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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Homo erectus may have had sailing skills and may have been able to
speak:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/20/homo-erectus-may-have-be
en-a-sailor-and-able-to-speak
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/earliest-humans-could-talk-and-sai
l-36622131.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/20/language-started-15m-years-ea
rlier-previously-thought-scientists/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-humans-could-talk-scientist-cla
ims-dl2r6k8zt

A study is making connections between cave art and the development of
language:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221122923.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paper-links-ancient-language.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/acoustic-caves-rock-art-lang
uage-origin-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6397-180223-cave-art-communication

And hot on the heels of that suggestion that Neanderthals' lack of
artistic ability contributed to their demise:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/18/did-neanderthals-poor-art-
ability-contribute-extinction/

... comes major attention on redating of some cave art in Spain
suggesting Neanderthals were artists:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-neanderthals-artistic-modern-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uos-nwa021618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180222144943.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-e
urope.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115488
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-artists-cave-pain
tings-decorated-shells-ancient-humans-discovery-a8223341.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/neanderthals-had-a-creative-side-1519326000
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/22/neanderthals-not-humans-
were-first-artists-on-earth-experts-claim
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-the-oldest-masters-of-cave-art/
a-42707939
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/02/23/oldest-kno
wn-cave-paintings-yield-big-surprise-neanderthals-may-have-been-first-ar
tists/?utm_term=.ca944ddfb97e
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthals-were-ar
tists-20180222-htmlstory.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/neanderthals-were-artists-and-th
ought-symbolically-new-studies-argue/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-cave-art-belonged-to-neanderthals
-not-humans-study-finds/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/22/587662842/
cave-art-may-have-been-handiwork-of-neanderthals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/were-neanderthals-earliest
-cave-artists-new-research-spain-points-possibility-180968236/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/neanderthals-cave-art-humans
-evolution-science/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/22/neanderthals-cave-p
aintings-spain/#.WpK55xMbM1I
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02357-8
https://www.thelocal.es/20180223/ancient-spanish-cave-art-reveals-painte
rs-were-neanderthals
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-cave-paintings-clinch
-case-for-neandertal-symbolism/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-art-suggests-neandertals-were-a
ncient-humans-mental-equals?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6395-180222-neanderthal-cave-art

Giant handaxes suggest multiple human lineages in Europe some 200 000 -
300 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-giant-handaxes-groups-early-humans.html

On the evolution of human brain size:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220212021.htm

I think we mentioned these 700 000 years bp child footprints from
Gombore:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/childs-footprints-700000-years-ago

More on those stone tools from India and their implications:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-india-archaeology-stone-tools-818995


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AFRICA
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A statue of a ruler named Aspelta from a temple in the Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/61801-ancient-statue-nubian-king.html
https://www.livescience.com/61806-egypt-statue-hieroglyphic-discovery-ph
otos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6387-180220-sudan-statue-aspelta

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the find of eight 26th Dynasty tombs with plenty
of burial goods at Tuna el-Gebel near Cairo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tuna
-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/291590/Heritage/Ancient-Egy
pt/th-Dynasty-cemetery-uncovered-in-Egypts-Minya.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-announces-large-discovery-o
f-26th-dynasty-cemetery-in-minya/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/02/25/a-2000-year-old-cemetery-unearthe
d-in-egypts-minya-governorate/
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-ancient-necropolis-egypt.ht
ml
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ancient-necropolis-egypt-
archeologists-mummy-tuna-al-gabal-a8226891.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancie
nt-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUKKCN1G80QC
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-discover-burial-ground
-egyptian-high-priests-n850921
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tun
a-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-help-uncover-ancient-cemetery
-near-egyptian-city-of-minya/a-42726779
https://theweeklyobserver.com/ancient-necropolis-discovered-germans-egyp
tians/32226/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-anci
ent-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUSKCN1G80QI
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1185706/ancient-necropolis-found
-egypt%E2%80%99s-tuna-al-gabal
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-necropolis-uncovered-egypt-containing-o
ver-1000-statues-1663624

Latest theory on how the pyramids at Giza were aligned:

https://www.livescience.com/61799-great-pyramid-near-perfect-alignment.h
tml
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=1199
8479
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologist-may-
have-finally-unravelled-the-mystery-of-the-great-pyramid-of-giza/
news-story/ba2b86e7eddbc5908cae5ff60a07cd08
https://news.sky.com/story/mystery-behind-the-giza-pyramids-near-perfect
-alignment-possibly-unravelled-11260435
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-equinox-secret-pyramids-n
ear-perfect-alignment-180968223/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6391-180221-egypt-fall-equinox

