Explorator 21.08 ~ June 17th, 2018

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

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Theory on tool use and the origins of language:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/toolmaking-language-brain/562385/

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AFRICA
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Latest UNESCO Heritage Status designations in Africa:

http://www.dw.com/en/africas-newest-world-heritage-sites/g-44243510

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration of a head of Ramses II has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/51924/Renovation-of-discovered-head-of-Ramses-II-completed

What Egypt’s newly-reappointed antiquities minister is focusing on:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/302488/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-newly-reappointed-antiquities-minister-inte.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52137/Minister-of-antiquities-to-focus-on-9-files-during-his

Egypt is hosting the 12th International Congress of Egyptologists:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/302403/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-host-th-round-of-the-International-Congre.aspx

3500 years bp petroglyphs from Wadi Umm Tineidba:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52067/New-archaeological-site-uncovered-in-Elkab-desert
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-3000-year-old-rock-art-early-form-hieroglyphs-discovered-desert-976735
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-archaeologists-ancient-art-egypt.html
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1320986/art-culture
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archaeologists-find-ancient-rock-art-in-egypt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6718-180613-egypt-desert-rock-art

A 2000 years bp family burial cave from Tiberias:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-case-of-the-missing-concrete-how-a-2000-year-old-burial-cave-was-found/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-builders-accidentally-discover-roman-era-jewish-catacomb-in-israel-1.6167799
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-burial-complex-exposed-in-works-on-new-tiberias-neighborhood/2018/06/10/

Byzantine-era winepresses from Tzippori:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unique-byzantine-era-winepresses-unearthed-in-roofed-water-cistern-in-tzippori/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Byzantine-wine-press-uncovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-559627
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-winepress-found-in-excavation-of-water-reservoir/2018/06/10/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6712-18011-israel-byzantine-winepress

A 1000 years bp amulet of some sort with Arabic script from near Temple Mount:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/1000-year-old-clay-amulet-with-arabic-blessing-discovered-in-city-of-david/2018/06/14/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-unique-1-000-year-old-islamic-amulet-found-in-jerusalem-1.6175765
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Small-amulet-makes-for-a-large-find-559987

A number of ‘in the news’ items are going on display in small-town Oklahoma:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-the-world-premiere-of-precious-biblical-artifacts-is-in-quiet-oklahoma/

… and Eilat Mazar was there as well:

https://www.thetrumpet.com/17374-a-conversation-with-eilat-mazar

What Elizabeth Carter and Robert Englund are up to:

http://dailybruin.com/2018/06/10/retiring-professors-leave-behind-legacy-of-passion-for-near-eastern-archaeology/

Lawrence Schiffman on the Dead Sea Scrolls at 70 (pdf):

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/dead-sea-scrolls-70.pdf

More on that figurine from Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/10/3000-year-old-sculpture-leaves-researchers-scratching-their-heads
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sculpture-3000-years-israel-ancient-king-discovered-archaeologists-abel-beth-maacah-a8391956.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/06/a-rare-sculpture-possibly-of-a-biblical-monarch-puts-a-face-on-ancient-israel/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mysterious-sculpture-of-tiny-figure-head-could-be-3000yearold-biblical-king/
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/11/archaeologists-discover-tiny-head-that-may-be-face-of-biblical-king/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/iron-age-royal-abel-beth-maacah/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sculpted-head-depict-little-known-biblical-king-180969302/

Jewish artifacts have apparently gone missing from Damascus:

https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/jewish-artifacts-disappear-from-damascus-in-fog-of-syria-war/article_fb1beebc-e137-5f0e-9b3d-273fe653b33b.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a (late?) Roman imperial villa near the Milvian Bridge:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/05/imperial-villa-found-near-milvian-bridge_06ad7769-e48e-4bce-8db2-b4ff13c8494e.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6724-180615-rome-imperial-villa

Remains of an Illyrian settlement near Shkodra:

http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=137525
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29816%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discover-over-2000-years-old-lost-city-albania.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6711-180611-albania-forgotten-city

Evidence of a Roman town wall in Sandy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44487020

This is the Byzantine wine press story from the ANE section with more of a Classics spin:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/06/12/byzantine-era-wine-presses-discovered-in-israel-with-depictions-of-greek-gods-dionysus-and-heracles/

A ‘hidden message’ on a kylix by the Oedipus Painter (paywalled?):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-surprise-message-on-a-priceless-ancient-artifact-1529006069

Roman finds are delaying plans for a 2600-home development plan in Swindon:

https://www.theplanner.co.uk/decision/appeal-roman-remains-prevent-recovered-2600-home-swindon-scheme

A sort of catching-up-with-Pompeii item:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/13/c_137249742.htm

Feature on Roman remains in Serbia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180614-serbias-forgotten-roman-legacy

Feature on the Case Romane del Celio:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/yellowpage/underground-rome-case-romane-del-celio.html

Feature on the Parthenon frieze:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229546/article/ekathimerini/community/the-color-and-design-of-the-parthenon-frieze

In case you missed the Greenland ice core story:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-13/pollution-in-polar-ice-cores-reveals-human-history

Concerns about a Latin exam in Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/junior-cert-classical-studies-and-latin-roman-army-puts-a-stop-to-students-march-1.3532247

More on that dispute between Sotheby’s and Greece over a horse figurine:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180611/answer-to-sothebys-and-greek-dispute-over-an-ancient-artifact-could-lie-in-basel
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-fighting-keep-rare-greek-bronze-180969384/

What Nancy Rabinowitz is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-comparative-literature-nancy-sorkin-rabinowitz-lectures-on-activism-and-the-classics

What Tim Whitmarsh is up to:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/tim-whitmarsh-cambridge-love-island-14769114

What Madeleine Ota is up to:

https://news.stanford.edu/2018/06/12/senior-examines-effects-ancient-artifacts-southeastern-sicilians-identities/

On ancient leadership:

https://www.tes.com/news/ancient-art-leadership

ClassCon in Father Comes Home From the Wars:

https://www.theroot.com/a-heros-journey-father-comes-home-from-the-wars-is-a-r-1826600077

Op Eds on Jeremy Corbyn and the Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-the-british-museum-should-keep-the-elgin-marbles/21490
https://frieze.com/article/what-jeremy-corbyn-gets-right-and-wrong-his-pledge-return-stolen-parthenon-marbles

Eating like an ancient Greek philosopher:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/31590-aristotle-menu-eating-like-the-ancient-greek-philosopher.html

Something about not visiting sites in northern Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/12/our-view-idiocy-of-attempt-to-ban-visits-to-sites-in-north/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/11/eu-defies-ministry-rebuke-over-archaeological-sites-in-north/

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/books/review/catherine-nixey-darkening-age.html

Review of Mythos:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/review/2018/06/12/stephen-fry-tells-great-stories-in-mythos-men-at-shaw-festival-but-just-what-is-he-trying-to-say.html

More hype from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey:

https://mashable.com/2018/06/11/assassins-creed-odyssey-historical-figures/
https://www.pcgamesn.com/assassins-creed-odyssey/assassins-creed-odyssey-dialogue-choices-socrates
https://venturebeat.com/2018/06/12/asssassins-creed-odyssey-wont-let-you-romance-socrates-so-whats-the-point/

More on the ‘tomb of the athlete/strigils’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-find-rare-intact-tomb-rome-180969247/

More on that fire in Greece which exposed a pile of (probably purloined) artifacts:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/11/blaze-in-central-greece-reveals-ancient-artifact-video/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Assorted Bronze Age remains from Somerset:

https://www.businessleader.co.uk/bronze-age-discovery-at-bridgwater-gateway/46242/

Remains of a possible Iron Age/prehistoric settlement near Thurso:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44485722
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/iron-age-settlement-potentially-found-near-thurso-1-4754852
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1498193/high-hopes-that-previously-unknown-prehistoric-settlement-found-near-thurso/
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16294757.Remains_of_potential_prehistoric_settlement_found_in_Caithness/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6721-180614-scotland-stone-hearth

Remains of a 2000 years bp Highland wolf from a peat bog:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/digger-finds-2-000-year-old-highland-wolf-buried-in-peat-bog-zs6r3ntqp

I think we mentioned this Iron Age battle site from Aiken Enge (Denmark):

http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-uncover-remains-horrifying-iron-age-battle-denmark
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-archaeologists-uncover-horrifying-iron-age.html

Evidence that large-scale whaling in Scandinavia might date back to the 6th century:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uu-lwi061318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-large-scale-whaling-north-scandinavia-date.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613113745.htm

Interesting discovery of 7th century writing inscribed on a window ledge at Tintagel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/15/inscribed-7th-century-window-ledge-tintagel-cornwall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-44486385
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/14/ancient-doodle-discovered-windowsill-tintagel-castle-evidence/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6726-180615-england-tintagel-inscription

A medieval ossuary from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846691/precious-romanesque-church-reveals-secret.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6716-180612-slovak-medieval-ossuary

Archaeologists are surveying the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/study-at-battlefield-glen-where-spanish-joined-the-jacobites-1-4753199
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6717-180612-scotland-jacobite-uprising

Assorted small finds from various periods from a dig in Stirling prior to footpath refurbishment:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/old-bullets-16th-century-coin-12707800

Studying the environmental impact of agriculture in Bronze Age Ireland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uobc-aaa060718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613163019.htm

Feature on Aethelflaed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44069889

Feature on Ignacius Sancho:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44480914

Feature on Scotland’s Rock Art Project:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/when-prehistoric-man-lived-around-glasgow-1-4752856
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6714-180611-scotland-rock-art

Plans to preserve a threatened 3 000 years bp log road in Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/3-000-year-old-bronze-age-oak-road-to-be-preserved-in-co-westmeath-1.3526507
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6713-180611-ireland-log-road

Conservation of medieval fortifications in Famagusta is complete:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/06/10/conservation-works-at-ravelin-bastion-in-famagusta-completed/

More on earlier evidence of the Bubonic Plague in Russia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origins-bubonic-plague-180969304/

More on that 1000 years bp possible execution victim from South Downs:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16281850.Body_of_1000-year-old_executed_man_dug_up_on_South_Downs/

More on that Bluetooth hoard:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=29330
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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12 000 years bp petroglyphs from China’s Kalunasan province:

http://micetimes.asia/archaeologists-have-discovered-cave-paintings-age-of-12-thousand-years/

270 items (oddly specific) dating to the 6/7th centurys from Mongolia’s Bulgan province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/12/c_137248915.htm

Remains of a Nara Period palace (in Nara, of course):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201806160004.html

Vakataka Dynsaty remains from Nandivardhan:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/capital-of-rulers-who-built-ajanta-caves-unearthed-in-nagpur-district-5213572/
https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/capital-of-vakataka-dynasty-who-ruled-deccan-built-ajanta-caves-excavated-in-nagpur/1203151/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6715-180612-india-ancient-capital

Remains of 7th century temples outside Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/hidden-by-overgrowth-temple-ruins-unearthed/articleshow/64534047.cms

Archaeologists are digging at Ara Metua:

http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/culture/item/69667-archaeologists-dig-ara-metua
http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/69713-revealing-mysteries-of-ancient-road

Rethinking Qin:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-06/15/content_52269601.htm

More on the Sanauli Chariots:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/asi-excavated-sanauli-chariots-have-potential-to-challenge-aryan-invasion-theory/312415
https://www.thequint.com/news/india/sanauli-excavation-near-delhi-mahabharata-links-speculation
https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/wheel-of-time-chariots-and-sophisticated-weapons-from-the-pre-iron-age-5220282/
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A site in Alabama is pushing back the date of tobacco use in North America by 1500 years:

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/archaeologists_find_earliest_k.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/americans-have-been-lighting-more-3000-years-ancient-pipe-reveals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6725-180615-alabama-nicotine-pipe

Remains of a Calusa ruler’s house discovered in Florida:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/ancient-native-american-kings-house-found-florida-archaeology-science/
https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/14/florida-home-of-ancient-native-american-ruler-rediscovered-at-mound-key
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-native-american-kings-house-last-seen-by-spanish-conquistadors-found-in-florida/

Studying a Paleoindian ochre mine in Wyoming:

https://buckrail.com/paleoindian-ochre-mine-in-wyoming-may-be-largest-in-north-america/

A slave-trade-associated shipwreck in the Florida Keys:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article212848494.html

First finds from a dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://www.minews26.com/content/archaeologists-first-artifact-of-the-year-at-colonial-michilimackinac/

The find of 10 000 years bp Tuqan man on the Channel Islands has been officially announced:

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2018/06/13/ancient-remains-discovered-reburied-san-miguel-island-tuqan-man-channel-islands-santa-ynez-chumash/670609002/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2018/06/13/ancient-remains-discovered-reburied-san-miguel-island-tuqan-man-channel-islands-santa-ynez-chumash/670609002/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6719-180613-california-tuqan-man

… and he’s been reburied:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-ancient-native-american-reburied-california.html
https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/ancient-native-american-returned-to-resting-place/article_8a70aad3-0f33-5aaa-b13c-ddaedfd4d176.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/ventura-county/chumash-ancient-remains-return-to-the-channel-islands/752730558

On Chaco population:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/01/conservatism-took-hold-here-1000-years-ago-until-the-people-fled/?wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1

A lot of Toronto’s archaeological remains are sittin in boxes, apparently:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2018/06/16/torontos-archeological-treasures-still-buried-in-bankers-boxes-garages-basements-and-lockers.html

Shell Oil has preserved some slave cemeteries in New Orleans:

http://www.whig.com/article/20180614/AP/306149978

I think we mentioned these Native American children’s remains from Carlisle:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/14/us-army-pennsylvania-native-american-children?CMP=share_windows_mail

Feature on the Lost Colony:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-are-trying-to-solve-the-mystery-of-the-lost-colony-of-north-america/

More on that cellar in Jamestown:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6662-180604-virginia-church-cellar
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Murals from Chan Chan:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2459012&CategoryId=13936

Evidence that Mesoamerican turquoise actually came from Mesoamerica (and not the American Southwest):

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-unveils-true-ancient-turquoise.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/aaft-mtm061118.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/dc-nru060818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180614095248.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/science/turquoise-aztecs-mexico.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Ftrilobites
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/isotope-analysis-says-aztecs-preferred-locally-grown-turquoise/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-turquoise-was-probably-locally-sourced-180969375/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6722-180614-mesoamerican-turquoise-mines

Studying the Pampa de las Salinas geoglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/62792-peru-geoglyphs-depict-heavens.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6720-180613-peru-circular-geoglyphs

How they put the hats on the Easter Island Statues:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/hat-trick-researchers-solve-a-lingering-mystery-about-easter-islands-statues
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clever-way-easter-island-statues-got-their-cool-hats-180969253/

Feature on khipus:

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-khipu-code-the-knotty-mystery-of-the-inkas-3d-records

More on that mass child sacrifice site from Peru:

https://www.enca.com/technology/archaeologists-find-new-mass-child-sacrifice-site-in-peru
https://www.brecorder.com/2018/06/11/422511/archaeologists-unearth-56-skeletons-of-children-sacrificed-in-ritual/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-15/mass-child-sacrifice-site-in-peru-the-largest-in-the-world/9874226
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/ancient-child-sacrifice-burial-ground-discovered-in-peru-1256391747792

More on Inca trepanation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inca-head-crackers-had-better-success-rates-civil-war-surgeons-180969324/
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On Peruvian mummies and Paolo Guerrero:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44415647

Big bucks for a Chinese vase found in a shoebox:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44457262

Einstein’s travel diaries have plenty of racist comments, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44472277

On depictions of lightning in art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/science/lightning-paintings-photographs.html

On the origins of maps in the Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Origins-of-Maps

Some of Marie Antoinette’s jewellery is coming to auction:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/marie-antoinettes-jewellery-auctioned-sothebys-including-precious/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

A possible clue to solving the mystery of that missing panel from the Ghent altarpiece:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/15/puzzler-says-he-has-cracked-code-to-stolen-belgian-masterpiece

Another fire at the Glasgow Art School:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-44504659
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/world/europe/uk-fire-glasgow-school-of-art.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Van Gogh and Japan:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180611-van-gogh-and-japan-the-prints-that-shaped-the-artist

Sally Hemmings:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/us/sally-hemings-exhibit-monticello.html

Modigliani:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44419199

Tut:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/australian-museum-gets-50m-upgrade/news-story/0a620b8d127e711ad8fc98758210a7af
https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/11/11/57/king-tut-exhibition-coming-to-upgraded-australian-museum
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/australian-museum-gets-50m-upgrade/news-story/0a620b8d127e711ad8fc98758210a7af

The Acropolis Museum is celebrating its ninth birthday:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/14/acropolis-museum-celebrate-ninth-birthday/

More on the new Troy museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/troy-treasures-to-be-displayed-in-new-museum-133232

More hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/302140/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-GEM-announces-prequalification-stage-for-bi.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/52117/GEM-general-supervisor-80-GEM%E2%80%99s-constructions-completed

… and their new logo is causing a stir:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/302213/Heritage/Museums/New-logo-design-for-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-creates-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/06/13/grand-egyptian-museum-logo-causes-controversy/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on the Sinai Palimpsest Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44144527

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed the Bubonic Plague ‘older origins’ story (it really is a DNA story):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/4000-year-old-genomes-point-to-origins-of-bubonic-plague/

DNA reveals what kind of pigs were living in Bronze Age Hallstatt:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-skin-teethdna-reveal-kind-pigs.html

DNA suggests no Aryan invasion evidence at a Harappan site:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/harappan-site-of-rakhigarhi-dna-study-finds-no-central-asian-trace-junks-aryan-invasion-theory/articleshow/64565413.cms

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rhine:

http://www.dw.com/en/new-loreley-promotes-iconic-world-heritage-on-the-rhine/a-44156536

Untrodden Broadway:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/arts/design/broadway-walking-tour-hidden-gems.html

