Explorator 20.38 ~ January 14, 2018

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

Happy whatever you celebrated/are celebrating/will celebrate for
the past couple of weeks!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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More on that 500 000 years bp homo erectus site in Israel:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Important-and-rare-prehistoric-site-uncovered-in-central-Israel-7-January-2017.aspx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42598519
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825168
https://www.timesofisrael.com/half-a-million-years-ago-homo-erectus-made-prehistoric-swiss-army-knives-here/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-500-million-year-old-archaeological-site-uncovered-in-central-Israel-533034
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/stone-age-hunter-gatherers-paradise-discovered-in-israel
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6259-180108-israel-acheulian-axes

Feature on Otzi’s footwear:

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/01/07/Re-creating-tzis-Shoes/

Feature on human origins:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-humans.html

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AFRICA
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Morocco has designated the village of Jbel Irhoud as a heritage site:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/10/c_136885882.htm
https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/60821/morocco-jbel-irhoud-registered-national.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest parking lot finds (from Sohag) are the remains of the feet of a statue of Amenhotep
III:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/09/part-ancient-statue-found-parking-lot/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-artifact-discovered-in-sohag-parking-lot/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39630/Discovery-of-a-part-of-Amenhotep-III-statue
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/granite-feet-discovered-egyptian-parking-lot-traced-back-ancient-statue-king-amenhotep-iii-1654348
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6262-180108-egypt-foot-fragment

Recent finds from Tel Edfu and Kom Ombo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/287937/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-unveil-two-major-discoveries-in-Upp.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/14/ministry-antiquities-opens-2018-two-major-discoveries/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39854/2-major-archaeological-discoveries-unveiled-in-Aswan
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39872/Oldest-archaeological-evidence-in-Aswan-Tel-Edfu-revealed
http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/a8826f91-4bb1-489a-88cf-0f5426a2a6cc.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6271-180111-egypt-tel-edfu

An inscription of Ramses II from San Al-Hagar:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288037/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ramses-II-stelae-uncovered-at-San-AlHagar-site.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40015/Stela-of-19th-Dynasty-King-Ramses-II-discovered
http://www.egyptindependent.com/ramses-ii-stelae-found-at-san-al-hagar-archaeological-site-in-sharqiya/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/stela-depicting-ramses-ii-making-offerings-ancient-egyptian-deity-discovered-neglected-site-1655100

Feature on Merneith:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39776/Ancient-Egyptian-Queens-Merneith-Egypt%E2%80%99s-1st-female-ruler

… and one on Ankhesenamun:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39546/Ancient-Egyptian-Queens-Ankhesenamun-royal-sister-and-wife

Colour me skeptical on this claim of an ‘iron throne’ in the ‘newly discovered’ chamber in Khufu’s pyramid:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/pdm-cpi011118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-iron-throne-newly-chamber-cheops.html

Interesting evidence of farming in the Negev in Byzantine times:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.834254
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/on-campus/gerbil-bones-attest-to-successful-byzantine-agriculture-in-the-negev/2018/01/11/

Concerns for the site of Archelais:

http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/01/07/isis-style-destruction-of-antiquities-right-here-in-israel/

Feature on Jerusalem’s ‘Holy Landfill’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/garbage-archaeology-ancient-jerusalem/

Pondering the Phoenicians (potentially paywalled):

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/did-the-fabled-phoenicians-ever-actually-exist/

A ‘best finds of 2017′ list with a focus on Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/best-archaeological-discoveries-in-2017-125374

More on Um Al Nar culture remains in Oman:

http://timesofoman.com/article/125719/Oman/Heritage/Five-old-settlements-cemeteries-dating-back-to-Um-Al-Nar-culture-unearthed-in-Saham
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Greco-Roman burials from Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/287818/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Distinguished-GrecoRoman-tombstone-unearthed-at-Al.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39745/Remains-of-Greco-Roman-era-tombs-uncovered
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/09/remains-greco-roman-era-unearthed-alexandria/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/new-greco-roman-era-remains-uncovered-alexandria-1071992
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/greco-roman-tombstone-painted-false-door-discovered-alexandria-1654539
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6263-180109-egypt-false-door

Evidence of an Etruscan settlement on Sardinia (!):

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/01/08/etruscan-settlement-found-in-sardinia-for-first-time_288c45c9-9ae3-4b5e-ab8d-cb9bf654b775.html

A possible major Roman burial ground in Yatton (UK):

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/local-news/roman-burial-site-300-graves-1032543
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/claims-hundreds-bodies-been-found-1026493
http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/dead-bodies-found-at-construction-site-in-arnolds-way-yatton-believed-to-be-from-roman-cemetery-1-5349943
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-42661132

A Roman coin hoard from a Wakefield garden:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/roman-coin-treasure-hoard-found-in-wakefield-garden-1-8945817

They’ve dated the Porta Nigra in Trier:

http://www.dw.com/en/largest-roman-city-gate-north-of-the-alps-finally-dated/a-42123937

Interview with the directors of the Griffin Warrior project:

http://wvxu.org/post/uc-led-team-excavating-griffin-warrior-tomb#stream/0

Hype for a talk by Richard Fletcher about the Vultur Archaeological project:

http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/85001/the-excavation-of-a-roman-villa-in-southern-italy

Interview with Michaelis Kosmopoulos about the Iklaina dig:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/13/pylos-excavations-make-greek-archaeologists-rethink-mycenean-era/

What Thomas Howe is up to:

https://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/12332-professor-thomas-howe-to-present-strolling-with

What Paolo Visona is up to:

https://uknow.uky.edu/research/uk-archaeologist-serves-fulbright-specialist-croatia

Feature on the Hoxne Hoard:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/search-lost-hammer-led-largest-cache-roman-treasure-ever-found-britain-180967263/

Feature on the Praetorian Guard:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/12/28/actualidad/1514469132_803437.html

Feature on a Roman fresco fragment in an Australian museum:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/fragment-of-roman-wall-painting-nicholson-museum-university-of-sydney/news-story/e012ec6a0e7ada82b9e57aafe0a44eb2

President Trump was compared to Caligula twice this week:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/mr-president-your-toga-is-showing.html
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/if-trump-seems-bad-remember-caligula/

More on that possibly-undisturbed Scythian burial:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-swiss-archaeologist-earliest-tomb-scythian.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180111090243.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-icy-tomb-scythian-prince-oldest-hidden-treasures-779510
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/satellite-find_earliest-scythian-prince-tomb-uncovered-in-siberia/43821282?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/newly-discovered-earliest-burial-tomb-9th-century-bc-scythian-prince-may-contain-hidden-treasure-1654912
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6275-180112-russia-scythian-kurgan

On a Roman mosaic in Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/you-know-theres-hidden-roman-1036955

How a temple of Augustus ended up in the gardens of Windsor Castle:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/roman-ruins-windsor-castle/550199/

On women military historians:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2018/01/12/yes-women-do-study-military-history/

On the lessons of Herodotus:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/justice-and-sorrow/article/2011119

More on that 4th century board game from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730977/ancient-board-game-has-no-parallel-in-europe.html
https://boingboing.net/2018/01/12/how-do-you-play-this-boardgame.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-still-dont-really-know-how-play-ancient-roman-board-game-180967778/

More on that dribble cup from Croatia:

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/01/08/Earliest-Known-Practical-Joke-Discovered-in-Croatia/

Review of Tempest, *Brutus*:

http://www.bgdailynews.com/community/book-review-brutus/article_3c70cbee-001c-5eb0-bf96-76eca7acec0f.html

Review of Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

http://www.cjnews.com/culture/books-and-authors/memoir-part-travelogue-part-retelling-odyssey

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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Evidence that Worcester is about 500 years older than previously thought:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/15826592.Worcester_at_least_500_years_older_than_previously_thought/
http://www.droitwichadvertiser.co.uk/news/worcester_news/15826592.display/

A 2400 years bp broch from Comar Wood (Scotland):

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15823349.Mystery_of_the_ruins_in_the_woods_probed_by_archaeologists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6276-180112-scotland-comar-wood

An update on the search for the Book of Deer monastery (still not clear whether they
have actually located it?):

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42569851
http://www.newsweek.com/bible-christian-monastery-new-testament-book-deer-scottish-gaelic-writing-775405
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/breakthrough-in-quest-for-book-of-deer-monastery-1-4655114
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/search-medieval-book-deer-monastery-gets-major-archaeological-breakthrough-1654195
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-scottish-monastery-where-ancient-bible-text-was-written-discovered-after-1000-years-1654290
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6260-180108-scotland-medieval-monastery

A metal detectorist found a gold Saxon coin:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/plymouth-man-digs-up-extremely-1024035
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-finds-rare-4000-saxon-1024856

A Saxon burial ground in Norfolk has been kept secret for a while:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/anglo-saxon-cemetery-found-at-fulmodeston-1-5347099

Viking remains in Cork:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/viking-centre-discovered-in-cork-city-predates-waterford-settlement-1.3350654
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/newly-found-viking-artefacts-suggest-cork-could-be-ireland-s-oldest-urban-settlement
https://www.rt.com/news/415654-irish-viking-settlement-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6273-180111-ireland-cork-vikings

Remains of a Victorian street in Bristol:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-42601750

Some preservation work is being don on the Worlebury Hill Fort site:

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/worlebury-hill-fort-group-to-remove-brambles-to-uncover-archaeology-1-5353052

Storm Eleanor damaged an Iron Age Fort site in Ireland:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/part-of-2500-year-old-fort-falls-into-sea-465394.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6261-180108-ireland-dun-beag

Feature on shipwrecks off Bristol:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/history/shipwrecks-hidden-beneath-waves-bristol-1021194#ICID=nsm

Feature on Mary, Queen of Scots’ imprisonment:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-letters-tell-inside-story-mary-queen-scots-imprisonment-180967762/

Concerns for Bronze Age mounds in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/environment/park-s-bronze-age-burial-mounds-at-risk-from-walkers-1-8950340
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15819871.Stone_cairns_are_a_modern_scourge_on_ancient_sites__says_archaeologist/

Not sure about this ‘birdman of loughcrew’ find:

http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/01/10/4150620-birdman-of-loughcrew-ancient-tomb-find-just-got-stranger/

In case you want to buy the castle where Richard the Lionheart died:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/12/castle-richard-lionheart-died-goes-sale-1m/

More on York Minster’s stained glass window restoration:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/york-minsters-massive-great-east-windoow-finishes-10-year-restoration-180967797/

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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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Remains of a Buddhist town and temple from Nateshwar (Bangladesh):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/08/c_136880174.htm

A stele from northern Tibet is believed to be the oldest Buddhist evidence in the region:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/this-one-s-for-history-buffs-oldest-buddhist-stele-discovered-in-tibet/story-ZnHVJOpwbBEGF9adG2kq6N.html
http://www.india.com/news/agencies/oldest-buddhist-stele-discovered-in-tibet-2835087/
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/oldest-buddhist-stele-discovered-in-tibet/1225941
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6274-180112-buddhist-stele-tibet

A headless statue of a bull from Java:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/01/09/ancient-cow-statue-found-in-sukoharjo.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6265-180109-indonesia-bull-sculpture

Remains of a 1500 years bp (give or take) mouth harp from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/ancient-jews-harps-found-in-altai-mountains-as-musical-instruments-reappear-after-1700-years/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/ancient-musical-instrument-mouth-jaw-harp-siberia-russia-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6264-180109-siberia-mouth-harp

1000 years bp palace remains from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/08/c_136880481.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6266-180109-china-summer-palace

A 13th century stone inscription from a Shiva temple in Dindigul:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/archaeologists-stumble-upon-ancient-shiva-temple-stone-inscription-in-dindigul/articleshow/62436009.cms

Suggestion that a tomb of a Ming emperor might lie under some ‘bleeding rocks’:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tombs-found-under-bleeding-rocks-11821872

A 2500 years bp ‘dragon bed’ excavated a while ago has been restored:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-09/287535.shtml

Studying the mural paintings of the Mogao Grottoes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-creation-era-ancient-mogao-grottoes.html

India is looking for remains of some ‘missing’ sites:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-is-on-the-hunt-for-24-untraceable-historical-treasures/2018/01/13/bd6d4a7e-f4ce-11e7-9af7-a50bc3300042_story.html?utm_term=.8b1c5aebd29b
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/india-is-on-the-hunt-for-untraceable-historical-treasures/article_382affb7-a8d4-54d1-a186-68aa6e85b961.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2128197/indian-authorities-struggle-trace-24-missing-monuments

Latest claimed drawing of an ancient supernova is a 6000 years bp petroglyph from the
Kashmir:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/two-suns-no-its-a-supernova-drawn-6000-years-ago-say-indian-scientists

Studying accusations of witchcraft in rural China:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-women-accused-witchcraft-rural-china.html

More on evidence of irrigation from the Tian Shan mountains:

https://www.livescience.com/61408-silk-road-helped-irrigate-desert.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104120137.htm
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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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A very interesting 1000 years bp copper arrow point from the Yukon:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-ice-patches-copper-arrowhead-yukon-first-nations-1.4485895

James Hemings’ kitchen at Monticello was revealed this week:

https://www.livescience.com/61388-thomas-jefferson-james-hemings-kitchen.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6267-180110-monticello-kitchen-stoves

A possible Civil War era slave cemetery in Nashville halts development plans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-halts-civil-war-graves.html
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Developer-halts-plans-after-likely-Civil-War-12494511.php
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/developer-halts-plans-after-likely-civil-war-graves-found/article_8626a9f9-b3ea-55a4-a9b4-ee529fec9c7d.html

Feature on Cahokia:

https://www.livescience.com/22737-cahokia.html

Interesting feature on exotic animals and the California Gold Rush:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-exotic-animals-gold.html

Feature on Recy Taylor:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42603330

On Norwegian immigration to the US:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/12/577673191/trump-wishes-we-had-more-immigrants-from-norway-turns-out-we-once-did

More on writing found on the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/11/fragments-of-book-recovered-from-wreck-of-blackbeards-ship
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/archaeologists-find-books-pirates-may-have-read-at-sea/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-pirates-liked-read-about-sailing-expeditions-180967775/

Review of Ayers, *Thin Light of Freedom*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/books/review/edward-l-ayers-thin-light-of-freedom-civil-war.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Moche ‘ceremonial chambers’ found in Lambayeque:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/ancient-finding-in-peru-sheds-light-on-desert-society-archaeologist-idUSKBN1EY0BZ?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.newsweek.com/secret-chambers-thrones-discovered-peru-ancient-civilization-erotic-art-moche-776060
https://perureports.com/2018/01/13/discovery-lifts-veil-ancient-desert-civilization/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/ancient-peruvian-moche-civilization-throne-banquet-hall-ceremony-spd/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1500-year-old-painted-banquet-hall-offers-rare-insight-into-perus-ancient-moche-culture-1654375
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6270-180110-peru-moche-rooms

Not sure where to put this one about a 1000 years bp Inca jug turning up at a barn
sale in Maine (I think):

http://weeklypacket.com/news/2018/jan/11/1000-year-old-ceremonial-inca-jug-found-at-barn-sa/#.Wlt9GJOpk1I
https://penobscotbaypress.com/news/2018/jan/11/1000-year-old-ceremonial-inca-jug-found-at-barn-sa/

More on that 1000 years bp Aztec ‘model of the universe’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/1000-year-old-aztec-stone-shrine-discovered-mexico-depicts-ancient-model-universe-756344
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/01/07/mysterious-1000-year-old-stone-structure-thought-to-depict-the-creation-of-earth/#5a4449bd18bd

More on those shipwrecks and lighthouse remains off the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/61378-shipwrecks-yucatan.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/two-ancient-dutch-british-shipwrecks-sunken-lighthouse-discovered-off-coast-mexico-1654512
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6268-18010-mexico-shipwrecks-cannons
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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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Possibly the world’s oldest tattoo parlour is in Jerusalem:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-42668361/is-this-the-world-s-oldest-tattoo-parlour

On the names of the months:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-where-do-the-names-of-our-months-come-from-87246

In case you’re looking for a centennial to celebrate in 2018:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/travel/centennial-events-2018.html

We’ve mentioned the use of dogs for sniffing out stolen artifacts:

https://www.livescience.com/61373-dogs-sniff-out-stolen-artifacts.html

… and now one is being used to sniff out artifact damaging bugs in a museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/arts/dog-training-museum.html

Pondering why we wear pants:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/01/09/why-wear-pants/

Spinning the execution of the Romanovs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/opinion/russia-jew-bishop-lies.html

Feature on yoghurt:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180110-the-country-that-brought-yoghurt-to-the-world

Review of Swift, *The Bughouse*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/books/review/daniel-swift-the-bughouse.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Mummy Portraits:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/january/art-and-science-of-mummy-portraits-from-roman-egypt/

China’s First Emperor:

http://www.theday.com/events–exhibits/20180107/exhibit-explores-history-of-chinas-first-emperor

William Blake:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/10/rare-william-blake-works-to-be-exhibited-in-sussex-where-he-lived

On the Elgin Marbles and Rodin (BM exhibition):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jan/11/rodin-work-show-parthenon-marbles-london-british-museum
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/11/british-museum-show-rodin-sculptures-beside-elgin-marbles-inspired/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rodin-s-case-for-elgin-marbles-to-remain-at-british-museum-ntbwwc822
https://www.ft.com/content/21eca8f8-f6d9-11e7-88f7-5465a6ce1a00
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rodin-and-ancient-greece-a-perfect-pairing/
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-introduction-to-the-parthenon-and-its-sculptures/
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/controversial-elgin-marbles-to-be-shown-in-british-museums-rodin-exhibition-36478875.html

Feature on ‘unusual’ military museums:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180105-the-worlds-unusual-military-museums

More on the Met charging admission:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/new-york/articles/new-york-metropolitan-museum-of-art-to-charge-entry-fee/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on using teeth to determine the age of death of assorted skeletons:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104120306.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-history-archaeology/identifying-elderly-remains-just-got-easier-180967789/

I think we’ve had this neolithic Greek girl’s facial reconstruction story before:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ancient-Athenian-teenagers-face-said-to%20-have-lived-during-7000BC-reconstructed-for-public-display-Avgi-dawn
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29360-neolithic-girl-s-reconstructed-face-unveiled-at-acropolis-museum-on-january-19.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests there was a dual migration into Scandinavia:

http://cphpost.dk/news/fossil-dna-sheds-light-on-origins-of-early-scandinavians.html
http://sciencenordic.com/first-scandinavians-came-north-and-south
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-genomic-main-migrations-scandinavia-ice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/p-dmc010218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uu-gds010418.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/early-scandinavians-adapt-living-high-latitudes-mixed-heritage-children-a8150346.html
http://theconversation.com/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-first-scandinavians-89703
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6269-180110-scandinavia-hunter-gatherers

What DNA reveals about the Phoenicians:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-phoenician-dna-sardinia-lebanon.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180110141309.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/dna-mysterious-ancient-civilization-phoenicians-explorers-greeks-romans-774524

More on DNA revealing a case of Hepatitis B:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104153449.htm

More on DNA and the peopling of North America:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0109/Native-American-family-tree-sprouts-a-new-branch

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Monte Alban:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/12/why-monte-alban-is-the-most-interesting-ancient-city-youve-never-heard-of/

Assorted sites of archaeological interest:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/travel/tripideas/exciting-world-wonders-weve-only-just-discovered/ss-BBHZzWQ?li=AAggpOh&ocid=mailsignout

Iran’s ‘Village of Little People’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180109-irans-ancient-village-of-little-people

Ethiopia’s rock churches:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42664588

Hohle Fels:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-unesco-world-heritage-site-the-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118

Bremen:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-bremen/av-38950539

Speicherstadt:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-speicherstadt-in-hamburg/av-38894277

Wismar and Stralsund:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-wismar-and-stralsund/av-38950951

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CRIME BEAT
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More coverage (and more things seized) from Michael Steinhardt:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Over-1m-of-art-seized-from-home-of-prominent-New-York-philanthropist-533099
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Looted-ancient-Greek-antiquities-seized-from-collectors-NYC-home
http://www.pappaspost.com/looted-greek-antiques-seized-billionaires-new-york-city-home/

… and Greece is seeking repatriation:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/08/greece-asks-for-repatriation-of-looted-antiquities-seized-by-new-york-authorities/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/224696/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-to-seek-repatriation-of-looted-antiquities-seized-from-collectors-nyc-home
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29334-the-greek-american-ny-prosecutor-who-hunts-down-antiquities-smugglers-photos-video.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/08/c_136878536.htm

Phoenix Fine Art was raided this week:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/phoenix-ancient-art-illicite-antiquities-1197380

Might as well mention this fake Modigliani show:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42652431
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/arts/design/modigliani-paintings-authenticity-questioned-genoa.html

Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/01/culture-crime-news-25-december-2017-6-january-2018.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Greece wants a Parthenon sculpture in a German museum returned:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/11/greece-seeks-parthenon-sculpture-from-german-museum/

Interesting repatriation story about Nikolaos Platon and WWII:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/224787/article/ekathimerini/life/return-of-stolen-antiquities-puts-a-wwii-hero-in-the-spotlight

Items were returned from ‘London’ to India after a long battle, it seems:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-retrieves-12th-century-brahma-brahmani-idol-from-london-others-to-follow-soon/story-AQedopXKmJc75JsC9aThXP.html

More on the US returning some mummy parts to Egypt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-parts-repatriated-egypt-90-years-after-being-looted-180967760/

More on repatriation of items to Lebanon:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-antiquities/ancient-statues-looted-in-lebanese-war-returned-decades-later-idUSKBN1F11Y0?il=0
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-12/lebanon-receives-trio-of-stolen-artifacts-recovered-in-ny
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n01.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:

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OBITUARIES
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Lawrence E Stager:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/1/13/lawrence-stager-obituary/

Eugene V Thaw:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/obituaries/eugene-v-thaw-dies-art-collector-and-dealer.html

Bruce M Cole:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/bruce-cole-renaissance-scholar-who-led-national-endowment-for-the-humanities-dies-at-79/2018/01/12/0541584c-f6f3-11e7-b34a-b85626af34ef_story.html

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.37 ~ January 7, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, ‘muddy102’, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Critchley, Rick Heli,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy New Year!

