifacts:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/lawyers-circle-over-the-franklin-searches

Colonial court documents show up on eBay:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-colonial-court-documents-found-ebay-180963864/

More on that 1000 year bp canoe from Louisiana:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1736099644&kid=Bvx4wT1TuMhUhryg

More on recreating Native American water bottles:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-water-bottles-may-have-exposed-native-americans-toxic-chemicals-180963875/


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A 7000 years bp high altitude site in Peru:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uow-rde062617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-document-early-permananet-human-settlement.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095929.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-humans-evolved-ancient-americans-adapted-live-mountain-environment-2558655
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5695-170628-peru-andean-highland-settlement

A ‘tower of skulls’ from an Aztec site in Mexico City is getting a lot of
press attention:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-skulls-idUSKBN19M3Q6
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/tower-human-skulls-mexico-city-aztec-sacrifices
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/tower-human-skulls-found-archaeologists-mexico-aztec-history-doubt-a7818841.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/94301544/Tower-of-human-skulls-in-Mexico-casts-new-light-on-Aztecs-culture-of-sacrifice
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/aztec-tower-of-skulls-unearthed-by-archaeologists-in-mexico-city/news-story/4a8102ed169135d5c3ed5f2e8847c185?from=rss-basic

More on those 1000 years bp burials in Nicaragua:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/pre-columbian-cemetery-found-nicaragua-spd/


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A good Canada Day feature:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/world/canada/canada-150th-anniversary-celebration-indigenous-people.html

An Alexander Hamilton inspired fourth of July meal:

http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/cooking/for-fourth-of-july-an-american-feast-inspired-by-founding-father-alexander/2328460

Looking at the history of maps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-maps-180963685/

Acoustic archaeology and cave art:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-acoustic-scientist-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/asoa-ass062017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629175551.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sound-reflecting-shelters-inspired-ancient-rock-artists

On the sudden popularity of Pushkin:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-40383837

On the original colour of the Statue of Liberty:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/acs-tso062917.php

On recreating ancient ales and the like:

http://nhpr.org/post/meet-indiana-jones-ancient-ales-and-extreme-beverages
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/30/532959384/meet-the-indiana-jones-of-ancient-ales-and-extreme-beverages

On digging while expecting:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/01/pregnant-in-the-field-blog-photography-have-trowel-will-travel

Much excitement in Russia over St Nicholas relics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/why-more-than-a-million-russians-have-lined-up-tosee-one-of-theribs-of-saint-nicholas/2017/06/28/02aae204-5696-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Empires:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/prof-lillian-tseng-reviews-met-exhibition-in-the-art-newspaper

Teotihuacan:

http://observer.com/2017/06/teotihuacan-de-young-exhibition/

Berlin Painter:

http://www.ocala.com/lifestyle/20170629/ticket-to-write-vases-by-ancient-greek-painter-can-bring-goosebumps

Gladiators:

http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/sponsored-content/museums/brooke-boland/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-brings-ancient-rome-to-brisbane-253994

Religion in Early America:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/28/534765046/smithsonian-exhibit-explores-religious-diversitys-role-in-u-s-history

Gates of Paradise have been installed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum:

https://nelson-atkins.org/gates-paradise-installed-nelson-atkins/

It sounds like it should be honours for the Mytilene Archaeological
Museum, but I think it’s a talk:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/06/26/golden-crown-and-golden-wreath-to-be-presented-at-mytilene-archaeological-museum/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26007-golden-crown-and-wreath-presented-for-first-time-by-lesvos-archaeological-museum.html

The Louvre may lose its ‘most popular museum’ designation:

https://qz.com/1015412/new-yorks-metropolitan-museum-of-art-may-soon-surpass-the-louvre-as-the-worlds-most-popular-museum/


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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new bone identification technique:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bone-identification-method-human-societies.html

A new xray technique for analyzing artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-x-ray-technique-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uol-uol062817.php

Latest facial reconstruction is a 500 year bp Dublin man:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/30/researchers-produce-startling-3-d-image-of-a-young/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5693-170627-dublin-facial-reconstruction

