Explorator 20.42-43 ~ February 18, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering the ‘artistic gap’ between Neanderthals and ‘modern’ humans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-homo-sapiens-ability-techniques.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoc–nlo020818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180209100727.htm

Neanderthals may have used fire to make tools:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-site-tuscany-reveals-neanderthals-tools.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/neanderthals-used-fire-to-make-tools/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/could-these-be-oldest-neandertal-tools-made-fire
http://www.newsweek.com/neanderthal-tools-discovered-italy-charred-fire-stunning-condition-800238
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-neanderthals-used-fire-to-perfect-hardwood-tools-170-000-years-ago-1.5789781
https://www.archaeology.org/6328-180106-neanderthal-wooden-tool

A find of some partially-digested teeth suggest a Neanderthal may have been consumed by
a hyena of some sort:

https://www.livescience.com/61664-neanderthal-teeth-digested-by-hyenas.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6329-180206-neanderthal-teeth-hyena

What some 700 000 years bp child footprints from Ethiopia are revealing:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-footprints-child-prehistoric.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-footprints-children-lifestyle-700000-years-ago-a8212721.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6386-180216-ethiopia-melka-kunture

General features on human evolution:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/12/tracing-the-tangled-tracks-of-humankinds-evolutionary-journey
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01807-7

This piece sort of complements/relates to the previous:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/vu-iay021318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180213120434.htm

Marking Mary Leakey’s 105th birthday:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2018/02/06/archaeologist-mary-leakey-would-be-105-today/#10ccc3eb58cb

More on those tools in India:

http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/twist-in-out-of-africa-theory-who-made-3-lakh-year-old-tools-found-near-chennai-5051482/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sharp-stones-found-india-signal-surprisingly-early-toolmaking-advances
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest theory on that ‘screaming mummy’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/screaming-mummy-attracts-20000-visitors-to-egyptian-museum/
https://www.livescience.com/61749-screaming-mummy-backstory.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/screaming-mummy-mystery-solved-ancient-egypt-prince-hanged-plot-kill-pharaoh-father-archaeologists-a8208401.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/screaming-mummy-are-ancient-remains-those-ramses-iiis-murderous-son-prince-pentewere-1660384
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-the-answers-behind-the-screaming-mummy/news-story/c8cff7cb29138bd47857d1dd06f8fff4

Feature on the Oriental Institute’s finds near Tell Edfu:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-newly-reveal-clues-ancient-egyptian.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egypt-beer-making-ancient-brewery-archaeologists-a8201471.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6335-180208-egypt-tel-edfu

Something about a hole found (or not) near Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/290670/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-denies-claims-of-ne.aspx
http://allafrica.com/stories/201802090682.html

More on the renewed search for hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-search-for-hidden-chambers-in-king-tuts-tomb-underway/news-story/de33d7180bdd5fcd494393dbefd24c28

More on that fifth dynasty priestess tomb found in Giza’s western cemetery:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/42009/3-facts-to-know-about-the-excavated-ancient-Egyptian-tomb
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-egypt-year-old-tomb-cairo.html
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Old-Kingdom-style-tomb-for-woman-discovered-in-Egypts-Giza-540641
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/04/583099705/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-a-4-400-year-old-tomb
http://nhpr.org/post/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-4400-year-old-tomb
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/discovery-of-hetpet-s-tomb-in-giza-could-answer-egypt-s-prayers-for-a-tourism-revival-tzhr9mknp
https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Egypt-says-4-400-year-old-tomb-discovered-outside-12548620.php
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/02/05/archaeology-4400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt_6d3efb42-5944-4bed-b653-f6ba5de4ee87.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-5th-dynasty-priestess-found-egypt-180968036/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/see-inside-the-tomb-of-a-high-powered-egyptian-woman.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6326-180205-egypt-priestess-tomb

More on that 2nd century Roman temple find in Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/290966/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/nd-century-Roman-temple-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6378-180214-egypt-aswan-temple

Studying some Neo-Assyrian cuneiform medical texts:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-tablets-cradle-civilisation-insight.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6341-180212-assyrian-medical-tablets

Some 2000 years bp camel sculptures from Saudi Arabia are getting press attention:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/c-ral020918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-life-sized-sculptures-dromedaries-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/science/camels-sculptures-desert-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/ancient-artists-left-camels-carved-in-saudi-desert-s-stone/article_82ce877a-38b4-549c-aa21-009612646986.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-2-000-year-old-life-size-camel-art-found-in-heart-of-saudi-arabian-des-1.5812024
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rock-carvings-discovered-saudi-163342930.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-camel-carvings-found-saudi-desert-180968169/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6374-180213-saudi-arabia-camels

A Crusader-era altar in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crusader-era-high-altar-resurfaces-jerusalems-holy-sepulcher-180968192/

Concerns for sites in Netiv Ha’avot:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241655
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/idf-machinery-destroys-ancient-artifacts-graves-at-netiv-haavot/2018/02/07/

A Czech team is heading to dig in Oman:

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/02/05/first-czech-archaeological-expedition-heading-oman

Another feature on sites being flooded by the Ilisu dam:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/07/archaeologists-discovered-an-ancient-assyrian-city-only-to-lose-it-again

Concerns for a temple in Yemen:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-temple-left-neglected-yemen.html
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0208/Yemen-s-ancient-monuments-at-risk-as-war-rages-on
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Ancient-temple-left-neglected-as-Yemen-war-12560606.php

Reviving the Hebrew language:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/The-Israeli-academy-continuing-the-unprecedented-revival-of-the-Hebrew-language-542822

We’re still hearing about ISIL damaging and stealing from sites in Iraq:

http://www.aina.org/news/20180206125447.htm
https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2689210&language=en
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Ancient tombs (various periods, it seems) from Nicosia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/09/ancient-tombs-discovered-nicosia-roadworks/

A possible Roman villa found during school construction in Warwick:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42989351
http://www.stratford-herald.com/81889-rare-roman-find-unearthed-new-school-building-site.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6333-180207-england-roman-villa

A Roman-era mosaic from Caesarea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-israeli-archaeologists-unveil-rare-roman-era.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-greek-inscription-and-colorful-1800-year-old-mosaic-uncovered-at-caesarea/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5099486,00.html
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241722
https://forward.com/fast-forward/393963/israeli-archaeologists-find-1-800-year-old-roman-mosaic/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-Roman-mosaic-from-2nd-3rd-centuries-CE-uncovered-in-Caesarea-541029
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/remarkable-multicolored-roman-period-mosaic-comes-to-light-in-caesarea/2018/02/08/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-mosaic/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1800-year-old-mosaic-idUSKBN1FS2MI
http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-rare-roman-era-mosaic/a-42511961
http://www.ekathimerini.com/225657/article/ekathimerini/news/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1800-year-old-mosaic-with-inscription-in-greek
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29974-israeli-archaeologists-discover-1-800-year-old-mosaic-with-greek-inscription.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-byzantine-mosaic-inscribed-mysterious-greek-writing-unearthed-israel-801395
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6334-180208-israel-caesarea-mosaic

More Roman finds from Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-42973039/more-roman-remains-excavated-under-bath

Latest finds from Kition:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30034-impressive-excavation-discoveries-at-ancient-kition-site-in-cyprus.html

A Roman hoard from Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/hoard-100-roman-coins-bronze-1185687

Remains/evidence of a Roman ‘patrol road’ in Northumberland:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/lost-roman-devils-causeway-discovered-14281948

Possible sanctuaries of Asclepius and Aphrodite from Kythnos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30099-impressive-findings-from-excavations-at-vryokastro-ancient-site-on-kythnos-island.html

Interesting study of the ‘gate to the underworld’ at the ‘Plutonium’ near Hierapolis:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/16/23364/#.WomfFZOpln4
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/roman-gate-hell-killed-its-victims-cloud-deadly-carbon-dioxide
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6385-180216-turkey-plutonium-gas

Remains of a 1500 years bp church from Karabuk:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-anatolian-church-discovery-reveals-how-turkeys-earliest-christians-800464
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6332-180207-turkey-hadrianopolis-church

A Black Sea storm revealed some Roman remains on a Turkish beach:

http://www.newsweek.com/roman-ruins-wash-turkish-beach-after-black-sea-storm-808006
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-roman-ruins-tombs-pillars-wash-turkish-beach-after-black-sea-storm-1661841
https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-ruins-wash-turkish-beach-140740147.html

Feature on possible Neronian connections to Silchester:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/new-evidence-neros-links-roman-silchester.htm

On the Parthenon’s ability to be ‘earthquake proof’:

https://theweeklyobserver.com/secret-technology-ancient-greeks-can-parthenon-withstand-earthquakes/31899/

Feature (for Valentine’s Day) on a 2000 years bp cameo of Cupid found in Jerusalem years ago:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/when-cupid-paid-israel-a-visit-2000-years-ago/

Nice feature on Lupercalia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/wolves-nudity-mayhem-why-an-ancient-roman-festival-is-still-controversial

Feature on the thumbs-up gesture:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/a-turn-of-the-thumb-gladiators-and-the-thumbs-up/

… and gladiators:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/gladiators-the-implements-of-death/

What Suzanne Lye is up to:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2018/02/qa-with-postdoctoral-fellow-suzanne-lye

What Richard Thomas is up to:

https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-02072018-2335/savannah-book-fest-harvard-professor-richard-f-thomas-explores-literary

What Emily Wilson is up to:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2018/02/peterson-lecture-odyssey-woman-translation-upenn-penn-philadelphia-english-greek

Feature on a denarius of Mark Antony:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-mark-antonys-legionary-denarius/

… and a metal detectorist found a Carausius coin:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15919647.Southampton_metal_detectorist_finds_coin_minted_by___39_first_Brexiteer__39_/

Lucy Hughes-Hallet was talking Cleopatra:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/books/cleopatra-not-most-beautiful-but-capable-woman-ruler-historian-lucy-hughes-hallet/story-5c7sw7VVhh60zim1p7cnSK.html

Martin Scorsese is working on a dramatic series on the Caesars, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/11/martin-scorsese-romans-tv-series-caesars-british-writer-michael-hirst

… while Mary Beard is hosting one with a more documentarial approach:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/02/12/julius-caesar-revealed-review-ancient-rome-isnt-dry-dusty-hands/

There was some interesting hype for the BBC’s Troy series:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/homers-trojan-war-epic-richly-deserves-its-lavish-new-bbc-adaptation/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-troy-fall-of-a-city-but-were-afraid-to-ask/
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/feature/a850071/troy-fall-of-a-city-netflix-bbc-explained/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/troy-fall-of-a-city-writer-adaptation-myth-drama/

… and some reviews:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/how-accurate-was-troy-fall-of-a-city-episode-1-compared-to-the-original-myths/
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/feb/17/troy-fall-of-a-city-recap-series-one-episode-one-black-blood

… and a somewhat strange spin on the ‘lesson’ of the Trojan war:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42864071

… and on the Troy series:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bbc-troy-fall-of-a-city-donald-trump-putin-kim-jong-un-grbwvz8rs

Assorted folks talking about the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2018/02/07/greek-american-politicians-seek-hearing-on-parthenon-marbles/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30128-five-women-from-rhodes-fight-for-repatriation-of-parthenon-marbles.html

On military parades and triumphs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-doesnt-need-a-parade-he-needs-a-roman-triumph/2018/02/07/30c68dbc-0c4b-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html

Latest Rome v US comparison:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/16/5-similarities-ancient-romes-decline-todays-united-states/

Review(ish) of Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/02/09/encountering-real-life-homers-odyssey

Interview with Madeline Miller about her *Circe* novel:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/76022-it-s-all-greek-to-madeline-miller.html

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Interesting Paleolithic burials from Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/61743-rich-paleolithic-burials.html
https://www.livescience.com/61737-photos-paleolithic-burials.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6380-180214-russia-sunghir-burials

A 14 000 years bp ‘puppy burial’ found in 1914 has interesting implications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-emotional-bond-humans-dogs-dates.html
https://www.livescience.com/61717-oldest-dog-burial.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6340-180212-paleolithic-dogs-humans

Interesting 8000 years bp skulls-on-stakes burial from Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180214/why-were-these-8000-year-old-swedish-skulls-mounted-on-stakes
https://www.livescience.com/61736-ancient-heads-on-stakes.html
https://www.livescience.com/61733-photos-stone-age-skull-stakes.html
https://gizmodo.com/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-found-at-8-000-year-old-1822936885
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-river-mystery-mesolithic-sweden-spd/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/13/smashed-skulls-on-spikes-show-ancient-scandinavia-was-violent-archaeologists-say/#50a1095958e7
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6376-180213sweden-underwater-burial

