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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan
Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David
Critchley, Laurel Carey, 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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A new 'cradle of mankind' site at Nyeri County (Kenya):

https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nyeri/New-cradle-of-mankind-found-Nyer
i/1954190-4624904-nh904v/index.html

Latest look at Otzi is focusing on what his tools tell us:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-stone-tools-ancient-mummy-reveal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-stf061318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620150233.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/science/otzi-iceman-tools.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/health/otzi-tyrolean-iceman-mummy-new-stu
dy/index.html
https://www.livescience.com/62872-otzi-iceman-mummy-tools.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/otzi-the-iceman-spent-his-last-d
ays-trying-to-repair-his-tools/
https://gizmodo.com/final-days-of-otzi-the-iceman-revealed-through-new-a
nal-1826982899
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6737-180621-otzi-stone-tools

On the evolution of parenting:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/22/621857925/
animated-history-the-evolution-of-parenting
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AFRICA
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3d analysis of African hunter-gatherer stone tools might have
archaeological applications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-d-analysis-stone-tools-african.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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"Ancient" smelting site in northern Iran (I think ... very vague
article):

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/ancient-metal-melting-sites-found-in-northw
est-of-iran/

A 'new' tablet from the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://www.livescience.com/52372-new-tablet-gilgamesh-epic.html

Looting concerns at Ein Hamra spring:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/247744

A 1000 years bp Islamic/Arabic amulet from the City of David:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/247442
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Small-amulet-makes-for-a-large-find-55
9987
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-unique-1-000-year-old-islam
ic-amulet-found-in-jerusalem-1.6175765
https://www.timesofisrael.com/unusual-minuscule-1000-year-old-arabic-cla
y-amulet-unearthed-in-city-of-david/
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2018/06/21/
Amulet-discovered-carrying-a-1-000-year-old-Arabic-phrase-in-Jerusalem.h
tml
https://www.livescience.com/62850-amulet-blessing-jerusalem.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6733-180619-jerusalem-arabic-amulet

Reports of the Waqf destroying assorted mounds of earth the Temple
Mount Sifting project is interested in:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-cleanup-project-illegally-disturbed
-removed-ancient-soil-on-temple-mt/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/06/14/more-archaeological-destruction-on-th
e-temple-mount-and-damage-to-dirt-mounds-that-should-be-sifted/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/06/18/update-waqf-uses-ramadan-to-violate-a
ntiquities-law/

... related:

https://hamodia.com/2018/06/20/report-police-shutter-post-har-habayis-ar
abs-cause-archaeological-damage/

An illegal dig in the West Bank is raising questions about the Museum
of the Bible's items:

https://hyperallergic.com/447909/an-illegal-archeological-dig-in-the-wes
t-bank-raises-questions-about-the-museum-of-the-bible/

Feature on the Al-Okhdood site in Najran (Saudi Arabia):

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/06/21/Saudi-Al-Okhdood-a-h
istorical-treasure-dating-more-than-2000-years.html

Feature on the 2000 years bp synagogue at Gamla:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-2000-year-old-synagogue-at-gamla-the-
oldest-yet-found-in-israel/

Studying the ancient Babylonian diet:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/06/14/what-did-ancient-babylonians-eat-yale-h
arvard-team-tested-their-recipes

Some background on Ashurbanipal in anticipation of the BM exhibition:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-ashurbanipal/

More on that c14 calibration that affects dating in the Eastern
Mediterranean:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/17394-a-carbon-dating-conundrum-for-the-holy-
land
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Late Roman/Early Saxon burial of a pair of men who had their legs
chopped off and heads smashed in (maybe):

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/a14-archaeology-cam
bridge-huntingdon-roadworks-14805997
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/18/archaeologists-in-cambri
dgeshire-find-graves-of-two-men-with-legs-chopped-off
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-find-legless-skeletons-excavation
-982610
https://www.sciencealert.com/mutilated-skeletons-amputated-legs-roman-an
glo-saxon-archaeology-cambridgeshire-a14-2
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/these-legless-romans-suffered-a-p
articularly-horrible-death-/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6730-180618-england-legless-graves