… and more on reconstructing faces of First Nations people:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/beads-facial-reconstruction-museums-canada/



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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Suggestion that mainland and island Greeks diverged genetically in the
Middle Ages:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798089
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5692-170627-greece-dna-divergence

… while the South Caucasus region has had very little change over the past
8000 years, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-genetic-evidence-south-caucasus-region.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629143015.htm



Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Southwest England:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/travel/southwest-england-avalon-tintagel-totnes-weird-spiritual.html

Acinipo’s Roman Ruins:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/28/acinipo-roman-ruins-spain-andalucia


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CRIME BEAT
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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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Some funerary busts from Palmyra were recovered from ISIL:

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/syrian-authorities-seize-four-funeral-busts-in-isis-former-centers-in-palmyra_839808.html
http://www.epa.eu/arts-culture-and-entertainment-photos/archeology-monuments-heritage-sites-photos/palmyra-statues-handed-over-to-syrian-general-directorate-of-antiquities-and-museums-photos-53619614


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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n27.html


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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2628-audio-news-from-archaeologica-18-june-2017-24-june-2017

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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan
Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Rick Heli, Trevor Watkins, Trevor
Ogden, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this
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AFRICA
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A survey of petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5843-170815-namibia-initiation-rock-art

Concerns for Somali cave art:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2017/0816/Finding-Somaliland-s-ancient-cave-art-is-hard.-Protecting-it-could-be-harder

https://www.yahoo.com/news/finding-somalilands-ancient-cave-art-hard-protecting-could-203710342.html


The chicken and black rat came to Africa via Indian Ocean trade:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-indian-ocean-routes-chicken.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-eio081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141533.htm

Feature on Ibrahima Thiaw’s work looking for slave shipwrecks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-deep-senegal-slave-shipwreck.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98199/Secrets-of-the-deep--Senegal-s-slave-shipwreck-detective



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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Three Ptolemaic burials from Minya (and possibly a large necropolis with
more):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275381/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Three-Ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-in-Minya,-contents.aspx

http://www.egyptindependent.com/three-ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-minya-discovery-indicates-large-cemetery/

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/15/three-ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-egypts-minya-suggesting-a-large-cemetery/

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/17421/3-Ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-Minya

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-tombs-dating-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/60164-three-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-egypt.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-new-discovery-2000-year-old-tomb-sarcophagi-al-kamin-al-sarwahi-minya-a7895671.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40939274
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11906155
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/15/three-2000-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-in-egypt

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-more-2000-years-old-uncovered-archaeologists-hidden-burial-651126

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807195
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-tombs-uncovered-egypt-achaemenid-archaeology-history-spd/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5844-170815-egypt-ptolemaic-tombs

… I think this is the same story, with an overly ambitious headline:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-discover-new-pyramids-southern-egypt-1010940


Also in Minya, a Coptic-era monk’s village of some sort:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275588/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Possible-ancient-monks-complex-discovered-in-Minya.aspx

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/
http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/515432/World/Mena/Egypt
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/18/New-archaeological-discovery-of-churches-and-monasteries-in-Egypt.html

A report (which missed the rounding lesson) that some 32 000+ items have
disappeared from Egyptian museums over the past fifty years:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-egypt-loses-33600-historical-artefacts-over-50-years/

… which was denied by Ministry officials:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/


The Ministry also pointed out how many sites it is digging at:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/antiquities-ministry-excavating-30-archaeological-sites-every-season/


Major funds for sites and museums in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/government-spends-egp-2-5bn-develop-museums-archaeological-sites/
http://www.menafn.com/1095750704/Egypt-collects-EGP200mn-for-restoration-of-Islamic-Coptic-monuments


Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/60154-rosetta-stone.html

Latest finds (I think we’re talking 12 000 years bp) from Kortik Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kortik-hill-offers-thousands-of-artifacts.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116813&NewsCatID=375


Latest finds from Istanbul’s subway construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/subway-construction-excavations-fill-gap-in-istanbuls-history.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116851&NewsCatID=375