On the sun alignment at Abu Simbel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/3800-tourists-witness-sun-alignment-at-a
bu-simbel/

Review of Joyce Tyldesley, *Nefertiti's Face*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/nefertitis-face-by-joyce-t
yldesley-review-creation-egyption-icon

... and a piece by Dr Tyldesley on how Nefertiti's bust ended up in
Germany:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/how-nefertitis-b
ust-ended-up-in-germany-20180220-h0wdyb

Inscriptions in looters' tunnels revealed after the destruction of the
tomb of Jonah in Nineveh:

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180218183758.htm
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/isis-jonah-kind-esarhaddon-christianit
y-assyrian/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-inscriptions-found-under-biblical-prophe
ts-tomb-describe-brutal-813777

Plenty of coverage of the a seal find purporting to be the prophet
Isaiah's 'signature':

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-extra-biblical-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-find-of-biblical-proportions-proof-of-p
rophet-isaiah-believed-unearthed/
http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Seal-of-the-prophet-Isaiah-may-have-been-
unearthed-in-Jerusalem-543366
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-prophet-isaiah-s-seal-mark-
may-have-been-found-in-jerusalem-1.5844352
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-biblical-seal-prophet-isaiah-reveals-270
0-year-old-document-may-have-816049
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/242308
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011202/archaeologists-may-have-ju
st-found-prophet-isaiahs-signature-on-an-artifact.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/
people-in-the-bible/prophet-isaiah-signature-jerusalem/
https://www.jta.org/2018/02/22/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/
personal-seal-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-to-be-uncovered-in-jerusalem
https://www.livescience.com/61836-ancient-seal-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-archaeologists-just-prove-the-existenc
e-of-prophet-isaiah?source=articles_sum&via=rss
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/prophet-isaiah-jerusalem-sea
l-archaeology-bible/

Some reaction:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=796
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=801
https://theconversation.com/seal-of-the-prophet-isaiah-sorting-out-fact-
from-fantasy-92296

Honours for Gabriel Wasserman:

https://blogs.yu.edu/news/gabriel-wasserman-is-awarded-a-prestigious-fel
lowship/

Feature on Tophets:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/Understanding-Tophets-Short

Maybe the Hanging Gardens were in Nineveh:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hey-babylon-nineveh-wants-its-hanging-gard
ens-back-the-truth-of-an-ancient-wonder

More on the DSS priestly calendar:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric.html
http://theconversation.com/dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric-code-rev
eals-ancient-priestly-calendar-91777

Gobeklitepe is open to the public again:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-temple-site-gobeklitepe-r
eopens-to-visitors-in-turkeys-southeast-127760

What Claudia Glatz is up to:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-university-acade
mic-leads-effort-14316536

Concerns for the Great Mosque of Samarra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/samarra-mosque-recons
truction-unesco-world-heritage.html

Interesting item on saving manuscripts from ISIL:

https://thearabweekly.com/iraqi-monks-tale-saving-ancient-manuscripts-is
is

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A pair of Roman 'boxing gloves' from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/19/rare-roman-boxing-gloves
-found-hadrians-wall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-43120942
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/knock-out-find-roma
n-boxing-14311448
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/astonishing-roman-boxing-gloves-found-near-hadr
ians-wall-knockout-discovery-1662466
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/archaeologists-find-roman-boxing-g
loves/9464756
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-boxing-gloves-discovered-northern-
england-vindolanda-813641
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6389-180220-roman-boxing-gloves

Remains of a Roman barracks block from Chester:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeolog
ists-find-roman-barrack-block-14314159

... related:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/follow-tra
il-around-chesters-more-14324313

Latest finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction (including a
headless Aphrodite statue):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/thessaloniki-metro-dig-reveal
s-more-ancient-greek-finds/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/24/glorious-ancient-past-of-thes
saloniki-unearthed-photos/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/226119/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/
thessaloniki-archaeological-treasures-unveiled
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30170-thessaloniki-metro-
dig-reveals-more-ancient-greek-finds.html
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeologists-unearth-headless-Aphrodite-
statue-in-Thessaloniki