[I notice the superfluous spacing continues to plague this; I’ll be
trying something new next week]

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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More on that 500 000 years bp ‘school of rock’ (the horrible pun that appears to have stuck), now also dubbed a ‘picnic spot’  in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825168
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archeologists-unearth-ancient-apos-picnic-104854341.html
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/164591-180107-500-000-year-old-paradise-site-discovered-just-off-israel-s-busiest-highway

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AFRICA
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Studying the Nok culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/guf-nrp010518.php

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Late period artifacts, including a statue of Psamtik  I  from Tel Al Phareen:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/286388/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Remains-of-royal-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-uncove.aspx

http://www.egyptindependent.com/royal-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-uncovered-tel-al-pharaeen/

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39116/Artifacts-dating-back-to-King-Psmatik-I-era-uncovered-in

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-mysterious-2600-year-old-temple-and-statues-point-holy-site-hill-767737

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6244-180102-egypt-king-psamtik- i

Antiquities smugglers in Egypt face life imprisonment:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/39167/Antiquities-smugglers-to-face-up-to-life-imprisonment-Amendment

Feature on the story of Sinuhe:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39222/Ancient-Egypt-VIII-Ancient-Egyptians-initiate-world-literature

A 10 000 years bp flint knife from Samaria:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-graders-uncover-10000-year-old-flint-knife-during-school-dig-in-samaria/

Repeating a two-year-old article on the find of a Philistine burial ground at Ashkelon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/first-ever-philistine-cemetery-unearthed-at-ashkelon/

Plenty of coverage of the find of a 2700 years bp clay seal impression from the Western Wall plaza being touted as evidence of the ‘Governor or Jerusalem’:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/240091

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Seal-from-First-Temple-Period-found-at-kotel-supports-Biblical-accounts-522533

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.832330

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2700-year-old-seal-impression-cements-existence-of-biblical-jerusalem-governor/

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/western-wall-plaza-excavations-yield-first-temple-hebrew-inscribed-message/2018/01/01/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-02/israeli-archaeologists-find-ancient-seal/9298084

https://www.livescience.com/61326-jerusalem-governor-clay-seal.html

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-clay-seal-discovered-jerusalem-could-have-belonged-citys-governor-2700-767353

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/01/israeli-archaeologists-find-2700-year-old-artifact-that-backs-biblical-record

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-archaeologists-2-700-old-governor-jerusalem-seal-111050734.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology/idUSKBN1EQ0WH

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6246-180102-jerusalem-governor-seal

… and a good piece stripping away the hype:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-this-tiny-piece-of-clay-mean-the-bible-is-true

What Paul Ray is up to:

http://www.menafn.com/1096295103/American-archaeologist-explores-Tell-Jalul-in-central-Jordan
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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First century burial chambers from Metropolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/burial-chambers-uncovered-in-metropolis-125175

A metal detectorist found a small Roman hoard in Gloucestershire:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/metal-detector-enthusiast-makes-find-1006693

More evidence of a Roman presence in Brno:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-find-former-roman-presence-in-brno

Not sure where to put this 1600 years bp board game find from a burial in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730977/ancient-board-game-has-no-parallel-in-europe.html

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6258-180105-slovakia-board-game

Feature on the Temple of Garni:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/whats-ancient-roman-temple-doing-armenia-1-180967756/

Feature on Baiae:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180104-ancient-romes-sinful-city-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea

Due to a lack of guards, they’ve shut down the site of Nemea:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/03/greece-shuts-down-ancient-nemea-site-says-archaeologist-who-recovered-it/

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29259-ministry-closes-ancient-nemea-site-says-archaeologist-who-recovered-it.html

Suggestion that a temple of Mithras in northern England aligns with the sun on December 25 (lots of issues with that):

https://www.livescience.com/61309-roman-temple-sun-alignment-christ-birth.html

In case you haven’t heard about the upcoming (again) Cleopatra remake:

http://www.newsweek.com/cleopatra-remake-david-scarpa-game-thrones-769201

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/05/cleopatra-big-beautiful-nose-hollywood-convention

Nice feature on how Eratosthenes did his circumference calculations:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/03/how-ancient-greek-mathematician-eratosthenes-calculated-the-earths-circumference-video/

Feature on Janus:

https://theconversation.com/who-was-janus-the-roman-god-of-beginnings-and-endings-86853

Feature on pagans and Christians arguing over New Year’s:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2018/01/01/why-did-early-christians-and-pagans-fight-over-new-years-day/

Item on how Latin helps in the digital age:

https://www.ft.com/content/73f75fb4-da8f-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482

How Latin evolved into the Romance languages:

https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/how-latin-became-the-romance-languages-1821640626

Review of Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-daniel-mendelsohn/news-story/b77ff9bac55be75eeeb743a8ad606a24

Review of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/review-imperium-lustrum-and-dictator-by-robert-harris-dqskgftw7

Review(ish) of Stephen Fry, *Mythos*:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/kind-book-stephen-frys-mythos-knows-clever-fun/

Review of Mike Duncan, *The Storm Before the Storm*:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-examines-decline-of-roman-empire/article_ae725bab-2a40-545a-b3c9-1bad10debb10.html

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 4000 bp wooden henge from Yorkshire near the North Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-year-old-woodhenge-yorkshire-sauna.html

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-henge-discovered-in-yorkshire-1-8930717

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woodhenge-4000-year-old-yorkshire-ancient-sauna-a8143851.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/04/could-4000-year-ancient-monument-yorkshires-first-sauna/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/did-britons-sit-in-sauna-at-wooden-stonehenge-hplnk08nt

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2018/01/05/4000-year-old-woodhenge-discovered-ancient-sauna/109177954/

http://www.newsweek.com/yorkshire-archaeologists-discover-ancient-monument-woodhenge-cremation-sauna-768763

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-woodhenge-discovered-england-could-have-been-4000-year-old-sauna-crematorium-1653717

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6245-180102-england-wood-henge

Evidence that Worcester dates back to the early Iron Age:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-42516333

Feature on a post-Roman pit house found at the Lincoln bypass dig:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/footprint-post-roman-home-lincoln-1002644

Archaeologists feel they are close to finding the monastery that produced the Book of Deer:

https://www.scotsman.com/regions/aberdeen-north-east/breakthrough-in-quest-for-book-of-deer-monastery-1-4655114

Suggestion that some stone slabs might be linked to the lost kingdom of Strathclyde:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/ancient-stone-slabs-could-be-linked-to-lost-kingdom-of-strathclyde-1-4651577

The Great East Window of York Minster has been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-42551807

Feature on some shipwrecks off Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hidden-wrecks-wales-you-never-14112956

More on that Catholic burial at St Albans:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/15802463.Archaeologists_discover_child___s_body_during_cathedral_dig/

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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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45 000 years bp stone tools from a cave in Xinjiang (we may have mentioned this one):

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-cave-china-45000-year-old-stone-toolsanimal-bones-excavation-768608

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6250-180103-china-tongtiandong-cave

Mesolithic tools from a Mumbai beach:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/tools-near-mumbai-beach-trace-human-settlements-to-middle-stone-age/story-B8EI1618lgZq9hvcsPH0GO.html

Bihar’s chief minister spotted a mound which turned out to have 3000 years bp potsherds:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mound-found-by-bihar-cm-nitish-kumar-yields-3000-year-old-potsherds-5006726/

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mound-spotted-by-nitish-kumar-yields-3000-year-old-potsherds-1794322

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/mound-found-by-nitish-yields-3000-year-old-potsherds

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/jharkhand/nitish-the-archaeologist-197847

Evidence of a 3rd or 4th century irrigation system along the Silk Road in the Tian Shan mountains:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-irrigation-technology-silk-road.html

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/wuis-dai010318.php

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104120137.htm

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-irrigation-system-traveled-silk-road-corridor-satellite-drone-769482

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6257-180105-silk-road-irrigation

An 800 years bp granary from Northeast China (the location of this one is confusing to me):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/02/c_136866817.htm

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-01/02/content_50185026.htm

India is limiting visitor access to the Taj Mahal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-cap-number-taj-mahal-visitors-1-180967738/

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-01-03-india-limits-visitors-to-save-taj-mahal/

Feature on Afghanistan’s Nine Domes Mosque:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mysterious-ancient-nine-domes-mosque-northern-afghanistan-025651109.html

http://artdaily.com/news/101553/The-mysterious–ancient-Nine-Domes-Mosque-of-northern-Afghanistan
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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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Really a DNA story, but with major importance (it appears) to the ongoing discussion about the peopling of North America … based on 11 500 year old DNA from a child burial in Alaska and citing a people dubbed ‘the ancient Beringians’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-reveals-evidence-population-ancient-native.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180103132639.htm

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/sjcu-dge122817.php

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoaf-rre010218.php

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/science/native-americans-beringia-siberia.html

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-native-american-ancestry-20180103-htmlstory.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-genome/alaskan-sunrise-girl-sheds-light-on-how-humans-populated-americas-idUSKBN1ES1NH

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42555577

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/03/ancient-dna-reveals-previously-unknown-group-of-native-americans-ancient-beringians

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/03/what-the-ancient-dna-discovery-tells-us-about-native-american-ancestry

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/11-500-year-old-bones-found-in-alaska-offer-clue-on-first-americans-6kknrcfq2

https://www.seeker.com/history/ancient-infant-dna-sheds-light-on-native-american-ancestors

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/alaska-dna-ancient-beringia-genome/

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1801/S00019/evidence-of-new-population-of-ancient-native-americans.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/world/in-the-dna-of-an-ancient-infant-clues-to-how-america-was-populated-20180104-h0dc5s.html

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/05/ciencia/1515170217_052993.html

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/03/ciencia/1514970823_405582.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/03/575326694/ancient-human-remains-document-migration-from-asia-to-america

https://gizmodo.com/discovery-of-unknown-ancient-population-changes-our-und-1821739886

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-rewrites-history-early-america-and-maybe-field-archaeology-180967745/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6249-180103-alaska-ancient-beringians

The Clovis people left their mark on Ohio:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180107/archaeology-artifacts-show-clovis-people-hung-out-in-southeastern-ohio

Evidence (perhaps) that the pirates on Blackbeard’s ship were readers:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/blackbeard-pirates-book-reading-queen-annes-reveng-12474986.php

https://www.livescience.com/61347-photos-blackbeard-ship-book-fragments.html

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/blackbeard-pirate-book-cannon-revenge/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6255-180105-books-paper-pirates

A Civil War era mortar turned up in a St Augustine yard:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article193136909.html

https://www.wptv.com/news/state/st-augustine-man-finds-civil-war-era-mortar-in-yard

An 80-year-old find from Toronto’s Fort York turns out to be a 4000+ years bp quartzite arrow head:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4469931/toronto-woman-s-80-year-old-discovery-turns-out-to-be-an-ancient-indigenous-arrowhead-1.4470239?cmp=rss

Feature on the stone used to build the White House:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/29/politics/white-house-stone-william-seale-government-island/index.html

More on that 3000 years bp stone tool found in Pictou County:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1533046-ancient-stone-tool-found-in-pictou-county

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Finds from an 8th-12th century site in Mexico are being touted as an Aztec ‘model of the universe’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-sanctuary-side-mexican-volcano-universe.html

https://www.livescience.com/61341-ancient-stone-structure-earth-creation.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nahualac-mexican-universe-structure-model-mexico-city-volcano-a8142551.html

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mysterious-stone-shrine-mexican-volcano-ancient-model-universe-115416355.html

http://www.timesunion.com/news/science/article/Sanctuary-on-side-of-Mexican-volcano-could-be-12471632.php

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-floating-model-universe-discovered-side-volcano-mexico-stone-sanctuary-771042

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/depiction-mythical-aztec-universe-discovered-natural-pond-near-mexicos-iztaccihuatl-volcano-1653737

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6254-180104-aztec-temple-pond

Remains of Dutch and British ships (and a lighthouse) off the Yucatan peninsula:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-sunken-dutch-warship-british-steamboat-lighthouse-discovered-coast-772598

https://globalnews.ca/news/3943584/remains-of-centuries-old-dutch-and-british-ships-discovered-off-yucatan-coast/

http://www.latercera.com/laterceratv/descubren-los-restos-dos-buques-del-siglo-xviii-yucatan/

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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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A big finds of 2017 piece:

https://www.livescience.com/61301-major-archaeology-stories-coming.html

Feature on the days of the week:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-the-gods-behind-the-days-of-the-week-87170

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/why-wednesday-the-days-of-the-week-have-a-convoluted-religious-heritage

Feature on Nikola Tesla:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/technology/nikola-tesla.html

On the history of pecorino cheese:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/travel/pecorino-di-pienza-cheese-tuscany-italy.html

Feature on lost ancient documents:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-ten-most-important-ancient-documents-lost-history-180967495/

Marking Frankenstein’s bicentennial:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42411484

Interesting study tracing musical traditions:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-reveals-worlds-most-distinctive-musical-traditions-180967685/

LaSalle University is putting some of its collection up for auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/arts/design/art-owned-by-la-salle-university-headed-for-auction-at-christies.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Some sort of brouhaha at the Bronte Society:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-42563759

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42564230

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/world/europe/uk-lily-cole-emily-bronte.html

More on the early development of copper alloys:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171222090349.htm

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Silver Caesars:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42501519

India and the World:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42408564

https://www.indiaandtheworld.org/

Rome: City and Empire:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/rome-city-and-empire-british-museum-makes-exclusive-north-american-stop-frist-center

Finds from the Antikythera Shipwreck:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/224581/article/ekathimerini/life/select-finds-from-antikythera-shipwreck-on-display-in-piraeus

Llanwnda Bible:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42548146

Feature on the Met Museum:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york/index.html

… and their plans to charge admission:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/arts/design/met-museum-admissions.html

… which is getting some reaction, of course:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/arts/design/the-met-should-be-open-to-all-the-new-pay-policy-is-a-mistake.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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THE TECHY SIDE
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New techniques for scanning mummy cartonnage:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-scanning-technique-words-mummy.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42357259

https://www.livescience.com/61340-mummy-wrapping-messages-deciphered.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/31/egyptian-mummy-can-live-forever-development-scanning-technique/

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-glowing-ink-reveals-hidden-writings-papyrus-mummies-768066

… while the Morgan Library is scanning some Coptic Bibles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/science/biblical-codes-morgan-library.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

A new technique using teeth to determine age at death:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-redefining-knowledge-elderly-people-history.html

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/anu-rko010318.php

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104120306.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-04/debunking-myth-people-died-young-before-modern-medicine/9302356

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-use-skeleton-method-find-ancient-human-lifespan-2637801

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6252-180104-teeth-age-elderly

Another virtual reconstruction of items damaged by ISIL:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/oxford-team-virtually-reconstructs-goddess-al-lat-statue-smashed-by-isis-gf2r2j277

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA analysis on a 16th century child mummy thought to have died from smallpox suggests Hepatitis B would be more accurate:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-dna-analysis-ancient-mummy-thought.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104153449.htm

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/mu-dao010318.php

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/science/child-mummy-hepatitis-naples.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6256-180105-hepatitis-b-virus

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Kumamoto Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180103-the-japanese-castle-that-defied-history

Alexandria:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/travel/alexandria-egypt-library-budget.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

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CRIME BEAT
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New York authorities seized a number of stolen (apparently) antiquities from Michael Steinhardt’s home:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/nyregion/antiques-seized-from-billionaire-michael-steinhardt-cyrus-vance.html

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-philanthropist-steinhardt-raided-over-suspected-antiquities-thefts/

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/looted-antiques-seized-from-manhattan-billionaires-home-20180106-h0ee59.html

Not sure but this report on numbers of antiquities thefts in India in the past three years seems rather low:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/19-cases-of-theft-of-antiquities-reported-in-3-years-govt/1/1121744.html

Theft of jewels from an ‘Indian Maharajah’ exhibition in Venice:

http://www.dw.com/en/thieves-steal-rare-indian-jewels-in-venice/a-42020264

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42558242

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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Nigeria is seeking repatriation of some items:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/in-memoriam-lawrence-stager/

The US is returning some mummy fragments to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/286515/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-mummy-fragments-to-be-recovered-from-New-.aspx

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-consulate-us-retrieves-3-smuggled-artifacts/

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/39285/Egypt-restores-parts-of-dismembered-mummies

http://www.newsweek.com/long-lost-skull-egyptian-mummy-stolen-us-grave-robber-be-returned-769557 \

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6253-180104-mummy-parts-repatriated
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n54.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/2678-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-december-2017-30-december-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Lawrence Stager:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/nyregion/lawrence-stager-creative-biblical-archaeologist-dies-at-74.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/in-memoriam-lawrence-stager/

Eugene V Thaw:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/obituaries/eugene-v-thaw-dies-art-collector-and-dealer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Fred Bass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/obituaries/fred-bass-strand-bookstore-dies-at-89.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Simonetta Puccini:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/obituaries/simonetta-puccini-keeper-of-the-composers-flame-dies-at-89.html

Barbara Adams Mowat:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/barbara-adams-mowat-editor-of-authoritative-editions-of-shakespeare-dies-at-83/2018/01/02/3a641360-e50b-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html

http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20180103/barbara-adams-mowat-editor-of-authoritative-editions-of-shakespeare-dies-at-83

Mark Whittow:

http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/history-professor-sad-loss-oxford/

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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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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Explorator 20.35-36 ~ December 31, 2017

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

Happy whatever you celebrated/are celebrating/will celebrate for
the past couple of weeks!

