Explorator 20.21 ~ September 17, 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,
Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a bit of a slow week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Looking at homo naledi’s teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dental-homo-naledi.html

Paper on Neanderthals and Denisovans:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/37/9859.abstract.html?etoc

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AFRICA
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Feature on a Portuguese shipwreck found off Namibia a decade ago:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-namibia-portuguese-shipwreck-relics-hidden.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-namibia-1533-portuguese-shipwrecks-relics-hidden-away/2017/09/15/139ed4a8-99fd-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php

Libya is encouraging cooperation in the fight against antiquities smuggling:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/head-libyas-archeology-authority-urges-neighboring-countries-help-end-smuggling-antiquities

More on the search for Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A funerary chapel dedicated to Ramses II:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egyptian-pharaohs-chapel-discovered-79663

Marking the bicentennial of the discovery of the temples at Abu Simbel:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/277022/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-embassy-in-Paris-celebrates-bicentennial-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/09/14/egypts-embassy-in-paris-celebrates-200th-anniversary-of-discovering-abu-simebl-temples/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/paris-hosts-egypts-celebration-abu-simbel-relocation-anniversary/

More on that goldsmith tomb from Luxor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/get-a-first-look-inside-a-newly-opened-egyptian-tomb.aspx
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/egypt-goldsmith-tomb-1.4284031?cmp=rss
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/09/11/goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-in-luxor-over-3500-years-old_89a9fee7-4588-438c-80a1-f7703c435fba.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-mummies-and-treasures-3500-years-old-uncovered-tomb-royal-663438
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-kingdom-goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-egypt-180964840/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5905-170911-egypt-goldsmith-tomb

… and, as often, we get a piece on how recent discoveries in Egypt are boosting tourism:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443145&CategoryId=13936

Egypt and France are working on a project at Saqqara:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22967/Egyptian-French-cooperation-developing-Saqqara-site

Plans to restore some 13th century structures in Siwa:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/23163/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-archaeological-buildings-in-siwa

A fatwa in Egypt is encouraging illegal antiquities digging (!):

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/egypt-religious-fatwa-antiquities.html

What Zahi Hawass is up to (!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22398/Hawass-to-write-opera-about-Tutankhamen

Feature on some Revolt-era burials at Khirbet el-Maqatir:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-2000-year-old-murder-leads-to-an-illicit-burial-in-the-heart-of-the-west-bank/

Tomb raiders hit the site of Horkania:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tomb-raiders-vandalize-mysterious-Judean-Desert-skull-cave-505009
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/report-robbers-destroyed-mysterious-skull-cave-in-hasmonean-fortress/2017/09/14/

Item on students who worked on a dig at Tel Akko this past summer:

http://miamioh.edu/cas/about/news/2017/09/tel-akko.html

More on that unique food storage vessel from Tel Tsaf and the connection to ‘elites’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170906144548.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.811906

More on remains of a ‘refugee camp’ at Masada:

http://forward.com/news/israel/382132/exclusive-new-archaeology-shows-refugee-camp-not-just-rebels-atop-masada/

Excavating a 1000 years bp neighbourhood in eastern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/millenium-old-turkish-neighborhood-in-erzincan-unearthed-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117833&NewsCatID=375

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An intact Mycenean tomb from Orchomenos:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/a-rare-discovery-will-shed-new-light-on-mycenaean-funerary-practices
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-bronze-age-grave-greece-nobleman.html
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/cambridge-archaeologists-uncover-monumental-jewellery-13621285
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-massive-tomb-holding-treasure-and-mysterious-3400-year-old-body-664221

2600 years bp (mass?) burial from Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeletons-found-in-ancient-tomb.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118011&NewsCatID=375

A 2000 years bp ‘baby bottle’ from Canakkale:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/12/2000-year-old-baby-bottle-unearthed-in-turkeys-canakkale

Very interesting third century CE sculptures from Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/17/3-ancient-statues-of-senior-civil-servants-discovered-in-turkeys-antalya

Interesting structure on a Dalmatian island:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/22001-ancient-site-discovered-in-nature-park-telascica
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5921-170915-croatia-dugi-otok

Plenty of coverage of finds from a cavalry barracks at Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/60385-toy-swords-unearthed-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
https://www.livescience.com/60379-photos-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-41225702
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/15/roman-swords-unearthed-at-ancient-cavalry-barracks-near-hadrians-wall.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-cavalry-sword-discovered-at-hadrians-wall-rc8g3p9vr
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-cavalry-swords-and-toys-unearthed-along-hadrians-wall-180964863/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5906-170911-england-vindolanda-sword
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/roman-cavalry-finds-unearthed-at-hadrians-wall-dig

Study suggests Greeks deliberately built temples on fault lines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earthquake-faults-key-role-culture.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uop-efm091217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912103549.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/did-ancient-greece-worship-earthquakes-sacred-sites-built-fault-lines-2589014
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greeks-earthquakes-temples-664751
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/earthquake-faults-may-have-been-culturally-significant-in-the-aegean

Publication of a very interesting 4th century astrological text:

http://dlib.nyu.edu/awdl/isaw/isaw-papers/12/

Some Hellenistic towers in Antalya will be restored:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27154-ancient-hellenistic-towers-being-restored-in-antalya-turkey.html

Nice feature on the Amazons:

http://wnpr.org/post/amazons-myth-reality-and-modern-relevance

Feature on studying sherds excavated by Evans on Crete:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/ancient-site-holds-research-opportunity-undergrads

Feature on the Guisborough Roman helmet:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15536579.Archaeologist_on_a_mission_to_raise_awareness_of_North_East_discovered_historic_Roman_helmet/

What Benjamin Stevens is up to:

http://www.trinitonian.com/classics-professor-gives-his-take-on-not-so-classic-films/

Classics is threatened at PLU:

http://www.king5.com/news/education/classical-studies-on-the-chopping-block-at-plu/474991738

Pondering a university motto:

http://wfuogb.com/2017/09/pro-humanitate-should-be-better-understood/

Archaeologists are weighing in on the proposed development of Hellenikon:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27140-archaeologists-law-will-be-violated-if-hellinikon-is-not-listed-as-archaeological-site.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27167-archaeological-council-meeting-over-helleniko-project-cancelled.html

… while an airport roundabout on Malta won’t affect catacombs there:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170915/local/airport-roundabout-roadworks-will-not-damage-catacombs.658031

Applying Aristotle to modern life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/opinion/the-problem-of-living-in-the-present.html

Arrests after flying a drone over the Colosseum:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170914/local/two-maltese-arrested-for-flying-drone-over-the-colosseum.658007

… and some folks tried to steal some bricks therefrom as well:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/chilean-tourists-caught-stealing-bricks-romes-colosseum-by-military-police-1639407

More on that mosaic from Boxford:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/

More (nothing new) on the purported skull of the elder Pliny:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/563606/Forgotten-skull-in-museum-linked-to-Pompeii-rescue

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/13/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-by-daniel-mendelsohn-review
http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/how-daniel-mendelsohn-found-his-father-through-homers-odyssey/
http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=books&article=1159
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/identity-and-recognition-a-conversation-with-daniel-mendelsohn/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/09/14/mathematician-father-and-classicist-son-odyssey/S8UjBigtjCfZ5Z2dK2gCDP/story.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/An-Odyssey-A-Father-a-Son-and-an-Epic-12201509.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/an-odyssey-father-son-epic-daniel-mendelsohn-review-3b2pnsjxz
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/daniel-mendelsohn-s-an-odyssey-review-a-literature-professor-his-81-year-old-dad-and-their-journey-through-homer-s-epic-1.14148029

Review of Ferry’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/virgils-the-aeneid-still-looks-strikingly-contemporary/2017/09/12/3915dfe4-97df-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.html?utm_term=.89be5e54c53b
http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-More-than-20-centuries-later-12197427.php

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/darkening-age-catherine-nixey-review-crbc0n2np

I think this is a review of *Unknown Technology in Homer* (or something like that):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-shield-of-achilles_us_59bc2a1de4b0390a1564dd46

Assorted coverage on ‘Bromans’, which is causing a bit of a stir among Classicists in the UK:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-09-15/an-oxford-classics-lecturer-live-tweeted-itv2-reality-show-bromans/
http://www.ok.co.uk/tv/1175722/bromans-tom-rhiannon-ancient-rome-injury-challenge-gladiator-weight-loss
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/bromans-makes-love-island-look-sophisticated-episode-1-recap/
https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/andrew-sillett-twitter-bromans/
https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/bromans-everything-you-need-to-know-about-itv2s-new-couples-show-set-in-ancient-rome-a3634336.html

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of dismemberment at a 5300 years bp passage tomb from Carrowkeel:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0915/905136-burial-practices-analysis/

A Bronze Age roundhouse from Petersfield:

http://www.petersfieldpost.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113207&headline=Bronze%20Age%20round%20house%20found%20as%20work%20on%20new%20estate%20in%20Petersfield%20gets%20underway&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Evidence of an Iron Age fort in Crookham:

http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/evidence-of-iron-age-fort-is-found-during-dig-at-crookham-1-4559268

A 1000 years bp Viking sword find from Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20170915/norwegian-reindeer-hunters-find-1100-year-old-viking-sword
http://www.ibtimes.com/1000-year-old-viking-sword-discovered-norwegian-mountains-2588902
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/12/hunter-discovers-1100-year-old-viking-sword-on-remote-mountain-6923173/
http://nypost.com/2017/09/12/reindeer-hunter-stumbles-upon-1100-year-old-viking-sword/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/norwegians-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-085531898.html
https://www.timminstoday.com/world-news/norwegians-find-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-716756
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5911-170912-norway-viking-sword

More on identification of a Viking warrior burial as belonging to a female:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205507.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60418-viking-warrior-was-a-woman.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/world/europe/sweden-viking-women-warriors-dna.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2017/sep/12/does-new-dna-evidence-prove-that-there-were-female-viking-warlords
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/96868125/Viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/09/14/wonder-woman-lives-viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/health/female-viking-warrior-grave/index.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/viking-warrior-woman-archaeology-spd/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/

… and there is skepticism:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/have-we-finally-found-hard-evidence-for-viking-warrior-women/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeleton-ignites-debate-over-whether-women-were-viking-warriors

I think we mentioned this medieval village from Denmark find:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5908-170911-denmark-hovedstrup-village

Interesting 1400 years bp burials from the Lincoln bypass site:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-make-discovery-outside-lincoln-470146

Mass graves near the Vinegar Hill battlefield:

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/news/archaeologists-find-mass-graves-on-vinegar-hill-36121841.html

The search is on for a Northallerton prison treadmill:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41202820

The study of King’s Seat has commenced:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/505598/first-exploration-of-ancient-seat-of-celtic-power-begins/

Bones attributed to St Peter (and others) from Santa Maria in Cappella in Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/bones-attributed-st-peter-found-chance-1000-year-old-church/

Concerns for assorted sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057

‘Historic vandalism’ via ‘fairy stacks’ in Stowe:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-41245644
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/stone-stackers-ancient-sites-historic-england-stowes-hill-cornwall

… and there was also some vandalism at the Oswestry Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2017/09/14/vandals-target-oswestry-castle-excavation-site/

Stoke-on-Trent is hoping to buy some Iron Age gold:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-41271368

With some route adjustments, the Stonehenge tunnel was given the go-ahead:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-stonehenge-road-tunnel-go-ahead-protests.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/11/stonehenge-tunnel-route-moved-by-50-metres-after-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/stonehenge-road-tunnel-given-go-ahead-30-years-controversy/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stonehenge-and-the-merits-of-the-new-tunnel-2snn8p7fv
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/journalnewsindex/15528656.Stonehenge_tunnel_plans_altered_to_preserve_solstice_sunset_view/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15528855.Road_tunnel_scheme_near_Stonehenge_given_green_light_by_Transport_Secretary/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of fire management on Tasmania, some 40 000 years bp:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-11/scientists-tracing-ancient-aboriginal-fire-practice-on-tasmania/8891626
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5907-170911-tasmania-controlled-burn

An Afanasevo culture burial from Kazakhstan:

http://astanatimes.com/2017/09/burial-of-eneolithic-era-man-discovered-in-east-kazakhstan/

Followup to the ‘Shakespeare of China’ tomb find … apparently the dig is being investigated for irregularities of some sort:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2111401/chinese-authorities-investigate-improper-excavation-work-tomb
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/12/c_136603829.htm
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000861/dug-up-grave-of-chinas-shakespeare-broke-regulations%2C-say-authorities

Hindu relics from a Neolithic site in Mizoram (we may have mentioned some of these):

https://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/Regional/RegionalNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDEyMDc1OQ%3D%3D

On Chinese mulberry bark and paper money:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40879028

On ancient fishing weirs in Taiwan:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/