A section of 1st century mosaic from the bathing complex at Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-43141937
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-mosaic-roman-baths-foun
d-during-excavations-180968231/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6390-180221-england-roman-bath

A possible Roman origin for a Reedham church:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/reedham-roman-anglo-saxons-hadrian-s-wal
l-saxon-shore-1-5403030

Interesting study of how the 'Gates of Hell' at Hierapolis killed
sacrificial animals:

https://www.livescience.com/61802-gate-to-hell-deadly-secret-found.html
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/02/23/scientists-reveal-ancient-gate-to
-hell-mystery-in-ancient-greek-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/gate-hell-roman-portal-underworld-can-kill-anyo
ne-if-they-get-too-close-it-scientists-reveal-761255
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-myste
ry-killed-animals-not-priests-811946
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-10
0002342.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-roman-gates-hell-worked-18
0968197/

Philip II's palace at Aigai is opening to the public soon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/22/restored-ancient-greek-palace
-gets-ready-for-visitors/

Putting Megacles on trial:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/30147-classic-ancient-greek-tr
ials-at-national-hellenic-museum-in-chicago-video.html

In case you missed the phallic parade in Athens:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Phallic-parade-through-Athens-honours-anci
ent-Greek-god-Dionysus

... or just want a feature on erotic art of Greece and Rome:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-erotic-art-of-ancient-greec
e-and-rome-87859

Crossword help for 'nemean':

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/crosswords/what-the-heck-is-that-neme
an.html

Feature on Kottabos:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kottabos-ancient-greek-wine-spilli
ng-game

Feature on 'Brancaster' rings:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/new-light-cast-on-norfolk-named-roma
n-jewellery-linked-to-the-lord-of-the-rings-1-5402556

Analogies between Russian meddling and Troy:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/opinions/russia-mueller-bots-divisions-od
yssey-tess-taylor-opinion/index.html

What Gloria Pinney is up to:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=26106

What Albert Ammerman is up to:

http://www.thecolgatemaroonnews.com/news/article_8a096588-17f5-11e8-bcdb
-5724ce9af9ee.html

What Lynn Kozak is up to (performing the Iliad):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/montreal-ac
ademics-live-serial-presentation-of-the-iliad-captures-all-the-allure-of
-modern-tv/article38035047/

Interviewish/reviewish with Richard Thomas about his Dylan book:

https://www.theday.com/article/20180219/NWS01/180219329
https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/blowin-in-an-augustan-wind/
299862

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-daniel-mend
elsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-d
aniel-mendelsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html

Review of Emily Wilson's *Odyssey* translation:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/02/woman-scholars-take-on-th
e-odyssey/

Interview with Nick Hodgson on the effect of Hadrian's Wall on the
locals:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/story-how-hadrians-
wall-destroyed-14313179

Review of Patricia Vidgerman, *Real Life of the Parthenon*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/books/review/the-real-life-of-the-par
thenon-patricia-vigderman.html

Feature on Yourcenar's *Memoirs of Hadrian*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-praise-of-older-books-memoir
s-of-hadrian-by-marguerite-yourcenar-translated-by-grace-frick-1954-1.33
98660

They're already pondering a sequel to Troy: Fall of a City:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/
troy-fall-of-a-city-series-2/

... and the casting decisions continue to be brought up:

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/troy-fall-of-a-city-casting-diversity-bb
c-netflix-1202707708/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/troy-fall-of-a-city-blackwa
shing-casting-black-actors-greek-myth/

More on Caesar's landing place in Britain:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-20/wrong-beach-two-british-towns-may
-not-actually-be-where-caesar-landed-55-bc

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a domesticated goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware
period from Finland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoh-dgd022318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180223111548.htm

Bronze Age finds from school construction in Wichelstowe:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16046212.Bronze_Age_artefacts_di
scovered_as_school_building_works_gets_underway/

Inscriptions found on a medieval spindle whorl found in Poland some 60
years ago:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C28263%2Conly-medieval-whorl
-inscription-found-poland-comes-czermno.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6392-180221-poland-spindle-whorl

Overviewish thing on finds from a dig at St Albans Cathedral:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/unearthing-1-000-years-of-life-and-death-d
uring-major-st-albans-cathedral-excavation-work-1-5400567