[apologies for spacing weirdness below; not sure what happened]

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Acheulian tools found in Saudi Arabia are adding to the ‘Out of Africa’ story:

https://www.livescience.com/61285-stone-tools-found-in-saudi-arabia.html

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-stone-weapons-including-one-kind-giant-handaxe-could-tell-story-when-763121

https://www.archaeology.org/6240-171228-saudi-arabia-tools

Latest questioning of the ‘hobbit’ theory:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-archaeologists-cast-doubt-controversial-hobbit-theory

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AFRICA
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Libya is conducting a major survey:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/libyan-antiquities-authority-kicks-survey-project-eastern-region

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Lengthy remains of what was once a pharaonic fortress at Tell el Maskhuta:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/12/15/strength-of-egypts-canal-of-the-pharaohs-re-emerges_c62069d4-0e29-4c4b-a5b7-b30231622743.html

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6238-171228-egypt-ancient-fortress

I  think we mentioned these child burials from Gebel el-Silsila:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-discover-child-graves-jewelry-amulets-750021

Egypt is setting up a ‘holding company’ for investing in antiquities (!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/37551/Holding-company-for-investing-in-antiquities-to-be-set

Concerns for Heliopolis:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-heliopolis-archaeologists-face-modern-problems-at-ancient-site-1.685084

Feature on Egyptian art:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-egyptian-art/

Feature on the pyramids:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/37890/The-great-pyramid

Plans to restore the Al Sharaybi bath house:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-to-restore-historic-al-sharaybi-bathhouse-in-islamic-cairo/

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/285780/Heritage/Islamic/Egypts-Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-Islamic-.aspx

More on Tut’s meteoric iron dagger:

https://www.livescience.com/61214-king-tut-dagger-outer-space.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/king-tut-rsquo-s-dagger-is-out-of-this-world/

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/12/23/king-tuts-dagger-came-stars-study-says/108854354/

European cave painters had ancient Near Eastern connections, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.831692

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-european-culture-spectacular-cave-painting-middle-east-762051

Umm Nar civilization pottery from Oman:

http://www.menafn.com/1096274514/Oman–Unique-pottery-belonging-to-Umm-al-Nar-culture-unearthed

http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Unique-pottery-belonging-to-Umm-al-Nar-culture-unearthed-55yi

Evidence of a 4000 years bp ‘military network’ in Syria:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-discovery-year-old-military-network-northern.html

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/c-doa122117.php

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171221105841.htm

http://www.newsweek.com/massive-surveillance-communication-network-ancient-syrian-military-discovered-755781

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/4000-year-old-military-fortress-that-was-massive-bronze-age-spy-network-found-syria-1652565

https://www.archaeology.org/6230-171222-syria-fortress-network

A Bronze Age site from Cappadocia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-settlement-found-in-cappadocia-124597

A possible Bronze Age site in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/18/ancient-settlement-sought-near-istanbuls-oldest-burial-site

https://www.archaeology.org/6216-171218-bronze-age-artifacts

Studying ritual feasting evidence at various sites in Turkey and Israel:

https://today.uconn.edu/2017/12/archaeological-dig-provides-clues-feasting-became-important-ritual/

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeological-clues-feasting-important-ritual.html

On the excavations at Germanicia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-reveal-ancient-germanicia-124401

A 1500 years bp church and monastery found at Beit Shemesh:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Remains-of-a-1500-year-old-monastery-uncovered-20-December-2017.aspx

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Artifacts-from-1500-year-old-monastery-and-church-unearthed-in-Beit-Shemesh-518558

https://www.livescience.com/61252-byzantine-monastery-in-israel.html

https://www.livescience.com/61249-photos-ancient-israel-monastery.html

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.830203

https://www.timesofisrael.com/child-labor-encouraged-as-israeli-teens-excavate-1500-year-old-byzantine-church/

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/239565

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/20/1500-year-old-church-and-monastery-unearthed-in-israel/

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-christian-jewelry-and-crucifixes-uncovered-long-lost-monastery-holy-755241

https://www.archaeology.org/6225-171220-beit-shemesh-monastery

I  think we mentioned this seven-candle menorah image found at Tiberias:

http://www.newsweek.com/stone-menorah-symbol-found-israel-753968

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-door-engraved-menorah-discovered-israel-180967647/

https://www.archaeology.org/6224-171220-tiberias-tomb-door

Feature on Jericho’s connections to Egypt:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/jericho-ancient-archaeology-egypt-bible/

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-nile-treasures-secret-tomb-reveal-biblical-city-jericho-israel-754030

Feature on the Rujm el-Hiri stone circle:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.830768

… and one on the Shamir Dolmen field:

http://asorblog.org/2017/12/19/stones-social-complexity-shamir-dolmen-field-intermediate-bronze-age/

Feature on the Hezekiah Bulla:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16711-the-significance-of-the-hezekiah-bulla

Feature on migration in ancient Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/biblical-archaeology-topics/digs-2018-migration-and-immigration-in-ancient-israel/

Israel’s Culture minister is pushing for some major archaeological work:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5058426,00.html

How the Maccabees defeated the Greeks:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5058290,00.html

Concerns for Herod’s palace near Jericho:

http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/12/15/so-close-and-yet-so-far/

That Luwian inscription that was in the news a while back is under fire:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/hieroglyphics-that-solved-mysteries-of-troy-too-good-to-be-true-s9bt99023

… related:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2156527-hoax-or-not-three-ancient-texts-with-controversial-origins/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-?cmpid=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2012-GLOBAL%7Cmagcontents

What Ina Kehrberg-Ostrasz is up to:

http://www.menafn.com/1096286972/Australian-archaeologist-sorts-through-Gerasene-pottery-shreds

Suggestion that trading by nomads contributed to the rise of cities:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/was-trading-nomads-crucial-rise-cities

Just in case you thought we’d get out of 2017 without seeing a Noah’s Ark claim:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/religion-and-beliefs/news/article.cfm?c_id=301&objectid=11966182&ref=rss

Restoration of the Aydos Castle (Turkey) is almost complete:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/restoration-in-aydos-almost-finished-124722

Interview with Josephine Quinn about her Phoenician book:

http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2017/12/15/josephine-quinn-on-in-search-of-the-phoenicians/

Reviews of Blincoe, *Bethlehem*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/books/review/nicholas-blincoe-bethlehem-biography.html

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/bethlehem-christ-birth-blincoe/

Review of Hidary, *Rabbis and Classical Rhetoric*:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/rabbis-and-classical-rhetoric/
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Evidence (including a cremation burial) of a Roman military camp at Legio (Israel):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.831317

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-unearthed-roman-legion-camp-near-armageddon-180967654/

http://www.ibtimes.sg/1700-year-old-remains-soldier-found-cooking-pot-israel-excavation-site-reveals-roman-military-22404

http://www.newsweek.com/remains-ancient-roman-soldier-found-1700-year-old-cooking-pot-israel-759782

https://www.archaeology.org/6232-171226-israel-roman-military-camp

Eight Roman shipwrecks off Naxos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/19/norwegian-divers-discover-roman-era-shipwrecks-off-naxos-island/

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/8-ancient-Roman-shipwrecks-discovered-near-Naxos-island

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.829503

http://www.newsweek.com/eight-ancient-roman-shipwrecks-discovered-shallows-coast-greek-island-resort-751481

A Roman ‘burial ground’ near Cambridge:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/roman-burial-ground-discovered-near-14057515

A 1600 years bp lead-lined burial from Somerset:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-42430934

http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/taunton_news/15786595.Taunton_metal_detector_group_find_rare_coffin_in_Ilminster_field/

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1600-year-old-roman-lead-lined-grave-ancient-coins-discovered-somerset-1652542

Rain revealed a Roman statue in Talmitha (Libya):

http://www.libyanexpress.com/rain-fall-leads-to-archaeological-discovery-in-libya/

A statue of Artemis from Luxor:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28848-archaeologists-unearth-greek-goddess-artemis%E2%80%99-statue-in-luxor%2C-egypt.html

More evidence of human sacrifice from the ancient Greek world:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-shocking-dismembered-human-skull-reveals-ritual-sacrifice-755549

Three more houses at Pompeii were opened to the public:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/23/pompeii-opens-restored-homes-to-visitors

… and there was another wall collapse:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/12/19/fresh-pompeii-domus-collapse-3_3c993cf3-f41d-45df-aaf7-42695592f82b.html

The Portico of Octavia has been restored:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/12/18/portico-of-octavia-reborn-after-14-years-2_a78faffc-adef-4a3b-a411-96acbc4f60ba.html

A study of ancient feces correlates with mentions of parasites in Hippocratic texts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-earliest.html

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc-afr121117.php

Feature on the lamellae orphicae:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/The-beauty-and-mystery-of-the-lamellae-orphicae-of-AncientGreece-passport-to-afterlife

Feature on some (buried) remains of Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-41637893

Feature on the excavations of Perge:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/28/over-70-pct-of-5000-year-old-perga-city-in-southern-turkey-still-underground

Feature on a (modern) Greek terracotta workshop:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/25/285897/Arts–Culture/Visual-Art/In-Photos-Greek-terracotta-workshop-produces-an-ar.aspx

Feature on Hermes on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/god-money-hermes-ancient-coins/

Feature on Greek architecture:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-introduction-to-greek-architecture/

Feature on Roman ‘joke cups’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-did-the-romans-do-for-us-joke-cups-vrlshr7tv

https://www.rt.com/uk/414580-romans-tantalus-bowl-joke/

Feature on Trajan:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/specials/trajan.htm

Feature on things found during Rome’s metro construction project:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/world/europe/rome-subway-archaeology.html

Hadrian’s Villa is getting into the olive oil business:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/29/hadrians-villa-recreate-glory-days-olive-oil/

Blaming the Romans for fruitcake:

http://wuwm.com/post/so-about-fruitcake-can-we-blame-romans

Marking the death of Schliemann:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/26/day-1890-heinrich-schliemann-pioneering-archaeologist-claimed/

… and the Battle of the Trebia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/18/day-218-bc-hannibal-outwitted-romans-humiliating-defeat/

More on evidence for Caesar’s invasion of Britain:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/caesars-british-invasion-launched-isle-thanet.htm

More on climate change, plague, and the fall of Rome:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-and-disease-helped-fall-rome-180967591/

Reviews of Mary Beard, *Women and Power*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/author-explains-historys-muzzle-on-powerful-women-removing-it-is-up-to-you/2017/12/15/851f46a4-e1b9-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.51a3a2c10159

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-women-and-power-20171228-story.html

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-the-long-history-of-not-being-taken-seriously-affects-women-in-power-today

Reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/the_audio_book_club/2017/12/homer_s_odyssey_translated_by_emily_wilson_book_club_and_discussion.html

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/24/572911215/a-complicated-man-outlined-clearly-in-emily-wilsons-new-odyssey

https://inews.co.uk/culture/finally-translation-odyssey-homer-deserves/

Review of Richard Thomas, *Why Dylan Matters*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/19/why-dylan-matters-richard-f-thomas-review

Review of Walsh, *Pudding Pan*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-pudding-pan-roman-shipwreck-cargo-context.htm

More on the underwater remains of ancient Corinth:

http://www.newsweek.com/video-ancient-greek-port-city-bible-earthquake-corinth-751255

http://www.ibtimes.sg/biblical-city-destroyed-1400-years-ago-discovered-intact-underwater-22007

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

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Interesting 5000 years bp petroglyphs from Denmark:

http://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-ancient-mysterious-carved-rocks-spider-web-patterns-discovered-danish-752848

https://www.sciencealert.com/vasagard-danish-island-300-mysterious-sunstones-sun-worship

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/5000-year-old-sun-spiderweb-carved-stones-discovered-denmark-could-be-stone-age-coins-1652576

https://www.archaeology.org/6218-171218-denmark-sun-stone

A Bronze Age burial cairn from Stirling:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-burial-cairn-unearthed-5npx5vbwq

Remains of some sort of henge structure from Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-henge-discovered-in-yorkshire-1-8930717

Excavating an Iron Age settlement at Crannog:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15796783.Iron_Age_Scots_went_all_out_to_impress_their_neighbours/

Pictish metalwork (and more) from Perthshire:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/excitement-over-finds-at-hillfort-11758605

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/570370/perthshire-hilltop-fort-was-pictish-stronghold/

A huge number of stained glass shards from Westminster Abbey’s attic:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/27/westminster-abbey-attics-archaeologists-treasure-trove-stained-glass

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-shards-historic-stained-glass-found-westminster-abbeys-attic-180967663/

https://www.archaeology.org/6235-171227-westminster-abbey-glass

Remains of a 16th century turkey dinner from Exeter:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoe-abd121917.php

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bones-exeter-street-turkey-dinner.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-42415444

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/19/bones-remains-englands-first-turkey-dinner/

https://www.archaeology.org/6223-171220-england-exeter-turkey

Finds from a 16th century blockhouse dig in Hull:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-42414850

https://www.archaeology.org/6242-171229-yorkshire-tudor-blockhouse

Artifacts from an 18th century coffee house in a Cambridge University cellar:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/calfs-foot-jelly-and-a-tankard-of-ale-welcome-to-the-18th-century-starbucks-0

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42395113

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/18/claphams-coffeehouse-cambridge-archaeologists-hundreds-items-unearthed

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/artefacts-from-18th-century-starbucks-found-in-cambridge-university-cellar-36417155.html

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-artifacts-18th-century-british-coffeehouse-180967609/

https://www.archaeology.org/6217-171218-clapham-s-coffee-house

‘Mysterious’ Catholic burial at St Alban’s Cathedral:

http://www.newsweek.com/britain-childs-body-discovered-clutching-catholic-rosary-beads-protestant-760112

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42335953

https://www.archaeology.org/6233-171226-england-catholic-burial

Some Thomas Becket relics were found in Italy:

https://zenit.org/articles/st-thomas-becket-relics-found-in-italy/

The car park where Richard III’s remains were found has been given protected status:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/richard-iii-car-park-greyfriars-955185

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/21/leicester-car-park-richard-iii-buried-given-protected-status

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-42427088

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/21/car-park-site-richard-iii-s-grave-granted-protected-status/

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/21/572699158/english-parking-lot-and-longtime-burial-site-of-king-richard-iii-is-deemed-a-nat

They’ve started looking at those Iron Age cauldrons found near Leicester:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/gluttony-glenfield-park.htm

Assorted items declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-42428124

Henry VIII was a big spender at Christmas:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42429199

Raising funds to save Catherine of Aragon’s former residence:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-shropshire-42458864/crowdfunding-to-save-catherine-of-aragon-s-former-home

Concerns for a coastal fortress site in Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/one-wales-finest-coastal-heritage-14052527

… and coastal sites in Greenland:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-coastal-erosion-threatens-archaeological-sites.html

Feature on Neolithic petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-neolithic-art-ancestors-years.html

https://theconversation.com/what-neolithic-rock-art-can-tell-us-about-the-way-our-ancestors-lived-6-000-years-ago-84865

Restoring Westminster Abbey’s funerary effigies:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/10/westminster-abbey-funeral-effigies-restored-for-new-museum

Bristol folk apparently have a centuries-old right to live in Dublin:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-people-846-year-old-984810

More on testing Neolithic weapons:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-whack-fake-skulls-learn-about-neolithic-weapons-180967563/

More on that Bronze Age burial from near Loch Ness:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6214-171215-scotland-cist-beaker

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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An 8000 years bp village site from Inner Mongolia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/21/c_136842755.htm

A 7000 years bp dwelling from western Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/419694/7000-year-old-residence-found-in-western-Iran

https://www.archaeology.org/6239-171228-iran-jamishan-river

A Neolithic granary from Liangzhu City:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/20/c_136840454.htm

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6222-171220-china-neolithic-rice

A 4300 years bp painted image of a face from Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201712160007.html

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6228-171221-japan-joman-face

Neolithic petroglyphs from Kisar (Indonesia):

https://www.livescience.com/61251-indonesian-rock-paintings-photos.html

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-incredibly-tiny-rock-art-discovered-island-caves-humans-drums-753165

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/2500-year-old-cave-paintings-discovered-on-indonesian-island-4988693/

Bronze Age toys from a child burial in Siberia:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-creepy-doll-head-discovered-prehistoric-child-grave-worlds-oldest-toy-764072

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-creepy-doll-head-discovered-150013257.html

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6243-171229-siberia-antler-toy

Pottery from beneath Lake Biwako (Japan):

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-urn-discovered-robot-bottom-japan-biggest-lake-mystifies-761537

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6237-171227-japan-lake-pottery

Assorted 2700 years bp finds from Shaanxi:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/chinese-archaeologists-discover-2700yearold-relics/1211899

‘Dented’ Buddhist sculptures from Angul (date?):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/dented-buddhist-sculptures-unearthed-in-angul.html

Song Dynasty burials from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/22/WS5a3cb392a31008cf16da2e90.html

A 1900 years bp bronze mirror from Kyushu:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-extremely-rare-1900-year-old-chinese-mirror-discovered-intact-japanese-764955

http://www.ibtimes.sg/ancient-chinese-bronze-mirror-discovered-perfect-condition-archaeologists-surprised-by-22464

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6241-171228-japan-bronze-mirror

Very interesting 8th century Turkic burial/monument for Dongoin Shiree:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ou-dor121817.php

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-discovery-ancient-turkic-monument-pillars.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171219092855.htm

https://www.livescience.com/61277-mongolian-stone-structures-unearthed.html

http://www.newsweek.com/east-asia-ancient-monument-reveals-hidden-stone-sarcophagus-inscribed-753094

http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-strangely-arranged-monument-asia-including-sarcophagus-22096

https://www.archaeology.org/6231-171222-mongolia-turkic-burial

10th century sculptures from Vijayawada:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/10th-century-sculptures-discovered/articleshow/62226168.cms

10th century Tamil inscriptions:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/stones-with-10th-century-inscription-in-ancient-tamil-script-found-in-gangaikondan/articleshow/62110684.cms

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the Great Wall of Gorgon before, but excavations have resumed:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/419487/Archaeologists-resume-work-on-Great-Wall-of-Gorgan

Remains of a temple in the forests of Cambodia:

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5098414/new-temple-discovered-deep-forest/

Remains of a 19th century Australian pub:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-site-one-australias-oldest-pubs-180967538/

Remains of a WWI Australian submarine:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42435428

https://www.cnet.com/news/lost-wwi-submarine-found-103-years-later-australia-navy-sub-ae1/#ftag=CAD590a51e

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-australias-first-submarine-discovered-papua-new-guinea-180967635/

Various spins being put on a study of those ‘medical strips’ of emperor Qin (including his orders to search for immortality):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42477083

https://www.livescience.com/61286-first-chinese-emperor-sought-immortality.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/order-chinese-emperor-immortality-115745595.html

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/chinas-first-emperor-ordered-nationwide-search-for-an-elixir-of-life/18858196

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/an-order-from-the-first-chinese-emperor-find-immortality

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sci-tech/2017-12-25-an-order-from-the-chinese-emperor-find-immortality/

http://www.newsweek.com/live-forever-ancient-writings-reveal-first-emperor-china-obsessive-quest-759060

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-texts-reveal-first-emperor-chinas-quest-eternal-life-180967671/

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6236-171227-china-medical-texts

Archaeology and political claims in China:

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/claims-12222017145043.html

Taiwan’s list of big archaeological discoveries this year:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/27/c_136855744.htm

The Taj Mahal is becoming a saga:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/visitors-entry-banned-into-main-crypt-of-taj-mahal/articleshow/62310062.cms
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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3000 years bp tools from Picton County (NS):

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/stone-tool-found-in-pictou-county-estimated-at-about-3000-years-old-173019/

http://www.trurodaily.com/living/stone-tool-found-in-pictou-county-estimated-at-about-3000-years-old-173487/

Finds from the Rock Spring (NC) dig:

http://www.wect.com/story/37094364/archaeologists-find-artifacts-in-rock-spring-dig

http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171218/archaeologists-find-remains-of-rock-spring

Possible pre-Revolution remains from Brooklyn:

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2017/12/22/routine-street-work-in-brooklyn-uncovers-well-that-may-date-back-before-the-revolutionary-war

More finds revealed by Hurricane Irma (on Jekyll Island):

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/hurricane-exposes-millennia-old-settlement/article_0634a204-6ea9-5a83-a572-f4d9c6ff13c4.html

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2017-12-18/irma-unearths-historic-artifacts-jekyll-island-beach

Feature on sites near the Bering Strait:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/12/17/571050071/how-to-survive-climate-change-clues-are-buried-in-the-arctic

Feature on those caribou hunting sites in Lake Huron:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/281-1801/features/6162-where-the-ice-age-caribou-ranged

Feature on Lincoln’s last Christmas:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-lincolns-last-christmas-180967617/

Feature on Carry Nation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-radical-prohibitionist-carry-nation-180967627/

On the link between ‘industrial espionage’ and US cotton:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-industrial-espionage-started-americas-cotton-revolution-180967608/

Rethinking Williamsburg’s holiday decorations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-history-of-williamsburgs-beloved-but-not-very-colonial-holiday-decorations/2017/12/19/0e24a5fe-c59d-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html