I think we mentioned this find of a 'lost city' (maybe Bassania) in
Albania:

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/discovery-of-lost-city-in-albani
a-thrills-archaeologists-06-18-2018
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/20/polish-archaeologists-locate-a-2000-year-
old-city-lost-to-the-annals-of-history/

Metal detectorists are apparently causing a lot of damage along
Hadrian's wall:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hadrians-wall-destroyed-
metal-detectors-illegal-nighthawk-brunton-turret-england-a8406161.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/damage-detected-at-hadrian-s-wall-lsx
55kzfg
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hadrian-s-wall-looted-for-long-lost-r
oman-bling-bwfcz86g3
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/19/hadrians-wall-nighthawkers-s
tealing-knowledge-site-historic/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/20/hadrians-wall-being-dama
ged-by-illegal-metal-detectorists
https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/20/hadrians-wall-siege-rogue-metal-detectori
sts-looking-roman-treasure-7646871/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/warning-over-illegal-metal-detecting-at-ha
drian-s-wall-1-4756942
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-hadrian/hadrians-wall-being-da
maged-by-nighthawk-metal-detectorists-idUKKBN1JG1IK
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/21/c_137268803.htm

Assorted scholars are disputing the authenticity of some items seized
by the Carabinieri last month:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/top-experts-dispute-italian-police-
claims-about-seized-antiquities

The villa of the fisherman Phainos (purportedly) has been located in
Halicarnassus:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/06/19/archaeologists-confirm-discovery-
of-villa-and-mosaic-of-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/06/23/archaeologists-discover-1800-year-
old-villa-of-ancient-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31684-archaeologists-disc
over-villa-and-mosaic-of-ancient-greek-fisherman-phainos-in-turkey.html

Studying the diet of folks at Gabii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/06/22/skeletons-from
-ancient-romes-sister-city-reveal-differences-in-immigration-and-diet/
#74ab7a2d4b96

The Theatre of Aptera is reopening with performances:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/19/ancient-theatre-of-aptera-to-
reopen-with-performance-of-homers-odyssey/

Pondering whether ancient Greeks 'went to the beach':

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/22/did-ancient-greeks-go-to-the-
beach/

A questionable 'reconstruction' of Julius Caesar's face:

https://www.rt.com/news/430659-caesar-head-reconstructed-rome/

Plans to resume the Priory Park dig in Chichester:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/more-roman-secrets-to-be-revealed-at-p
riory-park-dig-in-chichester-1-8543443

In case you didn't know there was a blog for the Vindolanda dig:

http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/thevindolandablog/post/
deeper-into-the-ditches/

... and Archaeology Magazine's dig blog for one of the teams working in
Pompeii:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28541

Socrates' thoughts on what made a good general:

https://taskandpurpose.com/socrates-military-general-xenophon/

Feature on Athens' Acropolis:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-
eastern-world/the-athenian-acropolis/

... and the 'optics' of the Parthenon:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/optical-refinements-at-the-parth
enon-1.3531800

What Joyce Reynolds is up to:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/15883

What Susan Alcock is up to:

https://news.umflint.edu/2018/06/21/susan-alcock-appointed-interim-provo
st-and-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs-at-um-flint/

What Allison Emmerson is up to:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/award-winning-archaeologist-writes-book-roma
n-tombs

Latin is doing well in West Hartford:

https://we-ha.com/latin-alive-well-west-hartford/

On Heraclitus and Trump:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/did-an-ancient-greek-anticipate-trump-15297
07031

Reviewish sort of thing of a book on the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Bloody-ends-Cartoonist-Jason-N
ovak-depicts-13018175.php

Review of a book on Latin wordplay:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/06/ancient-latin-puns-revealed-new-
edited-volume

Review of Hella Eckardt, *Writing and Power in the Roman World*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-writing-and-power-in-the-r
oman-world-literacies-and-material-culture.htm