Excavating 20 burials from Copenhagen dating to 1000 years bp or so:

http://cphpost.dk/news/skeletons-of-first-copenhageners-discovered-under
-city-hall-square.html

Bones found because of a 'vision' on Paphos date from the 14th century:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/24/vision-bones-found-paphos-cave-appear-
date-14th-century/

Medieval remains found during school renovations in Turku:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/a_piece_of_14th_century_turku_under_t
he_gym_floor_-_our_own_pompeii/10083848

Because of 'waterlogged ground', Avebury henge and environs have been
temporarily closed:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-43154577
http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038968.National_T
rust_temporarily_closes_most_of_Avebury_henge_and_stone_circles/?ref=rss
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16038318.Wet_weather_shuts_5_000
_year_old_Avebury_stones_for__a_few_weeks____but_car_parking_will_be_fre
e/

Some Iron Age Viking finds were apparently melted down as scrap (? I'm
hoping Google is mistranslating):

https://samnytt.se/arkeolog-ska-utreda-varfor-delar-av-sveriges-kulturar
v-skrotas-danskarna-skakar-pa-huvudet/

More on those skulls on stakes from a Swedish lake (pardon the rhyme):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-year-underwater-burial-site-reveals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-
year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/

More on that Viking mass grave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085235.htm
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A possible 7th century banquet hall from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802220048.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6394-180222-japan-asuka-banquets

A 1500 years bp tomb with armour from Shibushi:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-japan-1500-year-old-tomb-discovered-huma
n-remains-and-armor-perfect-813876

A pair of 232 years bp cannon show up during excavations at Fort
Cornwallis (Penang):

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/02/20/two-200-year
-old-cannons-found-at-fort-cornwallis/
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/21/double-ang-pow-discove
ry-in-penang/
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/412899

Excavating a 19th century Ottoman shipwreck off Japan:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-pacific-on-otto
man-frigate-ertugrul-127584

Feature on archaeology in Cambodia:

http://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-5738289805001/archaeology-
in-cambodia-longvek

Fire at a Tibetan monastery in Lhasa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43101743
-----

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
================================================================
NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
A well-travelled copy of the Declaration of Independence has turned up
again:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/19/a-rare-copy
-of-the-declaration-of-independence-survived-the-civil-war-hidden-behind
-wallpaper-later-it-was-tossed-in-a-box/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copy-declaration-independence-
hidden-behind-wall-paper-during-civil-war-resurfaces-texas-180968207/

Protecting petroglyphs on Lake Mountain (Utah):

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/protecting-petroglyphs-as-utah-co
unty-develops/article_59c8f56f-e806-548c-9a7d-6e338310521f.html

On a cemetery built on a Native American mound in Mississippi:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1777263601&kid=cqB52fb1Ebj
xmpDx

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis (recently revived in a Canadian
documentary):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/rejecting-the-solutrean-
hypothesis-the-first-peoples-in-the-americas-were-not-from-europe

On early white interpretations of assorted mound cultures:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about
-midwests-mysterious-mound-cities-180968246/
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
On infant skull binding in the Andes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/cu-isb022118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-infant-skull-identity-inequality-ancient.h
tml

Mayan finds from the largest underwater cave (Yucatan):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-fossils-mayan-relics-giant.
html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-cave/ancient-human-remains-ice
-age-animal-bones-found-in-giant-mexican-cave-idUSKCN1G40V3?feedType=RSS
&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/mexican-archaeologists-fin
d-fossils-and-mayan-relics-in-world-s-largest-underwater-cave-1.706196
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mexico-flooded-cave-1.4543416?cmp=rss
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-mayan-bones-uncovered-mexico-13020475
0.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/human-remains-found-in-underwater-cave/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-mexico-discover-treasures-mayan-c
ivilization-and-giant-sloth-812882
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/21/ancient-human-remains-found-
in-flooded-cave-mexico-orig-llr.cnn
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/largest-underwater-cave-syst
em-new-finds-mexico-spd/

... and concerns for the Sac Actun cave system in general:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-experts-vast-underwater-archeology-site.ht
ml
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/experts-underwater-archaeology
-site-imperiled-mexico-53205587
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/19/experts-underwater-arch
aeology-site-imperiled-in-m/
https://globalnews.ca/news/4034981/underwater-archaeology-site-mexico-im
periled-pollution/