Vessels with the ‘tree of life’ motif from Domuztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vessels-with-tree-of-life-motifs-found-in-turkeys-domuztepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116699&NewsCatID=375

The longstanding claim that copper was being smelted at Catal Huyuk some
8500 years bp is being explained with a bit more nuance:

http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/mystery-of-8-500-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed-through-materials-science

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-mo8081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mystery-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095111.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-origins-metal-making-solved-by-analysis-8500-year-old-copper-1635123


Cf: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440317301024

A 2600 years bp Egyptian seal from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystic-egyptian-seal-found-in-mugla-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116812&NewsCatID=378


We may have mentioned this 3000 years bp female statue from Tayinat:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12082017-turkey-found-3000-year-old-female-statue-at-citadel-gate-complex/


More on that stone vessel production site in Galilee:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-find-Galilee-excavations-reveal-a-2,000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop.aspx

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44559
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.806640
https://www.livescience.com/60131-jesus-era-stoneware-factory-uncovered.html


Interesting find (maybe) from a Dead Sea Scroll interpretation:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806283

An early Islamic-era house from Jordan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5842-170815-jordan-umayyad-house-unearthed

Remains of a 1000 years bp perfume shop in Sanliurfa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/19/1000-year-old-perfume-shop-discovered-in-turkeys-sanliurfa


I think we mentioned this 8th centuury CE mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.livescience.com/60132-earthquake-reveals-mosaic-production-practices.html


Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095742672/US-scholar-shares-concerns-over-preservation-of-archaeological-sites


We’re reading again of an upcoming antiquities forum in Riyadh:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1146586/saudi-arabia

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Hellenistic temple from Umm Qais:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/first-its-kind%E2%80%99-hellenistic-temple-discovered-umm-qais

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5849-170816-jordan-hellenistic-temple

A Roman villa (re)find at Realmonte:

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-uncover-sicilian-villa-ancient-roman-empire-2578815

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5846-170816-sicily-roman-villa

A metal detectorist found a Roman ‘measuring device’ (in the UK they call
them ‘dividers’):

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15466752.Metal_detectorist_mistook___39_find_of_his_life__39__for_rusty_tent_peg/


Roman finds from a dig in Bedford:

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/archaeologist-dubs-bronze-spoon-finding-from-roman-villa-dig-like-8216-sex-on-a-stick-8217/story-30487773-detail/story.html


Possible remains of a Roman temple in the Meon Valley:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15471916.Meon_Valley_dig_unearths_evidence_of_temple/


Not sure when this ‘near Spilsbury’ hoard was found:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/stunned-metal-detectors-discover-hoard-338853#ICID=sharebar_twitter


A Greek inscription from the Crimea:

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ancient-marble-slab-inscription-found-crimea.html


Plans to excavate the ‘gladiator stadium’ at Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/16/gladiators-arena-to-be-unearthed


They’ve found some interesting items (not necessarily ancient) in the
wreck
of Elgin’s ship:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/15/items-recovered-from-wreck-of-elgins-ship-off-kythira/

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26796-new-impressive-ancient-treasures-discovered-at-historical-kythira-shipwreck.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5848-170816-greece-mentor-elgin-excavation

The curator of the Cleveland MoA believes the Cleveland Apollo is a
Praxitelean original:

http://www.clevelandleader.com/cleveland-museum-art-curator-makes-controversial-claim-bronze-apollo-statue-greek-original/


Analysis of silver from Roman coins provides links to Hannibal’s defeat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/gc-afd081117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814092835.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-analysis-defeat-hannibal-written-coins.html
https://www.livescience.com/60141-ancient-coins-trace-rome-rising-power.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/13/roman-coins-show-evidence-hannibals-defeat-scientists-say/

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/14/roman-coins-analysis-tells-hannibal-defeat-rome-rise

https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/roman-conquest-of-spain-written-in-chemistry-of-ancient-coins

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2200-year-old-coins-record-hannibals-defeat-start-roman-empire-1634912