More on the political slogans recently-unearthed at Pompeii:

https://www.rt.com/news/430101-pompeii-political-slogans-archaeology/

More on the Roman wall find in Bedfordshire:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-town-wall-and-skeleton-uncovered-at-s
andy-excavation-site-1-5570237
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Dating the Kanozero petroglyphs:

http://tass.com/science/1010138

Recreating Viking building colours:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-viking.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6732-180619-denmark-viking-colors

Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lu-shb062018.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-swedes-brewing-beer-iron-age.html
https://www.chron.com/news/media/Archaeologists-Find-That-Beer-Brewing-I
n-Sweden-1280723.php
https://www.zmescience.com/science/sweden-iron-age-beer-81342353/

Evidence of a third century BCE Celtic sanctuary of some sort from
Ablis:

https://actu.fr/ile-de-france/ablis_78003/yvelines-centaines-darmes-guer
riers-gaulois-decouvertes-ablis_17357167.html

Remains of a 'Saxon road' at a Birmingham construction site:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ancient-medieval-roa
d-discovered-under-14807117

A well-preserved 500 years bp shipwreck from Danish construction site:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-sensational-ship-find-in-koge
.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6740-18022-denmark-wooden-ship

Studying the contents of a 17th century Danish latrine:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/renaissance-toilet-investigation-
dung-and-dusted
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6736-180620-denmark-copenhagen-latrines

Feature on the excavation of the HMS Invincible:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16301595.Bournemouth_University_st
udents_working_on_historic_shipwreck_recover_a_cannon/

Albanian inscriptions on Russian bricks:

https://tsarizm.com/news/2018/06/20/belarusian-archeologist-discovers-ol
d-albanian-inscriptions-on-bricks-in-russia/

Digging will be resuming at a Highlands roundhouse next month:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1501699/archaeologis
ts-seek-more-evidence-of-iron-age-life-at-highland-roundhouse-dig/

Celebrating the end of the Famagusta project:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/20/officials-celebrate-completion-of-fam
agusta-project/

3d models of some 'enigmatic' Neolithic stone balls are online:

https://www.livescience.com/62843-enigmatic-stone-balls-scotland.html
https://www.livescience.com/62845-scotland-carved-stone-balls.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6729-180618-scotland-stone-balls

Claims of sophisticated geometry knowledge of the Stonehenge builders:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/06/20/stonehenge-builders-used-
pythagoras-theorem-2000-years-greek/

On the separation of Irish Famine children from their parents:

https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/trump-family-separation-iris
h-famine

Some 150 year-old photos of Stonehenge turned up:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-bristol-44495076

Funding for the Book of Deer Project:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/project-searching-for-los
t-monastery-gets-10000-lottery-boost/

More on that Tintagel Castle inscription:

http://www.bude-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110811&headline=Seventh%20cen
tury%20inscribed%20slate%20unearthed%20at%20Tintagel%20Castle&sectionIs=
news&searchyear=2018

More on large-scale whaling dating back to the Iron Age:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6734-180620-europe-whale-bone
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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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Evidence of a 3000 years bp village in Chifeng:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/18/c_137262778.htm

Remains of an extinct species of gibbon from a 2200 years bp Chinese
tomb:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-gibbon-genus-ancient-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44541847
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/science/extinct-gibbon-china.html?smi
d=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.livescience.com/62886-newfound-ape-ancient-chinese-tomb.html
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/621487897/long-extinct-gibbon-found-insid
e-tomb-of-chinese-emperors-grandmother
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-gibbon-species-extinct-ape-c
hinese-tomb
https://www.sciencealert.com/disturbing-archaeological-find-in-ancient-c
hinese-tomb
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/extinct-gibbon-in-ancient-chines
e-tomb-hints-at-other-lost-primate-species/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/20/ciencia/1529497160_055536.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-gibbon-species-discove
red-2000-year-old-chinese-tomb-180969433/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6741-180622-china-tomb-gibbon

Remains of a Ming Dynasty era city in Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/19/c_137265206.htm
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/long-lost-city-f
ound-by-archaeologists-in-china/as64683428.cms