The solstice was observed at the Fort Ancient earthworks:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171221/winter-solstice-observed-at-fort-ancient-earthworks

More on mastodon remains and the peopling of the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-mastodon-ignited-debate-humans.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A possible Wari temple from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-ancient-astronomical-observatory-found-in-cusco-692974.aspx

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6221-171219-peru-temple-astronomy

Evidence of pre-Hispanic success in Bolivia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/c-uap121917.php

Studying female figurines from Tabasco:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6784-figurillas-revelan-papel-de-la-mujer-en-la-urbe-prehispanica-de-jonuta-en-tabasco

Studying the giant hats of Easter Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/bu-eih122017.php

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-easter-island-cooperative-analysis-giant.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171220122027.htm

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6229-171221-easter-island-pukao

Feature on how the ‘language’ of khipus was ‘decoded’:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/massachusetts/2017/12/26/how-harvard-freshman-helped-crack-mystery-inca-code/asr6ifIpLoFXNQHA3AQdwO/story.html

http://languagehat.com/decoding-the-khipus/

Feature on the Taino people:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bringing-taino-peoples-back-history-180967637/

Monteczuma’s descendants are looking for some recognition:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/12/28/la_serpiente_emplumada/1514420961_584679.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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As often this time of year, we get the various roundups of the biggest archaeological discoveries:

https://www.livescience.com/61250-biggest-archaeology-discoveries-of-2017.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-cities-underwater-castles-jesus-christs-tomb-top-archaeological-discoveries-2017-1652626

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29093-review-the-most-important-archaeological-discoveries-during-2017.html

In case you haven’t heard of Jennifer Wexler’s deportation case:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-42458315

Studying the motivations behind early copper alloys:

https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/prehistoric-bling-aesthetics-crucial-factor-in-development-of-earliest-copper-alloys

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171222090349.htm

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-prehistoric-bling-aesthetics-crucial-factor.html

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc-pba122117.php

On the names of the months:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/whats-in-a-name-months-of-the-year/

On the annual argument over the location of St Nick’s grave:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/22/christmas-countdown-fuels-debate-over-location-of-st-nicholass-grave

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-saint-nicholas/2017/12/21/1cad751e-df89-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-proofs-of-the-man-behind-the-legend-of-beloved-st-nick/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/inside-st-nick-s-church-in-turkey-where-the-bones-of-the-man-who-inspired-santa-may-be-buried-1.4462693?cmp=rss

On Santa Claus as magic mushroom:

https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005607627/santa-is-a-psychedelic-mushroom.html

http://www.newsweek.com/santa-and-magic-mushrooms-was-christmas-icon-derived-trippy-fungi-758386

On the Christmas truce:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/24/the-christmas-truce-miracle-soldiers-put-down-their-guns-to-sing-carols-and-drink-wine/

http://exhibitions.theworldwar.org/christmas-truce/

On historical events that happened on Christmas:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-other-historical-events-happened-on-christmas/g-41923369

On some medieval Christmas recipes:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/medieval-manuscripts-xmas-recipes-abbey-library-trove-073942591.html

On other celebrations that happen in December:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/article/2001264175/eight-religious-festivities-that-happen-in-december-other-than-christmas

On metal detectorists and archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/18/the-tense-truce-between-detectorists-and-archaeologists

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42235046

Feature on Madame de Pompadour:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadour-was-far-more-mistress-180967662/

On the evolution of assorted human societies:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoe-hse121817.php

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-human-societies-evolve-similar-paths.html

On the 12 Days of Christmas:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/12-facts-about-12-days-christmas-180967569/

On Dickens’ *Christmas Carol*:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171215-how-did-a-christmas-carol-come-to-be

Related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42322936

Features on assorted Christmas/ Yule celebrations and rituals:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/christmas-traditions-invented-otherwise/

http://www.ibtimes.com/winter-solstice-2017-things-know-about-pagan-yule-celebrations-rituals-2630182

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/24/heres-how-christians-celebrated-christmas-throughout-the-ages/

Another Christmas origins piece, fwiw:

http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/opinion/columns/egyptians-pagans-are-reason-for-season/article_f2e29f95-ff34-58d7-a00d-9a171877e04f.html

On assorted seasonal traditions:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/19/571177144/why-we-kiss-under-mistletoe-and-toast-with-eggnog

Lawrence of Arabia’s sandals are coming to auction:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15797770.War_hero_Lawrence_of_Arabia__39_s_sandals_sell_at_auction/

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Lawrence-of-Arabias-century-old-sandals-to-be-auctioned-for-over-4000-518427

France saved one of de Sade’s works from auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/120-days-de-sodom-made-national-treasure-by-french-government

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/world/europe/france-marquis-de-sade-treasure.html

Memphis has removed a couple of Confederate statues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42450645

On the history of ornithology:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-history-ornithology-starts-inquisitive-medieval-emperor-180967623/

What Lord Nelson’s letters reveal:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/27/petulant-jealous-lord-nelson-letters-reveal-less-noble-side

On pirates and the metric system:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/28/574044232/how-pirates-of-the-caribbean-hijacked-americas-metric-system

Feature on the Basque language:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170719-the-mysterious-origins-of-europes-oldest-language

On the evolution of the lock:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephanrabimov/2017/12/27/evolution-on-lock-from-stick-to-gate/

Feature on DaVinci’s ‘ecological side’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/12/22/actualidad/1513962617_120090.html

Mummy evidence (!) in a soccer player’s drug doping case:

http://eldeportivo.latercera.com/el-deportivo/noticia/momias-ayudaron-reducir-la-sancion-paolo-guerrero-caso-dopaje/37005/

On the Solstice and Spanish missions:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-sun-illuminates-spanish-missions-on-winter-solstice-180967619/

On Voltaire’s lottery skills:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2017/12/20/articulo/1513764103_684537.html

Review of de Hamel, *Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/books/review/de-hamel-manuscripts-medieval-world-illuminated-books.html

Review of Metaxas, *Martin Luther*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/books/review/eric-metaxas-martin-luther.html

More on meteoric iron:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/14/1724352/-Scientists-have-finally-figured-out-the-mystery-of-where-Bronze-Age-iron-came-from

https://www.livescience.com/61218-photos-oldest-iron-daggers-outer-space.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Etruscans:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-treasures-of-the-etruscans/g-41837805

Silver Caesars:

http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/hail-caesar-as-rome-s-first-12-emperors-return

Michelangelo:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-bodies-of-his-work-michelangelos-muscular-mastery-is-on-display-at-the-met/2017/12/28/35b63f54-e435-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html

Egyptian Cats:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/20/570591294/no-kitten-around-museum-exhibit-celebrates-divine-felines

Deir Al Medina:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/285709/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-Museum-displays-works-of-Deir-AlMedina-ar.aspx

Thomas Bock:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/24/thomas-bock-ikon-gallery-review-tasmania-birmingham-convict-review

Wedding Dresses:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140503-how-wedding-dresses-evolved

https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/wedding-dress

From Paganism to Christianity:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeological-exhibit-shows-the-end-of-paganism-in-Israel-519993

Castra:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/New-archeological-exhibition-tells-a-story-of-an-ancient-city-in-Israel-520074

Restoring the Minoans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/arts/design/elizabeth-price-art-review-institute-for-the-study-of-the-ancient-world.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Assorted news related to the impending opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/285713/Heritage/Museums/Chariot-and-clothes-of-Egypts-Tutankhamun-transpor.aspx

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/37681/Egyptian-Museum-receives-new-manuscripts-artifacts

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/26/ramses-ii-colossus-erected-grand-egyptian-museum-display-spot/

The British Museum is moving mummies around:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/mummies-take-centre-stage-in-british-museum-shake-up-pwl0mf55n

Feature on Barbara Jatta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/24/arts/design/vatican-museums-jatta.html

In case you know anything about the Gardner art heist:

http://wshu.org/post/got-scoop-gardner-museum-art-heist-you-have-4-days-earn-10-million

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THE TECHY SIDE
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What technology reveals about ancient Egyptian paintings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-imaging-technique-revealed-secrets-ancient-portrait-180967633/

Virtual reality for the Baths of Caracalla:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/19/virtual-reality-goggles-unlock-splendour-huge-ancient-roman/

On using 3d technology to save objects from ISIS:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/isis-threatened-ancient-art-3-d-printing-will-save-it

A plan to LiDAR scan the whole of England:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/30/lost-roman-roads-could-found-environment-agency-laser-scans/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Gadara:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171218-jordans-ancient-town-without-a-soul

Alexandria (Egypt):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/travel/alexandria-egypt-library-budget.html

Kent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-42425157

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CRIME BEAT
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Manhattan’s DA has launched an antiquities crime unit:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prosecutors-become-treasure-hunters-in-antiquities-repatriation-campaign/

https://hyperallergic.com/418267/manhattan-district-attorney-antiquities-trafficking-unit/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manhattan-da-launches-first-antiquities-trafficking-unit-180967607/

Big sentence for smuggling antiquities in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/37541/Life-imprisonment-fine-of-LE-1M-for-smuggling-antiquities

Using dogs to sniff out stolen antiquities:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/enlisting-dogs-to-sniff-out-stolen-antiquities

http://theartnewspaper.com/blog/sniffer-dogs-set-to-save-syria-s-cultural-heritage

… or technology:

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/using-technology-tackle-theft-trafficking-antiquities/

A major bust (Operation Zeus) in Turkey:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/turkish-police-seize-more-26000-ancient-artefacts-largest-ever-haul-stolen-antiquities-1652577

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/21/c_136843299.htm

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6227-171221-turkey-looting-smuggling

Another bust at Cairo airport:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/cairo-airport-authorities-seize-329-archaeological-coins/

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/24/c_136849284.htm

Tomb raiders in China are apparently learning from online sources:

https://international.thenewslens.com/article/86073

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/12/culture-crime-news-12-november-24-december-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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Sweden returned some textiles to Peru:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6219-171219-peru-repatriated-textiles

The crown of Hecatomnus will be returned:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/golden-crown-of-hecatomnus-to-be-returned-124956
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NUMISMATICA
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A few weeks’ worth of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.html

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n52.html

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n53.html

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n54.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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Icelandic epic:

https://www.nytimes.com/video/arts/music/100000005521046/rimur-iceland-epic-poetry-ballad.html
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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/2676-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-december-2017-23-december-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Slobodan Curcic:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/12/11/slobodan-curcic-international-expert-byzantine-art-and-architecture-dies-76

Jean Davison:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/burlingtonfreepress/obituary.aspx?n=jean-m-davison-phd&pid=187599892

Mark Whittow (not really obituaries yet):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42502160

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/oxford-professor-mark-whittow-killed-in-pile-up-rzhsfqw83

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/27/tributes-to-oxford-university-professor-killed-in-m40-crash

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/28/oxford-university-history-professor-killed-m40-pile-uptributes/

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15794931.College_left__shaken__by_death_of_professor_in_M40_crash/

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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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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Explorator 20.34 ~ December 17, 2017

 

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

n.b. As often this time of year, I will be unsure of internet access
next week, so it is likely that next week’s issue might have to
be postponed. Enjoy the holiday period, whatever you’re celebrating
(Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Saturnalia, and any I’ve missed).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the locomotion of early Pleistocene hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-locomotion-hominins-pleistocene-efficient-current.html

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AFRICA
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Searching for shipwrecks associated with the slave trade:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42313939/hunting-the-shipwrecks-of-the-slave-trade

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of 3500 years bp tombs from Luxor:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/61163-two-ancient-egyptian-tombs-discovered.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-mummy-ancient-tomb-ministry-antiquities-luxor-draa-abou-naga-thebes-discovery-a8101846.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/70445d55-bfa8-31d1-88b5-c6b59d9ca6b6/ss_two-3,500-year-old-tombs.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-two-ancient-tombs-in-egypt/a-41724358
https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-3500-year-old-tombs-discovered-in-egypt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor-164725835.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/3500-year-old-tombs-uncovered-in-egypt-one-has-a-mummy.aspx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/
https://www.archaeology.org/6154-171117-luxor-two-tombs

3000 years bp child burials (and more) from Gebel el Silsila:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/285343.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42364085
https://www.livescience.com/61209-children-graves-gebel-el-silsila.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue-egypts-aswan-51785320
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3500-year-old-mummified-child-corpses-found-by-archaeologists-egypt-1651579
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6208-171214-egypt-aswan-artemis

A pair of Late Period fortresses near Ismailia:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/12/2-late-period-fortresses-discovered-near-ismailia/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/12/15/strength-of-egypts-canal-of-the-pharaohs-re-emerges_c62069d4-0e29-4c4b-a5b7-b30231622743.html

Feature on Qurna:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/greatest-clash-egyptian-archaeology-fading-anger-lives-on-180967452/

On challenges at Heliopolis:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-heliopolis-archaeologists-face-modern-problems-at-ancient-site-1.685084

Various spins on this Tiberias menorah find:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-bittersweet-end-of-1800-year-old-tiberias-menorah/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-menorah-inscribed-on-stone-slab-discovered-in-Tiberias-mosque-517797
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/13/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday/

A Hasmonean-era lamp find:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-porcupines-den-mother-and-daughter-discover-2200-year-old-hasmonean-lamp/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Mother-and-daughter-discover-ancient-clay-lamp-from-Hellenistic-period-517808
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/12/12/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday

… and  I  think we mentioned this Hasmonean-era town find:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/239259

On the wool trade in Hazor, 3500 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.828899

A Muslim burial ground is deemed not old enough to delay roadwork:

https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-1.828459

Feature on Judaean Desert texts outside of Qumran:

http://thetorah.com/proto-masoretic-text/judean-desert-texts-outside-qumran/

Feature on archaeology in Kuwait:

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2668697&language=en

Feature on some interesting Negev petroglyphs:

http://asorblog.org/2017/12/12/visitors-intermediate-bronze-age-crescent-headed-figures-negev-rock-art/

More on the origins of the Natufian culture:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349

More on those ‘structures’ in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/61203-ancient-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-photos.html
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6194-trenches-saudi-arabia-lava-mounds

More on that cuneiform find from Iraqi Kurdistan a while back:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6187-trenches-iraq-bronze-age-tablets
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Latest finds from Corinth’s harbour:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/14/new-underwater-discoveries-in-greece-reveal-ancient-roman-engineering
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28862-new-excavations-in-ancient-greek-harbour-of-corinth-reveal-roman-engineering.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6209-171214-greece-lechaion-harbor

Feces from Kea reveal all sorts of parasites and the like:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-earliest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc-afr121117.php
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ancient-faeces-reveal-parasites-described-in-earliest-greek-medical-texts
https://www.livescience.com/61198-hippocrates-poop-parasites-proof.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-parasites-plagued-bronze-age-island-feces-reveal-749167
http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-poop-shows-greeks-had-parasitic-worms-confirms-historic-texts-2629142
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/15/archaeologists-find-intestinal-worms-in-burials-from-the-time-of-hippocrates/#2a2624e66c4e
https://www.archaeology.org/6212-171215-hippocrates-intestinal-parasites

Rome revoked Ovid’s exile the other day:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/16/ovids-exile-to-the-remotest-margins-of-the-roman-empire-revoked
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/15/better-late-never-rome-revokes-exile-poet-ovid-2000-years-death/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/12/14/rome-revokes-ovids-exile_b9612e94-50f7-45ce-a179-4b3d9ada49fc.html

Marking the beginning of Saturnalia:

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/as-i-see-it-ancient-roman-saturnalia-festival-beckons-area/article_6b6e9e83-b21a-55f1-b94f-da7b0c4b4582.html

On brothels in Pompeii:

https://theconversation.com/the-grim-reality-of-the-brothels-of-pompeii-88853

Cf: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/secret-lives-ancient-roman-sex-workers-uncovered-pompeii-graffiti-1651562

On the realities of homosexuality in ancient Greece:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-myth-of-the-ancient-greek-gay-utopia-88397

What Mary Beard is up to (assorted things related to her *Women and Power*):

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/historian-mary-beard-connects-greek-myths-twitter-trolls-121636961.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/books/review/podcast-mary-beard-women-power.html

… and campaigning for Classics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-42341632

What Richard Thomas is up to (*Why Bob Dylan Matters*):

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/12/professors-book-probes-the-influence-of-ancient-poets-on-bob-dylan/

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20171214/lead-story/tell-me-old-story

Review of Emily Katz Anhalt’s book on myth:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-enraged-emily-katz-anhalt-yale-university-press

On ancient grants of immunity:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/12/11/trump-mueller-and-the-ancient-history-of-grants-of-immunity/#1703ec2059f1

Latest Homerathon:

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/schools/ac-cn-homerathon-20171214-story.html

A somewhat strained attempt to tie climate change to the fall of Rome:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/12/15/climate-change-rome/#.WjaDaLSpln4
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201712080027

More on plans to charge admission to the Pantheon:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-pantheon-charging-visitors-may-2018-tickets-start-a8107516.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20171212/romes-pantheon-monument-church-charging-visitors-2-fee-may
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-tourism-pantheon/ancient-roman-pantheon-to-start-charging-entry-fee-in-2018-idUSKBN1E51Q6

More on that tomb from Orchomenos:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6196-trenches-greece-mycenaean-chamber-tomb

More on additional finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6192-trenches-greece-antikythera-bronze-statue

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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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Studying the ‘efficiency’ of a 5000 years bp club from the Thames:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-neolithic-thames-beater-person.html
https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-recreate-ancient-murder-watch-how-people-were-beaten-death-2627452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6206-171213-neolithic-skull-injuries

Bronze Age burial on the shore of Loch Ness:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15771572.Mystery_of_the_4_000_year_old_Loch_Ness_grave/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42351956
https://www.archaeology.org/6214-171215-scotland-cist-beaker

A Celtic hoard from Jersey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/12/16/celtic-coins-found-in-field-could-be-next-major-hoard/

Studying some burials of Anglo Saxon women:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/12/anglo-saxon-graves-show-older-women-were-not-respected-in-death/#7bbbc09818b6

Interesting finds from a medieval church cemetery in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-historic-unearthed-medieval-cemetary.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeological-findings-vikings-13122017/

I  think we mentioned this medieval burial from Plovdiv:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/186189/Medieval+Grave+Excavated+in+Southern+Bulgaria
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-human-skeleton-discovered-buried-mysterious-arrow-chest-archaeologists-747096
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6202-171212-bulgaria-medieval-plovdiv

English Civil War coins from Nottinghamshire:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-english-918285

Finds from various periods from Long Melford:

https://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/digs-unearth-evidence-of-long-melford-s-ancient-history-1-8285197

Studying ‘provincial governance’ in the Middle Ages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/dgo-goa121317.php

Seems appropriate that a football player whose jersey has AIA emblazoned on it ( i .e. Tottenham) would find a pile of archaeological items during a renovation (Tottenham still lost to Man City):

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-news-spurs-star-mousa-dembele-finds-1m-treasure-in-hotel-basement-a3720861.html
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/667454/Tottenham-Hotspur-Spurs-Premier-League-Mousa-Dembele-hotel-Belgium-Antwerp

Interesting medieval burial from Dundee:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-42311255
https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dig-dundees-howff-unearths-hidden-treasures/

Pondering the anglo-saxon origins of the English:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-idea-english-common-anglo-saxon-myth.html

Expectation of Culloden relics at a housing site:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-warn-of-culloden-relics-at-housing-site-1-4638783

More on the “phallic Stonehenge” theory:

http://nationalpost.com/news/world/stonehenge-cast-phallic-shadows-for-fertility-cult-study-suggests-others-think-thats-bonkers
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/stonehenge+cast+phallic+shadows+fertility+cult+study/16247827/story.html
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/stonehenge-is-a-fertility-monument-built-to-cast-penis-shadows-says-study/news-story/214556288fb5ef3744f47046181037a5
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/stonehenge-casts-phallic-shadows-as-part-of-cults-fertility-play-36396275.html

… perhaps related (from the Onion):

https://www.theonion.com/historians-uncover-evidence-stonehenge-once-prominent-d-1821339070

More on that windmill doodle at Isaac Newton’s early home:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6157-171211-england-newton-graffiti

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

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Remains of early humans from Borneo:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-evidence-early-humans-jungles-ofborneo.html
https://theconversation.com/we-found-evidence-of-early-humans-in-the-jungles-of-borneo-87336