On the first folks to walk the entire length of the Great Wall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41240113/the-first-men-to-walk-the-great-wall-of-china

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Searching for remains of early arrivals to North America near Fort Wainwright (Alaska):

https://source.colostate.edu/csu-archaeologists-unearthing-mans-roots-alaska/

What they’re finding at a pre-European Tlingit site near Petersburg:

https://www.ktoo.org/2017/09/11/archaeologists-shed-light-tlingit-culture-near-petersburg-europeans/

… and at the Magic Mountain dig (Colorado):

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/archaeological-team-unearths-artifacts-magic-mountain-dig/

Hurricane Irma exposed a dugout canoe in Florida (it ‘washed ashore’):

http://www.winknews.com/2017/09/14/hurricane-irma-unearths-ancient-canoe-in-indian-river-in-brevard/
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hurricane-irma/after-irma-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-florida-come-n802001
http://www.wthr.com/article/after-irma-a-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-in-florida-come-from

Latest on the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/lost-franklin-expedition-historical-tug-of-war-1.4293114?cmp=rss

Conserving some old maps of New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/nyregion/dry-cleaning-the-citys-oldest-maps.html

Burial of a skull associated with the Mountain Meadows Massacre:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/09/after-decades-sitting-in-an-east-coast-museum-childs-skull-from-mountain-meadows-massacre-is-laid-to-rest-in-utah/

Feature on the Dry Fork Canyon petroglyphs (Utah):

http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/outdoors/2017/09/12/severed-heads-tell-a-violent-mystery-at-utahs-dry-fork-canyon-petroglyphs/

Feature on Mark Wagner:

https://dailyegyptian.com/71778/news/archaeologists-arent-born-theyre-made-meet-mark-wagner-anthropology-professor/

Review of White, *The Republic for Which it Stands*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/The-Republic-for-Which-It-Stands-by-12162696.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tomb of an early Classic Maya ruler from Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler.html
http://www.newsweek.com/tomb-mayan-god-king-containing-jade-burial-mask-hundreds-years-old-discovered-665469
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/09/15/Royal-tomb-of-ancient-Mayan-ruler-found-in-Guatemala/3351505473639/
https://source.wustl.edu/2017/09/tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler-found-guatemala/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5919-170915-waka-jade-mask

Plans to use some high tech tools to explore Chichen Itza:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/mexican-pyramid-mysteries-chichen-itza-archaeology/
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/chichen-itza-pyramid-subject-of-new-hitech-survey-to-seek-truth-of-underworld-labrynth-legend/news-story/2da9614c8ce20cb1df47e63bd432855c
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/archaeologists-search-mayan-temple-chichen-itza/8945132

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this item on Arabic manuscripts being found at Mount Athos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/16/kuwaiti-archaeologists-discover-rare-arabic-manuscripts-in-mount-athos/

On the earliest evidence of the use of zero:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-video-earliest-centuries-older-thought.html
http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/news/2017/sep-14
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/14/much-ado-about-nothing-ancient-indian-text-contains-earliest-zero-symbol
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/09/14/-earliest-evidence-number-zero-found-ancient-manuscript/105608872/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/

On lederhosen:

http://www.dw.com/en/lederhosen-everything-you-need-to-know-about-oktoberfests-favorite-leather-shorts/a-40492182

On the history of Germany’s oldest political party:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-spd-germanys-oldest-political-party/a-16825489

Did they really hang a monkey as a spy in Hartlepool?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-40801937

Reactions to that supposed translation of the Voynich Manuscript:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/experts-are-extremely-dubious-about-the-voynich-solution/

… related:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/

Feature on Vlad the Impaler:

https://www.livescience.com/40843-real-dracula-vlad-the-impaler.html

Interesting history of a Portuguese sausage:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170911-portugals-sneaky-sausage-that-saved-jews

Pondering Das Kapital:

http://www.dw.com/en/karl-marxs-das-kapital-still-fascinates-after-150-years/a-40489519

On ergot poisoning and Renaissance painting:

https://hyperallergic.com/399385/how-renaissance-painting-smoldered-with-a-little-known-hallucinogen/

Victor Nuovo is still on Locke:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-locke-liberalism-and-americas-influence-charting-new-course-0

On metal detectorists in Eastern Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/sep/17/battlefield-bounty-hunters-in-polish-ww2-battlefields

On the history of chocolate in the US:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/

Feature on Agatha Christie:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22970/Celebrating-the-life-of-Agatha-Christie

Pondering what sank the USS San Diego:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-usssandiego-exploration-20170913-story.html

Recovering thirty ‘lost’ English words:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41266000

Linking Kim Kardashian and a Kashmir pot type:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10930-kashmir-names-neolithic-pot-kim-kardashian

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/the-scythians-have-ridden-into-the-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/exhibition-review-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-qm2tcndzs
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scythians-at-the-british-museum-a-trek-through-the-treasures-of-a-lost-empire-c23pgsd0k
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/thrilling-journey-unfamiliar-territory-scythians-warriors/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/12/scythians-review-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-london
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/17/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-review
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/scythians-art-shows-us-they-were-more-than-just-warriors-a3634881.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scythians-ancient-siberia-were-terrifying-warriors-their-only-weaknesses-were-booze-weed-1639570

… including this:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/12/real-face-mummified-warrior-revealed-british-museum-scythians
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/british-museum-mummy-scythian-warrior-face-2000-years-old-russia-ancient-mummified-london-exhibition-a7947146.html

Luxury in the Ancient Americas:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/golden-kingdoms-luxury-legacy-ancient-americas/index.html

Music in Ancient Civilizations:

http://artdaily.com/news/98852/Exhibition-focuses-on-the-role-of-music-in-the-great-ancient-civilisations

Matisse and Bonnard:

http://www.dw.com/en/henri-matisse-and-pierre-bonnard-celebrated-in-new-exhibition/a-40475173

Hartwig Fischer’s plans for the BM:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/how-hartwig-fischer-plans-to-transform-the-british-museum/

Ask the Curator on Twitter this week caused some problems for the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/british-museum-says-too-many-asian-names-on-labels-can-be-confusing
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/asian-name-labels-confused-visitors-says-british-museum-vgvf22ssx
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/british-museum-tweet-twitter-row-asian-names-confusing-curator-colonialism-a7946431.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Tomb raiders in China arrested:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/13/c_136607128.htm

Latest bust at the Cairo airport involves some Ottoman-era guns:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/17/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggle-ancient-guns-turkey/

Tasmanian items seized after an online auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/14/suspected-tasmanian-aboriginal-artefacts-seized-from-home-after-online-sales-tip-off

An attempt by a guard to steal items from a Coptic museum was thwarted:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/277097/Heritage/Coptic/Metro-station-police-foil-security-guards-attempt-.aspx

Police in Italy are fighting thefts from churches:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-28-august-3-september-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The US will return some Jewish artifacts to Iraq, despite protests:

http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Despite-protests-State-Department-says-it-will-return-trove-of-Jewish-artifacts-to-Iraq-504668

That Hercules sarcophagus has been returned to Turkey after much hype:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/geneva-to-turkey_priceless-roman-sarcophagus-heads-home-after-legal-saga/43495484
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-09-12/swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-hercules-to-turkey
http://www.nhregister.com/entertainment/article/Swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-Hercules-12191395.php https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/syrians-launch-campaign-return-antiquities-stolen-ongoing-war-1021170
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/14/c_136610214.htm

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman ‘capta’ coinage:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/capta-coinage-roman-imperial-conquest/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n38.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/2645-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-september-2017-9-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Nancy Hatch Dupree:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/asia/nancy-hatch-dupree-afghanistan-dead.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2017/09/nancy-dupree-renowned-historian-dies-afghanistan-170910081950894.html
https://www.khaama.com/afghan-history-cultures-historic-friend-nancy-dupree-dies-in-kabul-03402
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-nancy-hatch-dupree-20170911-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/nancy-dupree-american-who-spent-decades-preserving-afghan-history-dies-at-89/2017/09/11/503655c6-9638-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.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/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.19-20.20 ~ September 10.2017

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, David Critchley,
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Rick Heli, Allan Brockway, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a very busy fortnight!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthal remains from Vindija Cave are older than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dating-neanderthal-vindija-cave-older.html

On the use of adhesives by Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831093424.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60302-first-adhesive-invented-by-neanderthals.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/science/neanderthals-tar-glue.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fiery-re-creations-show-how-neandertals-could-have-easily-made-tar
http://gizmodo.com/new-experiment-reveals-secret-behind-200-000-year-old-n-1798636925
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/neanderthals-were-distilling-tar-200-thousand-years-ago-in-europe/
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-tar-make-stronger-weapons-2585232
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-show-how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-180964718/

Some fossil footprints from Crete are apparently causing an evolutionary rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-fossil-footprints-theories-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831134221.htm
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/six-million-year-old-human-footprint-discovered-in-crete-raises-major-questions-about-our-evolution/ar-AAr52W3?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/09/01/what-made-these-footprints-5-7-million-years-ago/

Humans are still evolving, apparently:

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-09-large-scale-genetic-humans-evolving.html

What teeth reveal about human ancestors:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-reveal-secret-ancestors.html

Another challenge to the ‘out of Africa’ theory:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-came-from-africa-crete-study-australopithecus-early-fossil-a7929521.html

Some evolutionary humour from the Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/article/tearful-anthropologists-discover-dead-ancestor-hum-51286

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AFRICA
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I think we mentioned the search in Libya for the remains of the town of Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

On the monuments men of Timbuktu:

http://www.dw.com/en/monuments-men-of-timbuktu/av-40390133

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of a New Kingdom royal goldsmith (and family) tomb find near Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21778/Middle-Kingdom-era-cemetery-unearthed-in-Luxor
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/20185/Discovery-of-a-new-archaeological-necropolis-in-Luxor
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/276757/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Amunre-goldsmith-tomb-uncovered-in-Draa-Abul-Naga-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21778/Ancient-cemetery-dating-back-18th-dynasty-unearthed-in-Luxor
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21853/Know-about-what%E2%80%99s-inside-newly-discovered-cemetery-in-Luxor
http://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-tomb-uncovered-luxor/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.livescience.com/60364-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-mummies-discovered-egypt.html
https://www.livescience.com/60363-photos-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-egypt.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-egypt-unearths-goldsmith-tomb-mummies.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41213024
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/09/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-3500-year-old-tomb-luxor/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/09/mummies-tomb-ancient-egypt-valley-of-the-kings
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-goldsmiths-tomb-near-luxor-idUSKCN1BK0FE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/09/09/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-3000-ye?videoId=372502511&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=TopNews&videoChannel=1
https://www.timesofisrael.com/3500-year-old-pharonic-tomb-of-royal-goldsmith-unearthed-in-luxor/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-year-old-tomb
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-year-old-tomb-in-luxor/ar-AArxlsJ?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://www.cbs8.com/story/36327821/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-years-old-tomb-in-luxor
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/09/africa/egypt-luxor-ancient-tomb/index.html
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/09/09/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-tomb-goldsmith/105445472/
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/09/photos-egyptian-tomb-of-a-royal-goldsmith-discovered/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-dig-unearths-goldsmiths-tomb-mummies-114603526.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/luxor-egypt-necropolis-discovery/

… and Zahi Hawass says there’s plentymore to find:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21993/Zahi-Hawass-Egypt-discovered-only-30-of-its-antiquities

Egyptian looters are apparently seeking aid from professional archaeologists:

https://www.livescience.com/60246-looters-ask-egyptologists-for-help.html

… and the digging in homes continues:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poor-egyptians-dig-up-homes-in-search-of-antiquities-vmcv8mzdn
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/egyptian-slumdwellers-strike-gold-with-ancient-treasure-at-their-feet/news-story/11c4fcc9e2cf5d5d9528b058f2402f4d

Feature on a smashed Egyptian ‘mystery pharaoh’ sculpture found at Hazor a while ago:

https://www.livescience.com/60270-ancient-statue-head-depicts-mystery-pharaoh.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-enduring-mystery-of-an-ancient-Egyptian-kings-smashed-sculpture-504118

An 8000 years bp ‘paint workshop’ from Eskisehir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/31/8000-year-old-paint-workshop-discovered-in-turkeys-eskisehir
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136571941.htm

I think we mentioned the renewed interest in Plimpton 322 and its implications for the development of trigonometry:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mathematical-mystery-ancient-babylonian-clay.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/science/trigonometry-babylonian-tablet.html
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=17654&SEO=plimpton-322-trigonometry-preceded-ancient-greeks
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/babylonians-trigonometry-develop-more-advanced-modern-mathematics-3700-years-ago-ancient-a7910936.html