A 13 5000 years bp carved bison bone from the North Sea:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/02/oldest-dutch-work-of-art-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-north-sea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6377-180214-netherlands-oldest-art

Evidence of wine-making in 8000 years bp Sicily:

http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/13/copper-age-wine-sicily/

Neolithic remains near Windsor Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/08/discovery-of-windsor-neolithic-monument-excites-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/5500-year-old-monument-tools-unearthed-near-windsor-castle-1660191
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6339-180209-england-neolithic-enclosure

5000 years bp (?) ‘spider stones’ and a copper ax fragment from a site in Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/61727-spider-stones-neolithic-sun-worship.html
https://www.livescience.com/56709-photos-scratched-stones-ancient-maps.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6375-180213-neolithic-copper-ax

A Neolithic/Bronze Age infant burial from near Larkhill:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16029809.New_theory_over_Stonehenge_origins/

A new theory on the origins of Stonehenge:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16029809.New_theory_over_Stonehenge_origins/

Bronze Age gold hair rings from Sculptor’s Cave (Scotland):

https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-bronze-age-gold-hair-rings-from-scotland-s-death-cave-1-4684592

Latest plans and concerns about the Stonehenge tunnel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/world/europe/uk-stonehenge-tunnel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/skepticism-over-new-design-for-highway-tunnel-near-stonehenge-meant-to-protect-site/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-tunnel-new-road-when-plans-archaeology-ice-age-prints-dig-excavation-a8194071.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/05/stonehenge-tunnel-could-destroy-unique-library-of-early-history
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/08/stonehenge-tunnel-plans-scheme-published
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15963978.Stonehenge_tunnel_plans_unveiled_to_public/?ref=rss
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-42936501

An Iron Age ‘chamber’ of some sort from the Isle of Lewis:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42988416
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/housebuilder-finds-iron-age-chamber-on-isle-of-lewis-1-4686146
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rare-2000-year-old-food-chamber-found-hiding-under-scottish-construction-site-1660496

A Saxon hall find from Attingham:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2018/02/08/rare-saxon-hall-find-excites-the-experts/

Finds from various periods found during wind farm construction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-42988971
https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/medieval-roman-burials-bronze-age-1198124

Feature on petroglyphs in Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/05/marks-rocks-since-bronze-age-ilkley-yorkshire

Not sure about this ‘prehistoric footprint’ from Norfolk:

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/prehistoric-footprint-found-west-runton-1-5398172

Remains of an Iron Age hillfort from Margate:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/iron-age-hillfort-remains-discovered-160019/

Tracing lost post-Glencoe massacre settlements:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-trace-lost-settlements-of-glencoe-destroyed-after-1692-massacre-1-4687371
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15988354.Archaeologists_trace_lost_settlements_of_Glencoe/

Suggestion that the Isle of May was a medieval healing centre:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/burials-suggest-isle-of-may-was-medieval-healing-centre-q5vb5bpsb

The Portable Antiquities Scheme had a good year:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/record-year-treasure-act-portable-antiquities-scheme.htm

… while the Marine Antiquities Scheme now includes the waters off Northern Ireland:

https://www.scubadivermag.com/marine-antiquities-scheme-extends-northern-ireland/

The site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford has been located, apparently:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15991567._We_have_located_the_site_of_the_1066_Battle_of_Fulford_/

On evidence of puberty in medieval times:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-children-puberty-younger-medieval-skeletons.html

On ‘crooked coins’ tossed into the Thames by ‘suitors’:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/09/tokens-unrequited-love-thames-mudlark

A WWI buckle found near Stirling Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15985520.Mystery_Imperial_buckle_found_by_Archaeologists/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6384-180216-stirling-castle-buckle

More on that mass Viking burial from Repton:

https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/history/mass-grave-uncovered-repton-thought-1167103
https://www.livescience.com/61646-viking-warriors-grave.html
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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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9000 years bp wells from central China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953446.htm

They’re excavating at a 5000 years bp pre-Harappan site in Haryana:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/excavations-pre-harappan-site-kunal-haryana-archaeology-5051811/

4000 years bp writing on pottery from Chifeng:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/11/c_136967469.htm

Overview of finds in Xinjiang in 2017:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/05/c_136951195.htm

Remains of four Western Han – Eastern Jin dynasty cities from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953689.htm

A possible Liao Dynasty tomb with frescoes and a drainage system from Liaoning:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953321.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6330-180206-china-painted-tomb

A 1500 years bp burial (with a breastplate) from Kyushu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6381-180215-japan-tomb-armor

Remains for a 1000 years bp temple from Kotdwar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/excavations-near-kotdwar-reveal-temple-remains-almost-1000-yrs-old/articleshow/62825409.cms

Possible 6000 years bp human remains from mounds in Queensland:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/discovery-of-ancient-aboriginal-remains-confirms-burial-grounds/9404322
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6337-180208-australia-queensland-graves

Concerns for sites in Singapore:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-singapore-archaeologist.html

Tracing Buddhism’s roots in Cambodia:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-life-arts-culture/tracing-roots-buddhism-cambodia

Pondering Mungo Man:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/mungo-man-what-to-do-next-with-australias-oldest-remains/9371038
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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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Feature on the debate over the 130 000 years bp bones from the Cerutti Mastodon site:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/debate-heats-up-over-whether-130000-year-old-bones-were-broken-by-humans/

Serpent Mound may depict a creation story:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180211/archaeology-serpent-mound-might-depict-creation-story

A donation of a very large arrowhead collection:

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180205/jackson-mans-family-donates-massive-arrowhead-collection

Finds from Halifax’s ‘early days’:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/halifaxcitizen/1544245-archeological-findings-offer-glimpse-into-halifax%E2%80%99s-early-days

Claim of the discovery of the skeleton of ‘Black Sam Bellamy’:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/530694/archaeologists-say-they-may-have-found-skeleton-pirate-black-sam-bellamy

Possible find of slave quarters at Montpelier:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/06/this-archaeological-site-in-virginia-should-be-on-every-history-buffs-bucket-list/#7038e0043381
http://www.nbc29.com/story/37507826/surveyors-believe-theyve-found-old-slave-quarters-at-montpelier

Interesting find of some Rogue River Indian Wars hospital records:

http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20180209/historian-discovers-rogue-indian-wars-hospital-records

A purported lock of George Washington’s hair found in a college book:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/14/george-washingtons-hair-found-new-york-college-library-book/337694002/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/14/a-college-says-it-found-an-old-clump-of-george-washingtons-hair-hurrah/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/16/586368906/n-y-college-says-forgotten-book-reveals-lock-of-george-washingtons-hair
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-washingtons-hair-found-18th-century-almanac-180968185/

There’s a project to collect the oral history associated with the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-parks-canada-inuit-elder-1.4533014

Making plans for the wreck of the Clotilda:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/slave_ship_clotilda_state_agen.html

An ‘epic love story’ from Port Credit:

https://www.insauga.com/mississauga-was-once-the-site-of-an-epic-love-story

On ‘Indian Slavery’ in New Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/us/indian-slaves-genizaros.html

More on that 900 years bp copper point from the Yukon:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/rare-900-year-old-copper-arrowhead-discovered-canadian-mountain-760573

More on the recreation of those points from Alaska:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6327-180205-alaska-hunter-projectiles

Feature on Benjamin Lay:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-42640782
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Petroglyphs depicting whale hunts from the Atacama desert:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-rock-art-shows-whale-hunts-atacama-chile-spd/

A 2000 years bp mummified macaw from Mexico:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/mummified-macaw-paquime-chihuahua-mexico-trade-religion-spd/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2000-year-old-parrot-head-discovered-mexican-burial-cave-could-worlds-oldest-macau-mummy-1662096
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6856-datan-en-2000-anos-de-antigueedad-cabeza-momificada-de-guacamaya-hallada-en-cueva-avendanos-chihuahua
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6379-180214-peru-skull-modification

On Peruvian head reshaping:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/peru-elongated-skulls-shaping-ancient-status-indiana-jones-south-america-matthew-velasco-cornell-a8210521.html

Peru is limiting (sort of) tourist traffic to various sites:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/101181191/Peru-brings-in-tougher-rules-for-tourists-visiting-Machu-Picchu
http://www.startribune.com/peru-devises-new-rules-for-machu-picchu-crowds/473457603/

Some Tehuelche skeletons were exposed by recent winds in Argentina:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/02/14/solo_en_argentina/1518639234_485536.html

More on LiDAR revealing more of a Mayan city in Guatemala:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180205140111.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-massive-mayan-society-guatemala.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mayan-pyramids-1.4519863?cmp=rss
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lost-mexico-city-aztec-buildings-pur-pecha-empire-morelia-michoac-n-a8214551.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/laser-scanning-reveals-lost-ancient-mexican-city-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/03/scientists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-hidden-under-guatemalan-jungle?subid=16450490&CMP=GT_US_collection
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mayan-ruin-discovery-lidar-laser-technology/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-lost-pyramid-city-heart-mexico-was-densely-built-manhattan-1662053
https://hyperallergic.com/425105/lidar-60000-maya-structures-pacunam-foundation/
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762214/slovak-experts-pull-back-veil-of-ancient-maya-civilisation.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mexican-city-manhattan-laser-scan-810194
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/12/album/1518429337_635840.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/16/actualidad/1518781085_402213.html

18th/19th century defense structures from Montevideo:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2450451&CategoryId=23620

More on those Chinese mummies (19th century) from Peru:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/chinese-mummies-peru-1.4517145
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6324-180205-peru-chinese-mummies

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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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Feature on toys in the archaeological record:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-toys-kids-archaeological-record

On rabbit domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/cp-wfb020818.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/science/rabbits-pope-domestication.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/eh-whats-up-doc/553304/
http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347%2818%2930001-6
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6382-180215-france-rabbit-domestication

The usual crop of Valentine’s Day related pieces:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/14/the-real-saint-valentine-was-no-patron-of-love/
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-yalom-valentine-history-20180214-story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/arts/design/valentines-day-card-collection.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/14/we-owe-our-sinful-valentines-day-chocolates-to-the-prudish-self-denying-cadburys/

On early dog shows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/02/22/looking-back-at-american-dog-shows-in-the-early-1900s/

On military parades in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/14/585668300/the-history-of-military-parades-in-the-u-s?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

On Sotheby’s erotic art auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/siri-hustvedt-erotic-art-sothebys/index.html

Some archaeological humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/archaeologists-unearth-ivory-trumpet-dating-back-to-pre-1823072478

Bridegroom’s Oak has an interesting story:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180213-in-germany-the-worlds-most-romantic-postbox

Assorted features on the Suffragettes:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/pilgrimage-of-greats/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/world/europe/uk-centennial-women-voting-rights.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42961675
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42951817
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42943814
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42704341
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42943815
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42959941
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42959935
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42837451

On the real Indiana Jones:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/au-wi020618.php

On the original Rogues’ Gallery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/nyregion/cheats-swindlers-and-neer-do-wells-a-new-york-family-album.html

On American English preserving post-colonial English:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180207-how-americans-preserved-british-english

A hitherto unidentified language in Malaysia:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/07/583931629/linguists-discover-previously-unidentified-language-in-malaysia

Using plagiarism software to find Shakespeare’s sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/books/plagiarism-software-unveils-a-new-source-for-11-of-shakespeares-plays.html?smid=fb-share
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/software-points-possible-inspiration-11-shakespeare-plays-180968118/

Haven’t heard anything about the Book of Kells in a long while:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6338-180209-ireland-book-of-kells

On lost books:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/05/i-really-want-to-find-it-before-i-die-why-are-we-so-fascinated-by-lost-books

Alcohol and epithets:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180209-exploring-the-colourful-and-evocative-lexicon-of-alcohol

On the political side (?) of Michelangelo’s David:

https://joyofmuseums.com/museums/europe/italy-museums/florence-museums/accademys-gallery/masterpieces-gallery-academy-florence/david-by-michelangelo/

Victor Nuovo is writing again on Enlightenment philosophers:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/51967
http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/51786

They’ve remade the *Civilisation* series:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/civilisation-beard-and-schama-revisit-classic-series-50-years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/new-bbc-civilisations-ask-whether-britains-culture-built-looting/

More on Hylas and the Nymphs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/arts/manchester-gallery-hylas-nymphs.html

More on dice:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-centuries-old-dice-reveal-changing-attitudes-about-fate-1-180968090/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.dw.com/en/peter-paul-rubens-baroque-painter-and-diplomat-on-show-in-frankfurt/a-42488890

