Explorator 20.16 ~ August 13, 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, 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 bit of a rethink (sort of) on when humans arrived in Asia/Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-rediscovered-cave-humans-indonesia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104931.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoq-aom080917.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/08/09/were-modern-humans-in-indonesia-73000-years-ago/
http://www.newsweek.com/first-humans-indonesia-arrived-lake-toba-supervolcano-eruption-648780
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142952-early-humans-may-have-seen-a-supervolcano-explosion-up-close/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/08/08/ciencia/1502189338_772032.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/modern-humans-were-southeast-asia-20000-years-earlier-thought-ancient-teeth-reveal
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/humans-were-in-indonesia-more-than-63000-years-ago/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/cave-site-in-west-sumatra-provides-first-evidence-for-rainforest-use-of-modern-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5799-170809-sumatra-human-tooth

Comparing the diets of sapiens and Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-modern-humans-consumed-neanderthals.html

350 000 years bp animal bones from a cave associated with Neanderthals in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-researchers-find-bones-of-350000-year-old-animal.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116434&NewsCatID=375

A look at ‘archaic DNA’ is adding some detail to the human development story, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaic-dna-rewrites-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807155158.htm

Feature on Louis Leakey:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/louis-mary-leakey-human-origins-paleoanthropology/

More on the ‘randomness’ of human evolution:

http://www.ibtimes.com/scientist-says-human-evolution-was-random-chance-not-climate-change-2574734

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AFRICA
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Finds from various periods from Zanzibar Island:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/august/early-portuguese-churches.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16721/Archaeologists-dig-up-Zanzibar-s-Arab-history
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-locate-early-portuguese-churches-zanzibar-island
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5806-170811-zanzibar-colonial-excavation

Vague item on finds near Tobruk (Libya):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16912/Discovery-of-a-new-archaeological-site-in-Libya

Concerns for Sudan’s antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/ca543f5e-2c29-11e7-bc4b-5528796fe35c

Libyan archaeologists are getting positive attention:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/

Petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rock-art-found-namib-desert-reveals-ancient-initiation-rituals-led-by-shamans-1632438

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Blocks from Seti II’s era at an illegal excavation in Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/274878/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/King-Seti-IIera-blocks-discovered-at-illegal-excav.aspx

Again we are hearing that archaeologists in Egypt are ‘about to’ find something … and again, it’s a secret room in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-searching-chamber-secrets-khufu-pyramid/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/great-pyramid-of-giza-secret-chambers-archaeologists-scientists-uncover-ancient-egypt-a7883766.html
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ancient-egypt-secret-room-discovered-in-great-pyramid-by-archaeologists-armed-with-lasers/ar-AApCqnw?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

Restoration work has started on the Al Mahaly Mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274984/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-work-begins-on-AlMahaly-Mosque-in-the-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-renovate-rasheeds-al-mahally-mosque/

Downplaying concerns for Qaitbay Citadel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-antiquities-denies-alleged-risk-collapse-qaitbay-citadel/

More on pharaohs suffering from gigantism:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/egyptian-pharaoh-gigantism-oldest-known-case-discovered-university-of-zurich-a7884696.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5790-170807-egypt-giant-pharaoh

Hittite seals and other items were found this year at Karkemis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/impression-seals-to-illuminate-hittite-administration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116395&NewsCatID=375

A 3000 years bp statue of a female from Tayinat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uot-au3081017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810173321.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/enormous-3000-year-old-statue-mysterious-turkish-matriarch-discovered-1634668
http://www.newsweek.com/huge-ancient-statue-iron-age-goddess-face-purposefully-destroyed-discovered-649626
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5805-170811-turkey-iron-age-statue

Israel plans to privatize large scale archaeological digs, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806240

Claim that the ‘lost’ Roman city of Julias has been located:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501701
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.805402
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/07/roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesus-apostles-found-in-israel-archaeologists-say/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/lost-roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesuss-apostles-found-archaeologists-say/news-story/722ffce994a1d3295e7a0885a3db7f65
http://nypost.com/2017/08/08/archaeologists-may-have-found-lost-city-of-jesus-apostles/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/birthplace-apostle-peter-found-israel-archaeologist-150852363.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98079/Archaeologists-find-birthplace-of-Apostle-Peter-near-the-Sea-of-Galilee-in-Israel-
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-city-where-jesus-christs-apostles-were-born-2575505

… on the various sites identified as Bethsaida:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sites-vie-to-be-seen-as-christianitys-lost-city-of-bethsaida/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/jesus-bible-apostles-bethsaida-israel-archaeology/

A 2000 years bp stone vessel workshop in the Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/galilee-excavation-reveals-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop/2017/08/10/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233716
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-stone-workshop-discovered-near-where-jesus-turned-water-into-wine/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2441599&CategoryId=13936
http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/cave-workshop-dating-back-2000-years-discovered-in-northern-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5800-170810-galilee-stone-vessels

A Karakhanid tomb from Kyrgyzstan:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/turkish-kyrgyz-archaeologists-unearth-karakhanid-tomb-in-kyrgyzstan

There was a conference on Jewish onomastics:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501744

Feature on eclipses in ancient Nineveh:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20170807110537.htm

Irbid’s latest site will be opening to the public soon:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/irbid%E2%80%99s-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-open-public-next-month
http://www.menafn.com/1095723894/Irbids-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-to-open-to-public-next-month

Feature on the ‘Pompeii of the East’ in Jordan:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mosaics-pompeii-east-reveal-moment-destruction-that-crushed-city-1200-years-ago-1634479

Feature on Nimrud and Agatha Christie:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/memories-of-agatha-christie-in-ruins-of-ancient-assyrian-city-of-nimrud-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116427&NewsCatID=375

… while Iraq is trying to restore Nimrud as best it can:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html

Latest on ISIL’s selling of antiquities to the West:

http://www.wsj.com/video/isis-is-selling-syria-antiquities-to-the-west/78B1261D-3E0C-4513-8F81-5E51568B8809.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-men-who-trade-isis-loot-1502017200
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-makes-100-million-year-smuggling-ancient-artifacts-iraq-and-syria-647524
http://www.aina.org/news/20170807170117.htm

On the damage in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40828720

A call for a ‘war’ on ISIL looting:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting-3xz5d59lt
http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/12/421925/the-times-antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting.html

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A Roman road in Manisa:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26720-2000-year-old-road-discovered-near-ancient-city-of-aigai-in-western-turkey.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/2000-year-old-roman-road-discovered-in-western-turkeys-manisa#

Roman remains in downtown Exeter:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-08-10/roman-remains-discovered-in-exeter-city-centre/

Roman finds from near Troyan:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/182095/Valuable+Archarological+Finds+Were+Discovered+Near+Troyan

Plenty of interesting ‘Kingdom of Colchis’ finds from Pichvnari:

http://agenda.ge/news/84911/eng

Latest finds from Lufton Villa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-lufton-villa-excavations-reveal-famous.html

They’ve started to dig at that ‘sunken city’ near Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-sunken-city-in-izmir.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116520&NewsCatID=375

Archaeologists are back at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15462514.Archaeologists_returning_to_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_for_final_dig_of_five_year_programme/

Fires are burning at the site of Panticapaeum:

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2284837-ruins-of-ancient-panticapaeum-in-crimean-town-of-kerch-on-fire.html

A BBC documentary caused a racial stir this week, and Mary Beard took the brunt of it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mary-beard-roman-britain-bbc-schools-cartoon-ethically-diverse-black-white-a7879991.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/06/mary-beard-twitter-abuse-roman-britain-ethnic-diversity
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-takes-up-arms-against-an-army-of-trolls-dx3bmd05h
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/06/mary-beard-in-race-row-with-people-who-have-never-read-a-history-book-6833195/
http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/historian-mary-beard-abused-on-social-media-over-her-comments-on-roman-britains-ethnic-diversity/news-story/4eb71a116e6567062ffe28a4f0898fa0
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-07/mary-beard-twitter-trolls-bbc-roman-race-row/8780634
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/06/mary-beard-misogynistic-race-row-bbc-cartoon-us-academic-claimed/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/07/542077027/a-cartoons-black-star-prompts-a-fight-what-did-roman-britain-look-like

… Cambridge supported her views:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13379

… and there were subsequent features/opeds on the diversity of Roman Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/aug/07/mary-beard-romans-ancient-evidence
http://theconversation.com/mary-beard-is-right-roman-britain-was-multi-ethnic-so-why-does-this-upset-people-so-much-82269
https://hyperallergic.com/394720/how-coloring-books-can-teach-us-about-diversity-in-ancient-times/

… and the ‘scientism’ of the opposing views expressed by Nassem Taleb:

https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/beard-nassem-taleb-twitter-feud-and-dangers-of-scientism-auid-868

Reactions to the Minoan/Mycenean/Greek DNA story from last week:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/08/10/yannis-hamilakis/who-are-you-calling-mycenaean/

… in case you missed it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40791188

On the dental health of folks in Oplontis:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/09/ancient-oplontis-residents-had-bad-teeth_b44d9bf4-1bc8-4df9-a448-691d62343289.html

Latest feature on ‘unwrapping’ Herculaneum papyri that doesn’t find quite as much as we’d like:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26695-ancient-greek-papyri-virtually-unwrapped-in-italy-video.html

Elgin Marble casts on display in New York:

https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny%E2%80%99s-elgin-marbles-casts-display-cuny-graduate-center

Feature on Vercingetorix:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/06/guns-politics-vercingetorix/

Feature on Roman roads in Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/07/london-centric-britain-blame-romans-roads-map-sasha-trubetskoy

Feature on the Elgin Marbles:

http://www.wacotrib.com/entertainment/accesswaco/david_a_smith/arts-separated-elgin-marbles-speak-of-western-civilization/article_0ff1e57d-933e-5292-a12d-ea8d87653703.html

Some JCL coverage:

http://www.winchesterstar.com/news/clarke/latin-students-bring-home-wins-in-junior-classical-league-events/article_11603036-68f3-5f0d-a2c7-3ff7bab099b1.html

A ‘Classical’ approach to Game of Thrones:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/08/11/six-game-of-thrones-predictions-from-a-classics-professor

Review of Peter Jones, *Quid Pro Quo*:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/the-dead-language-that-describes-all-what-we-see-1502256003.html/
http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/in-quid-pro-quo-peter-jones-writes-about-dead-languages-that-live-through-us/story-Did3LEpfLyoG25cUm0FR3I.html

More on the Roman ‘Pompeii’ in France:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/02/architecture/ancient-roman-town-uncovered/index.html?sr=fbCNN080217ancient-roman-town-uncovered0917AMStoryLink
http://lesalonbeige.blogs.com/my_weblog/2017/08/les-racines-de-la-france-%C3%A0-quelques-centim%C3%A8tres-sous-terre.html

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of Paleolithic cannibalism from bones found at Gough’s Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-human-bones-engraved-cannibalistic-ritual.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170809142027.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/science/cannibalism-bones-goughs-cave-england.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40886748
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-dead-carved-mysterious-markings-bones/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannibals-somerset-goughs-cave-engraved-human-bones-eating-ritual-cannibalism-paleontologists-a7884511.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/09/engraved-bones-are-evidence-of-cannibalistic-rituals-by-early-humans-cheddar-cave
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-their-dead-relatives-and-carved-cryptic-messages-on-the-bones-6841333/
http://www.dw.com/en/etched-human-bones-reveal-evidence-of-prehistoric-cannibal-rituals/a-40030377
http://www.newsweek.com/engraved-bones-cannibal-rituals-england-skull-cups-paleolithic-648882
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/14700-years-ago-cannibals-conducted-rituals-in-this-english-cave/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/family-meal-ancestral-humans-may-have-engaged-in-ritualistic-cannibalism/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engravings-indicate-ritualistic-cannibalism-cheddar-gorge-180964468/

A Bronze Age dagger from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623030/young-man-finds-4000-year-old-dagger-by-accident.html

Bronze Age burials from a car park site in Switzerland:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/treasure-trove_bronze-age-tombs-unearthed-during-car-park-construction/43404582?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
http://www.speroforum.com/a/BNOPNQVCMT0/81478-3000-year-old-Bronze-Age-skeletons-found-in-Swiss-Alps

Metal detectorists found some Bronze Age items in Durham:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-uncover-bronze-13460840

I think we’ve mentioned this site near Turan (Albania) with finds from several periods:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-site-discovery-albania-halts.html#nRlv

Latest from the Orkneys:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/archaeological-excavation-on-orkney-yields-new-discoveries-1-4525792