A 7200 years bp ‘ritual storage pot’/model silo from Tel Tsaf:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2568
https://www.timesofisrael.com/find-of-7200-year-old-clay-silo-forces-rethink-of-when-we-began-storing-food/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Unprecedented-7200-year-old-vessel-for-food-storage-rituals-found-in-Jordan-Valley-504401
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/haifa-berlin-scientists-discover-connection-between-pottery-vessel-and-the-development-of-the-elites/2017/09/06/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5895-170906-israel-grain-silo

Latest on Iraq’s ‘Sealand Kingdom’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/01/castle-sealand-kings-ancient-iraqs-rebel-rulers

A dig at Kiriath Jearim has apparently raised questions about what was in the Ark of the Covenant:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.809233

A number of First Temple era seals/sealings found near the Old City:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4311
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Seals-from-Judean-Kingdom-period-shed-light-on-life-in-ancient-Jerusalem-504173
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.810495
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=45109
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235004
http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/elder-of-ziyon/first-temple-era-seals-with-biblical-names-in-hebrew-discovered-in-jerusalem/2017/09/05/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-welcomed-jewish-refugees-2300-years-ago-archaeological-finds-show/

Excavating a refugee camp at Masada:

http://forward.com/news/israel/382132/exclusive-new-archaeology-shows-refugee-camp-not-just-rebels-atop-masada/

I think we mentioned the find of a 2000 years b.p. ‘Half shekel’ by an eight-year-old in Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/8-year-old-girl-stumbles-upon-ultra-rare-2000-year-old-half-shekel/
http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/8-year-old-Israeli-girl-finds-2000-year-old-half-shekel-503509
http://forward.com/fast-forward/381114/8-year-old-israeli-girl-finds-2-000-year-old-shekel-coin/

… turns out it was a museum souvenir replica:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/too-good-to-be-true-8-year-olds-rare-coin-not-an-ancient-artifact/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234643
http://forward.com/fast-forward/381152/8-year-old-girls-ancient-coin-is-actually-israel-museum-souvenir/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Discovery-thought-to-be-Second-Temple-coin-is-actually-museum-souvenir-503592

OpEd on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/fund-the-temple-mount-sifting-project-now/2017/08/29/

Reburial at Ofra of bones found in 2013 of some victims of the Revolt against Rome:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234892

Feature on Lycian writing:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-writing-in-turkey-dates-back-to-2000-bc.aspx?PageID=238&NID=117728&NewsCatID=375

The search is on for remains of St Nicholas:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/08/31/archeologists-hunt-for-st-nicholass-remains

Feature on students digging at Lachish this past summer:

https://www.oakland.edu/socan/news/2017/fall/students-probe-mysteries-of-the-past-during-archeological-dig-in-israel

Feature on the Spanish mission’s work in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095784075/Spanish-Archaeological-Mission-strives-to-excavate-Jordans-treasures
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/spanish-archaeological-mission-strives-excavate-jordan%E2%80%99s-treasures

Iraq has created a new security force to protect its archaeological resources:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/dhi-qar-iraq-security-antiquities.html

Studying early agriculture in the UAE:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/heritage/archaeologists-shed-light-on-life-in-the-uae-5-000-years-ago-1.2080734
https://www.traveltradeweekly.travel/2015-10-06-15-40-04/travel-channels/item/3520-emirati-archaeologists-investigate-early-agricultural-village
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Archaeologists_shed_light_on_life_in_the_UAE_5000_years_ago-GN_27082017_280838/
https://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/archaeological-dig-al-ain-life-before-islam-bronze-age-1016106
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/27/Archaeologists-shed-new-light-on-life-in-the-UAE-5-000-years-ago.html

Another overviewish piece on finds made during Istanbul’s metro construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-istanbul-metro-station-to-open-in-besiktas-after-excavations-are-completed.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117355&NewsCatID=375

Germany and Turkey are in some sort of diplomatic spat over Hattusha:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117230&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.livescience.com/28701-ancient-babylon-center-of-mesopotamian-civilization.html

More on the reassessment of a pile of copper slag from Turkey:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.809367

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A pair of Mycenean burials from Aidonia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26893-new-mycenaean-tombs-discovered-during-recent-nemea-excavations-in-greece.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5874-170828-greece-chamber-tomb

Some sort of sunken structure off the island of Salamis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/trends/26937-sunken-ruin-described-by-pausanias-discovered-in-greek-island-of-salamis.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5880-170829-salamis-public-building

A very important Roman cavalry barracks find from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/09/hadrians-wall-lost-secrets-roman-vindolanda-unearthed
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/archaeologists-win-lottery-roman-finds-hadrians-wall/
http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/british-archaeology-barracks-hadrian-10092017/

I think we’ve mentioned the find of Roman burials from the Dakhla Oasis:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-roman-cemeteries-discovered-dakhla-oasis/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/24/an-egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-five-roman-tombs-in-dakhla-oasis/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/27/roman-empire-traces-discovered-dakhla/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating-back-to-roman-era/2017/08/24/98f398dc-88eb-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/2000yearold-tombs-from-roman-period-found-in-egypt/news-story/0613e6fc76aaa7105e2c81028c12e7e7
http://www.menafn.com/1095778082/Egypt–Roman-Empire-traces-discovered-in-Dakhla

Roman (maybe) tweezers from Washingborough:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/washingborough-bypass-dig-unearths-pristine-382978

Remains of some sort of Roman settlement from Newcastle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-41073983
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/housebuilders-uncover-roman-settlement-in-newcastle-jx35tlm8f
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/remarkable-discovery-made-benwell-housing-13539582

A Roman bath house and spa from Faversham:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

A second century cistern from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-drinking-water-collection-tank-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

Assorted Roman structures from downtown Sofia:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-ancient-tavern-shops2-found-under-sofias-sveta-nedelya-square/

Latest finds from Aspendos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-at-aspendos-continue-to-uncover-ancient-riches-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117267&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5877-170828-turkey-aspendos-shops

Soil samples suggest Romans were using lead pipes much earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-harbor-sediment-core-samples-historic.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/ancient-mud-documents-legacy-rome-lead-pipes?tgt=nr
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/origins-ancient-rome-s-famed-pipe-plumbing-system-revealed-soil-samples
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/plumbing-discovery-reveals-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-rise-and-the-fall-of-the-romans-can-be-charted-in-their-plumbing

A third century Roman coin hoard from Cornwall:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/treasure-hunting-pair-unearthed-nearly-367139
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5869-170824-england-roman-coins

Plans for further digs at a Roman bath site in Carlisle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-41129589
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-41219665

A very interesting fourth century mosaic find from West Berkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/02/rare-roman-mosaic-found-berkshire-archaeology-project-boxford
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/berkshire-find-archaeology-roman-pegasus-hercules-st-george-a7925381.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/boxford-berkshire-preservation-of-roman-mosaics
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/03/exciting-roman-mosaic-50-years-discovered-community-dig-berkshire/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/03/amateur-archaeologists-discover-amazing-1600-year-old-roman-mosaic-6900471/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stunning-roman-mosaic-unearthed-by-amateur-archaeologists-in-berkshire-fplrx997x
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/one-kind-roman-mosaic-depicts-incredible-battles-between-beasts-heroes-ancient-mythology-1637570
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/22197/volunteers-dig-up-roman-artefacts.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5891-170901-england-mosaic-floor

Some preliminary observations of victims of Vesuvius found at Oplontis:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/08/24/pregnant-women-and-fetuses-among-vesuvius-victims-archaeologists-reveal/

A pompeiian what-if piece:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-would-pompeii-be-like-if-vesuvius-never-erupted.aspx

Very questionable remains associated with Pliny the Elder:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/this-skull-pliny-elder-hero-pompeii-1637875
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.809751

The Colchian Kingdom dig has come to an end for the season:

http://agenda.ge/news/85935/eng

I think we mentioned this dispute over a Roman site in Malta:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170831/local/residents-fight-pa-over-possible-roman-site.656873

A pair of burials near the Olympic Stadium in Rome:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/ancient-roman-tombs-found-near-football-stadium-in-italy
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/24/2-ancient-roman-sarcophagi-found-near-football-stadium-in-rome
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio-olimpico_94468396-1dad-4c03-8a09-f31f3a665f1c.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio_ce131439-7bb3-4ea9-902a-331e4ef81b05.html

A virtual reconstruction of the Arch of Titus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.811165

The discovery of the sunken remains of Neapolis off Tunisia are getting much more press attention now:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-tsunami-sunk-roman-tunisia.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/roman-city-discovered-underwater-ruins-tunisia-tsunami-neapolis-nabuel-cathage-a7924181.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20170901/roman-ruins-sunk-by-tsunami-discovered-in-tunisia
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tsunami-sunk-roman-ruins-discovered-in-tunisia/
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/tsunami-sunk-roman-ruins-discovered-in-tunisia-20170831
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/major-underwater-roman-ruins-discovered-tunisia-170831185305715.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-sunken-city-devastated-tsunami-1600-years-ago-discovered-tunisian-658454
http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/roman-submerged-ruins-04323/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruins-roman-city-found-underwater-180964738/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5890-170901-tunisia-underwater-neapolis

Hyping the dig at Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/21/422196/veliko-tarnovo-archaeological-research-starts-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum.html

… and the Roman theatre dig at Bursa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-theater-in-bursa-to-regain-identity.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117694&NewsCatID=375

They’ll be digging at Zeugma for quite a while apparently:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zeugma-excavations-to-last-a-century-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117576&NewsCatID=375

They’re restored the stadium at Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stadium-in-denizli-under-restoration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116945&NewsCatID=375

Hopes for more research at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15487343.Visitors_could_in_future_see_what_lies_under_the_ground_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_in_three_dimensional_scan_of_buried_ruins/

A conservation plan at Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41050864

Plans to move Larnaca tennis courts to promote ancient remains:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/09/06/larnaca-tennis-courts-moved-showcase-ancient-port-minister-says/

Plans to open the Ploutonion to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/07/ancient-gate-to-underworld-complex-will-open-for-tourists

A project to publish all the Greek inscriptions in UK collections:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/09/06/cardiff-uni-to-translate-publish-ancient-athens-inscriptions-of-uk-collections/

Greece is apparently going to use the Brexit negotiations to try and recover the Parthenon marbles:

http://www.dw.com/en/greece-could-use-brexit-to-recover-stolen-parthenon-art/a-40038439
https://newsline.com/uk-to-lose-its-marbles-greek-activists-seek-brexit-blockade-to-regain-stolen-parthenon-art/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26983-report-brits-fear-greece-may-stall-brexit-over-parthenon-marbles-return.html

Feature on Commodus:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

… and Caligula:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/caligula-roman-empire.html

… and Lucretius:

http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-lucretius-philosopher

Feature on Troy:

https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

… and Monte Testaccio:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/09/06/rod-mengham/the-eighth-hill-of-rome/

… and the Seven Wonders:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Tod and the Colosseum:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fashion-company-paying-maintain-romes-colosseum/

A guide to the Odyssey:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-homers-odyssey-82911

A feature on Silphium:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170907-the-mystery-of-the-lost-roman-herb

Kathleen Martinez continues to look for the tomb of Cleopatra:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2017/08/21/dominican-archaeologist-upbeat-on-finding-cleopatra-efe/

Nice collection of Classical one-liners:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/that-s-a-classic-trinity-publishes-50-favourite-classical-one-liners-1.3205032

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/05/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-daniel-mendelsohn-review
http://www.startribune.com/review-an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-by-daniel-mendelsohn/443098693/
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-daniel-mendelsohns-an-odyssey-is-bewildering-and-beguiling/article36208816/

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/amazons-myths-realities-significance-wondrous-woman-warriors-1502488771.html

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/lost-and-founder/article/2009587

What Jennifer Chi is up to:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/brooklyn-museum-jennifer-chi-deputy-director-1074644

Concerns for Classics at PLU:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/matt-driscoll/article172160497.html

In case your university needs a Latin motto:

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/honest-latin-mottoes-for-your-overrated-university

More on what xrays revealed in that Herculaneum fresco:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/acs-rah072517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-remarkable-artistry-hidden-ancient-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821085702.htm
https://www.seeker.com/culture/x-ray-reveals-ancient-roman-portrait-covered-in-mt-vesuvius-ash
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/08/21/science-is-uncovering-the-exquisite-detail-in-this-faded-painting/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientists-unearth-hidden-beauty-of-vesuvius-painting-jgscc59bz
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/elemental-maps-reveal-hidden-beauty-of-roman-portrait/3007876.article
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/captivating-new-look-at-ancient-painting-buried-by-volcano.aspx