Lady and the Unicorn:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/13/lady-and-the-unicorn-mona-lisa-of-the-middle-ages-weaves-a-new-spell

First Sculpture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/arts/design/nasher-sculpture-center-dallas-first-sculpture-review.html
http://nashersculpturecenter.org/art/exhibitions/exhibition?id=535

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/terracotta-warriors-liverpool-exhibition-tickets-14258229

The Museum of Lugo has acquired a pile of torques:

https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2018/02/13/diario_de_espana/1518557467_867491.html

Diamond Mountains:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/arts/design/south-korea-north-korea-metropolitan-museum-diamond-mountains-olympics.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/diamond-mountains

Medusa:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Exhibition-At-The-Met-Focuses-On-Medusa-Imagery-From-Antiquity-To-The-Present-Day-20180207

Medieval Islamic Manuscripts:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Medieval-Islamic-manuscripts-make-their-debut-in-New-York-City-542741

The Berkshire Museum has to sell some of its art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/arts/massachusetts-agrees-to-allow-berkshire-museum-to-sell-its-art.html

Interview with Barbara Jatta:

https://www.vogue.com/article/barbara-jatta-interview-vogue-march-2018-issue

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Explaining LiDAR (and expressing skepticism, sort of, of the finds in Guatemala):

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900009714/national-geographic-discovery-of-mayan-ruins-not-proof-but-very-interesting.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/689660/?sc=rssn

Updating radiocarbon dating techniques:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-updating-radiocarbon-dating-techniques.htm

Assorted tech-in-archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/16/lab-notes-so-long-indiana-jones-archaeology-goes-high-tech

Virtual Volterra:

https://www.livescience.com/61650-ancient-volterra-3d.html

Facial reconstruction of the purported mother of Tut:

http://micetimes.asia/scientists-were-able-to-recreate-the-appearance-of-the-mother-of-tutankhamun/
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/12/queen-nefertiti-recreation-controversy-orig-tc.cnn

… and St Valentine:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-43056345/st-valentine-does-this-3d-reconstruction-show-his-face

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA analysis of ‘Cheddar Man’ suggests he had dark skin and blue eyes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dna-modern-briton-dark-skin.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207202447.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-42970067/cheddar-man-dna-shows-early-brit-had-dark-skin
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/07/first-modern-britons-dark-black-skin-cheddar-man-dna-analysis-reveals
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/cheddar-man-face-first-modern-briton-revealed-pioneering-research-natural-history-museum-alfons-a8198066.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/07/first-britons-black-natural-history-museum-dna-study-reveals/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dna-tests-on-an-ancient-skeleton-reveal-the-first-briton-had-dark-skin
https://www.theroot.com/scientists-reveal-that-britains-oldest-known-skeleton-h-1822803724
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/07/meet-cheddar-man-first-modern-britons-had-dark-skin-and-blue-eyes/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cheddar-man-s-dna-shows-the-first-britons-were-black-20180207-p4yzm8
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/opinions/how-cheddar-man-flips-british-identity-jones/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/10/cheddar-man-changed-way-we-think-about-ancestors
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-briton-had-dark-skin-and-light-eyes-dna-analysis-shows-180968097/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6331-180207-cheddar-man-reconstruction

The DNA results on the Paracas skulls reveal no alien connections:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mystery-behind-origin-3000-year-old-alien-paracas-skulls-revealed-by-dna-testing-760997

Things we’ve learned from DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dna-revealed-ancestors.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mexican pyramid cities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeological-adventure-mexico-pyramid-cities.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Tourists with a Ganesha statue detained at Madura airport:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/foreign-nationals-carrying-vinayaka-idol-detained-at-madurai-airport/articleshow/62796418.cms

I think we mentioned this bust of a Palestinian national:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-find-antiquities-worth-nis-200000-in-palestinian-mans-home/

A smuggling ring in Nineveh broken up:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180214-antiquities-smuggling-ring-broken-up-in-iraqs-nineveh/

A bust in Kirkuk:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraq-foils-smuggling-usd13-mn-antiquities-smuggling-turkey/

Recovery of a stolen multi-million dollar cello:

http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-million-euro-cello-returned-to-french-musician-ophelie-gaillard/a-42631622
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43099365

More on the break in at the Canterbury Trust:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anger-at-canterbury-archaeology-trust-break-in-159902/

More on training dogs to sniff out illicit antiquities:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/531097/new-program-trains-dogs-sniff-out-art-smugglers

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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Germany (finally) returned a recovered Aphrodite statue to Italy:

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2018/02/14/germany-returns-stolen-statue-of-goddess-aphrodite-to-italy

A Nazi-era Picasso isn’t being returned:

http://www.dw.com/en/judge-rules-picasso-painting-sold-to-escape-nazis-can-stay-with-new-york-metropolitan/a-42494642

Tracing some Nazi-seized Klimts:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-turbulent-history-of-klimts-nazi-seized-works/a-42163775

Turkey is actively seeking some repatriation action:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkish-mps-to-probe-smuggled-artefacts-abroad/1058002
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/02/14/turkish-lawmakers-in-europe-to-retrieve-smuggled-artifacts
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NUMISMATICA
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A couple of weeks’ worth of e-Sylums:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n05.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n07.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/2687-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-february-2017-10-february-2018
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2686-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-january-2017-3-february-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Walter K Sherwin:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-walter-k-sherwin
https://retriever.umbc.edu/remembering-founding-faculty-member-walter-sherwin/

Lerone Bennett Jr.:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/obituaries/lerone-bennett-jr-historian-of-black-america-dies-at-89.html

Francis Sheppard:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/12/francis-sheppard-obituary

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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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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Explorator 20.41 ~ February 4, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering Australopithecus’ artistic abilities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/arts/design/nasher-sculpture-center-dallas-first-sculpture-review.html

More on finds in India causing questioning of ‘Out of Africa’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-stone-tools-india-earlier-human.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/india-stone-tools-africa-exit-human-early-movement-travel-earth-mystery-a8189051.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/01/very-old-very-sophisticated-tools-found-in-india-the-question-is-who-made-them/?utm_term=.c274847bf8cf
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stone-tools-from-india-fan-debate-over-origins-of-cultural-complexity/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/01/31/stone-tools-from-india/#.WncBtZOpk1I
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-02-01/mystery-surrounds-ancient-but-advanced-tools-found-in-india/9379078
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/31/582102242/discovery-in-india-suggests-an-early-global-spread-of-stone-age-technology
https://www.timesofisrael.com/stone-tools-in-india-suggest-earlier-human-exit-from-africa/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sharp-stones-found-india-signal-surprisingly-early-toolmaking-advances?tgt=nr
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/01/new-discoveries-raise-critical-questions-for-out-of-africa-hypothesis/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/india-stone-tools-human-evolution-archaeology-science/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-tools-india-raise-questions-about-spread-ancient-technology-180968020/
https://www.archaeology.org/6318-180201-india-palaeolithic-tools

Meanwhile, someone is following the purported route of the ‘Out of Africa’ migration:

http://www.dw.com/en/journalist-paul-salopek-explores-ancient-path-of-human-migration/a-42371456
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/

They’re looking at the original remains of Peking ‘Man’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-tooth-sockets-famous-skull-reconsideration.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180201092031.htm
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/02/01/Study-details-Peking-Mans-teeth/8711517502454/

What Rolf Quam is up to:

https://www.bupipedream.com/news/90930/bu-professor-aids-in-discovery-of-oldest-human-remains/

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A 4400 years bp tomb of a priestess near Giza:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/289277/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tomb-of-th-Dynasty-top-official-Hetpet-discovered-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/41894/All-you-need-to-know-about-Hetpet%E2%80%99s-Tomb
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/41799/New-tomb-discovered-to-an-Ancient-Egyptian-woman-named-Hetpet
http://www.egyptindependent.com/4400-year-old-tomb-of-top-pharaoh-official-discovered-in-egypt/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/02/03/tomb-fifth-dynasty-priestess-discovered-giza/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/world/africa/egypt-tomb-hetpet-priestess.html
https://www.livescience.com/61648-ancient-egypt-tomb-royal-female.html
https://www.livescience.com/61647-photos-royal-female-tomb-egypt.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-egypt-year-old-tomb-cairo.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42931533
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-42932591/4400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/03/egypt-discovers-4400-year-old-tomb-near-countrys-famed-pyramids/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egypt-pyramid-giza-4400-tomb-hetpet-cairo-archeology-a8192926.html
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/4400yearold-tomb-discovered-outside-cairo-36563201.html
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/4-000-year-old-tomb-discovered-outside-cario-archaeologists-say-1.5786741
https://www.timesofisrael.com/4400-year-old-tomb-discovered-outside-cairo/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/101167544/Tomb-thought-to-be-4400-years-old-discovered-in-Egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tomb-rare-painting-excavation-798983
https://www.thedailybeast.com/egypt-unveils-4400-year-old-tomb-near-cairo
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-unveils-tomb-ancient-priestess-000556483.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/egypt-tomb-woman-priestess-hetpet-archaeology/

Three burial shafts (maybe 3rd century BCE) from the Abusir necropolis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/289192/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Rockhewn-burial-shaft-uncovered-in-Egypts-Abusir-n.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/three-burial-chambers-engraved-with-hieroglyphics-discovered-in-giza/
https://www.archaeology.org/6319-180201-egypt-abusir-shafts

They’re scanning for hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb again:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/289210/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Radar-scan-underway-to-search-for-hidden-chambers-.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-egypt-radar-scans-secret-rooms.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/41736/Egyptian-Archaeologists-start-scanning-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-burial-chamber
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/king-tut-tomb-hidden-chamber-scan-egypt/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/are-experts-about-make-discovery-century-king-tuts-tomb-scanned-hidden-chambers-1658450
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/01/30/italians-seek-tutankhamen-tomb-secrets_5e96b712-e77f-4bc6-81d9-4fa8710699a6.html

An interview with Eilat Mazar:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16854-an-interview-with-israeli-archaeologist-dr-eilat-mazar

More coverage about the Turkish airstrike on the Hittite temple at Ain Dara:

https://hyperallergic.com/423867/ain-dara-temple-destroyed/
https://www.livescience.com/61569-airstrikes-syria-damage-temple.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42858265
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/29/turkish-bombing-damages-3000-year-old-temple-northern-syria/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/ancient-syrian-temple-reduced-rubble-airstrike-syrian-government/story?id=52765093
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hittite-temple-of-of-ain-dara-is-razed-by-turkish-airstrike-dq20vcxjb
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-syrian-temple-damaged-in-turkish-raids-against-kurds/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/iconic-ancient-temple-is-latest-victim-in-civil-war.aspx
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/-a-loss-as-great-as-palmyra-syrian-temple-of-ain-dara-severely-damaged-by-turkish-forces
http://www.menafn.com/1096406702/Syria-%22archaeological-sites-in-Afrin-has-to-be-protected%22
https://www.yahoo.com/news/blown-bits-famed-syria-temple-falls-victim-turkey-180208042.html
http://artdaily.com/news/102161/Blown-to-bits–famed-Syria-temple-falls-victim-to-Turkey-assault

Some evidence of ‘fake news’ about Ramses the Great (apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evidence-pharaoh-ramses-fake-news.html

Egypt is opening a Zahi Hawas Egyptology centre:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/02/03/egypt-open-zahi-hawas-egyptology-centre/

… and Saudi Arabia is honouring him as well:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/289085/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Saudi-Arabia-honours-Egyptian-Egyptologist-Zahi-Ha.aspx

Egypt is going to make some archaeological sites more accessible:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288996/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-archaeological-sites-to-be-made-more-access.aspx

Some sort of Assyrian (?) relief from Al Omer:

http://desteya-shunwaran.com/ar/stony-sculpture-found-in-al-omer-field-in-der-al-zor/

They’re digging at the Burnt City again:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/420893/Fresh-archaeological-season-starts-near-Burnt-City

More finds (I think) from Oman:

http://timesofoman.com/article/127209/Oman/Three-important-archaeological-sites-unearthed-in-Oman

Possible First Temple ‘royal estate’ remains at the newly-opened Ein Hanya archaeological park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-temple-era-relics-of-possible-royal-estate-found-in-jerusalem-hills/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-first-temple-era-ruins-featured-in-new-archaeological-park-1.5787185
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/excavations-reveal-first-temple-treasures-large-pool-system-outside-jerusalem/2018/01/31/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-biblical-site-jerusalem-byzantine-pool-rare-greek-coin-797290
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/excavations-reveal-first-temple-treasures-large-pool-system-outside-jerusalem/2018/01/31/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6317-180131-israel-greek-drachma