A relief of Rudrama Devi from Thorrurmandal:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/carving-of-rudrama-devi-
discovered/article24187815.ece

More Buddhist finds in Gujarat:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/asi-digs-more-evidenc
e-of-deep-buddhist-roots-of-guj/articleshow/64674820.cms

A 2000 years bp "mummy" (not sure how it was given that epithet) from a
Siberian reservoir:

http://tass.com/science/1010449
https://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/2000-year-old-mummified-sl
eeping-beauty-dressed-in-silk-emerges-from-siberian-reservoir/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/2000yearold-mummified-sleeping-be
auty-discovered-in-the-unlikeliest-of-places/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6742-180622-russia-woman-grave

More on that possible palace find in Japan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6727-180618-japan-yoshinogawa-river
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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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Anzick-1 is now dated confidently (it appears) to the Clovis culture
period:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-method-baby-anzick-age-clovis.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619122441.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/tau-mbs061918.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/06/18/anzick-1/
#.Wy-eORIzo1I
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/new-study-adds-evidence-to-debat
e-over-the-only-known-clovis-burial/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6731-180619-clovis-anzick-child

Feature on Magic Mountain (Colorado):

https://www.5280.com/2018/06/denver-has-a-7000-year-old-archaeology-site
-right-in-its-backyard/

A 5000 years bp site in Daniel Boone National Forest:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article213440084.html

They'll be digging at the Sea Pines shell ring:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/untamed-lowcou
ntry/article213591929.html

On Chaco culture 'conservatism' and its aftermath:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/01/
conservatism-took-hold-here-1000-years-ago-until-the-people-fled/
?noredirect=on&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1

Another feature on Jamestown:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/20/unearthing-american-evo
lution-in-jamestown/

Interesting 400 years bp Native American site in Georgia:

https://www.wabe.org/a-discovery-in-ga-uncovers-details-from-horrific-ti
me-in-native-american-history/
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/23/622795444/archaeological-site-reveals-new
-details-about-georgia-history

A human skull from Fort Gibson:

http://www.newson6.com/story/38489975/police-workers-discover-human-skul
l-in-fort-gibson

A Civil War 'limb pit' near Manassas National Battlefield Park:

https://nyti.ms/2MGY0tW?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/20/620394034/
civil-war-battlefield-limb-pit-reveals-work-of-combat-surgeons
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/20/bones-of-ci
vil-war-dead-found-on-a-battlefield-tell-their-horror-stories/
http://www.wdam.com/story/38466937/archaeologists-uncover-limb-pit-of-ci
vil-war-dead
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/remains-of-civil-war-soldiers-found
-in-e2-80-98limb-burial-pit-e2-80-99-tell-tale-of-bloody-battle/
ar-AAyV6md
http://www.jacksonville.com/nationworld/20180620/bones-of-civil-war-dead
-tell-their-horror-stories
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6735-180620-virginia-civil-war

An African American burial ground in San Antonio:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Historian-and-UTSA-archae
ologists-discover-13005467.php

Feature on some 19th century free African-American pioneers:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unheralded-pioneers-19th-century-
america-were-free-african-american-families-180969400/

Remains of UVA's early water system:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/newly-uncovered-cistern-sheds-light-un
iversitys-original-firefighting-plan

On Woodrow Wilson's legacy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/books/review/patricia-otoole-moralist
-woodrow-wilson-biography.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on that Native American 'palace' in Florida:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-native-american-kings
-house-last-seen-by-spanish-conquistadors-found-in-florida/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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This week's sacrificial focus is that of the Mexica/Aztec people:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/feeding-gods-hundreds-skulls-reve
al-massive-scale-human-sacrifice-aztec-capital

More on Easter Island statue hats:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44466163

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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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The 'Irish Giant' in the Hunterian Museum might get a proper burial:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/22/irish-giant-may-finally-
get-respectful-burial-after-200-years-on-display
https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-giants-skeleton-may-finally-buried-
display-200-years-156491

An auction of Cypriot antiquities:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/18/cypriot-antiquities-raise-small-fortu
ne-at-us-auction/