More on that Justinianic mosaic from near the Damascus Gate:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalem.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234406
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/emperor-justinian-mosaic-inscription-unearthed-near-damascus-gate/2017/08/23/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN1B3195
http://forward.com/fast-forward/380811/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalems-old-city-132841311.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/once-in-a-lifetime-find-of-ancient-greek-inscription-uncovered-at-jerusalems-old-city-gate/
http://www.dw.com/en/rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-jerusalem/a-40214870
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-idUSKCN1B3195?feedType=RSS&feedName=artsNews
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808491
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5863-170823-israel-byzantine-inscription

More on the Castle Howard collection:

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/15490332.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15482605.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/

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Bronze Age tools from a dig at the Clwydian hillforts site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-41187985
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-41187989/archaeologist-thrilled-by-clwydian-range-hillforts-find

An Iron age coin hoard find from near Lincoln:

http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/harlaxton-detectorist-finds-hundreds-of-gold-and-silver-iron-age-coins-1-8141254
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5904-170908-iron-age-coins

I’m sure we’ll get more coverage of a girl’s pulling a medieval sword from a lake in Cornwall (with the expected Excalibur references):

http://mashable.com/2017/09/04/excalibur-girl-king-arthur-lake-cornwall/#uuiaRt6f6iqH

A dig commences at Cotswalds:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15496554.Scientists_to_start_archaeological_dig_at_historic_site_in_the_Cotswolds/

Suggestion that an Iron Age home at Sutherland was abandoned after a fire:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1318012/iron-aged-house-was-burned-down/

Remains of a medieval settlement in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-uncover-medieval-village-in-mid-jutland.html

Assorted sites, including a ringfort, at a Macroom bypass site:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/bronze-age-ring-fort-among-sites-discovered-on-macroom-road-route-457841.html

Hyping a dig at Bourton-on-the-water:

http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/15501984.Secrets_at_one_of_Europe__39_s_oldest_towns_to_be_discovered_by_archaeological_dig/

A medieval coin hoard from a Polish castle:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,459512,czluchow-archaeologists-discovered-coins-hidden-from-the-swedes–more-than-350-years-ago.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rare-350-year-old-treasure-trove-historic-coins-discovered-hidden-polish-castle-1638005

On the Tudor palace dig at Greenwich:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-traces-of-the-tudor-palace-at-greenwich-are-a-truly-remarkable-find/

Latest from Stara Libovna Castle:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20642884/new-discoveries-uncovered-at-stara-lubovna-castle.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5900-170907-slovakia-stara-l-ubovna-castle

Remains of the Scepter shipwreck found in Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20170906/swedish-kings-scepter-shipwreck-17th-century-warship-found-in-central-stockholm

Assorted coastal settlement remains from Yorkshire:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-settlements-lost-sea-discovered-yorkshire-1638296
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5899-170907-england-tidal-settlements

Remains of 19th century whales from an Orkney Neolithic site dig:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/early-19th-century-whales-found-at-orkney-archaeological-dig-1-4545556
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-41109126/neolithic-dig-unearths-19th-century-whale-pits

A mass children’s grave in Lanark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41200949

I think we mentioned this roundhouse from Clachtoll Broch:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5885-170830-scotland-clachtoll-broch

A Victorian-era well find in a garden:

http://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/15512054.Father_and_son_uncover_Victorian_era_well_in_garden/

Funding for a North Yorkshire Iron Age dig:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15510103.__80_000_Lotto_cash_for_North_Yorkshire_Iron_Age_dig/

Latest of the Venus of Dolni Vestonice:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/shapely-czech-venus-reveals-secrets

A restoration controversy at Chartres Cathedral:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/design/chartres-cathedral-restoration-controversial.html

Concerns about metal detecting at Vinegar Hill:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/call-for-protection-as-battle-site-stripped-by-metal-detectorists-458639.html

Pondering early iron production in Norway:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/08092017-solving-enigma-of-early-norwegian-iron-production/

‘Digging work’ (by heavy equipment) damaged a fairy fort in Ireland:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/outrage-after-ancient-fairy-fort-is-badly-damaged-by-diggers-36112547.html

Notre Dame needs a pile of restoration money, it appears:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/29/100m-needed-save-gargoyles-gothic-arches-notre-dame

They’re still looking for the burial of Matthew Flinders:

http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/could-dig-answer-flinders-mystery-1-8141241

More on a violent medieval London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-graveyards-reveal-londons-violent-past-180964652/

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Archaeologists have found the tomb of Tang Xianzu (given the epithet: the ‘Chinese Shakespeare’) (and family):

http://mentalfloss.com/article/504035/archaeologists-discover-tomb-chinese-shakespeare-tang-xianzu
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/28/archaeologists-discover-chinese-shakespeares-tomb
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2108911/family-graveyard-chinas-shakespeare-rediscovered
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5875-170828-china-playwright-tomb

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a trio of Buddha statues from Angkor:

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-student-makes-rare-find

A first century CE Buddhist site from Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/280817/buddhist-site-found-atop-hillock-in-ap.html
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/archaeologists-find-ancient-buddhist-site-andhra-estimate-it-be-1st-century-ad-67461

A Ganesha idol find from the Raisen district:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/asi-finds-rare-ganesha-idol-in-raisen-district.html

Feature on Izumi Shimada:

https://dailyegyptian.com/71134/news/professor-spotlight-izumi-shimada/

Feature on ‘Blood Buddhas’:

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-funding-terrorist-groups-latest-news-headlines-today-97021/

China’s oldest stone arch has undergone some restoration:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136570685.htm

More on the Taj Mahal being a Muslim tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/30/taj-mahal-muslim-tomb-not-hindu-temple-indian-court-told
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/taj-mahal-hindu-temple-muslim-tomb-india-shah-jahan-wife-bhuvan-vikrama-a7922911.html

… and Indian archaeologists are refuting the claim, of course:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/30/indian-archaeologists-refute-claim-taj-mahal-hindu-temple/

Possible information about the lost French explorer La Perouse:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-ncm082917.php
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-09/02/content_31441001.htm

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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900 years b.p. ‘Apartments’ from near Mancos, Colorado:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/04/science/chaco-native-american-archaeology.html

A site at Quinhagak turns out to be more extensive than previously thought:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2017/09/03/hidden-home-hundreds-of-years-old-unearthed-as-quinhagak-readies-cultural-center/
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/alaska-community-archaeologists-race-to-collect-artifacts/
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/09/07/community-members-and-archaeologists-race-against-time-at-nunalleq/
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/09/07/vanishing-permafrost-triggers-race-to-save-the-past-before-its-too-late/

Latest from the Triquet Island dig:

http://www.businessinsider.com/ancient-canadian-village-older-than-pyramids-2017-9
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-student-found-an-ancient-canadian-village-that-s-10-000-years-older-than-the-pyramids

Digging a Tlingit site near Petersburg:

https://www.kfsk.org/2017/09/08/archaeologists-shed-light-tlingit-culture-near-petersburg-europeans/

Remains of some Confederate prison barracks in Salisbury:

http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/08/31/remnants-of-confederate-prison-barracks-located/

A pair of century-old shipwrecks in Lake Huron:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/maritime-archaeologists-discover-2-century-old-shipwrecks-in-lake-huron

Latest from the Cataract House (Underground Railroad) site in Buffalo:

http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/06/freedoms-history-daring-intrigue-old-cataract-house-site/

Working to record/preserve petroglyphs in Texas:

http://www.mystatesman.com/travel/archaeologists-work-gather-data-from-fading-rock-art-sites/mjOmLz7LTT2d2mV2BYtGcN/

Feature on the surveyors to created the Mason-Dixon line:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40638673

Feature on the Folsom point:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/08/25/folsom-point-archaeological-icon-george-mcjunkin/

Feature on the University of Texas archaeology lab collection:

http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/more-than-million-artifacts-from-texas-past-kept-lab/x3yfkMMBHpDYwb250ElljI/

Feature on the Oneota Mounds:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/archive/time-machine/time-machine-iowas-oneota-burial-mounds-provide-glimpse-of-long-lost-culture-20170909

Pondering when humans arrived in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170910/john-switzer–from-stump-when-did-humans-arrive-in-north-america

On the history of the New York State Fair:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2017/08/nys_fair_flashback_rain_pickpockets_and_a_whale_carcass_highlight_1890_fair.html

The LOC has digitized the Hamilton collection:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/29/546741423/i-saved-every-letter-you-wrote-me-the-library-of-congress-digitizes-hamilton

Thomas Hogg brought some invasive species back from Japan:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-americas-frenzy-for-japanese-plants-brought-beauties–and-bullies/2017/08/28/6eb02796-882a-11e7-a50f-e0d4e6ec070a_story.html

On the origins of Labor Day in North America:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/09/04/who-started-labor-day-the-bloody-and-confusing-history-of-an-american-holiday/

More on what happened to the Hunley:

http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-solve-mystery-of-us-civil-war-submarine-1.22447

More on the Erebus:

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/archaeologists-explore-17th-century-shipwreck-time-170902191234394.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Analysis of a skeleton from Mexico suggest human settlement in the Americas some 13000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-hsi082317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-human-settlement-americas-late-pleistocene.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170830141253.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831131259.htm

… this item on the theft of skeletal remains seems related to the above:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-skeleton-was-one-americas-oldest-180964682/
http://www.nature.com/news/skeleton-plundered-from-mexican-cave-was-one-of-the-americas-oldest-1.22521
https://www.livescience.com/60297-looted-skeleton-oldest-in-americas.html

But there’s also this suggestion that humans were in Brazil some 20 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/stone-age-people-brazil-20000-years-ago

Obsidian ‘ritual stones’ in Maya child burials:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-child-sacrifices-were-buried-supernatural-jet-black-stones-1638068

Finds from the Quelepa site in El Salvador:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-skeletons-burial-archaeology-artifacts-video-spd/

Shell jewellery from Mexico suggests trade with Hohokam people:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/en/boletines/6466-brazaletes-de-conchas-daninas-dan-identidad-a-los-pueblos-de-deierto-de-sonora

Studying earthworks in Amazonia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/researching-meaning-of-geometric-earthworks-in-southwestern-amazonia

More on the burials of 19th century Chinese labourers at a much older Peruvian site:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-19th-century-chinese-laborers-found-pyramid-peru-180964647/

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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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An anonymous manuscript commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is in the news:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/dont-take-bible-literally-says-scholar-brought-light-earliest/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/interpreting-the-bible-just-got-more-complicated

On England’s tea obsession:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170823-the-true-story-behind-englands-tea-obsession

Pondering Afghanistan as ‘graveyard of empires’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/world/asia/afghanistan-graveyard-empires-historical-pictures.html

On some Grimm fairy tales:

http://www.dw.com/en/10-brothers-grimm-fairy-tales-you-should-know/a-39214540

Reviewish on Tolkien’s interest in plants:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/31/547491042/tolkiens-passion-for-plants-moves-botantist-to-create-guide-to-middle-earth

UNESCO Heritage Sites for 2017:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/travel/unesco-sites-2017-asmara-okinoshima-dauria.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Victor Nuovo on Locke and Hobbes:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-locke-hobbes-origin-civil-society

… and private property:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-private-property-and-civil-society

Feature on Monet’s private collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/design/claude-monets-private-collection.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Feature on Amy Beach:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/music/amy-beach-women-american-composer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

On ‘fake news’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/books/review/kurt-andersen-fantasyland-how-america-went-haywire.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

On what’s been damaging ancient parchments:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.811076
https://www.livescience.com/60341-secret-vatican-manuscript-purple-spots-decoded.html

On an 11th century asteroid-induced tsunami (?):

http://www.scotsman.com/news/a-tsunami-hit-britain-in-the-11th-century-due-to-an-asteroid-1-4555142

Feature on Freemasons:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-mysterious-world-of-freemasons/g-40314942

Feature on Agatha Christie:
http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/revealing-mystery-behind-christie/

Followup to the exhumation of Salvador Dali:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41180146

On the history of the Voynich manuscript:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/voynich-manuscript-woudhuysen/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-has-finally-been-decoded/

… and a proposed solution:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/voynich-manuscript-solution/

… and subsequent skepticism:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/has-the-voynich-manuscript-really-been-solved/539310/

This ‘possessed nun’s letter’ is possibly in a similar category:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/17th-century-nuns-letter-from-the-devil-finally-decoded/
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/643690/mystery-letter-devil-translated-italy-nun-ludum-science-centre-catania-sicily

There’s an online Akkadian dictionary now:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brush-your-akkadian-new-online-dictionary-180964725/

A history of bookburning:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/

Interesting tidbit of Korean astronomy:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/

Much out of our period of purview, but researchers did locate one of the lost Avro Arrow test models in Lake Ontario:

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/09/08/avro-arrow-test-model-located-in-lake-ontario
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41193900

More on manuscripts in St Catherine’s Monastery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-languages-found-manuscripts-egyptian-monastery-180964698/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/scientists-discover-lost-languages-in-find-at-egyptian-monastery-qkvd6l9ps