A family on a hike in Beit She’an National Park found a 1500 years bp Byzantine pot:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/look-what-the-rain-swept-in-families-find-1500-year-old-jug-during-hike/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241340
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Family-discovers-1500-year-old-Byzantine-era-jug-following-rain-storm-540225

More on that recently ‘deciphered’ DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/qumran-community-364-day-calendar/

More on those Roman burials found in a Palestinian garden:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/01/27/gazan-man-discovers-hidden-ancient-graves-in-garden
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-graves-rainfall-793152
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2018/01/27/Gazan-unearths-Roman-era-graves-in-vegetable-patch-.html
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On the search for Raphta:

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-02-02-00-finding-raphta-east-africas-lost-roman-era-city/

On Eric Poehler’s work on Pompeii ‘ruts’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-roman-streets-got-in-a-rut-92r5jb55l

On the UK being ‘tricked’ out of the Trojan treasure:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-was-tricked-out-of-trojan-treasure-8fwqzxh8z

Silliness of the week: claim that ancient Greeks sailed to Canada:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/did-ancient-greeks-sail-to-canada/

They were brewing beer in Bronze Age Greece apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/61590-oldest-beer-in-greece.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/29841-study-beer-in-greece-dates-back-to-bronze-age.html

What they’re learning from some tablets from Iklaina:

https://hellenicnews.com/clay-tablets-may-lead-earliest-government-ancient-greece/

On the purported origins of Feta cheese:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/29/the-ancient-greek-roots-of-feta-cheese/

A different sort of ‘Roman hoard found by detectorists’ story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-42887063
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/detectorists-stumble-treasure-trove-roman-gold-think/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5456947/detectorists-bbc-treasure-hunters-roman-gold-suffolk/

What the world owes the Greeks:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/30/what-our-world-owes-to-the-ancient-greeks-self-rule-and-a-focus-on-the-common-good/

Latest on the Phaistos Disk (stay tuned, apparently):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/03/archaeologist-cracks-mystery-of-phaistos-disk/

Underground lakes found beneath the Coelian Hill in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/underground-lakes-found-under-romes-coelian-hill.html

Enthusiasm for reintroducing Latin and Greek in Glasgow schools:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1403755/re-introduction-of-classics-would-prompt-huge-interest/

What Barbara Weiden Boyd is up to:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/01/reappraising-ovid-professor-boyd-examines-the-roman-poets-relationship-with-homeric-tradition/

Interview with Richard Thomas:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/did-dylan-really-deserve-the-nobel-prize-the-answer-my-friend-is-yes/

What Amy Jones Abbe is up to:

https://news.olemiss.edu/conservator-visiting-um-museum-examine-marble-sculpture-collection/
http://hottytoddy.com/2018/01/30/conservator-visiting-um-museum-examine-marble-sculpture-collection/

Nice feature on Mary Beard:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/30/mary-beard-the-cult-of

In case you’re wondering how that Greece-Macedonia thing is going:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/38773565/athens-wants-untranslatable-name-for-macedonia/

Latest reviews of Britannia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/02/01/britannia-episode-three-review-roman-invasion-dramastill-manages/
http://www.menafn.com/1096404988/Cool-Britannia-TV-drama-doesnt-capture-the-story-being-unearthed-of-the-Roman-invasion

A shop recreating ancient Greek sculptures:

http://www.djournal.com/news/nation-world/ap-photos-greek-workshop-recreates-ancient-masterpieces/article_2f84812e-be69-5a8a-9958-1df18cb8a9fe.html

More rumblings about BBC/Netflix’s Troy:

https://dailyreview.com.au/netflix-troy-and-the-he/70971/
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz-tv/hot-tv/678338/Hot-TV-Troy-the-fall-of-a-city-endeavour-I-m-a-Celebrity-Hold-the-Sunset-strike-back

Oddly haven’t seen many anti-Roman-numeral rants this week:

http://www.startribune.com/roman-numerals-so-prominent-this-week-have-their-place-in-the-past/471839103/

More on that amazing gemstone from Pylos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/27/amazing-ancient-greek-carving-baffles-scientists/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29720-report-amazing-ancient-greek-carving-intrigues-scientists.html

More on a Byzantine mosaic found in Syria during mine clearing:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/01/17/greek-culture-unearthed-in-war-torn-syria/
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A 6000 years bp mother-and-baby burial from the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/01/archaeologists-find-earliest-babys-grave-in-the-netherlands/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/6000-year-old-baby-teeth-found-cradled-mothers-arm-netherlands-grave-1657740

A Bronze Age cist burial near Northumberland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42816943
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6313-180130-england-stunning-skeleton

A site which is being dubbed the campsite for the ‘architects of Stonehenge’:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/02/archaeologists-architects-camp-stonehenge-larkhill
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6320-180202-england-larkhill-alignment

A mass grave found in the 1980s has been dated to the time of the Viking Great Army:

http://bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/february/radiocarbon-viking-grave-.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-radiocarbon-dating-reveals-mass-grave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uob-rdr020118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085235.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42918121
http://sciencenordic.com/english-mass-grave-contains-remains-viking-great-army
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/viking-burial-grave-site-derbyshire-england-carbon-dating-spd/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/viking-great-army-mass-graves-vicarage-garden-skeletons-repton-archaeologists-a8190926.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/02/mass-grave-viking-army-contained-slaughtered-children-help-dead/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6321-180202-great-viking-army

Studying medieval mass graves in Latvia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/01/31/archaeologists-study-medieval-mass-graves-in-latvia-for-evidence-of-plague-and-famine/#4c5ba1f8639a

An interesting medieval double-bladed knife find from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27960%2Cunique-knife-early-medieval-scribe-discovered-pasym.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6312-180130-poland-medieval-knife

A medieval chess piece from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/61552-old-chess-piece-discovered.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/800-year-old-arabian-pattern-chess-piece-discovered-southern-norway-758968
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-chess-knight-norway-islamic-arabian-archaeologists-793897
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6310-180129-norway-knight-chess

Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theatre had a really big stage:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/01/30/shakespeares-shoreditch-theatre-found-to-have-extra-large-stage/

Feature on Dresden’s Semperoper:

http://www.dw.com/en/semperoper-the-jewel-of-dresden/g-17395458

The Trumpington Cross will be going on display:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/national/15911279.Rare_Anglo_Saxon_cross_found_in_early_Christian_grave_to_go_on_display/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/01/1300-year-old-anglo-saxon-cross-presented-to-cambridge-museum
http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/01/trumpington-cross-found-1300-year-old-corpse-aristocratic-teen-go-display-7277790/

More on that pair of shipwrecks found in the Baltic:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180126/swedish-divers-find-two-new-incredible-shipwrecks-in-the-baltic-sea
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6309-180129-sweden-cog-shipwreck

More on finds from melting glaciers in Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/discoveries-1400-year-old-ice-surprise-scientists
https://www.livescience.com/61549-photos-reindeer-hunting-artifacts.html

More on that ‘Mesolithic crayon’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-lake-reveals-colourful.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-crayon-discovered-great-britain-180967976/
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Remains of a 2200 years bp ‘government music office’ from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/29/c_136933992.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6311-180129-china-music-office

An Eastern Han Dynasty tombs from Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/30/c_136936765.htm

A Tang Dynasty landscpe mural from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/04/c_136948782.htm

A possible ‘boat coffin’ from Southwest China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/04/c_136948772.htm

Evidence of a city of some sort in Lumbini ca 1300 BCE:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/civilisation-existed-lumbini-1300-bc/

Latest on the cleaning of the Taj Mahal:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/india-gives-taj-mahal-a-mud-bath-to-get-rid-of-350-years-of-grime-20180131-p4yz47.html
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New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A shell midden find from near White Rock, BC:

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/ancient-midden-found-after-semiahmoo-nation-pressed-for-archeological-assessment
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6314-180130-canada-shell-midden

I think we mentioned this 900 years bp copper arrow point find from the Yukon:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-ice-patches-copper-arrowhead-yukon-first-nations-1.4485895
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6316-180131-copper-barbed-antler

Reconstructing 14 000 years bp projectile points from Alaska:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uow-raa013118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180131144448.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-reconstructing-ancient-lethal-weapon.html

More on the evidence of the possible location for the sunken Pulaski off North Carolina:

http://www.newsweek.com/gold-silver-coins-atlantic-ocean-sunken-steamship-794265
http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20180129/divers-find-gold-coins-at-nc-shipwreck-site
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Very interesting 2400 years bp mass grave find in Mexico City:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6865-descubren-en-tlalpan-un-entierro-multiple-de-los-primeros-aldeanos-de-la-cuenca-de-mexico
https://www.livescience.com/61622-spiral-ancient-skeletons-mexico-city.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/remains-of-10-people-are-2400-years-old/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/02/mysterious-circle-of-intertwined-human-skeletons-unearthed-by-mexican-archaeologists/?utm_term=.5187350d57b1
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/archaeologists-uncover-intertwined-skeletons-dating-11945358
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/burial-pit-found-mexico-city-archaeology-pre-aztec-spd/
http://www.newsweek.com/circle-ancient-human-skeletons-arms-linked-discovered-mexico-797038
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6323-180202-mexico-tlalpan-burial

The big news this week appears to be the find, via LiDAR of extensive Maya structures in Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-experts-hidden-ancient-maya-guatemala.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-massive-mayan-society-guatemala.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-laser-technology-reveals-secrets-ancient.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/world/americas/mayan-city-discovery-laser.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42916261
https://www.livescience.com/61616-mysterious-maya-structures-discovered.html
http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/02/state-of-the-art-mega-laser-scanner-reveals-maya-megalopolis-below-tikal-guatemala/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/vast-network-hidden-maya-cities-discovered-guatemala-jungle/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/03/scientists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-hidden-under-guatemalan-jungle
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/maya-guatemala-jungle-mayan-structures-hidden-buildings-thousands-survey-scan-a8190626.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/lasers-shed-some-light-on-the-maya-snake-kingdom/
http://www.dw.com/en/maya-finds-shed-new-light-on-lost-civilization/a-42420099
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/03/mayan-civilization-was-much-vaster-than-known-thousands-of-newly-discovered-structures-reveal/?utm_term=.164cb2fe31b0
https://www.yahoo.com/news/experts-discover-hidden-ancient-maya-structures-guatemala-054537357.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/101149246/Laser-technology-shines-light-on-Mayan-megalopolis-hidden-beneath-the-jungle
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/laser-scans-reveal-maya-megalopolis-below-guatemalan-jungle.aspx
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/maya-laser-lidar-guatemala-pacunam/
http://www.newsweek.com/hidden-ancient-mayan-megalopolis-60000-structures-discovered-guatemala-using-797865
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/02/582664327/game-changer-maya-cities-unearthed-in-guatemala-forest-using-lasers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6322-180202-guatemala-maya-landscape

Feature on Xlapak:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/01/xlapak-an-agricultural-hub-for-the-ancient-maya-in-the-heart-of-the-puuc-route/

More 19th century burials of Chinese immigrants to Peru:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/chinese-mummies-peru-1.4517145?cmp=rss

A truck driver trying to avoid a toll damaged some of the Nazca lines this week:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-truck-peru-ancient-nazca-lines.html
https://hyperallergic.com/424851/truck-driver-plows-through-and-damages-perus-nazca-lines/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42884741
http://artdaily.com/news/102139/Truck-damages-Peru-s-ancient-Nazca-lines
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/38776777/truck-damages-perus-ancient-nazca-lines/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/driver-ploughs-into-historic-nazca-lines-while-trying-dodge-highway-toll-1657690
http://www.newsweek.com/truck-runs-over-ancient-peruvian-site-795722
http://www.dw.com/en/truck-drives-over-peru-nazca-lines-damaging-unesco-world-heritage-site/a-42377031
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/01/americas/nazca-lines-peru-truck-driver/index.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/31/582269403/truck-driver-plows-over-perus-2-000-year-old-nazca-lines-leaving-deep-scars
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/truck-driver-leaves-tire-tracks-ancient-nasca-lines-180968026/

More on turkeys in Mexico:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/01/31/581701821/ancient-turkey-bones-in-mexico-reveal-a-strange-relationship-with-humans
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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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There were apparently massive fires on earth some 12 800 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180201173251.htm

Latest on humans and megafauna extinction:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180130091320.htm

Interesting study of dice in various periods:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoc–inh013018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180130140246.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoc–inh013018.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/2-000-years-of-dice-design-evolved-fairness-probability