... and Napoleon's hat from Waterloo:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44519302
https://nyti.ms/2HZgl27?smid=nytcore-ios-share
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/06/19/mundo_global/
1529408448_007237.html

Egyptian antiquities are coming to Christie's:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/19/christies-to-offer-egyptian-artefa
cts-to-be-auctioned/

Feature on the solstice:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/summer-solstice-world-traditions/
index.html

... and the goings on at Stonehenge:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-thousands-celebrate-summer-solstice-stoneh
enge.html

Feature on assorted famous mummies:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/18/viajero_astuto/
1529300620_569043.html

In case you haven't seen Beyonce's Louvre-based video:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44576480

Feature on garbology:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/dehradun/archaeology-and-garb
ology-from-the-past-to-the-present.html

Interesting followup to that 'lost masterpiece location' story in
Belgium:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ghent-altarpiece-code-so
lved-gino-marchal-belgium-treasure-dig-holes-kalandeberg-mystic-lamb-a84
02156.html

Lawrence of Arabia as archaeologist:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologis
ts-biblical-scholars-works/lawrence-of-arabia-as-archaeologist/

Feature on Nietzsche:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/friedrich-nietzsche-truth-terr
ible/?CMP=Sprkr-_-Editorial-_-Times%20Literary%20Supplement-_-Unspecifie
d-_-FBPAGE

Changes to AP History are causing a brouhaha:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/ap-world-history-exam.html

Latest look at the Voynich Manuscript:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/15/health/voynich-manuscript-mystery/
index.html

Interesting story behind a 17th century painting:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/21/framed-mystery-pain
ting-tells-story-doomed-norfolk-family-paston

Feature on Amrita Sher-Gil:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/obituaries/amrita-shergil-dead.html

On Shakespeare and Trump:

https://nyti.ms/2MJZxzx?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on the latest Glasgow Art School fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44509670

More on Einstein's travel diaries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/einsteins-travel-diaries-revea
l-his-deeply-troubling-views-race-180969387/

Review of Dray, *The Fair Chase*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/books/review/philip-dray-fair-chase.h
tml?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of Ackroyd, *Queer City*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/books/review/queer-city-peter-ackroyd
.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Review of Dant, *Maps of London and Beyond*:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2018/jun/22/hand-drawn-histor
y-london-adam-dant-maps-in-pictures

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Ashurbanipal:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ashurbanipal.aspx?cmpi
d=em%7Cmktg%7Ccard%7C190618%7Cash&campaignid=867&contactid=1383519
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/introducing-the-assyrians/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/19/british-museum-shines-li
ght-on-assyrian-king-of-the-world-ashurbanipal
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-iraq-show
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-examines-assyria
n-king-dubbed-the-psychopathic-bookworm-37026733.html
https://www.ft.com/content/81520c76-73c4-11e8-b6ad-3823e4384287
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180619161153.htm
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1324826/art-culture

Greek Music:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/22/greek-musicians-resurrect-anc
ient-sounds-in-athens/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-summer-solstice-greece-ancientmusic/
ancient-greek-sounds-transfix-audience-in-athens-idUSKBN1JH2O9

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/from-the-pharaohs-t
o-cleopatra-and-julius-caesar-how-egypt-influenced-greece-and-rome/2018/
06/22/96c65b24-73e8-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html

Sort of a museum story ... feature on Mexico's Project Tlatelolco:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459305&CategoryId=13003

The Worcester Art Museum is connecting portraits to slaveowning:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-ties-portraits-wealthy-
their-slave-holding-past-180969416/

Feature on Nimes new Roman museum:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459521&CategoryId=13003

The Sphinx at the Penn Museum will be undergoing some conservation:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/see-you-later-sphinx
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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Recovering faded daguerrotype images:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-team-uncovers-lost-images-19th.html

Digitizing the Bayreuth's Wagner Archive:

http://www.dw.com/en/bayreuth-digitizes-richard-wagner-archive/
a-43956638

More on that new way to date skeletons (actually a DNA story):