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Jacob Lawrence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/design/jacob-lawrence-scad-museum-of-art-savannah.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Greek seafaring:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/27/c_136559692.htm

Faces of Power:

http://forward.com/culture/art/380330/how-the-age-of-trump-is-reflected-in-julius-caesars-roman-coins/

Amenhotep II:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/08/29/ancient-egypt-comes-to-milan-with-pharaoh-amenhotep-ii_5ca6f570-183d-42de-95dd-3293b79ecc4b.html

Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/09/01/new-istanbul-exhibition-introduces-millennials-to-catalhoyuk

Scythians:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-search-of-the-ancient-scythians-scourge-of-civilisations-7vwhjr7px
http://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8940/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-exhibition-at-the-british-museum

Ancient Music:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/music-echoes-of-antiquity-louvre-lens/?map=active&utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201709009_WeeklyBriefing_28

Latest on the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/arts/design/louvre-abu-dhabi-opening.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

On Hans Sloane and the BM:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/books/review/james-delbourgo-collecting-the-world-hans-sloane-biography.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

A museum for the last person executed as a witch in Europe:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-witch-executed-europe-gets-museum-180964633/

A major acquisition for the State Museum in Albany:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-Museum-acquires-100-000-17th-century-Dutch-12179952.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-ny-museum-vast-colonial-era-artifacts.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Isotope analysis suggest Bronze Age women travelled (likely were ‘taken’; not as ‘happily’ as these reports seem to make it) much further than their menfolk and helped to spread culture:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-mobile-women-key-cultural-exchange.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/mpif-mww090117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170904151048.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/forget-wandering-warrior-bronze-age-women-travelled-world-men/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bronze-age-women-travelled-men-stay-home-spread-new-ideas-gender-roles-females-sex-a7931186.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/prehistoric-women-were-key-to-cultural-exchange

Residue found in a Sicilian cave suggests wine production there some 6000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-world-oldest-italian-wine-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosf-woi082417.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141201.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/30/traces-of-6000-year-old-wine-discovered-in-sicilian-cave
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05drr73
https://www.livescience.com/60295-oldest-italian-wine-discovered.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-italians-have-been-making-wine-6000-years-180964701/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/copper-age-storage-jar-once-contained-wine

LiDAR reveals a lost medieval village in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5884-170830-poland-goschwitz-village

Feature on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.132

Digitally preserving heritage sites in Alberta:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/3d-project-preservation-heritage-sites-1.4282905?cmp=rss
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/digitally-resurrecting-province-s-lost-or-at-risk-landmarks-using-lasers-and-drones-1.3579975

3d recreations of Buddhist statuary:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/ancient-buddha-statues/

The pros and cons of digital recreations:

https://hyperallergic.com/397949/miguel-angel-salazar-galeria-mascota-mexico-city/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a Viking warrior burial was that of a woman:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-genetic-proof-women-viking-warriors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/su-aoa090817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205507.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/viking-warrior-woman-female-soldier-sweden-discovery-a7937391.html
https://www.thelocal.se/20170908/confirmed-viking-warrior-was-a-woman
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/viking-warrior-from-birka-grave-confirmed-as-female

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the ‘Scandinavian diaspora’ to climate change:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/we-know-vikings-as-infamous-raiders-was-that-merely-a-response-to-climate-change/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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L’Anse aux Meadows:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170629-the-first-european-settlement-in-the-new-world
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows

Sites in Jordan:

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/3-must-see-sites-in-jordan-11020738

Kassel:

http://www.dw.com/en/10-reasons-to-visit-kassel/g-40293822

Neuschwanstein Castle:

http://www.dw.com/en/360-degree-tour-neuschwanstein-castle/a-40294135

Volterra:

https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/travel-my-favourite-town-in-tuscany/3221769/

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CRIME BEAT
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Arrests for plundering an underwater site at Mani:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26877-six-arrested-on-charge-of-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani-greece.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/23/six-men-charged-with-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani/

A British national arrested in Spain over Christian artifacts theft in Italy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/briton-arrested-spanish-hotel-suspicion-stealing-ancient-artifacts/
https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Briton-arrested-in-Spain-suspected-of-stealing-ancient-Christian-artifacts

22 tomb raiders arrested in China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136571259.htm

The impact of artifact theft:

http://observer.com/2017/09/stolen-artifacts-set-back-scientists-piecing-together-history/

A couple weeks of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-21-27-august-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-28-august-3-september-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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I think we mentioned this pipe repatriated to Olympia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26879-fragment-of-ancient-marble-pipe-taken-from-ancient-olympia-returned-to-greece.html

… and this Turkish town that wants its mosaics back:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/yumurtalik-locals-asks-mosaics-back.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117357&NewsCatID=375

… and this Roman statue head looted during WWII:

http://www.wfmz.com/news/ap-world-news/italy-displays-marble-roman-head-stolen-in-world-war-ii/615466933
http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-eu-art–italy-roman-head-returned-20170901-story.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/italy-displays-marble-roman-head-stolen-in-world-war-ii/

The US returned Saddam Hussein’s chess board:

http://www.iraqinews.com/features/u-s-returns-saddam-husseins-precious-chess-board/
http://www.newsweek.com/united-states-returns-antique-chess-set-owned-saddam-hussein-stolen-during-659122

… and other items too:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-protests-us-to-return-trove-of-jewish-artifacts-to-iraq/

A summit to discuss looted West African art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/

Turkey is actively looking for its artifacts abroad:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/03/c_136579492.htm

… and Afghanistan wants things back too:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15525182.Former_Afghan_minister_visits_Scotland_to_urge_UK_museums_____Give_us_back_our_stolen_ancient_treasures___/

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NUMISMATICA
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A London company bought the Silsbury Hoard:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/london-coin-company-snaps-up-roman-hoard-from-lincolnshire-at-hansons/

Feature on some Ptolemaic coinage:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/sibling-lovers-four-royal-portraits-popular-ancient-gold-coin-ma-shops/

Feature on a coin of Caligula:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-roman-imperial-silver-denarius-caligula-agrippina-elder/

Review of a new Greek numismatic reference text:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/08/reference-celebrates-ancient-greek-coinage.all.html

Three weeks’ worth of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n35.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n36.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n37.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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Sibelius Academy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/arts/music/review-sibelius-academy-juilliard-school.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

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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/2644-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-august-2017-2-september-2017
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2643-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-august-2017-26-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Paul Oliver:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Kate Millett:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/obituaries/kate-millett-influential-feminist-writer-is-dead-at-82.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Martin Aitken:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15503564.Obituary__Professor_who_brought_together_the_worlds_of_physics_and_archaeology/

Douglas Alan Templeton:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-dr-douglas-alan-templeton-theologian-new-testament-expert-lecturer-and-writer-1-4552253

Nancy Dupree:

http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/renowned-historian-nancy-dupree-has-died-kabul
http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/nation_world/us-historian-who-spent-decades-in-afghanistan-dies-at/article_b8b114bb-8cc2-5582-87c7-26db4ce6b1d3.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/nancy-dupree-renowned-historian-dies-afghanistan-170910081950894.html
http://www.startribune.com/us-historian-who-spent-decades-in-afghanistan-dies-at-90/443530663/

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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/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.18 ~ August 27, 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,
Trevor Watkins, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

*NB* It being the long weekend and all next week, it is unlikely
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the effect of the advent of dairy farming on human skulls:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc–fcc082417.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/25/birth-farming-caused-jaw-dropping-changes-human-skull-scientists/

There was a lot of grit in naledi’s diet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nitty-gritty-homo-naledis-diet-revealed-its-teeth

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AFRICA
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On a ‘lost city’ in Tanzania (700 years bp) battling soil erosion:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoy-cu082117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821102730.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-lost-city-years-soil-erosion.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/sophisticated-farming-techniques-found-at-700-year-old-tanzanian-site

Feature on Gertrude Aba Mansah Eyifa-Dzidzienyo:

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/dr-gertrude-eyifa-dzidzienyo-is-first-female-archaeologist.html

Libyan archaeologists are looking for the remains of Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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There was some damage to Khufu’s second solar boat during excavation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275774/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-antiquities-ministry-inspects-Khufus-boat.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5861-170822-egypt-solar-boat-excavation

More on Roman-era tombs from the Dakhla Oasis area:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/275873/Heritage/GrecoRoman/New-Roman-tombs-discovered-in-Egypts-Dakhla-Oasis.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-roman-cemeteries-discovered-dakhla-oasis/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/24/an-egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-five-roman-tombs-in-dakhla-oasis/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating-back-to-roman-era/2017/08/24/98f398dc-88eb-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating.html
https://www.livescience.com/60223-2000-year-old-egyptian-tombs-from-roman-period.html
https://www.livescience.com/60221-2000-year-old-egyptian-tombs-photos.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-roman-era-tombs/

More on a monk settlement near Minya:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/

8600 years bp remains from Eksi Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/21/8600-year-old-findings-unearthed-in-western-turkeys-eksi-hoyuk

They’re digging at Al Ain (UAE) again:

http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/b307e809-c9ae-4480-a46a-3e4d06dcd5ac.aspx

Plenty of coverage this week for something new (I’m not sure what … this was known since the 1940s) about the Babylonians’ knowledge of trigonometry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uons-mmo082117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141250.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60227-babylonian-clay-tablet-trigonometry.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/ancient-babylonian-tablet-identified-as-the-worlds-oldest-trigonometry-table
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845305/Babylonian-clay-tablet-3-700-years-world-s-oldest-trigonometric-table-Indiana-Jones
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/25/plimpton_322_babylonian_trig_table/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/24/mathematical-secrets-of-ancient-tablet-unlocked-after-nearly-a-century-of-study
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/babylonians-trigonometry-develop-more-advanced-modern-mathematics-3700-years-ago-ancient-a7910936.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/greeks-lose-credit-for-trigonometry/news-story/425b557ff67d4d712cd37a425b10a028
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/ancient-tablet-offers-new-angle-on-birth-of-maths-sydney-researchers-say-20170824-gy3u1w.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-700-old-babylonian-tablet-180000397.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3700-year-old-babylonian-stone-tablet-code-finally-cracked-1636561
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-babylonian-trigonometry-tablet-plimpton-322-video-spd/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/babylonian-clay-tablet-mathematical-mystery-solved

… and just for good measure, there was something about Babylonians’ eclipse-predicting abilities too:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808116
3200 years bp remains of a ‘pagan ritual hall’ from Tel Burna:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808353
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5860-170822-israel-ritual-canaanite-site

More on that 3000 years bp statue from Tayinat:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/3000-year-old-female-statue-found-at-citadel-gate-complex-in-southeast-turkey

A 2800 years bp horse burial from Turkey’s Van province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/23/2800-year-old-horse-skeleton-discovered-in-eastern-turkey

Latest child-finds-artifact-in-Israel story involves a half shekel coin and an 8/9 year-old-girl:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234283
http://www.timesofisrael.com/8-year-old-girl-stumbles-upon-ultra-rare-2000-year-old-half-shekel
https://www.jta.org/2017/08/25/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/8-year-old-israeli-girl-finds-rare-2000-year-old-coin
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/8-year-old-Israeli-girl-finds-2000-year-old-half-shekel-503509

Jerusalem has ‘frozen’ plans to build a luxury hotel on an ancient village site:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-freezes-plan-to-build-luxury-villas-on-ancient-village/

Latest building-a-dam-in-Turkey-will-flood-sites story:

http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-settlement-primed-for-flooding-in-turkey/a-40195104
http://www.theweek.co.uk/87994/turkeys-neolithic-caves-is-destruction-of-heritage-ever-justified
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/turkey-anger-simmers-over-destruction-in-ancient-town.html

Not sure where to put this vague item about finds from Paktia that seem to have Persian connections … maybe not:

http://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/gold-and-silver-among-relics-found-paktia

More on that mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/24/discovery-of-early-islamic-mosaic-tesserae-sheds-light-on-art-and-earthquakes/#5ae161d04cdd

More on finds made during Istanbul’s metro construction:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/23/ancient-human-remains-discovered-in-istanbul-metro-construction-site

Not sure where to put this ‘spinoff’ from the Hobby Lobby case:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hobby-lobby-funds-israeli-settlement-archaeology-170826181403031.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible evidence of winemaking in 4th millennium BCE Italy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosf-woi082417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-world-oldest-italian-wine-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141201.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/copper-age-storage-jar-once-contained-wine

Mycenean tombs from Nemea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26893-new-mycenaean-tombs-discovered-during-recent-nemea-excavations-in-greece.html

Xrays reveal details in a Herculaneum fresco:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/acs-rah072517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-remarkable-artistry-hidden-ancient-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821085702.htm
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/elemental-maps-reveal-hidden-beauty-of-roman-portrait/3007876.article
https://www.seeker.com/culture/x-ray-reveals-ancient-roman-portrait-covered-in-mt-vesuvius-ash
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-roman-painting-x-ray-technology-spd/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/captivating-new-look-at-ancient-painting-buried-by-volcano.aspx
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-roman-painting-buried-thousands-years-after-vesuvius-eruption-gets-new-life-1635682
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/08/21/science-is-uncovering-the-exquisite-detail-in-this-faded-painting/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/

A pair of Roman sarcophagi from near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio_ce131439-7bb3-4ea9-902a-331e4ef81b05.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/ancient-roman-tombs-found-near-football-stadium-in-italy

Metal detectorists found a major coin hoard near Cornwall:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/treasure-hunting-pair-unearthed-nearly-367139
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5869-170824-england-roman-coins

A second century cistern from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-drinking-water-collection-tank-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

… and assorted Roman structural remains from Sofia:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-ancient-tavern-shops2-found-under-sofias-sveta-nedelya-square/

Latest from that Colchian Kingdom dig we’ve mentioned a couple of times:

http://agenda.ge/news/85935/eng

A Byzantine-era mosaic with a Justinianic ‘inscription’ from Jerusalem:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalem.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=503199
http://www.timesofisrael.com/once-in-a-lifetime-find-of-ancient-greek-inscription-uncovered-at-jerusalems-old-city-gate/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234406
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808491
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/emperor-justinian-mosaic-inscription-unearthed-near-damascus-gate/2017/08/23/
http://forward.com/fast-forward/380811/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
http://forward.com/news/world/380813/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
http://www.dw.com/en/rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-jerusalem/a-40214870
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/construction-workers-unearth-6th-century-mosaic-in-jerusalem/8841794
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-mosaic-revealed-in-jerusalem-old-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117163&NewsCatID=375
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845177/christian-mosaic-floor-greek-Jerusalem
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalems-old-city-132841311.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN1B3195
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26894-greek-inscription-discovered-on-1500-year-old-jerusalem-mosaic-floor.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5863-170823-israel-byzantine-inscription

Remains of a Roman bath at Faversham:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

Possible Roman tweezers from the Washingborough bypass dig (maybe medieval though):

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/washingborough-bypass-dig-unearths-pristine-382978

Restoration work has started at the stadium at Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stadium-in-denizli-under-restoration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116945&NewsCatID=375

… and digging has started/resumed at Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/21/422196/veliko-tarnovo-archaeological-research-starts-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum.html

Feature on the Seven Wonders:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Kathleen Martinez’ ongoing search for the tomb of Cleo:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2017/08/21/dominican-archaeologist-upbeat-on-finding-cleopatra-efe/

Feature on Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15487343.Visitors_could_in_future_see_what_lies_under_the_ground_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_in_three_dimensional_scan_of_buried_ruins/

Feature on the ancient Greek diet:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/22/eating-habits-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Commodus:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

… and Menander:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/midweek/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503658&objectid=11911137

… and damnatio memoriae type things (with modern comparisons):

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450810/civil-war-monuments-rome-can-teach-america-about-preserving-history

… and Troy:

https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

Opeddish on Caligula:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/caligula-roman-empire.html

Pondering what Pompeii would be like if Vesuvius didn’t erupt:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-would-pompeii-be-like-if-vesuvius-never-erupted.aspx

Some recent research on some of the victims:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/08/24/pregnant-women-and-fetuses-among-vesuvius-victims-archaeologists-reveal/

On the Castle Howard sculptures ‘saved for the nation’:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15482605.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/

More on Brexit and the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.dw.com/en/greece-could-use-brexit-to-recover-stolen-parthenon-art/a-40038439

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of an 8th century settlement near Sallins:

http://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/266292/archaeologists-discover-8th-century-settlement-near-sallins.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5862-170822-ireland-kildare-early-medieval-complex

Remains of a huge 9th century ‘slaughter hound’ from Co Kildare:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/beware-of-the-dog-giant-killer-canine-is-unearthed-z0s57ttw6

A small 700 years bp coin hoard from Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Treasure-dating-back-more-than-700-years-found-in-Carlisle-366cbf78-5138-499d-9993-b8f4c66819b8-ds

Medieval burials from Swords Castle:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/burials-uncovered-at-swords-castle-dig-1.3196904

Solving a 13th century mystery at a Russian site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-russian-archaeological-13th-century-mystery.html

Remains of a 13th century gateway in Vinne:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20633435/archaeologists-find-gateway-from-13th-century-in-vinne.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5873-170825-slovakia-viniansky-castle

I think we mentioned this 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ site near Galway:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5858-170821-galway-linen-refugee-camp

Questioning a seal purportedly used by Robert the Bruce:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15497256.Doubts_raised_over_famous_seals_said_to_have_been_used_by_Robert_the_Bruce_which_may_be_replicas/

A town council ‘mistake’ halted an Ipswich Cornhill dig:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-41012498

Surveying a WWI POW camp site in Jersey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/25/archaeologists-survey-pow-camp/

Protected status for some shipwreck sites off the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40991727

On Italy’s efforts to rebuild earthquake-damaged sites:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/21/italy-rebuilding-quake-damaged-heritage_0ade2047-d96d-43f3-8446-1969e4e2d047.html

Latest examination of the Venus of Vesti Dolni Vestonice:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/shapely-czech-venus-reveals-secrets

Plans to reinter thousands of burials from the St Nicholas East Kirk (Aberdeen) dig a decade ago:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/1-000-skeletons-found-in-aberdeen-to-be-reinterred-1-4540552

Tracking down a Christopher Columbus letter that had been stolen from the Vatican:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/sleuths-track-centuries-old-copy-letter-written-christopher/

Medieval London was a violent place:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2145415-medieval-london-was-the-most-violent-place-in-england/

More on mikvehs from the Great Vilna synagogue dig:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5006995,00.html

More on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-return-of-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4542330

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest from the Naringala Fortress dig:

http://www.today.az/news/society/164339.html

A 400 years bp Korean mummy apparently had a bad meal:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808565

A 16th century Ganesh idol from Hyderabad:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/250817/guntur-16th-century-ganesh-found.html

The Taj Mahal is apparently a tomb, not a temple:

http://www.india.com/news/india/asi-admits-taj-mahal-is-a-tomb-not-a-temple-2429472/

On life in early colonial New Zealand:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/95863669/milton-burial-project-a-work-in-progress-to-reveal-the-lives-and-deaths-of-early-pioneerss

Concerns for Indian antiquities:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indian-antiquities-under-threat-are-we-aware-of-the-implications/articleshow/60239492.cms

Efforts to save colonial-era fountains in Mumbai:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-40847731

Attempting to get Heritage Status for some burial mounds in Osaka:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1255656

More on evidence of an ancient trade network in Viet Nam:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5857-170821-vietnam-ancient-trade-network

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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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Learning about Ohio’s early crops from seeds and pollen remains:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170820/archaeology-ancient-seeds-pollen-show-ohios-lost-crops

An Ohlone site in Fremont:

http://abc7news.com/realestate/exclusive-developer-uncovers-ohlone-indian-remains-i-team-investigates/2336282/

Interesting study of what led to the demise of the Hunley and crew:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-confederate-submarine-crew-weapon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/du-csc081817.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/08/24/science-may-have-solved-the-150-year-old-mystery-of-a-sunken-civil-war-submarine
http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-solve-mystery-of-us-civil-war-submarine-1.22447

Feature on the ‘Bourbon Pompeii’:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article169294127.html
http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Bourbon-Pompeii-Rare-find-now-open-to-visitors-441561733.html

Home renovations in Ohio reveal a 19th century log cabin:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/24/couple-discover-19th-century-log-cabin-during-home-renovation.html
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/08/25/ohio-log-cabin-discovery-orig-vstan.cnn

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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16 Chinese migrant burials (100 years bp) at the Huaca Bellavista site (lots of confusing headlines with this one):

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-chinese-skeletons-found-in-lima-archaeological-site-679681.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-peru-pre-incan-site-tomb-chinese.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/peru-discovers-bodies-16-chinese-migrants-pre-incan-tomb-gallery-1.3440001?old=/gallery.html
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/at-ancient-pyramid-in-peru–remains-of-20th-century-chinese-labourers-found/43468128
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-idUSKCN1B504W
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5871-170825-peru-indentured-labor

Assorted Inca remains from around Machu Picchu:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-inca-paintings-funerary-contexts-found-near-machu-picchu-679880.aspx

Feature on the Maya:

https://www.livescience.com/41781-the-maya.html

Mexico has created a special police division to deal with cultural heritage issues:

http://www.dw.com/en/mexico-creates-new-federal-police-division-to-protect-cultural-heritage/a-40255182

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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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The Biblical commentary of Bishop Fortunatianus has been translated:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/dont-take-bible-literally-says-scholar-brought-light-earliest/

Victor Nuovo on Locke:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-locke-saw-evil-patriarchy

In case you’re wondering about the fate of statuary in the US South:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41030362
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41002743

… and Australia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41020363

… and pondering how Shakespeare spelled his name (because of a statue):

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shakespeare-hecuba-statue-usc-20170823-htmlstory.html

On the family that saved Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/08/23/neo-nazis-rallied-around-jeffersons-statue-at-uva-but-it-was-jews-who-saved-monticello/

A Constable fake is now considered original:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41000338

Recreating recipes from 17th century ships:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/503719/archaeologists-are-recreating-recipes-17th-century-ships

On the history of tulips:

http://www.dw.com/en/tulips-dramatic-journey-to-europe/g-40199643

On female Russian soldiers during WWI:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/insider/russian-women-muster-for-a-battalion-of-death.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-warriors-russian-revolution-180963067/

Feature on Champollion:

http://catholicstarherald.org/the-man-who-mastered-the-rosetta-stone/

On baked puddings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41036341

On the slow adoption of electricity:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40673694

On Primitivism (art movement):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170818-how-a-small-african-figurine-changed-art

On the sound of ancient languages:

https://holykaw.alltop.com/ancient-languages-sounded-like

On the Battle of Hill 70 (WWI):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41004040

On the Westminster chimes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-40997642

More eclipse-related items:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/solar-eclipses-then-and-now/

More on the find of the USS Indianapolis:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/uss-indianapolis-lost-wwii-warship-found-pacific-ocean-72-years-later-navy-sea-submarine-a7903436.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Lewis Carroll’s photos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41024587

Faces of Power:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-coin-exhibit-shows-a-daughters-love-is-worth-more-than-gold/

Centennial of the Everyday:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-simple-objects-speak-about-life-in-an-18th-century-hostelry/2017/08/24/bfb5bfe0-8693-11e7-a50f-e0d4e6ec070a_story.html

Splendor and Beauty (Chinese antiquities):

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1063168.shtml

Scythians:

https://www.ft.com/content/96cca90c-7c63-11e7-ab01-a13271d1ee9c

Plans for an open air museum near Persepolis:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/416132/Open-air-museum-to-be-set-up-near-Persepolis

Rommel’s Cave Museum in Egypt is reopening:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/275975/Heritage/Museums/Rommels-Cave-Museum-in-Egypt-to-be-reopened-Friday.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/rommel-cave-museum-reopened-7-years/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/26/c_136555993.htm

The Met has turned over that disputed vase:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Met-surrenders-looted-Ancient-Greek-vase-to-US-authorities-for-investigation

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where ‘soundscape’ archaeology pieces fit best .. this one is one an Ice Age site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-life-ice-age-captured-soundscape.html

Studying the clay of the Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/china-terra-cotta-army-clay

Another piece on replicating ancient weapons at Kent State:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/

Another feature on LiDAR:

https://qz.com/1060921/self-driving-cars-use-the-same-technology-that-discovers-ancient-civilizations/

Not sure how relevant this 3d scanning of fossilized feces is to our purview:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824150951.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Rethinking the impact of ‘caveman’ DNA:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170823140650.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-cavemen-genetic-checkup.html

More on turkey DNA:

https://news.wsu.edu/2017/08/22/dna-suggests-pueblo-migration/
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-dwellers/article_602da09b-32ed-5967-b94d-d642d66368c5.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Abandoned castles:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/abandoned-castles-worldwide/index.html

Conquest Cup:

https://nyti.ms/2v4R9Rl

Ethiopia’s Underground Churches:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170817-ethiopias-miraculous-underground-churches

Alhambra palace:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170817-the-secret-world-of-granadas-alhambra-palace

Budapest:

http://www.dw.com/en/budapest-new-life-in-old-ruins/a-40178137

Egungun Festival (Nigeria):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41026019

Zerzevan Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zerzevan-castle-home-to-secret-history-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117141&NewsCatID=375