On The Tremulous Hand:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/31/tremulous-hand-stars-in-british-librarys-web-showcase-of-medieval-literature

Munch photography:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2018/01/19/beyond-the-scream-painter-edvard-munch-experiments-with-photography/

On the cultivation of weeds (plural) by various ancient societies:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-societies-deliberately-cultivated-weeds

Taking down a Waterhouse painting caused a bit of a backlash at the Manchester Art Gallery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42917974
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42904024
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/02/banning-artworks-such-as-hylas-and-the-nymphs-is-a-long-slippery-slope
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/02/nymphs-manchester-art-gallery-perspective-censorship

Latest on the Voynich Manuscript:

https://gizmodo.com/artificial-intelligence-may-have-cracked-freaky-600-yea-1822519232
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-takes-crack-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180967983/

… while King Ferdinand’s secret code has been broken, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42931940

On salt and pepper:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/02/582477785/how-did-salt-and-pepper-become-the-soulmates-of-western-cuisine

Checking out the Sistine Chapel:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/02/sistine-chapel-art-gallagher-pkg-cnni.cnn

A portrait of Millicent Fawcett is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/02/millicent-fawcett-portrait-tate-britain-suffrage-centenary

Posters from the Suffragette era:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42875095

Suggestion that journalists fabricated Jack the Ripper letters:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-ripper-letters-fabricated-journalists-180968004/

Feature on a newly-digitized 16th century ‘planisphere’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-continents-islands-and-unicorns-largest-known-early-map-180967871/

On the smallpox vaccine:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/02/01/582370199/whats-the-real-story-about-the-milkmaid-and-the-smallpox-vaccine

Feature on The Orphan’s Story:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/02/novel-lost-for-400-years-sheds-light-on-spains-imperial-heights

On the origins of macaroni and cheese:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180130-macaroni-cheeses-mysterious-origins

Studying alchemy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/30/this-chemist-is-unlocking-the-secrets-of-alchemy/?utm_term=.7fe7e954fd49

More on the impending Bayeux Tapestry loan:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/14508

Some Valentine’s Day stuff:

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2018/02/what_is_valentines_day.html

… and Groundhog Day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/02/the-truth-about-groundhog-day-punxsutawney-phil-is-131-year-old-fake-news/

Review of several books on Charlotte Bronte:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/charlotte-bronte-jane-eyre-hughes/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Charles I:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/charles-i-king-and-collector-royal-academy-of-arts/index.html
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/charles-i-king-and-collector

Michelangelo:

http://www.silive.com/gracelyn/2018/02/michelangelo_divine_draftsman_designer_is_a_must-see_at_the_met.html

Thomas Cole:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/did-americas-great-landscape-painter-fear-progress-and-hate-democracy/2018/01/31/6d8340c8-05e9-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on the facial reconstruction of Avgi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-reconstruct-face-mesolithic-era-teenager-180967969/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the origins of Scandinavians according to genomic research:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/mpif-nep012918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-northern-european-population-history-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180130090844.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iraqi Kurdistan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/travel/visiting-iraqi-kurdistan.html?em_pos=large&ref=headline&te=1&nl=travel-dispatch&emc=edit_tl_20180203

Campeche pyramids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/travel/campeche-mexico-pyramids.html

Santorini:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180128-santorini-an-archetypal-greek-island-fantasy
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CRIME BEAT
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Major break in at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-42924351
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/01/thieves-steal-hundreds-of-artefacts-from-canterbury-archaeological-trust
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/02/canterbury-artefacts-may-have-been-stolen-by-metal-thieves
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/02/whirlwind-thievery-canterbury-archaeological-trust-devastating/

A man was arrested in Israel for looting Byzantine era coins:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/negev-antiquities-robber-nabbed-with-trove-of-150-byzantine-era-coins/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Man-arrested-for-looting-150-Byzantine-era-coins-from-archeological-sites-540133
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/409759

Lebanon caught a pair of guys smuggling antiquities from Syria:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/04/c_136947076.htm

A politically-connected (?) bust in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-police-bust-pyd-linked-archeological-artifacts-smuggling-ring-in-istanbul-126367

A busy of Saint Victor was stolen from a French church:

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/le-buste-de-sainte-victoire-volee-dans-l-eglise-de-simiane-la-rotonde-1517504897

Feature on Matthew Bogdanos:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-marine-turned-prosecutor-busting-antiquities-thieves

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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Plenty of coverage of the repatriation of a number of items to Lebanon from the US:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-lebanon-stolen-ancient-artifacts.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/lebanon-stolen-ancient-statues-returned-1.4518272?cmp=rss
http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/lebanon/ancient-statues-return-to-lebanon-1.2167604
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-antiquities/ancient-statues-return-to-lebanon-as-war-on-smuggling-intensifies-idUSKBN1FM220
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2018/Feb-02/436611-stolen-antiquities-repatriated-to-lebanon.ashx

A stolen denarius was returned to Portugal:

https://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2018/02/03/stolen-silver-denarius-coin-returned-to-portugal/

More on the return of that Hecatomnus crown to Turkey:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/31/c_136939888.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6308-180129-turkey-gold-crown

The Speed Art Museum is returning a krater to Italy:

http://artdaily.com/news/102158/The-Speed-Art-Museum-and-Italian-Ministry-reach-loan-agreement-on-ancient-calyx-krater
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NUMISMATICA
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On collecting ancient counterfeits:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/01/when-ancient-counterfeit-coins-are-collectible.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n05.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/2683-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-january-2017-27-january-2018
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CONFERENCES
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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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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 20.40 ~ January 28, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, David Critchley, Peter Archdale,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of coverage of a find of a jawbone in Israel which is
potentially pushing the ‘Out of Africa’ theory back by 50 000
years or so:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-biology–evolution?&storyid4700=2374&ncs4700=3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/bu-sdo011918.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/afot-roe012518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-scientists-oldest-modern-human-fossil.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180125140923.htm
https://www.livescience.com/61532-oldest-human-fossils-outside-africa.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jawbone-fossil-found-in-israeli-cave-resets-clock-for-modern-human-evolution/
http://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-discover-earliest-modern-human-fossils-outside-Africa-539864
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-find-oldest-human-remains-out-of-africa-ever-1.5764061
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/remains-of-earliest-modern-human-outside-of-africa-unearthed-in-israel/2018/01/25/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/science/jawbone-fossil-israel.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/25/scientists-discover-the-oldest-human-fossils-outside-africa/?utm_term=.780cc48e01bf&wpisrc=al_science__alert-hse&wpmk=1
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-when-humans-left-africa-20180125-story.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/25/580811109/new-fossil-found-in-israel-suggests-a-much-earlier-human-migration-out-of-africa
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-01/new-fossil-found-israel-suggests-much-earlier-human-migration-out-africa
http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-fossil-shows-humans-left-africa-thousands-of-years-earlier-than-thought/a-42311845
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/25/oldest-known-human-fossil-outside-africa-discovered-in-israel
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-fossil-world-outside-africa-israel-tel-aviv-a8177711.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42817323
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/adult-human-jaw-teeth-fossil-found-outside-of-africa/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/100911453/Oldest-human-fossils-discovered-outside-Africa-rewrite-history-books-again
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-humans-remains-outside-africa-just-discovered-israel-180967952/
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6374/456
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01261-5
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/controversial-fossil-hints-homo-sapiens-blazed-a-trail-out-of-africa-earlier-than-thought/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/01/25/oldest-human-fossils-outside-africa/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-this-200000-year-old-jaw-bone-change-everything
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6307-180126-israel-modern-humans

… and the Asian theory gets a little attention:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6368/eaai9067

The development of modern brain organization is a relatively recent thing:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180125105444.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6302-180125-modern-human-brains
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AFRICA
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A very long piece which brings together (and disputes most) theories of contact
of African cultures with the rest of the world in the early days:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/829961/west-africa-the-atlantic-in-antiquity-why-they-couldnt-.html

More on those Sub-Saharan glass beads:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6296-180123-nigeria-glass-making

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A project to document inscriptions at Egyptian archaeological sites:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/22/project-document-rare-inscriptions-archaeological-sites/

Feature on Nefertari:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40805/Ancient-Egyptian-Queens-Nefertari-King-Ramses-II-s-Wife

Feature on Ay:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40748/Top-Facts-about-King-Ay

Joyce Tyldesley on Nefertiti:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-nefertiti-pharaoh-renowned-egyptologist.html

More hype for the exploration of the Valley of the Monkeys:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/21/zahi-hawas-heads-archaeological-mission-tomb-tutankhamuns-family/

Latest finds from Adam (Oman):

http://menafn.com/1096378075/Oman–Largest-haul-of-weapons-unearthed-from-archaeological-site-in-Adam
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/24/01/2018/New-archaeological-discoveries-in-Oman

… and Al Mudhaibi (is this the same as the above?):

http://timesofoman.com/article/126871/Oman/Heritage/More-than-4000-year-old-archaeological-site-discovered-in-Al-Mudhaibi

Oman also wants to crack down on the antiquities trade:

http://menafn.com/1096374831/Oman–MHC-to-tackle-trafficking-in-cultural-goods-this-year

I think we mentioned the ‘decipherment’ of one of the last two
encrypted Dead Sea Scrolls (it’s mostly about calendar disputes):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-dead-sea-scroll-deciphered-revealing-2nd-temple-power-struggles/
https://www.livescience.com/61510-dead-sea-scroll-decoded.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42773878
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/26/dead-sea-scroll-deciphered-to-reveal-ancient-calendar
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4500030/researchers-crack-one-of-the-last-coded-shreds-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-1.4500037
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-archaeology-israel-text-fragments-author-decode-a8173221.html
http://www.newsweek.com/dead-sea-scrolls-one-last-two-encrypted-ancient-writings-deciphered-israel-786609
http://www.ibtimes.com/scientists-decode-dead-sea-scroll-mystery-revealing-secret-ancient-jewish-calendar-2643775
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mysterious-dead-sea-scroll-finally-decoded-archaeologists-105154501.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-decipher-one-last-un-decoded-dead-sea-scrolls-180967917/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6294-180123-israel-translated-scroll

Speculation that there might be more Dead Sea Scrolls:

https://www.livescience.com/61496-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-found.html

Honours for Elisha Qimron:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scrolls-language-researcher-named-as-winner-of-israel-prize/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-prize-awarded-to-dead-sea-scroll-expert/2018/01/25/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/40942

Feature on crafts at Tel Hazor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/israelites-iron-age-crafts-tel-hazor/

This one is still developing as Explorator goes ‘to press’, but yesterday the Turkish
airforce apparently severely damaged the Hittite site at Afrin:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=125617

… some background:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42788179
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Heavy rains revealed Roman (it seems) burials in a Gazan garden:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/heavy-rain-unearths-ancient-graves-in-backyard-in-gaza/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/01/27/gazan-man-discovers-hidden-ancient-graves-in-garden
http://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/Heavy-rain-unearths-ancient-graves-in-backyard-in-12528108.php
http://www.tribtown.com/2018/01/26/ml-gaza-ancient-tomb/

Irrigation digging revealed a Roman/Byzantine burial in Mersin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/01/25/ancient-tomb-discovered-during-irrigation-works-in-southern-turkey

A Roman mosaic from downtown Leicester:

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/22/fascinating-mosaic-discovered-city-centre-team-found-richard-iiis-body-7248979/

… and a Byzantine mosaic beneath a mosque in Turkey:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/11/26/priceless-byzantine-mosaic-found-under-mosque-in-turkey

Studying some Roman cremations originally dug up in the 19th century:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/26/cremation-urns-dusty-bones-tell-tale-death-roman-london-museum

… and skulls from victims of Vesuvius:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/01/22/archaeologists-reveal-3d-skulls-of-ancient-romans-killed-by-eruption-of-vesuvius/#69e32f554644

More coverage of the finds from Dhaskalio:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-excavations-remote-greek-islet-early.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/greek-archaeologists-hail-findings-on-aegean-sea-keros-island-p43254-69.htm
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/excavations-show-remote-greek-islet-early-industrial-hub-52583171
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metalworking-shops-and-drainage-pipes-found-ancient-greek-pyramid-180967898/

Michael Scott on the relevance of Classics:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/expert-michael-scott-explains-why-greek-classics-are-still-relevant/article22519747.ece

Feature on the joys of Latin:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/stephanie-smith-latin-lovers-what-we-can-still-learn-from-the-language-of-rome-1-8975584

… and learning it down at the pub:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15894875.Learning_Latin_down_the_pub/

On hunchbacks in Greek and Roman art:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2018/01/26/the-depiction-of-the-hunchback-in-greek-and-roman-art/#3a1f32d655cb