Tracing the Aberdeen diet:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/aberdeen-diet-traced-back-nearly-1-000-years-by-scientists-1-4527173

A very large circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-massive-perfectly-circular-viking-fortress-discovered-denmark-1634131
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5808-170811-denmark-viking-ring-fotress

Interesting ‘punishment’ burials from Portugal:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502454/archaeologists-make-rare-gruesome-find-three-men-amputated-hands-and-feet

Plans for a viewing tower at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-40853146

Feature on the Vasa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/

They’re talking about lowering a York porticullis:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15459002.Will_this_historic_York_portcullis_be_lowered_again_/

Not sure if this mammoth tooth find from Jersey will have a human connection or not:

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/08/mammoth-tooth-found-in-jersey/

Italian highlanders with Scottish roots?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40865981

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The 4000 years bp Shimao site from Shaanxi looks interesting:

https://www.untvweb.com/news/chinese-archaeologists-unveil-imperial-city-platform-northwest-china/

A major 2700 year bp (more or less) site from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/09/c_136509722.htm

… and six ‘underground cities’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/11/c_136518503.htm
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=16728&SEO=archaeologists-found-six-ancient-cities-underground-in-central-china
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-08/12/content_30508282.htm

Concerns for architecture in Yunnan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-40863375

Interesting evidence of Bronze Age Timber Grave culture initiation rituals involving dogs in Russia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dog-bones-hint-male.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/boys-were-initiated-into-warriorhood-as-wolves-thousands-of-years-ago-22krf2rxv
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/08/08/bronze-age-teens-ate-dogs/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sacrificed-dog-remains-feed-tales-bronze-age-wolf-men-warriors
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5795-170808-bronze-age-wolf-rituals

4000 years bp bone artifacts from Hyderabad:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/revealed-4000-year-old-bone-jewels/article19440713.ece
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/090817/4000-year-old-ornaments-made-from-bone-unearthed-near-hyderabad.html

Overviewish/end of season wrap up of dig at Angkor:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/after-incredible-finds-angkor-archaeologists-wrap-up-dig-133509/

… and a separate piece on a ‘medicine Buddha’ find:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/angkor-excavation-team-find-a-medicine-buddha-133344/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5794-170808-cambodia-angkor-buddha-statue

After its discovery in the 1980s, digging has commence at a Maori site on Motorua Island:

https://www.livescience.com/60086-maori-site-earliest-polynesian-settlement.html
https://www.livescience.com/60085-early-maori-site-new-zealand-photos.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5798-170809-polynesians-moturua-island

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Coromandel gold rush:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11901090

Feature on the partition of India:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40826629

On the origins of the Taj Mahal:

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708111056377451-india-taj-mahal-masterpiece/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest from the Luna site:

http://wuwf.org/post/luna-site-confirmed-largest-mid-16th-century-spanish-settlement-southeast
http://wuwf.org/post/newest-luna-artifacts-yield-more-details-about-1559-settlement

On Iroquoian power in the 16th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pottery-reveals-insights-iroquoian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uog-apr080717.php

… not sure if the above is related to the Knapp Family Collection:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/clayton-curator-discovers-new-archaeological-site-with-items-connected-to-ancestral-iroquois-20170807

Looking for Hochelaga continues:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-mystery-continues-hunt-for-lost-hochelaga-village-moves-to-new-locations

Newspapers love when kids find archaeological items … in this case a bison tooth:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ancient-bison-tooth-riding-mountain-national-park-1.4237664?cmp=rss

… and a spearhead:

http://www.therepublic.com/2017/08/12/local_girl_finds_ancient_spearhead/

Searching for the grave of a Battle of Gettysburg soldier:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20170809/team-in-swansea-tries-to-unearth-mystery-of-civil-war-soldiers-burial-spot

A 250 years bp bowling alley from Richmond:

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/

A well on the UVA site:

https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/archaeologists-exploring-first-early-well-found-academical-village

Suggestion that a Chaco Canyon petroglyph portrays a solar eclipse:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-ccp080917.php
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/08/total-eclipse-petroglyph

On barbed wire in American history:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40448594

Searching for evidence that the first settlers to the Americas arrived by boat:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/most-archaeologists-think-first-americans-arrived-boat-now-they-re-beginning-prove-it

Documenting coastal forts in Louisiana (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/08/louisiana_archaeologist_docume.html

Feature on Canada’s first municipal staff archaeologist:

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fumano-canadas-first-municipal-staff-archaeologist-digs-into-vancouvers-indigenous-history

Ottawa has decided not to move the Darmouth archaeology lab:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1493403-ottawa-reverses-decision-to-move-parks-canada-archeological-lab-in-dartmouth
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/archeology-lab-in-dartmouth-will-stay-open-1.4241212?cmp=rss
http://www.trurodaily.com/community/2017/8/11/ottawa-decides-treasured-artifacts-will-remain-in-nova-scotia.html

Review of Smucker, *Riding with George*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/george-washington-as-dancer-horseman-and-fox-hunter/2017/08/11/f63c2366-7639-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.acabf528efa5

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp circular stone wall from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx

What the El Gigante Rock Shelter site is revealing about corn/maize domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/ps-mfe080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-maize-el-gigante-early-transition.html

Humans are being blamed for a monkey extinction in Jamaica:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jhm-ems080817.php

On ‘climate catastrophe’ as seen on Caral’s ruins:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/10/c_136515107.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/08/la_serpiente_emplumada/1502209681_173912.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’:

http://www.economist.com/comment/3477569

Feature on Emil Nolde:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-nazi-banned-expressionist-emil-nolde-re-envisioned-color/a-39827633

I’m not sure about this inscribed ‘mysterious stone’ from Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/huge-stone-slab-discovered-spain-covered-ancient-symbols-that-no-one-can-read-1633032

A 103 year-old /late correction:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/08/542238978/-financial-times-issues-103-year-old-correction

Cf: https://bankunderground.co.uk/2017/08/08/your-country-needs-funds-the-extraordinary-story-of-britains-early-efforts-to-finance-the-first-world-war/

Feature on The Monument:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170810-the-medieval-lab-hidden-inside-a-famous-monument

On the Koh-i-noor diamond:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-in-progress-the-story-of-the-koh-i-noor-diamond/av-40025506

On the history of tempura:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-the-truth-about-japanese-tempura

On the Illuminati:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

On the history of Aspirin:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/

Now we get revisionism about Indiana Jones (!):

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/08/10/Defending-Indiana-Jones-Archaeologist/

An interesting 100 year-old map of Rome:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/map-rome-history-lanciani-artifact/

106 years bp fruitcake from Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40907084
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502440381_732679.html

On the music Alexander Hamilton listened to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/music/hamilton-music-lin-manuel-miranda-los-angeles.html

A stolen de Kooning painting turns up in an antique shop:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/stolen-de-kooning-resurfaces-more-than-30-years-later.html

Victor Nuovo is looking at John Locke now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-truth-and-foundations-civil-society

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Blind Spot:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-a-german-museum-is-exploring-its-colonial-past/a-39952358

Hokusai (sort of):

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40830628

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/comment/fake-heritage-for-the-fake-news-era-/

Indian Independence:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40801659

Venice Biennale:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998650/ancient-iraqi-art-on-display-in-italy-at-venice-biennale?sc=17&f=7

Museums in the Cyclades need upgrading because of increased tourism:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220775/article/ekathimerini/life/many-cyclades-museums-require-upgrades-due-to-growing-collections-visitors

Why museum collections are important:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/

The Marsa Matrouh archaeological museum will open soon:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274877/Heritage/Museums/Marsa-Matrouh-archaeological-museum-set-to-open-in.aspx

Interesting proposal for a museum in Cyprus:

http://www.archdaily.com/876375/proposal-for-a-transparent-museum-in-cyprus-rethinks-the-urban-square

Feature on the expanded Zeugma museum:

http://turkisharchaeonews.net/news/new-section-zeugma-mosaic-museum-gaziantep

More on the Met Museum’s vase/bull head returns:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/06/the-met-pythons-flying-circus-a-museum-a-vase-and-the-kingpin-of-stolen-antiquities/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/07/authorities-just-seized-an-ancient-vase-from-the-metropolitan-museum-here-are-the-underlying-politics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using genomic data to track folktale diffusion:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-folktale-diffusion-genomic.html

Feature on using satellite technology to find sites:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/SpaceArchaeology/?src=eorss-features

Plans to digitize Calvin Wells’ collection/notes:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/11/the-bone-collector-eccentric-archaeological-treasury-to-be-digitised

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Viking cod bones is revealing much about European fish trade:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/dna-from-viking-cod-bones-suggests-1000-years-of-european-fish-trade
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-dfv080417.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807151719.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/1000-year-old-german-dinner-reveals-long-distance-viking-trade-routes/

Looking at the DNA to be found in medieval manuscripts:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/the-secret-life-of-illuminated-manuscripts-as-told-in-dna/536172/

Following Puebloan migrations with turkey DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dna-track-mesa-verde.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-csa081017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104946.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ancient-american-civilsation-dna-vanish-700-years-ago-anasazi-southwest-puebloans-colorado-mesa-a7885701.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/turkey-bones-unlock-secret-to-puebloan-depopulation/8792464
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/exodus-from-mesa-verde-tracked-using-domesticated-turkey-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5797-170809-migration-turkey-dna

DNA suggests a single geographic origin for domesticated dogs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jgum-mdd080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-modern-domestic-dog-geographic.html

More on Canaanite DNA:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998587/unearthed-canaanite-graves-shed-light-on-descendants-in-lebanon?sc=17&f=7

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Suggestion that climate change contributed to the downfall of Bronze Age civilizations:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/did-climate-change-bring-down-late-bronze-age-civilizations

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Amasra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/11/ancient-city-in-amasra-under-excavation

Medieval Monster Garden:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170807-italys-mysterious-medieval-garden-of-monsters

Huayna Picchu:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/95326592/Huayna-Picchu-Where-thousands-dare-to-tread-beyond-Machu-Picchu

Nimrud:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/95522761/In-the-ruins-of-the-Iraqi-city-of-Nimrud-memories-of-Agatha-Christie-live-on

Hillforts in southern England:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/07/walking-ancient-hillforts-wiltshire-downs-england-atlas-of-hillforts

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CRIME BEAT
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An ancient-coin-smuggling attempt in Libya foiled at the airport:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220869/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-police-help-egyptian-peers-arrest-antiquities-trader
https://me-confidential.com/16725-libya-tripoli-airport-security-forces-arrest-smuggler-with-580-antique-silver-coins.html

Bones were stolen from an Edmonton archaeological site:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/it-belongs-in-a-museum-bones-stolen-from-edmonton-archaeological-site-1.4240847?cmp=rss

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-31-july-6-august-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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A project to seek out Nazi book loot in libraries:

http://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-books-found-in-german-libraries/a-39984043

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-new-way-to-track-cultural-assets-looted-by-nazis/a-37857007

Remains of some Arapaho children buried in Florida will be returned to Miami:

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/carlisle/work-to-begin-on-disinterring-indian-school-students/article_8a21cbd1-7ab2-5d5b-a6c5-9b02d5343007.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/08/07/Northern-Arapaho-children-Carlisle-Indian-Industrial-School-U-S-Army-War-College-disinter-Wyoming-cemetery-remains/stories/201708070086
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/09/a-long-time-coming-army-returns-remains-of-arapaho-children-who-died-at-assimilation-school-in-1800s/
http://www.wtol.com/story/36096920/remains-of-3-native-american-boys-at-re-education-school-to-be-sent-home

Latest on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/cambridge-benin-bronzes-loan-deal

Seeking return of items taken from the Sudan:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080907.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman silver issues:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-roman-silver-type-set/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n33.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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Byron Janis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/08/05/541575050/chopin-in-the-shadows-the-supernatural-adventures-of-byron-janis?sc=17&f=7

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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/2638-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-july-2017-5-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Alan Cameron:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/memoriam-professor-alan-cameron/

Martin Roth:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/07/martin-roth-v-and-a-dies-aged-62
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/arts/design/martin-roth-dead-led-victoria-and-albert-musuem.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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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 20.15 ~ August 6, 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, Rick Heli,
Allan Brockway, Val Moore, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a very busy week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering the origin of the genus homo:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-paper-genus-homo-response-environmental.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804100410.htm

On sapiens diet and Neanderthal ‘displacement’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804082912.htm

A number of early hominin sites in Saudi Arabia are causing a bit of a rethink:

https://www.livescience.com/59998-46-prehistoric-sites-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-artifacts-found-46-ancient-lakes-arabian-desert-180964303/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5778-170801-saudi-arabia-desert