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-technique-accurate-dating-ancient-skeleton
s.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180617204416.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/esoh-ntp061418.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
They've decoded some ancient syphilis genome data:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-fas061818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180621141045.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6743-1806622-new-world-syphilis

Apparently someone will be using DNA to search for Nessie (!):

http://www.dw.com/en/scientist-searches-for-loch-ness-monster-dna/
a-44260061

More on pushing back the date for the Bubonic plague:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origin
s-bubonic-plague-180969304/

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-her
itage/archaeological-museum-nauplion-greece/

Dingle Peninsula:

http://www.startribune.com/the-antiquities-of-the-dingle-peninsula/
486204481/

San Francisco neighbourhoods:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SF-neighborhoods-you-had-no-idea-exi
sted-12973721.php#photo-15602625

Tenochitlan:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180622-tenochtitlan-the-mexican-metrop
olis

Athens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/travel/athens-after-the-economic-cris
is.html

Iranian Water Conservation:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180619-irans-ancient-engineering-marve
l

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest tourist caught trying to steal a chunk of the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180618/tourist-steal-rome-colosseum

A Roman skull was stolen from a dig site in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-skull-stolen-from-arc
haeological-dig-in-yorkshire-1-9214300

Feature on the criminal aspects of nighthawking:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31848684

Linking trafficking of antiquities to terrorism:

https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2018/06/20/en/tackling-illicit-trafficki
ng-antiquities-and-its-ties-terrorist-financing

On the illegal antiquities trade in Nigeria:

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/151594/

Folks caught looting the HMS Hermes received their sentences:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shipwreck-looters-who-plundered-hi
storical-12771186

Belgium has launched an investigation into the Aboutaams:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/belgium-investigates-brothers-in-possible-t
rafficking-of-looted-antiquities-from-syria-1529755201

More on those Jewish artifacts which seem to have gone missing in
Damascus:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/jewish-artifacts-disappear-f
rom-damascus-in-fog-of-syria-war/2018/06/17/747a2374-7277-11e8-9780-b1dd
6a09b549_story.html
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/06/18/torah-scrolls-disappear-fr
om-damascus-synagogue-in-fog-of-syria-war/

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
================================================================
Those Egyptian artifacts found in Naples will be returned:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/302883/Egypt/Politics-/
Italy-to-return-to-Egypt-collection-of-artefacts-s.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52425/Artifacts-seized-in-Italy-to-
be-returned-to-Egypt-General

Milos wants Beyonce's help to get the Venus de Milo back:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/23/c_137275978.htm

Latest on the Benin Bronzes is the BM is willing to lend them to
Nigeria:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-history-benin-bronzes/
nigeria-could-borrow-back-its-plundered-benin-bronzes-governor-idUSKBN1J
G0WR
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/british-museum-offers-loan-stolen
-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180620110847367.html

... and the expected reaction:

https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/food-travel-arts-culture/britain-should-r
eturn-all-stolen-artifacts-back-to-nigeria-id8529268.html
https://www.timeslive.co.za/tshisa-live/tshisa-live/2018-06-22-world-rea
cts-to-britains-offer-to-loan-nigeria-their-own-bronze-statues/

That stolen Columbus letter has been returned to the Vatican:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/06/15/us-returns-stolen-christ
opher-columbus-letter-to-vatican/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-copy-christopher-columb
us-letter-returned-vatican-180969399/

The Hobby Lobby items have been returned to Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/23/622795451/antiquities-return-to-iraq
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n24.html

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n25.html

------------------------
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
================================================================
Feature on Bachfest Leipzig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/arts/music/review-bachfest-leipzig-ba
ch.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/
2750-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-june-16-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
===============================================================
Harold L. Dibble:

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/harold-l-dibble-66-penn-archaeol
ogist-who-led-discovery-of-worlds-oldest-child-20180621.html

Nina Baym:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/obituaries/nina-baym-who-brought-nove
ls-by-women-to-light-dies-at-82.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

================================================================
CONFERENCES
================================================================
CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-ame
ricas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
================================================================
Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
================================================================
Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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