Mada’in Saleh:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/saudi-arabia-hidden-archaeology-alhijir-petra-charles-doughty-a8373686.html

Empuries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-ancient-ruins-empuries-180969383/

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CRIME BEAT
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First coverage of the Bulmer art theft trial:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-44471188

Feature on the illegal antiquities trade:

http://theconversation.com/illegal-trade-in-antiquities-a-scourge-that-has-gone-on-for-millennia-too-long-98093

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 the return of that stolen Columbus letter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/world/europe/vatican-columbus-letter.html
https://in.reuters.com/video/2018/06/14/us-returns-stolen-1493-columbus-letter?videoId=435939093&videoChannel=101

Pondering Ethiopian manuscripts and repatriation:

https://hyperallergic.com/446918/british-exhibitions-of-ethiopian-manuscripts-prompt-questions-about-repatriation/
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NUMISMATICA
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A pile of 19th century gold coins from an uninhabited house in France:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/gold-coins-worth-155000-discovered-in-abandoned-house/news-story/3c13717cdf95baacc3939fcab4ac1634

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n24.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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How to hear the Met’s historic instruments:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-streaming-swan-songs-mets-historic-instruments-180969297/
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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/2748-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-june-9-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt:

http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/klassarch/_inhaltselemente-rd/wulf-rheidt.html

William Reese:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/obituaries/william-reese-leading-seller-of-rare-books-is-dead-at-62.html

Antonio Giuliano:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2018/06/16/news/roma_morto_antonio_giuliano_archeologo_e_storico_dell_arte-199188141/

Michael Noakes:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/13/michael-noakes-obituary

Miriam Griffin:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/06/14/miriam-griffin-classicist-obituary/

Gary Breschini:

http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20180614/NEWS/180619928

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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

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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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Explorator 21.07 ~ June 10, 2018

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

… another quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the role of grandmothers in human evolution:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/07/617097908/why-grandmothers-may-hold-the-key-to-human-evolution

On the species difference between sapiens and neanderthal:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/05/ciencia/1528187502_438506.html

More on the dating of homo antecessor:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-human-fossil-species-western-europe.html

More on the origins of paleolithic cave art:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/paleolithic-cave-art-animals/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A minaret collapse at a 300 years bp mosque in Egypt is complicated by the fact it isn’t on the heritage list:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/301684/Heritage/Islamic/Qena-mosque-whose-minaret-collapsed-is-not-on-Egyp.aspx

An Ottoman-era building in Cairo was damaged by fire:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/301822/Heritage/Islamic/Ottomanera-SabilKuttab-building-damaged-in-downtow.aspx

Plenty of attention being given to a 9th century glass sculpture of a head of a ‘king’ found last year at Abel Beth Maacah:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-sculpted-mystery-biblical-king-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/62758-biblical-king-sculpture.html
https://www.apu.edu/media/news/inthenews/26220/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/10/3000-year-old-sculpture-leaves-researchers-scratching-their-heads
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/09/a-3000-year-old-glass-head-deepens-one-of-the-bibles-oldest-mysteries/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sculpted-head-mystery-biblical-king-found-israel-n881681
http://www.ibtimes.com/mystery-biblical-kings-3000-year-old-sculpted-head-unearthed-2689112
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6671-180607-israel-sculpted-head

Latest winepress find comes from Tzippori:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-winepress-found-in-excavation-of-water-reservoir/2018/06/10/

This carbon dating recalibration story first emerged last week, but it has specific ramifications for the ANE:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cornell-illuminates-inaccuracies-radiocarbon-dating.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/cu-cri060518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180605112057.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/upstart-carbon-dating-study-could-rewrite-holy-lands-biblical-timeline/
https://www.sciencealert.com/radiocarbon-dating-ancient-levant-region-calibration-inaccuracies
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6668-180606-radiocarbon-dating-calibration

Latest kids-find-ancient-coin story from Israel:

https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/world_news/students-on-archaeology-program-unearth–year-old-coin/article_cbf2cc9b-676f-5602-800c-2b5405361b84.html

Feature on the earliest surviving texts of the Torah:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/25480-the-earliest-surviving-texts-of-the-torah

In Our Time this week was about Persepolis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b4z075

Russian archaeologists are planning to dig at Palmyra:

http://tass.com/science/1008849
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of news from Pompeii this week, but the most spectacular hasn’t made it to the English press yet, alas … first, the latest spectacular finds from Regio V:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2458553&CategoryId=13936

see also:

http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_903665641.html

… and the AIA’s dig diary (not Regio V):

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28306

… and a travel blogger climbed a column to get a photo and met with much criticism:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/06/04/french-tourist-draws-ire-at-pompeii_be7a0ace-433e-4ca9-a4dc-0d64e7a2c7cf.html

… he later apologized:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/pompeii-ruins-travel-blogger-instagram-nils-travel-a8390126.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180606/nils-travel-instagram-tourist-photo-pompeii-columns

Feature on the last 24 hours at Pompeii:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/04/what-was-it-like-in-the-last-24-hours-of-pompeii/

A survey of the waters off Naxos has identified a number of sites:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/04/naxos-underwater-excavations-offer-new-insight-ancient-ports/

Interesting Tartescia culture finds from Badajoz:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/inenglish/1528274778_511883.html
http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/found-in-the-tartessian-site-of-the-turunuelo-human-bones-and-a-unique-marble-statue-on-the-peninsula-h18235.html

A huge Roman ‘jar’ from Fiumicino:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/07/huge-ancient-roman-jar-found_f5761ecb-cd90-4754-9053-86b0bb7d2b45.html

A fire in Phthiotida revealed a number of (probably illicit) antiquities in plastic and other bags:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229431/article/ekathimerini/news/firemen-recover-antiquities-in-phthiotida
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/08/fire-reveals-over-200-antiquities-in-the-mountains-of-profitis-elias-phthiotida/
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/greek-wildfire-reveals-hoard-of-plundered-antiquities/
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/08/618339736/in-greece-fire-reveals-ancient-artifacts-possibly-hidden-by-thieves
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greek-wildfire-reveals-hoard-plundered-antiquities-55749573

Digging has resumed at Magarsus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-ancient-magarsus-132818

Searching for a Roman harbour at Lancashire:

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/in-search-of-the-lost-roman-harbour-in-lancashire-1-9197346

Pondering how the Romans didn’t ‘get past’ Glasgow:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/how-romans-came-glasgow-no-14748487

Celebrating Fishbourne Roman Palace:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/fishbourne-at-50-celebrating-half-a-century-at-a-unique-roman-palace.htm

Probably should be categorized as ‘Asia’ but a feature on the so-called Pillar of Heliodorus should be of interest to Classics types:

https://thewire.in/history/how-the-historic-pillar-of-heliodorus-became-khamba-baba

Feature on ancient Greek music:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/overnights/ancient-instruments-to-air/9854458

Jeremy Corbyn says he’ll return the Parthenon Marbles if elected prime minister:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/06/03/jeremy-corbyn-says-would-return-elgin-marbles-greece-elected/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/corbyn-return-elgin-marbles-greece-british-museum-a8381681.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/corbyn-vows-to-give-back-elgin-marbles-6qxtw6bn7
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116421/corbyn-the-parthenon-sculptures-belong-to-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116594/mikakos-urges-hellenes-to-support-corbyn-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/labour-leader-jeremy-corbyn-pledges-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://hyperallergic.com/445582/uk-labor-leader-says-he-would-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-if-elected/

… which prompted an opposing opEd:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/why-returning-the-elgin-marbles-would-be-madness/

… and a supporting opEd:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/jeremy-corbyn-parthenon-marbles-greece-brexit-second-referendum-abortion-plastic-bags-a8382816.html

… and a BM response:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/972093/Elgin-Marbles-British-Museum-Jeremy-Corbyn

Mary Beard is now a Dame:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/mary-beard-dame-2018-honours-14762372
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-44423736/dame-mary-beard-dead-chuffed-with-honour
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/mary-beard-says-damehood-tribute-to-greeks-and-romans-36991560.html

There was a screening of *Gladiator* in the Colosseum … Russell Crowe et al in attendance:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/russell-crowe-visits-real-life-colosseum-charity-screening/story?id=55691862
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2458415&CategoryId=13003

Review of Pamela Mensch’s translation of Diogenes Laertius:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/aristotles-lisp-why-socrates-loved-dancing-and-other-tales-of-ancient-thinkers/2018/06/06/ece2fc44-64ff-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html

More on that intact burial from Rome with strigils etc.:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180604/ancient-tomb-of-athlete-discovered-rome
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6663-180604-rome-chamber-tomb

More on that oldest jar of olive oil from Italy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-jar-contained-italys-oldest-olive-oil-180969226/

More on that burial from Viminacium:

http://micetimes.asia/serbian-archaeologists-have-made-an-incredible-discovery/

More on that purported evidence of Roman crucifixion from Italy:

https://www.livescience.com/62727-jesus-roman-crucifixion-found.html
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/04/rare-archaeological-evidence-of-ancient-roman-crucifixion-discovered-in-italian-remains/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/extremely-rare-evidence-of-crucifixion-found-on-ancient-skeleton/
http://www.newsweek.com/crucified-skeleton-remains-italy-were-likely-nailed-cross-967191
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6665-180604-italy-crucifixion-ankle

More on that Ptolemy coin from Egypt:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116435/archaeologists-unearth-2200-year-old-coin-depicting-greek-born-king-in-egypt/
http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/06/05/archaeologists-discover-2200-year-old-ancient-greek-writing-in-egypt/

More on ash from Santorini being found at Smyrna:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/04/ancient-ashes-reveal-details-of-huge-volcano
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/santorinis-ashes-to-shed-light-on-izmirs-history-132775
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6664-180604-turkey-ashes-smyrna

More on those burned skeletons from Philippopolis:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/goth-invasion-roman-empire-bulgaria-skeletons-archaeology-science/

More on Philip II’s palace at Aigai opening to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31507-palace-of-philip-ii-opens-to-tourists-at-aigai-in-northern-greece.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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High tech scanning may have located the oldest ‘Christian temple’ in Russia (300 AD):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nuos-iso060718.php

A prehistoric roundhouse from Tore near Inverness:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44398322

Drone footage suggests there may be an Iron Age roundhouse at a housing development site in Balderstone:

https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/campaigners-say-drone-footage-shows-14761021

A 1000 years bp burial from South Downs appears to be the victim of an execution of other violent end:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44397636
https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/skeleton-of-executed-1-000-year-old-man-found-near-shoreham-1-8525697
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/skeleton-of-man-whose-neck-was-slashed-found-during-wind-farm-excavation-847464.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6676-180608-england-executed-man

They’re digging at Coldingham Abbey:

https://aleteia.org/2018/06/06/lindisfarnes-sister-monastery-in-scotland-to-be-site-of-summer-volunteer-dig/

I’m somewhat confused, but this find at St Oswald’s Priory might be related to the above somehow?:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids/gloucester-schoolchildren-discover-st-oswalds-1657468

From Austria comes word of a mass grave of soldiers killed during the Napoleonic wars:

https://www.livescience.com/62774-mass-grave-napoleonic-wars.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6675-180608-austria-war-graves

Possible remains of an 18th century cottage in Worcester (I think):

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16273329.Has_a_historic_find_been_made_at_the_new_Hanbao_rooftop_bar_site_/

A 19th century diary of sorts, written on the floorboards of a French chateau:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-44265475

Overviewish thing on various finds from Kent:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/surrounded-by-historic-treasures-184216/

Latest finds from the HMS Invincible:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-44357695

Bizarre investigation of the sexual orientation of some bog bodies:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-evidence-europe-bog-bodies-gay.html
http://sciencenordic.com/no-evidence-europe%E2%80%99s-bog-bodies-were-gay

Reading Abbey has reopened to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/reading-abbey-reopens-to-public-but-theres-no-sign-of-henry-i

Plans for a visitor’s centre at Clifford’s Tower were scuttled:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/cliffords-tower-visitor-centre-plan-scrapped-mound-york

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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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Human mandibles from the late Pleistocene Niah Caves might reveal things about ancient diets:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-lph053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-late-pleistocene-human-mandibles-niah.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/30000-year-old-jawbone-records-tough-diet-in-pleistocene-southeast-asia/

Neolithic marble bracelets from a site in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/05/c_137232145.htm

Chinese Wuzhu coins from a Korean burial:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1105807.shtml

Remains of a 4000 years bp chariot from Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/asi-unearths-first-ever-physical-evidence-of-chariots-in-copper-bronze-age/articleshow/64469616.cms
https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/asi-unearths-first-ever-physical-evidence-of-copper-bronze-age-chariots-1250351-2018-06-04
https://www.news18.com/news/india/in-a-first-chariot-from-pre-iron-age-found-in-excavation-in-uttar-pradeshs-sanauli-1768085.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sinauli-village-in-up-becomes-archaeological-hotpost-with-excavation-of-5000-year-old-chariots/story-KJwCpXlnMOftCICzLUdggM.html
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/preiron-age-artefacts-from-sanauli-excavation-site-to-be-tested-further-manjul/1326414
http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2018-06-07/detail-ifyuyvzv3225136.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/07/c_137237324.htm
https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/050618/pre-iron-age-relics-excavated-in-up-district.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-08/bronze-age-chariots-point-to-ancient-warrior-class-india-claims/9848232
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/chariot-pre-iron-age-found-during-excavation-uttar-pradeshs-sanauli-770969
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6666-180605-india-copper-decorations

A 7th century statue of Siva from Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/chalukyan-sculpture-of-siva-found/article24098511.ece

A possible burial urn (date?) from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/remains-of-ancient-urn-found-near-perambalur-in-tn/articleshow/64506369.cms

Also in Tamil Nadu, someone has been tasked with counting lakh idols:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/one-man-army-starts-counting-tamil-nadus-1-lakh-idols-in-37000-temples/articleshow/64515924.cms

Rat remains are being used to study human impacts on assorted Polynesian islands over two millennia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-prt053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-pacific-rats-years-human-impact.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rat-bones-reveal-how-humans-transformed-their-island-environments-180969260/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6673-180607-polynesia-rat-diets

Feature on the 1790 eruption of Kilauea and the rise of Kamehameha:

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/how-kilauea-s-1790-eruption-strengthened-kamehameha-s-rise

More on the death of an archaeologist by a bomb outside Kabul:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/02/c_137225081.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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What they’re finding in that cellar in the Jamestown church:

https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/06/04/jamestown-unearthed-cellar-under-church-catches-experts-by-surprise/
https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/centuries-old-cellar-discovered-at-historic-jamestown/291-562738800
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6662-180604-virginia-church-cellar

Latest finds from Fort Frederica:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/group-digs-up-history-at-fort-frederica/article_59008107-2cea-531e-9d96-56cfe50ba455.html

Overview of the history of Helena as a crossroads of sorts:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://helenair.com/news/nuggets-from-helena-helena-as-an-ancient-crossroads/article_5fded004-5f06-5717-b3aa-f968f9dc0176.html

Feature on Hannah Marie Wormington’s contribution to Colorado archaeology:

https://www.gjsentinel.com/lifestyle/columns/a-woman-pushed-early-research-into-archaeological-sites-in-region/article_22ef2bf6-67bb-11e8-8659-10604b9f1ff5.html

Studying a 19th century schooner unearthed at a construction site in Toronto a while ago:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/city-schooner-cargo-ship-texas-a-m-researchers-fort-york-1.4692870
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6669-180606-lake-ontario-schooner

Digging for Shaker remains in New Lebanon:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/in-digging-for-shaker-remnants-history-unearthed-veterans-find-avenue-of-rehabilitation,541738

Concerns for coastal sites in Maryland:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/02/616151979/flooding-and-rising-seas-threaten-americas-oldest-farmland

Honours for Bill Ross:

http://lakesuperiornews.com/News/Bill-Ross-Recognized-for-Distinguished-Service-

Feature on Mary Ann Shadd Cary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/obituaries/mary-ann-shadd-cary-abolitionist-overlooked.html?nytapp=true&smid=nytcore-ios-share

Feature on Benedict arnold:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/gordon-s-wood/benedict-arnolds-villainous-perfidy

Feature on the War of 1812:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18481542

… and things looted from Washington in 1814:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28833238

Reviewish of Canova’s George Washington:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/canovas-george-washington-review-the-very-model-of-a-lost-masterpiece-1528542000

More on the coastal route hypothesis:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530144144.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-first-americans-could-have-migrated-along-coast-180969217/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/when-and-how-did-the-first-americans-arrive–its-complicated-/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying Incan trepanation skills:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-holes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180608200055.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6690-180608-peru-trepanation-techniques

Latest suggestion on how they put hats on the Easter Island statues:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/ps-hof060118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-hats-easter-island-statues.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/theory-workers-easter-island-statues-hats
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-how-did-easter-islanders-lift-statues-13-ton-hats-researchers-may-have-the-answer/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-mystery-about-easter-islands-statues-might-finally-be-solved/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/how-easter-islands-famous-statues-got-their-giant-stone-hats/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6667-180605

Not sure if this is a new Chimu child/llama sacrifice story or not:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-mass-child-sacrifice-peru-012705981–spt.html
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/remains-30-children-150-llamas-killed-in-peru-sacrifice-quell-effects-el-nino-discovered
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/09/world/science-health-world/pre-columbian-mass-child-sacrifice-site-peru-may-biggest-ever/

What Izumi Shimada is up to:

https://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/grant-to-fund-siuc-professor-s-research-in-peru/article_01f6c5dd-8bf4-5fef-9c4a-8979800cf1ef.html
https://news.siu.edu/2018/06/060418-anthropology-professor-gets-nsf-grant-for-research-in-peru.php

More on recently-found Nazca geoglyphs:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-a-wealth-of-new-geoglyphs-near-the-famed-nazca-lines-in-peru/
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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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Pondering the beginnings of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-agriculture-uncover-clues.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-the-dawn-of-agriculture-not-born-of-necessity-says-new-study-1.6157188