... and there are plans to make a 3d copy of the cave:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-recreate-virtual-mexican-underw
ater.html

... and INAH has published an underwater archaeology catalog:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/02/inah-publishes-new-museum-of-unde
rwater-archeology-catalog/

LiDAR has revealed a major city near Morelia, Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/laser-scanning-reveals-l
ost-ancient-mexican-city-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-mapping-reveals-ancient-
mexican-city-once-had-many-buildings-manhattan-180968202/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-lost-city-
in-mexico-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan/news-story/81a0b55edcf14015
7a5762ebce9a79a3


More on what LiDAR revealed in Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-laser-technology-maya-archeologists-theyve
.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoa-ltt022018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221140946.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/ancient-city-di
scovered-in-central-america/9478874
-----
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Feature on assorted 'lost cities':

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/25/lost-cities-of-the-world
-angamuco-pripyat-termessos-gedi-mohenjo-daro-the-five

It apparently took a while for dogs and humans to get along:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-and-humans-didnt-beco
me-best-friends-overnight-180968232/

Conservation of the oldest Christian panel painting from the Americas:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/02/17/la-france-conserve-le-plus-ancien-tabl
eau-chretien-damerique/

Arguing about the Portrait of Omai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/25/joshua-reynolds-por
trait-omai-tate-john-magnier-amsterdam--row

On the evil eye:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180216-the-strange-power-of-the-evil-
eye

On the spread of Proto Indo European:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-evidence-fuels-debate-ove
r-the-origin-of-modern-languages/

Interesting early same-sex marriage in Spain:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43057841

Making the Bible into a 'novel' (sort of):

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/18/586556000/manuscripts-encourages-readers-
to-approach-the-bible-like-a-novel

Victor Nuovo is looking at Diderot this week:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201802victor-nuovo-diderot%E2%80%99s-p
olitical-naturalism

Interesting feature on David Fairchild:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/20/586459088/like-lemons-qu
inoa-thank-this-food-explorer-for-bringing-them-to-your-plate

Feature on Klimt and Schiele:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180221-klimt-and-schiele-the-artists-
who-shocked-europe

On Rembrandt's self portraits:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/19/586454391/he-s-not-a-leading-man-a-castin
g-director-on-rembrandt-s-self-portraits?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on W.E.B. Du Bois at 150:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/22/587839970/w-e-b-du-bois-at-150?sc=17&f=10
32&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/23/588103943/the-enduring-lyricism-of-w-e-b-
du-bois-the-souls-of-black-folk

More on dice:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/dice-dice-baby/
553742/

More on rabbit domestication:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/feb/24/story-of-monks-who-kept-rabbit
s-just-that/

More on the archaeology of wealth inequality:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/aracheology-wealth-inequality-180
968072/

Review of Iliffe, *Priest of Nature*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/isaac-newton-oddness/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/exhibition-explores-the-roman
-emperor-who-loved-greek-culture/

The Unseen Museum:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Rare-exhibit-in-Athens-features-7000-year-
old-enigma

Secret Life of Scissors:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutting-edge-exhibition-examin
es-secret-life-scissors-180968194/

Insurance is expensive when Tut goes on tour:

https://www.albawaba.com/business/king-tutankhamun-trip-abroad-costs-egy
pt-862-million-dollars-minister-of-antiquities-1091490

On the Green Family's 'other collection':

https://religionnews.com/2018/02/21/the-green-familys-other-collection/

Michael Bennett is leaving the Cleveland MoA:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/02/curator_who_defended_pur
chase.html

================================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
A new scanning technique reveals a painting beneath a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43088339
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/science/
picasso-blue-period-scans.html

Feature on conservation techniques at UPenn's Museum of Archaeology:

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_top/art-conservation-historical-art
ifacts-penn-museum-philadelphia-20180222.html

Studying Neanderthal molars using three-dimensional geometric
morphometry:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-d-morphometric-molars-sima-de.html


================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA suggests Przewalski's horses aren't technically 'wild':

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uok-sns021618.php
http://news.ku.edu/2018/02/16/surprising-new-study-redraws-family-tree-d
omesticated-and-wild-horses
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/horse-origin-mysterious-domest
ic-dna-analysis-przewalskis-botai-domesticated-a8224121.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/22/587755920/why-the-las
t-wild-horses-really-arent
http://nhpr.org/post/why-last-wild-horses-really-arent
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/przewalski-wild-horses-botai
-kazakhstan-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6396-180222-domesticated-botai-horses