On the ‘endowment’ of Greek male statuary:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29606-report-why-ancient-greek-male-statues-are-not-very-well-endowed.html
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-ancient-greek-sculptures-small-penises

In Our Time this week looked at Cicero’s political philosophy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09nrsfg

Pondering (again) the authorship of the Odyssey:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/could-the-odyssey-have-been-the-work-of-a-woman-after-all/

A different sort of honour for Mary Beard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42816995

… and she was interviewed on the CBC:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-january-28-2018-1.4505238/to-be-a-man-is-to-speak-in-public-a-classicist-explores-the-origins-of-misogyny-1.4505257

Once again, Trump was compared to Caligula:

https://www.aspentimes.com/opinion/paul-andersen-caligula-in-the-white-house/

… then again, so was Justin Trudeau:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1540404-jim-meek-emperor-justinian-issues-absurd-pro-choice-pledge-of-allegiance

Feature on the Roman invasion of Britain:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2018/01/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-roman-invasion-of-britain

Assorted looks at the ‘accuracy’ of the Britannia series:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-accurate-is-britannia-we-sort-fact-from-fiction-2vncqvtj8
https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/britannia-review-roman-historian/
https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/tv/britannia-everything-you-need-know-14192846

… and recaps/general reviews:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/25/britannia-recap-series-one-episode-two
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/26/britannia-a-frothy-stand-in-for-better-tv-epics/
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2018/01/27/while-you-wait-for-game-of-thrones-check-out-amazons-britannia

More on that potsherd from ‘Bethsaida’ purportedly showing the birth of Athena:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/imaging-technology-reveals-birth-of-athena-on-2300-year-old-shard-from-galilee/
https://rogueclassicism.com/2018/01/18/parthenon-pediment-image-from-bethsaida-yeah-about-that/
https://rogueclassicism.com/2018/01/23/purported-parthenon-pediment-image-from-bethsaida-followup/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage of the find of a 10 000 years bp ochre ‘crayon’ in Scarborough:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-lake-reveals-colourful.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoy-alr012618.php
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-42831463
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-crayon-star-carr-stone-age-color-animal-skins-792517
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/10000-year-old-prehistoric-crayon-used-by-our-artistic-ancestors-discovered-stone-age-lake-1656909
https://hyperallergic.com/423645/newly-discovered-mesolithic-crayon-is-among-worlds-oldest/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6305-180126-mesolithic-ochre-crayon

Even more coverage of things they’re finding as Norwegian glaciers melt:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/frozen-in-time-glacial-archaeology-on-the-roof-of-norway
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoc-fit011818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180123235125.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/5745040e-88ed-317a-8153-af4619b142c8/ss_climate-change-reveals.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/glacier-archaeology-norway-oppland-mountains-climate-change-melting-ice-spd/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/01/climate-change-melting-pre-viking-artifacts-out-of-norways-glaciers/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-rescue-thousands-rare-iron-and-bronze-age-artifacts-climate-788771
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-artifacts-pulled-edge-norways-melting-glaciers-180967949/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6297-180124-norway-glacial-archaeology

A guy out walking his dog found an Iron Age woman’s skull on the bank of the River Sowy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-42772143
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/22/iron-age-skull-found-somerset-could-linked-ancient-head-cult/
http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/somerset_news/15888738.Woman_s_skull_found_by_dog_walker_had_been_on_river_bank_for_years/
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/uk_national_news/15888938.Dog_walker_finds_human_skull_dating_back_to_Iron_Age/?ref=rss
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/skull-beheaded-iron-age-woman-discovered-by-dogwalker-1656198
http://www.newsweek.com/decapitated-iron-age-skull-found-dog-walker-likely-evidence-ancient-ritual-787468
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6291-180122-england-river-skull

Pondering some Bronze Age bones found a few months ago in Northumberland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42816943

A Bronze Age hoard from Furness has been declared treasure:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15899362.Bronze_Age_hoard_found_in_Furness_is_treasure__rules_coroner/

A couple of shipwrecks (one 14th century?) in the Baltic:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180126/swedish-divers-find-two-new-incredible-shipwrecks-in-the-baltic-sea

Feature on the trepanned finds from the Biniadris cave:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/19/inenglish/1516366953_437630.html

… and petroglyphs in the Atxurra cave system:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/atxurra-cave-art-spain/

Another voice heard from potential Bayeux Tapestry hosts:

https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/bayeux-tapestry-should-go-to-pevensey-where-it-all-began-says-petition-1-8348981

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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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A 4500 years bp midden from Honshu:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/22/national/rare-prehistoric-shell-mound-aichi-japan-suggests-possible-mid-jomon-shell-trade/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6292-180122-japan-clam-midden

Archaeology reveals that Yan’an city in Shaanxi is 2300 years older than previously thought:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136927402.htm

Shang Dynasty bronze casting relics from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136926398.htm

Liao Dynasty burials from Liaoning:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/24/c_136920522.htm

They’ll be resuming digging at Keezhadi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/fourth-phase-of-keezhadi-excavation-likely-in-2-months/articleshow/62657163.cms

Confirmation that a tomb at the Marquis of Haihun site belongs to the Marquis’ son:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136927312.htm

The site of the Great Shangqing Palace has been located:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/great-shangqing-palace-taoist-temple-excavated-china-spd/
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/excavation-unearths-ruins-of-chinas-largest-taoist-temple/1235251

Remote sensing finds a 2100 years bp city on the Silk Route:

https://www.inquisitr.com/4750277/archeologists-find-2100-year-old-city-on-the-silk-road-using-remote-sensing-technique/

What archaeology is revealing about Xiongan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/25/c_136923628.htm
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/wn/newsworld.php?id=1430592

Remains of an 18th century fort in Pondy:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/puducherry/remains-of-18th-century-fort-excavated-in-pondy/articleshow/62656888.cms

More on that Scythian burial in Siberia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/princes-sprawling-tomb-siberian-valley-kings-180967889/

… and that ‘mouth harp’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-1700-year-old-mouth-harp-180967832/
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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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The wreck of the Clotilda, the ‘last US slave ship’ may have been located:

https://www.livescience.com/61524-slave-shipwreck-found.html
https://www.livescience.com/61519-photos-slave-ship-wreck.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/jan/23/report-gulf-coast-wreck-could-be-last-u-s-slave-ship/
http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2018/01/alcom_reporter_may_have_found.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/01/24/the-last-u-s-slave-ship-was-burned-to-hide-its-horrors-a-storm-may-have-unearthed-it/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/01/24/last-american-slave-ship-may-have-been-discovered.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/24/last-slave-ship-reach-us-believed-have-found-muddy-alabama-river/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/slave-shipwreck-alabama-clotilda-last-boat-bring-slaves-us-trade-clotilde-ben-raines-captain-william-a8174931.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/gulf-coast-wreck-could-be-last-u-s-slave-ship-n840391
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/clotilda-the-last-slave-ship-to-us-newly-discovered-wreck/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/report-gulf-coast-wreck-could-last-us-slave-170114383.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/25/580052897/reporter-may-have-discovered-clotilda-the-last-american-slave-ship
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/clotilda-slave-shipwreck-discovery-alabama-delta-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-american-slave-ship-may-have-been-found-outside-mobile-180967921/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6295-180123-alabama-slave-ship

… and pondering ownership thereof:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/as_the_muddy_clotilda_appears.html

Gold coins might be the latest evidence pointing to a 19th century shipwreck off
North Carolina:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article196911119.html
http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20180127/divers-find-stash-of-rare-gold-coins-at-site-of-1800s-shipwreck-off-nc-coast

An African American burial ground in West Philadelphia:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/oldest-african-american-graveyard-in-west-philadelphia-lies-beneath-proposed-apartments-20180125.html

On Thomas Jefferson’s daughter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/25/how-did-we-lose-a-presidents-daughter/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/grappling-with-jeffersons-legacy-a-playwright-doesnt-like-nice-people/2018/01/24/0ff4c12e-0081-11e8-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html?utm_term=.4a871c0ebbff
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Some Inca farm terraces at Cusco have been restored:

http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-inca-farming-terraces-enclosures-unveiled-in-cusco-697036.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6300-180124-peru-inca-farming

Teotihuacan may have originally been called Teohuacan:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexicos-teotihuacan-ruins-teohuacan-52563594
http://www.tampabay.com/mexicos-teotihuacan-ruins-may-have-been-teohuacan-ap_worldefd279f8778942bb9f458501390e6468
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11981096&ref=rss
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6298-180124-mexico-teotihuacan-aztecs

Kuluba in the Yucatan has been restored:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/01/kuluba-not-very-well-known-but-majestic-archaeological-site-recently-restored/

What baby teeth from the Atacama desert reveal:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/01/26/ancient-baby-teeth-tell-archaeologists-that-life-in-this-south-american-desert-was-stressful/#46f48158770b

More on turkeys in Mexico:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6293-180122-mesoamerica-domesticated-turkeys
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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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Applying social network theory to a medieval Irish text:

https://www.livescience.com/61507-vikings-irish-medieval-text.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6304-180125-ireland-viking-battle

A Titian with an interesting back story is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/22/titian-painting-king-charles-i-plumber-sale-auction

On the ‘invention’ of the Catalan-Aragonese crown:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/19/hechos/1516373395_163672.html

Really a museum exhibition, but all about the ‘ideal female body shape’ in various times:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180122-what-is-the-ideal-female-body-shape

Interesting feature on ‘universally identifiable songs’:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/25/579739685/listen-and-guess-can-you-tell-a-lullaby-from-a-dance-song

Feature on the 1928 flu epidemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/01/27/the-flu-can-kill-tens-of-millions-of-people-in-1918-thats-exactly-what-it-did/

A statue of Captain Cook was vandalized ahead of Australia Day:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42813211

Feature on the Australian accent:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evolution-australian-accent.html

Latest Voynich Manuscript claim:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/canada/computer-scientist-claims-clues-to-deciphering-mysterious-voynich-manuscript/wcm/523a84ef-76bf-4d14-b2ad-eb4ca82827be

Interesting recording from Ernest Shackleton:

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/haunting-words-from-one-of-the-most-daring-antarctic-adventures-of-all-time?utm_rd=17490501215

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Gods in Color:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180119-when-the-parthenon-had-dazzling-colours
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ancient-Greeks-painted-their-gods-in-vibrant-colours
http://buntegoetter.liebieghaus.de/en

Charles I art collection:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42827759
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42830544

Viennese Art Nouveau:

http://www.dw.com/en/vienna-marks-100-years-since-artistic-heyday/a-42221048

Carthage and the Etruscans:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/tunisia/2018/01/22/exhibition-highlights-links-between-carthage-and-etruria_866fc16b-abe6-4ece-9c3e-22fbc3702e3a.html

Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/01/24/naples-museum-takes-pompeii-to-china_7525be9d-a73c-4c15-b2c9-bee82587d43d.html

The Egyptian Antiquities Minister was inspecting the new GEM:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288684/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-minister-conducts-inspection-to.aspx

… and there was much coverage of the move of a Ramses II statue to the new site:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/288769/Heritage/Colossal-Ramses-II-statue-arrives-at-new-display-a.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/41051/Ramses-II-statue-reaches-final-destination-Grand-Egyptian-Museum
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/colossus-of-ancient-egyptian-king-ramses-moved-to-new-home-carefully-idUSKBN1FE1WJ
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-egypt-colossus-ramses-ii-museum.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-42824948/king-ramses-ii-statue-moved-to-grand-egyptian-museum
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/colossus-ramses-statue-move-cairo-egypt-museum/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6301-180125-egypt-ramses-colossus

… and they’re seeking donations to finish off the museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/01/egypt-donations-grand-egyptian-museum-construction.html

There’s a new museum of ancient technology in Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/225170/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/ancient-greek-technology–athens–year-round
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/23/museum-with-ancient-greek-high-tech-inventions-opens-in-athens/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/A-museum-of-ancient-technology-opens-in-Athens
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On non-invasively reading papyri in mummy masks:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-one-step-closer-non-invasively-reading-ancient-papyri-hidden-in-mummy-masks-180967863/

More on the facial reconstruction of Avgi:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-teenage-girl-years-reconstructed.html
https://www.livescience.com/61511-ancient-teen-face-reconstructed.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42802291
http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-reconstruct-face-ancient-greek-teenager-and-she-looks-just-788789
http://www2.latercera.com/noticia/rostro-una-adolescente-9-mil-anos/
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-dawn/scientists-reconstruct-face-of-9000-year-old-greek-teenager-idUKKBN1FC1XK
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Face-of-9000-year-old-skull-found-in-central-Greece-reconstructed
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29588-neolithic-girl%E2%80%99s-reconstructed-face-unveiled-at-acropolis-museum-in-greece.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/face-of-9000-year-old-teenager-reconstructed.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6306-18012-greece-avgi-sculpture