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AFRICA
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More on Chinese burials in Kenya:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201707310840.html
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-08/01/content_30319104.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on Tut’s ‘camping bed’:

https://www.livescience.com/59999-king-tut-camping-bed-ancient-marvel.html

Suggestion that an early pharaoh might have been a ‘giant’:

https://www.livescience.com/60044-ancient-egyptian-pharaoh-first-human-giant.html

Five people were killed while illegally digging in Sohag:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/274570/Egypt/Politics-/Five-killed-while-illegally-digging-for-antiquitie.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-killed-illegal-ancient-artifact-excavation-sohag/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2441088&CategoryId=13003

Latest on plans to restore Alexandria’s Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274710/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-of-Alexandrian-Jewish-synagogue-is-und.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/eliyahu-hanavi-synagogue-restoration-alexandria/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170803-egypt-to-bear-cost-of-alexandria-synagogue-renovation/

Zahi Hawass was receiving awards …

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/15388/Hawas-receives-Golden-Gala-award-at-Magna-Graecia-Film-Fest

… and trying to reestablish good relations with Italy, antiquities-wise:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/08/02/zahi-hawass-says-italy-egypt-can-reestablish-relationship_e3bf7cad-125d-4c2f-8e68-6739af7c4443.html

They’re hyping hidden chambers in the pyramids again:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-great-pyramid-of-giza-is-hiding-mysterious-chambers-that-could-be-about-to-reveal-their-secrets/news-story/ba28e717d3018b8bd23efa38232ada2d

Medieval/Islamic Period Coptic inscriptions from the St Beshoy monastery:

http://www.menafn.com/1095671887/Egypt–Coptic-inscriptions-accidentally-discovered-at-ancient-monastery

Concerns for the Al Mandara Mill:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274604/Heritage/Islamic/Construction-will-not-encroach-on-Alexandrias-hist.aspx

Concerns that a Baghdad pipeline is damaging sites:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/bismayah-gas-pipeline-iraq-baghdad.html#ixzz4oKr0Xdni

Suggestion that Catal Huyuk was war-free for 4000 years:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/no-wars-in-catalhoyuk-for-4000-years-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116245&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/03/catalhoyuk-4000-years-of-peace-without-war

No, it’s not an ancient fidget spinner:

https://www.livescience.com/60022-ancient-fidget-spinner-lookalike-is-weapon.html

The site of Julias may have been found:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-evidence-of-Lost-City-of-Julias-unearthed-near-Sea-of-Galilee-501701
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/christian-archaeologists-may-have-unearthed-lost-kinneret-city-of-3-apostles/2017/08/06/

Using seals to confirm the existence of Biblical names:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/researcher-gives-seal-of-approval-to-53-biblical-characters-existence/

Feature on Tiberias:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.805152

Lawrence Schiffman on a Talmud-burning incident in the 13th century:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/when-talmud-was-burned.pdf

More on evidence for the burning of Jerusalem some 2600 years b.p.:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bible-passage-jerusalem-burning-city-david-capture-accurate-archaeologists-burnt-artefacts-ash-a7871286.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeological-find-jerusalem-proves-bible-passage-historically-true-123315016.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/2600-year-old-archeological-discovery-shows-biblical-passage-be-true-2574781

In case you missed the Canaanite-DNA-in-Lebanon story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/science/ancient-canaanites-bible-lebanon.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/present-day-lebanese-are-direct-descendants-of-ancient-canaanites

More on that Byzantine wine press:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-wine-press-found-israeli-desert-180964243/

Suggestion that ISIL mostly targets Islamic sites:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/isis-destruction-of-ancient-sites-hits-mostly-muslim-targets.aspx

… and a feature on the folks who trade it for them:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-men-who-trade-isis-loot-1502017200

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Plenty of excitement over the find of a ‘little Pompeii’ (not really) in France:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/france-roman-neighborhood-sainte-colombe-vienne.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20170802-archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-southeast-france
https://www.thelocal.fr/20170801/france-archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/02/france-archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-south-of-lyon
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roman-ruins-france-lyon-vienne-little-pompeii-discover-site-archaeologists-benjamin-clement-a7874386.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40800527
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/02/welcome-little-pompeii-roman-neighbourhood-discovered-france/
http://www.dw.com/en/little-pompeii-discovered-in-southern-france/a-39930664
http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/25541-archaeologists-unearth-roman-relics
https://www.grazia.fr/culture/arts-architecture/une-petite-pompei-decouverte-dans-la-vienne-862803#
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-in-southeastern-france/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503324/archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-buried-beneath-ash-france
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/little-pompeii-of-vienne-is-most-exceptional-excavation-of-a-roman-site-in-40-or-50-years/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/welcome-little-pompeii-roman-neighbourhood-102254259.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-southeast-france-151035362.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/video/c2f8fb1e-791d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/04/541538827/uncovering-a-little-pompeii-in-france
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/08/04/little-pompeii-discovered-near-lyon-in-f?videoId=372252489&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=WorldNews&videoChannel=117760
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/95480069/Little-Pompeii-found-in-southern-France
https://hyperallergic.com/394056/archaeologists-discover-a-little-pompeii-in-southern-france/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-little-pompeii-eastern-france-180964311/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5781-170802-france-roman-neighborhood

A 2500 years bp sarcophagus containing the bones of a male and female from Antandrus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/31/contents-of-2500-year-old-sarcophagus-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir-revealed
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5774-170731-turkey-antandrus-sarcophagus

A 1500 years bp burial at the Carthage Circus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.804548

Latest from the dig at Troy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-unveil-mysteries-of-trojan-war.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116282&NewsCatID=375

Hotel construction in Sophia is continuing despite the discovery of Roman ruins on the site:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/181956/Construction+of+a+Luxury+Hotel+is+Continuing+in+Sofia+Despite+the+Discovery+of+an+Ancient+Roman+Necropolis
https://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/roman-tombs-vanish-under-hyatt-hotel-in-bulgaria-08-01-2017

Feature on that chariot race mosaic recently found on Cyprus:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-mosaic-cyprus-roman-chariot-race-archaeology-spd/

Digging has resumed at Lagina:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/03/archaeological-excavations-to-resume-at-turkeys-ancient-site-of-lagina

Excavations are done at Geronissos for the season:

http://in-cyprus.com/archaeological-excavations-at-geronissos-island-completed/

A Swiss team will be working at Orikum:

http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=133433

Evidence of an ancient earthquake at Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-ancient-earthquake-in-assos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116328&NewsCatID=375

… they also found an 1800 years bp stylus:

http://www.trtworld.com/life/archaeologists-discover-1800-year-old-writing-tool-in-turkey-415564

First we read that an ancient theatre was found beneath a school in Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-theater-found-under-school.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116147&NewsCatID=375

… then officials were denying it:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/culture-ministry-denies-claims-about-ancient-theater-under-antalya-school-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=116219&NewsCatID=375

Plans for Dorchester’s Roman market:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-40800400

Another dustup over race in the Roman Empire:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/dna-romans/535701/

Cf: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/

A hoard of Roman silver found in Fife three years ago is going on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40778533
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/roman-silver-discovered-in-fife-set-to-go-on-national-display-1-4518615
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15445164.Silver_hoard_found_by_teenage_detectorist_will_be_shown_for_first_time_at_National_Museum_of_Scotland/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/livingston-teen-s-roman-silver-find-to-go-on-display-1-4519009

The Boldre Roman Hoard is going on display too:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-40768334

On the Roman view of suicide (in an Antony and Cleo context):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/31/mark-antony-cleopatra-and-the-roman-perception-of-suicide/

… and some of the finds made by Classical archaeologists this summer:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/05/classical-archaeologists-found-a-lot-of-amazing-things-this-summer/

A cinaedus in the Roman army?:

https://theconversation.com/a-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-roman-army-81735
https://www.livescience.com/60010-trans-soldier-ancient-roman-army.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php

Feature on Xanthos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/city-of-sorrows-wait-for-visitors-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116191&NewsCatID=375

Looks like the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles might be part of the Brexit negotiations:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/04/greek-mep-demands-elgin-marbles-become-part-brexit-negotiations/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/220696/article/ekathimerini/news/brexit-could-see-return-of-parthenon-sculptures

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/08/beauty-and-the-beasts-2/

Features on Christos Tsirogiannis (see also the Museum section):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-the-looted-antiquities-sleuth-1501694182
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/08/04/meet-the-greek-archaeologist-chasing-looted-antiquities-but-shunned-by-greece/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26643-report-greek-archaeologist-chases-looted-antiquities.html
http://publicradioeast.org/post/archaeologist-who-hunts-stolen-art

Feature on that Warrior Grave dig:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/griffin-warrior-grave-pylos-greece-archaeology-anne-feltovich-jessica-williams-classics

What Patrick Burns is up to:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/library-research-spotlight-patrick-j-burns

A guide to the Iliad:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-homers-iliad-80968

An interesting mosaic purchase in France:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/french-museum-buys-ancient-mosaic-from-auction-in-monaco/

A Colossus of Rhodes connection to Game of Thrones?:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-colossus-of-rhodes-inspired-game-of-thrones

Finding parallels between ancient Greece and the modern US:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/08/02/ancient-rome-influence-usa-examined-new-class/

The Castle Howard antiquities collection has been ‘saved for the nation’:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15455045.Castle_Howard_art_saved_for_nation/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/ryedale/15455364.Castle_Howard_artefacts_acquired_for_the_nation/

Albania is trying to figure out what to do with all the shipwrecks off its shores:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-sunken-treasures-albania-coastal.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/world/1491350-wrecks-sunken-treasures-lie-under-albanias-coastal-waters
http://www.tribtown.com/2017/08/02/eu-albania-underwater-treasures/

On ancient Greek colour words:

https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

On DH Lawrence and the Etruscans:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/d-h-lawrence-among-the-etruscans/

Latest coverage of attempt to read Herculaneum papyri:

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2017/aug/01/x-rays-pick-out-letters-on-ancient-scrolls

Hadrian’s Wall Visitors’ Centre has opened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40732385

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Studying Neolithic Irish funeral practices:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-ancient-irish-funeral-revealed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoo-soa080217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/neolithic-irish-funerary-rites-included-deconstruction-of-the-body

A Pictish fort find in Scotland (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/59990-pictish-fort-unearthed-in-scotland.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/dark-ages-fort-built-mysterious-142500919.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-finds-new-artifacts-europes-lost-people-180964289/

Iron Age (and other eras) find from a Malthouse Farm construction site:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/malthouse-farm-iron-age-settlement-13384916

Plans to investigate/feature on a 2500 years bp vitrified fort near Ben Nevis:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/mystery-of-2-500-year-old-hillfort-by-ben-nevis-to-be-probed-1-4520808

Interesting 17th century plague burial from London:

http://www.newsweek.com/medieval-graveyard-london-body-snatchers-plague-bedlam-644250
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5777-170801-london-body-snatchers

Tram construction in Antwerp revealed ‘massive’ 16th century wall remains:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-archaeology-gate-idUSKBN1AH4SX
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/95441101/16th-century-walls-unearthed-in-Antwerp
http://www.novinite.com/articles/181899/’Monumental’+16th+Century+City+Walls+Unearthed+by+Antwerp+Tram+Works+in+Belgium
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2105015/antwerp-studies-500-year-old-walls-discovered-belgian-city
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5780-170801-antwerp-city-walls

A 17th century infirmary from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618066/archaeologists-uncover-remains-of-infirmary-in-trnava.html

Assorted finds from a Portsmouth dredging operation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40787660
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/01/german-bomber-36-anchors-human-skull-found-portsmouth-dredged/

Finds from various periods at an Exeter student housing construction site:

http://www.devonlive.com/incredible-roman-finds-unearthed-during-exeter-student-flats-development/story-30470457-detail/story.html

Feature on Scotland’s ‘top six’ archaeological sites:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15446761.Six_stunning_sites_unearthed_in_search_for_Scotland_s_hidden_gems/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/scotland-s-top-six-historical-hidden-gems-revealed-1-4519550
http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/six-stunning-sites-unearthed-in-search-for-scotland-s-hidden-gems-1-4519285

On mapping shipwrecks and war dead in and around the Orkneys:

https://www.livescience.com/60041-famed-shipwrecks-and-war-graves-mapped.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5788-170804-hms-vanguard-shipwreck

They never did finish that castle in Longtown:

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/herefordshire/15449090.Dig_reveals_village_castle_was_left_unfinished/