A Song Dynasty tomb from Shanxi:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6189-trenches-china-song-tomb

… not sure if this one with ‘soup bowls’ is the same as the above ( I  don’t think it is):

https://www.livescience.com/61170-china-tomb-full-of-soup-bowls.html
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/666560/ancient-soup-bowl-Zhou-Shaanxi-China-Baoji-City-skeleton-discovery-humans-tombs-treasure
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/soup-soul-ancient-chinese-ritual-tureen-bowls-discovered-zhou-dynasty-era-tomb-1651317
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tomb-full-soup-bowls-found-china-745919
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6201-171212-china-ritual-tureen

… but this might be:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/13/WS5a30dd5ea3108bc8c672facd.html

The Tusi fortress in Hunan had an elaborate drainage system:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/10/c_136815457.htm

Studying Maori use of obsidian:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11958208&ref=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6203-171212-new-zealand-obsidian

Burials of British soldiers from Ruapekapeka Pa:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/346241/british-soldiers-lost-graves-uncovered-at-ruapekapeka
http://www2.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11960524
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11960494
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/history/news/article.cfm?c_id=500832&objectid=11960524&ref=rss
https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/99890611/remains-found-at-ruapekapeka-p
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6213-171215-battle-ruapekapeka-pa

Remains of a 19th century pub from Sydney:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-11/200-year-old-wheatsheaf-hotel-ruins-in-paramatta/9247362
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6156-171211-australia-early-pub

More on those 12 000 years bp fish hooks from Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologist-world-oldest-funereal-fish.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-aaf121117.php
https://www.livescience.com/61206-ancient-fishhooks-found-in-burial.html
http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologist-finds-worlds-oldest-funeral-fish-hooks-in-indonesia-20171211-h02fio.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-fishing-hooks-found-burial-site-could-rewrite-our-understanding-744265
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6155-171211-alor-fish-hooks

More on petroglyphs from Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-indonesian-island-unusually-rich-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-iif121217.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6211-171214-kisar-rock-art
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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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Followup to the find of a dugout canoe in Florida last October:

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2017-12-16/it-s-beautiful-specimen-dugout-canoe-may-be-first-found-area

On medicine in George Washington’s time:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/

A couple of centuries ago they almost razed Independence Hall in Philadelphia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazon-or-independence-hall-development-v-preservation-city-philadelphia-180967463/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Seville Heritage Park (Jamaica):

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6197-trenches-jamaica-seville-heritage-park

Feature on that Waka royal burial from a while back:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6191-trenches-guatemala-waka-maya-tomb

Studying teeth from Lake Titicaca:

https://sciencetrends.com/tooth-wear-lake-titicaca-basin-foragers-signals-processing-wild-tubers-prior-domestication/

An astronomical observatory from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-ancient-astronomical-observatory-found-in-cusco-692974.aspx

Other Wari finds from Cusco:

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Pre-Hispanic-Temple-of-the-Wari-Civilization-Found-in-Peru-20171215-0008.html

Feature on an Aztec map and 1500s Mexico:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/rare-aztec-map-mexico-codex-quetzalecatzin/

More on Venezuelan petroglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/61155-drone-maps-ancient-rock-art-venezuela.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php

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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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A Waldseemuller map at auction was questioned for authenticity this week:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/arts/design/why-experts-dont-believe-this-is-a-rare-first-map-of-america.html

Some pieces on Hanukkah:

http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/the-true-miracle-of-chanukah/
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/12/13/chanukah-in-myth-and-history/

Early feature on the magi:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/bible-scholar-brent-landau-asks-%E2%80%9Cwho-were-the-magi%E2%80%9D/

Some Raphaels were identified at the Vatican:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/raphael-paintings-vatican/index.html

Feature on Lord Sligo:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-irish-lord-who-freed-jamaica-s-slaves-1.3327194

Feature on Sir Hans Sloane:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-private-collector-who-made-the-british-museum/

Feature on Emilie du Chatelet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/

MI5 was looking at Vere Gordon Childe:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skara-brae-archaeologist-was-mi5-target-8qqnzxm6l

Belgium has ended its telegram service:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42359914

How potatoes brought peace to Europe (sort of):

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-potatoes-peace-humble-tuber-conflict.html

On the origins of Hummus:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171211-who-invented-hummus

… and the cheese wheel:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/12/15/569399619/reinventing-the-cheese-wheel-from-farmhouse-to-factory-and-back-again

Review of Manet, *Growing Up with the Impressionists*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/books/review/growing-up-with-impressionists-julie-manet-diary.html

More on early use of meteoric iron:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-iron-dagger-was-a-gift-from-the-gods-scientists-say-d37gmpf2j

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Watlington Hoard:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15712459.Viking_hoard_worth___1_3m_to_go_on_show_in_York/

Langston Hughes:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/08/christmas-lift-holiday-lines-langston-hughes-view-beinecke?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yn-alumni-12-11-17

Greek Money:

https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2017/12/human-face-money

Gurlitt:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171212-the-nazi-art-hoard-that-shocked-the-world

Scythians:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/stepping-out-in-style-with-the-scythians/

Pompeii:

http://knau.org/post/brain-food-unlocking-hidden-life-ancient-pompeii

Cultures in Clay:

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/12/11/cultures-in-clay-exhibit-showcases-4000-year-old-writing-system/

The British Museum has some new Asian galleries:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/12/amaravati-buddhist-art-british-museum
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136826717.htm

Protests over the removal of some Catalan items from a city museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/scuffles-break-out-as-artworks-removed-from-catalan-citys-museum

… Background: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/10/catalonia-braced-violence-judge-orders-seizure-disputed-religious/

Italy’s National Jewish Museum opened:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/national-jewish-museum-opens-in-italy/

How selfies are affecting art museums:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570558113/i-came-i-saw-i-selfied-how-instagram-transformed-the-way-we-experience-art

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Scans of a pair of mummies from Aswan reveal early (possibly earliest) examples of breast cancer:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171214101215.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-oldest-cases-breast-cancer-myeloma.html

This appears to be a different mummy scan:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/egyptian_mummy_secrets_revealed_at_crouse_hospital.html

On use of virtual reality at archaeological sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-virtual-reality-world-inaccessible-archaeological.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/virtual-reality-allowing-see-some-worlds-most-inaccessible-archaeological-sites-180967534/

Cf: this tour of a Pictish cave:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-create-3d-model-mysterious-bone-filled-cave-scotland-180967443/

High tech analysis of ancient artwork:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-scientists-ancient-artwork.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–sfu121117.php

On the facial reconstruction front, we have a Wari noble woman:

https://www.livescience.com/61216-ancient-wari-queen-reconstructed.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/wari-noblewoman-queen-el-castillo-face-reconstruction-archaeology/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-face-peruvian-queen-buried-gold-and-jewels-revealed-first-time-1200-747907
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/experts+facial+reconstruction+technology+bring+ancient/16293267/story.html

… and a soldier from the Battle of Dunbar:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42311397
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/reconstruction-technology-reveals-the-face-of-17th-century-scottish-soldier-36407043.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6210-171214-soldiers-battle-of-dunbar

Cf: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/

Spy satellites reveal sites in Afghanistan:

https://www.livescience.com/61197-silk-road-outpots-revealed-by-spy-satellites.html
http://www.newsweek.com/afghanistan-thousands-ancient-sites-including-119-football-field-sized-camel-748425
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/spy-satellites-are-revealing-afghanistan-s-lost-empires
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/893072/afghanistan-mystery-solved-silk-road-spy-satellite-unesco-history-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/spy-satellites-found-thousands-taliban-threatened-silk-road-archaeological-sites-afghanistan-1651783
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6205-171213-afghanistan-mapping-project

They’re finding some interesting things about palimpsests:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologoists-only-just-beginning-reveal-secrets-hidden-ancient-manuscripts-180967455/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA in Peru suggests the arrival of the Incas was met with some resistance:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-gpt120817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-genetics-ancient-resistance-inca.html

Interesting study of Irish DNA:

https://www.archaeology.org/6207-171213-ireland-genetic-map

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bristol tunnels:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/journey-through-castle-parks-hidden-934313#ICID=nsm

Quedlinburg:

http://www.dw.com/en/exploring-quedlinburg/av-41808141
http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-quedlinburg/av-38950919

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CRIME BEAT
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A Torah from Turkey turns out to be fake:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/162528-171212-ancient-torah-uncovered-in-turkey-actually-a-crude-fake-experts

Looters at Hurvat Dvora claimed they were hunting porcupines:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/just-hunting-porcupines-claims-antiquities-robber/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Six-antiquities-thieves-arrested-for-looting-protected-northern-sites-517949

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/12/culture-crime-news-27-november-11-december-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 Vatican is returning some items to Ecuador:

http://artdaily.com/news/101052/Vatican-returns-shrunken–warrior–head-to-Ecuador
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1324662

More on items being returned to Lebanon from the US:

https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-bids-bon-voyage-to-marble-statues-looted-from-lebanon/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/12/16/Manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-worth-5-mln-to-Lebanon.html
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-to-lebanon/664529300
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6215-171215-statues-lebanon-repatriated
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n52.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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Dido and Aeneas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/arts/music/dido-aeneas-purcell.html
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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/2673-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-december-2017-9-december-2017

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 20.34 ~ December 17, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Jan Pieter van de Giessen, David Critchley, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
n.b. As often this time of year, I will be unsure of internet accessnext week, so it is likely that next week’s issue might have tobe postponed. Enjoy the holiday period, whatever you’re celebrating(Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Saturnalia, and any I’ve missed).
================================================================EARLY HOMINIDS================================================================Studying the locomotion of early Pleistocene hominins:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-locomotion-hominins-pleistocene-efficient-current.html
On human/Neanderthal interaction:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/science/where-did-neanderthals-come-from.html
================================================================AFRICA================================================================Searching for shipwrecks associated with the slave trade:
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42313939/hunting-the-shipwrecks-of-the-slave-trade
================================================================ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT================================================================A pair of 3500 years bp tombs from Luxor:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx https://www.livescience.com/61163-two-ancient-egyptian-tombs-discovered.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-mummy-ancient-tomb-ministry-antiquities-luxor-draa-abou-naga-thebes-discovery-a8101846.html https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/70445d55-bfa8-31d1-88b5-c6b59d9ca6b6/ss_two-3,500-year-old-tombs.html http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-two-ancient-tombs-in-egypt/a-41724358 https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-3500-year-old-tombs-discovered-in-egypt https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor-164725835.htmlhttp://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/3500-year-old-tombs-uncovered-in-egypt-one-has-a-mummy.aspx https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/ https://www.archaeology.org/6154-171117-luxor-two-tombs
3000 years bp child burials (and more) from Gebel el Silsila:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/285343.aspx https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42364085 https://www.livescience.com/61209-children-graves-gebel-el-silsila.htmlhttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-uncover-burial-sites-statue-egypts-aswan-51785320 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3500-year-old-mummified-child-corpses-found-by-archaeologists-egypt-1651579 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6208-171214-egypt-aswan-artemis
A pair of Late Period fortresses near Ismailia:
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/12/2-late-period-fortresses-discovered-near-ismailia/ http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/12/15/strength-of-egypts-canal-of-the-pharaohs-re-emerges_c62069d4-0e29-4c4b-a5b7-b30231622743.html
Feature on Qurna:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/greatest-clash-egyptian-archaeology-fading-anger-lives-on-180967452/
On challenges at Heliopolis:
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-heliopolis-archaeologists-face-modern-problems-at-ancient-site-1.685084
Various spins on this Tiberias menorah find:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-bittersweet-end-of-1800-year-old-tiberias-menorah/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-menorah-inscribed-on-stone-slab-discovered-in-Tiberias-mosque-517797 https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/13/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday/
A Hasmonean-era lamp find:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-porcupines-den-mother-and-daughter-discover-2200-year-old-hasmonean-lamp/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Mother-and-daughter-discover-ancient-clay-lamp-from-Hellenistic-period-517808 http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/12/12/israeli-archaeologists-reveal-hanukkah-related-discoveries-on-eve-of-holiday
… and  I  think we mentioned this Hasmonean-era town find:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/239259
On the wool trade in Hazor, 3500 years bp:
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.828899
A Muslim burial ground is deemed not old enough to delay roadwork:
https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-1.828459
Feature on Judaean Desert texts outside of Qumran:
http://thetorah.com/proto-masoretic-text/judean-desert-texts-outside-qumran/
Feature on archaeology in Kuwait:
http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2668697&language=en
Feature on some interesting Negev petroglyphs:
http://asorblog.org/2017/12/12/visitors-intermediate-bronze-age-crescent-headed-figures-negev-rock-art/  More on the origins of the Natufian culture:
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349
More on those ‘structures’ in Saudi Arabia:
https://www.livescience.com/61203-ancient-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-photos.html http://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6194-trenches-saudi-arabia-lava-mounds
More on that cuneiform find from Iraqi Kurdistan a while back:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6187-trenches-iraq-bronze-age-tablets================================================================ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)================================================================Latest finds from Corinth’s harbour:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/14/new-underwater-discoveries-in-greece-reveal-ancient-roman-engineering http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28862-new-excavations-in-ancient-greek-harbour-of-corinth-reveal-roman-engineering.html https://www.archaeology.org/news/6209-171214-greece-lechaion-harbor
Feces from Kea reveal all sorts of parasites and the like:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-earliest.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc-afr121117.php http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ancient-faeces-reveal-parasites-described-in-earliest-greek-medical-texts https://www.livescience.com/61198-hippocrates-poop-parasites-proof.htmlhttp://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-parasites-plagued-bronze-age-island-feces-reveal-749167 http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-poop-shows-greeks-had-parasitic-worms-confirms-historic-texts-2629142 https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/15/archaeologists-find-intestinal-worms-in-burials-from-the-time-of-hippocrates/#2a2624e66c4e https://www.archaeology.org/6212-171215-hippocrates-intestinal-parasites
Rome revoked Ovid’s exile the other day:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/16/ovids-exile-to-the-remotest-margins-of-the-roman-empire-revoked http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/15/better-late-never-rome-revokes-exile-poet-ovid-2000-years-death/ http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/12/14/rome-revokes-ovids-exile_b9612e94-50f7-45ce-a179-4b3d9ada49fc.html
Marking the beginning of Saturnalia:
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/as-i-see-it-ancient-roman-saturnalia-festival-beckons-area/article_6b6e9e83-b21a-55f1-b94f-da7b0c4b4582.html
On brothels in Pompeii:
https://theconversation.com/the-grim-reality-of-the-brothels-of-pompeii-88853
Cf: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/secret-lives-ancient-roman-sex-workers-uncovered-pompeii-graffiti-1651562
On the realities of homosexuality in ancient Greece:
https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-myth-of-the-ancient-greek-gay-utopia-88397
What Mary Beard is up to (assorted things related to her *Women and Power*):
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/historian-mary-beard-connects-greek-myths-twitter-trolls-121636961.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/books/review/podcast-mary-beard-women-power.html
… and campaigning for Classics:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-42341632
What Richard Thomas is up to (*Why Bob Dylan Matters*):
https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/12/professors-book-probes-the-influence-of-ancient-poets-on-bob-dylan/
Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20171214/lead-story/tell-me-old-story
Review of Emily Katz Anhalt’s book on myth:
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-enraged-emily-katz-anhalt-yale-university-press
On ancient grants of immunity:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/12/11/trump-mueller-and-the-ancient-history-of-grants-of-immunity/#1703ec2059f1
Latest Homerathon:
http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/schools/ac-cn-homerathon-20171214-story.html
A somewhat strained attempt to tie climate change to the fall of Rome:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/12/15/climate-change-rome/#.WjaDaLSpln4 http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201712080027
More on plans to charge admission to the Pantheon:
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-pantheon-charging-visitors-may-2018-tickets-start-a8107516.html https://www.thelocal.it/20171212/romes-pantheon-monument-church-charging-visitors-2-fee-may https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-tourism-pantheon/ancient-roman-pantheon-to-start-charging-entry-fee-in-2018-idUSKBN1E51Q6
More on that tomb from Orchomenos:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6196-trenches-greece-mycenaean-chamber-tomb
More on additional finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6192-trenches-greece-antikythera-bronze-statue
—–Latest reviews from BMCR:
http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html
Visit our blog:
http://rogueclassicism.com/================================================================EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)================================================================Studying the ‘efficiency’ of a 5000 years bp club from the Thames:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-neolithic-thames-beater-person.html https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-recreate-ancient-murder-watch-how-people-were-beaten-death-2627452 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6206-171213-neolithic-skull-injuries
Bronze Age burial on the shore of Loch Ness:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15771572.Mystery_of_the_4_000_year_old_Loch_Ness_grave/ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42351956 https://www.archaeology.org/6214-171215-scotland-cist-beaker
A Celtic hoard from Jersey:
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/12/16/celtic-coins-found-in-field-could-be-next-major-hoard/
Studying some burials of Anglo Saxon women:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/12/12/anglo-saxon-graves-show-older-women-were-not-respected-in-death/#7bbbc09818b6
Interesting finds from a medieval church cemetery in Norway:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-historic-unearthed-medieval-cemetary.html https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeological-findings-vikings-13122017/
I  think we mentioned this medieval burial from Plovdiv:
http://www.novinite.com/articles/186189/Medieval+Grave+Excavated+in+Southern+Bulgaria http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-human-skeleton-discovered-buried-mysterious-arrow-chest-archaeologists-747096 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6202-171212-bulgaria-medieval-plovdiv
English Civil War coins from Nottinghamshire:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-english-918285
Finds from various periods from Long Melford:
https://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/digs-unearth-evidence-of-long-melford-s-ancient-history-1-8285197
Studying ‘provincial governance’ in the Middle Ages:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/dgo-goa121317.php
Seems appropriate that a football player whose jersey has AIA emblazoned on it ( i .e. Tottenham) would find a pile of archaeological items during a renovation (Tottenham still lost to Man City):
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-news-spurs-star-mousa-dembele-finds-1m-treasure-in-hotel-basement-a3720861.html https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/667454/Tottenham-Hotspur-Spurs-Premier-League-Mousa-Dembele-hotel-Belgium-Antwerp
Interesting medieval burial from Dundee:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-42311255 https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dig-dundees-howff-unearths-hidden-treasures/
Pondering the anglo-saxon origins of the English:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-idea-english-common-anglo-saxon-myth.html
Expectation of Culloden relics at a housing site:
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-warn-of-culloden-relics-at-housing-site-1-4638783
More on the “phallic Stonehenge” theory:
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/stonehenge-cast-phallic-shadows-for-fertility-cult-study-suggests-others-think-thats-bonkers http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/stonehenge+cast+phallic+shadows+fertility+cult+study/16247827/story.html http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/stonehenge-is-a-fertility-monument-built-to-cast-penis-shadows-says-study/news-story/214556288fb5ef3744f47046181037a5 https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/stonehenge-casts-phallic-shadows-as-part-of-cults-fertility-play-36396275.html
… perhaps related (from the Onion):
https://www.theonion.com/historians-uncover-evidence-stonehenge-once-prominent-d-1821339070
More on that windmill doodle at Isaac Newton’s early home:
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6157-171211-england-newton-graffiti
—–Archaeology in Europe Blog:
http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/
================================================================ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC================================================================Remains of early humans from Borneo:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-evidence-early-humans-jungles-ofborneo.html https://theconversation.com/we-found-evidence-of-early-humans-in-the-jungles-of-borneo-87336
A Song Dynasty tomb from Shanxi:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6189-trenches-china-song-tomb
… not sure if this one with ‘soup bowls’ is the same as the above ( I  don’t think it is):
https://www.livescience.com/61170-china-tomb-full-of-soup-bowls.html https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/666560/ancient-soup-bowl-Zhou-Shaanxi-China-Baoji-City-skeleton-discovery-humans-tombs-treasure http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/soup-soul-ancient-chinese-ritual-tureen-bowls-discovered-zhou-dynasty-era-tomb-1651317 http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tomb-full-soup-bowls-found-china-745919 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6201-171212-china-ritual-tureen
… but this might be:
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/13/WS5a30dd5ea3108bc8c672facd.html
The Tusi fortress in Hunan had an elaborate drainage system:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/10/c_136815457.htm
Studying Maori use of obsidian:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11958208&ref=rss http://www.archaeology.org/news/6203-171212-new-zealand-obsidian
Burials of British soldiers from Ruapekapeka Pa:
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/346241/british-soldiers-lost-graves-uncovered-at-ruapekapeka http://www2.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11960524 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11960494 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/history/news/article.cfm?c_id=500832&objectid=11960524&ref=rsshttps://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/99890611/remains-found-at-ruapekapeka-p http://www.archaeology.org/news/6213-171215-battle-ruapekapeka-pa
Remains of a 19th century pub from Sydney:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-11/200-year-old-wheatsheaf-hotel-ruins-in-paramatta/9247362 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6156-171211-australia-early-pub
More on those 12 000 years bp fish hooks from Indonesia:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologist-world-oldest-funereal-fish.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-aaf121117.php https://www.livescience.com/61206-ancient-fishhooks-found-in-burial.html http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologist-finds-worlds-oldest-funeral-fish-hooks-in-indonesia-20171211-h02fio.html http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-fishing-hooks-found-burial-site-could-rewrite-our-understanding-744265 https://www.archaeology.org/news/6155-171211-alor-fish-hooks
More on petroglyphs from Indonesia:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-indonesian-island-unusually-rich-cave.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/anu-iif121217.php http://www.archaeology.org/news/6211-171214-kisar-rock-art—–
Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:
http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/
New Zealand Archaeology eNews:
http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html================================================================NORTH AMERICA================================================================Followup to the find of a dugout canoe in Florida last October:
http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2017-12-16/it-s-beautiful-specimen-dugout-canoe-may-be-first-found-area
On medicine in George Washington’s time:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/
A couple of centuries ago they almost razed Independence Hall in Philadelphia:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazon-or-independence-hall-development-v-preservation-city-philadelphia-180967463/
================================================================CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA================================================================Feature on Seville Heritage Park (Jamaica):
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6197-trenches-jamaica-seville-heritage-park
Feature on that Waka royal burial from a while back:
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/283-1801/trenches/6191-trenches-guatemala-waka-maya-tomb
Studying teeth from Lake Titicaca:
https://sciencetrends.com/tooth-wear-lake-titicaca-basin-foragers-signals-processing-wild-tubers-prior-domestication/
An astronomical observatory from Cusco:
http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-ancient-astronomical-observatory-found-in-cusco-692974.aspx
Other Wari finds from Cusco:
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Pre-Hispanic-Temple-of-the-Wari-Civilization-Found-in-Peru-20171215-0008.html
Feature on an Aztec map and 1500s Mexico:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/rare-aztec-map-mexico-codex-quetzalecatzin/
More on Venezuelan petroglyphs:
https://www.livescience.com/61155-drone-maps-ancient-rock-art-venezuela.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php
—–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================================================================A Waldseemuller map at auction was questioned for authenticity this week:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/arts/design/why-experts-dont-believe-this-is-a-rare-first-map-of-america.html
Some pieces on Hanukkah:
http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/the-true-miracle-of-chanukah/ http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/12/13/chanukah-in-myth-and-history/
Early feature on the magi:
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/bible-scholar-brent-landau-asks-%E2%80%9Cwho-were-the-magi%E2%80%9D/
Some Raphaels were identified at the Vatican:
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/raphael-paintings-vatican/index.html
Feature on Lord Sligo:
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-irish-lord-who-freed-jamaica-s-slaves-1.3327194
Feature on Sir Hans Sloane:
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-private-collector-who-made-the-british-museum/
Feature on Emilie du Chatelet:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/
MI5 was looking at Vere Gordon Childe:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skara-brae-archaeologist-was-mi5-target-8qqnzxm6l
Belgium has ended its telegram service:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42359914
How potatoes brought peace to Europe (sort of):
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-potatoes-peace-humble-tuber-conflict.html
On the origins of Hummus:
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171211-who-invented-hummus
… and the cheese wheel:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/12/15/569399619/reinventing-the-cheese-wheel-from-farmhouse-to-factory-and-back-again
Review of Manet, *Growing Up with the Impressionists*:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/books/review/growing-up-with-impressionists-julie-manet-diary.html
More on early use of meteoric iron:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-iron-dagger-was-a-gift-from-the-gods-scientists-say-d37gmpf2j
Archaeology Podcast Network:
http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/ ================================================================MUSEUM MATTERS================================================================Watlington Hoard:
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15712459.Viking_hoard_worth___1_3m_to_go_on_show_in_York/
Langston Hughes:
https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/08/christmas-lift-holiday-lines-langston-hughes-view-beinecke?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yn-alumni-12-11-17
Greek Money:
https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2017/12/human-face-money
Gurlitt:
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171212-the-nazi-art-hoard-that-shocked-the-world
Scythians:
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/stepping-out-in-style-with-the-scythians/
Pompeii:
http://knau.org/post/brain-food-unlocking-hidden-life-ancient-pompeii
Cultures in Clay:
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/12/11/cultures-in-clay-exhibit-showcases-4000-year-old-writing-system/
The British Museum has some new Asian galleries:
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/12/amaravati-buddhist-art-british-museum http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136826717.htm
Protests over the removal of some Catalan items from a city museum:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/scuffles-break-out-as-artworks-removed-from-catalan-citys-museum
… Background: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/10/catalonia-braced-violence-judge-orders-seizure-disputed-religious/
Italy’s National Jewish Museum opened:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/national-jewish-museum-opens-in-italy/
How selfies are affecting art museums:
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570558113/i-came-i-saw-i-selfied-how-instagram-transformed-the-way-we-experience-art
================================================================THE TECHY SIDE================================================================Scans of a pair of mummies from Aswan reveal early (possibly earliest) examples of breast cancer:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171214101215.htm https://phys.org/news/2017-12-oldest-cases-breast-cancer-myeloma.html
This appears to be a different mummy scan:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/egyptian_mummy_secrets_revealed_at_crouse_hospital.html
On use of virtual reality at archaeological sites:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-virtual-reality-world-inaccessible-archaeological.html https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/virtual-reality-allowing-see-some-worlds-most-inaccessible-archaeological-sites-180967534/
Cf: this tour of a Pictish cave:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-create-3d-model-mysterious-bone-filled-cave-scotland-180967443/
High tech analysis of ancient artwork:
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-scientists-ancient-artwork.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–sfu121117.php
On the facial reconstruction front, we have a Wari noble woman:
https://www.livescience.com/61216-ancient-wari-queen-reconstructed.html https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/wari-noblewoman-queen-el-castillo-face-reconstruction-archaeology/ http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-face-peruvian-queen-buried-gold-and-jewels-revealed-first-time-1200-747907http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/experts+facial+reconstruction+technology+bring+ancient/16293267/story.html
… and a soldier from the Battle of Dunbar:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42311397 https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/reconstruction-technology-reveals-the-face-of-17th-century-scottish-soldier-36407043.html http://www.archaeology.org/news/6210-171214-soldiers-battle-of-dunbar
Cf: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/
Spy satellites reveal sites in Afghanistan:
https://www.livescience.com/61197-silk-road-outpots-revealed-by-spy-satellites.html http://www.newsweek.com/afghanistan-thousands-ancient-sites-including-119-football-field-sized-camel-748425 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/spy-satellites-are-revealing-afghanistan-s-lost-empires https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/893072/afghanistan-mystery-solved-silk-road-spy-satellite-unesco-history-archaeologists http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/spy-satellites-found-thousands-taliban-threatened-silk-road-archaeological-sites-afghanistan-1651783 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6205-171213-afghanistan-mapping-project
They’re finding some interesting things about palimpsests:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologoists-only-just-beginning-reveal-secrets-hidden-ancient-manuscripts-180967455/