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing has identified an 18th century syphilitic mummy as an ancestor of Boris Johnson
(that’s how the press is spinning it):

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/25/remains-in-europe-mummified-woman-in-basel-is-boris-johnsons-ancestor
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/offbeat/18th-century-swiss-mummy-proves-an-ancestor-of-boris-johnson-1.3368492
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/swiss-mummy-identified-as-ancestor-of-boris-johnson/2018/01/25/1f4d1802-01cf-11e8-86b9-8908743c79dd_story.html?utm_term=.57bf50470324
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/swiss-mummy-identified-as-ancestor-of-boris-johnson-1.3774974
http://www.theweek.co.uk/91211/swiss-church-mummy-is-boris-johnson-s-ancestor
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42805485
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/25/580670694/this-mummified-woman-now-has-a-name-and-a-famous-relative-boris-johnson
http://www.dw.com/en/syphilis-ridden-swiss-mummy-identified-as-boris-johnsons-ancestor/g-42316743

Unexpected genetic connections between Europeans and Asians:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180125135609.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-human-genomes-reveal-complicated-183200123.html

Irish people share more DNA with the British and Vikings than previously believed:

http://irishpost.co.uk/new-genetic-map-reveals-irish-people-share-far-dna-british-vikings-previously-believed/

More on the two-mummy-brothers-with-different-fathers (I might have missed this one, actually):

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-dna-results-year-old-egyptian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uom-adr011518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116222507.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-solves-mystery-how-these-mummies-were-related?tgt=nr
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/17/egyptian-scandal-meet-mummies-different-daddies/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/dna-results-prove-famous-mummy-brothers-different-paternal-lines/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6279-180116-egypt-two-brothers

More on that Native American DNA/peopling of North America story:

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/what-new-native-american-dna-discovery-means-for-you.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Aigai/Vergina:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29625-ancient-aigai-near-vergina-macedonia%E2%80%99s-must-see-archaeological-site.html

Tunisia:

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/tunisia-roman-ruins-carthage-what-to-see-a3746396.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/africa/tunisia-holidays-roman-ruins-sites-unesco-beach-alternative-why-visit-safe-a8171776.html

Petra:

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/petra-will-be-a-mind-blowing-experience/Content?oid=6626201

Fortresses and Castles in Europe:

http://www.dw.com/en/fortresses-and-castles-in-europe/g-36030886
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CRIME BEAT
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A pile of Etruscan (and other) items were seized from a deceased Italian dealer’s home:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/01/23/200-roman-etruscan-vases-seized_c55a23ae-3862-47f6-bd91-13819e7c5c85.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/01/culture-crime-news-7-21-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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Latest Nazi loot return (a 16th century book):

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Rare-1546-book-looted-by-Nazis-returned-to-family-in-Israel-539629
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NUMISMATICA
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Some Ganga period coins with ruler inscriptions are causing excitement:

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/gold-coins-from-7th-century-deciphered/articleshow/62610470.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n03.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n04.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/2682-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-january-2017-20-january-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ayala Dvoretzky:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/01/22/hebrew-lecturer-dies-at-72/

George Lindbeck:

https://divinity.yale.edu/news/george-lindbeck-1923-2018

Hans Krummrey:

https://thepetrifiedmuse.blog/2018/01/22/in-memoriam-dr-hans-krummrey-1930-2018/

Phillippa (Forder) Goold:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-m-philippa-forder-goold

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CONFERENCES
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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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The Book and the Spade:

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Challenging the dating of the arrival of humans in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-refutes-theory-dispersal-humans-europe.html

The Montmaurin-Laniche Neanderthal mandible is rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-montmaurin-la-niche-mandible-reveals-complexity.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116151452.htm
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AFRICA
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Evidence of pre-European arrival glassmaking in West Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/ru-rff011818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evidence-sub-saharan-africa-glassmaking.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/africans-made-their-own-glass-didnt-need-europeans-archaeologists-say-2643290

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Rameses II stele from

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6282-180117-egypt-ramses-ii-stele

Zahi Hawass announced plans for digs in the Valley of the Monkey:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40627/New-excavation-works-led-by-Zahi-Hawas-take-place-in
http://www.egyptindependent.com/hawass-mission-kicks-off-uncover-pharaonic-tomb-luxor/

… among which appears to be the search for the tomb of Tut’s
wife Ankhsenamun, which was getting much hype:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288380/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Searching-for-the-tomb-of-Tutankhamuns-wife-Ankhes.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/61441-search-for-king-tut-wife.html
http://www.newsweek.com/egyptian-archaeologists-begin-search-tutankhamuns-wife-valley-kings-784472
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/might-found-resting-place-tutankhamuns-missing-wife-144739324.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/01/18/archaeologists-discover-tomb-that-may-belong-to-king-tuts-wife
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-now-searching-tomb-king-tutankhamuns-wife-ankhesenamun-1655540
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-could-close-tomb-king-tuts-wife-180967858/

1st/2nd century tombs from Al Alamein:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/288299/Heritage/Islamic/st-century-tomb-discovered-in-northern-Egypts-AlAl.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40362/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-tomb-in-Alamein
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6286-180118-egypt-al-alamein-tombs

Feature on Hetepheres I:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40167/Hetepheres-I-King-Sneferu%E2%80%99s-wife-and-King-Khufu%E2%80%99s-mother

Feature on Neithhotep:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40455/Ancient-Egyptian-Queen-Neithhotep-Narmer%E2%80%99s-wife

Feature on Narmer/Menes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40388/Top-facts-about-man-who-unified-Egypt

It was Archaeologist’s Day in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40348/Ministry-of-Antiquities-celebrates-Archeologists%E2%80%99-Day

Feature on Egyptian music:

http://asorblog.org/2018/01/16/earliest-music-ancient-egypt/

Plans for Kom El Shoqafa:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/288258/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Egypt-to-develop-Alexandrias-Kom-ElShoqafa-archaeo.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/01/15/ministry-antiquities-restore-kom-el-shoqafa-archaeological-area/

Plans to open the Giza Plateau earlier to get more tourists in:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/288194/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Giza-Plateau-to-open-earlier-to-accommodate-more-t.aspx

We’ve mentioned this ‘climate change and the pharaohs’ thing before:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4627-climate-change-and-the-pharaohs

Researcher have ‘deciphered’ one of the last two ‘undeciphered’ Qumran scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/University-of-Haifa-researchers-decipher-mysterious-Dead-Sea-Scroll-539357
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-researchers-decipher-one-of-last-undecoded-dead-sea-scrolls-1.5748695
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-of-last-two-qumran-scrolls-reconstructed-deciphered-throwing-light-on-alternative-jewish-calendar/2018/01/21/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/409040

Questionable claim of some Apulian ware depicting a scene from the Parthenon found at one of sites claimed to be Bethsaida:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-pottery-with-parthenon-scene-found-in-biblical-village-1.5731050
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-ancient-vase-greek-gods-biblical-kingdom-jesus-miracles-783838

cf: https://rogueclassicism.com/2018/01/18/parthenon-pediment-image-from-bethsaida-yeah-about-that/

Rethinking the dating of some sites in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-drop-bible-pick-up-science-to-solve-jerusalem-puzzles-1.5746304

I think we’ve mentioned these Umm al Nar era sites in Oman:

http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Five-archaeological-sites-tracing-back-to-2500-2000-BC-unearthed-in-Saham-oldest-finds-in-northern-Oman-569j

Feature on the location of Sodom:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/where-is-sodom/

Feature on Isfahan as crossroads:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/420447/Isfahan-a-crossroads-for-ancient-civilizations-traders-survey

Hasankeyf will soon be flooded:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-town-of-hasankeyf-one-step-closer-to-destruction-after-top-courts-decision-125872

What James Roberts is up to:

http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/5173018/meet-the-24-year-old-who-spent-months-studying-bones-in-the-arabian-desert/

PETA has issues at Petra:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42692743
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Very interesting Cycladic Bronze Age finds from Dhaskalio:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-unusually-sophisticated-prehistoric-monuments-technology.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/complex-engineering-and-metal-work-discovered-beneath-ancient-greek-pyramid
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29502-cambridge-university-archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-on-greek-island-of-keros.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/225004/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-university-archaeologists-making-exciting-discoveries-on-keros
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/archaeologists-uncover-advanced-greek-plumbing-metalwork-keros-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6283-180118-greece-dhaskalio-island

Evidence of Bronze Age beer brewing from Archontiko:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/19/thirsty-greeks-brewed-beer-in-bronze-age/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6287-180119-greece-beer-brewing

Selinunte was being hailed as having a ‘mini Pompeii’ beneath it …

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/01/17/mini-pompeii-may-be-hiding-under-modern-day-selinunte_227aaf1e-a686-4fd9-8ac6-dec09a396e0e.html

… and also as being the site of the oldest evidence of the Hekate cult:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/01/16/oldest-ever-trace-of-hekate-cult-found-2_fadc3aa0-c134-4ccd-815f-16eb1895f54d.html

Byzantine mosaics found during mine-searching activities in Syria:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/01/17/greek-culture-unearthed-in-war-torn-syria/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29501-ancient-greek-mosaic-floor-found-unearthed-in-war-torn-syrian-city-of-hama.html

Feature on the Iklaina dig:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29430-pylos-excavations-make-greek-archaeologists-revised-beliefs-on-mycenaean-era.html

In case you haven’t heard about this ‘Britannia’ series:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42698138
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/18/britannia-recap-series-one-episode-one
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/18/britannia-review-jez-butterworths-epic-fantasy-rules-the-airwaves
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/18/britannia-episode-one-review-may-new-drama-game-thrones-fans/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/britannia-episode-three-recap-like-life-brian-added-eye-gouging/
http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/watch-the-first-trailer-for-amazons-britannia
https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/britannia-review-sky/
https://www.scotsman.com/news/britannia-set-to-become-the-next-game-of-thrones-1-4662245
http://theconversation.com/britannia-druids-and-the-surprisingly-modern-origins-of-myths-89979

Plans to reconstruct the stoa of Philip V on Delos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29551-groundwork-for-reconstruction-of-philip-v-stoa-on-greek-island-of-delos-is-complete.html

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/225034/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-classicist-confronts-sexist-online-abuse

What Patrick Hunt is up to:

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ancient-general-can-teach-modern-leadership/

What Jordan Rogers is up to:

https://www.penn.museum/blog/world/the-mediterranean/whats-the-deal-with-roman-walls-anyway-autopsy-and-analysis-of-romes-topography-jordan-rogers/

Fighting to keep a garbage dump from opening near Hadrian’s Villa:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/italian-prince-appeared-bond-leads-fight-against-rubbish-dump/

As suspected, the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles dispute is heating up in the wake of that Rodin
exhibition:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/the-parthenon-marbles-are-back-in-the-news/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29474-british-museum-rodin-proves-why-parthenon-marbles-should-stay-in-uk.html

A grant ensure that some Roman finds will stay at a North Hertfordshire Museum:

http://www.thecomet.net/news/roman-treasures-set-for-north-herts-museum-thanks-to-grant-funding-1-5356938
http://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/roman-treasures-set-for-north-herts-museum-thanks-to-grant-funding-1-5356938

Questioning some ancient Roman punishments:

https://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-cruel-and-unusual-punishment-87939

For some reason, a number of outlets were comparing Donald Trump to assorted Roman emperors:

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/donald-trump-resembles-a-mad-roman-emperor-but-is-he-more-like-nero-or-caligula/
https://www.alternet.org/trump-american-nero-or-american-caligula
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2018/01/15/donald-trump-caligula-michael-wolff-suetonius-infamia-and-the-fake-news-wars/#5fb9ef023d84

VR tour technology for Greek sites:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/augmented-reality-device-offers-unique-3d-view-of-acropolis/

More on that large (now-pre Christian) cemetery in Somerset:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-42661132
http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/15/significant-archaeological-find-kept-hush-hush-council-developing-site-7230038/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolthic cultures apparently were more ‘connected’ than previously thought:

http://www.newsweek.com/early-human-pottery-spain-783939

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this ‘ritual cave’ site in Ireland:

http://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-mayo-3805783-Jan2018/
http://www.newsweek.com/human-bones-irish-cave-ritual-786206
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/hillwalker-s-mayo-cave-find-is-5-000-year-old-burial-site-1.3361581
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/ancient-remains-found-in-mountainside-ritual-chamber-36507620.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6288-180119-ireland-neolithic-cave