… related:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-history-agriculture.html

Big bucks for an early van Gogh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44365070

Pondering when humans first learned to count:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-humans.html

On the beginnings of monotheism:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/06/Making-of-Monotheism

Feature on Sophia Perovskaya:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/obituaries/overlooked-sophia-perovskaya.html

Pondering ownership of historic shipwrecks:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44302476

Feature on Vatican digitization of manuscripts:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/06/05/le-vatican-donne-acces-a-15-000-manuscrits-gratuitement/

On creating replicas of cave paintings:

https://hyperallergic.com/445675/the-art-of-creating-replicas-of-ice-age-cave-paintings/

Archaeologists among the Queen’s Birthday honorees:

https://antiguaobserver.com/archaeologist-named-as-queens-birthday-honoree/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44397888

Emory acquired some nice Piranesi tomes:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2018/06/er_piranesi_acquisition/campus.html

Review of a biography of DaVinci (I think):

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/06/04/biografo-da-vinci-era-un-inadaptado-autentico-ilegitimo-homosexual-zurdo-y-vegetariano/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/06/04/actualidad/1528128156_899203.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Black Classicists:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/04/hidden-figures-the-importance-of-remembering-black-classicists

Ancient scents:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/03/c_137227669.htm

Heavenly Bodies:

https://www.npr.org/613155526

Iranian antiquities are coming to the Netherlands:

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/some-200-iranian-antiquities-to-be-exhibited-in-netherlands/

A ‘hidden attic’ in Westminster Abbey is being turned into a museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-attic-westminster-abbey-opening-museum-180969209/

The Uffizi has devoted a special gallery to Michelangelo and Raphael:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/arts/design/uffizi-gallery-raphael-michelangelo.html

More hype for the GEM opening:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-inaugurate-one-largest-antiquities-museums-soon/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on the Digital Archaeological Record project:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180607-discoveries-next-big-archaeological-discovery-may-not-come-out-ground

Another method for detecting archaeological elements not visible to the naked eye:

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-invisible-archaeological-elements.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a Bronze Age, Russian origin for the bubonic plague:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mpif-obp060618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180608085625.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/plague-black-death-skeletons-grave-russia-bubonic-discovery-genetics-a8389566.html
https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/08/bubonic-plague-bacteria-russia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6677-180608-russia-bubonic-plague

Feature on Svante Paabo:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/ciencia/1528297453_612819.html

More on Icelandic DNA:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/2018/06/icelands-founding-fathers-underwent.html?m=1

More on that men-died-off-7000-years-bp suggestion:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6672-180607-male-gene-bottleneck

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Saudi Arabia:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/saudi-arabia-hidden-archaeology-alhijir-petra-charles-doughty-a8373686.html

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CRIME BEAT
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That letter of Columbus that was stolen a while back has been recovered:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/07/spanish-american-police-recover-stolen-columbus-letter

A long court upholds a conviction of theft of some church murals:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229279/article/ekathimerini/news/court-upholds-italian-art-dealers-conviction-over-rare-church-murals

Tracing how ISIL loot gets to Western markets:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-06/priceless-antiques-looted-by-is-smuggled-into-western-markets/9833554

Latest in the search for a stolen Caravaggio:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-mobster-offers-clues-search-stolen-caravaggio-180969231/

More on that foiled attempt to smuggle papyri from Egypt to Libya:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/51425/In-Pics-Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-papyri-to-Libya-foiled

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt recovered nine items from France:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/301963/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Nine-smuggled-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-recovered.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6674-180607-france-repatriation-egypt

… and an Egyptian official was elected head of UNESCO’s counter-illicit-antiquities committee:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/301910.aspx

Crete continues to campaign for the return of items looted during Nazi occupation:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116507/fight-continues-for-return-of-cretan-antiquities-looted-during-nazi-occupation/

The BM is loaning an Oregon tribe some objects:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/ap-exclusive-tribe-welcomes-artifacts-from-british-museum/2018/06/05/a04dbf98-688f-11e8-a335-c4503d041eaf_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/ap-exclusive-tribe-welcomes-artifacts-british-museum-55652551
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/AP-Exclusive-Tribe-welcomes-artifacts-from-12967820.php
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-05/oregon-tribe-welcomes-artefacts-from-british-museum/

Sotheby’s v Greece over ownership of a bronze horse statue:

https://www.ft.com/content/e8c59de8-68cd-11e8-8cf3-0c230fa67aec
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n23.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/2745-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-may-2-june-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ken Fairless:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16273818.Tributes_paid_to_respected_archaeologist__teacher_and_gentleman/

Ira Berlin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ira-berlin-transformative-historian-of-slavery-in-america-dies-at-77/2018/06/06/eddb33fc-6994-11e8-bf8c-f9ed2e672adf_story.html
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

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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 21.06 ~ June 3, 2018

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

… another quiet week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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First date range for homo antecessor:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dating-homo-antecessor.html

Studying 2 000 000 years bp herbivore teeth to learn about the environment around Wonderwerk Cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uot-ptd052818.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-prehistoric-teeth-dating-million-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180529132140.htm

Latest medical checkup of Otzi suggests he had heart disease:

https://www.livescience.com/62689-otzi-iceman-mummy-heart-disease.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6653-180530-otzi-artery-calcifications

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence of humans boating to Crete some 130 000 years bp:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31441-stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-humans-sailed-130-000-years-ago.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/stone-age-tools-in-crete-show-man-sailed-the-mediterranean-130000-years-ago/

More on those 700 000 years bp butchered rhino bones from the Philippines:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a20117743/butchered-rhino-bones-may-hold-a-secret-of-ancient-human-migration/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A CT scan of a ‘hawk mummy’ turns out to be a stillborn human baby:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uowo-mss053118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-micro-ct-scans-year-old-hawk-mummy.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531114623.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62705-hawk-mummy-was-human.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hawk-mummy-human-fetus-1.4686161
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6661-180601-egypt-mummy-anencephaly

Feature on the sunken Buhen fortress:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/51043/Buhen-Sunken-fortress-under-the-Nile

They’re still autenticating those Egyptian artifacts found in a bust in Italy last week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/301349/Egypt/Egypt-top-prosecutor-tasks-antiquities-ministry-wi.aspx

Feature on a sacred crocodile in the basement of the BM:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/22/eps/1526999078_636206.html

Feature on the Gohar-Tappeh site:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/424068/A-peek-into-Gohar-Tappeh-prehistoric-site

Using LiDAR to map ancient Gerash:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615120552/scientists-use-lasers-to-map-an-ancient-city-in-jordan
http://sciencenordic.com/once-lost-archaeology-revealed-satellite-images-and-aerial-photography
https://aleteia.org/2018/06/01/ancient-jordanian-city-mapped-with-new-laser-technology/

… but there’s also reports which don’t seem to mention LiDAR:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/decades-of-aerial-photos-reveal-how-an-ancient-desert-city-got-its-water/

Interesting ‘ancient head’ from Tel Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/26193/

Hyping that Isaiah seal find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Clay-seal-of-prophet-Isaiah-to-be-unveiled-at-joint-Jerusalem-Oklahoma-event-558523
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246670

Feature on Irisagrig and the tablets stolen therefrom:

https://www.livescience.com/62688-lost-city-of-irisagrig-ancient-tablets.html

On the story of Hebrew:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Story-Of-Hebrew

Feature on the importance of blue dye throughout Israel’s history:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/linking-ancient-snails-to-an-israeli-flag-in-space-a-common-thread/

32 sites in Saudi Arabia ‘officially registered’:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1313306
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_Arabia_registers_32_archaeological_historial_sites-ZAWYA20180601061453/

Syrian scholars are receiving some training in Japan for cultural heritage restoration purposes:

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20180603/p2a/00m/0na/005000c

Pondering ISIL’s legacy of smuggling in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/while-the-islamic-state-fades-in-syria-its-legacy-of-antiquities-smuggling-flourishes/
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The big news this week was the find of someone decapitated by a block of stone at Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/world/europe/pompeii-skeleton-rock.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44303247
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/29/pompeii-skeleton-archaeologists-unearthed-man-decapitated-vesuvius-eruption
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/29/skeleton-roman-beheaded-giant-flying-rock-slab-found-pompeii/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-eruption-mount-vesuvius-skeleton-man-crushed-lava-a8375401.html
https://www.livescience.com/62686-decapitated-skeleton-pompeii-eruption.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-skeleton-crushed-mt-vesuvius-victim-fleeing-huge-stone-head-missing/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/29/archaeologists-at-pompeii-find-roman-man-crushed-by-huge-wall-block/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-pompeii-eruption.html
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/pompeii-new-find-shows-man-crushed-trying-to-flee-eruption/article_7ac2ada0-9202-5263-b9bd-2ba9e2a7207b.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180529/pompeii-archaeologists-skeleton-disabled-eruption-victim
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered-2_3296630d-3186-451b-ba7e-62c647250a65.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/05/29/body-of-new-pompeii-victim-discovered_bf53787f-4079-44bf-8daf-3729d37d9ce4.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/worldtoday/pompeii-reveals-more-of-its-secrets/9815942
https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/volcano-victim-buried-at-pompeii-unearthed/news-story/9628bb407e4071d671c4eaa3f7cd137c
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/30/actualidad/1527698088_801952.html
http://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-skeleton-stone-block-vesuvius-947533
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/pompeii-find-shows-man-crushed-flee-eruption-55503201
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/man-decapitated-while-fleeing-volcano-s-eruption-discovered-in-pompeii
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-find-remains-man-survived-pompeii-eruption-killed-falling-stone-113831580.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/29/health/pompeii-victim-crushed-rock-eruption-intl-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/05/29/a-stone-crushed-a-man-fleeing-a-volcano-archaeologists-just-found-his-2000-year-old-remains/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/29/615179234/new-excavation-at-pompeii-uncovers-victim-crushed-by-massive-rock
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6647-180529-pompeii-door-jamb

… later in the week came reports of an interesting bag of coins found in association with the above:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/roman-merchant-beheaded-flying-rock-fleeing-pompeii-had-treasure/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/06/01/pompeiis-last-fugitive-treasure-trove-3_17c247fe-c955-46f1-8170-6bf18ec72294.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/104441516/decapitated-pompeii-victim-was-carrying-treasure-trove-of-coins

Finally getting reports in English of that Corinthian Helmet find from Southern Russia:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/05/27/corinthian-helmet-found-in-southwest-russia/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/116139/2500-year-old-corinthian-helmet-found-north-of-black-sea/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31431-first-ancient-corinthian-helmet-discovered-in-southwest-russia.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6649-180529-russia-greek-helmet

Ash from the Minoan eruption of Santorini was found in an excavation in Smyrna:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/06/03/ashes-from-santorinis-minoan-eruption-found-in-smyrna-excavation

An intact 4th century BCE burial from Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/roman-tomb-intact.html

A Roman-era burial found during mosque restoration in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/30/1700-year-old-pagan-grave-discovered-at-mosque-site-in-istanbul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-700-year-old-pagan-cemetery-unearthed-in-istanbul-132597

An interesting burial full of grave goods from Viminacium:

https://www.livescience.com/62717-rich-roman-burial-serbia.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archeology/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city-idUSKCN1IW1JB
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/31/archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/31/serbian-archaeologists-find-sarcophagus-with-two-skeletons-and-jewellery-in-ancient-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6657-180531-viminacium-roman-sarcophagus

Analysis of an Early Bronze Age pot found in the 90s provides earliest evidence of olive oil use in Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-italy-oldest-olive-oil-peculiar.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uosf-ioo053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530113241.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62714-italy-oldest-olive-oil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6659-180601-sicily-olive-oil

Claims of evidence of crucifixion from a skeleton found in Italy a few years ago:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/extremely-rare-archaeological-evidence-of-roman-crucifixion-uncovered-in-italy/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/29/actualidad/1527611445_884721.html

The Louvre just figured out it has the bronze finger from a colossal statue of Constantine:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6654-180530-constantine-bronze-finger

Feature on the Wehrmacht excavations on occupied Crete during WWII:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229156/gallery/ekathimerini/life/wehrmacht-excavations-on-occupied-crete

Remains of a Roman-era necropolis in Ljublijana:

https://english.sta.si/2519127/roman-era-cemetery-architecture-found-in-ljubljana

On climate change affecting the Mycenean Palace in Pyos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2018/05/29/navarino-observatory-climate-change-took-toll-mycenaean-palace-pylos/

Feature on polychromy and portrayal of barbarians:

https://hyperallergic.com/440466/barbarians-and-sculptures-color-barrier-in-ancient-rome/

On Delphic priestesses as political risk consultants:

https://aeon.co/ideas/delphic-priestesses-the-worlds-first-political-risk-consultants

A bunch of folks chose the Odyssey as the most influential story in the world (I think we mentioned this):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/06/01/critics-choose-homers-odyssey-as-worlds-most-influential-story/

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-gives-keynote-lecture-publishes-essay

A grant to study the legacy of Marion K. Steven:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1806/S00007/grant-to-research-pivotal-female-nz-classics-scholar.htm

Interview with Sheldon Pollock:

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/nobody-in-rome-will-mind-a-videshi-translating-aeneid/300228

David Olusoga is the latest historian pushing for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/05/29/british-historian-urges-britain-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and Jeremy Corbyn says he’ll do it if elected:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/229232/article/ekathimerini/news/britains-labour-party-leader-calls-for-marbles-return-to-greece
https://news.finance.co.uk/corbyn-promises-return-elgin-marbles-greece-elected-prime-minister/
http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/03/uk-opposition-leader-corbyn-calls-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-greece

The next Assassin’s Creed will have an ‘Odyssey’ spin:

http://www.newsweek.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-name-leaks-ahead-e3-rumor-rome-951763
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/05/31/a-very-strange-leak-may-have-just-revealed-assassins-creed-odyssey/

Theres a Herodotus coin coming out:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-herodotus-the-father-of-history-features-on-first-silver-coin-launching-new-greek-historians-series/

Comparing RFK to the Gracchi:

http://www.startribune.com/rfk-and-the-brothers-gracchus-an-ancient-parallel/484225511/

More on that Janus arch from Spain:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/25/inenglish/1527248590_878483.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6650-180529-spain-roman-arch

More on those Roman bath remains from Egypt:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-egyptian-treasures-discovered-in-ruins-of-grecoroman-bath/

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/books/review/circe-madeline-miller.html

Review of Kneale, *Rome: A History in Seven Sackings*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2018/0601/Rome-tells-the-story-of-the-Eternal-City-through-seven-moments-of-defeat

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of lead pollution in the Balkans dating back to 3600 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nu-eee052718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180601160442.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-earliest-evidence-pollution-balkans-bc.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/first-pollution-balkan-042423/

Interesting finds from the remains of a Pictish fort near Moray which was burned by Vikings in the 10th century:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/remains-of-fort-burnt-down-by-vikings-reveal-clues-to-picts-1-4747408
https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/pictish-fort-relics-preserved-by-viking-fire-found-in-moray-1-4747487
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-44303606
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/life-of-picts-rises-from-the-ashes-of-viking-blaze-tvqtt76hj
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16259479.Glimpse_of_Pictish_life_revealed_by_Viking_violence/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16262103.Viking_raid_helped_secrets_of_the_Picts_rise_from_the_ashes/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/treasure-trove-of-ancient-artifacts-reveal-how-scotlands-lost-ones-lived-and-died/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6651-180530-scotland-pictish-fort

Looking for a lost monastery in Coldingham:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-44293300

Feature on early Bronze Age axes:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/never-a-dull-moment-the-lives-of-early-bronze-age-axes.htm

Feature/backgrounder on the Celts:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/prague-exhibition-highlights-bohemian-celts-at-centre-of-advanced-civilisation

On development v archaeology in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/27/the-nicosia-challenge-building-the-new-on-top-of-the-old/

Feature on the wrecks of the Hollandia and Victoria:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/shipwrecks-uk-hms-victoria-voc-hollandia-anniversary-a8368926.html

More on the impending dig at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44290327

More on that barrow in Cornwall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/bronze-age-barrow-discovered-in-cornwall.htm

The Stonehenge tunnel saga continues:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-44295754
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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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Feature on the Book of Songs:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180525-the-book-of-songs-poems-that-helped-shape-chinese-thought

Remains of a Maori village dating back to the 14th century near Gisborne:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-maori-village-otago-archaeologists.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoo-omv053018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531102810.htm
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3393772-135/iwi-integral-to-maori-village-excavation
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/archaeologists-uncover-maori-village-dating-back-14th-century-in-gisborne-really-important-period-new-zealand-history
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12061616
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/700-ancient-maori-stone-tools-uncovered-gisborne
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-maori-village-found-along-new-zealands-south-pacific-coastline-180969219/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6652-180530-new-zealand-maori-village

In case you missed the possible find of a ‘waka’ in NZ:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6658-180601-new-zealand-processed-kauri

Turns out that ‘waka’ is just a tree trunk — modified by humans, but not a waka in progress:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1806/S00021/puhoi-motorway-discovery-is-not-a-waka-as-first-thought.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104405319/waka-discovered-during-puhoi-motorway-project-north-of-auckland-not-a-waka
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/nzta-disappointed-excavated-kauri-tree-isn-t-a-waka.html

Sad news of an Afghan archaeologist being killed by a roadside bomb near Mes Aynak:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-archaeologist/afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-buddhist-site-home-to-giant-copper-reserve-idUSKCN1IZ0ED
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/594947/Afghan-archaeologist-killed-near-Buddhist-site
https://www.khaama.com/archaeologists-among-4-dead-wounded-in-kabul-city-blast-05291/

More shipwrecks found in Kaipara Harbour:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12062049

Hyping evidence of 5 000 years of civilization in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/28/c_137213047.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2018-05-29/detail-ifyuqkxh5549183.shtml