Funding for the Sheffield Castlegate revamp:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40775382

Restoration of a 12th century Myndtown church is complete:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-40750160

Plans for the Sutton Hoo site:

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/4m-project-to-transform-sutton-hoo-experience-for-visitors-gets-go-ahead-1-5136309

Day of Archaeology post from Must Farm:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/waterlogged-wonders-from-must-farm-bronze-age-boats-bowls-boxes-and-buckets/

More on the Bronze Age wheat ‘lunchbox’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/bronze-age-box-containing-ancient-wheat-found-in-swiss-alps

More on the display of St Cuthbert’s coffin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40763079

More on moonlit ritual stones at Davidstow:

http://www.camelford-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=108583&headline=Is%20stone%20most%20decorated%20in%20southern%20Britain?&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

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

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Very interesting Bronze Age burial from Omsk:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/ancient-warrior-unearthed-marching-to-afterlife-with-his-dagger-drawn-wearing-stylish-earrings/

Plenty of coverage for the find of a large statue at Angkor Wat (or Angkor Thom … the description varies):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-angkor-wat-large-statue.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/01/ancient-statue-unearthed-at-cambodias-angkor-temple-complex
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40788658
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/for-archaeologists-a-dream-find-at-angkor-park-133096/
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5075891/angkor-era-guardian-statue-found/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-angkor-wat-find-large-buried-statue-48946319
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11897813
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-statue-unearthed-cambodias-angkor-complex-044729516.html
http://artdaily.com/news/97927/Nearly-two-metre-tall-ancient-statue-unearthed-at-Cambodia-s-Angkor-complex
http://gizmodo.com/magnificent-sandstone-statue-uncovered-near-legendary-c-1797426629
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-field-schools-excavation-at-angkor-wat-unearths-ancient-guardian-statue
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/how-singapore-team-uncovered-ancient-guardian-statue-in-angkor-wat
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/angkor-wat-archaeological-park-statue-khmer-empire-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5776-170801-cambodia-angkor-thom-statue

Latest from Beijing’s Summer Palace:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-08/01/content_30312196.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1058870.shtml

A well-preserved 12th century mummy from the Zeleny Yar necropolis (I think we mentioned this one):

http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/mummy-found-with-perfect-hair-and-eyebrows-after-900-years-6829532/
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/635210/Mummy-Arctic-Circle-Russia-polar-princess-eyelashes-hair-intact-archeologists-discovery
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/06/900-year-old-mummy-of-polar-princess-discovered-near-arctic-circle

China and India are fighting over who originated Tibetan medicine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/world/asia/unesco-tibetan-medicine-india-china.html

… while an old map might reignite a dispute between Japan and South Korea:

http://www.dw.com/en/156-year-old-map-may-reignite-japan-south-korea-island-dispute/a-39966162

Concerns for a Gupta era shivlingam in Bundi:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/five-foot-long-shivlingam-from-gupta-era-lies-neglected-in-bundi/articleshow/59888278.cms

More on the early arrival of humans in Australia:

https://www.livescience.com/59874-humans-arrived-australia-65000-years-ago.html

More on those recently-found petroglyphs from Australia:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rangers-fighting-fires-uncover-aboriginal-rock-art-180964276/

More on deciphering oracle bones:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-offers-15000-letter-deciphering-oracle-bones-180964213/

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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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Some 3000 years bp footprints from Arizona:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/backhoe-archaeology/535827/

Excavating a Groswater site on Newfoundland:

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.cbncompass.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.northernpen.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5775-170731-canada-seal-processing

Plenty of unmarked burials around a Virginia church:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/at-least-unmarked-graves-discovered-around-virginia-s-oldest-church/article_544e0757-feed-537a-b863-281b74de8466.html

Latest from the Queen’s Marque site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1491121-another-relic-discovered-at-queen%E2%80%99s-marque-site

Followup to the Fort Macleod story from last week:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3637690/archaeologists-dig-up-new-artifacts-at-historic-fort-macleod-town-site/

Feature on audioarchaeology at Chaco Canyon (again):

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-soundscapes-pastadding-dimension-archaeological-picture.html
http://theconversation.com/soundscapes-in-the-past-adding-a-new-dimension-to-our-archaeological-picture-of-ancient-cultures-80861
https://www.livescience.com/60040-chaco-canyon-soundscape-revealed.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Soundscapes-in-the-past-Adding-a-new-dimension-11730169.php

Studying Clovis points:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cultural-diversification-early-north-american.html

Feature on the Camp Verde meteorite:

http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/ask-a-ranger-unearthing-the-mystery-behind-the-meteor/article_3894f8d2-bbfb-5f0d-8d6c-2b3daacb7feb.html

That canoe found in Louisiana a few months ago has been conserved:

http://www.kxxv.com/story/36056242/texas-am-conserves-prehistoric-canoe
http://www.kplctv.com/story/36057278/texas-scientists-say-la-flooding-unmasked-prehistoric-canoe

A potential slave burial site in Brooklyn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/nyregion/19th-century-diary-suggests-slaves-are-buried-in-brooklyn-lot.html

Plans to preserve a burial mound at Fort Smith:

http://5newsonline.com/2017/08/03/team-set-to-preserve-indian-mound-located-in-center-of-fort-smith/

More on the development of maize crops in early North America:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803141056.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142813/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

More coverage of the dig at Louisbourg:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/rescue-archaeology-project-aims-to-give-new-insights-into-louisbourgs-history/article35839489/?cmpid=rss1
https://www.sootoday.com/national-news/skeletons-can-tell-you-a-lot-exhuming-remains-at-18th-century-fort-684265
http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/national-news/2017/07/30/skeletons-can-tell-you-a-lot-exhuming-remains-at-18thcentury-fort/
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/why-archaeologists-are-exhuming-skeletons-at-an-18th-century-cape-breton-fort-1.3525281
http://globalnews.ca/news/3636032/unb-students-head-to-cape-breton-to-perform-rescue-archaeology-before-graveyard-disappears/

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Peruvian archaeologists are getting tired of alien mummy claims:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/how-to-fake-an-alien-mummy/535251/
http://news.ku.edu/2017/08/03/documentary-exploring-evidence-extraterrestrial-life-ancient-peru-based-pseudoscience

Possible discovery of the tomb of the first historian of the Americas:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/27/inenglish/1501149491_780251.html

Studying lakes around Machu Picchu:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,415114,polish-divers-discover-secrets-of-the-inca.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5783-170803-machu-picchu-lakes

—–
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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Assorted coverage of Passchendaele:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40767601
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40739915
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40669719

… and WWI trenches in England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/05/miles-of-forgotten-trenches-dug-in-england-during-first-world-war-unearthed-again

… and more Jane Austen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/books/jane-austen-tour-england.html

Humans and megafauna extinction again:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-worlds-most-enormous-animals-180964255/

… and altering forests:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-hhb080117.php

… and building farms/cities much earlier than previously thought (not sure about this one):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/evidence-that-humans-had-farms-30000-years-earlier-than-previously-thought/

Feature on some interesting medieval statuary that was recently rediscovered:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-scientists-mystery-luckless-apostles-paris.html

I don’t think we’ve mentioned the Lusitania telegraph find/recovery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telegraph-recovered-wreck-lusitania-180964267/

A recovered Basquiat might be a forgery:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=70089

Feature on assorted art movements:

https://hyperallergic.com/393700/art-movements-215/

… and sexual innudendo in assorted art:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-not-so-subtle-sexual-innuendo-renaissance-art

Feature on Mozart:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/classical-music/forget-amadeus-real-tragedy-behind-mozarts-final-act/

Feature on John Dowland:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170801-the-ed-sheeran-of-16th-century-england

Feature on the Book of Miracles:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/aug/04/the-book-of-miracles-16th-century-german-illustrated-manuscript

Feature on petroglyphs in various places:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/08/03/540805776/animal-images-in-prehistoric-rock-art-looking-beyond-europe
http://nhpr.org/post/animal-images-prehistoric-rock-art-looking-beyond-europe

Victor Nuovo is back to Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-spinoza-pursuit-truth-means-peace-and-piety

On the ‘decipherment’ of assorted languages:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-deadly-pursuit-of-unsolved-languages

More on the Sistine Chapel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40734899

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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King Arthur:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40725177

Chagall:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/31/540515346/art-exhibit-features-chagalls-works-for-ballet-and-opera

Hokusai:

http://www.nippon.com/en/views/b02336/

Tiffany Mosaics:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/03/540891752/tiffany-is-known-for-lamps-and-stained-glass-but-he-made-magical-mosaics-too

Ancient Glassmaking:

http://artdaily.com/news/97980/Unprecedented-exhibition-highlights-the-artistry-and-technical-virtuosity-of-glassmakers-in-the-ancient-world

The Met got a pile of attention for a looted vase in its collection (again) that it returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/arts/design/ancient-vase-seized-from-met-museum-on-suspicion-it-was-looted.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=70087
https://hyperallergic.com/393527/metropolitan-museum-greek-vase-looted/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/01/540930943/met-museum-turns-over-ancient-vase-suspected-looted-from-italy

… and shortly after that was returning a bull’s head in its collection to Lebanon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/arts/design/met-museum-relic-lebanon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.standardrepublic.com/2017/08/met-museum-turns-over-another-relic-with-disputed-past-to-prosecutors/11107.htm
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/03/US-tug-of-war-over-disputed-relic-from-Lebanon.html
http://observer.com/2017/08/met-museum-turns-over-two-looted-objects-to-authorities/
https://hyperallergic.com/393978/the-met-museum-hands-over-another-antiquity-believed-to-be-stolen/

Feature on Beijing’s Palace Museum:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/01/c_136490404.htm

More on the British Museum’s 3d printing offerings:

https://3dprint.com/182710/british-museum-3d-printing/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/3d-printing-museum-objects-for-the-home/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503199/you-can-now-view-3d-model-rosetta-stone-online

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d printing technology to allow museum visitors to interact with objects:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-d-technologies-students-ancient-greece.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26579-ancient-greek-artifacts-undergo-3d-printing-by-new-zealand-university.html

Imaging techniques find a sixth century text in a bookbinding:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502886/6th-century-writing-discovered-inside-medieval-bookbinding

Another feature on remote sensing and the like in Southwestern archaeology:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-argonne-digital-tools-southwestern-cultural.html

Feature on high tech archaeology in Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egyptologists-high-tech-ancient-mysteries.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/egyptologists-go-high-tech-to-unlock-ancient-mysteries/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plenty of attention for a study suggesting modern Greeks descend from Myceneans and Minoans:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-civilizations-greece-revealing-stories-science.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-adr072817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170802134718.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40791188
https://www.livescience.com/60027-origins-of-1st-advanced-greek-civilizations.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/greeks-descend-from-homers-mycenaean-heroes/news-story/1d5ff80bde3dac9cc715bfc820639f32
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.804974
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/greeks-really-do-have-near-mythical-origins-ancient-dna-reveals
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-greece-scientists-crack-dna-sequence-cradle-western-civilisation-first-time-1633212
http://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/origin-of-greeks-02082017/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-sheds-light-mysterious-origins-ancient-greeks-180964314/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5782-170802-greece-dna-origins
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/minoan-and-mycenaean-origins-revealed

On medieval manuscripts and DNA:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-manuscripts-are-dna-smorgasbord-180964252/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Rising seas threaten sites in Louisiana:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0804/Salvage-archaeology-When-rising-seas-threaten-to-wash-away-history

… and has damaged Seminole sites in Florida:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/florida-summit-addresses-climate-changes-effects-on-historic-seminole-tribe-sites-9540801
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/arts/florida-summit-addresses-climate-changes-effects-on-historic-seminole-tribe-sites-8800460

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Canterbury Trail:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/01/canterbury-kent-walk-medieval-streets-attractions-cathedral

Bath:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/jane-austen-s-city-roman-built-baths-and-elegant-spas-still-entice-1501658139.html

Provence:

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2017/aug/3/48-hours-in-provence/

Ostia Antica:

https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/a-step-back-to-ancient-times/3208978/

Oman:

http://timesofoman.com/article/114300/Oman/Tourism/Oman-Tourism-What-makes-Musandam-so-attractive-to-tourists

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CRIME BEAT
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Indirect fallout from the Hobby Lobby case … five antiquities dealers in Jerusalem are facing tax fraud charges:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/31/540579261/israeli-authorities-arrest-antiquities-dealers-in-connection-with-hobby-lobby-sc
http://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/5-Palestinians-arrested-for-aiding-Hobby-Lobby-in-antiquities-smuggling-501300
http://forward.com/fast-forward/378819/israeli-police-arrest-antiquities-smugglers-connected-to-hobby-lobby/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/east-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-for-tax-fraud/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-police-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-for-con/2017/07/30/aae60264-751d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1328893/photos-20-million-fraud-operation-eastern-jerusalem-antiquities-dealers.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11897392

Meanwhile, OpEds are coming out about how Hobby Lobby is being unfairly criticized:

http://www.sltrib.com/religion/global/2017/08/03/despite-smuggled-antiquities-purchase-some-say-criticism-of-bible-museum-is-unfair/

… while Iraq anxiously awaits the return of things:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts-us-smugglers.html

A southeast Asian ‘smuggling kingpin’s’ attempt to get around the law:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/antiques-smuggling-kingpin-loaned-artefacts-to-museum-to-get-legal-tag/articleshow/59837679.cms

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-24-30-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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NUMISMATICA
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A Marcus Aurelius aureus at auction:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/choice-marcus-aurelius-gold-aureus-2017-ana-auction/

Feature on collecting ancient weights:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-collecting-ancient-weights/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n32.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/2634-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-july-2017-29-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Alan Cameron:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/newsrecords/2017/Professor-Alan-Cameron-1938-2017.aspx
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-alan-cameron

Harold Williams:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/getty-trust-founding-president-harold-m-williams-dies/

Dennis Mack Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/books/denis-mack-smith-dead-historian-of-italy.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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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 20.14 ~ July 30, 2017

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals were eating turtles at a site in Israel some 60 000 years bp, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.803364
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5762-170726-israel-freshwater-turtle

Early homo sapiens in southern Africa some 60 000 years bp (give or take) were culturally flexible:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uotw-cfw072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-early-human-ability-survive-prolonged.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726102921.htm

More on ‘ghost species’ traces in saliva:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11894688
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5755-170724-saliva-gene-variant
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/clues-to-a-ghost-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-saliva

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AFRICA
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Chinese burials (it has been determined) from an island off Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/29/c_136481481.htm

More on the goldsmith’s tomb in the Sudan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-kingdom-egyptthe-goldsmith-tomb.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A tomb of unspecified date from Sharqia:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/13639/The-transfer-of-a-newly-discovered-archaeological-tomb
http://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-tomb-unearthed/

Medieval frescoes from the St Pishoy monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/274317/Heritage/Coptic/Medieval-Coptic-wallpaintings-uncovered-at-Egyptia.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/murals-discovered-anba-bishoy-monastery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/30/archaeological-murals-discovered-at-saint-bishoy-monastery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/14153/Wall-paintings-discovered-in-Monastery-of-Saint-Pishoy

Feature on Flinders Petrie:

http://www.thenational.scot/culture/15439186.Profile__Flinders_Petrie__controversial_founder_of_archaeology/

Bronze Age granaries from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-granaries-reveal-history-of-grape-production–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115965&NewsCatID=375

Evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4302
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233006
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-jerusalem-finds-shore-up-biblical-account-of-babylonian-conquest/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.803529
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4994533,00.html
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4994920,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/they-were-here-on-tisha-bav-new-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-discovered-in-city-of-david/2017/07/26/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1325478/photos-eve-tisha-bav-evidence-babylonian-destruction-jerusalem-found-city-david.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/26/ahead-of-tisha-bav-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-of-jerusalem-unearthed/
http://forward.com/fast-forward/378000/new-evidence-of-babylonian-conquest-of-jerusalem-discovered/

Possible evidence that Second Temple priests fled to Magdala to continue traditions after the Romans took Jerusalem:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Magdala-once-likely-populated-by-elite-Jerusalemites-501003
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-finds-suggest-second-temple-priests-who-fled-the-romans-kept-up-holy-rituals-in-the-galilee/

A 1600 years bp wine press from Ramat Negev:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_heb.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4300
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-years-ago-soldiers-may-have-quaffed-wine-from-this-desert-press/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/1600-year-old-stone-wine-presser-found-in-Ramat-Negev-500669
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5760-170725-negev-wine-press

Really a DNA story, but the suggestion is they weren’t destroyed but moved to Lebanon (hmmm):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/wtsi-pld072617.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/cp-wwt072017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727122039.htm
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/genetic-study-suggests-present-day-lebanese-descend-from-biblical-canaanites
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/science/ancient-canaanites-bible-lebanon.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a7862936.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/28/study-disproves-bibles-claim-ancient-canaanites-wiped/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-canaanites-werent-annihilated-they-just-moved-to-lebanon/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142028-bronze-age-dna-calls-famous-biblical-slaughter-into-question/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2017/07/genetic-evidence-suggests-the-canaanites-werent-destroyed-after-all/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-canaanite-lebanese-genetics-20170727-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/27/ancient-dna-solves-mystery-of-the-canaanites-reveals-the-biblical-peoples-fate/?wpisrc=al_alert-hse&wpmk=1
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/canaanite-bible-ancient-dna-lebanon-genetics-archaeology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5766-170727-lebanon-canaanite-genome

Video on the Solomon’s Stables excavation on Temple Mount:

https://templemount.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/solomons-stables-history-and-destructionruction/

Suggestion that Philistines weren’t ‘pirates’ after all:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

Some Foundation Stone interviews of note … first, a Tel Hazor interview with Prof Amnon Ben-Tor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FQfGFaCM0

… and Tel Achziv interviews with Dr Yifat Therani and D. Michael Yasmin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxD7A9DoQ3U

Latest from the Tel Burna dig:

https://telburna.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/week-4end-of-season-overview/

Gobekli Tepe is looking for Heritage status:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-lists-turkeys-gobeklitepe-as-2018-nominee.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115875&NewsCatID=375

Feature on assorted biblical battles:

https://www.livescience.com/59911-ancient-biblical-battles.html

More on the oldest ‘smiley’ claim:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-found-hittite-jug-180964177/

Apparently not much is happening regarding the restoration of Nimrud:

http://www.dw.com/en/still-no-progress-in-restoring-ancient-nimrud/a-39813952

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A major tomb+inscription find from Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/07/27/tomb-depicting-famous-gladiator-brawl-discovered-in-pompeii_223d6f13-f15b-43d1-8405-a6f11fccd33b.html
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/new-inscription-pompeii-reading-lines/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/pompeii-rivalled-rome-for-big-fight-night-shows-tomb-inscription-of-alleius-nigidius-maius-gzbbdvl5p
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5768-170727-porta-stabia-tomb

… some Italian coverage:

http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/24/news/pompei_scoperta_tomba_monumentale_con_iscrizione_lunga_4_metri-171550930/
http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/27/news/pompei_nigidius_il_liberto_amico_di_nerone_che_offri_giochi_degni_del_colosseo-171740672/
http://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/notizie/bellezza/2017/07/26/pompei-emersa-la-tomba-di-un-impresario_c490dc6d-345f-4c48-ac67-9722f6d10cd8.html

Evidence that the Etruscans were good at beekeeping:

https://www.livescience.com/59970-etruscans-were-expert-beekeepers.html

Remains of the ancient sunken city of Neapolis off the coast of Tunisia:

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2017/07/28/scoperta-citta-sommersa-in-tunisia_59b5268b-639b-4ec6-ad7d-49c03b92dbab.html

Looking at the site of the Varian disaster again:

http://www.dw.com/en/unearthing-the-mysteries-of-the-battle-that-created-germany/a-39817362

A well from Parion/Parium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/24/2700-year-old-healing-water-discovered-in-parion-ancient-city-in-turkeys-canakkale

A Sarmatian burial from the Crimea (with a typical Pravda headline):

http://www.pravdareport.com/science/mysteries/28-07-2017/138279-alien_child-0/

Roman-era (empty) tombs from Usak:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-symbolic-graves-unearthed-in-usak.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115943&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/25/2000-year-old-empty-tombs-unearthed-in-usak

A mosaic find from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26546-1-800-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-ancient-anatolian-city-of-perge.html

They’re moving that mosaic found in a farmer’s field to a museum in Gaziantep:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaic-to-move-to-gaziantep-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116040
They were assessing damage in Kos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220446/article/ekathimerini/life/kos-archaeological-museum-assesses-quake-damage

… and the museum reopened:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26548-kos-archaeological-museum-reopening-to-visitors-on-saturday.html

Excavating Halmyris:

http://theconversation.com/what-were-finding-as-we-excavate-halmyris-a-frontier-fort-of-the-roman-empire-73577

Another one that is a DNA story … confirmation that the Greeks settled Southern Italy and Sicily (we knew this already, no?):

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/New-research-proves-ancient-Greeks-colonised-Sicily-and-Southern-Italy%20

Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia in the Roman period:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727103035.htm
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170727/Malaria-already-widespread-on-Sardiniac2a0in-the-Roman-period-research-shows.aspx

Plans to dig at Uzuncaburç:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-start-at-turkeys-uzuncaburc.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116073&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Nero, Peter, and Paul:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/nero-the-execution-of-peter-and-paul-and-the-biggest-fake-news-in-early-christian-history

Feature on garum:

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/fish-sauce-ancient-rome-garum/

Feature on the ballista:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a27520/game-of-thrones-ballista/

Feature on the Secret Cabinet:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-trove-erotic-roman-art-scandalized-french-monarchy

Feature on the Nashville Parthenon:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-full-scale-replica-parthenon-nashville-tennessee

Novelizing Euripides:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/31/novelizing-greek-myth

Another feature on Wonder Woman/Amazons:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/07/wonder-woman-amazon-mythology/

Interesting touristy feature at Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/how-hear-500-roman-cavalry-13385205

Court rules that Italy can seek a new head for the Colosseum:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/Ruling-lets-Italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-11362547.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/ruling-lets-italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-colosseum-chief/2017/07/25/ddac99d8-7135-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

… and the archaeo-park got the go-ahead too:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/07/25/court-says-ok-to-colosseum-archeo-park_95e9592f-c438-4377-a193-99affce7ac5a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20170725/top-italian-court-gives-go-ahead-to-colosseum-archaeological-park
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italian-court-overturns-ruling-against-colosseum-park.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-high-court-gives-green-light-to-colosseum-park-and-foreign-museum-directors/

Some Classical connections to Game of Thrones:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/24/five-references-to-the-ancient-and-late-roman-world-within-game-of-thrones/

Kristina Killgrove’s Day of Archaeology post:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/07/27/a-summer-day-in-the-life-of-a-roman-bioarchaeologist/

… and another Day of Archaeology post on the Paphos Theatre dig:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/roman-theatres-and-contemporary-arts-australian-archaeologists-in-cyprus/

An interesting production of the Eumenides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/manhattans-district-attorney-vs-aeschylus.html

What Kurt Freudenburg is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/07/24/freudenburg-and-hansen-appointed-endowed-chairs

What Greg Crane is up to:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/scholars-still-using-new-technology-do-same-damn-thing

Honours for Paul Cartledge:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/classics_expert_honoured/

Victorian women translating Greek:

https://thebestschools.org/review/ladies-greek/

Someone didn’t like the BBC’s portrayal of a diverse Roman Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/27/alt-rigth-commentator-gets-shut-down-by-historian-over-diversity-in-roman-britain-6810143/

Why parents should read the Clouds:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2017/07/26/philosophy-leads-to-father-beating-or-why-all-parents-should-read-aristophanes-clouds/

Roman roads of the UK as a tube map:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/trending-topics/editors-picks/2017/07/27/shropshires-roman-roads-part-of-new-london-underground-style-map/
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/alternative-tube-map-shows-roman-roads-of-britain-a3598096.html

Latest comparisons of the contemporary US to ancient times:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/donald-trump-presidency-has-echoes-of-ancient-greece-20170728-gxkq8z

More on that sarcophagus from a London market:

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/07/25/16/29/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-london

In case you missed the Hippocrates palimpsest from st Catharine’s monastery:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/hippocrates-manuscript-sinai-palimpsests-st-catherines-monastery-spd/

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Grain residue in a Bronze Age ‘lunchbox’ find from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoy-afk072517.php https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726091521.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59961-bronze-age-lunch-box-in-swiss-alps.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/traces-bronze-age-era-cereals-discovered-swiss-mountains/
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/ancient-grains-history-could-be-rewritten-thanks-discovery-in-swiss-alps
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/ancient-bronze-age-box-discovered-archaeology-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5764-170726-bronze-age-box

I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp ‘incense pot’ from the Ness of Brodgar:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5756-170724-scotland-neolithic-pot

Prehistoric finds from the site of a new Inverness prison:

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Finds from various periods from Hayle dig:

http://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/15434722.Tools_from_Cornwall___s_first_farmers_among_important_archaeological_finds_at_Hayle_construction_site/

Assorted sites from Azerbaijan:

http://www.today.az/news/society/163486.html
https://www.azernews.az/nation/116679.html

An 1100 bp coin and other (Pictish) items from Burghead Fort:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/15431648.Archaeologists_find_Pictish_remains_at_Moray_fort/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/1-100-year-old-coin-found-in-royal-pictish-power-centre-1-4513047
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-find-pictish-remains-at-moray-fort-35964885.html
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/archaeologists-from-an-aberdeen-university-have-unearthed-artefacts-dating-back-more-than-1000-years-staff-from-the-university-of-aberdeen-have-been-digging-at-burghead-fort-near-lossiemouth-wher/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1294849/burghead-fort-dig-leads-to-surprise-discoveries/
http://observer.com/2017/07/pictish-fort-burghead-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5759-170725-scotland-coin-fort

A fifth century baptismal font from Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/28/archaeology-ancient-stone-baptismal-vessel-found-at-plovdivs-episcopal-basilica-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5772-170728-bulgaria-philippopolis-basilica

Finds from various periods from Bulgaria’s Ruskcastro fort dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/26/archaeology-ivory-icon-rare-byzantine-gold-coin-found-at-bulgarias-rusokastro-fortress-site/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/181656/Archaeologist+Found+Extremely+Rare+Ivory+Icon+in+Burgas
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5763-170726-bulgaria-rusokastro-fortress

Medieval burials from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/29/archaeology-more-than-80-mediaeval-tombs-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

A possible monastery beneath a Perth pub?:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/old-monastery-lie-under-perth-10888275

18th century epidemic victims from a Polish cemetery:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,415051,poznan-victims-of-the-epidemic-300-years-ago-discovered-in-srodka.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5757-170724-poland-plague-victims

A 150 years bp curling stone from a Peeblesshire farm site:

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15429014.150_year_old_curling_stone_unearthed_on_Peeblesshire__farm/

Sale of that bronze peat bog sword:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/ancient-peat-bog-bronze-sword-sells-to-dutch-museum-at-christies/

Studying the effects of a ninth century Icelandic volcanic eruption on the Dark Ages:

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21725165-song-ice-and-fire-events-iceland-explain-years-famine-europes-dark

On the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/

St Cuthbert’s coffin has gone on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/28/st-cuthberts-coffin-durham-cathedral

England’s ‘oldest hotel’ has been restored after a fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40718707

Heralding the golden age of Scottish archaeology:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15442386.Welcome_to_the_Golden_Age_of_Scottish_archaeology/

On medieval treatments for male infertility:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-medieval-men-infertility-treatments.html

Analyzing European earthquakes over time:

http://dro.dur.ac.uk/22472/

More on Tintagel:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-return-legendary-birthplace-king-163900735.html

More on the ‘race against time’ at an Orkney site:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/orkney-archaeological-dig-is-a-battle-between-time-and-tide-1-4514267

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

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A 2400 years bp ‘limousine’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/28/c_136480895.htm

A 2300 years bp carpenter’s tool from a site on Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201707280043.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5771-170728-iron-carpentry-tool

A medieval child burial from northern Russia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/skull-of-1000-year-old-arctic-chieftains-infant-heir-found-encased-in-persian-bronze-cup/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5769-170728-arctic-persian-bowl

Park rangers just came across a pile of Aboriginal petroglyphs in West Arnhem:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-30/aboriginal-rangers-discover-rock-art-site-in-arnhem-land/8750046

Humans may be behind the extinction of New Zealand’s swans:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5765-170726-new-zealand-swans

Studying early settlers in New Zealand from an Otago cemetery:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1707/S00305/research-reveals-insights-into-lives-of-early-settlers.htm
http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago656624.html

A Chinese museum seeks help with some oracle bones:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/503069/chinese-museum-offering-cash-whoever-can-decipher-these-3000-year-old-inscriptions

Concerns for Goan antiquities:

http://www.navhindtimes.in/desecration-of-the-goan-antiquities-ii/

More on earlier human arrival to Australia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/dated-artefacts-in-northern-australia-indicate-humans-arrived-there-about-65000-years-ago

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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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Evidence of diversification in points ca 12 500 year bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/s-toa072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cultural-diversification-early-north-american.html

Mimbres culture items from a New Mexico dig:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2017/07/23/nmsu-students-discover-artifacts-archaeological-dig/503028001/

An 18th century crucifix from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/18th-century_crucifix_uncovere.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5761-170725-michigan-brass-crucifix

… and a related Day of Archaeology post:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/michilimackinac-2017/

Digging up pioneer burials in southern Indiana prior to road construction:

http://www.tribstar.com/archaeologists-dig-up-graves-at-indiana-pioneer-cemetery/article_1153be9e-e3db-5206-828b-33f29d3ef10f.html

Human remains from a dig in a Prince George park:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/11-historical-human-remains-discovered-in-archaeological-dig-at-prince-george-park-1.4227857?cmp=rss

Digging an 18th century cemetery in Nova Scotia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5770-170728-fortress-of-louisbourg

Plans to dig up a Baptist Church’s cemetery in Philadelphia:

http://www.bctv.org/special_reports/community/friends-of-hopewell-furnace-to-explore-the-first-baptist-church/article_2de4deb0-706e-11e7-b554-e73e94c4246e.html

I think we’ve mentioned this John Brown Farm dig before:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/curr/suny-potsdam-students-dig-up-artifacts-at-john-brown-site-20170726

They’ve banned metal detectors from Rogers Island:

http://poststar.com/news/local/historic-site-bans-metal-detectors/article_b59c3303-5955-5242-82bd-d4bf2bbc7d7a.html
http://www.wcax.com/story/35954166/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2017-07-24/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site

… a related dig has commenced:

http://poststar.com/news/local/digging-it-major-archaeology-project-underway-on-rogers-island/article_6386f70e-0edd-5bd1-8c98-e5b7100a6f29.html

Hyping a dig in Sarnia:

http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/07/25/archaeological-report-from-sarnia-excavation-expected-soon

Digging Underground Railroad sites in Albany:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/education/article/Dig-underway-at-Underground-Railroad-sites-in-11557572.php
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/excavating_sites_in_albany_neighborhood_with_link_to_underground_railroad.html
http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Refuse-yields-historical-gems-11439234.php

Plans to survey the town site of Fort Macleod:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fort-macleod-townsite-dig-1.4227532?cmp=rss

On the FBI’s ‘coming of age’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40721016

Studying links between Fort Vancouver and Yellowstone:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/researcher-traces-ties-between-fort-yellowstone/

Did Billy the Kid have a connection to upstate New York?:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/billy_the_kid_wild_west_outlaw_might_have_clinton_connection.html

More on the ‘moving the archaeological storage facilities’ thing in Canada:

http://www.macleans.ca/news/why-is-ottawa-trying-to-move-atlantic-canadas-artifacts-to-quebec/

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An Aztec structure of some sort at Plaza Pino Suarez in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6331-hallan-vestigio-ceremonial-de-un-calpulli-mexica-en-la-plaza-pino-suarez

There’s more to Easter Island statues, apparently (we’ve seen this before):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/26/famous-easter-island-heads-have-hidden-bodies/

What Elizabeth Paris is up to:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/elizabeth-paris-archaeology-mayapan-1.4219671?cmp=rss

What Jon Henderson is up to:

https://nottstv.com/nottingham-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-sunken-pirate-city-jamaica/

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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A history of citrus fruit:

https://www.livescience.com/59896-ancient-citrus-trade-routes.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5758-170724-archaeobotany-citrus-fruit

Big bucks for a Waterloo veteran’s medals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40716456

… and a Boer War ‘time capsule”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40715985

On the invention of the windshield wiper:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/536835744/alabama-woman-stuck-in-nyc-traffic-in-1902-invented-the-windshield-wiper

On the ‘Perfumed Garden’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170725-the-ancient-arabic-kama-sutra

Feature on the Basque language:

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

Latest photos from the Sistine Chapel:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-40734899/sistine-chapel-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before

Victor Nuovo is looking at Hobbes’ thoughts on religion:

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

Latest on Amelia Earhart:

http://kval.com/news/local/this-is-in-face-what-did-happen-to-amelia-earhart

Feature on human sacrifice:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/human-sacrifice-a-hobby-as-old-as-time

On the origins of Monopoly:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170728-monopoly-was-invented-to-demonstrate-the-evils-of-capitalism

Studying millet:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/archaeology-shows-theres-more-to-millet-than-birdseed
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeology-millet-birdseed.html

Studying transitions in cultural evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726132047.htm

More on that pair of bodies from a Swiss glacier:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-bodies-stayed-mummified-for-75-years-in-a-swiss-glacier/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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Pompeii:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/omsi-exhibit-shows-volcanic-destruction-of-pompeii-2000-years-ago/

Agon: Competition in Ancient Greece:

http://artdaily.com/news/97718/Exhibition-explores-the-competitive-spirit-that-was-a-powerful-element-in-Greek-society-#.WX37CYqQxn4

Vikings:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/07/26/vikings-exhibit-to-land-at-rom-in-november.html

Egypt Uncovered:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/27/egypt-uncovered-new-exhibition-at-sir-john-soanes-museum-in-london/

Hokusai:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/hokusai-in-the-world-then-and-now/

A New Jersey Museum has discovered several cases of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/liberty-hall-museum-wine-madeira-collection-new-jersey-john-adams-president-usa-exhibition-a7856631.html

Followup to that fakes-in-a-Mexican-museum story:

http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/mexican-museum-defends-its-legitimacy-corrects-journalists-inaccurate-reporting/

The British Museum somehow managed to lose a large Cartier diamond and kept it hush hush for quite a while:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40738239
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/27/cartier-diamond-ring-worth-750000-lost-by-british-museum
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/million-dollar-diamond-ring-disappears-british-museum-london-1632116
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-loses-750-000-ring-stcs3w5jv

I think we’ll start putting Bible Museum/Hobby Lobby stuff in this category now:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/hobby-lobby-thinks-bible-can-save-america-now-museum-convince-critics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest imaging technique finding hidden texts:

https://www.livescience.com/59925-imaging-reveals-medieval-text.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5767-170727-combined-imaging-technique

Studying the grazing habits of Neolithic cattle using isotopes:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/july/isotopes-in-prehistoric-cattle-teeth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-iip072017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-isotopes-prehistoric-cattle-teeth-herding.html
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Studying prehistoric social networks in the Balkans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoc-ait072717.php

On ground penetrating radar use:

https://magazine.du.edu/summer-2017/using-ground-penetrating-radar-anthropology-professor-explores-world-underground/

More on the BM’s 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone:

https://hyperallergic.com/391501/rosetta-stone-3d-model-british-museum/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interact-first-3-d-scan-rosetta-stone-180964205/

More on the Lady of Cao’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/07/mummy_unwrapped_by_tulane_prof.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The Iberian peninsula did not witness in the influx of steppe invaders that the rest of Europe did, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-bai072117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bronze-age-iberia-steppe-invaders.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727141536.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome’s ‘underworld’:

http://www.dw.com/en/romes-underworlds/av-19274357

Eynhallow Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170721-why-you-ceynhallow-which-you-can-visit-one-day-a-year

Gold Butte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/gold-butte-nevada-antiquities-act-national-monument.html

Bermuda shipwrecks:

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/07/travel/charted-waters-bermuda-shipwrecks/
http://bermuda100.ucsd.edu/index.php

Buffalo, New York:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/07/28/buffalo-architecture/517033001/

Bears Ears:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/bears-ears-utah-politics-trump-national-monument.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Five antiquities dealers in East Jerusalem have been arrested for fraud:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Police-arrest-5-in-20-million-black-market-antiquities-tax-fraud-sting-501156
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/in-israel/local/5-antiquities-dealers-from-east-jerusalem-arrested-for-fraud-30061
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-police-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-con-48932817

Police foil an attempted theft from a Nubian museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274127/Heritage/Museums/Police-foil-attempted-theft-of-goddess-Isis-statue.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/police-foil-theft-attempt-nubia-museum/

Another coin smuggling attempt foiled by Egyptian authorities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/274331/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Egypt-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-collection-of-coins.aspx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/art-crime-and-criminals-berlin.html

The EU is targetting antiquities sales:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/07/24/european-commission-targets-antiquities-sales-to-curb-terrorism

Metal detectorists were arrested at a Crete archaeological site:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czechs-arrested-for-using-metal-detectors-at-crete-archaeological-site

More on Mesa Verde vandalism:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/26/mesa-verde-national-park-vandalized/

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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Colombia wants Germany to return some pre Columbian items:

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-ask-germany-return-pre-columbian-statues/

Turkey is going to try to get back a pile of items, apparently:

http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-parliament-to-seek-cultural-property-abroad-2764040

Christie’s has to reveal a buyer to Turkey:

http://www.courthousenews.com/christies-must-reveal-5000-year-old-idols-secret-bidder-turkey/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Boldre Hoard of Roman coins is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40768334
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15439677.Hundreds_of_unearthed_Roman_coins_will_go_on_display_after___1_8million_museum_revamp/

Some Ptolemy IV coins came to auction:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/goldbergs-sell-gold-ptolemy-iv

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n31.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/2633-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-july-2017-22-july-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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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 20.13 ~ July 23, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Wilfried Zankl, Wilfried Zankl, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli, David Emery, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Early hominids pretty much ate anything:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/real-paleo-diet-early-hominids-ate-just-about-everything/458522081

Concern for hominin footprints in the shadow of a volcano in Tanzania:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5748-170720-tanzania-volcano-footprints

Nice feature on Neanderthal evidence from Gibraltar:

http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2017/07/22/exciting-archaeological-breakthrough-helping-researchers-understand-ancient-relatives/

On the mitochondrial side of interbreeding:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/18/did-human-women-contribute-to-neanderthal-genomes-over-200000-years-ago

More of a DNA story, but trace evidence from saliva of some ‘ghost species’ of human as a result of interbreeding or some such thing:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-saliva-clues-ghost-species-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uab-isc072117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721113415.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/sign-of-a-mysterious-human-ancestor-has-been-found-in-our-spit

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AFRICA
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Kingdom of Kerma era tombs from the Sudan:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056993.shtml

I think we mentioned this Egyptian-style goldsmith’s burial from the Sudan:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721090109.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the possible discovery of the tomb of Tut’s wife:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12657/Archaeologists-claim-discovery-of-Tutankhamun-s-wife-lost-tomb
https://www.livescience.com/59840-king-tut-wife-tomb-possibly-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tuts-wife-possibly-buried-new-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tutankhamuns-wife-might-be-hidden-in-newly-discovered-tomb-filled-with-3300yearold-secrets/news-story/a271484eecb06e04be6ce79507e0a2a8?from=rss-basic
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11893023
http://www.ibtimes.com/tomb-king-tutankhamuns-wifes-discovered-ankhesenamun-lies-next-her-second-husband-2567662
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/07/19/tomb-king-tuts-wife-discovered-experts-excited-by-find-in-egypt.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-king-tutankhamun-wife-likely-125653687.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/egypt/2017/07/20/archeology-tomb-of-tutankhamuns-wife-possibly-discovered_6811f305-fefc-4072-ab78-174fcb8806c7.html

Medieval graffiti from a cave in Upper Egypt (we may have mentioned this last week):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/273873/Heritage/Islamic/Medievalera-graffiti-discovered-in-cave-in-Upper-E.aspx
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/no-god-except-allah-medieval-grafitti-by-ancient-pilgrims-discovered-egyptian-cave-1631342
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5750-170720-egypt-medieval-graffiti

There’s a Cairo Pass now to help get you to assorted sites:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273767/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-Pass-available-for-foreigners-to-visit-all-a.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12653/Egypt-launches-new-pass-for-Giza-an-Cairo-archaeological-sites

Antiquities stolen from an Egyptian mosque were recovered:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274040/Heritage/Islamic/Antiquities-stolen-from-Egypts-Jani-Bek-AlAshrafi-.aspx

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/59858-rosetta-stone-turns-218.html

Egypt is ‘taking stock’ of its neglected antiquities:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/egypt-antiquities-campaign-prevent-theft.html

More on the AUC handing over a pile of items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273713/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-to-Egypt-,-artifacts-from-past-arch.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/07/19/national-museum-egyptian-civilisation-receives-453-artefacts/

Study suggesting the Philistines weren’t ‘Aegean pirates’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

10 000 years bp burials near Dargecit possibly suggest a belief in the afterlife:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-turkeys-southeast-reveal-10000-year-old-belief-in-afterlife.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115695&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of interest for the find of the ‘oldest emoji/smiley’ on a pot at a site near Gazian Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-smiley-emoji-found-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115642&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/17/worlds-first-smiley-discovered-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey
https://www.livescience.com/59895-oldest-known-smiley-face-emoji.html
https://hyperallergic.com/391472/was-the-oldest-smiley-found-on-a-3700-year-old-jug/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/historys-oldest-smile-found-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey/
http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/worlds-oldest-emoji-discovered-on-3-700-year-old-pottery-1728207
5000 years bp pottery from Cadir Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/20/archaeologists-delicately-excavate-5000-year-old-pottery

10 pre-First Temple pots from Shiloh are causing a stir:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=43843
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/14/10-ancient-jugs-predating-first-temple-unearthed-at-shiloh-site

… and they’re looking for the Ark of the Covenant there too:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/377171/watch-archaeologists-hunt-for-ark-of-the-covenant-in-israel/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-bibles-and-shovels-a-search-for-the-biblical-tabernacle-gathers-pace-at-shiloh/

A 2700 years bp reservoir from Rosh Ha’ayin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4299
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/High-school-students-discover-ancient-Assyrian-period-water-system-20-July-2017.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-2700-year-old-Assyrian-era-reservoir-unearthed-in-central-Israel-500236
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232744
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/impressive-2700-year-old-water-system-discovered-near-rosh-haayin/2017/07/20/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802466
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-high-schoolers-excavate-2700-year-old-water-system/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/20/israeli-students-help-to-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir
http://www.aina.org/ata/20170720121416.htm
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/21/israeli-students-help-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5749-170720-israel-water-reservoir

More on the evidence for destruction at Gezer:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-account-of-gezers-destruction-gains-ground-with-torched-skeleton-finds/

The Tel Es-Safi/Gath blog is up and running again:

https://gath.wordpress.com/

On the multidisciplinary approach to archaeology in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/multidisciplinary-approach-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-jordanian-expert
http://www.menafn.com/1095628577/Multidisciplinary-approach-to-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-Jordanian-expert

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-minister-accuses-israel-of-exploiting-attack-to-dig-under-temple-mount/

More on the dig at Karkamis:

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

Politics and archaeology clash in Israel once again:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/07/the-worlds-oldest-archaeological-journal-cancels-a-conference-in-order-to-boycott-israel/

Somewhat strange feature on how ISIL chooses what cities to take:

http://www.aina.org/news/20170720120507.htm

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman sarcophagus find from Southwark was getting plenty of attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40641846
https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/extremely-rare-roman-sarcophagus-found-borough-dig/
http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/uk_national_news/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/national/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-found-next-to-baby-bones-near-borough-market-35942779.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15417924.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-at-building-site-near-borough-market-southwark-c7nblh3pb
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/archaeologists-lift-the-lid-of-an-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-news-photo/817569336
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5743-170718-london-roman-sarcophagus

A very interesting mosaic from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a Temple of Apollo on Despotiko:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26446-remains-of-ancient-apollo-temple-unearthed-on-greek-despotiko-islet-west-of-antiparos.html

Roman coin from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40606908
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15418643.Roman_coin_found_in___39_race_against_time__39__dig_on_Scottish_island/
http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/rare-roman-coin-found-at-orkney-dig-site-1-4509490
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5740-170717-scotland-roman-coin

Late Roman coins from a Chinese tomb:

http://gbtimes.com/china/eastern-roman-gold-coins-found-1500-year-old-chinese-tomb

On the Roman villa dig at Zejtun:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170718/life-features/a-roman-villa-inside-a-zejtun-school.653583
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-07-19/company-news/GSD-Marketing-Ltd-supports-the-UoM-during-the-archaeological-excavations-at-the-Zejtun-Roman-Villa-6736176787

Feature on the Herculaneum Graffiti Project:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170720/pompeii-herculaneum-graffiti-history-archaeology-marginalized-groups-ancient-rome-slaves-women-vesuvius-social-media

Feature on garum:

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/fish-sauce-ancient-rome-garum/

Feature on Nero’s fire and ancient firefighting:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/18/july-18-64-the-great-fire-of-nero-and-the-ancient-history-of-firefighting/

… and the subsequent blame/martyrdom put on Christians:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/nero-the-execution-of-peter-and-paul-and-the-biggest-fake-news-in-early-christian-history

Feature on Iklaina:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/22/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

In case you missed the news of the earthquake on Kos:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/67-magnitude-earthquake-rocks-greek-islands-turkish-coast

… and there was damage at some sites:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/21/earthquake-damaged-kos-sites-and-monuments-archaeological-service-reports/

Interesting production of the Eumenides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/manhattans-district-attorney-vs-aeschylus.html

Interview with Rossella Rea:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/qa-dr-rossella-rea-63-director-of-the-colosseum-rome/news-story/e89de7840a1282bbf32b72532829d3ab

Valerio Manfredi has written a novel based on the Varian disaster:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/08/actualidad/1499549585_749131.html

The Greek Orthodox Church sold the Roman *theater* (not amphitheater) in Caesarea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-by-greek-orthodox-church-to-mystery-foreign-buyer/
https://www.jta.org/2017/07/17/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-to-foreign-buyer

… and other land too, by the way:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-orthodox-church-sold-land-near-iconic-jaffa-clock-tower-report/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/18/israels-greek-orthodox-church-sells-iconic-jaffa-land-in-latest-controversial-deal

Probably not uncommon fallout from the lack of washroom facilities at Pompeii:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/elderly-tourist-reported-after-defecating-one-pompeiis-best-preserved-homes-1630710

Strange ‘spray attack’ at the Vergina tombs:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26418-no-damage-to-ancient-artifacts-from-spray-attack-at-vergina-tombs-in-greece.html

On Shakespeare’s idea of the invasion of Britain:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166456

More on ‘white’ ancient statuary:

https://news.vice.com/story/marble-helped-scholars-whitewash-ancient-history

More on those Roman coins from Rio Tinto:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2017/07/16/ancient-roman-coins-found-spain/

More on the Fourni shipwrecks:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529

More on plans for those burials at Phaleron:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/are-these-ancient-greek-skeletons-executed-army-olympic-champion-cylon-2567322
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
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-go-high-tech-in-2500-year-old-greek-cold-case—-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115563&NewsCatID=375
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-15/archaeologists-will-use-csi-technology-study-2500-year-old-remains-near-athens

More on Lanciani’s images of Rome going online:

https://hyperallergic.com/389365/rodolpho-lanciani-rome-images-archive-online/

More on the St Catherine’s Hippocrates:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/hippocrates-manuscript-sinai-palimpsests-st-catherines-monastery-spd/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Bronze Age burials from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/bronze-age-tombs-2017/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5752-170721-romania-bronze-age

A 4500 years bp burial urn from Silsden:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15417817.Top_caveman__39_s_urn_found_at_Silsden_burial_mound/
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15420640.Stone_Age_burial_chamber_discovered_on_site_of_new_homes/

Neolithic ‘butterfly motifs’ from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40653877
http://www.scotsman.com/news/neolithic-butterfly-markings-found-on-orkney-1-4509215
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/archaeologists-hit-jackpot-after-sun-uncovers-neolithic-markings-1-4509215
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5746-170719-scotland-orkney-art

From the same Ness of Brodgar site … an incense pot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40681085

3500 years bp artifacts from the Zadar archipelago:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/20585-archaeologists-uncover-3500-year-old-artefacts-in-zadar-archipelago

3000 years bp necropolis in Spain with Urnfield Culture items:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/19/inenglish/1500485443_757250.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3000-year-old-necropolis-discovered-spain-contains-clues-about-urnfield-culture-1630822
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/830541/Graveyard-remains-Sena-Spain-archeologists-cemetery-site

On recent finds around Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170713-why-stonehenge-was-built

A fish trap in Southampton has been dated to Saxon times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40635975
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5747-170719-england-fishing-weir

Studying fenland in Anglo-Saxon times:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-dark-agesanglo-saxon-fenland-re-imagined.html

An update on the Tintagel dig:

https://www.livescience.com/59889-archaeologists-return-king-arthur-birthplace.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-40588509

Searching for evidence of 17th century gunfire at Nottingham Castle:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-digging-find-evidence-guns-fired-nottingham-castle-17th-century-civil-war/

On how bad London smelled in 1858:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537890448/london-literally-stank-in-the-summer-of-1858-just-ask-dickens-and-darwin

Digging some 19th century steel industry sites in Yorkshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40669159
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5751-170720-england-steel-industry

There’s an exhibition associated with this but the story is interesting … African-Caribbean prisoners’ from a medieval castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/18/hidden-story-of-2000-african-caribbean-pows-in-a-medieval-castle

Studying the sale of offices in 17th century Spain:

https://economia.elpais.com/economia/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500639917_726301.html

The Ely Museum is trying to acquire a gold torc:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/british-museum-gold-torc-ely-13353495
http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/can-you-help-raise-8-000-to-keep-bronze-age-gold-torc-found-in-fordham-at-ely-museum-1-5116754

5000 years of Scottish history in 25 objects:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-000-years-of-scottish-history-summed-up-in-25-objects-1-4508701

Plans for another archaeological park in Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/181433/Sofia+will+have+a+Second+Archaeological+Complex

Chester Castle has reopened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40657606

A history of the Windsors:

http://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-the-windsors/g-39700438

What we’re learning from some mummies from Vilnius:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/16/mummies-church-of-the-holy-spirit-vilnius-dario-piombino-mascali

There are apparently a pile of undiscovered caves beneath Nottingham:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/hundreds-undiscovered-caves-still-remain-nottinghams-streets/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40668609

More on ‘St Columba’s purported hut’:

https://www.livescience.com/59841-remains-of-medieval-saints-hut-confirmed.html

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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Plenty of coverage of evidence from Australia’s Northern Territory that humans were in the area some 65 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-artifacts-humans-australia-earlier-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uow-ash071817.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoq-kfc071717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719132252.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/science/humans-reached-australia-aboriginal-65000-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/59874-humans-arrived-australia-65000-years-ago.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40651473
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/dig-finds-evidence-of-aboriginal-habitation-up-to-80000-years-ago
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/jul/20/aboriginal-archaeological-dig-80000-australia-video
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/aboriginal-archaeological-discovery-in-kakadu-rewrites-the-history-of-australia-20170719-gxe3qy.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-07-20/aboriginal-shelter-pushes-human-history-back-to-65,000-years/8719314
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/Humans-first-settled-in-Australia-much-earlier-than-previous-estimates
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-archaeology-aborigines-idUSKBN1A50J6?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-first-settled-australia-early-65000-years-ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/19/the-first-australians-arrived-65000-years-ago/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/indigenous-archaeology-rewrites-the-history-of-australia.aspx
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/buried-tools-and-pigments-tell-a-new-history-of-humans-in-australia-for-65-000-years/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v547/n7663/full/nature22968.html?foxtrotcallback=true
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5745-170719-australia-madjedbebe-shelter

Why it’s important:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/what-globally-significant-archaeological-discovery-in-australia-actually-means/news-story/e5744f4826789b7300afe581d1521f98?from=rss-basic

Related:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/07/how_to_make_a_study_reproducible.html

A Sumatran cave preserves 5000 years of evidence of tsunamis:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/5000-year-long-record-of-tsunamis-found-in-sumatran-cave-encrusted-in-bat-guano
https://www.livescience.com/59880-5000-year-long-tsunami-record-found.html

Latest frozen mummies from Siberia (1300 years bp) seems to have had Persian connections:

http://www.newsweek.com/medieval-mummies-siberia-arctic-civilization-637602
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/copper-covered-mummies-discovered-remote-siberia-long-lost-arctic-civilisation-1630804
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4032080/mysterious-mummies-were-cocooned-in-copper-and-fur-for-1300-years-in-icy-siberian-male-only-necropolis-with-links-to-persia/

Hype for a Chinese survey and dig of a Mongolian burial ground:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/19/c_136456132.htm

A report on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

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

Plundering tombs is on the rise in China:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thieves-plunder-tombs-in-china-as-demand-for-antiquities-rises

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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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Searching for the grave of the “Maryland 400:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-maryland-400-20170713-story.html

Digging up the remains of Canada’s (torched) parliament:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-pompeii-archeologists-sift-through-ruins-of-canadas-torched-parliament

On some detached skulls in a Middle Woodland mound:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170717/archaeology-science-solves-mystery-of-detached-skulls-in-burial-mound

Concerns for artifacts from Annapolis Royal as Canada centralizes storage facilities:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1487514-annapolis-royal-mayor-trying-to-keep-local-artifacts-in-the-province
http://www.novanewsnow.com/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/regional/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html

Remembering the Salem Witch trials:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2017/07/20/325-years-later-witch-trial-victims-remembered/103840534/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/site-salem-witch-trial-hangings-finally-has-memorial-180964049/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

They’re ‘downsizing’ the Franklin dig:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674ship_glitch_scales_back_franklin_wreck_survey_in_nunavut/

Vandalism at Mesa Verde:

http://www.9news.com/news/local/someone-destroyed-archaeological-artifacts-to-vandalize-mesa-verde/458781379

More on that French and Indian War cannonball find in Quebec:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/cannonball-quebec-city-seven-years-war-british-french-canada
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/potentially-live-cannonball-french-and-indian-war-found-quebec-city-180964093/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5741-170717-canada-quebec-cannonball

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A dig on St Thomas is looking at 18th/19th century lifestyles:

http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/07/17/bethlehem-dig-sheds-light-on-how-crucians-lived-and-died/

More on Easter Island:

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-archaeological-analysis-is-rewriting-the-history-of-easter-island

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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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Plenty of Jane Austen stuff (these all vary in focus):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40644085
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/jane-austen-symposium/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/on-the-money-jane-austen/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/07/17/200-years-after-her-death-jane-austen-beloved-heroine-her-own-story/480464001/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/12/books/review/jane-austen-quiz.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/books/review/jane-austen-death-has-no-dominion.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/books/review/jane-smiley-on-jane-austen-legacy-roots.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40647121
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40643883
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/18/537247637/it-is-a-truth-universally-acknowledged-that-jane-austen-pairs-well-with-tea

… there was particular attention paid to the quotation put on the Jane Austen banknote:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/18/jane-austen-banknote-unveiled-with-strange-choice-of-quotation
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40641382
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40649721

… and related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38257375
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40649712

On German condoms and the Russian Revolution (!):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/german-condoms-russian-revolution.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the legal action being taken by the Aboutaams over allegations they sold ISIL-related items:

http://www.courthousenews.com/defamed-isis-conduit-antiquities-dealer-says/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/arts/design/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-isis-article.html
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/07/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-article-suggesting-he-trafficked-with-isis.html
http://observer.com/2017/07/isis-looting-wall-street-journal-lawsuit/

A nice APOD over Pisa:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170718.html

On Handel’s ‘Water Music’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/07/17/536493418/300-years-of-handels-water-music-with-a-splash-of-politics

On the ‘Book of Miracles’:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/arts/book-of-miracles/index.html
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/classics/all/44613/facts.the_book_of_miracles.htm

On defending Western civilization with science:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/07/18/537882769/to-defend-western-civilization-start-with-science

Pondering ‘who owns antiquity’:

http://wnpr.org/post/who-owns-antiquity

They exhumed Dali and his moustache is intact:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-exhumation-dali-mustache-intact.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97664

Feature on Tesla:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-nikola-tesla-sparked-the-electric-age

Latest Victor Nuovo piece on Hobbes:

http://addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-lingering-problems-hobbes

On automata in various cultures:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/17/fotorrelato/1500306240_136785.html#1500306240_136785_1500379119

Where to see assorted old maps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/

Feature on five languages which have yet to be ‘deciphered’:

https://www.livescience.com/59851-ancient-languages-not-yet-deciphered.html

Marking the centennial of the NAACP Silent Protest parade:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/07/18/beinecke-display-marks-centennial-1917-naacp-silent-protest-parade

Feature on Martin Luther:

https://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500642089_505462.html

Why they can’t find Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170717-why-genghis-khans-tomb-cant-be-found

Not really within our purview, age-wise, but remains of a couple who disappeared some 75 years ago emerged from a swiss glacier:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/bodies-of-swiss-couple-missing-for-75-years-found-on-glacier
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/victims-of-decades-old-accident-found-on-swiss-glacier-1.3507868
https://www.livescience.com/59903-two-bodies-mummified-in-swiss-glacier.html

A history-what-if piece on the Ottoman Empire:

http://econ.st/2v9ie73

Review of a book on the changing attitudes towards what is considered ‘vice’ in various periods:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/07/19/review-mark-stein-vice-capades-sex-drugs-and-bowling-pilgrims-present

Review of a book on balloonist/photographer Nadar:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/he-photographed-victor-hugo-and-jules-verne-now-the-spotlight-is-on-him/2017/07/19/76c2b5f4-6aff-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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Franklin Expedition:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/franklin-exhibition-in-london-features-items-from-shipwreck-inuit-artifacts-1.3505001

Anishinaabeg:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2356421/anishinaabeg-art-and-power-at-royal-ontario-museum-toronto

Emotions:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/26395-%CE%B5xhibition-%CE%B5motions-opens-at-the-acropolis-museum-in-athens-on-tuesday.html

Animal mummies;

http://observer.com/2017/07/brooklyn-museum-secrets-of-animal-mummies-exhibition/

Hokusai:

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/hokusai/

Flooding damaged some paintings at the Louvre:

https://hyperallergic.com/390883/flooding-damages-three-paintings-and-multiple-rooms-at-the-louvre/

The principal museum in northern Chile was torn town (did I read that right?):

http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/07/20/el-principal-museo-arqueologico-del-norte-de-chile-demolido-y-botado-por-lio-judicial/

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Latest facial reconstruction is of the Lord of Sipan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-peru-reconstructs-pre-columbian-ruler.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/peru-reconstructs-face-pre-columbian-ruler-112430727.html

The BM put a 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone online:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-scan-rosetta-stone/

More on the facial reconstruction of the Lady of Cao:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/1700-year-old-mummy-faces-future-new-look

More on that Bronze Age guy from Derbyshire’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40582056

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DNA news this week again seems to be concerned mostly with dog domestication:

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genomes-heat-up-dog-domestication-debate-1.22320
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/untangling-the-mystery-of-how-fido-became-humankind-rsquo-s-best-friend/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/18/dog-domestication-is-a-new-study-barking-up-the-wrong-tree/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40638584
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dogs-were-domesticated-once-40000-years-ago-180964101/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5742-170718-one-dog-domestication

On the genetic background of the people of Madagascar:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-genetic-reveals-ancestry-madagascar-people.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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On the threat climate-change induced rising seas presents to sites:

http://e360.yale.edu/features/heritage-at-risk-how-rising-seas-threaten-ancient-coastal-ruins

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170719-the-canadians-bringing-back-gaelic-culture

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CRIME BEAT
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Caught with 4th century coins at the Gaza border with Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-smuggler-nabbed-at-gaza-border-with-rare-4th-century-coins/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-caught-trying-to-smuggle-rare-ancient-coins-from-gaza/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232537
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/rare-archaeological-coins-confiscated-at-erez-crossing/2017/07/16/

The EU is cracking down on ‘blood antiquities’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-eu-proposal-crack-down-trade-in-blood-antiquities-1026071

Not sure what’s really going on in this Auschwitz-related theft accusation:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-art-college-fends-off-Auschwitz-Museum-accusation-of-students-theft-500224

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-10-16-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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On the recovery of those stolen Rembrandts a few years back:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/22/actualidad/1500735622_566923.html

The BM is helping return an item to Uzbekistan:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/british-museum-helps-return-stolen-artefact-to-uzbekistan
https://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8615/british-museum-helps-important-artefact-home-to-uzbekistan
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/stolen-islamic-tile-discovered-in-london-art-gallery-will-return-to-uzbekistan/
http://www.eurasiatimes.org/en/20/07/2017/uzbek-artefact-recovered-at-uk-auction/

OpEds in the wake of the Hobby Lobby case:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/17/hobby-lobby-is-making-cultural-preservation-harder-and-more-dangerous/
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/notre-dame-prof-says-artifact-purchases-like-hobby-lobby-s/article_f4c32dd8-ed19-51d8-89a1-8ee1da0c0363.html

… and fallout in academe:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5522310-155/scholars-ask-byu-to-probe-profs

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NUMISMATICA
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Big bucks for a Caesar denarius:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/denarius-coins-sell-internet-sale

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ma-shops-ancient-coins-akragas/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n30.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 News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2632-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-july-2017-15-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Raymond Sackler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/business/raymond-sackler-dead-of-purdue-pharma.html

Wm Theodore de Bary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/world/asia/wm-de-bary-dead-columbia-university-sinologist.html

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

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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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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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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 20.10 ~ 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
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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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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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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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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