================================================================ON THE DNA FRONT ================================================================DNA in Peru suggests the arrival of the Incas was met with some resistance:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-gpt120817.php https://phys.org/news/2017-12-genetics-ancient-resistance-inca.html
Interesting study of Irish DNA:
https://www.archaeology.org/6207-171213-ireland-genetic-map
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:
http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/================================================================TOURISTY THINGS================================================================Bristol tunnels:
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/journey-through-castle-parks-hidden-934313#ICID=nsm
Quedlinburg:
http://www.dw.com/en/exploring-quedlinburg/av-41808141 http://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-site-quedlinburg/av-38950919
================================================================CRIME BEAT================================================================A Torah from Turkey turns out to be fake:
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/162528-171212-ancient-torah-uncovered-in-turkey-actually-a-crude-fake-experts
Looters at Hurvat Dvora claimed they were hunting porcupines:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/just-hunting-porcupines-claims-antiquities-robber/ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Six-antiquities-thieves-arrested-for-looting-protected-northern-sites-517949
Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/12/culture-crime-news-27-november-11-december-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/
================================================================REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY================================================================The Vatican is returning some items to Ecuador:
http://artdaily.com/news/101052/Vatican-returns-shrunken–warrior–head-to-Ecuador https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1324662
More on items being returned to Lebanon from the US:
https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-bids-bon-voyage-to-marble-statues-looted-from-lebanon/ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/12/16/Manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-worth-5-mln-to-Lebanon.html http://www.wsbtv.com/news/manhattan-prosecutor-returns-3-ancient-sculptures-to-lebanon/664529300 http://www.archaeology.org/news/6215-171215-statues-lebanon-repatriated================================================================NUMISMATICA================================================================Latest e-Sylum:
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.html
… and the one which should appear later today:
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n52.html
————————Ancient Coin Collecting:
http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/
Ancient Coins:
http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/
Coin Week:
http://www.coinweek.com/================================================================PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED================================================================Dido and Aeneas:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/arts/music/dido-aeneas-purcell.html================================================================AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS================================================================Audio News from Archaeologica:
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2673-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-december-2017-9-december-2017
================================================================CONFERENCES================================================================Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):
http://tag2017cardiff.org/
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================================================================EXPLORATOR is a free weekly newsletter bringing you the latestnews of archaeological finds, historical research and the like. Various on-line news and magazine sources are scoured for news ofthe ‘ancient world’ (broadly construed: practically anything relatingto archaeology or history up to a century or so ago is fairgame) and every Sunday they are delivered to your mailbox free ofcharge!================================================================Useful Addresses================================================================Past issues of Explorator are available on the web via ourYahoo site:
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Explorator 20.33 ~ December 10, 2017

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

================================================================
EARLY HOMINIDS
================================================================
“Little Foot”, the most complete Australopithecus ever found, has finally gone on display:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-years-australopithecus-fossil.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uotw-lft120617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206100104.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42250530
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42259429/a-closer-look-at-367m-year-old-skeleton
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/africa/human-ancestor-little-foot-unveiled-intl/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6146-171206-australopithecus-little-foot

More on revising the ‘Out of Africa’ theory:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-story-dispersal-modern-humans-eurasia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/mpif-rts120117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207141724.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/12/07/human-migration-rewrite/

In case you’re wondering ‘how Neanderthal’ you are:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/03/how-neanderthal-are-you-and-can-you-blame-your-dna-personality-quiz

================================================================
ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
================================================================
Plenty of press attention for  pair of 3500 bp tombs — including a mummy — from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/283041/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-New-Kingdomera-tombs-opened-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36114/Two-newly-discovered-tombs-in-Luxor
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/09/two-tombs-discovered-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/35800/Exclusive-picture-from-inside-newly-discovered-tomb-in-Luxor
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt-archaeologists-mummy-luxor.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-reveals-artifacts-mummy-from-tombs-in-ancient-city-of-luxor-idUSKBN1E30NE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42295162
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/09/3500-year-old-tombs-found-at-luxor
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mummy-discovered-unexplored-egyptian-tomb-164300190.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11956777&ref=rss
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-2-ancient-tombs-in-egypts-luxor/
http://m.france24.com/en/20171209-egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-luxor?ref=tw_i
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/12/09/archeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypt-luxor/hv2MNbsvCqmvxxSolKtIoK/story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/archaeologists-discover-ancient-tombs-egypts-luxor-51687983
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/09/exceptional-day-2-ancient-tombs-discovered-egypts-luxor/937510001/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-10/egypt-archaeologists-discover-mummy-in-ancient-tombs-luxor/9244084
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mummy-discovered-unexplored-tomb-ancient-egyptian-city-luxor-1650873
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-two-mysterious-3500-year-old-tombs-reveal-mummy-and-vast-743534
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/egypt-tomb-mummy-naga-archaeology-ancient/

Al Imam Al Shafie dome restoration in Cairo leads to a new discovery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282716/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-of-Cairos-AlImam-AlShafie-Dome-leads-t.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35504/A-new-archeological-discovery-at-Al-Imam-Al-Shafie-Dome

On personal hygiene in ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35325/Ancient-Egypt-vs-Daily-hygiene-habits

More on those Sekmet statues from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/282656/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statues-of-ancient-Egyptian-lioness-deity-Sekhmet-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/12/04/27-statues-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-luxor/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/03/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/27-fragmented-statues-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-luxor-egypt-1056102
https://www.timesofisrael.com/27-fragmented-statues-of-lion-goddess-found-in-southern-egypt/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/12/04/27-egyptian-statues-of-lioness-goddess-discovered-in-luxor/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-discovered-3500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-temple-1650216
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-statues-lion-goddess-sekhmet-uncovered-3500-year-old-burial-730201
https://www.archaeology.org/6137-171204-egypt-luxor-sekhmet

More on the copper content of Egyptian ink:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-papyrus-ink-metal-copper-scroll-713434

Revising the chronology of the Natufian culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoc–arc120417.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/wios-uvp120717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-archaeologists-chronology-hunter-gatherers-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205091509.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-research-challenges-origins-of-ancient-Middle-East-Natufian-culture-517349
https://www.archaeology.org/6147-171207-jordan-natufian-transition

A missing Urartian stele turns up near Lake Van:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/12/05/2800-year-old-urartian-stele-discovered-in-turkeys-eastern-van

Studying a looted Urartian site in eastern Turkey ( I think we mentioned this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-urartian-settlement-found-in-eastern-turkey-123606
http://www.themercury.com.au/royal-prehistoric-city-discovered-in-turkey/news-story/6b70dc68ad9955133b832a61fea2f6c3
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-city-temple-and-burial-ground-found-turkey-740747
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6149-171207-turkey-erzurum-tombs

A menorah on early Islamic era coinage:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-menorah-inscribed-on-Early-Islamic-period-coins-517190
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-expose-muslim-jewish-dialogue-in-jerusalem-from-1300-years-ago/

Figuring out the structures of Temple Mount from plenty of tiny fragments:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.826501

On child sacrifice in ancient Israel:

http://asorblog.org/2017/12/05/child-sacrifice-ancient-israel/

On drought and the Dead Sea:

https://www.insidescience.org/news/cataclysmic-drought-part-history-dead-sea

On Qatar in the 19th century:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/07/12/2017/Qatar-was-closely-connected-to-the-world-in-early-19th-century

What Lawrence Schiffman is up to:

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

What Moshe Bernstein is up to:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/scholars-pay-tribute-to-bernstein-in-new-festschrift/

What Jodi Magness is up to:

https://pittnews.com/article/125281/top-stories/professor-unearths-israeli-heritage/

Latest piece on the political side of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeology-in-Israel-as-a-political-weapon-515922
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Possible evidence of Neolithic connections between Cyprus and the Levant (maybe …  I  think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/05/excavations-in-cyprus-show-contact-with-neighbours-in-neolithic-times/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6139-171204-cyprus-engraved-stone

More than a 1000 ‘sealings’ from the site of Doliche with plenty of images of Greco-Roman divinities:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/coe-mt1120717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207102508.htm
https://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/aktuelles/2017/dez/PM_Mehr_als_1000_antike_Siegelabdruecke_entdeckt.html

Cretan wine amphorae at Pompeii:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/12/cretan-wine-amphorae-discovered-at-pompeii/

For reasons unknown, the underwater remains of Baiae were being presented this week as if a new discovery in assorted news outlets:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/664585/underwater-city-Roman-Baiae-Naples-Italy-diving-pictures-discovery-Julius-Caesar-Pomey
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/889247/Underwater-photos-Mediterranean-Sea-Baiae-resort-Naples-Antonio-Busiello-Julius-Caesar
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5063862/lost-city-of-the-caesars-where-the-roman-super-rich-built-their-mansions-revealed-after-centuries-under-water/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/this-sunken-city-was-once-the-playground-of-ancient-romes-rich-and-famous/

… and the opening of the Barberini tomb to the public is somewhat old news as well:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519238/first-time-ever-romes-barberini-tomb-now-open-public
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/12/05/ancient-tomb-rome-open/

On a portrait head of Ptolemy VIII:

http://www.christies.com/features/2017-highlight-Greek-marble-portrait-head-of-Ptolemy-VIII-8775-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

On ‘thoughts and prayers’ in Greek tragedy:

https://daily.jstor.org/thoughts-and-prayers-in-greek-tragedy/

On the revival of Latin:

https://www.the74million.org/article/50-years-after-latin-disappeared-from-high-school-classrooms-these-educators-are-bringing-it-back/

Interesting protest planned regarding the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223932/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-olympians-launch-campaign-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/07/greek-olympians-plan-to-protest-the-kidnapping-of-the-greek-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-inside-british-museum/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28691-greek-olympians-protest-elgin-marbles-by-dressing-as-caryatids-in-british-museum.html

Plans for concerts in the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/roman-gods-make-way-rock-gods-new-head-colosseum-wants-hold/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-to-stage-spectaculars-again-without-the-blood-and-gore-sdhtwvrtv

… and plans to get rid of the ‘suk’:

https://www.thelocal.it/20171205/colosseums-new-director-pledges-to-rid-the-area-of-the-suk
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/12/04/colosseum-piazza-a-suk-new-director-3_ea7b7cce-afbd-4e8f-8f8f-2b059ab3c1f2.html

Hadrian’s Wall and China’s Great Wall are cooperating:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/05/hadrians-wall-joins-forces-with-chinas-great-wall-to-promote-heritage-sites

This one is kind of strange … earlier in the week came news that Mommsen’s Nobel medal was coming to auction … but the link on the auction site itself seems to have been taken down (the grapevine suggests it was a fake or something):

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2017/12/heritage-auctions-presents-1902-nobel-prize-for-advancement-in-literature-jan-7-8-in-new-york.phtml

A different sort of honour for David Soren:

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2017/12/n-olive-story

Honours for Richard Brilliant:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/marquis-whos-who-recognizes-dr-richard-brilliant-for-excellence-in-education-447591.php

What Richard Thomas is up to:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/scene/arts/harvard-scholar-to-explain-why-bob-dylan-matters-during-tulsa/article_7225258d-8d44-558e-a446-26f1baafbac3.html

What Laura Grams is up to:

http://unothegateway.com/uno-philosophy-professors-road-teaching/

More reviews of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/odyssey-homer-emily-wilson-translation.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull?sc=ipad&f=1008
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-barnacles-homers-hull
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/08/the-odyssey-translated-emily-wilson-review

… and a piece by Dr Wilson herself:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-translators-reckoning-with-the-women-of-the-odyssey

Review of Raaflaub, *Julius Caesar*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-julius-caesar-and-the-bloody-road-to-empire-1512163652
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/book-review-kurt-raaflaub-s-latest-tells-the-definitive-chronicle-of-julius-caesar-1.682578

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review/aeneid-virgil-david-ferry-translation.html

Review of Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/books/review-women-power-manifesto-mary-beard.html

Review of the stage production of Robert Harris’ *Imperium*:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/dec/08/imperium-review-rsc-swan-stratford-upon-avon-robert-harriss-cicero-

More on volcanic eruptions and the demise of the Ptolemies:

http://trinitynews.ie/cleopatra-the-forces-of-nature-and-the-future-of-communication/

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

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A9 construction revealed some Iron Age pottery near Raitt’s Cave:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/work-on-a9-unearths-iron-age-finds-in-highlands-1-4630762
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42227561
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15700740.A9_improvement_works_uncover_Iron_Age_remains/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/archaeologists-discover-iron-age-pottery-in-raitts-cave-during-a9-construction-7132545/

Finds from an Iron Age house site near Assynt:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42250514

A Viking era stone carved with runes from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/61100-mysterious-rune-stone-norway.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6140-171205-norway-rune-whetstone