Mesolithic houses in Norway were used for a long time, apparently:

http://sciencenordic.com/houses-reused-over-1000-years-during-stone-age
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6281-180117-norway-mesolithic-dwellings

Evidence of a 3000 years bp village at a development site in Derby:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-buried-village-discovered-derby-1068820
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-archaeologists-uncover-iron-age-1076125

Remains of Iron Age roundhouses from St Neots:

http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/iron-age-discovery-at-housing-site-sheds-new-light-on-history-of-town-1-5361316

A Bronze Age gold hoard from Furness:

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/Hoard-of-Bronze-Age-gold-found-in-Furness-subject-of-treasure-inquest-db66d9a7-5407-4ed6-bfc0-d8848dce34dc-ds

A Viking comb with runes is causing some excitement:

http://sciencenordic.com/unique-viking-runes-discovered-denmark
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/viking-age-ribe-comb-runes-alphabet-spd/

Evidence of a medieval castle from Galway:

https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2018/0115/933500-galway-castle/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/galway-s-missing-13th-century-castle-found-in-medieval-quarter-1.3356465
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6278-180116-ireland-bungalvy-castle

A medieval scribe’s knife from Pasym Castle (Poland):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C27960%2Cunique-knife-early-medieval-scribe-discovered-pasym.html

Remains of an 18th century abandoned inn near Brora:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/18th-century-inn-abandoned-during-clearances-is-unearthed-1-4666340
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6290-180119-scotland-highland-inn

Headless human remains from the Tower of London aren’t those of an 18th century Jacobite apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/19/headless-body-is-not-scottish-clan-chief-simon-fraser-experts

The big news of the week appears to be that France is going to lend the Bayeux Tapestry
to the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42713552
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/bayeux-tapestry-displayed-britain-leaves-french-shores-first/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/may-hails-bayeux-tapestry-loan-as-very-significant-hbqqt32qt
http://www.dw.com/en/france-offers-to-loan-bayeux-tapestry-to-the-uk/a-42193244
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/emmanuel-macron-bayeux-tapestry-loan-britain
https://www.scotsman.com/news/france-set-to-loan-950-year-old-bayeux-tapestry-to-britain-1-4664218
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/bayeux-tapestry-uk.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=E5520F272E79D9E7E6A160B8BE7782C6&gwt=pay
https://theconversation.com/bayeux-tapestry-is-going-home-after-950-years-medieval-history-professor-90260
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15857800.Bayeux_Tapestry_loan_would_not_happen_for_five_years__as_historic_art_work_is_discussed_at_UK_France_summit/
https://hyperallergic.com/421871/historic-loan-bayeux-tapestry/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/frances-fabled-bayeux-tapestry-is-headed-to-britain-in-a-loan-for-the-ages/2018/01/18/a8827044-fb9f-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html?utm_term=.dfab79bf19a7

… and various places are vying to host it:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/will-quince-puts-forward-colchester-to-host-bayeux-tapestry-1-5359515
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/v-a-should-have-bayeux-tapestry-says-sir-roy-strong-dhqkgmc99
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/embroidery-wars-museums-battle-right-host-historic-loan-bayeux-tapestry/
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15857831.Hampshire_offers_to_host_Bayeux_Tapestry/
https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/calls-for-bayeux-tapestry-to-go-on-display-at-coventry-cathedral-4599/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/19/bayeux-tapestry-loan-france-battle-of-hastings-site

… and there are concerns on how to get it to Britain safely:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bayeux-tapestry-now-for-a-new-battle-bringing-fragile-masterpiece-to-britain-safely-2k629tpvh
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15855384.Why_bringing_the_Bayeux_Tapestry_to_Britain_may_not_be_that_simple/
https://hyperallergic.com/422329/french-experts-doubt-practicality-of-bayeux-tapestry-loan/

… and suggestions that the UK lend the Rosetta Stone to France:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/bayeux-tapestry-displayed-britain-leaves-french-shores-first/

… or Napoleon’s horse:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/napoleon-s-horse-marengo-could-be-loaned-in-exchange-for-bayeux-tapestry-n6f2bgh8s

… in case you need a refresher on the Tapestry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42722679

Rats are off the hook for spreading the Black Plague, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-skeleton-teeth-historical-photography-retelling.html
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1715640115
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42690577
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/16/the-classic-explanation-for-the-black-death-plague-is-wrong-scientists-say/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-rats-innocent-spreading-black-plague-180967855/

Rewiring Buckingham Palace is turning up some interesting items:

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/19/europe/buckingham-palace-electrical-finds-history-trnd/index.html

Studying deforestation in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uop-elf011518.php

Prague’s astronomical clock is undergoing restoration work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/world/europe/prague-astronomical-clock-orloj.html

Climate change concerns for sites in Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/15/scotlands-historic-sites-at-high-risk-from-climate-change-report-says

Checking the evidence which led to the execution of William Bury:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-chance-dundee.html

Feature on the St Gallen Abbey:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/religious-odyssey_gallus-and-the-irish-monks–grandfathers-of-european-culture-/43813106

More on that Deer Monastery:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-remains-lost-monastery-discovered-scotland-180967838/

More on Scandinavian origins:

http://sciencenordic.com/first-scandinavians-came-north-and-south
https://www.thelocal.se/20180115/who-were-the-first-scandinavians-ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-their-mysterious-origins

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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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An 11 000 years bp infant burial from Guizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/19/c_136909114.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6289-180119-china-child-burial

A 2500 years bp bronze smelter from Hubei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900510.htm

Han Dynasty cliff cave burials from Chengdu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136905766.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6285-180118-china-cliff-tombs

18 burials from various periods in Shanxi:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/16/WS5a5d6468a3102c394518f7de.html

Studying what the Xiongnu were doing at Sanlian City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900293.htm

… this seems to be related:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/17/c_136902472.htm

A wooden post dating back to New Zealand’s Land Wars:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/capital-day/100528365/wooden-post-dating-back-to-the-new-zealand-land-wars-found-in-central-wellington
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/treasure-trove-colonial-history-unearthed-wellington-road-works

China’s big discoveries in 2017:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900212.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-17/288817.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/17/WS5a5eeb9ea310e4ebf433e4fc.html

On the Tasmanian genocide:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-evidence-tasmanian-genocide.html

More on that possible Scythian kurgan in Siberia:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-frozen-tomb-scythian-prince-siberia-archaeology-gino-caspari-a8163446.html
https://www.livescience.com/61432-frozen-scythian-tomb-siberia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6275-180112-russia-scythian-kurgan

More on irrigation along the Silk Road:

https://www.livescience.com/61408-silk-road-helped-irrigate-desert.html
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Recent finds from Harpers Ferry:

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/artifacts-display-unearths-years-of-harpers-ferry-history/article_36401785-9ae9-5aa1-b622-e6dcad2c040a.html

A dried flower with possible Lincoln connections:

https://www.ilnews.org/news/statewide/local-historian-finds-rare-artifact-linked-to-abraham-lincoln/article_66828634-fbdb-11e7-aca6-c36eebc44d08.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6284-180118-lincoln-funeral-rose

On the ‘know nothing’ movement:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/opinion/trump-american-values.html

What Victor Mastone is up to:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/01/17/this-state-archaeologist-specializies-buried-treasure/A9QweimHEzt31uxNJRvKoO/story.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a passage connecting two underwater caves
in the Yucatan with Maya associations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-archaeologists-mexico-world-longest-cave.html
https://www.livescience.com/61464-longest-underwater-cave.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/central-america/mexico/articles/divers-identify-world-largest-underground-cave-network-in-mexico-yucatan-peninsula/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/worlds-longest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-divers-gran-acuifero-maya
http://www.dw.com/en/worlds-largest-underwater-cave-discovered-in-mexico/a-42195990
https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/01/17/mexico/1516209786_074600.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/01/16/la_serpiente_emplumada/1516119767_618043.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-discovery/worlds-biggest-flooded-cave-found-in-mexico-explorers-say-idUSKBN1F60CY?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/worlds-biggest-flooded-cave-found-mexico-explorers-041422917.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/worlds-biggest-ever-underwater-cave-filled-ancient-mayan-artefacts-has-just-been-discovered-1655488
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/largest-underwater-cave-system-in-the-world-discovered-in-mexico-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-180967880/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6280-180117-mexico-maya-cenotes

A 16th century epidemic in Mexico may have been caused by Salmonella:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/mpif-pco011118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180115120545.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/mexico-500-years-later-scientists-discover-what-killed-the-aztecs
http://nationalpost.com/news/mystery-of-horrifying-disease-that-wiped-out-aztecs-unraveled-by-science\
https://www.yahoo.com/news/salmonella-epidemic-may-wiped-15-105216789.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/01/15/ciencia/1515997924_751783.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/500-years-later-scientists-think-theyve-solved-germ-mystery-that-nearly-wiped-out-mexican-population/news-story/f35d6baab1f756cf2ae4a8b898bcfa80
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/15/577681552/salmonella-may-have-caused-massive-aztec-epidemic-study-finds
http://nhpr.org/post/salmonella-may-have-caused-massive-aztec-epidemic-study-finds
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/salmonella-could-have-caused-16th-century-epidemic/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/cocoliztli-salmonella-outbreak-mexico-dna-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6277-180116-mexico-cocoliztli-epidemic

Feature on Thomas Stuart Ferguson:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/how-mormon-lawyer-transformed-archaeology-mexico-and-ended-losing-his-faith

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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 couple of previously-unknown van Goghs have been ‘discovered’:

http://www.dw.com/en/2-previously-unknown-van-gogh-drawings-discovered/a-42166178
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/arts/design/van-gogh-new-drawing.html

Questioning some Modigliani authenticity claims:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/arts/design/modigliani-paintings-authenticity-questioned-genoa.html

Feature on Feejee Mermaids:

https://hyperallergic.com/421405/how-a-fake-monster-creeped-into-our-museums/

On the 1818 version of Frankenstein:

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/16/577721104/see-a-famous-monster-come-alive-in-frankenstein-the-1818-text

On the allure of ‘ruins’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180112-the-timeless-allure-of-ruins

Feature on Sinclair Lewis:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4593-sinclair-lewis-student-scribe

On the olfactory talents of hunter-gatherers:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hunter-gatherer-lifestyle-could-help-explain-superior-ability-id-smells?

On the human-turkey relationship through history:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoy-njf011718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-human-turkey-relationship.html

On assorted historical misconceptions:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/17/mythconceptions-10-things-from-history-everyone-gets-wrong

On translating Crime and Punishment:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/crime-and-punishment-translation/

Feature on the Rubaiyat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180111-the-rubaiyat-historys-most-luxurious-book-of-poetry

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Cameroon Royal Crests:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/design/royal-crests-cameroon-metropolitan-museum.html

Hadrian:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/15/fethiye-mosque-museum-in-athens-reopens-for-hadrian-exhibition/

Colonial Pottery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/design/colonial-pottery-new-york-ceramics-and-glass-fair.html
https://www.livescience.com/61481-colonial-toilet-pottery.html

Roman defences:

https://english.sta.si/2472419/roman-defence-system-presented-at-national-museum

Feature on the Archaeological Museum of Thebes:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/224961/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-gate-of-thebes

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Avgi is the latest facial reconstruction:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/19/experts-reveal-face-of-7000-year-old-woman-in-athens/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/archaeology-agvi-greek-stoneage-facial-reconstruction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals two ‘mummy brothers’ had different fathers:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-ancient-dna-results-year-old-egyptian.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article194701294.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/100604382/Exploring-the-archaeological-wonders-of-Jordan
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest busts from Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/40396/Police-seize-ancient-Egyptian-Greek-artifacts-in-Upper-Egypt

Hobby Lobby surrendered some more items:

http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-surrenders-245-more-smuggled-iraq-artifacts-federal-government-784388
https://hyperallergic.com/422331/hobby-lobby-forfeits-245-iraqi-artifacts/

Theft of a door from Egypt’s cemetery of the pyramid builders:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/historical-door-at-giza-pyramids-stolen/

More on the New York Antiquities Trafficking Unit’s recent busts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-da-s-antiquities-trafficking-unit-starts-the-new-year-with-double-seizures

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n03.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/2681-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-january-2017-13-january-2018
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OBITUARIES
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John Barton:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42740631

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CONFERENCES
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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 20.38 ~ 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,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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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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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 20.37 ~ 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!

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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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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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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/

—–
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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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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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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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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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

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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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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