DNA is settling some controversy about the spread of the Bell Beaker
folks from Europe to Britain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/lm-app022218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/snrc-cai021918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131851.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-tales-humans-migrant.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolith
ic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.h
tml
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/arrival-of-beaker-folk-c
hanged-britain-forever-ancient-dna-study-shows
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43115485
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/21/no-one-living-britain-truly-b
ritish-scientists-find-stonehenge/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolith
ic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.h
tml
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038730.European_Bea
ker_immigrants_took_over_UK__study_shows/?ref=rss
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-britons-overrun-by-folk-from-
the-steppes-5dg3dwtgh
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-for-whom-the-bell-beaker-to
lls-archaeological-mystery-solved-1.5843019
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/prehistoric-europe-much-like-a-g
ame-of-civilization-according-to-ancient-dna/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6393-180222-europe-beaker-culture

This seems to be a different study of migrations in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uow-nrs022118.php
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2018/02/uw-scientists-part-of-research-on-pr
ehistoric-human-migration-in-europe.html

DNA also suggests that Taino DNA is still present in Caribbean
populations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-indigenous-taino-present-day-caribbean-pop
ulations.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/sjcu-sit021518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180219155009.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/genes-extinct-caribbean-islanders
-found-living-people
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/natives-of-the-caribbean-wiped-o
ut-during-colonization-left-dna-behind/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-contradicts-histor
ical-narrative-extinct-caribbean-taino-population-180968221/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6388-180220-bahamas-eleuthera-taino

They're going to test those human remains from the Whydah to see if
theres a connection to Samuel Bellamy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-museum-discuss-efforts-bones-pirate.html
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/UNH-scientists-explore-pirate-my
stery-12631839.php
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/bones-discovered-shipwreck-cape-cod-may
-belong-prince-pirates
http://www.telegram.com/news/20180220/bone-pulled-from-wreck-off-cape-co
d-could-be-infamous-pirates
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dna-test-to-confirm-if-world-s-richest-pirat
e-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/dna-test-to-confirm-if-wor
ld-s-richest-pirate-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/19/possible-remains-worlds-riche
st-pirate-captain-black-sam-bellamy/

Over the past eight years, genome research has expanded to 1300+ human
genomes:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131848.htm

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
The Dutch apparently prospered during the 'Little Ice Age':

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/some-places-flour
ished-in-the-little-ice-age-there-are-lessons-for-us-now/2018/02/16/
455fb2d8-0c25-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Polish palaces:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180221-the-magnificent-palaces-of-pola
nds-lower-silesia

Xian:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/travel/xian-china-budget-affordable.h
tml

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Some idiot stole a terracotta warrior's thumb from a display at the
Franklin Institute (and China is livid):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/feb/19/china-calls-on-us-to-pun
ish-terracotta-warrior-thumb-thief
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43109139
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/terra-cotta-warriors-philade
lphia-museum-broken-thumb-spd/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
The US Supreme court has ruled that terrorist victims cannot seize
Iranian antiquities on loan in the US:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/terror-victims-cannot-seize-iranian
-antiquities-us-supreme-court-rules
http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/02/supreme-court-rejects-victims-c
laims-to-collect-damages-from-iran.php
http://www.wtva.com/content/national/474727053.html?ref=053
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421531/Disputed-Persian-artifacts-one-st
ep-closer-to-home

A different sort of repatriation issue ... an Israeli collector
claiming title to a statue of Cybele in Turkey:

https://www.courthousenews.com/israeli-collector-sues-turkish-cultural-m
inistry-over-roman-statue/

Even more different, a Degas stolen in 2009 turns up on a bus near
Paris:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43168246
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/world/europe/degas-painting-bus.html?
partner=rss&emc=rss

This seems also to be the category to mention that the US and Libya
have signed an MoU on looting:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/us-libya-sign-anti-antiquities-loot
ing-mou
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on expensive ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-million-
dollar-ancients-come-close/

Followup to that coins-in-a-piano story from a while back:

http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/town-museum-makes-bid-to-acquire-h
oard-of-rare-coins-hidden-in-piano-1-5404508

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n07.html

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

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

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/
2689-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-february-2017-17-february-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

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