A mystery burial at St Alban’s Cathedral belongs to a 15th century abbot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42255514

A medieval burial from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/12/08/archaeology-mediaeval-tomb-found-at-plovdivs-odeon-site/

18th century earthworks from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27376%2Chighest-situated-earthwork-poland-discovered-bieszczady-mountains.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6148-171207-poland-defensive-earthworks

Finds from various periods at South Hinksey:

http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/unexpected-discovery-flood-scheme/

A metal detectorist found some very valuable Anglo Saxon jewellery in a female burial in Winfarthing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-42220033
http://www.dissmercury.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-in-norfolk-field-valued-at-145-000-1-5307547
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/discovery-of-winfarthing-woman-redraws-map-of-medieval-power-3s3bs7ljc
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377573.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/anglo-saxon-treasure-found-by-student-valued-at-145000-36377567.html
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/15700653.Anglo_Saxon_treasure_found_by_student_valued_at___145_000/

The preceding is usually connected to the record year for ‘treasure’ finds reported by the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/04/coin-laden-pot-pendant-british-museum-record-haul-2016-treasure-finds
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15701593.Jewellery_helps_put_treasure_trove_finds_at_record_level/
https://www.ft.com/content/512c31de-d905-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/how-treasure-hunters-struck-gold-1-8892459
http://artdaily.com/news/100760/20th-anniversary-marks-record-year-for-treasure-found-by-the-public
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15702973.Coin_hoard_found_in_Dorset_field_contributed_to_record_level_of_treasure_discoveries/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/dec/05/rise-of-detectorists-how-hunt-for-treasure

A Swede has been rewarded for finding a Viking hoard in Gotland back in 2012:

https://www.thelocal.se/20171206/swede-makes-thousands-after-discovering-buried-viking-treasure

A metal detectorist found a 290 years bp ring in a Nantwich field:

http://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/news/crewe-south-cheshire-news/metal-detectorist-finds-290-year-13992494

Suggestion that Stonehenge was a fertility monument of some sort:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/09/stonehenge-fertility-monument-stones-positioned-cast-phallic/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11957078&ref=rss

On the tradition of hiding shoes in house constructions:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-41507752

Still arguing about the location of King Offa’s palace:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15711439.Archaeologist_enters_debate_over_exact_site_of_King_Offa___s_Herefordshire_palace/

Studying the efficacy of 5500 years bp wooden clubs:

https://www.livescience.com/61140-prehistoric-wooden-club-weapons.html

On feeding the builders of Stonehenge:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-food-miles.htm

They’ve created a 3d map of Scotland’s Sculptor’s Cave:

https://www.livescience.com/61099-cave-of-the-dead-revealed.html
http://www.newsweek.com/scotland-3000-year-old-cave-dead-infamous-human-sacrifice-map-735379
https://www.archaeology.org/6142-171205-scotland-sculptor-s-cave

Interesting crowdfunding of a French castle restoration:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-42232308/6500-people-buy-crumbling-castle

There are ‘Heritage Action Zones’  in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42226980

Looting concerns for a site near Kouklia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/12/05/state-must-step-stop-looting-near-ancient-site-kouklia-leader-says/

More on Neolithic farming and social inequality:

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/05/how-neolithic-farming-sowed-the-seeds-of-modern-inequality-10000-years-ago

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

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12 000 years bp fish hooks from an Indonesian burial:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/519438/these-12000-year-old-fish-hooks-are-oldest-ever-be-discovered-grave

A possible 12 000 years bp ‘mammoth tusk spear’ from a mammoth find in Russia:

http://www.newsweek.com/14-inch-tusk-spear-found-siberia-inside-woolly-mammoth-skeleton-742377
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6153-171208-mammoth-tusk-spear

Evidence of 5000 years bp water management of a section of the Yangtze:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html

Neolithic remains from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/07/WS5a28b061a310fcb6fafd2bc7.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/08/c_136811656.htm

A 3000 years bp noble burial from Ningxia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/04/c_136799662.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6138-171204-china-imperial-rule

Evidence of Indus Valley civilization navigation skills 2500 years BCE:

http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003973795

A possible Harappan Civilization analog at Patan Minara:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/153368/patan-minara-may-supported-civilisation-similar-harappa-another-harappa/

Trying to figure out how to clean the dome of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/2017/12/07/2e559e12-db20-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indias-cleaning-quandary-how-to-scale-the-taj-mahal-dome/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/india-grapples-with-how-to-clean-delicate-taj-mahal-dome-36387423.html
http://www.india.com/travel/articles/archeologists-are-figuring-out-how-to-clean-the-taj-mahal/

Feature/reviewish on the Samurai:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/exquisite-grotesque-samurai/

More on the search for that 2000 years bp Goan port:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hunt-for-2000-yr-old-port-off-goa-2562518

More on that mass grave associated with the Batavia:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/new-mass-grave-batavia-shipwreck-murder-australia-history/
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Burials (including slave burials) from Delaware’s earliest settlers:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/12/06/rehoboth-burials-reveal-stories-delawares-earliest-settlers/926307001/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/2017/12/05/8dba4070-d9da-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html?utm_term=.5ce5fcc658ac
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/05/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains-in-delaware/
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/experts-early-settlers-and-slaves-were-in-unmarked-graves/article_2239f227-e29a-55b2-bde0-dd8236f0fcc3.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6143-171206-delaware-colonial-slavery

… and a very interesting slave burial therefrom:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/trending/an-archaeological-dig-unearths-one-of-the-earliest-slave-remains/article_e7114765-d8e7-5524-97ca-daa005f2ec70.html
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/one-of-earliest-slave-remains-found-skull-shows-how-much-he-was-abused-1784198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tell-story-delawares-earliest-slaves-180967456/

On the ‘Angela Site’ at Jamestown:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/angela-site-reveals-daily-life-enslaved-african-america-n825701

Reconstructing a 17th century church bell from Jamestown:

https://wydaily.com/2017/12/05/jamestown-unearthed-reconstructing-a-17th-century-church-bell-nws/

An unexpected 19th century plantation site:

http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_38201334-da92-11e7-859d-3bbf0b73c842.html

A possible mammoth butchering site from Michigan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/

Finds from various periods at the Taylor-Bray farm site (Cape Cod):

http://dennis.wickedlocal.com/news/20171203/latest-dig-in-yarmouth-port-reveals-more-early-cape-cod-history

Archaeologists are uneasy after the ‘shrinking’ of Bears Ears (and elsewhere) this week:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07794-5
http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/trump-reduction-of-national-monuments-a-rare-move

Concerns for sites in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/opinion/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-drilling.html

Not sure there is anything ‘archaeological’ about these Ice Age caves found beneath Montreal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42227846?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Feature on the Fort Ancient culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171203/archaeology-cultural-big-bang-helped-form-fort-ancient-society

Feature on the Shakers and their ‘design’ influence:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/design-miami-shaker-movement-furniture/index.html

Feature on the Paleo Indians of Colorado:

http://www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience/early-colorado/paleo-indians/

On Civil War reenactments … during the Civil War:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/

On the history of the KKK:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/books/review/linda-gordon-the-second-coming-of-the-kkk.html

More on rethinking the dependence on corn in the American southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/ancestral-puebloans-used-fire-to-help-them-survive-south-of/article_9b4b3bbb-c178-5aac-b2a8-b0c7600a2259.html

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A major mapping project for some petroglyphs in Venezuela:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-venezuelan-art-unprecedented.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-vra120517.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/07/Scientists-map-ancient-rock-art-in-Venezuela/2151512663060/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/pre-colombian-rock-art-scanned-venezuela-south-america-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/6151-171208-venezuela-rock-art

Reviving (sort of) the Aztec/Maya ball game:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/12/03/la_serpiente_emplumada/1512332599_416640.html

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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On Bronze Age use of meteoric iron in various cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/c-baa120417.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.826890
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bronze-age-artifacts-meteoric-iron-05498.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/12/05/iron-artifacts-bronze-age-meteor/
https://www.archaeology.org/6141-171205-bronze-age-iron

Much coverage of the carbon dating of a bone purportedly belonging to Saint Nicholas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uoo-cab120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-ancient-bones-santa-real.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205203041.htm
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-12-05-could-ancient-bones-suggest-santa-was-real
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-42239197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-old-enough-be-santa-clauss-pelvis-180967444/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6145-171206-saint-nicholas-relic

… but something important was skipped over in the coverage (and research, it seems):

https://www.livescience.com/61146-origins-of-santa-claus-bone.html

… and a feature on Saint Nick:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots-and-stole-our-hearts/a-18889948

Other Christmas-related items seem to be out early this year, e.g., on the Magi’s gifts:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/why-did-the-magi-bring-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/

… and the date of Christmas:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/

… maybe this thing on the history of mince pies:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171208-the-strange-and-twisted-history-of-mince-pies

… and a ‘biography’ of Christmas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/christmas-biography-judith-flanders.html

Not sure where to put this one … the US is trying to seize a ring (and other items) seized by Turkey supposedly trafficked by ISIS:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-terrorism/justice-department-seeks-warrant-to-seize-ancient-ring-trafficked-by-isis-idUSKBN1E02OV
http://www.newsweek.com/us-hunting-isis-jewels-fund-groups-terror-worldwide-740597
https://www.courthousenews.com/gold-ring-seized-by-turkey-eyed-in-forfeiture-action/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tries-to-seize-antiquities-looted-by-islamic-state-and-used-to-fund-terrorism-1512584097

… and related, on the ‘weaponizaton’ of Antiquities:

https://hyperallergic.com/415471/how-antiquities-have-been-weaponized-in-the-struggle-to-preserve-culture/

Pondering why the Salvator Mundi fetched such a high price:

https://www.livescience.com/61115-leonardo-da-vinci-trophy-auction.html

Pondering Magritte’s pipe:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171205-magritte-and-the-subversive-power-of-his-pipe

Feature on Marie Tussaud:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/

Feature on the Nobel Banquet:

http://www.dw.com/en/nobel-banquet-a-sumptuous-serve-for-laureates-and-royals/a-41708521

On hunter-gatherer storytelling:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/ucl-spc120417.php
https://www.archaeology.org/6150-171208-storytelling-hunter-gatherer

UNESCO is pondering ‘intangible heritage’:

http://www.dw.com/en/intangible-heritage-from-windmills-to-traditional-horse-games/g-41630684

… not sure if this is part of the foregoing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42185391

A windmill drawing from a wall in Isaac Newton’s childhood home:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/08/windmill-drawing-found-on-wall-of-isaac-newton-childhood-home

Feature on warrior women:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/bettany-hughes-on-warrior-women/

On the investment opportunities provided by antiquities (grrr):

https://moneyweek.com/antiquities-a-solid-investment/
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/tales-treasures-sunken-shipwrecks-why-they-make-priceless-investments-1562538

On the greatest general:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/napoleon-wins-battle-of-the-great-generals-q05j02nn6

On the history of purple:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/style/purple-pantone-color-year.html

On the heroine of the Island of the Blue Dolphins:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-archaeologists-and-historians-are-finding-about-heroine-beloved-young-adult-novel-180967401/

Remembering Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/vincent-scully-architecture.html

Review of a book about Giorgio Vasari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/books/review/collector-of-lives-giorgio-vasari-biography-rowland-charney.html

More on the Apocalypse of James papyrus:

http://cherwell.org/2017/12/04/heretical-text-of-jesus-brother-found-in-oxford/
https://www.archaeology.org/6136-11204-greek-gnostic-document

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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India and the World:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/

Adolph de Meyer:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-pioneering-photographer-adolf-de-meyer-is-the-debussy-of-the-camera/a-41595276

Cabinets of Antiquities:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/338177,Cabinets-of-Antiquities-from-Greece-Rome-Egypt-open-in-Warsaw

A Ghost of an Idea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_first_scrooge

Charles II:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/charles-ii-exhibition-reveals-how-he-tackled-the-kings-evil

Hadrian and Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/223889/article/ekathimerini/life/national-archaeological-museum-sheds-light-on-hadrians-world
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28694-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens-sheds-light-on-hadrian%E2%80%99s-world.html

Never Ending Stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171204-the-ancient-symbol-that-spanned-millennia

Mummy portraits:

http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/paint-the-eyes-softer.html

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Salvator Mundi is destined for the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/07/world-record-da-vinci-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-louvre-abu-dhabi
http://www.dw.com/en/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-painting-that-sold-for-450-million-headed-to-louvre-abu-dhabi/a-41685659
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42260985
http://www.cnn.com/style/article/record-breaking-da-vinci-painting-abu-dhabi-louvre/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/07/leonardo-da-vincis-salvator-mundi-which-sold-for-450-3-million-is-bound-for-the-louvre-abu-dhabi/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/world/middleeast/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-saudi-prince-bader.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/12/07/actualidad/1512617638_022215.html

The Frick has purchased its first painting in decades:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/arts/design/frick-buys-borghese-painting-gerard.html

The Getty is well-equipped to deal with fires:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/184144/las-getty-center-built-protect-greek-roman-antiquities-flames/
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-12-06/las-getty-center-was-built-with-fire-protection-in-mind
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28716-la%E2%80%99s-getty-center-to-protect-its-greek-antiquities-from-flames.html

Boston’s MFA has opened a gallery for Greece and Rome:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/12/06/the-mfa-opens-classical-art-gallery/dXlvqMQ8bFK0N8AIrijoxO/story.html
http://www.mfa.org/news/daily-life-in-ancient-greece

More on the BM’s plans for new storage facilities:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/british-museum-plans-to-open-storage-facilities-out-of-london/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d imagery to study early butchering techniques:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/pu-nam120517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-approach-early-human-butchering.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206090528.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6144-171206-butchery-mark-analysis

More on that high tech xraying of a mummy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42218032

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Plovdiv:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/plovdiv-bulgaria/index.html

Bath:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/visiting-the-roman-baths-everything-you-need-to-know/

Mayan Guatemala (and Honduras):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/99589601/Immersed-in-Guatemalas-Mayan-history
http://www.philly.com/philly/living/travel/immersed-in-the-mayan-history-of-guatemala-and-honduras-20171208.html

Andes:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/taking-the-high-road-over-theandes/article37220079/?cmpid=rss1

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest in the court case involving those Persian artifacts at the Oriental Institute:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-iran/u-s-top-court-wary-over-allowing-seizure-of-ancient-persian-artifacts-idUSKBN1DY2E9
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-justices-cast-doubt-over-hamas-bomb-victims-claim-to-iran-artifacts/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-claim-against-iranian-antiquities
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/11/21/supreme-court-hear-case-surrounding-seizure-irania/

A sort of followup to a looting in Utah story from a while ago:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/05/pilfered-artifacts-three-suicides-and-the-struggle-over-federal-land-in-utah/

A vandalizing sites case from Arkansas:

http://www.boonevilledemocrat.com/news/20171205/two-charged-with-vandalizing-archaeological-site

A coin seizure at Cairo’s airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/35688/Cairo-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-28-historic-coins

… and another bust at the airport (not sure if this is the same as the above):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/36129/Hurghada-Airport-thwarts-smuggling-of-102-artifacts

Looting at Vernon Lake (Louisiana):

http://www.postsouth.com/news/20171202/looting-at-lake

Feature on the trafficking of Hopi artifacts:

https://psmag.com/tag/hopi

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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Peru has recovered some books taken by the Chilean army over a century ago:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/05/despues-136-anos-regresan-a-peru-invaluables-libros-que-fueron-sustraidos-por-el-ejercito-chileno-de-la-biblioteca-nacional-de-lima/

Some jewellery taken from Angkor ages ago was returned:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-jewellery-returned
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n51.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/2672-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-november-2017-2-december-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Vincent Scully:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/vincent-scully-97-influential-architecture-historian-dies.html
https://news.yale.edu/2017/12/01/memoriam-vincent-scully-beloved-teacher-helped-shape-nation
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/vincent-scully-fervent-professor-of-art-of-architecture-has-died-aged-97

David Waterhouse:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/scholar-david-waterhouse-had-a-passion-for-japanese-culture/article37188177/

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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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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Explorator 20.32 ~ December 3, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Perlmutter, D.S.H., Richard Miller,  Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli,
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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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Otzi is now a movie:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/03/otzi-iceman-mummy-brought-to-life-on-film

More on that 400 000 years bp ‘school’ in Israel:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-find-oldest-school-in-the-world-in-israel-dvsvtmf27

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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27 Sekhmet statues from Luxor:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/27-statues-of-goddess-sekhmet-unearthed-in-luxor/

Digging  has commenced at Bir Youssef:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34868/Min-of-Antiquities-to-start-excavation-work-at-Bir-Youssef
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/282459/Heritage/Islamic/Salah-ElDin-Citadels-Bir-Youssef-to-be-excavated-S.aspx

More on the void in the pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34879/Hawas-reveals-Great-Pyramid-s-gap-secrets
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/theres-a-void-in-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-but-it-may-not-be-so-mysterious
/

More artifacts from Tut’s tomb are going on tour:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-artifacts-king-tut-tomb-international.html

3500 BCE burials found at the site of Istanbul’s new metro station:

https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archaeologists-discover-ancient-human-remains-in-istanbul-s-new-metro-site-12827

Median artifacts from Hamedan:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/418879/Median-antiquities-unearthed-in-Hamedan

An Iron Age hoard from Megiddo:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hidden-hoard-hints-how-ancient-elites-protected-family-treasures

A 2200 years bp Idumean structure/temple from near Lakhish:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/drone-survey-reveals-ancient-temple-at-israeli-military-grounds/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/2200-year-old-edomite-temple-unearthed-in-lakhish-region/2017/11/30/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-rare-Hellenistic-era-mystery-structure-in-Negev-515670
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825907
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/404449

Plenty of coverage of a 4th century date for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/61043-tomb-of-jesus-excavated.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/new-tests-jesuss-presumed-tomb-back-traditional-beliefs/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/jesus-christ-tomb-scientists-older-expected-jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre-a8081521.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-glue-offers-new-insight-age-what-may-be-jesus-n824421
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-confirm-tomb-christ-dates-211935953.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-tests-reveal-the-holy-secrets-of-ancient-tomb-in-jerusalem/news-story/0aa4c98609a346833329101224e9c6f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/jesus-tomb-archaeology-jerusalem-christianity-rome/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mortar-found-jesus-tomb-dates-constantine-era-180967345/

Overviewish thing on finds at Migdal:

https://thejewishnews.com/2017/11/28/excavation-galilee-pilgrims-guesthouse-yields-1st-century-city/

Good followup piece on that ‘castle’ in Lake Van:

https://www.livescience.com/61038-real-story-of-ancient-underwater-castle.html
https://www.livescience.com/61037-underwater-castle-photos.html

An account of a comet in Ottoman times:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/13/ciencia/1510574984_885583.html

1600 years bp mosaics from the Fatih Mosque:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/27/mosaics-on-mosque-floor-revealed

… and more on the 1500 years bp mosaic found at Ashdod Yam:

https://www.archaeology.org/6120-11127-ashdod-yam-mosaic

A couple of  sort of ‘state of the question’ pieces on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Article.aspx?id=510977
http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/bringing-life-to-study-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

… and an item on Moses Shapira’s scrolls:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171129-was-this-the-first-dead-sea-scroll

… and there’s a new translation in the works:

http://news.du.edu/alison-schofield-tackles-new-translation-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

More on dogs in Saudi petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-insight-dog-side-years.html

… and suggestions about domestication:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825926
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of the potential discovery of the site where Caesar’s invasion of Britain began:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-evidence-julius-caesar-invasion-britain.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-fef112817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128230421.htm
https://www.livescience.com/61070-fort-where-caesar-invaded-britain-found.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42155888
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/29/caesars-invasion-of-britain-began-from-pegwell-bay-in-kent-say-archaeologists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/archaeologists-find-first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/roman-spearhead-in-ebbsfleet-rewrites-history-of-caesar-s-invasion-of-britain-n80bnmb0h
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julius-caesar-invasion-britain-uk-site-evidence-first-discovered-kent-a8081056.html
http://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/15690128.Ditch_gives_clue_to_arrival_of_first_Roman_forces_in_Britain/
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/digging-for-britain-julius-caesar-845361
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/first-archaeological-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-discovered-1649443
https://theconversation.com/how-our-discovery-of-julius-caesars-first-landing-point-in-britain-could-change-history-88267
https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-evidence-caesars-uk-invasion-unearthed-060517001.html
http://www.newsweek.com/first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain-could-rewrite-history-roman-725765
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-where-julius-caesar-landed-britain-180967359/
https://www.archaeology.org/6126-171129-caesar-roman-invasion
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/first-archaeological-evidence-for-julius-caesars-invasion-of-britain