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5811-170814-rome-silver-coins

Analysis of a tiny piece of pipe, claimed to be from Pompeii, leads to a
theory that antimony was a major health threat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosd-pwh081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817110902.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pompeii-pipes-contaminated-toxic.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/antinomy-poisoning-not-lead-may-have-contributed-to-the-roman-empires-fall

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pompeii-did-antimony-poisoning-lead-downfall-roman-empire-1635637

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5853-170818-pompeii-antimony-water-pipe

Cf:
https://rogueclassicism.com/2017/08/18/on-antimony-in-pipes-and-pompeii-yeah-about-that/


The upcoming eclipse spawned an article on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/60144-antikythera-computer-predicted-eclipses.html


Feature on Cicero:

http://www.livelaw.in/cicero-greatest-lawyer-times/

Why study Classics?:

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/08/17/why_study_the_classics_110191.html


The SCS statement on diversity in the ancient world and misuse of
Classical
images:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/08/15/classicists-condemn-use-images-racists


On the claim that all roads lead to Rome:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mythbusting-ancient-romedid-roads.html

In case you haven’t heard enough silliness this week, here’s a claim that
Caesar’s invasion of Britain was invented by Alfred the Great:

http://cphpost.dk/news/caesar-conquering-britain-a-9th-century-invention-by-alfred-the-great.html


What Tommye Lou Davis is up to:

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/longtime-baylor-administrator-davis-out-as-vice-president/article_02f21ec5-cb98-53bb-b32f-244346b2443e.html

http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Longtime-Baylor-administrator-to-return-to-classroom-440934523.html


Stephen Fry will be dealing with ancient Greek myth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220935/article/ekathimerini/life/stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26801-stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece-in-ontario.html


More on France’s ‘mini Pompeii’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/archeologists-dig-frances-mini-pompeii-roman-town-frozen-time-fire/


More on citrons as luxury items in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/afot-cfl081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-citrus-luxury-item-cash-crop.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170818092100.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Citrus-fruit-From-ancient-luxury-item-to-todays-cash-crop-502579

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/israeli-researcher-says-citrons-lemons-were-luxuries-in-ancient-mediterranean/2017/08/17/



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Plenty of finds from an Anglo Saxon cemetery on Holy Island:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/complete-skeletons-anglo-saxon-cemetery-13474400

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5845-170815-lindisfarne-anglo-saxon-cemetery-skeletons


… and plenty of Anglo Saxon burials found during the Lincoln Bypass
construction:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/mystery-over-400-ancient-graves-346698


A metal detectorist has found a Bronze Age hoard of some sort from Thanet:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-cliftonville-man-has-found-a-gold-coin-and-a-treasure-trove-while-metal-detecting-in-thanet/story-30485584-detail/story.html


Cup and ring marks in Ilkley Moor:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15479067.Intriguing_cup_and_ring_marks_discovered_on_archaeology_trail_on_Ilkley_Moor/


Searching for remains of a Pictish settlement near Blair Atholl:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-north-east-seat-of-pictish-kings-1-4536178

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15483296.Blair_Atholl_burial_dig_hopes_to_find_more_signs_of_Pictish_life/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/search-pictish-settlement-11008380


A metal detectorist found a 6th century coin pendant:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-40962865

A 9th century Arabic coin from Svaty Jur:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628379/unique-discovery-proves-contact-between-great-moravia-and-orient.html


A medieval church and burials from Lucerne:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170815/medieval-church-and-skeletons-unearthed-in-lucerne-city-centre


A medieval coin hoard from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-treasure-find-in-denmark.html


Archaeologists have located and excavated Greenwich Palace:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/greenwich-palace-henry-viii-birthplace-remains-discovered-archaeologists-old-royal-naval-college-a7894331.html

http://artdaily.com/news/98204/Archaeological-find-uncovers-royal-palace-where-Henry-VIII-and-Elizabeth-I-were-born

Remains of Vilna’s 17th century synagogue includes a pair of mikvehs:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/two-mikvahs-exposed-in-vilnas-great-synagogue-70-years-after-destruction/2017/08/17/