More on that evidence of a 20 000 years bp (not sure about that date) ‘kangaroo cookout’:

https://www.livescience.com/62685-ancient-aboriginal-kangaroo-feast.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-20000-year-old-kangaroo-cook-out-180969204/
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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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Looking for evidence to support the ‘coastal route’ hypothesis for migration to the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-boulders-clues-story-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uab-iab052418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530144144.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/science/boulders-americas-migration.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-americans-could-have-taken-coastal-route-new-world
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/new-map-alaska-s-ancient-coast-supports-theory-america-s-first-people-arrived-boat
https://gizmodo.com/new-evidence-reveals-a-17-000-year-old-coastal-route-in-1826427608

see also: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/5/eaar5040.full

Evidence of a previously-unknown fort at the Fort Kaskaskia site (IL):

https://news.siu.edu/2018/05/053118-unknown-american-fort-found-by-archaeological-field-school.php
http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/archaeological-field-school-from-siuc-discovers-a-previously-unknown-american/article_d389c950-0fe8-52df-b247-cee4963b2087.html

No evidence of a Viking presence at Point Rosee (NL):

http://www.gulfnews.ca/news/local/archaeology-report-confirms-no-evidence-of-norse-presence-at-point-rosee-in-southwestern-newfoundland-214092/
http://www.squamishchief.com/no-viking-presence-in-southern-newfoundland-after-all-american-researcher-finds-1.23320719

New Brunswick has to rely on tips from the public (!) to identify sites:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/archaeologist-services-reliant-tips-1.4682292

Feature on Roanoke:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/lost-colony-roanoke-history-theories-croatoan/

Review of Childs, *Atlas of a Lost World*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/27/books/review/atlas-of-a-lost-world-craig-childs.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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New geoglyphs found near the Nazca lines in Peru:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology/archaeologists-discover-new-geoglyphs-near-nazca-lines-in-peru-idUKKCN1IT1TG
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/29/peruvian-authorities-find-new-geoglyphs
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6656-180531-peru-palpa-lines

More on that intact 1 000 years bp mummy from Pachacamac, Peru:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uldb-uad052418.php

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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 history of the hashtag:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-hidden-history-of-the-hashtag/p067zndc

An Eleanor Roosevelt letter about Israel is coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/Culture/Eleanor-Roosevelt-letter-defending-Israel-to-be-auctioned-558559

… as is some chocolate from WWI:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-44323109

Britain apparently tried to kill Kaiser Wilhelm in 1918:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-world-war-kaiser-wilhelm-uk-raf-bombing-kill-germany-emperor-boulogne-a8375996.html

Feature on some letters from suffragists:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44235125

Pondering the authenticity of a Leonardo:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-expert-eye-still-rules-the-game-of-art-authenticity

On Beethoven’s Spanish grandmother:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/27/actualidad/1527442267_166866.html

Concerns for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/van-gogh-yellow-sunflowers.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Suggestion that John Calvin was ‘mentally ill’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/28/actualidad/1527493895_611026.html

On the role of science in archaeology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-bridging-the-divide-the-role-of-science-in-archaeology.htm

Trying to save the sacred tree of the Rapa Nui from extinction:

http://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2018/05/31/buscan-revertir-extincion-de-arbol-sagrado-rapa-nui-reconstruyendo-su-huella-genetica/

More on that recently-found fragment of the Gospel of Mark:

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2018/may/newly-released-manuscript-is-earliest-known-fragment-from-the-gospel-of-mark
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/may-web-only/mark-manuscript-earliest-not-first-century-fcm.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Scents of Antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/30/scents-of-antiquity-revived-for-exhibition-at-athens-museum
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229202/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-perfume-recreated-for-anniversary-show

Roman Dead:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/05/31/the-death-of-romans-reveals-the-multicultural-origins-of-london/

Rodin:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/review-auguste-rodin-show-british-museum-mesmerizing-works/

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-44294946

Hype for Nimes new Roman museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/30/nimes-new-roman-museum-toga-design-france
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/can-a-brand-new-museum-boost-ancient-nimes-s-unesco-bid

Feature on the National Museum of the American Indian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on some imaging work being done in Allentown (PA):

http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article212128929.html

Latest research into the radiocarbon cycle:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/06/new-radiocarbon-cycle-research-may-alter-history

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Explaining a major decline in genetic diversity in males some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/su-wac052918.php

DNA suggests early inhabitants of the Americas split into two populations then a few thousand years later, came together again:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-populations-diverged-reconverged-americas.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc-fps052518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180531142949.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/science/americans-migration-dna.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/and-two-became-one-ancient-american-lineages-reunited-to-head-south

On Iceland’s DNA history:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-human-population-uncovered-ancient-icelandic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/snrc-tgf053118.php
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/iceland-s-founding-fathers-underwent-rapid-1000-year-genetic-shift
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/02/ciencia/1527892888_839453.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6660-180601-iceland-population-changes

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mausoleum-of-halicarnassus-draws-tourists-132668

Santo Caliz:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180528-is-this-the-home-of-the-holy-grail

Nimes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-the-south-of-france-nimes-celebrates-and-preserves-ancient-rome/2018/05/31/20b8407c-5f85-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html

Antwerp:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/27/the-baroque-delights-of-antwerp
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CRIME BEAT
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A museum employee in Santorini was arrested over looted antiquities:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/116107/greek-museum-employee-arrested-over-looted-antiquities/

The stolen Caravaggio case continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jun/01/former-mobster-may-hold-clue-to-recovery-of-stolen-caravaggio
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/design/caravaggio-nativity-palermo.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

A stolen Spencer turned up under a drug dealer’s bed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-44347364

An attempted smuggling of pharaonic papyri to Libya was foiled:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/51425/In-Pics-Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-papyri-to-Libya-foiled

More on that Syrian mosaic smuggling case:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mosaic-seizure-20180526-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter
http://www.keyt.com/news/national-world/california-man-accused-of-smuggling-mosaic-out-of-syria/746746978

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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France is pondering the return of plundered African art:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/france-mulls-over-return-of-africas-plundered-art

OpEd on the ‘difficulty’ of returning artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/29/returning-artefacts-of-empire-isnt-so-simple

On Ethiopian items in UK museums:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-looted-ethiopian-artefacts-that-ended-up-in-uk-museums/

Somehow I think these Egyptian items found during a Sydney house clean up will be a repatriation case soon:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-31/egyptian-antiquities-found-in-home-donated-university-of-sydney/9816298

Zambia is seeking the return of an ‘early man’ skull:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/zambians-demand-return-of-broken-hill-man-skull-stolen-by-britain

Things India wants back:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/spell-out-steps-to-bring-back-kohinoor-diamond-tipu-sultans-sword-cic-tells-pmo-mea-1767481.html

More on that Persian limestone relief which should be returned:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/return-persian-antiquity-to-iran-new-york-district-attorney-says
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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Ptolemy III gold coin find from Egypt:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/06/02/2200-year-old-gold-coin-depicting-king-ptolemy-iii-discovered-in-egypt/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/31/2200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-egypt.html

… or the Harald Bluetooth coin find:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/31/treasure-of-the-first-christian-king-of-denmark-found-with-metal-detectors/

Feature on the coinage of Roman usurpers:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/imperial-wannabes-the-ancient-coinage-of-roman-usurpers/

A 1913 nickel is expected to bring big bucks at auction:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/06/01/5-million-nickel-extremely-rare-1913-coin-up-for-auction.html

A bronze coin of Herod:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/05/Rare-judaean-bronze-coin-for-herod-of-chalcis-in-sale.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n22.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2743-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-may-26-may-2018

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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 21.05 ~ May 27, 2018

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

… a rather quiet week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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More on that continuously-inhabited cave in Kenya:

http://www.newsweek.com/enormous-cave-east-africa-shows-human-evolution-happened-gradually-and-942998

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AFRICA
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The Wadi Abu Dom Itinerary project is putting its data online:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uom-mua052318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-sudan-online.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From a tomb in Luxor comes the possible first evidence of a written Semitic alphabet, ca 3400 BCE:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-written-record-of-semitic-alphabet-from-15th-century-bce-found-in-egypt/

3500 years bp Egyptian petroglyphs from Gebelein:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29626%2Carchaeologists-discovered-previously-unknown-hieroglyphic-inscriptions-egypt.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6644-180525-egypt-gebelein-inscriptions

Tantalizingly brief item on 5000 years bp finds from Dohuk:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/artifacts-dating-to-5000-bc-discovered-in-iraqs-dohuk/1152895

A Greco-Roman building (a bath?) and Ptolemaic coin find from Gharbia:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/50747/New-Greco-Roman-era-monuments-uncovered-in-Egypt-s-Gharbia
https://www.livescience.com/62671-coin-roman-bath-found-in-egypt.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/24/c_137201318.htm
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1308366/art-culture
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egyptologists-find-gold-coin-depicting-king-ptolemy-iii-3rd-century-bc-1136668
http://www.dailystar.com.lb//News/Middle-East/2018/May-23/450532-archaeologists-discover-greco-roman-era-building-in-egypt.ashx
http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/archaeologists-discover-greco-roman-era-building-egypt-article-1.4005083
https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/archeologists-discover-greco-roman-era-building-in-egypt-1.3941375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6640-180523-egypt-red-brick-bath

A skeleton at a Late Roman Fortress of Hisn al-Bab shows evidence of a violent death:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/25/skeleton-found-at-late-roman-fortress-in-egypt-reveals-violent-death/

Fourth century BCE Jewish coins from Temple Mount:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/extremely-rare-4th-century-bce-jewish-minted-coins-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/exceptionally-rare-jewish-coins-found-in-temple-mount-excavation/2018/05/22/
https://www.jns.org/exceptionally-rare-jewish-coins-found-in-temple-mount-excavation/

How archaeology is changing Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Archeology-is-changing-the-surface-of-Jerusalem-556571

What we’re learning about Arabia from the study of Safaitic:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-new-history-of-arabia-written-in-stone
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Neolithic finds from Trooodos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/22/new-finds-show-importance-of-troodos-in-prehistory/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31383-prehistoric-finds-in-cyprus-troodos-mountains-by-aristotle-university.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/23/greek-archaeologists-unearth-exciting-find-in-cyprus-troodos-mountains/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6641-180523-cyprus-troodos-mountains

Discovery of the ‘Arch of Janus Augustus’ at Baetica:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/23/actualidad/1527075997_311298.html
https://diariodigital.uja.es/investigacion/el-instituto-de-arqueologia-ibera-de-la-uja-localiza-el-jano-augusto-puerta-de

Those horses found at Pompeii may have been harnessed to flee the eruption:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/pompeii-horse-civita-giuliana-archaeology-science/

More on the recent spectacular finds from Pompeii (I think there’s new stuff here):

https://www.thelocal.it/20180523/pictures-pompeii-archaeology-house-animal-dolpins-frescoes
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/104027638/Archaeologists-find-street-of-balconies-and-ancient-horse-in-Italys-Pompeii
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-uncover-new-treasure-trove-of-wonders-at-pompeii/

Archaeological digs at Yeronisos are threatening a rare plant:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/22/yeronisos-digs-are-destroying-rare-plant-official-warns/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/23/c_137198623.htm

… but they’re being careful, apparently:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/27/every-care-taken-to-protect-fauna-on-geronissos-islet/

On the diversity of Roman Britain:

https://theconversation.com/the-roman-dead-new-techniques-are-revealing-just-how-diverse-roman-britain-was-95243

Latest ‘wow’ find at a car boot sale:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-pensioner-flabbergasted-price-vase-1596389

Feature on the less ‘dignitased’ side of ancient Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/violence-rebellion-and-sexual-exploitation-the-darker-side-of-ancient-rome/

Hype for a documentary about Amphipolis (online):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/24/the-guardian-of-amphipolis-full-documentary/

Interview with Emily Wilson:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228756/article/ekathimerini/life/emily-wilson-talks-about-translating-the-odyssey

Review of Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/every-witch-way-483766443.html

On Princeton’s salutatorian:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/05/24/salutatorian-katherine-lim-translates-computer-code-and-catullus

Pondering the Latin Mass:

http://denvercatholic.org/the-latin-mass-is-still-relevant/

Latest call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles comes from a former Swedish ambassador:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/05/22/swedish-diplomat-calls-for-return-of-greeces-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2018/05/22/former-swedish-ambassador-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/

More on evidence of Roman industry from Greenland glaciers:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a20705896/arctic-sea-ice-holds-clues-to-the-strength-of-the-roman-empire/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of some sort of 2000 years bp post-battle ‘barbarian’ ritual from a site in Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-bone-trove-denmark-story-barbarian.html
https://www.livescience.com/62636-barbarian-bones-ritual-burial-denmark.html
https://www.thelocal.dk/20180522/bone-trove-in-denmark-tells-story-of-barbarian-battle
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-24/archaeologists-unearth-evidence-of-violent-bone-clearing-ritual/9794596
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/germanic-barbarian-alken-enge-battle-archaeology-science/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/2000-years-ago-in-denmark-a-fierce-battle-left-dozens-dead/
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/bog-filled-with-ancient-barbarian-bones-reveals-gruesome-war-ritual/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6637-180522-denmark-warrior-bones

Evidence of a Viking settlement of some sort at Cork:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/viking-houses-from-1070-found-in-cork-dig-at-former-beamish-crawford-brewery-1.3506033

A medieval coin hoard from Cluny Abbey:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2017/11/15/un-rarissime-tresor-medieval-decouvert-a-labbaye-de-cluny/

Assorted sites found during a survey of the western shores of Loch Lomond:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/lost-settlements-of-loch-lomond-traced-by-archaeologists-1-4743354
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6638-180522-scotland-loch-lomond

A 19th century cement kiln site from the Isle of Wight:

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/16245002.Secrets_of_West_Medina_Mills_cement_kilns_uncovered_by_volunteer_archaeologists/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6645-180525-cement-kiln-industry

Plans to dig again at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/first-dig-in-decades-close-to-sutton-hoo-burial-site-could-reveal-new-treasures-1-5527556
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/first-dig-in-decades-close-to-sutton-hoo-burial-site-could-reveal-new-treasures-1-5527556

Searching for the altar at Cahors Cathedral:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/05/23/la-cathedrale-de-cahors-part-a-la-recherche-de-son-autel-englouti/

Suggestion that Stonehenge bluestones arrived via glacier:

https://www.livescience.com/62619-did-glaciers-carry-stonehenge-bluestones.html

More on that 1500 years bp massacre site in Sweden:

http://sciencenordic.com/evidence-uncovered-1500-year-old-massacre-sweden

More on the search for Scotland’s royal dockyards:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6633-180518-scotland-royal-dockyards
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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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Assorted evidence and modelling suggests people ‘with a plan’ voyaged to Australia 50 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-people-voyaged-australia-boat-years.html
https://www.smh.com.au/national/aboriginal-settlement-in-australia-was-planned-migration-study-20180521-p4zggl.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6634-180521-australia-first-voyagers

Evidence of 50 000-30 000 years bp ‘modern’ human bones from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/50000-year-old-bones-found-in-siberia-may-be-the-oldest-homo-sapiens-outside-africa-and-middle-east/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6636-180522-siberia-modern-humans

Evidence of a 20 000 years bp kangaroo feast from Pilbara:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-24/evidence-ancient-feast-unearthed-pilbara-mining-site/9788878
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6642-180524-australia-kangaroo-feast

A pile of 4000 years bp ‘jaw harps’ from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/21/c_137195056.htm

Clumsy archaeologists found a 5th century wall in Mysuru:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/archaeologists-stumble-upon-5th-century-wall-in-mysuru-district/articleshow/64281844.cms
https://kaplanherald.com/2018/05/23/archaeologists-stumble-upon-5th-century-wall/

Four inscriptions from various eras from Soraba Taluk:

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/archaeologist-stumbles-upon-four-inscriptions/articleshow/64309127.cms

Human remains from a construction site in New Zealand:

https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/human-bones-unearthed-construction-site

More on the colour of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/off-color-pollution-turns-indias-white-marble-taj-003253618–finance.html

More on that Shigur ido:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/20/shigur-idol-shatters-expert-views-birth-of-ritual-art-hunter-gatherers
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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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Interesting study of how mound builders chose sites along coastal Louisiana:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-mound-builders-carefully-occupation.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoia-sam052218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/vu-ppa052418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180522114822.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6643-180524-louisiana-mound-builders

Possibly 7000 burials from a former ‘insane asylum’ site in Mississippi:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-bodies-asylum.html

Human remains from a construction site in Virginia:

http://wset.com/news/local/historical-human-remains-found-at-virginia-building-site

On purported evidence of humans in North America some 130 000 years bp:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180527/humans-in-americas-130000-years-ago-mastodon-skeleton-gives-clues

Feature on assorted epidemics in 19th century Syracuse:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2018/05/cholera_smallpox_scarlet_fever_syracuse_faced_epidemics_throughout_19th_century.html

Feature on Paisley Cave:

http://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-cave-discoveries-offer-insight-to-ancient-culture/745088181

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-44226204

On the first treaty between the US and Native Americans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-very-first-treaty-between-us-and-native-people-still-resonates-today-180969157/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of the official announcement of the find of the wreck of the San Jose off Columbia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-experts-disclose-year-old-shipwreck.html
https://www.livescience.com/62638-san-jose-shipwreck-cannons.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/24/uncovering-new-details-of-sunken-san-jose/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robot-submarine-finds-shipwreck-san-jose-carrying-17-billion-treasure/
http://www.newsweek.com/whats-going-happen-17-billion-treasure-found-holy-grail-shipwrecks-940844
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/05/23/robot-submarine-finds-holy-grail-of-shipwrecks-with-up-to-17-billion-in-treasure/?noredirect=on
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/spanish-galleon-found-caribbean-sea-gold-treasure-300-years-sinking-colombia-san-jose-a8363846.html
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20180521/whoi-scientists-help-locate-holy-grail-of-shipwrecks
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/23/a-robot-found-the-holy-grail.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/19/actualidad/1526739427_391345.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/holy-grail-spanish-treasure-galleons-found-colombia-180969171/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6639-180523-colombia-san-jose

Latest 1000 years bp mummy-from-Peru find:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uldb-uad052418.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-year-old-mummy-peru.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/nearly-intact-1000-year-old-mummy-discovered-peru-2684460
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-have-found-a-remarkably-preserved-1000yearold-mummy-in-peru/

An Inca ‘stonehenge’ from Chile:

https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21743163-san-pedro-de-atacamaarchaeologists-and-astronomers-discover-inca-calendars-desert

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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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In case you didn’t see the news about that fragment of Mark’s gospel that’s been rumoured for years:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-one-of-worlds-oldest-bible-passages-found-in-a-garbage-dump

Suggestion that sweet potatoes didn’t originate in the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-sweet-potatoes-didnt-americas-previously.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180521154256.htm

Interesting story of how a coin mummified an infant’s hand:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/science/mummified-baby-hand.html
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/infants-remains-strangely-mummified-hand-discovered-how-769733
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-copper-coin-mummified-babys-hand-180969168/

Feature on portals to the underworld:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/welcome-to-hell-a-history-of-portals-to-the-underworld

Pondering the ethics of 3d scans of artifacts:

https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2018/05/21/609084578/3d-scans-help-preserve-history-but-who-should-own-them
http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=609084578

On the intersection between archaeology and art:

https://hyperallergic.com/444344/how-archaeology-has-fueled-successful-art-experiments/

In case you were wondering about Hitler’s death:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hitler-died-teeth.html

Feature on Rodin and Classical art:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/auguste-rodin-classical-art/

An old wine auction:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nows-time-three-bottles-1774-vintage-wine-sale-164200504.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44267449

On Tycho Brahe’s cause of death:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/24/skeleton-of-famed-astronomer-tycho-brahe-finally-reveals-cause-of-death/

The ‘top 100′ stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180521-the-100-stories-that-shaped-the-world

… and the six basic plots:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180525-every-story-in-the-world-has-one-of-these-six-basic-plots

Feature on Abraham Ortellius and his atlas:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/20/ciencia/1526770280_018943.html

Review of a biography of Alejandro Farnesio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/23/actualidad/1527027156_338254.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman Dead:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/24/london-roman-bones-jewels-gold-museum
http://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/step-back-into-roman-london-with-this-spectacular-skeletal-exhibition

Greek Art:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/24/c_137201438.htm

Fra Angelico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/arts/design/review-fra-angelico-heaven-on-earth-gardner-museum.html

Complaints about the Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/50738/MP-addresses-antiquities-minister-over-Egyptian-Museum-complaints
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new non-invasive technique reveals a possible hidden message from Michelangelo:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/hydrogel-saves-precious-artwork-to-reveal-hidden-michelangelo-message/3009056.article

Simulating prehistoric fire use through computer modelling:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-simulating-prehistoric.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing the origins of Inca emperors through DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-peruvian-scientists-dna-inca-emperors.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2018/05/23/pamukkale-a-paradise-of-history-wellness

Nimes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/southern-france-dazzling-taste-ancient-rome-180969004/

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CRIME BEAT
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A pile of purloined Egyptian antiquities seized in Naples this week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/300058/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Collection-of-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-seized-in.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/23/italian-police-forces-seize-stolen-egyptian-artifacts-in-naples/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egyptian-artifacts-smuggled-to-italy-belongs-to-italian-citizen/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/50769/Pics-Egyptian-artifacts-seized-in-Italy-likely-authentic-Min
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/50878/118-artifacts-seized-in-Italy-found-during-Illegal-excavations-official

… and an interesting side story:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-foreign-affairs-ministry-denies-artifacts-were-smuggled-by-egyptian-diplomat/

A stash of stolen antiquities found in a Greek forest:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228968/article/ekathimerini/news/police-find-antiquities-stash-in-arta-woodland

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities thwarted an attempt to smuggle some Greco Roman coins in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/300129/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle-Roman.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/50784/Smuggling-attempt-of-30-ancient-metal-coins-foiled

A developing looted mosaic story in Los Angeles:

https://lawestmedia.com/lawest/prosecutors-forfeit-looted-antiquity/

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 Hawaiian artifact from a private collection has been returned:

http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/ancient-wood-carving-returns-to-hawaii-will-be-displayed-at-bishop-museum/1197802065
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6646-180525-hawaii-ki-i-ku

A Berlin Museum has returned items to Alaska:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/arts/design/berlin-museum-artifacts-chugach-alaska.html

France ponders how to return Africa’s plundered art:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/france-weighs-how-to-return-africas-plundered-art

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n21.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/2741-audio-news-from-archaeologica-13-may-19-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Zhao Kangmin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/obituaries/zhao-kangmin-restorer-of-chinas-ancient-terra-cotta-warriors-dies-at-81.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zhao-kangmin-archaeologist-who-pieced-together-chinas-terracotta-warriors-has-died-81-180969153/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/20/612780909/archaeologist-who-uncovered-chinas-8-000-man-terra-cotta-army-dies-at-82
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-zhao-kangmin-restored-chinas-ancient-terra-cotta-warriors/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44244493

Bernard Lewis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/bernard-lewis-islam-scholar-dies.html

Antonia Syson:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-antonia-syson-0

William Perrie:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/may/23/william-perrie-obituary

Richard Pipes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/obituaries/richard-pipes-historian-of-russia-and-reagan-aide-dies-at-94.html
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 21.04 ~ May 20, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Not sure about the journalistic spin on ‘autistic traits’ and Ice Age cave paintings:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancestors-autistic-traits-revolution-ice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoy-hoa051418.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514095522.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-autism-cave-paintings-barry-wright-penny-spikins-university-of-york-a8351751.html

More on Homo naledi’s brain:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hominid-brains-size-doesnt.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uotw-whb051118.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514151931.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/science/homo-naledi-brain.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-humans-homo-naledi-brains-intelligence-evolution-behaviour-a8351451.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/homo-naledis-brain-was-surprisingly-humanlike-despite-its-small-size/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6620-180515-homo-naledi-brains

More on 85 000 years bp footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/ancient-saudi-arabia-footprint-human-migration-science-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6621-180515-saudi-arabia-footprints

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Possible earliest evidence of a mnemonic for ABCs … 3400 years bp from Egypt:

https://www.livescience.com/62580-earliest-alphabet-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6627-18051-egypt-abc-sequence

Using burial texts to learn about ancient Egyptian social life:

http://dailybruin.com/2018/05/14/graduate-student-unearths-ancient-egyptian-life-stories-from-burial-texts/

Feature on Hatshepsut:

https://www.livescience.com/62614-hatshepsut.html

Neolithic petroglyphs from Mount Latmos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-rock-paintings-discovered-in-latmos-131913

From Gath comes 4700 years bp evidence of bridle use on a donkey:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-equid.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-aue051418.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/p-eeo050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516144626.htm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-evidence-of-bridle-use-found-on-4700-year-old-donkey-from-bibles-gath/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-sacrificed-donkeys-in-ancient-gath-reveal-canaanite-trade-secrets-1.6096898
http://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/los-humanos-empezaron-domar-burros-mas-4-mil-anos/167455/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/donkeys-ancient-middle-near-east-archaeology-horses-bit-wear-tell-essafi-israel-a8354511.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6626-180517-donkey-metal-bit

More on the United Monarchy claims being associated with Tel Eton:

https://www1.biu.ac.il/indexE.php?id=33&pt=20&pid=117&level=2&cPath=33&type=1&news=3141
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-evidence-pertaining-expansion-kingdom-david.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/proof-of-king-david-not-yet-but-riveting-site-shores-up-roots-of-israelite-era/
https://www.livescience.com/62472-lost-biblical-kingdom-remains.html

OpEddish sort of thing on Eilat Mazar’s research and its implications:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Archeology-is-changing-the-surface-of-Jerusalem-556571

Marduk, the scribes and a king:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Marduk-Scribes-Neo-Assyrian

Lawrence Schiffman on the Jewish connection to Jerusalem:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/jewish-connection-jerusalem.pdf

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is making a comeback of sorts:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologist-for-a-day-find-temple-mount-treasures-at-a-school-near-you/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/temple-mount-sifting-making-a-comeback-with-sift-at-home-project/2018/05/17/
http://tmsifting.org/en/2018/05/17/restarting-the-sifting/

1000 years bp claimed evidence of Bedouin blood vengeance practices from a cave near Jerusalem:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/p-eeo050918.php
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Earliest-evidence-of-ancient-blood-vengeance-discovered-in-Jerusalem-hills-556573
https://www.timesofisrael.com/and-there-was-blood-earliest-evidence-of-ritual-vengeance-found-near-jerusalem/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246056
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-earliest-physical-evidence-of-blood-vengeance-found-by-jerusalem-1.6094293
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/researchers-discover-earliest-evidence-of-blood-vengeance/2018/05/16/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/16/c_137183829.htm

Grant for a project to digitally preserve clay tablets from Syria:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/05/rutz

More on the identification of the ‘lost’ city of Mardaman in Iraq:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-theyve-been-excavating-lost-assyrian-city-180969076/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6615-180514-iraq-mardaman-identified

More on high tech imaging being applied to the DSS:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/dead-sea-scroll-hidden-texts-point-to-existence-of-lost-manuscript/news-story/6b9e52214457e7419655ceba55fd34fa
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Some significant finds from Pompeii this past week … first, a horse and stable (we mentioned some early coverage last week):

https://www.livescience.com/62595-pompeii-horse-found.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/05/18/ancient-horse-found-in-pompeii-ashes-another-testament-to-cataclysmic-eruption/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2018/05/18/ancient-horse-found-pompeii-ashes-another-testament-cataclysmic-eruption/HN1Xid2rRnogTFwCn8O19N/story.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pompeii-tomb-discovery-secret-tunnels-ancient-horse-vesuvius-naples-a8352411.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/18/c_137188520.htm
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/2000-year-old-horse-discovered-pompeii-how-was-animal-different-modern-ones-769489
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/2000-year-old-horse-discovered-pompeii-s-volcanic-rubble
https://www.sciencealert.com/pompeii-vesuvius-horse-discovered-civita-giuliana-looters

… then a ‘street/alley of balconies’:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/17/alley-of-balconies-found-in-pompeii-2_ec6df024-df77-409d-a35b-4d5d62ab728a.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2018/05/17/street-of-balconies-comes-to-light-in-pompeii_10f6c582-ddc2-41fc-8045-2c1f4e44079a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180517/pompeii-archaeologists-balconies-houses-colours
http://www.dw.com/en/street-of-balconies-discovered-in-italys-pompeii/a-43831799
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/18/c_137187233.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6628-180517-italy-pompeii-balconies

A sort of ‘overviewish’ piece on recent finds:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/extraordinary-discovery-archaeological-site-pompeii/story?id=55237858

… and a feature on the bombs that hit Pompeii in WWII:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/09/actualidad/1518206022_346366.html

The Naples Museum is showcasing some textiles from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/16/ancient-pompeii-textiles-previewed_cf5e83a7-fbe4-43f4-8231-980626e6a7e2.html

Archaeology Magazine’s ‘Interactive Dig’ on Pompeii has an item on the preliminary survey from 2017:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/pompeii/28067

Surprisingly little coverage of the identification of Seneca the Elder’s Histories among the papyri at Herculaneum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/18/seneca-the-elderss-histories-found-3_642cc0b3-1da6-4c6d-ab37-d8c954c0985b.html

I think we mentioned these 4th century BC remains of a Greek breastplate found in Slovakia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/15/oldest-ancient-greek-relic-in-slovakia-bronze-breastplace-from-italys-taranto-discovered-at-celtic-sacrificial-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6617-180514-slovakia-bronze-breastplate

Feature on curse tablets from Turkey:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-jews-tried-to-hex-chariot-races-in-turkey-1-500-years-ago-1.6095003

A tortoise shell from a 3rd century Roman burial in Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/13/second-tortoise-found-in-roman-tomb-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-deemed-linked-with-god-hermes-ancient-afterlife-beliefs/

Some burnt skeletons from Plovdiv are thought to be victims of a 3rd century Goth invasion:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/05/14/archaeology-three-burnt-skeletons-found-in-plovdiv-may-be-of-victims-of-third-century-goth-invasion/

The Great Basilica of Plovdiv was apparently built on the site of an older Roman temple:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/190093/The+Great+Basilica+of+Plovdiv+was+Built+on+an+Older+Temple

Not sure if we mentioned these remains of a 3rd/4th century Roman villa from near Ulpia Augusta Traiana:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6623-180516-bulgaria-roman-villa

… but I’m pretty sure we mentioned these remains of a triumphal arch:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6619-180515-bulgaria-triumphal-arch

A Roman ring from a Cumbrian beach:

http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/Rare-Roman-ring-found-on-Cumbrian-beach-d3bfc6e1-995a-4952-9054-60944cecad23-ds
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Rare-Roman-ring-found-on-Cumbrian-beach-d3bfc6e1-995a-4952-9054-60944cecad23-ds

Roman burials from Cadiz:

http://www.speroforum.com/a/FAALPSTSLI56/83357-Mysterious-Roman-skeletons-found-in-unmarked-graves#.WwFy1FOUtfI

I think we mentioned this dig at a Romano-British cemetery at Ludgershall:

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/16237407.Ancient_graves_discovered_at_former_army_barracks/

Suggestion that drought ended the Mycenean era:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228594/article/ekathimerini/life/drought-ended-mycenean-era-research-shows

Feature on how the Romans didn’t quite conquer Scotland under Septimius Severus:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/the-honest-truth-how-the-romans-came-close-but-ultimately-failed-to-conquer-scotland-under-septimius-severus/

… but they did leave things behind:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/10-amazing-relics-the-romans-left-behind-in-scotland-1-4741699

Feature on items found while WWI soldiers dug trenches in Greece:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/05/13/wwi-troops-found-ancient-greek-treasures-while-digging-trenches/

What Ingrid Rossellini is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/greece-rome-predjudice-war.html

What Dan-el Padilla Peralta is up to:

http://www.classics.ucsb.edu/2018/05/14/dan-el-padilla-peralta-author-of-undocumented-a-dominican-boys-odyssey-from-homeless-shelter-to-the-ivy-league-and-assistant-professor-of-classics-at-princeton-university-in-conversation-with-cl/

What Lina Neidhardt is up to:

http://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2018/class-of-21-award.html

Latin teacher Claire Bishop did well on the Jeopardy teachers’ tournament:

http://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/copious-notes/article211214624.html

Plans to revive the Blackstone Chair competition at the University of Glasgow:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/glasgow-students-to-revive-university-s-historic-latin-contest-1-4739397

Applying Plato’s cave to the homeless:

https://www.aspendailynews.com/opinion/columnists/plato-s-cave-and-the-homeless/article_c3bb677a-58b1-11e8-8d12-dbdbfc6ba91d.html

On the Aeneid as ‘fake news’:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-aeneid-by-virgil-is-basically-fake-news-but-the-ending-proves-that-resistance-is-possible-9045887

In case you didn’t know Asterix is Jewish:

https://www.thejc.com/culture/features/asterix-s-creator-rene-goscinny-exhibition-at-london-jewish-museum-1.464306

… and gladiator reenactments will be returning to the Colosseum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thumbs-up-for-return-of-colosseum-gladiators-mhhw3rdg5
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bread-and-circuses-5tbpttznn

Review of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.metro.news/book-chat-greek-myth-retold-for-the-metoo-era/1056258/

Interviews and reviews of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

http://honisoit.com/2018/05/emily-wilson-on-translating-the-odyssey/

Bargylia is still for sale, it seems:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/luxury/103973942/Ancient-city-of-Bargylia-for-sale-in-modern-day-Turkey
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/articles/bargylia-city-for-sale/

More on those Roman military fittings found in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6618-180515-poland-roman-army
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An intact 4 000 years bp cremation burial mound from Cornwall:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-human-unearthed-archaeologist.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/anu-ahr051718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517102246.htm
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/ancient-discovery-cornish-farm-sparked-1583382
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/ancient-human-remains-unearthed-anu-archaeologist
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/drive/anu-archaelogist-discovers-cornwall-burial-mound/9770686
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6631-180518-cornwall-barrow-burial

Evidence of Iron Age farming in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/nidderdale-excavations-reveal-secrets-of-iron-age-farming-1-9165724
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6629-180517-england-early-farmers

A 17th century noble burial in Poland may have been built on a medieval hill fort:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29453%2Coldest-polish-pyramid-stands-place-early-medieval-hill-fort.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6622-180516-poland-arian-tower

Promising finds in the search for Scotland’s 16th century royal dockyards in Airth:

https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/environment/airth-archaeological-dig-sheds-more-light-on-royal-dockyards-connection-1-4740727
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6633-180518-scotland-royal-dockyards

On the reburial of Battle of Dunbar prisoner remains:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/national/16232408.scottish-soldiers-remains-to-be-reburied-in-17th-century-service/

More on the possible European origins for leprosy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-leprosy-originate-europe-180969061/
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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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Peach pits found at Makimuku have been date to the 2nd/3rd century CE:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805140056.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6616-180514-japan-peach-pits

More than a 100 “ancient” burials from Lhasa (date?):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/over-100-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-lhasa/articleshow/64210282.cms

Origins of a 13th century (maybe older) shipwreck helped by a ‘made in China’ label:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-shipwreck-year-old-china-reveal-lost.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/fm-asa051018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516101437.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/16/c_137184310.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/shipwreck-mystery-solved-thanks-to-800yearold-made-in-china-label/news-story/f2d155ae186d36cf4977aa171fbd87b9
https://www.livescience.com/62588-ancient-shipwreck-made-in-china.html
https://www.livescience.com/62586-java-sea-shipwreck-photos.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-shipwreck/made-in-china-label-sheds-light-on-old-java-sea-shipwreck-idUSKCN1II2RF?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-made-china-label-archaeologists-mystery-shipwreck-origins-a8354916.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/made-china-label-archaeology-15052018/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/an-800-year-old-label-may-rewrite-the-history-of-a-java-sea-shipwreck/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/800-year-old-shipwreck-helps-archaeologists-piece-together-fragments-asias-maritime-trade-180969110/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6625-18051-china-trade-ceramic

Plans to excavate the remains of Raigad:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/on-top-of-a-mountain-buried-under-years-of-history-secrets-of-raigad-are-unearthed-5179945/

10th century burials from Rajasthan:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/skeletons-found-at-10th-century-rajasthan-excavation-site-sent-for-dating/articleshow/64171202.cms

A Koryo period temple from North Korea (!):

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/702849/North-Korea-lost-temple-Kim-Jong-un-treasure

Feature on the Panchatantra:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180517-the-panchatantra-the-ancient-viral-memes-still-with-us

Discovery of some 19th century Khmer language documents:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/05/16/yale-scholar-cambodia-uncovers-19th-century-khmer-language-documents

I think we mentioned this 19th century Bass Strait shipwreck:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-17/shipwreck-identified-in-bass-strait-carlisle/9770058

More on that shigur idol:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/20/shigur-idol-shatters-expert-views-birth-of-ritual-art-hunter-gatherers
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A hiker found a Late Pueblo II pot at the Arizona Strip:

http://m.kdminer.com/news/2018/may/18/hiker-colorado-finds-mug-750-950-years-old-arizona/

This seems to be a growing concern … the BLM blocked a number of archaeologists from speaking at the SAA:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/05/11/feds-blocks-government-archaeologists-from-speaking-at-a-major-science-conference/

An oil drilling boom is raising concerns for sites in New Mexico:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/drilling-boom-threatens-web-ancient-roads-southwest
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6390/693?rss=1

On the vernal equinox at V Bar V:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180516-arizonas-mysterious-clock-of-ancient-times

More on that ‘oldest tattoo kit’ from Tennessee:

https://hyperallergic.com/438579/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-fernvale-native-american/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting child/fetus burial site from Huaca Amarilla (I think we mentioned this):

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/unique-funerary-site-discovered-in-peru

Find of a possible 17th century pirate ship off Bermuda:

https://www.wral.com/ecu-archaeologists-may-have-found-400-year-old-pirate-ship/17561986/
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article211392604.html

Studying the relationship between settlement and burial sites in the Andes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-andean-concepts-death-renewal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/dg-uac051518.php

Critically endangered forests in South America were apparently man made (!):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoe-csa051618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-critically-endangered-south-american-forests.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/south-america-forest-indigenous-people-chile-brazil-argentina-a8356501.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6630-180518-monkey-puzzle-trees

Evidence of a Spanish-Colonial trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/694465/?sc=rssn

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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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This study of economic rise and falls based on Greenland ice cores is given a Roman emphasis by the headlines, but it is much broader:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-pollution-greenland-ice-fall-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/dri-lpi050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180514151913.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/science/ice-core-lead-roman-empire.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/05/scientists-reclaim-the-long-lost-economic-history-of-rome/560339/
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/lead-pollution-arctic-ancient-civilisations-roman-greek-middle-ages-greenland-a8351056.html
http://www.newsweek.com/lead-pollution-trapped-greenland-ice-shows-rise-and-fall-ancient-societies-925221
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/rise-and-fall-roman-empire-exposed-greenland-ice-samples
https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21742687-core-values-arctic-ice-brings-understanding-ancient-europes-economy
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/greenland-ice-cores-track-roman-lead-pollution-in-year-by-year-detail/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/16/lead-ice-core-silver-roman-empire/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenlands-ice-provides-year-year-account-roman-economy-180969089/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6624-180516-roman-lead-pollution

Making adjustments to the Mona Lisa:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/17/videos/1526551260_438901.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman Dead:

https://www.ft.com/content/ffe053b8-59c0-11e8-bdb7-f6677d2e1ce8

Rodin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/rodin-greeces-role-in-stone

The Hearst Museum has digitized its collection:

http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/05/15/hearst-museum-digital-portal/

The ‘Gallic Wars’ hoard found near Chiddingstone Castle has gone on display:

https://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2018/05/13/museum-edenbridge-acquires-gold-coin-hoard-gallic-wars/

A pair of exhibitions coming to Cambridge:

http://museumofarchaeologyandanthropology.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/t/50E96F0FE53ADFD6/3E65ACBA802E5544EBAD456BEB5F1DD6

Hype for a documentary about the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation’s collection:

http://www.dw.com/en/berlins-treasure-trove-revealed-in-dw-documentary/a-43721259

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on “high definition archaeology”:

http://sciencenordic.com/high-definition-archaeology-reveals-secrets-earliest-cities
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-high-definition-archaeology-reveals-secrets-earliest.html

Feature on chemical analysis of bones:

https://cen.acs.org/analyticalChemistry/artArtifacts/Chemical-analysis-bones-fills-gaps/96/i21

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A major genome anaysis of DNA from Southeast Asia is sheddling light on migrations and more:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-ancient-human-dna-southeast.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/hms-saf051618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180517142601.htm
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/05/17/southeast-asia-ancient-dna/

… with some emphasis on the spread of rice farming:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/how-rice-farming-may-have-spread-across-ancient-world
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-chinese-farmers-sowed-literal-seeds-change-southeast-asia

… and an overviewish piece on recent revelations from DNA:

http://sciencenordic.com/bumper-crop-ancient-dna-solves-key-mysteries-ancient-human-societies

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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Another tourist busted for stealing artefacts from Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20180514/tourist-fined-for-stealing-artefacts-from-pompeii

This week’s bust at the Cairo Airport involved an attempted manuscript smuggling:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/299394/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-International-Airport-officials-foil-attempt.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49957/Attempt-to-smuggle-historic-books-manuscripts-failed

I think we mentioned this major bust of a pair of unnamed Italian businessmen in the Lazio region:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italian-police-seize-1-million-worth-ancient-objects-roman-businessmen-1285142

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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BGSU is returning some mosaics it purchased back in the 1960s to Turkey:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/05/14/BGSU-to-return-ancient-mosaics-to-Turkey.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/05/16/turkey-wins-battle-for-return-of-artifacts-from-ohio

Berlin’s Ethnological Museum is returning some looted items to Alaska:

https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/German-museum-returning-looted-items-to-12918257.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-germany-grave-plundered-artefacts-alaska.html

Sotheby’s Asia head is trying to return artifacts to China (to collectors?):

http://www.scmp.com/business/money/wealth/article/2145688/grandpa-brought-chinese-antiques-abroad-now-sothebys-new-asia
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient coins on modern coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-on-modern-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n20.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/2739-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-may-12-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Ann Bergren:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-ann-bergren

Norvin Hein:

https://divinity.yale.edu/news/norvin-hein-46-bd-1914-2018

Zhao Kangmin:

http://artdaily.com/news/104750/Chinese-Terracotta-Warriors-archaeologist-dies-aged-82#.WwGFQlOUtfI

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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 21.03 ~ May 13, 2018

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

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother-figures out there!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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85 000 years bp human footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1266051/saudi-prehistoric-human-footprints-discovered-tabuk
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1301611/saudi-arabia
http://www.panorientnews.com/en/news.php?k=2669
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AFRICA
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More on that 78 000 years bp continuously-occupied cave in Kenya:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-year-cave-east-africa-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-7yc050718.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/anu-kcs050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509081956.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-people-have-lived-in-this-cave-in-kenya-for-78-000-years-1.6073006
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/ancient-cave-kenya-stone-age-technological-innovation/9745724
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/09/stone-age-tools/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-lived-cave-78000-years-180969051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6606-180509-kenya-occupied-cave
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A royal priest’s statue from Marariya (date not given):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49619/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Matariya
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6605-180509-egypt-heliopolis-statue

A New Kingdom burial of Ramses II’s general Iwrkhy at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/299113/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-uncovers-tomb-of-great-Ramesses-II-era-gener.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49630/Tomb-of-Army-General-during-King-Ramsses-II-reign-uncovered
https://www.livescience.com/62512-saqqara-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.livescience.com/62514-ancient-general-tomb-saqqara.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/08/egypt-discovers-tomb-ancient-pharaonic-general-near-cairo.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-3300-year-old-tomb-great-army-general-discovered-saqqara-917816
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6604-180509-egypt-saqqara-tomb

In case you missed it … there is (again) no evidence of hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298932/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-survey-confirms-no-hidden-Nefertiti-chamber-in.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/no-hidden-room-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/06/tutankhamuns-burial-chamber-hidden-room-mystery-solved/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/06/no-hidden-chamber-exists-inside-tutankhamuns-tomb-study/
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-hidden-tutankhamun-chambers-ministry.html
http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-radar-scans-at-tutankhamuns-tomb-reveal-no-secret-chamber/a-43677432
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamen/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-tutankhamen-research-idUSKBN1I70QM
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/06/no-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-burial-chamber-says-egypt
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tutankhamun-secret-chambers-king-tut-tomb-nefertiti-egypt-a8339546.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44026087
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/king-tuts-tomb-has-no-hidden-rooms-despite-earlier-theories/2018/05/07/0615bbb0-5205-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-king-tuts-tomb-20180506-story.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-no-trace-lost-tomb-nefertiti-king-tutankhamuns-burial-site-912406
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137159958.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/No-hidden-room-in-King-Tuts-tomb-researchers-say-553696
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tut-s-tomb-after-all-egypt-says-1.6062708
https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-secret-chambers-behind-ancient-egypts-young-king-174942076.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/mystery-of-hidden-rooms-in-tutankhamun-s-burial-chamber-solved-20180507-p4zdqf.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-07/mystery-of-hidden-room-in-king-tutankhamuns-tomb-put-to-rest/9735144
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/king-tutankhamens-ancient-tomb-has-no-secret-chambers-lost-treasures-inside-768573
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-05/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
http://nhpr.org/post/hope-hidden-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-crushed-science
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/103721581/Theres-no-secret-chamber-in-King-Tuts-tomb-after-all-researchers-conclude
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-has-announced-there-are-no-hidden-rooms-in-king-tuts-tomb-after-all/news-story/92b6169023f73d3c0b70f9af89b0ab4e
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/king-tut-tutankhamun-tomb-radar-results-science/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23831772-500-there-is-no-secret-burial-chamber-in-tutankhamuns-tomb/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-searched-for-hidden-chambers-in-tutankhamuns-tomb-heres-what-they-found/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/05/07/mundo_global/1525694971_410456.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-there-are-no-secret-chambers-king-tuts-tomb-180968978/
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/the-secret-chamber-in-king.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6598-180507tutankhamun-tomb-study

Egypt plans to restore the Hosh al-Pasha site:

http://menafn.com/1096836979/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-Hosh-alPasha-archaeological-site

The ‘lost city’ of Mardaman in northern Iraq has been located:

https://www.livescience.com/62545-lost-city-of-mardaman-discovered.html

Feature on the business dealings of a second millennium BCE copper trader from Ur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/11/meet-the-worst-businessman-of-the-18th-century/#7da71d5c2d5d

Feature on ancient Syrian music:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180424-did-syria-create-the-worlds-first-song

Feature on ‘alchemy’ in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Alchemy-Between-Two-Rivers

I think we mentioned this 4th century AD subterranean ‘church’ find at a former ISIL base in Syria:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/05/08/leglise-que-nont-pu-detruire-ni-lempire-romain-ni-daesh/
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/may/this-place-is-so-special-secret-hiding-place-for-ancient-christians-discovered-in-syria
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71825/20180508/secret-passage-found-syria-hiding-place-christians-evading-roman-persecution.htm

Funding for digs and preservation in Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/culture-ministry-earmarks-nis-60m-for-jerusalem-archaeology-digs-preservation/

More on high tech scans of DSS fragments:

http://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/high-tech-scan-reveals-hidden-dead-sea-text/

More on the latest claims for evidence of the kingdom of David:

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/life-style/the-end-of-the-myth-of-the-kingdom-of-david-h17565.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/07/actualidad/1525672359_152532.html

More on Bargylia being up for sale:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43990343#
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/12/c_137173032.htm
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New digs at Pompeii revealed a horse this week (yes, they made a cast):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/10/horse-found-at-pompeii_6b6399d4-cc30-41fd-9e07-e62f817de7ae.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180511/pompeii-horse
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/11/remains-ancient-roman-horse-found-pompeii-dig-started-tomb-raiders/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse/2018/05/11/3041c96c-5537-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeiis-first-horse-rises-from-ashes-mf0zg03sk
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/science/2018/05/11/news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-1328275/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/pompeii-dig-finds-trace-of-ancient-racehorse-36898173.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pompeii-dig-unearths-ancient-racehorse-20180512-p4zeyu.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/complete-remains-of-ancient-horse-discovered-at-pompeii-7
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/11/complete-remains-of-racehorse-unearthed-in-pompeii-excavation
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-found-lost-pompeii-villa-tomb-921532
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeii-excavation-finds-ancient-thoroughbred-racehorse-005402548.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-first-ever-horse-125630636.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6611-180511-italy-pompeii-horse

First evidence of Roman legionaries being in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29414%2Carchaeologist-we-have-evidence-presence-roman-legionaries-poland.html

Oldest Greek relic ever found in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822300/archaeologists-find-oldest-greek-relic-in-slovak-area.html

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman triumphal arch in Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/07/archaeologists-find-1st-century-ad-roman-triumphal-arch-from-ancient-philipopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Roman burials at a modern barracks site in Ludgershall:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/16220509.Ancient_graves_discovered_at_army_barracks/

Suggestion that there might be a “new Pompeii” under the Oppian Hill:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/05/07/new-pompeii-under-romes-oppian-hill-2_f54b9bd1-3918-43b4-9e11-97bf5c9d7158.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/new-pompeii-hidden-beneath-romes-colle-oppio.html

Really a DNA story, but a burial site in Colchester has been proven to be a ‘family plot’:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16206503.Scientists_discover_ancient_Roman_family_burial_site/
https://www.metro.news/ancient-roman-family-burial-site-discovered-in-essex/1049127/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6597-180507-colchester-family-burials

A few weeks ago we had reports of a statue of Marcus Aurelius from Siwa; now the story seems to
be repeating with a focus on the Roman temple dating to Antoninus Pius and Greek inscriptions:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-roman-era-temple-egypt.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/11/roman-temple-remains-dating-to-emperor-antoninus-pius-unearthed-near-siwa/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/roman-era-temple-unearthed-siwa/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49805/Remains-of-Roman-era-temple-unearthed-in-Siwa
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31254-roman-era-temple-and-painting-bearing-greek-inscriptions-unveiled-in-egypt.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/2018/05/10/f377d622-5444-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html
http://thecourier.com/national-news/2018/05/10/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt/
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/archaeologists-find-remains-of-roman-era-temple-in-egypt

A Roman villa find near the ancient site of Augusta Traiana:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/09/archaeologists-find-rich-roman-mansion-near-bulgarias-gurkovo-close-to-ancient-city-augusta-traiana-in-stara-zagora/

Feature on pets in ancient Rome:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-pets-in-ancient-rome/

Feature/hype on the Romans in Yorkshire:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16220176.What_did_the_Romans_ever_do_for_Yorkshire__Historian_Rob_has_the_answers___/

Interesting ‘what to do with a Classics degree’ life story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/doreen-simmons-british-born-authority-on-sumo-wrestling-dies-at-85/2018/05/11/de3ad084-5534-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html

The Rodin exhibition at the BM has spawned an opEd suggesting the Parthenon Marbles need to stay in the UK:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/elgin-marbles-british-museum-rodin-exhibition-uk-return-parthenon-greece-a8339661.html

… while Greece’s President brought the matter up with Prince Charles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228499/article/ekathimerini/news/president-broaches-issue-of-parthenon-marbles-at-dinner-for-prince-charles

Celebrating Asterix:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/10/the-ancient-brit-with-bags-of-grit-how-anglicised-asterix-first-came-to-uk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/asterix-freedom-fighter-conquered-world/

Feature on Priam’s treasure:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/lost-art-homer-s-troy-and-priam-s-treasure

On portrayals of Cleopatra:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-millennia-cleopatra-portrayals-reveal-evolving-perceptions-sex-women-race

On Greeks and the history of drunkenness:

https://www.salon.com/2018/05/06/the-pivotal-place-of-the-ancient-greeks-in-the-history-of-drunkenness/

On the economic importance of Roman roads:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/07/ancient-roman-roads-continue-to-contribute-to-economic-growth/

What Matt Simonton is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180511-asu-classics-professors-book-short-list-major-award

What Walter Scheidel is up to:

https://coinweek.com/education/american-numismatic-society-announces-walter-scheidel-as-2018-fowler-memorial-lecturer/

Feature on Days of Antiquity at Pula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/28213-days-of-antiquity-2018-meet-the-ancient-romans-in-pula

Reviews (and interviews) of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/bookshop-buzz-circe-by-madeline-miller,539207
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/madeline-miller-my-obsession-with-classical-greek-poetry-and-myths-20180501-h0zgxh.html

More on the painting of the Antonine Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/62510-painted-roman-stone-walls.html
https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/falkirk-s-gory-roman-wall-art-was-in-technicolour-1-4735523
https://www.zmescience.com/science/antonine-wall-distance-stones-7255363/
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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 some 150 settlements around an Oslo fjord between 8000 and 2000 BCE:

http://sciencenordic.com/life-was-good-stone-age-norwegians-along-oslo-fjord
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6609-180510-stone-age-norway

Latest from the dig at Hyde Abbey:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/16208085.PHOTOS__Dig___39_completely_changes_understanding__39__of_historic_site/

Plans to search for a ‘lost’ castle in South Ayrshire:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-search-for-lost-castle-at-former-royal-retreat-1-4737452

On why the Leaning Tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen over:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/10/leaning-tower-pisa-why-still-standing/598673002/

On Ottoman graves in Bosnia’s oldest cemetery:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/bosnias-oldest-cemetery-holds-ottoman-graves/1143159
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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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115 000 years bp bone hammers from Xuchang City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/08/c_137163857.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6601-180508-china-bone-tools

Eastern Han Dynasty (and later) cliff tombs from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/07/c_137161851.htm

A ‘rock carving’ of a Jiaozi from Chongqing:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/11/c_137172448.htm
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/12/archaeologists-discover-rock-carving-of-worlds-oldest-paper-currency-in-china/

Shang Dynasty finds from the Shimen Pagoda site:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201805/10/WS5af3be19a3105cdcf651d1d4.html

Finds dating to 400 BCE from Erode:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/erode/objects-from-400bc-unearthed-in-erode/articleshow/64119667.cms

A 12th century zodiac panel from the Panchalaraya temple in Sayampet Haveli:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/12th-century-zodiac-panel-discovered-in-temple/article23844661.ece

Vague account of plenty of finds from a site in Kheezadi:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/1200-more-artefacts-unearthed-in-keezhadi/article23829818.ece

They’re still working on that Waka find:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/103714389/work-continues-to-recover-partially-complete-waka-at-puhoi

More on those 19th century shipwrecks found off Australia during the search for Flight MH370:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-19th-century-shipwrecks-discovered-during-search-flight-mh370-180969046/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6599-180507-australia-coal-ships

More on the Taj Mahal turning green:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/world/asia/india-taj-mahal-preservation.html

More on early humans in the Philippines:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44571-rhino-discovery-early-humans-philippines
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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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Thousands of finds from various periods during pre-road-construction at a site in Arkansas:

http://5newsonline.com/2018/05/08/more-than-80000-historic-artifacts-found-during-rupple-road-archaeological-dig/

A 3000 years bp axe from a Vermont lakeshore:

http://www.recorder.com/Native-Insight-Northfield-man-finds-3-000-year-old-axe-on-Vermont-lakeshore-17386011

An aerial survey in Alaska revealed an Alutiiq fish trap (and other sites):

https://www.ktoo.org/2018/05/10/archaeologist-finds-fish-trap-defensive-sites-on-afognak-island/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6610-180510-alaska-fish-trap

Searching for evidence of the first Africans in Jamestown:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-jamestown-african-dig-20180430-story.html

A shipwreck off North Carolina is the steamship Pulaski:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article210609289.html

Preserving a Jewish cemetery in the Hudson Valley:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/05/caring_for_forgotten_cemetery_a_sacred_obligation_in_hudson_valley.html

Really a DNA story but a genetic study suggests some 250 people were in that first group thatcrossed the Bering Strait 15 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/62531-native-american-founder-population.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6612-180511-new-world-migration

A hiker in Arizona found some Puebloan pottery:

https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2018/05/07/hiker-finds-ancestral-puebloan-anasazi-pot-archaeology/587147002/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6603-180508-arizona-ancestral-puebloan

Arguing over Native American remains in Idaho:

https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/native-american-tribes-vie-for.html

Plans for an interpretive centre at the Bear River Massacre site:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/05/09/its-almost-like-youre-walking-into-the-earth-shoshone-tribe-utah-architects-design-an-interpretive-center-for-the-site-of-the-bear-river-massacre/#gallery-carousel-1464157

Feature on a 400 years bp church in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/05/09/this-400-year-old-church-is-older-than-almost-any-institution-in-america/

More on those recently-unearthed shipwrecks from Virginia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/science/ships-archaeology-alexandria.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-newly-discovered-18th-century-ships-found-buried-alexandria-virginia-180969033/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On the Jesuit legacy in Bolivia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/world/americas/bolivia-baroque-music.html

Funding to restore Oaxaca’s Monte Alban site:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeological-site-oaxaca-receives-funds-restoration-after-earthquake-180969054/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some medieval combat for you:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-44091680/welcome-to-medieval-fight-club

Latest shipwreck beer recreation:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-brewers-are-making-beer-yeast-found-shipwreck-180968973/

OpEd on profiting from stolen art:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/preventing-profit-from-plunder-z6pp2rlz8

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/39974/1/what-should-be-done-with-stolen-artworks-ethiopia-nigeria-v-and-a-museum-debate

On olive branches as symbols of peace:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/93461/why-does-an-olive-branch-mean-peace

On Galileo’s finger:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/02/ciencia/1525252006_953052.html

Murals of Tibet seems to be an interesting publication:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/photographs-ancient-tibetan-murals-revealed

Christopher Columbus’ illegitimate son put together an impressive library:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/11/christopher-columbus-son-worlds-first-search-engine-hernando-colon

Review of Jonathan Miles, *St Petersburg*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/books/review/jonathan-miles-st-petersburg.html

I think we mentioned this modern diagnosis of Saladin’s death as due to typhoid:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legendary-sultan-saladin-was-likely-killed-typhoid-180968995/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6600-180507-saladin-symptoms-analyzed

Stories behind some of the Met Gala fashion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44038086

Pondering changing tastes of art collectors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/christies-rockefeller-auction.html

On the risk of moving artworks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/design/bernini-sculpture-broken-finger.html

On robots throughout history:

https://interestingengineering.com/the-history-of-robots-from-the-400-bc-archytas-to-the-boston-dynamics-robot-dog

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Expanded Interiors:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/expanded-interiors-at-herculaneum-and-pompeii/

Painted in Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/arts/design/review-painted-in-mexico-metropolitan-museum-of-art-.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/pinxit-mexici

Heavenly Bodies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/arts/design/heavenly-bodies-met-costumes.html

Thracian gold:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=189969

Antikythera Wreck:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/05/09/antikythera-wreck-artifacts-travel-to-china-for-beijing-exhibition/

Tut’s chariot has moved to the GEM:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/king-tutankhamun-chariot-moved-national-military-museum-grand-egyptian-museum-a8337951.html

Pondering how to ‘decolonize’ the Brooklyn Museum:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-might-we-decolonize-the-brooklyn-museum

On the Mardin (Turkey) Biennial:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/05/mardin-biennial-brings-turkeys-art-scene-to-southeast.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

On ‘honest history’ museums:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/05/black-tourism-alabamas-lynching-museum-the-smithsonian-african-american-museum-and-other-honest-tourist-attractions.html

More general GEM hype:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/more-than-43-thousand-artefacts-transferred-to-grand-egyptian-museum-so-far-minister-of-antiquities/
http://menafn.com/1096820875/Egypt-transfers-43-thousand-artifacts-to-Grand-Museum

More of the ongoing discussion of dealing with human remains in museums:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43927157
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On measuring population changes through fecal analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-population-chemicals-feces.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-scm050818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180508130841.htm

Digitally reconstructing some lost masterpieces:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-masterpieces-destroyed-last-century-re-created-180968971/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The big picture version of this story covers three studies, looking at the spread of language, Hep B, and horse domestication across Eurasia:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/05/09/eurasian-steppes/

… and how the horse changed the ‘ethnic profile’ of Eurasia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-horse-riding-eurasia-ethnic-profile.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/tracing-how-horse-domestication-turned-the-eurasian-steppe-into-a-highway/

… with some focus on the spread of Indo European languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180509185446.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoc–nrs050918.php

… and then we get this 4500 years bp evidence of Hep B from a Beaker Culture burial in Germany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/science/ancient-dna-bones-hepatitis.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/scientists-discover-oldest-human-virus-hepatitis-b-in-4500yearold-bronze-age-skeleton-a3834751.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6607-180510-bronze-age-hbv

… and one labelled ‘Neolithic’ (which seems to be the same study as the above):

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-stone-age-hepatitis-virus-decoded.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-sah050918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510081546.htm

… and then we get Genghis Khan spreading it:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/genghis-khans-mongol-horde-probably-had-rampant-hepatitis-b/

… and the suggestion that the Huns may have been behind the spread of the ‘Justinian Plague’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44046031
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6608-180510-genome-justinian-plague

Elsewhere, we’re reading about strains of leprosy in medieval Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-reveals-previously-unknown-diversity.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/mpif-aeo050718.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6613-180511-europe-oldest-leprosy

… and red squirrels bringing it to Britain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-44082764

… then just a focus on horse domestication:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/horse-domestication-dna-indo-european-science/

We’ll bring this confusing coverage to a close with plans to grow Neanderthal ‘mini brains’ which seems science fictionish:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/11/scientists-to-grow-mini-brains-using-neanderthal-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Catania:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/travel/catania-sicily-budget-frugal.html

Mainz and Gutenberg:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180507-how-a-german-city-changed-how-we-read

Neot Kedumim:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180508-israels-millennia-old-biblical-diet
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CRIME BEAT
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A Greek restaurant owner was arrested over some ancient decorations:

https://www.wral.com/greek-restaurant-owner-arrested-over-antique-decorations/17538802/
http://www.therepublic.com/2018/05/08/eu-greece-antiquities/

A bust in Minya:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49731/18-artifacts-seized-in-Minya

A couple of tourists were arrested trying to steal artifacts from Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/05/11/2-tourists-nabbed-for-stealing-pompeii_66b3677b-5bda-400e-856e-4e656790611e.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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An 18th century ‘thieve’s coin’ from Moscow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44088275
https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/moscow-archaeologists-find-thieves-coin-of-18th-century/

Feature on the 1933 Double Eagle coin:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/the-1933-double-eagle-americas-most-notorious-coin/

Rutgers has digitized its Roman coin collection:

http://btn.com/2018/05/11/rutgers-roman-coins-go-digital-btn-livebig/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n19.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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Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/television/little-women-review-pbs-masterpiece.html

In case you haven’t heard about Megan Fox’s impending tv show:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/when-a-celebrity-retells-history-whats-the-harm/news-story/393894919c4d02dee7ce6ffc6b0e4521
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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/2737-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-april-5-may-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Edwin Burrows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/edwin-burrows-pulitzer-prize-winning-historian-of-new-york-city-dies-at-74/2018/05/07/1bbfc79c-51fd-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/obituaries/edwin-burrows-historian-and-co-author-of-gotham-dies-at-74.html

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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 21.02 ~ May 6, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A rhino butchery site suggests a hominid presence in the Philipines some 700 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-early-humans-philippines-years.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/discovery-suggests-humans-lived-philippines-much-earlier-believed-n870916
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-humans-crossed-ocean-on-floating-islands-ql3bwrqqw
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/early-humans-crossed-ocean-on-floating-islands/news-story/1f0456f559814d51c2a0c264547da83a
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/04/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-were-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago
https://www.seeker.com/culture/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-lived-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/02/world/early-humans-philippine-islands/index.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/ancient-humans-settled-philippines-700000-years-ago-new-fossils-reveal
https://www.zmescience.com/science/early-hominids-bones-03052018/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/stone-tools-rhinoceros-luzon-philippines-ancient-hominins-science/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6590-180503-philippines-hominin-occupation

A middle Paleolithic flake from the Crimea is being used as evidence of Neanderthal use of symbolism:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-engraved-crimean-stone-artifact-neanderthal.html
https://www.livescience.com/62484-neanderthals-scratched-messages.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/markings-on-this-flint-flake-had-symbolic-meaning-for-neanderthals/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/neanderthals-produced-symbolic-art-research-suggests
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/research/neanderthal-culture-included-symbolic-art-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6589-180502-neanderthal-symbolic-art

For comparison, perhaps, we have notching on gazelle scapulae from the Galilee:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeological-study-reveals-unique-34000-year-old-culture-553232
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/notched-gazelle-bones-may-be-the-signature-of-a-paleolithic-culture/

On how humans first began to depict animals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-signshow-early-humans-began-animals.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/05/04/Study-considers-how-humans-first-depicted-animals-in-cave-paintings/1081525451166/

The ‘Out of Africa’ thing seems (?) to be being connected to migraines here:

http://www.dw.com/en/migraines-ancestral-emigration-from-africa-to-europe-linked-to-severe-headaches/a-43639174

Brain shape (as opposed to size) is suggested now as the reason sapiens outlasted neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-size-ancestors-brains-outlast-neanderthals.html

More on seafaring Neanderthals:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/archaeologist-makes-case-for-seafaring-neanderthals/
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AFRICA
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More on that horse burial in the Sudan:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/excavations-reveal-3000-year-old-horse

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of inscribed limestone blocks found near the pyramid of Amenemhat I at Lisht:

https://www.livescience.com/62468-massive-carvings-rescued-egypt-looting.html

A ‘Royal celebration hall’ from the Ramses II era at Matariya:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49020/Royal-celebration-hall-from-Ramses-II-era-discovered

There is apparently no hidden chamber in Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298932/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-survey-confirms-no-hidden-Nefertiti-chamber-in.aspx

Feature on the French missions in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49293/Meet-the-representatives-of-French-archaeological-missions-in-Egypt

… and the numerous other ones as well:

https://traveltradedaily.com/africa-indian-ocean-news/item/4413-egypt-witnessing-230-archaeological-missions

[n.b. Grand Egyptian Museum news will now appear in the Museums section]

Concerns for Egyptian sites from an Ethiopian dam:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/egypt-academic-warns-risks-of-ethiopia-dam.html

More on the restoration of the colossal statue of Ramses II:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/48957/Restoration-of-Ramses-ll-is-complete

Feature on Papyrus Amherst 63:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Three-Israelite-Psalms-Ancient-Egypt

Remains of a 3000 years bp structure at Tel Eton is the latest item being used as evidence for the ‘United Monarchy’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-evidence-pertaining-expansion-kingdom-david.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/bu-nep050118.php
https://www.livescience.com/62472-lost-biblical-kingdom-remains.html
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-may-have-found-the-lost-biblical-city-of-king-david/

Imaging technology has revealed hitherto unseen text on some DSS fragments:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-fragment-unveiled-in-israel-may-point-to-an-unknown-manuscript/
https://www.livescience.com/62467-hidden-text-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-contain-writing-invisible-naked-eye-n870651
https://abcnews.go.com/International/nasa-technology-reveals-hidden-script-dead-sea-scrolls/story?id=54893185
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-discovery-tech-reveals-hidden-script/news-story/d70f973c125685bb84f8b554cd607d8e
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5250108,00.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-nasa-technology-reveals-existence-of-missing-dead-sea-scroll-1.6050952
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/advanced-technology-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Ancient-Hebrew-unearthed-using-space-age-technology-553260
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/hidden-script-uncovered-in-fragments-of-dead-sea-scrolls/2018/05/01/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6591-180503-scroll-fragments-infrared

Much being read into a Bar Kochba revolt coin find:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unearthed-bar-kochba-coin-harkens-to-when-jewish-rebels-tried-to-stamp-out-rome/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-coin-from-ancient-Jewish-Bar-Kokhba-revolt-discovered-in-cave-553384
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/discovery-of-bar-kochba-era-coin-declared-at-lag-bomer/2018/05/04/

Suggestion that many of the tablets Hobby Lobby has to return to Iraq (see ‘Repatriation’) bome from the ‘missing’ Sumerian site of Irisagrig (based on?):

https://www.livescience.com/62437-stolen-sumerian-tablets-from-lost-city.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-may-come-lost-sumerian-city-180968931/
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/paxnqn/ancient-artifacts-smuggled-by-hobby-lobby-traced-to-mysterious-sumerian-city-irisagrig-mesopotamian

Interviews with Eilat Mazar:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245185
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rejuvenation-the-lady-who-digs-jerusalem-audio/2018/04/30/

Arguing over some stolen Samaritan Torahs:

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/29/602836507/who-stole-the-torahs
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-samaritans-can-t-get-back-torah-scroll-they-live-in-pa-territory-1.6035221

Not a lot of coverage of this 1700 years bp Christian site found on a former ISIL base:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/699835/ancient-christian-site-found-former-isis-territory-syria-manbij-islamic-state-3rd-century
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-under-former-isisheld-territory/news-story/374cacfd986b12453d19103388d0122f

Coverage of the DSS 70 years symposium in Jerusalem last week:

https://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/print.php?ARTICLE_ID=102407

More on that Bible/Quran palimpsest that was sold at Christies:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/25/passages-from-the-bible-discovered-behind-quran-manuscript-christies
http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sahidic-biblical-text-found-behind-qur-an-palimpsest

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Diocletianic inscription from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2018/05/01/archaeology-stone-with-inscription-praising-roman-emperor-diocletian-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/05/01/303-ad-inscription-dedicated-to-emperor-diocletian-over-tetrarchy-in-roman-empire-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6584-180501-roman-diocletian-engraving

Possible evidence of Civilis’ revolt at Gelduba:

https://www.thelocal.de/20180502/roman-relics-found-in-rhein-region-show-evidence-of-bloody-uprising
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6587-180502-german-tribes-battle

Remains of a Roman road from Wigan to Warrington:

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/environment/archaeologists-find-roman-road-from-wigan-to-warrington-1-9146164

Very interesting recreation of a Bronze Age saw which might have been used by the Myceneans:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-backyard-pendulum-saw-sliced-bronze-age-mystery
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6588-180502-bronze-age-saw

Feature on Greek and Roman glass:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-beauty-of-greek-and-roman-glass/

Lessons from the Iliad:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180428-what-homers-iliad-can-tell-us-about-worship-and-war

On transgenderism and the Iliad:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/transgenderism-and-the-iliad/

Feature on Antinous:

http://sfbaytimes.com/great-emperor-last-god-romans/

Feature on a Villanovan situla at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-new-look-at-an-ancient-bucket/

Feature on the Flaminian obelisk:

http://theconversation.com/romes-flaminian-obelisk-an-epic-journey-from-divine-egyptian-symbol-to-tourist-attraction-95968
https://www.thelocal.it/20180504/from-ancient-egyptian-symbol-to-tourist-attraction-the-epic-journey-of-romes-flaminian-obelisk

In case you want to buy a 2500 years bp Greek town outside Halicarnassus:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43990343
https://neoskosmos.com/en/114878/ancient-greek-town-in-turkey-being-sold/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31174-ancient-greek-city-of-bargylia-in-turkey-on-sale.html

Some NLE coverage:

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/lansdale/71-north-penn-latin-students-earn-awards-excellence
https://mountvernonnews.com/article/2018/05/02/latin-students-ace-national-test/

What Nina Papathanasopoulou is up to:

http://thecollegevoice.org/2018/05/05/from-the-east-to-the-west-an-odyssey/

What Kate Gilhuly is up to:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2018/05/02/professor-kate-gilhuly-pursues-interest-in-literature-through-research-in-classics/

What Dan Davis is up to:

https://www.lutherchips.com/5488/news/davis-leads-archaeological-digs-in-israel-greece/

What Deborah Kamen is up to:

https://oberlinreview.org/16315/arts/deborah-kamen-associate-professor-of-classics/

Review of Edith Hall, *Aristotle’s Way”:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/aristotle-s-way-how-ancient-wisdom-can-change-your-life-by-edith-hall-review-s9tl0g6sh

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-odyssey-review-emily-wilsons-translation-brings-the-epic-closer-to-home-20180426-h0z9ac.html

Reviews of Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.aspendailynews.com/arts_and_entertainment/basalt-library-staff-pick-circe-by-madeline-miller/article_6b486d8c-4e51-11e8-93a9-13273ff820b2.html
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/circe-by-madeline-miller-fleshes-out-odyssey-sorceress/news-story/e189331f74f3ae2f1f6e54fd4d531435

More on that wall from Mytilene:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/31101-ancient-defensive-wall-emerges-during-salvage-excavation-on-lesvos-island.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a possible 7000 years bp settlement in the middle of Copenhagen:

http://cphpost.dk/news/stone-age-settlement-found-in-the-middle-of-copenhagen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6593-180504-mesolithic-copenhagen-settlement

A 7000 years bp settlement from the Kozareva Mogila Mound (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/04/27/5th-millenium-bc-prehistoric-settlement-near-bulgarias-pomorie-was-much-larger-than-known-settlement-mound-archaeologists-find/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6579-180430-kozareva-moglia-mound

Studying Neolithic light sources in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C29227%2Cnew-light-sources-appeared-europe-development-agriculture.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6582-180430-poland-early-lamps

A possible Lusatian figurine found during construction of a Czech highway:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/04/c_137154356.htm
https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/6204-archaeologists-finds-a-unique-prehistoric-figure-at-czech-republic/Europe%20and%20Central%20Asia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6592-180503-czech-prague-statuette

A medieval site in downtown Prague:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prague-archaeologists-shed-light-on-medieval-city
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6592-180503-czech-prague-statuette

They’ve figured out how the stones at Dun Deardail ‘melted’ together:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-solve-ancient-mystery-of-melted-iron-age-fort-1-4732710
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6585-180501-hill-fort-vitrification

Details of the finds from that Yeovil construction site:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/details-archaeological-discovery-yeovil-housing-1531213

Studying the survivors of the Battle of Dunbar:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16194712.Fresh_light_cast_on_the_brave_Scots_who_survived_the_bloody_Battle_of_Dunbar/

Not sure where to put this one … a feature on underwater archaeology in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/05/01/cyprus-is-a-hotbed-of-maritime-history/

The battle to save Sir John Betjeman’s favourite Church has succeeded:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/thirty-year-battle-save-sir-john-betjemans-favourite-church/

Feature on the Jewish history of the Tower of London:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-Tower-of-London-and-its-Jewish-history-553296

The Stonehenge tunnel saga continues:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16202367.Stonehenge_tunnel_plan___39_severely_flawed__39__say_heritage_chiefs/

I think we’ve mentioned the concerns for Westminster before:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/04/25/feature/westminster-home-of-british-democracy-is-rotting-from-within/

More on Copenhagen’s oldest church:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20180503/archaeologists-think-they-have-found-copenhagens-oldest-church

More on that massacre site in Sweden:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44345-ancient-massacre-shows-human-violence
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-massacre-unearthed-sweden-180968904/
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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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40 000 years bp stone tools from southeastern Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-04/aboriginal-stone-tools-found-in-gippsland-during-sewer-dig/9722718
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6594-180504-australia-stone-tools

An unfinish waka (canoe) find from New Zealand:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/356257/road-workers-uncover-10-metre-long-waka
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1804/S00700/possible-unfinished-waka-is-uncovered-on-puhoi-motorway.htm
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/103480134/partially-complete-10-metrelong-waka-found-during-north-auckland-motorway-construction
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-waka-discovery-nzta-veteran-excited-over-buried-maori-artefact-never-found-anything-like
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6581-180430-new-zealand-waka

… and a feature on the origin of the waka:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/103624371/inspired-trip-exploring-the-tahitian-origins-of-the-anaweka-waka

Latest finds from Mizoram:

https://thenortheasttoday.com/mizoram-archaeological-survey-of-india-finds-human-remains-of-lost-civilization-in-the-state/

The search for flight 370 has turned up a couple of 19th century shipwrecks off Western Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-historians-indian-ocean-19th-century.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43998983
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/mh370-search-offers-clues-for-19th-century-shipwreck-mysteries
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mh370-flight-search-latest-missing-ships-found-malaysia-airlines-investigation-indian-ocean-a8334916.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/04/608423565/failed-mh370-search-may-have-solved-mystery-of-19th-century-shipwrecks
https://www.ctpost.com/news/science/article/Historians-name-2-Indian-Ocean-19th-century-12884101.php

Latest (colour) concerns for the Taj Mahal:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43967685
https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/the-taj-mahal-is-turning-green-because-of-pollution-20180503-p4zd0a.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/05/02/actualidad/1525273808_715605.html

On the wheat/rice divide in China:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/04/30/606111526/so-a-rice-grower-and-a-wheat-grower-walk-into-a-coffee-shop

More on that 11 000 years bp Shigir idol:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-evil-spirit-demons-ancient-man-908855
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/shigir-idol-found-to-be-11600-years-old-it-was-made-by-the-survivors-of-the-last-great-ice-age/news-story/5bb378f5b6978eff0cd088e8f20639cb
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible 3600 years bp tattoo kit from Tennessee:

https://hyperallergic.com/438579/worlds-oldest-tattoo-kit-fernvale-native-american/
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/03/3600-year-old-tattoo-kit-foun.html

Hoping to find Oneota artifacts at a Midewin site:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-will-county-archaeology-st-0504-story.html

Archaeology is being worked into the grade school curriculum in Michigan:

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/business/article210133559.html
http://wwmt.com/news/state/new-michigan-curriculum-developed-from-archaeological-sites-04-30-2018
https://www.wral.com/new-michigan-curriculum-developed-from-archaeological-sites/17520475/

Erosion is exposing burials on Hart Island:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-erosion-unearths-bones-york-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/62471-bones-exposed-hart-island.html
http://auburnpub.com/news/local/erosion-unearths-bones-on-new-york-s-island-of-the/article_b03d8a55-871c-5a78-9e7c-5c2c513e020b.html
http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/erosion-unearths-bones-on-island-of-the-dead/article_77cabbb7-9def-5082-ae67-03047899ef88.html

First results of a study of the hull of a shipwreck that washed ashore in Florida a couple months ago:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/historic-shipwreck-in-ponte-vedra-reveals-more-secrets/77-547420568
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6583-180501-florida-wooden-hull

Concerns for a Hopi site in Arizona:

http://www.journalaz.com/news/cottonwood/24537-concerns-raised-over-construction-on-hopi-site-by-89a.html

An Ice Age horse find from a Utah back yard:

https://www.inquisitr.com/4886878/utah-family-unearths-ice-age-horse-fossil-in-their-backyard/

Looking for the site of the original Fort Vancouver:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/may/02/graduate-student-embarks-on-project-to-pinpoint-site-of-original-fort-vancouver/

A pile of Lakota drawings have been digitized:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/20th-century-collection-drawings-sioux-tribe-have-been-digitized-180968953/

Feature on the first people in Oregon:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/CBG/news/20180502/the-first-people-in-oregon

Where is Captain Molly buried?:

https://apnews.com/efb1d1f15cfc4e23a2392943c6207a77

More on the UK giving the Franklin wrecks to Canada:

https://navaltoday.com/2018/04/27/uk-gifts-franklin-wrecks-to-canada/?uid=257

More on the Alexandria shipwrecks:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/old-buried-ships-unearth-this-citys-seafaring-past

More on sloth hunting in New Mexico:

https://apnews.com/a8e4855765ea42c39cec1676f4ce2f21
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on that child sacrifice site in Peru:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-archaeologists-ancient-mass-child-sacrifice.html
https://www.livescience.com/62434-massive-child-sacrifice-ancient-peru.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-child-sacrifice-uncovered-peru-180968927/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6580-180430-peru-children-llamas

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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 human need for stories:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180503-our-fiction-addiction-why-humans-need-stories

Not sure where to put this one on the importance of ‘exchanges’ in central Asia over time:

https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/how-ancient-exchanges-in-central-asia-shaped-the-modern-world/

WWI soldier burials found in Wijtschate:

http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/11158/the-remains-of-over-40-soldiers-found-during-archaeological-digs-in-wijtschate

Apparently a French guy translated the King James Bible:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-sources-frenchman-king-james-bible.html

On the impact of Das Kapital:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/blind-outrage-das-kapital/

… and Marx in general:

http://www.dw.com/en/karl-marx-at-200-what-remains-of-his-legacy/a-43625183
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/05/608807029/as-karl-marx-turns-200-visitors-pay-respect-and-a-fee-at-disputed-tomb-site

Feature on JCF Gauss:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/johann-carl-friedrich-gauss-mathematics-number-theory-germany-google-doodle-a8328836.html
https://www.inverse.com/article/44309-johann-carl-friedrich-gauss-math-statistics-accomplishments

A ‘reidentified’ Reubens is coming to auction:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/01/rubens-painting-written-met-museum-now-set-make-millions/
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/copy-of-rubens-sold-by-met-museum-now-offered-at-christie-s-after-attribution-upgraded/

A purported relic from St Clement was saved from the trash heap:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/01/relic-claimed-to-be-bone-from-st-clement-rescued-from-the-bin
http://camdennewjournal.com/article/weve-found-a-bit-of-pope-clement

… or maybe not:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-saint-clement-found-londons-trash-180968954/

On the illness that killed Saladin (maybe):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoms-edd050118.php

… and others:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/05/what-killed-historys-most-famous-people-medical-sleuths-gather-to-investigate

On use of the term ‘darwinism’:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/on-darwinism/

Viktor Wynd has an interesting collection:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180502-the-man-with-an-infectious-disease-for-collecting

Latest beer recreation:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/brewers-use-yeast-found-on-shipwreck-to-bring-220yearold-beer-back-to-life/

Studying the evidence of diet from assorted latrines:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-latrines-reveal-what-people-ate-centuries-ago-180968947/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195481

Big bucks for a Jack the Ripper postcard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43955441

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Golden Kingdoms:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/arts/design/golden-kingdoms-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/golden-kingdoms

Teotihuacan:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/5/5/368194/Art-Of-The-Ancient-Mexican-City-Of.aspx

Peace:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2018/04/peace-from-antiquity-to-present-day-at.html#kw7u3ZZ9uXubTMYR.97

Bavarian Legend:

http://www.dw.com/en/bavarian-myths-in-focus-at-ettal-abbey/a-43620767

Pompeii:

https://paradisevalleyindependent.com/events/pompeii-exhibition-returns-to-italy-may-28/

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece:

https://theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/rodin-and-art-ancient-greece-british-museum-review-magnificence-form-across-millennia
https://www.ft.com/content/4b783c28-4d37-11e8-97e4-13afc22d86d4

Just as we were sending out Explorator last week, there was a fire at the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/30/c_137145937.htm

… but there was no damage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298547/Heritage/Museums/Firefighters-extinguish-blaze-on-scaffolding-at-Gr.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298579/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/No-one-hurt,-no-artefacts-damaged-in-scaffolding-f.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298906/Heritage/Museums/Egyptian-antiquities-minister-assures-that-last-we.aspx

… but it seems to have prompted more hype about the impending completion of the museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49367/No-museum-will-parallel-to-GEM-Hawass
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1296686
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49365/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-will-dazzle-the-world-Minister-of-Antiquities
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/05/minister-of-antiquities-grand-egyptian-museum-more-than-70-complete/

… especially the arrival of Tut’s chariot:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/298900/Heritage/Museums/Last-chariot-of-the-boy-king-Tutankhamun-arrives-s.aspx
http://theprovince.com/pmn/news-pmn/egypt-moves-last-chariot-of-king-tut-to-new-museum/wcm/82ff49bf-3fde-430d-8ff5-b9c06f78146b
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180505/news/305059949/
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/last-chariot-of-king-tut-moves-to-new-home/news-story/c6c300ab05cc8df1afc5061df4553d56
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/05/tutankhamuns-last-chariot-arrives-grand-egyptian-museum/

… and the GEM Tut Conference:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/298897/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-minister-opens-Tutankhamun-conf.aspx

… and an investigation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/298604/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-prosecutor-orders-probe-into-fire-at-Grand-E.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/investigations-still-under-way-into-grand-egyptian-museums-fire/

Feature on the new Middle East Galleries at the Penn Museum:

https://hyperallergic.com/439440/penn-museum-unveils-its-new-middle-east-galleries/

Human remains policy at Australian museums:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-australian-museums-human.html

cf: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43927157

More on fakes in a French museum:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/04/28/actualidad/1524924890_046569.html
https://www.npr.org/606919098
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the guys behind the recreations of various ancient ancestors:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/05/meet-the-ancestors-two-brothers-lifelike-figures-early-man-adrie-and-alfons-kennis

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting recovery of DNA from 12 000 years bp ‘quids’ from the Mule Spring Rockshelter site in Nevada:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/dri-aqr042718.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-quids-reveal-clues-genetic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430102511.htm

DNA suggests a population of 250 made up the ‘founding’ Native American group:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-sequences-people-native-american.html

What we’re learning from the Tsimshian genome:

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ancient-genomes-tsimshian-indigenous-people.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180430160424.htm

On the genetic origins of South Asians:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/south-asians-are-descended-mix-farmers-herders-and-hunter-gatherers-ancient-dna-reveals

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change and the outcome of a Roman war with the Goths:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/05/04/how-climate-change-affected-the-outcome-of-the-romans-first-gothic-war/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Peru away from Machu Picchu:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/travel/93373/away-from-machu-picchu-peru-s-other-archaeological-wonders

Romania’s ‘Rug Route’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/travel/romania-rugs-road-trip.html

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CRIME BEAT
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The BM and Scotland Yard launched a database to track looted Egyptian artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/scotland-yard-joins-global-crackdown-on-looted-pharaonic-antiquities
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/british-museum-launches-egyptian-antiquities-database-to-track-looted-artefacts/

… while a database of Nazi-looted items is bearing fruit already:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2018/05/02/new-database-on-nazi-looted-art-findings-shows-first-results

A looting attempt at a site associated with Judas Iscariot was foiled:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/attempted-antiquities-looting-at-site-linked-to-blood-money-of-judas-iscariot/

Thieves were caught in Istanbul with thousands of ancient coins:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-detain-two-over-artifact-smuggling-131097
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/turkish-police-arrest-ancient-treasure-smugglers-istanbul-1124164

A bust in Igoumenitsa:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228201/article/ekathimerini/news/illegal-antiquities-confiscated-in-igoumenitsa

High tech detection of art forgeries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/arts/art-forgeries-sothebys.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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Big news this week was the Hobby Lobby’s return of the piles of artifacts they had smuggled from Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/politics/iraq-artifacts-hobby-lobby-ice.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ancient-artifacts-seized-from-hobby-lobby-returned-to-iraq/2018/05/02/4c926c2c-4e37-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-thousands-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-iraq
http://www.newsweek.com/hobby-lobby-will-return-thousands-ancient-artifacts-smuggled-out-iraq-907906
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/iraq-hobby-lobby-smuggler-artifacts-arts-crafts-museum-bible-a8333646.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607582135/hobby-lobbys-smuggled-artifacts-will-be-returned-to-iraq
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-05/hobby-lobbys-smuggled-artifacts-will-be-returned-iraq
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-artifacts/u-s-to-return-thousands-of-smuggled-ancient-artifacts-to-iraq-idUSKBN1I326R
https://www.inverse.com/article/44412-hobby-lobby-stolen-iraq-artifacts-returned
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/02/stolen-antiquities-returned-fr.html
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-05-03/thousands-iraqi-artifacts-were-once-smuggled-hobby-lobby-now-they-re-going-home

Cyprus returned 14 artifacts that had been smuggled to Cyprus:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/49165/Egypt-restores-14-smuggled-artifacts-from-Cyprus
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/49252/Cypriot-President-delegation-returns-14-smuggled-artifacts-to-Egypt
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/02/c_137149691.htm
http://menafn.com/1096802342/Egypt-receives-14-smuggled-artifacts
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/05/02/cyprus-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-to-egypt
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/05/02/cyprus-returns-stolen-egyptian-artifacts/

Pondering the BM and the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/will-british-museum-lend-back-the-benin-bronzes
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on an Iron Age hoard found in the UK a couple years ago:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2018/05/tiny-hoard-causes-huge-excitement-in-great-britain.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n18.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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Last Days of Anne Boleyn:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-44017236
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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/2735-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-april-28-april-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Everett Fahy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/obituaries/everett-fahy-authority-on-european-painting-is-dead-at-77.html

Steven Marcus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/obituaries/steven-marcus-columbia-scholar-and-literary-critic-dies-at-89.html

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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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