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CRIME BEAT
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Viking objects stolen from a Norway museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2017/08/20/400-immeasurable-viking-objects-stolen-from-museum-in-norway

Theft from a site in South Africa is raising a lot of concerns:

http://www.nature.com/news/theft-of-south-african-relics-riles-researchers-1.22479
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-08-23-theft-of-gold-relics-from-kruger-museum-angers-archaeologists/

Two smuggling busts in Egypt … the second one is kind of strange:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/21/authorities-spoils-attempts-smuggling-rare-ancient-relics-outside-egypt/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/bizarre-18th-century-jewish-items-seized-from-archaeology-smuggler-in-egypt/
http://www.menafn.com/1095755473/Authorities-spoils-attempts-of-smuggling-rare-ancient-relics-outside-Egypt

… I think this is one of the above in more detail:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/275899/Heritage/Islamic/Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle-Khedi.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/cairo-airport-foils-attempt-smuggle-khedival-era-antiquities-saudi-arabia/

Latest idiot-visitor-breaks-a-museum-object-while-trying-to-take-a-photo story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/museum-visitor-damages-800-year-old-coffin-lifting-child-photo/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/aug/22/museum-visitors-photo-stunt-damages-800-year-old-coffin-essex
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-41012491

Arrests for illegal diving for antiquities off Mani (Greece):

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26877-six-arrested-on-charge-of-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani-greece.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/23/six-men-charged-with-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani/

This ‘stolen coins’ case involving a British man in Turkey is being spun in various ways:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-41056552

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

https://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-7-20-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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On what India has recovered since 2014:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210817/24-antiquities-brought-back-by-modi-government-since-2014.html
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=17112&SEO=india-recovered-24-antiquities-in-three-years

On returning Nazi loot:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41000756

Turkey wants the Hittite King Maradas to be returned:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-asks-for-return-of-hittite-king-maradas.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117042&NewsCatID=375

A piece of marble pipe taken from Olympia was returned:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26879-fragment-of-ancient-marble-pipe-taken-from-ancient-olympia-returned-to-greece.html

The Metepenagiag people are celebrating the return of a number of artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/artifacts-metepenagiag-return-artifacts-new-brunswick-first-nation-1.4261942?cmp=rss

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n35.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/2642-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-13-through-19-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Roth:

http://uk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2454507/martin-roth-former-director-of-va-museum-dies-at-62

Bridget Allchin:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/23/bridget-allchin-obituary

Martin Aitken:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/24/martin-aitken-obituary

Ian Graham:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/08/25/ian-graham-mayan-field-archaeologist-obituary/

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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/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.17 ~ August 20, 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, Rick Heli, Trevor Watkins, Trevor
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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AFRICA
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A survey of petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5843-170815-namibia-initiation-rock-art

Concerns for Somali cave art:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2017/0816/Finding-Somaliland-s-ancient-cave-art-is-hard.-Protecting-it-could-be-harder
https://www.yahoo.com/news/finding-somalilands-ancient-cave-art-hard-protecting-could-203710342.html

The chicken and black rat came to Africa via Indian Ocean trade:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-indian-ocean-routes-chicken.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-eio081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141533.htm

Feature on Ibrahima Thiaw’s work looking for slave shipwrecks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-deep-senegal-slave-shipwreck.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98199/Secrets-of-the-deep–Senegal-s-slave-shipwreck-detective

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Three Ptolemaic burials from Minya (and possibly a large necropolis with more):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275381/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Three-Ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-in-Minya,-contents.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/three-ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-minya-discovery-indicates-large-cemetery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/15/three-ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-egypts-minya-suggesting-a-large-cemetery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/17421/3-Ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-Minya
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-tombs-dating-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/60164-three-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-new-discovery-2000-year-old-tomb-sarcophagi-al-kamin-al-sarwahi-minya-a7895671.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40939274
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11906155
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/15/three-2000-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-in-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-more-2000-years-old-uncovered-archaeologists-hidden-burial-651126
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807195
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-tombs-uncovered-egypt-achaemenid-archaeology-history-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5844-170815-egypt-ptolemaic-tombs

… I think this is the same story, with an overly ambitious headline:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-discover-new-pyramids-southern-egypt-1010940

Also in Minya, a Coptic-era monk’s village of some sort:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275588/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Possible-ancient-monks-complex-discovered-in-Minya.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/
http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/515432/World/Mena/Egypt
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/18/New-archaeological-discovery-of-churches-and-monasteries-in-Egypt.html

A report (which missed the rounding lesson) that some 32 000+ items have disappeared from Egyptian museums over the past fifty years:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-egypt-loses-33600-historical-artefacts-over-50-years/

… which was denied by Ministry officials:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/

The Ministry also pointed out how many sites it is digging at:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/antiquities-ministry-excavating-30-archaeological-sites-every-season/

Major funds for sites and museums in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/government-spends-egp-2-5bn-develop-museums-archaeological-sites/
http://www.menafn.com/1095750704/Egypt-collects-EGP200mn-for-restoration-of-Islamic-Coptic-monuments

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/60154-rosetta-stone.html

Latest finds (I think we’re talking 12 000 years bp) from Kortik Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kortik-hill-offers-thousands-of-artifacts.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116813&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Istanbul’s subway construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/subway-construction-excavations-fill-gap-in-istanbuls-history.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116851&NewsCatID=375

Vessels with the ‘tree of life’ motif from Domuztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vessels-with-tree-of-life-motifs-found-in-turkeys-domuztepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116699&NewsCatID=375

The longstanding claim that copper was being smelted at Catal Huyuk some 8500 years bp is being explained with a bit more nuance:

http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/mystery-of-8-500-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed-through-materials-science
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-mo8081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mystery-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095111.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-origins-metal-making-solved-by-analysis-8500-year-old-copper-1635123

Cf: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440317301024

A 2600 years bp Egyptian seal from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystic-egyptian-seal-found-in-mugla-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116812&NewsCatID=378

We may have mentioned this 3000 years bp female statue from Tayinat:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
http://www.eurasiareview.com/12082017-turkey-found-3000-year-old-female-statue-at-citadel-gate-complex/

More on that stone vessel production site in Galilee:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-find-Galilee-excavations-reveal-a-2,000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44559
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.806640
https://www.livescience.com/60131-jesus-era-stoneware-factory-uncovered.html

Interesting find (maybe) from a Dead Sea Scroll interpretation:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806283

An early Islamic-era house from Jordan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5842-170815-jordan-umayyad-house-unearthed

Remains of a 1000 years bp perfume shop in Sanliurfa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/19/1000-year-old-perfume-shop-discovered-in-turkeys-sanliurfa

I think we mentioned this 8th centuury CE mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.livescience.com/60132-earthquake-reveals-mosaic-production-practices.html

Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095742672/US-scholar-shares-concerns-over-preservation-of-archaeological-sites

We’re reading again of an upcoming antiquities forum in Riyadh:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1146586/saudi-arabia

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A Hellenistic temple from Umm Qais:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/first-its-kind%E2%80%99-hellenistic-temple-discovered-umm-qais
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5849-170816-jordan-hellenistic-temple

A Roman villa (re)find at Realmonte:

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-uncover-sicilian-villa-ancient-roman-empire-2578815
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5846-170816-sicily-roman-villa

A metal detectorist found a Roman ‘measuring device’ (in the UK they call them ‘dividers’):

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15466752.Metal_detectorist_mistook___39_find_of_his_life__39__for_rusty_tent_peg/

Roman finds from a dig in Bedford:

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/archaeologist-dubs-bronze-spoon-finding-from-roman-villa-dig-like-8216-sex-on-a-stick-8217/story-30487773-detail/story.html

Possible remains of a Roman temple in the Meon Valley:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15471916.Meon_Valley_dig_unearths_evidence_of_temple/

Not sure when this ‘near Spilsbury’ hoard was found:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/stunned-metal-detectors-discover-hoard-338853#ICID=sharebar_twitter

A Greek inscription from the Crimea:

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ancient-marble-slab-inscription-found-crimea.html

Plans to excavate the ‘gladiator stadium’ at Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/16/gladiators-arena-to-be-unearthed

They’ve found some interesting items (not necessarily ancient) in the wreck of Elgin’s ship:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/15/items-recovered-from-wreck-of-elgins-ship-off-kythira/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26796-new-impressive-ancient-treasures-discovered-at-historical-kythira-shipwreck.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5848-170816-greece-mentor-elgin-excavation

The curator of the Cleveland MoA believes the Cleveland Apollo is a Praxitelean original:

http://www.clevelandleader.com/cleveland-museum-art-curator-makes-controversial-claim-bronze-apollo-statue-greek-original/

Analysis of silver from Roman coins provides links to Hannibal’s defeat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/gc-afd081117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814092835.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-analysis-defeat-hannibal-written-coins.html
https://www.livescience.com/60141-ancient-coins-trace-rome-rising-power.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/13/roman-coins-show-evidence-hannibals-defeat-scientists-say/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/14/roman-coins-analysis-tells-hannibal-defeat-rome-rise
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/roman-conquest-of-spain-written-in-chemistry-of-ancient-coins
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2200-year-old-coins-record-hannibals-defeat-start-roman-empire-1634912
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5811-170814-rome-silver-coins

Analysis of a tiny piece of pipe, claimed to be from Pompeii, leads to a theory that antimony was a major health threat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosd-pwh081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817110902.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pompeii-pipes-contaminated-toxic.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/antinomy-poisoning-not-lead-may-have-contributed-to-the-roman-empires-fall
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pompeii-did-antimony-poisoning-lead-downfall-roman-empire-1635637
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5853-170818-pompeii-antimony-water-pipe

Cf: https://rogueclassicism.com/2017/08/18/on-antimony-in-pipes-and-pompeii-yeah-about-that/

The upcoming eclipse spawned an article on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/60144-antikythera-computer-predicted-eclipses.html

Feature on Cicero:

http://www.livelaw.in/cicero-greatest-lawyer-times/

Why study Classics?:

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/08/17/why_study_the_classics_110191.html

The SCS statement on diversity in the ancient world and misuse of Classical images:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/08/15/classicists-condemn-use-images-racists

On the claim that all roads lead to Rome:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mythbusting-ancient-romedid-roads.html

In case you haven’t heard enough silliness this week, here’s a claim that Caesar’s invasion of Britain was invented by Alfred the Great:

http://cphpost.dk/news/caesar-conquering-britain-a-9th-century-invention-by-alfred-the-great.html

What Tommye Lou Davis is up to:

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/longtime-baylor-administrator-davis-out-as-vice-president/article_02f21ec5-cb98-53bb-b32f-244346b2443e.html
http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Longtime-Baylor-administrator-to-return-to-classroom-440934523.html

Stephen Fry will be dealing with ancient Greek myth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220935/article/ekathimerini/life/stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26801-stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece-in-ontario.html

More on France’s ‘mini Pompeii’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/archeologists-dig-frances-mini-pompeii-roman-town-frozen-time-fire/

More on citrons as luxury items in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/afot-cfl081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-citrus-luxury-item-cash-crop.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170818092100.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Citrus-fruit-From-ancient-luxury-item-to-todays-cash-crop-502579
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/israeli-researcher-says-citrons-lemons-were-luxuries-in-ancient-mediterranean/2017/08/17/

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Plenty of finds from an Anglo Saxon cemetery on Holy Island:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/complete-skeletons-anglo-saxon-cemetery-13474400
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5845-170815-lindisfarne-anglo-saxon-cemetery-skeletons

… and plenty of Anglo Saxon burials found during the Lincoln Bypass construction:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/mystery-over-400-ancient-graves-346698

A metal detectorist has found a Bronze Age hoard of some sort from Thanet:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-cliftonville-man-has-found-a-gold-coin-and-a-treasure-trove-while-metal-detecting-in-thanet/story-30485584-detail/story.html

Cup and ring marks in Ilkley Moor:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15479067.Intriguing_cup_and_ring_marks_discovered_on_archaeology_trail_on_Ilkley_Moor/

Searching for remains of a Pictish settlement near Blair Atholl:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-north-east-seat-of-pictish-kings-1-4536178
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15483296.Blair_Atholl_burial_dig_hopes_to_find_more_signs_of_Pictish_life/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/search-pictish-settlement-11008380

A metal detectorist found a 6th century coin pendant:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-40962865

A 9th century Arabic coin from Svaty Jur:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628379/unique-discovery-proves-contact-between-great-moravia-and-orient.html

A medieval church and burials from Lucerne:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170815/medieval-church-and-skeletons-unearthed-in-lucerne-city-centre

A medieval coin hoard from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-treasure-find-in-denmark.html