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234046
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-the-heart-of-nazi-razed-vilnius-synagogue/

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807434
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discover-in-Lithuania-archeologists-find-ruins-of-Great-Synagogue-502804

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/great-synagogue-vilna-ritual-baths-that-survived-nazi-soviet-destruction-revealed-1635597

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5851-170817-lithuania-great-synagogue

Plenty of finds (including remains of the crew) during the underwater
excavation of the Rooswijk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40962097
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/17/lost-crew-18th-century-dutch-treasure-ship-found-coast-kent/

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/team-explores-secrets-of-18th-130720/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/shipwreck-excavations-at-goodwin-sands-shed-new-light-on-voyagers-untold-stories-1-5154772

http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/dutch-east-india-company-ship-rooswijk-archaeologists-discovery-58436

http://artdaily.com/news/98194/Bones--silver-found-in-18th-century-Dutch-wreck-off-UK
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/shipwreck-rooswijk-dutch-trading-kent-england-artifacts-spd/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5852-170818-england-dutch-shipwreck

Evidence of a 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ from Galway:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/archaeologist-finds-200-year-old-galway-refugee-camp-1.3190982


Excavating a 100 years bp Kilwinning cottage:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-100-year-old-kilwinning-10997665

Plans to dig Caithness’ brochs:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/caithness-digs-deep-to-discover-secrets-of-its-brochs-1-4533401


Brief hype for a dig at Voden fortress:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/16/422046/plovdiv-archaeological-excavations-at-voden-fortress-in-asenovgrad-continue.html


A brooch associated with Richard III is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40961864

Moscow might be a hundred years older than previously thought:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/moscow-58670

Interesting theory about the Uffington White Horse:

http://archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse


By the time you read this, they’re probably already digging the Oxford
flood channel:

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/


Rethinking some images associated with the Plague:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/18/542435991/those-iconic-images-of-the-plague-thats-not-the-plague


Feature on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/who-was-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4534045


Plans for the Globe Theatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40972934

A 5000 years bp possible image of an eclipse from Ireland is being brought
up again for obvious reasons:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/18/this-5000-year-old-stone-carving-may-be-the-worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/18/worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/

We mentioned this 4000 years bp dagger find from Slovakia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/16/c_136530140.htm

I think we mentioned the reopening of Joint Mitnor cave, with 3d printed
replicas of items that were stolen:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/


More on that circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/thousand-year-old-viking-fortress-reveals-technologically-advanced-society



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

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Neolithic remains from the Kashmir:

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/stone-age-kashmiri-was-intelligent-skilled-burzahom-findings/257574.html


Evidence of a Vietnamese trading network which operated 4500-3000 years
bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-aua081717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html

http://citynews.com.au/2017/anu-uncovers-vietnamese-trading-network/
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-trading-network-vietnam

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/evidence-for-long-distance-neolithic-trading-network-in-vietnam-uncovered

Taking rubbings from a 1st century CE Mongolian cliff inscription:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2107500/archaeologists-discover-story-chinas-ancient-military-might


Possible evidence of a second capital in 8th century Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708170055.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5850-170817-japan-ancient-capital-unearthed

A 1000 years bp royal burial from North Korea (!):

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/638688/north-korea-Goryeo-Dynasty-tomb-Kaesong-archeology-kcna-Suk-Jong


Conserving items in Ladakh monasteries:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/asi-comes-to-rescue-of-1000-year-old-antiquities-in-ladakh-monasteries/articleshow/60062684.cms


Not sure about this ‘Great Wall of Siberia’ item:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-the-great-wall-of-siberia-dating-to-1st-millennium-bc/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/841374/Great-Wall-Siberia-discovery-Altai-Mountains-achaeology


Roundabout construction in New Zealand reveals an ancient Maori
settlement:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11903872

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11903872
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5855-170817-new-zealand-maori-settlement

Feature on life in colonial New Zealand:

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/16/42910/how-tough-was-life-in-colonial-new-zealand