Excavating a (third) Roman temple at Silchester:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-archaeologists-discover-roman-temple-13932869

A 2000 years bp Roman necropolis from Kahramanmaras:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/26/2000-year-old-necropolis-found-in-turkeys-kahramanmaras

Fragmentary statue remains of Hygieia and Eros from Anavarza:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hygieia-new-finding-in-anavarza-123138
https://www.archaeology.org/6122-171127-turkey-anavarza-statue

A Roman ‘farmstead’ from Worcester:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/NEWs/15690803.Archaeologists_unearth_2_000_year_old_Roman_farmstead_in_Worcester/

I  think we mentioned this gymnasium find from Konya:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-archaeologists-discover-gym-city-book-revelation-723512

On things the Phoenicians brought to Sicily:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.825589

On Fife’s Roman connections:

https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/does-fife-have-a-secret-history-of-roman-links-1-4627212

Feature on a Roman burial from Huntingdon (find was made quite a while ago):

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/the-roman-burial-that-offers-a-rare-glimpse-into-past-of-huntingdonshire-town-1-5301779

Very interesting feature on ancient music:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/28/five-ways-to-listen-to-the-music-of-the-ancient-world-today/#34c98da37d9d

Feature on Boudicca:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15698897.How_Queen_Boudica_waived_the_rules_in_Britannia/

Feature on pigeons in the Roman/Byzantine Near East:

http://asorblog.org/2017/11/28/not-just-birds-pigeons-roman-byzantine-near-east/

Feature on Scythian mummies:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/mummies-and-log-houses-of-the-dead-scythian-life-and-death/

On the Latin Mass:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/11/28/ex-catholic-quaker-beauty-and-danger-latin-mass

Honours for Michael Cosmopoulos:

http://canada.greekreporter.com/2017/11/30/greek-professor-michael-cosmopoulos-inducted-into-the-royal-society-of-canada/

What Craig Harvey is up to:

http://menafn.com/1096173046/Canadian-scholar-delves-into-Roman-commanders-residence-in-Humayma

And the archaeologist named to be in charge of the Colosseum is:

http://www.startribune.com/italian-archaeologist-selected-to-oversee-rome-s-colosseum/461292703/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11951706&ref=rss

On the effects of misreading Classical literature:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics
https://theconversation.com/toxic-masculinity-fostered-by-misreadings-of-the-classics-88118

Corpus Christi has renamed its ‘Fraenkel room’:

http://cherwell.org/2017/11/27/corpus-votes-rename-room-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oxford-votes-to-drop-name-of-sex-pest-eduard-fraenkel-gtjljk5k0
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/11/28/oxford-college-rename-room-dedicated-renowned-classicist-following/

Not sure about this Tal Qadi stone thing:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171127/local/tal-qadi-stone-could-be-the-oldest-representation-of-the-zodiac.664187

Reviews of Thomas’ *Why Bob Dylan Matters*:

http://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-now/new-book-by-harvard-professor-explains-why-bob-dylan-matters/465-1bfcdb9c-8ae4-4f77-8f2b-a773cf055df7
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-why-dylan-matters-richard-f-thomas-william-collins

Reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/02/567773373/emily-wilsons-odyssey-scrapes-the-barnacles-off-homers-hull

More on Roman-era shipwrecks off Alexandria:

https://www.livescience.com/61022-3-shipwrecks-off-egypt-coast.html

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A 15 000 years bp ‘Venus figurine’ from Dugi Otok (Croatia):

https://www.croatiaweek.com/archaeologists-find-first-venus-figurine-in-croatia-on-dugi-otok/
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/23676-15-000-year-old-statuette-discovered-on-dugi-otok

This one is being spun in various ways, but ultimately it seems to be about Neolithic women being actively involved in agriculture in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/aaft-bsp112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-prehistoric-women-stronger-arms-today.html
https://www.livescience.com/61061-prehistoric-women-strong-arms.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42173236
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/prehistoric-women-stronger-elite-cambridge-rowers-study-finds/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/29/prehistoric-womens-arms-stronger-than-those-of-todays-elite-rowers
http://www.smh.com.au/world/prehistoric-women-stronger-than-rowers-20171130-gzvw9v.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/567332015/womens-role-in-the-european-agricultural-revolution-revealed?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://knpr.org/npr/2017-11/working-moms-have-been-thing-ancient-history
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/11/29/ancient-prehistoric-women-farming-strong/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/strong-armed-women-helped-power-europes-ancient-farming-revolution?tgt=nr
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/29/ciencia/1511969205_028548.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6130-171130-women-arm-strength

4000 years bp remains from Bury St Edmunds:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/prehistoric-remains-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-bury-st-edmunds-1-5302606

Interesting assembly of Iron Age cauldrons and the like from Glenfield Park (Leicestershire):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uol-uma112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-unique-metal-artefacts-iron-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127105917.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/iron-age-metal-artifacts-glenfield-park-05473.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/uk-team-unearths-rare-iron-age-party-cauldrons-in-leicestershire/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/amazing-iron-age-cauldron-discoveries-shed-rare-light-prehistoric-feasting-rituals-1649132
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-cauldrons-found-iron-age-settlement-england-180967365/
https://www.archaeology.org/6121-171127-iron-age-cauldron

Remains of a medieval road in a field in Oxford:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42169973
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15688430.Medieval_road_and_horseshoe_give_causeway_for_excitement/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15688430.500_year_old_Medieval_road_discovered_underneath_Oxford_field/
https://www.archaeology.org/6135-17201-england-medieval-road

Excavating a medieval garbage dump in Newcastle:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ancient-newcastle-city-centre-rubbish-13979885
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6133-171201-newgate-medieval-artifacts

A medieval ring from Cumbria is classified as treasure:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15682250.Medieval_ring_found_in_Cumbria_classified_as___39_treasure__39_/?ref=rss

On a medieval street in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-revealed-after-hundreds-years-861058

A note hidden inside a statue of Jesus:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5129121/Note-hidden-inside-rear-end-ancient-Jesus-statue.html

Suggestion that Versailles is aligned toward the Church of the Holy Sepuchre:

https://www.valeursactuelles.com/histoire/lorientation-mysterieuse-du-chateau-de-versailles-bientot-expliquee-91021

Funding to preserved frescoes beneath Naples:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/30/ancient-frescoes-catacombs-beneath-naples-restored-funds-prosciutto/

More on that Norman era motte from Co Down:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/volunteers-storm-the-ramparts-to-unearth-co-down-norman-fort-36371485.html

More on that evidence of earliest wine production near Tbilisi:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/discovery-finds-winemaking-is-centuries-older-than-previously-believed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-wine/drinking-age-oldest-evidence-of-wine-making-found-near-tbilisi-idUSKBN1DD2KM?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews

More on that possible mikveh from Marseille:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Archaeologists-may-have-found-an-ancient-mikve-near-Marseille-515144
https://www.archaeology.org/6123-171128-france-jewish-mikveh

More on that Anglo Saxon coin hoard from Chelmsford:

http://www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk/news/15693954.Coins_found_in_field_are_nearly1_500_years_old/

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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An Upper Paleolithic era cave painting of a camel from the Urals:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-shd112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-scientists-upper-paleolithic-cave-camel.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6127-171129-russia-cave-camel

Studying Upper Paleolithic jewellery from Sungir:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/lmsu-ata113017.php

5500 years bp remains from Gia Lai (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai/122417.vnp
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/191092/traces-of-ancient-vietnamese-found-in-archaeological-relic-in-gia-lai.html

On the now-vanished Himalayan river around which the Indus civilization grew:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171128112209.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42157402
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/in-ancient-india-a-river-didn-t-run-through-it
https://www.livescience.com/61039-ancient-indus-civilization-survived-without-rivers.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6125-171128-indus-river-paleochannel
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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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Latest from the Camp Security dig:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2017/11/28/camp-security-not-affected-springettsbury-sewer-line-project/891318001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2017/11/28/photos-archaeological-dig-at-camp-security/108093126/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Photos from the Sarpy Bison Kill site:

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/photos-at-this-ancient-bison-kill-site-native-hunters-left/collection_d78dc794-2865-56bc-95f4-1f42631c0e8a.html#1

Studying 400 years bp bones from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/uf-studies-400-year-old-bones-from-st-augustine-archaeological-dig/495917155

First Nations artifacts from a Burlington quarry:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/burlington-quarry-1.4426292?cmp=rss

Rethinking the relative importance of corn in the American Southwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-archaeologist-idea-prehistoric-people-southwest.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2017/fire-was-key-to-prehistoric-survival-in-arid-southwest
https://www.archaeology.org/6134-171201-grand-canyon-fire

Feature on John Brown:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/02/unflinching-the-day-john-brown-was-hanged-for-his-raid-on-harpers-ferry/

Pondering a mutiny in Texas a hundred years ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42116688

… and the 1900 Galveston hurricane:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/566950355/the-tempest-at-galveston-we-knew-there-was-a-storm-coming-but-we-had-no-idea

… and the Puritan ‘war on Christmas’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/01/the-war-on-christmas-predates-trump-and-fox-news-by-almost-400-years/

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Feature on Guatemala’s Maya history:

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article186644858.html

Google and the British Museum are digitizing a pile of Maya-related photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/29/digital-technology-maya-culture-back-to-the-future-british-museum-alfred-maudslay
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/maya-heritage-150-years-of-preservation/
https://www.ft.com/content/8cf1ee78-d501-11e7-a303-9060cb1e5f44

What Richard Hansen is up to:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/king-of-the-jungle-the-mayan-empire-of-archaeologist-richard-hansen/article/2010638

On Andean clay eating:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/28/564866619/the-ancient-andean-tradition-of-eating-clay-may-have-helped-to-protect-health

Urbanization threatens Peru’s sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-peru-abundant-urbanization.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/perus-abundant-ruins-feel-the-squeeze-of-urbanization/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/in-peru-cultural-sites-are-dangerously-close-to-disappearing/2017/11/28/28f56006-d472-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.d12186977680
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/peru-ancient-ruins-property-developers-build-lima-pre-colonial-archaeological-zones-south-america-a8082956.html

More on that Orca geoglyph in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/61035-ancient-killer-whale-geoglyph-peru.html
https://www.livescience.com/61023-peru-orca-geoglyph-photos.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2000-year-old-geoglyph-peru-desert-revealed-be-that-killer-whale-1649583
https://www.archaeology.org/6124-171128-peru-geoglyph-orca
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-peru-180967338/

More on the digitized Codex Quetzalecatzin:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/

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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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Not sure where to put this one … a Greek bit of a papyrus known as the First Apocalypse of James:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130133824.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-professors-jesus-secret-revelations-brother.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/28559-austin-scholars-find-greek-copy-of-jesus%E2%80%99-secret-revelations-to-his-brother-james.html
http://www.newsweek.com/copy-jesus-writings-his-brother-recovered-antiquity-original-greek-727815?amp=1
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/jesus-secret-teaching-heretical-bible-james-oxford-university-archives-uta-first-apocalypse-a8086206.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/apocalypse-of-james-lost-original-greek-text-of-banned-bible-book-found-at-oxford-university/news-story/6e769ce94a683d42fdbe929f67b916d7

A second ‘movie set Sphinx’ from the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes:

https://www.livescience.com/61045-hollywood-sphinx-found-in-dunes.html
https://www.livescience.com/61047-photos-sphinx-discovered.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-maria-north-county/second-sphinx-from-ten-commandments-set-discovered-in-guadalupe-nipomo-dunes/662968713
http://www.sfgate.com/weird/article/sphinx-central-california-10-commandments-demille-12392644.php
http://www.newsweek.com/fake-news-archaeologists-unearth-rare-magnificent-sphinx-head-movie-set-727198
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/02/568001580/californian-archaeologists-unearth-an-egyptian-sphinx
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-unearth-1923-ten-commandments-sphinx-california-dunes-2622917
https://www.archaeology.org/6129-171129-california-movie-sphinx

On the story of Hanukka:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-untold-story-of-Hanukka-515718
https://www.livescience.com/61073-hanukkah-history-traditions.html

Feature on Martin Luther:

http://ripr.org/post/brown-university-historian-martin-luthers-legacy-and-reformation#stream/0

Events in England have sparked a few articles on ‘Black royalty, especially Queen Charlotte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/black-princess-meghan-markle.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-queen-charlotte-180967373/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/27/britains-black-queen-will-meghan-markle-really-be-the-first-mixed-race-royal/

… and other family connections:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42141518

Marking the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/25/563736769/brush-up-your-shelley-with-frankenstein-the-first-two-hundred-years

… and Jonathan Swift’s 350th:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/ghosthunters-grabbers-and-grifters-what-would-jonathan-swift-say-of-our-times/2017/11/28/771165fa-d319-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html

A Queen Victoria scrapbook is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/27/scrapbook-of-queen-victorias-childhood-to-be-auctioned-in-berlin

On acoustic architecture:

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2017/11/21/acoustic-architecture/

Remembering Peking Man:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/peking-man-bones-that-were-discovered-90-years-ago-went-missing-during-wwii-1649823

Philosophers of the Year:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/12/philosophers-year-2017-beauvoir-nietzsche-socrates-quiz/

Review of Isaacson, *Leonardo DaVinci*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/books/review/leonardo-da-vinci-biography-walter-isaacson.html

More commentary on the Salvator Mundi sale:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/12/02/el-salvator-mundi-de-da-vinci-y-la-perversion-en-el-mercado-del-arte/

More on Chopin’s pickled heart:

http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-look-at-frederic-chopins-alcohol-pickled-heart-to-determine-death-from-tb/a-41534342

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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Restoring the Minoans:

https://hyperallergic.com/410143/restoring-the-minoans-elizabeth-price-and-sir-arthur-evans/

Arch of Titus:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/life-size-relief-replica-stars-in-arch-of-titus-show-in-new-york/

Trajan:

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/legacy-of-trajan-who-grew-empire-is-focus-of-rome-exhibit
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/legacy-trajan-grew-empire-focus-rome-exhibit-51508768

Munch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/arts/design/edvard-munch-met-breuer-scandinavia-house-review.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/edvard-munch
http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-experimental-self/

Paint the Eyes Softer:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/art-science-roman-egyptian-mummies-northwestern-exhibition/

Mexican Red:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/arts/design/red-dye-cochineal-treasure-mexico-city-history.html
http://www.mexicoescultura.com/actividad/181676/en/mexican-red-the-cochineal-in-art.html

Subterranean maps:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/these-maps-give-a-fascinating-look-at-what-lies-under-the-ground-we-walk-on/2017/11/24/5dc075d2-cebe-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Buried Treasure:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1711/S00499/archaeology-and-the-discovery-of-lost-civilisations.htm

Codex Amiatinus Bible:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/30/oldest-complete-latin-bible-set-to-return-to-uk-after-1302-years

Illuminated Manuscripts:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/11/28/illuminating-collaboration-breathes-life-medieval-manuscripts?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ynalumni-11-30-17

Marking the 115th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34543/Celebrating-115th-anniversary-of-the-Egyptian-museum
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/34645/Anani-attends-ceremony-to-mark-Egyptian-museum-s-115th-anniversary
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-celebrates-115th-anniversary-egyptian-museum/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/282453/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-celebrates-th-anniversar.aspx

The British Museum is setting up a storage facility outside Reading:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-42185459
https://www.ft.com/content/8c3856c6-d5e1-11e7-8c9a-d9c0a5c8d5c9

There was a fire at the Pitt Rivers Museum:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15696100.Plumber_accidentally_sets_fire_to_Oxford_museum/

Ownership issues regarding the DSS is causing a kerfuffle with a German museum:

https://forward.com/fast-forward/388804/dead-sea-scrolls-may-be-palestinian-germany-says/
https://www.jta.org/2017/12/01/news-opinion/world/israel-pulls-out-of-dead-sea-scrolls-exhibit-in-germany-over-political-conflict

Some sort of museum Instagram project:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/01/museums-have-swapped-instagram-accounts-for-day-show-off-area-cultural-institutions/yRAJEniw4V4rBTkbpa6a8L/story.html

More on the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/louvre-abu-dhabi-highlights-opening-hours-da-vinci-picasso-warhol-ai-weiwei-a8084021.html

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Xray Scattering used on mummy for the first time:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-first-of-its-kind-mummy-reveals-clues-girl.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-advanced-technology-child-mummy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/nu-fms112917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171129133506.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-particle-accelerator-mummy-objects-portrait-x-ray-726139
https://www.voanews.com/a/researchers-use-advanced-technology-to-study-child-mummy-/4141312.html
https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/mummy-portrait-research-roman-egyptian/
https://www.archaeology.org/6128-171129-mummy-particle-accelerator

Feature on multispectral imaging:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/11/30/what-is-multispectral-imaging-and-how-is-it-changing-archaeology-and-digital-humanities-today/#502ae58b5151

‘Dawn’ will be joining Myrtis as a reconstruction at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/28/dawn-a-7000-year-old-teenager-introduces-herself-in-acropolis-museum/

I  think we mentioned this app to protect Northumberland petroglyphs:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-42123939

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Only DNA story this week relates to what ‘Yeti’ DNA has revealed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/secret-abominable-snowman-revealed-scientists-analyse-yeti-dna/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Plenty of coverage of potential coastal sites (in the US) threatened by climate-change-related sea level rise:

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-sea-level-threaten-archaeological-sites-southeastern.html
https://www.livescience.com/61063-rising-seas-may-destroy-archeological-sites.html
https://www.wired.com/story/sea-level-rise-will-imperil-humanitys-future-and-its-past/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/p-srp112217.php
https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/11/29/swamped-rising-seas-leave-thousands-historical-sites-southeast-underwater/905345001/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/29/climate-change-will-submerge-over-20000-historical-sites-within-a-century-archaeologists-say/#36874c2d71f7
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/
https://hyperallergic.com/414184/sea-level-rise-archaeological-sites/
https://www.archaeology.org/6131-171130-sea-level-rise

… and the Pilgrims apparently had to deal with climate change:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-the-first-thanksgiving-can-teach-us-about-adjusting-to-climate-shock/2017/11/22/ce570a2a-cdfd-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html

Leaves collected by Captain Cook are revealing things about CO2 apparently:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/28/c_136785654.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Illuminati birthplace:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171127-the-birthplace-of-the-illuminati

Nicaragua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/travel/nicaragua-dario-poet.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Looters were caught red-handed in Horvat Shemarya:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238653
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/5-arrested-for-searching-for-gold-treasure-in-Byzantine-era-antiquities-site-515550

Evidence of ‘nighthawkers’ at Cirencester’s Amphitheater:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15694334.Night_hawkers_defile_Roman_amphitheatre/

Church vandalism in Manche:

https://www.lamanchelibre.fr/actualite-429703-manche-une-eglise-vandalisee

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/11/culture-crime-news-13-26-november-2017.html

More on ‘Indiana Joan’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/95-year-old-australian-probed-allegedly-looting-middle-eastern-artifacts/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/indiana-joan-95-accused-of-looting-ancient-tombs-m6b7fgr8d
http://www.ibtimes.com/95-year-old-dubbed-real-life-tomb-raider-after-possibly-stealing-ancient-artifacts-2620673

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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Emmanuel Macron is making the return of African art a priority:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/arts/emmanuel-macron-africa.html

Latest Nazi loot returns:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567179723/painting-stolen-by-the-nazis-is-returned-to-poland
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NUMISMATICA
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On the Gold Solidus of Rome:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-gold-solidus-ma-shops/

More on that Cluny hoard:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/12/medieval-hoard-found-in-france-at-abbey-of-cluny.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n50.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/2671-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-november-2017-25-november-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Dean Adcock Bailey:

https://wydaily.com/2017/11/28/obits-dean-adcock-bailey/

Norman Baker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/obituaries/norman-baker-dies-at-89-crossed-the-atlantic-on-a-reed-raft.html

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CONFERENCES
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Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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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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