Archaeologists have located and excavated Greenwich Palace:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/greenwich-palace-henry-viii-birthplace-remains-discovered-archaeologists-old-royal-naval-college-a7894331.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98204/Archaeological-find-uncovers-royal-palace-where-Henry-VIII-and-Elizabeth-I-were-born

Remains of Vilna’s 17th century synagogue includes a pair of mikvehs:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/two-mikvahs-exposed-in-vilnas-great-synagogue-70-years-after-destruction/2017/08/17/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234046
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-the-heart-of-nazi-razed-vilnius-synagogue/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807434
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discover-in-Lithuania-archeologists-find-ruins-of-Great-Synagogue-502804
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/great-synagogue-vilna-ritual-baths-that-survived-nazi-soviet-destruction-revealed-1635597
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5851-170817-lithuania-great-synagogue

Plenty of finds (including remains of the crew) during the underwater excavation of the Rooswijk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40962097
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/17/lost-crew-18th-century-dutch-treasure-ship-found-coast-kent/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/team-explores-secrets-of-18th-130720/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/shipwreck-excavations-at-goodwin-sands-shed-new-light-on-voyagers-untold-stories-1-5154772
http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/dutch-east-india-company-ship-rooswijk-archaeologists-discovery-58436
http://artdaily.com/news/98194/Bones–silver-found-in-18th-century-Dutch-wreck-off-UK
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/shipwreck-rooswijk-dutch-trading-kent-england-artifacts-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5852-170818-england-dutch-shipwreck

Evidence of a 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ from Galway:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/archaeologist-finds-200-year-old-galway-refugee-camp-1.3190982

Excavating a 100 years bp Kilwinning cottage:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-100-year-old-kilwinning-10997665

Plans to dig Caithness’ brochs:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/caithness-digs-deep-to-discover-secrets-of-its-brochs-1-4533401

Brief hype for a dig at Voden fortress:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/16/422046/plovdiv-archaeological-excavations-at-voden-fortress-in-asenovgrad-continue.html

A brooch associated with Richard III is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40961864

Moscow might be a hundred years older than previously thought:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/moscow-58670

Interesting theory about the Uffington White Horse:

http://archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse

By the time you read this, they’re probably already digging the Oxford flood channel:

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/

Rethinking some images associated with the Plague:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/18/542435991/those-iconic-images-of-the-plague-thats-not-the-plague

Feature on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/who-was-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4534045

Plans for the Globe Theatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40972934

A 5000 years bp possible image of an eclipse from Ireland is being brought up again for obvious reasons:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/18/this-5000-year-old-stone-carving-may-be-the-worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/18/worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/

We mentioned this 4000 years bp dagger find from Slovakia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/16/c_136530140.htm

I think we mentioned the reopening of Joint Mitnor cave, with 3d printed replicas of items that were stolen:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/

More on that circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/thousand-year-old-viking-fortress-reveals-technologically-advanced-society

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Neolithic remains from the Kashmir:

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/stone-age-kashmiri-was-intelligent-skilled-burzahom-findings/257574.html

Evidence of a Vietnamese trading network which operated 4500-3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-aua081717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html
http://citynews.com.au/2017/anu-uncovers-vietnamese-trading-network/
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-trading-network-vietnam
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/evidence-for-long-distance-neolithic-trading-network-in-vietnam-uncovered

Taking rubbings from a 1st century CE Mongolian cliff inscription:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2107500/archaeologists-discover-story-chinas-ancient-military-might

Possible evidence of a second capital in 8th century Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708170055.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5850-170817-japan-ancient-capital-unearthed

A 1000 years bp royal burial from North Korea (!):

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/638688/north-korea-Goryeo-Dynasty-tomb-Kaesong-archeology-kcna-Suk-Jong

Conserving items in Ladakh monasteries:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/asi-comes-to-rescue-of-1000-year-old-antiquities-in-ladakh-monasteries/articleshow/60062684.cms

Not sure about this ‘Great Wall of Siberia’ item:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-the-great-wall-of-siberia-dating-to-1st-millennium-bc/
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/841374/Great-Wall-Siberia-discovery-Altai-Mountains-achaeology

Roundabout construction in New Zealand reveals an ancient Maori settlement:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11903872
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11903872
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5855-170817-new-zealand-maori-settlement

Feature on life in colonial New Zealand:

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/16/42910/how-tough-was-life-in-colonial-new-zealand

The Chinese art market is sputtering, apparently:

https://news.artnet.com/market/2016-chinese-art-market-report-shows-market-in-doldrums-1050767

A history of Guam:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/

More on dog-eating rituals in Siberia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143891-ancient-warriors-killed-and-ate-their-dogs-as-rite-of-passage/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

More on that well-preserved Siberian mummy:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/meet-the-mummified-polar-beauty-her-long-eyelashes-and-hair-still-intact-after-900-years/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502453125_358701.html

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A 1500 years bp midden from Camarines Sur:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/923681/1500-yr-old-artifacts-found-in-camsur

Latest from the Fort Edward dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/nyregion/french-indian-war-fort-edward-new-york-18th-century-british-troops.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-11883012.php
http://www.njherald.com/article/20170818/AP/308189981
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-wrapping-up-441005053.html

Digging the Sandwich site (near Windsor, ON):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/indigenous-monitors-added-archaeological-sandwich-roundabout-1.4251857

On efforts to save Mi’kmaq artifacts threatened by erosion:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saving-mi-kmaq-artifacts-before-they-wash-into-the-sea-1.4251195?cmp=rss

Feature on Benjamin Lay:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/sunday/youll-never-be-as-radical-as-this-18th-century-quaker-dwarf.html

… and Josiah Henson:

http://www.somdnews.com/independent/spotlight/archaeologist-retraces-the-steps-of-an-underground-railroad-pioneer/article_d985d818-4190-53ff-849c-643fef767271.html

… and Martin Frobisher:

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2017/08/16/how-a-middle-aged-midwestern-nobody-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic/
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/maps-worldwide-were-changed-how-a-novice-explorer-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic-in-1860/wcm/17e974ec-1a1d-4bb0-b3c4-88d844ea34dc

Oldest known photo of a US president:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/arts/design/john-quincy-adams-daguerreotype-sothebys-auction.html

On the Russian presence in North America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/russia-america.html

Latest on the demise of the Franklin crew:

http://gizmodo.com/new-clues-emerge-about-doomed-expedition-through-the-no-1797855047

In case you want to know about assorted Confederate monuments (varied coverage):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/16/us/confederate-monuments-removed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40966800
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40978515

Hopes for more study of a possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/call-study-slave-burial-ground-brooklyn-article-1.3421089

More on that Pueblaon petroglyph which might depict an eclipse:

https://www.livescience.com/60129-ancient-rock-art-depicts-solar-eclipse.html

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A circular wall from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5809-170814-peru-circular-wall-unearthed

Feature on a ‘Mayan Pompeii’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-pompeii-offers-snapshot-ancient-village-frozen-time-by-massive-volcanic-eruption-1635133

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the history of department stores:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40448607

… and offices:

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/from-medieval-monks-to-online-connectivity-a-short-history-of-the-office/

Assorted coverage of various eclipses throughout history and human reactions thereto:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170811-why-do-we-associate-eclipses-with-the-end-of-the-world
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/science/eclipse-discoveries-science.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/science/solar-eclipse-myths.html
http://www.fox9.com/fox-content-hub/274567152-story
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/eclipse-myths/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/eclipses-show-wrong-physics-can-give-right-results
http://theconversation.com/how-ancient-cultures-explained-eclipses-79887
http://www.thedailytimes.com/columns/steve_wildsmith/eclipse-tips-prepare-for-werewolves-and-the-moon-serpent/article_1923e82b-71da-5b62-aed8-0de123d115f6.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/

How Switzerland transformed the idea of breakfast:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-how-switzerland-transformed-breakfast

Almost in our period of purview but of interest … a missing British tank turned up at the Somme:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/technology/world-war-i-archaeological-dig-at-the-somme-turns-up-missing-british-tank-that-fled-due-to-cowardice/news-story/e9639bcaae9e2e75e3bbe5475a90eb14

… and not in our time period, but of interest is the find of the USS Indianapolis wreck:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis/2017/08/19/9b432b1c-8520-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/20170819/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-WWII-warship-11944819.php
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/08/19/wreck-of-warship-uss-indianapolis-found-deep-in-pacific-after-72-years.html
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/19/researchers-find-wreckage-uss-indianapolis/

A possibly misleading translation in the King James Bible:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807467

Feature on Machiavelli:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/political-animal/

Victor Nuovo is dealing with Locke and Hobbes this week:

http://addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-does-mind-always-think

A plea from archaeologists to stop hoarding bones:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stop-hoarding-ancient-bones-plead-archaeologists1/

Using archaeology to rethink osteoarthritis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/15/543402095/creaky-knees

On torches and intimidation throughout history:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/15/a-short-history-of-torches-and-intimidation/

Review of a biography of Freud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/books/review/freud-biography-frederick-crews.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/pompeii-comes-to-life-at-omsi/

Feature on the Neanderthal Museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/is-man-the-eternal-migrant-neanderthal-museum-explores-history-of-human-movement/a-40094864
http://www.dw.com/en/two-million-years-of-migration/g-40095881

Suggestion that interactive museum features aren’t good for you:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/can-high-culture-make-you-sick/2017/08/18/4e0e997a-7dd3-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A 19th century murderer is the latest facial reconstruction project:

https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1395611-face-of-19th-century-killer-revealed-by-modern-forensics/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40924617

Overviewish sort of thing on assorted technologies used in archaeology:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/these-technologies-are-giving-new-life-ancient-world-ncna792921

Policy change to use VR to examine shipwrecks in the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/19/no-mary-rose-style-excavation-ships-will-explored-using-vr-instead/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing apple DNA this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/15/geneticists-trace-humble-apples-exotic-lineage-all-the-way-to-the-silk-road

More on turkey DNA to track Puebloan movements:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11859231.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-turkey-bones-fate-ancient-cliff.html
http://www.fox19.com/story/36157874/turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-dwellers
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11882471.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Scottish sites:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/scotland-s-historic-buildings-at-risk-from-climate-change-1-4531554

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pakistan:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1144301/saudi-arabia

Conquest Cup:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/sports/archery-conquest-cup-istanbul.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Focussing on dealers in the wake of the Hobby Lobby thing:

http://gazette.com/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/article/1609273
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686974/After-the-Hobby-Lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-Israel.html
http://religionnews.com/2017/08/16/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/

… and accusations against Lincoln Blumell don’t appear to have any substance:

http://universe.byu.edu/2017/08/17/accusations-against-byu-professor-appear-unsubstantiated1/

… this seems related:

http://gulfnews.com/weekend-review/arts-culture/learning-about-antiquities-in-old-city-of-jerusalem-1.2071274

That guy behind the cultural attacks in Timbuktu has to pay reparations:

http://www.dw.com/en/icc-timbuktu-destruction-to-cost-islamist-rebel-32-million/a-40131197

Not sure if this is the right category for the Guennol Stargazer dispute or not:

http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php

Scotland Yard’s antiquities unit is shutting down:

https://www.artforum.com/archive/id=70410

18th/19th century artifact smuggling attempt foiled at an Egyptian airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275535/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-artefacts-foiled-at-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/hurghada-authorities-foil-smuggle-attempt-6-artifacts/
https://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-foils-attempt-smuggle-19th-century-artifacts

… and a bust in Mansoura (we need a word for ‘house diggers’):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/18088/4-arrested-during-archaeological-dig-in-Mansoura

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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In case you missed the Hercules sarcophagus repatriation story a while back:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hercules-to-come-to-turkey-in-september-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116855&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/08/18/hercules-saga-switzerland-to-return-relic

India is still waiting for the US to return some items:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10577-india-yet-receive-200-artefacts-worth-100-million-us

More on the repatriation/reburial of those Native American children remains:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/harrisburg/106430-two-native-american-boys-remains-uncovered-in-carlisle-third-stays-buried

More on the Benin Bronzes:

https://qz.com/1054364/the-british-museum-will-return-bronze-sculptures-looted-from-benin-nearly-two-centuries-ago/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Norman coins from Sicily:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-normans-sicily/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n34.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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The House of Government:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/books/review/yuri-slezkine-the-house-of-government.html

Feature on Beethoven:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/5-tales-complicated-life-beethoven/

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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/2640-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-august-2017-12-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Jo Draper:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/13/jo-draper-obituary

Robert Loder:

https://www.ft.com/content/9a24ab5c-81e2-11e7-a4ce-15b2513cb3ff

Paul Oliver:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.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/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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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,
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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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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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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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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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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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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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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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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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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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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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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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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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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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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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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NORTH AMERICA
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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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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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
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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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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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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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NORTH AMERICA
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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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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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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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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A 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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MUSEUM MATTERS
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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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