The Chinese art market is sputtering, apparently:

https://news.artnet.com/market/2016-chinese-art-market-report-shows-market-in-doldrums-1050767


A history of Guam:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/


More on dog-eating rituals in Siberia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143891-ancient-warriors-killed-and-ate-their-dogs-as-rite-of-passage/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-


More on that well-preserved Siberian mummy:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/meet-the-mummified-polar-beauty-her-long-eyelashes-and-hair-still-intact-after-900-years/

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502453125_358701.html


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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A 1500 years bp midden from Camarines Sur:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/923681/1500-yr-old-artifacts-found-in-camsur

Latest from the Fort Edward dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/nyregion/french-indian-war-fort-edward-new-york-18th-century-british-troops.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-11883012.php
http://www.njherald.com/article/20170818/AP/308189981
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-wrapping-up-441005053.html


Digging the Sandwich site (near Windsor, ON):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/indigenous-monitors-added-archaeological-sandwich-roundabout-1.4251857


On efforts to save Mi’kmaq artifacts threatened by erosion:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saving-mi-kmaq-artifacts-before-they-wash-into-the-sea-1.4251195?cmp=rss


Feature on Benjamin Lay:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/sunday/youll-never-be-as-radical-as-this-18th-century-quaker-dwarf.html


… and Josiah Henson:

http://www.somdnews.com/independent/spotlight/archaeologist-retraces-the-steps-of-an-underground-railroad-pioneer/article_d985d818-4190-53ff-849c-643fef767271.html


… and Martin Frobisher:

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2017/08/16/how-a-middle-aged-midwestern-nobody-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic/

http://nationalpost.com/news/world/maps-worldwide-were-changed-how-a-novice-explorer-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic-in-1860/wcm/17e974ec-1a1d-4bb0-b3c4-88d844ea34dc

Oldest known photo of a US president:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/arts/design/john-quincy-adams-daguerreotype-sothebys-auction.html


On the Russian presence in North America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/russia-america.html

Latest on the demise of the Franklin crew:

http://gizmodo.com/new-clues-emerge-about-doomed-expedition-through-the-no-1797855047


In case you want to know about assorted Confederate monuments (varied
coverage):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/16/us/confederate-monuments-removed.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40966800
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40978515

Hopes for more study of a possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/call-study-slave-burial-ground-brooklyn-article-1.3421089


More on that Pueblaon petroglyph which might depict an eclipse:

https://www.livescience.com/60129-ancient-rock-art-depicts-solar-eclipse.html



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A circular wall from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5809-170814-peru-circular-wall-unearthed

Feature on a ‘Mayan Pompeii’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-pompeii-offers-snapshot-ancient-village-frozen-time-by-massive-volcanic-eruption-1635133



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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the history of department stores:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40448607

… and offices:

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/from-medieval-monks-to-online-connectivity-a-short-history-of-the-office/


Assorted coverage of various eclipses throughout history and human
reactions thereto:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170811-why-do-we-associate-eclipses-with-the-end-of-the-world

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/science/eclipse-discoveries-science.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/science/solar-eclipse-myths.html
http://www.fox9.com/fox-content-hub/274567152-story
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/eclipse-myths/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/eclipses-show-wrong-physics-can-give-right-results
http://theconversation.com/how-ancient-cultures-explained-eclipses-79887
http://www.thedailytimes.com/columns/steve_wildsmith/eclipse-tips-prepare-for-werewolves-and-the-moon-serpent/article_1923e82b-71da-5b62-aed8-0de123d115f6.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/

How Switzerland transformed the idea of breakfast:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-how-switzerland-transformed-breakfast


Almost in our period of purview but of interest … a missing British tank
turned up at the Somme:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/technology/world-war-i-archaeological-dig-at-the-somme-turns-up-missing-british-tank-that-fled-due-to-cowardice/news-story/e9639bcaae9e2e75e3bbe5475a90eb14


… and not in our time period, but of interest is the find of the USS
Indianapolis wreck: