Explorator 20.12 ~ July 16, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A fourth Denisovan fossil (a tooth) has been identified:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fourth-denisovan-fossil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5722-170710-denisovan-fossil-found

Teeth also figure in a study of homo naledi’s diet:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-chipped-teeth-homo-naledi-unique.html

More on Otzi’s axe:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/copper-otzi-icemans-ax-came-surprisingly-far-away

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273548/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hawass-receives-honorary-doctorate-in-Peru,-promot.aspx

More on Egypt’s plans to renovate an ‘ancient’ synagogue:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4989011,00.html

A very interesting kiln find from Shkikin:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.801296

Hundreds of interesting tombs from Jebel Qurma (Jordan):

https://www.livescience.com/59785-hundreds-of-tombs-discovered-jordan-desert.html
https://www.livescience.com/59784-photo-jebel-qurma-stone-tombs.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5734-170713-jordan-jebel-qurma

Excavations at Karkamis have concluded:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-works-in-ancient-karkamis-end.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115519&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Tell Brak excavations:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/digging-up-syria-s-past-1.2057937

A report on some 16th century cannons found off Israel in the 1970s:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/cannons-found-off-israeli-coast-may-have-been-used-to-fight-16th-century-pirates/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of the find of more writing tablets at Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/10/new-cache-of-roman-letters-discovered-at-hadrians-wall
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/10/holiday-please-new-haul-roman-letters-reveals-army-life-near/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40555474
https://www.livescience.com/59753-personal-roman-letters-unearthed-hadrians-wall.html
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-07-10/ancient-roman-writing-tablets-found-at-northumberland-fort/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/voices-distant-past-unearthed-during-13309555
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-messages-found-roman-fort-along-hadrians-wall-180964012/
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/roman-writing-tablets-found-at-vindolanda.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5721-170710-england-vindolanda-tablets

A Roman fleet diploma was found near Lanchester Roman fort:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/incredible-fleet-diploma-detailing-naval-13313528

Roman finds from Swaledale:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/07/11/high-status-roman-artefacts-found-swaledale/

Hellenistic-era buildings and a bridge from Alexandria:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/07/10/greek-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-buildings-in-alexandria-egypt/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26253-greek-archaeologist-unearths-ancient-buildings-and-bridge-in-alexandria-egypt.html

This Roman-era mosaic floor from Alexandria seems to be distinct from the above find:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/273560/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Mosaic-floor-from-Roman-period-uncovered-in-Alexan.aspx

Eight more shipwrecks have been located at Fourni:

https://www.livescience.com/59805-divers-find-8-more-shipwrecks-greece.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/14/eight-new-shipwrecks-discovered-during-underwater-exploration-near-fournoi/

Roman mosaics from a dig in Auch in the Gers:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Amazing-mosaics-found-in-ruins-of-Roman-domus

Greece and Italy are collaborating to preserve a sunken villa at Epidaurus:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/greece-italy-collaborate-to-preserve-ancient-mansion-in-sea-bottom/

Feature on the dig at Vaiano-Gioiella:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/33143/

A Roman cemetery from Irbid (Jordan):

http://www.menafn.com/1095620062/Jordan–Ancient-Cemetery-Found-in-Irbid

… and more, apparently:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/19-roman-ruins-found-irbid%E2%80%99s-beit-ras-town-%E2%80%94-antiquities-department

A 4th century BCE juvenile burial from the Crimea:

http://tass.com/society/956132

The excavations at Sagalassos have resumed:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-excavation-season-starts-in-ancient-sagalassos.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115475&NewsCatID=375

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres had moveable stages (I think we knew that, no?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/ku-agt071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-greek-theaters-moveable-stages.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711092641.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dramatic-discovery-reveals-secrets-2000-year-old-lines-ground-ancient-greek-theatre-1630067
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5728-170712-greek-moveable-stages

… and the ‘pin drop’ test doesn’t always work as advertised:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pin-drop-test-pops-greek-amphitheater-acoustic-claims

The burials from Phaleron are in the news again (not sure there’s anything new yet):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.html
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-high-tech-2-500-old-greek-cold-030929020.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists-in-athens-discover-2-500-year-old-greek-mystery.html

Fires on Vesuvius received a lot of press attention:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170711/blaze-at-vesuvius-fires-continue-southern-italy-sicily-messina-enna
https://www.thelocal.it/20170712/in-pictures-fire-at-italys-mount-vesuvius-naples-campania
https://www.livescience.com/59798-mount-vesuvius-is-on-fire.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136436285.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/wildfires-rage-mount-vesuvius-121453578.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mount-vesuvius-fire-latest-local-residents-evacuated-naples-toxic-smoke-volcano-eruption-italy-a7837096.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-image-vesuvius.html

… while Pompeii’s corrupt past is being dealt with:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/10/pompeii-rises-from-the-ashes-by-rejecting-its-history-of-crime-and-corruption/

… and a heatwave closed sites in Greece for a while:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Greek-archaeological-sites-change-opening-hours-11282646.php
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/12/greek-archaeological-sites-to-shut-down-midday-during-heatwave/

What Daniel Berman is up to:

https://news.temple.edu/news/2017-07-12/vice-provost-undergraduate-studies-appointment

What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170713-asu-professor-helps-students-learn-lead-and-innovate

What Abigail Firey is up to:

https://uknow.uky.edu/research/digital-humanities-projects-medievalist-abigail-firey-reach-scholars-across-globe

Honours for Peter and Sara Howard (the url preserves a previous headline howler):

http://www.troymessenger.com/2017/07/15/howards-honored-classical-music-group-honors-troy-couple/

Feature on the Olympias;

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/14/c_136442197.htm

… while a Roman dugboat recreation is in the making:

https://english.sta.si/2409684/replica-of-roman-dugboat-in-the-making

Feature on Roman aqueducts:

http://www.theday.com/entertainment/20170714/exploring-aqueducts-role-in-ancient-rome

Hungary purchased the remaining half of the Sevso Treasure:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure/2017/07/12/a4674490-6715-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-buys-2nd-half-roman-era-silver-treasure-48589208
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-12/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136439005.htm

UNESCO gave Aphrodisias Heritage Status:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/magnificent-ancient-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-inscribes-turkeys-aphrodisias-as-a-world-heritage-site.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115310&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26299-ancient-greek-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list.html

The fake centurions who harass tourists in Rome are being banned again:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/fresh-bid-to-ban-fake-roman-centurions-who-harass-tourists-10294617

Review of Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2017/0712/Hannibal-relates-the-famous-general-s-story-with-wonderful-energy

More on that HIppocrates manuscript found in St Catherine’s monastery:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/monks-unearth-1500-year-old-manuscript-by-father-medicine-hippocrates-ancient-egypt-1629796
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5723-170710-sinai-monastery-palimpsest

More on Roman concrete:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/mystery-of-ultrastrong-roman-concrete-solved/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day-but-it-was-built-with-engineers/2017/07/13/ead119c0-66b0-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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We’re reading more about the ‘House of the Dead’ which might have burials associated with Stonehenge and/or Avebury:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancestors-stonehenge-people-uncovered-house.html
https://www.livescience.com/59787-ancient-house-of-dead-unearthed-in-england.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/11/5000-year-old-house-dead-discovered-stonehenge-avebury/
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15408485.Archaeologists_discover___39_house_of_the_dead__39__between_stone_circles/
http://www.brentwoodlive.co.uk/news/national/15405459.Burial_mound_could_be____House_of_the_Dead____from_3_600_BC/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5735-170713-england-cat-s-brain

Remains of a hut found in the 1950s on Iona and associated with St Columba apparently dates to the right period:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40556985
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/11/wooden-hut-associated-st-columba-dates-lifetime-archaeologists/
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-st-columba-cell-iona-uncovered.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/remains-of-iona-hut-proved-to-date-from-columbas-lifetime-zw8mgcxtj
http://theconversation.com/how-we-found-st-columbas-famous-writing-hut-stashed-in-a-cornish-garage-80778
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.independent.co.uk/News/science/archaeology/christianity-building-hub-scotland-discovery-monastic-university-glasgow-dark-age-bible-a7834366.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5726-170711-scotland-iona-columba

Latest finds from Tintagel suggest it had plenty of trade links with the Mediterranean:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/13/tintagel-excavations-reveal-refined-tastes-of-medieval-settlers
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/tintagel-dig/
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/national/15408149.Tintagel_Castle_a_royal_site_with_Mediterranean_trading_links__experts_suggest/
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/archaeologists-unearth-royal-secrets-of-tintagel-castle-s-king/story-30440220-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5733-170713-cornwall-tintagel-castle

The search for Buchan’s lost monastery has found some earlier (date-wise) structural remains:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1287288/the-hunt-for-buchans-lost-monastery-uncovers-remains-of-prehistoric-structures/

A medieval stone from the Howff:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/467714/rare-medieval-stone-found-at-the-howff/

Finds from various periods from a dig in Prescot:

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15408833.Archaeological_dig_unearths__fascinating__historical_artefacts/

Plans to check out some sites in Andalucia:

https://www.rtnnewspaper.com/2017/07/temple-of-doom/

Suggestion that Hendraburnick Quoit might have had some ‘nighttime ritual’ use:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-british-sacred-stones-hiding-secret-messages-that-are-only-visible-at-night/news-story/4bd326dd44df5202b30ffd2d89658d8d

Concerns for potential sites in Waverly:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-homes-plan-could-impact-13275734

… and Preseli Hills:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40620024

Some Swabian caves with petroglyphs have been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-new-unesco-world-heritage-site-the-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/

Pondering the Romanovs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/red-century-russia-romanov.html

That ‘oldest rope making thing’ (maybe) is in the news again:

https://www.livescience.com/59756-oldest-ropes-tools-unearthed.html

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The dating of a 3800 years bp bird statue from Xinzhai has been confirmed:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/carbon-dating-confirms-age-of-3800-year-old-pottery-bird-statue-2314840/

Recreating a Mesolithic meal from Lakutia:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/pictured-the-remains-of-a-stone-age-fish-supper-from-8000-years-ago/

Plenty of finds from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace site:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1055819.shtml
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2439847&CategoryId=13936

Feature on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/07/harvard-summer-archaeology-ancient-china

Sambor Prei Kuk has received UNESCO Heritage status:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second/temples-recognized-cambodias-third-world-heritage-site-132312/

Feature on the Kanozero petroglyphs:

http://tass.com/science/955534

Concerns for an Ashoka site in Patna:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/famed-ashokan-pataliputra-site-in-patna-is-waterlogged-faces-uncertain-future-asi-writes-to-cgwb/story-tZAhqXiu0Y4lKoacv3VIVN.html

Vietnamese antiquities are coming to auction:

http://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/5339302-vietnamese-antiquities-to-be-sold-in-first-of-its-kind-auction.html

Tomb robbing is on the rise in China, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/world/asia/china-tomb-robbing-qin-dynasty.html

More on ‘giant’ burials in China:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graveyard-giants-found-china-180963976/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds from various periods (including 11 000 years bp!) from a dig in West Haven:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/archeological-dig-west-haven-unearths-evidence-vermont-s-prehistoric-past?mc_cid=9914e3e056&mc_eid=3eb9546919#stream/0

Some 250 years bp jewellery from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/250-year-old_trade_silver_unea.html

Workers in Quebec City uncovered a live (!) British cannonball:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40618547
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/canadian-workers-unearth-live-british-cannonball-buried-250/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.newsweek.com/quebec-canada-637346

Digging an 18th century house site in Boston:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/10/city-archeologist-digs-into-historic-north-end/5JlrwtSIXL4NvHVPZIDv7J/story.html

… and the house of Paul Revere’s cousin:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/11/archaeologists-pierce-hichborn-house-paul-revere/

… and John Brown’s New York farm:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-students-john-brown-ny-farm.html

An important sherd find from the Acadia Project:

http://www.iberianet.com/news/sherd-big-find-for-acadia-project/article_55ac6ec8-6451-11e7-ad56-f3c4e49505ef.html

On Puebloans using fire signals:

https://the-journal.com/articles/56776

OpEd on the Jefferson/Sally Hemmings thing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/sally-hemings-wasnt-thomas-jeffersons-mistress-she-was-his-property/2017/07/06/db5844d4-625d-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html

… cf:

https://www.whitehousehistory.org/a-well-ordered-household

Thoreau apparently wasn’t quite alone at Walden:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/thoreaus-invisible-neighbors-at-walden.html

… and his diet was interesting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/11/535770269/what-did-thoreau-really-eat-you-might-be-surprised

Other assorted Thoreau items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/douglas-brinkley-thoreaus-wilderness-legacy-walden-pond.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536873427/if-thoreau-were-alive-hed-be-shouting-from-the-rafters-biographer-says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-i-still-love-henry-david-thoreaus-walden/2017/07/12/7b52c35e-66fc-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/274731963/dont-know-what-to-do-with-your-life-neither-did-thoreau

On Chinese immigrants building Sonoma’s wineries:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/13/536822541/the-forgotten-chinese-who-built-sonoma-s-wineries

More on Metin Erin’s recreation of ancient weapons:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-re-creating-weapons-discoveries-human-history.html
http://www.chron.com/news/science/article/Re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-11285150.php
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-human-history/article_3b860c30-0a2a-58c7-9ff1-d0b111b99819.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Latest pre-Hispanic find from Mexico City is a ceremonial site associated with the Calpulli of Cuezcontitlán:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/

A study of the Rapa Nui diet suggests Easter Island did not decline because of ‘ecocide’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/bu-ein071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-diet-ancient-people-rapa-nui.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mystery-easter-island-population-collapse-solved-by-looking-diets-ancient-rapa-nui-1630009
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/la-arqueologia-reescribe-mito-los-habitantes-isla-pascua/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5729-170712-easter-island-diet

Brazil’s slave wharf has been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40552282

More on Colombia’s efforts to salvage the gold from the San Jose:

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/columbia-to-salvage-17bn-treasure-galleon-vxqnk6h7d

More on those Wari women burials:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414910,scientists-know-more-about-women-from-the-pre-inca-tomb.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5724-170710-peru-women-tomb

More on that wolf sacrifice site in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/aztec-gold-found-in-15th-century-sacrifice/

More on the tunnel under the Pyramid of the Moon:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/secret-tunnel-linked-to-the-underworld-found-under-mexicos-pyramid-of-the-moon_uk_5965f069e4b09b587d636ca7

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some Gainsborough sketches were found at Windsor Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/09/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-newly-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-40535231/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40536871

… and unknown Raphaels in the Vatican:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-raphael-paintings-discovered-vatican-180963999/

A possible El Greco in Mexico (I may be mistranslating this one):

https://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/13/actualidad/1499905955_250514.html

On the equals sign:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/how-the-equals-sign-changed-the-world/

… and tally sticks:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40189959

On recreating ancient beer (reviewish):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history.html
http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history-of-alcohol/article_e8bdc00c-79d2-5af5-bd9e-a29eff1e6a14.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-humans-liked-getting-tipsy-too-180963990/

On some exhumations of famous folk:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/dali-exhumation-famous-death-forensic-science/

Marking St John Ambulance’s 140th:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40555454

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Hobbes:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-hobbes-politics

On London’s Jewish cemeteries:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40386777

Latest test on the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.lastampa.it/2017/07/11/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/shroud-new-study-there-is-blood-of-a-man-tortured-and-killed-c1jdACNKkTlD9YBPS4kFXM/pagina.html

A New Jersey museum has a stash of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537276241/new-jersey-museum-holds-a-stash-221-year-old-madeira-wine

On the popularity of Jane Austen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/jane-austen-wasnt-shy.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40093010

Too-many-tourists-from-cruises concerns for ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40592247

More on the forensic dogs and the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/amelia-earhart-dogs-find-evidence-of-human-dna-on-remote-south-pacific-island-nikumaroro_uk_596357cee4b02e9bdb0dd10f

… and the ‘photo’ being discredited:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/amelia-earhart-lost-photograph-discredited-spd

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Alma Tadema:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/alma-tadema-deserves-to-be-loved-again/

Scythians/Dothraki:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/british-museum-lures-game-thrones-fans-exhibition-little-known/

Literary Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/16/jane-austen-to-star-in-bank-of-england-literary-links-exhibition

Major authenticity questions at a Mexico Museum in San Francisco:

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/07/13/mexican-museum-defends-collection-over-authenticity-concerns/
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/most-of-the-pre-columbian-artefacts-in-the-mexican-museum-of-san-fran-are-fake.html

There’s a new archaeological museum on Tilos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26292-new-archaeological-museum-on-tilos-island-in-greece.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of some Pictish fellow:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-picts-face-reconstructed-10795952
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5737-170714-scotland-pictish-face

A major (probably very useful) expansion to the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database:

http://www.nature.com/news/world-s-largest-hoard-of-carbon-dates-goes-global-1.22287

Using synchrotron light to track domestication of seeds from 2000 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/dls-slu071217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-synchrotron-human-domestication-seeds-bc.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170714071455.htm

More on that facial reconstruction of the 4500 years bp guy:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5725-170711-derbyshire-facial-reconstruction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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General piece on DNA and domestication:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-evidence-rewriting-domestication-origin-stories

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554843

York:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/12/york-walk-around-ancient-walls-minster-railway-station

Romania’s marital prison:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170707-a-medieval-remedy-for-divorce

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CRIME BEAT
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An attempted theft at a West Bank Byzantine church was foiled:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-thieves-nabbed-with-artifacts-from-byzantine-era-church/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/11/palestinian-antiquities-thieves-caught-stealing-pillars-from-ancient-church

An attempt at smuggling coins at the Gaza border was also foiled:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/392823

There’s a growing plundering network between Thailand and Myanmar apparently:

https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/cost-trinkets-growing-archaeological-looting-network-thailand-myanmar.html

New rules from the EU to help combat looting of sites (especially by groups tied to ISIL):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Jul-14/412689-eu-plans-crackdown-on-antiquities-smugglers-militants.ashx
http://www.aina.org/news/20170713121545.htm
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/eu-targets-islamic-state-looting-of-antiquities-to-fund-terror
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-13/eu-executive-plans-crackdown-on-plunder-smugglers-militants

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-3-9-july-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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Another WWII repatriation:

http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-by-a-russian-spy-dutch-painting-now-returned-to-german-museum/a-39645445

Remember the mummified monk in a statue from a few months back? It’s now the latest repatriation case:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40606593
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/chinese-villagers-head-court-recover-1000-year-old-mummified/

Plenty of opEds this week about the Hobby Lobby ‘settlement’:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/antiquities-trade-hobby-lobby-1.4193811
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hobby-lobby-emboldens-a-black-market-that-robs-countries-of-their-heritage–and-lets-the-violent-profit/2017/07/09/2214adae-635d-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts.html
http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/hobby-lobby-forfeiture-3-million-is-not.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/hobby-lobby-suit-exposes-illegal-uae-antiquities-market-170712092030538.html
http://newsok.com/article/5555957
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-hobby-lobby-verdict-1021247
http://theconversation.com/why-archaeological-antiquities-should-not-be-sold-on-the-open-market-full-stop-54928
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/headlines/0717/130717-archeology-antiquities-looting
http://www.weeklystandard.com/media-coverage-of-hobby-lobbys-antiquities-kerfuffle-is-revealing/article/2008827
https://hyperallergic.com/390355/dispelling-the-myths-around-the-hobby-lobby-antiquities-case/

… and the Museum of the Bible is coming under scrutiny as a result of the whole situation:

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/09/museum-of-the-bible-is-busted-inside-the-hobby-lobby-owners-dodgy-artifact-practices/

In case you missed the story:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/07/06/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-smuggled-out-of-iraq.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on how ancient coins were made:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coins-series-ancient-coins-made/

A gold aureus of Vespasian is up for sale:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/possibly-2nd-known-ancient-roman-gold-aureus-vespasian-ma-shops/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n29.html

More on Roman gold in the Netherlands:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28626

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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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Letters from Baghdad:

https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/blogs/staff/entries/2017/jul/12/review-letters-from-baghdad-2017-tilda-swinton-narrates-the-fascinating-documentary-about-trailblazing-gertrude-bell/

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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/2630-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-july-2017-8-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Aitken:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/07/10/martin-aitken-archaeometrist-obituary/

Bill Mayer:

http://caas-cw.org/wp/2017/07/13/in-memoriam-bill-mayer/

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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 20.11 ~ July 9, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Feral Boy, Rick Heli,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A Neanderthal tooth from Gibraltar:

http://chronicle.gi/2017/07/landmark-discovery-as-archaeologists-unearth-neanderthal-tooth-in-vanguard-cave/

… possibly related:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gibraltars-neanderthal-city-offers-glimpse-into-life-of-humans-closest-relatives/

Neanderthal DNA is suggesting new dates for ‘human related dispersal’ from Africa (there’s a sapiens/neanderthal interbreeding spin on this too):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/mpif-doe062917.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-dna-early-neanderthal-timeline-modern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170705132917.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/science/neanderthals-dna-homo-sapiens-human-evolution.html?_r=0
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/hohlenstein-stadel-cave-rewrites-history-of-neanderthal-human-relations
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/neanderthal-dna-suggests-yet-another-wave-of-human-migration-out-of-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5712-170705-neanderthal-mitochondrial-dna
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-left-africa-and-bred-neanderthals-over-200000-years-ago-180963951/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/neanderthal-dna-gives-timeline-for-new-modern-human-related-dispersal-from-africa

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/science/denisovans-baby-tooth-molar-dna.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remember that big statue of Psammetich I from a Cairo neighbourhood? Apparently three antiquities officials are being prosecuted because of it:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/07/08/administrative-prosecution-refers-3-ministry-antiquities-officials-trial-excavation-fiasco/

Studying ancient ‘tourist graffiti’ in the Valley of the Kings:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/86349/scientists-uncover-tripadvisor-for-the-ancient-world

The collapsed roof of an Ottoman-era mosque in Cairo had some reinforcing work done:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/272961/Heritage/Islamic/Roof-of-Ottomanera-Cairo-mosque-reinforced-after-p.aspx

Plans and funding to restore a synagogue in Alexandria:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/08/egypt-approves-egp-40-million-restoration-of-synagogue-in-alexandria/

Interesting feature on the possible identification of the Assyrian queen Hama:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/08/meet-forgotten-queen-protected-curse-and-crowned-gold/461380001/

An Iron Age site (Seh Tappeh) in Iran is in the news:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414828/In-Focus-Excavations-aim-to-shed-light-on-Iron-Age-life-in-northeast

Some interesting finds from this year’s digging at Huqoq:

http://uncnews.unc.edu/2017/07/06/excavations-unc-chapel-hill-archaeologist-continue-yield-stunning-mosaics-ancient-galilean-synagogue/
https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00005vwcu89jLJ4/UNC-MEDIA-RELEASE

… but I don’t think that is Jonah and the whale in the picture:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-mosaic-of-jonah-and-the-whale-found-in-galilee-synagogue/

The Gath Archaeological Project dig blog is under way again:

https://gath.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/and-were-off-the-2017-season-starts/

… as is the Tel Burna Excavation Project:

https://telburna.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/week-1-overview/

This is somewhat confusing to follow in the press … early in the week we read that Hebron didn’t qualify for UNESCO’s ‘Heritage in Danger’ list:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UNESCO-experts-Hebron-heritage-request-too-focused-on-Muslim-history-498519

… then we read that it was a request not to let it be so inscribed:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Haley-asks-UN-not-to-inscribe-Hebron-on-World-Heritage-List-498680

… then we read that it happened:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/07/unesco-recognises-hebron-as-palestinian-world-heritage-site

… and Israel responded in a somewhat strange manner:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/israel-un-budget-jewish-heritage-museums-unesco-world-heritage-site-hebron-protest-palestinian-city-a7830391.html

A sixth century medical manuscript was discovered in St Catharine’s monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/273085/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Sixth-century-medical-recipe-uncovered-in-St-Cathe.aspx
https://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-rare-manuscript-discovered-saint-catherine-monastery

A 1000 years bp ‘Sultan’s Bath’ from Takkeli mountain:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sultans-bath-a-surprising-find-atop-takkeli-mountain.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115192&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5720-170707-anatolia-gevele-castle

Feature on Petra:

https://www.livescience.com/59707-google-maps-of-petra-photos.html

More on 3200 years bp human remains from Gezer:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.798934
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-ancient-human-remains-discovered-royal-biblical-city-3200-years-after-631954
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5706-170703-israel-canaanite-remains-discovered

More on the ‘skull cult’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/04/gobeklitepe-was-home-to-rites-of-skull-findings-say

More on ancient dyes;

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/7/3/what-did-israels-ancient-kings-wear-textile-discovery-provides-hints

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Finds from various early periods at Hala Sultan Tekke:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/important-archaeological-findings-discovered-at-the-late-cypriot-harbour-ci-p41166-69.htm

The latest press gushing over Roman concrete (this is becoming an annual thing):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uou-hss062617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170703132007.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-concrete-romans.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/04/why-roman-concrete-still-stands-strong-while-modern-version-decays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40494248
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/roman-concrete-mystery-solved-scientists-a7824011.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/why-ancient-concrete-is-stronger-1.4193226
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/04/ancient-romans-made-worlds-most-durable-concrete-we-might-use-it-to-stop-rising-seas/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-05/scientists-uncover-ancient-roman-concrete-secret/8679650
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/how-ancient-roman-concrete-grows-stronger-over-time
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancient-roman-concrete-so-strong-180963946/
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/roman-concrete-seawater
http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-have-romans-structures-lasted-so-long-research-finds-concrete-answers/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/03/ciencia/1499063196_879758.html
http://www.nature.com/news/seawater-is-the-secret-to-long-lasting-roman-concrete-1.22231
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5710-170705-roman-ocean-concrete

Gold and silver coins from Rio Tinto:

https://www.thelocal.es/20170706/milestone-treasure-of-ancient-roman-coins-found-at-mining-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5714-170706-spain-roman-coins

Remains of a Roman settlement in an Antique Roadshow host’s garden:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/07/antiques-roadshow-expert-finds-roman-site-back-garden-amateur/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-find-roman-settlement-in-garden-of-antiques-roadshow-host-marc-allum-ckj5frjl5

More rooms found at a site associated with Helena:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5717-170707-rome-helena-rooms

A pile of ‘domuses’ from Pompeii have been recently restored:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-07-04/the-great-pompeii-project-nears-the-finish-line-30-domuses-reopened-new-lights-are-enhancing-the-ruins–191518.php?uuid=AE2oXdrB
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2017/07/04/30-pompeii-buildings-restored-towards-new-visitor-record_2bdce7e2-deb7-4df3-bb6f-75c20f224bc9.html

In case you missed the attention given to a Pompeii cast photographed from a suggestive angle:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-pompeii-man-wouldve-been-a-lonely-masturbator
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/a-photo-a-man-who-appeared-to-die-while-masturbating-might-not-be-as-it-seems/news-story/ed1e9bfb6a60fba181bbdf013d73b140
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/pompeii-masturbator-vesuvius-volcano-meme/

The ‘pin drop’ test at Epidaurus apparently didn’t live up to its billing:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pin-drop-test-pops-greek-amphitheater-acoustic-claims

Again we’re reading of (extremely slow) progress virtually unrolling Herculaneum papyri:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608209/first-virtual-unrolling-of-ancient-scroll-buried-by-vesuvius-reveals-early-text/

Teaching math the Roman way:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-roman-methods-modern-school.html

Plenty of Roman history stuffed into one map:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-traces-roman-history-over-1500-years-180963773/

Studying graffiti from Smyrna:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/07/ancient-writing-reveals-old-city-rivals

On the location of Greek temples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170705-the-mystery-behind-greeces-temples

Stanford has digitized a pile of historical images of Rome:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-images-document-romes-ever-changing-history-180963979/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97105
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/04/c_136414613.htm

Nice feature on women in Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/07/women-classics-translation-female-scholars-translators

A Turkish man ‘accidentally’ saved a couple of Roman columns:

https://english.aawsat.com/saeed-abdelrazek/lifestyle-culture/turkish-man-accidentally-saves-2-historic-roman-pillars

The Domus Aurea is getting the 3w VR treatment:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/a-mad-emperors-dream-in-3d.html

Livy will be on the Euro:

http://news.coinupdate.com/italy-new-e2-marks-bi-millenary-of-the-death-of-famed-historian/

Xenophon’s Anabasis is getting the TV treatment (maybe):

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/07/03/showtime-xenophon-senior-thesis-turns-xenophons-anabasis-tv-pilot

Wonder Woman and a (misattributed) quote from Thucydides:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/07/wonder-woman-war-china-graham-allison-column/452549001/

Strikes at sites in Athens:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeological-sites-athens.html

More on Roman skulls showing regional diversity:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5708-170703-roman-skulls-mapped

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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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The Ii Hamina cemetery (Finland) is rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ii-hamina-cemetery-reveals-environment.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoh-tih070717.php

A 200 years bp burial from the Brighton Corn Exchange site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40516306
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/county-news-burial-site-unearthed-beneath-sussex-venue-1-8042753
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5718-170707-england-brighton-burials

A reassessment of the dating for the Borgring Viking fortress:

http://cphpost.dk/news/oak-dating-confirms-koge-fortress-is-one-of-harald-bluetooths.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/au-bid070417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-breakthrough-dating-viking-fortress.html
https://www.thelocal.dk/20170704/denmark-finds-harald-bluetooths-fifth-viking-fortress

A medieval gold ring from Pontrefract has been declared treasure:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/historic-gold-ring-found-in-pontefract-declared-to-be-treasure-1-8634824
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/metal-detectorist-finds-gold-treasure-in-west-yorkshire-field-1-8636894

Feature on Eleanor of Aquitaine:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/eleanor-aquitaine-medieval-queen-who-took-europe%E2%80%99s-most-powerful-men

Feature on a quilt given to Queen Victoria:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40500884

Feature on the Uffington Horse:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/3000-year-old-uffington-horse-looms-over-english-countryside-180963968/

On what ancient stone monuments were used for:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/07/ancient-stone-monuments-may-have-used-mysterious-moonlit-ceremonies/

Ongoing concerns for Venice:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-too-many-tourists/index.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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5000 years bp burials of ‘giants’ from Shandong:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/03/c_136414214.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-07/05/content_41154983.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeletons-china-giants-5000-year-old-archaeologists-discovered-jiaojia-jinan-shandong-a7824326.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/05/incredible-graveyard-5000-year-old-giants-found-china/
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/skeletons-of-5000-year-old-chinese-%E2%80%98giants%E2%80%99-discovered-by-archaeologists/ar-BBDMzIp?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://theweek.com/speedreads/710037/archaeologists-discover-skeletons-5000yearold-chinese-giants
https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/36271904/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-giants-graveyard/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/94438471/Graveyard-of-giants-found-during-dig-at-5000-year-old-Chinese-village
http://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologitsts-discover-5000-year-old-graveyard-giants-chinese-village-12325

More than 200 3000 years bp burials from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/06/c_136422397.htm
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/wn/newsworld.php?id=1370026

Latest from Angkor:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/archaeological-find-reveals-new-side-life-angkor-132260/

A lintel from a medieval temple in Kozhikode:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/door-lintel-of-late-medieval-era-temple-discovered/article19236850.ece

Searching for an underwater city near Dwarka:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/india/underwater-robots-to-search-for-washed-away-dwarka-city

Archaeologists want to excavate a bulldozed royal tomb in Viet Nam:

http://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/379400/archaeologists-want-to-excavate-bulldozed-royal-tomb-site.html

Mapping massacres of early indigenous Australians:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40489882

An APOD featuring the Great Wall:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170703.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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The recent excitement about really old stuff from California is renewing interest in the Holloman Gravel Pit site in Oklahoma:

http://newsok.com/article/5555591

Evidence of earliest use (ca 11 000 years bp) of potatoes in North America comes from Utah:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uou-uih062817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170703170044.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/prehistoric-mashed-potato-10900-years-utah-valley-scientists-escalante-a7820586.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684157/Utah-home-to-earliest-use-of-wild-potato-in-North-America.html
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/foodanddrink/foodnews/prehistoric-mashed-potato-dating-back-10900-years-discovered-in-utah/ar-BBDGU6N?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5711-170705-utah-prehistoric-potatoes

A 4000 years bp bannerstone from Carmel:

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2017/07/03/carmel-employee-finds-native-american-artifact-near-roundabout-construction-site/448651001/

Indigenous skull fragments from Manitoulin Island:

http://www.manitoulin.ca/2017/07/05/second-human-skull-fragments-found/

Sort of a repatriation story … a gourd associated with Membertou has returned to Nova Scotia:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mi-kmaq-membertou-artifact-gourd-natural-history-museum-1.4189798?cmp=rss

Searching for Hochelaga:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/a-montreal-mystery-hunt-for-lost-village-of-hochelaga-starts-on-st-viateur-ave

Archaeologists have located Sally Hemmings’ quarters at Monticello:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/thomas-jefferson-s-enslaved-mistress-sally-hemings-living-quarters-found-n771261
https://www.yahoo.com/news/quarters-jefferson-apos-slave-bore-081036373.html
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/07/03/hemings-monticello-orig-lc.cnn/video/playlists/cant-miss/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/709921/archaeologists-found-sally-hemings-quarters-thomas-jeffersons-monticello

Excavating a pre-Civil War house in Miller Grove:

http://www.kfvs.com/story/35829451/archaeologists-excavate-pre-civil-war-home-in-miller-grove

What Shawn Jones is up to:

http://www.yukon-news.com/life/archaeologist-salvages-skagways-gold-rush-history-by-sifting-through-trash/

On Jefferson and religion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/opinion/thomas-jeffersons-bible-teaching.html

… and founding fathers’ view of ‘Christian nation’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/04/what-politicians-mean-when-they-say-america-was-founded-as-a-christian-nation/

On the history of beer in the US:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/03/532250762/how-the-story-of-beer-is-the-story-of-america

Feature on Mary Katherine Goddard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/this-womans-name-appears-on-the-declaration-of-independence-so-why-dont-we-know-her-story/2017/07/03/ce86bf2e-5ff1-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html

On lessons from American history:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/03/opinions/learn-from-history-opinion-bergen/index.html

Yankee Doodle genealogy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/us/yankee-doodle-family-tree.html

On presidents dying on July 4th:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-july-fourth-presidents-20170704-story.html

I think we mentioned the Franklin saga in the making:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/international-row-over-sir-john-163974

Acoustic archaeology at Chaco Canyon:

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/07/003.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170706143145.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uab-aps070617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-previously-silent.html

Review of a book about the Donner Party:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/the-best-land-under-heaven-donner-party-michael-wallis.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Scans suggest a possible tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan (didn’t we hear something like this a few years ago?):

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6309-especialistas-del-inah-localizan-posible-tunel-bajo-la-plaza-y-piramide-de-la-luna-en-teotihuacan
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2439519&CategoryId=14091
https://www.livescience.com/59708-temple-of-the-moon-tunnel.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-secret-tunnel-below-teotihuacans-pyramid-moon-represents-underworld-1629271
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ct-scans-tunnel-mexico-teotihuacan.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11886659
http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/CT-scans-find-possible-tunnel-in-Mexico-s-11265680.php
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/tunnel-pyramid-teotihuacan-Mexico-archaeology-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5713-170705-mexico-teotihuacan-tunnels

Aztec burials from Mexico City associated with resistance to the Spanish Conquest:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97262
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-dig-uncovers-traces-aztec-resistance-spain-180963970/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5716-170706-mexico-colhuacatonco-burials

An Aztec ‘golden wolf sacrifice trove’ from Mexico City too:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-aztecs-idUSKBN19S1RA
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5719-170707-mexico-aztec-sacrifice

Colombia is salvaging gold from the San Jose:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-shipwreck-idUSKBN19Q2N2?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/

More on the Aztec ‘tower of skulls’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40473547
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/02/tower-hundreds-aztec-skulls-found-mexico-city/
https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/07/archeologists-in-mexico-find-an-aztec-tower-of-skulls/532584/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/07/04/archaeologists-unearth-a-500-year-old-tower-of-skulls-and-another-gruesome-aztec-mystery/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/07/04/arcaheologists-unearth-year-old-tower-skulls-mexico/Jszn9f82FQtoFExPgldpsN/story.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/05/535613480/aztec-tower-of-skulls-reveals-women-children-were-sacrificed
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/archaeologists-unearth-a-500yearold-tower-of-skulls-and-a-gruesome-aztec-mystery-20170705-gx51dc.html
https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21724851-pioneers-gender-equality-aztecs-sacrificed-women-well-men-archaeologists-discover?fsrc=rss%7Came
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-skull-tower-contains-remains-women-and-children-180963905/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5709-170703-mexico-city-aztec-skulls

More on that 8000 years bp high altitude site in Peru:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095929.htm
http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-7000-year-old-human-remains-found-in-peruvian-andes-111931

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On pies:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/03/482854462/as-chinese-iranian-and-indonesian-as-apple-pie

On some historical solar eclipses:

https://www.livescience.com/59691-solar-eclipses-that-changed-science.html

Victor Nuovo is talking about Hobbes now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-thomas-hobbes-our-contemporary

Interesting hand found in a museum vault:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15391043.Severed_hand_is_gruesome_discovery_in_Swindon_Museum_vaults/

Big bucks for a Turner at auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97260

The last (?) parchment maker:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2017/07/pergaman-struggles-to-save-parchment.html

Some Yale projects we’ll probably hear more from in the future:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/06/30/three-winners-inaugural-humanities-grant-competition-announced

Studying Victorian attitudes to ‘older women’:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-double-standards-and-derision-tracing-our-attitudes-to-older-women-and-beauty-79575

… Victorian witches and mediums:

http://theconversation.com/from-witches-to-victorian-mediums-the-abuse-of-levitating-women-80217

Some of Jane Austen’s correspondence is coming to auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97303

… and there’s a feature on her word choices:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/upshot/the-word-choices-that-explain-why-jane-austen-endures.html

Those forensic dogs looking for Amelia Earhart may have found her:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/forensic-dogs-amelia-earhart-spot-where-died/

… but the ‘she survived the crash’ theory was revived too:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/world/amelia-earhart-photo-japan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35837979/documentary-claims-amelia-earhart-survived-crash

The Chicago library wants help transcribing some magical manuscripts:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-library-seeks-help-transcribing-magical-manuscripts-180963911/

Feature on Kathe Kollwitz:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-tragedy-150-years-of-k%C3%A4the-kollwitz/a-39600754

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://arts.theaureview.com/reviews/we-explore-the-expansive-exhibition-gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-at-brisbanes-queensland-museum/
http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/sponsored-content/museums/brooke-boland/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-brings-ancient-rome-to-brisbane-253994

China and Egypt:

http://artdaily.com/news/97240/Exhibition-in-Berlin-presents-ancient-Egyptian-and-ancient-Chinese-artefacts-side-by-side

Franklin Expedition:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/06/sir-john-franklin-arctic-voyage-greenwich-exhibition

Alma Tadema:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/alma-tadema-home-antiquity-leighton-house-museum-review/
https://www.ft.com/content/6715d964-609c-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97328

Greek Vases:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2017/07/08/Museum-s-Greek-vases-exhibit-features-gods-heroes.html

Must Farm finds:

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/whats-on/bronze-age-finds-from-must-farm-on-show-at-museum-over-summer-1-8045427

Jacobites:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/review-jacobite-exhibition-explores-legacy-of-the-stuarts-1-4498514

Gurlitt items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/arts/design/first-public-showing-of-monet-rodin-and-maillols-from-gurlitt-trove.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40537709
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/arts/design/gurlitt-collection-artwork-arrives-in-switzerland.html

A recent acquisition by the National Museum of Wales:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-40532148

The British Museum is bringing back its reading room:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/04/british-museum-to-bring-back-reading-room-as-part-of-revamp

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction from Peru is the Lady of Cao:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-peru-reconstructs-woman-years.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-culture-idUSKBN19P2IP?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.smh.com.au/world/peru-reveals-face-of-ancient-young-female-ruler-lady-of-cao-20170704-gx4r4c.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40502368
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/csi-tools-mummy-moche-peru-cao-brujo/

Faces of Palmyra:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/05/digitally-reconstructing-the-faces-of-ancient-palmyra/

More on digital facial reconstruction of those Salish folk:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-family-brought-back-life-digital-reconstruction-180963921/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to figure out languages in India:

https://www.livescience.com/59703-north-india-populated-by-central-asian-invaders.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5715-170706-india-genetic-study

DNA suggests ‘shortness’ helped people survive the Ice Age:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/science/they-were-shorter-and-at-risk-for-arthritis-but-they-survived-an-ice-age.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/newgrange-ireland-stone-age/index.html

Teotihuacan:

https://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/05/actualidad/1499218087_670131.html

Viking Trail:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170629-the-first-european-settlement-in-the-new-world

Roman Rhine:

http://www.commdiginews.com/travel/a-roman-adventure-along-the-shores-of-switzerlands-rhine-91036/

Chartres Cathedral:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/07/08/rick-steves-awestruck-chartres-cathedral/461425001/

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CRIME BEAT
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A couple of weeks’ worth of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-19-june-2-july-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-12-18-june-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Some Chinese jade vessels were ‘recovered and sold’ (not quite repatriated):

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97230

… and there is a desire for the return of Zeugma mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/minister-avci-asks-for-zeugma-mosaics-to-be-returned.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115228&NewsCatID=375

… and a Haida item in the British Museum:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/haida-indigenous-repatriation/article35572292/

Since there doesn’t appear to be an acknowledgement of a crime (although there should be), we’re putting the Hobby Lobby coverage under ‘repatriation’:

https://www.courthousenews.com/feds-seize-thousands-iraqi-artifacts-hobby-lobby/
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-06/hobby-lobby-ignored-red-flags-about-stolen-iraqi-artifacts
https://hyperallergic.com/389064/hobby-lobby-busted-for-illegally-importing-thousands-of-iraqi-antiquities/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hobby-lobby-ancient-iraqi-artifacts-archaeologist-amr-al-azm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40516932
https://www.livescience.com/59710-hobby-lobby-forfeits-smuggled-iraqi-artifacts.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/spotlight-hobby-lobby-s-biblical-collection-after-smuggle-case-n780286
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/hobby-lobby-smuggled-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-out-of-iraq/532743/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/710217/hobby-lobby-pay-3-million-settle-antiquities-smuggling-case
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraqiartifacts-idUSKBN19Q33Q?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-hobby-lobby-20170705-story.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/05/535698988/hobby-lobby-to-forfeit-smuggled-iraqi-antiquities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/05/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-artifacts-smuggled-from-iraq/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-retailer-fined-3-million-for-iraqi-artifacts-smuggled-via-israel-uae/
http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Hobby-Lobby-to-pay-fine-for-illegal-items-from-UAE-Israel-498924
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232145
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hobby-lobby-justice-department-fine-3-million-ancient-artefacts-iraq-antiquities-illegal-imports-a7826241.html
http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-iraq-antiquities-evangelicals-632434
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/hobby-lobby-reaches-settlement-will-forfeit-ancient-iraqi-artifacts-smuggled-into-us/article35570650/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40516932

… and they’re trying to keep this unassociated with the soon-to-open Museum of the Bible:

http://dcist.com/2017/07/hobby_lobby_fined_3_million_for_sto.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/07/06/hobby-lobbys-3-million-smuggling-case-casts-a-cloud-over-the-museum-of-the-bible/

… and we’re geting opeds on assorted implications:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts.html
http://time.com/money/4847701/hobby-lobby-ancient-artifacts-iraq/
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/hobby-lobby-accused-of-hypocrisy-amid-antiquities-smuggling-scandal/article35585095/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/hobby-lobby-trouble-importing-artifacts/
http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/07/time-let-collectors-like-hobby-lobby-import-artifacts-west/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hobby-lobby-artifacts-trade-hypocrisy/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/antiquities-trade-hobby-lobby-1.4193811

… and a good analysis of the situation:

http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/cultural-property-forfeiture-hobby.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on plantation tokens:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2017/07/american-plantations-tokens-in-british-colonial-america.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n28.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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Dr Mary Walker:

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/07/once_arrested_for_wearing_pants_dr_mary_walker_was_only_woman_to_received_medal.html

The Rover:

http://theconversation.com/vivacious-and-unapologetic-the-rovers-17th-century-feminism-is-painfully-pertinent-80455

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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/2629-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-june-2017-1-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Jan Fontein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/arts/jan-fontein-scholar-of-asian-art-is-dead-at-89.html

Morton Cohen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/books/morton-cohen-scholar-of-lewis-carroll-and-his-wonderland-dies-at-96.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Suzanne Wasserman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/nyregion/suzanne-wasserman-dead.html

Roger D Abrahams:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/arts/roger-d-abrahams-dead-folklorist.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Giovannangelo Camporeale:

http://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/03/news/addio_al_professor_camporeale_grande_esperto_degli_etruschi-169851569/

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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Explorator 20.10 ~ July 2, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Wilfried Zankl, Rick Heli, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence (perhaps) of Neanderthal dentistry:

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

What million year bp hyena coprolites reveal about early humans:

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

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AFRICA
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A roundup of recent archaeological finds in Africa:

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

Feature on Kush:

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

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Short feature on the Scorpion King:

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

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

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

On the West’s obsession with ancient Egypt:

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

More on those 5200 years bp ‘pre hieroglyphs’:

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

More on that prosthetic toe:

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

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

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

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

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

Earliest evidence of plant-based dye use in Israel:

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

An interview with Gabriel Barkay:

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

Pondering where Israel’s antiquities should be kept:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow up on the Mosque of al Nuri:

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

What ISIL did in Nineveh:

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

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Very interesting 3rd century (maybe) dwelling remains preserved in a fire near the Caelian:

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

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

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

South East Glazed Ware found in the South West:

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

A Late Roman gold hoard from Lienden:

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

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

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

The 2017 excavations at Akrotiri have come to an end:

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

Studying skulls from the necropolis at Portus:

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

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

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

Plans to map the sunken city of Akra:

http://tass.com/society/954191

How Sparta became Spartan:

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

What Kristina Kilgrove is up to:

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

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Machiavelli and Livy:

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

On Roman surveying techniques:

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

On gladiators *not* being sporting heroes:

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

Feature on shoes from Vindolanda:

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

Feature on ‘dormouse fattening jars’:

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

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

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

On ancient Greek pessimism:

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

Reviewish on Hannibal’s crossing of the alps:

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

Digitizing historical images of Rome:

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

More on that chariot mosaic from Akaki:

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

More on pre-Roman Ippleden:

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

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

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

The coverage of the White House obsession with Thucydides continues:

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

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A Neolithic figurine from a Polish village:

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

A Neolithic burial from Silsden:

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

A ‘hidden square’ at Avebury:

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

Digging a hillfort at Oldbury-on-Severn:

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

Remains of a Saxon church on Holy Island:

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

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

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

Assorted sherds from Newport’s medieval kiln:

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

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

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

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

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

… and plans to excavate and conserve the Invincible:

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

Wondering where King Harold is buried:

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

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

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

Criticizing a planned bridge to Tintagel:

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

Interesting headstones from the UK:

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

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

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

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A huge altar from Xinjiang:

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

Renewed/ongoing interest in sites in the Russian Arctic:

http://tass.com/economy/953261

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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 prehistoric Alutiiq fish trap from Kodiak Island:

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

Studying a clam garden site on Russell Island:

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

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

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

A Colonial-era brass lock from Michigan:

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

A Revolution-era musket ball from Charleston:

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

… and a Revolution-era shipwreck off Florida:

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

… while bridge construction threatens the excavation of the Luna:

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

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

Excavating a Jesuit church in Shreveport:

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

A time capsule from a Confederate monument in St Louis:

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

Suggestion Lost Colony settlers moved to Hatteras Island:

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

Feature on the Erie Canal:

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

Feature on the site of Canada’s first parliament:

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

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

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

A legal battle is shaping up over the Franklin artifacts:

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

Colonial court documents show up on eBay:

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

More on that 1000 year bp canoe from Louisiana:

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

More on recreating Native American water bottles:

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

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 7000 years bp high altitude site in Peru:

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

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

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

More on those 1000 years bp burials in Nicaragua:

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

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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 good Canada Day feature:

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

An Alexander Hamilton inspired fourth of July meal:

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

Looking at the history of maps:

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

Acoustic archaeology and cave art:

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

On the sudden popularity of Pushkin:

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

On the original colour of the Statue of Liberty:

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

On recreating ancient ales and the like:

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

On digging while expecting:

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

Much excitement in Russia over St Nicholas relics:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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

Teotihuacan:

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

Berlin Painter:

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

Gladiators:

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

Religion in Early America:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new bone identification technique:

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

A new xray technique for analyzing artifacts:

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

Latest facial reconstruction is a 500 year bp Dublin man:

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

… and more on reconstructing faces of First Nations people:

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

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

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

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

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

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

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

Acinipo’s Roman Ruins:

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

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CRIME BEAT
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

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

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

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

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Not quite sure whether this should be classified ‘Early humans’ or ‘Ancient Near East’ … ‘million year old’ stone tools from Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/23/archaeologists-discover-million-year-old-stone-artifacts-in-turkeys-tunceli

More on the search for evidence of first fire use:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/quest-for-clues-to-humanitys-first-fires/

More on where homo floresiensis fits into the hominid family tree:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/genetic-modelling-adds-a-new-twist-to-hobbit-ancestry-question

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AFRICA
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This probably should be filed under Egypt … a 3400 years bp gold worker’s tomb from the Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/59534-ancient-nubia-tomb-of-gold-worker-found.html
https://www.livescience.com/59532-photos-ancient-tomb-along-nile.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-3400-year-old-tomb-gold-worker-discovered-nile-river-island-1627094
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5669-170619-sudan-gold-worker

Concerns for sites in Nigeria:

http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2017/06/expert-urges-ngsg-to-protect-archaeological-sites/

More on the ‘lost’ city dating back to the 10th century in Ethiopia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-city-ethiopia-country-history.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/harlaa-discovery-12th-century-mosque-bronze-silver-coins-university-exeter-timothy-insoll-a7805956.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/long-lost-city-believed-be-home-giants-unearthed-ethiopia-1627034
https://qz.com/1008940/an-ancient-islamic-city-has-been-found-under-harlaa-an-ethiopian-town-where-local-lore-spoke-of-giants/
http://www.newser.com/story/244589/lost-islamic-city-held-riches-from-a-world-away.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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6000 years bp (give or take) petroglyphs from south of Luxor are being connected to the invention of hieroglyphs:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/06/20/yale-archaeologists-discover-earliest-monumental-egyptian-hieroglyphs
https://www.livescience.com/59588-billboard-of-hieroglyphs-contains-cosmic-message.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/271427/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Inscriptions-showing-early-hieroglyphic-writing-di.aspx
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/75896/20170622/archaeologists-yale-university-uncovers-breakthrough-egyptian-hieroglyphics-discovery.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/6000-year-old-rock-art-shows-emergence-ancient-egypt-hieroglyphs-1627540
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5677-170622-egypt-rock-art

Studying 2000 years bp graffiti in the tomb of Rameses VI:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414643,in-a-pharaoh-tomb-archaeologist-examines-the-inscriptions–of-ancient-tourists.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5681-170623-egyptian-ancient-graffiti

That wooden prosthetic toe from from tomb in Luxor found a few years ago was back in the news:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-wooden-toe-swiss-egyptologists-year-old.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uob-awt062017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170620093118.htm
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeology_swiss-examine–extraordinary–egyptian-faux-toe/43274046?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
https://www.livescience.com/59581-ancient-prosthetic-toe-found-in-egyptian-grave.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/weird-archaeological-find-wooden-prosthetic-big-toe-ancient-egypt-2556234
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-secrets-ancient-cairo-toe-180963783/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/health/ancient-egypt-wooden-toe-prosthetic-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5672-170620-egypt-prosthetic-toe
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/egyptologists-study-3000-year-old-wooden-toe

Feature on Khufu’s second solar boat:

http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.109

Feature on the al Maala necropolis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/271375/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AlMaala-necropolis-site-in-Upper-Egypt-is-scientif.aspx

Ship waste threatens sunken antiquities in Alexandria’s harbour:

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/egypts-sunken-antiquities-threatened-by-ship-waste-382161

More on child burials near Amarna:

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

More on that 2500 years bp tomb find:

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

Finds from various periods at a site in Huqoq:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4976864,00.html

A 900 years bp women’s jewellery collection from Modin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4295
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Modi%E2%80%99in-students-uncover-a-gem-of-an-excavation-.aspx
http://www.timesofisrael.com/school-pupils-help-find-900-year-old-crusader-jewelry-trove/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/900-year-old-womens-jewelry-collection-discovered-in-modiin/2017/06/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Students-unearth-rare-900-year-old-jewelry-collection-in-Modiin-excavation-497399
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231297
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/6/20/volunteers-discover-900-year-old-ancient-jewelry-in-crusader-fortress
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4979084,00.html
http://forward.com/fast-forward/375177/israeli-kids-help-excavate-900-year-old-crusader-fortress/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5670-170620-crusader-fortress-jewelry

Finding that ‘hidden text’ on a potsherd in a museum in Israel has spurred the search for more hidden texts:

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/6/18/discovery-of-hidden-text-prompts-new-approach-to-biblical-digs-in-israel

… in case you missed it:

https://www.livescience.com/59545-ancient-inscription-requests-more-wine.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-pottery-message-more-wine/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-calling-wine-found-ancient-pottery-shard-180963780/

An aerial survey of sites in Iraq:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/iraq-uses-aerial-survey-for-antiques.html

Feature on Ishtar:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-legend-of-ishtar-first-goddess-of-love-and-war-78468

Some artworks destroyed/damaged by ISIL in Palmyra have been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/two-palmyra-artworks-destroyed-by-is-restored-for-first-time/a-39344347

More on the redating of that tower in Jerusalem:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/carbon-dating-undermines-biblical-narrative-for-ancient-jerusalem-tower/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5673-170621-jerusalem-stone-tower

More on the antiquities bust near Tzippori:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-helps-stop-antiquities-robbing-gang-in-northern-israel/

Major tourism hopes for the Hittite site at Comum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hittite-capital-corum-hopes-for-half-a-million-tourists.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114591&NewsCatID=375

An overview of monuments lost in conflicts in the Middle East:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/architecture/precious-monuments-lost-in-middle-east-conflicts/index.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/major-heritage-centres-that-the-islamic-state-has-destroyed/article19134355.ece

ISIL was much in the news this week … first, they lost control of Sergiopolis:

https://english.almanar.com.lb/289236

… and they blew up the 12th century Al Nuri mosque in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40363671
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/world/middleeast/mosul-nuri-mosque-isis.html?emc=edit_na_20170621&nl=breaking-news&nlid=10296088&ref=cta
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/21/islaimic-state-blows-landmark-great-mosque-al-nuri-famous-leaning/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/22/533903315/isis-destroys-historic-mosque-in-mosul-as-iraqi-forces-close-in
http://www.dw.com/en/is-destroys-mosul-mosque-where-leader-baghdadi-declared-caliphate/a-39357749
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-blows-up-mosque-in-mosul-where-baghdadi-declared-caliphate/2017/06/21/7070ff30-56b9-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/is-blows-up-mosul-mosque-latest-heritage-site-destroyed/2017/06/22/71b50772-5747-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/isil-militants-destroy-famed-12th-century-mosque-in-iraqs-historic-city-of-mosul/wcm/cce78951-0b0a-40ee-981d-1e85eaae5ce2
https://www.yahoo.com/news/blows-mosul-mosque-latest-heritage-123237913.html

… related op eds:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39339373
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0622/ISIS-destroys-Mosul-mosque-thought-to-be-act-of-desperation
http://theconversation.com/destroying-mosuls-great-mosque-islamic-states-symbolic-war-to-the-end-80002

Overview of cultural destruction in Mosul:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/Mosul-ISIS-Islamic-State-Iraq-Nuri-Mosque-Hadba-Minaret/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Evidence of ‘wine culture’ emerging at Ipplepen:

http://www.devonlive.com/new-findings-show-ancient-devon-folk-had-a-taste-for-exotic-food-and-drink/story-30398815-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40330840
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/06/further-evidence-pre-roman-britons-had-wine-culture/

1600 years bp mosaic from Adiyaman:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1600-year-old-mosaic-found-in-turkeys-adiyaman-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114479&NewsCatID=375
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/19/c_136377893.htm

An ancient road find at Termessos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-road-found-in-termessos-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=114632&NewsCatID=375

Surveying at Idomeni:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/25990-archaeologists-idomeni-has-always-been-an-important-north-south-route-in-greece.html

Feature on the dig at Hawara:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/canadian-scholars-explore-ancient-nabataean-site-hawara

Suggestion Shetland ponies may have pulled chariots in Colchester:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/shetland-ponies-could-have-pulled-chariots-colchester-find-suggests/

Studying skulls to track migrations in the Roman empire:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-skulls-migration-roman-empire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/ncsu-ass062017.php

Evidence of earthquake ‘awareness’ at Troy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-measures-against-quakes-seen-in-troy-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114452&NewsCatID=375

How China viewed Rome in the third century:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-text-roman-chinese-2006-2017/

Big bucks for a Roman sculpture:

https://www.livescience.com/59543-roman-sculpture-auctioned-for-nearly-1-million.html

That recovered Hercules sarcophagus is on display in Geneva:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-hercules-on-display-in-geneva-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114537&NewsCatID=375

Victor Nuovo’s latest looks at Machiavelli and Livy:

http://addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-machiavelli-living-dark-times-livy-0

What the Wonder Woman movie gets right:

http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2017/06/13/amazons-in-all-shapes-sizes-and-colors-what-the-wonder-woman-movie-got-right/

Honours for Jack Davis:

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

More on threats against Sarah Bond:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/19/classicist-finds-herself-target-online-threats-after-article-ancient-statues
http://www.press-citizen.com/story/opinion/2017/06/22/ui-classics-professor-deserves-support-during-online-attacks/419512001/
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2017062315475874

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-leads-classical-traditions-seminar

Nice feature on mosaics:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-world-of-mosaics-from-tivoli-to-tottenham-court-road/

Wallsend Roman Fort gets its centurion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40319065

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/she-devils-on-horseback-in-search-of-the-fabled-amazons/
http://www.theartsdesk.com/books/john-man-amazons-review-real-warrior-women-ancient-world

More on the catacombs of Domitilla:

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

Assorted coverage of the revelation of the popularity of Thucydides among assorted folks in the White House:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/21/why-the-white-house-is-reading-greek-history-215287
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/21/steve_bannon_likes_thucydides_for_all_the_wrong_reasons.html
http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/06/22/politico-trump-administration-seeks-insight-in-u-s-a-china-relations-from-ancient-greek-historian/

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Interesting dig of a burial mound at Bryn Celli ddu Angelsey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/21/archeologists-unearth-prehistoric-ritual-area-bryn-celli-ddu-anglesey
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bryn-celli-ddu-burial-anglesey–13226143
http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/177473/a-celebration-of-anglesey-s-neolithic-past-draws-the-crowds-to-bryn-celli-ddu.aspx
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/inside-5000-year-old-tomb-13227182
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5675-170621-bryn-celli-ddu

7000 years bp remains (burials and more) from Sion (Switzerland):

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170623/archaeologists-find-7000-year-old-human-remains-in-sion-city

Evidence of the popularity of amber some 3500 years bp:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414642,archeologist-amber-was-popular-in-europe-already-35-thousand-years-ago.html

Mapping hill forts in Ireland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/22/hillforts-uk-ireland-mapped-first-time-online-database-atlas
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40359829
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-british-isles-hill-forts-using-new-online-atlas-180963803/

A metal detectorist found a 1400 years bp jewellery box:

http://www.westsussextoday.co.uk/news/i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-says-treasure-hunter-who-found-1-400-year-old-jewellery-1-8018371
http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-says-treasure-hunter-who-found-1-400-year-old-jewellery-1-8018371
http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/county-news-i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-treasure-hunter-s-amazing-find-1-8018412

Burials found during the search for a Saxon church in Staffordshire:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/penkridge/2017/06/23/skeletons-uncovered-at-staffordshire-church/

A sword came out of one of those Viking boat graves in Iceland that we mentioned last week:

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2017/06/17/video_viking_sword_removed_from_boat_grave/

A Viking toilet from southern Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/1000-year-old-viking-toilet-uncovered-denmark
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/unexpected-viking-toilet-discovery-leads-to-controversy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5682-170623-denmark-viking-privy

Feature on Viking plates:

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/24/viking-culture-food

Searching for the Old Deer monastery:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40379384

Evidence of brutal medieval punishment from a Portuguese necropolis:

https://www.livescience.com/59529-medieval-skeletons-with-hands-feet-amputated.html

A medieval sword from a bog in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414626,lubelskie-medieval-sword-discovered-at-a-peat-bog.html
http://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/amazing-14th-century-longsword-found-polish-bog/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5667-170619-poland-medieval-sword

Medieval stones from the site of Coventry’s new water park:

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/archaeologists-find-medieval-carved-stones-13204501
http://world.einnews.com/article/387822549/live

Medieval glass bracelets from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/24/archaeology-ancient-glass-bracelets-found-at-newly-discovered-necropolis-near-plovdivs-small-basilica/

Plenty of bits of medieval pottery from Pembrokeshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40393391

Remains of a 250 years bp ‘lost’ estate near Exeter:

http://www.devonlive.com/archaeologists-accidentally-stumble-across-250-year-old-lost-mansion-on-estate-near-exeter/story-30400537-detail/story.html

Finds from various periods during bypass construction in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/nine-fascinating-archaeological-finds-lincolnshire-121565

A 17th century shipwreck off Stockholm has been identified (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.797286

On the crisis British archaeology is facing:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/20/trouble-brewing-british-archaeology

On the battle that settled the War of the Roses:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40292647

A prehistoric site in Plovdiv was bulldozed:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/22/archaeology-oldest-prehistoric-settlement-site-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-bulldozed/

Colorizing some Pictish stones:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40286318

Raising funds to put a Bronze Age skeleton on display in a Scots museum:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15367632.Bronze_Age_skeleton_is_a_step_closer_to_rattling_its_way_into_the_limelight_thanks_to___50_000_donation/

Feature on petroglyphs in the Swabian Jura:

http://www.dw.com/en/caves-and-ice-age-art-in-the-swabian-jura/a-39314348
http://www.dw.com/en/the-worlds-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118

More on possible medieval cat skinning:

https://www.livescience.com/59443-medieval-farmers-skinned-cats.html

More on that abbey wall find in Canterbury:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/remarkable-historic-find-at-universitys-127687/

More on ‘Firehenge’:

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

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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Remains of a 3000 years bp ‘sun altar’ from Xinjiang:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/China-Ancient-sun-altar-918201.php

Excavations have started at a 1000 years bp site in Xinjiang:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/21/c_136383422.htm
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=91910

A woven basket and other items from a site in Kashihara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706220039.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5679-170622-japan-basket-stand

Remains of a colonial garden in Whanghanui:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=11879627

Praise for a Chinese citizen who turned over finds from his garden to a museum:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-06/23/content_29857304.htm

Hype for a documentary about China:

http://www.pbs.org/show/story-china/

More on those human sacrifice remains at Yinxu:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-skeletal-sacrificial-victims-shang-dynasty.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/human-sacrifice-victims-killed-bloody-rituals-china-3000-years-ago-were-war-captives-1626856
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-human-sacrifices-were-prisoners-162419239.html
https://qz.com/1011851/archaeologists-have-found-proof-that-the-ancient-chinese-shang-dynasty-used-foreign-slaves/

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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 prehistoric fish trap and petroglyphs from Kodiak Island:

https://alaska-native-news.com/prehistoric-fish-trap-and-petroglyphs-found-on-kodiak-island-29163

A 1000 years bp dugout canoe from Louisiana:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/history/2017/06/22/caddo-tribe-canoe-found-red-river/417765001/
http://www.timesunion.com/news/texas/article/Archaeologists-find-prehistoric-canoe-in-north-11244285.php
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/texas/article_281710c6-e4d0-5592-9fe5-05876172c383.html
http://www.ksla.com/story/35727059/caddo-parish-couple-find-centuries-old-canoe-in-red-river
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5678-170622-louisiana-dugout-canoe

Revolutionary War era lock from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/06/revolutionary_war-era_lock_une.html

Finds from a Confederate prison site on an island in Sandusky Bay:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2017/06/19/Big-finds-in-tiny-pieces-at-Confederate-prison-site.html

Excavating an 1837 house in Van Buren (Arkansas):

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/19/university-sets-to-work-on-1837-house-2/?f=news-arkansas

Digging a site associated with Emily Dickinson:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Dig-aims-to-unearth-details-of-Emily-Dickinson-s-11230949.php

Feature on petroglyphs in Parowan Gap:

http://stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2017/06/18/raw-petroglyph-day-interpretations-and-mysteries-of-parowan-gap/#.WUgi7uvythG

Pondering whether the Maya visited Florida:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/20/florida-frontiers-did-ancient-maya-visit-florida/411801001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

A shipwreck off Florida:

http://keysnews.com/article/story/archaeologists-uncover-likely-acorn-wreck/

A Jesuit church from Shreveport:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2017/06/21/archeology-shreveport-old-jesuit-church-excavated-clay/403655001/

Digging a ‘native American village’ site in Illinois:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170624/news/306249998/
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/06/22/isu-archaeological-team-digs-through-native-american-village/

Digging a site in Delphi (Indiana):

http://wishtv.com/2017/06/23/archaeologists-uncovering-delphis-history/

Feature on Roanoke:

http://www.carolinacountry.com/carolina-stories/stories/roanoke-the-persistent-mystery-of-a-lost-colony

Concerns for a site in Sacramento:

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/runoff-from-record-winter-could-endanger-secret-archaeological-site/

Nunavut is arguing with the Canadian government about Franklin Expedition artifacts:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/nunavut-complains-to-trudeau-that-federal-scientists-took-franklin-artifacts-without-permission/wcm/a670e186-ef66-4928-8594-a31436baf1e4

Recreating Native American water bottles from California:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/bc-src061917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170623110551.htm
https://www.wired.com/story/plastic-water-bottles-might-have-poisoned-ancient-californians/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5683-170623-california-bitumen-bottles

Some features relating to Canada’s 150th anniversary (probably will be more next week):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/world/canada/canada-family-histories.html

Review(ish) of Kaplan, *Lincoln and the Abolitionists*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/books/review/lincoln-and-the-abolitionists-fred-kaplan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Stadium construction in Nicaragua reveals a 1200 years bp burial ground:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30318662

Latest finds from Machu Picchu:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-machu-picchu-new-archaeological-finds-from-inca-citadel-released-111879
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5680-170622-peru-ritual-vessel

Excavating a coffee plantation in Cuba:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saint-mary-s-university-archaeological-havana-slave-plantation-1.4171755

More on the El Volcan pyramid in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/59544-mysterious-volcano-shaped-pyramid-in-peru.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5674-170621-peru-el-volcan

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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 trove of Nazi artifacts from Argentina:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-hidden-trove-nazi-artifacts-argentina.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hidden-trove-suspected-nazi-artifacts-found-argentina-48145123
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40349808

Feature on the history of money:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/06/20/when-did-people-start-using-money/
https://www.livescience.com/59560-when-did-people-start-using-money.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-cents-currencys-ancient-rise-180963776/

Next up in the search for Amelia Earhart … forensic dogs:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/amelia-earhart-island-dogs/
http://www.newsweek.com/amelia-earhart-fred-noonan-remains-search-nikumaroro-627886
http://www.newser.com/story/244593/new-earhart-search-less-a-shot-in-dark-than-any-before.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/section/where%20oh%20where%20could%20she%20be%3F
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/22/did-amelia-earhart-die-on-a-remote-pacific-island-bone-sniffing-border-collies-may-find-out/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11880888

Feature on the evolution of Christian portraits from pagan icons:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-short-step-from-pagan-portraits-to-early-christian-icons/

Apparently there is a shortage of archaeologists:

http://observer.com/2017/06/archaeologist-shortage-britain/

On the history of music:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-story-music-humans.html

On the use of periods … or not:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/13/stop-using-periods-period-2/

Feature on pirates:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170621-the-timeless-allure-of-pirates

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Coins of the Realm/Faces of Power:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796986
http://www.imj.org.il/en/exhibitions/faces-power

Age of Empires:

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

Cutty Sark:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/22/c_136384609.htm

Nazca culture:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/22/c_136384909.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1052911.shtml

Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/06/23/excavation-story-of-catalhoyuk-on-display
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/koc-university-reveals-the-curious-case-of-catalhoyuk.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114682&NewsCatID=375

Silk Road (requires translation):

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/sjGsU5CpDkc1K9T_-3NgPQ

Letters from Baghdad:

http://www.startribune.com/lawrence-of-arabia-s-female-counterpart-finally-gets-the-attention-she-earned/430165663/

Expansion plans at the Victoria and Albert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/arts/design/victoria-and-albert-museum-to-unveil-expansion.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the facial reconstruction front, we have an 18th dynasty mummy:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5671-170620-nebiri-mummy-reconstruction

… and a Herculaneum victim:

https://3dprint.com/178803/3d-recreate-faces-herculaneum/
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20170622-3d-scanning-helps-scientists-recreate-2000-year-old-exploded-head-of-mount-vesuvius-victim.html

The French military is funding the use of tech to document heritage sites in conflict zones:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/french-military-funds-technology-to-document-heritage-in-conflict-zones/

Plans to use tech to figure out an El Greco:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40275610

A ‘exciting’ item from Roanoke thought to be gold turns out to be brass:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/?utm_source=keywee-facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=keywee&kwp_0=413564

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track cat domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/kl-adr061617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170619125825.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59538-cat-domestication-dispersal-in-ancient-world.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/06/19/ancient-dna-unravels-cat-domestication-like-ball-of-yarn/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40306897
http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/ancient-modern-dna-cats-conquered-world-04972.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-egypt-cats-colonise-planet-sacred-animals-a7798021.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/19/africats-to-the-purr-ymids-dna-study-reveals-long-tale-of-cat-domestication
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5668-170619-dna-cat-domestication

More on that mummy DNA study:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/health/ancient-egypt-mummy-dna-genome-heritage/index.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Blue Mountains (Australia):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/australia-aboriginal-history-tour-blue-mountains-180963600/

Petroglyphs in Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/19/scotland-prehistoric-rock-carvings-walking-holidays

Italian libraries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/italian-libraries-hidden-treasures-books-architecture-art.html?_r=0

Baths of Diocletian:

https://thewest.com.au/travel/europe/bathing-in-ancient-roman-history-ng-b88409471z

Georgia (not the one in the US):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/travel/music-ancient-history-in-the-caucasus-georgia-turkey.html

Galapagos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/travel/galapagos-islands-ecuador-affordable-vacation.html

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CRIME BEAT
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More on that thwarted Ottoman era Qurans smuggling attempt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/06/19/authorities-stop-five-ancient-handwritten-qurans-illegally-smuggled-egypt/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-smuggling-five-ottoman-era-qurans-foiled-987500

A museum theft in New Jersey:

https://apnews.com/4c286e4e232e402992a205bfb4291d84

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-12-18-june-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt marks a pile of successful repatriation efforts:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-restored-archaeological-pieces/

The Aboriginal shield in the British Museum is becoming a saga:

https://hyperallergic.com/385885/why-an-australian-aborigine-wants-the-british-museum-to-return-his-ancestors-shield/

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NUMISMATICA
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A 4th century gold coin from Chattisgarh:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/rare-gold-coin-on-repose-technique-unearthed-in-chhattisgarh/articleshow/59237784.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n26.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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Feature on Felix Mendelssohn:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/23/533805082/meet-felix-mendelssohn-composer-of-the-original-song-of-the-summer

Boston Early Music Festival:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/arts/music/review-boston-early-music-festival.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Brooklyn Academy of Music has put a pile of materials online:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/arts/brooklyn-academy-of-music-puts-70000-archive-materials-online.html

On some ‘Classical Couples’:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/5-classical-couples-gave-us-lovely-music/

… and some musical knives:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/listen-these-knives-can-carry-tune

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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/2627-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-june-2017-17-june-2017

Latest Strata: Portaits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2626-strata-june-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Ben Finney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/us/ben-finney-dead-hawaii-tahiti.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the ‘Neanderthal-homo sapiens transition’ in a Czech cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/anu-ssl061317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614114243.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/06/14/Czech-cave-dig-reveals-details-of-Neanderthal-human-transition/7951497460230/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/czech-cave-sheds-light-neanderthal-075530063.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/neanderthals-homo-sapiens-likely-met-over-40000-years-ago-modern-day-czech-republic-2552510
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5660-170615-czech-cave-neanderthals
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/new-light-on-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition

Paleoproteomics looks like something we’ll be hearing more about:

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

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

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

On the evolution of fire making:

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

More on purported European origins for early hominids:

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

More on 300 000 years bp homo sapiens:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0608/Just-how-Earth-shattering-are-those-300-000-year-old-Homo-sapiens-fossils
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/300000-year-old-early-homo-sapiens-sparks-debate-over-evolution/

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

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sudan-mysterious-holes-drilled-rocks-are-remains-ancient-shelters-banks-nile-river-1625878
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5620-170612-sudan-rock-holes

Digging a site associated with the Kingdom of Kush:

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

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/16/archaeologists-unearth-forgotten-city-ethiopia/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40301959
http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopia-discovery-islam-africa-harlaa-626634
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7950/Egyptian-Indian-and-Chinese-antiquities-discovered-in-Ethiopia

1000 years bp glass beads from Nigeria:

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

On the history of fossil hunting in Africa:

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

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Encroachments on Dashur’s necropolis have been removed:

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

Plans to use robots to explore looters’ tunnels in Egypt:

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

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

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

More on that Hellenistic tomb from Alexandria:

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

A monumental mikveh from Herod’s palace in Jordan:

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

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

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?&storyid4677=2335&ncs4677=3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/afot-mir061417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614160504.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Advanced-imaging-reveals-rare-Hebrew-inscription-from-First-Temple-period-496878
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796024
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4975905,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/revolutionary-technology-reveals-dazzling-hidden-text-on-biblical-era-shard/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew-inscription-undetected-for-over-50-years/2017/06/15/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/science/send-more-wine-pottery-archaeology.html
http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-transcribe-invisible-2500-year-old-hebrew-inscription-request-send-625946
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5663-170615-ancient-hebrew-inscription

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

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

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

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-nabs-antiquities-pirates-at-archeological-site-496617
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/antiquities-robbers-caught-in-ancient-galilee-town/2017/06/12/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-helps-stop-antiquities-robbing-gang-in-northern-israel/

More on that Crusader-era ‘escape tunnel’:

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

Feature on how cuneiform was used:

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

Lawrence Schiffman on the Magdala Stone:

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

Saudi Arabia is hosting an antiquities forum:

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

Training folks to restore mosaics in Jordan:

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

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

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

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

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

Why London is where it is:

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

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

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

… which was spun in various ways for political purposes:

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

… and resulted in her getting death threats:

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

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

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

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

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

An interview with Tim Whitmarsh:

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

Honours for Jack Davis:

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

What Caius Mergy is up to:

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

Mapping Greek ceramic production:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/project-maps-greek-ceramic-production-over-five-millennia
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-greek-ceramic-production-millennia.html

About that Nero rock opera in Rome:

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

On comparing Trump to Julius Caesar:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-orange-julius-but-he-does-share-traits-with-other-tyrants-of-rome
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/opinion/the-trumpiest-roman-of-them-all.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

… related:

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

On Thucydides:

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

On some ancient doctors:

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

On recreating Roman wines:

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

On the Roman propagandistic legacy:

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

On the inspiration(s) for Wonder Woman:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-real-life-female-warriors-who-inspired-wonder-woman-62228
http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/trilogy-of-films-on-ancient-women-warrior-tribes-announced

… and a popular joke in the movie:

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

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

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

More on the Catacombs of Domitilla:

https://www.livescience.com/59424-paintings-of-christ-in-roman-catacombs.html
https://www.livescience.com/59428-roman-catacomb-frescoes-photos.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17050/20170613/lasers-art-art-restoration-ancient-artifacts-laser-ablation.htm

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5000 years bp tools found during construction in downtown Moscow:

http://tass.com/society/951717

Iron Age and Bronze Age finds from Parliament Hill:

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

Remains of some Bronze Age roundhouses near Cornwall:

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/15346250.Bronze_Age_discovery_on_Helston_housing_site_raises_questions_over_its_future/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5658-170614-england-cornwall-roundhouses

A Viking ‘chief’ burial from Iceland:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeologists-n-iceland-discover-viking-age-chief-buried-ship-his-sword-and-dog
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2017/06/16/iceland_viking_grave_a_bigger_find_than_we_believed/

… and then another:

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

Both:

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

We also are hearing of four ‘pagan graves’:

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

A medieval sword from a peat bog:

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

Evidence of ‘skinning cats’ in medieval Spain (various spins put on this, of course):

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

Excavating a possible medieval royal hunting lodge in New Forest:

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

… and a medieval longhouse near Seathwaite Tarn:

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

A 14th century abbey wall from Canterbury:

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

Remains of a Minton pottery factory:

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

More witch markings from Wookey Hole:

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

Some ‘mysterious vaults’ were found by stonemasons working at Blenheim Palace:

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

Finds from excavations at Auckland Castle:

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

Latest visitor centre saga is at Clifford’s Tower:

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

UNESCO doesn’t like the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

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

On fixing damage to artifacts done in last year’s earthquake in Italy:

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

Interview with Christopher Ferguson:

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

More on the Montem Mound:

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

More on ‘Firehenge’ near Avebury:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/excavations-near-avebury-uncover-mysterious-firehenge-800-years-older-than-stonehenge/news-story/5c77e180d84d2ca6bfc04a5d465ad845
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Suggestion that a Shigir idol may have been carved with beaver teeth:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/beavers-teeth-used-to-carve-the-oldest-wooden-statue-in-the-world/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5661-170615-shigir-idol-beavers

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

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

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

https://www.livescience.com/59513-ancient-china-human-sacrifice-revealed.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ancient-human-sacrifice-victims-faced-124900148.html

Excavating a 19th century Googong schoolhouse:

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

Australia’s history textbooks still have problems:

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

Feature on restoring the Great Wall:

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

More on the ‘disappearance’ of the Jenny Lind:

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

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

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

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Searching for evidence of New Hampshire’s oldest occupants:

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

The UW-Madison dig at Aztalan Park:

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

I think we mentioned this piece on Ohio’s Hopewell culture benefitting from immigrants:

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

19th century remains from a Luzerne County dig:

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

Coverage of a dig in Shreveport:

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

Excitement about a possible ‘underground tunnel’ in Halifax:

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

… that turned out to be a sewer pipe:

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

Looking for Sitka remains in Alaska:

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

Possible shipwreck debris from an Oregon beach:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20170615/possible-shipwreck-debris-uncovered-in-cannon-beach
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/06/debris_that_could_be_from_a_10.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5665-170616-oregon-coast-timber

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

https://www.livescience.com/59488-historic-shipwreck-mcculloch-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/59491-photos-century-old-sunken-ship-found.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17103/20170614/historic-shipwreck-spanish-american-war-discovered-southern-california-coast.htm

Plans for a dig at the St George River:

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

The Shíshálh Archaeological Project has some interesting features:

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

What Metin Eren is up to:

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

On the history of interracial marriage in Virginia:

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

Feature on Mesa Verde:

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

On French art and the American Republic:

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

More on Chumash relics from Santa Rosa Island:

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

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ‘volcanic’ theory about the El Volcan pyramid in Peru:

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

What we’re learning about the Guanacaste people:

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

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

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

Feature on Tenochtitlan:

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

Feature on Tordesillas:

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

More on the Aztec temple excavation in Mexico City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/science/aztec-temple-mexico-city.html
http://observer.com/2017/06/500-year-old-aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city/
https://www.livescience.com/59468-aztec-temple-in-mexico-city.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city-ehecatl-tenichtitlan-templo-mayor-a7790901.html

More on that mask from Argentina:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mask-challenges-theories-origin-metalworking-south-america-180963630/
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-3-000-year-old-copper-mask-could-rewrite-the-history-books

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Someone recreated the Sutton Hoo helmet:

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

The ‘last line of defense’ role of archaeologists:

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

A painting from the Scott era was found in Antarctica:

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

On promoting the humanities:

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

On the word ‘idiot’:

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

On Shakespeare’s ‘politics’:

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

Some Juneteenth coverage:

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

An 18th century botanical colouring book:

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

We may have mentioned this forger before:

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

On some cultures that practiced human sacrifice:

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

The stolen brain of St John Bosco was recovered:

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

Latest Polynesian vessel recreation and its trip:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40316930

On how Pasteur changed chemistry:

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

Feature on Ignaz von Dollinger:

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

Review of a biography of Machiavelli:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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

Pompeii:

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/11-features/362885-241681-pompeii-the-exhibition
http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/omsi_pompeii_comes_to_portland.html

Roman hoards:

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

Hyping the Hatay Archaeological Museum’s soon-to-arrive mosaics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

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

Machu Picchu:

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

Dartmoor:

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

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

https://durangoherald.com/articles/165517-native-american-artifacts-worth-thousands-stolen-from-durango-storage
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2017-06-14/native-american-artifacts-stolen-in-colorado

Ottoman era Qurans seized at Cairo’s airport:

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

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

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270845/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-Egyptian-artefacts-from–excavation.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7659/AUC-returns-5-000-artifacts-to-Antiquities-Ministry
http://www.egyptindependent.com/auc-hands-over-5000-artifacts-fustat-excavation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5655-170613-egypt-cairo-repatriation

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

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-17/cambridge-university-refuses-to-return-aboriginal-artifacts-to-australia
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-aborigines-idUSKBN1980A6?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

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

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/opinions/caesar-free-expression-opinion-maltby/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/theater/julius-caesar-shakespeare-donald-trump.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/16/calpurnia-as-melania-octavius-as-jared-the-public-theater-goes-full-trump-with-julius-caesar-in-central-park/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/06/17/trump-activists-interrupt-caesar-play-jpm-orig.cnn
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/theater/julius-caesar-central-park-trump-protesters.html

La Mere Coupable:

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

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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

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

Rudolph Masciantonio:

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

Ben Finney:

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

Philip Gossett:

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

Chana Bloch:

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

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests Neanderthals in the Levant weren’t just living in caves:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4290
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=496127
http://www.timesofisrael.com/who-are-you-calling-a-caveman-israeli-study-finds-neanderthals-had-versatile-habitats/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.794340
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-study-shows-mid-east-neanderthals-were-not-only-cave-dwellers/2017/06/07/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5610-170607-israel-open-air-neanderthals

A site in Morocco suggests homo sapiens was in Africa some 300 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uoc–mfs060517.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/m-tfo060617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-scientists-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-obsession-human-history.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-moroccan-fossil-rearranges-homo-sapiens.html
http://www.livescience.com/59398-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-discovered.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/oldest-known-fossils-for-our-species-discovered-in-morocco
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/science/human-fossils-morocco.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40194150
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-bones-ever-found-shake-foundations-of-the-human-story
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/07/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-thought-east-africa-not/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/garden-of-eden-crucible-life-africa-fossil-discovery-morocco-doubts-a7777911.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0608/Just-how-Earth-shattering-are-those-300-000-year-old-Homo-sapiens-fossils
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-ever-found-300000-years/102585284/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/07/health/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-found/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/06/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-discovered-in-morocco/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-homo-sapiens-morocco-20170607-htmlstory.html
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/moroccan-fossils-shake-up-understanding-of-human-origins/article35231523/?cmpid=rss1
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/homo-sapiens-100-000-years-older-thought-studies-172416296.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2133807-our-species-may-be-150000-years-older-than-we-thought/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/07/531804528/315-0000-year-old-fossils-from-morocco-could-be-earliest-recorded-homo-sapiens
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/homo-sapiens-envejece-100-mil-anos-craneo-podria-redefinir-la-historia-humana/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/06/07/ciencia/1496852661_032685.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-we-thought-180963619/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5611-170607-morocco-jebel-irhoud
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/homo-sapiens-spread-across-the-entire-african-continent-around-300000-years-ago

… another spin is focussing on their diet of game:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170607133246.htm

… and the genetics behind the find:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-anthropology-solve-mysteries-human-evolution-180963608/

More on Oetzi’s death:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40104139

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AFRICA
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Funding issues for Nigerian archaeology:

http://www.pulse.ng/local/in-niger-funds-hinders-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-state-museum-official-id6816967.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A necropolis near Amarna suggests children may have played some role in Amarna’s construction:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6854/Children-may-have-built-archeological-city-of-Amarna
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/06/did-children-build-the-ancient-egyptian-city-of-armana-
http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-ancient-mass-graves-archaeologists-find-child-slaves-of-biblical-egypt/

Ten Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/06/05/ten-late-period-tombs-discovered-aswan/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-ten-huge-2500-year-old-tombs-full-well-preserved-mummies-discovered-1624982

Zahi Hawass’ latest project:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7219/Zahi-Hawass-to-write-History-of-ancient-Egypt-encyclopedia

A 4000 years bp Mesopotamian settlement from Iraqi Kurdistan:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/4000-year-old-lost-mesopotamian-city-discovered-iraqi-kurdistan-1624809
http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/64db7480-0b5c-412e-b8d3-cb3e49d1c1e0

Studying the implications of grain in Mesopotamian cities:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-grain-tale-ancestors-cities.html
https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/ancient-city-in-syria-continues-to-reveal-its-secrets/
http://today.uconn.edu/2017/06/ancient-grains-reveal-roots-early-social-inequality/

An underground city from Turkey’s Kayseri (date?):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/ancient-underground-city-with-52-chambers-discovered-in-turkeys-kayseri
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5606-170605-turkey-kayseri-belagasi

A Crusader-era ‘escape tunnel’ from Tiberias:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42885

A 200 (or 100) years bp shipwreck in the Gulf of Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/200-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/100-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/100-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113911&NewsCatID=341

Another feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-letters-baghdad-review-20170608-story.html

ICOM is putting together an Iranian ‘red list’:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414125/ICOM-to-draw-up-Iranian-antiquities-red-list

On why ISIL destroys things:

http://theconversation.com/erasing-history-why-islamic-state-is-blowing-up-ancient-artefacts-78667

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A Hellenistic tomb from Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270544/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hellenistic-tomb-with-pottery-vessels-discovered-i.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7055/New-Hellenistic-tomb-found-in-Alexandria
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/09/c_136351049.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5618-170609-egypt-alexandria-tombs

I think we mentioned this hoard of Roman solidi from the Netherlands:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-unique-hoard-gold-stages-roman.html
http://news.coinupdate.com/hoard-of-41-roman-solidi-discovered-in-a-dutch-orchard/

1700 bp Roman villa from Libya:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.794244
http://www.newsweek.com/treasure-libya-archaeology-ruins-benghazi-623466

They’re poking around Delos’ ancient port:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-greece-2000-year-old-shipwrecks-tell-story-mythical-island-delos-1624074
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5588-170530-greece-delos-breakwater

Concerns for an ancient mining site on Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/06/07/mathiatis-residents-fear-gold-mining-will-destroy-ancient-site/

Latest paw print in a Roman tile:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-40158189

Latest classically-inspired footwear:

https://sneakernews.com/2017/06/09/tgwo-diadora-rise-and-fall-pack/

On the death of Nero:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/09/day-ad-68-death-tyrannical-emperor-nero/

… and that Nero rock opera in Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/arts/music/nero-rock-opera-rome-palatine-hill.html

On eating dormice:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2017/06/06/pass-the-dormice-breeding-selling-and-eating-honeyed-dormice-in-antiquity/

On Roman (and/or Greek) study techniques:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/11/how-the-romans-can-help-us-to-study

Some Wonder Woman pieces of interest:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15328472.BOOK__The_real_origin_of_Wonder_Woman___/
http://uproxx.com/hitfix/wonder-woman-themyscira-location/

On liturgies:

https://thewire.in/143402/voluntary-taxation-lesson-ancient-greeks/

Studying Euclid’s geometry:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/05/classics-student-tackles-history-geometry-diagrams/
What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170606-asu-professor-work-ancient-greek-poetry-praised-new-york-review-books

What Roberta Stewart is up to:

http://classics.dartmouth.edu/news/war-stories-modern-vets-meet-ancient-texts

On the ‘white maleness’ of Classics:

https://eidolon.pub/fragile-handle-with-care-66848145cf29

… and the ‘whiteness’ imposed on Classical statuary and its implications:

https://hyperallergic.com/383776/why-we-need-to-start-seeing-the-classical-world-in-color/
http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/06/894743-college-professor-ancient-white-marble-statues-promote-belief-white-supremacy/

On translating philotimo:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170605-the-greek-word-that-cant-be-translated

They’re still arguing over how the Colosseum will be run:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/06/07/tar-halts-colosseum-park-5_ac049b8a-33d9-4861-8ea5-2b05154f2329.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/06/07/tar-halts-colosseum-park-3_9da20845-518a-4add-b8a8-fad89feacaac.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/lazio-court-halts-colosseum-national-park/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-politicians-clash-over-management-of-colosseum/
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-07/italy-court-sides-with-5-star-in-colosseum-clash

On the Epidaurus festival:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/03/c_136335865.htm

More on the restored Domitilla catacombs:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865681487/Lasers-reveal-long-hidden-Roman-frescoes-with-biblical-themes.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-roman-catacombs-reveal-stunning-frescoes-180963532/

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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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The ‘fire monument’ at Avebury has been redated to 5300 years bp:

http://www.livescience.com/59411-avebury-circle-older-than-thought.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5614-170608-england-avebury-palisade

A mound in Slough turns out to be a Saxon monument of some sort:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-archaeologists-mound-slough-car-prestigious.html

On Viking family life (!) in Iceland:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/big-viking-families-nurtured-murder

Latest finds at Sherwood Forest’s Viking ‘meeting point’:

http://observer.com/2017/06/archaeologists-announce-discoveries-viking-meeting-site-robin-hood-sherwood-forest/
https://nottstv.com/ancient-viking-meeting-point-sherwood-forest-discovered-archaeologists/

A medieval necropolis from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/07/archaeology-mediaeval-necropolis-with-40-graves-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A medieval burial near Eton College:

http://www.ibtimes.com/strange-archaeological-site-near-historic-eton-college-medieval-grave-2550262

What they’re learning from that Thirty Years War mass grave from Lutzen:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mass-grave-thirty-years-apos-052000174.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-catalogue-grisly-deaths-soldiers-thirty-years-war-180963531/

On bilingualism among medieval Irish scholars:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bilingualism-mediaeval-irish-scholars-akin.html

They’ve started drilling into Forbury Hill (Reading):

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-40206268

Curiosity about a skeleton found 90 years ago at Nottingham Castle:

https://nottstv.com/appeal-launched-discover-truth-behind-mysterious-skeleton-found-nottingham-castle/

Concerns for Altamira:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/06/06/actualidad/1496766705_485131.html

More on that oldest continuously-used sacred site:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15327216.Discovery_during_dig_at_church_shows_ancient_sacred_worship/

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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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Recent finds from the Fugan Temple dig:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096926/legendary-buddhist-temple-lost-more-seven-centuries-yields-its
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5603-170605-china-chengdu-temple

A glass spearhead from Rottnest Island:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-rare-glass-spearhead-rottnest-island.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5615-170608-australia-glass-spearhead

A 19th century schoolhouse dig in rural Australia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5605-170605-australia-school-house

Interesting images of ‘foreigners’ at Sambor Prei Kuk temple:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/temple-mystery-sambor-prei-kuk
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/mysterious-foreigners-carved-temples-sambor-prei-kuk

Feature on the shipwrecks in Kenn Reef:

https://www.livescience.com/59423-kenn-reefs-shipwrecks-photos.html

Not really in our purview, but the wreck of the HMAS Perth is practically gone because of illegal scavenging:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/05/sunken-australian-warship-hmas-perth-ransacked-by-illegal-scavengers
http://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-disappearing-ocean-history-hmas-perth-is-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-78347

Meanwhile the wreck of the Jenny Lind has disappeared due to natural causes, apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/59422-19th-century-shipwreck-vanished-from-south-pacific.html

Concerns for Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture:

http://www.dw.com/en/ho-chi-minh-citys-vanishing-architecture/a-38932376

They may know the location of the ‘Pink and White Terraces’:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93551910/Researchers-claim-to-have-found-the-lost-Pink-and-White-Terraces

More on rice cultivation in China some 9400 years bp:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/domestic-rice-grown-china-9400-years-ago-180963567/

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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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An 8000 years+ bp Chumash site from the Channel Islands:

https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/news/pr060617.htm
http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/ancient-native-american-site-discovered-on-santa-rosa-island/530244395
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/07/ancient-native-american-site-found-on-california-island/
http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1732104125&kid=8VbSgcN5fc9Q5LYp
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/Ancient-Native-American-Site-Discovered-on-Channel-Islands-426834941.html
http://www.ksby.com/story/35602691/ancient-native-american-site-found-on-california-island
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-native-american-site-discovered-off-california-coast-180963616/

A 17th century horseshoe nail find from Kansas:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608073552.htm

A 17th/18th century settlement site in Maryland:

http://www.somdnews.com/recorder/spotlight/archaeologists-explore-first-county-seat-called-calverton/article_1142d1fc-d0cb-5187-9a8c-6258e4168a7b.html

Feature on the Trempealeau Archaeology Project (Mississippian/Wisconsin):

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170609/AP/306099999
http://chippewa.com/news/local/archaeological-excavations-in-trempealeau-reveal-mississippians–year-old-history/article_60cf3564-b22e-52e1-b625-266006eb1795.html

Feature on an Illinois State University field school dig:

http://www.pantagraph.com/isu-students-excavate-th-century-village/article_6714660a-d67e-5a91-aa33-b421580f0aed.html

Latest from the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/anthony-westbury/2017/06/06/anthony-westbury-old-vero-man-archaeologist-stops-digging-starts-analyzing-photos/373872001/

Latest on the restoration of the Hunley:

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article154836009.html
http://www.moultrienews.com/news/hunley-crew-compartment-becomes-visible-with-more-human-remains-found/article_92e8a836-4bb7-11e7-b696-4f3e9a2d2eb6.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/08/travel/civil-war-submarine-hunley-crew-compartment/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5612-170607-hunley-submarine-tooth

A cannon from the USS Revenge recovered off Rhode Island:

http://www.njherald.com/article/20170603/AP/306039941
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5604-170605-oliver-hazard-perry

Latest from that UGA site:

http://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/uga-continues-research-on-baldwin-hall-remains/article_9747d372-4d0e-11e7-b8ba-6396d24b49fb.html

On Hopewell Culture and immigration:

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

Feature on Jamestown:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/revealing-the-truth-about-jamestown-one-bone-at-a-time/article_b95eda0b-877f-55a9-85b3-a8b4e8798f58.html
http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/history/revealing-the-truth-about-jamestown-one-bone-at-a-time/article_4532476f-b324-5367-b6d7-9ec95cfafa94.html

Feature on the Miami Circle:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/06/florida-frontiers-miami-circle/373363001/

On New Jersey as a 19th century centre of innovation:

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/06/05/531250084/before-silicon-valley-new-jersey-reigned-as-nations-center-of-innovation

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp copper mask from Argentina:

http://www.livescience.com/59373-copper-mask-is-oldest-metalworking-south-america.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3000-year-old-copper-mask-found-mass-grave-oldest-ever-discovered-south-america-1625586
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5607-170606-argentina-copper-mask

An Aztec temple and ball court from Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court.html
http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologist-find-aztec-ball-court-temple/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/mexico-city-ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/07/ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court-found-mexico-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/archaeologists-find-severed-heads-near-ancient-aztec-ball-court-mexico-city-1625454
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court-found-mexico-city-235230243.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-aztec-idUSKBN18Z05J?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/ancient-aztec-temple-and-ball-court-found-in-mexico-city
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gigantic-aztec-temple-unearthed-mexico-city-180963629/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5616-170608-mexico-tenochtitlan-temple

… and there’s an interesting hotel spin:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/08/aztec-temple-mexico-hotel/
http://www.richmond.com/news/national-world/ap/mexico-protects-ancient-temple-while-hotel-is-built-above/article_af00159b-654a-5bbf-9339-ed109c66d33d.html

Evidence of a 16th century settlement on Cuba:

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=13982&SEO=significant-discovery-made-by-archeologists-in-largest-cuban-dam

A mound in Belize was looted:

http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=40645

Peru and the US are trying to cut down trafficking in antiquities:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-usa-extends-agreement-with-peru-to-restrict-archaeological-trafficking-111806

More on that Mexican diary and the Spanish Inquisition:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40029453

More on that ‘Witch Hill’ burial of a cancer victim in Panama:

http://www.livescience.com/59358-ancient-teen-burial-yields-bone-cancer-case.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601151839.htm

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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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Eric Cline on the importance of archaeology:

https://theamericanscholar.org/digging-into-the-future/

On whether ‘modern germs’ are destroying mummies:

http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20170605/are-modern-germs-destroying-mummies

On Alvise Cornaro’s ‘diet’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170601-the-secret-to-a-long-and-healthy-life-eat-less

On Comey’s ‘meddlesome priest’ comment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/opinion/meddlesome-priest-comey-trump.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/opinions/trump-is-no-henry-ii-perry-opinion/index.html

Google has digitized some 3000 years of fashion history:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-digitizes-3000-years-fashion-history-180963633/

Early modern traders didn’t always follow the rules:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-early-modern-traders-circumvented-states.html

The bicycle is 200 years old:

http://www.dw.com/en/fun-bike-facts-to-ring-in-200-years-of-the-dandy-horse/g-39194836

On the history of ‘big balloons’:

http://www.dw.com/en/full-of-hot-air-the-history-of-big-balloons/g-39120801

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman Slavery:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-05-31/an-exhibition-tells-the-story-of-slaves-ancient-rome-095451.php?uuid=AE4LSHWB

Jacobites:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/05/bonnie-prince-charlie-jacobites-exhibition-national-museum-of-scotland-diana-gabaldon-outlander

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest issue of Intarch focuses on digital archaeology techniques:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue44/index.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on mummy DNA:

http://observer.com/2017/06/scientists-sequence-dna-ancient-egyptian-mummy-findings/
http://www.livescience.com/59410-ancient-egyptian-mummy-dna-sequenced.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/mummy-dna-unveils-history-ancient-egyptian-hookups
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jun/08/dna-from-mummies-reveals-their-ancestry/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Earliest evidence of man-made climate change from the Dead Sea:

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/TAU-researchers-discover-earliest-man-made-climate-change-at-Dead-Sea-494906
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/06/06/humans-were-already-changing-environment-11500-years-ago/102545918/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ternate Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170525-the-island-that-forever-changed-science

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CRIME BEAT
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A saint’s brain relic was stolen from an Italian basilica:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/06/05/saint-brain-stolen-italy/102523854/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relic-saints-brain-stolen-italian-basilica-180963601/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-30-may-4-june-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An Egyptian stele was returned to a Berlin museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6693/Title-Recurrence-of-Pharaonic-stone-slab-returned-to-Berlin-Museum
https://www.yahoo.com/news/lost-since-world-war-ii-150400053.html

Arkansas returns a number of items to the Quapaw people:

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/11/agency-returning-tribal-artifacts-20170/?f=news-arkansas

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NUMISMATICA
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Big bucks for a Greek coin from a Gaza hoard:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/06/rare-ancient-silver-coin-from-gaza-hoard-sells-in-auction.html

The Paul Balla collection is coming to auction:

http://www.coinweek.com/auctions-news/collection-ancient-roman-silver-denarii-special-internet-auction/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n24.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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Pompeii Theatrum Mundi:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/06/06/theater-greek-tragedy-eyes-africa-in-pompeii_92ff2d53-0b70-4634-9dfd-aa897f8cb941.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/2624-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-may-2017-3-june-2017

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 20.06 ~ June 4, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest thing on Otzi’s death (not really recent):

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40104139

More on speculation that an ape from the Balkans is connected to human evolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/22/ape-that-lived-in-europe-7-million-years-ago-could-be-human-ancestor-controversial-study-suggests/
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AFRICA
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Connecting early human migration in Africa to groundwater springs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/cu-gs052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-critical-sources-early-humans-east.html

I think we’ve previously mentioned this new technique of dating petroglyphs in South Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uotw-nrr060117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-technique-date-prehistoric-southern-africa.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/dating-rock-art-in-southern-africa

More on ochre and that cave in Ethiopia:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a26674/worlds-oldest-art-studio-found-in-a-cave/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Ten Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269999/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ten-Late-Period-tombs-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6338/10-tombs-of-old-middle-new-kingdoms-unearthed-in-Aswan
http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tombs-mummies-discovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5596-170601-aswan-rock-tombs

More on the necropolis recently found at Minya;

http://www.wpxi.com/news/egypt-discovers-new-necropolis-in-minya-first-in-area/522295815

What we’re learning from Neolithic remains from Bestansur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/06/01/unusual-house-of-the-dead-tells-archaeologists-about-earliest-farmers/#2808733e639f

Oldest (2250 BCE) known Anatolian document from the Acemhöyük Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-anatolian-transcript-found-in-acemhoyuk-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113711&NewsCatID=375

Persian-era sculpture fragments reassembled from Lebanon:

http://www.livescience.com/59294-ceramic-heads-discovered-ancient-waste-dump.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5590-170530-lebanon-head-sculptures

Studying what folks were eating in Second Temple Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=494148
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968529,00.html

On the winery at Jezreel:

http://thetorah.com/the-story-of-naboths-vineyard-and-the-ancient-winery-in-jezreel/

On Jezreel in Ahab’s time:

http://thetorah.com/jezreel-a-military-city-and-the-location-of-jehus-coup/

Feature on the Gamla excavations:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/30/gamla-excavations-final-report-rest-story/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

An Ottoman-era well and reservoir near Beit Shemesh:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sophisticated-Ottoman-era-water-well-and-reservoir-unearthed-near-Beit-Shemesh-494210
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230324
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968965,00.html

In the wake of last week’s ‘Roman slingshot study’ a feature on the ‘Palestinian slingshot’ and some sling stones:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-slingshot-stones-were-aerodynamic-dig-reveals-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113803&NewsCatID=375

Caesarea has major touristy ambitions:

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/5/30/archaeology-haven-of-caesarea-seeks-to-emerge-as-main-tourism-site-in-israel

What Jason Ur is up to:

http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/interview/02062017

Nice feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-woman-who-vanished

A sort of ‘current state of Palmyra’ piece:

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-ruins-2017-story.html

Review of Veyne, *Palmyra*:

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Palmyra-An-Irreplaceable-Treasure-by-Paul-11174001.php

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They’re investigating the sunken port around Delos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/30/culture-and-sports-ministry-significant-finds-from-underwater-excavation-at-delos/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5588-170530-greece-delos-breakwater

A Roman teen burial dug up in the late 1970s is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/30/roman-teen-skeleton-museum-london-collection-new-buildings

A Roman bath house from Chichester:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40103605
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/31/luxury-bath-house-from-roman-chichester-unearthed-by-archaeologists
https://www.chichester.news/news/community/soaked-history-priory-park-dig-reveals-chichesters-roman-elite-enjoyed-private-bath-house/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5593-170531-roman-chichester-bath

… and one from under the Carlisle Cricket Club:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40076000
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Roman-discovery-set-to-boost-interest-in-Carlisle-0d731efc-f95d-491c-a3f2-1c469db14cab-ds

A hoard of Roman coins from the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/06/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-at-former-burial-site-in-gelderland/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5601-170602-roman-gold-coins

Nice followup to that Lavau Celtic Prince burial from a year or so ago:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lavau-celtic-prince-2500-year-old-royal-tomb-starts-reveal-its-secrets-1623933
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5591-170530-celtic-lavau-prince

Another Roman roof tile with a pawprint … this time from Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/cat-leaves-purr-fect-paw-print-in-2-000-year-old-tile-unearthed-in-lincoln/story-30365006-detail/story.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-left-pawprint-2000-year-old-roman-roof-tile-180963556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5597-170601-england-lincolnshire-excavation

Not sure if this Medusa mosaic find from Perge is actually recent:

http://micetimes.asia/in-turkey-archaeologists-have-unearthed-an-interesting-artifact/

Latest finds from Plovdiv’s Great Basilica dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/30/archaeology-further-400-sq-m-of-mosaics-65-graves-uncovered-at-plovdivs-great-basilica-site/

Hype for a Roman inscription from Malatya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gravestone-of-ancient-roman-couple-stirs-interest-in-malatya-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113772&NewsCatID=379

… and Aratos’ grave:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-monumental-grave-under-agricultural-field-in-mardin.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113854&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of photos from the renovation and opening of the Domitilla catacombs:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/30/laser-technology-uncovers-1600-year-old-christian-frescoes-romes/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/arts/design/fresh-finds-at-romes-ancient-catacombs.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-domitilla-catacombs-unveiled-years-renovation.html
http://www.dw.com/en/roman-catacombs-unveiled-after-years-of-renovation/g-39071995
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/31/new-technology-reveals-a-catacomb-fresco-of-the-roman-grain-trade-and-even-renaissance-graffiti/

Feature on Roman laundries:

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/the-right-chemistry-laundry-secrets-of-the-ancient-romans

Latest from Victor Nuovo on Aristotle:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-aristotle-city-and-good-life

With the release of the Wonder Woman movie, one expects some Amazon stuff:

http://theconversation.com/the-truth-about-the-amazons-the-real-wonder-women-78248
http://theconversation.com/selling-sex-wonder-woman-and-the-ancient-fantasy-of-hot-lady-warriors-78059
http://theconversation.com/who-cares-about-batman-v-superman-wonder-woman-finally-steals-the-show-56963

… and with a major Scythian exhibition coming to the BM, there are some features on them too:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/introducing-the-scythians/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/what-do-nomads-leave-behind/

In case you’re killing time at Fiumicino:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/archaeology-at-romes-fiumicino-airport/

Folks might be interested in this Olympian Gods colouring book:

https://greekmythcomix.com/2017/05/28/the-olympian-god-colouring-book/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting ovarian teratoma from a 16th century (or thereabouts) burial in Lisbon:

http://www.livescience.com/59293-tumor-with-teeth-in-gothic-graveyard.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ovarian-teratoma-teeth-15th-century.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lisbon-teratoma-ovarian-tumour-discovered-archaeologists-grave-university-of-coimbra-a7765896.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5595-170531-portugal-ovarian-mass

Studying remains from a mass grave dating to the Thirty Years War:

http://www.livescience.com/59302-germany-thirty-years-war-grave-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5594-170531-germany-lutzen-gunfire

… and all those Lithuanian mummies which were in the news five years ago or so:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/mummies-smallpox-vilnius-lithuania-crypt.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/spontaneous-mummification.html?_r=0

The search is on for a ‘lost’ East Lancashire Village:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15315042.Shovels_at_the_ready__Dig_to_find_lost_East_Lancashire_village_set_to_start_this_week/

Overviewish thing on Crossrail finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/jun/01/skeletons-chamber-pots-hippo-sandals-treasures-crossrail

Feature on ‘Viking Dublin’:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/wood-quay-revealing-the-heart-of-viking-dublin.htm

In case you want to buy Sheriff Hutton Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40122485

More on that ‘oldest sacred site’ in Shropshire:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15327216.Discovery_during_dig_at_church_shows_ancient_sacred_worship/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-church-england-sits-sacred-pagan-ground-experts-say-180963449/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of rice cultivation in China some 10 000 years bp (give or take):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/caos-rdo_1060217.php
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/rice-domestication/528288/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5602-170602-rice-bullliform-phytoliths

Excavations have started in Xiongan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-05/30/content_40928248.htm

A 1000 years bp ‘lost temple’ from Chengdu:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/04/c_136338711.htm
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/lost-temple-discovered-after-1000-years-in-china-4688433/

Checking the date of some items from Haryana:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/samples-from-haryana-excavation-site-to-be-sent-for-carbon-dating/

Remains of a Buddhist stupa from Vihar:

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/remains-of-buddhist-stupa-reveal-more-about-vihar-mumbai-news/18303187

Petroglyphs from Iran from some ‘unknown civilization’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iran-rock-art-unknown-ancient-civilisation-discovered-sacred-volcanic-stone-top-mountain-1623907

An interesting ‘remote Outback’ project is finding out all sorts of things about ancient Aborigines:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-03/remote-outback-archaeology-project-unearths-new-stories/8578086

Evidence of a ‘legendary’ Australian foray into Japan in 1830:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/28/australian-convict-pirates-in-japan-evidence-of-1830-voyage-unearthed

Noel Hilliam is facing charges:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/self-proclaimed-historian-noel-hilliam-could-face-fine-up-to-300-000-for-damaging-m-ori-burial-site.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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Plenty of coverage of the recovery of a cannon from a 200 years bp shipwreck thought to be the USS Revenge:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-navy-recovers-cannon-identify-200-year-shipwreck-47806077
http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify–year-old-shipwreck/article_ada7affe-b9c0-5e80-9bc1-855450d91aff.html
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170603/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify-200-year-old-shipwreck
http://www.startribune.com/cannon-is-raised-from-the-1811-wreck-site-of-the-uss-revenge/426150321/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/03/us-navy-cannon-divers-shpwreck-uss-revenge

A tree in Virginia fell over and revealed items from the 17th century:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/toppled-tree-and-archaeological-dig-unearth-mystery-of-early-s/article_c05265de-8c44-55b1-9124-dbb822941af2.html

Checking out a possible stop on the Underground Railroad in Chicago:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/30/rumors-underground-railroad-irving-park-prompt-archaeological-dig

Canada appears to be losing a ‘state of the art’ archaeology lab:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/parks-canada-archaeology-jonathan-fowler-mi-kmaq-acadian-1.4133423

… while Toronto is planning a public archaeological repository:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/05/29/toronto-plans-creation-of-public-archaeological-repository.html

And some Fremont culture perishables have a permanent home:

http://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=56812

Finding lost apple varieties in the Pacific northwest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/us/apple-varieties-pacific-northwest.html

Stabilizing Shumway Cabin (Utah):

https://www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/shumwaycabin/

On Jefferson’s flight from Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/06/02/jefferson-fled-monticello-to-avoid-being-captured-by-the-british-and-he-was-mocked-for-it/

Latest ‘peopling of the Americas’ study:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-puzzle-humans-americas.html
http://pnas.org/content/114/22/5554.extract.html?etoc

… and more on the Cerutti site:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/communities/hot-springs/hot-springs-couple-helps-turn-archaeological-world-upside-down/article_2ea9b790-454d-11e7-b81f-4f8a1d278641.html

A Lincoln Civil War document was coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/27/us/memorial-day-lincoln-document-trnd/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A large cache of jade items from the Maya site of Ceibal (Guatemala):

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/treasure-trove-jade-stones-used-mayan-rituals-discovered-guatemala-1623929

Interesting 14th century burial of a teenager with cancer from Panama:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-teenager-bone-cancer-witch-hill.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/stri-wwa060117.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5598-170601-panama-cancer-bone

What the Chachapoyas site tells us about the early population of Peru:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/16263/20170529/archaeologists-find-northern-coast-peru-resting-place-early-americans.htm

Studying the lives of Cuban slaves:

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-news/smu-archaeology-expedition-to-probe-the-lives-of-cuban-slaves-630231

Some Moai humour:

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/8334857472/h87E70F0F/
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Humans were causing air pollution earlier than previously thought:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-polluted-air-much-earlier-previously-thought-180963528/

… not sure if this ice analysis piece on lead is related:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/we-have-been-poisoning-ourselves-has-ice-analysis-revealed-the-truth-about-lead

A family’s ‘lost’ Dunkirk boat shows up on eBay:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-40042331

On Jews in Mexico and the Spanish Inquisition:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40029453

On the history of the reflex hammer:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/28/529821714/in-the-age-of-digital-medicine-the-humble-reflex-hammer-hangs-on

On Zoroastrians and the Silk Route:

https://scroll.in/magazine/837568/the-little-known-history-of-how-zoroastrian-merchants-helped-create-the-old-silk-route

Feature on Gabriele Tadini:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/a-16th-century-engineer-whose-work-almost-defeated-an-empire/

Feature on Frederic Bazille:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/529539229/meet-fr-d-ric-bazille-the-impressionist-painter-who-could-have-been?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on a dozen female warriors:

http://www.livescience.com/59330-beyond-wonder-women-real-female-warriors.html

Sleeping with the Night Watch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40137724
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/06/02/actualidad/1496393858_851174.html

On the changing view of mermaids:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170602-the-vandalised-little-mermaid

The Royal Geographic Society has put a pile of stuff online:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40050593

Big bucks for a rediscovered Rodin:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-rediscovered-andromede-sculpture-sells-for-over-4-million/a-39059895

A Bramante painting in Milan has been restored:

https://apnews.com/88a3b5fff85841e2ab786c122a28a0cf

They’ve built an ‘Anglo Saxon Farm’ near Nottingham:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/volunteers-build-anglo-saxon-farm-near-nottingham/story-30366650-detail/story.html

A ‘new’ Tolkien tome has been published:

http://www.dw.com/en/jrr-tolkien-book-published-after-100-years/a-39075936
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-40109396

Pondering the myth and reality of pirates:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/travel/the-real-pirates-of-the-caribbean/index.html

On what folks get wrong about the Vikings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/31/white-supremacists-love-vikings-but-theyve-got-history-all-wrong/

I think we mentioned this database of threatened sites in the Middle East and North Africa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-database-catalogues-20000-threatened-archaeological-sites-180963451/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/06/02/this-interactive-map-visualizes-at-risk-archaeological-sites-in-the-mediterranean-world/

On the fate of “Robert the smoking robot”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-39057312

On Black women as public intellectuals:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/529749127/in-beyond-respectability-a-history-of-black-women-as-public-intellectuals?sc=17&f=1008

Review of English, *The Storied City*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/books/review/storied-city-quest-for-timbuktu-charlie-english.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/arts/design/spanish-treasures-overlooked-in-new-york-find-love-in-madrid.html

Thoreau Journals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/arts/design/thoreau-american-resister-and-kitten-rescuer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/

Scythians:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/may/30/british-museum-skin-scythian-exhibition-tattoo-empire
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/British-Museum-Announces-New-Exhibition-SCYTHIANS-20170530
https://www.ft.com/content/4935cb66-453f-11e7-8d27-59b4dd6296b8
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/british-museum-to-show-scythian-artefacts-preserved-by-siberian-snow-for-thousands-of-years-a3552086.html

Hokusai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/28/hokusai-beyond-the-great-wave-review-british-museum

Josephine Bowes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-39354571

Raphael drawings:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/30/raphael-the-drawings-review-a-magnificent-mind-opening-exhibition
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15318621._Once_in_a_lifetime__Raphael_exhibit_to_feature_sketches_worth_up_to___30_million_each/

Ernesto Schiaparelli:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-05-31/the-untold-story-of-the-italian-archaeological-mission-on-egyptian-soil-to-edit-095406.php?uuid=AEKLSHWB

Maps of the Adirondacks:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Maps-tell-the-history-of-a-region-11181217.php

More on the new archaeological museum planned for Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/05/23/greek-architect-design-new-archaeological-museum/

The British Museum is planning an ‘x rated treasure hunt’ type thing:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/british-museum-hosts-x-rated-hunt-find-naughtiest-treasures/

Nice feature on the Royal Ontario Museum:

http://torontoist.com/2017/06/historicist-rom-became-world-class-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Revisiting the Gaspee Affair of 1772 in virtual reality:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170519/virtual-reality-takes-you-back-to-gaspee-affair-of-1772

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using genomic data to track migrations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/esoh-gtm052417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genomics-tracks-migration-lost-empires.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170528192059.htm

Assorted spins and speculations coming from a study of some Egyptian mummy DNA:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-tfg052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genome-ancient-egyptian-mummies.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170530115141.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/30/dna-from-ancient-egyptian-mummies-reveals-their-ancestry/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-europeans-related-claims-a7763866.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/29/ciencia/1496082692_314561.html
http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/05/30/adn-de-momias-muestra-poca-relacion-de-los-egipcios-actuales-con-los-faraones/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/ancient-egyptians-were-most-closely-related-to-near-eastern-populations
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5589-170530-egypt-mummy-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iranian caves:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170526-the-last-troglodytes-of-iran

Stirling Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170524-stirling-castle-the-last-stronghold-of-scotland

Canterbury:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/01/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-canterbury-england.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mount Koya:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39882614

Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/travel/rome-italy-classic-beauty-culture.html

Hemu:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170531-where-the-earths-mightiest-army-roamed

Paestum:

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/travel/italys-untouched-gem
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CRIME BEAT
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A 12th century cross was stolen from a church in southern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cross-of-12th-century-byzantine-chapel-stolen-in-southern-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113633&NewsCatID=375

A cultural crime conference in Helsinki:

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=175836&CultureCode=en

A well-known name seems tangled in ISIL-related antiquities sales:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/prominent-art-family-entangled-in-investigations-of-looted-antiquities-1496246740
https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2017-06-01-wall-street-journal-prominent-art-family-in-isis-antiquities-looting-investigations/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-22-29-may-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Kelsey Museum returned a stele to Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-museum-ancient-egyptian-stele-wwii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/us-museum-returns-ancient-egyptian-stele-missing-wwii-47721783
http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article153314829.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5600-170602-egyptian-stele-faience

A private citizen returned a number of items to Mexico:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-pieces-returned-to-mexico/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n23.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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A hitherto unknown Edith Wharton play has turned up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/theater/edith-wharton-play-surfaces-the-shadow-of-a-doubt.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

The Government Inspector:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/theater/the-government-inspector-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

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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/2623-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-may-2017-27-may-2017

Not sure if we mentioned the Strata episode on the Polada Culture:

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/arts/music/david-lewiston-dead-discoverer-of-world-music.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Alastair Horne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/books/alistair-horne-dead-british-war-historian.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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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